Wednesday, December 9, 2009

amazing mood swings

Gabe changes moods on a dime. Sometimes they're dramatic and other times more subtle. I guess that's normal with babies, but it catches me off guard when he was just happy and then decides to be mad randomly! Anyways here are some pics of his various "moods" in about a 2 minute window. You can also admire his adorable new jammies...i love the baby sized (okay toddler sized) pj fun. I had to hike them up so he wouldn't trip on them.

Being sweet. Hi mommy, i walked over to you!

Super excited! He's coming after the musical snow
man he's not allowed to chew on but he thinks he just might get it this time. It plays "we wish you a merry christmas" and gabe loves to bounce along to the music. (does he look like his daddy or what? I've seen a smile like that before!)

Contemplative of the snowstorm ( we got over 6 inches!), and the cord to the window shade I moved up above him. And you can see his cleft chin really well in this picture. That's curtsey of Grandpa Vince.

Unhappy. He is stuck on the wood box and mommy isn't helping him move. He can't walk hands free yet, so he get's stuck in places and then he becomes upset. I'm hoping he holds out on truly "walking" by himself until daddy comes home. 50 days...less than 2 mths!!! For us, Christmas is really happening end of January.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baby it's cold outside!

Today was Gabe's first snow storm (okay we had a few flurries earlier in the week), but today it's been snowing since noon and still going (it's now 6 pm). So after Gabe ate dinner i decided I'd better take some pics of him in the snow (supposedly it's going to melt right away tomorrow) so bundled him up and sat him outside on the deck. he wasn't quite too sure what was happening...i'm pretty sure he thinks i'm crazy! He warmed up eventually though. And he got to come inside to a nice toasty fire after his winter wonderland photo shoot.
Mommy what is this stuff??

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I just love this guy

Even though it was almost midnight his time, my sweet hubby stayed up to skype with Gabe & I. He was all snuggled in bed trying to stay awake so i snapped a pic! He's the best ! Oh and he claims the pretty floral blanket was army issue...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Festivities

Thumbs up for my first fruit pie- apple raspberry crumb!

Although his face doesn't show it, he is thankful for Daddy! The little stinker was not interested in being photographed. He was all business..aka waiting to be fed.

Thanksgiving crew

da guys

Uncle Matteo is fun!

Thanksgiving was awesome. Everyone we hoped could make it did! The food was fabulous...the ladies out did themselves feeding the masses in style :) We played lots of wii bowling and tennis, cards and board games. On Thanksgiving we had 7 sides to go with the delish 24.4 lb turkey! My mom was pretty sure she'd never seen anyone eat so much meat as Matthew did. So he lived up to his Nulk reputation. Although Wes actually gained the most weight that day. Gabe did great with all the attention and enjoyed eating turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and rolls! He's really starting to enjoy eating table food and prefers to feed himself rather than be spoon fed. I think he was so exhausted by Sunday, that he took almost a 3 hr nap (that never happens anymore) and then slept in till 9:20 this morning! I think he grew too! Everything is going well with us here. We are super excited to be entering December which makes us closer and closer to January!

Michael had a pretty good Thanksgiving too. This was our first thanksgiving apart in 5 yrs... Bummer! But they had lots of turkey and trimmings for the soilders in the mess hall. He's trying to transfer his new platoon leader responsiblities onto a new lt. so he can keep up with all his XO duties. His workload is increasing more and more as they prepare for redeployement back to ft. hood. I hope you all had a great break! I know I'm very thankful for all the support Gabe & I have had from freinds and family this past year. I can't believe were actually making it to the end, in February it felt impossible! But were almost there! Get excited everyone!!

Baby Moses

couch cruising with great grandpa!

the younguns'

The oldies...but goodies too!

Monday, November 23, 2009

my first baby

This past Saturday I had to make an investment in the tires. I brought my Dad along so I wouldn't be an easy target to get talked into some ridiculously overpriced set...but i still spent a WAD!! I was very taken a back and wept inwardly- tires are expensive ppl! So I officially did my duty this month to help the economy. Anyways, Michael was interested in this process...researched tires, gave me tips etc. So after I bought them Michael excitedly asks (no demands) a picture of the car, which he referred to as "his first baby" (note me nor the dogs are considered). So here you are Michael, a pic of your first baby, and a pic of your actual baby. And the squishes because they miss you too..sort of.. or at least Bella does :) Love you!

P.S. Is this not the cutest baby ever? Try and show me a cuter one! I love it when it's cold and I get to bundle him up in his winter hat and mittens :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Old PLT vs New PLT

Apparently being an XO was not enough work for Michael, so he is now a platoon leader as well! His company was tasked to create a special escort/security platoon, and since they had no one to lead it...Michael stepped up to the task (missions will be split between him and his CO perhaps). Anywho, that's the latest and greatest about Nulkie. He's busy busy busy but he says November has flown by for him which is awesome! I think someone is secretly excited to be outside the wire as well :) For all of you who don't speak army, that means he leaves the forward operating base (aka the FOB) and goes out into varous places around Baghdad. His wife is not so excited however (but I'm still supportive). The good news is, he finally decided to shave off his mustache. I wholly embrace that decision and give it two thumbs up. Here he is with the new platoon versus his first platoon in Bandog. Notice the size difference! He still the biggest guy in each one though. And the best looking, obviously! We love you Michael!! 2 mths wahooo! xoxo

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


National Collection week for OCC

No mom, i don't wanna eat this gross baby food anymore!!

