Monthly Archives: June 2011

Landon Bug

Landon is hanging out with grammy on the back porch.


Landon Laird White already has quite a few nick names.  We LOVE nicknames in both of our families.  Some of them are:

Landon Bug

Landon Love

Mr. Butters {Guy only}

LL

Landon Buggy {Blake only}

Mr. Laird {my mom}

Baby Landon



Landon had his two month check up and shots Thursday.   The doctor was very pleased with his social skills.  She also mentioned he has great tone and that he is very strong.  Everything looked and sounded good with him.  He weighed in at 15 lbs 7 oz and is 25 inches long.  Both of those measurements put him in the 100% category and his head came in around 75%.  Last time his head was in the 50% category making him look like a pin head compared to the rest of him.  He is definitely our kid.



He got two shots and one oral vaccine. The vaccines gave him a low fever off and on Friday along with a smaller appetite and made him super sleepy but he had trouble sleeping long.  This lack of a long sleep continued the following nights so I have been up with him more then normal.  The other thing he has had is some congestion and a slight runny nose since then.



Madison also had trouble sleeping Thursday night waking up with nightmares about spiders on her wall.  She woke up 4 times ending up in our bed about 5 am.  She is really funny when she wakes up most of the time.  She’ll wake up all upset and talking.  We’ll go in and ask her a question to which we’ll get some crazy answer or gibberish.  Then we’ll tell her good night and to lay down.  She’ll be back asleep before we leave the room.


My dad got a golf cart to get around at the lake, and now has it at the house.  The kids love to get on it even if they are only doing laps around the backyard.  In the next fe images Blake is giving Guy a run for his money be being the one controlling the gas pedal!  Blake is so excited and proud of himself.  Guy, on the other hand, got a little scared a couple times when Blake didn’t stop immediately when he told him to stop.  They were going a bit fast for turning on the grade.  




Mr Adventurous.


Little Miss Happy to Go Along For the Ride.


The funny thing about this image is….   He told me he didn’t want me to take his picture then gave me this perfect look.  :-)  Soooooo, as I am taking a break from writing this to change Landon’s diaper a few funny things just happened with Blake.  After getting Landon’s diaper off I realize the cloth diaper about to go on him needs to be resized since he’s grown so much.  As I go to resize it I say, “Don’t pee on me.”  Blake is standing right there and says, “OK.”  Then he looks down towards his weinie and says, “You hear that?”  Guy and I are busy cracking up over this when Blake leans down to Landon like he always does without looking.  The next thing he knows his mouth has touched Landon’s weinie.  He pops upright with his tongue between his teeth saying, “ehhhh ehhhh ehhhh ehhh ehhhh.”  He just keeps repeating it and is obviously afraid of putting his tongue back in his mouth.  We tell him he can wash his mouth so he runs to wash out his mouth in the bathroom  while still saying, “ehhhh ehhhh ehhhh.”  So funny.


More drama.   Madison has been afraid of dogs since about one year old.  We’ve been working with her, and she is more cautious now then afraid.  If a yippy, loudly barking and/or dog running at her is around she may still freak out.  Understandable.  I’m afraid of people who don’t behave so why not be afraid of a dog that doesn’t?  She made great friends with our/their dog Moose at Grammy & Grandpa’s house.  She was as affectionate with him as she is with Landon, which is to say way to affectionate to the point of smothering.  We were all hanging out in the living room when all of a sudden we hear an abbreviated bark.  Madison is crying and she has blood coming from her nose and mouth.  I saw it all with my peripheral vision.  My dad said he was watching the whole thing.  She was talking loving to Moose with her hands on both sides of his mouth and her face right up to his mouth probably kissing him.  My dad thought her fingers were in his mouth or right by Moose’s eyes.  Moose went to bark at her to back her off and ended up with a tooth in her nose.  At the same time she bit her tongue as she realized he was barking at her.  Moose is a really big dog so the abbreviated bark was him definitely stopping mid bark as he realized he was biting her.


This image shows where his tooth went into her nose.  {You can also see Guy’s poison whatever behind her}


She cuddled with Blake and daddy for a bit after we cleaned her up.  Daddy is generally her chosen cuddle person since Landon was born.


Moose was so upset about the whole thing he wouldn’t even look at me 20 minutes later.  By the evening she and Moose made up with each other.  If I had realized she was being so affectionate, especially kissing him in the mouth with her hands on his face she would have been told to stop and back off!  The next morning I caught her smothering him which really surprised me.  She has certainly conquered her fear and gotten right back in the preverbal saddle.


Grammy and Aunt Gracie held Landon a lot of the time we were there.  Grammy even said she’d like see if they can come see us in a week or two.  Landon has that affect on people!

