Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Favorites

Lars,

You beautiful, precious perfect little creature. Being your mom is the greatest prize I've ever received. I never knew this kind of love until you arrived and I want to thank you for showing me the greatest love anyone could ever know. You're mine and I'm yours...forever. The joy you bring your daddy and I is unimaginable and simply untouchable. I wish I could just hold you forever and we could just rock and rock and rock. Your sweet little head on my chest and those tubby little hands grabbing onto me is enchanting bliss.  I hope, one day, you know just how much love surrounds you.  You're just a little puffin muffin in a swirl of love!
I love you my precious angel.



Bob,

My best friend...the one who started all this love stuff :) Where would I be without you? I have no idea, but it defiantly would not be as wonderful as where I am now. I love you endless amounts.  There are just no words to describe how much I deeply appreciate and love you every single day. I thought I loved you as much as I possibly could and then Lars arrived and seeing you with him makes me love you even more. We're talking a crazy ass amount of love going on here. BIG LOVE! You're my sanity and my favorite. I love you.




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Larsy Pants

That's one of the trillion nicknames I have for my little puffin muffin. Life has been pretty busy lately and Lars being the little nosey angel that he is, is just soaking it all up.

He has cut his TWO bottom teeth and I already see/feel more that are working their way through. I can't imagine how irritating that must be for babies. He's hanging in there though. We are getting excited for the holidays and can't wait for Lars to see be a part of all the excitement.

Does it get annoying that in every post I tell you just how happy this little man makes me?  I wish I could bottle up his smell and keep it forever, I wish I could capture every single moment of the day and keep a video, I wish I could sit in the rocking chair for hours and hours kissing his forehead and staring at him.  I smell him all the time, I take pictures at every opportunity and I rock him as long as I can but all of that is still not enough. He's intoxicating!!

He's growing up so much and it's so fun to watch...sometimes sad and overwhelming but very fun. He's talking up a storm. He says ca-ca-ca-ca- when he sees the cats, he says ba-ba-ba-ba-ba for his bottle and when he's pissed, upset or both it's ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma.  He's working on clapping and mimicking noised and sounds we make. He eats like it's going out of style and is growing out of clothes left and right. My little peanut of baby is no longer.

first little bonfire


playing outside



weeeeeeee


we're teaching him to fold clothes

we probably shouldn't encourage this, but he was having way to much fun!

favorite time of the day...mornings with lars

precious...just plain precious. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rockin' Lars

I feel like I'm an expert now on baby sleep. That may seem to contradict the fact that my son is still working on sleeping through the night, but I/we have read every single book out there that had anything to do with sleeping for babies. We have implemented different techniques from each book.  I guess I should insert here (embarrassingly so) that we actually hired an infant sleep consultant. Talk about desperation. She was helpful but not has helpful as we had hope for the small fortune we paid for her. But nevertheless we did get some sound advice that has helped us through.

With each book, advice, thread or article I read I discover something new. Some may think we're trying to hard, but we didn't try anything for 4 months and it got us nowhere, so that's when we decided we needed some help. I'm not one for a rigid schedule or routine, but after putting Lars on one for about 2-3 weeks, the improvements were significant! We have relaxed a little now that the routine is in place and things are going...shall I say smoothly????

The title of this post, Rockin' Lars comes from the idea that I've ran across through all my investigation, that babies should learn to fall asleep on their own, without the help of a paci, holding, nursing, bottle, rocking, singing. Lars has done this several times and I'm excited for him each time he does it but let me tell you one thing...I will forever and always LOVE LOVE LOVE rocking my precious little angel. And if he wants/needs to me to rock him whens 1 or 2..bring it on. I'm away all day during the week and there's one huge time in the evening I look forward to, well really two:

1) walking in the door and seeing him get so excited he can't sit still or contain himself
2) ROCKING him. Sitting in his nursery, with the sound machine on and a little night light and a sweet sweet baby boy laying on my chest is pure and utter BLISS. I sing to him, i kiss his forehead, I make up songs about taking trips, I tell him stories, I rub his back and head. It's our moment and to be honest, no matter what any book or expert says, I'm not going to stop this. I know they don't these sweet babies don't fit in your lap for long and I'm going to cherish every second I have. 

Lars, 
You are my everything and I can't imagine my life without you. I wish I could hold you in my arms forever and kiss your forehead and sing you sweet and sometimes weird lullabies.  Don't grow up to fast puffin muffin!

Bob,
I'm going to start this letter the same with as Lars' letter. You are my everything and I can't imagine my life without you. You are the best Daddy in the world and I appreciate you always being so patient and willing to help. Lars is only lucky fella and I'm one lucky lady! We love you.  

I'm not the only one addicted to a sleeping Lars. 



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Park n' play

It's been pretty chili here lately and we have been loving it. We've been spending a lot of time outside and I don't think there's anywhere else that Lars or us would rather be.  We took him to the park yesterday evening and he had so much fun!

Kisses and puppy ears!
momma and her moneky...just a swingin'

"oh momma...you're just so funny"



Monday, November 12, 2012

yawwwnnnn.....

The Question: "Does your baby sleep?"

The Answer: "Well, yes, for forty-five-minute stretches, but not during the night, and only after I conduct a two-hour-long routine including feeding, swaddling, singing, rocking, and an ancient tribal sleep dance"

I read this on a website and thought it was hysterical and pretty dead on. While we may be passed this dreaded place (not by far), we were there for a very long time and I get it! 

