Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grady Year in Review

12 Months!

Weight: 20 lbs. 9 oz.
Height: 31 1/4"
Head: 17 3/4"
New Skills:
  • I am a walking machine!
  • I love to mimic ANYTHING my older brother is doing…including the not so sweet stuff :)
  • I absolutely adore my big brother and really like to try and talk to him these days (he’s not all about it most of the time…we’re getting there)…I squat down and start talking to him right to his face…mom thinks it the cutest thing and big brother usually laughs after a little bit!
  • Speaking of squatting…I can do that too…its one of my favorite sitting positions!
  • I now love milk and drink it all.the.time…Mom has to buy two gallons of it now just to keep me happy!
  • I love music and start dancing (bending my knees) when it comes on…especially kid music (yay for mom…not)!
  • I love Cooper and he is usually the first person (yep, mom and dad consider him human) I want to see and cuddle with in the morning…he loves me…just doesn’t fully know it yet :)
  • I love to eat…like everything all the time. Eggs, blueberries, strawberries, crackers, pirates booty, and yogurt are a few of my favorites!
  • I love to explore and climb! Playing outside has become really fun because of how inquisitive I am! We take lots of walks these days so I can look and touch all things nature!
  • I’m not a huge fan of the swing…this works out well because big brother loves it and isn’t particularly fond of sharing it!
  • I’ve started to make the “vroom vroom” sound with cars
  • I love to smack my lips together
  • Still only have two teeth…looks like one of my top teeth are coming in…very slowly (my bottom two JUST fully came through…teething is a blast at our house)!
  • UPDATE: I have 2 1/2 teeth! That top tooth finally broke through, but is doing so VERY slowly...just one though...I'm a little lopsided
  • I LOVE my daddy…when I hear him or see him I get really excited and run for a big hug and cuddle…it melts his heart every time!
  • Speaking of cuddling, I’ve started to enjoy cuddling! Mom loves this because I’ve never been big cuddle bug - I usually roll around and then roll REALLY close to get a big squeeze! Unfortunately, we don’t last very long because I don’t sleep well when cuddling…I like to just lay awake cuddled up next to you.
  • I love to talk on the phone and am constantly trying to steal moms to talk to Elmo
  • I am comprehending so much more these days! I understand no, baba, directions, night night, hunger cues, etc. This has made life a little easier around these parts!
  • I can blow kisses and give awesome high fives!
  • I'm a goof ball and love to make you laugh 
  • I love to give hugs, have started to give kisses when asked (occasionally), and have attempted to blow a kiss a couple of times
  • I know the sign for all done and wave my hands wildly in the air when I’m all done with my food
  • Mom and Dad have nicknamed me “the wrecking ball” because I run into everything and fall all the time - Dad says I’m just like him and don’t watch where I’m going - if I want to get somewhere I’m going to no matter what is in my way!
  • I can turn lights on and off
  • I'm sleeping through the night most nights!!
  • I love to dance 
  • I am super mischievous - I love to get into everything I'm not supposed to - especially climbing! Mom has found me in precarious situations when she turned her back and she's usually scared out of her mind - in other words she can't leave me alone ever! I also love to pull out plugs and try to stick my fingers in the outlet...yep, I keep them on their toes!
  • I am now in a big boy car seat...but not sure I like it very much...Mom thinks I may prefer my carrier.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Up Up & Away! Grady's 1st Birthday!

This weekend we celebrated Grady's 1st birthday surrounded by our loving family. It was a wonderful time to laugh and talk with family members we rarely get to see. We went the vintage airplane route for G's 1st bday - the only one I do big until they are five! Thanks to the help of my talented mom and baby sister, the party was everything I wanted - one day the three of us will go into business! A big thank you to my sweet and selfless brother-in-law and gf who lovingly let us throw the shindig at their place AND build the most AWESOME cardboard paper airplanes to complete the party (see last picture)!

Happy Birthday Sweet Grady!

