Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Say Cheese

As many of you know, Dylan was a little bit of a camera hog in his early days. By early I mean, up until a few months ago. If he saw a camera, he would smile. Not so much anymore. Now when he sees a camera, he says " I dee, I dee" and runs to me to show him the picture. This is ofter before I am even able to snap a picture. When I asked him to smile for me, these are the faces I get, followed by the hands over face.  I'll admit, he was being a bit more dramatic in these photo's than he usually is, but it's still funny. He loves when I take pictures of Graham, and sometimes even wants to be in said pictures. I guess it's just a sign of him getting older. Man, he is so old.
I really hope he grows out of this stage, because I love having pictures of him. At least I still have Graham for another couple of years.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Car Seats

I am a big believer in the fact that there a one billion ways to raise kids.  But one thing I am  firm on in is my children's safety.  So when I saw this little comparison, it made me really happy I have chosen to rear face as long as I can.  Now, I am not saying that I think people who turn their babies around at one are bad parents, because I'm not.  I just thought that I would share this with everyone so that maybe I could change some minds.

I am also aware that the chances of being in a head on collision that is at high speeds is unlikely, but why risk it right? Dylan will be rear facing until he can no longer.  I don't care that he can't watch TV, or look out the window.  Those are things he doesn't know he is missing anyway right?  I know, I'm mean.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I usually wouldn't post things like this, but because ice cream is involved here I am!

Dylan's school is doing a Scentsy fundraiser. 10% of sales will go towards his school( mothers day out program)

You can go online to and place your order for the Shepards kids fundraiser. Or if you would like free shipping, you can send me your order and I will place it for you in person. So here is the ice cream catch. The class with the most orders will win an ice cream party. Dylan is a skinny guy so he could REALLY use the ice cream!

Please let me know if you place an order online so that I can make sure his class receives the credit! Comment me if you would like to place the order with me! Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Graham { 6 Months}

I can't believe he is already 6 months old. We had a great month this month. It was the month of a really established routine, learning new things, and a happy baby. Graham has really started to show his personality. He is our observer. He looks at something for a while before attacking it. When strangers smile at him or something, he gives them this " who are you" look. He is slowly coming out of his shell though. He is super ticklish, which is good, because as he gets older, that is how we will get him up of a bad mood, tickling. It works well for Dylan at least.

He really got into a great routine this month. He wakes at 7-7:30( we really need to work on getting this later) takes a nap from about 9-11, then another nap at about 2ish-4. Then bed about 7:30-8ish. He only strayed from this a few times, so we will take it. Luckily he is pretty adaptable when he has to sleep in the car, or chic fil a.

We were blessed with another content baby. Some mornings, Graham will just hang out in his crib playing for 30-40 minuets, before he starts to get really hungry and yells for us. He loves to play with his clothes, he has this one sleeper that has bugs on it. You can watch him stare at the bugs then try to grab them, it's pretty funny.

He still loves his bouncer, and spends a lot of time in it. I really need to get out the "car." Maybe this weekend. He still won't lay down on his back for more than 5 seconds, which has really caused diaper changes to be a huge struggle. I thought that I had at least another few months before I would have to start pinning him down with my feet. No such luck. I certainly get a workout in. Speaking of workouts, the kid is on the move. He is army crawling y'all. I mean, if he see's something across the room he wants, he will go get it. Erin is going to have her hands full at the end of May when she watched them both for a week.

I took him to his well check today, and the doctor was a little concerned ( maybe concerned isn't the correct word) about him dropping a little in the weight percentiles. He told me to start feeding him more solids, because he is already taking a great amount of formula. I then told him he is already getting two ounces, three times a day. Then he just looked at him and said, well, he is a mover, so I I guess he is just going to thin out as he moves more, which is fine. I have a long lean guy again. The nurse even called him skinny. I think he is a fatty compared to another little boy that lives in this house.

But this month has been a great one, and I am so excited for him to keep developing his little personality, and really grow up. Although it makes me sad to think this little guy is getting so big.

6 Month Stats:

28 inches- 90th percentile

16 lbs 3 oz- 15-20 th percentile (according to the online scale)

Tried all kinds of foods this month- Zucchini, Asparagus, Peas, green beans, sweet potato's, carrots, butternut squash. Luckily he loves them all.

Eating 4, 7 ounce bottles

Wearing 6-9 month footed sleepers, 3-6 month footless sleepers, 6 month onesies

Army crawling

Monday, April 9, 2012

Waited a long time

I've waited a long time for Dylan to refer to me as something other than "Daddy" or "bubba" We obviously have some more work to do, but I love his little voice saying Mama. It's at the very end of the video.

He was enjoying nutella for breakfast, naked. Isn't that how you do it?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Too Young

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Graham is growing up way too fast for my liking, and Grandpa isn't helping!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Handy Helper

I suppose you can call it helping. Dylan loves to help. One of his new favorite phases is, " I do, I do." Brushing his teeth, vacuuming, taking something to the trash, tools, building things. He is a helper. He hands Graham toys all the time, tries to feed him, and holds his bottle for him. His helping really does slow down things though, but of course, we try to let him help as long as it is safe for him to do so. I hope that he keeps up his helping, and that he can actually be helpful as he gets older. I won't hold my breath though!
Adam and I bought Dylan a trampoline a couple of weeks ago. It is a "My first Trampoline" so it's relatively small. We set it up, upstairs on the landing for a week or two until the weather was going to be stable enough that we thought we could move it outside. We did that last weekend. We carried it down the stairs, and out the door. Then Dylan really got to help.
He saw that Adam had his tools, so he went inside and came back out with his tool set. It was so cute. He loves pliers, so he went to work " helping" put his "bounce" together.
Together, they put it together, then we spent the rest of the afternoon outside, playing on it. I'm so glad that Spring has sprung and we can spend the day outside!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Joke is on us!

Lets set the scene shall we? Carson and Dylan, eating Popsicles on the trampoline. Decide they want to water the plants,{read as dirt} in the pots. I fill up the water can, 100 times. I finally tell Becca to just show Carson how to use the water hose. The first go around, Carson filled it up, then Dylan ran off with it. So then Carson just started spraying the yard. I wish that I had thought to get the video camera out. The giggles that were coming for those two boys were amazing. They were having such a great time, that even though Dylan was soaking, we just couldn't bring ourselves to stop them. Until, Carson beamed Dylan in the face and Dylan was not to pleased about it. Of course, because of his lack of body fat, Dylan was also turning purple.:)We can't wait to get these guys together in the summer, they are going to have a great time swimming and playing in the water.
When I told Adam about the water play, his response was, " Well at least they watered our grass!" I don't know about anyone else, but we are still on a strict twice a month water schedule!:)