It's the holiday season! I love shopping, so I enjoy this time of year. It's a little stressful because I really try to pick out gifts I think the person will like & sometimes I draw a blank. Here are a few things I've come across that I think would be wonderful gifts.
Echo Touch Gloves
Thermos Stainless Steel Tumbler
Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows
Perfect for any woman who likes beauty products. You can buy a subscription for someone for a few months. They'll get 4-5 samples a month. I've been subscribed to Birchbox for over a year now & I love it. You get points for reviewing the products & then you can use your points to get a discount on full sized items on their website. If they decide to keep the service going, it's only $10 a month. But if not, they got some fun goodies for a few months. Win win!
Fitbit One or Fitbit Zip
What's on my wish list? Well, I can't help but want the gloves & coffee tumbler for myself (but I promise, I came across these originally as ideas for others!) I'm also swooning over the new Urban Decay Naked Palette 3. Such pretty colors!
Also, this is totally weird but I came across this sweatshirt in the Dick's Sporting Goods mailer & crack up every time I think about it.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ok, so Ethan is really ten & a half months old now but I'm just getting around to posting an update. I took the picture when he was ten months old, though!
Ethan is so much fun & a little stinker all at the same time. He is drawn to anything that he shouldn't play with - fireplace rocks, pieces of plastic, cords, choking hazards. We have to keep a close eye on him! He's gotten more vocal - he shrieks when you take away said items. Sorry bud, we kinda want to keep you around!
He's also gotten even more attached to me & had some separation anxiety lately. Not too bad but noticeable. He fusses a little when I drop him off at our daycare provider's house sometimes but gets over it when she feeds him breakfast (he loves to eat). If I'm in the room, he pretty much demands my attention - unless my dad or Michael's dad is in the room. He adores his grandpas & will go to them any time. Alex was also a grandpa's boy. Kinda funny since it's typically their grandmas that feed them, diaper them, etc but I guess they love hanging with the guys!
Ethan's top two teeth FINALLY came through. We had a couple tough nights before it happened. Nothing too bad - he just woke up a few times a night, which he rarely does. So far since they've poked out, he's been sleeping great. He still bites my shoulder often, which I do not appreciate. He really can be a stinker!
He's still eating great. He tried scrambled eggs awhile back & I don't think he liked the texture. He'd take a bite, make a hilarious face & spit it out (repeatedly). He loves feeding himself finger food. Such a big boy.
No walking yet but he's taken a few little steps here & there. He can still stand & balance for quite awhile by himself. He prefers crawling, though.
I can't believe he'll be one in less than two months. Where did my baby go??
The boys had fun this month in the chair. Alex was holding this light up wand that we use sometimes to get Ethan's attention. As you can see from the pictures, it works!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Alex still loves to take our phones & take pictures. He's figured out how to get to the camera without unlocking the phone, so most if the time I don't even know he took pictures until I find them later.
I love the ones with his little feet in them.
Making breakfast. His aim isn't always perfect.
He loves to photograph household stuff.
He even figured out to use filters, which I hadn't even done before!
Even though I usually have to delete about 100 close ups of the carpet or couch, I love looking at these & seeing the world through his eyes. :)
*My little two year old will be a three year old in about a month. I can hardly believe it!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Happy Halloween from our little shark & Nemo! We had a great time taking the boys trick or treating (Ethan rode in the wagon or was carried). We almost didn't get to go since Alex got sick the night before. Luckily, it was only a 12 hour bug. He had been talking about his costume & trick or treating for weeks. I know he would have been upset to miss out!
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ethan is nine months old!
As usual, he's mostly a very happy & easy baby. He loves to eat. He always cries when his bottle runs out - no matter how much we give him. But he gets over it quickly. And we haven't found a food he doesn't like at least yet.
He had a rough patch a few weeks ago with his sleeping. He'd wake up several times a night crying & wouldn't put himself back to sleep like he normally does. He basically just wanted to be held. If you were holding him, he would sleep just fine. But the second you put him down, it was like his world was ending. It usually would take two hours or more before you could finally put him in his bed with no tears. It made for some very long nights (and tired days). He seems to be over it now, thank goodness, but I don't want to brag too much in case it resurfaces - ha!
Everything went great at his nine month check up. He's still 50th percentile in height & weight & is now 75th percentile in head circumference. He weighs 19 pounds - little chunk! I love it (except when I'm hauling him around in the car seat). The doctor said he has several teeth about to poke through, so maybe that contributed to his sleeping issues. I knew the top two were close but it sounds like there's more on the way. He even did great with his shots - he barely cried & was over it within seconds.
Speaking of teeth, it seems we have a little biter on our hands. Ethan loves to bury his head into your shoulder & chomp down. It does not feel good! And he thinks it's funny when you holler in pain. I've started sternly telling him - no no, no biting! He looks so wounded & makes a face like he's about to cry but it's completely an act, which makes me laugh & negates my reprimand. Little stinker!
He's getting really good at standing by himself. He does it best when he doesn't notice he's not holding on to anything but he can balance for sometimes 10 seconds! Then he'll fall toward you, laughing & grabbing on to you. He hasn't quite figured out he needs to take a step forward to get closer - he just free falls & hopes you'll catch him (which of course we do). It keeps us entertained!
It makes me wonder if next month I'll be writing about his first steps. Slow down, baby! We're in no hurry!
I didn't get a great picture of the two boys this month. Ethan wasn't really in the mood & kept trying to crawl out of the chair. But I got a cute one of Alex by himself!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
The weather hasn't been quite so hot lately, so we've been trying to get outside as much as possible.
One evening after work, we played in the driveway/cul-de-sac. My parents bought a wagon for the boys last Christmas & we tried it out for the first time with both boys. Ethan thought it was too cool! Alex loved it, too, and had fun pulling his brother around.
Ethan also tried out Alex's little OSU chair. I bought it for Alex when he was about as old as Ethan is now.
We went on a walk the other day & had a good time. Can you tell Alex is saying, "Cheeeese"?
I recently bought a hammock & we've all enjoyed it.
I love fall!!