Tuesday, April 27, 2010


When I did early intervention we used to try to guess what the kids we worked with would be when they grew up based on their personality and the kinds of things that interested them. Now when I look into Merrick's eyes or watch him explore a toy I can't help but wonder what the future is going to hold for him.

When most people see Merrick for the first time one of the first things they notice is how tall and thin he is. Usually it follows that they make some sort of comment about how he is going to play sports when he grows up. I could see that and I know that his daddy would be happy if developed a love for soccer...or really any sport for that matter.

I watch him explore how things work and see how fascinated he is by watching someone brush their teeth or use a Q-tip. He is so curious and smart. I could see him wanting to be a doctor or a lawyer like daddy will be some day.

One thing I do know is that I want him to be happy and safe and while I really hope he does not want to be a firefighter, he would make a really cute one. Don't you think?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Next Generation

Ready or not world here comes the next generation of Clifford boys. This realization hit me the other day when I was making tooting noises at Merrick and he was laughing. Leave it to a boy to think that is funny. All boy through and through. Merrick also loves to eat. Even when he was having painful acid reflux, he would never turn down food. Some of my friends who have had babies recently are having a hard time getting them to eat certain foods, but Merrick will eat anything that comes near his face.

This last week we started on meats. I was reading that new research is showing that many babies are iron deficient so we started with beef. Merrick definitely has a love/hate with relationship with beef. Our first feeding was so funny. He would open so wide for each bite, but then gag a little when it actually made it into his mouth. He never gave up on it though and he seemed determined to eat it all.

I think some day, probably before I am ready, Merrick will be able to out eat his daddy. He already eats more veggies than daddy does. Maybe I can use that fact to get Jeremy to eat more veggies...just a thought.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Say Cheese

In an effort to remember all the fun times with Merrick as he grows so quickly, and also to keep the blog updated, I have tried to take more pictures lately. My favorite part about this is that Merrick has learned to recognize the camera. Each time I pull it out to take a picture he gets a big cheesy grin on his face. Unfortunately by the time I get it turned on, zoomed, and the camera flashes, he usually has stopped smiling. Luckily it is not too hard to get the smile back and we end up with some super cute, cheesy pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from the last few days.

P.S. The last one is closest to the face he makes when he first sees the camera.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter 2010

This past Sunday was Easter and what a great Easter it was. We started the weekend with a family dinner on Friday night at Jeremy's aunt's house, had a picnic with my old coworkers on Saturday, had two family dinners on Sunday, and had two great days of listening to General Conference.

While Merrick is too young to yet understand the true meaning of Easter, this was the first holiday that he was old enough to be interested in some of the festivities. Despite the fact that he is recovering from an ear infection, he was a happy baby all weekend and loved spending the time with family and friends. During our Easter egg hunt he enjoyed holding and sucking on an egg and he was excited to explore his Easter basket after the Easter bunny visited our house.

My favorite part of the weekend was watching Merrick sit with his Easter basket and take out each item one at a time. I think that daddy just wished that Merrick would not have pulled out every other item before his new soccer ball...maybe he was saving the best for last.