Thursday, September 18, 2014

11 Months Old and Feeling Sad

In 4 short weeks my little apricot bunny will be a year old.  My last baby.  I spent so much time thinking about having a baby, trying to have a baby, struggling to have a baby.  Now my second baby won't be a baby much longer and I am forced to face the fact that I'm not ready for my baby years to be over so soon.  But we are done.  No more babies for us.  I got the two boys I had only dreamed I would be lucky enough to have.  But seriously, pout.

Ben continues to be the most active little thing ever.  All he wants to do is stand and cruise all day long.  All. Day. Long.  He now crawls with his belly off the ground and it makes me snicker to see him race across the floor like a little wind-up toy with his head held high.  Sam likes to tickle him and tries to wrestle with him.  Ben doesn't really understand the wrestling yet, but he's still happy to be getting attention from his big bro.  Teething has been a bit of a downer for Ben as of late.  He's cutting his second top tooth right now and it must really hurt.  Poor squidlet.

Who? Me?

Things with the family have been very, very busy lately.  MIL has had more Dr appointments than usual, and sense she is in a wheelchair now Morgan has to take her.  We just bought a new (or rather new to us) car.  Which means I am now officially a mini van rockin momma and we are trying to sell my old Scion.  I love that Scion.  It's the last thing I have of me before we became engaged, moved in together, married, home owners, parents.  I will miss it, but I LOVE my Mazda5!  It's kinda awesome to be able to take the entire family to run errands and still have room for groceries and whatever else we pick up.  I also have joined the community Halloween committee.  Meaning I'm in charge of making props for our Halloween Haunted Walk on the nature trail near our house.  So much fun!  We have almost no budget, so I am literally making everything.  Bless Pinterest.  And, of course, I've been busy planning Ben's birthday party!

Sliding Door Lust

Get On With It, 11 Month Old:
~ Crawls proper, with his belly off the ground.
~ Pulls himself to standing at any surface he can manage, including walls.
~ Cruises very well and tries to turn himself so his back is against the couch/table and take a step while reaching for you.  Can almost do this without help.
~ Loves banana bread and will strike down all those who try to take it from him
~ Like his mama, isn't too fond of the sun.  It hurts the eyes.  Maybe the soul too.
~ Is mostly wearing size 18-24 month clothing.  Sam wears 2T and 3T, still wears some 24 month pants.  Soon I suspect they will be sharing a wardrobe.  Definitely within the year.
~ Tries to climb the stairs.  Gets himself up to the 3rd step sometimes before I discover him and drag him back to safety.  Need to get a gate.
~ Is about to graduate to the big boy car seat!  Morgan says he will put it in the car this weekend.  I hope so 'cause the infant seat is TOO small!


Do you see that curl?

And some more because I loves him and his brother so much!

And there we go.  One month to go.  And also it appears I need to work on putting matching tops and bottoms on Sam!  And at some point during the month Sam got a haircut.  I think I need a nap.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

10 Months and an Ocean

Late getting my memories jotted down this month because the day after Ben turned 10 months old we shuttled our little family off to the beach for a much needed vacation!  Chincoteague, Va was perfect!  Not too crowded, not built up like Ocean City, small and isolated.  We rented a 2 bedroom townhouse not far from the national park entrance.  Indoor heated pool, 2 bathrooms, and just enough room for us to sleep comfortably and have play room for the kids.  We didn't get to see any ponies close up, but we did see a herd or two grazing in the marshes far from the road.  I love that the boys got to experience seeing the ocean for the first time together.  They're too young to have any understanding of what an ocean is or how special it is to share an experience like that with your sibling, but some day they will.  Plus, at long last, I got to bury my toes in warm sand again.  I'm so glad we went!

Ben fell asleep in the pool!

Buried his butt in the sand and his toes wiggled free!

Our rental didn't have a bath tub.

Touch pool at Tom's Cove Visitors Center.

Wallops Island NASA Launch Site

This vacation was much needed, but also an experiment to see how well the kids would handle a trip like this.  They handle the trips we take to Cleveland to visit my friend just fine, but this is different.  Eating out every night, multiple things planned every day, some naps skipped, sleeping in a strange place where screaming all night would be not appreciated by those staying in the townhouse next to ours.  Thank goodness we lucked out with an end unit!  In the end, they did really well.  The first night was rough for both kids.  But after that we figured out a better sleeping arrangement and everyone slept through the night every night.  At times Sam's patience was stretched to the limit when in restaurants, but we pushed through and found ways to keep him entertained.  And so now we know that trips like this are a possibility for our young kids!  Next year there will be no question of if we should take a family vacation.  We're outta here.

