today i am… 12 months

Remy- 1 year

Remy 1 year

Remy 1 year

Remy 1 year

Remy 1 year

Remy 1 year

1 year old!!!

It’s crazy and I can hardly believe that a year has passed since this ridiculously sweet and smily boy joined our family. He is such a welcomed addition to our family and I can’t imagine life without him in it.

Stats:
Teeth- 6, 4 on the top front, 2 on the bottom. No sign of anymore at this point but I am sure they will come around at some point

Things of Note:

*Sleepin- Remy is sleeping like a champ!! He joined his brothers in the barracks in December (shortly before Christmas) and has been doing wonderfully!! I hate that I don’t get a few minutes to myself with him before bed but I do really like not sleeping with the sound machine ;) He goes to sleep with all four of the boys and wakes up when they do. Most mornings he will play nicely in his crib until we come and get him. Occasionally he has some visitors (even though they know they aren’t allowed in there!) He still also takes two naps, occasionally when he has to his first nap is in the car during school pick up but almost every afternoon he sleeps for a good few hours.

*Walking- Remy has been walking for close to a month now. He took his first unassisted steps on while in the foyer. We was standing and decided to walk between Mommy and Daddy. I took a little longer to believe that he was actually walking but there is certainly no denying that he is full on walking no! He is on the move, chooses to walk over crawling EVERY time and is now perfecting the fast walking. I LOVE it!! New walkers are exhausting but so ridiculously cute!

*Eating- Remy loves to eat. Some nights he packs away more food than his older brothers. He isn’t terribly picky although he never took to baby purees. He will eat a few if they are cold but he much prefers to feed himself. He drinks form a soppy cup but only water. The only two liquids he’s ever had are water and breast milk and he never took a bottle. He still nurses about 5 times a day (including first thing in the morning and before bed) and doesn’t seem like he will give that up soon.

*He isn’t taking yet although he does babble Momma and Dada from time to time and something that resembles Jay.

Likes:

Playing in the dog/cat water- Piper’s food bowls are in the kitchen and Remy LOVES playing in the water. The dish is on a stand so it comes up to about his waist and makes for an excellent water table. If you can’t find him you can almost bet that he’s crawled/walked his way over to the dish. Also, when you catch him he starts shaking his head “no” since he has seen that response a half dozen times ;)

Blueberries and Popsicles are probably his favorite foods right now. He gobbles them up at speeds that are pretty astonishing. We can load his tray full of food at supper barley sit down ourselves and he will have cleaned it completely.

*Sitting in things like a cat- He will climb in just about an box like object- empty packing box, laundry basket, his push wagon with four sides. You name it, if he fits he sits ;)

*His dog and giraffe lovies- He has two small blankets that have animal heads attached to them (they don’t look as hideous at that description makes them sound) that he sleeps with. He turns them over until he finds the tag, plays with that and pops his thumb in his mouth. It’s super sweet and although both Charlie and Luc had these blankets neither one of them attached to them the way he has. You can find them in various places around the house because he will get them from his crib and carry them around with him.

*Baths- He loves the bath and water at bath time. Frequently, I have to tell Jamie that it’s time to cut him off and put him to bed. He would play all night in there if we let him.

*Being Outside- He loves the outdoors and watching his brothers bike/scooter and play on the fort. He cries if some of his brothers head out and he can’t go with them.

*Long objects to carry around- play spoons, a small 8″ lightsaber pool toy. He likes long thin toys that are easy for him to walk around with.

*Books!!! He LOVES books. Loves pulling them off of the shelves, putting them back on, flipping through the pages and looking at photos or being read to. You name it, if it involves a book, he loves it.

Dislikes:

*Being thrown in the air- He is a cautious kiddo and loves to be securely tucked on your hip or moving on his own accord. Being thrown in the air does not fit in either category!

*Sitting still for too long! He is constantly on the move and while he doesn’t mind being held he gets to the point that he wants to move and would like to be put down so he can walk on his own.

*Being put down when he isn’t ready to be put down. Sweet boy will puddle, fold right in half and cry, if he gets put down before he is ready. He’s our first to puddle and I am worried about what that means for us at three, a puddler plus the threenager attitude- yikes!

