Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm up to something!

We got this cute photo of Cam while Grams was over for dinner tonight - he totally looks like he's up to no good. We should get used to seeing this face :)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

First thing this morning, we got to do a video chat with Grammie and Grampie on the east coast - so much fun!

After our video chat, and some breakfast, Cam got in on the fun to open presents :) Santa and all of Cam's grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends were super generous, so we've decided to spread out his presents over 4-5 days so that he could enjoy a couple of gifts at a time instead of going into overload with all the new things.

We'd gotten this huge box in the mail and it had been a wonderful block on the fireplace to keep Cam from climbing up. Once opened, Cam found a great scooter that he's been enjoying pushing around the house and trying to dance to the music on it. We've really got to get his dance moves on video!

Thank you so much to everyone for their wonderful gifts - Cam loves everything and we love that he's starting to play for a bit on his own :) Merry Christmas!!

here is a bit of video of Cam playing with his new musical scooter - he's figuring out how to ride it but has fun pushing it too...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Photogenic Tuesday!

We had Cam home with us this afternoon and got some photos out in the yard in the afternoon. The light was great and Cam's attitude about it all...well, let's just say there was a range :) Exhibit A - see the final photo!

In the first photo, here is a lovely picture of Cam eating rocks. Fun, huh? Don't worry, we got it out before he swallowed it - mostly he wanted to see our reaction (tried to be neutral but there was lunging involved to remove aforementioned rock).

In our next photo, we *finally* have a photo of mommy and Cam. I got to have a shower in the morning and didn't look like a vagabond, which was a nice change. Cam, however, could care less - he wanted to chew on more rocks.

Here we have our obligitory "gorgeous baby" shot. Note that mommy is nowhere to be found while Cam is smiling.

Our last photo is of Cam after he's been told its time to go inside because its getting cold, and its snack time. He was less than thrilled, to say the least. All of this in about 30 minutes :) Cam survived going inside to have his snack and warm up! Ah, the trials of being 15 months old, lol!

Who turned out the lights?!

Believe it or not, Cam managed to pull down his hat over his eyes today - we didn't let it stay like that long, just long enough to get a couple of pictures :)

Cam loves to push/pull stuff around the yard these days; today he was fascinated with the drop spreader.

Off to school - see ya!

"I'm off to daycare - bye! Did you remember my coffee thermos?" :)

Doesn't Cam look like he's got a briefcase (its his lunchbag) and is on his way to work? He's all "business casual", so he'll be in a creative field like mom ;)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cam and Pumpkin :)

Our awesome next door neighbours' adopted a golden retriever/poodle puppy a couple of weeks ago and today we all got to meet her. It was love at first sight for Cam and Pumpkin (the puppy). High jinks ensued :)

Excuse the dark video; it was after 4pm and about to rain, so very overcast.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

An elf cleaned up our house today

Cam has fallen in love with the dry mop and took it for a spin this morning. In his cute little PJs he looked like a little elf we had indentured to us :)

Only a matter of time before we'll have to pay him to do this!

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Stats!

Cam saw the doc today for his 15 month check up and here are the stats:

29lbs 4oz 93%
33.75" tall 98%
20" head circumference 99%

Apparently when Cam is 2 years old, we can have the doc do some type of measurement with one of his leg bones and that will get us an estimate of how tall Cam will be as an adult. I don't know how accurate that is, but we're still hoping Cam will hit at least 6' or taller :) So petty, I know, but I can't help myself! :) We'll love him no matter what his height, don't worry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

15 months today!

Cam is 15 months old today - hard to believe! Well, actually not; in the few months since his birthday he's become a very active little boy :)

I've been lax on updates but here is a super quick rundown.

