Friday, April 23, 2010

Two Months

Eli is officially two months old! In some ways it has flown by and in others it has not! Eli has his two month check up next Tuesday so I don't have his stats but I can tell what he is up to. He's eating 4 ounces every 4 hours except for a long stretch at night (which is good). He's been having a bottle around 7-9 PM and then sleeps after that bottle until around 3, 4 or 5 AM. He has another bottle and then sleeps again until his morning bottle, usually about 9:00 (unless the boys have school). He has started to smile quite a bit. He still loves to be swaddled and won't sleep unless he is. He likes the swing (if swaddled). He's learning to be patient since many times a little boy or two is ahead of him in line. He likes to be rocked. He does not have too much trouble with gas or spitting up, nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, Eli is a great baby and I'm so thankful for him! It's been a big adjustment for us all but I think slowly we are all getting into our new routine. Here are some pictures of Eli on his 2 month birthday.
Tummy Time

Happy boy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hair Cuts and Eli

Saturday, Jeff took the big boys to get haircuts. Jeff said they did great and no one cried! Meanwhile, Eli and I enjoyed a quiet morning together at home.
Luke...took a few to get a smile (he was totally involved with Spiderman).

My baby is so big! Cousin Michael anyone?
There's that smile! Dimples still present, I hope they stick around. They are the only proof I was there.
My little muffin...the smiles are coming.
He was telling me something...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Easter

After church we had a fun egg hunt with cousins Abby, Grant and Ashley. Here are a few pictures of the fun. Thanks A LOT to Brian and Julie for taking these. They are such great pictures you can even see Nathan's first black eye!

Luke and sweet Ashley

I LOVE these pictures of the cousins (minus Eli). Grant (3), Abby (6), Ashley (1), Nathan (1), and Luke (2).

Our first family of five picture :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

90 Degrees

I have this great friend, Sheila. She has been a wonderful friend over the years and has always given me great advice. Two examples are: kids will make you crazy and use eye wrinkle cream at night.

When Sheila and I were teaching together she and I had very different organizational techniques. Her technique was more the pile variety and mine was a love of right angles. So, her idea of fun was to sneak into my classroom and skew all the papers on my desk to where they were out of their 90 degree position.
So, Sheila, this one is for you:

Since I've had kids, I have learned two hard lessons. First, it's ok if the Playdough colors get mixed. Second, all the sand does not have to stay in the sandbox. It's been difficult but I think I have them mastered. Now I'm working on, dirty carpet is OK.

Love you Sheila!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter, Mostly

I can't tell you how many times a week I wish I had a camera in my head. Things happen that I wish I could capture and remember but I know by the time I get the camera, the moment will be gone. Here is one attempt I made to capture one of those moments. For a few minutes (which is forever in little boy land) both Luke and Nathan were sitting, drinking juice and watching Eli swing. No one was grabbing, pushing, slapping or crying. For a few brief minutes, everyone was happy and quiet. By the time I got the camera, Nathan had gotten up and moved on and Luke had started trying to push the swing. I went ahead and took this to remind myself of what I had seen.
So, Jeff had Good Friday off and I wanted to do something with the boys for Easter. I decided it would be fun to make and decorate Easter cookies with the boys and since Jeff was there to help, we went for it. Actually, I chickened out on the making cookies with the boys part. I made them during nap time. I have to confess that I had never made the kind of cookies where you roll out the dough and cut them into a shape. But, I did it and it was not too hard. I also have to confess that I don't own a rolling pin so I used the little one from the Playdough kit. It worked fine. When the boys got up, we got started with the decorating. Walmart did not have any Easter colors in the squeezable frosting department so we made red and blue Easter cookies. No one seemed to mind. Here are some pictures of the fun.

Our masterpieces!
Yummy too!
This picture is from Easter Sunday. I took my shoes off at some point while we were getting ready to go and each boy grabbed one and took off. It's sad that I wear tennis shoes so much that when I wear something different it's totally exciting.
Here they are opening Easter baskets.
They love the trucks from their baskets.
Although we got a lot of video from Easter and a fun Easter egg hunt with Abby, Grant and Ashley, we took almost no pictures. Jeff did get this one and I think it's really great. The boys are crazy about their Papa :)