Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Gates - 14 months

This sweet baby boy is 14 months old!  

Time is flying by, but we are having fun!  Gates went from walking to running quickly - probably to keep up with his brother!  He has a lot of energy and is always on the go.  He loves to eat and loves to sleep!  His blankie and paci are always near :)

His ear tubes seem to be working great!  There was drainage for a few days after the RSV episode, but other than that things have been perfect.  

I just noticed some back molars coming in on both sides.  They seem to be causing him a lot of pain b/c he rubs his cheeks and has been really fussy.  

Gates is still not talking, but he has started doing some fun tricks!

What Gates is doing at 14 months:

-You can point to your nose when asked "Where is your nose" or "Where is my nose?"
-When asked "What does the dog say" you "woof" like a dog….so cute
-You can almost blow a kiss…working on it!
-Wave bye bye
-You can say things like Dada or mama, but prefer to just grunt and point your finger at what you want.  You are definitely communicating more, but just not using your words!  Hopefully that will come soon.
-As I said, you LOVE your blankie and paci.  You used to just love them mainly in your crib, but now you want them with you all the time!
-Your other love is your bottle.  I was so strict with Hawkins making him give it up right at one year, but I am a push over with you.  You still take 3 bottles a day!  You just love it and I can't take it from you!
-You wake up around 7 or 7:30am, nap at 9:30 for an hour or so, nap again around 2pm for (hopefully) 2+ hours and then back to bed around 7:30 or 8pm.
-Hawkins dropped his morning nap at 14 months, but you definitely still need it.  You have always been a better napper than Hawkins was.  You have definitely shortened your morning nap though.  You sleep for about an hour and then wake up or I will wake you up or else you won't take a good afternoon nap.

You are a much better eater than Hawkins, but still a little picky.  You like waffles, blueberries, hotdogs, cheese quesadillas, chicken, LOVE ham, and peas.  You aren't afraid to put something in your mouth, but if it's a funny texture you will spit it right out!  You would really love to just get your calories from milk!

Gates, you are so sweet and a joy to our lives.  It is so fun to see you grow and learn each day.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

A little bit of December...

Raybon Family Christmas tree 2013!

We even got a little tree for the little boys!

He didn't want to take a picture, but he sure looked cute in Hawkins old Christmas outfit 

Who needs a seat belt when you have big brother to hold you?  Melt my heart…

As usual December is cheese straw making time!  Mama has been in the kitchen non stop baking!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Raybon Family Thanksgiving 2013

I have to start this post with this beautiful tree in my yard.  When I returned home from Thanksgiving the beautiful leaves where sprinkled on the ground, so I'm so glad I snapped this pic the week before.  

Robbie's parents rented a house in Isle of Palms for their extended family for the whole week of Thanksgiving.  We headed there last Sunday.   We actually went the whole 5.5 hours without stopping…don't ask me how that happened.  This poor baby had reached the end of his sweetness by the time we arrived though.  He was his worst day of RSV and did not feel well.  He repaid us by staying up all night and sleeping in my arms.  

In attendance were Robbie's parents, his sister, Kristen and her husband, Adam, Robbie's Uncle Simms and his daughter, Sarah (Hawkins' new best friend), cousin Chrissa, her husband Chad and children Madaline and Hayes, Aunt Pat, Cousin John Henry, wife Gray and FIVE, yes five boys.  It was a FULL house.  

Hawkins enjoyed sleeping in the bunk beds!

Gates' first oreo…success!

Getting ready for nap time!

First Japanese experience

Hawkins loved it!

Yes, that's a grilled cheese on the grill...

It was coooold

Oyster roast on Thanksgiving Eve

Thanksgiving Day!

Much earned naptime

Afternoon walk on the beach

Visit to the park on Friday

Cold beach visit Friday afternoon