Under Construction

We decided that along with having a newborn, Oliver starting preschool, throwing a huge birthday party (next blog post) and David traveling for work we should also do some home improvement projects. Thus the reason for the absence on the blog. Since Augustine was born we’ve ripped up carpet in the dining room and “Big” room, laid tile in the dining room, painted the dining room walls and trim, created a doorway between the play room and big room, painted trim in big room, and laid laminate in the big room. Still to go: ripping up carpet in the playroom, painting playroom walls and trim, laying the laminate down, and building/installing a barn door for the new doorway. WHEW! I’d say we are about halfway done, maybe more but probably won’t be completely done for a few more months. I’d like to write a separate post on the updates when they are all finished but below is a video of the almost finished dining room and the start of the doorway. (Taken a few weeks ago) David has been working tirelessly to get these projects done. I have helped where I could but mostly just try and keep the boys out of his way. I’m looking forward to when everything is done and I’m sure David would agree.

Augustine: 3 Months

Augustine is getting to be so smiley and I love it. He’s on the verge of laughing making little “ha’s” here and there. He sleeps pretty well at night, going for 5 hours to start before waking up. I put Augustine in the super seat just after hitting three months and he seems to enjoy sitting up and looking around. He also seems to be more okay with sitting in the car seat. He is our most content baby so far, only getting fussy when hungry.

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This face, haha!
This face, haha!

 

 

Not the Post I was Planning on Making

I had every intention of writing a post in the next few days regarding being close to my due date and wondering if everyone had guesses on when baby’s birthday would be. I figured I’d complain a little bit about still be pregnant and uncomfortable and just wanting to meet our little one. I made similar posts with Oliver and Isaac around 40-41 weeks.

Instead my post today is to announce the arrival of Augustine Matthew Riederer. He surprised us all by arriving almost two weeks before his due date on Sunday June 12, 2016 at 5:52 in the morning. He’s are smallest baby weighing 7 lbs 3 oz and is 20.25 inches long. Every time I look at him I change my mind on who he looks more like. At some times he looks like Oliver and other times he looks more like Isaac. Take a look and decide for yourself.

Papa holding Augustine for the first time
Papa holding Augustine for the first time
Brand new baby
Brand new baby
Meeting their brother for the first time
Meeting their brother for the first time
He's pretty interesting
He’s pretty interesting
Opening those eyes is hard work
Opening those eyes is hard work

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Spring Time

Spring is in the air. With that comes seven birthdays between both of our families to celebrate, some serious yard work to get done, and two boys who are keeping us on our toes every second of the day. Instead of trying to make several separate posts to include all of our spring time happenings I’m going to condense it down to one and throw a bunch of pictures at you. Enjoy.

Nice weather means a trip to the park
Nice weather means a trip to the park

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Bath time boys
Bath time boys
Cheerio number counting (he just liked eating them)
Cheerio number counting (he just liked eating them)
The many faces of Isaac
The many faces of Isaac
Nothing like sleeping on a bookshelf
Nothing like sleeping on a bookshelf
Yard work day
Yard work day
Papa's helper
Papa’s helper
Coconut oil anyone?
Coconut oil anyone?
Oliver learned to ride his bike on my birthday!
Oliver learned to ride his bike on my birthday!
Mother's Day
Mother’s Day
Family at the zoo
Family at the zoo

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The zoo is fun and tiring
The zoo is fun and tiring
Carousel at the zoo
Carousel at the zoo
These two <3
These two <3
The final birthday to celebrate
The final birthday to celebrate
This little boy is standing on his own, but not long enough for me to get a picture of it
This little boy is standing on his own, but not long enough for me to get a picture of it
Swimming at a friend's Birthday party
Swimming at a friend’s Birthday party
well hello there
well hello there
Wow, springtime is exhausting
Wow, springtime is exhausting

 

 

Isaac-10 Months

Here we are only a couple of months away from Isaac being a year old. Isaac has another tooth, making that 7 total. Just a few days before turning 10 months old Isaac stood on his own, it was only for a couple seconds but he was definitely standing without support. He’s done it a couple of times since but still only for seconds at a time. Isaac continues to eat anything in sight and most people who see him comment that he’s “huge” He’s a big boy. I’m pretty sure Oliver weighed the same amount at one year that Isaac did at nine months. Isaac loves to get into whatever toy Oliver is trying to play with which can get Oliver just a little annoyed. We are working on sharing and taking turns for both boys. There is nothing new to report on Isaac’s sleep habits aside from slightly better day time naps. Each month proves to be more difficult to take his pictures so we’ve got some real winners to show you.