Cam got broncitis but was better by Thanksgiving. Then I got broncitis and lost my voice for more than a week (both K and Cam enjoyed that!). Thanksgiving was great! So nice to have 4 days off :) Holiday shopping is 95% done - phew! Cam is continuing to adjust to the new room at daycare but doing very well overall. Its dark at 5:30pm these days, so he doesn't get to play outside with the dogs as much as he used to but makes up for it on the weekends. We have a fun weekend coming up; K will be in Irvine for his company's holiday party, coming home on Saturday and we'll get our Christmas tree. Then on Sunday we're headed up to the Bay area to visit friends. Hope it doesn't rain so the kids can play outside!! Cam still isn't sleeping through the night but getting closer!

That's the short story - its not very interesting, hence the lack of posts recently. K shot this video this past weekend of Cam on the doggie bed - he's taken over one of Charlie's old beds that just got a new cover put on it...loves jumping on it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More new shoes

We picked up a cute pair of Elmo slippers for Cam today at Target (but forgot the Nyquil mommy acutally went there for - darn!). He's totally fascinated with them. They are slowing down a little bit right now, but we figure that's temporary.

We also found the adorable froggie rainboots but sadly, the only size they had is too big for Cam - he needed help to walk b/c his feet slid so far out of them, lol. I'll try to exchange them up in the Bay area next week for a smaller size. We've gotten a fair amount of rain today, and will only be able to keep Cam inside for so long :) Maybe these will keep his feet and pants a bit drier.

Now to find a raincoat!


Cam practicing his yoga.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Quick update

Very sorry for the lack of posts: we've had a little rough spot sleeping-wise over here and I'm behind in life in general. Got some great new photos and video; I'll get to it over this holiday weekend :)

Cam has been waking up earlier and earlier the last week or so; since last Thursday he's been waking up at 4am and not going back to sleep. Made daycare tough last week b/c they are migrating him to a new room with older kids and a very set routine - no morning nap and everyone goes down for naps from 12:30 until whenever they wake up. Cam waking up at 4am has made it very hard for him to get to 12:30 and take a decent nap.

On top of that he's had some nasal congestion and a little cough for the last couple of weeks. After this past weekend, I decided to bring Cam to the docter b/c I was sure he had an ear infection (yes, I know he has tubes but all his rolling around and messed up sleeping reminded me so much of them!). Luckily I was wrong, but the doctor did diagnose him with a bronchial/sinus infection and he's on antibiotics for the next 5 days. Hopefully this will help the little guy feel better and sleep more comfortably. Fingers crossed!!

Cam got weighed at the doc's office and tipped the scales at 29.5lbs. No height measurement, but K and I unofficially put a tap measure to him over the weekend and he was 32.5" tall. Photos/videos soon!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New (old) shoes

With the new room at daycare, Cam gets to spend more time outside playing and they asked that he get some actual shoes, not the leather slipper-like shoes he's been wearing since learning how to walk a few months back. Our doctor wants us to put off hard-soled shoes as long as possible, so we've been looking for some new shoes for Cam that had more sole than the Robeez but not as hard as most kids shoes.

My good friend Evelyn has a son about 6 months older than Cam and she gave us a pair of her son's outgrown shoes to try out - SeeKaiRun. We like them a lot - there is some sole but its very flexible - and Cam, of course, is in love with his feet now. He likes the noise he can make with them - like he was so quiet before, lol!!

Aunt Lolly - Cam discovered the backpack you gave him at the baby shower a couple of months ago in his room and loves to carry it all over the house. He can't work the zipper yet, but when its open, he will put all kinds of different toys in it, bring them to another room and take them out. :) It was such a thoughtful gift; thank you!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Big boy at the table

Cam seems to be growing so fast these days; every day he's accomplished something new. Today we were hanging out in the afternoon and Cam pointed up to the chair, so I sat him up in it. He loved it! Pretty soon we'll all be having dinner at the table together - Cam'll be in a booster seat though :)

I've got to get a shot of his "monster" socks - he's got a pair of them on here and they are the cutest things ever! They've got these cute little toes on the end - adorable!!

hopefully in this photo you can't see the big bruise he's got in the middle of his forehead from smacking his head on the table he has lunch at now at daycare - navigating sitting there is going to take a bit of practice :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

And the hair maintenance continues...

