Peyton's vocabulary is growing daily at this point. This can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing. I will say it's pretty fun to hear her figure out how words relate to each other.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Hi, (sorry about the spacing, editing isn't accepting my changes when I save and publish???)
I guess I'll just say it's kinda like exercise. When you do it everyday, it's habit. When you skip one day, it's easier to skip the next and the next.
Oh well. I will stop with the excuses and just continue with the update.
Here are some pictures of Peyton and Landon- aka Little Miss & Little Mr Personality
We've spent alot of time outdoors. Peyton is loving school. When I pick her up, she always says "Mommy, I so glad to see you. I had so much fun".
I swear she has the vocabulary of a 15 year old (and sometimes the temperment). It never ceases to amaze me how quickly she picks up on things. She loves to sing along to the radio in the car now and will tell me immediately if it's a song she doesn't like. She will tell me what "delicious" food she would like and which book is her favorite.
On the flip side, when angry, she will tell me that she doesn't like me (or Daddy, or Landon...), or that she doesnt want to listen because she doesn't like what I'm saying.
Yes Mom and Dad, I know Karma is a b*tch.
On to Landon. I now refer to him as the Bulldozer. He literally PLOWS through anything and everything. He is a walking, climbing, crashing machine. Along with his mobility has come more personality and more vocabulary. Juice, cracker, no (with a shaking head and finger), choo choo train, book, up (uppie), dog, bird and more are just a few of his favorite words.
He has a fun sense of humor that is emmerging. He will pretend to fall on his butt over and over while smiling and saying "whoa". He loves to get a rambling, running start (I swear he looks like a drunk old man. He defies gravity sometimes because it seems impossible that he's on his feet instead of his face) and growls as he comes to tackle me.
Needless to say, it's been alot of fun lately (and ALOT alot A L O T of work) I am tired and stressed quite a bit lately, but I try to remind myself that these days will be gone sooner than later.
Again, I will say I will try to do better at updating. I'll end this with some videos of my little wild animals.
Love and happy thoughts,
Here's Landon tackling couch pillows. He prefers being tossed onto them, but my arms got tired after about 400 throws.
Here's an afternoon at Nana and Papa's. This is the perferct scenario. Landon loves to push and shove anything and everything. Peyton (Cleopatra), would like to be carried or transported without lifting a finger.
Here's the peanut watching fireworks on the rooftop with us. I'd like to note that right before I filmed this I asked her if she liked the fireworks. She replied yes and then gave me the biggest, bored yawn I've ever seen.
Posted by Jessica at 6:02 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Days just go faster and faster and faster....
I'll just give an overview of the wonderful craziness of the last month, and then share pictures.
I wish I had the time to update as regularly as I used to, but it just amazes me how quickly the days go. With my 2 beautiful munchkins and their constant growth and change, and work, doing some marketing consulting on the side, Peyton's school, training for another marathon, and then the day-to-day of life, it seems like it's always 10pm.
So, where to start...
Landon is officially, truly walking. He had his first steps a while ago, but has taken his time in making walking his primary means of transportation- which was FINE with me. I've been dreading the days of 2 little ones running in opposite directions. I will say that it's nice that he doesn't need to be carried as much! He's getting heavy!
Peyton is mostly potty trained. We have had some relapses, but she is very proud of going on the potty.
I hope to catch more videos soon. Specifically of Peyton and Landon talking. Peyton loves to sing songs, tell stories (and make them up), and Landon is babbling and saying several new words.
Peyton loves to tell everyone what to do. We all know that she comes by this honestly. Who are we kidding? Mike and I are beyond bossy!
Landon is now saying Dada, Mama, Nana, Papa, boomp, gam, dog, chooch train, this, that, up, more, peyt (peyton), go, baaf (bath), and some others...
My days are full of constant noise!!!
A car ride now consists of the following...
Landon screaming and giggling.
Peyton asking me if we are there yet. how about now? are we there now? mommy are we there? now? are we there?............. again and again and again....
Landon babbling and throwing a toy at me or Peyton...
There isn't a dull moment around here.
I'll try to do better about keeping up, I promise!
Peyton, Landon and Aiden playing at Aiden's house
Peyton choosing a hat as a fashion statement
Our rooftop sand &water table (a gift from some of Landon's aunts and uncles for his first bday)
Peyton gardening at Nana & Papa's. She LOVES being outside and LOVES plants!
Landon enjoying the fresh air one morning
Posted by Jessica at 6:08 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time has gotten away from me.
We went to Marco Island for Easter. It was wonderful, and exhausting. Peyton was sick and then we each took a turn with it.
We are back and as of yesterday, Peyton has begun potty training. She is battling me quite a bit, but we will get there. We've had a few successes so far, it's just going to take some time.
I am attaching some of the first pics that Kiki sent from our trip. There are more to come and these are straight off the camera, not cropped yet.
Posted by Jessica at 5:38 PM
Monday, April 18, 2011
Dear Landon, Today you are 13 months old! We are just pushing are way right into your second year. It's been a good month for you. We were able to get outside quite a few times. We took your first trip to the park and you rode the swings- which you LOVED!!
