Four and 500

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Four.months.old.

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I can’t believe it, my little baby is a third of the way through his first year!

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To celebrate, he rolled over for the first time yesterday (front to back). He goes to the doctor this coming week for his measurements, and I’m curious to see if he tops his big brother’s weight of over 19 lbs. He’s cooing, giggling, grabbing (including pulling hair), holds his head up very well, and was introduced to his first solids this past week (green beans and peas).┬áHe is just the sweetest, cuddliest, little guy!

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Give me all the solids!

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Hmm…not quite what I was expecting!

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Greer: Told you mushy baby food was overrated!

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Morning donuts on the deck…

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Yes, Alex, we get that you like playing Minecraft on the iPad…

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Just chillin’…

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This is also the 500th post of my humble little blog, and it’s hard to think it all started 8+ years ago in a Chicago apartment. Through newly married life with a big, fat, cat in the big city, to a full, bustling home with three beautiful, healthy kids and a now super-skinny cat in the bucolic ‘burbs, it’s been a wonderful journey!

The Freshmaker!

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We’ve had intermittent internet access here the past few days due to the basement remodeling going on in addition to the holiday, so I haven’t been able to update the blog as much as I’d like to. This evening, we did something I have been wanting to do a long time…the Mentos Diet Coke Geyser Trick! It was easy and fun and no one lost a finger!

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Miss Saucy and her pigtails!

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The formerly fat 30 pound cat is taking a self nap…

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And this amazing little guy is now three months old! How did this happen? How is he already a quarter of a year old? NO WAY! He is sitting up in the Bumbo chair, can hold his head up pretty well, likes to sit and watch the people around him, coos and “talks”, laughes and smiles. Started drooling which makes me think he will get his first teeth at four months like his brother and sister did. Happy, happy, little fellow. Such a joy to have in our lives!

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Lincoln Update

Lincoln, our cat who originally inspired the name of the blog, has been quite busy the past year and a half. He’s been busy shedding his 30 pound status. At his last vet’s appointment, he was down to 24 pounds. The vet was so surprised, because this was a 7 pound loss (which is huge for a cat, especially since the average weight of a house cat is around 8 pounds). He ran blood work, just to make sure Lincoln was not suffering from a disease like diabetes or cancer.

Everything came back fine, and we’ve noticed how his entire demeanor has changed. He’s much more active now, and goes up and down the stairs, from the basement to the second floor. He grooms himself constantly, where Matt used to have to brush him because he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) do it himself. When I first got Lincoln, he was a big tom cat, about 16 pounds, but solid and lean. Over the course of the first year I had him, he more than doubled in size. I never thought I would be able to get him to lose weight, but moving his food down into the basement, where he has to use the stairs, has paid off.

UPDATE: 30 Pound Cat Status

Lincoln and Belden went in on Tuesday for their annual checkups at the vet. Belden, healthy as always, continued to maintain her girlish figure at 11 pounds.

The big guy, however, has lost another 1 1/2 pounds to weigh in at 34.4 lbs – down from 36.0 a year ago. This is really quite an accomplishment when you consider the average cat sleeps about 22 hours a day. Way to go Lincoln! Here are a couple shots of him after his checkup: