Friday, February 19, 2010

Look At Me!

My Little Melt-Down King

Grandma Linda comes to town...

...and after this visit she'll probably never want to come back. Linda arrived on Friday to find that me and Ryan were suffering from food poisioning. We'd gone out Thursday night and had sushi. Well, she woke up Monday morning to her own case of "food poisioning"! Turns out we actually had the flu:( She was a trooper though and completely understood that that's how life is when you have kids. We didn't get to do any of the things we'd planned for her visit. Maybe next time?!?!?!

Tomato, Tomatoe, Potato, Potatoe...

One of the neatest thing about having 2 kids is seeing how completely and utterly different they are. Sutton is only 4 months old, but he already has own way of doing things and it's all unique to him! Here's a few things I've noticed...
1. Sutton took his sweet time when it came to sleeping through the night. Heck, add napping to that list, too. At 15 weeks, Ryan and I decided that he needed just to "cry it out" because he would only nap if you held him and the minute you put him down he'd wake up. He was waking up every 2 hours at night and he had to sleep in the bed with us. Ford, on the other hand, was crib trained and nap trained all on his own at 9 weeks.
2. Sutton is our social butterfly. Don't get me wrong, Ford is a ham and loves people, but I truly believe that Sutton LIVES to make me smile. It takes him years to eat because all he does is look up at me and grin. Eat, grin. Eat, grin. That's how the cycle goes. It's not hard to get a smile out of this kid, that's for sure. And, his laugh is just to die for.
3. Ford was very independent from the get-go. He didn't want to be held a ton, and when he was ready to be on his own he'd let you know by squirming and screaming. Sutton has a 6th sense and he knows when you are about to put him down, even if it's just to change his diaper and you have every intention of picking him back up. He will WAIL! He'll play on his mat for about 5 minutes and then the whining starts.
4. Swaddling: Ford lasted all of 2 days being swaddled. He hated it. He's only started using a blanket in the last 2 weeks. Sutton is our little burrito baby. He won't nap unless you swaddle him.
5. The boys have very different body types. At 4 months, Ford was very long and lean and muscular where Sutton is long, broad, barrel chested and has rolls to die for.
6. Developmentally, they are pretty comprable. Ford was rolling to his side at 3.5 months and Sutton's almost there. Ford was much better with his hands at this age and he was all about batting at his toys on his mat. Sutton has no interest in this and he's just now learning how to use his hands. I attribute this difference to Sutton's desire to be swaddled. It's hard to figure out the world when you're in a cute straight jacket:)

With all of these differences, there is one HUGE similarity. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER. So much. See below.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Valentine

Ryan and I met on September 6, 2003 and we've been together ever since. Through thick and thin, he has been the love of my life and I'm so blessed to call him my husband. Here's to 50 more Valentine's Days together, I LOVE YOU!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sweet Sutton

Time has sure flown by! I can't believe that Sutton is 3 and 1/2 months old and that he is SOOO big! He's trying to roll over all the time and he really wants to sit up by himself. He loves watching his brother play and he finally loves to sleep. Ryan and I moved him down to the basement to "sleep train" him and it went really well. He's now sleeping about 11 hours a night and taking great naps during the's about time! His personality is already SO different from Ford. He smiles all the time and he has the cutest little laugh. I can't wait to see all his milestones!

The Salad Maker

Ford is really in to making his own salads these days. I do all the prep work and he'll distribute everything on to his plate! It's hilarious to watch. I'm so happy our little guy is such a good eater!

Thanks Aunt Patti and Uncle David

Thanks for thinking of Ford you guys! He (and Ryan, haha) loves it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2 year well visit and all the things Ford does...

We took Ford in to his 2 year well visit last week and it went really well. Ford always has fun at Dr. Roy's, which is nice because it takes the stress off of us. Good news is that he didn't need any shots! Whew! Physically, Ford is more advanced than most 2 year olds. He does somersaults, walks backwards, jumps and hops, plays basketball like he's in the NBA, and can hold his weight with his arms on a parallel bar. Verbally, he's a little slow, but Dr. Roy said it's nothing to be concerned about as he's made MUCH progress since his 18 month appointment. Ford is very, very diligent about making things neat and orderly. He likes to line things up, stack things, and he tries to make things perpendicular. He hates to be dirty and will BEG you to wash his hands if he gets food or dirt on them. He has no interest in potty training, though he will pee on command for you if you ask him to. He loves to color and do art projects. Basketball is still his favorite thing to do, we have a hoop in about every room of the house. He can spell his name and loves to listen to me sing the alphabet. Cars is his favorite movie and Caillou, Curious George and Thomas the Train are his most-watched shows on tv. Bedtime is still at 6pm and he wakes up about 7am on most days. Naps have been a struggle lately, I'm praying he isn't growing out of them just yet. He is still very bossy (what 2 year old isn't, though?) but he has a heart of gold. He will give you hugs and kisses all day long and he loves to love on his brother. He recognizes most animals and can tell you what sound they make and he knows most of the colors...his favorite is pink! haha! Well, that's our little man in a nutshell! This is such a fun age and I'm looking forward to watching him start talking more. What he says already is just so cute!

Here's his stats:
25.6 lbs--25%ile
34.5 in---75%ile