Wednesday, November 30, 2005

My OT came over today and we played with puzzles! I did a really good job and got most of the shapes in the right spaces, Mommy and the OT were both really impressed. We also crumbled tissue paper and colored with crayons. It was a fun session.

Mommy had a bunch of phone calls to make so I got to watch some TV, which I didn't mind at all. Then we played for a while and I took a nap. When Daddy got home he fed me dinner and we watched the Simpsons and played. It was a great day!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mommy and me had such a rough week that we decided to take today off! We just relaxed and hung around the house. We slept late and played and watched TV, we haven't had a chance to do that for a while. I like excitement but sometimes it is nice to have a quiet day at home.

Grandma Donna stopped by this evening. She brought me a baby walker so that I can move around anywhere I want. I am no expert at it yet, but I am learning. I got into all kinds of stuff tonight and tommorow is a whole new day!!! Of course she stayed a while and played with me and fed me dinner. You're the best Grandma!

I was worn out from doing nothing all day so I went to bed early!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Today we went over to Grandma Jan's house and I watched the football game with Daddy and Uncle Scott. Let's just say it wasn't pretty....

I had a good time crawling around Grandma's living room and getting into stuff, she doesn't seem very interested in childproofing so when I am fast enough I can get my hands on all kinds of stuff! I had a great time playing with the front door today. I opened it, and closed it, then opened it, then closed it. Talk about fun times!!! Cause it was a special occasion Grandma had junk food and I really liked the potato chips she put out. I got really upset when Mommy told me they were all gone, I like salty stuff.

After that we went out to dinner...Don Pablos again. I was not to happy when we got there but then I pooped and felt all better. Tortilla chips are almost as good as potato chips, I can't wait till I am old enough to dip my chips! After dinner we went to Walgreens and I rode in the cart like a big boy! It was really fun and I did a really good job of sitting in the cart, Mommy said she was really proud of me!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Yet another fun day today! We took a really long car ride and went to visit Great Grandma Joan in Philadelphia. I loved sitting facing forward and even though I was really tired, I kept trying to stay awake so I could look out the window. We went up there to have dinner and to celebrate Thanksgiving again. It was fun! Aunt Leslie and Cousin Autumn were there, and they were both wearing cool necklaces I got to play with! Grandpop's brother Uncle Adam and his wife Ruth were there too. Uncle Adam has a whole bunch of hair on his face and I had to really control myself not to pull it! I had ice cream for dessert again, but it didn't agree with me so I spit it up right there at the table with everyone looking at embarrasing! And Grandma Joan gave me the coolest little animal finger puppets and let me play with rocks! Cool!

Tommorow we are gonna go watch the football game with Uncle Scott. Go Ravens!

Friday, November 25, 2005

I had another fun day today. Great Grandma Berta came over again and we spent most of the day with her. We played together all morning and I really showed off how strong and cute I am. We also played this really fun game with a football, where she threw the football to me while I was in my excersaucer and then I knocked it onto the floor so she she would do it again and again. I really love playing with my Great Grandma!

We went out to eat twice today! We went to lunch at Bob Evans with Grandma Berta, and then we went to dinner at Steak and Ale with Grandma Jan and Uncle Scott. I never get to eat at Steak and Ale cause it is a really quiet restraunt and Mommy doesn't trust me. I was good though, even though I was trying to poop the whole time I didn't cry or yell (just grunted a little). I like that place cause it has a fireplace and I like to watch the fire. After dinner we went back to Grandma Jan's and had dessert...I had ice cream..Yummy! Then because of the ice cream I was all hyped up so I stayed up way past my bedtime playing with Uncle Scott, he is the coolest. But he better be forewarned, when I grow up I am gonna kick his butt at poker!!! Mommy said that if she knew what big card players the Bantas were she never would have married into the family! I must be a Banta cause I think it sounds like fun!

The really big news is that today I finally got to sit facing forward in my carseat!!!! No more cramped legs and I can see right out the front window! I love, love, love it! It will definately make our trip to Philadelphia tommorow more comfortable. Horray!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I had a great day today! We went over to Grandma Donna's house to celebrate Thanksgiving. When we got there I got to play with Grandpop Bill, Grandma Donna, and Great Grandma Berta. Everyone thought I was so cute and paid so much attention to me! And that was even before Grandma Jan and Grandpa Don got there! After they came over I played with them a bit and then ate lunch. I got to eat a real sweet potatoe for lunch, and it was much yummier than the kind that comes out of the jar, which I usually have.

