Sunday, February 17, 2008

Professional Shots

Here is a sampling of the pictures we had taken of Lanman by a WONDERFUL photographer in our area. His three month portraits! I'm posting them for all you far-away loved ones to get a glimpse of!

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Some more photos of our boy...




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Friday, February 15, 2008

For Marti :)

Some house photo updates....
The wood for the floors:

The kitchen countertops:

Opinion needed!!! What would you do with that ivory metal plate/backsplash thing behind the stove? There will be a black microwave/rangehood there soon- I want to just take it down, but am afraid of what I might find behind it!

The new counters and faucets for both baths- laundry room/ half bath and main bathroom:
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And then she was six...

Earlier this week I asked Bella what she wanted to do on her birthday. She asked if we could write a note to the boys' teachers and tell them it was her birthday so they could stay home and play. (one of the perks to being new to town is that the kids see each other as their closest friends. This is not a bad thing! :)) I said, no, but we could pray for a snow day! So we did, and wouldn't you know the forecast looked snowy and the Lord answered her five-yr-old prayers! :)

Daddy made her a big ol' breakfast. She had a stack of presents accumulated that rivaled Christmas morning. Her boys were all there to witness her open them slowly and tauntingly. :) The princess was in her glory!

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(again, I apologize for the photo quality. Our camera battery is enjoying a much-needed charging as we "speak")

She spent most of her day dressing her Molly doll, and playing with Doodle. Noodle spent much of his day nose-in a book (Thank you, Auntie Lottie! It arrived at 1:30 and by supper time he was on page 200! He's aiming to finish it this weekend.) Lanman spent most of his day marveling at the whirlwind of activity going on around him. Jake and I both stole 15 minute naps. :) We baked cookies, a chocorama birthday cake and had two generations of grandmas for dinner. :) It was a fun day, start to finish. We ended up with 5-6 inches of snow and today is bright and sunny, but 20 below. A good day to enjoy the sun from INSIDE.

Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles...

Yes, I've been singing a lot of "Fiddler" songs lately. :)

We had the Lanman in to the doctor on Wednesday for his four month check-up. He had shots (boo), but thankfully he slept hard for a few hours directly afterward. The pathetic whimpering only lasted a few hours when he woke up. It's so sad to see him that way, my little smiley man.

The above stated "wonder of wonders..." is that he weighed in at 14lbs. 13 1/2 oz.- in the mere 50th percentile! To give some perspective, Noah was 20lbs. 8 oz. at 4 months. I think the lowest percentile we've ever had was 75th for one of their heads at one point.

Here are the other stats...
He was 25 1/4 inches long (50th-75th percentile) and his head was 16 1/2 inches
(25th to 50th percentile). Interesting for grandmas only perhaps, and then maybe they aren't interested either. :)

He's still nursing every three hours. He has had a couple nights where he'll stretch it out to 4 hours, but I am envious of those whose babies sleep through the night from early on.

Much to the pediatricians dislike, we started cereal in the evenings. She "would have liked to see us wait until 6 months." He suckles it down without hesitation and had been wanting to nurse even more frequently- so I am not waivered. He was ready.

I am hoping to get word that his 3 mo. photos are ready to be picked up soon... She had hoped to have them done for today, so I'll keep you posted!

Monday, February 11, 2008

What a weekend!

Life continues to roll on quickly in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.
LanMan is 4 months today! He's been rolling over pretty regularly from front to back since December, but is on the brink of rolling from back to front. He arches his back, rolls to his hips and cranes his neck back- just can't get that lower shoulder out of the way. He loves to jibber-jabber, and adores his older siblings. :)

This weekend we surprised the kids and brought them to an indoor waterpark about an hour and a half away. They were even more surprised when they opened the door to our cabin and their cousins were in it! :) They had a blast together swimming, and Bella's 5, soon to be 6-yr-old dreams came true when we got to "Build a Bear!"
(Sorry for the blurry photo- my battery was running L-O-W...)

Doodle and his floppy Boo-Boo...

Noodle and LanMan...

LanMan is so much like his oldest brother- we have even discovered that he has a slight blond spot in his hair like Noodle! :) He took the waterpark in much like Noodle would have- very serious about it all. He LOVED the steamy air around the hot tub. It put him right to sleep.

We had a huge pizza party Saturday night, a visit from Yogi and Cindy Bear,a trip to the arcade, and a big ol' breakfast buffet Sunday morning. They gave us an industrial-pan sized cake- 54 huge pieces! The kids got to have a sleep-over with their cousins and a ton of fun to boot! Thanks Cousins! We had a blast and can't wait to see you again soon!