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Colm Jamison McLain!

Darragh’s first Christmas!

Christmas is almost here! We’re decorating…

Singing Christmas(*) carols…

And of course getting settled in with our new larger family!

As you can tell from these pictures, Darragh is much more awake and happy now that we’re approaching his second month. He is a sweetheart and a joy.

In other news, we had the first (perhaps only) snow of the season in Seattle. It was a little skimpy, but we made the most of it.


Hope the season is treating you well!

  • (*) Note: “Jingle Bells” is by no means limited to Christmastime in our house…the boys love to sing and dance to it year-round. Their preferred rendition is the Barenaked Ladies’ because, as Rafferty says, “It’s gonna trick you!”

Strawberries!

Colm with strawberries

Well, our plan for Father’s Day was to get outside and have some family pictures taken by a Real Photographer™. Sadly it was too gray for great photography, but that didn’t stop us from going to the park, squashing around in the rain, and taking some amateur shots.




Colm has learned to ride a bike! We got him a balance bike that let him practice balancing without having to worry about pedaling. After a few weeks of that he was ready to move up, so we put on the pedals. Now he is riding circles around us and loving it.


Here’s how he looked on May 9th:


And by May 31st:

We rode our bikes together to Colm’s preschool. Okay, we didn’t ride all the way (there was a bus ride in the middle) but it was still an exciting adventure.

Rafferty can’t wait to get in on the action too.

When Rafferty was first born, we thought he looked a lot like Colm, but you can see now they both have their own distinct styles.








Colm loves to clown around with Rafferty and make him laugh. It’s pretty clear they are going to be good buddies.



















That’s all for now. Happy Father’s Day!

…or, maybe not.

A few days ago, I boldly predicted that we would have a new baby by New Year’s.

Evan and Jami on New Year's Day 2010

…or, maybe not.


In the meantime, here are a few Christmas pictures.


A few weeks ago Jami and I got to go to the Christmas concert from the Seattle Medieval Women’s Choir. Here we are dressed up for the occasion.

Colm was very excited about Christmas coming this year. He really enjoyed decorating the tree and reading e-cards from his Grandma.




After seeing him work the computer, Grandma thinks he will be making his first Amazon order soon. I’m sure he’ll be breaking into the Pentagon shortly thereafter.

Of course he had a great time with his Granddad and Grandma here.
Giggling with Granddad

He especially liked having a special Christmas train.


Jami made the special Christmas pancake that has been a tradition of my family for many years, and it turned out superbly.
Cheri and Jerry enjoying the Christmas pancake



Colm also enjoyed modeling his Christmas fashions…


…even the ones that were intended for his little brother.




Hope everyone is having a happy new year! We’ll keep you posted!

Multimedia Extravaganza

If you want more than pictures, here is some audio and video of our favorite baby.

Warning: Some of these files are quite big.

Audio:
(3.8 MB) Colm saying “doggie” – 23 May 08

Video:
(78 MB) Where’s Colm? There he is! – 4 Feb 08
(67 MB) Colm helps sweep the floor – 16 Feb 08
(69 MB) Chef Colm demonstrates salad spinning – 4 Mar 08
(65 MB) Dancing and bouncing – 23 Mar 08
(152 MB) Colm spoons up some oatmeal – 27 Apr 08
(115 MB) Round and round and round he goes… – 25 May 08

Growing Boy

I have to apologize… It has been so long since we posted any pictures! We had a few misadventures such as our camera getting run over, so hopefully you will forgive us.

Colm is growing… and growing… There are fewer and fewer places that are safe to put stuff out of his reach. He’s now tall enough to reach our kitchen counters. Maybe we’ve been feeding him too much. :)

Yum! Blueberry pancakes.

He’s learning to operate a spoon all by himself.


Colm loves to play. Especially the piano.




Sometimes the only way you can get him to stay still is to hang him from his toes.


The big excitement of the last few months was of course Colm’s first birthday! Granddad and Grandma Kimble came out from Colorado to help us celebrate. We had a joint birthday party since my 35th birthday was just 5 days from Colm’s first.

Anticipating the guests.

Colm posing very nicely with the birthday cakes.

Colm posing very nicely after putting his heel into his birthday cake.

Yum!


Make a wish!

Of course we had to make sure Colm got plenty of sugar.




Sugar crash!

Grandma, Granddad, and friends Heidi, Garett, and Chase.


Later in the afternoon we celebrated my birthday too!

And there was more time for playing with Grandma and Granddad.


We also have a few pictures from a birthday celebration with our parents’ group.



We have been using a few words of sign language with Colm since last year, but it’s only in the last couple months that he’s started to sign back at us. He knows “milk”, “more”, “eat”, and “change”, but by far his favorite sign is “bath”. He asks for a bath almost every time he gets a diaper change.

With the warmer weather we are enjoying watching Colm explore The Big Out.


You may recognize these daffodils from the header of this blog. They were blooming when Colm was born.



There are lots of other activities to keep us busy, like playing the musical frog and cricket—gifts from Grandma Kimble.

Creating Mother’s Day cards for my Grandmas.

Playing with my food.


Watching the neighborhood go by with my buddy.

Reading with Mama.

Sitting in my new wagon.


And playing with Daddy.



And so to bed. Good night!

Christmas in Colorado

We got to spend two weeks in Colorado visiting with both the Kimbles and the McLains.

Colm helped put up the Christmas tree with Grandpa McLain:

And got some downtime with Granddad Kimble too:

He got to meet his cousins Roary and Caden for the first time, and was very very excited:

He even got to go swimming for the first time ever:

He didn’t quite get the whole presents thing, but he’ll have time to figure that out later.





We had a wonderful time with family and friends.



P.S. You may not have noticed, but I cheated and posted a bunch of September and October pictures below. Check ‘em out!

First Halloween

For Halloween, we dressed Colm up and took him around to meet the neighbors.

It was very tiring for little cows. And for mama and daddy who had to climb lots of staircases.

Visiting with family and friends

It took us a while to post these pictures, but they’re worth the wait!

In September we took a week off for a big trip out east. First we visited Colm’s Great-Grandma Mildred McLain in Pennsylvania. We also got to see my Aunt Pat and cousin Orion.






On the way out of town we spent the night with my college friend Jamie and her husband Doug.


From there we flew to Michigan, where we stayed with my college roommate Jeff and his wife Erica. Their baby Georgia is only 4 days older than Colm!



I met up with old ROTC friends for the Michigan-Notre Dame football game, and Colm and Jami tailgated with us:



Did I mention that Michigan won handily?

Later that month Grandma Kimble came out to visit, and Colm got his first solid foods:








Then Jami had a visit from her friend Taia from Oregon, and her baby Ronan:


All in all, a very busy time! Colm grew by leaps and bounds, both in size and abilities.











6 Month Portraits

Here are some 6 month portraits of Colm. The pictures in the blue PJs with feet were taken Sept. 21st. The pictures with the striped outfit with bighorn sheep were taken Oct. 3rd.
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Rotisserie baby

Colm loves to be on his stomach:





The only problem is that he doesn’t know what to do when he gets there. For the past couple weeks, if you put him down on his back, he will immediately roll over onto his stomach, flail around for a while, and then complain, “Hey! I can’t figure out how to crawl!”

He’s also been really interested in sucking his thumb. Look at that latch!

Sometimes he gets tired of the camera flashing at him:

But we still get some good shots:








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