At dinner everyone kept giving me new food to try. My favorite was the cranberry sauce, it was so yummy and sweet. After dinner Uncle Ian and Aunt Sarah came over and we all had dessert. I got a whole bowl of vanilla ice cream....YUMMY! I also had a few bites of pumpkin pie, which was pretty good...but it was no ice cream. That gave me a nice sugar rush so I got to stay up even later and show off for all the grandparents. Tommorow we go to Grandma Jan's house and I get to see Uncle Scott. What a fun holiday this is!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

When I woke up this morning my Great Grandma Berta was here!!! I was so excited to see her cause it has been months since the last time. I love the way she talks to me in her funny accent!

We didn't have much time to play this morning cause my teacher came over. She brought me a new chair with a desk attached, but it is kinda broken so Grandpop Bill needs to fix it for me. We had fun playing but as usual I didn't cooperate the whole time. I did do a pretty good job with the puzzle though. It isn't my fault, she put her bag of toys down right next to me and I had to keep peaking to see what was in there.

This afternoon I went for a test at the hospital...I failed. It was a pass or fail test and to pass I had to drink this really yucky stuff. No way!!! So they didn't get to do the test but they said I looked so healthy not to worry about it. They were just trying to figure out why I don't like to drink, I could tell them why....Because! That's why! I did get to see a picture of the inside of my head on TV though...that was neat.

Grandma Donna was here when we got home so I even got to play with her a little today! I showed off my cruising to her and Great Grandma Berta. Tommorow is Thanksgiving and I get to spend the whole day with my family. Both Grandmas and Granpas ( and Great Grandma) are gonna be there and there will be turkey! I can't wait!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Ravens Won!!! Finally! I am really happy about that cause it made Daddy real happy, and I like when he is happy.

Today was fun. Daddy and I hung out and played, and we watched a little football too. It was a nice lazy Sunday. For dinner we all went out to dinner at Don Pablos to celebrate the Ravens winning and Mommy being done with her test. I like that place, there are pretty colored lights hanging everywhere. I ate a little bit of tortilla chips and some of Mommy's corncake. I also ate a bunch of cheesecurls. The waitress gave me a kids menu and some crayons so Mommy tried to get me to color. Her one mistake was putting the crayon on my highchair tray...I figured that meant she wanted me to eat it! She didn't. I was pretty worn out when we got home so I went to sleep early.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Today was a wierd day. When I woke up this morning Mommy wasn't even home, and that never happens! Apparently she had to go take some kind of teacher test. It is okay if she wants to be a teacher, but she better understand that first she has to stay home with me and only be my Mommy! I might let her get a job someday, but only after I am in school full time. She was gone a long time and I only got to see her for a few minutes before I went over to Grandma Jan's house.

I had a good time at Grandma's house though and it was a typical fun Saturday. When I got home I was sleepy but not asleep so me and Mommy cuddled in bed for a while and that was really nice. I like to cuddle, but I just have too many other things to do and explore right now, so I almost never take the time to cuddle anymore.

Tommorow is Sunday, that means I have to take my nap at 1PM. I wonder what Daddy does on Sundays while I am napping?

Friday, November 18, 2005

I am finally feeling all better from my shots, but it sure took a while!

Today me and Mommy went to see Pat Winders. We were almost late cause Mommy had a hard time shoving me into my carseat with my new coat on. I guess it is just too cold to go out without my coat on anymore. When we got there I was not in the most cooporative mood. Pat wanted to work on walking, and I have decided I don't really like walking. At least not when I don't have something to lean on that makes me feel really secure. I did show her how great I am at cruising and she was very impressed. I even cruised between two parallel surfaces, which was kinda hard.

It took forever to get home cause the traffic was so bad. I didn't mind, I especially liked watching the teenage boys who kept trying to wash our windshield. When we got home Daddy was already here and he fed me and played with me, what fun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I did not have a fun day today at all!!! First Mommy woke me up early and I was still so tired that I stood up in my crib without even opening my eyes. I didn't even open them until my diaper was changed. Then we went to the doctor. At first it was fun cause there was a cute baby in the waiting room who crawled over to see me, and I really like going out. But once we were in the exam room I remembered how much I hate that place. They did all kids of terrible things to me, like measuring my head. I fought the whole time, I just didn't want to have anything to do with any of that. Then the worst part, I got 4 shots! Ouch! Because of those stupid shots I have been cranky and tired all day. I have been sleeping most of the day.

The doctor said I was doing great. He said I am 15-20% on the regular height and weight charts, which is very good. He also said I can start facing forward in my carseat...yea! Oh yeah, he also said I was a very cute kid, but I don't think that was his medical opinion or anything.

My OT came over this afternoon and Mommy woke me up to see her. She said she almost prefers working with me when I don't feel good cause I am not as stubborn. I just didn't have the energy to fight her. I colored for her, threaded beads, and stacked stuff. She was very impressed!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Today was really fun. Mommy and me had a laid back day, and then Grandma Donna came over. I had a great time with her, she mostly was here to help Mommy so she didn't get to play with me too much. I really enjoyed watching her though, she is like a whirling dervish, she never stops moving! She helped Mommy organize my room so now there is more space for me to play in there.

Grandma Donna is the best! We all really appreciate her coming over here and helping out!

Tommorow I have a doctors appointment..I guess that means shots. YUCK!

Monday, November 14, 2005

My teacher came over this morning, bright and early! Actually she was so early that I didn't get to finish my breakfast. That was partially my fault though cause I kept spitting at Mommy and being bad. Then she would get real serious and say "NO" (whatever that word means), and then she would stare me down. I guess she was trying to let me know how serious she was, but it kinda freaked me out so when she did it I would close my eyes real tight! That really made her laugh, and then we would start all over again.

I had a great time with my teacher. We read some books and she sang me some songs. Everytime she wanted me to do something with my hands I would fight her, so she started blowing on my hands. She said it was to wake them up, but I thought it felt kinda funny. She let me borrow this really neat book and she gave me this really cool toy. It is like a slinky with a head on it! I love it and I have been playing with it all day. I like to watch it bounce, bounce, bounce!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Today was a fun day, even if the Ravens didn't win. I woke up bright and early so I could play, play, play! I had so much fun chasing my jiggly ball around that I kept getting excited and yelling. I even woke Mommy up, and I understand that is hard to do! I had a lot of fun playing with Daddy and just by coincidence my naptime was the same time as the football game. When I woke up the Ravens had lost, but I was still in a great mood...Daddy not so much. We watched the rest of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that was good. Mommy says the original is better and when I am old enough she will get me the DVD. I can't wait!

Tommorow my teacher comes over. I will let you all know if anything cool happens!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Well today was an interesting day. My speech teacher was supposed to come over this afternoon, but she called and said she had to cancel cause her baby was being born! About time, her belly was getting really big! So instead I just played with Daddy most of the day.

Then Grandma Donna and Grandpop bill stopped by, but they only stayed a second cause they were off to cave in West Virginia. After that we went to mall to get my haircut. I really liked the haircut place cause there were so many kids to watch. And when it was time to get my haircut Mommy held me in her lap and the lady put a Baby Einstien tape on for me. I didn't mind the first few minutes of the haircut, but then I got kinda restless. I kept trying to grab the lady's comb and squirm out of Mommy's arms. Somehow she managed to do a pretty good job though. Mommy says I look like such a big boy.

After my haircut we went out to eat. It was fun and I had a good time pretending to feed Mommy my bread. She would open her mouth and I would put my bread up to it and she would pretend to eat it and go "yum, yum, yum!" that was so funny it made me giggle. Silly Mommy!
Quinn preparing for his very first proffesional haircut. Posted by Picasa
Playing with a comb before he realizes what is coming. Posted by Picasa
Watching a video while he gets snipped. Posted by Picasa
Here he is finally all done with his haicut. "That was rough!" Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Today was lots of fun! Daddy stayed home and we hung out all day together, it doesn't get any better than that!

This afternoon Lindalee came over. I showed off my new cruising skills and she was very impressed. She even let me play with her keys as a reward and she says I am the only one she ever lets play with her keys! We also started to work on me learning to stand alone, without holding on to anything. She tricked me into doing it for a second and it was really scary, when I realized what was happening I gasped really loud and sat down. Mommy says I will get used to it.

Tommorow my speech teacher is coming over and then me, Mommy, and Daddy are gonna go to the mall so I can get my hair cut! Mommy says it will be fun, but I don't know. She will post pictures of how it turns out as soon as she can.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Today was pretty much just like yesterday. Nothing too exciting happened. I got to watch Higglytown Heros and JoJo's Circus, I love those shows. I had a great time rolling my pumpkin all over the place, but Mommy said we are gonna have to toss it soon, or it will rot. Daddy took the doorstop out of the foyer, so now I am allowed to play back there any time I want.

When Daddy got home today he had to fix the toilet, so we didn't get to play as much. That was okay cause I stayed up late with him and also cause he has tommorow off. We are gonna let Mommy sleep in and play all day long!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I'm am offically cruising! It has finally clicked and I can pretty much do it anywhere without too much encouragement. Of course, that is only when I feel like it! Today I cruised up and down the sofa 3 whole times, with very little enticement from Mommy. She was really impressed, but the truth is I have been cruising like that in my crib for weeks. That is where I like to practice all my new skills.

