Thursday, June 25, 2009

4 months

Liam is now 4 mos old. He is such a fun little boy - he smiles, he giggles, he rolls over now, he sits in his Bumbo chair, he holds toys and he makes A LOT of noises. We love him!!!!
He hasn't had his 4 mo checkup yet, but I did weigh him the other day when I was at work. He weighs 15lbs 13oz with clothes on. He is right up there with how much the other boys weighed at this age - although Aidan takes the prize at 17lbs 11oz at 4mos. Liam is still struggling with some skin issues - most currently around his mouth - probably associated with the moisture of his pacifier - but he is not ready to give that up, and I'm not ready for him to give it up either. So we have some medicine to help it. His chubby cheeks though are now soft and smooth.
Liam is also very tolerant - he puts up with the many face to face conversations that Eli likes to have with him, and the loud noise of our house - this baby can sleep through a lot. Here are some recent pictures and a video of him rolling over as a request from my sister.

Holding his bee (Sorry this pic is sideways, I have no idea why it is like this, it is oriented correctly everywhere else - so just turn your head)

Playing with his bee

Sitting in his Bumbo chair sucking on his fingers
Ready for church




The summer is going well so far. We have been trying to stay busy. We have had a couple of rough days, but mostly fun days. We have one of Jared's friends and his girlfriend staying with us until Saturday. Jared and I even get to go on a date tonight. Then on Monday we will go to Dollywood again and then camping over July 4th. I have never camped with a baby so we will have to see how that goes. Below is a picture of the boys lining up at the back door before we leave. We were playing Simon Says.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer

Today was the last day of school for Aidan. One year down only 12 more to go! I told him I was so excited for him to be a 1st grader. He replied, "I'm not anything right now, it is summer."

I am not sure how I feel about it being summer time already. This means that for the next 75 days in a row (not that I'm counting or anything) there will be 4 kids at home everyday. Not that I don't love my children, but the big boys are always easier to handle when they are by themselves - when they are together it is constant noise, rough housing and competition. I am not sure I have the energy to keep up with this all summer long, not to mention the constant entertainment they are going to request. I have a few ideas (swimming lessons, library, zoo, nature center, fish hatchery) but that might get me through a few weeks. I am open for suggestion or ideas. I'll let you know how I am doing in a month or so. Tomorrow is my big shopping trip - it proved to be a bad idea last time to take all 4 kids with me. I am hoping I can convince Jared to make it a 'bring your kids to work day' tomorrow.

Moving on to the baby in the house . . .

Liam is now 3 1/2 mos old. He is a very good baby and usually only fusses when he is hungry. He is sleeping 4-5 hr stretches at night (thank goodness). He is continually adored by his big brother Eli. Liam rolled over from his back to his belly yesterday for the first time. He was just slightly elevated on a blanket so that may have helped him a little. :-)
Here is a picture of Liam smiling when we were at Dollywood last week.


We also took the boys to an Air Fair here in town last Saturday. They had a good time looking at the helicopter and airplanes.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Adley's prayer

Last night Adley said the prayer before bed. In the middle of the prayer he stopped and said:

"Just a minute I need to ask Aidan a question - Aidan are you going on a field trip tomorrow?"(Aidan has had 2 field trips in the past week, but has field day tomorrow)
I told him that Aidan wasn't going on a field trip but had field day at his school. He then continued on with his prayer - blessing that Aidan would have a good field day at school tomorrow. Glad he is thinking about what everyone is doing the next day so he can bless them in his prayers - even if it means he has to ask them what they are doing right in the middle of the prayer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Primary talk & Legos

Two Sunday's ago Aidan (or I should say Jared & I) were given the assignment to prepare a talk on baptism. Aidan has never given a talk in primary and it took a couple of years for him to be willing to give the scripture. So we prepared the talk and had Aidan practice at home. He can read really well and did a good job practicing. About an hour before he was supposed to give his talk he started crying saying he was nervous and that he didn't want to do it. We try to console him and tell him he will be fine. He claims he still won't do it. Now I am not a big fan of giving a talk in church but if any of you have heard any stories about Jared as a child then you know that I can totally blame Aidan's behavior all on him. :-) I offer to buy Aidan a candy bar or an ice cream cone if he will just give his talk. He says he doesn't want either. Then he comes up with a great idea - how about a new Lego set. Of course, he wants a more expensive and bigger bribe. Jared agrees to this - I still wasn't a big fan of this. As soon as we agree, all of the sudden Aidan is happy, no more tears. Apparently Legos are a cure for being nervous. He even wants to practice his talk on his classmates, before giving it in front of all of the kids. When it is his turn, he walks up to the podium, gives his talk without any problems and sits back down - all smiles!

That people, is a case of Aidan totally scamming his parents!!!!!!!!!

**On a side note, Adley gave a talk last Sunday, did a great job and no bribery (or should I say scamming) took place. Adley didn't need it, he was very willing to give his talk.