My Newborn Pictures

Story told by: Brody

When I was just seven days old, I put on my best modeling face and posed for some pictures. Here are my glamour shots (and I was nice enough to include my siblings in a couple of them):

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Everyone is Still Alive!

Story told by: Henry

Today was Daddy’s first day back to work, and we made it through the day alive! Mommy did her best to document our day (but managed to capture maybe 10% of the craziness). Here’s our story!

We started the day by saying goodbye to Daddy. We’re sure going to miss him. It’s been a fun two weeks with him at home!

Bye,  bye Daddy!

Mommy started out with doing Lainey’s hair.

And I happily played with toys while they did that.

Then Lainey wanted to color.

I couldn’t be left out, so Mommy sat down to help me color (and to prevent me from eating a yummy crayon snack).

During all of this, Brody continued to sleep, so Mommy hopped in the shower.

Mommy left us nicely reading, but as soon as she was in the shower, Lainey opened the door and led me upstairs. Oh boy, did we have fun making a mess up there! Mommy did not seem to have as much fun cleaning it up (with very limited help from me).

After everything was cleaned up, it was time to feed Brody.

Now we’re ready to leave for dance class.

But in order to give Mommy a challenge, I decided to have a poopy diaper at the last possible moment before leaving the house. (I wouldn’t want to make her first solo day too easy.)

Okay, we’re loaded in the car and ready to go!

We made it to dance class, and Lainey was ready to go on the stage with Nora and Lucy.

In order to keep me from running all over the place, Mommy locked me up in a stroller. I wasn’t too thrilled about it until I realized that I would get lots of snacks. Keep the food coming!

On the way home from dance class, Lainey had a temper tantrum because Mommy wouldn’t drive on the road that Lainey wanted her to drive on. Come on, Lainey…pull it together.

And then I had a temper tantrum once we got home because Mommy wouldn’t let me touch Brody’s car seat. (For the record, this was much more valid than Lainey’s temper tantrum. I REALLY wanted to touch the car seat.)

Lunch time.

Then it was time to feed Brody. Since we clearly have zero toys, we insist on being right by Mommy while she nurses/gives Brody a bottle.

Sometimes we like to just stare at her.

I like to try to break as many rules as possible (like climbing on furniture) because it’s much harder for Mommy to do anything about it while she’s feeding Brody.

And Lainey makes sure to create as much drama as possible. Here she is in a self-imposed time out. Why? Nobody knows.

We eventually got our act together, though, and enjoyed dancing to some music.

Diaper change for my little brother.

And some time on the mat for him. We LOVE this time because it’s a chance to finally get our hands on Brody.

I’m getting a little better with my gentle touch, but sometimes I get too excited and forget my manners.

I hope Brody is okay with zero personal space.

Before naps we helped Mommy put in some laundry. (I’m actually scared of the washing machine and dryer, so I stood on the other side of the room while Lainey helped.)

Mommy always pretends she’s a monster on the way up to nap time.

We love it!

Nap time!

Nap time for Lainey (or so Mommy thinks).

After we were in bed, Mommy feeds Brody and gets him to sleep.

And after multiple attempts to get Lainey to take a nap, Mommy finally gives up and let’s Lainey watch “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Now I’m up from a great two-hour nap. I’m clearly the golden child.

While Mommy changes my diaper, Lainey throws a temper tantrum on the floor. I can’t possibly imagine why she could have used that nap.

We come downstairs for a snack, while Mommy has a big cup of coffee. She’s starting to feel pretty tired.

What are you lookin’ at?

Messy face!

Loving my muffin!

Mommy draws a “pig” for Lainey. I know I’ve only had one year of experience on this earth, but I’ve got to debate whether this is actually a pig, or an animal with a pig’s nose and tail, a cat’s body, and devil horns. It’s quite unique.

Lainey adds details to it, which spruce it right up!

While Lainey wastes the day away with coloring, I’m productive and help Mommy with some vacuuming.

I’ve heard that pulling on the cord, wrapping it around your body, and pulling it out of the socket is somehow helpful, so I do what I can to be a big helper.

The vacuum really held our attention today!

And then when Mommy’s not looking, I try to sneak into the pack ‘n play. She always catches me, though. Darn it.

We help to switch around more laundry.

We build with blocks.

Read books.

Play with toys.

Wrestle.

Set the table for dinner.

Take care of our babies (including feeding Brody again).

And Daddy is FINALLY home! It was a busy day, but since we were fed and clothed, Mommy considers it a success. Here’s to doing it all over again tomorrow!

Time to Garden!

Story told by: Lainey

We took advantage of the nice weather today, and planted our garden this morning. We’ve been a little busy, so we didn’t have time to plant starters this year. We’re just going to see what we can do with seeds straight into the ground.

Daddy took time to explain to me how we’re going to plant the seeds. We started with sugar snap peas.

Daddy placed the seeds at the correct distance apart.

And then I would push the seeds into the dirt.

Henry came over to help a little.

For the most part, though, Henry just wandered around and played in the dirt.

I’ve been wanting to plant some just-for-fun flowers. Daddy and I planted sunflowers and zinnias. I’m most excited for these to grow!

Some of the seeds required us to pack down the dirt after we planted them, so we all got involved with this process.

Henry helped to prepare the spot for the cucumbers.

After awhile Henry and I got bored with planting, so we entertained ourselves on the play structure.

We left Daddy on his own to finish planting the carrots, zucchini, and basil, as well as soak the garden with water. My brothers keep us quite busy, so we only planted half of our garden this year. This will be a little more manageable. I can’t wait to see the first little sprouts coming up!

Hello, World!

Story told by: Brody

I’m slowly starting to wake up to the world around me. I am often most alert between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Mommy and Daddy don’t love this, though, so they’re trying to keep me awake for longer periods during the day (which is much harder than it sounds because I sure love my sleep). Mommy captured one of my awake moments today.

I Love Trucks!

Story told by: Henry

I just can’t get enough of trucks. We live on a road where big trucks drive by frequently, so I get to see them every day! I have several books about trucks, and as I read through them, I can often be heard exclaiming, “Whoa,” and “Trucks.” Enjoy my reading of this book.

My 15-Month Appointment

Story told by: Henry

I had my 15-month appointment today!

After I was measured and weighed, I had a string cheese snack while we waited for Dr. Mike to arrive.

It was fun to have some one-on-one time with Mommy.

The nurse came in with my stats, and I’m one big boy (which anyone who has held me recently could easily attest to)!

Height: 33 3/4 inches (98th percentile)

Weight: 29 pounds, 1 ounce (98th percentile)

Head Circumference: 20 inches (98th percentile)

Dr. Mike was running a little late, so I played peekaboo with Mommy for a bit.

I was hiding so well, but Mommy found me every time! How does she do it?!

Dr. Mike eventually came in and said I’m growing very well! I’ve been having stomach issues since December, though, and after trying different diets, it’s still not getting better. Our next step is to do blood tests at the hospital (hopefully we can get those done tomorrow). Please pray that we can get some answers, and that we can find a way to help my stomach feel better.

In spite of the stomach issues, though, I’m still one happy boy! I’ll be back for my 18-month appointment!