Monday, December 30, 2013

6-Month Stats

I just wanted to document Oscar's stats, as we took him in for his six-month visit today:


Weight: 20 lbs 2 oz (88%)
Height: 28.0" (92%)*
Head: 18.3" (+100%)

*I swear the nurse said 29" when she measured him, but I was juggling baby at the same time, so I could be off and that seems like a super huge kiddo.  He seems to have leveled out in height. I see you laughing as he's clearly still a giant kid. But he's the same height Walt was at six months. The only stat since birth that they've matched up on.  Oscar is still 2lbs heavier than Walt was at this age. #bigboy

Although we were diagnosed with RSV at this visit, Oscar was such a champ for the check up.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas is full of memories for us. Even before we had kids, this was a special day. Chris even proposed on Christmas Day way back in 2008. Here we are five years after that moment and celebrating our second baby's first Christmas. While it was a momentous day for Oscar, there is no denying that Walt was the center of the day.

We started our celebration on Christmas Eve with my family eating homemade ravioli and eggplant Parmesan. My sisters and I had an official recipe-training session at Thanksgiving so we can continue this tradition. 

Here is Walt coming downstairs (joyfully singing) on Christmas morning:


As you saw, Walt got a brand new kitchen which Santa and his elves spent more than four hours assembling....  He also scored big with a big boy bike!

Snazzy kitchen with modern appliances. Walt has great taste.

Hello danger!

Walt was SO excited to get this. He couldn't wait to ride it.

Oscar enjoyed the little toys we got him and definitely loved watching big bro. 


After a crazy morning, off we went to Gilmer to spend a few days with Nana and Papa (and have another Christmas celebration).  As this time of year tends to do, we were reminded how immensely blessed we are. Can't wait for a new year!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Oscar is 6 Months Old!


It's a really busy time of year, but I definitely couldn't overlook marking the six-month birthday of our littlest guy. As I've made nauseatingly clear in all my post about Oscar, I use the word "littlest" oh-so loosely.  This kid is a beast.  I was reading back at how I described Walt (who is also no runt) and he was Mr. Long and Lean until about this age.  There is nothing lean about Oscar. There never has been. He was born with chubby cheeks and rolls in his thighs. I love that so much about him. He's so pinchable!!
Could his hair be any crazier??
But why am I wasting time on thing we already know? How about some new updates? I don't have his physical stats yet. He sees the doctor on Monday. Please refer to paragraph one for a semblance of his size :)


  • Eating - One of Oscars favorite pastimes.  We introduced some oatmeal cereal several weeks ago. After a few messy practice rounds, he got the hang of it and is truly an animal when he eats (grunting, growling, humming...let's just say it's not a quiet dining experience). Next up: bananas!
  • Sleeping - I hesitate to even talk about this. I feel like this has been such a slippery slope with Oscar.  However, the past two weeks he's gone every night except one sleeping 12+ hours without a single noise. His naps are hit or miss. He takes 2 naps and I usually offer a 3rd one still, but at best, it's 30 minutes long.  His a.m. nap is easily the most predicable and the longest. He also is a stud at putting himself to sleep (be it bedtime or naps)
  • Teeth! - a new category!  Right around 5.5 months I stuck my finger in his mouth and felt his bottom gums to be slightly rough. I did it again the next day. Now he most definitely has his two bottom teeth about halfway out. Walt got his first teeth right at 5 months.
  • Playing - Oscar is a great player. Wait...I mean, he plays well with toys.  He's a champion sitter (something he started on last month's update, but is completely mastered now). No support needed! He does great entertaining himself.
  • Likes - Walt is Oscar's most favorite person by a mile. He also likes playing in his round about or chewing on toys. 
  • Dislikes - he does not like other people crying. He almost always cries if someone else is crying (Walt, other kids, whoever). I take this to mean he's a little sensitive bear. He also isn't a huge fan of people playing with his toys, but let's be honest, who is?
A little blurry, but I added this pic because if you look REALLY closely, you see his two bottom teeth :)

He's pretty content putting anything in his mouth

Our sweet little Stinks
We are so excited to celebrate Oscar's first Christmas tomorrow. Of course it means nothing to him. He is probably even too young to like the paper.  We'll all just have fun watching Walt, and frankly, that would probably make Oscar the happiest anyways.  Happy 6 Months, Buddy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Walt-isms - 2 years 11 mos Edition

Something happens when your kids turn two (or at some point in that year). They stop learning words and start learning meaning.  Walt's ability to understand context, humor, and timing when he speaks is embarrassing hilarious genius astonishing.  It's only fair (for future ammunition, of course) that I do a better job of documenting his language.  All of the following were things said in the last month or so:

  • "Mommy, you're not listening"
  • (after a haircut) "My hair looks beautiful"
  • "This is my song!" (while I turned on the car radio)
  • "Stop talking. Only Walter can talk."
  • "Can I have some coffee?"
  • "This is only for boys" (said while playing with anything he feels territorial about... we'll need to work on making him realize that boys are the majority in our house!)
  • Walt: "What's this?" (points to nipple) Mommy: "it's your nipple." Walt: "Can I see your nipple?" Mommy: "No, girls don't show their nipples." Walt: "Only boys show their nipples? Like daddy?
  • Daddy (while in the car): "What are you looking at, Walt?" Walt: "The weather"
  • "I don't need to peeps" (referring to pee pee)
  • "Can I watch the News?"
More to come!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Icemageddon 2013

What a crazy past four days. We had one of the worst ice storms I can remember. We had a pretty active winter three years ago when Walt was born. There were two weeks in February where it basically snowed the whole time. I remember Chris being home from work for a week. I remember that being more snow though. This was ice in all sense of the word. There was a 2" thick layer of ice on EVERYTHING.

But that didn't stop us from having fun!

Bundled Up!!

Made it! It looks like he's standing in snow, but it's all ice. Notice his feet don't even sink in it.

Layers of ice on the tree..

Silly ice face

Happy ice face

mommy ice face
And here is a little clip of us trying to maneuver: