Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ty at 4 and 5 months

Holy Smokes I cannot believe I never did a 4 month post on sweet baby Ty.  Honestly, life has been so crazy I cannot differentiate between what he was doing at 4 months and now, so I will just try and recap the past few months all together.

  • At 4 month these were his stats:

weight - 16.11# (75%)
height -  (90%) (i left the sheet in his bag with his diapers which I left at church and now I cant find it:(  But I do remember that he was 90%
  • Ty got his first cold right after he turned 4 months old so he was sleeping TERRIBLY!  He was waking up about every 1 1/2 - 2 hours around the clock because the poor fellow could not breath.  We used a humidifier, the bulb syringe, etc.  It worked for a short time but not for long term sleeping.  And basically, since then he has gotten in a bad bad bad routine!  However, I blame myself for not having him back on it. I am just so unbelievably tired that it is easier to feed him for a few minutes when he cries than to listen to him cry for ridiculous amounts of time.  So he knows, when starts a cryin', momma comes a runnin"!  
  • He has also started to wake up a bunch because he is a tummy sleeper but rolls from his tummy to his back all the time and he cannot back onto his tummy.  
  • Maybe that is why he has been saying "mom mom mom mom" the past few weeks now!  When starts to get a little fussy he says "mom mom mom."  And I LOVE it!  I think he is the first one to  say my name before "Dada."   But he really does say it loud and clear...Momma's Boy?
  • I still feed on demand but he eats around every 3 hours around the clock (I know I know, I should let him cry at night, I just have a lot of trouble with that...why can't he just be one of those babies that just does it!  I wish he would just sleep without me having to do that!)  
  • Ty does nap and goes to bed in his crib (well, he naps there when we are home.)  He goes to bed about 6 every night.  I go in and "dream feed" him around 10, but I may drop that because he seems to still wake up around midnight whether I feed him then or not.  
  • Before bedtime he still looooves his bath and starts to kick so hard when he is in there.  I always find myself singing silly songs to him when he is in the water, his favorite being "jimmy Crack Corn"  but he just kicks and kicks and smiles.  He loves it
  • After his bath we do lotion, jammies and read a few books.  We read, Go Dog Go, The Night You Were Born, The Nose BookI Kissed The Baby and his favorite is the classic Goodnight Moon.  He follows my fingers when I point to things in the book and starts moving his arms and hands like crazy when we are on the colored pages.  It is fun to read to him right now
  • He started oatmeal at 4 months and has taken to the spoon so so well!  He seems to enjoy it.  Though lately I think he is getting sick of it and is ready for some fruits and veggies.  He will be happy to eat those at 6 months I am sure of it!  
  • He still only poops once every few days so the doctor said I could mix his oatmeal with baby prune juice.  He likes that.
  • I work Tues, Wed and Thurs when the big boys are in school so he is at home with a sitter on Tuesdays and Thursdays while I work.  I was so sad/nervous/not excited about leaving him with a sitter, but I get him down for a nap before she gets there and then pump milk for a bottle to have when he wakes up and he takes that pretty well.  I miss him when I am working!!!  But that is pretty much his only time to get to nap in his crib because the afternoons are crazy.  Once I get home and get him then we pick up Drake at 2, Hunter at 2:45 and then we usually have choir, basketball, soccer, etc.  So I know he enjoys his morning nap (usually 8:30-10 or 10:30) in his crib.
  • He is very strong and LOVES to stand up and wants to all the time (he might be an early walker like his big brother Hunter...and he now has some extra incentive trying to keep up with his big brothers
  • He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and grabs for everything all the time (His favorite thing is his Sophie giraffe...thank you Aunt B!!!)
  • He follows his brothers when they are home and lights up when they look at him
  • He has his first ever real person belly laugh last week.  Drake was jumping up and down dancing and saying "shake a beanie" (have no idea what that means) and Ty was laughing so hard.  It was so cute and hysterical!
  • He smiles all the time and does this sweet smile and looks down when someone smiles at him like he is is so cute!  Or maybe actually he is flirting....hmmm....
  • He is such a happy happy happy guy and rarely every fusses.  When his eyes are closed and he is waking up he starts to fuss, but as soon as those eyes open and he sees someone, he smiles so big.  I just cannot get over how happy and easy going he is.  EVERYWHERE we go people comment on how "chill" and happy he is.  And they are right.  He is so wonderful.   
  • He squeals and "talks" a ton
  • His big brothers still love him to pieces and are so sweet to him.  He truly has completed our family!
These were some pictures when he was 4 months old from Katy Southern.  She takes the most beautiful pictures....thank you Katy!!!!!  We LOVED all of them and got a CD with over 60 pictures on it becuase we liked too many of them...but here are just a few

Hunter and Drake requested a silly picture a million times and finally got to do one!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Catching up with Fall

Every single year, the older the boys gets, the busier and crazier the fall gets.  Actually, it has been quite overwhlemingly busy this year.  Mostly all fun stuff, but just constant.  The afternoons or nights where we can just be at home are so few and far between that I SAVOR each and every one of them.  But here are a few of the things we have been up to lately:

Drake's "Me Vest" parade at school...I love these vests the boys make.  I have Hunter's framed in our dining room and I cannot wait to hang Drake's up next to it.  On the front they draw their family and on the back they draw their house.   True works of art!:)  Their class parades through the building and plays instruments singing songs.  It is so sweet.

