Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wesley David: 7 months

Weight: I'm guessing 19 pounds? He won't have a 7 month checkup of course, so we wont have a solid number for one more month, but that is my guess! He is so chunky and it's PERFECT. 

Clothes: I went shopping for him last week at baby gap and stocked up on all 6-12 month size. he is just so big, I love it! I bought him a pair of sweatpant material overalls (SWOON.) and they fit Penelope, too! The only difference is they have to be rolled on him :) 

Likes: Things that aren't toys. ugh. He is such a little boy, and even more specifically, he is such a mini-david. He would rather play with the vacuum cleaner, the dogs collar, etc. He loves real things and getting to know them. Its as if baby toys don't fool him. He knows it's a phony and he wants real world things! He still loves his sister (when she's gentle!) and when we ask her to make her "funny sound" Wes gets the biggest kick out of it and laughs and laughs. He also loves when she runs right up to him, stops, makes a funny sound, and then runs away....repeat. He loves laughing at her. He loves Callie! He loves when people just talk to him, and he loves being around all of the activity, he doesn't like being by himself. 

Dislikes: Truthfully? There isn't much other than the obvious (being tired, hungry, etc.). He truthfully is such a happy, happy boy. Towards the end of the day he wants to just be held, when he is tired and wants to just snuggle. It is the sweetest. 

Social: He had his first little playdate with a girl two months older, and they were seriously adorable. They splashed and played so sweetly together. they smiled and stared quite a bit. It was precious. 

Milestones: He started CRAWLING three weeks ago! It is INSANE. And not only that, but he is full on pulling himself up, and has been for a week or so. This little guy is something else. We are in North Carolina, but decided we need to lower his crib when we get home, he is all over the place! While we have been here, he has loved crawling over to the curtains and playing with them, they are sooo funny to him you guys... ;) 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer lately

I was both anxious and nervous about this summer. Everything stops in the summer, including everything I regularly do during the week with the kids. I was nervous about having an abundance of free time with no set things to do or look forward to. No mothers day out for Penelope, no Friday morning bible study for me, no regular weekly activities that we can drop in on that we take such advantage of during the school year. Just endless amounts of hours during the day to fill. I was nervous about filling them and keeping them (and me) from going stir crazy. Penelope's last day of school came, and it was the sweetest little program. I got a book of all the things she did that year, and a sweet alphabet book she worked on also. And that day I got so incredibly excited for summer break. I decided to embrace all the down time, and to make it a summer that I remember from growing up, regardless of the fact that they wont remember any of this. I decided to plan fun adventures and playdates with her friends. I got excited that she would be turning two in the middle of it and had fun planning two little celebrations. I stocked up on fun summer activities, including lots of bubbles for her bubble machine, sidewalk chalk, and a few pool toys for the backyard baby pool. At that point, I truly couldn't wait for it to all happen.

The kids and I are spending 10 days in North Carolina with my parents, one of my favorite places on earth. The first time we came, was the same month David and I started dating, over 10 years ago. Its incredible bringing my fiance, husband, and now children here. 

At one of our favorite swimming spots, a little lake with sweet little boat houses all around the edge with one little opening that is the perfect place for swimming. Penny adores it, Wes is still deciding about the water...

Our new neighborhood (we moved about 6 weeks ago) is absolutely incredible. A few weeks ago, they had a neighborhood pool party. They had food trucks, inflatables for the kids, raffles, and of course swimming, all free to enjoy. We can't say it enough, we love living here. 

And of course since that opening day, we have gone so many times! 

When we're not at the pool/splash pad, we're in our backyard, It is hands down our favorite thing about our new place. 
Penny and I made chai spiced cupcakes the other day, and she of course licked the spoon. Even better, after a few licks, she'd dip the mixer back into the bowl to refill it....sneaky girl!

Sitting at the lake with my sweet little boy. 

These ducks greet us each day at the lake. 

Those curls!

Penelope and Poppy came back inside with these flowers...Penny came up to me with them outstretched in her arms and said "mama!" and then pulled them back to herself and said "...and Penny's." 

this boy and his cutoffs! Walking on Main street. 


Wes absolutely loved this Idea. Penny on the other hand, said "all done", so we stopped and took her out. She ran to the swing next to him and said "up."

We were planting a garden and she insisted on riding in the wheelbarrow with the flowers. And sticking them up her nose to properly smell them.

Those faces! hahah!

I seem to only find time to sew when I am in North Carolina, so I made this little dress for her. 

The best possible way to wake up from a nap. 

Picnic at the winery. 

Pool days every single day. 

This ducky was what Penny would take baths in when she was first learning to sit up. Now its a favorite little outdoor toy. 

This girl is "just as weird" as I am, according to David. And I love it!

 He is just getting so big! Sweet little man.
He started crawling at 6 months, and we are so proud of him!

I can't help but braid her little head of curls now that its long enough. And she (sweetly) keeps them in (indefinitely). 

I think this qualified as Wesley's first playdate with someone his age. Usually they cater to Penny's age, but we ran into some friends at the splash pad and hung out with them the rest of our time there, and it was pretty cute. 

David works from home 1 day a week (give or take). Which means snack breaks are a million times sweeter. 

Summer also means days on the lake, which Penny, our waterbug, loves. She is such a guppy and has so much fun jumping in and "swimming" around. 

Penelope Darling: first and last day of school: MDO year 1

I don't think she could have possibly changed any more in one school year. This was actually only 8 months or so apart, and I can't believe how big my sweet P. Darling has grown! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wesley David: 6 months

Weight: He's still our big ol' stuffed turkey! He is in the 75th percentile in height, and weighs 82% more than boys who are the same height. 

Clothes: 6 month clothing is getting too snug, at least footed onesies are pretty much out the window. Shirts and pants fit still, but won't for much longer. He wears 9 month clothing pretty wonderfully, and some 12 month fits him. He even has a set of 18 month pjs that fit him perfectly. 

Likes: His sister. She can make him laugh so much, it is the sweetest. He loves his dad and looks up to him so much already. I keep telling David he needs to teach me to play his guitar, because whenever he plays it, Wes is immediately relaxed and just so content. I'm not going to lie, though, he is a mama's boy too! He is so sweet and I absolutely love making him giggle. He still loves cloth, and chewing on it in any form. He loves bath time now with his sister, especially since he's sitting up on his own without his bath sling! He is enjoying his baby food more, he and Penny share pouches, he's such a fan. He LOVES bananas and pears. 

Dislikes: Veggies. He isn't like his sister where food is concerned. He loves bananas, and hates his veggies. She of course was, and is, the total opposite. He doesn't like being alone, he needs a companion. He needs his sister to play with, or at least his sister playing in the room so he can watch. He is even pretty content watching me clean, but he needs a friend for sure! You can tell when Wes dislikes something because he furrows his brow and blows raspberries. sooo angry ;) 

Social: He loves observing. Like I said before, he loves watching Penny (and friends) play. He loves looking around, and taking everything in. He laughs so much when his sister is being silly. He wants so badly to interact with her and join in on the fun. 

Milestones: He has totally mastered sitting up! I am so proud of him. He is even getting onto all fours, trying his best to begin to learn to crawl, such a strong boy! He gets to sit in the bathtub without his sling, and splashes so much with Penny. He LOVES playing with her, it is the sweetest to watch. Food! He is doing great with eating, though I still prefer convenient! But I want to get him more on solids for his sake, keep his sweet tummy full longer.

Strawberry fields

We went strawberry picking with friends the other day, and Penny has never eaten so many strawberries/things at one time before. She was grabbing them by the handful and eating them as quickly as she possibly could. Her face was stained pink and she couldn't get enough of those sweet things. Wes did his best to grab what he could, but for the most part he watched everyone else enjoy their pickings. The last time we went berry picking, was exactly one year ago in Maine. We went blueberry picking, of course, and she responded the same way; grabbing handfuls of blueberries straight from the vine and not being able to eat them fast enough.