So it turns out that hair keeps growing after you cut it! :) Cam was starting to look like bozo again after naps, and that is apparently our cue to get his hair cut. Turns out the gal that gave Cam the buzz back in July got fired b/c that was the only way she could cut kids hair, lol. They did a great job this time! Still a cutie pie but that's pretty hard to mess up :)
isn't the shirt adorable? Auntie Cyndi sent it for Cam's birthday.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Only a matter of time...

Stage 1: Cam sees Charlie and Chance (go running away from him) go out the doggie door. Cam stands and bangs on he window to get their attenion.

Stage 2: Only a matter of time before Cam goes *out* the doggie door after the doggies :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Crazy non-sleeping kick

Cam is going through a weird phase where he's not sleeping at daycare...on Tuesday, he slept for 35 mins for the 8 hours he was there. To say he was a wreck when he got home just before 5pm is an understatment, however, it took about 3 minutes to get him down for a nap. He slept for about an hour, then went to bed around 8:30pm, way later than his usual 7pm.

Yesterday we had him take a nap at home in the morning since he woke up at 5:30am - here he slept from 8:15am to 10am. Thank gosh b/c he slept about 45 mins at daycare. Today we sent him over a little earlier than usual and the plan is to pick him up earlier than usual - we don't want him to start thinking he never has to sleep at daycare. Since he was up from 12:30am - 3am this morning, we're hoping he'll sleep a bit over there. We'll see!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dancing on the doggie door

Cam grabbed the doggie door, dragged it out to the living room and had a little dance of it. He was tired of it pretty quick but it sure was cute while it lasted :)

Blue Eyes

Daddy got this great shot of Cam with our new camera - so hard to believe he's so grown up already. Its only been barely a year and Cam is definitely a little man :)

Cam in the pantry

Cam still loves the pantry - its more fun than ALL of his toys (except for maybe the wagon). He's getting pretty tall, however, and reaching up to grab whatever he can get his hands on. Including all the glass items :) We keep moving them up, but he's now taught himself to step *up* into the pantry (and also back himself down!) to reach higher.

So the pantry will probably be off-limits soon, and we won't get these great, crazy shots of Cam trying to eat icing or lemon extract. But we also won't have to worry about him dropping the pasta sauce and cutting himself! A good trade-off :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

...I was talking to the duck

Caught Cam in mid-laugh today - daddy was slapstick funny :)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Well, the poor kid probably had a wedgie, but we managed to get his hood up over his head to complete the "giraffe" look (never did get out to get a bigger costume). Thank gosh because it was cold outside today!! Our first significant rain in months, lol, but it stopped in the afternoon, much to the relief of a LOT of kids around here :)

We did take Cam out to a few houses of people that we know in the neighbourhood for his first Trick-or-Treating - Cam was just happy to be outside in his stroller after being cooped up inside all day. He also helped mommy give out candy to all the kids - loved hearing the doorbell ringing and running up to see who was there, plus dropping candy into bags, pumpkins and pillowcases. We turned off our light somewhat early (7:15pm) but we still had at least 50-60 kids come by before then. Popular neighbourhood but NOTHING like what Charles, Sarah and the boys have in Willow Glen.

Hopefully next year Cam will have more fun walking around the neighbourhood, but I've already decided that after 2 days w/the candy, we're going to have a "Halloween Fairy" come by to exchange the candy for a present - Cam wasn't too interested eating in the candy...yet! Want to put that off as long as possible :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween party fun

Our next door neighbour's Katherine, Jason and Ryan had a great Halloween party this afternoon we were invited too. Lots of food, fun games (a piñata!), more food and running around. Cam fell in love with one of the pumpkin pillow decorations, but also with part of Jason's costume, a Nerf sword. Then there were all of Ryan's toys to play with - it was a busy time for him, lol. Kevin and I got to relax in a very kid-proofed home and enjoy ourselves too with a bunch of other parents (Cam ISN'T the only kid that doesn't sleep through the night!! So nice to hear that!!)

