Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vann is 7 months!

On March 12th, Vann turned 7 months. Time moves so fast!





 

He is a ham, full of energy, and loves to smile! He is so quiet and then right before he goes to sleep or wakes up he babbles! He has to tell us all about what he is thinking. One word we continue to hear is "hey" and it definitely sounds like "mama" and "daddy" sometimes! I can't wait until he says something on purpose!  **News flash - when I typed this last weekend, we thought Vann was saying "hey"...Well, he does! On Thursday, at a mixer, he looked at Brad Kirk and said "hey" and waved to him. I have witnesses and then he continued saying it and waving! Tears flooded my eyes. He is starting to say "Dada" as well. I heard it on Tuesday (March 25th) when we got home in the afternoon.
We have a crawler on our hands. He started maneuvering (other than rolling) to get where he wants to be. He pops up on all 4s, sits back on his heels, and pushes forward. Then he repeats the process. He's also pulling up on things like his crib. Erin caught him on camera when I was gone to the grocery. He was supposed to be napping and instead he was climbing. That night the crib was lowered! As of Sunday, March 16th, Vann is an official crawler. No more army crawl...it's full on perfect form crawling!
 
Vann is an excellent sleeper. He normally sleeps 9:15pm - 6 am! I love picking him up out of bed and seeing the sweet smile that lights up our morning!

He is able to go from laying on his back, rolling on his tummy, pushing up to a seated position, and crawling around. It's the coolest thing to watch him do. What a big boy. He loves peek-a-boo. We say, "where's Vann" and he uncovers his face with the bib and has the biggest grin!

 
He is eating lots of yummy healthy foods. He loves them all! Earth's Best is still our food of choice. He grabs the bib as soon as I pull a new one out of the drawer and gets so excited waving it around his head! We sat outside and ate last night because the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  We are still nursing! I just got a bottle of lactation supplements to keep on going. Sometimes I go too long at work without pumping and I can definitely tell.
 
 
 
                                                {waiting to eat outside while daddy does yard work}
 
Daddy is in full swing with tax season, but he loves to make it home in time to give little man his bath. It's one of Vann's favorite times! Smiles galore and splashing to his heart's content.

I can tell he's grown a bit because his 6 month footie pjs are being traded in for 9 month ones.

We have teeth! Two bottom teeth are halfway in and we can see little buds for his top two. He has one of his eye teeth on top cutting as well.

He's enjoying going to Miss Eva's because he gets big smiles from all of his friends. Easton is crawling too, so they are keeping Miss Eva busy for sure.

Vann had his first real medicine two weeks ago. He got an ear infection. Thankfully, he is all better!
Uncle Greggy got in a wreck this month and scared us all. We are thankful he is here to be an uncle, brother, and friend!

I am counting down the days to April 15th and the end of this school year! It's going to be a blast this summer and spending each day of sunshine with my boys!

Vann loves his puppy that sleeps with him. He loves to jump, crawl, sit up, and play with his talking dog that Julie and Kenlie gave him.  Another favorite is his Farm Activity Center! I think we know all of the words to every toy by heart! "Welcome to our learning farm, we have lots to show you, shapes and colors music too, there's so much to do!"
 
I am loving motherhood and all of the smiles that it brings. Every morning on the way to work I pray aloud and Vann can hear that we are so thankful for him. These 7 months have gone faster than I could imagine, and I am afraid the next 7 will go by just as quick. I am making a goal to blog a bit more, so I don't forget the little things!
 
 


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

6 months


Six months! Six months! Are you kidding me? My baby boy is half a year old!

He is the light of our life!

Vann sleeps through the night and wakes us up with a smile. He makes the morning HAPPY and worth rising for!

He's in size 6 month clothes, but will be heading to 9 months within a couple of weeks.

He weighed in at 15 lbs 6 oz and measured 26 and 1/4 inch at his 6 month appointment. Vann's not a hefty baby, but he's growing and eating lots of food. He's a very active baby and I know he's getting plenty of good nutrition. He is nursing and enjoying fruits, greens, and veggies. Earth's Best pureed baby food is our choice of food. He's tried: bananas, apples, apricots, mangoes, green beans, green peas with brown rice, spinach, avocado, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. I am pretty sure he likes bananas, apples, green peas with brown rice the best! Vann loves to eat and launches forward at the spoon. The food is gobbled right up. I have started nursing Vann and then letting him eat to make sure he gets all of the good stuff from me and then allowing him to eat his food.

He is sitting up, saying "hey" and babbling, laughing hysterically when you tickle his neck, and loving his jumper. I love how he sits with his hands clasped when he's observing something. He has a smile that makes everyone else have the biggest grin. It's contagious.