Look at all my toofers

Here he is, up on all fours "fake" crawling/ ready to go into pouty mode.

My little swimming genius :)

I won't crawl, but I'll swim!

Gabe is a funny little dude. Since about 5 mths or so he's been putting his butt up in the air making up believe it was a sure sign that he'd be a crawler. Oh contrare, my friends. It has been a burning question about Gabe, will he scoot like Mom or crawl like dad? Aka, will he be uncoordinated/slow like mom or super-athletic/high speed like dad (which i know everyone is really secretly thinking)? Well Gabe decided to throw this debate out the window by doing neither. He doesnt crawl, although he gets up on all fours occasionally. He doesnt scoot, although he loves sitting and bouncing. No, he rolls. And i when i say roll, he'll roll across a whole room combined with his little pivot-dragging action he's come up with. So Gabe's decided to move to the beat of his own drum. Although i think he's showing signs of frustration with his mobility. He justs want to try walking all the time- but he can't do it without a couch or help yet because he's enormous and top heavy. But every day he's building those muscles. Anyways, about swimming, the other night I had Gabe in the tub and I was definately in the splash zone. So i moved down away from him to the other end of the tub. He decided to come closer to me, rolled to all fours and then laid flat on his belly in the water. Fear not, there were only a few inches of water in there and he was holding his head up and kicking! What a little genius! So the moral of the story is, not all babies are predictable 'textbook' cases, and Gabe continues to suprise me with new things he learns to do. Basically, meet the next Michaal Phelps (minus the whole pot-smoking incident).

Monday, November 16, 2009

10 Mths old!

Who is the cutest 10 mth around? This guy. He is now in the double digits of mths which Michael says means he's in the "double digits of cute" too :). The exciting thing is were only 2 mths (and some change) from 12...when Daddy's coming home! Yay!!! Currently Gabe LOVES to sofa surf. He'll walk back and forth across the couch like 6 times before he gets tired. He's getting sturdier every day. He can't pull himself up yet so he will lunge at me and whine until i put him next to the couch! He likes to clap his hands, do eensy weensy spider and patty cake, babble (he's now saying "dada" ocassionally and I have witnesses, jump in his jumperoo (which is pretty close to maxing out), be outside, roll across the floor, play with blocks, any type of music ( he bounces along), flipping through the pages of his books. He's eating more and more "people food". Last night i gave him pot roast, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. He ate like a champ. He has six teeth and two more top teeth cutting right now. He's such a sweet little baby. He's very contemplative- he'll sit and examine a new toy until he's figured everything out. He loves to open and shut doors on some of his toys. He's still napping twice a day (usually) and has a bath every other night. Bath time = splash time. He goes nuts in there! I mainly end up soaked from his fun! Anyways i think that's all the new news about Gabe. He's getting more hair's just very blonde. I think he definitly favors his Nulk genes...and his eyes are obviously staying blue at this point. He has the same color blue as his handsome daddy, lucky baby! Were doing well here, just getting veryyy impatient to have Michael home. I know were in the home stretch, but we still have 2 holidays to get through. Michael's doing great in Taji...he super busy with all his XO requirements which is helping the days go fast for him. I took these pics of Gabe this morning, that's why he's still in his jammies. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our Hero!

Whose our hero? This guy! We love him, miss him and 73 days till he's home.... Most of you wake up every morning and have your breakfast and coffee, go to work, and end each day with your spouse...get to see your loved ones when you feel like it. Michael wakes up everyday working for Sapper company in Iraq. He's had 30 days total with his son! We're excited when we get to see each other on the webcam. I'm not complaining...were blessed to have only a 12 mth tour (those who did 15 and a relatively calm one so far. Happy Veteran's day to all those who serve and have served. Especially to Michael's brother Brian...he did a 15 mth tour during the surge. He's in NTC right now for a month of training. And to Matthew, he'll be commissioned as an army officer this May. Here's some pics of my crazy hubby. He still makes us laugh from halfway around the world!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fat or Fluffy?

See any resemblance? Poor little Winstyface. The dog is literally afraid of his own shadow. Eating out of his bowl is a feat of courage for this little guy every meal (the clinking of his collar on the bowl scares him). If a pan drops on the floor, forget it. Winsty's outta there like a flash! SO i was talking about Winsty to Michael the other day and accidentally let it slip that he's now 37 lbs. Which may be 6 lbs more than when Michael deployed. So lets just say the reaction was not so good. "What!! He was 31 lbs when i left!! It's bad enough he's scared of he's fat!" So then the conversation proceeded to go where it always goes..."Laurie, we need new dogs. Real dogs!" Ah yes, a "real" dog in Nulkie's mind is a big beastly german shepard. Aka a manly dog. Anyways i tried to argue that Winsty just needs a haircut...i'm sure there are like 5 lbs of puff on this dog right now. I didn't get very far with that, but how can you not love this little guy! He's my very own Eeyore! PS were not getting german shepards...guess who walks them? And the bigger the dog, the bigger the dump. gross.