Isaac is a happy, healthy, and growing boy. He is crawling all over the house and getting into just about anything you can name. He loves to smile and giggle showing off his 6 teeth. Isaac is working on sleeping better on his own in the crib. He slept 6.5 hours on his 9 month birthday! Of course he hasn’t done that again but hopefully it’s a sign of better sleeping ahead. Isaac continues to enjoy trying new foods and loves drinking from whomever’s water bottle is in his grasp. Isaac is quite attached to his Mama and although doesn’t mind being held by others if given the option to be held by me he’ll choose me. I’m trying to remind myself that one day he’ll want nothing to do with me and should be enjoying his clingy-ness while it lasts.
We celebrated Easter here in Louisiana and with David’s family. During Holy Week Oliver and I dyed Easter eggs. David and I decided to be ambitious and take the boys to the Easter Vigil at our home parish which started at 8pm. It was a bit long for two little and tired boys but was nice to attend the vigil as a family. We didn’t have a chance to take any pictures before Mass and Isaac was asleep when we got home so I forced Oliver to take a couple pictures with me. A few weeks later I got pictures of the boys in their Easter outfits. The next morning we had an indoor and an outdoor Easter egg hunt for Oliver. Isaac watched Oliver giddily go around searching for the colorful eggs. I thought the excitement would wear off but Oliver was just as excited to find the first egg as he was to find the last one. Both boys received Easter Baskets and then we went to David’s parents to spend the rest of the day with his family. There we had another egg hunt in which Oliver ran around the yard picking up every egg he could get his hands on while his cousin Joseph, who is 8 months younger, picked up the first egg and spent the rest of his time trying to get it open to see what was inside. We later divided the eggs evenly between the boys. We had a great meal and relaxed the rest of the day. It was a nice Easter and we’ve enjoyed celebrate the season.
While my parents were here Isaac celebrated 8 months old. It was nice to have my mom assist in taking the pictures because Isaac has become very wiggly and wants to roll over and away. I think my mom told me not to post a picture of her holding Isaac during the shoot but ya’ll don’t mind her Louisiana hair right? Sorry mom, it’s such a cute picture though.
My parents came to visit during my Dad’s Spring Break. Typical to their past visits the weather wasn’t ideal while they were here. It rained every day at some point or another which meant a good amount of our time was spent indoors. Oliver had no problem showing off every one of his toys and and generally making sure that, Gama and Dampa, as he called them were occupied at all times with constant “You See Dat?” to everything he did or saw. I’ll keep the written part of this post short and get along with the pictures. I of course realized after they had already left how few pictures I actually took, but here are some.
Happy Easter, Christ has Risen. With the beginning of the Easter season upon us we also have internet back in the house. Since we’ve been away for a while I’ll give you an update on things and then I’ll try and work on a couple specific posts to get up on the blog.
-Sleeping in a big boy bed with out a problem. He won’t even leave the bed once he’s awake until someone comes in the room to get him. I know this might not last but for now I’m enjoying that he thinks he is stuck in the bed.
-Potty training. We are in the midst of this one. Some days are good, other days…well I’ll spare ya’ll the details. He loves his Thomas the Train underwear, but we haven’t let go of the diapers completely.
-Talking. It seems like he’s really getting the whole talking thing figured out. His speech and pronunciation need work, but his vocabulary has grown and he’s finally starting to string words together. We have flashcards that we are using to help with the speech and he seems to be getting better and better each day with communication.
-Oliver Loves: trucks of any kind; garbage truck, dump truck, fire truck, trucks, trucks trucks, trains, airplanes, heavy machinery, are you picking up a theme here? Oliver also loves his baby brother, he needs to know where he his at all times. In addition Oliver loves bike rides, play dough, shows, going to the library for books, extended family, dogs, and helping mama and papa with grown-up tasks.
-Sleeping. Since Oliver is out of the crib we’ve started transitioning Isaac to the crib. He is taking more consistent naps during the day. Nighttime wakings are still frequent.
-Teeth. Isaac has 4 teeth and 2 more breaking through. Every time I think we are getting a break with teething another one starts coming in. I’m guessing that’s what is causing the frequent wake ups at night.
-Mobility. He is CRAWLING. He now goes from room to room following me around mostly. He also stands all the time and gets around as long as there is something to grab on to.
-Isaac Loves: food, yep he went from not really caring too much about food to no one being able to eat in front of him without sharing your food, unless you want to get screamed at. Water, he also screams at you if you have your water bottle in his presence. Isaac also loves being held, watching ceiling fans, playing with his brother, and getting into stuff he shouldn’t be getting into.
-We did spring planting in our gardens but it hasn’t produced anything and fire ants think the beds are a good place to create their home.
-We made our front room the play room which has been nice to contain the toys and boys into a smaller space and we added a ceiling fan to the room. Oliver enjoyed helping David install it and Isaac has enjoyed staring at it every time it’s turned on.
-We bought video cameras for each of the boys’ rooms. I almost wonder how I went without them this long, it’s kind of fun to spy in on them in the room. Plus I can take pictures of them with the camera, see below.
-David got a new lawn mower to keep up with the ever growing grass in the yard.
-I continue to try and stay ahead of the dishes, laundry, and dust inside the house.
-Here are few pictures to keep you all tided over until I can get some more posts written and up.