Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hank 15 Months

The past three months have really been a mixed bag.  We have some really rough weeks and some really great weeks - but I suppose that's just something I have come to expect with a baby!  Months 12-13.5 were kind of overwhelming and frustrating.  I seriously felt like we were in the newborn days all over again.  On top of Hank being super clingy, fussy and wanting to be held all the time I was having a really hard time sleeping.  So many days I would be dealing with a fussy baby on only a few hours of sleep and I just felt like my brain was not functioning and my temper fuse was very short.  

I am still somewhat battling the sleep issue, but have found some ways to manage the issues I am having and Hank has been a lot calmer and more independent leading to a much more enjoyable couple weeks.  

SLEEP: Hank is still taking two naps a day.  I thought for sure he would be over this by now because Lucy dropped her second nap around 13 months, but he is still going strong.  I don't stress about him getting two naps, so if we having something going on (like Real Moms, or a trip to the Children's Museum) I do push him to one, but most days he still takes two 1.5 hour naps (at 10/10:30am and 2:30/3pm).  I suppose I could split the difference of those and give him one nap at 1pm, but Lucy has been wanting to nap pretty late too (around 2pm) so for right now I'm getting a good hour break (or longer) in the afternoon and am loving it!  It does cause for funny outings because we typically can't do anything until around noon, but I'm ok with that.  The only weird part about his sleep is that he always wakes up from his naps screaming crying, which I don't love, but am not sure what to do about... so I've just kept things the way they are.  Hank has also been sleeping well at night, typically 7/7:30pm - 7/7:30am.  He usually stirs (screams out crying for several minutes) several times at night, but we rarely have to go in and get him (maybe two times over the past three months).

FOOD: Hank continues to be a bit of a funny eater.  I wouldn't go as far to call him a picky eater, but he does seem to refuse a lot of foods I will make him but will then turn around and it that thing the next day no problem (it just seems that some weeks he's refusing a lot more than he's accepting foods!)  I have found myself feeding the kids between meals a little more than I would like to and reaching for a bag of goldfish to keep them entertained while I'm preparing dinner - so I'm going to try to be better about that!  He has joined us at the table for the past couple meals in a booster seat.  It has been so fun sitting around the table as a family of four!  And Hank seems to really be enjoying sitting at the table vs. sitting in his high chair, so I think that has brought a new interest to meal times. 

DEVELOPMENT/BEHAVIOR: Now for the fun stuff! These past few months Hank personality has really started to develop.  He has started to like reading and will either sit and flip through books on his own or bring books over to me and plop down in my lap for me to read. He loves showing his excitement/curiousity by saying "woah" or "wow" or "woo" (it's probably my favorite word he is saying right now) - for example, I was blowing bubbles the other day and he was so impressed every time I would blow more and would yell out "ohhhhhh".... it was pretty darn cute.  He isn't talking a ton (I'm pretty sure way less than Lucy was at this point, but I was told to expect that with my boy and with my second) but the main other words he says are momma, dada, ruff and this.  He talks gibberish often, walking over to me, saying a sentence that seems to be as clear as day to him, but of course I have no idea what he's saying.  

Other things he loves doing lately: riding around in his car, playing basketball, playing tball, playing/throwing with any ball, pushing the stroller (he'll even go over and put a baby in it), pushing the grocery cart, playing outside (this is probably his favorite thing, for example as soon as I open the door to load the kids in the car he takes off running for the street... it's a pretty fun game he likes to play...), chasing after or running from Lucy (they have really started to enjoy playing together this past month and it has been so fun to watch!), playing hide and go seek with mom, climbing on any and everything, sliding backwards down the stairs (actually he does this really fast, it's kind of funny to watch), and of course snuggling with mama while sucking his thumb.

I'm sure I am missing a lot - Hank has changed so much over the past few months, but one thing that has continued to grow is our love for this little guy.  He is such a joy and makes us laugh daily.  We love you so much Hanky Doodle!

Here's a few pictures to highlight what Hank's been up to the past few months...
Loving playing outside
I was doing something with Lucy upstairs and heard Hank clamoring around downstairs... when I came down to check on him, I found that he had pushed the kitchen table chair over to his high chair, climbed up onto the chair, and then climbed into the high chair.  I came down and he was just sitting there giving me this mischievous look.

He loves playing with Ruthie, and she is really, really good to him - considering how much he jumps on her, pulls her hair and runs after her.
One of our rough days...

Ahhhh.... another one of his loves- getting in the pantry and dumping out food or grabbing a box of food and walking around eating it. 

Two favorites combined - climbing and dumping things...

Love you baby boy!

p.s. Here's Lucy at 15 Months

Our New Ride

We have arrived... 

We bought a van!!! And I am loving every minute of it.  I've always been a van type of girl - I don't know if it's the fact that you can pile everyone into one car, or the fact that a van symbolizes family togetherness, or what... but I think it's pretty awesome.  The kids have been loving it to.  They usually play in the car a couple times a week.  It has also made outings with the kids SO much easier.  I am so thankful for this new car and how easy it has made going out with the kids.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Diva and The Baseball Player

No joke - Lucy dressed herself and walked into my room singing this song.  I love her...

