Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Cousins on the go.
Papa feeding Eli. Eli takes his meals seriously.
Visiting the airplanes.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The messy, yet yummy, cake
The moment before Clayton grabbed a nice chunk of the aforementioned black icing
Clayton and his buddy William
On Sunday, Ryan had to be to church early to play in the orchestra, so I got the kids up and ready and out the door by myself. After church we gave the boys their Easter baskets. We put Eli down for a nap, and I hid a bunch of Easter eggs around the living room. I had hoped to do this outside, but the weather was really yucky. Anyway, Clayton had the time of his life finding all those eggs, and it's definitely a game we'll have to do again. In the evening we enjoyed our Easter ham, and Clayton enjoyed the potato casserole. Yeah for those calories!
Colin's Easter Lily
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Yeah. ZheeZhee?" (Gigi)
"Yes, Gigi is coming too."
"No, Clayton. Their cat is not coming."
Just checking, I guess. You know he would have been in heaven if they had brought that cat, who, by the way, really doesn't seem to care much for Clayton.
Anyway, we had a good time with the grandparents. Ryan and I were able to abuse them a couple times, taking advantage of some free babysitting, a great blessing. Ryan and Papa were able to attend their first NBA game, and we were all able to go out to the base to learn a bit about Ryan's work. Other than that, there was just a lot of hanging around and surviving the cold front that blew through here. I will say that Papa and Gigi have developed quite a habit of bringing bad weather with them. I'm remembering down pours, extreme highs, and now unseasonable cold. Thanks guys. Lucky for us the morning they left was beautiful, and we were able to get a short stroll through Bricktown. Hopefully we can take them back down there the next time they come.
Unfortunately, I didn't get many, um any, pictures on my camera, but I'll try to round up some off of Papa's camera and post them later.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Birthday, April 10, 2006
April 14, 2006
Four days old, Post-Norwood, chest open... too graphic for this post, hence the gauze
July 27, 2006
3.5 months old, Post-Glenn with incredible swelling
First birthday, April 10, 2007
(This was just the beginning of the cake disaster.)
Second birthday, April 10, 2008
(Um, Wendy, couldn't you find a better picture? Um, nope, that's about as good as it gets.)
We're so grateful for Clayton's good health since his last surgery. His next surgery, the Fontan, is always looming in the back of our minds, but for now, we're just focusing on the present and loving every minute. This morning I got the boys up, and we threw on clothes and headed down to the grocery store, where Clayton selected a Sesame Street balloon and a chocolate covered donut. We headed back home and had a special birthday breakfast. Clayton was so thrilled when I, with my most beautiful singing voice, sang Happy Birthday to him.
Third birthday, April 10, 2009
I was surprised that he knew exactly what to do with those candles.
We are planning to have a very small get together one evening this week to celebrate with a few of our friends. Clayton has requested pizza, and we'll have cake and ice cream that night. We gave him our birthday gift when Ryan got home this afternoon. Clayton loves bikes, so we thought it was time to get a tricycle. He's also obsessed with our bike helmets, so he needed one of his own as well.
Trying out the new trike.
Clayton's never pedaled anything, so that's going to take a little time to learn. In the meantime, do you remember the episode of Friends where Phoebe gets the new bike, but she doesn't know how to ride it, so she pushes it all around town? Yeah, that's the scene here. Apparently it's just as exciting and a lot less frustrating to just push it around. Either way, it's a hit.
Happy birthday Clayton! I love you so much. Nothing brightens my day like love from my punkin.
Monday, April 6, 2009
In the fun news, Eli is such a social baby. He LOVES to talk. If you talk to him, he'll talk to you. He's perfecting the lip buzzing and the high pitched squealing. He's also been doing a lot of what I call "hee-haw" laughing. He just cracks himself up at least a couple times a day. I'm never sure what's so funny, but apparently it's absolutely hilarious. Eli is also working really hard to roll over. He's so close to getting from his back to his tummy. I'm not really sure why he wants to do this, as he hates tummy time, but he's sure working on it. I think he just wants to go somewhere. He's also very much into baby toys these days. Everything goes straight into the mouth for the taste test.
Get into my belly!
Eli had his four month well baby appointment this morning. I'm still having a hard time getting accustomed to only taking my child to the doctor once every two months. The appointments are so quick, and I don't even pack an overnight bag, just in case he gets admitted. It's really easy. Our doctor listened and listened and said everything sounded great (don't think I won't be having Clayton's cardiologist give a listen next month, just to be sure). Eli weighed 13 lbs, 3 oz (16th %) and was 25 inches long (54%), so a little light with average height. He got his four month shots, and then we were off.Eli is such a sweet baby, and we are so blessed by his good health. We're also lucky that Clayton is such an excellent big brother. He loves and loves on Eli all day long, and he's usually willing to be Mommy's helper when I need it. I sure do love these boys. They're pretty sweet.
Reading stories before bedtime