Monday, October 29, 2012

Knit with Love

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139: 13-16

I often think about when Seamus was waiting patiently to be in our arms. Or was it me who was waiting not so patiently. I praise God often for the gift he has given to Ryan, Cyrus and I. I can not explain the joy we feel when we look at our precious little one. The sense of contentment I have when I hold him in my arms, or the overwhelming sense of love, devotion, peace and protection I have as we rock in the wee hours of the night. Thank you God for answering my prayers, and knitting him perfectly in my womb, and allowing us the privileged of knowing him on this side of heaven. I am in awe of how good your grace really is.

Seamus was knit together in love, as was the beautiful "woobie" in the above picture. Everyone, in our home has their very own woobie. Ryan's mom made Ryan one when he was a baby. She made me one when Ryan and I got engaged, she made Cyrus one before he was born, and now Seamus has been given his. Ryan brought this back from Boston when he was up there for the Head of the Charles. Then he forgot it at Liberty, so we just got it on Friday. We gave it a wash and dry and snuggled with it on the couch for the first time yesterday, which happened to be the day Seamus turned eight months old! Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors. It is a beautiful green and a deep chocolate brown. I can't wait to decorate Seamus's big boy room around these colors. 

Thank you Nona for taking the time to knit Seamus his blanket. I love it so much, and I know he will love it as much as we all love ours. I know that he will treasure it always.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

On October 24th the entire family accompanied Cyrus on his class field trip to Layman Farm a.k.a. The Pumpkin Patch. We left our house at 9:15 am and drove out to the farm. Cyrus fell asleep in the car, and I am pretty sure Seamus took his morning nap as well.
When we got there we gathered with his class and took a few pictures (or a lot of pictures, do you know how hard it is to get a bunch of 3 year old kids to pose for a picture?)
Playful Puppies 2012/2013

Seamus's First Hay Ride

He loved it!

My boys enjoying the scenery

Seamus with a pumpkin

Lilah and Matthew
The first fun festivity was the hayride to the preschool pumpkin patch. This is where all the wee little pumpkins are. Each child was allowed to pick out their very own pumpkin. Cyrus and I found our perfect pumpkin really early. However, then he decided to ditch it for an inferior specimen. At least I got pictures of Seamus with the perfect pumpkin. Sadly, my camera's battery died on the hayride back to all the other fun activities. Luckily, my friend Kristin (Lilah and Jax's mom) took plenty of pictures of my sweet boy.
Cyrus and Jax checking out the pumpkins

Jumping on the pillow

Running through the maze

I'm not working YAY!

And yes I rode the moo choo with the kids

Oh isn't he so cute!

Cyrus loves the spider web
We had a great time on the field trip. I loved spending the day with my family and friends enjoying the beautiful weather. After the pumpkin patch we drove to Sonic and enjoyed slushies and snacks.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

News Flash Look What Seamus Did

Poor Seamus gets a lot more "crib" time than Cyrus ever did. Mainly because Cyrus was my first child and when ever he protested, I picked him up. Well it is just about impossible to do that with #2 because I already created one monster who is usually demanding my individual attention.
Luckily, our sweet Seamus is much more independent than Cyrus ever was. I do not think this is because he is #2, and hence has had to be more independent because our hands are full, no I think this is just his nature.
From birth on I've been in awe of how easy going Seamus is. He is the complete opposite of what his big brother was as an infant. I often thought that Cyrus was such an easy baby compared to some of my friends children, then we were blessed with Seamus and I'm like "WOW I didn't know what an easy baby was because this kid is a dream". Oh he is such a dream.
Since he is such a dream baby, I often let him play in his crib. He can entertain himself for at least 20 minutes, which may seem like a short amount of time, but it is just enough time for me to get a shower.
Last night Ryan and Cyrus went out on a daddy date. Seamus and I stayed home so that I could get ready for bible study, and so that I could Seamus ready for bed. I left him playing in his crib for a few minutes. He was playing and  talking and seemed so happy. When I came back in to his room I found Seamus talking up a storm with a huge smile on his face. He had done this...
Wow he is only 7 months and three weeks and he is already able to pull himself up to standing in the crib. So now we must lower the crib mattress so our littlest man doesn't topple himself right on out of the crib! Seamus is now climbing up on everything and anything. Enjoy some of his favorite discoveries.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The places he goes

Its actually more fun to play under the exersaucer than in it! Unless you ask Cyrus, he loves to play in it!!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On the Move

Things are easier when your baby is not mobile. They are content to play in their exersaucer or bouncy. They are even happy playing on the floor, and you are confident that they will not get into trouble and can hence do some dishes.

