Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weekend in the life

A weekend in pictures and videos of life with my boys.

AJ only gets one weekend off a month, so most of the weekends, I'm figuring out what fun things we can do.  The weekends leave me exhausted that Monday's are a welcomed sight, but only due to the amount of fun we have.

Thursday  - My weekends generally start on Thursday's, and we have become quite regulars at the water park that opened mid April.  Aidan regularly requests that we play at the water park, so and I keep swim suits and towels in the car.

Friday - Since next week I'll be in training in Florida, far away from my boys, I decided we needed a fun getaway and lots of quality fun time.  So Thursday night, I packed up the car so it would be ready for Friday.  I picked the boys up from daycare (I had a hair appointment!) around noon and we headed to Beaufort.

Love driving down Old Sheldon Church Rd

Beaufort Sunset

Chaos trying to get a photo with my boys
Private Dock to watch the sun set!

Water fountain on our walk to get pizza
in the neighborhood

My mom works in Beaufort and stays with a coworker during the week, so we met mom in town and then headed to the house.  Upon arrival, we had to help a certain toddler expend his  energy, who by the way, did not nap. Based on toddler behavior, we decided it was best to walk to the neighborhood pizza parlor for dinner.  After dinner, we explored the neighborhood and walk to the private dock to watch the sun set.  We also checked out each docked boat 100 times.  I was nervous having Aidan so close to the water since he has no fear of the water and loves to jump in, but he did really well.  We watched the sun set, and then went home to sip wine (mom and me) on the front porch while rocking the kids to sleep.

Saturday - Aidan had requested that we go to the beach, which is why I asked mom if we could visit her in Beaufort!  She had previously invited us down to spend the weekend with her, so we made the plans based on what Aidan said he wanted to do at the beginning of the week.  Mind you, he changed his mind 100 times, but I kept the original plans.

Because we had a cold front come through, and it was still in the 50's by 9 am, we decided to visit the Hunting Island Pier and the Lighthouse before going to the beach to allow the weather to warm up!  Aidan saw pelicans, several sharks, and horseshoe crabs. He also explored the nature shop where he saw turtles and snakes plus lots of preserved animals.
View from the pier
Grammy shoes Aidan the birds

Male and Female horseshoe crabs

The lighthouse Aidan wanted
to climb

After the pier and obtaining a lighthouse stamp (he wasn't tall enough to climb to the top - 44" is the requirement!), we headed to the beach.

Earlier in the week, mom and I were texting back and forth, and from that texting, we decided that we needed a beach cart and a beach tent since Owen sleeps most of the time we are on the beach or at the pool.

We also knew that we would have a longer walk to the beach since it's a rustic, rural beach.  I love Hunting Island.  It's secluded and they preserve as much as possible.  I mean, we park basically in a forest of trees, and when we walk out, bam, the beach.

Aidan immediately runs to the water while mom and I try to set up the beach area for all day fun.  In addition, we have to keep Owen from eating as much sand as possible.

He is asleep as soon as the tent is ready
The tent, which was awesome

At the end of the day, even Aidan takes a nap

We found a swimming area that the tide left for us. Aidan loved it because it was warmer, and there were no waves.  In addition, once Owen was done napping, he greatly enjoyed the little swimming area.

Aidan and Grammy walked down to the private dock after we got home (bathed and ate!) and watched the sun set again. Aidan had a great time watching the sun go to sleep.

And while Grammy and Aidan were walking about, Owen did this! For wine!

Sunday - With warmer weather returning (warmer overnight lows), we decided to head to downtown Beaufort to let Aidan play at the park, walk across the bridge, and look at the many boats. We completed our trip by having lunch on the waterfront and treated Aidan to ice cream.

The smile says it all!

Higher Mommy!

Walking back after crossing the bridge
Crazy guy on a uni cycle


We arrived home shortly before 5 so I could unpack, do some light errands, and repack for my work trip.  Hopefully the next few days away from by boys pass quickly so we can have another adventure.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8 Month Owen

This past month was a crazy one for Owen!  The biggest thing to occur this month was Owen receiving tubes.  Owen was still fighting constant ear infections, when we were referred to the ENT.  At his appointment, he was non responsive to all of the audiology tests and his ears were extremely swollen.  Two days later, tubes were placed in both ears, and the drainage has not stopped since.

Since receiving the tubes, Owen has pushed himself up from his stomach to his butt, has started turning over consistently from his stomach to his back, has rocked on his knees like crazy, and has been jabbering a lot.  He’s trying to crawl, though he appears to want to crawl on his feet and not his knees.  He has also pulled himself up on several occasions; the easiest place seems to be the handle to the freezer.

The biggest thing since receiving tubes is SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT.  With all the pressure relieved, he has been sleeping well, which means we are sleeping well. Happy family.

Owen also moved up from the young infant room to the older infant room, where he is now the youngest baby.  He sees the other babies crawling and eating food.  Owen is silly…he eats solids at daycare, but refuses to eat anything at home.  I keep trying, but he acts like I am poisoning him every time.  But if I take grass, mulch or dirt away from him, he acts upset and like I’m starving him.

Owen is ALL about his big brother.  He has also started enjoying the water more and learning how to splash.  Fortunately, he doesn't mind sharing his little pool with Aidan.

Hopefully Owen will be a water loving kid just like his big brother.