Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dat a boy! (Oh and Gideon Says Daddy!)

As we approached the Atlantic Ocean, the more excited Gideon became. He stared out into the horizon and on occasion would turn to me to smile, only to look back in amazement at the crashing waves. I have to say that these are one of the most special moments in my life. Gideon leans his head on my shoulder as he contemplates what's ahead. And I am there carrying him for now and as long as I can, but one day he'll go on to face the world without me carrying him. I just hope he's a much better swimmer than I am.

Oh yeah, and Gideon says Daddy. Look at the movie below. Enjoy!

The Many Accomplishments of Gideon Juan Soto
Age 6 months 3 weeks
For those of you who are just dying to know what Gideon the first has been up to these last couple of months, let me fill you in. Since getting to the ripe age of 6 months, he has started eating food off of an actual spoon. Food that I am preparing for him. So far he has eaten pureed apples, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, regular squash, and papaya.
And Behold:

Another new and exciting development, Gideon has a new tooth! A tooth on his bottom gums. A single adorable tooth. A very sharp tooth. A tooth he likes to bite Mama with. We tried to take a picture of it, but that darn tongue keeps getting in the way. And there is much saliva.

Gideon is also sitting up almost on his own. He is getting very good at holding himself up, and he can totally sit up unassisted when he is leaning against pillows. Like so:

He can also hold himself up on his forearms, and he rocks back and forth, which I am told is the first sign of wanting to crawl. However, we think that he can be a bit lazy, since sometimes he just ends up just taking a nap on the carpet.

Also, Gideon had his very first playdate. We went to visit a friend from church who recently had a baby boy, Caleb. So cute. Here is Gideon contemplating this new friendship:

But one of the most enjoyable developments is the constant babbling. He likes to talk. He can say Dada, and Daddy. Also Ahhhhh and Ohhhhh. Here he is saying hello to you. And almost falling.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Gideon's First Day at the Jersey Shore

This Monday, Alex and I packed up my parent's RAV4, and drove down to Long Branch for the annual NJLA conference. We are fortunate that the conference takes place at the Ocean Place Conference Center, which is right on the boardwalk, and just steps away from the ocean. This is a pretty nice resort, and I highly recommend it to all who want to visit the quiet side of the Jersey Shore.
Although we were only going on an overnight trip, we had to pack the stroller, the car seat, the packnplay, the diaper bag, another bag of clothes and toys, plus our overnight bag, and a bag with bottles and food. Gone are the days of one overnight bag for the two of us. It is actually amazing how much STUFF we needed. I had to pack for every possibility, including explosive diarrhea, which happened during breakfast. Eww. I also, for the first time, had to make sure he wore a sunhat and sunblock.

The rooms at this resort, are pretty elegant, however, it quickly looked like a Gymboree had exploded all over the place. I won't bore anyone with the details of the conference, although I did get to meet two authors, which being a bookworm, makes me all giddy. Also, since I took Gideon everywhere, he got to meet his first authors also. EXCITING.
If you are wondering if Gideon loved the beach, wonder no more! HE LOVED IT. As we walked down toward the ocean, he broke into the biggest smile. When he sat down on the sand, he immediately started to play with it, and of course, try to eat it. Don't worry Grandmas, he didn't actually ingest any. No sand in the poop. The water was way too cold for swimming, so we don't don't have any bathing suit pictures. However, doesn't my boy look cute in his sunhat? I really enjoy attending this conference, and feel privileged that I am allowed to attend and bring my family, however I have to admit it was difficult this year to sit at the workshops knowing my husband and baby were outside in the sunshine without me. We will have to plan another family-getaway soon, now that we know how much of a beach baby he is.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Family Reunion

I am not one who likes large gatherings. But when I received a call from my mom this past Saturday informing me that my Tia Maria from Puerto Rico was going to my Tia Rosa's house the same day, I couldn't resist making plans to go see her.

With a wife she's yet to meet and cute baby boy available to bring smiles and joy to her life, I was sure my Tia Maria was eager to see me too. I was right. We hugged, reminisced about the good old days when I accompanied my parents to our yearly Summer Puerto Rican vacation with family members that didn't hesitate to laugh at my distorted Spanish. For fear of revealing my skinny body (it was a very long time ago) I wore my Mets jacket and cap at all times during those days.

Joining my Tia Maria and Tio Mudo at the gathering were the people who provided food and shelter for them -- apparently also members of my family who live in Camden.

At an early age I knew I had a big family when I discovered that my grandparents had approximately 12 children (I never know the actual number).

I did recall that I had family in Camden, but kinda forgot. It's a long story but suffice it to say that interactions were scarce. There was no animosity, just a lack of motivation to keep in contact, as sad as it may sound. But bygones are bygones.

Upon arriving to the gathering place, I met cousins I've never seen before. It was shocking to see the house quickly fill up with about 20 people, including chilldren, who were also my cousins, and I guess Gideon's cousins too.

Alexa, Gideon and I had lots of fun.

One day Gideon will realize the extent and history of his family -- part of his legacy.

For now, I'm just hoping for the day that he verbally recognizes that I am his daddy. Sure, he says "dada" already, but it's probably because he thinks it is a funny word when I say it, as demonstrated by his distinct smile.

Gideon, cousin Stephanie and Alexa enjoying the bubbles.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Gideon's First Easter.

The writers of this blog, Alexa and myself, have many stories, but haven't had an opportunity to tell them lately. So for your entertainment, below is a movie of Gideon enjoying his first Easter. Admit it, you're here to see pictures and clips of Gideon anyway. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Sweet New Photos of
My Gideon
Please be aware that the following pictures are SO CUTE.
If you haven't had your coffee yet, you may pass out from CUTE OVERLOAD.

Cuddling His Boppy

Life Just Gets Funnier and Funnier

I am done eating my rice cereal. Now I will eat the camera.

Gideon and his cousin Israel Jr. (Izzy) This picture literally makes my heart clench.