Thursday, March 22, 2012
Posted by John n Shannon at 7:06 PM
Friday, March 9, 2012
This little guy is now 6 months old! Can you believe how fast time has flown? He's almost doubled his birth weight and that is saying something since he was born at 9 lbs 6.5 oz. He's a chunky monkey and so adorable. Most days I am just fascinated by him. He is SUCH a good baby. I really didn't think I'd get so lucky two times in a row but am so glad that I did. He is happy almost all of the time. Just patiently waits/hangs-out if I'm busy doing something and is so mellow and laid back. The only times he really cries are if he's either hungry or tired and even then very rarely.
Today, I was brave and hauled both kids off for pictures all by myself. Usually John is able to tag along and help but since he had to work I braved it alone. I'm not a fan of prepping small children for pictures. I worry and plan every little detail to make sure they are happy, full, well rested, etc just in time for the camera to start shooting. And no matter what lengths I go to, it never works as planned. Thankfully, we are still able to get a few decent pictures regardless of what mood they are in but that is usually after I've jumped all around the studio and am sweating like crazy. Anything to get a smile right? What confuses me is that my kids are happy and smiling 99.9% of the time. However, when it's time to do it for a camera they immediately turn it off and make me work for it. Luckily, it gets easier as they get older but when they are little it is hard work! Oh well, what I won't do to document my cute kids as they grow up. It's always worth it to see the cute little pictures!
Jonas was not very generous with his smiles today. They tried putting almost every toy/prop in front of him to eek out a smile. He wasn't having it. What he DID smile at was his sister of course. Like he always does. All she has to do is just smile at him and he's all grins from ear to ear. So needless to say, we weren't above using Addison as our little prop just to squeeze some smiles out of this guy. We had her hanging in the air, moving around the room, draped wherever, just to get his smile perfect. It worked every time. I'm so glad she was our human prop today. We have her to thank for the cute pictures we did get!
So, lets see.... What is Jonas up to lately at his ripe old age of 6 months? Well, for starters he has finally rolled over. Once with Daddy a few weeks ago but luckily he rolled again for Mommy and Addison to see a couple of days ago. He's not too generous with rolling. He's pretty content to just sit and hang out. Daddy has been practicing with him more than anyone but Jonas doesn't last long on his tummy and usually gets upset pretty quickly. Oh well, one of these days he'll just take to it and roll and crawl all over the place. It's funny how less concerned you are with all the milestones when it's your second child. I figure he'll learn to roll, and crawl, before he walks right?
He has been enjoying his rice cereal for a few weeks now and is eating very well. Soon, we will start trying out his veggies as well. He loves to play with Addison and she can get him giggling and belly laughing so hard - more so than the rest of us can. I'm so glad they love each other. She's very protective of her brother telling everyone she meets.... "He's my Jonas!" or "He's my Bonus." (his nickname is Jonas the Bonus). Many a time, we will all gather as a family around Jonas as he lays on the floor and just smother him in kisses all at once. As you can tell, we love having him in our family.
He has really mastered using his hands to grab anything in front of him. He keeps trying to figure out how to hold his own bottle but we aren't quite there yet. He has slept through the night a handful of times (most recently being last night). He will wake up sometimes but just goes right back to sleep after getting his binky back. He is truly an easy baby and so laid back that I'm even amazed most days.
And his latest accomplishment is going "swaddle-free"! I decided to try it out tonight since he's getting so big. I prepped myself for a long night of fussiness but so far it hasn't happened. He only needed one reminder that it was "night night" time and he was out. I couldn't help but get a picture of the big boy in his bed. So funny how he spreads out like superman. I guess he was ready to stop being bound up like a little china man eh?
And just how big is our little guy getting at 6 months?
Length: 29 inches (95%)
Weight: 18.11 1/2 lbs (50-75%)
He's a tall little dude. He looks so big but I guess when you are stretching that weight out across his long little body it is a bit more deceiving.
Happy 6 month's old Jonas McKay! We love having you in our family!
