friday randomness

It’s been a while since I have posted any of my phone photos… so here are a few from our last few weeks in all of their random glory.

A special snack- my Grandma’s popcorn (SO delicious!!!!)

post nap cuddles and silly faces

happiness in a bowl ;)

laundry helper

playing in the rain

Jay Bird spots :(

sleepy baby snuggles

trying out a big boy cup

outside fun

exploring the grass

these are actually growing in our yard!!

Mommy and Charlie time

sleepy passengers

rain/storm watcher

two super tired boys

cool dude

silly dude with worker glasses on

ticklish

getting some milk- just keeping it real around here ;)

happy boy!

popsicle treats ;)… homemade blackberry yogurt popsicles- so yummmy!

cars, cars, cars

thumb sucker

“free” play ;)

And lastly, a few of Jay’s camp lunches (and yes I do know that I am a dork)

on the move

Guess who’s crawling?!?! Sure enough my tiny wee one is on the move and he is pleased as punch about it! It’s still slow going for now but man am I in trouble… both boys are mobile- crap! Oh well, we’re moving on to the next phase and going to enjoy every minute of it :)

Will try to post some video soon- the video editing department (Jamie) has been notified of the need and is doing it’s best to fulfill the request- until then here are a few photos. Maybe if you flip back and forth between the two of them you can get the gist until video can be produced.

brothers

When I was taking Charlie’s 7 month photos I was able to grab a few of the boys as well. I love how close they are getting to be and how much they delight in each other’s company. I can’t tell you how often I find Jay trying to do something like Charlie… I know it will be all too soon when the opposite is true.

Charlie was pretty much done with the shoot until Jay joined him.

love this one of Jay trying to be just like Charlie

today I am

Well, it’s more like over the weekend I was… but what can you do?  I would have never dreamt of being late posting Jay’s monthly update posts; however, things have changed a bit and while I have been making sure to take the monthly photos I have not stressed about getting the posts up on the exact date.  I have been reminded all too frequently recently to enjoy my little ones every minute that I can because life is short.  So that’s what we did Sunday- we enjoyed our snuggles, said thank you for the 7 months that we have had with Charlie thus far, laughed hard and celebrated our sweet Daddy.

Now on to the update… My little guy is growing like a bad weed and learning new tricks every day.  It is amazing to me how quickly time is passing and lucky I am to be this little guys Mama :)

Stats:

Teeth- sadly there are still none.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that they come quickly, it would honestly make feeding this kiddo SO much easier.

Things of Note-

* Sleep- Charlie is still a wonderful sleeper.  Aside from when he was sick a few weeks back he has been sleeping through the night for months now (YAY!!) and takes good naps throughout the day.  I did realize that I was getting him up a little to early from his naps… if you let the little boy rest for a bit after his first peeps he usually falls back asleep and snoozes for a little while longer.  Also, he usually plays in his crib in the morning before we get him.  I can hear him talking before we wake up and he will wait patiently until I rouse myself enough to pull his sweet smiling face out of bed.

* Mobility- we are about a hair’s breadth away from Charlie being able to crawl.  He has gone about two knee movements thus far (mostly by accident) but he is solidly on his hands and knees, in full rocking position and has been reaching and moving his arms for quite a bit now.  So it will only be a little bit before he is full on crawling and I will be in real trouble.  As for other forms of mobility he scoots on his bottom (while sitting) to grab things that he wants, he has mastered the backwards tummy scoot (although this one really ticks him off since it usually sends him in the opposite direction that he intends to go), he rolls just about anywhere he wants to go and generally doesn’t sit still.  I adore when he crawls up into my lap and hugs onto my knees and while I know that I am going to have trouble keeping up with the boys when he is fully mobile I am enjoying this new phase too.

