Monday, July 20, 2015

Baby Ned: Six Months

 Happy half birthday to Ned!
This boy is just so squishy and delicious. If I could get him to sleep through the night he would be that mythical dream baby, but alas, no one is perfect.
He really took off this month and now has mad skills. He eats like a boss, rolls and squirms around the room, does a pretty darn decent job sitting, and moved from his rock'n'play to his crib in the boys room. Otto is thrilled to have him, but hasn't mastered the be very quiet and still so your little brother can sleep bit yet. Out of the six foods he has tried, butternut squash is his favorite favorite. He lurves it and eating in general. He would rather eat solids than nurse, and the dude loves nursing.

Chris and Otto are his people. He thinks they are hysterical, it's like they already have a little man club established.
His eyelashes also really grew this month, they are now visible! His eyes continue to be hazel, and his is coming in light blonde.
His head is round, almost perfectly so. Aunt Sarah had me measure for a hat, and I got the same measurement no matter what angle; 17 3/4 inches. 
At his six month check up today his stats were:
Weight: 21 pounds 2 ounces 95th percentile
Height: 28 inches 95th percentile
Head: 17 3/4 inches
He officially surpassed Otto's weight at six months, and he started with a 1.5 pound disadvantage! Go Neddy!
(Otto was 20.8 at six months and sweet Meri was a whopping 20.6 at a YEAR.)
And can we just talk about how these pictures were taken after a looonnng day of minimal naps, doctors appointments, vaccinations, and just a tad past his bedtime? He's a pretty fantastic little trooper.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Otto!

In just one week, Otto turns five. Because the next two weekends are filled with family wedding activities, we celebrated early. Otto has been using this to his advantage and telling everyone that will listen that he's five now, and therefore can watch grownup shows and can use knives--ha! Don't think so kid.
He has been planning his 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' party for 364 days of the last year. He invited so many random people, I'm surprised the grocery store manager and the mail lady didn't show up to join the fun.

Several of his buddies did come, and he happily met them at the door waving his sword and yelling "Argh!"

We had a treasure hunt, where it was very, very important that X mark the spot. They followed their map and quickly found the hidden loot.
And then it was back to the pirate liar to examine their treasure.
Gold doubloons and jewels for all!
And then cake!
To cool down later that afternoon, we hit the neighborhood pool with Abbey, Michael, Lisa, and Addison.
Do we look five years tired? We are.
Happy party day, Otto!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Swim Lessons

The big kids have spent the last two weeks taking swim lesson's from Mrs. Pam, Otto's preschool teacher last year. They were beyond excited, thrilled that she had invited them to swim in her pool. 
I was concerned that Meri would be a little timid and not be comfortable in a class setting where I wasn't able to be with her...nope. I'm pretty much chopped liver when Mrs. Pam is around. Next year, we will be driving all the way across town so Meri can be in Mrs. Pam's preschool class, simply because I will be much calmer driving away knowing she is having the time over her life and being loved.
Meri talks a BIG game about how well she did in lesson's, "I did so great! I WENT OFF THE DIVING BOARD!!"
And she did do a great job, built so much confidence and had a wonderful time. Learn to freestyle across the pool? Not so much, but that will come eventually. Also, that little belly.
First time off the board!
Otto really impressed me. He is swimming across the pool now, with pretty great form. Huge help to already have an established teacher relationship before lessons started.
He can float!
Crazy man, going off the board.
If you are a local and need a swim teacher, Pam is the best! They made so much more progress than I expected, and I taught swim lesson to pay the rent in college. As far as teacher's go, she's got what it takes.