Thursday, January 23, 2014

Oscar is 7 Months Old

These months are coming fast and furious. We're already in the second half of Oscars 1st year. It's insane!

Our little Stinks bug is an active one! I could have told you that while I was still pregnant with him. That kid came out kicking, so I knew I'd have my hands full.

Here are the updates:

Eating: Oscar is taking to solid foods like a champ. We have tried pretty much every traditional fruit and vegetable and he gives everything a shot. He has also decreased how much milk he drinks completely on his own. We now eat every four hours (instead of three) and many times it's only 6 oz (versus 8). We're on to solid chunks of food now!

Sleeping: It's safe to say this is not Oscar's strong suit :) In his defense, he's had a rough go with illness pretty much since Thanksgiving (Croup, ear infections, RSV, etc). So, I'm cutting the guy a break. He also has had a tough time with teething (see next section). So there are still many a nights that we have to get up and soothe him, but we've started calling it snuggle time and really I do appreciate these little moments. All in all, he's still sleeping about 13 hours at night, so that's hard to complain about. He's also pretty much only taking two naps a day.

Teeth: We have two more! Two GIANT top teeth with an adorable little gap between them. I love them!

Moving: Um, this guy wants to MOVE. He's got army crawling down and is now doing things that lend themselves to real crawling. Walt never really built up to these milestones. He would observe forever and then just all of a sudden crawl, or pull up, or walk. Oscar wants to get his feet wet, no doubt. Check this out:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our Big Boy is Three Years Old

It's really hard for me to believe Walt is three years old. What a great age where he's still little yet has independence (stubbornness??), yet he's not old enough to be in big-boy school yet. I know that life has a tendency to speed up as we get older, but I think adding a 2nd kid to the mix has really put things in fast forward. Walt has grown up a LOT in the past six months. He's always been a really good kid (great sleeper, mindful mostly for others, and generally really sweet), and I think all these things have been magnetized since Oscar was born. Walt is the world's sweetest big brother and truly is helpful when I need it!

We had many celebrations to recognize Walt's three-year tenure on this earth. It started with a small family gathering.
Cupcakes!!!! (Cousins Jameson and Jaeyln in attendance... Walt's buddies)

Oscar doesn't like to miss a party :) (And Jaelyn dressed up for the occassion)
 We also had a party with 15 of Walt's closest friends at a jump house place. I have not one single picture from that because I was surrounded by jumping toddlers. Everywhere I looked, some little kid was bouncing off something that was certain to lead to a broken bone. It was fun :)

Then there was a big "Celebration of Life" at Walt's school. I prepared thoroughy threw together the night before a very quick timeline of our big boy. With literally THOUSANDS of pics of him, it was tough to pick just a few highlights.
I"m not bragging, but....

Walt was a king for the day!
He got to be in the middle of the circle.

He's holding a flashlight, which was the "candle". I guess fire isn't safe for small children.

And last but not least, we got to see Dr. G to get a full report on our big boy.  Walt is still on the tall and hefty side. He got to stand on a scale and stand to be measured, which was fun. He still struggles a bit with asthma-like symptoms, but I can tell it's not as dramatic. It's just tough for him to get a simple runny nose without it causing him to wheeze and cough a lot.

Here are his stats:

Weight: 37.6lbs - 91%
Height: 39.3 inches - 86%

Also, they stop measuring his head and start measuring blood pressure and pulse. Do kids have high blood pressure??

BP: 96/58
Pulse: 85

It will take me a whole other blog post to update on all the things that Walt is doing now. He's such a chatter box and definitely has a sense of humor. He's also so sweet that he melts my heart daily. I love this little MunkaMan of ours!