*Eating- this is probably the most frustrating aspect of this kiddo.  We started having troubles as soon as the acid reflux kicked in and now that we have moved to solids in a addition to the breast feeding we have doubled our eating issues.  Charlie has pretty much decided that carrots are the only thing he will eat, and not just any carrots- carrots from the jar, not homemade ones.  He  pretty much clams up and closes his mouth so tight that you can’t get a single thing in if he doesn’t want it.  The iron-mouth-gate is applied when I try feeding him any type of fruit (he may not actually be my child after all) and any type of homemade baby food I have tried with him.  He does however really enjoy feeding himself, so puffs, veggie straws and frozen bananas are really winners.  Just yesterday I tried giving him frozen parsnips on a whim, he liked the frozen bananas- he wouldn’t eat them fresh so I figured why not, and he gobbled them up!  Popping the frozen blob in and out of his mouth.  I honestly did a happy dance right there in the kitchen- it felt like such a huge victory.  My list of things to do now includes freeze more baby food options; we’ll see if he likes any other flavors ;)

* Talking- Charlie is “talking” up a storm, he babbles quite frequently and is staring to string sounds together.  Occasionally, I get rewarded with a Mama or we also hear Dada- so sweet ;)

*Charlie’s personality is really developing these days.  He is sure to tell you if he doesn’t like something, he smiles pretty much constantly and has started making this adorable scrunched-nose face that I ADORE!

Likes-

* His brother- Charlie adores Jay!!  He constantly watches him, smiles at him and laughs at his antics.  There is no one that can make Charlie laugh the way that Jay can.  Just the other night Charlie was full-on belly laughing as Jay ran past him over and over again- all of us were laughing by the end of it.  I love how much their relationship has already developed, it is so amazing to watch them together.

*Water- whether it is bath time or pool time Charlie really likes it, he splashes along and smiles the whole time.   One of his favorite pool time activities is splashing wars with Jay- they get within two feet of each other and just splash like crazy!

*His stacking cups, cars and duplo- Charlie’s favorite toys are still the stacking cups and now include a few cars and duplos.  Jay has decided that he has a few cars (they were from when he was younger and are not matchbox style cars) that he is okay sharing with Charlie- we are working on sharing ;) Charlie will push them and scoot around to follow them.  He also really enjoys the boxes full of duplo; which he mostly enjoys dumping and chewing on but he likes them none the less.

*Iphones- Charlie is fascinated with iPhones and well honestly most technology (cameras, iPads etc).  He will do anything to get the phones if they are out and he loves watching what is happening on them.  He is so fascinated with them that we have used them a few times to entice him into crawling and every time (even though he doesn’t really crawl) he gets to them and starts pushing buttons.

Dislikes-

*Being on his own- Charlie is okay as long as some one else is in the room with him or within eye shot (if he can see me in the kitchen he is good).  I don’t know if it’s a second child thing or just a Charlie thing but he really doesn’t like to be by himself.

*Loud noises- He is still not a fan of any loud startling noise, including but not limited to loud Jay Bird screams… which lets be honest who really loves when Jay is screeching around the house?

seaworld

A few weekends ago Jamie and I took Jay to Seaworld for the day.  We had been putting off a trip to one of the theme parks for quite some time since Jay is really still on the young side (people who go with itty itty babies to parks are crazy with a capital C!!) but decided to take the plunge and get Sea World passes.  We packed a bag with a lunch the night before so we would be ready to go first thing in the morning and honestly, I am not sure who was more excited about our trip- me or Jamie, Jay had no idea what was in store for him.  We left Charlie with Mimi- it was way too hot for him to be out all day- and had Jay all to ourselves for the day!  It was very hot out and we all were melted and tired when we got home but we had so much fun.   Jay loved getting to see the dolphins in the underwater viewing area (I had to pull Jamie away so we could go see other animals), he liked the beluga whales and splashing in the sting ray tank among other things and Jamie and I enjoyed watching Jay take it all in (we liked the animals too).