Vann got his first ear ache this month as well. Ryan was amazing and took him to the doctor, got his medicine, and took care of him until I got home. It's things like that that make me love him even more.

It snowed again this month as well. I set Vann outside in a tiny rocking chair that Nancy gave him and snapped pictures.







Lyla and Vann have become best friends. She loves to lay down right next to him. Vann will reach out and pat, more like hit, her on the head and she just takes it. If he cries and I am not right by Vann's side, Lyla rushes over.










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Sunday, January 5, 2014

20 weeks

Vann was 20 weeks on Monday!


I can't believe how fast time has gone.

Vann is growing so much and learning so many things.

He weighs 15 lbs and is over 25 1/4 inches.
He's rolling all around - tummy to back and back to tummy
Playing on the floor is his favorite.
If Sid the Science Kid comes on PBS, Vann is all about it.
He likes to growl/talk to tell you something.
He's fitting in 6 month clothes for sure...have to roll the pants up a little bit.
Bath time is his favorite. Daddy does a great job. I love hearing the laughs from the nursery when he's getting ready for bed.
He's well adjusted to his crib and sleeps so good. 9 pm - 6 am. Thank. you. God.
This week his new found talent is sticking out his tongue. Good grief he's hilarious! 








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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Last Year

It was this time last year that we found out some extra special news. Vann was the size of a little seed in my tummy. I found out on this day last year that our baby we had prayed about was finally here and I was pregnant. Here's my favorite moment...



And now a year later, we have a bouncing, happy baby boy who is the greatest blessing we've been given. 

 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Vann is 14 weeks!

I'm 14 weeks. 

I smile big and do a little tiny laugh.

 If my paci falls out and it's close by, I can push it back in.
 

I suck down bottles if they are warm enough to my liking! Thanks Miss Kimberly for introducing Mom to a bottle warmer. I still prefer to be nursed. 

 I love to blow bubbles with my mouth. 

I am pulling myself up and about 45° away from sitting all the way up to 90° position. 
 
I like to play with bright colored objects. I really like the spiky ball from Carter's.

I am beginning to get a little bit better with tummy time. That used to really annoying. 

We took our family photos and I did excellent… Thank God they were only 20 minutes! 
 {Michele is awesome! Here's a sneak peek!}

I love car rides and probably fall asleep within five minutes down the road.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vote for ...

Hey friends! 
A cutie is in need of your help! 
If you are on Facebook, head on over HERE and place your vote for Vann the Man {240608}! 


You can vote once a day! Thanks for your help! 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Vann is 12 Weeks

Goodness time has flown by! It feels like we just found out we were pregnant, but that was nearly a year ago!

Eating: Vann is such a good eater. Ever since I took out dairy he has been a champ. I was really worried about him going to the sitter's house and not taking a bottle well. He does and I found out why...I wasn't warming it up warm enough. I brought a bottle over to our neighbor Christine's home on Saturday and Kimberly offered to warm it up in her bottle warmer. Vann took it without one second of hesitation. Guess what I bought at Target yesterday? A bottle warmer! I'm still nursing, but this is going to help us his frozen supply in the morning when we are on a tighter schedule. 
{Ava Kate will be here soon!}
Sleep: Vann has been sleeping through the night from 9 pm until 5:30/6 am for two-three weeks now! We give him a bath around 8, I nurse him, and he sleeps on Ryan while we watch a tv show before bed. Then, I swaddle him up and out him to bed. He snoozes the night away until he's hungry the next morning. I couldn't believe it the first time he did it and am so excited every morning when it happens again! 

Growing: He is a growing boy to say the least. Vann is wearing 3-6 month clothes and doesn't fit in his socks any more. We bought some larger ones yesterday. When I measured while he was playing last week, he was 24 inches long. He's in a size 2 diaper. 

Schedule: We are BabyWise fans for sure. I do have to say that I'm more lenient with the schedule than some of my friends in order to get out of the house. He is a cat napper. The naps he takes are 30 min to an hour. In the evening he eats around 4, then around 6:30 and the last one around 8:30. The cluster feedings keep him happy and are shorter than the others. This will fall off as he goes to a 4 hour schedule in a few months. 

Play: What a happy boy! He loves to be entertained. We do a mixture of bouncy chair, playmat, tummy time on his quilt, sitting in my lap and talking, taking walks in his stroller, and playing with his toys. He started grabbing toys and pulling them to his mouth.

We are so in love with our little man. We couldn't ask for a sweeter baby. His smiles fill us up. Thank you GOD for your blessings. 
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