Thursday, March 31, 2011

Testing, testing

I'm posting this through an email. If this works, that's really just plain old cool!

We shall see...ready, go!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sutton's 4 month update

Weight: 15 lbs 14.5 oz.
Length: 25 3/4 inches
Head: 17 1/8 inches

My skinniest baby yet! Can you believe at this age Brookston weighed almost 3 pounds more! THREE pounds!!!! He was 18 lbs 11oz! Wow!

Monday, March 28, 2011

I love books like this...

Here's a clip of Brookston reading a book called "Yummy yucky". I just love books that a 3-4 year old can read because of repetition!

But I think I love even more the page that says, "Mommy's cookies are yummy. Mommy's coffee is yucky". But instead he says "Mommy's coke is yucky!" I love it! :) Although it's Diet Dr. Pepper, but still!

And "Apple Pie is yummy. Mud pie is yucky". His version is "Apple mud pie is yucky"!

Just two things I find too cute to correct! :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin

Sutton is rolling like crazy!!!! As in, you lay him on his back and he rolls within seconds. And rolls all over! He's already going "across" the room. That is until he hit a pile of toys too big to roll over! Oy!

This morning I put him on the floor and next thing I saw, he was at least 3 full rolls away! Ready to roll again! The other two didn't use rolling to get around, but I'm wondering if he will do just that to sort of keep up with the big kids!

Since starting to roll, I've noticed how much stronger his head/neck has become! I guess since his goal is to get on his belly, he's been doing a LOT more tummy time lately and it shows!!!!

Here is Sutton being a big boy going for a walk! It was his first time in JUST the stroller, not in his infant seat, in his stroller!

We went to my friend Megan's the other day and she took this picture! Kaisley did not want to smile (so we got a tongue! And a baby! And she's wearing an Abby outfit), Brookston was complaining that he couldn't hold Sutton, and Sutton only wanted to chew on his hand! But with all of that, it turned out pretty cute!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

He Rolled! And School Conference

Just a little update from my video of Sutton almost rolling. Well, this morning he did it! He completed the roll. And now I sit here on the floor with him, he's going for a repeat of the big event! YAY! Go buddy! Maybe he'll get some more tummy time in this way. Something I haven't been that great with doing so far!

This morning was also Brookston's parent/teacher conference at school. In January his lead teacher left for a new school and the assistant took over as lead teacher. (As well as getting a new assistant.) I was okay with this change because I knew the previous assistant/new lead was great, but today I really got to see how GREAT this change was. I learned all sorts of new things they've been doing. There's more routine, there's more learning, and there's more communication! At this school we have to go inside for drop off and pick up, so I do get to exchange a line or two about his day most of the time. But today we got to talk for 30 minutes about just HIM! So, I got to learn about his typical days, the stuff he's learning, his strengths and weaknesses, his "school" personality, how he plays with others, how he communicates with his teachers, and so on. His teacher really took the time to talk to me and tell me everything. I'm SO happy with his teacher and I know he loves her too!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

St. Paddy's Day Parade

Today was the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade! It's a huge parade around here and size wise it competes with the biggest Mardi Gras parade, at least in my opinion. (This is Baton Rouge, not New Orleans though!!) So, we try to go every year and this year the weather was aboslutely beautiful! This kids had a good time, but were quite tired (??? not entirely sure why???), so we took advantage and jetted out a few minutes before the end!

Kaisley and Daddy in the swing of things

Brookston and some cool beads

Sutton has been enjoying his baby toys lately

Kaisley checking out a St. Paddy's Day football

That afternoon Brookston decided we needed to make our own parade. So, we did just that on the sidewalk outside. It was adorable. One person was the "leader", one on the tamborine, and one on the drums, and everyone switched it up! Too fun!

Here's a little of the action. Check out how seriously Brookston takes his position as leader in this clip...totally awesome! :)

And well, this is just my two big kids in their matching PJ's! I rarely match them, so since I did, I had to take their picture!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

He's so close!!!!

