Monday, January 28, 2013

Adventures in Solids!

Walker has taken to solids very well!  Bennett took some time to warm up to it when he was a baby but not Walker, he is eating like a champ!  So far we have done carrots and squash, tomorrow we will try peas.  He may not love peas as much but hopefully he won't mind them too much.  We also gave him a sippy cup of water for the first time so he can start to get used to drinking out of one.  He pretty much just chews on it or has no interest in it.  I guess for now he will just play with it until he figures out how to use it.

His favorite toy is his jumperoo.  He will stay in that for an hour or more and just jump non stop.  It is so funny to watch him.  Bennett will go over and start jumping by him and Walker thinks it is so funny and will try and jump as fast as Bennett.


Sweet face

Sitting in his high chair for the first time like a big boy!

Having so much fun!

Jumping, jumping, jumping!!!

First time with his sippy cup

Walker is growing up so fast and it makes me sad but at the same time things are becoming so much easier because he is getting bigger so there are trade offs.  He is just the sweetest little thing!

Aquarium Trip

We took Bennett and Walker to the aquarium on Saturday.  Jeremy's parents gave us an annual pass to the aquarium for Bennett's birthday and we also got a zoo pass from them for one of Walker's Christmas gifts.  We are excited to have these so we can take them anytime we want to go.

Bennett was very excited to see the fish.  He would have stayed all day if we let him he wanted to go back through and see everything for a second time.  Walker was a trooper during the trip.  He just wanted to be held so I wore him in the baby carrier and he was happy to just hang out.

Looking at all the fish

Walker's first trip to the aquarium

The beluga whales

Jeremy and Bennett at the big aquarium wall

It was a really fun day and we can't wait to go back!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

6 Months Old!!

I can't believe my little Walker is 6 months old already!  These past 6 months have been the fastest of my life!  He is growing and changing so much now.  Before I know it he is going to be one which seems impossible.

He can now sit up on his own but he needs some support still.  I usually put the boppy pillow around him and he can sit up for a while with that.  Poor guy is still working on his 2 bottom teeth and I really wish they would come in already.  He is chewing on his hands or any toy he can get his hands on and drooling non stop.  I can feel them under his gums but they are taking a long time to cut through.

We started oatmeal with him today.  He did really well with it and by the second time I fed it to him he was pulling the spoon into his mouth.  I think he is going to enjoy trying out all of the fruits and vegetables because he seemed to really like what he had today.  I guess he was ready to start solids.

Sitting up like a big boy

6 months old

Eating oatmeal for the first time

Messy boy

I was late setting up Walker's 6 month check up so I don't take him for a couple more weeks.  I am interested to see how much he has grown since his last check up.

Happy 6 months my sweet Walker!  We love you so much!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year and Our Growing 3 Year Old

Happy New Year!!!  We had a very low key New Years.  It isn't like we have many options with a 3 year old and 5 month old.  Maybe next year we can book a babysitter and get out.  Honestly though I kind of like being home and hanging out.  The crowds on New Years aren't really my cup of tea!

This year Jeremy and I ordered Chinese takeout and drank champagne in the comfort of our own home.  I managed to stay up until midnight which was a huge struggle.  As soon as the ball dropped I fell asleep.  Bennett didn't get the memo that we needed a little extra sleep in the morning since we stayed up late so Jeremy and I were dragging on New Years Day.  New Years Day we just relaxed at home and I made black eyes peas, collard greens, and ham.  It was yummy!!!!!

We are looking forward to the New Year and all that it has in store for us.  Jeremy and I realized this is the first year in a while where we are not planning for any big life changes.  In 2009 I was pregnant and had Bennett, 2010 Bennett was a newborn, I quit my job to stay home, Jeremy got a new job, and we moved into a new home, 2011 we decided to try for another baby and I was pregnant with Walker in November, and 2012 we spent the year getting prepared for Walker then adjusting to a new baby.  This year there will be no more babies and no big changes (at least in our plans there won't be).  It is kind of nice just being able to enjoy what we have, watch our boys grow up and not have anything big to prepare for!

Bennett playing with Walker on New Years Day

Sharing his stuffed pug "Alice" with Walker

With the holidays December was so busy I couldn't get an appointment for Bennett for his 3 year well check.  We finally went in last week and my has he grown!  He has grown 4 inches in one year.

3 year stats:
35 1/2 lbs-- 84%
38 in-- 66%

His pediatrician thinks his height is wrong and that Bennett is actually taller then 38in.  Bennett wasn't standing up very straight and kept putting his head down when they measured him so he very well could be taller then what they measured.  His doctor said just by looking at Bennett he can tell he is more proportionate in his height and weight since Bennett is pretty skinny.  He is solid though so who knows, but the doctor was not concerned about any of his stats.  Bennett is right on track developmentally and won't go back until he is 4 unless he gets sick.

Bennett has changed a lot recently and seems so grown up.  He is so smart and funny.  Some of the things that come out of his mouth blow me away...usually in a good way :)  He has an incredible memory and brings up things that we did months ago.  He is such a sweet big brother and loves Walker.  He is starting to play with him more and loves to bring toys over for Walker to play with.  I have a feeling once Walker is mobile and takes the toys he wants Bennett may not be as into sharing but who knows. 

I was also warned that it is not really the terrible twos to worry about but the terrible threes and oh my goodness everyone was right!!!!!  Bennett has acquired quite an attitude lately and is really testing his limits with us.  We are standing firm with him and trying to stay patient but he is really pushing it some days with us.  I just hope it gets better and not worse!

Being sweet with Walker

My funny 3 year old!

I can't say it enough how much I love this little boy!  He amazes me every day and it is so much fun seeing him grow into this wonderful little boy!