*Being hungry- He’s not the happiest when he’s hungry but can you blame him? He doesn’t get full on angry but he does get clingy which makes supper time difficult.

today i am… 8 months

Remy- 8 months

Remy- 8 months

Remy- 8 months

Remy- 8 months

Remy- 8 months old

Remy- 8 months old

Remy-8 months

Remy- 8 months old

Remy- 8 months old

Remy- 8 months old

Remy- 8 months old

8 months old!!

This year sure is flying by. I know that can be said for all of the boys but really this year has flown by! I feel like we keep blinking and this sweet little boy of mine is creeping closer and closer to his first birthday.

Teeth- 0 I sincerely think that Remy is working hard on getting these to break through but they just aren’t here yet. Hopefully soon though!

*Crawling- Remy has been crawling for the past month now and we have moved to the fast crawl stage (although we haven’t yet hit speedy mode- so YAY!). He can pick up speed easily and gets into trouble or things he’s not supposed to in the blink of an eye. He has also been pulling up on everything but has yet to start cruising or letting go to stand on his own. I am certainly in no rush for either of those two things to happen. The fast crawl is keeping us on our toes as it is.

*Eating- Remy is still eating very well. He nurses multiple times a day and has loved most purees that we have given him. He loves to be able to feed himself so I have been trying to find anything that this sweet little guy can eat without teeth. He likes Bananas, Cheerios, Sweet Potatoes, Peaches and tiny bits of grapes too!

* Ticklish- Remy is SUPER ticklish. His legs, feet, sides, neck- you name it, it’s ticklish. Frequently at night he will start laughing before you even touch him because he knows it’s coming!

* Remy is so laid back and go-with-the-flow. I know that he doesn’t have much of a choice being the fourth kiddo but he really never complains and is always smiling. He volunteers in both Jay and Charlie’s classrooms with me a couple times a week and just sits so sweetly and nicely the whole time. He smiles at the other kids and occasionally will “talk” to them too :)

Likes:
* His Thumb- this little guy loves to suck his thumb and either play with his hair or mine. He doesn’t suck his thumb all of the time but if he’s on my hip his thumb is most likely going to be in his mouth.

*Momma-Remy is our first kiddo to really prefer being with me or Jamie in a group. He will sit with others for a little bit and is happy to play with others too but when he is tired he wants one of us and if both of us are there he wants me. He really is a Mommas boy and I am not complaining one bit!

*Bath Time- We are still loving the water and therefore baths. As long as it’s not too late orย he’s too tired, he’ll play for such a long time in the bath!

*His Wooden Frog- Remy frequently crawls with toys in his mouth and this toy in particular is perfect for crawling with. He can pop one of the little arms in his mouth and take it anywhere he wants!

*His brothers- Remy loves watching them and playing “with” them. He is constantly crawling around after them and looking for them while they are gone. His brothers also can get the largest belly laughs imaginable out of this sweet boy.

*Music- Remy really loves our afternoon dance parties. He loves waving his hands around to the music and he loves when I dance with him. I get huge smiles and laughs whenever we do this.

*We are constantly reading in our home and Remy will listen along to the books that we are reading to the boys; however, his favorites are probably the touch and feel books. It’s no surprise but he’ll listen to 4-5 of those in a row.

Dislikes:

*This is a stretch but he isn’t thrilled with people he doesn’t know, but only if they were trying to hold him.

Jay at 8 months

Charlie at 8 months

Luc at 8 monthsย 

today i am… 7 months

Remy 7 months old

Remy- 7 months old

Remy- 7 months old

Remy- 7 months

Remy- 7 months

Remy- 7 months old

Remy- 7 months old

7 months old!!

It’s hard to believe that this little love has been in our lives for 7 months already! He brings so much joy and happiness to our family I can’t imagine what it would be like without him here.

Things of Note:

-Remy is officially crawling this month. He was super close last month but this month there is no denying that he can move on his own free will. He isn’t “seal” crawling like he used but actually crawling and getting into everything.

-Along with crawling he has decided that all things must be done at warp speed (no holding back and staying my baby) and he will also pull up. He hasn’t taken any steps or decided that he would like to cruise just yet but he is pulling up on anything and everything around him. When he does pull up he is ridiculously excited about it and squeals really loudly. It’s pretty ear piercing but also cute at the same time.

