Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Big Boy Seats

I've been contemplating getting Landon a big boy car seat for a while now. Ryder was in one around seven months. He cried all the time in the car though. Landon was really content in his baby carrier so I was just never fully motivated to go buy him a new car seat. While looking at car seats recently it dawned on me that Ryder is now big enough for a Stage 3 car seat. I didn't see why I would buy Landon a new car seat if Ryder would be outgrowing his soon anyhow. Friday night the boys and I went on a date to get a new carseat for Ryder, and Saturday was the big morning when we tested out the new seats!!!

My big boys were SO happy!

He doesn't seem to mind the hand-me-downs quite yet
I wonder if it'll always stay this way?

He was beyond proud to be in this big boy seat!
Can you believe he doesn't need the harness anymore and can use a seat belt?!
It's been a few days now and it is still so weird to me to look in my rearview mirror and see both of my boys sweet faces.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

And the photos...

Happy 9 Months Big Boy

These photos are getting hard because he goes from that perfect position on the bed by the pillows to here in a split second... I caught him before he fell :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Landon Brennan is 9 Months Old

Landon Brennan-

You were one busy boy this month. Every day it’s something new with you. You go somewhere new, pull up on something new, and get your crawl up just a little higher every single day. It is so exciting! I remember this age with your brother being so exciting as well, and am so glad we are getting to experience it once again with you. Of course your brother adds a whole me element to this experience. He’s your number one fan with your new milestones. He's always there to cheer you on, clap for you, and tell you “Good Job Bubby”, but he’s also quick to knock you back down… literally. He likes to play with your toys together, but isn’t really a fan of you playing with his. We are working on it. He goes to time out every time he hurts you, and is always very
sorry he does it. He's quick to apologize and promises he won't do it again. He still does it the next day, but we are working on it :)

One thing has stayed the same as last month... you're sick. Not the same sick from last month. We did get, I think, like two weeks of healthiness out of you. You have been super cranky for two days, and came down with some nasty cold symptoms last night. I took you to have your ears checked today. The doctor said you are good right now, but that our ear looked swollen and pussy. He said when ears look like that about 50% of them turn into ear infections and with your history it's not looking like things will work in our favor. I guess we will wait and see. Anyhow... that is why this is a pictureless post. You just aren't in the mood for smiling. We'll get those pictures soon though buddy :)

Let's get down to business:

Size 4 diapers are still doing quite well for you
Your jammies are all 18 months
I just pulled out Ryder's old 12 month shorts and they fit you great
18 month t-shirt and polos
18 month onesies
and 18 month one piece outfits... but they are getting snug
The doctor told me you looked orange today, and I told him I had heard that from quite a few people lately. I asked if it was something I should worry about. He told me it could be in the long run, and suggested we lay off the carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash. Considering the only other veggies sold in baby food are green beans and peas, and you hate them.. I'm not sure what my other options are. The doctor said to just stick to fuits. I thought the suggestion was weird, and plan on talking to our pediatrician about it more at your check-up.
You are doing great with food. Sometimes you deny baby food and want big people food and sometimes it's the other way around. You still love any pastas. This month you've taken a liking to chicken nuggets, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.
Grrrrrr.... Ok so while you were healthy you were taking amazing naps. Usually i'd wake you up after an hour in the morning, and you will nap for around one-two hours with your brother in the afternoon. If I know we won't be home for naps in the afternoon I just let you continue sleeping in the morning and you take your long nap then.
As for night time, you will sleep through the night 3,4, or even 5 nights in a row, and then scream for hours some nights. I have let you "cry it out", but it's so frustrating. Daddy has spent quite a few nights on the couch because of this. We are SO ready for you to have your own room. Until this point we could leave the doors open, watch tv, have conversations and you never woke up. Now we tip-toe into the room with complete silence, and you wake up if we even roll over. I remember Ryder being awful at this age too, and from recent exchanges of stories with friends who have babies your age it appears this might just be normal. Let's get past this ok?!
Other Fun Stuff:
Your crawl is getting high. I watched you take a few little crawling steps up high, but then you drop down and resort to your army crawl. Re-reading Ryder's nine month post he was doing the exact same thing and took off crawling in his tenth month. Looks like you will be folling suit. You also officially can get from crawling to sitting up on your own. You were doing this before sometimes, but it's 100% now and happens all the time.
You are pulling up on stuff all around the house. You can stand up in your crib now too. I think this might have something to do with the sleep issue. You like to doze off while standing and then hit your head when you fall down. It's so pitiful, but unfortunately you don't like to let me soothe you back to sleep so my only option is to let you work it out on your own.
In addition to DaDa you now say Mama... Thanks sweet heart :) Just in the last few days we've noticed you repeating "All done". It comes out like "ahhh da". Grammy discovered this and it's so cute to listen to you repeat.
You are working on perfecting your clapping and waving bye-bye. We get a decent response from it, but not 100% yet.
You love cartoons. You particularly like the intro songs and ending songs on them all, but can sometimes get sucked into a whole episode. Ryder never watched tv at this age because I think I was too selfish to turn cartoons on. It's funny to watch you do whatever you can to see the tv when you hear your favorite cartoons voices.
You took your first poop in the tub this month... Just thought that was worth documenting :) Bubby really appreciate that one!
You LOVE to see yourself in the mirror! Especially before and after bath.
This month has been really fun with you. Between finally getting corresponding nap times with your brother, watching you discover so many new things, and you two really playing together now our days have become so much more enjoyable.
Promise to get your pictures up soon too!
We love you big boy!! :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hoops Game #1