Drake's class...he is one of the youngest AND tallest...the lovable giant!

We went a whole soccer season without posting any pictures at all!  I am not sure how that happened again, but both boys LOVE soccer and both boys are really good!  They were playing in the same league and age group and both on undefeated teams...until they had to play each other.  I now can sympathise with Peyton and Eli's mom...watching your boys play each other is TORTURE!!!!!  So I decided to make my own t-shirt, with the boys help, so I could support them both.

For the boys' Fall Break we went to Charlotte to visit my brother, sister in law and cousins.   The boys are at the ages now where they get SO EXCITED to go and SO SAD to leave!  It is fun to see them play together and really love being with their cousins.
Our first night there, Aunt E got a cake to celebrate Hunter, Drake and Charlie's birthday...which was of course a hit!

Silly boys

And blue lips!

And the boys got to open some AWESOME birthday presents!  Ninjago of course a HUGE hit!!!

And a Cam Newton Panthers shirt and even bigger hit!!!!!  

Mean faces


And then poor Charlie got strep throat!  We have had it so many times in our house that I never got worried about my kiddos...I am sure we have to be immune to it now!  But the poor guy felt terrible:
1. becuase he was sick and 2. because he wanted to play but didnt feel well.

But by later the next day he was up for being outside for a little bit...and they have the BEST cul-de-sac to play in!

And, not to any surprises...Hunter and Charlie went off and did their own thing...

And so did Drake and Anna!

We ended the trip by going to a fun pumpkin patch...

...and ended it by going through a MASSIVE corn maze.  I am talking acres and acres of corn that took us 1 hour and 20 minutes to get through.  The kiddos were awesome and stuck with it every step of the way.  We got a flag that we had to carry around so you could hold it way above your head if you got lost and needed help.  There were 9 mailboxes you had to find and every time you found one you got another piece to the maze to find your way out.  It was awesome!

Aunt E and Ty

A little lost trying to find out way out...

We made it!!!

Drake lost a tooth!!!!!!  
That is right, little brother Drake, NOT big brother Hunter!  Shockingly, Hunter handled it very well and I think he was actually a little happy to see him lose one before he had too.  Hunter does not have a loose tooth in his mouth but Drake has all kinds of crazy teeth stuff.  He has an extra tooth on the top row, had a tooth growing half way in before he lost the tooth in front of it...I have a horrible feeling that his mouth is going to be an expensive one! But none the less, the tooth fairy did visit us and I think Drake was excited!
tooth growing in behind the loose one

 Right after he lost it Hunter was jumping up and down but Drake was I think weirded out by the whole thing.  It had been super loose for days but he did not want it to be pulled out.  Finally that night it started bleeding so Kyle said he would try and if it didnt come out easily he would not force it.   Kyle pulled once, nothing...Kyle pulled twice, nothing....except all of a sudden I looked in his mouth and the tooth was no where to be found!  So Kyle searched in the toilet paper in his hands and finally found it!

The tiny tooth in Kyle's hand

Last but not least...Halloween!!!!
We had another fun Halloween and every year it gets more and more fun!  The boys love love love having Halloween decorations around (shoot!  why didn't I get pictures of them!!!!!), they love getting dressed up and have a count down to the day.  They have started organizing their candy (which I use to do)  They have candy trades (which I use to do too!!!)   Every holiday is so much fun with these boys around.  It makes me excited for them and happy to get ready for them.  
The day began with the Kindergarteners at school singing some Halloween songs and in their pumpkin shirts they made.  It as of course adoarble (but what parent woudln't think that about their baby!)

Hunty is on the back row next to the boy in the sunglasses

Hands in pockets

Halloween Night:  Here we have a Baby Chickadee, a A Green Ninja Bird (long explanation on that one...but this was Hunter's concoction) and Cole the black Ninjago Nina

It was freezing that nighttoo so I had 3 layers underneath the boys costumes...I am not quite sure how we actually got them on but somehow they still fit over all the layers!

Happy Fall and hope you had a Happy Halloween!