-He is still a wonderful sleeper, taking two naps during the day, one 1-1.5 hour nap in the morning and then usually a 2 (plus) hour nap in the afternoon. I usually get in a few minutes of cuddling before his afternoon naps and I look forward to that EVERY day. At night he is also wonderful. He sleeps through the night, going to bed around 8 and sleeping with one last nighttime feeding before I go to bed (I could probably stop this but I love the sleepy nursing and cuddle time and am savoring it) and then sleeps until 7/8 in the morning.

-Eating is going very well. He is still nursing fabulously but we have added a few solids in this month. Remy still doesn’t have any teeth, although he would love some so he could eat more finger food, so we have only started him on a few purees and feed him puffs. He is still only getting solids at supper time (he can be messy!) but he has loved everything without exception that we have given him. The older he gets the more finger foods I will start to introduce because he LOVES being able to feed himself

Likes:

-Peek a Boo He loves playing peek-a-boo with his brothers, under his towel after his bath, when getting dressed, anytime really. It’s so cute!

-Mommy’s silly dancing. I can pretty much always get a belly laugh when I jump and dance around like a crazy person in front of him. I look like a fool but the belly laughing is worth it.

-His brothers. They make him laugh, calm him down when he is upset and play with him. They run to go help him when he falls, cheer for him when he learns something new and he crawls around looking for them when he can’t find them. I LOVE watching them grow and bond. Having 4 kids 6 and under is as crazy as you can imagine (probably more so) but these relationships that I get to witness first hand make it so worth it.

-Crawling with a toy in his mouth. He loves to crawl around with a toy hanging out of his mouth. He will pop an arm of an animal, head of a duplo guy etc in his mouth, similar to a cat carrying its baby, in his mouth and carry it all around the house.

-Sucking his thumb and sitting on my hip. It’s safe to say that he is a bit of a Momma’s boy and his favorite place to be is on my hip with his left (he only sucks his left thumb) thumb in his mouth and playing with my hair. I am certainly not complaining being that he’s most likely our last baby ;)

-The water. We have another Perreault Fish on our hands with this little guy. He loves being in the pool with his big brothers splashing around and he also loves splashing around in the bath.

-Smiling. It’s rare when there isn’t a smile on this little guys face. He is generally a very happy, very content sweet, sweet boy!

I loved reading the other boys 7 month posts. It is so funny to read things about them that haven’t changed one bit from the time they were 7 months old until now. Love these boys of mine!

Luc at 7 months

Charlie at 7 months

Jay at 7 months

today i am… 6 months

6 months old

6 months old

6 months old

6 months old

6 months old

6 months old Remy

6 months old Remy

6 months old- Remy

6 months old Remy

6 months old Remy

6 months old Remy

6 months old!!

I know that I always say this but seriously how is it possible that this little guy is 6 months old!! With every sweet boy we add to this family time seems to pass faster and faster.

Stats
teeth- none as of yet

Things of Note-
*Sleeping- He is doing really well sleeping. He goes to bed around 8/8:30 usually at the same time as his brothers or just shortly afterwards, I feed him once before I go to bed and then he sleeps all night until about 7am. When I wake him to feed him at night he is usually super sweet and smily. He will give both me and Jamie adorable sleepy smiles and cuddles in on my chest to fall back asleep as soon as he is done. I soak up the cuddles and then put him back to bed. Remy also takes two pretty good naps, if our schedule allows; it’s hard having older brothers. I used to put him down on his belly and he would go right to sleep but recently since he has been moving more it does take him a little longer to get settled. Either way, he can fall asleep on his own and naps well! Woohoo!

*Sitting- Remy is a siting champ. He was close to being able to do it at 5 months but was still pretty wobbly, but not now. He is super stable and able to sit on his own for as long as he pleases. He is close to being able to sit up on his own all of the way. He’s able to prop himself up on one arm but can’t manage to get his body completely upright on his own. He doesn’t much care for getting stuck in the in-between position. I can’t really blame him; I am sure it is tiring.

*Mobility- This kid is mobile. I refuse to say that he is crawling yet although he is making consistent forward motion. He is more of a scooting that he is doing, pulling himself along with his arms. However, he does get up on all fours and rock so full on crawling isn’t far off.