Check out my little buddy trying SO HARD to roll over! I can't believe he's already to this point...wasn't he just born? It's going too fast! I was thinking at 3 1/2 months this was "so early", but I looked it up and Brookston rolled a week before he was 4 months and Kaisley rolled a few days after she was 4 months. But still....already? Geesh!

I need to pull out the exersaucer and some other fun stuff for Sutton...I guess I didn't realize he was getting so big! Sigh!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My baby is getting big!

Sutton LOVED the bumbo yesterday! I'm pretty sure he thought he was Mr. Cool!

And below is him again, acting like such a big boy. He's working on rolling! While he's not quite there yet, he really seems to enjoy going from his back to his side. And loves when I help him get that leg all the way over so he can complete the roll. I get a big grin and giggle out of him! He's not a huge fan of tummy time though, so he gets himself back onto his back in a short amount of time. Funny that he still trys to roll, even when he's not a big fan of tummy time! :)

And do you see that hand all up in his hair! He's been pulling out his own hair! Stinker! See the bald spot? Granted some of it is just rubbing off (Kaisley too had a nice head of hair and was fairly bald by 4-6 months), but he's also doing a great job of making a bald spot on that right side! And he's found further back on his head...since the spot he had been pulling on is now basically bare!

Night time update: Last night was a great night. Those bad nights are just once or twice a week. But last night, he would just eat and go back to sleep peacefully. Woke up in a great mood around 7:30am! Of course when I say "great night", this DOES include feeding him usually 2-3 times! But hey, I'm all for feeding him, if it makes for a happy baby!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I don't understand!

Some nights, in the middle of the night, Sutton just cries, and cries, and cries! It's heartbreaking and terrible. I don't know what to do! He's tired, I know this. First, because it's usually somewhere between 2 and 4am. Second, because when he calms down enough to not be screaming, he's yawning.

Back when he was younger (like 3-7 weeks old), I thought it was a dairy issue. But I cut out all dairy for 3 weeks and saw no change. Then, ironically, I added dairy back in and he had a few really good weeks (like 7-10 weeks old). Probably once or twice a week now, we have a REALLY BAD NIGHT! Last night for example, he was up around 2:15 and it wasn't until 4:30 that he finally settled and slept again. He went from screaming, to moaning, to almost asleep and waking up screaming again. And the ENTIRE time I was either nursing him, holding him upright, holding him in a cradle position, patting his bum in his bed, nursing him again, swaying and pacing while patting his bum, walking, rocking, swinging, shushing, nursing again (of which after a couple time he wanted nothing to do with me), rubbing his back, playing with his hair, we had a sound machine on, I tried his "tv" (a sound, light, motion crib toy which this half way worked, but only made him nice and awake). I think after 2 1/2 hours, he was finally exhausted enough that he passed back out.

I hate not being able to help my baby. I hate that he finally fell back to sleep from pure exhaustion, rather than me being able to comfort him. Most nights, he will eat and go back to sleep. But nights like this, suck. And they happen tooooo often. He was miserable, I was miserable. It makes me feel like a pretty crummy mom! :(

Friday, March 4, 2011

Kiddie Mardi Gras = cute chaos

Brookston's school had a mardi gras parade today. So last night, we got decorations and suped up the wagon! :)

Brookston with his tattoos and mask

Kaisley and Brookston ready for the party & parade

Brookston and Kaisley ready to go

TONS of kids! Lots of fun!

Riding past kids ready to catch beads!

Here comes their "float"!

Throw me something Brookston & Kaisley!

And during lunch and KING CAKE :) they let Kaisley join, once again! She loves getting to be a big girl in class!

Fun with Family

Just some random picture of when our Alaskan family was here...

The boys spent a LOT of time on the trampoline!

Kaisley even enjoyed her fair share!

Uncle Adam and the boys at Bluebonnet Swamp

Kaisley was DONE by the end!

Cousins reading their books for bed time

Aunt Kristi getting a little snuggle time with Sutton


More trampoline fun!

Kaisley, Lucas, & Brookston

Adam, Kristi, and Lucas on LSU campus

Brookston hanging out on the tiger!

The boys checking out his teeth!

Kaisley is officially TWO!

Opening presents for her birthday!

Super excited to have everyone singing to her again!