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10.19.17 – 10 Months!

19 Oct

Another month has flown by! Our boys are growing and changing so quickly. They are in one of my favorites stages, and it is so fun to watch them learn new things every day.

Dear Greyson,

You have changed SO much in the last month. Your hair is longer, you are taller, and your little big personality is really starting to show. You are so strong! You can climb the stairs, pull up on just about anything, and walk along furniture. You are still predominately on your tippy toes but are starting to stand flat-footed more often. You have learned to clap, wave, sign “more” and “all done,” and even have said your first few words (bye-bye, ma-ma, da-da, Laney “ne-ne”). It’s almost impossible to get you dressed or change your diaper without a wrestling match. You want to be on the move all of the time – preferably standing/walking. You are still crawling inchworm style, but as soon as someone sits down nearby you are climbing up them and hoping they will walk you around holding your hands. You still love your play table turned walker and can even use a real walker with a little assistance. You still love to eat but have developed more particular tastes. You love eggs, zucchini, carrots, bananas, and oranges and get really excited about potatoes, waffles, pizza, and pasta. Your sippy cup of water usually ends up on the floor or used as a toy. You still love any toys that make noise or music, to shake and slap things, and fly through the air. Chasing your sister, pulling the kitchen towels down, and opening cabinets and drawers are new favorite games. I’ve had to make a couple calls to poison control this month to make sure things you got into weren’t going to make you sick. Plus, you bit another mom’s leg at Kindermusik, which was so embarassing! You crawled up to say hi and just sunk your teeth right into her leg. You sure keep us on our toes, but we love you so much!!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

My sweet, smiley little guy! This month was a rough one in the sleep department for you. Between some pre-bed puking and teeth, you have been sleeping like a newborn. Luckily, you make up for it in cuteness. You aren’t on the move yet, but you like to spin around on your bottom. You are also starting to get up on hands and knees and can roll around to get where you want to go. You flap your arms excitedly like a little baby bird when you feel like you are getting left behind. You still love to jump like crazy in your jumperoo, explore toys, and try and chomp on anything or anyone around you. Loud noises and new people startle you, and you bend all the way down to hide your face when you are feeling scared or insecure. You are very interested in what’s going on around you, and I love the way you bend over to peek around something when you hear someone or something you are curious about. You went from eating whatever we put in front of you to being a bit more particular this month. Strawberries, raspberries, yogurt, and avocado are your favorites. You also love puffs and crackers and have really taken to your sippy cup of water. You have joined your brother in the rolling around during diaper changes, but you can usually be distracted by a toy (or TV remote). You had your first injury this month rolling off of Laney’s bed and cutting your head open on the register in the floor. A little Dermabond at prompt care closed it up, and it’s almost healed. You love to play peek-a-boo, get tickled, chase your sister, jump, and fly through the air. The ball popper, play phones, and musical instruments are your favorite toys. You bring everyone around you so much joy! We love you so!

xoxo,

Mama

9.19.17 – 9 Months!

19 Sep

We are 75% through the first year, and I think this was the fastest month yet. Maybe because the chasing has begun. The boys are finally sleeping all the way through the night for the most part. They love baths, exploring, eating, and their big sister. 🙂

Dear Greyson,

You are on the move in a big way. You are pretty speedy with your inchworm crawl and walking in your play table (aka your “tank”), and you are getting into EVERYTHING. We have caught you eating toilet paper, chewing on cords, and opening doors. Last night you managed to open the screen door to the garage, wiggle down the step, and into the garage on your own without injury all by yourself. You have also figured out how to climb the first stair, and it won’t be long until you figure out how to climb more. You even have started “walking” when we hold your arms – but only on your tippy-toes. You are loud and love to babble (ma-ma, da-da). Making a popping sound by opening and closing your mouth like a fish and biting down on your spoon during eating are favorites too. Your face is very expressive and you give a lot of side-eye – especially when the food placed on your tray is not what you were hoping for as you have become a little more particular these days. You have a big laugh and no fear (except sudden loud noises). Flying through the air, slapping surfaces, and following us around the house are your favorites at the moment. You are not a fan of being contained for long, and diaper changes have become an Olympic sport. You certainly keep us on our toes, but you have the most kissable cheeks and the best open-mouth smile. We love you, Grey!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