I didn’t take a ton of photos since I was so busy soaking it all up but I do really like the few that I got…

enjoying the underwater dolphin viewing area-

watching the Shamu Show-

Jay kept doing hand motions along with the jumping Shamu

splashing in the stingray lagoon-

I know that this is out of focus but it is the only one that I have where you can see him actually touching the rays- he loved it!

oh and I promise that I was actually there- I just didn’t ever get in any of the photos!

insanity

Jamie and I just recently started a new workout regimen called Insanity.  We had been wanting to start something up again and although we enjoyed P90X when we did it a year and a half ago we just don’t have 1.5 hours each night to commit to it anymore so we choose to give Insanity a whirl.  We’ll see where it takes us and if I remember I will let you know that I think of insanity (after completing it), although right now I would say that it’s hard as heck but I am enjoying it.  One aspect of the beach body programs that I really enjoy is the way they encourage you to track your progress and while I am sure as heck not going to post “before” photos of myself up here I will show you a few of Jay.  He was up while we were taking our photos and wanted in on the action.  These photos make me crack up every time I see them, kiddo’s got some serious muscle action going on ;)

Jamie let him “take” the photos of us (I was using the big camera and Jay had Jamie’s phone), he was so tickled that he got to use the camera to take photos.

baby got back! ;)

are you ready???

Jay is turning into quite the little fish and while he isn’t really swimming on his own I wouldn’t doubt if he was by the end of the summer.  Jay loves to…

-jump off the side of the pool to people

-do “penguin” dives from the spa into the pool (it’s a little dive on his belly)

-stiff stiff (where Jamie, in the pool, holds his ankles and lifts Jay over his head until he drops him and Jay makes a huge splash)

-fly in the pool (think this but imagine a water landing)

-jump into the deep end while people are holding him (tandem jump)

-swim from person to person, which he can do if the people are about 6 feet apart

-hang from the edge of the pool by his arms and go all of the way around

-do “cannon-bobs” (a cannonball backflip launched by Jamie)

-take submarine rides (swimming underwater while riding piggy back on someone)

-have splashing wars with his brother (which makes Charlie laugh and squeal with delight)

However, my favorite part of it all is probably the super cute “ARRRRE you READY!!!” announcement every time he does a trick, especially if it is accompanied with the fist pump. Honestly, he is so fearless in the pool that it is a little unnerving.  So in an effort to prevent him from just leaping in without anyone knowing we make him ask before he does anything if the person he is going to jump/ swim/ dive to is ready.

All of it is precious and makes my heart full when I watch him enjoying every minute.  Fortunately for us we have a great pool within walking distance of the house- thanks Mimi and Pepere for making sure the admittance fee is reasonable ;)

I know that we will have plenty more underwater photos before the summer is through but here are a few that we took a couple weekends ago that I really like.  Enjoy!

this one isn’t actually underwater but Charlie is watching Jay swim and jump

stiff stiff - Jay has gotten stronger and Jamie can hold his ankes instead of his knees now which is harder

I LOVE this next one- they are like two peas in a pod, even their hair matches :)

"cannon-bob" pre-flight

"cannon-bob" landing

We did take some video too… although I am surely not together enough to get that up for you. Maybe I can get that up soon- subtle hint to my video guy ;)

roaring good lunch

Jay did wonderful yesterday at camp and is going to go back today. I must say it was pretty quiet around our place while he was gone but I did enjoy some good Charlie snuggles and I intend to do the same today:)

Just wanted to give you all a peek at his lunch for today…it’s veterinarians day at camp so I sent Jay with a ‘lion’ of a lunch. Hope he likes it ;)

I made him a cream cheese sandwich, the mane is made from carrots and cheese, he has a raisin nose and the rest is doodled on with a food marker. He is also getting blueberries and cherry “matos” from our garden.

flash forward

Jay is spending the day at my Mom’s Fun in the Sun Summer Camp.  I packed him a lunch and packed a few things for him in his “packpack” (backpack). When I saw him standing there this morning all ready to go I had just a glimpse of what it’s going to be like in a few years…  Not sure when he got so grown up!

being a ham for the camera…

A shot of his lunch- just because I have it :) “Happy Peanut Butter Quesdillas”, Blueberries, Cheese Stars and a mix of yogurt covered and plain raisins.

Oh, and can I just tell you how much it warmed my heart when he introduced himself to one of the teachers as “Jay Bird Puhwoh (his version of Perreault)”- love, love, love this kid!