Monday, August 31, 2009

Catching Up

I'm officially blaming the lack of postings on Dustin. He was the stronger blogger of the two of us and he has been on the road a lot lately. I do realize that Afton's daily adventures are the source of entertainment to many and as important as the local I'll try to catch you up!

Afton officially has 2-4 weeks left in his helmet as of tomorrow. This depends on how much his head grows in this period of time. We honestly don't even mind it anymore but I will be glad when it's all done and his head is perfectly (well, mostly) round! Then we can see all his beautiful, blond curly hair! Speaking of hair, he already needs another haircut, but I love it long and curly!

Afton is walking and running everywhere and is very tall and lean. He is so active. He eats three meals a day but he is becoming increasingly picky about what he will eat. Some days he shovels everything in front of him in his mouth, other days he refuses it all. We've been taking him to a local playground which is a mecca for kids...I've never seen a playground like it! He loves to just walk around and go up and down the ramps and stairs. He really likes to walk over un-even ground and challenge himself. Needless to say, we have a difficult time getting him to leave.

While Afton has never been a quiet, shy child, he is the antithesis of this now. He regularly breaks into constant babble, telling us about his day with a lot of feeling. I find myself talking back to him quite often and people at the grocery store are like, "what?" and I'm like, "I was talking to the baby..." and they run away. I realize now that this appears that I am a crazy person. Well, some days when Dustin is gone and I don't have to work, Afton is the only human I come in contact with, so maybe I do seem a little crazy on those days!!!

Afton's first words were "dog" and "Dad." He loves dogs and always points them out when he sees one. Even on tv, he'll spurt out "DOG!' and we'll look at the tv and sure enough...he's right. It's a proud moment when your child knows what he's saying. He has just recently begun to point to his nose and ears when you ask him where they are and he also says "uh-oh" when he drops something and "all done" in a sing song voice when I promt him to. It's funny.

Afton did go to the race at Mid-Ohio with us a few weeks ago. We stayed at a hotel with an indoor waterpark. Afton got his first black eye when he took a header in the kiddie pool...I'm not saying whose watch he was under but it was not mine. :) Afton looked like the bruiser he is and despite my attempt at getting him to say, "you should have seen the other kid," he just dealt with it.

We also went to visit one of my oldest friends from Oklahoma, Sidney, and her family in Indiana. They have a lake house about 3 1/2 hours from here so we spent the weekend with them and her little boy Ryder, who just turned one. Afton is much bigger than Ryder, but they had their moments where they played together and we've decided that they are going to be best friends.

Wednesday we're going to Oklahoma and Dustin is flying in on Friday! We're going to the OSU game Saturday and it should be fun! Go POKES!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

First Haircut!!!

Well I know it's been awhile since we've made a blog post. Terrible, I know. We've had a busy month and I don't know where July went. Dustin has been making the posts lately, and he was gone much of the month, and, well, I try to limit my recreational computing since I've lived on the computer so much lately I think I may be developing carpal tunnel :) just kidding.

This is the busiest part of the racing season by far. It's a tough stretch and Dustin will be gone a lot this next month as well but I'm not complaining...much. It's been an easy season thus far so it's a small price to pay right now. Afton's Aunt Carlee came and stayed with Afton for a few days while I went to upstate NY for work and Dustin was at a race about an hour and a half away in Joliet, IL. They had a ton of fun and we can't thank Carlee enough for her help! We're so lucky to have such great family.

My brother Slade has been in Europe back-packing by himself for 3 weeks and comes home next week. It's been fun for all of us to track his travels through emails and online posts and occasional phone calls. It's almost like we've been with him this whole time!

Afton is going through quite a few changes this past month. He's getting so grown up. He is walking all of the time now- almost running, and this has been both fun and stressful. He doesn't want to be held anymore-not that he did very much, and he wants to be free all the time. He has become almost impossible to take out to eat because he just wants to walk around and harass all the other patrons. He has a LOT to say, but we're still waiting on the translator to come in the mail so we know what he's saying. He's beginning to throw mini-tantrums. I'm not really sure why. He definitely knows the word, "NO" and doesn't like it one bit. He sometimes 'fake cries' when we tell him No, other times he gets mad and starts throwing everything within reach and/or scratching my face, pulling my hair, and looking quite sure of himself. I try not to laugh, but his little face is no joking. I thought we had a good couple of years before this type of behavior! Dustin thinks it's pay back for my 'attitude' but I don't know what he's talking about. :)

The big thing that happened yesterday was Afton's first haircut! His blond, curly locks are so adorable but he was starting to resemble a girl, and his hair stuck out all crazy from under his helmet. It's much better now. Afton is so laid back I didn't think he would mind the haircut at all, but just when I thought we were in the clear, major meltdown! Why is it that babies don't like their hair to be cut?

Anyhow, this was a long one, but that's what we've been up to!