Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Well said.

Dylan is delayed in speech. I won't lie, exaggerate, or make up things that he says. Maybe I'm a little harsh on him, but when other parents say their kids are saying words, then I hear the word, it just doesn't sound like it. I don't count words until other people can understand what he is saying. I'm not embarrassed, or concerned. We have been seeing a speech therapist once a week for several months now, maybe 10. I am getting him the help he needs. All of his words begin with D. Duice(Juice), Dhoes ( shoes),docks( socks) Doooouun ( Down) Doo( Dog) Daddy. Dye Dye. You get the picture. We have been working with him on using more consonants, because well, not all words start with D. He has made some great progress, and my favorite new word of his is Bubba. I figured brother was too hard to say, so I call Graham is little Bubba. So here you have it. My child saying a word that doesn't start with D. Turn up the volume. It's adorable!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

our life on the Iphone

I know lots of people do iPhone rewinds. I've never done it, but sometimes it's just easier to pick up my phone than my camera, which I haven't picked up in a few weeks sadly. So here are a few pictures from the past few months. I'll start doing it at the end of the month. Enjoy the pictures!

Dylan wanted to be swaddled.

riding , with Carson looking on

loving on his brother.

he was not happy to be awake!

little brothers, hanging out at story time.

first smile caught on camera

I sleep with my hands in the air, don't you?

broken car.

loves to wear my Crocs.

Christmas wore him out.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Graham {3 Months}

My tiniest man is a whole three months old. I remember with Dylan it seemed like it took forever to get to this point. Graham has skipped a few months I feel like. He has become much more of a "scheduled" baby this month. He takes three naps, a REALLY long one(3-4 hours) in the afternoon, and two shorter ones that are about an hour each. He has really started to show his personality. He is an observer. He will stare at me for a while, then crack a smile. I'm pretty sure he is already addicted to Mickey Mouse, and he loves to sing the itsy bitsy spider. I got my first giggle while making him do the hand motions!
The biggest achievement is sleep this month. The Friday before Christmas we decided to move him to his crib and do " operation- sleep in crib." We chose this day because Adam would be home with us for 4 days, so that we could take naps during the day. You see, Graham had been only sleeping in the swing. When I would put him down for a nap in his crib he would only sleep for an hour. Still does. I thought for sure we would be up every hour to calm him down and get back to sleep. Boy was I wrong. We put him down at 8, he slept until 2:30. It was his longest stretch ever. He loved his room. Over the last few weeks it's only gotten better. We even got an 11.5 hour stretch, though that did include a dream feed. We still have to feed him at night because the little booger refuses to eat during the day. He seems to only like to eat if he is swaddled. I think it's because he wants to eat his fingers. He likes to nom on his fingers . They are almost always in his mouth. He also prefers to eat standing up, I guess he likes the view.He is a mover, you put him down, he is flapping his arms, kicking his legs, even swaddled he can get himself moved all the way to the bottom of the crib.
If you remember, last month I mentioned that his pediatrician found a heart murmur and we had to visit the cardiologist. Well, as expected everything is fine, and it's something that he will grow out of in the next few months. So thank you to everyone who sent me messages about it. We successfully got him off of Similac and onto a much cheaper generic brand. That was Adam and I's biggest accomplishment this month. I can't wait until Graham is old enough to play with Dylan and Adam. Dylan wants him to play so badly, I just want to see them interact with each other, though I know there will be fights, I'm pretty sure they will be the best of friends.

Three Month Stats:

Weight ( Dec. 28)- 12 lbs 8 oz
Length- (Dec 28) 24.5 Inches ( Which I think was wrong because that means in a month he grew 1.5 inches?)
Size 1 Diapers
3 Month onesies and sleepers
Rolling over
Smiling all the time
"Half Laughing"

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I'm sure you have read a million and one 2012 Resolutions. But I thought that I would throw some of mine out there. Yes, I probably won't stick to them after about a month or so, but I don't think they are too lofty if I actually want to stick to it.

1. Lose weight: I might have been in my pre-pregnancy jeans after two weeks, but I can guarantee you, I'm about 20 lbs from where I was when I got pregnant!

2. Run: Complete Couch25K again. It worked once, maybe it'll work again.

3. Play soccer: Becca and I are going to a soccer practice this week for a women's team. I have not touched a ball in... oh, 8 years. It could get ugly.

4. Organize: MY house needs organizing in a major way. I'm starting with the pantry.

5. Projects: Personalize the house. I'm trying to talk Adam into hardwood floors in the formals. He blames Pinterest.

6. Read: I need to get back into reading. Once the boys go down, we try to catch up on TV, maybe a book wouldn't hurt!

7. Clean :Keep a tidier house: One where if someone where to stop by unannounced I wouldn't freak out and not let them in. That might not sound hard, but that means I'll be picking up toys like 1000 times a day!

8. Me Time: Take some more time for me. I got my hair cut, like once last year. Maybe I'll strive for twice this year!:) I also need to go have my eyes checked and get new glasses and contacts!

9. Save Money: Make a weekly menu and go grocery shopping with Adam on Sundays, less eating out. Go through cookbooks for more meal ideals.

10. Baby Food: I want to make Graham's baby food. I did a good job of it with Dylan, but once he got to the meats I gave up. It was WAY to hard to get the right consistency, so I just gave up. I hope to do a better job with Graham's food.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree...

Another Christmas has come and gone. This year, Dylan was another year older, yet still didn't really understand the concept of Christmas. He wasn't really interested in unwrapping gifts, as much as opening the toy that was wrapped. He would say, "WoW" for everything, then want to open it. Being the mean mommy I am, we let him open very little. You might remember that I like to spread the gifts out as to let him be amazed with each new toy, instead of being overwhelmed with a ton in December. So now his playroom closet is chalk full of new toys to break out over the next 12 months!:)

This year was special because we got to spend Christmas with Aunt Laura. She got to spend some time with both of her nephews and get to know them. We also spent time with Aunt Erin, and Great Grandma Lou and Richard. Christmas eve was spent opening all the gifts at Adam's parents house, followed by going home to meet Aunt Erin who came for the night. We ate Indian Food and watched Forest Gump on TV. A new tradition? Christmas morning, both the boys slept in ( thank goodness they don't understand yet, no 5 Am wake up calls for us) Adam went to get Dylan and down stairs awaiting a Easel for him,from Aunt Erin, as well as a toolbox of tools from us. We don't buy him much, since he has grandparents who like to buy him lots of things. He will probably always get necessities from us, and the "fun stuff" from grandparents.
After gifts, an Ipad, jewelry, and massage gift card for me, underwear and float session for Adam( I really failed this year with gift giving), we headed on over to his parents again for a Christmas feast, stockings from Santa, and football. It was a couple of long days and nights for my kids, but I am happy to say, they both did so great. Dylan didn't have any tantrums, despite being up past 10 a couple of times. Graham, as long as he was fed, he was happy. As many people have commented. We are so very fortunate to have children that can adapt to any situation. If Dylan doesn't get a nap, well he doesn't get a nap. I'm sure most days he wishes he didn't have to nap. If Graham has to sleep in the car, well then he will. I hope that their easy going personalities continue on past toddler hood. Fingers Crossed.