Saturday, August 15, 2015

11 Months

Just a few pictures at 11 months!

The Big One Year Old

Ethan is already one!  I always think the baby phase is going to last forever but then the first birthday quickly approaches.  It is so fun to watch him learn and grow on a daily basis.  Ethan is walking and starting to identify words for different items.  Here is a recap of Ethan at one year of age: 

1. walking - can stand up without assistance in the middle of the room, carry toys, turn around and change directions
2. takes two naps between 1-2 hours each
3. can say ma-ma, da-da, buckle and kitty
4. signs more, waves good-bye, blows kisses, claps
5. climbs on everything (small chairs, cars, vacuum)
6. eats pretty much anything you give him
7. just started whole milk but still drinks mostly breast milk
8. sleeps from 7:30 pm - 6 am
9. loves sleeping with his little giraffe blanket

We celebrated Ethan's birthday a few weekends ago.  He did not have much interest in opening presents but he probably would have eaten cake all night if I would have let him.  Here are a few pictures of the big guy. 

Isaac wanted to be in the picture too.  Check out the yellow block closest to Ethan. 

Yellow block dropped on Isaac's head.  Perhaps, he will think twice before trying to touch Ethan's blocks and get in the pictures.  Ethan has a pretty tough personality and he certainly does not back down. He is going to be a strong, little brother. He is definitely more physical and coordinated than Isaac was at this age.

I win.  King of the mountain!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ten Months Old

Ethan is almost a year old!  I was packing up clothes for a friend of mine that due with a baby boy in a month and I started getting really sad when I realized how big and old Ethan is getting. It is also amazing how many clothes he has grown out of!

The boys are at really fun ages.  Ethan likes to cuddle a lot more now and Isaac loves giving him hugs. I just have to be careful that he does not try to pick Ethan up.  I don't think Isaac would be able to hold 20 pound for very long which means he will just drop him.  They are already starting to wrestle.  I can only imagine how crazy this household will be once they are older and stronger.  

As you will see in the pictures below, Ethan does not sit still.  He is quite the climber.  He likes to climb on the big chair, toys, Isaac, stairs and me.  Luckily, he does not try to climb out of his crib (at least not yet).  He is getting much more stable on his feet.  He will let go of the furniture and stand for a few seconds.  Ethan likes to push toys around while walking.  The more unstable the toy, the more he likes it.  The boys play together quite a bit with these toys.  Ethan usually crashes them into furniture and waits for Isaac to come redirect him.  

Ethan still only has four teeth but it looks like a few more are trying to come in.  He is still sleeping from about 7:30 pm to 5:30 am.  He consistently takes two naps that are about 1.5-2 hours each.  He now has his brothers good sleeping habits.  I would love if he would sleep until 6:30 but I will take what I got.  Ethan has tried new foods including graham crackers, tomatoes, rice, beef, peas and crackers.  I have not found anything yet that Ethan will not eat.  I hope that continues when he is a toddler.  He still nurses about five times a day too.  

Isaac is going to starting t-ball practices soon.  It should be interesting seeing as he can hardly keep the glove on his hand.  We signed him up for swimming lessons again since he absolutely loved them.  I think it is safe to say that Isaac is officially potty trained.  It look him a while to figure it out but when I finally just put underwear on him, he picked it up.  He has not had too many accidents.  It is pretty nice to only be buying diapers for one child!  

I think my favorite part of our days together is when Isaac and I go in to get Ethan up in the morning and from naps.  They both have big smiles on their faces and Isaac peaks in Ethan's crib and says "Good morning Ethan!"  It is quite adorable.  I always start my days off with a smile.  I love all my boys so much!!!

And then there is my other boy!  Alex and I just got back from Vegas on Wednesday.  We were there for four days for my work conference.  It was so nice to spend some time together without the two little ones.  I am so thankful for my wonderful family!   

Sit down!

Isaac wanted his picture taken too.

"What mom?"

"Look a block!"

"Okay, I will put them back."

Looking for Grandma.

Zija shirt from Aunt Tanya

Driving already

Can you find Isaac?

Train ride at the zoo

He just discovered how to open the cupboards.

Trader Joes!

Hi Mom!

Mother's Day Fun

Papa, Gigi, Mimi and Pa came over to celebrate Mother's Day. We are so luck to live less than 30 minutes from them. 


They love their Mimi!

Such a sweet couple. 

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.