365 days ago you flew into our world one week earlier than expected. You have been one of the greatest blessings we could have asked God for and we are learning so much from you each and every day. You are a curious little fellow with a big smile and a cuddle that will make the world melt away. You are mischievous in the best of ways - always climbing, hiding, pulling on something your little hands are supposed to avoid - you've taught us to have cat like reflexes that will benefit us for the rest of our lives. You are a lover and love everyone you come in contact with - you make everyones day with your happy demeanor and giddy waves...although Cooper is still learning to love your constant hugs! Thank you for choosing us to be your parents and letting us get to relish in the glory that is you. Happy 1st birthday sweet Grady Alexander - may you always dream bigger than the world around you.

We love you to the moon,
Momma & Daddy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

D & G...

The boys and their antics! They are full of life and love and make our hearts explode daily! They are definitely all boy and handfuls, but we love our dirty crazy little rascals! Daven is starting to enjoy his brother following him 24/7 and Grady is loving all the things he's learning from Daven! Obviously, we've had to stop D every now and then from getting too rough with the little guy, but they seem to have a mutual love of wrestling SO I'm learning to step back and just referee.

We went to Virginia for G's 10 month birthday...around the same time two years ago we went with Daven for the first time! It was fun to see the boys laugh and point at the cows, play at the "park" (playground) and just enjoy Meme and Poppy's home. It's truly my favorite place to visit and holds so many warm memories from my childhood; we're blessed to share it with them!

11 Months!!

Weight: 20.3 lbs
Height: 30"
Head: 18"
New Skills:
 - I can stand up all by myself!
- I love to point and say "ah" - mom and dad take it as if I'm asking a question and tell me what I'm pointing to!
- I am walking! I still like to hold your hand and cruise, but I can definitely walk! I have become very good at standing up, balancing myself, and then taking off! I can make it from my room to Daven's room with very little hesitation! The problem is, I am still not 100% stable and WILL NOT get in my walker and rarely crawl - Mom and Dad break their backs helping me walk around the help when needed!
-I love to play with big brother and copy everything he does! Mom and Dad think this is hilarious and love to watch me attempt anything!
- I love to open and close my hand and now do that to say bye bye
- I clap for myself every time I stand up solo...I usually do this and then walk!
- I took my first plane ride to Va! I did pretty well but definitely gave mom a run for her money!
- I'm starting to hate being in the car for long periods of loves my screaming!
- I try to climb and pull up on EVERYTHING...or climb over everything!
- I love real food and will try almost anything - eggs and diced peaches are a favorite as well as bread...I love me some carbs!
- Not a fan of starter sippy cups.....I'd prefer big brothers!
- Starting to like water, apple juice, & milk
- I love to hold my hand up to my ear and pretend I’m talking on the phone! Every time I hear the phone ring I put my hand up to my ear and say hi!
- love to give my babies hugs when mom says love the baby
- I  am really good at putting away my toys - if I see an empty box, I will throw all the toys around me in it
- I LOVE my blankies. Whatever one I'm sleeping with usually has to come with me wherever we go it gets in the way of walking which can be a problem! Mom is trying to get me to like a lovey blanket so that I don't trip over my blanket anymore!

Little man, stop growing! You have become such a cuddly (about time) little boy and you melt my heart every chance you get! You are a goof and always trying to get us to laugh at your antics...I see this as a blessing and curse since you will probably use it to get your way! Thank you for being our little blessing, you are truly a beautiful little boy and we are SO lucky to call you our son!

And...a few more from the 11 month shoot...our sitting still days are over!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Off to School We Go!

Welp, our little man started Preschool today! We were all very prepared for this big day and had been talking about it for weeks - he was actually VERY excited! Then, we got there and the tears started...they didn't last long, but he was a little teary when we went to pick him up. All in all he said he had a great day and made a new friend, but he's still not sure he wants to go back tomorrow!

The drop off was absolute craziness and stressed me out more than it did Daven! Hopefully this gets better or I'm not sure I can put up with this for a whole year! Daven was hilarious when I peaked in...he was just looking around at all the chaos like "what is the world is going on?!" - gosh I love that little nugget!

Of course we had to take a few pictures! Shockingly, Daven was ALL about the pictures this morning!