Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nine Months Old

Isaac better get ready because Ethan is starting crawl over Isaac if he wants to get one of his toys. One day, I heard Isaac yelling for me when I stepped out of the room for second.  I come in to find Ethan laying on Isaac with Ethan's head on the floor and his legs sticking up straight.  Apparently, Ethan was trying to get over the Isaac blockade that was preventing him from getting to the puzzle. The joy of what's to come.  It is so fun to watch the boys play together.  Isaac will now come up with games for the two of them to play together.  It usually entails shaking, throwing, tug of war, etc. I love when they are both genuinely laughing at/with each other.  Siblings are the best.

One of Ethan's top teeth is just about in and it has not even affected his sleep!!!  In fact, Ethan is now sleeping through the night.  He usually sleeps from 7 pm to 6 am.  We just had to go to Iowa for a weekend and stay in a hotel for him to figure out how to sleep all night.  Then I went to Denver for an extended weekend the boys stayed home with Dad. That also helped Ethan start to sleep through the night.

I am very curious to see how long it will take for Ethan to start walking.  He currently walks around the furniture and can climb a flight of stairs with no issue.  He has starting talking a lot too.  He mainly says Ma-ma and Da-da.  There are also some na-na and ba-ba sounds.  It is so fun to watch them grow up!

Isaac wanted to be in the pictures too!

Isaac decided he wanted to play with the blocks

Hey, step away from the block!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Eight Months Old

Since I am usually rushing to keep the blog updated for every month of Ethan's first year of life, Isaac usually gets left out of most posts.

Here is a quick update on Isaac.  He has certainly turned three and found his three year old "personality" (attitude with a significant amount of whining).  Behind all that, he is still his sweet self.  He loves alone time with mommy which does not happen enough.  However, he started swim lessons again and we have been leaving Ethan home with Daddy so we can have "Mommy and Isaac" time.  It is a good thing he is doing lessons again because he is still scared of getting water in his eyes.  Isaac is also taking a class through the YMCA called "sporties for shorties."  They play all different sports and he enjoys playing with the other 8 boys in the class (no girls).  Girls can play sports too!  I was surprised that there were not any girls signed up for this class.

Isaac can count to 20 by ones and to 100 by tens.  We are working on letter sounds now that he can recognize the letters of the alphabet.  In the car now, he will see a sign, say all the letter and ask what the word spells.  He is so inquisitive now.  

My favorite thing that he does right now is randomly say, "I love you Mommy!"  Then he runs and gives me a hug.  I sometimes think he says it sometimes just because he knows how I will react.

And now for Ethan!

Eight Months Old

At eight months, Ethan was sleeping from about 7:30 pm to 6:30 am but was still getting up once to eat around 3 or 4 am.  I was still giving him a good amount of purees because his digestive system was not completely keeping up.  We were doing finger foods as well but they were harder for him to digest.

Ethan was pulling up on toys and standing while holding on to things.  He started to talk quite a bit more and said Ma-ma occasionally.  He did not say it too much and it was not really directed toward me at all.  Isaac's world is continuing to change as Ethan gets into everything and loves to play with Isaac's toys.  He basically likes anything that he is not supposed to have.

Ethan got his second bottom tooth right before he turned eight months old.

Photo sessions with two boys is not easy.  I am also not patient enough to keep trying.  I get what I get in 20 seconds and that is it.  That is how I approach most things with these boys.  If you expect them to do anything for more than a few seconds, you are fooling yourself. 

This is the true behind the scenes. You may be able to see that I took all of Ethan's "8" month photos just to realize that I put the 5 month block out.  It took me a few hours to realize that I did that.  I must have been thinking that it was the 5th of April when I was taking them.  Who knows? 