Cam did get to wear his costume (which was a giraffe, like George, natch) but it turns out the 18-24 month size was too small!! His torso was longer than it allowed for the hood, with the really cute giraffe head, to come up over his head, although the sleeves and legs were long enough. Bummer!! I'll try to find something else before Friday for him but we're so disappointed this one doesn't fit. :( Cam was still freakin' adorable in it, hood or not!

The highlight of the night for everyone was the piñata, of course :) Cam was allowed to take a few swings at it (we feared for Jason and Katherine's windows but all is well there!) - he loved being able to participate with the "big kids" and joined in when the piñata was cracked open, although he didn't notice when we stuck the candy he collected in the other kids bags (phew!). We all had a blast and are so grateful to live next door to such wonderful people! (Mommy's streak of fantastic neighbours' continues - Charles and Sarah used to be neighbours too!)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Still loving the new camera

Saturday hijinks before the Halloween party - Cam getting thrown up in the air by daddy :) If I could catch his 28lbs, I'd do it too, but I don't trust myself or my biceps! Cam loves this of course, even though its a tad scary for mommy. As far as he's concerned, the higher he goes up, the more fun it is!

Yay its the weekend!!

Everyone is just happier on Saturdays, aren't they?

We have a fun weekend ahead of us: this afternoon we are going to our wonderful neighbour's Katherine, Jason and Ryan's Halloween party later this afternoon (yay, get to wear our 100% polyester giraffe costume when its 90° out!) and on Sunday we're going to see Grams at her house in Atascadero. More details later!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cam and the puffs

Everyone once in a while, when Cam gets home from daycare, he's ravenous. Today was one of those days. He sat in daddy's lap and proceeded to eat *a lot* of puffs (ugh - not organic). He had a blast, though. Totally figured out how to get the top off, put his hand into the container and pull out a bunch of puffs that he would then stuff into his mouth and finally closing the container. And then doing it all over again :)

Crazy daycare girls!

Now that Cam's hair has grown out a bit from his scalping back in July, the girls at daycare like to give Cam a mohawk at least twice a week. He's still adorable so its okey dokey with us!

He's also getting good at keeping George close by (in his mouth) while his hands are used for exploring all the stuff in the house. All his toys are gathering dust as he checks out empty boxes, stuff on mommy's desk, pots and pans under the stove, and anything else he can get open :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cam laughing away as he smacks himself with a block while mommy says "Ow" for him in the background. We're pretty sure he'll outgrown this phase :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The best way to play with blocks...

...is apparently in the box the blocks live in :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

How do I get out of here?

Our little man is now climbing *into* anything he can, including, but not limited to: the pantry, the fridge, the laundry basket, the box his birthday present from The Browns (Derek, Evelyn, Adrianna and Garrett) came from, and also his wagon from Grandpa and Grandma (with a little help from mommy or daddy).

Sometimes getting back out isn't quite as easy!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fun with Grandpa and Grandma!

Cousin Loretta's birthday party was yesterday (of course the first day in MONTHS that we got rain! But it cleared up and ended up being a gorgeous day.) and Grandpa Dick and Grandma Janice were up visiting. They came by on Sunday morning to have coffee and donuts, and play with the blocks that Uncle Steve, Auntie MA and Loretta got for Cam for his birthday.

