S: Joshua Joseph McDonald, February 21, 2013
FC: Joshua Joseph
1: We finally found out that we were pregnant with our sweet little Joshua on June 13, 2012. Mommy was pretty sure that there was a little someone growing in her belly before that because she started having morning sickness pretty early, but we were on pins and needles until the doctor confirmed it. You were a "maybe baby" for a couple of days until the results of the blood test came back confirming that we had a little cinnamon bear in mommy's belly. Mommy and Daddy were so excited and immediately told everyone that we were expecting a special little someone in February 2013!
2: Maybe Baby Mommy and Daddy were so excited to find out we were having a baby. At first, the doctor told Mommy that she wasn't pregnant, but by the end of the appointment the nurse came back in and said she saw a faint line on the test. So for a few days, you were our "maybe baby." Mommy was pretty sure you were growing in her tummy because she got morning sickness right away. A few days later, the doctor confirmed that a little one was on the way! | Over the coming months, Mommy and Daddy came up with lots of little nicknames for our sweet little baby while we waited to find out if you were a boy or a girl. When you were just a few weeks old, we called you Poppyseed. When you were a little bigger, you became our little Raspberry, and then our Cinnamon Bear. You wiggled your bottom and waved at us in the first ultrasound. Mommy and Daddy were so excited at your enthusiasm for dance at such an early age! | 10 weeks
3: "What A Life Eating Sleeping Playing... And Being Cute"
4: We can't wait to find out if you will... Look more like Mommy or Daddy? Have Daddy's chin or Mommy's eyes? Explode out of you diaper like Mommy did when she was a baby, or shoot turds across the room like Daddy did when he was a baby? Do things to make Daddy fall on the floor laughing. Love baseball as much as you seemed to love baseball when the Giants won the World Series.
5: Mommy and Daddy were so excited to find out if we were going to be having a little boy or little girl. At 10 weeks, Mommy took a home gender test which predicted a boy. The Chinese calendar predicted a boy, the string test predicted a boy, and every other old wives tale predicted a sweet little boy. At our 20 week ultrasound, Daddy, Aunite Julie and Nonni all predicted a boy. The doctor confirmed--it's a boy! The doctor also confirmed that you had really large feet! | or | It's a Boy!
6: Joshua, We can't wait to meet you!! xoxo
7: Eviction Notice | January 22, 2013 30 DAY EVICTION NOTICE I, the Landlord (Mommy), am issuing a notice for EVICTION. Tenant (Baby) will have to comply and promptly vacate the premises. The Tenant (Baby) is being evicted due to breach of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back and sides of the house were also made without approval from the Landlord (Mommy). Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. Due to the damage by the Tenant (Baby), the foundation has been compromised, and the structural integrity of the house is questionable. The Landlord (Mommy) has also received numerous complaints about frequent nightly disturbances. If the Tenant (Baby) doesn’t comply with the notice it will result in an immediate and forceful removal at the discretion of a physician and the Landlord (Mommy). | Fortunately, you voluntarily vacated the premises 30 days later!
8: Birth Story Labor began on Wednesday, February 20th, at 6:00 a.m. Mommy thought she was having Braxton Hicks contractions so she decided to get up, wash her hair and get ready for the day. The contractions kept coming, but Mommy was sure this was just false labor because she thought for sure you would be at least a week past your February 19th due date, so she decided to bake some cookies for the doctor. | Throughout the morning, the contractions continued regularly every 3 to 7 minutes, but Mommy was still not sure this was the real thing. Daddy and Nonni came home from work to go with Mommy to her doctor’s appointment that afternoon. When they got to appointment, the doctor told Mommy that she was 5 cm dilated and that little baby Joshua was on his way. Mommy headed to the hospital and by 6:30 p.m. she was 8 cm dilated. The contractions were not too bad up to this point and Mommy was able to get through each contraction by bending over and wiggling her booty at everyone. The years of dancing with Cuban motion paid off! At 8:30 p.m., Mommy’s water broke. Mommy was fully dilated and ready to push at 1:00 a.m. and Joshua was born at 1:46 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Joshua weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches in length. The doctor placed you immediately on Mommy’s chest for snuggling and Mommy was so excited to finally have her precious baby in her arms at last! Although Mommy did not give birth in red stilettos as Daddy had predicted, Mommy did wear her heels until the day before you were born! | 40 Weeks | 12 hours before labor
9: Joshua Joseph McDonald February 21, 2013 1:46 a.m. 6 pounds 15 ounces 19.5 inches
12: Within a few hours after you were born we already started calling you a variety of nicknames, which would only grow and change over time as we got to know you better. Some of the more common nicknames were Snookems, Baby, my little Froggie (when Mommy would burp you because you would fold over like a little frog on a lily pad), Pez dispenser (when you would throw your head back at a 90 degree angle while stretching, like a Pez dispenser). | Daddy's Peanut
13: Coming home from the hospital!
