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!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Big Three Year Old

We now have a three year old in our house.  Isaac was so excited about his birthday that he even sang happy birthday to himself!  It was adorable.

I realized this year that if you blow up a few balloons for your child while you try to get ready for the birthday party, they will be entertained for hours!  Isaac kept saying "I love balloons,"  He would throw them in the air and play volleyball with them.

We had a music party for Isaac this year because his world still revolves around music.  He is almost always singing, playing his trumpet, guitar, piano, cymbals, harmonica and now drum set!  Isaac got a drum set, microphone and violin for his birthday which he now plays all the time.

The excitement and enthusiasm of a three year old is contagious!

Five Months!

Ethan is already five months old.  His personality is really starting to come out.  He started rolling from back to front right around five months of age.  When he flips onto his stomach, he pushes up and can move himself completely off of the blanket or activity mat.  Ethan is still trying to figure out the whole sleeping thing which means Mom is not getting much consecutive sleep these days.  If someone would hold his pacifier in all night, I am fairly certain he would sleep all night.  Instead, I am still getting up a few times a night to either feed him or put his pacifier back in.  Sleep training may be in our near future.  

Other than his night sleeping, Ethan is an easy baby.  He loves to watch his brother and chew on teething toys.  His schedule is getting more predictable in that he takes one or two naps in the morning and then a long 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon.  I can usually get an hour or two in the afternoon that both boys are sleeping!!!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Christmas was so fun with all the grandparents, great-grandparents and cousins (we missed Kinsley!).  We went to mass, left cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, opened a lot of presents and ate way too much yummy food.  On Christmas Day, we decorated cookies and we are still trying to break Isaac's habit of asking for a treat after every meal.  

Isaac loved Christmas this year.  He is starting to understand Santa and Jesus' birthday.  It is so fun to see the joy and excitement on the face of a three year old when they see the presents and that the cookies and carrots had been eaten.  

It was so nice to have a few weeks off of work and to spend quality time our families!

Big brother helping Ethan open his presents.

Godparents are the best!

The best pre-mass picture we got.

Leaving out cookies, milk and carrots

Can we open them yet?

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"I wish I could have a cookie!"

Silly monkey!