Lately, Jay and Charlie play really well together aside from when they are clotheslining each other or screaming that the other one “touched them!!” Which for sanities sake I have to believe is normal otherwise padded rooms here I come. Sorry I have sidetracked… Jay and Charlie play well, they enjoy each other’s company and they come up with fun and often times hilarious games together. The other day Jay excitedly announced from the other room that Charlie was his trailer. I didn’t fully understand what he meant until they came around the corner and this is what we saw… And while this may only be ridiculously funny to me and Jamie I thought I would share anyway. Enjoy!

Charlie the Trailer.

p.s That is a “yeehaw” that you hear from Charlie towards the end of the video.

Also, as an added bonus three dancing boys… Seriously the rhythm here is astounding and yes pants are always optional!

Dancing Boys.

backyard fort, phase 1

There has never been any doubt in my mind that our boys are lucky. They want for nothing, are constantly showered with love and attention and most importantly they have an awesome Daddy! The later most applies to this post specifically but the others were worth mentioning too ;)

Why is Daddy so particularly awesome these days you ask? Because after not much convincing from Mommy he agreed and almost immediately started working on their very own fort!! Let me back up a bit.. It’s no secret that our boys LOVE the outdoors. If they are sad/grumpy/bored, we walk outside and all is well with the world again. Because of their love of the outdoors we spend a whole lot of time out there. Frequently, we head out front to our courtyard (such a great area to have with little kids) to play in the water table. Jay and Charlie usually take time to “wash and rinse cars” and basically drench themselves in water while we play. However, most recently Jay has taken to digging and moving dirt with his dump truck and cars. He digs in the flower bed out front, which doesn’t bother me (I don’t have a green thumb or the time/desire to do much with it so it’s not like he’s digging up my flowers) so it wasn’t a problem until we potty trained. Prior to potty training we/I would just take off his dirt covered diaper, hose him off and then head inside. After potty training we now have this…

our problem

See the problem? And yes it is a cute tushie and yes he will probably kill me later for posting this photo but I am okay with that ;) There is a whole lot more scrubbing that needs to take place these days after playing in addition to it just being kind of gross.

So in an effort to refocus this post and brag on my ultra-talented and fantastic husband we decided that Jay needed a “clean” place to dig and hence the fort idea was born. Jamie had help from Josh and George last Sunday with the planning, initial purchasing of materials and building of the sandbox and frame and this Saturday with the help of Josh and Uncle Mark, the cover for the sandbox was built and installed. It (the fort) isn’t finished yet but I am too excited about it not to share. There is a mix of iphone photos and DSLR camera photos below to show the progress and I promise to post again when it’s finished. Get ready to be jealous because it’s cool and you know that you want one :)

purchasing of supplies
purchasing supplies

purchasing of supplies

sand, sand and more sand


Bupper’s Big Guck helped haul home the supplies.truck loading

a very full truck


The fort project kickoff happened to take place on the coldest day of the year so far, hence the hats and jackets.getting started

Daddy's Boy

riding with Pepere


Using Pepere’s awesome nail gungetting started on the frame

framing the sandbox

Charlie wanted to help with the digging. Also, he says “cheese” frequently when he sees a camera now, hence the face.
tiny helper


Trimming some low-hanging branches.nighttime tree trimming

nighttime workers

finished for the night

The day after, showing the boys the initial construction that finished after they were asleep.
initial unveiling


One week later, adding more sand (1400lbs total)adding more sand


building of the cover

cover helpers

Daddy's Boy

finally getting to play!!
finally it's done!!




a few from the phone


When we decided it was time to go in for the night. To say that they like it would be quite the understatement.
when we needed to head in for the night

