Sunday, August 24, 2014

 Sitting with Addison at the Lake House
 Playing a little baseball in the front yard of the Lake House

 Fell asleep on the way home...a rare sight since he hardly ever sleeps in the car
 Sitting with Vivi, Poppy and Mama in Vivi's outdoor kitchen

 Having conversation over dinner

 With Peyton in Destin
 With Dada at the HV Balloon Festival
 Giving Elmo and Big Bird hugs
 With Poppy and Peyton in Destin

Giving Addison hugs


At the end of July, we took our friends Jason, Megan and Addison Lewis to my parents' lake house to hang out for one night.   We left on Friday morning and got there around lunchtime so the kids could nap before we went out on the boat.    We had so much fun especially since after the kids went to bed, we got to enjoy Jason and Megan's company for a long time....probably the longest we've been able to have adult conversation since before Cameron and Addison were born.  :)   We also loved that it was very low key....we didn't wear makeup, we cooked at home, we went on the boat for a couple of hours and we just laid around after the kids were in bed.   The Lewis' headed home after lunch on Saturday and Nathan, Cameron and me went to MP to spend the afternoon and night at my parents' house.   

The first week of August, we went to Destin with my family for our annual vacation.   Instead of going Saturday to Saturday as usual, we decided to fly out on Monday and come back on Friday.  We were having a great time for a couple of days despite Cameron still hating the sand.   The house was much better suited for all of us and Cameron seemed to be really enjoying time with his cousins, my parents, and his aunt and uncle.   Cameron had the stomach virus the Friday before we flew to Destin but since he had been fine the rest of the weekend and Nathan and I literally wore surgical masks all weekend, we thought it would be safe.   I was very anxious about going and probably should have followed my gut...lesson learned.   On Wednesday night, the stomach virus got me and then on Thursday, Nathan became a victim.   We made it home on Friday but we were both completely zapped for several days.   It was absolutely horrible.   Nathan and I have decided that it is just not worth going on airplanes or long vacations with small children....we'll be taking a break from both for a few years!

Cameron is really turning into more and more of a little boy each day.   He's so cute but can also throw some really good fits that truly test my patience.   I am sure God smiles when that happens.  :)  He is starting to show a little imagination and will make noises for trucks, trains and cars when he plays with them.   He still loves balls and will ask to play catch.   He has an obsession (and I mean obsession) with fans and lights...he would turn them on and off all day everyday if we would let him.  His second obsession is probably Bubble Guppies.   I have seen every episode a dozen times and he never gets tired of it.   I have to say I would rather be able to watch episodes of the same show over and over versus the same movie over and over like some of my friends have to do with their kids.   

He is still hard to please when it comes to food.  I have given up trying to get him to eat vegetables for's not worth the battle or the waste.  We put spinach in smoothies and he'll eat the toddler pouches with veggies so I figure that's good enough for now.    He really won't try anything new so he has a lot of the same things over and over:  hummus, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, fish sticks and fruit.   He still appears to be one of the only kids in the world who won't eat spaghetti. :)

He is talking more and more each day...not so much more words but more sentences I guess.  He is a chatterbox at home but he can be a little shy at first around people he doesn't know.  They tell us at school he is really growing into his element and talking more...which makes us smile.   

More pics from Florida to come...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

 We took Cameron to the splash pad at the Shops at Highland Village...he loved it!
 Grandad, Mimi and Cameron looking at the iPad in South Carolina
 Sitting in Grandad's rocking chair in his study
 Walking back from the beach with Mama and Mimi
 Sitting on Mimi and Grandad's back porch
 Donuts with Dad at school

 All ready to go to work and school
 Driving the new boat with Meg Meg
 On the lake with Poppy
 Running around at the lake house with Bella (or Be Be as he says it)
 Eating at the lake house
 Family hammock time at the lake house
 Watching "Daniel Tiger" with Meg Meg
 Trying on Dada's shoes
 Absolutely loves ice cream like his Mama
 Learning to drink water from a cup after brushing his teeth
 In the bubble bath with Mama

With my sorority and pledge sisters at Bennett's Bash in honor of Bennett Coleman, my pledge sister's 21 month old son who died of cancer at St. Jude.

20 and 21 MONTHS

I know that every time I post I say that he is more and more fun but I can't help's so true!   He is a chatterbox these days and for the most part, we can understand what he is saying.   He's getting much better at saying small sentences...two or three words.   90% of the time, he is happy, affectionate and a great sleeper which is more than we could ever hope or ask for.   There is the 10% of the time when he is fussy, frustrating, or a handful (or all three at the same time), but that's to be expected with a toddler.   I'd say the 10% usually happens when he is over tired or really hungry....there are times when he just gets really mad if he doesn't get what he wants when he wants it though for sure.   During those times, I just ask the Lord for patience and strength.  :)   

We've been taking him to swim lessons since the end of March and I think he is getting a little tired of it.   He loves to swim but he is not a big fan of having to follow a certain routine.   For the past couple of sessions, he has started getting fussy about halfway through the lesson so we're going to try it one more time and if it goes the same way, we're dropping out with 4 lessons left to go.   We'll just focus on the technique in our own pool and then enroll him for swim lessons again next year in the spring only.   With us having a pool, we don't want to take any chances.

