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 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.
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.
Augustine (pronounced a-gus-tin) is a mellow baby so far and we are all adjusting to our family of five.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.