Saturday, July 24, 2010

Going out to eat brings a whole new level of fun now

When we go out to dinner now we have to be careful of what is in Luke's reach at the table.

Disclaimer for the next picture: No, we did not let our child drink a Blue Moon. His lips aren't touching the glass, and it's empty anyways. He wanted it though!

Trick or treat

We've decided to start a tradition of celebrating Halloween in July. With that, Luke says "Trick or Treat!!"

Ok, no not really. :) Someone was talking about Halloween costumes on my message board, so I got out the costume that we had planned on Luke wearing. It looks like we'll have to rethink our plans, as it fits him now! I bought it at a garage sale before he was born, thinking that a 6-9 month would fit him in October. I was wrong.

Isn't he the cutest Tigger you've ever seen though??

5 months old!

How is our little boy 5 months old?!?

No doctor's appt this month, but weighed at home he was 17lbs, 5 oz. (That's just a little bit over a lb weight gain in the last month.) He has moved up to size 3 diapers and is starting to wear 6-9 month clothes, especially in sleepers.

Some highlights of the last month or so:
-He loves pools! He went swimming for the first time in a big pool.
-Loves jumping in the jumperoo and doorway jumper.
-Laughs everytime he hears growling noises
-Still sleeping through the night (and finally stopped his 4am 20 minutes of chattering)
-Is starting to sit up on his own
-Still only rolls from belly to back, occasionally
-Is starting to scoot on his belly. He can't really go forward but can turn himself in a circle.
-Has been to the emergency room already.
-He loves to sing. I honestly think that's what he's doing. If we're in the car and music is on, he starts "singing" in his carseat. He stops when the music stops. He also likes to do this first thing in the morning.
-He's started to get a little bashful. When he meets someone for the first time, he'll grin at them, and then turn his head into my shoulder.
-He's started eating cereal again (this time oatmeal.) He LOVES it and will inhale a Tbsp.

And now for some "outtakes." **No bears were harmed in the taking of these pictures.**

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More video

Luke has learned to jump in his jumperoo and the doorway jumper at Grandma's. I've started to call him Tigger (from Winne the Pooh*) because of it! My favorite is how he jumps on just one leg.

Like I mentioned in the post below, he's become a fan of oatmeal. It will be interesting to see what he thinks of peas.

*If you aren't familiar with Tigger, he bounces a lot. His theme song is,
A wonderful thing is a Tigger;
A Tigger's a wonderful thing.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of spring
They're bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
The most wonderful thing
about Tiggers is:
I'm the only one!

So when Luke is bouncy bouncy bouncy, he's my little tigger. :)

This boy loves to laugh

Here are some short videos over the past week or so of Luke laughing. Most of the time you just have to make a growling noise and he cracks up. I love having a happy baby! (That's not to say that he doesn't have his screaming moments too ...) :)

Misc. pictures from the last 2 weeks

We found out that Luke loves playing with bubbles at school. He apparently even cried when it was time to stop! We stopped one evening and bought a bubble gun - as you can see he was pretty excited about it. :)

Luke and I went to the zoo last Friday with our friends Karen and Aaron.

"Whoa mom! There are dolphins swimming above us!"

We also went to Steak and Shake over the weekend and Luke sat in a highchair like a big boy!

His Uncle Pat also helped him see how tall he was.

And lastly, Luke has decided that he likes oatmeal now. We gave him a break over the past few weeks and started back up yesterday. He inhales it now!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pictures at the park

We went to a park on Friday and Karen tried out her new lens by taking pictures of Luke. They turned out so great!

Even though he's not smiling - I love his little nose, cheeks, and lips in this one.

This is my favorite!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

5 months old

Luke turned 5 months old today. We asked him how he would like to celebrate and he said he wanted to go flirt with the nurses in the ER at Community North. We like to keep him happy, so off we went.

