Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The "A" Team Update

Joyfully my younger 2 were napping at the same time and I had a minute or two to update my blog! It's about time! After a fabulous Christmas with lots of fun time with family, we have had a great start to 2012. The kids are growing like weeds and make us smile and laugh everyday.

Aidan and Asher at the Capital during Aidan's scout parade.

The shirt we made for his 100th day of school (it had to have 100 things on it).

Aidan will be 7 in a couple of months and I can't even believe it. These days he is really into Angry Birds, Hot Wheels, and Legos. He's so smart and doing great in school in the 1st grade. He has enjoyed several sleepovers this year which is new for us as parents, and is really enjoying hanging out with his best buddy Kyan. He is an amazing reader and it's fun to seem him pretty much choose any book off the bookshelf and be able to read it himself! Yesterday Aidan decorated a cake for a school Valentine's event and won 2nd place! I was one super proud Momma! He is still not into the typical sports and has no interest in baseball, football, soccer, or basketball at the moment but does want to try tennis which we are hoping to sign him up for soon but he is loving Cub Scouts and looks so darn cute in his uniform. He was in his first parade near the Capital in Austin and had a lot of fun. He still loves the color red and we are slowly making his room reflect that. He really loves holding and kissing on Abbott, and even if he won't admit it, he likes playing with his sister when he gets home from school and is bored when she is not around. :)

Our beautiful little gymnast.

Before the Daddy/Daughter dance.

Asher is 4 1/2 and cute as ever. He hair is almost to her waist and she still lets me make it look pretty most days. :) She just went to her first Daddy daughter dance this past weekend and looked so beautiful with her handsome Daddy as her date. She LOVES playing with Abbott and hanging out with Aidan and is still really into princesses (Aurora is her fave) and babies. She just started gymnastics and is doing AWESOME! Most importantly she loves it and is having a lot of fun. And of course looks very adorable in the cute leotard Meme bought her. She had her first big girl sleepover at our house with her BFF Hannah and did great!! Her favorite colors are pink and purple and she loves eating avocado, cheese, and eggs at the moment. I am so glad I have one more year with her before she starts school because this momma is just not ready to let her grow up!

Abbott is already 7 months old!!! Yesterday he showed us his new skill of starting to crawl! It was only a little bit, but he was on his knees rocking and made a couple of forward moves! He is settling into a pretty good routine, although I am still not super strict with that. He usually wakes up around 7:30 or 8 to nurse. Then he eats breakfast around 8 which is fruit and some oatmeal or rice. He heads back down for a nap around 9 and takes a solid 2 hour nap most days. Nurse at 11, then lunch which is a veggie. Nap around 12:30ish, up to nurse around 2, pick up Aidan from school at 2:30, nap from around 4-5, dinner which is usually a veggie, and then nursing and bed around 7 or 7:30. He is a GREAT sleeper most nights. He's been a little off lately because he's been a little stuffy and had a cold of some sort, but in general you just lay him down and if he has his "lovey" blanket to hold while he sucks his thumb he is out and has been sleeping all night (7:30 - 7:30) for a couple of months now. He is a great napper too! I don't even have to pat his back or rock him, just lay him down and he falls right to sleep!

Some other things about Abbott:
*Sucks his thumb at night and loves to sleep holding onto something (his "lovey" blanket)
*Still sleeps on his tummy or side.
*Has eaten a lot of different foods including: rice, oatmeal, squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans, pears, peaches, strawberries, bananas, apples. He is not a big fan of peas, strawberries, or peaches and seems to like apples, pears, and carrots the best.
*I make his baby food and he is a little picky about texture lately. Used to like peas, now they may be a little too lumpy for his taste at the moment. He also likes to take a bite and then immediately put his thumb in his mouth. Very cute and a little messy.
*Is a great nurser still but also takes a bottle well and has formula bottles on occasion to make all of our lives easier (if we are out or if he is really fussy when running errands)
*Has 3 teeth!! 2 on bottom (at 4 months) and 1 on top (6 months)
*Babbles a lot, but nothing we recognize yet except for sounds. Today he was saying "babababa a lot so Aidan was really excited he was saying "Bubba!" :)
Loves bath time and likes to splash. He is always very content during this time. *Still has clogged tear ducts which means his eyes are gunky and goopy daily, and often times red from us cleaning them out. :( He doesn't seem bothered by it though! *Loves to play on his tummy and has no problems with tummy time. Actually prefers it and can play for long periods of time with toys scattered on the blanket on the floor.
*Sleeps great in his pack and play in our closet if we need it to be more quiet than the room he shares with Sissy.
*Gives HUGE smiles at all of us, but most of all Aidan and Ashy.
*Loves the dogs and smiles at them and reaches for them. Max has given him many of sloppy schmoodles on the face and Betty has not once nipped or growled when his pet came away with a handful of fur...
*Still enjoys his swing, bouncy seat, and exosaucer/jumper. Sometimes will sit in the Bumbo to play and seems to like it too.
*Likes to listen to music. Sleeps with it on for every nap and at bedtime and likes music time at church.
*Best fits in 6-9 month clothes but wears 6 months too.
*He is pretty laid back now, almost always happy unless he is tired, and we are all so in love with him.
*Weighs between 17 and 18 pounds - was 17 about 3 weeks ago...

On a non-kid note, Matt and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this summer. Can't believe I've been blessed to be married to my wonderful hubby for nearly 10 years. :) Love you honey.

And as for our furry children - Betty is as sweet and cuddly as ever - always wanting to be around us and in general a pretty amazing dog.

Max is gently giant of a puppy - weighing somewhere around 140 pounds. He finished puppy school and is a much better dog because of it. Before he was completely unmanageable, and now he has learned that he does not rule the house. He learned to sit and stay, down, stays on his place bed, walks well on a loose leash, and in general is a much more well behaved dog. His favorite thing to do is still sleep on the couch, and he also now sleeps in our room (on the floor - not bed!) at night. He is not perfect, and he is still a puppy.... hence the next picture...

Apparently Great Danes and trampolines don't mix when left alone together for too long...