Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Introduction of Solids for Sister....

We started at about 6.5 months and are using the "baby led weaning" method which is basically just a fancy way of saying "skip the purees and let the kid do all the feeding."  It's roots are with the crunchier folks, but I think it actually works great for the mom of 2 who likes to eat during mealtimes too.  So far I have been amazed at how much coordination she already has.  It is messier though!  You should have seen the aftermath of the self-fed yogurt. :)

These were taken before Christmas and were her first attempts at solid food.  It is more about the experience and introduction to tastes and textures and less about the actual quantity she is getting.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Update on Our Heart Beats

These two are seriously the cutest!

Maryn is treading on enemy territory with "blue blanket" in her mouth!

Here are some updates!

You took your first "on the knee" crawls today.  You were just in your diaper.  I'm pretty sure your footie pajamas are a hindrance which is why I'm going to keep you in them a little bit longer (like 18 years!!).  You are growing up too too fast!  You are so easy-going and BUSY!  You are eating avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, pears, apples, zucchini, and mum mums and you are only fed by your own hands - no helpers.  You can drink water from a sippy cup too.  You can pull yourself up to your knees especially when looking for brother's snack trap on the toy box.  You are still calling for mama a couple times at night, and although I'm exhausted, I'm enjoying our private snuggle/nursing time.  You still think your brother is the best thing in the world!  You have a very inquisitive spirit, and we all are in awe of your ridiculous preciousness.  You seriously are the cutest baby!  You are waving bye bye like a pro and love mimicking your dada's chewing motion by making a pop pop pop noise.  You say ba ba ba, and you are definitely interested in trying to clap. It won't be long!

You are a little dramatic and opinionated hoot!  You have the most ridiculous memory and are continually saying/remembering/singing things that we haven't done in months.  Tonight, in the bath you sang "rain rain go away come again another day, me and dada want to play, rain rain go away".  We can't remember the last time we sang that.  Your bedtime songs include: Jesus Loves Me, Joy to the World/Away in a Manger (you think that is all one song), Star Spangled Banner, and Amazing Grace.  Last night, your dad sang you Carney Man.  You were asking him to be a clown and that's all he had. :)  You will not eat a vegetable to save your life....  You are doing such a great job going tee tee on the potty and wearing your big boy underwear!  You are making great progress so I'm hopeful that we'll be down to one diaper wearer in the family before too long!  Here are some of your recent one-liners:

"Angel is my best friend."  Angel is our cat.  She hisses at Travis and hides from him.
When asked if baby sister looks like mama or dada, you replied, "um, she looks like baby sister."
For your new years resolution, you said you wanted to be "a pirate."
Your Thanksgiving prayer was for "Pop and your blue blanket."  But the prayer ended abruptly when you realized you did not have your blue blanket and exclaimed, "Oh no.  Where's my blue blanket?"
When not getting your way you said, "I no ask mama, I no ask lovey, I just ask dada."  :)
"I so proud of you lovey."
When Feliz Navidad came on the radio, you exclaimed "That's my song!"
You have been learning how to spell your name - you thought it was fun to ask ... "how spell toot,  poop, etc.?"
"Angel smiled at me."
"No spaghettis, just frosting."
"I want something else.  How 'bout...[long pause] pie."
"Do Not...."  (much more exacting than just a simple no)
"Every all bodies came to see me." (He thinks the holidays were all about him!).
"No shirt.  No socks.  NO EVERYTHING."
"No.  I do it."
While walking around on a stick horse waving to everyone in the room, "I'm a parade!"
When being praised for saying all your letters, you were told that only a big boy could do that.  You responded while shaking your head, "Not baby sister."
While watching baby sister attempt to eat her very first avacado bite, "No baby sister.  It's yucky!"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

T loves his Grandpa...

I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual!

Only the best dads get promoted to Grandpa!  Love you, dad!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Noah's Second Birthday Party

Flashback to November for Noah's Birthday!!  Funny how pics get lost in the cue.  My how both of my babies have grown!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Travis's Pretend Birthday Party at School

Since most of the "bunny" class are summer birthdays, they just assigned all the kids a Thursday from here to the end of school as their pretend birthday.  It's a genius ploy at getting the parents to send the snacks/treats on those days!  I had to bribe the kid to not wear his crown to nap that day.  He quite enjoyed being royalty and having everyone know his name.  It was also fun to send my point-and-shoot camera and have the teachers take pictures for the day.  Travis still gets "weepy" sometime during the day.  I talked to the teachers and basically he finds them both and makes sure they are looking and then makes this pitiful sad face accompanied by this awesomely dramatic whimper.  They said "we think he just would rather be at home with you".  I responded something to the effect of you are probably right and that is why I want him here.  :)  He gets "weepy" somedays at home with me when he is missing his dada so I'm not real worried about it!  I think school has been a great introduction to structure and social settings.

Here he is crafting:

I think it is awesome how he apparently found the play camera at school too!

His "friends".  Travis is the youngest in the class.  He really looks miniscule next to these too, but I think the depth is misleading.

I think these are the twins in his class.  You think?

This is either "weepy" or "I didn't get my way".  They look very similar.

I'm thinking this is maybe saying grace over the snack, but I'm not sure.

M&M Cookies and his very own Travis napkins (leftover from his baby shower!).