A few outtakes that didn't make the cut on our Project 365 blog
There are few things I love more than nursing my babies and seeing their beautiful eyes gaze up at me... Shopping at Costco and Paul started to get antsy, so a cup seemed to do the trick in keeping him entertained...
Lucas playing his favorite baby toy for Paul and giving him a little tickle on his cheek - such a sweet big brother!... I love that big, toothless grin!...
Sweet boy passed out on our evening walk... Happy little bug kicking his legs and swinging his toys around...
Lucas having a visit with the cows on our walk... Evening raspberry picking in our jammies...
Lucas and his buddies... Some popcorn and bubbles with these wild little indians to burn off some energy outside...
Baby boy scooting about and oh boy isn't that butt cute!... Finally getting a little nap in after a noisy day with three boys...
He's enjoying his supper time so much!
Organizing clothes in the nursery and oh my, do I certainly love itty bitty baby shoes!
While retrieving the boots for Lucas' cowboy getup the other day, I realized we have a few of Dan's old shirts that are just about the right size for the boys.
With our love for Iowa, our home of four years, I thought this shirt was pretty appropriate. When I turned it around and realized it was personalized, I loved it even more!
I told him to show me the back of his shirt, but he didn't seem to want to cooperate, so I asked him to show me his hiney. Bingo!
It's really hard getting good photos of my baby and toddler together. I'm not a great photographer to begin with and trying to get the kids to both look at me and smile at the same time is a special brand of wizardry that I just haven't conquered yet. Still, I can usually get a few cute shots out of each little session.
But every once and a while, it just doesn't go very well.
Paul was lounging in his "Mommy's Major Hunk" outfit after his nap this afternoon while I worked on packing up and weeding out baby clothes in the guest bedroom. As I was going through things, I came across a little set of ACU's I'd bought for Lucas and thought how cute it would be to get a photo of the boys together in their military gear.
Lucas was agreeable to the whole thing until I turned my camera on. He then decided that his pants didn't feel right as he protested, "but my pants aren't working!!" I gave him the old, "just one photo and then you're all done!" encouragement, but he wasn't having it. He told me, "I don't want to smile! I just want to do a sad face!"
And do a sad face he did.
Of course, all his protesting upset Paul, and then I had two crying babies.
I really try to not laugh when Lucas is having a difficult moment, because I don't ever want him to feel like he's being made fun of or that his very important toddler emotions are a joke, but sometimes you just can't help but stifle a laugh. It was just one of those completely ridiculous moments. Most moms would give up, and believe me, I tried. But because Lucas was having that classic toddler whirlwind of emotions, this only upset him further.
"I want my picture with my brother! I can calm down!!"
So I kept snapping as he took his deep breaths.
And eventually I got one... just one that was an okay shot.
As silly as it sounds, I'm glad I kept shooting. Three has been both my most challenging and most fun year as a parent, and while it's sometimes hard to keep my patience as my toddler navigates the world and learns to regulate his emotions, it's part of the journey and there's something quite satisfying about seeing him pull himself together after a break down like this because I know he's trying his best despite conditions that, to his judgment, are not ideal and really, that's all I can ask. He's growing and learning and I am so proud of him every day.
I'm always trying to capture and preserve these boys the way I see them and save a little slice of our life at each stage, so I guess this pretty accurately summarizes the highs and lows of toddlerdom and is much better than a perfectly posed photo when you really think about it. It is a day in the life photography at its finest. (Though, not the most in focus.)
I love you, Lucas Daniel, and all your threeness.
August 21, 2014
Surprisingly, our little chunk has slowed his growth down between his 4 and 6 month check up. My first fear was that I was having a milk supply issue. After his appointment, I payed special attention to our nursing sessions and it became clear that it wasn't a supply issue, but an attention one. Baby Paul is so distracted lately. There's so much to see in the world! He went from a newborn who wanted nothing more than to nurse nonstop to a baby who is trying to multitask every time he eats! He spends a fair share of each session popping off to look around, smile at me, smile at Dan or Lucas, and pat my face. I've been trying to keep him more focused by taking him to a more secluded spot to eat and we've also started rice cereal. He's probably been ready for solids for a couple of weeks now since he's been showing a lot of interest in us when we eat and reaching for things, but, and please don't judge me for this, I kind of delayed starting him until he turned 6 months because it's another one of those milestones that seems to have come too fast. 6 months was the doctor recommendation, so by golly I wasn't going to start any earlier. Of course, now that I know his weight gain has slowed I feel pretty guilty, but the doctor said not to worry about it.
Our first try went about as expected. It's always funny to see how babies react to their first solid. Lucas and Paul both looked a little confused, but Paul's face tipped more to one of indignation. What is this stuff?!
I had the camera nearby, so of course I got a few photos before cleaning him up.
All cleaned up and happy as usual!
August 13, 2014
Lucas was playing with one of the baby toys that plays music and one of the songs it cycles to is the William Tell Overture - or the Lone Ranger theme. We watched the Lone Ranger when David and Colleen visited and Lucas was so into it. I was a little surprised he remembered the song, but immediately he exclaimed, "It's the horsey song!!" and started galloping around the living room. He ran upstairs and got his stick pony and as I watched him I recalled that I had some cowboy gear hiding upstairs. The little suede vest and boots were Dan's and doesn't our little cowboy look just darling in them? He was so excited to be all suited up for his pony ride.
August 14, 2014
It is completely blowing my mind that you are already 6 months old. You've been here for half a year already! While in some ways it feels like you've always been here, it seems like just yesterday I was meeting him for the first time as a squishy little ball of newborn looking up at me as you suckled and yawned. And now here you are, my big buddy. Sitting up on your own, babbling and smiling all day long, reaching for everything (faces are your favorite!), and working on getting those knees up.
I love to watch you discover the world. Whether you're marveling at your hands, exploring the texture of your blanket, or enjoying the crinkley, rattley, and squishy noises of your baby toys, you seem to really savor your experiences.
You are such a joy and everyone who sees you comments on how cute and happy you are. Of course, we know well what a cheerful pup you are. You are full of smiles and giggles all day long. I can't get enough of that drooly, two toothed grin of yours!
You love mama and daddy whole bunches but I think big brother Lucas might rank up there as your favorite person. You are content to watch him and laugh at and with him all day.
You like chewing on toys of any kind and especially blankies, you think dancing is hilarious, you love touching Frankie's fur, you reach for and pat books every time we read, and you sure like nibbling your toes - not that I can blame you. They are so sweet !
I am so lucky that I get to be your mama. As you hit six months, I am a little sad at how fast your babyhood seems to be flying by, yet I look forward to all the years of memories and fun that will unfold for us as you grow. We love you so much, baby boy! Happy half birthday!
August 13, 2014