catching up

There is no way that I can ever catch up on the two years that I have neglected this sweet blog of mine. But I have been drawn to it frequently over the last few months. Maybe it’s that our babies are growing up and I’m nostalgic for their tiny little selves, maybe I miss having a “real” camera in my hand instead of a phone that captures less than stellar images. I’m not exactly sure what it is or even if I will be able to keep anything up around here but I am going to try.

So, hello again world… for now at least…

And because they have grown so much, here is a pretty recent photo of our sweet little boys. Goodness I love them so :)

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 orΒ 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 monthsΒ 

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

luc-y 2.5 (almost 3) years old

This little one is such a hambone lately. His facial expressions kill me, I love watching him play and listening to the stories that he makes up as he plays. Frequently we are hiding from lions (under quilts of course), playing with his guys or calling his HaHa (Aunt Holly) on the phone. The closer we get to Luc being three years old the feistier he gets but man can he turn on the charm when it’s needed!

Luc-y

Luc-y

Luc-y

Luc-y

Luc- that smile!