Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shower Baby

Is there anything more precious than a naked baby in a shower? This is how I manage to get ready for work most days. Cyrus is typically still sleeping, and Seamus and I take a shower. While I dry my hair and get ready, my sweet baby plays in the shower. I love how he entertains himself.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas was especially fun this year! Cyrus was so excited about all things Christmas and he couldn't keep himself from telling us all about baby Jesus. I went out and purchased him the little people manger set because he kept trying to steal baby Jesus from my manger.

I think Cyrus's favorite thing that we did as a family was the polar express. I stole this from pinterest. Basically I printed out a golden ticket for each boy and placed on their beds during bath time. Cyrus watched the polar express so he knew all about golden tickets. After bath, once the boys were in their jammies, they went to their rooms. Cyrus found his ticket and was super excited. Bounding off the walls excited. We went downstairs, (daddy had the car running and packed snacks and hot chocolate), got in the car and went to look at Christmas lights.

Cyrus with his golden ticket

Seamus on Christmas morning, more interested in boogie wipes than his presents

Seamus not sure what to do with his present

Breakfast with brother

We spent Christmas morning opening presents and eating a special breakfast made by daddy. In the early evening we went over to Memaw Debbie's house for dinner.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Meet Steve, he is the elf that Santa assigned to our home. You say his name like the monkey's name in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" the EV is long and drawn out and you say it in a Disco Stu sort of voice. My opinion on Christmas has changed a ton since having Cyrus. I was the mom who would "Eradicate" Santa from all things Christmas, and we would have no talk of presents, or mythical reindeer and elves. I didn't feel it necessary to judge other people's choice of sharing in such traditions, but I just didn't want to have part of it.
That, of course, was until Cyrus shared with me his knowledge of Santa. This happened last year. I realized that he learned about Santa and it was magical and fun for him. I also realized that we could have Santa and still emphasize the true meaning of Christmas.
With that being said, this year we went all in! I was never going to have a creepy elf on the shelf, but my dear sister Rachel bought my boys the book and elf. So Steve came to visit on Thanksgiving. Cyrus loved the story and was excited to go hunt for his elf. He loves playing elf on the shelf. He will take one of his stuffed animals and pretend it is an elf and place the elf in silly places or he will pretend to be my elf. The boy is seriously creative on the whole placing the elf. He will be a great dad someday, moving his own elf for his kids own magical Christmas experience. I on the other hand sort of suck at this simple task. Thank God I have Ryan to pick up the slack. He has been moving the elf because I forget a lot.
So far my favorite place the elf has shown up was dangling from the fan in the nursery. Thank you to auntie Rae for "adopting" Steve for us.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

9 Months

Our littlest man is 9 months! The past month has been difficult to say the least. Seamus was cutting 4 teeth all at once, he and Cyrus shared a virus, he had croup and he had his first ear infection. All of that meant a certain someone has not been sleeping well AT ALL. Ryan and I have been passing him off through out the night. So neither one of us is getting more than 4 hours of sleep at a time. It is reminiscent of the new born days.

We did go to see Dr. Craft for Seamus's 9 month well check. We didn't do any vaccinations because Seamus was sick, however he would have just been getting Flu and Polio. Polio we delay until he needs it for school, and we are hoping to get him the Flu vax as soon as he is 100%.

Here are Seamus's 9 month stats:
Weight: 17lbs 5 oz (3lbs and 5 oz less than Cyrus at this age)
Height: 27 inches (3 inches shorter than Cyrus at this age)
Head Circ: 17 1/2 (3/4 inch small than Cyrus at this age)

We are struggling with Seamus's sleeping. It started when he got sick. The first night I noticed him barking like a seal I brought him to our bed. I was so worried he would have a breathing emergency. We had to take him in for a steam bath several times. I prefer to keep my children near me when they are sick, so at some points I had both Seamus and Cyrus in my bed. Poor Ryan slept on the couch or sometimes in Cyrus's bed.

