Saturday, October 9, 2010

3 Month Pictures

Wednesday morning we took Turner to Portrait Innovations to have his 3 month pictures taken. Of course, I thought every one of the 94 pictures the nice picture lady took were adorably perfect, and we had a super hard time narrowing down our order. I think it's safe to say we have more pictures of Big T than we know what to do with, but come on, look at that face!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Torti what?

I apologize for being an absentee blogger. We've kinda had a lot going on lately. Anyhoo, I took Turner to the doctor two weeks ago because I noticed he only turns his head to the left. I thought I was probably just a crazy mom, but it turns out he has a condition called Torticollis. "Torti" meaning twist and "collis" meaning neck. No one knows for sure what causes it, but it is most likely from T's head being turned the same way all the time when he was squished in my belly. One neck muscle is nice and long and stretchy, while the other is tight.

Our Pediatrician referred Turner to a physical therapist at Children's Hospital, and he had his first appointment today. I learned some exercises to do with him several times a day to help strengthen his neck. The therapist was rather harsh with me about making sure I do the exercises. Apparently she didn't know what kind of mama she was talking to, because I am a rule follower. I will do everthing she says. Times ten.

Below are a few pictures from our wait in the office. Mommy was bored so I snapped some shots with my snazzy new phone.

Appropriatly enough, we were in the dinosaur room.

Turner was fascinated with the dinosaurs hanging from the ceiling.

This is what he saw.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Date

T Rex had his first date a few days ago. It was a classy date at the book store. I got a shot of Turner and Ali, my friend Sharon's little one, while on their date. Ali's five weeks old and Turner thinks she's pretty cute. Can't you tell by his grin? Unfortunately Ali found Turner to be a little boring. Actually, he put her to sleep. I'm not sure why she wasn't impressed. I mean, with Turner's grins, grunts and stellar toots, I'd have thought she'd be mesmerized!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pretty as a Shih Tzu?

Today we took Lucy Lou to the groomer for a spa day. She's going to look super cute when she returns. Anyway, the groomer thought Turner was adorable and said he has "eyes as pretty as a Shih Tzu." Really? I appreciate that my son has beautiful eyes, but I'm not sure how I feel about camparing them to a canine . . .

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. I joined Facebook against my better judgement. I was one of the last holdouts. I finally caved.

2. I'm very lucky that I get to stay home with Turner until November 15th. I do have to run a parent night on Thursday, and I'm a little nervous. I'm going to go in to school to prepare this afternoon. Turner will love it. He'll get to snuggle with my co-workers while I plan. They fight over who gets to hold him.

3. T Rex went to bed at 8:15 last night.

4. T Rex has really sensitive skin. He inhereited it from his mama. Sunday night, I slathered on some Aveeno Baby lotion and he woke up Monday morning with a rash all over his poor baby body. I gave him a bath and switched him back to the Aquaphor we had been using, and his skin is calming down a bit. Poor little man.

5. T Rex went on his first road trip to Bellefontaine this weekend. He did a great job riding in the car considering our 1 1/2 hour trip took an extra hour because there was a detour. Of course Daddysaurus couldn't take the posted detour, because he knows better than the road crew guys. Nope. instead Daddy kept insisting he knew exactly where we were as we weaved around country roads for way too long. Admitting he is lost is not Daddy's forte. We love him anyway.

6. We had a great time in Bellefontaine and Turner met Maggie, our big dog that my in-laws graciously adopted from us when I was pregnant with Big T. Maggie sniffed his toes, Turner smiled, and she went off to do her own thing. Apparently food on the floor is more intereating than her new brother.

7. We took the camera with us to Bellefontaine.

8. I didn't take any pictures.

9. My brain isn't functioning at 100%. The Bug's Mama and Daddysaurus might agree my brain is functioning at 50%.  . . on a good day. This is why there are no picture of T Rex from this weekend.

