Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy 6 Months, Will!

A half a year ago today, Will came into this world. It's cliché to say this, but it goes by much too quickly. Will is presumably our last baby and I'm soaking it all in! I brought him to his 6 month appointment this past Friday and he weighed in at 18 lbs 11 oz (75 percentile) and only 25 percentile for height. His eczema is still the only health issue. Click Here are all his 6 month pics I took.

Will is 6 Months!
Here's what he's up to at 6 months...

*Sitting like a pro, but not getting there on his own yet
*Rolling both ways- and loves to sleep on his tummy
*Smiling at everyone who will look at him
*Shrieks of joy!
*Has been introduced to oatmeal, rice cereal, and banana but will have NONE of that!
*Will not drink from a sippy cup or a bottle- I think he's trying to keep me hostage!
*A little babbling here and there (like "A-gah", etc)
*Interested in everything around him and will grab everything in reach (no army crawling to get toys yet)
*Not to be braggy, but he is a wonder-child when it comes to naps/sleeping now. No rocking necessary!

The girls are officially over 3 1/2 years old. Here's what I can say about each girl:

Josephine- She has mastered #2 on the toilet finally- I know not everyone wants to hear about it, but I am proud of her because I wouldn't have pegged her to be the first. (The other two wait for nap or bed time in the diaper.) Josie is still the most likely to be paired off with a sister and not be left out. She still LOVES cats and still tries to get away with wearing a cat shirt everyday (though she doesn't have enough to make that happen).
Miss Josephine
Madeline- She is suddenly wary on the playground and we don't know why! She used to be the most adventurous. She is the best eater overall (though doesn't like take out food as much). She has had a couple of nightmares where she's just screaming. I know some kids who have nightmares or terrors a lot more often, and I can't imagine going through that!
Miss Madeline
Sofia- She's the most likely to push either our buttons or her sister's buttons. She's just a little provoker! She's been in timeouts lately for hitting US and she stubbornly refuses dinner when she feels like it. (Other times she eats like a pro and makes up for it.) I know picky eating is so common, and I'm sorry to my parents for my picky eating when I was little! Karma, huh!?
Miss Sofia

Here are some pics lately...
I just like this pic :)

Dan with all his kids on Father's Day
Leah and I with our boys ♡

Luke and Will



Madeline, Josie, and Sofia

Will just hanging out watching the sisters play

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Yay for the 4th coming up!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer is Here!

It has been too long since I have had a blog update. I haven't even written about my trip out East with Will! My mom's side of the family had a mini-reunion, so Will and I were able to go over Memorial weekend. I loved seeing my relatives, but we were missing some cousins. The trip was so fun and laid back with only one kid. Will was just a joy to all of my relatives and everyone commented on how happy he was (it is true!) Sadly, my pictures are on my computer at home in Oakdale, so I will share them on the next post.

I am currently in Duluth because A) Dan has a work conference in San Diego and B) one of my best friends, Leah, is in town from Pittsburgh. Leah has three kids (two girls and a new baby boy). Her parents live literally next door to my parents, so we are neighbors once again, if only for a short while. How lucky were we that we could just take a little path and get to a best friend's house in 5 seconds flat?!?  I wish we still lived next door, or even the same state (but we will live in the same state in two years when her husband Mike is done with residency).

Another fun time was last weekend Lara and her two boys stayed at our house since the guys had their annual BWCA fishing trip. It makes all the difference in the world to have another adult around. The cousins got along great, and we had some really fun playground excursions. One of the days we had a disappointing zoo trip. Como zoo was a ZOO and there wasn't even a single parking spot open! The playground suited us just fine (there were tears from the girls but they are easier to reason with now).

The girls do miss their daddy with those fishing and work trips. Sofia said last night "I want to see daddy's face!" Luckily, Facetime keeps us a little more connected. The girls are really shy with Facetime and phones, but they did talk to Dan a little!

I have to share some 3 year-old-isms with you...
*The roads in Duluth are especially bumpy (you Duluthians know what I'm talking about!) The girls said our car was "hiccuping"!
*The girls said they wanted to see pictures on that "big iPod" aka the computer!
*The car is "exercising" (going up big hills).
*They already have a running birthday wishes list: piggy banks and balloons (the mylar kind, of course). That's all they would need I think!
*I asked the girls what they want to do when they grow bigger. All three want to play tennis (grandma, are you working an angle I'm not aware of?! I have been pushing track!!), and all three want to drive a car (OK, I'm getting hives....)

Leah holding her baby Luke and her mom holding Will

Hello, Luke!

Playing at the cousins' house on Dane's birthday (he turned 5!!!)

Will looks pretty pleased in that BWW hat! (Madeline on left, Sofia on right)

The "kid" table.

Our girls at Playfront

Mr. Will

Love baby hands!

Our kids minus Luke

We have a lot of kids...

Elsa and Anna- if they were the same age, you'd think they'd be identical twins

Sofia, Madeline, and Josie (I can't get them to look at the camera, like, ever)

Don't get too excited, kids!
I will be updating soon, because Will is almost 6 months so there will be more stats to share. I'm guessing he will be high on the percentile chart for weight- what a chubster! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. We are finally getting beautiful weather in Minnesota (even Duluth!) Love summer!