I thought having someplace to sit near the sandbox would be especially nice and after looking around for a few ideas I stumbled upon these plans. Jamie and the guys took these plans and kind of ran with it and let’s be honest, ours is so much cooler than the original!  Here’s a video of how the lid works so you can get a better idea of how it works…

late sunday swim

Most of our Sunday was spent cleaning up from the shrimp boil on Saturday (many thanks to all who stuck around Saturday to help pick up; many hands made light work).  However, when the majority of the cleaning and packing up was done Jamie headed over to help his Dad build a trellis for a new bougainvillaea plant they added during his parents re-landscaping project.  I stayed back while the boys napped but joined him after they woke up.  Charlie got to take his first turn in the porch swing, or any swing for that matter, and both boys along with me, Jamie and Mimi took a dip in the pool- which was also Charlie’s first swim.  It’s still a little bit chilly, Jay’s teeth start chattering pretty soon after getting wet, but it didn’t stop either of them from enjoying the water.  Charlie splashed and giggled the whole time and Jay went non-stop regardless of the shivering.  The swimming from last year is starting to come back to Jay and right now he adores jumping in and taking submarine rides on Daddy’s back.  I am pretty sure by the end of the summer we will have made a full blown fish out of him… gills here we come!

today i am…

3 months old!




things of note-

* For the most part Charlie is sleeping at night.  Most nights he will sleep 8-9 hours at a time, which means that I can feed him before I go to bed then again in the early morning.  Occasionally, he wakes me up around 3:30 or 4 but even then it’s not really all that bad.

* Charlie is smiling and cooing ALL of the time. Honestly, he is his the happiest baby I know- we are lucky, lucky, lucky!! (see the video at the end of this post!)

* Just within the last week or two he has discovered his hands and tongue.  They are super fascinating and frequently he will send long periods of time (for a 3 month old) staring at them, putting them in his mouth or licking things.

* He laughs, like a real laugh… it’s not really deliberate or at anything in particular but he laughs and it melts my heart none the less.

* He really started noticing the things and people around him.  Frequently, he will watch me, Jamie or Jay when we walk past him and will follow us when we walk through the room.  He notices when we leave and when we come back and he usually gives us a huge smile when we return.

* He is a thumb sucker.  He will take a paci but prefers his thumb by far and he is actually getting pretty good and finding it on his own.  It is not unusual for me to put him down to nap with a paci and come back to find him sucking his thumb instead.  I guess we will have one of each- one paci kid (Jay) and one thumb sucker…


* He likes being sung too.  I don’t have a stellar voice by any means but he giggles and grins when I sing to him.  Some of his favorites right now are the Itsie Bitsy Spider sung by Jay and Do Your Ears Hang Low.

* He LOVES his bouncy chair.  Jay never much took to it but Charlie will spend long periods of time just hanging out in it.  He takes in the sights around him and is happy as a clam just softly bouncing in it.  When he gets really excited and happy he can really make that thing go.

* Just like Jay, he prefers sleeping on his tummy- shh, don’t tell the Doctor, this is really against the rules!  We aren’t supposed to leave him unattended on his tummy right now per the doctors orders.  But he will sleep for such a long time on his tummy so really who am I to argue?  He also goes to sleep very easily and he likes to have a blanket to sleep on.  Just today he was kind of fussy before going down for his nap until I put a blanket over my shoulder and he snuggled down into it.  I hadn’t realized until just then that he prefers that blanket being there.

* Charlie likes to be able to check out what is going on and to see what is happening which means he likes being upright-  either up on your shoulder or facing out, lying down is for eating and unless he is doing that lying down is unacceptable.  I think that this may stem from when his acid reflux started.  He was uncomfortable when he was on his back (because of the reflux) and so he got used to sitting up and he also got used to being able to see and now he doesn’t like it any other way.

* He still really likes being warm-  if you snuggle this little boy up I would be very surprised if he didn’t fall asleep.  When he is snug as a bug he just crashes.  He also likes to eat/rub/put blankets in his mouth-  frequently the edges of his blankets are damp because he has been sucking on them.

* He adores watching his big brother Jay and Jay Bird really does dote on Charlie.  Jay will stand in front of his bouncer and talk to him or cover him with a blanket. Frequently, Charlie “talks” to Jay deliberately- I mean he looks right at Jay and starts cooing and talking like he is trying to start up a conversation with him.  It’s so sweet to watch them together and I love that they are already friends.  I really can’t wait to see how their relationship will grow as they get older.