Here is the 8 month block that Ethan decided was a good snack.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Searching for Eggs

As per usual, I am very behind in blogging.  Here are a bunch of pictures from Easter at Mimi and Pa's house.  Isaac really enjoyed the Easter egg hunt and playing with all his cousins.  We also got to meet cousin Evan finally! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

7 Months Old!

Ethan is already seven months old and very mobile.  He started getting up on his hands and knees pretty consistently and then right before turning seven months old, he started crawling.  Within one week, he went from moving one hand and foot to crawling across the room.  This has been quite a change for Isaac to get used to.  He shows Ethan how to crawl but then he also gets upset when Ethan knocks down his towers or takes his toys away.  Let the fun begin!  It is pretty fun to watch them play together though.  Ethan can now get to where Isaac is playing so they end up playing with the same toys a lot now.  I added a video of Ethan crawling!

Ethan is a very chill boy.  He is more than willing to hang out in his car seat or stroller when we are out and he rarely fusses to get out.  I think he has a little temper though.  He is either very calm or basically yelling because he wants something (to be held, fed, put to sleep, etc.).  There is not much in between.

I am still so thankful that he has figured out how to sleep.  We put him to bed around 7 pm but it is still pretty common for him to get up around 3-4 am to eat but then he sleeps until about 6:30 am.  He sleeps in his crib at night and for all naps.  It is nice to be done with the swing as well as the need to feed him to get him to sleep.  He now lays down completely awake and puts himself to sleep.

Ethan's first tooth started coming in right around 7 months.  The second front, bottom tooth will likely be coming in soon.  He has been handling them quite well.

Apparently, Ethan wants to be just like his brother.  He has been eating solid food for about one month and he has already thrown up twice from it.  I think it is more a function of an immature digestive system than the type of food that I gave him but time will tell.  Sometimes, I wish I could only give him milk for the first year.  Hopefully, his system gets used to the food soon.

We are very excited for the weather to get warm and stay warm.  This week even reached the fifties so we took multiple walks and runs.  We are excited to be able to go to the park on a more regular basis in the near future.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Halfway to One

I absolutely love babies but it is so hard to sit back and enjoy every minute of your newborn when you have to keep up with life at the same time.  Now that Ethan is six months old, I feel like life is getting back to "normal."  Ethan is starting to get quite a personality.  

Fun things to note about Ethan at six months old: 
1. rolling all over the place
2. Rocking on hands and knees and starting to lift an arm to reach for toys while in this position
3. Pretty consistently sleeps from 7:30 pm - 3 or 4 am.  Eats and sleeps until about 6:30 am. 
4. Takes about two 45 minute naps and one two hour nap a day
5. Started oatmeal cereal and purees around six months
6. Babbling quite a bit
7. Not a fan of Mom walking away from him 
8. No teeth
9. Grabs hair and noses
10. We are now able to lay Ethan down awake with his pacifier and he will go to sleep!  This was a very welcome change. 
11. 19 lbs 4 ounces, 27.75 inches long
Isaac is also growing up really fast also.  It still catches me off guard when we sit down to dinner and he prays with us and then says "so, what is the weather like today?"  Or he will ask how our day was. 
It is just so cute and grown up.  Where did our little boy go?  Isaac knows all of his letters and now he is starting to identify the first letter of words.  He does pretty well trying to sound out the beginning of a word.
We just finished up a music class with the boys through The Conservatory of Wisconsin.  Both of the boys really enjoyed it.  Isaac loved the classical music that they got to listen to while playing instruments.  They also made puppets of a cuckoo bird, rooster and elephant.
Isaac finally got his last two year molar in shortly after his three year birthday he went to the dentist for his first cleaning.  Well, it was more like his first teeth counting.  He loved playing with the tools but he was not a fan of the light that they shine in his mouth.  He laid in the chair and let the dentist count all of his teeth and check for cavities.  They did get to clean one tooth before Isaac said he just wanted to go pick out a toy!

Isaac decorating Valentine's Day cookies

Most of the frosting went in Isaac's mouth and never made it to the cookies.

Cuddling in their pajamas

Ready for cereal

"Can I just chew on the spoon?"

Isaac will choose a popsicle over any other treat (cookies, cupcakes, cake, etc.)

A fun gift from Mimi!