Thursday, May 31, 2012

I think this might be my "latest" post yet, when it comes to the monthly postings. But again, better late than never.

There haven't been any leaps and bounds with Abbi in this past month, but we have started working a process that will hopefully have her able to go to sleep on her own by the time I write this the next time. Even with that process, we're still struggling to get her to sleep the full night in her bed. We're really not sure what it is that makes her come in our room when she wakes up because its not necessarily every night, but off and on.

I think she's really starting to move into the phase of picky eating. Most nights we are able to coax her into eating whatever we're eating, but sometimes, its just not happening. She really likes a good variety of foods, its more that she just feels like not eating I think out spite or in an effort to assert herself. Either way, its becoming a struggle some nights at the dinner table. I'm happy for her willingness to try new things, I just wish it was a little more. But I gotta give it to her in one regard that is if we fix something she likes, she devours her food, and its awesome.

I can't really put into words quite how I feel about this little kid. More and more each day I look at her and she really is a reflection of me. She's got a very similar personality to me, only its a kid version of my adult personality. So in some ways its cute, and in others I have to admit a bit worrysome. But regardless, I look at her and can't help but smile. She truly is an awesome little kid.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Its been almost another 2 weeks since Cole turned 3 months, but since it was on a weekend, I have failed immensely to get around to writing about him.

One of the best improvement for us with Cole in the last month has been that he's now sleeping through the night. He typically goes to bed between 8:30 and 9:30 and then sleeps until about 6 am, eats and then sleeps again until about 8:30. So finally after all these months, Jenn is able to get a decent amount of rest, that is when Abbi lets her.

He's doing fantastic with his motor skills. He's got really strong legs, and he's still working keeping his head up. He's done some time in the bumbo, but not to much just yet. We've still been battling on and off with a rash that Cole has had since he was just born. Since he's got this chubby little neck and such, it tends to get infected and creams seem to do him good, but we can't seem to rid him of it completely.

Cole is also really starting to get some personality. I can't say enough how much he seems to love Abbi. She loves him to death so that helps, but she really interests him. Its really nice to see her take an good interest in him, one that will hopefully foster a good sibling relationship between them as they get older.

I've come to the conclusion also that Cole is more like Jenn in that he loves to be awake in the morning. If I see him before work he's always very happy and smiling. And just like Jenn, at night he's tired and just wants to get to bed. Its really awesome seeing him smile too. Those are becoming more and more frequent as well. There are times though when he looks at you with the most stoic face ever.

One more thing, this is more a difference between kids. Cole hates bath time. I mean hates it. Jenn does it all the time since she's home, but he hates it. By the time Abbi was in the mini-tub she loved bath time. Not Cole, little man hates being in there. So that means the beach should be interesting in a few months.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

This is how Cole spends a decent amount of his time. Walking back from the game last Mother's Day Cole passed out and was snoozing hardcore. Jenn carries Cole around the house a good bit like this and honestly, he really seems to like it.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

At the O's game for Mother's Day they gave out these hats for free to the women in attendance. Of course Abbi wanted to wear it, and then posed nicely for me!


Sunday Jenn and her mom wanted to be sure to get a good picture or two of Cole is his dedication outfit. This outfit was made by my mother-in-law and it looks really nice. I'm really happy with how well this picture and the few others like it turned out. It took some patience to get Cole to look my way, but thankfully he did, at least this one time.


Friday, May 11, 2012

This boy has got some BLUE eyes. I can't believe we have to kids and Jenn's recessive gene takes over in both of them when it comes to eye color. Crazy. Here Cole is enjoying some time in his swing relaxing and looking out the window.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Over the weekend Jenn's grandparents got and gave us a new floor play mat for Cole. As soon as we got home we put him on it to give it a try and he really seemed to enjoy himself on it. He likes having things to look at, as I'm sure all baby's do, and so this thing being covered in different interactive things is awesome for him.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

The other day when taking pictures of Abbi and Cole, I took this one of many of Abbi. I liked how she was looking off in the distance with her sunglasses on. I decided to add a little vignette around the edges as well, to make it look a little more artsy. She seems to get prettier by the day, and I certainly love her more and more!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Last night after dinner we went outside for a bit, the main reason was to take a few pictures of Abbi in her dress, and hopefully a few pictures of Cole. Thankfully after success in those two endeavors, Abbi wanted to take a picture with Cole, and I'm happy to say it turned out well.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here's Cole, just hanging out with me in his pajamas. He's managed to successfully rid himself of his strep/staph infection he had, and now he's on the road towards three months and hopefully working towards staying healthy for more than a week of his life!