Thursday, December 25, 2008

More Christmas Fun!

Lucas being silly.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Lucas was up and going at 6:45 this morning looking to see if Santa had found us in Jefferson City. And yes, Santa found us. Lucas was a good boy this year because Santa brought him a lot of nice things. His favorite is the Little People Play 'n Learn Town. He also got two books, two puzzles, some clothes and new music to listen to in the car for long trips.
I made us a delicious Christmas dinner which included turkey and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, squash and rolls. Lucas had an entire plate full of food. He especially liked the noodles, just like his Daddy. Right now we are relaxing and watching some of Lucas's favorite cartoons on Noggin.
We hope everyone had a good Christmas with their family and friends! We can't wait to see everyone next week. Again, our weekend will be busy but we'll try and make time for everyone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ear infection and croup

It all started Sunday with sneezing. From there it turned into a bad cough and a runny nose. I decided to take him to the doctor on Tuesday b/c the cough wasn't getting any better. Needless to say I wasn't expecting an ear infection out of the visit. Apparently, Lucas lost the tube in his right ear and it was pretty infected. So he's on antibiotics for 5 days. We decided to take to the ER on Tuesday night b/c his breathing wasn't right. There was a lot of wheezing going on. The ER doctor heard him cough a few times and knew right away it was croup. For those who don't know what croup is, it's an inflammation of the voice box caused by a viral infection. It causes a bark like cough and is worse a night. We're not sure where Lucas got it but he sure does have a good case of it. He stayed home from daycare yesterday and today. From what I've been told he is now more susceptible to croup. Lucky us.
Jefferson City isn't supposed to have the ice like those in Maryville, Kansas City or Ottawa, IL. We are experiencing rain right now and the temp is supposed to get to 45 by midnight.

Not much else it going on. We're trying to get ready for Christmas like most everyone else.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Saying "Hi"

Here is a video Michael took of Lucas saying "Hi".

Monday, December 8, 2008


Mariah and Michael came down over the weekend to watch Lucas for us while Jon and I attended my bank Christmas party. I tried to post a video Michael took, but it wouldn't download right. So here are some pictures I took.

Last post on "Family Guy"

I swear this is the last post about "Family Guy". We finally got Lucas on video during the theme song to "Family Guy". He gets so excited and I think he ia almost singing along during some parts. Jon and I are trying to decide when it's a good time to stop letting him watch the show. It can get pretty bad. I don't think it's done too much damage yet. : ) You may have to turn up your volume to hear everything.

The Duff Family Christmas Tree

The apartment doesn't leave much room for a big Christmas Tree, so we had to improvise and put up a 1 1/2 foot tall tree. I decorated it with lights and I found a little angel to put on top. I bought some little Christmas balls but decided against those in case Lucas got a hold of one and put it in his mouth or something. It's pretty sad when the gifts around the tree are 2-3 times bigger then it. I also put lights up in Lucas' room, but they have already fallen down. I did get a picture of them too. Enjoy!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A smashed thumb and so much more...

Lucas got his thumb smashed at daycare earlier this week. Danielle called to tell me that it didn't look to pretty and she was right. I was pretty sure his thumb nail was going to fall off after I first saw it but it is looking much better today. I tried to take some pictures of it but do you know how hard it is to get a 13 month old to hold his hand still?

Along with getting his thumb smashed, we met with his Parents As Teachers, Lisa, on Tuesday night. Things were going oh so well. Lucas was doing the activity she demonstrated and then he started to get tired. He crawled to my lap and was there for 2 seconds and lost everything. Any when I say everything, I mean everything. Lucas has never puked in his 13 months and that night he made up for it all. Jon and I felt terrible for Lisa. She was on the floor helping Jon clean up the puke while I was giving Lucas a bath. We thought things were better after the bath but we were wrong. After the second puke, we decided that PAT could wait a couple of weeks. I'll update you on how the next meeting goes. : )

Monday, December 1, 2008

Another busy weekend

We went home for Thanksgiving on Thursday. We spent the weekend with family and friends. Jon and I had to move stuff out of the house and in to storage b/c we got our house rented...yeah!! That consumed most of our morning and afternoon on Friday. We had Thanksgiving supper at the Henggelers and then Jon and I went to our 11th Annual Thanksgiving Campout. The fire was nice and so was the beer. : ) Lucas stayed with my parents and helped put up the Christmas Tree. He did such a good job. Saturday we spent most of the day visiting grandparents. That evening we had Thanksgiving supper with the Stiens family. Sunday was another day of visiting friends and family. Lucas had lunch with Aunt Laura, Uncle Chris, Aunt DeAnn and cousin Charlotte at Carson's. This was the first time he ordered off the "Kiddie Menu". He followed in his Daddy's footsteps and had macaroni and cheese. Sunday evening we met Andrea and Richie in Liberty for my birthday. Lucas again ordered off the "Kiddie Menu" and had grilled cheese and mandarin oranges. He wasn't too fond of the oranges. We arrived back in Jeff City around 9:30 pm. We all slept through the night...yeah!!! It was good seeing everyone this past weekend. We can't wait to do it all again.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Say "Cheese"

I got Lucas saying "cheese" on video tonight. He can't quite say his c's they come out as d's. I hope you can hear him in the video over me and the tv. We are all very excited to see everyone this weekend.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Family Guy"

I am embarrassed to say but my 13 month old child is obsessed with Family Guy. He will completely stop what he is doing as soon as he hears the theme song. He is on a mad crawl or sprint to get to the TV so he doesn't miss a second. Once the show starts he is all eyes. The pictures I am posting are from last night. He is in the zone.

