Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rubber Ducky You're the One!

Luke has officially changed bath time locations. His love for his baths grows more and more each day. Although it has been easy and convenient for Jason and I to bathe him in his little tub that fits on top of the kitchen sink...Luke has recently discovered that art of splashing water everywhere! He loves his blow-up duck bath tub and made the transition effortlessly!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My three boys

The men in my life definitely keep me on my toes...but I would not trade them even if I could! Jason, Luke, & Jake keep me laughing and smiling. I don't always understand them and I do sometimes feel outnumbered...but at the end of the day I kind of like being the only lady in their lives :) Here are some pictures of my boys:

Jake & Luke sharing Dad's lap

Nap-time in the living room

Mom...why are you taking pictures? We were trying to nap!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Let it snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Merry Christmas Luke! You are by far the best present mom & dad will receive for a long time. We had a quiet, but wonderful Christmas here in Washington. Here are some pictures to remember this very special "first" holiday.

Our Christmas Tree

Reindeer Towel from Camille & Kyler

Christmas Eve: Ready for bed in your Santa's Little Helper Pajamas

Bib from Gigi & Coach

You decided to sleep in on Christmas morning & were not too sure about all the festivities.

Still not sure...

Jake made it all better :)

Gifts from Great Mimi

First Bible from Uncle Danny, Aunt Lisa, Blake & Betsy
Peek-A-Boo Alaska Book from Shea

Momma & Uncle Colby's favorite childhood book from Gigi & Coach

Blanket from Great Grandma Johnson

Teddy Bear from Great Great Nena & Uncle Tim

All dressed up for church in your Reindeer Outfit---Thanks Gigi & Coach!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Three Months

Luke...you are three months old. This has been a big month for you! As soon as we got home from Texas, mom and dad made a lot of changes to your sleep routine. You weigh a little over 15lbs and are growing each and every day. Sadly enough, you have outgrown your "miracle blanket" and this is what has started the major changes to the way your sleep. You have been quite spoiled when it comes to how you sleep. Your current set-up is swaddled in the "miracle blanket," strapped into your bouncy seat, sitting in the bassinet of your pack n' play. I was originally planning to first take away just your bouncy seat, but since you are too big for your swaddle blanket, it is not safe to lay you flat in the bassinet swaddled. Teaching you to sleep un-swaddled and flat on your back has meant many sleepless nights for your mom and dad. You move quite a bit in your sleep, which wakes you up. I am proud to say that you have conquered this and are sleeping very well now!

Another big change was moving you into your big boy crib! I hate to say it, but this was much harder for me than it was for you. I cried and did not sleep well the first night...but not you...you slept like a champ. Luke, you were ready, I wasn't! You are learning to do new things each and every day. Your mom and dad are just so proud of you! We love you more than we could ever imagine and are just overjoyed to be your parents.

Looking distinguished in his little old man sweater for his three month chair picture!

The new sleep arrangement!

Squeaky clean after a bath & waiting for your baby massage :)

Our little love in his winter bear hat!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Two Months

Luke, your Momma is very behind on posting about your life! However, since the reason I am so behind is because you and I play all day long, I think you will probably forgive me! You spent most of your second month in Texas visiting all of your family and friends. You and I flew out two weeks ahead of Daddy, and you were a perfect angel on your very first plane ride. In fact, you behaved so well that the other travelers around us did not even know you were on board! Your Momma was of course extremely proud.

Your two month appointment went very well. The doctor said that you were a healthy, growing boy.

You weighed: 12 lbs 11 oz (91 percentile)
You were 22 3/4 inches tall (68 percentile)

At two months here is what you were doing:
*Luke you started sleeping anywhere from 5 to 8 hours at night.
*You were still sleeping swaddled and in your bouncy seat in Momma & Daddy's room.
*Your Momma still rocks you to sleep & we both love this special time!
*You nursed about 6 times per day and when you did take a bottle, you were eating around 5 to 6 ounces!
*You took your first plane ride to Texas!
*You discovered Gigi & Coaches ceiling fan and thought it was the best toy ever.
*You started to really smile, coo, and even laugh.
*Thanks to your Aunt Lisa, you learned to tolerate and possibly even somewhat like your bath.
*Your 0-3 month clothes are very tight and you quickly moved from a size 1 diaper to size 2 around 8 weeks.
*You began taking your naps un-swaddled and in your sleep positioner in the bassinet of your pack-n-play.
*You still loved your pacifier and unless you are hungry or tired, you are the happiest baby around!

You were (and of course still are) the best thing that has ever happened to your Momma & Daddy. We fall more and more in love with you each and every day. Sometimes I just sit and look at you and still cannot believe that you are mine. We love you Luke Brandon!

Two Months!

Not too happy about posing for his two month pictures :)

Luke's first plane ride to Texas

Gigi & Luke

Posing for Gigi & Coach's Christmas Card

So happy together!

Great Mimi & Luke

My Cousin Betsy & Luke

Great Great Nena, Uncle Mike, Momma, Uncle Tim, Emma, & Luke

Stevie & Luke

Shane & Luke

BJ, Donna, & Luke: The Szymanski's are now spread all over the country. Stevie & Dolly now live in South Carolina, BJ and his wife Jessie live in San Fransico, Shane is in Fort Worth, and Blake just graduated from Baylor. It was such a wonderful surprise when they called and were in town while we were home. We had the best visit. We have so many fun memories with this family!

The Happy Couple: Blake & Luke

Luke's 1st visit to the optometrist (his clogged tear duct gave trouble while in Texas). He did so well and made everyone in the office smile!

Great Great Granny & Luke--they were instantly in love!

Coach reading Luke one of his favorite books: Peekaboo, Baby!

Uncle Colby & Luke

My Uncle Danny & Luke

The Newlyweds & Luke: Dustin & Merredith just got hitched in Taos, New Mexico. We saw pictures from their wedding and it was truly magical. We were so sad that we could not be there.

Visiting Coach at the office!

Camille, Kyler, & Luke: Camille is one of my best friends! She & Kyler live in Houston and were so kind to drive down to meet Luke. I miss seeing her very much! Thanks, Camille for always taking the time to come and visit when we are home!

Helping Coach make some phone calls!

Beautiful Rhonda & Luke: Rhonda is Camille's mom. She is such a classy and sweet lady. Luke loved meeting her and was simply in heaven as she rocked him during her whole visit!

Granna & Luke

Gavin & Luke (he promised not to drop him....so cute!!)

Great Nana, Herb, & Luke

Bobby & Luke (he has grown so much since Bobby first saw him!)

Gigi & Luke cuddling on the couch!

Luke & his best friend Reed out shopping in Aledo!

Our friends the Roarks: Jennifer & Reed. They live next door to my parents and were such a help during our trip. Jenn gathered up clothes, blankets, towels, etc for Luke so that I would not have to bring so much. We just love her, Cody, Reed, & their goldendoodle Riggs!

When two babies get fussy, you hold two babies!

Reed & Luke in their "Daddy's Wingman" shirts
Kayci & Luke: Kayci and her family were our next door neighbors when we were much younger. We have the best memories with the Spauldings and were so glad to see Vicki & Kayci while we were home (Vicki I must not have snapped a picture of you and the little man, sorry!). Kayci will be getting married this upcoming summer and we cannot wait for the wedding festivities to begin!

Luke taking a nap at Gigi & Coach's

Luke & his crazy Great Aunt Danna

We had many more visitors while in Texas; however, my mom must have snapped some of those photos. Thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to come and meet Luke. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends and we hope to see you all again soon!

Love, Jason, Lauren, & Luke