14: Baby's First Bath | one week old
15: Mommy's "Little Froggie".. You really put your back into burping | 4 days old
17: At a mere 10 days old, you were already giving us glimmers of the smiles and grins to come. Auntie Julie and Mommy spent several hours trying to get you into all sorts of cute positions to take these pictures. Little did we know that just a few hours later that sweet baby Connor would be born. The first couple weeks home were a blur, but we remember the excitement of watching you roll over for the first time at 4 days old. Nonni put you on the floor for some tummy time and you rolled right over. We thought it was a fluke, but then you did it again. At your two week doctor's appointment, you rolled over for the doctor--she was shocked! | 10 days old
18: By three weeks old, Mommy had already put you through 2 photo shoots... a sign of things to come!
19: 3 weeks old
20: This baby book is filled with all the little nicknames that we came up with for you over the first year of your life, but "Snookems" was the one that was used the most by everyone. | Happy St. Patrick's Day! 3 weeks old | Ugh! Mom, I hate doing my baby push-ups!
21: Dad! Go get Mommy, can't you tell I'm hungry? | Mommy loves her "Snookems!" | 1 week old | 1 week old
22: Our little "Pez Dispenser" | You were 9 days old the first time you stood up while Mommy was trying to burp you. You liked to stand so much that you actually stood through an entire pediatrician appointment. Mommy and Daddy predict that they will spend the rest of their lives just trying to get you to sit down! | 2 months | Little did we know that this was the beginning of all the back arching that you would come to do any time you didn't get what you wanted.
23: 3 weeks
24: Baby Josh and Cousin Hayden | Let the mischief begin... | Josh 4 days, Hayden 4 months | Josh 1 week, Hayden 4 months | Josh 5 weeks, Hayden 5 months | Josh 7 weeks, Hayden 5 months
25: Baby kisses look a lot like a bite! | You can't help but want to squeeze those baby cheeks! | Josh 5 weeks, Hayden 5 months | Josh 7 weeks, Hayden 5 months | Josh 4 months, Hayden 8 months
26: Best Buds! | January 20, 2013 | Josh 4 weeks, Connor 2 weeks | Josh 7 weeks, Connor 5 weeks | And only 11 days apart--we couldn't have planned it if we tried!!
27: Buddies from Birth | 3 months
28: Seymour, the musical sea horse, was the first toy you really bonded with. As you can see, you snuggled him close even when you were asleep. Mommy knows that you are going to be so mad when you see that we stuck you in a little bear suit, but Mommy couldn't help it--you were just so darn cute! If it makes you feel better, Auntie Julie made Hayden had to wear the bear suit too! | 6 weeks old | 5 weeks old | 3 months old
29: 7 weeks
30: 2 months
31: We actually caught your first intentional smile on camera on the day before you turned two months old. You were smiling at the wind chimes in the backyard. You loved watching the wind move through the trees and feeling it blow through the few hairs on your head. Anytime you were upset we would take you into the magical outside and take you to the Holy Grail--the wind chimes! You immediately calmed down. | 12 weeks | 5 months | 6 months
32: Keeping you close to my heart | 2.5 months old
33: This was your first trip to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. We had hoped to be able to show you all the wonderful sights, but it was so windy and cold that Mommy couldn't possibly let you come out of your Moby wrap.
34: Mother's Day
35: 2.5 months old
36: Hanging with Dad
38: We started rotting your brain with Baby Sesame Street at such an early age. We spent hours singing "whose that baby looking in the mirror?", "bounce-bounce baby bounce" and "I just love to be with you." | 2 months
39: 2.5 months
40: From about 2 months old, you were obsessed with trying to get your foot in your mouth. When you were 4 months old, you finally succeeded. But almost as soon as you had your foot in your mouth, you realized, "YUCK! I have a foot in my mouth!" Luckily, Daddy caught this moment of triumph with his camera. This was the first time that you learned that sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side. | Open Mouth, Insert Foot | 4 months | 4 months | Oh yuck! I have a foot in my mouth! | Mmmm...
41: Synchronized Foot Sucking | In the midst of a game of peek-a-boo, you and Connor decided that it was time to start sucking your toes! Mommy and Auntie Nicole decided that this was the baby equivalent of the "thumbs-up pictures" that they have taken together since they were in 5th grade. | 6 months | 5 months
42: THE FINGER GOURMET | 6 months | 6 months | You were an equal opportunity finger sucker--you didn't want to be limited to just your thumb!
43: 7 months | 6 months | 3.5 months | 5 months
44: This page of your baby book is completely misleading, as it appears that it was Daddy would was in charge of putting you to bed. In reality, it was Mommy who put you to bed most nights, but since Mommy was busy putting you to bed, she wasn't able to snap any pictures! | Good night! | 5 months
45: Bedtime Stories: Frog and Toad | Daddy began reading you Frog and Toad when you were still in Mommy's tummy. You liked it so much that you would start kicking. And after you were born, you still enjoyed sitting with Daddy and reading the Adventures of Frog and Toad. | 5 months
46: Super | 7 months | 7 weeks | 6 weeks | 4 weeks
47: Uncle Charles began the indoctrination early... | 6.5 months | 11 months
48: 6 months | 4 months | 5 months | Cuddling your teddy bear from Nana
49: Let's Play! | This play mat looks so good I could eat it! Love the perfect tear drop of drool coming out of your mouth. | 5 months | 6 months
50: Daddy's Buddy! | 6.5 months
51: 6.5 months | 6.5 months | 7 months
52: Ridiculous Baby Products Mommy Just Had to Buy! | If it was weird looking, Mommy wanted it!! Mommy believed that the weird and more novel the baby device, the better it would work... so you ended up with.... | The zipadeezip... we called this your flying squirrel suit or your starfish suit. It was designed to help you transition out of your swaddling blanket. Believe it or not, it did seem to work... | A baby bath lounging inner tube...
53: The magic sleep suit... more like the snow suit from "A Christmas Story"-"I can't put my arms down!" This was a product fail... | Utensils that could have only been dreamed up by Dr. Suess | Scratch me nots... To protect your baby face from scratching while you slept. We called these your Hulk Arms! | Walking Wings... Daddy described this as like trying to fly a stunt kite.
54: Sitting By Yourself! | You sat up for the first time in front of Nonni on your 4 month birthday. By 6 months you were a sitting pro!
56: J | We love our happy baby!
57: 6 months
61: Nonni's Sweet Pea
62: Baby's First Foods! | Your first food was corn on the cob--you picked it up off of Mommy's plate and started to chow down. It was your way of telling us that you were ready to start solids. The corn on the cob was grilled in a hosin chili pepper butter sauce with garlic and cilantro. From the very beginning you liked food with flavor--no bland and boring foods for you! | 5 months | 5.5 months
63: 5.5 Months | Food!
64: I can do it myself! | 6.5 months
65: Yum! Pluots! You started by smashing them, then face planting into the tray to eat them, and when that didn't work, you brought the tray to your mouth directly! | 6 months
66: You were a total water baby-- you loved bath time, floating in the pool, playing with the hose and playing with any other water source you could find... | Pool Party!!
67: 6 months old
68: Swing, baby, swing: First time in a swing
69: 7 months old
70: Mr. Fancy Pants
71: 7.5 months
72: Happy Birthday Hayden! | LAUGHTER | FAMILY
73: 7.5 months
75: Hayden's 1st Birthday
76: Dad! I found the one I want! It's the Great Pumpkin!
