Thursday, July 14, 2011

And We're Off

Here he goes!

Cohen is now a crawler. 

Let me tell you it has been a proccess to get him there, but he is finally a crawler.  It all started about 2 months ago when Tow started scootin and rollin around to go get things.  If he was going somewhere in particular, it would take him a while to get there but he would be able to do it.  If I just put him on the floor, he would be in a different spot in less than a blink of an eye.  (The scooting has progressively gotten better.  He is now a scootin machine.) Then he decided to learn how to get on all fours and rock.  But that is all nothing else.  Then about three weeks ago he decided that he wanted to start climbing.

Since then, the kid has fallen and bumped his head hundreds of times because he will not stop climbing on stuff.  Not just pulling himself up, but he will climb onto the ottoman and then climb onto the couch.  He is crazy and the whole time he does it, he just smiles!  And then about a week ago I decided that I could finally call Tow a sitter as well.  He still does not sit for long (he likes to go, go, go) but he can sit all by himself for 30 seconds or more at a time before he falls over.  Now, starting today, he is a crawler.  It was funny, because I was sitting on the floor and Tow crawled over to me.  At first, I didn't even realize that it was a crawl and not a scoot.   After I was holding for a few seconds did it process.  So, I put him back on the floor a few feet away from me and sure enough he crawled the entire way.  I was in shock and disbelief.  He crawled like he has been crawling for months.  When Arlo started crawling he was shaky and it took a few seconds for him to move each hand.

It is funny how different 2 boys from the same parents can be.  They are polar opposites.  Arlo started crawling at six months and then learned to sit up a few weeks later and then pulled himself up for the first time at around 8 months.  He did not start eating solids till about 8 months and when he did it had to have chunks in it, he would not eat smooth food.  Cohen has loved food from the first bite at around 4 months.  He liked it so much I had to stop feeding him food, because he would fill himself up on food and not want to drink his milk.

Arlo slept through the night since 3 months old.  Cohen has never slept through the night.  I have slept trained him once to only wake up once throughout the night and that only lasted for a few weeks.  Arlo was never sick, Cohen gets little colds ALL the time.  Arlo has a very high voice, Cohen's is very low.  Arlo has always had hair, Cohen has never had hair.  Arlo would never take a binki, Cohen cannot live without it.  Arlo did not go through a 'mommy' phase until he was about 17 months, Cohen will cry if I leave the room for more than a few seconds (it's bad, I can't even let Tim do night duty for me, because if Tim goes in and gets him, he screams bloody murder until I take over, and then as soon as I hold him he stops like he was never crying in the first place.  Can you say SPOILED?) These are just a few examples of their differences.

I am so proud of my boys.  I could not be a happier mama!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

100th Blog Post: My Babies

For my birthday, I am getting my blog turned into a book, to have a hard copy of my journal.  (I am getting it done at blog2print, the best prices and easiest to do without downloading something or other.)  So, before I get it printed I wanted to finish my 100th blog post.  This post will be ALL about my favorite subjects... my boys.  And, I am even adding in a video which, sadly, I won't be able to see in my book, but fun none-the-less.

The video is long, but Arlo loves to read, this is an animal book that he loves, but some of his favorite stories are Caps for Sale, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Mouse, The Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear, Goodnight Gorilla, and all his library books that he picks out each week.  I love walking in on him as he is reading... so dang cute!

Tow in a Box!
He is such a mama's boy, if I put him down for more than 2 seconds he starts to cry.  We have a bumbo, a jumper, an exersaucer and for the past few days, he cries the minute I stick him in any of them.  So, I've been coming up with creative ways to keep him contained AND happy.

Every morning we go outside from about 9-10:30 or as late as we can stand it.  Even on 115 degree days.  (It's really not so bad in the shade, with water.)  Once again, since it is an everyday thing, we have to come up with creative ways to stay happy.  The new craze... Bubbles!  
Let me introduce you to.... THE BUBBLE MONSTER!!!!!!

Yes, he always wears his boots outside.

Tow, does the same thing everyday... plays in the pirate ship and gets wet!
He loves it! 

And here is a picture that I just had to post...  This is a picture of he dust storm last night.  It took me a few hours to clean up after it.  There was dust EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

Fourth of July

I would first like to give a HUGE thank you to all our military men and women who work hard and put their lives on the line everyday to make this country free.  So..... THANK YOU to all the military people active and non active, past and present!  And Happy B-Day America!

Now... this is how we celebrate!

We had a fourth of July breakfast in the morning with our wonderful ward.

My brother Bryce came by and chilled with us throughout the afternoon.

And then we went over to Rob and Alexa's BBQ where we spent the afternoon eating Dry-Aged steaks, swimming and playing with fireworks.

Arlo learned to jump off the diving board a few days earlier.  He was so excited about jumping, when the older kids started jumping off the roof, he kept saying "Arlo turn" after I told him no for the 10th or so time he proceeded to throw a tantrum and tried to climb the ladder anyways.  I swear, this boy will be the death of me!

Rob and Alexa have a little boy 1 day older than Arlo... here are the boys...

Picking out fireworks,

Setting up fireworks,

Watching Fireworks,

Lighting Fireworks,
 Are you catching a theme here?  Once again, I am worried!!!!!

Here are me and my boys!
Cohen only lasted a few minutes outside with the fireworks.  The loud ones made him cry.  So we went inside and after 30 seconds or so, he was out like a light!  

We had a wonderful day.