You also took your first steps this month. April 8th is the official date. I was so excited and then 10 seconds later I had a flash of fear. We are probably only weeks away from situations where you and your sister are sprinting in opposite directions while I try to figure out which way to go first.
For now you are content to take a step or two and then crawl after Peyton. You two are like two peas in a pod at times latey. You chase eachother and just giggle back and forth. There are the moments of annoyance, but you are truly best friends now.
You are also quite the musician now. You love to bang on anything like it's a drum and you now know how to play the recorder. You even figured out how to blow into a straw and make music.
I find reasons to laugh every day because of you and your sister- even on the days when I want to pull my hair out. You are both so beautiful, bright and sweet.
I love you with all of my heart, handsome>
Love Always and Forever,
Posted by Jessica at 5:29 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Today you are 2 & 1/2 years old! It doesn't even seem right to use months anymore.
You truly are growing up before my eyes!
You are such a big girl now! You started school this month and are loving it. You are in bed sleeping as I write this, but you told me before bed that you were excited to go again tomorrow.
You know your teacher's name and when asked if you have friends at school, you say yes. When asked what their names are, you reply "kids"- which cracks Daddy and I up!
You are a funny little thing. You have a quick sense of humor and a knack for conversation.
You love to ask questions and challenge us, but you also like to tell stories and bring up things that you remember and had fun doing. I can't tell you how many times you have talked about Murry the Elf on the Shelf and Santa, or how often you talk about going to the beach because we will be going to Florida in a few weeks.
We celebrated Landon's first birthday this month. It seems like it should be your first birthday, but once again time is running right over us.
You are so great with Landon. You two play constantly these days- and usually enjoy eachother. I love seeing how sweet you can be. You have started to play mommy to some of your toys, too.
I'm excited for your check up this week. You seem to be so long and lean- doesn't help that you are on the pixie diet. You prefer sugary foods over all else. Don't get me wrong, you eat like a bird for 2 or 3 days and suddenly wake up the next morning and ask for hotdogs, mac and cheese, carrots, grilled cheese, bananas and anything else you can get your hands on!
I am so proud of you. You are such a joy (even when you want to argue over every details of something).
Thank you for being you, my Peanut.
I love you SO MUCH!
Love, Always and Forever,
Posted by Jessica at 6:48 PM
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Monday, March 21, 2011
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Monday, March 7, 2011
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
For as many frustrating moments as we've had this month, I will tell you that you've made me laugh thousands of times more. You make me so proud. You are so smart, beautiful and funnyl.
I hope you always know that I love you with all of my heart!
Love always and forever,
Posted by Jessica at 5:00 PM
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tonight was a Sushi night.
Peyton definitely doesn't want anything to do with seafood (she is still such a picky little thing), but she was determined to use chopsticks.
Mike rigged them up and she went to work.
I don't think I've ever seen her so proud of herself!
Posted by Jessica at 5:03 PM
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Yesterday you turned 11 months old! We are one month away from your first birthday already.
Another month has flown by and you are growing so quickly.
You are such a smiley little guy!
You're on the go now. Crawling up the stairs, cruising along the furniture. I figure that your first steps will be in the next week or two- definitely before you turn 1.
You are still such a snuggler. You love to be held, especially when you are teething, which has been the majority of the month. You now have 5 teeth and a 6th on the way.
You have no problem using those chompers. You eat EVERYTHING! It's a wonder to watch you. I can only imagine what it's going to be like when you are in high school!
You've spent quite a bit of time trying to play with Peyton. It doesn't always go well since she isn't the most patient girl these days, and you are not as big as she is, but you do have alot of fun moments where you two giggle like crazy and roll around on the floor with your toys. I hope you always lean on eachother and know what a good friend you have in one another.
Posted by Jessica at 4:15 PM
Thursday, February 3, 2011
You are 28 months old today!
I can't believe how grown up you seem lately. You are so articulate! You are very creative and descriptive, too. You asked me to draw you a Christmas tree and decorate it with "pink ornaments, color it green, no not that green, dark green, now draw big lights and pretty circles". That's just one example.
You seem to get frustrated that you can't do more.
Your favorite thing to complain about lately is that you can't read- I'm serious!
"Oh no! I can't do it, I can't read". You wail this at least once a day and your Daddy and I try to hide our laughter.
In all seriousness, I do love that you are so excited about books. You are constantly asking to be read to and you sit down several times a day and pretend read aloud. You have a such a great memory. You get alot of the words right, especially the poetry books and Dr. Seuss books.
I don't have very many new pictures right now, so this one that Kiki took a while back will have to do. It is my favorite right now!
Posted by Jessica at 5:36 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sarah, one of my best friends since high school is getting married this August. She asked Gretchen and I to be bridesmaids and I am so excited.
This past weekend Sarah came by and asked Peyton if she would like to be the Flower Girl!!
I'm so excited- and nervous. Peyton won't be 3 yet at the time, but Sarah assured me that she will still be wonderful, even if she turns and runs the other way.
So when Aunt Sarah came by, she explained to Peyton that she is getting married, asked Peyton if she would be the flower girl and explained what she would be doing- including the princess dress.