That of course, is not our house anymore. Which sort of stinks because our dishwasher has been broken for a few weeks, and you can't leave Seamus alone to play on the floor because he crawls right for the wires. Or he leaves the play area...

Trying to crawl over the chair to get to the box on the floor

Rethinking his problem

What? I'm not getting into trouble

Maybe if I throw myself over this bar I'll reach the box
Apparently empty cereal boxes are way more interesting than his toys. I love that he was trying to figure out how to climb over the chair instead of crawling under it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

One of the great things about having #2 is that as we pull out the boxes of toys and clothes from storage we get to reminisce about when Cyrus was little and enjoy all the memories we have as we create new memories. It is truly awesome and I am so thankful that the Lord gave us Seamus. I also get a little teary eyed thinking that these will be the last memories we make with baby stuff and that soon we will pack it all up again and pass it on.

One toy that has never truly been packed away is a little fire engine riding toy that my dear friend Maria purchased for Cyrus. He loved it when he was little, and he loves it even now, though he is way too big for it.

This week we passed the toy onto Seamus.

Okay so he isn't really riding this by himself yet. But he does enjoy sitting on it and trying to make it go forward. He understands the concept, but Ryan is always near by in case our littlest man topples over.

Cyrus still enjoys opening the seat and putting his favorite toys inside the compartment. I seriously love my boys.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Three and a Half!

October 7th 2012, exactly 3.5 years old

Cyrus is three and half as of today. I'd be lying if I said "I love this age", the truth of the matter is this: Three year old's are difficult. There is a list of things I love about Cyrus being three, but there is also a list of things I do not love about him being three. Thank God I was prepared for three to be worse than two, or I might be crying right now.

Cyrus continues to be quite the conversationalist. He talks non-stop, and barely lets Ryan and I get a word in. If we are all in the car, he monopolizes the conversation. This is difficult for us because "car time" is often the only time Ryan and I really get to chat and catch up (sad but true). In my biased opinion I think Cyrus is advanced verbally. I know a lot of children his age, and have spent lots of time talking with other three year olds, but none of them seem to converse like Cyrus. His vocabulary expands weekly, and I'm amazed at how much he understands.

Cyrus is a performer! He loves to sing, dance and bounce off the walls if it is getting him attention. He will say the pledge of allegiance, recite his weekly bible verse, sing a multitude of different songs (my favorites being "I Will" and "All is Well"). In true Ryan fashion, Cyrus doesn't like to be put on the spot, so if I ask him to perform he won't.  This makes capturing his cuteness on video very difficult.

He is a ham for the camera. If he notices me reaching for my camera to capture a picture of one of Seamus's milestones, Cyrus must be involved. He loves to be in the pictures, but he also loves to take pictures.

Our first born son loves being a big brother. He truly loves his little brother, and wants to take care of him. He is very nuturing, and I only have to tell him "Stop sitting on your brother" about once or twice a day. He really wants Seamus to be a pony, and doesn't understand that Seamus will be riding him like a pony in the not so distant future. Cyrus spends most of his time, when he is not at school or napping, playing with his brother. He really likes to show Seamus his toys, but I do have to remind him that Seamus isn't big enough to play with most of his big boy toys. One of the cutest things was when Seamus learned to crawl; Cyrus got all excited and proud of his brother. Now every day that Seamus crawls Cyrus exclaims "mom look he's crawling, good job Seamus". Cyrus also affectionaltely refers to Seamus at Toodie...Don't ask!