* Being tired… finding dislikes for this little guy is honestly a stretch.  There is not much that truly makes him unhappy although he really doesn’t like to be tired- does anyone though?  Usually, if he is fussy it means that he is tired and needs to go down for a nap and will crash on your shoulder shortly…

* He’s also not a huge fan of tummy time.  I find that he is either completely sacked out when I put him on his tummy or fussy- no real in-between.  Although, I have been propping him up on the boppy pillow during some of his tummy time and this seems to help a bit.  But again, even though I say it’s a dislike it’s pretty much a stretch.

also… if you aren’t family you may be bored with this little video but feel free to watch anyway if you want. Jamie and I are apparently “those parents”, you know the ones that post and share videos of their kids doing next to nothing and claim it as the most amazing/adorable (fill in the adjective here) video around :)

a message…

Jay, baby #2 and I are so lucky to have you in our lives; we couldn’t ask for a better Daddy or husband. We love you and hope you have a wonderful day!!!

p.s. this is the reason that Birthday isn’t written out in it’s entirety… this was no easy feat with a duplo lovin’ helper ;)

Also, Jay wanted to send along a birthday message as well… I apologize in advance for the lighting issues we were “filming” by the window and the clouds kept changing the light. I kept all of the video since it’s just too cute listening to him chatter on at the end. Who knows what he was saying but I bet it had something to do with how much he loves his Daddy ;)

a few steps

Just over the last few days Jay has taken multiple steps on his own.  More often than not I think that he forgets what he is doing and takes them without even thinking.  He is usually “walking” towards one of the animals or to get a phone or other electronic device he shouldn’t have.  Occasionally, he will take a few steps to either me or Jamie; which I love- it’s great to have him walk to you!

Last weekend when he was playing with Piper I accidentally got a few of those steps on tape.  Yippee for cool accidents :-) He was super excited to be playing with Piper, although I am not sure that Piper thinks it was too great since he just hands her the toy but he LOVED it. The first clip (towards the end) shows him taking a few steps, the second shows just a few more before Piper gets too excited to let him take anymore and in the last clip he is too excited to walk at all- it’s still adorable though.  Enjoy!

p.s. sorry for the background laughing in the video, just can’t help myself!

Jay really loved seeing himself and Piper playing on the camera after it had been video taped.  He heard the voices from across the room after I started playing it back, crawled up into my lap and watched fascinated until he had seen all of them.

the curious little boy

breaking news

steps have been taken!!

We certainly do not have a full on walker by any means but our little Jay Bird has spread his wings and taken his first few steps! I still continue to think that he won’t really and truly walk until he is really sure he can- he is a very deliberate little boy, just like his Daddy, but we are excited none the less AND Daddy was home to see them too!  I don’t have any pictures to show for it.  We instead were simply enjoying the moment with him; but, I do have this super cute video to share instead.  It has a little bit of everything from the last few weeks.  A little laughing, a little playing with Daddy, a little dancing and a little bit of “old man” walker action.  He was so tickled that he could push Aunt Martha’s old stool around the office- check out that proud grin!

Love, love, love this little boy!

the stats and a video

Okay here are the stats, you all can stop holding your breath :-)

Height: 28 1/2 inches long

Weight: 18 lbs It seems as though he didn’t gain five pounds after being on the cruise even though he ate his weight and then some in food…

Teeth: still just 6. Man do they have a way of tricking you- I thought for sure that the other bottom two would have popped through by now

Hair: still red, still curly and getting longer as we speak.

Here’s a little video from after the 10 month shoot.  I will warn all that are not immediate family or gushing grandparents- it is not a wondrous or spectacular video (actually it might be quite boring for some); however, you don’t have to watch – we’ll never know.  It is being posted for those of you who don’t get to see the day to day and so I can look back later and be amazed at how little he was…

It’s a little bit of silly noise making, crawling, playing with Dad,  laughing, waving, staring out the window and pointing- enjoy (and please excuse the background laughing)!