Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Six months


Still the happiest little boy around. Rowan is 6 months old this month...it's hard to believe. He's still super snuggly and gives the best 'baby' hugs...however, he's starting to grab and pull hair! I love this age...the newborn stage is cute, small and cuddly...but soooooo much work! You can't really enjoy it past all the exhaustion. At 6 months their personality starts to emerge and they don't seem so fragile! This guy has a million dollar smile and he flashes it from across the room when he recognizes you. He's started to screech and squeal and his noises are ear piercing! He loves his sister and doesn't usually mind the mauling she gives him. He actually seems to enjoy it most of the time. Someone asked me the other day how I keep her off of him....I replied 'I don't'...it's really a lost cause. Unless he's making noises of discomfort, I let them work it out. In true toddler fashion, the more I tell her not to go near him, the more insistent she is on being in his face....so I let the novelty wear off and let her at him and then it's not quite so fun...for an hour or so! She asks to see him all the time and loves it when I bring him up with me to wake her up in the morning or get her up from her naps. She always wants to 'read' to him and loves to read 'The Truck Book' to him. 

He's sitting up pretty much on his own. I still use the boppy pillow around him because Viv will frequently knock him over if he's not supported. He's reaching a lot for toys out in front of him and has started putting stuff in his mouth. He's pretty content to sit and play on the floor for an extended period of time. He loves to chew on my hands and fingers. He doesn't have any teeth yet. He's still spitting up frequently but doesn't seem to be drooling as much. He's eating 2nd foods already and has two containers a day. He really seems to like the fruit and cereal mixtures. He's in size 3 diapers and even sometimes size 4 overnight to keep from leaking. He's wearing 9 month size clothes. He loves his exersaucer and really has taken to playing with the toys attached to it...much more than Viv ever did. He can roll over both directions but he frequently forgets he can roll from tummy to back. His 6 month stats from his doctor appointment were height 27 1/4 in (77%), 18# 8oz (70%), head circumference 44 cm (71%). I bought him his first pair of shoes the other day...size 3 infant...and he's going to grow out of those soon. He still takes 3-4 naps a day....2-3 short naps in the morning and afternoon and one long nap in the afternoon starting around 1 pm...usually until 4 or 4:30 pm...sometimes I have to wake him up for his afternoon bottle. He's a little more pacifier oriented now but still not as dependent as his sister. 



We just love him to pieces! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Lovin'


Mother's day is the official start of summer.....right? Well, even if it's not...here we were on Mother's Day 2016. 


Selfie fun...


Walkin' the KeWash Trail...


Riding the antique tractor with Uncle Adam...





Our Mom's Morning Out program officially ended for the summer...here she is with teachers Angie and Melinda. We loved them...she grew so much this year! 



We went to one of Ryker's baseball games...


The pool opened and we officially started off doing other summery things like swinging...lots and lots of swinging! 





Nathan and I travelled to Orlando for a few days....I drug him to Epcot one day. Sadly, the day we left we woke up to news of a mass shooting at a nightclub in downtown Orlando. The worst mass shooting to date in the US. 


We survived our first 'official' road trip to Champaign, IL to visit college friend Amy Glenn and family. We hadn't seen each other for at least 2 years and we've both had babies since then. Rowan 5 months and Cole 10 months. 


We took Viv to her first movie...Finding Dory...she did very well. She loved the short film before the movie and belly laughed during quiet parts of it....which then had the whole theater laughing at her. We loaded her up with M&Ms and her pacifier and she made it through the entire flick! 


The sibling love continues...


Cute outfits! 


We had our annual client appreciation BBQ and ribbon cutting ceremony...future employee?


First work family pic...


The cousins all represented...


Eating cupcakes with Harper...




Checking out the gardens in Lowe Park...


Tummy time...



More of sister's antics...with cat stickers nonetheless...


Swimming lessons at the Marion Pool...still doesn't like to put her face in the water. 


Can this guy get any happier?!? He loves summer! 



Saturday, July 9, 2016

4th of July

The Independence Day festivities started with the Freedom Festival's balloon glow. We had perfect weather...some would even say chilly. They had record crowds gather at Brucemore to watch the balloons get 'blown' up. 




Rowan spent a large amount of his time napping with Gma Julie. 


Viv had a great time and actually stayed around our group instead of trying to take off! 






We started the 4th off by heading to Monticello for the pancake breakfast and parade. 

My happy little firecrackers!




Waiting for the parade to start...






Rowan hung out in the back with Papa Mark. 


Viv quickly got the hang of picking up the candy. 




The parade was a success...


The evening portion....not so much. We went to the country club planning on swimming and hanging out until the fireworks...but I got the timing all wrong and Nathan ended up twisting his ankle. So he, Rowan and Mark ended up heading home and the rest of stayed to watch the fireworks. 


This pic is the one moment we could get Viv to sit still...she was not into the fireworks at all and we ended up having to watch them from the clubhouse. Oh well! Happy 4th of July!