*Everything and anything within his reach is fair game. He grabs everything that he can reach: blanket, diaper (clean or dirty), toy, one of the other boys’ toys, utensils from the table- you name it he’ll grab and eat it. Nothing is safe any more and it made this month’s photo shoot with blocks pretty darn challenging!

*Eating- Remy is still exclusively nursing and doing really well with it. He has yet to take a bottle but we haven’t pushed the issue too much. We will probably start him on solid food soon (ish) but we’ll see. Honestly, I am really enjoying the simplicity of just nursing him.

*He’s ticklish! Remy is super ticklish. I frequently put lotion on his skin after baths and he laughs and laughs when I rub it on him. Occasionally, he will even laugh before I even touch him because he knows it’s coming.

Likes
*His brothers- He saves most of the best smiles and laughs for his big bothers. He loves watching them and grabbing them whenever they are within reaching distance.
*His thumb- this little guy likes his thumb! He will still take a paci but left to his own devices he will suck his thumb. He will only suck his left thumb and he usually only sucks it when he’s upset or sleepy. I don’t think I have ever seen him suck it just because.
*Mesh feeder that I put ice cubes in. He absolutely loves sucking on the ice and has so much fun at supper banging it around and sucking on it.
*Water- he loves when he gets his hands washed off and splashing in the pool or bath. I feel certain that we will have another little fish on our hands with this one.

Dislikes
Dislikes are usually hard at this age because for the most part our sweet kiddos are pretty agreeable and Remy is no exception. However, he does get tired of being in one place for too long- in the highchair or the exersaucer etc He also doesn’t like when he gets stuck in the in-between sitting and laying down position. I know that is probably frustrating and tiring.

Jay at 6 months
Charlie at 6 months
Luc at 6 months

today i am…

Remy- 3 months old

3 Months Old!!
It’s hard to believe that three months have passed since this little one joined our crazy crew and also not hard to believe at all. Remy has been such a wonderful and welcomed addition to our family that I can’t imagine it without him anymore.

Stats- based on our, possibly less accurate, home measurements

Height- 24.5 inches

Weight- 15lbs 8oz

Things of note:

Sleeping- Remy is a dream baby. Really he is. He’s been sleeping 8-9 hours per night consistently for about 3 weeks. He frequently will sleep for 10+ hours some nights which means if we put him to bed later in the evening he will sleep until 6:30/7 in the morning. His preference though is to be put to bed around 8:30 or shortly after his brothers are in bed and if we do this I feed him late in the evening before going to bed myself and then he will sleep all night.

Rolling- this monster of a baby is rolling front to back and back to front now. He has been rolling front to back since he was 6 weeks old but just recently decided he could flip the other way too. He’s super strong with great head control and has been able to push up for quite a while which is why he can do this so ridiculously early.

Smiling- Remy surely has the smiling thing down. He smiles all of the time at his brothers and also at Mommy and Daddy. He will smile at most people who talk to him (unless he is super tired). Really he is such a joy!

Laughing- He’s trying to laugh and getting really close to doing it but isn’t quite there yet.

Likes-

Bath Time- He loves his bath and is completely ok with having water in his face- yay Daddy- we have successfully desensitized another one of our boys!

His Thumb- this ย one is a thumb sucker folks. He can find it on his own and uses it to soothe himself if needed. He will also take a paci; however he much prefers his thumb. He will also suck his hand, fingers or any combination of those things if he can’t manage to get the thumb in fast enough.

His Hands- he loves playing with his hands. He frequently holds them together and plays with them almost like he is twiddling his thumbs. Almost always when he is nursing his feet are crossed at the ankles and his hands are grasped and he is playing with them.

Being Outside- Like all of his brothers Remy enjoys being outside and since the weather had been so nice here we have been taking advantage of it.

Singing- Remy loves when people sing to him. He can be really fussy but when people sing, even one of the boys, he quiets right down. It’s so sweet.

Company- Occasionally Remy will fuss if we leave him on the playmat and leave the room to do something quickly. He enjoys being around people and his bothers which is good since we always have someone around ;) He had really started to notice them and watch them while they play. We have even started sitting him in the highchair (he is so strong that he can sit with the straps for a while) for short periods of time during meals so he can see what is going on.

