Jay Bird,
To say that the last month has been rough would be quite the understatement dear boy. I am not sure what is the appropriate adjective to describe our days lately however you continue to exhaust me day in and day out. To be fair you have had a rough month and a half with a terrible case of hand, foot and mouth disease which caused almost all of your nails and toenails to fall off a full month after you got it (gross I know), a week and a half stretch (half of which we were out of town for) of fevers, cold and coughs and then to top it off two gigantic jellyfish stings during our last beach trip. I was told that the half (1.5, 2.5, 3.5…) ages are usually the hardest and BOY do I believe that! Within the last week you have:
-jumped off of the ottoman onto my head, your jumping skills are improving and YAY for that but my head really?
-pushed Charlie (for no reason) over on the kitchen tile causing him to really hit his head
-refused to eat just about anything that I have put in front of you
-screamed your fool head off before and during swim lessons- did I mention we have to drag you out of any other pool we take you to
-ate chalk
-drew on the floor with chalk
-(accidentally) locked me out of the house (thank goodness the inside kitchen door was open and the garage door was up)
-let yourself out of the house and into the backyard while I was getting Charlie out of his highchair after lunch (he was screaming because he was being cleaned off so I didn’t hear you and spent a good few minutes frantically searching the house for you)
-said “no” to just about everything I have asked you to do…

AND that was just in three days… However, on the flip side you announce every morning when I get you out of bed “Good Morning Mommy, I waked up!”, you immediately want to play with your cars however, lately you have asked if “Mommy and Charlie will play wiff you”, you make your brother laugh like no one else can and check on him when he is hurt (even if the hurt is your doing), you colored some pictures to send to Grandpa in the hospital and when you were finished proclaimed “he’s gonna luv them Mommy, yes he is!”, you randomly give me kisses on the check and put your arm around my neck and you said “I love you Mommy” this morning for the first time on your own and without reason.

You exhaust me, wear heavily on my patience but continue to amazing and melt me all in the same breath. This ride is definitely a roller coaster and some days I feel like I am screaming all the way… but it is definitely a ride worth taking.

I love you Jay Bird and while I am anxious to leave this phase in the past I am not at all anxious for you to get older. So while even though we have our bad days, know that I will always love you no matter what. I love you Sweet Boy…

Love You,

sweet sleepy boy

I am not exactly sure when this happened, I think Jay must have been at camp, but a few weeks ago Charlie went down for his nap a little later than usual and since I didn’t want him to sleep all of the way into the afternoon and miss his afternoon nap I decided to go in and wake him up before it got too late. When I went in I am pretty sure I melted because this is what I saw…

A super sweet snoozing boy, just as peaceful as can be. I tip-toed back out to grab my camera and since he was sleeping so soundly I was able to even open the blinds a little to get some good photos without waking him up. So glad I did, I don’t often get to see the boys sleeping but I love it when I do.

Here he is snoozing and when he finally woke up- happy from the moment his eyes opened. Not really a shock here since he is rarely not smiling. Love, love, love this kiddo!!!

today I am…

8 months old!!

The last month has produced SO many changes for our little Charlie. It really has felt like I blinked and lost my little baby. He is growing and changing before my eyes and learning something new everyday- it’s so wonderful and amazing to watch!

Height- 25.5 inches (Jay is on a measuring kick theses days so I actually remembered to get his height this month.
Teeth- none yet although I am still hopeful they will come soon (Jay had 6 at this point)

Things of Note-
*Crawling- He is fully on the move now! He has been crawling for about a month now; however with each day he is picking up speed and he is starting to follow people from room to room. Pretty soon I will need to go ahead get the baby gates out again.
*Puling up- Charlie started pulling up to his knees at the beginning of this month and would occasionally pull up to his feet if he was pulling up on someone. But just the other day he pulled up on the couch to get one of Jay’s cars. Needless to say this didn’t thrill Jay Bird and I see many a discussion regarding sharing of cars in my future.
*Eating- Eating has been really hit or miss with Charlie to be honest. A lot of his problems have stemmed from his acid reflux- we haven’t been able to give him all of the foods that Jay ate without any issues and on top of the reflux he doesn’t have teeth yet so our options are more limited. His favorite is by far still carrots (and not homemade puréed carrots, the jarred ones) but he will eat butternut squash, sweet potatoes, sweet peas (although they aren’t his favorite) and I still haven’t had much luck on puréed fruits yet. Although he did eat a little bit of peaches today and he still loves frozen bananas (won’t eat them fresh, they have to be frozen). He does love pretty much anything that he can feed himself- I think he has seen us all eat so much that he just wants to do it himself. As for finger foods he has tried (and likes) cheerios (a staple around here), zucchini bread, puffs, veggie straws, pancakes, grilled cheese, french toast and cherries.
*Carseat- we moved Charlie to his big boy carseat this past weekend (he had outgrown his old one) and the infant carseat is packed away and ready for the next little one.
*Talking- Charlie has been talking up a storm lately. Honestly, between Jay and Charlie it is hard to get a word in edgewise. Frequently Jamie and I have to yell at each other to be heard over the two of them. Usually his babbles consist of “Da, da, da, da” and “Nu, nu, nu, nu” but from time to time I am rewarded with a “Ma, ma, ma, ma”- sweet music to my ears ;)
*Silly faces- he is so expressive and makes the silliest faces these days. He frequently scrunches up his nose and furrows his brow along other things. I think they are adorable, although it doesn’t always come across that way in photos.

