Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm going to miss these boys.

 We leave on our cruise tomorrow. That's right, tomorrow. And there are only two things I'm going to miss:

 My two cute boys.

 Reed: Asher, say, "My mama calls me chubby, my daddy calls me chubby, even my little puppy dog calls me chubby..."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Monthly Asher: 6

6 month stats:
Weight: 14 lbs. 15 oz. (10th percentile)
Length: 26 in. (35th percentile)
Head: 45.3 cm. (90th percentile)
He's just a little guy with a giant head...but the doctor didn't seem too concerned about his weight, so I'm trying not to be, either.

Now that he's discovered the art of grabbing and eating his own feet, grabbing/eating his feet has become his new obsession.

Asher is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, but his onesies and jammies are all getting too short, so I think we'll make the switch to 6 month clothes soon.

Asher likes to talk to himself in the mirror while I get ready.

Asher can balance sitting up for a few minutes at a time, but doesn't really like sitting because it makes him spit up a lot. I guess we need to up the ante on his core workouts so his abs don't have to strain so much to hold his giant head up.

Just playing with a sword. It's what all the cool kids do.

Asher used to hate the car, but now that he has discovered that he can play with the toys in his hands and on his toy bar, he doesn't mind it at all.

Asher can roll both ways and really enjoys rolling around on the floor.
I just found this one kind of funny.

Asher LOVES "solid" food. We've only tried a few things (rice cereal, oatmeal, carrots, prunes with apples, and applesauce), but he has loved it all. He won't, however, eat solids if he's super hungry--then, only the bottle will do.

Asher loves watching Reed's antics. He is so interested in everything Reed does.

See? Obsession.

Asher is super ticklish. His most tickly spot is on his back on his left side. He is also tickly under his chin, especially on the left side. And his thighs--oh my goodness, talk about ticklish.

Asher first tooth popped through his gums on the bottom just a few days ago (4/17/11) and his second tooth is currently working its way through.
The monkey mat gave Asher a kidney punch when he tried to roll.

Asher loves to be tossed and lifted into the air. You are guaranteed a giggle if you fly him around like an airplane. 

Asher can hold his own bottle--and really likes to be in charge. It is a little hard for him at the beginning of the bottle, when it's still heavy, but by the second half he's a champ.

Asher is an extremely happy baby. He will smile at anyone, almost any time--he is a little "Social Butterfly."

Asher loves to be sung to--especially if the song has actions (itsy bitsy spider, popcorn popping, etc.). He is kind of indifferent toward being read to.

Asher sleeps from 7:30-7:30 (no eating at night!) and takes 3 naps a day.
 Having a conversation with Daddy.

Asher is a little Houdini when it comes to grabbing things. I'll turn my back for one second, and when I look back at him he'll have something I didn't even think was near him. On our changing table, his favorite thing to grab is the window blinds. On the floor, he'll grab anything around--but particularly likes the couches. And in bed, he'll go for the bumper pads, plugs, and his blankies.

Happy half-birthday, Smash!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter and Asher's half-birthday

In February, when Ryan and I booked our cruise, we didn't think to check if there were any major holidays on April 24th. Because, really, has Easter even been that late in the month? And are there even any other holidays in April? When we realized that we were, in fact, leaving for our cruise on Easter Sunday, we decided to do Easter a week early--it's not like Reed knows when Easter actually is. Luckily, the Easter Bunny (he's real) complied with our wishes and visited us a little early.

He left a basket for each of the boys, along with a new bath toy to share:

In an attempt to get Reed excited about Easter, I talked up the eggs with candy inside the week before. Saturday night, I asked him what the Easter Bunny was going to bring him--he said, "Eggs with CANDY!"

The Easter Bunny hid some of the eggs a little high, but luckily Ryan was quite willing to help Reed find and grab them.

Asher didn't really care about the eggs, but was quite happy to chug away on his bottle.

At Wal-Mart, I had the choice of a twelve-pack of eggs for $0.97 or 48 for $1.98. I chose 48--and we hid all 48. For one two year old. Luckily, he's good at egg searching.

I was kind of impressed by his two-egg-one-hand grab.

Scary face trying to show off his chocolate.

After finished his bottle, Asher decided that eggs were, perhaps, not so bad.

Practicing sitting up (he's not so great at sitting) and checking out his basket.

 Reed, of course, felt the need to help Asher with the contents of Asher's basket.

Sometimes, Asher is so pumped it's almost a little frightening. But mostly just cute and funny.

A little video of the egg hunt action:
(Just a random side note: I had to upload this video on our old laptop rather than our new computer because our computer doesn't have a firewire port. It took SIX hours. That's dedication.)

After the basket/egg frenzy, we dressed in our Sunday best and headed to church. I'm not sure why Reed didn't feel the need to smile, but at least Asher did.

Post-church, we (mostly Ryan) cooked a fantastic Easter dinner: ham (our first one ever), an onion tart (recipe here), and asparagus, with a salad prepared by my mom. Asher got a front row seat for the cooking action:

We had my parents, my Auntie Sue, my sisters Mandi and Kayla, and my practically sister Tayler over for Easter dinner. After dinner, we all dyed eggs together.

