Sunday, April 29, 2012

Swings and Sand

 We can not believe that we have two 15 month olds already!  They are growing so fast and doing very well.  We had Ashton and Aiden's check-up this past week.  We have two very healthy boys, two boys that were not happy about getting their shots, and one boy that is a bit larger than his brother. ;)  The only question I had... "What can I do about Aiden biting his brother?"  Yes, Aiden still bites.  He doen't bite anyone else at daycare, except his brother BUT It makes me feel horrible.  Timeouts and pushing his lip back into his teeth are what we are going to try :(

Ashton was 25.6 pounds and 31.8 inches tall.  He is a good sleeper and a great eater.  He eats most anything but his favorites are grapes, bananas, yogurt, and COOKIES.  He uses his fork with most anything and is becoming "Mr. Independent".  As soon as he is done eating, he signs for a cookie with a huge smile on his face.  He doesn't care much for any meat right now.  He signs more, milk, cookie, and eat.  We are working on please and thank you, although he says "thank you" (Tay Tay).  He is saying more and more words each week!

Aiden was 24 pounds and 31.5 inches tall.  He is a great sleep and a a good eater.  He is a bit more picky of an eater with vegetables and meat, but will eat any fruit.  He especially likes grapes and bananas.  He is not as crazy about the sweets as his brother either.  Aiden signs more, milk, all done, and eat.  He also says "Tay Tay" (thank you) and we are working on more signs.  Aiden trys to repeat more words each day.  At times I swear he says "brother" and points to Ashton's crib.  It's only a matter of time here more will be able to understand him, as I am often his translator ;)

Ashton has some pretty crazy bed head!  One day I picked him up from day care and I commented in his wild hair.  I thought it was from nap time... NOPE.  That's the way daddy dropped him off.  That's OK, I still get 6th graders coming to school with some pretty bad bed head.
Nana spoiled the boys with a Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae from DQ.  The boys dug right in!

Gearing up for our busy summer!  Daddy, Uncle Nate, and Price were on hand to help build the temporary swing set.  I say temporary hoping we are moving soon and we will build the permanent one at our new house!  Yep, house back on the market.  Met with the builder to make a couple changes since the last go-around, and we are all set and crossing our fingers our place sells...SOON!  But in the meantime, we needed the swings up the boys got from Grampa and Gramma for Easter!

Trying to stay out of the way... picking some pretty "flowers".

Hard at work!  Thanks for the help, hopefully it was practice for when the larger one is built at our new house ;)

The two goofy monkeys were having a blast hanging out under the ladder.  They thought they were pretty special...

And time to SwInG!  Ashton didn't stop giggling for the first 15 minutes.

Aiden let uncle Nate push him pretty high!

Another highlight of the day... Daddy bought a sand box when he was picking up the lumber for the swing set. All we need is a pool and we are set for the long days of summer, outside.

I didn't mention earlier that at the check-up they asked if they scribble on paper (developmental milestone) and I had to say no!  It made me feel bad and I have been thinking lately that we don't really do much with sensory activities.  Not that they won't scribble, I just honestly don't think about giving them a pencil, pen, marker or crayon because EVERYTHING still goes in their mouth.  So... while at Perkins this weekend, I purposefully gave them a crayon to color on their place mat.  Yep, they scribbled, but then not a few minutes and it was in their mouths and wax pieces in their drool.  Yuck.  Tried shaving cream on their sensory table... in their mouth.  Try play dough... in their mouth.  Try a bubble bath... in their mouth.  Bubbles... in their mouth.  Case in point, sand in the mouth... Maybe it's just me and they need to learn, but it makes me cringe to have both boys crunching on sand as I am sitting next to them!  They know the work "Icky" but they don't really care.  It must not taste Icky to them.

Ashton is a CLIMBER!  Aiden isn't confident enough quite yet, but Ashton is up on the furniture, on our bed, and on top of whatever he can climb if he is out of your sight for more than 10 seconds.

Digging.  When they are swinging, they want in the sand box.  When we are in the sand box, they want to swing.  It will be a BUSY SUMMER, but so much fun!

Finally, the last pictures of the week.  Our little boy that is obsessed with cleaning.  The broom, swifter duster, steam mop, and the vacuum are better than any toy you could buy.  Before tonight, Aiden wanted to vacuum but was afraid of it.  I had to hold him while vacuuming (try that for  a work out).  Tonight he toughened up and actually held it... and pushed it back and forth for as long as I would have let him!
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Have a great week.  We cannot believe it is just about MAY!

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