Monday, September 28, 2009

Mr. Walker!

Griffin has officially taken his first steps today! He has taken a few before, but this time is for real! Check him out.

Sorry the video is sideways. We don't have the editing software on our computer (it is in storage somewhere). Just tilt your head a little. :)

Please excuse the mess we had be playing all afternoon.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Our Low Key Weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend. On Saturday, we went to the Corrales Harvest Festival. Corrales is a very small town right near us. They have an awesome fresh market on Sunday's. We decided to check out the festival. It was pretty cool. Things were spaced out so they had hay rides to shuttle you to each location.

One of the locations had a park and Griffin got to enjoy a swing!
He also enjoy his very first snow cone. Mama enjoyed it too! Pina Colada flavored (the closest I am coming to a real one for a while)

On Sunday, I have to fess up. We didn't make it to church. We actually didn't even make it out of the house this morning. Griffin woke up in kind of a bad mood (he has more teeth coming in), so we decided to stay in and make him feel better. Ryan decided to be Mr. Tunnel Man (as seen below). Griffin (and I) thought he was pretty funny.
Mama did get out to go to Target and came home with a Halloween costume for our main man. I saw it and immediately thought it was perfect. He can be a "dog dog!" Clearly, I thought it was much more cute than he did. I just hope he will keep it on for Halloween!

Friday, September 25, 2009

14 Months

Mr. Griffin is officially 14 months old today. I can not believe it. It is amazing how time flies, especially when you have a child. I am so proud of him and actually very proud of Ryan and I for raising such an amazing little man.
Here are some tid bits of Griffin at this age:
1. His vocabulary has started to develop lately. He used to just repeat things, but he is now calling things as he sees them. He says "dog dog" for really anything with 4 legs. And he shouts it! He knows car, book, night night, juice, ball, balloon, milk, hi, mama and dada.
2. He is a professional crawler. That's right, he is not walking yet, but is right on the verge. He stands up on everything and pushes things up and down the hall. It is just a matter of time.
3. He is an excellent sleeper. He goes to bed about 7:30-8pm and wakes up about 7am. Knock on wood! He takes between 1-2 naps a day depending on what we have going on. One nap is usually about 2-3 hours and two are about 1-2 hours each.
4. He drinks out of a sippy cup (no more bobby). Can we get a yeah-who! He drinks whole milk, water and a mix of half juice half water. He much prefers milk over anything.
5. No more baby food. He pretty much broke himself of this. He loves veggies, yogurt, applesauce, grilled cheese, chicken, oatmeal, waffles, really pretty much anything. Our child doesn't miss many meals. :) Next on the list is to teach him to feed himself with a spoon/fork. Any suggestions??
6. He is a ham. When we are out shopping, he flirts with everyone. He actually kind of gets frustrated when people don't talk to him.
7. He loves to get in the cabinets more than any toy we could buy. He has two cabinets dedicated as Griffin's cabinets, but sometimes ventures off to the others (as seen in the picture above).
8. He loves stairs! Luckily, in our little temporary condo we only have one little one (from the living room to the sun room), but if we are somewhere that has steps, he is obsessed with them.
9. He is a tough little guy. He is getting more bumps and bruises lately, but I guess that is part of being a boy. I have learned that my reaction greatly affects the way he reacts. So, even if I am cringing seeing him take a tumble I just laugh and say weeee!
10. He really is the cutest kid I have ever seen. Granted we are a little biased, but he is going to be a heart breaker when he gets older.
11. I see my personality coming out in him daily. He gets very frustrated when he can not figure something out (can we say Brandi!). So, I am trying to "help" him figure things out. He is also pretty outgoing, so I see me in that as well!
12. He has 14 teeth. Need I say more!
We could not be more honored to have this little guy in our lives. We love you!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

#2 13.5 weeks

We had our first doctor's about out here yesterday. Everything went great, heard the heart beat and everything checked out good.

We wanted to go ahead and proceed with having the nuchal (down syndrome) test done. Not that we would do anything about it, we think it is just good to know so that you can prepare yourself. Seeing as we are 13.5 weeks, we had to get done asap as the test is typically completed between 11-13 weeks. Well, Ryan had to go out of town today and tomorrow and they said that if I did not have it done today, then I couldn't. Monday would have put me at 14 weeks. So, Griffin and I ventured to the doctor all by ourselves. I kept him contained in the stroller the whole time. He was actually pretty good considering.

