Sunday, October 14, 2012

Random pics

 Cousin Camp in the ville, July 2012:

Story time with Grandpa, July 2012:

Silly w/ Cousins, July 2012:

Swimming w/ Grandpa, July 2012:

Building with daddy, 9.5.12:

Coloring, 9.16.12:

Uh oh....we're in trouble now....9.30.12:

Helping GG Ron celebrate his 80th bday, 9.22.12:

Feeding mommy some "food" I stirred up, 10.1.12:

Doing a little housekeeping, 10.4.12:

Meeting my newest nephew, sweet baby Malcolm, 10.6.12:

Another stop on the baby tour that day was to visit my cousin Amber's brand new baby, Lucy, 10.6.12:

Daniel helping mommy work, 10.14.12:

Game Day looks

The Husker look

The Bearcat look

 The Tiger look (we let daddy have a wardrobe say occasionally)

Almost 17 month old Daniel

Updates on our almost 17-month-old....

He LOVES mealtime.  He knows that when we come home from Kathy’s, it's time to have dinner and we better not try to do anything else first.  8 out of 10 times, he still cries when the food is all gone, but here recently he's started to get a little better.  He’s just so sad that it’s all over and he even starts to whimper when he notices there’s only a few bites left.  Poor kid – you’d think he wasn’t being fed enough, but trust me – this kid can eat and he eats a lot!   (Hmmm….I seem to have a similar issue and the common denominator is fabulous food made by Cody….so maybe this is really Cody’s fault that Daniel and I love to eat)  Our pediatrician keeps telling us that babies know when they’re full and they stop when they get to that point, but if we let Daniel do that, he seriously will throw up.  We’ve tried it.  So his off switch seems to be malfunctioning, but if we can get him distracted enough when the food is gone, he doesn’t cry too long. 

Usually likes bath time, and playing with the bubbles.  Trying to drink the bath water is also a new (and disgusting) trick. 

We’re still working on getting rid of the binky.  We’re down to only using it during naptime and at night.  In the morning when we pick him up out of his crib, we ask “Where does the binky go?”  and he’ll pull it right out of his mouth and drop it into the crib.  Except for the mornings when he’s feeling ornery and he’ll pretend like he’s putting it in the crib but actually sneaks it back into his mouth.    It makes me sad thinking about getting rid of it altogether b/c he knows there’s a binky in his crib waiting for him, and he’s usually so excited to get into his crib to get it.  I just worry he’s going to sit and cry and just look and look for the missing binky and be so sad.   

Still a great sleeper.  He takes 2 hour long naps a day and then sleeps from about 7:30p to 6:30a.  Sometimes he so zonked out that he doesn't realize he's sleeping with his legs in the air (picture taken of our video monitor screen):

He’s toddling all over the place now.  He was officially up and going right around 15 months.  He’d taken a few steps before that quite a few times but it wasn’t consistent walking.   We love taking walks down to the elementary school and playing on their playground.  We also love to play on our swing set in the back yard.  Wherever we’re playing, he continually insists on climbing up the slide and doesn’t have a whole lot of interest in going down it. 

Playing in the backyard:

Very interested in taking lids off things and putting lids back on, taking objects out of one container and putting them into another, pushing buttons, etc.   We're finding that non-toys are his favorties toys right now:
 Spoon organization:

 Playing in the unlocked cabinets:

Paper towel holder was a fun new find recently:

Dixie cups!

 And this is when I get to ride in the front seat.  Ok obviously not, but the first time crawling around up front was pretty fascinating.  I figured out how to turn up the music REAL loud:

Daniel has learned the word “No”  Sigh.  He definitely knows what it means and uses it in the right context.  But then sometimes he’ll just walk around singing “no, no, no, no…..” like it’s a pretty song.  

His vocabulary is growing, and depending on his mood he’ll try to repeat just about anything you ask him to say.  But ma-ma, da-da, boo, ball, boom, no, up, down, and yum-yum come through pretty clear.  Cracker, milk, …..  he also says pretty routinely, but it’s a pretty vague resemblance of the actual word.  It’s amazing how much he understands of what we say, though, and Cody and I have officially started spelling things to each other.

He is starting to pretend like he’s doing things.  He likes to pick up our phones and hold them up to his ear and he'll blab, blab, blab like he's just got a lot to tell the person on the other end.  He’s also started walking around with a little container and spoon and he’ll pretend like he’s got food in there and he scoops the “food” into his mouth as he walks around.  

Daniel gets a big kick out of the sign of peace at church.  He loves to shake everyone’s hand around us, and he keeps trying to shake their hands well after we’ve moved on to the breaking of the bread.   He’s just so friendly, I guess!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lew #2 is on the way!

Daniel's going to be a big brother!!! YAY!!!  We are so happy to announce that Lew #2 is on the way!  Due date is March 9, 2013.