Ok, ok ... that's not really how it happened, but that IS how we spent the afternoon. When I was changing him out of his pjs this morning, he started to cry (not scream, just fussy cry) as I took his arm out. There were no sudden movements, no popping noises, but he cried. Honestly I thought he was hungry so I fed him. I noticed that he didn't reach to grab the bottle like normal. Afterwards I was rocking him and he didn't hold onto the blanket like normal. Then I laid him down and he used his left arm to rub his face, hold onto the blanket, wave around ... but left his right arm laying on the bed. The day pretty much went on like that. If you lifted his arm up it was limp and would just flop back down. He wouldn't grasp my finger. He never really cried - just whimpered occasionally if it was moved a certain way. He still COULD move his arm - occasionally moved his fingers and once or twice moved his hand to his face. There were no bumps, bruises, swelling, discoloration, or things poking out. Most the time he was laughing/grinning and waving his left arm around, while the right stayed put. We had no idea what it could be.

I called and talked to a nurse on call and we decided to take him to the ER. We could have waited until the pediatrician's open hours, but in the event they might do an xray, we went to the hospital.

He was a champ when we got there. Still no crying, grinned and flirted with the nurses - just really wouldn't use that arm.

The doctor came in and after examining him said he was pretty sure it was something called Nursemaids Elbow. This is basically a partially dislocated elbow - it happens when the radius (one of the elbow bones) slips out of the joint. This can happen because the ligaments and muscles are still very relaxed and flexible and don't hold the bone firmly in place.

Jason held Luke while the doctor bent his elbow to help put the bone back into place. That's pretty much the only time he cried. Shortly afterwards he could slightly move it and now that we've been home he's doing much better. I was leaning over him and he raised both hands up to my face. He's taking a nap now - all that flirting wore him out!

We're not sure what caused it. A lot of times in older kids it's when a parent swings them around by their arms, or is holding their hand and the kid falls. The only thing we can think of is that maybe his arm twisted while I was changing him? We also read that sometimes if they roll over onto it, it can cause it. Maybe he slept on it funny, got it caught in the crib ... we'll probably never know.

So that was our day! Needless to say we didn't take his 5 month onesie pictures today. Look for them later this week!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Learning to sit

Luke has hit a point where he doesn't like laying down as much anymore and wants to be sitting up to see what's going on. He doesn't quite have the balance, but he doesn't let that stop him. :)

We learned that the boppy pillow is a great helper though.

Speaking of sitting, here he is in one of his new toys. We found a great deal on some toys on craigslist (with my mom's help) and got them today. He doesn't actually get to have them yet, but we had fun trying the chair out.

A new way to shop

Up until now, when we go shopping, Luke stays in his carseat, that I sit into the cart. We ordered this cart cover and now he gets to shop like a big boy! So far we've used it in Target, HH Gregg, and Lowes. It's like a whole new world for him!

Visit with the Dilgers

We drove over to Champaign this weekend to visit the Dilgers and had a great time! Lots of playing, good food (Famous Dave's for dinner - yummy!), the daddies played with their Ipads, and the mommies got to go see the newest Twilight movie, Eclipse.

Allie was excited to "hold" Luke as soon as we got there. I think she's practicing for her new baby brother who will be here in October.

She showed us the best way to play in the water table.

She taught Luke how to kick in the water.

He was really interested in whatever she had to say or whatever she was doing.

Then Allie decided to try out all of the old baby things. Surprisingly she still fit into the bumbo seat ...

...and the exersaucer!

This morning we got up and walked over to the park. This was the first time that Luke has been to one.

Allie showed him how cool it is to have sand between your toes.

He loved the swings!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

We had a busy weekend, celebrating Luke's first 4th of July. On Saturday Jason had a car event, while Luke and I went to a freezer cooking day with my mommy's group. Then we went to a cookout, and then down to Ellettsville. We're home now and one tired little boy has been taking a nap for the past 2 1/2 hours. Such a great weekend!

At the cookout, wearing 4th of July outfit #1. USA Rocks!

Then Jason learned the magic of the bjorn. Luke has learned that it's fun to chew on.

Ohhh, beer. I'll have one please.

4th of July outfit #2. Do you think he'll hate me for this later in life?

All ready for the pool!

Testing the water with his toes. This was his first time in the "big people pool" and he LOVED it.

Look! I'm a fish!

He also thought tummy time on the raft was fun.

The pool can wear a little boy out!

After some sleep it was smiles again! (And I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but he wants to sit up on his own so badly. He's sort of doing it here.)