Monday, June 29, 2015

Ty: 14 Months

This little boy!

He brings so much joy to our family with his silly little personality.

I don't know that Lori can say the same because Ty can most often be found in her bed with her.

In Ty's 14th month, we took advantage of the nicer weather.  Going to the zoo was one of the highlights.

His favorite parts were the picnic lunch and the elephant named Ty (probably Thai), but Ty nonetheless.

We also had some pool time.  He is alllll about the pool and thinks that he can just walk right into it whenever he pleases.  So...I tried the puddle jumper which he was not ok with at all.

He also isn't a huge fan of wearing a hat.  But, he will wear it backwards and his little head covered in whispy, white blonde hair needs all the coverage it can get, so, backwards (or sideways) it is.  He was, however, a huge fan of popsicles on that patio!

He is also Sawyer's number one fan.  He wakes up every morning around 6:30 (she is a like a teenager in a three year old body and prefers to sleep much later) so he is always the first one up.  As soon as he hears her door open, he lets out a shriek and gets so excited!  It takes her a few minutes, but then she is just as happy to see her "Bud-Bud".

Ty has also started throwing fits if he doesn't get his way, or if I take something from him, or if I walk out of the room, or just because sometimes.  Often times about food.  This was the first month his food allergies became an issue - when we are with friends, he sometimes can't have what the other kids are having and he gets really mad about it!  Its pretty sad.  But, there are plenty of other things he can eat and he really isn't a picky eater, so its probably more about me taking something from him than the actual food.

He continues to be quite the dare-devil and has no fear (see pic and pool above...).  He climbs on or into anything and everything.

Aside from climbing, eating, making messes, wandering around aimlessly, pointing and yelling at everyone and being super bossy, giggling, smiling at me with those huge dimples and following Sawyer around, his most favorite thing is BOOKS.  He is always bringing me books and yelling at me to read them to him.  If I am sitting on the floor, he backs his little self right up to me and plops into my lap with a book.

He also discovered the kids snack section at HEB this month.  Sawyer loves to take her quarters in every time and is more than thrilled to "buy" an apple for her brother now too.  I am also pretty thrilled about it because it keeps him busy (and still) for quite a while!

I think he weighs about 23 pounds, he is wearing size 4 or 5 diapers, size 5 shoes and 12-18 month clothes.  And, he has these cheeks that I never want to forget.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I love to go back and read old posts when I am writing new ones.  I just went back to read the Mother's Day post from last year and it seems we have a new tradition around here - horrible illness on Mother's Day.  It started out totally great!  Sawyer's school had a Parent's Day celebration, since school is out over Father's Day.

Ty made himself riiiiight at home.

That night we went to the Skeeter's game, where Ty also made himself quite comfortable.

On Friday, we packed up to head to Yoakum.  We had plans to hang out Friday night and then Sawyer and I were going to "run" in the Dash for Downs on Saturday morning.  Mule riding, dewberry picking/eating, frog catching and fishing - so far so good.



Saturday morning, we woke up early to go to the run and Barry said he wasn't feel great.  And then he didn't come out of the room for the rest of the day because the stomach bug from hell had arrived.  I guess it had already been there because Ty had thrown up once each of the two days prior right after having a bottle.  But, he only did it once each day and that was it, so I didn't really think much of it.  Until Barry got it.  Sawyer and I had a great time at the 5k and kids run nonetheless.

Such the athlete.  She made it halfway around the block before she was over it.  We ended up hanging out in Yoakum the rest of the day until Barry felt like he could move.  

We came home around 10:00 that night so that we could spend some time with my family on Sunday.  Barry ended up staying home Sunday as to not spread the bug, but I took the kids over to my parents and my dad made a seafood FEAST!  Crab, alligator, lobster mac, shrimp, crawfish, fish...I basically rolled myself out of there and home!



It was a beautiful day out and we really enjoyed our (all day) meal sitting out on the patio.  We all felt very appreciated as we basically just sat there and ate all day and didn't lift a finger!  The weekend after Mother's Day, Barry still wanted to do something for me so he planned a beach day for us.  We drove down to the coast and had a great afternoon.

So, here's to being a mom to my sweet little kiddos.  I love them with all my heart, more than I every thought possible.  I appreciate daily being their mom - it is hard, it is fun, it is exhausting, it is the best.  Here's to the dads in my life that support my role as a mom to Sawyer and Ty.  Here's to the moms in my life, friends and family, who inspire me, teach me, pick me up and show me the way.  And, here's to breaking this Mother's Day tradition of sickness...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ty: 13 Months

Trying to remember back a couple months now...

to the hardest photo session yet.  He won't. sit. still.

I try to distract him with things, and he just won't have it.

At least he's cute.

We started off Ty's 13th month with his first birthday party and Easter a week or so later.

And we were finally able to start spending more time outside.  He loves to be outside!  We went to quite a few softball games to watch Barry & BJ and these two are so into it.

I took a trip to Dallas during this month which was actually good timing because it allowed us to fully wean Ty from nursing.  He wasn't thrilled about the bottle, but he's dealing.  And I am totally thrilled to have made it a whole year.  I never, ever thought that would happen.  He still doesn't at all like to feed himself.  He is obviously totally capable, but if someone else's hand it anywhere near the bottle he acts like his arms don't work.

He wants to do everything Sawyer does, especially coloring.

He doesn't get this from her.  He got some molars this month so EVERYTHING is still going in his mouth.

And he is quite the climber.  I walked out into the living room one morning and he was just standing on the ottoman beaming.  Now he does it at every chance.  Fortunately, he somehow knows how to get down and he is super proud of himself.

He has also mastered getting on his horse and he loves to ride it.

His other favorite thing - emptying my bathroom cabinet.  He just crawls his little self in there and throws everything out one bottle at a time and goes and sits in the very back and giggles.

And, when not doing that, he can be found in Lori's bed smothering her with toys.  She is obviously  super thrilled, but she totally tolerates it and secretly loves the attention I think.

And the best news of all - he sleeps!!!  He usually goes down about 8:30 and will sleep until about 5:30 or 6.  We give him a bottle then and he will usually go back down for at least another hour.  I knew it would happen eventually......  The second best news, he says mama!  He also points at everything and either yell/screeches or says "dat, dat, dat" which I guess means "that."

He is a good eater, although he can sometimes be picky with meat and would prefer to just eat all fruit all day.  We got the results from his allergy testing (which was a horrible experience that took far too many sticks and two separate trips) and it was negative for soy and mild for dairy.  So, good news.  We have given him a couple things with soy - graham crackers, puffs, etc and he has been fine so I am hopeful about the dairy.  Other than that life is good with this goofy little 22 pound entertainer!