We had a fun day and took a late nap, which was good cause it meant I got to spend extra time playing with Daddy when he got home. He is so much fun to play with and he takes such good care of me!!! Nothing big planned for tommorow, this week is a light one for me!!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

What a great day!

Mommy woke me up way early so we could go to my early intervention playgroup. If I had known she was gonna do that I wouldn't have gotten up at 6 AM and played in my crib like I did! When we got there I was pretty nervous and didn't want to play. But after a couple of minutes I relaxed and I ended up having a really great time! There was still only one other kid there, the same one from last time, Donny. But that is okay cause he is so cool! He saw some balls we weren't supposed to have and he went over and got us them anyway! I can't wait till I can walk. We listened to music and everyone got an instrument to play with. I got the clapping hands and I shook them the whole time the music played. Then of course there was snack time, I ate 3 graham crackers. Mommy gave me some juice in a cup and I drank some...and spit it out. So she started complaining to the teachers that I did that. I never realized she was so worried about I took a bunch more sips and didn't spit any of them out! Mommy was very happy.

Tonight Grandma Donna and Grandpop Bill came over. I had a great time playing with them! Grandpop Bill even fed me a little and he made airplane noises while he did it, I thought that was pretty funny! It was a great night, I am so glad they came over!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

I had a really fun day today. I woke up early and played with Daddy untill it was time for Football. I think football is okay, but Daddy is just way to serious about it. He even planned my nap so it would be exactly when his game was on! Thats okay, we had lots of fun. I pulled all the papers off the coffee table, I played with Portia's snake toy, it was great. You may be thinking that I shouldn't play with Portia's toys, but it is okay cause she played with my little Halloween cat that makes the spooky noise all day! We are brother and sister, we know how to share! After dinner we watched the Matrix for a little while, now that is one cool movie! Then Mommy read me a book untill I was ready to fall asleep. It turned out to be a pretty nice Sunday!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Today was just a hang out day, but it was pretty fun. I got to crawl around and play with all my toys which is my favorite thing in the whole world to do! Portia decided that it would be okay to play with me a little today too and I really enjoyed that, she kisses too much though. I had Speghetti-O's with meatballs for lunch. I wasn't too thrilled with the O's but I really liked the meatballs, they kept popping out of my mouth, it was funny.

Daddy came home early cause it is Friday. That means more time for us to play! We played the rest of the night, it was really fun!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Boy did I have a big day!

Mommy said she was gonna try and take me to playgroup today, but when her alarm went off she just turned it off and tried to go back to sleep! She was being a lazy mommy and I couldn't let her get away with that! So I started yelling and crying cause I really wanted to go to playgroup. She got the message and we went to my Down Syndrome playgroup! It was fun. There were only two other kids there and they were both girls. But one of the girls was almost the same age as me and she was really pretty! She was strong too, she could even cruise, and she was real good at it!

So I can't let a girl show me up like that! When Lindalee came over today I cruised for her!!! I did a pretty good job too. She was really impressed! So next month maybe I can go back to playgroup and show that little girl what this boy is made of!

The rest of my day was fun too. When Daddy came home we played and watched the Simpsons. Then it was time for bed so I gave Mommy a kiss goodnight and I was out!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Today was a really fun day! Mommy and me slept in and then my OT came over. I must be getting used to all these therapists cause I really showed off for her today too! We put stuff in the coffee can, I pointed at stuff, took stuff off the puzzle and tried to put it back, I stacked some blocks, and I threaded some wood beads (with a little help). The only thing I wouldn't do was color, I just don't get that yet! Mommy said she was real proud of me for working so hard!

Then after my nap Grandma Donna came over! Yea! She came over to help Mommy with some stuff, but she played with me a bunch too. I love Grandma Donna! It always makes my day when she comes over.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

My speech teacher came over today. Usually I don't make a peep while she is here, but today I was in a good mood so I talked talked talked! She was very suprised cause she has never really heard me talk before...I am just shy I guess. Of course when she wanted me to say BaBa, I said DaDa, and vice versa. I am not only shy but I am stubborn too! At least that is what everyone tells me.

After she left we played a bunch. I chased my coffee can back and forth across the living room. Mommy and me played with all the cool stuff from my Halloween treat bag. There was a cool cat that made spooky noises, a straw that when Mommy blew though it whistled, and a little tiny pumpkin that I really liked playing with. There was a lollipop in there too, but I was not interested when Mommy tried to put it in my mouth. It sure didn't look like food!

I played a little too hard today and I had to go to sleep early. That meant I didn't get to play with Daddy very much, and that really sucked!!!