Dislikes-

Being Cold- Honestly, I found it difficult to think of something that this sweet baby doesn’t like since he is happy almost all of the time; however, bring cold is probably his least favorite thing right now.

Remy- 3 months

Remy- 3 months

Remy- 3 Months

Remy- tummy time

Remy- 3 months

my photo helper kept asking when it was going to be his turn to be in the photos
Luc, my photo helper

this is how most of the photos looked when not cropped ;)
helper

Remy- 3 months

Remy- 3 months

Remy- 3 months

Remy and my helper Luc

Remy and Luc

Remy and Luc

Jay at 3 Months
Charlie at 3 Months
Luc at 3 Months

today i am

Luc- 9 months

9 months old!!

Stats- We go to the Doctor for a check up on Monday, I will update the stats after we get back.

Weight-

Height-

teeth- 3, two on the bottom and one on the top. He is working hard to get that other top one to poke through it just isn’t quite there yet.

Things of Note:

Sleeping- Luc is sleeping like a champ. He gets put to bed between 7-8 every night and wakes up between 7-8 the next morning. He does babble and talk while he sleeps (Dadada, dadada) but other than that we usually don’t hear from him. At night he is still sleeping in our room in the pack and play; however, we are looking to transition him into the crib in Charlie’s room. As for naps he usually sleeps for 2-2.5 hours in the afternoon and occasionally in the morning too. Our morning routine is far less predictable because of school drop off and pick up.

Crawling- Luc is really on the move now. He is full-on crawling and can get anywhere he would like to right now. He usually takes his time and moves at his own pace; however, if he does see something that he wants he will make a break for it (he breaks out the fast crawling) to get whatever he wants.

Standing- he is pulling up and standing at everything that he can right now. He hasn’t taken any interest in cruising yet. Which is absolutely fine by me. I know that he will be walking before we know it and I am in no hurry to rush him.

Eating- Luc is still eating really well. He loves homemade purees (sweet potato is still his favorite) but has also taken a stab at pretty much anything I put on his highchair tray. Like we did with the other boys I usually take a look at what we are having for supper and give a little taste of whatever he would be able to have. So far he really likes pancakes and waffles.

Likes

*Music Table- he loves to pull up at the music table and push buttons until his heart’s content. He doesn’t dance with it yet but he does love pushing the buttons.

*Bathtime- He will splash the night away in the tub if we let him. He loves to play in the water and if his brothers are in the tub and he isn’t, he crawls into the bathroom to find them.

*Shoelaces/Shoes- now that Luc is on the move we need to be more diligent about putting our shoes in the cubby because if they are out he will find them and he likes to chew on them- I know, it’s gross!

*Stacking cups- Luc really enjoys banging his stacking cups together. He’s not so much of a build and knock it down kid but he enjoys banging them together to make noise. This really goes for any toy actually. If he isn’t chewing on it, he is banging things together to make noise.

*His brothers-  without a doubt Luc adores his two big brothers. Although he will smile at anyone, his brothers are able to get the biggest smiles out of him. He is constantly looking to see where they are and crawling to be in the room with him.

Dislikes-

Being tired or hungry, but only really tired or really hungry. This category is a stretch here because he doesn’t really have many things that he doesn’t like (honestly, I get asked frequently if he ever cries). He really is the best and sweetest baby ever.

I am not sure that I can find the correct words to describe what a delight this little one is. We haven’t spent a ton of time teaching him tricks (clapping, waving etc) so he isn’t doing any of those things yet and he was slower to crawl etc but really he is so laid back and easy that it’s almost as if I need to remind myself that he’s around sometimes. He fits into our family so seamlessly, he goes with the flow and greets each new day or circumstance with a smile on his face. I sincerely hope that he continues to delight in everything and find joy and peace in the world around him.

Luc- 9 months

Luc- 9 months

Luc- 9 months

Jay and Charlie “helped” me to take Luc’s photos today ;)
My photo helpers

my boys

not so helpful helpers

Luc- 9 months old

Jay at 9 months
Charlie at 9 months

Also, click here and here to see the 7 and 8 month Luc updates. I was a little behind on posting them so you may have missed them.

today i am…

Luc- 8 months old

8 months old!
Weight- ? I forgot to take it :(
teeth- almost 1! The very tip of Luc’s top front tooth is just starting to poke through the gum. It is barely there and it might not have been this far along had it not been for a fall and a bump to the mouth a week or so ago.