I just started the second trimester (week 14) and am happy to report that I think I'm finally out of the woods on the crazy, tired, exhausted stage.  Man, it was tough to go through the tired part with a toddler running around!  A little different than last time, but we made it!  Daniel goes to bed around 7:30 or so, so I found myself heading to bed a lot of times right after I'd put him to bed. 

So, backing up.....found out I was pregnant on Wednesday, July 11.  I was sitting at work that morning reviewing a journal entry (ahhh, the life of an accountant, sounds so exciting, right?) when all of a sudden a wave of nausea hit me.  It was around 10 a.m.  In that moment, a hundred thoughts went through my head the first being "omg, I know this feeling."  Hard to explain - but it's just different than nausea from the flu or something.  A few other things started adding of them being that I had missed my June period, but I had previously dismissed it because Cody and I had started a really intense workout and clean eating program in June, so I chalked it up to that.  Before I knew it, I had told my boss I was taking an early lunch and I was at CVS taking the pregnancy test in the bathroom. 

I actually don't really even think I needed to take the test.  Even though this was definitely a surprise, I was about 99% sure I was pregnant.  I just knew, somehow.  So as soon as I got the results, I called Cody from my car in the CVS parking lot and we were excited and shocked and trying to wrap our head around us having another baby on the way.  (The second thing I did was drive straight to my favorite pizza place, Spin, secretly glad I had an excuse for having to give up the intense workout and diet challenge.) 

For the next few weeks after that I was a little concerned about the pregnancy because I was having virtually no pregnancy symptoms, and with Daniel the symptoms started right away.  But I guess it's true what they say, that every pregnancy is different.  I did have some nausea, but it wasn't as bad as last time and it was more from weeks 8-12, a little later than last time. 

I've been having really intense cravings for sweets, which is also different than my first pregnancy.  Cody leaned over in church a few weeks back and whispered that he had a feeling we were having a girl.  We'll see if he's right!!  The Chinese calendar thing says girl.  Would love to have a girl, but honestly would love to have another little boy just as much.  I never thought I'd know what to do with a boy (sometimes still wonder what kinds of boy games to play) but since Daniel will 22 months old, it would be fun for him to have a brother so close in age.  Either way, we'll be so excited. 

I have an appointment tomorrow, and then my next monthly visit after that will be when we get to find out the sex.  And yes, we'll definitely be finding out!!

Until next time (hopefully not another 4-5 months...) 

Monday, April 9, 2012

10 months

Somehow March came and went, but here's the pics we did on March 16th, for Daniel's 10 month bday (as you can see, we tried a bunch of different positions, but he wasn't real interested in taking pics this day):

d is for daniel!

real good idea, mom....let him play with his canvas wall hanging (I quickly
realized he was likely to punch a hole right through it and took it away)

Bor-ing.  Your weird noises are not funny, mom.

Well, I really like standing up - so here's a little smile.

Still thinking about my d picture - I can't muster more of a smile than this.

This seems like a good time to try to escape to find that canvas.

At 10 months:

  • Have two teeth (bottom middle two)
  • Started doing the inchworm:
  • Started eating food that we're eating (most times we take what we're eating and put it through the chopper real quick, but this meal we could smash up pretty easy ourselves:
  • Love, love standing up: 


  • We really love going for walks, and are so thankful for the the weather we've had recently!

  • Love getting to hang out with Aunt Sarah, Uncle P, and Cousin Will!!

Smooches from momma - 3.3.12

Hugs for Uncle P - 3.3.12

Chatting with Will - 3.3.12

  •  Still really enjoy bathtime, and still don't like getting dressed afterwards:


Ready for summer

I couldn't resist....ordered this swim stuff a few weeks ago and had to have a little fashion show.

A random photo shoot

A few weeks ago, I came across a $25 Groupon to the Target portrait studio, and figured I'd see how they turned out.  I didn't really have an occasion - Daniel was 10 1/2 months, so not a big milestone bday or anything.  However, it was a few weeks before Easter, so we did some Easter pics as well as some others.  I figured, heck, even if only one turned out good I wasn't out much money.  Here they are:

One of the few pictures I sat still for.

Mom's just going to tell herself that Target cleans these eggs in between each kid.

This is when I tried to go after the camera.

This is where my mom put my shoes on the wrong feet, whoopsy.

What the heck is this green stringy stuff??  I don't like it!

Oh well, I'm over it.  I'm a happy boy anyway!

--We pause here for an outfit change while the long line of people roll their eyes.  Sorry peeps, I'm doing it anyway!

Let mom change my clothes, but I just don't really want to keep my hat on.
This is my ornery look - where I'm about to pounce on the camera.


AND.....saved the best one for last:



 Yahoo, Target!!!