Once Seamus seemed to be on the mend we tried to get him to sleep in his own bed. However, our boy is strong willed. I put him down every night at 7. He will sleep a good 2.5 hours before waking up crying. I soothe him back to sleep with a binky and a light back run, and he'll sleep for another 2 hours (maybe). These days it seems like he is in our bed by 11pm. I know we have to stop this habit. I'm just not sure how to do it. He sleeps so well if in our bed, and only wakes to nurse briefly. I do think we will sleep train him this month. We actually started sleep training him at 8 months and he did really well, until he got sick. Now if he wakes up he will cry and scream for an hour with out getting tired, the boy has a strong will.

Seamus is talking a ton. That is if you call babbling baby syllables talking. His favorite is Da Da Da. I guess he will probably say Daddy before he says Mommy. That's okay because I know he is a mama's boy at heart. He becomes very upset when ever I leave a room, and he typically will crawl after me. It is adorable to watch and sometimes I have to catch myself from patting my leg and calling him to follow me as if he were a dog.

People say he looks like Ryan and that Cyrus looks like me. This is laughable because Cyrus looks so much like Ryan when Ryan was his age. And Seamus looks so much like my brother Kevin when he was a baby. Of course their are moments when they exude when Cyrus laughs, he laughs just like me and his facial expressions are just like mine. Seamus has evil eyebrows, just like me. And he grimaces just like I do.

Since being sick, Seamus is not eating well. He hasn't been interested much in baby food, but nurses more frequently and loves his bottles. He does, however, show interest in eating real food. I have been sharing off my plate with him at most meals. He has had steak, green beans, bread, pizza crust, carrots and broccoli, and our latest addition Hummas...funny he's had most of these mashed up in baby food, but somehow it is so much more tasty if it is coming off my plate.

Seamus's favorite past time is playing the drop game. This is when he intentionally drops something and watches one of us fetch it for him. He also loves to play the binky game (this was one of Cyrus's favorite games as well). This is when he has the binky and you take it from him and put it in your mouth. He will then take it from you and laugh, while putting it in his mouth. He then decides he wants to share with you, so he practices putting the binky in your mouth and taking it out. He really likes it when you react to him taking the binky out of your mouth. Oh and he loves it when big brother plays peek-a-boo with him in the car.

At 9 months old Seamus has 6 teeth completely in, and one more upper that is about to pop through the surface for a total of 7 teeth...that seems crazy to me. With all those teeth, it is no surprise that we have a little biter on our hands. Nothing is safe around this kid. He will pretend to be nuzzling into you and then BAM he bites. I know he can't help it, it feels good to bite when teething, but I seriously need a break from all the biting.

Other than all that, he is such a joy to be around! He has the sweetest smile, and his eyes sparkle all the time. We love our little peanut!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Duck Pond

Over Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take the boys to the duck pond. It was really cold out, but Cyrus had so much fun. Me on the other hand, I was totally freaked out by the geese.  They were a little too "friendly" for my liking. I was afraid they were going to 1. bite one of my children or 2. push Cyrus into the freezing cold water to steal all his bread. Neither of which happened, Thank God.

Seamus bundled up, he liked the geese

Cyrus loved feeding the geese and ducks

He did not believe me that they can bite

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Trying New Things

Guess who knows how to use a straw? At the beginning of November, Seamus found Cyrus's thermos on the ground. He crawled over opened it and started drinking. It was very cute, as you can see from the above picture.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tubby Times Two

We all have at least one of these pictures hidden away in a family photo album, so I thought I should take one (or five) of my boys so they have one as well.

The week after Seamus graduated to the big boy tub, Cyrus asked if he could take a tubby while I was bathing Seamus. I was a little nervous at first, because the boys aren't always the gentlest of God's creations, and I didn't want anyone hitting their head on the faucet or anything. However, then I realized that we do a lot of saying no, later, maybe next time to Cyrus lately, and that just isn't fair to him. So, I explained that he is a lot bigger than his brother and needed to be extra careful in the tubby. He promised me he would. He got in the tub and asked Seamus if he wanted help rinsing. It was adorable. Then my precious eldest boy asked me if I would take a picture of them. He is so sweet, and so caring of his brother it brings such joy to my heart.
I now have the pictures that I will break out when they bring home a girl for the first time.