Wow. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted! Forgive me, please!

Can I offer a measly excuse that it has been unbelievably busy through the holiday and since? I know, I know, that’s no excuse! Please accept my humblest apologies. I will do my best to post more regularly.

The news: August is now 5 months old, 18 pounds and so long that it scares me to even think about it. We had to buy a bigger car seat for him because he outgrew his wee infant seat!

The holidays were great. We spent the long Christmas weekend down in Cape Girardeau and visited with family galore. August totally cleaned up, especially in the “toys that make noise” department.

The funniest thing now is how totally into the dogs he is. He just thinks that they are too funny. He’s always reaching for them, trying to grab their ears and touch their faces. Right now, he’s twirling around in his saucer-dealie, trying to reach Booker.

Tim and I took a big step last night. We put the dogs in their crates for the night, instead of letting them sleep with us, as they have done ever since we got Booker nearly five years ago. It’s just getting too crowded in our bed with all four dogs and August and us. But it was really weird, not having a little wiener dog snuggled up by my feet, and I didn’t sleep well at all.

What’s going to be totally bizarre is when August finally starts spending the night in his crib and Tim and I have the bed all to ourselves. Crazy! We could, like, snuggle and stuff. Maybe August won’t be sleeping with us much longer”¦

Another thing that August loves right now is his Jumpster, which is a little seat dealie that you suspend from a doorway and he can jump up and down and twirl around in. He thinks that is pretty neat.

We have lots of new pictures to put up from the holidays and whatnot, I just need to sit down and get them captioned and dated and stuff. I’ll work on that this weekend, so stop by on Monday for a look! I’m so scandalized that the last photos we have up are from the end of November! I mean, August is a totally different baby now! (Not really, just trying to drum up some web site traffic”¦)

We’re really starting to get excited about our annual trip to the Kentucky Derby in May. Tickets are purchased, room is paid for, haircut appointment is set”¦ I can’t wait for May! It will be interesting, though, dealing with Derby festivities and the boy. I don’t think I’ll be hitting the rock shows, at any rate. And bars are pretty much out too. So why am I going exactly? Oh yeah, to see all of my friends and to drink Heine Bros. Coffee! Woo hoo!

Check back soon for pictures and details on August’s new friends — Mr. Banana, Mr. Avocado and Ms. Sweet Potato!