Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jack is 4!

Jack is FOUR! How did that happen? Over the last year he has grown so much in all sorts of ways. He has lost the last traces of babyness in his face, and he is so independent and thoughtful. Naps have been history for about two months, and he can (but never wants to) dress himself. Oh and also, he can find his way around the ipad better than I can.

We held his birthday party at Renaissance Gymnastics Academy. It was seriously the easiest party to throw. I had no stress at all about having 15 of Jack's friends at the party to celebrate. The folks at the gym took care of everything. Balloons, goodie bags, juice boxes, invitations, plates and napkins. The only thing we brought were the cupcakes and food for lunch (we had pizza delivered). EASY. The best part was that the kids had a blast and Jack was so happy.

It took Jack a little while to warm up to the idea, but he eventually put his brave face on and our cautious boy held onto the bar and jumped into the block pit!

Wyatt even got in on the fun.

Jack and Maia.

I loved seeing all of the smiles.

Make a wish!

I just looked back to Jack's 3rd birthday post. He's wearing the exact same shirt. Only the fit was much better. 

And for the fun of it, here's a look at his 2nd birthday post. Wyatt reminds me so much of him here. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DIY Pirate and Parrot Costumes

Happy Halloween!

I couldn't let the day go by without posting pictures of the boys in their costumes. Also, these might be a small part of the reason that I haven't been around here very much. :) 

I had a lot of fun making these costumes and was really happy with how they turned out. I think they make a pretty cute pair. 

I couldn't have made them without the inspiration that I found on pinterest...

Parrot photo via Pinterest from here.
Pirate photo via Pinterest from here.
Hat photo via Pinterest from here.

I am linking up to the Pinterest challenge hosted by:


Friday, September 14, 2012

Back to School

Jack's first week of school was a success!  He tells me that he is in the big kids class now. It's true. The pre-K kids are in school four mornings a week and are expected to take off their coats and hang them up in their cubbies all by themselves. They pour their own drinks at snack time. And parents are supposed to just give a quick goodbye at drop off - no playtime together like we had last year in pre-school. (The first day I didn't even have a chance to give him a hug...he was off exploring the class room before I had the chance.) 

The first day, the moms were talking about how much the kids have grown and changed since last year and it's so true. This is the year that Jack lost any last trace of babyhood and turned into a little boy. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

12 months

This is going to be the last month of trying to get a picture of Wyatt on the floor for my monthly project. He just wants to move! To get this shot, Rob was entertaining him by waving a toy over my head and we got lucky to get him smiling before he flipped over and crawled away. I usually talk about what he's been up to over the past month here but I already did that in his birthday post

When I started this project, I knew I wanted to put all 12 months together somehow. I found a great (free!) app for collage making (called: photo collage creator) and had fun making this. He was so tiny at 1 week! It's amazing how much he changed in one year.

He had his one year check up on Friday. Here are his stats...

Weight: 20 lbs 8 oz.
Height: 30 inches (I am not sure how accurate his height is. It took me and Rob to hold him down while the doctor measured. He was sooo wiggly!)

He also got three shots plus his blood taken for hemoglobin and lead (routine for 1 year olds). He was not a happy camper. 

I am going to keep taking his monthly pictures, I just have to find a new spot to take them. 

PS. I know that last bunch of posts have been Wyatt-centric. I promise you'll see Jack very soon!

Wyatt is one!

Dear Wyatt,
Happy first birthday to you, my hurricane baby. Your first year went by in a flash. It seems like yesterday that Daddy and I would take turns pacing around the living room while you cried your little newborn cry. Standing up was the only thing that would make you happy. Now you are standing up on your own and in the last few weeks you've taken your first steps. You sometimes take as many as ten steps before you decide that you've had enough, and you slowly lower yourself down to a crawl. You've started to play. To really play. You love your stacking rings and the Rollipop game that you got for your birthday from Grandma and Grandpa. Every once in awhile, when all the stars are aligned, you and Jack play together...happily.

Your nap/sleep routine seems different every day, so I've just been taking it one day at a time. You still wake once or twice in the night, but you fall asleep much easier than you had been a month ago. You seem to have given up one of your two naps and your remaining nap is relatively short (sometimes just an hour long). So by bed time, you are one tired and fussy boy.

You give kisses. Really cute, open mouth, slobbery kisses. When you want something badly (usually food), you say, nom nom nom nom. The louder you say it, the more you really mean it.

You really are such a sweet boy and we all love you so much!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wyatt's 10 and 11 month updates

Let me just dust the cob webs off this place before I get started...

My excuse is that we've been busy over the last month. For the first half of July we were in Washington visiting Grandma and Grandpa (more on that later, I still have to go through hundreds of pictures from our trip). And since we've been back, Wyatt's been on a sleep strike, so it's been hard getting chunks of time to focus on this space of mine.  

I really want to get Wyatt's 10 and 11 month updates down (this is his baby book after all), since the details are already starting to run together. (It's crazy how quickly that happens.)

In his tenth month he mastered crawling, got lots of new teeth (including a molar), figured out how to clap his hands together and flew on an airplane for the first time. I also tried really hard to get him down to only one nursing a night and before we left for Washington, he was doing great. He (and Jack) adjusted so well to west coast time and had no problem sleeping or napping while we were there. It was coming home and getting back on east coast time that was brutal for them both and Wyatt is still not back to his old sleeping habits.

At 11 months, while we were in Washington, Wyatt started to eat pretty much 100% table food. Anything we put in front of him, he'll eat. Well, except for bananas...he still won't touch those. Last night we had steak tips and asparagus and I could not cut up the pieces fast enough for him. He loved it. I only hope that his eating habits continue through toddlerhood and beyond. Also, he dances and it's adorable. Anytime there is music or even a sound with a beat, he smiles and rocks. 

He can climb stairs and he crawls incredibly fast. I really think he'll be walking soon. As far as sleeping goes, well there's not much of that happening. Since we've been back from WA, he's only been taking one, short nap a day and getting him to sleep, especially when he wakes in the night, has been so difficult. All of a sudden he needs rocking and back rubbing on top of nursing. Some nights, it takes hours for him to fall asleep.

He is such a sweet boy, full of energy and curiosity. I can not believe that he is going to be one this month!!

Here are some iphone pictures of some of the milestones he's reached:

His first Flight. (Boston to Dallas, on the way to Seattle)

He loves vegetables!


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