Friday, April 23, 2010

Play Time With Daddy

Drew took some pictures of Luke playing with a toy that his mimi and papa got him for Christmas--"Go Baby Go."  Luke is at a REALLY fun age right now.  Our entertainment lately has become watching him play or discover new toys or objects for the first time.

I think he must have been pretty proud that he could pick up this ball and hold it above his head--perhaps a foreshadow of his upcoming basketball days, when he palms the ball and dunks it!

You can get it, Luke!  Use the force...

 I love this picture.  It shows how well he sits up. I wonder what he is thinking. 

We are glad that he can reach for his toys now from a sitting position and not fall on his face.  When he first started sitting up on his own 1-1.5 months ago or so, we had a couple of tearful moments after the reach and grab--face plant!

Other updates:  as of a couple of weeks ago, Luke is 17 lbs. Actually, the other night he weighed 17 lbs 4 ounces.  He was stuck at 16.5 lbs for a little over a month, so we were wondering when he was going to go over the 17 lb mark. 

I think the extra half-pound went to his chest--we might need to buy him a bro/manssiere!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Mimi and Papa came up this weekend for a visit.  I have never taken pictures in the bluebonnets, but I have always wanted to and it is a very popular thing to do in Austin.  They are so beautiful, and we found they smelled as wonderful as they looked.  So, we decided to all take some pictures in a field that was plentiful with these beautiful wildflowers.

We have never really sat Luke on the ground outdoors to play.  Since he can sit up on his own, I am sure we will be doing this a lot more.  It was so cute to seem him explore the flowers and grass.  Here are some of our pictures:

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Luke is 6 months old!

Luke turned 6 months old on Easter!  We just can't believe how fast time seems to be going by.

Here is what Luke is up to:
  • He weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces and is 25.5 inches long.  His head circumference is 17 inches.  
  • Luke loves food--any kind of food.  Of course, his favorite is mommy's milk, but besides that, his number one solid is sweet potatoes.  He has also tried rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, peas, applesauce, and avocado.  His least favorite of these is avocado.  He is so funny when you feed him.  When he is ready for his next bite, he opens his mouth really wide, like a little bird.  
  • He sits up on his own.  It is so much fun to watch him sit on the floor and play with his toys.  He is becoming a lot less helpless, as he can reach for toys he enjoys and plays with them without needing mommy or daddy to find them and give them to him.
  • He rolls over.  He enjoys sitting a lot more than laying on his back or belly though.   
  • He's growing hair! Although, we laugh because of the pattern in which his hair is growing on his head.  It is like reverse male-pattern baldness in that it is growing from the back and sides, up to the top and front.  
  • He said his first word a couple of weeks ago--it was "Moo."   (Drew and I have been making this sound with him when we play with his stuffed cow and Luke has been watching our mouths as we make the sound.  He decided to copy of of us.) He has been talking non-stop for several months now.  But, he is so polite about it.  When there are several people in the room speaking, he remains quiet--almost like he is "waiting his turn".  Then, when it is quiet, he jabbers.  Initially, he would speak mainly vowel sounds, but he has been combining them with consonants lately. 
  • He selects toys and moves them from one hand to the other.
  • He enjoys objects with buttons and lights---like cell phones, remote controls, etc.  That is why the Easter bunny brought him his own little toy cell phone.  I think it is one of his new favorite toys.
  • He loves to hug and kiss his stuffed animals.  Luke is such a loving little boy!
  • He reaches into bowls, or toys and pulls objects out.  Or, alternatively, he dumps them out.
  • Some of his first books were the touchy-feely books.  Even when he was just a few months old, he would scratch at and feel the various textures on the books.  Now, he does that to every book (not just the touch-feely kind) and has begun to do the same cute scratchy motion on other fabrics and textures.   
  • He's extremely social!  He doesn't know a stranger.  I know experts say though that 6-months is usually the age that baby's begin to get "stranger anxiety"--we'll see.  
  • He's enjoying playing peek-a-boo. 
Today, we took Luke to Sears for a 6-month old portrait session. You can view the pics by clicking here.  He is at a really good age for getting professional pictures.  Our little boy is SO happy--he smiles all of the time.  And, since he is not mobile, it makes the pictures sessions really easy.  The really tough part was trying to figure out which pictures we wanted to buy!

Easter Weekend!

For Easter Weekend, we celebrated Christ's resurrection by traveling to Oklahoma to visit family.  We were very excited to see everyone, but especially excited to meet the newest member of the family, little Linnea.  Linnea Gretchen was born on Friday, March 5th at 1:55 p.m. She weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 19 inches long.  My sister, Holly, brother-in-law, Ryan, and niece, Lilly, are so excited about the newest addition to the family.

Luke was especially excited to be around so many kids his age.   Luke turned 6-months old on Easter, so he is really at the perfect age to begin playing with other kids.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.  We took a lot of pictures--if you would like to see more, please visit our picasaweb album:  Easter 2010.

Here is Luke checking out what the Easter Bunny brought to him:

A Family Picture:

A picture of all of the Cousins:

Daddy & Luke:

Grandma, Grandpa & Luke:

Here are some pictures from the Easter Egg Hunt:

After the egg hunt, Drew took a picture of Luke and I:

There are a lot of fun places for kids to play at my parents' house.  Emily, Jason, Dad (Grandpa), Brody, Luke and I went to see their horses and do a little fishing in the pond.  Here is a cute picture that Emily took of Grandpa, Brody & Luke in the boat:

Here is a sweet picture of Lilly and the newest addition to the family, Linnea. 

Of course, I had to get a picture with Linnea also:

We had a great time and are already missing everyone!  We're looking forward to getting everyone together again soon!