Trying to escape
Trying to escape
The best non blurry picture of the two boys
The best non blurry picture of the two boys
The best picture of the bunch
The best picture of the bunch
Trying to get away
Trying to get away
Successfully got away. His foot made it into the frame.
Successfully got away. His foot made it into the frame.

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Isaac-7 Months

I wanted to get up at least one more post before the 40 days of Lent begins this Wednesday. We have chosen to give up internet for this time so there’s no need to check back here until Easter. Isaac is starting to scoot around, mostly backwards, and likes to plank. Isaac continues to not be very interested in solid food, especially when it’s pureed and spoon fed to him. He seems to be more aware of specific people. He loves watching Oliver play and entertain him and lights up when I walk into a room. Isaac still wakes up several times at night and is happy with cat naps during the day. I hope that in his 8 month post these things change. Poor Isaac had a cold on the 11th so he wasn’t feel great during the photo shoot. Prayers to everyone for a blessed Lenten season.

Still managed a smile
Still managed a smile
rolling over to get the sticker
rolling over to get the sticker
sitting up
sitting up
rolling over again for the sticker
rolling over again for the sticker

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Oliver giving a kiss
Oliver giving a kiss

 

Derek and Laura Visit aka Help Mama Out

My brother Derek and his wife Laura came to visit us back in September. This was their first time to Louisiana so we tried to give them the local experience. With Isaac being a new baby the Louisiana experience ended up being lots of baby holding and Oliver entertaining. They were such a big help around the house and allowed me to get more day to day tasks done, including catching up on this blog. They even offered to babysit one night so David and I could go out on a date. Even though I put them to work they were able to eat LOTS of seafood and I figure they’ll just have to come visit again to do the more touristy stuff.

Baby holding
Baby holding
More baby holding
More baby holding
At the farmer's market. Oliver loved having his Aunt and Uncle play with him
At the farmer’s market. Oliver loved having his Aunt and Uncle play with him
Dinner, drinks, and a movie was our date of choice
Dinner, drinks, and a movie was our date of choice
One last lunch before they had to leave
One last lunch before they had to leave

 

Caution: Party Ahead

Our sweet boy, Oliver, turned 2 last month. Oliver loves trucks. What better way to celebrate than with a construction themed party? Here are some pictures from the celebration.

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our little construction worker
our little construction worker
David made him the busy board
David made him the busy board

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Singing Happy Birthday
Singing Happy Birthday
Blowing out the candles
Blowing out the candles
Hmm cake
Hmm cake
Back to my trucks
Back to my trucks
Hmm more cake
Hmm more cake
opening presents
opening presents
Dinosaur! almost as great as trucks
Dinosaur! almost as great as trucks

Happy Birthday sweet boy. Mama and Papa love you!

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Easter

Easter Egg Dying

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Ready for Easter Mass

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Halloween is Serious Business

Of course last year Oliver was way to young to go trick or treating, but this year he was just about old enough. I figured I could at least put him in a make shift costume, go to a couple of houses in the neighborhood, snap some pictures and call it good. So that’s what we did, and this year David was home for the event! Since David was home I decided to have my boys wear coordinating costumes. David has motorcycle gear from his previous riding days and Oliver got a “bike” for his birthday so I thought a “Biker Baby” costume would be great.

Check out my "hog"
Check out my “hog”
Trick or Treating is serious business
Trick or Treating is serious business
What am I suppose to do?
What am I suppose to do?
What's this?
What’s this?
Serious Bikers Only
Serious Bikers Only
But I don't wan't to smile
But I don’t want to smile
What do you have there?
What do you have there?
You eat it?
You eat it?
Ohhh I like candy
Ohhh I like candy
I really like candy
I really like candy

 

So the last picture was the best one of him smiling. He really took on the part of a serious biker. Maybe next he’ll understand more about what this whole going door-to-door thing is all about.