I will be the first to admit that our little Lars is a pretty terrible sleeper. Maybe it's because he's the first and we had no idea what we were doing, maybe it's just his constant curiosity and desire to NOT miss a single thing, maybe it's our right of passage into parenthood. Whatever it is, I have accepted it and to be honest once I accepted it, it got a little easier. When people would tell me their 5, 6, or 7 month old baby was sleeping 10-12 hours a night, I wanted to punch them in their face and then throw up. Lars has NEVER slept that long, even when he was 2 days old....it NEVER  happened. When I would hear or read about these babies sleeping so soundly through the night I would get on this kick of trying to make Lars sleep. The harder we try the worse it is. That's not to say  that putting him on a schedule and some sleep training hasn't paid off, but it when I get into this zone of trying to make him do it, it just seems harder! I should be the one to understand that, b/c when someone tries to MAKE me do something, I tend to want to NOT do it :) 

Lars is very slowly getting better at sleeping and we have lots of days where we regress back and I feel discouraged and frustrated, but I know he's getting the hang of it. As you all know, he's teething which has made this 'sleep training' even harder and is THE cause of our regression and frustration. 

People still ask us if he's still in bed with us and the answer is yes and no. All of his naps are in his crib and he was perfectly fine transitioning to this place. At night I put him to sleep in his crib in his room and some nights after 2 or 3 wakings  we put him in bed with us. Other nights he'll make it with only one waking and make to 4am or 5am. This may not seem very exciting but it's a big step for us. Lars generally give us a 5 hour stretch most nights which is all I ask for right now because a 5 hour stretch compared to waking up every 2 hours is glorious! He will generally go down around 730 and wake once or twice between 730 and midnight and then he will usually sleep from midnight to 5 or so, wake up then and need to be patted, shhh'd, paci or rock and then he's back to sleep till about 730. 

It's been a long 7 months in regards to sleep or lack there of, but it's been the greatest 7 months of my life. We just take each day at a time and enjoy every second with our sweet angel even it's 4 in the morning....sometimes those are the sweetest moments. Through my sleepy daze and slight frustration, I look down and see the perfectly healthy, perfectly chubby little miracle looking back at me chewing on his tongue b/c his teeth hurt and my heart melts. 

Lars showing the avocado who's boss. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

crazy chaos and a cute baby


Things just seem to be getting crazier and crazier by the minute at our house :)

Lars is like a little busy bumble bee. If this is any insight to what he's going to be like when he's 2+....we are going to have our full and then some. He doesn't want to miss a thing, not a damn thing. He doesn't want to miss the cat walking by, the garage door opening, the refrigerator opening, mommy or daddy walking by.  He is SOOOOOOOOOOOO alert and SOOOOOOOOOOO nosey. There are times that it works in his favor and there are times that it is utterly exhausting to get him to relax and calm down bc his little mind is just going...going...going...going.

The times that I'm thankful for his abundance of curiosity is when we are out and about b/c it doesn't matter how little sleep he's gotten, how bad his gums hurt or how cranky he is....if we are in a public place with a a million and one things going on, Lars is has happy as a lark. The grocery store, walking around Wimberley, the pumpkin patch, out to dinner. For example, we were all in line at the grocery store this weekend and Lars was in the buggy and the lady behind us was ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over him (of course) and she then asked us if he was always this good.  I responded, "yes, if he's got 10,000 things to look at, a lot of noise and is moving."

Lars is also happiest when he's guess...wait for it....OUTSIDE. Oh my goodness! Throughout this whole fussy, teethig period we've been going through, outside is always an escape. It instantly  makes everything all better and we use this tool very very often. We are outside a lot anyway, but lately there's been a significant amount of outdoors time.

It truly breaks my heart to see Lars suffering so much with his gums.  The teething bug has hit us and it hit hard. He is just miserable. pure misery. Not everyday, not all day, but when it's a bad day it's usually a B-A-D day of no sleeping, not wanting to be put down and fussy.  On those days I see my sweet boy trying to have fun and trying to laugh but the laugh quickly turns into a wimper and then comes the humming and chewing on his tongue to soothe those damn gums. We try everything available to us to keep him happy. Teething rings, teething tablets, ice, motrin, fingers, wash cloths, you name it we've got it our house.  Sometimes somethings help and sometimes it seems like nothing helps. I hope with all my heart that this misery passes very soon for my little angel's sake.

Even though things have been rough, we haven't stopped and I haven't stopped documenting every single detail or Lars' life. So here you go :)

this pillow was my great grandmothers (my mom's grandmaw) and Lars' great-great grandmother. i found it years ago and fell in love with it. took it to college with me and have had since.  it is 100% Lars' most favorite 'toy' yet. it makes him very happy. thought the whole idea was kinda neat :) 

"Beer...making babies like me since 1876"

who doesn't love a sleeping baby?

swing and a beer. makes my boys very happy. 

we went to aunt anns saturday and the weather was amazing. this pictures makes ME very happy. 

well we discovered what to get Lars for Christmas. I've said since the beginning, I think he's going to be a drummer. 

impromptu photo shoot. i couldn't resist. 

best friends. 

momma and her monkey

yes, he's THAT cute. 

he couldn't decide which he like best. 

first time at a playground. he was a little unsure of everything

weeeeeeeeeee

playing on the bridge

swinging with daddy

swinging by himself....this is where things got a little 'shaky' ...he had fun though

now we're talking.




Thursday, November 1, 2012

Robot Lars

So Lars was a robot for halloween and I must say he was the cutest robot I've ever seen, but I'm sure you already knew that :)

As much as he hated putting the costume on, or any clothes for that matter, he looked super cute taking pictures.

His one of a kind, homemade robot outfit was of course made with love by aunt ann.










Here are some pictures from our fun weekend with the first cool weather of the season. 








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