Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stats & Pictures

Bub's 6 month check-up was yesterday, so I wanted to make mention of his stats (mainly for my records).

Weight: 18lbs 12 oz (73%)
Height: 28 in (92%)
Head: 17 in (82%)

Our Pediatrician verified, once again, that bub will be tall like his daddy. AND it's looking like he may have the Swann head size. Those Swann family members who are reading this know exactly what that means. Swann boys = Big heads (in a literal sense).

Now on to the pictures that I've been behind on....

Brody hanging out with his uncles (and Lolly & Pops) while his parents were working, on his half birthday. Yes, mommy was very sad she had to work on the half birthday. I had no choice though; I have to get my classroom organized.

Last week, Bubba met his second cousin, Dawson. They're 5 months apart, and soon enough they'll be buddies.

I was so afraid Bub was going to grab Dawson, because he grabs everything in sight, but he just chilled. Doesn't Brody look SO big next to Dawson?!

Brody and his Nan

Alright, I know I have tons of other pictures to share, but a handsome blue-eyed boy is waking up from his nap so I must run.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Half Birthday

Yesterday, we celebrated bub's half birthday. Someone pinch me. I cannot believe he's six months, already.

***6 months***

Bub has been eating solids for about 4 weeks now. [I decided to wait until 5 months to introduce solids.] He started at 5 months with rice cereal and LOVED it! We did cereal for a week, and then introduced baby food – veggies first, per our doctor. He’s had green beans, carrots, peas, squash, and sweet potatoes; the child LOVES it all and does not discriminate. Just recently, like two days ago, he got the good stuff: fruits.

He definitely has his daddy’s appetite and love for all food. :)

This month he started “school” part-time and had his first cold. The two correlate.

Scooting…..Check. Everyone that sees him in action will tell me how close he is to crawling. He draws those legs up and scoots that body forward and pushes backward. He’s just trying to figure out how to use hands, legs, & tummy all at once to get going.

He’s sitting up.

He is a busy body. Oh my goodness. The child gets more active as the days go by. He is STILL in constant motion.

The past couple weeks we have woken up and Bub is in a different spot. At night we lay him down on his back and when I get him in the mornings he is completely turned the opposite direction (sometimes face down) and he has managed to turn on his mobile.

During nap time, in his pack-n-play, he rolls onto his belly before falling asleep.

He loves his Johnny Jumper, bouncer, and exersaucer.

His communication skills are expanding rapidly, as evidenced by his squeals, bubbling sounds, and operatic octave changes. It is hilarious.

He cracks up belly laughing when I start laughing, when I kiss his belly, and sometimes when we just look at him.

Bub is starting to get the find-the-paci-and-put-it-in-my-mouth thing. He’ll take it out and put it back in, and pass from hand to hand.

He is holding his own bottle.

Bubba’s wearing 6 month in most; he wears 9 month Polo rompers and onsies, as well as some pj’s. And a size 3 diaper.

The consensus we get from those around him is how content, happy, and observant he is. My Nan calls him "happy jax." He really has such a sweet disposition.

There are so many more things I could add to this list, but not enough time....

Happy half birthday sweet boy! We love you more than we ever thought possible. Your smile is infectious and your personality is so delightful. Being in your presence is such a gift. We thank our heavenly father daily for giving us, you.


Monday, July 11, 2011


We've been MIA the past couple weeks due to a busy schedule, and me wanting to enjoy every second I have this summer with my boys. I realize I left you all hanging with my last post about a "big day," I will reveal that later. I also need to update about our fourth of July weekend.

Anyhow, this post is dedicated to our weekend. Last week Justin took off all week. Despite my boys each having a cold, we managed to have a fantastic week and weekend together. It just doesn't last long enough! I've always heard that as you get older time seems to fly by a lot faster. Boy, were those people right. I can't get over it. The days, weeks, months. It's crazy. Okay, back on track. So, this weekend we loaded up ALL our gear -mainly Brody's belongings - and headed to the Condo for a relaxing, lay-by-the-pool weekend with our little family of 3. To say that it was perfect for me would be an understatement.

We arrived mid-day Friday and after unloading we headed striaght for the pool.

Saturday morning we grabbed Starbucks and made our way to Garvan Woodland Gardens. A special place to us because Anthony Chapel is the where we got married. Justin suggested we tour the gardens, so that we did. It was beautiful.

We left both of bub's strollers at home; thankfully they had one for us to use.

Justin and Brody admiring the cod fish.

We showed bub where we got hitched.

After lunch we headed back out by the pool.

Late afternoon, Saturday, my mom came up to stay and watch Brody for the night so that we could go on a date. Before we left for the night, we got one family photo on the deck.

"The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed."

--Billy Graham