31 July 2012

{Randomness} July

July 7, 2012

July 12, 2012 - Swimming at the pool on post with Katy

July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012 - A $3 find at a garage sale. She is all ready for soccer. Too bad it doesn't start until January for the little guys. Hopefully the cleats still fit!

July 28, 2012 - the 3 little ones. Will - 5 months; David B - 6 months; David L - 8 Months. Oh what fun and trouble these guys are going to find in about 6-9 more months!! Watch out!!! And the older ones are also close in age.

Story time at the Fort Leonard Wood Library. They read a few books and then do a craft. Katelyn's favorite part is the craft. We usually find some books to bring home as well. And then the best part is getting to have lunch with Daddy afterward. (The library is in the same building as Jack works in)
 Until next month!

24 July 2012

{5 Months Photos}

Will's 5 month photo shoot!

 There are lots of pictures....it's tough to cut some out when they are so cute ;) I know I'm a bit biased!


Such a happy, photogenic lil guy!

{Watch Me Grow} 5 Months

Here's our smiley, flirty 5 month old!!!



Well, seems like he has started hitting some milestones. The last few months had been pretty boring but he's getting busy now!
  • He started blowing raspberries, which makes for some very wet shirts!
  • Rolled from his stomach to his back and then a couple weeks later figured out how to roll back over. So he can go both ways now, but definitely isn't a fan of being stuck on his tummy for long periods of time. 
  • Tried rice cereal! (More on that later in the post)
  • Started sleeping unswaddled.

Rolling over!


He's doing a little more "baby" talking but not a ton yet. I think it's just a matter of time!


I'm still pumping during the day and he's nursing at night. 

 - I had planned on holding out on starting food until he was a little closer to 6 months of age. I remember how much work it is when a little one is eating table foods as well. BUT, the little stinker was starting to wake up more and more often at night and I thought maybe he was hungry. So, I thought we'd give it a try and see if it helped. Of course, I started the rice cereal too. He did really well for the first time and seemed a bit puzzled that I was feeding him his milk on a spoon. I did the rice cereal for a few days and then moved on. No need to stay on that nasty ol' stuff too long.

He seems to like or try just about anything I put in his mouth. He always opens for the first bite and then if he isn't too sure of it, I'll give the vegetable to him with a little fruit on the spoon and that seems to do that trick. So far, I've made everything from scratch simply because it's so easy and so much cheaper. I'm not opposed to giving him store bought stuff and already have some, but for the beginning stuff when it's just the basics, it's easy peasy.

So far he's tried and liked:
  - Sweet Potatoes, Pears, Squash, Apples, Peas, and Carrots.

I would say he's turned his nose up the most to the carrots, but still ate them pretty well.


It sure is much easier to feed a baby that will actually eat!


UGH, TERRIBLE! He got sick in June and after that never really went back to his sleeping through the night phase. But now, he's waking shortly after we put him down and then multiple times at night. Exhausting and frustrating especially since I know he can do it! The food hasn't really seemed to help much. I've even tried giving him formula before bed and he wasn't much of a fan and it didn't do much to make him sleep longer.

When we went for his 4 month appt, the doctor mentioned that we could start putting him to bed awake and letting him put himself to sleep. So, we decided to start the sleep training and see how it went. Clearly, us putting him down wasn't working, so maybe a little crying it out at night might do the trick. We also decided that if we were going to do that, we were also going to do away with the swaddle blanket. He was starting to roll so it was just going to be a matter of time anyways.

The first night we put him down awake and he cried for about 30 minutes and then gave in and crashed. He woke once during the night and went back down without much fight and put himself back to sleep. The next day he was put down awake for his nap and a few minutes of fussing and out like a light! I thought, HALLELUJAH! We did it! HA! He did ok for the first few nights but then it seemed like he still wasn't getting it. He was still waking up in the  middle of the night a couple of times and would get so wound up from rolling back and forth the only way to calm him down/get him back to sleep was to feed him. Ugh, I felt like we were back at square one. So although, he is more apt to go to sleep by himself, the sleep training hasn't been all that successful and I think a lot of it is due to his new found mobility. When we did this with Katelyn she was 9 months old, and the rolling was nothing new. I am hoping and praying this phase is short lived. This Momma is pooped!

On a good note - he is taking some great naps in his bed now! At least we are getting somewhere with the sleeping! 


  • He enjoyed (ha) his first 4th of July! And saw a great fireworks display on post; well fussed through most of the show!

Favorite Toys:

  • His feet are still one of his favorite toys! He grabs/plays with them ALL the time! Changing diapers and dressing him is starting to get more and more difficult.
  • We got the jumper out and he loves it! The first time in it was like Christmas to him. He just squealed and bounced!
  • He still LOVES his mat and will roll around and play under it for quite some time still.

  • He is starting to become more interactive at bath time. I can't wait until he can sit up by himself and we can get rid of the baby tub! Then he'll really LOVE bath time!

And some pictures of the biggest smiles :)

Weekly Pictures:

June 29, 2012

July 7, 2012

July 13, 2012


We just love this little guy! He is so loving and happy all most of the time! Can't wait to see what he learns in the next month! Who knows, at this rate he may be crawling by 6/7 months!

20 July 2012

Vacation Bible School - Amazing Wonders Aviation

Katelyn is old enough for Vacation Bible School! How?! It just doesn't seem possible. It was kind of a last minute thing that we found out about and the minute I asked her if she wanted to go, I got a rambunctious and resounding YES!!! and then asked all weekend if it was time to go to Bible school yet! The VBS was at the same church that she will be attending Preschool in the fall. I think that also helped her be more excited because she CAN.NOT.WAIT to go to school! I just hope this love of school continues ha!

The theme for the VBS was Amazing Wonders Aviation. The sanctuary stage was transformed into a huge hangar.

All ready for her first day!

Art and lesson from the first day. She's always so proud of her projects!
On Wednesday night, they had a program where all the kids sang the songs they'd been working on during the week. It was pretty cute watching her sing the songs and do all the actions. I had been asking her every day what she had been doing and she would report back a few things but never too much so I was happy to see that she was actually learning something!

Of course she had to pose for the camera!

Dressed and ready to go to the program

Wearing her goggles that she made at school that day

Her and Liam waiting for the program to start

Liam, Katelyn and Katy ready to sing

Katelyn doing the airplane actions

Singing and doing the actions. She messed her headband up and I couldn't get her to fix it. Oh well!

She got a certificate for finishing the week. She was pretty proud of it and still will not let me part with it.

What a great week she had and I can't wait to see her learn and grow at Preschool. I love getting the report every day of what she did and learned at school. Hopefully there will be more reports of "I did this..and learned this...." than "I dunno" or "maybe tomorrow Mom". She was pretty bummed when the week was over and asked to go back to Bible school several times over the next few weeks. Only 2 more weeks and she'll be able to go back for her Preschool!