Everything looked great with #2. He/she is measuring great. We could see all of the important stuff (limbs, heart, brain, organs, etc). I did ask the nurse if she could make a call on the gender. She said it was a little too early to call, but took a peak in between those tiny little legs. I looked up and said oh, it looks like a boy (but really what do I know except for what we saw with Griffin). She said that she thinks we might be steering the other way. So, we may be seeing PINK! She said not to run out and buy anything because the baby was really too little to tell.

I guess we really don't know with this one, but time will tell. We have our follow up appointment in 6 weeks and they can make the "official" call then. But, most importantly, the baby looks healthy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cash's Birthday

On Monday, we went to Griffin's Little Gym Buddy, Cash's first birthday party. It was at a local park and we had a blast. It was so awesome to be able to hang out with new folks.

They had cupcakes. We had to sit on the blanket and unfortunately that was not the best idea with a little guy and icing. Needless to say, it ended up all over ME! See the second picture below. My shirt was solid black. =) I guess these are the joys of being a mom. And guess what, it all washed out. No harm done.

Dada's Fort

Ryan built a "fort" in Griffin's room using the pack n play, tunnel, a chair, our comforter and Griffin's bed. It was actually pretty cool. They took some light up toys and a flash light in there and had a ball. I seriously didn't see them for like an hour. When I went to check on them, I just had to take some pictures.

Church...Well Sort Of....

Ryan and I decided that we wanted to get established in a church now that we are settled. I thought it would be a good idea to try out the church that MOPS is held at. When I was at MOPS, I asked if most people attend that church and actually most did not that just happened to be where the program was held. Some of the ladies recommended some other churches, but I figured we could give this one a try. Now, this church is non-denominational.

To give you a little background, I have been to church sporadically throughout my childhood. I would have never considered myself a "church goer." Well, Ryan went to church every Sunday until he was about 16.

So, Sunday morning we all got ready in our Sunday best and off to church we went. Ryan said he thought we were over dressed because most non-denominational churches are pretty laid back. Me, I said whatever, we all look cute. We get there and we are in fact VERY over dressed. Most people were in their jeans, shorts, flip flops, etc. This may seem superficial, but I was very uncomfortable.

We went to drop Griffin off in the nursery and they weren't taking children yet, so we just walked around. We looked at the where the service was held and it was folding chairs, a big screens and guitars. We walked out side and needless to say, we made a quick getaway. I don't know why, but we were both uncomfortable. Ryan told me it was because I was a heathen. Haha!

I guess I am looking for a more traditional church with pews, a choir, song books and people dressed with respect. I really hope this doesn't sound too superficial, but I think you have to find a church that you feel comfortable with.

So, since we bailed early, we decided to drive to a Lutheran church that Ryan had seen (Ryan grew up Lutheran). Well, we pulled up and it was a tiny looking church and there were only 4 cars in the parking lot and the service was supposed to start in 10 minutes. We did a drive by on that one.

We decided to go grab lunch in our fancy church clothes and look like we had done something productive with our morning. We said that we would do a little more research and try again this weekend.

Sandia Peak

On Saturday we ventured up to the Sandia Peak. We decided to drive rather than attempt the tram again. We typed it into the GPS and since Rio Rancho (where we live) is on the north side of Albuquerque it took us on a "cut through road." Well, the cut through road was about a 10 mile windy dirt road. It was awful! I thought I was going to vomit everywhere. Not the best thing when you were pregnant. My poor husband kept asking to turn around and I kept telling him no, just get us there! Anyways, after those awesome 10 miles, we finally hit a paved road (the actual road to get there).

It was beautiful. You could see forever. Just to give you a little perspective, we were at like 10,060 feet. When you are flying, that is when the flight attendants tell you it is safe to use electronic devises. We were up there!!

When we got up there, it started to get cloudy so we didn't end up staying very long. I am so glad we went and more glad that we took the long way home! =)

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Ok, so please don't think I am a total dork! I have heard about this product called Intelligender that claims it can predict the gender of your unborn child. I have heard different things, being that it really works or it really doesn't. The other day my sister, Alex, told me that she saw it on The Doctors and that we should give it a try. So, I figure what the heck. It would be fun, knowing to take the results with a grain of salt.

Anyways, I got it Friday and showed it to Ryan (which he made fun of me a little) and took it Saturday morning (you are supposed to do it first thing). And the results....A BOY!