77: 8 months
78: Halloween Parade, Carmel-by-the-Sea | Josh 8 months, Hayden 1 year
80: On the pirate ship from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean | 9 months
81: 9 months | 9 months | 9 months | 9 months | 7.5 months | 7.5 months
82: You loved to drive your cars! | 7.5 months | 7.5 months | 9 months | 9 months
83: But you really hated it when someone would go faster than you! Look at that stink eye!! | 9 months
84: Hayden loved giving you a ride, but you were not so sure! | Your facial expressions are priceless! I can't wait to see what you come up with you are older! | Josh 9 months Hayden 13 months
85: Good times! | 10 months | 11 months | 10 months
86: I love my big brother | 9 months
89: Let's have some fun! | 9 months
90: 9 months
91: is for Friends | 9 months | 10 months | 10 months
92: 9 months
93: Aquarium Fun
94: Dear Santa, I am a 9-month-old baby, and I write because my Mommy has been sending out my Christmas list to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want. I know you are ready to make the joke about how all 9-month-old babies want is the wrapping paper and the boxes. Touché, Santa. Touché. We do, of course, want those things. But I have a number of additional things I want very badly. | 1. Airport Express WiFi Hub I want this Airport Express WiFi Hub more than I have ever wanted anything. As soon as I get my hands on the wonderful glowing green light, Mommy forcibly removes my hands from this device as though my unplugging this would bring the world to an end as we know it. I would have thought that Mommy would be happy that I was happy to be entertained by such a simple toy that doesn't play annoying songs all day long. | 2. This wall-mounted entertainment center I have no idea why Mommy does not want me to play with this thing, as it is obviously a child’s toy. I would like one for next to my crib so I have something to do when I wake up at night. This is way better than my mobile or crib aquarium. I have discussed this particular toy with the cat and she agrees that it is definitely a toy. She contends that it is a cat toy, while I contend that it is a child's toy, but we have agreed to disagree. Either way, this is a toy, and I desperately want one. | My Christmas List
95: 3. Car Keys I would love a set of car keys. To eat, obviously. And to push the red button on the big black plastic keys so I can make the car light up and make lots of noise. Nothing seems to get Mommy so excited as when I press that button. Only metal house keys will do. Please do not buy me plastic ones. I am not an idiot. I know that plastic keys are not real keys. | 4. Kitty Cat Fur This stuff is the best. I keep trying to pull it off, but she moves frequently, making collection difficult. My favorite thing to do with it is put it in my mouth and then immediately realize that I didn’t want it in my mouth. Mommy and Daddy keep telling me "gentle, gentle", which I think means that I should grab the kitty cat's fur with both hands. | 5. The Light on the Wall through the Door Such a strange existential dilemma. I spend hours looking at this light and poking at it with my fingers. I know that I cannot “have” this light, as this light is not a thing that can be had. Despite both me and the kitty cat trying to capture this light, it always seems to escape our grasp. And yet this is supposed to be a list of the things I want, and I want this light on the floor and wall the way Gandhi wanted peace. The way my mother wants me to stop pulling off her eyeglasses and pulling her hair.
96: 7. Everyone's Eyeglasses or Sunglasses I pull these off the face of every person I meet, only to have them pried from my fingers and reclaimed by their original owners. I would love a pair of my own. These are going to be for eating. I just love the way the glass feels on my tongue, so strange! | 8. The contents of this thing I would love for the contents of this thing to be emptied out onto the floor– particularly things like used, wet kleenex and anything that could pose a choking hazard for a baby. For some reason, the things that are small and could cause me to choke are the most interesting to me. If you would like to just take the contents of this bin and transfer it directly into my stocking, that would also be fine. | 6. Mommy Hair I would love to pull out all of my Mommy's hair to make myself a security blanket. Nothing makes me feel safer and more secure than having a fist full of Mommy hair in my hands. Daddy is surprised at all the places I stash the Mommy hair that I pull out for safe keeping, but unless and until I can have an entire stash of Mommy hair for myself, I will have to make due with stealing strands whenever I can get it If Mommy hair is not available, Nonni hair will do as a substitute.
97: 9. One of these things No idea what these do, but it is clearly a lot of fun, given that Mommy and Daddy never stop looking at it. Maybe it is because they think the picture of me is so cute? | 10. Gnomes This little fellow lives in my yard and pops up from behind the bushes when I least expect it. I love this little guy. As soon as I see him I begin bouncing up and down and scream excitedly. My mommy and daddy keep talking about getting me a little sister or brother, but I really think I would prefer to have a gnome. | 11. Boxes and wrapping paper Okay, okay, I know that I said at the beginning of this letter that boxes and wrapping paper are not all I want, but I do want to be clear that I would very much enjoy boxes and wrapping paper too. For some reason, these things are frequently more entertaining than the items in the box. Perhaps a box just filled with tissue paper would do... Thank you, Santa. Merry Christmas!!
99: Nana's Christmas Play
101: Holiday Lights at Gilroy Gardens
102: You crawled for the first time on Christmas Eve... | Apparently, you needed presents as motivation!
104: SANTA'S ELF
105: Dear Santa, Define good...