Peyton said yes and Aunt Sarah gave her the cutest book. It's a little poetic story about a Flower Girl and how she gets ready for her big day. The last page has a little pouch of fake flower petals so she can practice. What a great idea!
We can't wait! Thank you, Sarah and Ryan. We are so honored. Peyton loves the book, too!
Posted by Jessica at 5:10 PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I should have posted this last week, but between Peyton's hives and then my bout with the flu, I've been a little pre-occupied.
at 10 months
Landon is now 28 3/4 inches long- 50% for height
19lb 4oz- get this only 18% for weight.
I was worried, but the doctor says he is a little ahead of the game with how mobile he is. He stands up and crawls, walks along the couch and tables (trying to keep up with his sis). Since he's so busy, he's just burning off everything he eats.
And he eats CONSTANTLY.
Just to break it down for you- breakfast today was a 6oz bottle of formula. A half hour later he had an entire packet of plain Quaker oatmeal. This was followed by an entire jar of baby bananas. He then snacked on puffs. I made Peyton an English muffin and she set it down- he scooped it up and started chomping on it. I broke it into pieces and he ate the WHOLE THING.
This was all within 1hour. So, needless to say, he's not going hungry!
Posted by Jessica at 5:12 PM
Thursday, January 20, 2011
My poor Peanut!
Peyton is getting over a cold and apparently this can cause hives. We went to the doc yesterday and they said this is common so look out moms. We are now giving her Zyrtec because Benadryl wasn't working. He says this will help but it will be a few days.
We were up quite a bit last night. She keeps asking what it is. I've never wanted to have hives so bad in my life!
Posted by Jessica at 5:50 AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Today you are 10 months old! Daddy and I are already starting to plan your birthday party. I can't believe it!
It's been another great month for you.
You celebrated your first Christmas and were spoiled by all of the fun toys and gifts.
You have spent alot of time with your grandparents, too. Sleepovers and Nana and Papa's and a stay with Boompa at our house while Daddy and I went away for the weekend.
You've hit alot of milestones this month as well.
We had to lower your bed finally because I looked at the monitor one day and saw you standing and looking over the side. You army crawl around everything and pull yourself to a stand on anything you can get your hands on!
You got your first haircut- courtesy of Daddy. You are rockin it in your picture with Bailey up above. So cute, though I think it went a little short. You were just looking a little too much like Donald Trump so we had to do something.
You are an eating machine! I made some pizza rolls for Peyton the other day and while I was holding you and trying to convince her that she should try them, you snatched one up and gobbled it right down- followed by 2 more.
You will eat anything you can get your hands on. It's pretty fun to watch.
We went to lunch with Papa today and you managed to eat more of Peyton's mac and cheese than she did. This was done while you ate puffs, veggie straws, some fruit and a few french fries.
It's gotten a little tricky to feed you sometimes because you like to motorboat your food. This results in a splattering of whatever is on the menu that covers you, me and anything within a 5 foot radius. I can't be mad, though, because it's actually pretty funny. I'm thinking of wearing a poncho from now on.
Your doctor appt got moved to Thursday so I am anxious to see what your height and weight are. I swear you weigh as much as Peyton. We'll see.
You are still such a smiley little boy. You've had some fussy days when you've been sick or teething, but over all, you just jabber and smile your way through each day. You say Mama, Dada, Baba, Nana, and what several other sounds. We got a few waves this month, too.
It's a new year, and I am looking forward to seeing what it will bring for you and your sis. You have so much of the world to explore. I can't wait to watch you discover it.
Posted by Jessica at 4:36 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Monday, January 3, 2011
You are 27 Months old!! 27 is a good number. It happens to be both your Daddy's and my lucky number.
This month was a great one for so many reasons. We spent alot of time getting ready for Christmas and running to different stores and visiting people.
We went to the Mall with Nana and took a ride on a really cool train. Nana and Papa took you when you slept over at their house one night, but I was happy I got to go and ride it with you one day, too.
You had a few sleep overs this month. You stayed with Nana and Papa for a sleepover one night, and Gamma and Boompa came for a sleepover at our house when Daddy and I went to his work holiday party.
You ate alot of extra goodies this month, but I'm sure there were even more on those special nights.
You got to see some real reindeer, too. Papa ran to the store one day and called us to say that there were reindeer there. You loved petting Vixen and Poinsetta
We sang a ton of Christmas Carols. You LOVE to sing! You know all the words to Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and Silent Night, and at least some of the words to several other ones.
Nana and Papa took you to look at Christmas Lights in Vernon Hills at the Cuneo Museum and you initiated caroling during the ride.
Santa was a pretty big hit for you, too. You weren't sure you cared for him when we went to see him, but then when he came to Daddy's office one afternoon, we went to visit and you were much happier to see him. You kept showing him your pizza and cookie.
We celebrated Christmas with alot of running around and you were a pretty good sport about it, though I know you and Landon both were pretty tired by the end of Christmas Day.
You both were spoiled by everyone and we are still trying to find places for all of your new toys! Your favorites are definitely the Play Doh and the legos.
Posted by Jessica at 2:14 PM