Posted by John n Shannon at 7:11 PM
Friday, March 2, 2012
It may seem like I talk about Addison and her tantrums quite frequently. However, I'd like to document that for every tantrum she throws, she has about 20 more acts of being kind or sweet. If/when she ever looks through these posts as she gets older, I want her to know just how much I enjoyed her kind, sweet, heart.
Her new favorite thing is to shower me in compliments. It's also MY new favorite thing! ;-) It's usually while I'm getting ready or curling my hair or putting on make-up, or even getting out of the shower (THAT has gotta make a Momma feel good eh?) Just today she mentioned....."Mommy, you have pretty eyes" "Mommy, I like your sunglasses" "Mommy, you look like a princess!" "Mommy, I like your dress!" It always makes me feel good to hear the compliments coming from such an adorable little girly.
And also, she's on the kick to thank me for everything. I hope this is a life long thing. I even told her how much I liked hearing her say "Thanks" and how it makes me feel good. So, of course, she has started doing it even more since then! No complaints here! Often I'm told "Mommy, thank you for driving down the road" "Mommy, thank you for making dinner" "Mommy, thank you for my snacks!" I forget just how many things she is thankful for but I could happily listen to that all day long.
She's also Jonas' number one fan. So much so, that I have to prop her by him while I feed him his nightly rice cereal just so he'll stop being cranky and smile at her and eat. It works every.single.time. She loves to get him laughing and giggling and usually does it by giving herself the giggles first. Hearing them laugh with each other is easily one of my favorites as well. Her brother adores her and rarely looks at her without smiling from ear to ear. They are now getting to the phase where they will giggle at each other while they are riding in their car seats down the road. And THAT is music to my ears....much better than the crying that has plagued us before.
So, Addison thank you for being such a good girl and great big sister. I realize you are exploring the land of independence and learning along the way (as am I) but regardless, we are lucky to have you in our family and wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted by John n Shannon at 8:39 PM
(1 1/2 years old)
July 2011 - Dr. Black's Office
(2 years, 2 months old)
One of Addison's favorite games to play/pretend is doctor. She'll lay there while John or I check her out. Push on her tummy, look in her mouth, eyes, ears and even give her fake shots (tickles). This has really helped when it comes time to go to the real doctor. I prepped her before this appointment and just gave her the basic run down. He'll look in your ears and it will tickle and then we will be done. She seemed okay with that and was actually pretty excited. However, Mommy failed to mention that he would also lay her down and pull out a good chunk of ear wax while he was at it. This part she didn't do too good on...but I wouldn't either if someone was holding me down and poking tweezers in my ear. She was a trooper and even scored a pink princess sticker and a sucker. By the look on her face I'm guessing all the pain was worth it. Good bye to our favorite ENT doctor! Hoping we don't have to see you in the near future for Mr. Jonas.
Posted by John n Shannon at 8:03 PM
Technically, there wasn't anything extraordinarily unique about today. It started and ended like most do. The only thing that could have been a bit different was that the kiddos had a tired/cranky Mommy. Okay, who am I kidding? That probably is more of a "normal occurrence" than it should be. However, I did get greeted by a 2 year old at 6:30 am so I had a little bit of a good excuse.
However, luckily in the midst of the crankiness and regular routine of our days....sometimes we encounter the following:
And it has me busting up laughing in the midst of putting the boring laundry away. She just walked right past me and matter-of-factly said "I shopping Mommy". Isn't she a cute little bag lady? If you focus in on the contents of her cart you'll find her half-eaten dirty banana. Yep, we are high class like that folks. ;-)
So glad I have funny kids who can turn the tides on a boring old regular day. Although, I'm starting to think there is no such thing as a "regular day" when you have kids.
And of course this little guy can always bring a smile to my face as well. I'm dreading the day when little teefers replace that crinkled nose, gummy smile of his. I fear it's right around the corner...sniff sniff.
Posted by John n Shannon at 7:46 PM