108: First Haircut 10 months old
112: GROWTH CHART | AGE IN MONTHS WEIGHT HEIGHT | birth | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | 1-2 | 2-3 | 3-4 | 4-5 | 5-6 | 6 lb. 15 oz. 19.5 inches | 9 lb. 14 oz. 22.5 inches | 12 lb. 4 oz. 23 inches | 14 lb. 6 oz. 24 inches | 15 lb. 10 oz. 24.5 inches | 16 lb. 4 oz. 26 inches
113: AGE IN MONTHS WEIGHT HEIGHT | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | ------------ ------------ ------------ | 6-7 | 7-8 | 8-9 | 9-10 | 10-11 | 12 | 16 lb. 10 oz. 26.75 inches | 18 lb. 6 oz. 27 inches | 18 lb. 10 oz. 28 inches | 19 lb. 3 oz. 28 inches | 19 lb. 9 oz 28.25 inches | 19 lb. 14 oz. 28.75 inches
114: Fathers Family Tree | Great Great Grandfather: Thomas James McDonald December 14, 1836 Limestone, AL - January 6, 1903 Limestone, AL | Great Great Grandmother: Margaret McDonald (Simpson) August 4, 1850 Florence, AL - February 28, 1937 Bessemer, AL | Great Great Grandfather: Joseph "Old Joe" Rogers | Great Great Grandmother: Mary Melinda Gray | Great Great Grandfather: Clinton Brooks Hall August 19, 1888 Nebraska June 4, 1965 Los Angeles, CA | Great Great Grandmother: Anna Ruth Hall (Anderson) August 16, 1882 Yellow Medicine, MN January 20, 1952 Lac qui Parle, MN | Great Great Grandfather: Benjamin V. Whelden September 10, 1893 Leota, KS - July 24, 1966 Van Nuys, CA | Great Great Grandmother: Anna Carrie Whelden (Bennett) January 30, 1902 Edie, OK - December 29, 1991 Fresno, CA | Great Grandmother: Catherine McDonald (Rogers) about 1893 Halifax, Nova Scotia | Great Grandfather: Stith Malone McDonald March 6, 1889 Bessemer, AL - August 7, 1937 Los Angeles, CA | Great Grandfather: Percy Milton Hall May 2, 1917 Gildford, MT - November 5, 1983 Santa Cruz, CA | Great Grandmother: Anna Pearl Hall (Whelden) about 1925 Colorado - about 2003 Santa Cruz, CA | Grandmother: Michelle Ruth McDonald (Hall) January 6, 1950 | Grandfather: Howard Joseph McDonald May 19, 1923 Los Angeles, CA - April 17, 2009 Santa Cruz, CA | Father: Howard Joseph McDonald Jr. September 7, 1974 Santa Cruz, CA
115: Mother's Family Tree | Great Great Grandfather: Alfred Edwin Ducoing February 2, 1878 San Francisco, CA - March 28, 1963 Alameda, CA | Great Great Grandmother: Alethea Ducoing (Brown) January 30, 1899 Ontario, Canada | Great Great Grandfather: Clifford Ivan Maxwell | Great Great Grandmother: Serena Jane Maxwell (Stinebaugh) September 14, 1897 - June 2, 1965 | Great Great Grandfather: James William McDonald | Great Grear Grandmother:Charlotte McDonald (Anderson) | Great Great Grandfather: William Morris Blue February 11, 1900 | Great Great Grandmother: Lola Marietta Blue (Jones) December 18, 1901 - May 18 Salem, OR | Great Grandmother: Bernice Lousie Ducoing (Maxwell) November 17, 1926 - June 28, 2003 Los Angeles, CA | Great Grandfather: Francis Elwin Ducoing April 9, 1922 Los Angeles, CA | Great Grandfather: Wilfred Alexander McDonald February 25, 1911 - January 16, 1959 Clatskanie, OR | Great Grandmother: Helen Frances McDonald (Blue) October 25, 1926 Garden City, MO | Grandmother: Lori Gay Ducoing (McDonald) January 24, 1953 Lewiston, ID | Grandfather: Richard Francis Ducoing July 11, 1949 Long Beach, CA | Mother: Christi Lynn McDonald (born Christina Ducoing) May 19, 1980 Monterey, CA
116: Other Firsts | First Cooing Sounds: March 17, 2013 at 3 weeks, 3 days right after bath time. Sleeping Through the Night: May 26, 2013 at 3 months, 5 days old. You slept for a glorious 9 hours and 8 minutes and surprisingly woke up with a clean diaper! Sadly, this first was not repeated with any regularity until well after your first birthday. First Laugh: June 11, 2013, 3 months, 21 days. You had your first cold and Mommy brought you into the super steamy bathroom and laid you on the bathmat, as soon as Mommy put you down you started giggling. It was the greatest sound! First Words: September 20, 2013, 6 months, 31 days. You said “Mama” and “mom” You said what sounded like your first sentence on November 18, 2013 saying “poo poo for papa” just after Daddy finished changing a poopy diaper. First Tooth: October 28, 2013, 8 months, 7 days. After months of what seemed like teething, your two bottom teeth finally broke through your gums. First Steps: You took your first steps on February 23, 2014, just two days after your first birthday. Daddy bet you would take three steps on your own when you were 11 months old. Nonni bet it would be 12 months. Nonni won the gummy bears!