12.5 Months

Hi all,

We've had a very social couple of weeks with lots of visits from friends and family. Auntie Ali and Uncle Bryce came to visit over the Labour Day long weekend and we were able to celebrate Grandpa Gary's 65th birthday with the whole family! Baba Judi came to visit for Rosh Hashanah and we celebrated with the whole Morris clan.

Isaac has madehuge leaps in the solid food department and is eating very well now! He also loves going to playgym and community play centres so I think we'll try to go to those once or twice a week, in addition to our music class which started this week. We also go to the playground pretty much daily so there is lots in our area to keep us busy.

We hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Video links
He's a natural...
My new cup
Quick taste of the new play table

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

PS I've included a professional picture from Harvey's bday party of our baby group (only one family is missing) so you can see our friends andIsaac's friends!

1 Year Old!!!!!

Well, this one's a biggie! Our little boy is 1 year old. It has been an incredible year - in some ways it's gone by very quickly but on the other hand so much has changed that it's hard to believe it's only been a year!

On Isaac's actual birthday (Thurs the 20th) we had a little birthday dinner with Grandma and Grandpa and then we celebrated with some of our friends with other small children with a party in the park over the weekend. It was a lot of fun with 17 little ones and 30+ adults! Isaac enjoyed socializing with all his little friends and even played along by digging into his cupcake!

Over the past few weeks Isaac has continued to change and I think he's now officially out of the baby stage. He points to things, can lift the toilet lid, turns pages of books, and can walk very well with his walker (thanks Auntie Ali and Uncle Bryce). He is our happy, inquisitive, sociable, stubborn, and sweet little boy.

This past year has been a big one for our family and we want to thank you all so much for your love and support. We are so fortunate to have such amazing family and friends and so is Isaac!

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

Video links:
King Kong Isaac
Stroller talking
Rubber ducky
Happy Birthday!
Opening the big box...
Birthday gift from Zaidie
First train ride
Cake "smash"
Exploring at the park
Isaac meets a doggie

11.5 Months

Hi all,

As usual it has been a busy 2 weeks since our last update. The biggest change is that Evan has gone back to work and I've resumed full-time Mommy duties. Things are going well but it's again been a bit of a transition for all 3 of us!

Isaac is becoming more and more of a mischievous character! Rather than playing with toys he prefers exploring his environment and playing with whatever he finds - the crib board, the garbage, frying pan, and his favourites...cords and plugs! We're working on getting him to understand (and respond) to "no" but so far we are getting mixed responses!

We're still close with the 7 other couples we did prenatal class with and the birthday celebrations have begun (8 birthdays in a few weeks is a lot!). We also had a small pre-birthday celebration for Isaac while Baba Judi was visiting. Another highlight was visiting a "farm" market in Abbotsford. At first Isaac was unsure about touching the goats but with a little demo from Grandpa, Grandma, and Daddy, Isaac was eager to grab hold!

Here are the pictures and videos. Enjoy!

Video links:
Picnic Blanket
Toy phone
Goody bag opening
Lunch time with Daddy
Phone Pt 2
This new toy's a real pickle!

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac 

11 Months

Hi all,

It's been a busy couple of weeks! Isaac is a very sociable little guy and enjoys making new friends, whether it's at the playground or with our houseguests. He's getting closer to free standing but right now it only ever lasts a couple seconds before he "notices" and plops back down. But he is starting to take a few steps while we hold his hands! Isaac and I drove to Oliver to visit Grandma and GGma and GGpa (great-grandparents) while Evan went on a boys trip to Portland for a few days. It was good to see them and make some very special memories (and get a couple bottles of Okanagan wine!). And now we are lucky to have Baba visiting. Evan, Isaac, and Judi took a trip to the aquarium this past week and Isaac's favourite is still the jellyfish!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and a couple videos!

Video links;
Baby in the window
Laundry monster
Mischief maker
Roadtrip picnic

Melisa, Evan, and Izzy

Isaac - 10.5 Months Old!

Hi all,

Isaac has grown up a lot over these past couple of weeks. He's gone from 3-4 naps a day down to 2 longer naps (so now he's like all the other kiddies his age) and is going to bed a bit later these days. He can use a straw, can hold his bottle by himself (when he feels like it) and had his first taste of ice cream. He got up close and personal with his first cat and dog and wasn't scared of either - in fact he was very interested in both (there was some tail and ear pulling, but the critters handled it very well). Isaac attended his first baseball game and casting call (he did not get a call-back for the diaper commercial - obviously they made a huge mistake :P ).

Hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

Video Links:
Adventures in food (the nectarine edition)
Living room fun
Isaac vs the aquarium
Isaac's last jump
Meeting the cat
Chilling on the bed
Walking the couch
Learning about water
Hello from Stanley Park
OSF lunch Part 1
OSF lunch Part 2 (excuse Evan's Daddy brain)

10 Months!

Hi all,

Isaac is 10 months old! One of the most obvious changes since our last email is that Isaac's hair is now curly - somehow over the last week and a half it's been getting curlier and curlier! Isaac now has 4 teeth, he's perfected his fake (attention-getting) laugh, is very liberal with kisses, and claps on demand (he understands when we say 'can you clap?'). We had some special visitors - Isaac's Baba and Auntie Sari each came and stayed with us for a few days. We also had a few milestones - Evan's first Father's Day (we spent it at a street festival where Evan participated in a pizza eating contest - and no, thankfully he did not win!), Isaac's first Canada Day (we spent it at Granville Island with our friends), and Evan and I spent our first night away from Iz (we went to Seattle for a wedding while Grandma and Grandpa did an amazing job of looking after our little boy).

We hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

Video Links:
Bubble bath (warning - PG content)
Making music
Just hanging out
(I just realized all the above titles could be construed as a little dirty but I'm not changing them)

Bonus videos: Pizza eating contest and He's not always happy...

9.5 Months

Hi all!

Our little boy is almost 10 months! He now kisses himself in the mirror, loves shoulder rides, and is terrified of tooth brushes. He is cutting his top 2 teeth right now but handling it very well. Isaac is very adventurous and pulls himself up on things and plops right back down without being phased in the slightest. He can even climb stairs (though we don't allow it as he likes to randomly push backwards and launch himself back down). I spent my first night away from Isaac and went to Whistler last weekend to do a 10km run with my friend - Daddy and Isaac did very well without me :)

Here are the pics and videos from our last two weeks!

Crawling afficianado
Say no to cavities
Baby jail
Red bull fan
Stair climber

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

9 Months

Hi all,

Isaac is 9 months old and very good at getting around! He is starting to be able to pull himself up on furniture and can clap his hands and wave bye-bye. He also does the cutest thing - he kisses himself in the mirror! Over the long weekend we enjoyed a visit from Auntie Ali and got to watch her go sky-diving! Isaac has started to sleep through the night - not every night but 3 or 4 times in the last week he has slept from 6:30 pm until 5:30 am. It makes for an early morning but it's a step in the right direction. He is still a very happy and curious baby.

As always, we hope you enjoy the pictures and videos.

Isaac, Melisa, and Evan

Drummer Boy
Piano Man
Picnic with Mom
Tasty sandal
Activity Centre
Standing up
Standing Pt 2
Surprise ending...

8.5 Months

Hi all,

Isaac is a mischievous handful these days! He somehow knows everything he shouldn't play with and heads straight for them! His favourites are electrical cords and Mommy's laptop bag. He can pull himself up on the furniture and crawl really quickly! My first Mothers' Day was really nice - Isaac and Daddy made me breakfast and we went for a walk on the seawall!

As always, we hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac

Video links:
Crib play
Bathtime with Dad
Granville Island
New Toy
Still loves jumping

Isaac - 8 Months!

Hi all,

Isaac is officially mobile! He can crawl and easily go from crawl position to sitting. He's still not fast but he can get where he wants to go!Isaac also stood up while holding onto something for the first time a couple days ago. He is making lots of new sounds (clicking, ppppft, and blowing bubbles) which apparently means that more speech will be coming soon. Another big change is he's content to play by himself with toys for longer periods. We took Isaac to our shul for the first time and participated in scribing our congregation's new Torah, which was a very special family experience. I've been working most days prepping my course but the real test will be next week when classes start and I am back at the Cancer Agency one day a week. Evan is an amazing Dad and doing so well with Isaac. In the last couple weeks they took trips to Ikea, the aquarium, and Abbotsford. I'm very impressed (but not surprised) at how naturally he's taken to parental leave. If only he'd stop givingIsaac beer, hot dogs, and gigantic pancakes (see the pics for evidence of that last one).

Hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Video links:
A case of the giggles
Eating grapes
Playing and crawling
Dad can sleep through anything...

Melisa, Evan, and Isaac