June 27, 2012

The Problem With Walking...

is that sometimes you fall face first in to a bench corner.
Poor little guy is ok but I'm expecting a nasty bruise to surface.

June 24, 2012

BUDS at the Botanical Gardens

The BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) group here in Huntsville had a group outing to one of our favorite place on Saturday, the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Thank goodness we met before noon because it turned out to be a blistering day! I think everyone had a good time and I know we'll be back several more times before summer is over.

trying to get a rock out of charlie's mouth
taking a break and eating some fish
stephen and charlie

rachel and her friend are ready to go
me and my little red-headed boy

June 14, 2012

Second Word and Feats of Strength

Rachel's second word is "ball" and her Dada was the first to hear it. So many times I'm the one who gets the "firsts" since I am the one who is home all day with her but this time Stephen got to feel that joy. Can't wait for more words!

 Rachel has also decided that she likes to climb everything. I don't know where the upper body strength came from all of a sudden but she can pull herself out of the pool in swim class, pull herself up onto any chair or couch, get up into her booster seat at the kitchen table and get in to her car seat! She is constantly climbing all day and it's just crazy! I have to admit that her being able to get into her car seat and booster seat actually help me a lot. She is getting to be such a big girl and that makes me proud.


June 12, 2012

10 Months

I feel like I just wrote Charlie's 9 month post but here we are at 10 months already! Our squishy boy has been busy this month. He crawled, cruised and now walks! And he is in to everything. Rachel isn't all the thrilled with her brother being able to get "all up in her business" but I suspect once he's really getting around that they will have a fun time wrecking the house together. He is so loveable and he charms everyone he meets. We love you, Charlie boy. Time for your mama to start planning your 1st Birthday Party!

June 4, 2012

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Overview: Mom decides it's a great day to go outside and play.

9:30 AM: Mom goes outside to set up the "fun". Preps pool, opens water and sand table, fills sand table with water, opens umbrellas and arranges them for maximum shade, puts out water play mat and attaches hose, puts all the play balls back into the play tub,  lays down water resistant backed blanket, turns on water to play mat.

10:30 AM: Mom collects items needed for outside- sunscreen, swimsuits, hats, diapers, swim diapers, sunglasses, phone, towels, camera - and puts them outside

11:30 AM: Daughter has melt down and goes in crib for an early nap. "Fun" time is pushed back.

1:00 PM: Daughter wakes up from nap and eats lunch. Clouds roll in and Son needs to go down for a nap at 2pm. "Fun" time is pushed back.

2:00 PM: Sun is out again and Son is not going down for a nap. Let the "Fun" begin!

2:15 PM: Mom shuttles Son and Daughter outside. Proceeds to strip daughter of clothing then runs around trying to spray her with suntan lotion. Manages to put on her swim diaper and swim top. Strips Son of clothes, sprays down with lotion, puts on swim suit, swim top, hat and sunglasses. Son strips off glasses and hat and throws them into water play mat. Daughter cries and sits on top of the kiddie picnic table.

2:30 PM: Mom decides to bring Son in to the "big" pool.

2:32 PM: Son inhales some water

2:33 PM: Son barfs all over Mom and into Pool.

2:34 PM: Mom strips children of all clothing, puts them in new diapers and shuttles crying children inside and plops them in front of Elmo.

2:45 PM: "Fun" time is officially over.