*Jay- Jay can make Charlie smile and laugh like no one else can. Charlie will start flapping his arms when he sees him and he squeals when they play. It’s so sweet to watch.
*People- this little one likes to watch people and to be around people. On a daily basis he is usually pleased as punch as long as someone is with him; he doesn’t like being left alone in a room. He will cry if he can’t see someone and now that he crawls he will go and find someone. Also, when he is in public he will smile and coo at the people who stop to talk to him, or just the people that walk by. This is such a change from introverted Jay Bird.
*Water- whether in the form of pool (front yard or big pool), ocean or bath he loves it all. He will splash, splash until his heart’s content and smile the whole time doing it.
*Cell Phones- the child is fascinated with all things electronic and especially cell phones. They are near impossible to hide from him and he will crawl just about anywhere to get them.
*Cars- He really likes Jay’s cars. He will crawl across the room to get one and this doesn’t always make Jay very happy. The current rule is that if Jay takes something that Charlie has, that he has to give him something in return. I know that this rule will soon have to change- I see many a fight over car sharing in our future… :(
*Music Table- Charlie likes singing, music from the stereo, etc. and he likes pulling up on things these days so the fact that he likes the music table is a no brainer to me.
*Cups- aside from the above mentioned music table and cars Charlie’s favorite toy has to be cups. The stacking cups intended for baby play or just some regular ole plastic ones from the cupboard, he’s not picky and he loves them all. He will suck on them, bang them on the floor, push them so the roll away from him and then crawl after them. You name it he does it and he loves them so.

*Being hungry- This little boy gets down right hangry (angry when he is hungry)!! He can go from happy boy to screaming his full head off in a matter of minutes when he decides he’s hungry. It took me a while to figure out that he was hungry, I would mistake it for being tired or grumpy, but thankfully I can usually recognize it now and fix the problem.

Overall Charlie is the happiest little baby that I have every known. There is not much that upsets him and he is usually happy just being! I am sure that there is other things that I could share but nothing is popping to mind so enjoy the photos- playing keep away with the blocks is much harder than it may seem.

summer fun

We had some good friends over the other day to splash around in the front yard.  I searched for our sprinkler in the morning before they came over without success and realized when they were here that the kiddie pool needed a good scrub and the top ring wouldn’t stay blown up; however, none of these things mattered to the littles.  I can’t count the number of times they took running jumps into the pool (top ring deflated and all) and I am pretty sure that they enjoyed using the hose way more than they would have enjoyed the sprinkler.  It was a great morning with wonderful company and I hope we can do it again soon!

Eli’s faces are so funny; I think I did something wrong here in his opinion!

the running starts

Jay followed suit

this splash got my camera pretty good… and not the waterproof camera either

Staci’s oldest, Brock

water tables are meant to be sat in, right?

all four kiddos- Charlie was napping and baby Forman #4 doesn’t arrive until December ;)

Eli trying to get control of the three other crazy kids

finger food

Charlie pretty much adores any finger food that we put in front of him. As far as baby food goes, he is pretty much stinker and I have a hard time getting certain things (i.e. most things aside from carrots) in him. However, if it is a finger food and he can put it in his mouth himself we are golden and he LOVES it!

These photos are older but here he is trying out some puffs. Since then we have tried cheerios, veggie straws, french toast, zucchini bread and pancakes- all of which he enjoyed.


We start them early around here… they have to earn their keep somehow don’t they??

And for those of you wondering, no, I can’t tell you when he grew up SO much.  Seems like I blinked and it happened :(

not as planned

For about the last month or so the plan was to hardcore potty train when we got back from the beach.  Jamie was going to be home so we figured we could keep a pretty good eye on him and really make it work.  So after 5 straight accidents in his super cool big boy underwear and having to flick a turd into the toilet 30 seconds after going to the potty I threw in the towel.  Pretty sure that potty training while you are sick is the worst idea ever… Oh well, there is always next time ;)

Oh and he LOVED wearing his big boy underwear, he just didn’t think anything of having to change them like a diaper…

And yes he will probably kill me for posting these later on, but what’s a Mom to do?