But back to Spencer and Allison’s wedding…
Since Trevor was the best man, Banner and I made our way into the church and sat towards the front behind where Gran and John would be seated. When the music started to play, Banner got all excited and started waving his arms and hands like he was the conductor of an orchestra. Unbeknownst to me, Spencer, Trevor and the groomsmen were watching Banner on a TV in a room just off the main sanctuary. And to think that I thought I was the only one who noticed!
Banner made it through about half of the ceremony before getting all squirmy, so we discretely stepped out of the sanctuary and watched the rest of the service on the TVs in the waiting area at HPUMC.
Teacher: “Oh no! She’ll only be in her crib during naps. We will do lots of things with her on the floor, like tummy time, sensory games…”
Nora’s Parents: “But what will you do to protect her from some of the other babies? Like him [Pointing at Banner]. He is just so big and so fast!”
That’s right. My giant baby strikes fear into the hearts of new parents. O.M.G.
Banner’s “girlfriend” is Emma. She’s little but feisty. It is funny, though. The teacher’s report that Banner is kind of protective of her, and there have been several incidents where Banner has put his arm around her shoulders or held her hand during story time or while on buggy rides out in on the playground. My baby is such a flirt.
Now that the door knobs have been baby proofed, he has moved on to climbing. I wonder how long it will take until the concept of gravity finally sinks in?
(Daycare is really safe, by the way. It is just Banner’s age and recent attempts at standing unassisted that are to blame. And incident reports are issued by the facility for the most minor of accidents. They are really just covering their a$$ so everyone is clear on the reason behind every bump, bruise and scratch.)
He also loves nothing more than pulling apart the classroom’s cardboard books.
(I am so embarrassed.)
The good news is that he is a very adventuresome eater, and is always willing to try new things regardless of taste, texture or color. I was so proud when he sucked down the plain spaghetti squash on Wednesday. Trevor thought he would hate it, but – just like his mom – he loved it. I wish I had set aside more for him.
He also LOVES Trevor’s buckwheat and quinoa pancakes. Yum. Whenever Trev makes them, we set a bunch aside for Banner to snack on throughout the week. They might be Ban’s favorite.
Trev calls them Banner's "man cakes".
|Gypsy waiting for something to "fall".|
His favorite book is PEEK-A-WHO. He will actually let you read it to him multiple times in a row without squirming (of course it helps that it is all of five pages long). It is the first book I’ve read to him where he will actually giggle and pay attention.
He now says “Hi” and “A-DA” all the time. Uncle Adam thinks “A-DA” is Banner’s way of saying “Adam”. It is funny, though, because Banner DOES seem say it more when Adam is around. Maybe there is a connection? Or maybe it is just that Adam always reacts to it?
Banner has now had two play dates. The first was with Grant on November 5th. Grant is the son of a girl that I was in a playgroup with 30 years ago. He is 18 months old but he and Banner are the same height. I never realize how big my baby is until I see him with babies nearly twice his age.
The second play date was with Connor. Connor’s mom and I went to high school together in Maryland, got married on the exact same day (9/5/2009) and had the same due date last December. Of course, since Banner was two weeks late and Connor one week early, the two are three weeks apart, but it is still pretty amazing how closely Ashley’s life has paralleled my own.
Banner is still fascinated with TV remotes, and has an uncanny ability to find U-Verses Santa Tracker. Trevor and I joke that he is trying to tell us something.
|Love this little guy!|
In other non-Banner related news, I am having a difficult time with Picasa web albums (who hosts the images for this blog now that Blogger is now owned by Google). It keeps telling me that I have reached my image upload quota, so I went through and deleted hundreds of photos. I ONLY use Picasa for this blog, but some of my pictures were uploaded multiple times when I thought the upload had failed, timed out, etc. Except - unbeknownst to me - they had all uploaded just fine. So, since before Thanksgiving, I've been going through YEARS of blog-related photos and deleting the duplicates. Which sounds simple, but is actually surprisingly stressful since it is impossible to tell for sure which images are tied to an old blog post.
Anyway, I was able to free up nearly 30% of space, and uploaded some of the pictures from Thanksgiving. But - less than 30 pictures later - I had reached my quota again (odd since I had deleted hundreds already). So, I purged again. And...nothing. It doesn't seem to matter how many more I delete, I am still hovering at 99.85% of my quota. It just isn't right.
After doing some research, though, I have learned that this is not a unique problem. Lots of people are experiencing the same thing, but no one has done anything to fix it. Picasa says it is Google's problem and Google only says that it is a "known problem" and they are working on it.
Some pictures - like 95% included in this post here - were uploaded before the problem started. But I have a whole bunch of drafts that are waiting for a picture or two. I find all this to be very frustrating.
I'd pay the $2.49/month for upgraded storage, but it makes me a little wary to pay for something that obviously has so many problems, so I am - instead - trying to do what Google recommends: be patient. I'm falling so behind, though, that I don't know how long it will last until I start using someone else to host my photos. Years ago, I had pretty good luck with Flickr. Sigh...I guess it is time to start weighing my options.
In the interim, please forgive the back posting and (possible) lack of images. I'm working on finding a solution. Here's to hoping I don't fall too far behind in the process!