One of my favorite things about this moment in time is that my once pickey eater is now not so pickey. I guess we noticed his willingness to try new things in August. He started eating the same meals as mommy and daddy in September. He will eat chicken, steak, tilapia, and just about anything else we put in front of him. The other night we had pizza. There was some peperoni on the pizza and some suasage. Both items he would have picked off before. He came running over to me (I was doing something in the kitchen, daddy was out running) and asked "Mom what's this" I said "Pepperoni, why do you like it" he said "Oh Yes" (FYI that is one of my favorite things he says right now becuase of the way he says it) I said "See that is why we try new things because we might find something we like" for the rest of the night he taught me my own lesson over and over again. "Mommy we should try new things because we might find something we like like macromi" (aka pepperoni). Too cute!

Another thing I love about Cyrus at this age is that he loves to teach you the things he is learning. One day he came home from school and taught me about Adam and Eve. He also will randomly tell me these things. So driving in the car out of the blue he will start with this "Mommy did you know that God made a garden and that is where Adam and Eve lived, but they didn't listen to God when he told them not to eat from the tree..." Or tonight after getting spanked for disobeying me he said "Mommy when we disobey, God still loves us"...Or he will pick up a flyer and say Mommy can you find the letter A. When I point to "A" he will say "Good job, I'm so proud of you" Cyrus has been working on memorizing scripture at school. This week we memorized Ephesians 4:32

Cyrus is also very affectionate, at least with mommy and Seamus. He is always offering hugs and kisses. My favorite time of day is bed time. Cyrus always asks "Mommy will you snuggle for a few minutes". We read and snuggle and sometimes I fall asleep beside him. There is something so soothing about snuggling with your baby. I sleep really well with my babies near by. And I love listening to them sleep. Cyrus loves to snuggle with me and Walter (his stuffed black bear). Oh and I love that when he wakes up in the middle of the night or the morning he sleepily walkes into my room with Walter snuggled up nice and tight to him. It is so precious!

Did I mention that he is a ball of energy. The boy wakes up and goes from 0 to 60 in .4 seconds. From the moment he wakes up to the moment he falls asleep he is bouncing off the walls! Which is fitting since the Phish song "Bouncing 'Round the Room" was his theme song in utero (accept it was bouncing round the womb back then). No seriously our eldest child is in constant motion. I think he only sits still to eat. Just watching him makes me tired.

Cyrus usually wakes up between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. He eats either a bagel or bowl of cereal for breakfast while watching Disney Jr. or Nick Jr. His favorite shows are Bubble Guppies, Team Umi Zoomi, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Netherland Pirates and Chuggington. He leaves for school at 8:40. He comes home from school at 1:00. He usually takes a nap form 1:30-3:30 or 4:00. If he doesn't get his nap he is a JERK - yes I did just call my child a jerk. We were worried he was going to outgrow his nap, but on days he doesn't take a nap he is down right mean, and disobedient. After nap we try to do something fun. We either go to the park, or the gym, or play with toys. We prefer him to be active after nap time but that doesn't always work out b/c Seamus typically needs to nap between 4-6. Cyrus eats dinner around 6. He eats what we eat. I think his favorite thing is tacos, but he likes fish tacos too! Bed time starts at 7. Ryan gets Cyrus ready for bed while I nurse and put Seamus down. Cyrus and I snuggle from 7:30-8:00. He usually has a hard time with me leaving but tends to fall asleep quickly. This week he has stayed in his own bed every night all night! On most nights I keep him in a pull up. Though he does stay dry all night. He still isn't pooping in the potty, but I'm thankful he knows enough to go and grab a pull up before poopin'.

I really can't believe that my little boy in 3 and a half. That means he is almost 4, which might as well be 5. Honestly all I can think about is that someday he is going to leave me and go off to college. I know I sound crazy. But I just can't imagine my home with out Cyrus in it every day. Cyrus teaches me so much about myself, and it isn't always nice things. He makes me want to be a better me. Cyrus thank you for showing me that I am not always patient, reminding me to be kind and tenderhearted, forgiving, and above all else thank you for showing me how to love with reckless abandon - I never knew how to do that until I became a mom. You are the miracle I never knew I needed, I thank God that he is wiser than me, and gave me you. I love you sweet boy, and I'll try not to be that creepy mom from "I'll love you forever".

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Seamus is 7 Months

On September 28th Seamus turned seven months. I'm still shocked that time is going by so fast. And in true mama fashion (at least for this mama) I'm getting the baby itch. You are thinking "she is crazy, Seamus isn't even one yet". I had the same feelings when Cyrus was this age. The only difference is back then I started making a plan to conceive a sibling for Cyrus. This time around I am just trying to focus on my babies and be happy with what God has blessed me with.

