Meet the Sullivans

February 4, 2016

Luke is TWO Months!

Dear Luke, 

Earlier this week you turned 2 months! You've changed and grown so much in the last month, and as cliche as it sounds, I just want time to stop. I'm not ready for you to be out of the newborn phase, and move into full babyhood just yet. 

You are a mellow, easy going baby boy, and your cries are the saddest thing because I know you're truly unhappy when I hear them since they're far and few between. Every week you revel more of your personality, and I'm already starting to see how different my two boys will be.
 

Stats: 22.5" height (73.81%) and 12 lbs 4.4 oz weight (50.03%)

Clothes: I pulled out the 3 month and 3 - 6 month clothes to wash for you this week. You're so long that the 3 month pajamas are getting snug in the leg.

Eating: You're still a great eater! You go a little longer between feedings now, maybe like 2 1/2 or 3 hours. You scream when you need to burp, but calm down right after. I love feeding you, and it's probably our only little bit of alone time.

Sleep: You sleep in our room at night in the co-sleeper, and take a few naps during the day in the car seat while we're out, in my arms and sometimes in your crib upstairs. You give me a long stretch usually between 4 to 6 hours, followed by a couple 2-3 hours stretches. Bedtime is whenever you fall asleep anytime between 9 or 10pm.



Health: You are a healthy growing boy! You've been congested for the last week, but it doesn't seem to bother you much. We use a humidifier, snot sucker, saline drops and an oil diffuser to help make you more comfortable. We're also keeping a close eye on how your head is positioned. You prefer to turn your head to your right when sleeping, and you have a flat spot to prove it, so we've been switching your head to the left in hopes of balancing it out.

You had a rough time after your 2 month shots. You fell right to sleep after calming down from the shot, but when you woke up a couple hours later you were screaming in discomfort. We did some leg stretching to help the medicine circulate and you felt a little better, but I decided to give you some medicine to help with the pain. Hoping the 4 month shots aren't as rough on you!

Activity: You're tolerating tummy time a little more these days. You're no longer happy being held cradle style in our arms unless you're ready to sleep. You prefer to be held upright so you can get a good look around. You're always so happy on the changing table and it's one of my favorite spots to chat with you. You're a big smiler and cooer, and loooove being sung to. Some of your favorites are Itsy Bitsy Spider, Adele's "Hello" and "Happy Birthday".

Outings: Since daddy went back to work last month we've been going non-stop! You go everywhere with us from school, to the park, to Costco, pretty much wherever we need to go. Starting this week you'll be joining Owen and I in his classroom while I do my co-op duties.


Sweet sweet Luke, you light up all of our lives! I'm so lucky to be your mommy. You were the missing piece of our family and I can't believe how much you've made me heart grow.

xoxo, Mommy and Daddy

February 2, 2016

Owen is FOUR!

A couple weeks ago our Owen turned FOUR! It's hard for me to believe that I gave birth to him four whole years ago. The years have gone by too quickly. This has been a huge year in terms of physical growth, milestones and maturity for our boy. He's been growing inches upon inches, nailed potty training and became a big brother. I rarely see the "baby" in his face anymore, but when I do it gets me a little emotional. He's our sweet, spirited, smart little boy and we love him SO much!


Being around and playing with other kids is Owen's absolute favorite thing! He adores his cousins, aunts and uncles, and chats with them like they're his peers. He has a best buddy at school and lots of other friends who he asks about often. He is happiest when he gets to play with other kids his age! He is very good friends with all of our friends' children, and also makes his own new friends almost anywhere we go. If it were up to Owen, he would have friends over to play at our house everyday.

He listens well to other adults, but is still pretty stubborn at home. If he wants something from us he is going to use his whole bag of tricks to get it. There is also no pulling the wool over this boy's eyes! He is always listening to what we're talking about and doesn't miss a beat.

Owen is in three year-old preschool three days a week. We are part of a co-op school that we absolutely love, so I get to work in Owen's classroom alongside him. Owen enjoys being at school with his teachers and his peers, although he really is a homebody and loves to stay home and play with his toys.We've seen so much growth in him as a student this year and the way he interacts with his peers. He is also currently doing Taekwondo, which he's been in for 7 months, and had earned his orange belt.