He is a great eater when it comes to foods that he likes but he is in a "I hate all vegetables" stage that is one of the most frustrating things for me.   I've tried disguising veggies in pasta, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes with no luck.   The only way we get veggies in him is spinach in a smoothie or with the toddler pouches that we get at the store.   He'll eat any kind of fruit....he doesn't seem too crazy about watermelon but he'll eat it.   His favorite foods are probably mac and cheese, hummus, avocado, sweet potato (if I put a marshmallow and a little brown sugar and cinnamon on it), and fruit.  He likes pasta too but lately he's refused to eat has to be rotini or elbow macaroni.  Ridiculous, I know.  What kid doesn't like spaghetti?!

He has transitioned to the next class at his school...a few months early due to his other class getting more younger kids transitioning from the infant class.   He has been a little hesitant but I think he'll get used to it.   We were a little sad because we loved his Young Toddler teachers....haven't made a decision on the Early Preschool teachers just yet.  

He would spend all day outside on the playground if we would let him....he LOVES slides and swings.   He loves to run around and play with any kind of ball.   He also loves when we push him in his Cozy Coupe on the driveway...again, he would do it all day if we could.  He has recently become very interested in trains and the small one we have in the playroom is a big hit.   He knows almost every sound that an animal makes and can recite them for you.   He is still obsessed with Bubble Guppies and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

We went to visit Nathan's parents in South Carolina the first week of June and while we had a good visit, Nathan and I both agreed it is NOT fun to fly on a plane with an almost 2 year old.   When we told other people about our experience, they all said that the age of 18 months to about 3.5 or 4 is the worst time to fly with, lesson learned.    Lesson learned.   Once we get more pics from Nathan's dad from the trip, I will post more....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

 Waiting for food at Aunt Celeste's on Easter
 Our re-done shower thanks to a leaking shower pan....nice but not what we wanted to do with our money at the moment
 Playing with the kids of Nathan's Southlake HS friends
 Sweet boy on the way to daycare
 Outside Louisiana Lagniappe in Destin
 With the Zipsers in Destin

 Looking for birds
 Feeding Bella
 Looking for birds again :)

 About to go swimming in our pool for the first time this season

 Taking Bella for a walk
 Storytime before work and daycare
Sliding on the of his favorite things to do


Well, I have to combine two months into one post but it all runs together anyway.   Again, I can't even begin to say how much fun he is right now.   He is in between a little boy and a baby...I'm trying to savor the moments when he lets me still hold him and cuddle him like a baby but I also like how much more fun he is as a little boy.   

At his 18 month appointment, he weighed 26 lbs and 8 oz (80th percentile) but now that he just turned 20 months, he's almost 28 lbs according to our scale...I think the doctor scale was a few ounces off since he wouldn't stand still quite long enough to get an accurate reading.   His height was 34 inches, which is in the 90th percentile.   He's a thick big boy...or a "tank" as we refer to him.   He has the cutest little belly...oh how it would be nice to have cute bellies as an adult right?   

He is continuing to be a hard person to feed vegetables...right now, I have to buy the toddler pouches like Happy Tot, Plum or Gerber Organics to get most veggies in him.   He'll eat green beans the most and the occasional carrot but he won't eat anything else at home.   Daycare tells me he'll eat most of the veggies they serve there but I think it's because he sees the other kids eating them.   He eats pretty much any fruit you put in front of him.   He's become pickier with pasta for some's a texture thing apparently.   He'll eat rotini and mac and cheese but not the bowtie pasta or penne.

He's talking a lot more and has started saying 2-3 word sentences.   His favorite word is probably "no" and he'll point at you with his finger.   He loves mama and asks for me mostly....but on weekends, he's all about dada.    He adores Bella (Be-Be as he calls her) and especially loves holding on to her leash when we go on walks.   We bought a bird feeder to put on our deck because he loves watching the birds outside...and with the bird feeder, we see a lot more of them!   He also loves to slide....we ended up buying a plastic Little Tikes slide from Walmart to keep in his playroom and it's been a great purchase!

He started swim lessons at the end of March and he LOVES them.  Nathan gets in the water with him but I think he's getting close to moving to the level where Nathan doesn't have to get in.   We got into our pool for the first time over Memorial Day weekend and he had a lot of fun jumping from the stop into the water.   He did however have a major breakdown when we tried to put a floatie lifejacket on him...he hated it.   So we'll avoid that for now since he can't wear it much anyway.   

Nathan and I went to Destin, FL the first week of May for 4 nights with the Zipsers just to get away for some adult time.   My mom and sister stayed at our house to watch Cameron for us...and since his Vivi gives him whatever he wants when he wants it, he was in heaven.   My mom said he asked for me the first night but after that, he was fine.   We enjoyed being able to go out to dinner, sleep in (although "sleeping in" now just means staying in bed until about 7 or 7:30), and read a book on the beach.   It rained most of the time we were there and was a little chilly but it didn't bother us too much.   

We're off to South Carolina next week to visit Nathan's parents and we are dreading the plane ride.    Stay tuned for details!