In the past week, Collin seems to have figured out (1) that Mom's belly is huge; (2) that Mom's belly - not sure if he realizes there's a baby in it - is named Owen; and (3) that "Owen" is special.
One morning just before Christmas, I asked Collin, "Where's Owen?" He lifted my shirt and gave my belly a big hug and a kiss! I was shocked! I hadn't prompted him to do that at all!! In the pic above, he's demonstrating his love for "Owen" Christmas morning. Lucky for us, Dad caught it on film. : )
We had a wonderful Christmas as you can see from the pics above! Collin was so much fun ~ he really made it a special day for us. I am already looking forward to next year!
Here's a rundown of the pics: (1) Santa Came! (2) Wow! "More" Mom! Let's open gifts! (3) You mean I actually get to knock those down, Dad?! (4&5) The joys of vaccuuming. Collin absolutely loves to watch and laugh when we vaccuum, so it was very appropriate to get him his own vaccuum so he could enjoy the "fun." We only wish it actually worked! We'd have the cleanest floors on the block! (6) Family Photo (7) Enjoying Christmas Dinner with a Really Big Boy Fork! (8) Blast Off! Collin especially enjoyed his new rocket ship from Grandma and Grandpa Yanasak ~ it makes great noises and vibrates when it "takes off!" Thanks! (9) All tuckered out and ready for bed, Collin and Marley have a milky nightcap. (10) Although he awoke with a fever of over 101, Collin was all smiles as I played Peak-a-Boo from behind the kitchen wall the next morning!
We celebrated the holiday with Grandma and Grandpa Jacobs December 18, and Collin had a great time playing with Grandpa! He also enjoyed openning his first gifts of the season ~ one of which was his first train set! At first, he was so enthralled with the engine and its motor that he could hardly resist lifting it from the tracks each time it was turned on, but he's started to get the hang of it and loves to watch it go around ~ especially through the mountain. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!
Last night Santa made his annual visit to Whidbey Island Bank to hear the kids' wishlists and kickoff the season! Right away, Santa commented on how much Collin had grown since last year, as he shook Collin's hand and Collin sat safely in Daddy's lap. But, no stranger to strangers, Collin was the first kid to investigate once Santa had perched in his chair. He approached cautiously at first. Then Santa held out a board book, and Collin went and jumped on Santa's lap for storytime. Of course, the story was not half as interesting as the jolly ol' elf himself! Just before he left, Santa invited us all to sit for a family photo. Cheers!!!
Pics: (1) Collin shares his sticky fingers (he'd been gnawing on an apple), while donning his dad's stocking cap, a summer tee, and pajama shorts! Who dressed that kid? 12.4.05 (2) Although it sits in the foyer awaiting the trip to the hospital in January, Collin is ready to go for a spin now! Buckle Up! 12.3.05