He surprises us all the time with the things he says and remembers! He is great at expressing his feelings and getting his point across. He always listening to us when we're talking and usually chimes in with a question or comment. He asks me A LOT of "why" questions and loves hearing stories about family members when they were kids.

When we say grace before dinner Owen always throws in a little "a mommy" at the end after we say our final amen. He says it's because we say "Father, Son, Holy Spirit" and he wants to include mommy too. Sweet guy :)

Owen rarely naps anymore, although I think that on most days he could definitely use one. If he doesn't nap he's in bed between 7-8pm unless he falls asleep before then. We invested in an Okay to Wake clock for him after Luke was born to help him stay in his bed all night. He was waking up and coming into our room (something he's been doing for months). I used to bring him back to his bed and stay with him there until he fell back to sleep, but since I'm up at least 2x now with Luke, Keith has been going back to his room with him. Sometimes there are tears because he really wants to stay in our bed or at least have me come with him. He's responded pretty well to the clock in terms of staying in his bed until the light turns green. We've been periodically moving the timer forward (we started at 6:45am) with a goal of getting him to stay in bed and sleep until 7:30am (eventually). At bedtime he brushes his teeth and goes to the potty, then we read a book in his room if he's not too tired, then it's lights out. 99% of the time I'm the one who stays with him in his room until he falls asleep. He likes to drink his milk (yes, bad, I know) and rub my arm as he drifts off to sleep. I don't mind it at all because I love our time together. 

Owen loves to be read to and to pretend to read. He has a few favorite books memorized and likes to read them to himself. He can recognize his first name and spell it (most of the time).

He loves his little brother and always wants to hug him and talk to him.

He sings to himself and makes up his own songs.

When we go for walks we don't make it very far because Owen would usually rather look for bugs and check out his surroundings than rush.

His newest favorite food is salmon! He also loves pecans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, lots of fruits, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, string cheese, cheddar cheese, hot dogs, french fries and sweets! And milk, he still loves to drink milk and asks for it many times throughout the day.

He's LOVES playing Super Heroes, Transformers, cars, Star Wars action figures, Legos, dinosaurs, board games. and many more!

Some pictures of Owen through the year! 

 January
 February

March


April
May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Sweet sweet Owen, I ask you all the time to please stop growing, but you keep getting bigger and bigger! You often tell me that you want to stay a kid forever, and although that would be fine by me, I don't think we have a choice in the matter.  I thank God each day for making me your mommy. You brighten our days, super cutie!

xoxoxo Mommy

February 1, 2016

Weekending

Oh, weekends. Always over too quickly!

Ours was truly too quick this week since Keith was only off on Sunday since this is the week he transitions to a mon-fri schedule. We made the best of it and packed our one day with lots of fun though! 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. 

Saturday started like this...

That gummy smile! He has a stuffy nose, but you'd never guess it. He's always sweet and gentle. 

My mom came over in the late morning and we took the boys to the park. It's been raining on and off all week, so we really enjoyed the chance to be outdoors and in the sun. 

Sunday morning we went to church with Keith's mom. Owen has been so great during mass.  We bring him a book, something to color with and, as a last resort, a small snack. He stays busy, but he's always listening. Last week, as the priest way preparing communion, Owen heard him say "as we drink your blood.." (talking about the wine of course) and the look on his face was priceless. He looked up at us s d said "drink blooooood? Yuck!"  He's always listening! 

He also said a nice prayer for his brother after communion. He loves him so much! 

After church we grabbed Philz Coffee and took the boys to Central Park to see the koi and play. 



And I have to add that my vinyasa scarf is not only versitile in style, but also in function, because it served as a great nursing cover while we were out. 


Acting super silly! 

In the afternoon I met my friends Jackie and Hilary for nachos and margaritas at Nachoria. They make their own queso and chips. The shredded chicken was fantastic! 


On the way home I swung by the store to pick up dinner because Keith's friend Chris cane for dinner and to watch the Warriror game. 

Such a busy day, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Hope you had a great weekend too!
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