So, we will see in a few weeks if this was right or not. =)

Anyone else willing to fess up that they took it?? (I am probably the only poor soul that fell into their trap)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Griffin and I went to our first MOPS meeting this morning. There is a group that meets in Rio Rancho at the Calvary Chapel. I have really been looking forward to going to be able to network with other moms. I also think that Griffin being in a daycare setting would be helpful for him too. I wasn't sure how he would do, but they give you a beeper in case something happens and mine never went off. They said he was great! I am so proud.

At our meeting, we chatted, made a jar with cookie ingredients, signed up for special interest groups and learned about one another. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next meeting. We even set up a play date at the zoo for next week.

And speaking of special interest groups, I was nominated to be the leader of the Bunco group. Now, I have only played a few times with my mom's buddies. But, they figured all girls from the south know how to play Bunco. I will be calling my mom for a refresher! If anyone has any good ideas, please let me know!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Mexico State Fair

We decided we would try out the fair on Sunday morning. It turned out to be a beautiful day and we had a blast. Griffin got to ride some rides and try out his very first funnel cake.

Digging the funnel cake!
Petting zoo

Hanging out at McDonald's Farm

Riding all the fun rides!


Saturday was dedicated as cold turkey day. After a long day, we decided to grab dinner out, so we brought Griffin his sippy cup with some juice in it. Ryan decided to give him some by putting a little in a straw and giving it to him. He loved it. So, then we put the cup up to his mouth with no lid and he took a couple of sips. We then took the valve out to show him that he could get juice and success! He is drinking out of a sippy cup! We put the valve back in and he sucked away.

So, at breakfast the next day, I thought to myself, I wonder if he forgot. But I gave him milk with his waffles and sausage and he chugged away.

He is officially off the "bobby." He is not drinking as much milk as I would like, but I figure it will take some time.

I am so proud of my little man!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Dreaded Sippy Cup

Griffin made the transition to whole milk with ease. However, the sippy cup has proven to be a huge challenge. The child loves his "bobby." We have tried to get him to drink out of one since he was about 6 months old. Granted, we have not been persistent, but have offered it at random times to him since then.

He will not drink anything out of one. In fact, he actually does not care for juice or water, only milk. I have tried to put something else in a bottle and he just tosses it.

I have researched the best cup to switch with and as you can see, have purchased all kinds. None seem to work. I have determined that the cold turkey method may be best for this strong willed young man. If anyone out there has any suggestions, PLEASE let me know!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Girl????

No, not #2, but Griffin (aka Grifina now). So, since we have been out here people keep mistaking Griffin for a girl. Today, while we were out and about, I literally had 4 people call him a she, girl or worse, my daughter! It might just be because he is so freaking cute. ;)

I mean, it is not like I dress him in sissy clothes (today he was in plaid shorts, tshirt and crocs). I think I have determined that it is his hair. We haven't had it cut yet. It is getting kind of long in the back/sides. It used to curl, but now it is just a wild looking mess even if I fix it. The top is actually kind of long, but it is so fine and thin, I can't do anything with it.

So, Mr. Griffin may be getting a stylish new do sometime in the near future. Something with spikes so that there is no mistaking him for a girl. We will see! I will definitely post pics of what we end up with!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Little Gym

Griffin and I had our trial class at the Little Gym today. He had so much fun. Griffin has never been to day care, so I think it is important for him to have some interaction with other kiddos his age. There were only 3 other kids in the class. 2 were 13 months (within 2 days of Griffin) and the other was 11 months.

Playing ball with his new buddy Cash. Cash's mom Jill and I exchanged numbers and she is part of a moms group. She invited me to join in on their fun and to go to dinner next week. I am so excited! I knew this little man would help me meet people!

He loved climbing over and up everything!

So, needless to say, I decided to sign us up for the "semester." It goes from now until January. I am excited to see what the interaction will bring out in Griffin!

Monday, September 7, 2009


I wanted to upload our first images of #2 (that is his/her nickname around the house). In this ultrasound, we were 7 weeks 5 days. I am now 11 weeks 1 day. We have our first appointment with the OBGYN here on the 23rd. I am not sure if they will do another ultrasound since it is a new doctor, but we will find out. I am feeling great (except being tired). So, if this has anything to do with what gender, my money is on a boy. It is basically the same (so far) pregnancy as I had with Griffin. So, time will tell. We will be happy with whatever God give us. We are just excited to bring another little Beals into the mix!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fun at the Mall

We had orginally planned to take the tram up to the Sandia Peak today, but when we got there it was packed. So, we ventured to the mall instead. We didnt have any shopping to do, but there is a carousel and some little rides that would be fun for Griffin. Below are some pictures from our adventure. By the way, he LOVED it!