Saturday morning we had our first basketball game. We walked into the gym and it was so packed and loud!! Ryder of course turned super shy, and I got a little nervous to see how he was going to do with so many people around. First we had to go see Coach Matt and get his jersey. I asked him if he wanted jersey 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, or 10. He prouldy chose six... also happened to be the last number his daddy wore playing baseball :) We said hi to our friends. We had our whole crew show up, and add on Connor and Cole's family and we had quiet the cheering crowd! The boys did so great in their game. Basically the team who has the ball gets ready at one end of the court, dribbles (to the best of their ability) down to the end of the court, and then they attempt to get a shot. Sometimes they would just do one shot, sometimes someone else would try, and sometimes someone from the other team would even take a shot for us. It was super cute.

Ryder taking a practice shot before the game started... yea it went in :)

He kept his hand on this little girls butt during the whole pre-game pep talk


Ryder going down the court for the first play of the game
On the bench for a few minutes during the 2nd period
and getting a dribbling lesson from Daddy
Figuring out their play to start the third period
Go Red Team
Just look at this picture...
Ryder has his hands up for defense while clearly watching the kid making a shot behind him.
There is a kid on the yellow team also playing defense for us.
You've got to love 3-4 year old basketball!
Daddy gettting Ryder's shoes tied up for the fourth period
Looking at Daddy making sure he's getting his dribbling right
Making his shot! :)
Getting ready to run down the court with his buddy Connor
(for anyone that doesn't remember... Connor is our buddy we met through the internet. His Daddy played baseball, we were from the same home town, and I contacted his Mommy, Miss Megan, because we had so much in common. It is SOO fun to be able to watch these two become friends now. It's like online dating.. just for friends :)!!)
"Why do I have to sit here and listen to these girl talk? I'd rather be playing basketball."
Great first game Red Team!!
And the best part, according to the kids, snack time!
Ryder and Cameron all sweaty after their game
It's been such a great season so far... excited about the rest of it!
Off to get my screaming kid out of the exersaucer and get ready for basketball practice :)
Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lost and Found

Well aparently I had a ton of pictures on my camera.. I hadn't realize quite how much I had been picking my camera up at home lately and hadn't bothered to put them on the blog....

It could have something to do with the fact that my baby hangs out in places like this now

Anyhow... onto a completley random post of random pictures of my boys hanging out at home...

Look at my big guy smiling like a nice boy for the camera

The boys being silly during a night swim last week
This sweetie pie has a secret to share...
Just shy of 3 1/2 he is officially swimming on his own!
Some sweet book reading time between two brothers last week

He quickly moved onto painting a picture
While this guy snuck onto the patio and found a coconut laying around

He then discover Grammy and Mack's door step into their room...
Ryder called me back over to show me his masterpiece
We then quickly realize bubby might make it up the tiny step into the room
Half way there...
Our little coach trying to get his bubby up the step
And he made it!
Ryder has taking a liking to his Ninetendo DS he had gotten Christmas of '10
He had played a little here or there since then, but never really grasped it.
Clearly he's got it down now considering we see a lot of these 1st places on the screen these days...
Playing in the tub
We take walks around the neighborhood later in the afternoon quite often. There is a playground, some swings, and a basketball hoop a little ways from the house. We typically play basketball down there, but yesterday we had no basketball on us. Ryder asked to play on the playground so I told him just a few minutes because I knew Landon would get antsy. Once we got there I figured i'd let Landon try the playground out. He is climbing onto and off of everything and anything these days so we went for it.
Making his way through the tunnel
He did it!
Checking up bubby down below
Bubby trying to help Landon get up the steps
Lovin' the tongue and all that drool
He was pretty excited when he realized he could pull up on these bars!!
Can we come back soon please?!?!
Now that Landon can do that park we will probably be walking down there every single day to blow that last hour before dinner, bath, and bed... what a great break!