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Standing to Walk


Mark this day down in your calendar, April 3, 2010. While the first picture in this sequence may look like you are “mooning” the camera, it’s actually a historic moment and why I’ve asked you to write it down.

Coen Gets to Standing on His Own

Coen Gets to Walk on His Own

Though the picture is of you sticking your booty in the air, it’s for the purpose of standing to walk. This is a task, which to this point, you had yet to complete and now on this date, you were successful not once, not twice but three times!

We are so very proud of you! With all the hurdles you’ve had to overcome, we’re proud of you for getting to this point on your own.


Which is it?


Lately you’ve become much more vocal, which is cool because you’re using words to communicate. Here’s the problem though, the word is usually followed by the opposite.

In other words, (pardon the pun) you have been using the short phrase “Hold you!” to indicate that you would like to be held. However, immediately after picking you up, you say, “OUT!” which means you want down.

Now, if you could just do us all a favor and pick one, that would be great!

Your Loving Father

A New House

Hey Bud!

Your mom just put you down for a quick morning nap because you are so TIIIIIRRRRRED. Anyhow, it’s been a long couple of days as mommy and daddy have been selecting new tile, granite and other things to go in our new house. We spent 5 hours yesterday at the builder’s main office getting everything selected. We don’t move in until July, so you’re going to have to hang in this apartment a tad bit longer! So, get some rest!

Your First Temper Tantrum


Last night, you had what could be described as your first official “Temper Tantrum”. Now, some people have made a point to remind me that it “wasn’t cool” of me to actually take pictures DURING the event, but I thought I should at least document the first one. Since you are my son, I figure there are many more to come.

Coen’s First Temper Tantrum

However, tonight you did something really amazing…you walked between your mom and I for more than 3 steps. I’m talking 5 or six at one point, I just didn’t get them ALL on camera but I have a few minutes I’d like to share with you to show you how proud we were!

Feeding Yourself


This morning, another milestone for you! Your mom made blueberry pancakes, which you really love. You love them so much, you don’t even let us eat our own. So, your mommy makes you a pancake to have by yourself and I spent most of the time feeding it to you. However, as pancake #2 was placed in front of you, suddenly you decided to feed yourself!

Now, using an adult fork is no easy task because it’s kinda long and unbalanced for little babies. So, I took the initiative to stick the pancake onto the fork and you were handling the “plate-to-mouth” portion. You did such a good job feeding yourself! As a matter of fact, in the picture we took, you can see the big smile on your face.

Great job, Bud!

Not Us…

That’s the first thought that goes through your mind when you are told that your son has “severely delayed motor skills”. I mean, I’ve never had a baby before, so I’m not sure exactly what to look for in terms of motor skills development but I was aware you weren’t crawling very much until about your first birthday (this past Saturday).

I was given a bit of a heads-up by your Grandma Nancy that there might be some “issues” based on the video I provided everyone on your first birthday. She said she noticed some things, including your flapping arms.

Well, the pediatrician confirmed those fears this morning and recommended we take you to see a neurologist and enter you into an early intervention program. All that means is that they want to check and make sure your motor skills catch up to your age level.

So, I just placed a call to the early intervention program to get you going as soon as possible because we really care about you and your development. I’m sure everything will check out OK, but it’s just the initial shock that has to wear off. Hence, this blog post.

One Whole Year Old!


Exactly one year ago, you came into our lives-which means that it’s your 1st birthday today! We’ve got a great day of activities planned at Uncle David and Aunt Marilyn’s house in Uptown Charlotte. They are kind enough to host all of us at their sprawling condo on top of the Trademark Building.


Ralphie in "A Christmas Story"

Your mom and I couldn’t figure out what in the World we should get a one-year old who has everything he could possibly ask for. So, this year (you wouldn’t remember unless I wrote this down) we decided to give you pajamas with the little footsies because you are very adapt at taking your socks off.

Momma likes your feet to stay warm at night and since it’s the first week of November and starting to get pretty chilly at night, we decided to give you no choice. Hey, at least we’re not sticking you in the infamous bunny costume that Ralphie had to wear in “A Christmas Story”. (We really hope you grow to love that movie as much as we do!)

Anyhow, reviewing all the posts from this time last year has been a lot of fun and I’m going to make an effort to share your stories throughout the day!

Happy Birthday, Coen-Bud!