Also, Ben is 10 months old now!  Time, please slow down.  I guess I better start planning his birthday party.

My 10 Monther:
~ Is ready to start tying table food.  So far he loves cheese and baked things like muffins and pancakes.
~ Can not only get up an all fours lightning quick, but has also started taking some shaky crawling steps.  Every day he gets a little better at it.  I predict by the end of the week he will be crawling more than army crawling.
~ Sleeps though the night almost every night!  And even if he does wake up he usually self settles and never takes a middle of the night feeding anymore.
~ Prior to our trip a week ago to Cowan's Gap and our vacation to Chincoteague Ben didn't like the water at all.  Turns out he loves the pool as long as it's heated.  And after a little encouragement he adores time at the beach!  He likes to splash in the tiny waves coming up to the shore and dig in the sand with his clumsy little toes and fingers.  There really is nothing cuter than a baby at the beach.
~ I think he keeps trying to say "kitty".  He crawls towards Lincoln and makes a "Kiiiii" sound.
~ At long last Sam has started calling the baby by name.  Finally.  That name is Bob, but at least it starts with the right letter.

Won't you take me to,
                                     SKUNKY TIME!

And thus ends a very picture heavy post.  Or, actually no it doesn't.  Here are some more.

Donkeys at Erin's family farm.

A very brave tiny Sam.

McGuyver sun shade for my gingersnap.

Cowan's Gap

Birthday party at Little Gym.

Growing too fast.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

9 Months

Active.  That best describes Ben at this point in time.  All he wants, all day long, is to be on the floor army crawling and rolling from toy to toy.  You try to hold him for cuddles and tickles and he twists and flails till you put him right back where he was.  He's on a mission.  A mission to get all Sam's things and to figure out how to do a "real" crawl.  In fact he's so focused on this crawling mission that he sometimes has trouble sleeping.  He will roll over in his crib onto his tummy, push that butt up in the air, and try to do push ups with his arms to get himself up on all fours.  All the while with his sleepy eyes squeezed shut and crying because he wants to sleep, just can't relax enough to do it.  Consequently, he has spent a few nights in the past week or so sleeping in his swing. (Yes, we moved the swing to the nursery.)

Ben really is a one baby brute squad.  Compared to other babies right around his age he seems like a tiny giant.  Which makes it all the more interesting to see just how each baby in our playdate group develops differently.  Julie can sit up on her own with no need for supervision.  Casey and Angelina are both starting solid table foods with little interest in baby food purees anymore.  Ben is a display of brute strength, but can't do either of those things yet.

~ My 9 monther army crawls like it's his full time job.
~ Within the past week has started doing the "planking" motion of getting his belly completely off the ground, just can't quite seem to figure out how to get his knees up under him when his front half is already raised.
~ Is on stage 2 baby foods and puffs (broken into 3 pieces).  Will gnaw on whatever I am eating, but have to be careful he doesn't actually break off a piece or he gags on it.
~ Has officially captured Sam's full attention.  Now that Ben is mobile Sam spends most of his day crawling along side Ben and imitating whatever Ben is doing.  It's a game to them.  Just have to watch Sam for when he grabs Ben by the ankles and tries to drag him around the living room floor.
~ Is wearing mostly 12 month clothes.  But even some of those are snug since the latest growth spurt.  In his arsenal of outfits he even has a few 24 month rompers I've been putting on him.
~ Can't make up his mind if he wants to sleep through the night or not.  He'll go 4 or 5 nights sleeping like a champ, then for the next week be up 2 or 3 times a night.  It's kind of exhausting because your body just doesn't know what to expect and so can't get used to one routine.  Part of the problem is we tend to hurry to Ben when he's crying overnight so he doesn't wake Sam up.  But we just might have to do a week of putting up with Sam night waking so we can get this overnight situation resolved.  In the end everyone will be better for it.
~ CAN FEED HIMSELF A BOTTLE!  You guys, seriously.  This is something Sam refused to do and so I am beside myself with hysteric joy that Ben FEEDS HIMSELF.  You just put him on the floor and hand him a bottle.  That's it.  My life is suddenly so much easier!
~ So far this summer Ben has yet to enjoy water play.  No sprinkler or baby pool action for him.  He's not interested.  Not even a toe dip is tolerated.  Hopefully he doesn't flip out when we go on our beach vacation in August.
~ Is on the verge of outgrowing the infant car seat.  We might stretch this a little longer than we should because vacation will be easier with a car seat we can carry a sleeping baby around in.  But after that it's time to spend a few hundred dollars on yet another car seat.

Dr Stats:
          Height - 30.75 inches, above 99%
          Weight - 21 pounds 7 ounces, 79%
          Head Size - above 99%

Skunky Time!