10. Since there aren't any pictures from this weekend, here is one from the archives. Love at first sight!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


This was one of Turner's first real smiles, and  I was lucky enough to capture it. I think it is the most precious picture ever,and it makes me smile everytime I see his cuteness.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tummy Time

It's recommended that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS. Because of this, little ones need to spend awake time on their tummies to work on lifting their heads and building core muscles. For the first month or so Big T was not a fan of tummy time at all. Now, he has decided tummy time is great - for sleeping. He is not interested in lifting his head. As usual, I've talked to other mommies and researched online how to get T to lift his head while on his tum tum. The most common advice is to use a Boppy pillow to prop him up a little, so I gave it a whirl.

Turner taking a nap while on his tummy. What a peaceful little guy. If you look closely, you can see his pal Lucy Lou napping with him.

Showing off his mad head lifting skills on the Boppy.

Approximately 2 minutes later.

The prediatrician told me Turner should spend about an hour a day on his tummy. At two minutes a pop, we only have to have tummy time THIRTY more times today. I think we'll work our way up slowly!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

T Rex and Daddysaurus

I snapped a few shots of Turner and Erik last week. I know they are not exactly high quality, but I'm no amateur photographer like my sister, the Bugs' Mama, so get used to it folks. At least I post on a regular basis, unlike said sister.

Daddy and Turner looking handsome.
Daddy and Turner looking _____________. Hmm, I can't think of a word to describe these frightening  interesting looks, so fill in the blank yourself. It's like MadLibs!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

oh yes i did

It's The Bugs' Mama here.  Also known as Aunt LayLay to Big T, or Sissy to Mommysaurus.  I broke into T-Rex's blog today.  Well, I don't think its actually considered breaking in if you know the password, which you used to send yourself a guest post invite.  But anyway.  You may see me here from time to time as the T-Rex frequents our house and I sometimes snap some photos of the little guy while he's here.  I even find time to upload them to the computer once in awhile... just don't ask me to print them, because I won't find time... ask the Grammy :)~

I had to add another photo of Big-T in his Moby Wrap.  Again, Moby Wrap = BEST INVENTION EVER!  I didn't have one for the first two Bugs, but got one when Benny Bug was born and this is a definite must-have if you have a baby that likes to be held, or need to find a way to take 1, 2, or 3 children to the grocery and still have room in the cart for food.  We also found it works great in crowded places where a stroller would be a pain (i.e. The Newport Aquarium.)


Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Another picture from the Turner archives. He was six weeks old in this picture, and it's too cute to keep to myself!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Best Buds

This is a pic from about a month ago, but I had to share! Daddy took this pictures of my two babies, Turner and Lucy the Pekingese princess. We had some concerns about how Lucy and Big T  might get along because Lucy has always been one very spoiled little dog, but as you can see, all is going well! 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mommy Wearing T Rex

This is the Moby Wrap I mentioned in the previous post. I know it may look like T's uncomfortable, but I promise he's not. There's been lots of publicity lately on the dangers of "baby wearing" because of a little one suffocating while in a sling. However, anyone who knows me knows I do my research, (Sometimes a little too much research!) and the verdict is that as long as you can fit a finger between baby's chin and neck, he's getting enough airflow. I check Turner often to make sure he's alright. In this picture he's in a cradle hold. He typically prefers the hug hold where he is facing me and resting his head on my chest, but since I live alone 5 days a week while Daddy works in Athens, there aren't many photo-ops for me and T together at home, so we'll take what we can get!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

One Month

This is Turner's "official" one month picture. My sister is going to take a picture like this each month so we can see how he grows. We've already done the two month shot, and I'll post it soon as well.

At one month Turner:

  • weighed in at a whopping 7 lbs!

  • ate 2.5 oz. every two hours

  • slept in two-three hour stints at night (Poor mommy!)

  • was not a fan of being put down. (Mommy learned how to do everything one handed.)

  • enjoyed being "worn" by mommy in her Moby Wrap

Friday, August 27, 2010

In the Beginning

Welcome to my new blog dedicated to keeping you up to date on my new little man, Turner, also known as T-rex, Turnersaurus, Big T, or, as Kellan likes to call him, "Big Teeth" (more on this later!) Turner is now two months old, and time is flying by! I thought I'd start our blog from the beginning, so here goes . . .

Turner Douglas Steffen    6/22/10    4:29 p.m.      5 lbs. 13 oz   20 in.   


Wink, wink! 

 Proud Papa and Grandpa Heiner
Checking out his mommy for the first time.