This year we bought "Jumbo" sized eggs. They were pretty sweet and pretty big.

Asher, once again, was preoccupied with his bottle.

My dad, ever the basketball fan, of course created a basketball egg.

My mom surprised us all with Easter gifts. Kay Kay and Tay Tay are showing off their presents:

She got Reed this super cute fabric food set from IKEA. He loves it.

Finally, we celebrated Asher's half-birthday. Grandma and Grandpa gave Asher this cute tummy time mat. Reed opened it since Asher was still eating.

What's a half-birthday without a half half-birthday cake? With half a candle? Exactly. Not cool. Good thing we had one, right?

 And that wrapped up our day!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Colo-RAD-o, al fin (and the crafting blitz continues!)

As mentioned before, we ended Wednesday night with a little Skype chat with Dad. Asher basically looked freaked out the entire time, but Reed really enjoyed it, as did I.

On Thursday morning, Asher woke up at 5:15 and would not be consoled. Finally, I gave in and fed him. When he finally gave in to sleep at 6:15, Reed woke up. So I was quite tired to start the day. When Asher woke up for real (at a decent hour), I realized why he was so crazy in the wee hours of the morning:
The tooth? The one I thought he was cutting two months ago? It finally started to break through. Poor baby. (By the way, if you're questioning my orange thumbnail, know that I had peeled an orange for Reed--and washed my hands--and the orange dyed my skin/nail orange. Sweet.)

After all three boys were awake and fed, we went to the mall so we could see the Easter Bunny. Mr. Bunny must not have realized we were coming to visit, though, because he was not there, and wouldn't be for another hour. So we decided to play in the mall play area instead.

Asher enjoyed hanging out in this raft.

Cole quite enjoyed it, too.

As did Reed. I think Reed liked it because Lynnie and I were right be the raft, so no other kids tried to "steal" it from him. Timid Reed got a lot of other toys in the play area taken away from him.

These boys had so much fun together.

After the mall, we had a golden hour where all three boys were sleeping. I know, amazing. So Lynnie and I finished our crafts.
We got the original idea for these decorations at Make it and Love it (here). The original decoration only had the big Easter egg, but Lynnie and I decided we wanted to add a little something extra. So Lynnie, crafty genius that she is, made a sweet little chick out of a baby food jar lid (picture on the right). I totally copied her idea and made a little bunny (on the case you couldn't tell, haha). I love how they turned out! My mom donated the fabric, we already had the baby food jar lids (shocker) and the raffia/wiggle eyes, and we got the frames at the dollar store--so the total cost was $1!

My sweet mom sent fabric with me out of her fabric stock to make the Easter eggs--seriously, she has an entire wall of fabric--and she wanted Lynnie to have "options" since Lynnie wasn't there to chose her own fabric. So she sent me with a gigantic bag of fabric. Lynnie and I couldn't let all that fabric go unused, so we found another project: a scrap fabric wreath. (Tutorial here.)
 Doesn't it look so cheerful and springy on my door? (Ryan, I think, also looks cheerful and springy.)

And the best part? We got the wreath form at the dollar store, so this project also cost only $1!

We had more fun playing with the boys later, and again bathed the boys together to end the night. Lynnie and Nick and I spent the night relaxing and watching TV. 

The boys and I left the next morning at 7:30 a.m. (they travel best in the morning). I almost got a speeding ticket, but got off on a warning from the nicest cop in America. I spent the rest of the drive paranoid, though, and set my cruise control right at 75 (okay, 76). 

Thanks so much for the fun trip, Nick and Lynnie! We had a great time and can't wait for next year, because this definitely needs to be a tradition.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ColoRADo, days 3-4 (aka more pictures for Ryan!)

Day 3 was declared a "chill day." Lynnie blogged about it here. It's kind of hard to coordinate three nap schedules--especially because Asher takes 3 naps, Cole takes 2, and Reed takes 1. Generally, we have one boy sleeping. The day also started out overcast and chilly, and all three boys are sick-ish, so we thought it would best be spent inside.
Cole was a big helper and gave Asher a bottle.

 Lynnie and I got started on our crafts (the blitz continues!), and the boys thoroughly enjoed rolling around in--and eating--the fabric.

 The littlest ones rolled around together on the floor.

Reed played "1,2,3," about 100,000 times. (Someone throws him high in the air and he lands in the love sack.) 

 Reed decided this chapstick made a good camera. Here, he is taking a picture.

 Once it warmed up a little, we went outside (the boys were getting a little stir crazy!)

Reed helped wash all the salt and nastiness that had accumlated on the car during our drive.

 The little boys enjoying the bouncer/saucer/toy of awesomeness.

Day 4: More craft action! We also had fun playing at the park and in the yard.

 Reed has rekindled his love of playing in the sink. He's been having a lot of fun making giant water messes while I feed Asher oatmeal and carrots.

He got pretty good at filling the bottle--by the end, he didn't even spill much!

After dinner, we had a Skype chat with Ryan. After the chat, during bathtime, Reed and I were talking about Ryan and Reed told me that we should drive to Lynnie and Nick's with Daddy sometime so we could show Daddy the "Daddy movie" (i.e. the Skype chat) on Lynnie and Nick's computer.