It was nice to get to see them! We're hoping to see them again in a couple of weeks, when they are on their way back from Oregon, after they get their motor home from up there down to CA for the winter. :)


Cam knocking down another tower of blocks that daddy built for him to do that very thing :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Cam is learning how to run/trot and loves to run around the house just making noise and reveling in his ability to do so. He's easily distracted though :)

Aren't his jammies cute? They are a *bear* to get on and off, however, but the adorableness of them wins out time and time again...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How to sit on a stool

Last year our friends the Siripokes (Charles, Sarah, James and Grant) got Cam this amazing wooden stool that has his name spelled in these cool blocks that can come out of the chair for him to play with. He realized this week that he could move the stool around, and also turn it upside down and *presto*, Cam-sized seat for watching "BunnyTown" :) With George, of course.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All's well on the ear front

Cam had his surgery this morning and did great :) He handled going off with the operating room nurse better than mommy and daddy (mommy couldn't watch), and did well until the anesthesiologist tried to put on the gas mask - luckily Cam liked the surgeon, who held him while they put the mask up to his face (not over at first) to get him to sleep. It really was a quick surgery, and Cam came out of the anesthesia like most kids - Dr. Mulotte likens it to an angry hornet. So true!

After about a half hour we were able to leave the surgery center and Cam was asleep in the car within a few minutes. We're home, C's had a bit to eat and will probably go down for his lunch nap a bit early today - he's pretty much himself, just a bit tired. The infection risk is only for the next 48 hours, so we'll keep a close eye on him.
So far, so good!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quack quack quack

Cam has fallen in love with this adorable book from Nanny Hines at our baby shower that shows pictures of animals and tells you the sounds he makes. When he hears the dogs barking in the neighbourhood (not OUR good dogs, lol), he points outside and says "oof oof". This weekend his favourite was "baa baa" for the sheep in the book. Completely doesn't go with the picture of him chewing on a duck but his smile was so cute, we had to post it :)


....not doing anything bad, just surprised by the camera. Ever since we got the new camera, Cam is determined to not look at it, so he was caught off gaurd by Daddy when he was playing in his room this morning (C had gotten really quiet, which is usually reason for concern).

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yay Friday!

The Caminator just loves grownup sun glasses - mommy's are the best to share b/c they are $10 at Kohl's to replace, unlike Daddy's. :) Baby sunglasses with the strap around the back of the head - eh, not so in love with those.

Cam's trip to the doc to get his shots went pretty well. He got 3 shots; did ok w/the first one then knew what was coming for the other two and protested mightily. He was ok pretty quickly once he realized he had these funky Garfield bandaids on his legs, but he was pretty sore for most of the rest of the day, so we gave him Tylenol (no Motrin allowed until after his tube surgery on Tuesday).

Overall a really nice day at home for all of us (he took a great morning nap and a fantastic lunchtime nap so not cranky at all) and it wasn't even too hot around here; mid-90s. His right molars seems to be taking a break as he's been chowing like there is no tomorrow; for all 3 meals yesterday he ate 10oz+ baby foods plus some bread, brie, banana, puffs and yogurt drops...a bit of a bottomless pit. :)

Our weekend is pretty much going to be trying to avoid germs and get Cam (mommy and daddy too) lots of good naps to prep for his tube surgery on Tuesday at 8am in Pismo Beach...not the funnest weekend but since Cam is currently germ-free, we're going to enjoy it!

One Year Stats
27lbs 10oz - 94%
32" - 97%
19.75" head circumference = 100% (off the charts)

(Doc has kept a close eye on the big head circumference, but since big heads run in daddy's family, she doesn't feel C needs a CAT scan)

If Cam's lower lip looks a bit fat, its because on Thursday at daycare he was playing outside when the girls tried to bring him in for his nap and he ran away laughing - until he tripped over something and fell flat on his face. He was ok, just bit his lip. Its healing nicely and should be fine in a week or so.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

More teeth!

This will be tough to photograph, but Cam's got his top and bottom molars through on the left side. This kid has had ALL his teeth come through in sets of two. The right side is red on the top and bottom; looks like they'll be through any time now. Phew…these molars have been tough!

