Saturday, August 27, 2016

Brothers 'Talking'

Aldo loves to chat with whoever will listen.  Lately, he likes to imitate you as well.  He was imitating Eliel perfectly until I turned on the camera, of course.  Here's a quick video of the two boys chatting!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week in pictures

It's been quite crazy around here lately and although I haven't posted a ton of pictures, there are a lot that I have taken.  So, here's another picture post!

I love to eat!

Play some more music for me, Daddy

Happy baby

Oh hey Jacob, can I touch you?

Check out this toy, cousin!

Come back here, buddy!  I want to taste you!

One more touch, Jacob. Come here!

Brother playing

Saturday, August 20, 2016

6 months

Somehow, Aldous is six months old already.  I'm not quite sure how it happened but I blinked and now he's halfway to being a year old.  Next time I blink he's going to be going to kindergarten!

Aldous is generally a happy, smiley baby.  He loves to be entertained by his brother and as soon as he is able to crawl over and grab Eliel's toys, he will.  For as much as Aldous smiles, I think he is going to be a strong-willed little boy.  He definitely knows what he wants and if he doesn't get it, he will let you know... loudly.  That being said, when it comes to sleeping, he is a sweetie.  He sleeps from 7:30pm until usually 5-6am.  Although that's earlier than I'd like to get up, I'm not going to complain (although I typically do at 5am!)  He also goes down for naps and nighttime quite well, usually without a peep.  Bedtime around here is quite wonderful!

At his pediatrician appointment, Aldous weighed 17 pounds, 10 ounces which is the 51st percentile. He is also 26.75 inches tall which is the 53rd percentile.  He weighs almost the same as Eliel weighed at 8 months! A lot of it has to do with the fact that he still spits up a lot of what he eats which causes him to eat more.  Perhaps he will level out to Eliel's percentiles once he stop spitting up all the time. The spitting up is definitely getting better, but because Aldo moves a lot more now, he tends to spit up not as often, but in bigger quantities when he does.

Aldo sits up quite well on his own and only tends to fall over when he reaches for something or is getting tired.  Anything that is within his reach will end up in his mouth.  He's crying in the picture below because I pulled the 6 month sign out of his mouth!

Aldous is also enjoying eating... very much.  He continues to be Adam in looks and attitude!  When this little guy is hungry, watch out!  He has eaten avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, parsnips, apples, pears, nectarines, broccoli, yogurt and mangoes.  He definitely favors sweet fruits and yogurt.  Unlike Eliel, Aldo also loves to try and feed himself.  From the very first time we fed him, he's tried to grab the spoon and put it in his mouth.  He loves to try and pick up foods from his tray and put them in his mouth.  He enjoys sucking the pulp out of a thick slice of cucumber or biting on a piece of melba toast.  I don't think this kid is going to eat purees for very long!  As soon as he masters the pincher grab, he's going to want to eat everything on his own.

Now that Aldo can sit up, it's a whole new world for him.  He gets very upset if you put him down on his tummy or his back.  It won't be long now before he figures out how to get his knees under him!  We won't be back to the pediatrician until 8 months so we won't be able to see how much he has gained but I know his 7 month post will have lots of new 'tricks' he has learned!  Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fun in Wisconsin

Last weekend we had a blast visiting Adam's aunt and uncle in Wisconsin.  They own lots of property and have a log cabin.  It's a dream for Eliel as they live near a cow farm, Uncle Steve has a ton of trucks and tractors and there is wildlife everywhere.  I think the only person who had more fun than Eliel was Nugget!

Eliel was treated to a tractor ride from Uncle Steve as well as getting to drive his pick up truck!  He absolutely loved getting to move some sand from the sand pile using the tractor.  Even though there's not a smile on his face, he's loving every minute of it.  As he told me later, he had to concentrate on what he was doing.  I unfortunately didn't get to see it firsthand as I was feeding Aldo but luckily Adam captured it for all of you to see!

Uncle Steve and Aunt Paula also have lots of gardens with various vegetables in them and Eliel couldn't wait to show me the potatoes he dug up for dinner one day or the cucumber he picked right off the vine.  He was extremely proud to show me the bag of green beans he picked for us to take home!

While we were up there, we also visited a blueberry farm to pick blueberries.  This was a great year for it and the blueberries were delicious.  Eliel began picking very well as the bushes were just the right height for him.  However, once we told him that you could sample a few blueberries as you ate them, well, it was all over from there.  I don't think anymore blueberries made it into his bucket.  In fact, I think he began taking them out of his bucket and eating those as well.  He easily ate way more than he picked!  The look on his face as he ate them was priceless! (kind of looks like Adam when he's enjoying food!)

In between all the fun activities, Eliel spent much of his time watching the birds at Aunt Paula's bird feeders.  He would find a bird in the binoculars and then had to find the match in the bird book (or ask someone to find the match for him!).\  We did this for easily a few hours.   While watching birds, we even saw a deer and her baby eating behind the house! (It's kind of hard to see in the picture though.)  

We had a wonderful weekend and it was so nice to spend some relaxing time with family we don't get to see very often.  Eliel has already asked when we're going back up again!  I'm sure it will be again soon but we need to give Aunt Paula and Uncle Steve some time to recover from our craziness! :)