And Hank, he's just doing what he was born to do... playing baseball...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Videos... lately

These videos are random, but I realized I wanted to have some live shots from what life is like right now and what these two babies are like.  I'm planning to do full updates on them both (Hank at 15mo and Lucy at 3yr) but here is a little snapshot into our life right now.  The video above is Lucy explaining Real Moms.  Her mannerisms and the way she talks and the words she uses right now crack me up.  I love having conversations with her.  She is such a goof ball and such a joy in our home.

The below video is Lucy and Hank playing on our couch.  Something we do several times a week.  They both seems to love arranging the cushions in different ways (to make tunnels, or to jump, or to do somersaults, etc.)  The dynamic between the two of them cracks me up and their little personalities seem to really shine - Hank my little busy body and Lucy my little communicator. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sick Days

 We've had a lot of sicknesses around here lately.  But the funny thing is, I think I'd do it all over again for a snuggle like I got in the above picture.  Sick boy passed out right in my arms after puking on me 3 times that morning.  So worth it.

We did a lot of snuggling on the couch and spent a lot of time at home with dad.

 And of course we got a lot of Elmo time in.  Some days I needed a break. Some days Luc needed to rest.  And most days Hank would only sit still for about 5 minutes.  But Sesame Street carried us through some rough weeks. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


 A few weeks ago, we headed to Mexico for an all-inclusive, adults only (well for our group anyway), vacation, and it was magnificent.  It was the perfect amount of food, drinks (ok, maybe a little to much of both of those things, but hey... what's an all inclusive for?), girl time, hubby time, relaxation time, reading time, and laying out in the sun time.

Ben and I have taken a few vacations since being married and this definitely ranks up there as one of my favorites - I loved that we traveled with two other couples and got to do our own thing during the day, but then had time alone as a couple as well.  And I loved that we didn't have to think about anything - we would wake up, eat breakfast, lay out by the pool, order lots of fun drinks, head back to our rooms to get ready for dinner and then head out for one of our resort's restaurants.

For what we paid for the vacation, I think it really was a steal! The only thing I could compare it to was the few cruises we have been on and I think it was definitely a better value.  Their were a couple things I didn't love as much about the all-inclusive (in comparison to the cruise ship)... the weather (it was a little chilly) - but of course you can't control that anywhere, the entertainment - Ben and I have really enjoyed the shows that the cruise ship puts on and the shows weren't quite as fun - and the TV - ok, this may sound weird, but not having cable at home, something we really look forward to is veggie out in front of the TV while away from home.  But on the up side, without a lot of TV to distract we got a lot of reading done and went for a run almost every morning (something I don't think we've ever done on a vacation before).  But of course, none of this really ruined the trip and there are lots of down falls to cruises, so I definitely would do it all over again, if I could!

 I hope we can continue to do fun vacations like this as we grow older... Ladies - what do you say, should we start planning Cabo 2015? :)

 Of course we missed our two babies A LOT! and it made leaving such a fun vacation not so hard knowing that we would get to see Lucy and Hank.  They stayed with Grandma and Grandpa while we were away (who we are so thankful for!) and had a blast.

Our flight was delayed in Cabo, so we ended up spending almost 24 hours traveling (mostly sitting in the Cabo airport) so the day after we got back, we decided to have a movie day and try to make up for missed snuggling while we were away.

Preschool Part 2

So these pictures are actually from November... better late than never, right?!?

I hosted preschool for the third time back in November and we did a "Winter Wonderland" theme.  I had a ton of fun planning activities for the kids and then playing with them while they were over.  By the third time leading I have to say that not only had I got the routine down, but I also felt like all of the kids had got it down too.  There was SO much less whining, crying, pouting, etc. And the kids all seemed to get along and really understand what they were supposed to be doing.

Unfortunately, we aren't going to be able to continue the co-op preschool into this semester.  I am really sad about it, for several reasons, but mostly because I could see how much Lucy loved it and loved playing with her friends.  It was really not a ton of work and was so worth the 3 days off I got in between hosting.  The hardest part for me was finding other moms that were interested/available in doing it too, which is why it actually ending up falling apart.

I may try again with Hank - it will be a little different with him being my second, but I think it is definitely worth all of the benefits it gives to the children and to the moms working in community together.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Couple Firsts

 We've had a busy couple weeks, so these next few posts are going to be a bit out of order as I play catch up.  Last month I took Lucy for her first hair cut!!! I can't believe my baby girl was almost 3 before getting her first hair cute, but I was really excited for the day to finally come.  Lucy's hair has actually gotten pretty long, as you can see in the above picture, but the problem is that the top is still growing really slow.  I was hesitant to take her in for a hair cut because I wasn't really sure what to tell the hair dresser.  But I think I took her at just the right time, because now I love it and the layers seem to look pretty natural.  
 I told the hair dresser to take a couple inches off the bottom, and to lose as much of the mullet look as possible.  She knew exactly what I wanted!
 She didn't take much off the top, just slightly evened out Lucy's bangs.  At the end she put Lucy's hair up in these cute little pig tails.  I liked them, but I kind of wanted to be able to look at how her new hair looked, so I took them out once we got home.

 This is random, but again, I'm just trying to get caught up here... Another first - we went to see the dentist this month.  It was actually our second trip, the first time was supposed to be just a time for Lucy to look around and this time was supposed to be for her teeth to get checked for the first time.  Unfortunately there was a mix up at the office and they didn't actually look at Lucy's teeth, but... I think she feels pretty comfortable being there now!
 (she was making a sad face there, but she was really happy... she was just being goofy at the time!)