Things of Note-

*We are really close to crawling but not quite there yet. If I had to guess I would say that he will be crawling within the week. He is still scooting around very well and definitely is about to get whatever it is that he needs/wants.

*Eating- Luc is still doing really well with the pureed food and still really likes the sweet potatoes. We have added in a few finger foods- bananas mainly along with ripe fruit that is put into a teether (that he squishes with his gums but doesn’t get so much that he would choke).

Likes-

*Bath time- Luc still loves bath time. He is no longer sitting assisted wight his bath chair (hasn’t actually done that for a few months) and he loves to just sit there and splash around. He does take a bath with his two older brothers which can be pretty overwhelming from time to time but he loves it none the less.
*His brothers- Luc still (and I am pretty sure will continue to do so) adores his brothers. They make him laugh, they entertain him- he will just sit there watching them for prolonged periods of time and they love on him which he loves too!

Dislikes-

As generic as this sounds Luc’s only dislikes are being really hungry or really tired. He really is such a sweet baby ;)

I know that this is a pretty short and almost generic update but it’s just that Luc doesn’t have strong preferences. He is a laid back, easy baby. He is happy to sit on the floor and play; however, he doesn’t have a particular toy that he really enjoys playing with. He will happily play with his toy, a car really whatever is within reach and there is always something within reach. He really is such a good baby and we are so lucky that he is a part of our family.

Luc- 8 months old

Luc- 8 months old

Luc- 8 months old

Luc- 8 months old

Luc- 8 months old

Jay at 8 months old

Charlie at 8 months old

today i am

Luc- 7 months

7 months old!

It’s crazy how long the days feel but how quickly the weeks, months and years are flying past. It surprises me every time I realize how big my little ones are getting. It also makes me want to hold tight to them and tell them to stop growing up! I know that it isn’t going to happen any time soon so I will keep snuggling while I can and stealing as many kisses as possible.

I know these updates are pretty late but I post them for my future self. The one that will not want to forget any of these precious tiny moments. Because really it’s all of the little things that make it all worth while ;)

Weight- 17lbs 2oz
teeth- still none

Things of note-
*Mobility- we are close to crawling but not at the same point. I currently call him my little inch bug because he scoots all around the room while he is playing; however, he isn’t moving intentionally. It usually happens when he reaches really far for a toy and then scoots his bottom to sit back up straight again. It’s a little movement but it allows him to inch around a whole room. He isn’t up on all fours yet and isn’t rocking but it won’t be long.
*Eating- He’s been much better on the eating front and gaining weight like a champ. He eats solids at supper with us and his favorites so far are the coconut sweet potato puree and pears. Although, he hasn’t really turned his nose up at anything. He also has been really getting the hang of puffs lately and loves having a tray full after his supper is finished.
*Talking- Luc is babbling and grunting up a storm, he does have to keep up with his brothers after all ;)
*Belly Laughs- Luc is quite ticklish and will give up the giggles pretty easily right now. His laugh is infectious and precious- I love it!

Likes-
*Water!! Luc LOVES bath time! He squeals and flaps his arms like crazy whenever he realizes that he is headed into the tub. He will play for such a long time in there and loves to splash. I am really looking forward to it warming up so I can pull out the kiddie pool and let him splash until his heart’s content.
*His brothers- Nothing else amuses, entertains or will make Luc belly laugh quite like his brothers. The love him so much (some times a little too much) and the feeling is mutual for sure. He is constantly looking for them, watching them and enjoying their company. I love how sweet their relationships already are.
*Playing- Luc really enjoys sitting on the floor and playing with toys (sometimes for quite a while). He doesn’t have any huge preferences with toys, although the stacking cups and toy wooden measuring spoons are ranked pretty high.

Dislikes-
*Being on his back. This is a stretch for me to find something that he doesn’t really like. However, if there is one thing that he doesn’t enjoy it is being on his back. He rolls onto his back and while he can roll back onto his front, he usually gets upset and fussy until he is sat back up again.

Luc- 7 months

Luc- 7 months

Luc- 7 months

Luc- 7 months

Luc- 7 months

Luc- 7 months

Jay at 7 months

Charlie at 7 months