Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Recap 2013

Get ready for it. This post is a long one so extra points if you make it to the end. 

The night before Christmas Eve we decorated our ginger bread house village. After 2 years in a row of J and Ben bickering over how our one house should be decorated, I wised up and bought this mini village set that came with 4 houses. We all got our own and since Jack was already asleep, Ben helped decorate his house too.

Christmas Eve day we went over to my mom's house and decorated cookies for Santa. Ben went all out with the frosting.

Every Christmas Eve night we go to J's aunt's house where we celebrate with his grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jack got his first and last taste of jello salad and of course he loved it. 

J's aunt got Jack the most adorable little pair of Sperry's.

My niece Kylee in her sweet Christmas outfit.

Even though we got home late, we couldn't go to bed without setting out the milk and cookies for Santa and carrots and sugar for his reindeer. 

Both boys slept until 8:00am on Christmas morning but once they were up they were ready to see what Santa brought them. I searched EVERYWHERE in stores and on-line for matching Christmas pajamas for the boys. I probably waited too long to start looking but it was tough trying to find sizes for both a 6 month old and 4 year old. I finally found some on Zulily and they came in the mail with only 2 days to spare. I will dress my boys in matching Christmas pajamas for as long as I can. 

Santa and the reindeer were very hungry and ate all the food. In addition to leaving presents Santa also left Ben a note. 

Our Elf on the Shelf, Sparkle, also left a note telling us he was headed back to the North Pole until next Christmas.

After wrapping up our Christmas at home, we headed over to my parent's house for lunch and more gifts. This picture cracks me up. 

We had our final get together at J's parent's house with his parent's and brother.

The last couple of days we've just been hanging out at home playing with our new toys and trying to get the house put back together. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, have a Merry Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Visit with Mr. Clause

The Santa at our mall has been looking a little skinny the past couple of years so this year we decided to take the boys to the Bass Pro Santa. Not only was this Santa awesome, but we went on a Sunday afternoon and there was no line. They also had a cute little reindeer craft for the kids to do and of course all the other fun games that Bass Pro has year round.

I love the set up of Santa and his workshop. 

Jack's first visit to Santa. He was too young to be scared this year but I'm sure we'll have some crying Santa pictures in the future. 

We met my sister and nieces. My 14 year old niece didn't feel like being in a picture with Santa this year:)

Merry Christmas Eve. I can't wait for the big guy in the red suit to visit our house tonight!
Monday, December 23, 2013

Jack: 6 Month Update

 Oh Jack. How are you already half a year old? I both love it and hate it at the same time. I love all the new things you are doing and all your "first" moments. But I'm also a little sad as you change so much each month and become more independent.

You'll notice a lot of your pictures this month have one thing in common. You sitting. And trying to grab the camera from my hands. Gone are the days of taking pictures while you lay still and smile. You are on the go! 

You LOVE to kick your little feet as fast as they will go and smile and laugh.

I have no idea how much you weigh but we will find out in a few days at your well child checkup. What I do know is that you've definitely packed on a few pounds. You love to eat. You still take 6 oz. bottles every 3-4 hours. Sometimes it's right at 3 hours other times you can go almost 5 in between feedings.

This past month you tried so many new foods. Unfortunately we had to do away with the rice cereal as you became really constipated so on came the veggies! Your first food was carrots followed by sweet potatoes, squash, and then on to the greens. I think you prefer peas more than green beans and you must get that from your daddy considering peas make me gag. You love any and all fruits and this week you tried prunes for the first time. 

You try to feed yourself by pulling the spoon to your mouth and if I have food on the spoon and aren't moving fast enough you'll pull my hand too. You can also hold your own bottle although I still love to give it to you and get my cuddle time in.

You're still in size 2 diapers but 3-6 month clothes are officially too tight. You now wear anything from 6 months and even some 6-12 months for the length. 

Sleep is still not the greatest. You go to bed between 7:00-7:30pm, but are still waking up a couple of times in the middle of the night. Sometimes it's more than a couple and this momma is feeling tired. You also don't nap consistently and really don't like to take naps in your crib. I blame this one on your MeMaw since she watches you during the day and likes to hold you while you sleep. As sweet as that is, it makes it very difficult for us and daycare to get you to nap. You wake up for the day between 7-7:30am but are usually tired again by 9:30-10:00am. Your afternoon nap time is a crap shoot.

You continue to love baths and graduated from the infant tub to a rubber duck one that sits in the big bath tub. It's so much better and there is much more space. You're able to sit up in it, splash around, and kick your feet. You also try to grab and catch the water when we pour it over you. 

You're still loving Sophie the Girafee and little rings you can attach to each other. You're less interested in your activity mat this month and I think it's because you want to sit up and know what's going on at all times. You still like the Exersaucer but 10 minutes is about your max in it. 

On Thanksgiving day you rolled over from your back to your belly from the first time and haven't looked back since. There's no point in laying you on your back anymore as you always roll over within 5 seconds. For a few nights in a row you kept rolling over on your belly in your crib and then getting mad and crying. Thankfully you don't do that much anymore and you even slept on your belly one night.

I heard "mammamma" again and luckily MeMaw was there to witness it this time. I'm still not counting it as a first word, but if you do it again it will become official in your baby book. You are mouthing EVERYTHING and I know those little bottom teeth are going to poke through at any moment. 

You sit unassisted for a few seconds before toppling over and the biggest hindrance to sitting all by yourself is that you love to lean all the way forward and put your toes in your mouth.

You and your brother still love each other so much and he makes you laugh so hard. This month you like when he sings "What Does the Fox Say?" He does a little dance while he sings and you laugh and laugh until you have the hiccups.

Happy 6 months monkey man. I love you bunches!