Tomorrow Cam has his appointment to get his annual shots - have to decide on doing the MMR or postponing it (going into the fall/winter season, the likelyhood of Cam getting sick from daycare is HIGH). There have been outbreaks of measles in CA :( Not sure what we'll do but we'll figure it out before we get there!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Grass is gross

Cam's walking is coming along quite well, but sometimes he overdoes it and ends up flat on his face. Totally typical for *any* little kid learning how to walk! Well, he's tripped on the grass in between the flagstones in the backyard several times, and now has a new method for traversing on the flagstones. With clapping in between :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Morning snooze

The boys were up *early* this morning, and when I woke up (K had turned off the alarm and closed the door to the bedroom to let me sleep in, what a doll!) at 8:15am, the house was super quiet. I found them on the sofa in the family room. Too cute for words!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ear tube surgery postponed

Just a quick note to let everyone know the ear tube surgery has been postponed to September 30. The ENT doc wanted Cam to be healthy and virus-free since this is elective surgery (yeah, right, only if he not in daycare for the next two weeks!!!) We have asked for the surgery to be sooner, as Cam seems to be getting ear infections every 5-7 weeks and that will put him right about getting another one, but they seem pretty firm on 9/30.

Cam is feeling much better than Tuesday and at daycare today for the first time since Monday. Fingers crossed he can get rid of this herpangina virus and get healthy so we can get his ears fixed!

Cam had a GREAT day at daycare today; he slept 2hrs 20 mins total - way more than his usual 1hr 15-30 mins! We did give him a dose of Tylenol in his lunchtime bottle though, b/c of his sore throat....that might be why he slept so well. Eh, so what, he had a good day over there - yay!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ding-dong fever update

Cam's fever is finally gone; it WAS a pretty long night. We just got back from Cam's "Well Baby" check (ha!), and Cam has herpangina, a viral throat infection. Doc thinks he's at the beginning of it, and it should run its course within 5-7 days. He's sleeping peacefully right now for his lunchtime nap.

The ENT still wants to do the pre-op tomorrow and decide then on the Friday surgery for the tubes. Because of the fever yesterday, Cam's not allowed back to daycare until he's 24 hrs fever-free, which would be tomorrow. We'll probably keep him home since he sleeps so much better here and daycare is obviously just a damn germ-fest....ANOTHER sickness he has gotten from there (argh!!). If the ENT decides tomorrow to do the surgery Friday, we'll probably keep Cam home from daycare the rest of the week; we think he'll recouperate faster at home.

One Year Stats
27lbs 10oz
19 3/4" head circumference

I'll add the percentages later - we forgot that paperwork at the doc's office.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Ding-dong has a fever

I got a call from daycare today about 4:15pm, telling me Cam had a fever of 100.6°. Not horrible but he definitely was warm and not himself. He's sleeping comfortably now, due for another dose of Tylenol around 9pm and we're getting ourselves together for a long night.

Ironically tomorrow morning at 10am we have Cam's one year "Well Baby" check up (snort). Not sure he'll end up getting his shots, or if this will affect the tube surgery he's supposed to have on Friday but we'll let you know.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dear Auntie Sherry and Mr. Keogh,

Mommy and daddy say you both love soccer and will coach me someday :) So far I like to carry the soccer ball - is that allowed? I also keep smacking it with my face but it hurts - what am I doing wrong?


Friday, September 12, 2008

Gigglepalooza 2008

Charlie and Chance bring out the giggles in Cam; especially when he's 1) chasing them, or 2) getting wacked in the face by their tails. :)

Cam's walking is getting better and more confident every day. We're not sure if all kids do this, but he likes to walk with his arms up, like we're holding his fingers - too funny! He does have moments where he's a bit OVER confident - that's typically about 3 seconds before a face plant.

please ignore mommy's giant bottom in this video!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to Cam-a-lam-a-ding-dong!!

As unbelievable as it sounds, Cam turned one today :) His walking is more and more confident; it won't be long before crawling is a thing of the past. No real "speech" yet, but lots of sounds. We suspect after the tubes go in that will change.

His little personality has totally emerged; he's just as tenacious as mommy and daddy but much more lovable. What a ride its been! Now the countdown to two starts :)