Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What a trip!

We had a FABULOUS vacation!!! Michigan City was a blast.  Rough the first couple of nights getting into a new routine, but all in all, good stuff.

We went to the Washington Zoo, lots of runs/walks around MC, the house we stayed at & resort property was great, and of course, lots & lots of beach time.  He loved to play in the sand and to watch the sea gulls.  Also, the water was wonderful!  No fear.  We went to the Dunes, outlet mall, numerous trips to the skate park & playground, and the adults even got to go to the casino one night.   But I have to say cousin lovin' was the best.  Seeing Luke interact with them all was so much fun.  What a little guy!!
Man, I love that Trey Man!

And I swear, an explosion of words - including 'Sir, yes, Sir!'   Too cute!  But hearing 'no!' a lot more too.  Yikes. 

We took lots and lots of pictures.  Trying to go through them now and get a photo book put together.

We are thankful for the opportunity we had to spend with all the Weavers!!! Here's hoping this becomes an annual tradition. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

So fun

What new challenges and fun this baby boy brings everyday! We had a Happy 4th of July! A nice run in the morning on the Monon and ran into Baby Grace and walked with her a bit.  Then Daddy got home and we all went to the new Firehouse Subs place for a yummy lunch then a fun walk to Opti Park, where he played on all the fun equipment.  He definitely loves the slide and the balance beam.   Then we grilled out with the Armstrongs!
This one's for you, 'Merica!
Goals :

My goal is to break him of his paci by 18 months. He only uses it at night and in the car/stroller.  I haven't been giving it to him in the car as much and I try not to in the stroller as well.  Some days he notices he doesn't have it, other days, he's just blabbing and singing not even thinking about it.

Start working on colors - he loves to read his book and point to pics / objects, but need to get those colors down!

3 words that best describe this phase in his life:

What he is up to:

New sayings: peek-a-boo, yuck!
loves to pick up toys/ things/ trash & throws it away
And my favorite so far:  he kissed me on the lips when I asked him!  And now he does that to everyone when I tell him to give kisses and say bye-bye.  It used to be just blowing kisses, now he marches right up to them hugs and gives a kiss.  Melts my heart.
Hey Ruby, look!  Let me read to you.  

We had a GREAT time at Brown County- except the first night of sleep.  He was out of his element and him and Ruby took turns screaming / crying for a couple of hours night time.  ugh.  They had little fits when Claire made a game of taking the toy away from one of them and giving it to the other.  Classic.  Had fun in the water park and nice long walk through the state park (he slept the whole time).   But it was nice prep for our Lake Michigan vacation coming up in a couple of weeks.  I cannot wait to see him on the beach, playing with his cousins, soaking up the sun!  I think it's going to be such a blast.  I know at times it will be challenging but I'm ready as I'll ever be.  We just have such a great routine at home but I'm also glad he's so chill and flexible that he's up for any adventure.   Next week Pam is on vacation so I hope he doesn't get too out of sorts before the big trip!!

DJ Luke : You want me to play that song?! 

This upcoming weekend we will do Walk-for-Wishes with baby Grace and Caden.  And we will go see the family for Ruby's official 1st birthday party. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

17 months old!

Luke is now 17 months old and there has been an explosion of words:  up!  I want down! 1-2-3!  Go down! I want water! Pllleeeeaaassseee!  He shakes his head no for yes and yes for no.  Silly boy. 

Something I forgot until Baby Jacob came along- Luke used to always have his meltdown hour.  He was fed, he had slept, he didn't want to be held, didn't want to rock, just wanted to cry.  So every day, usually around 5 pm, we let him cry.  At first, it was painful. Because natural reaction is to make baby better and try to soothe him.  But once we learned there was nothing we could do, the better it was for everyone.  I think about sweet Charlie dog.  He would look at us like ' What is going on- please go help that kid!!'  But Luke needed to get whatever it was out of his system and there was no stopping him. 

And since he turned 17 months old, that seems like forever ago.  I think of him now only crying when he's hungry or tired.   But then I was reminded of it, and man, it took me right back there and it doesn't truly seem that long ago. 

We get out of the car when we get home from Pam's and he loves to stop and smell the flowers.  Except he recently has started to try to eat the flowers. 

Maybe mommy won't notice me trying to sneak a bite!
We are gearing up for the 4th of July and our Brown County get away!! Should be fun!