The Aftermath

This is what happens while I'm in the shower. Lucas thought it would be fun to unroll the toilet paper and then I caught him in the act of taking all his diapers out of the cabinet. What a silly boy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The next Michael Phelps??

Lucas never ceases to amaze me but last night during bath time, he decides to stick his face in the water. Why did he do this? I'm not sure. I then tried to teach him how to blow bubbles but he kept doing it when he'd raise his face. I guess it's still pretty good for a 13 month old. I guess my next plan of attack is to get him in swimming lessons. There is a YMCA here in town so I will see if they have an indoor pool. I better do it now before he is terrified of the water.

Nothing new or exciting for me or Jon. The weather here is apparently much better then in Maryville. Today we were in the 50's and I think it's supposed to be like that the rest of the week. I'm sure our time is coming. Enjoy the pictures of Lucas with his face in the water. Everyone take care.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Not a lot going on

We haven't done much this past week. Lucas is walking more and more everyday and testing his limits. We have to keep the bathroom and bedroom doors shut b/c he likes go and see what he can get in to. I took video of him yesterday playing with a magnet and he was getting so excited when he got it to stick. Lucas has also been eating more and more table food. He seems to enjoy it better then baby food but can I blame him. I start my new job with Hawthorn Bank on Nov. 17 and I'm really excited. Lucas will be starting daycare full time then too. I haven't decided if I will stop working at Tuesday Morning. I might stay on through the holidays. Lucas and I will be coming home this weekend so we will try and visit everyone. It will be hard so if we don't see you this time, we will be back for Thanksgiving. Well, off to get my clothes out of the dryer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Walking, Walking, Walking...

Lucas is getting better and better at walking. I'm going to attach a video (Hope it works) for everyone to see. I'm glad we're not living in a big place b/c he's everywhere.
There's not too much else going on. The weather has turned cold...ugh! I'm not ready for that at all. Lucas is doing awesome at daycare but the sleeping through the night is not so awesome. Any suggestions?? Jon is liking Hy-vee but was there any doubt? I really like Tuesday Morning. We are getting so much Christmas stuff in it's crazy. You should be proud of me, I have not bought anything...yet. :) I guess it's time to rock my baby he's getting very impatient. Oh, and I hope you don't mind the mess of toys in the background. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

More pictures from the weekend

Busy Weekend

We took our first trip home since moving to Jefferson City. Did we pick a good one or what? We started our trip at 8pm Friday night and headed for the 'Ville. We arrived about 11:45pm and Lucas was wound for sound. He didn't go to bed until 2am. Oh, lucky me. Lucas attended his first NWMSU Homecoming Parade and he wasn't too impressed. Gramma fixed chili and chicken and noodles for lunch...yum. We went to visit Lucas's new love, Charlotte Davison. They make a cute couple already. We went to see the VanCleave's and then on to my Mom and Dad's for supper. We spent the rest of the night there and had some good family fun. Lucas and his cousin Grant were keeping us entertained.

Sunday was Lucas's birthday party at the MV Public Library. I think the party went well. Lucas came home with a car full of loot. He has so many things to play with now but is always at my feet wanting me. I guess I'm much more entertaining. We headed for home early Sunday evening and pulled in to Jefferson City at about 9:30pm. By the time we got the car unloaded and all the presents out, it was 11pm.

This morning Lucas had his 1yr well child check up and he is doing awesome. He weighs 26 lbs, is 31 1/2 in tall and his head circ. is 19 1/2 in. He is above or at the 90th percentile in each category. He also had 4 shots and cried for only a couple minutes afterwards.

That's pretty much it at the Duff Household. I'm sure there will be more to come later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Lucas!

I can't believe it's been a year already since Lucas was born. As I am typing this I was getting ready for my c-section a year ago at this time. Wow, how time has flown. He never ceases to amaze me by what he is learning. He pretends to talk on the phone all the time but when he really has to talk on the phone he just looks at it. He is still working on the walking thing but finds it much easier to crawl. "No" is not in his vocabulary but we are working on it. He is still the happiest little guy and we couldn't ask for anything better.

We didn't do anything special for his birthday. We had supper at Wendy's and he slept through the entire meal. We went to Hy-vee for some milk and then came home. He was ready to eat by then and he finished off a jar of turkey, rice, veggie dinner...yum. For dessert he had Nilla Cakesters. He loves them. I finally got him off to bed so that I could add more to the blog.