Tuesday, June 28, 2011

4 Months Old

Will is 4 months old.  He is by far my biggest child.  At his doctor's appointment today he weighed 17 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces, which puts him in the 95th percentile in weight.  He was 27 1/2 inches long, which puts him in the 97th percentile for height.  With both Ellie and Max, they didn't quite hit the 20 pound mark by their first birthday (the weight and age minimum to be able to turn their carseats forward facing), but I don't think that will be a concern for Will.  He may even hit the 20 pound mark before his 6 month birthday.  It makes me a little sad to not be able to snuggle with a tiny newborn anymore, but I'm happy that he is growing and thriving. 

He is still happy and content most of the time.  He is developing a great smile and laugh.  You can't help but smile when you hear his little laugh...it's contagious.  He's working on cutting a few teeth, but none have popped through yet.  I wish they would hurry up, so he doesn't have to be in so much pain.

The transition back to work hasn't been too bad.  It is such a blessing to have my mom there with the kids while I'm away.  I can focus on my work and not worry about the kids too much, knowing that they are in great hands...and the kids love spending time with their granny.  And it is awesome to walk in the door and be greeted by happy "MOM"'s and big hugs from the big kids, and great, big smiles from Will when he meets my eyes.  Love 'em all bunches!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

At the Driving Range

I've know I've said it before, but Max loves golf.  He can't wait for Jason to get home in evenings so they can go into the back yard and hit tennis balls with golf clubs for our dog, Lucy, to chase.  And if we're out playing in the front yard, he always has a golf club in hand and will whack anything that slightly resembles a ball.

Both Ellie and Max have been asking to go to the golf course, so we finally took the whole family to the driving range.  The big kids both had a great time hitting balls, and Will had a nice nap in the stroller enjoying the fresh air.  Ellie is developing a nice little swing, and Max is perfecting his.

I was able to catch a little video of Max hitting, though he was starting to get angry with me if I pointed the camera in his direction, and would tell me, "No, don't take pictures of ME!"

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Riding a Two-wheeler

Peer pressure starts early.  Ellie's neighbor friend recently decided that she wants to ride her bike without training wheels (in order to keep up with her big brother and sisters).  Soon after that revelation, Ellie too decided that she is ready to start riding her bike without training wheels.  So when the weekend rolled around she begged Jason to take her training wheels off.  She was very proud of herself and did great for her first try at two-wheels.  I'm predicting she'll be a pro by the fall.  And yes, she is also Miss Safety, with her helmet, elbow and knee guards.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Toe Sucker

Will has reached a couple of very important miles in the last few weeks - he is now rolling over and he can suck his toes.  Yes, I know, sucking his own toes is not technically a milestone, but it's pretty darn cute.  And since he's not walking yet, we're fairly confident that his feet are clean.  Don't they look tasty?!

We didn't actually witness the first rolling over, but we put him down for a nap on his back and found him on his stomach later.  Since then, he has become a master at rolling over, both back to front and front to back.  The only bad part of reaching this milestone is that it means no more leaving him alone on the bed...we've now moved on to the pillow barricade.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

With a 3-month-old, I highly value sleep and just wanted to sleep-in for Mother's Day. I thought Jason would also want to sleep-in, but there's only one thing that Jason values more than sleep...so for Father's Day, Jason woke up super early to play golf with his dad. We went to Columbia on Friday night so that J could also wake up super early on Saturday morning to play golf with Popi and Uncle Nate.

Ellie and Max were very excited for Father's Day, and started planning way in advance.  Ellie wanted it to be a very special weekend for her daddy, so we had a list.  While J golfed, we got to work.

1.)  Ellie and Gran made the cool banner of ties early in the week, but it stayed hidden till we put it up to surprise J this weekend.

2.)  We made shirt and tie cards for all of the dads in our lives - J, Popi, Papa, and GGPa (and Uncle Nate too since we were spending the day with him on Saturday).  Aren't these just the cutest cards.  I saw the cards in my Martha Stewart Living magazine last month, and tore out the page so we would remember to make them when it got closer to Father's Day.  Check out the website for the how-to.  http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/fathers-day-crafts-for-kids 
(I think they would also be adorable with floral paper and no tie for a Hawaiian luau theme event...just an idea to tuck away).

3.)  We made J's favorite chocolate chip cookies.  They're also everyone else's favorite too, so that's a bonus.  For the last few days, Max has been asking for cookie dough as soon as he opens his eyes in the morning...that's my boy.

4.)  We are planning on loving on Dad all day long.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our lives.  We have all been blessed with some wonderful fathers.  My dad is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most caring men I know, and I know Jason would say the same about his dad.  Our kiddos are lucky to have such great grandpas.

And my kiddos are also lucky to have such a great daddy.  He's patient, playful, silly, funny, and very loving.  He's a great dad.  We love you!