You are still the happiest baby in all the land. On the rare occasion you cry – you are hungry, tired, injured, or are feeling a little stranger danger. You prefer to be sitting with a box full of toys, but are starting to feel left out when brother leaves you behind to go explore. You flap your arms and squirm your legs but don’t get very far yet. Although your rolling is pretty speedy these days. You love to be interacting with others and always have a red, splotchy mouth from drool. You are always chewing on something, and sometimes you try and chew on us. You really study your toys by turning them over in your hand and prefer ones that are squishy for chewing. You still love jumping in your jumperoo and shaking your head no. Your gremlin voice still makes an appearance – more often when your tired. Your are an eating machine these days – you will pretty much eat whatever we give you and prefer to feed yourself. You enjoy bouncing to music and playing with balls. You still give your furrowed brow if there is a lot of commotion or kids running around, and you prefer to be held in new environments. You love to swing and enjoy going for a stroll outside. When I lay you down for sleep, you roll over, tuck your hands under your belly, and stick your bum up in the air – it’s the cutest. You are the sweetest snuggle bug, and we love you so, Ollie-bear!

xoxo,

Mama

9.10.17 – California Recap

10 Sep

This is going to be a mega post, because we had a mega fun trip. Kyle was given the opportunity to go to San Diego as a reward for completing an insurance designation through his employer. We decided to make it a fifth birthday/big sister trip for Delaney. We headed to Disneyland for a few nights and then drove down the coast to finish our trip in Coronado outside of San Diego. We wore ourselves out but had a blast. The first couple days in Disneyland were HOT!! But her joy and excitement made all of the sweat worth it. 🙂

Day 1: We arrived mid-morning California time. We did some exploring of Disneyland Park and caught the Mickey Soundsational Parade before calling it an early night.

Day 2: Early to bed, early to rise as they say. We headed into Downtown Disney for breakfast and over to California Adventure Park for the Magic Hour. Magic hour was awesome – we were able to ride a ton of rides quickly. Our favorite was the Cars area and ride, but we also rode the Little Mermaid ride about five times before lunch. Lunch was Laney’s character dining experience. She was so excited to meet the princesses and have them sign her book. But she was a little disappointed they weren’t actually joining us for lunch. Oops! Should have explained that better. 🙂 After lunch, we got to meet Elena plus Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff. It was, “The best day ever!” 🙂 We stayed up late to catch of the World of Color show, which ended up being a mistake. It was drizzling rain, Laney was so exhausted and she wanted to leave at the Pirates of the Caribbean fire display part (too scary). It would have been neat to see under different circumstances.

Day 3: The fun continued back in Disneyland after the character breakfast in our hotel. Laney didn’t know who the characters were, but the food was tasty and she still enjoyed it. We went in for magic hour and met the princess again, since we had some time to kill before Laney’s makeover. The Elsa makeover was back in Downtown Disney and was a really fun experience. She loved every second, but it was too hot to wear her dress. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the rest of Disneyland Park. We met Jasmine, Moana, and Mickey! Plus had the scariest time on Splash Mountain. It was a great last day!

San Diego: Day 1

The drive down to San Diego was one of the grown ups’ favorite parts of the trip. We stopped at a couple of beaches along the way, which Laney did not want to leave. It was a gorgeous day and very relaxing after a busy few days in Disney. We headed to the beach when we got to our hotel and watched the sunset. Laney also found her calling as a seagull chaser.

San Diego: Day 2

On Day 2, we decided to head to La Jolla and go on a kayak adventure. It was a workout! It was pretty windy and choppy but we saw lots of sea lions. We did a little shopping and stopped by the Baked Bear (YUMMM) on our way back to Coronado.

San Diego: Day 3

We headed over to Liberty Public Market and Balboa Park where we checked out the Aviation and Space Museum.

San Diego: Day 4

On our last day, Laney was kinda really over exploring. We spent the morning at the beach and convinced her to go to the Safari Park with us later (I really wanted to see it). It was beautiful, and I wished we had more time there. But it was a really nice way to end our trip!

It was an amazing trip, and it was so fun to spend time with Laney one-on-one, but we were all excited to be home with these two cutie pies.

Thank you, Mimi, Grandpa, and Annie for a fun getaway and taking such good care of “the brothers” while we were gone!

8.19.17 – 8 Months Old!

19 Aug

Another month has flown by, and the boys are changing, growing, and learning so quickly! I can’t believe summer is almost over already.

Dear Greyson,

You are so determined to be on the move. Within the last couple of weeks, you have learned how to spin yourself around on your belly, rock on your hands and knees, and most recently, army crawl. You like to squirm out of our arms, so you can be on the go. We also decided to try out another play table, which you have decided to use as a walker. You just drag the table behind you to get where you want to go. You don’t stay in one place for long, and I know I will soon be chasing you all over the place. You may be my one child that is a good eater. You’ll pretty much eat anything we give you – some things more enthusiastically than others. You have learned to rake your hand to feed yourself, and you are pretty excited about that (and so am I!). Your favorite table foods so far are eggs and bananas, but you also love puffs and teething crackers. We’ve actually been able to start weaning you off of your reflux medicine and so far so good! You have seven teeth (4 on top, three on bottom). You have the cutest heavy breathing laugh and love to make silly sounds with your mouth. Your loves: rolling/crawling, dive-bombing out of our arms, slapping things with your hand, slamming your feet, shaking toys, putting things in your mouth, taking toys from your brother, toys that make music, bath time, and jumping. You hate being in the car and roll out of diaper changes. I love you so much and can’t wait to watch you continue to explore the world around you.

XOXO,

Mama

Feeding himself and hearing Laney come down the stairs in the morning.

Army crawl

Dear Oliver,

You are still the happiest little boy until you want to eat, are done eating, or fall back and hit your head. You love to sit and reach for toys. You play with one toy, throw it behind you, and reach as far as you can for another toy – especially if it’s the one your brother is holding. You attempt to clap your hands, shake your head, and flap your arms in excitement. You prefer to sit up and play or jump in the jumperoo, but you have also started rolling both ways more frequently and can spin yourself around on your belly now. You are a very dramatic eater. You have definite preferences and gag (sometimes to the point of puking) if you don’t like something you are eating. Your favorite table food is avocado and you don’t like much else, but you have finally warmed up to puffs and pureed foods. You have started raking food and feeding yourself, but most of it just gets played with and never makes it to your mouth. You have seven teeth (4 on top and 3 on bottom), and you seem to be working on some more. Your mouth is always a little broken out from chewing on your hands. Your loves: talking to us, snuggling, grabbing hair, stealing toys from your brother, trying to bite us, chewing on toys, getting tickled, watching what is going on around you, and chewing on your toes. You dislike eating table food and being left alone in a room. I love you so much and you bring so much joy to everyone around you!

XOXO,

Mama

“Clapping”

Playing peekaboo with himself in the mirror.

Morning play time.

 

7.19.17 – 7 Months Old!

19 Jul

People told us six months would be the turning point, and we are thrilled to say they were right! We are getting more sleep, they are on a schedule, and everyone is happier (and more rested!). Month six was magical, and we are even more excited about what’s to come. (Until they are on the move, and then I may want to rewind.) 😉

Dear Greyson,

You are a mover and a shaker! You can roll all over the place in all different directions – and lately with even more purpose. We never find you in the same spot if we leave the room for a minute. And although you are fairly stable with sitting up, you’d much prefer to be rolling around. You also love to jump around in your jumper seat and can spin around to look at all of the toys with ease. You love rattles – shaking them around to hear different sounds. You also love to bang toys or your hand on different surfaces. I love the babbling sounds you make – especially directed toward your brother. You tend to be more serious, but it makes your smiles and sweet giggles even more special. You have also been discovering your tongue – making all different sounds and movements with it. Your growl sounds let us know you are getting unhappy about something, and you still have your snort laugh once in awhile. Pears, sweet potatoes, and zucchini are your favorite baby foods, and you have also enjoyed some eggs, banana pieces, and avocado the last couple of weeks. You are slowly warming up to puffs. Diaper changes have become quite the challenge. You instantly start rolling onto your tummy the moment we lay you down. Handing you the package of wipes to play with is the only thing that seems to get you to stay still, but we still have to change you with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. You sleep 6:30-6:30 most nights getting up once in the 4:00 hour for a bottle right now. I love your fluffy hair that’s growing so quickly, and you have four teeth (two on top and two on bottom). I cherish the snuggles I get when I rock you before sleep, because the rest of the day you are on the move. And although you are a mover, you do want company and don’t like to be left alone long. You love when we blow bubbles on your cheeks/tummy and “How big is Greyson? SO BIG!” I can’t believe how fast you’ve grown – both physically and in personality, and I love you so much!

xoxo,

Mama

 

 

Dear Oliver,

You are filled with so much joy – people can’t help but smile. Although the last few days, your screams, squeals, and grunts have been loud enough to scare your brother! I’m not sure if you’re practicing your voice or have turned into a little gremlin, but you are cracking us up with the noises coming out of your little body. You are an expert at sitting up. However, you still love to throw your head back and see if you can bring your self back to sitting so we still have a pillow behind you. I’m always impressed with your ab strength! You finally warmed up to baby food just in time for us to switch to solids. You are quite dramatic with your faces and gagging as we introduce new foods and textures. You love peas, oatmeal, and pears. You can wiggle yourself around a little bit but don’t roll from belly to back much. You prefer to sit up and watch everyone, and you really love jumping in your jumper seat. You have four teeth coming in on top and two in on bottom, so you love anything that is easy to chew on. Although you still love chewing on your hands and trying to chew on us. You’ve also started shaking your head “no.” It’s like your little happy dance when we say “YAY!” and you love when we shake our head back. You remind me so much of Laney – she had a little happy dance too. You also bounce yourself in excitement – especially when you see your bottle. Blowing bubbles with all kinds of slobber has also been a favorite of yours lately. You really are so happy and laid back unless you are tired or hungry, but you also prefer to have company. You love sitting up across from your brother or watching him in the jumper, but you don’t love when he tries to grab at you. You love peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake – really any kind of social interaction. Your squeals of delight at the simplest things brighten our days. We love you so much our smiley little guy!

xoxo,

Mama

 

7.4.17 – 4th of July

4 Jul

Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July! We seriously had the best day. After a fun (but exhausting) vacation, we spent Monday relaxing and getting caught up on life, so Tuesday we were ready for a little family fun. We grilled out, had some water fun outside, played games, roasted some mallows, and wrapped up the night with fireworks.

I was back-and-forth on taking Laney to fireworks. I’m always a little hesitant to disrupt her bedtime (especially after a busy vacation and with her having circus camp this week), but she had asked about going a few times. We also had never taken her, and this seemed like the perfect year to try it. I am SO glad I did. She was just the cutest. Her anticipation and excitement was contagious. My heart could have exploded right along with those fireworks. I only wish Kyle could have seen her (he stayed back with the boys). She was missing her dad too and asked me a couple times if I took a picture of them so he could see them. (And then yelled at me to put my phone down, so I didn’t miss any of them. I was just doing what she asked!)

A few cute quotes from her during the show:

“I hope one of them looks like me.”

“That one looked like Ollie!”

“That one kinda looked like a bathtub!”

“I wish I had these in my room!”

“That one touched the moon! Did you see it, Mom!?”

The perfect way to wrap up vacation. It was a day and night I will never forget, and I made sure of it by making a video. You can see more of our fun 4th here.

Hope you all had as much fun as we did! God bless the USA!!

7.1.17 – Hilton Head 2017

1 Jul

Our annual beach vacation came and went in the blink of an eye. Gone are the days of relaxing on the beach and reading a book. But we are loving this season of life as crazy as it may be. I love spending time in this place with my babies. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting this island almost every year since my childhood, and seeing their joy and excitement makes my heart so full. As hectic and exhausting as it is packing, traveling, and trying to get kids to sleep in a strange place, it’s so worth it. Building sandcastles, going on seashell dead crab hunt walks, boogie boarding, and time with family – it’s the “good stuff.” And I even managed to read part of a book. 🙂

 

Our flights went fairly smoothly – especially for two first-time fliers. Kyle was congratulated on being dad-of-the-year by his fellow passengers for napping while holding a sleeping baby during the first flight while I worked my fanny off with the other two. And on the second flight? That’s me holding TWO sleeping babies. Kyle tried but apparently his dad-of-the-year accolades didn’t give him the “mom touch” with two overtired babies. Luckily, I’m not in it for the praise, and I was pretty dang proud of myself without outside recognition. #doublestandard (Side note: Kyle did give me lots of praise and was actually the one to comment on the double standard.)

 

It was probably the worst year of weather we have had in recent memory – quite cool, overcast, windy, and sometimes rainy. But we didn’t let that stop our fun, and it was better for the boys’ first beach experience. I enjoyed the sunshine, yummy food, and game nights with the fam. Laney enjoyed finding dead sea creatures on the beach, playing with Annie, and jumping the waves. Kyle enjoyed some quiet time during the boys’ naps, family time, and ice cream. The boys were not overly thrilled with the beach this year, but they loved all of the attention. We are all missing everyone already and can’t wait until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

I tried really hard this year to just enjoy the moments and not worry about capturing them, but we did make a quick and windy attempt at family photos before dinner one night. Plus our annual anniversary pic.

 

Until next year HHI!