Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lincoln is 11 months

Only one more month until our little monkey turns ONE!  He's getting so big!  A stationary 11 month old for a picture was a bit of a challenge this month.  These are the best I got.  He was all over the place (and a little unhappy with us because we didn't take the pictures until it was bedtime....spent the day having fun at the pool!)

Big brother watching and dying to be in the pictures!

Here is what Lincoln is up to....

- He can stand really well on his own and is starting to take a few steps.  Usually, it's one or two and then he falls or sits down (because let's face it, he can get places MUCH faster if he's crawling).  However, on Sunday evening, with a lot of encouragement, he took 4 steps in a row.  It has not been repeated, but we are getting much closer to walking.

- On a related front, he got his first pair of shoes today so he will get some walking practice outside as well as in the house.  He also got his first hair cut this weekend!  Pictures in a previous post, but he did great and looks adorable.  It took me a day or two to get used to him...I was so used to his long hair!  

- His two front teeth popped through last week.  He seems to be doing well with them although had a few nights where he woke up crying during the night (which is very abnormal for him at this point).  I feel so bad for him, but hopefully the pain will subside soon.  I'm a little sad as his whole look will change when those teeth fill in.  He won't look like a baby anymore!  Such a big boy. :)

- Lincoln claps all the time.  Pretty much whenever he hears clapping, hears you says "Yea!" or hears music.  Often clapping is accompanied by swaying or rocking....unless he's standing, in which case it's accompanied by bouncing.  (This all goes along with my comment from last month about how he never stops moving!)

- He's starting to interact with us on his own even though he's not using any words yet.  About 10 times a day, when he puts something he shouldn't into his mouth (a crumb or anything little he finds) he looks at me, giggles and crawls REALLY fast in the opposite direction.  Nick told me a story the other day about how he was trying to get Lincoln out of his crib and Lincoln was playing with him...would drop down and crawl to the opposite side of the crib...giggling...when Nick moved in to pick him up.  He will also play peak-a-boo by himself behind a door or with a blanket/item of clothing on his head.

- He's still a very very happy baby and his absolute favorite thing to do is crawl around and explore everywhere.  Unfortunately, there are limited places he can do that.  If I bring Lincoln to your house...beware...he will find things you never thought about baby proofing!

- The tongue clicking I talked about last month has stopped and a lot of babbling has filled in.  No consistent sounds yet, but I heard a lot of "na na na na" today.  Wonder what his first word will be.  Ben's was "Hi" around 13 months....but didn't have another word until about 16 or 17 months.  I'm not expecting a talker any time soon.

- Lincoln is still napping and sleeping great.  The only funny thing he does is that he plays in his crib before his afternoon nap...sometimes for 1 1/2 hour!  He's happy, so I leave him there...but as soon as I'm ready to give up on the nap and go get him....he usually fall asleep.  I'm thinking it might be time to start experimenting with his naps to see if he'd survive with only one.  That would certainly give us a little more flexibility to do fun things.....perfect time for the pool opening! :)

Well, with standing well, a few steps, babbling and 2 new teeth, this was a big month.  This next one will be even bigger as we prepare for our little guy to turn one.  I can't believe a year ago, we were just getting ready to met him!  Happy 11 months Linc!  

Forgot one pic...

Lincoln after his first haircut!

Lincoln's first hair cut

Since our boys have very little in common (looks-wise) it wasn't surprising that their FIRST hair cuts would come at very different times.  Ben didn't have his first hair cut (or a full head of hair, for that matter) until he was about 16 or 17 months.  Lincoln was a little overdue and had his first cut at 11 months.  He looked so cute sitting in the tiny chair!

His face was so cute while she was wetting his hair with a spray bottle.  Cute...and a little confused.

So handsome!

Of course Ben got one too...but this is old hat for him.

Happy boy

A "real" smile.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Year of Pre School is over!

Last Friday was the "graduation" for Ben's pre school year.  I'm not sure why they call it a graduation as he will be going back to the same school next year, but we'll go with it.  It was super cute.

Here was the face Ben made a good amount of the ceremony...especially when they "processed" in.  The little smirk says, "I trying to be serious, but you know I'm pretty cool right now!"

The three "3 year old" classes sang about 10 songs for the parents.  Don't Ben and Kate look thrilled?

Between the two of them, they were participating.  Kate is singing and Ben is doing the hand motions.

I swear, we brushed his hair this day.  The curls just can't be controlled sometimes.

No nap...and still cheering on his brother.

The highlight of the ceremony was Ben's bow, front and center, before receiving his certificate.  I have it on video too...it's on Facebook and I'll try to get it on here.

Congrats Bud!  On to 3 days next year with the 4 year old class!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day trip to Long Island

We drove to Long Island today to visit my grandparents (along with my cousin, Jill, and her family).  Ben really bonded with them when they came to meet Lincoln last summer (especially Grandpa Mac who humored Ben by playing pretend with him).  So, when I told him where we were going, he was very excited.  He was also excited to learn that his cousins Julia and Ella were going to be there.  What fun!  Great Grandparents AND cousins to play with. :)  Ben cried when we left.  He had an awesome time playing in the yard, at the park and in their house.  What a wonderful visit!

Great Grandma Enid surrounded by kids who love her!  

Ella spent time showing off her superb tree climbing skills...

And we found we had a copy cat.

Lincoln is officially standing on his own.  He can balance pretty well (here he was drinking and stayed balance while moving around the sippy cup).  However, when he decides he wants to move, he gently drops down to crawl.  One of these days, he'll realize it's easier just to stay standing and walk!

This was one of my favorite moments of the day...

Thanks for a great visit!  And for rolling out the fine china for us. :)  

Last week at home...

Ben is making a silly face...when looking back at my pictures, he did this for about 5 pictures in a row.  He must have been trying to pretend to be something. haha.

Stare down from two kids.

Happily playing

Caught!  Every day, Lincoln crawls over to the toy drawers and dumps them out one by one.  What fun for Mommy to pick up!

Constant movement.  Wouldn't sit still for a picture.

Caught mid-dance move post dinner,