Seamus is a ton of fun. Ryan, Cyrus and I are all really enjoying this sweet little boy.
 In the past month Seamus has changed so much. The biggest change is that Seamus is mobile. At about 6.5 months he figured out how to army crawl. It was amazing to watch this change come about. At first he would push up on his arms all the way, grunt, yell and try and throw himself forward (literally, it was really funny to watch)
 After a few of days of pushing up on hands, he got his toes involved and started doing planks. From the plank position he would rock forward. He then figured out that he has amazing upper body strength and started pulling himself across our living room floors.
 Eventually, he learned that he could go from sitting to army crawling. At seven months to the day he figured out he could get up on his knees, however he still hasn't figured out how to move his legs to propel him forward. He can move each leg once and then he realizes he is much faster army crawling.
 But that doesn't stop him from trying new things. He likes to be on his feet. He wants to stand all the time, and I'm starting to think that Dr. Craft was correct when he said Seamus would walk early. Oh how I love his chunky little legs.
 As I said before he likes to stand. Ryan helps him. Seamus can not pull himself up to standing with out a little help. But if you place him near something to hold onto he will hold on and stand for a very long time.
 Seamus is genuinely happy all the time! The only time he is fussy is when he is teething or really tired. I've never met a child that is as happy as Seamus. I just love all his smiles.
This pictures looks so much like Cyrus at this age! It is funny how in some pictures they look like carbon copies of each other and then in others they don't look anything alike.

Here are some more facts about Seamus at 7 months
  • He weighs 17 lbs
  • He still nurses up to 7 times a day (b/c he doesn't sleep through the night)
  • He eats two solid meals, but I'm thinking he is ready for more
  • Doesn't love to take the bottle when Mama is at work (this is a change), Ryan thinks he holds out for solids.
  • Loves to eat solids! He has tried Natures Best Oatmeal (loves), Avocado (wasn't a fan), Egg Yolk (wasn't a fan), Pears (loves), Sweet Potato (indifferent about). 
  • Has his two bottom front teeth, and is working on his front top teeth (one is all the way in already, and the other is almost in)
  • Started sleep training...but still wakes up every few hours. He is really good at putting himself back to sleep.
  • Laughs all the time
  • Loves his big brother - Cyrus gets the best reactions out of our littlest Hurley boy.
  • Has been given a nickname - Toodie (Cyrus has given him this name and it comes from the Tooty Tat song. We have no clue why he calls his brother this but it is cute).
  • Loves his freedom and wants to be exploring on the floor at all times! Mainly he just wants to get over to the entertainment system and chew on wires. He was really mad when I put up a gate to prevent him from getting the wires.
  • Sleeps on his tummy
  • Easily entertained
  • Received his HIB and Prevnar shot this month and cried for two seconds
  I thank God every day for this precious boy. I look at him and remember the journey I walked to have him, and though it was a hard road he was so worth it. I'm so glad that he is my son, and he came into my life at the perfect time!
Did September really come and go? Here are some things that I didn't blog about in September.
We made cookies...Cyrus was a really good helper

Seamus started figuring our forward movement

Seamus started doing "Planks" in effort to move forward

Cyrus went back to preschool, he loves his class

we realized that Cyrus has curly hair if we don't comb it

We spent a lot of time as a family! I love my boys.

Cyrus ate his first Bacon Egg and Bean Sandwich - this is for you Bucca

Seamus fed himself Puffs!

And Loved Them!

He thinks feeding himself is fun

I feel bad when I don't blog, especially because I print my blog out every year. It is amazing how much I blogged when Cyrus was very little. I seemed to have so much more time. I am busy, Ryan is busy and there just isn't much down time at our home.
I don't think I blogged about the big changes at our house. Ryan was hired as the head coach of Liberty Universities Crew team. This is a great opportunity for him. However, it has meant that I get a later start to my work day. It is adding some stress to our lives, but we know this is what God has planned for us, and it is only a season in our life. Hopefully with in the next year or so we will be able to move a little bit closer to Lynchburg so that Ryan's commute isn't an hour each way.