Madison is busy smothering him here.


And he’s starting to laugh more for her instead of get so scared when she comes at him.  She’s lucky he tolerates her so well.


On Fathers Day, Guy ended up waking up early with the kids since I was up so long with Landon in the middle of the night.  All five of us stayed in the guest room together.  There is a queen bed, next to that in front of the dresser was a queen blow up bed.  At the foot of that bed was the pack and play for Landon.  Normally the room is used by my step mom as a dressing and craft room.  Her desk was put into their room to make room for the blow up bed.  We actually fit in there rather well.  The kids ended up going to bed much later then normal.  Madison also got up and stayed up with me the first two nights for Landon’s feeding.  Then she got to exhausted and slept through the feedings the rest of the trip.  Based on that I think they’ll do fine when we move Landon into their room in a few months when he starts sleeping longer at night.


Grandpa got in the pool for the first time in years!  We were all thrilled to have him join us on our pool adventure.  {By the way.  My dad was the only person who volunteered to watch both twins when they were babies by himself!  I am still impressed by that.  Happy Fathers Day again dad!!!!}


He got Landon in the pool.


Who wasn’t too thrilled by the shock of the cooler water.  Uhm, yeah, he loves a nice warm/hot bath.


Landon decided any water was still pretty cool after a minute.  Then about 3-5 minutes later he fell asleep in the float.


I got to get this cool shot of Blake after I put Landon and his float on the chair to sleep in undisturbed peace.


Awe, so cute.  I only took 10 images of him in exactly this same pose.  lol


We all played in the pool while Landon slept for an hour.


Both of the twins are doing great at learning how to swim.  This was only their second time swimming this summer.


His goggles cracked me up.  How did he see anything through that fog?


She loved getting splashed by my dad.


The kids love love it when family members get out and play with them.


A little freeze action.




I was singing her the nursery rhyme my aunt and mom always used to sing to us kids as they held our hands and bounced us on their knees.  It goes:

Take a ride to Boston

Take a ride to Lynn

Watch out little {kids name}

You don’t fall in.

{let the kid ‘fall’ between their legs}

She loved me bouncing her on my feet and dropping her into the water.


Landon woke up to the urge to load up his swim diaper with poo.  I brought the wipes and another swim diaper but didn’t think to bring a regular diaper.  After cleaning him up the burp rag became the shield and we headed up to the house.  The kids and my dad were not ready to go so they and Guy stayed behind.


Before we left Landon spent some time talking and smiling for me.





We had a family dinner with some yummy pulled pork BBQ from a yummy BBQ joint, some BBQ chicken breasts that were cooked perfectly, steamed cabbage, fingerling potatoes, true southern green bean casserole & some great desserts.  I saw my dad cutting up the chicken breasts when he was grilling them and thought they would get way overdone.  Nope, the man skillfully cooked them breasts up just right.

The kids had a hard time eating since they wanted hot dogs and nothing else on the menu.   Sometimes they just have crappy food days where they don’t want anything good for them.  After dinner my sister, Erin {cousin}, the kids and I went outside to play until the onslaught of bug bites chased us inside.

Maddie is looking up at Gracie.


Gracie was getting Blake out of his funk.  He gets all emotional when play time doesn’t go his way right now.


This is the way he postures his body when he is upset or being shy.  So tense with those fingers around or in his mouth.


This week Guy was watching the TV show Cops with the kids.  Blake told him that he would like to be a policeman when he grows up.  So Guy decided to ask Madison if she would like to be a policeman like daddy or a photographer like mommy.  She says, “I want to be a princess when I grow up.”  He put that on his Facebook status.  One person said we’ll have to find her a prince when she grows up.  lol


I’m all into the detail shots at the moment.  I think it is because I’m dreaming so much of getting a macro lens since it has been since my film camera days.


Our last day in Atlanta we went to Six Flags water park.  This is one of the only images we took as the camera stayed in the SUV.  Are you shocked?  lol  I kind of am.  It was fun to just go go go without worrying about what to do with the camera when all of us went on a ride or in the water together.  We had a lot of fun, and I told Guy we really need a water camera…  lol

More visiting

My mom was able to visit with us for 10 days.  If I had to do it over again it would not have been when I was having surgery.  My mom has both a bad back and a bad knee.  It is hard for her to get up and down repeatedly throughout the day as kids seem to require.  I’m normally up and doing something for the kids at least every 15 minutes of each day when Guy isn’t home.  Sure there are a couple stretches where this isn’t the case, but there are also stretches that are every 5 minutes.   This is especially true now with a third kiddo.  Since we haven’t lived near my mom the last 6 years since her back and knee issues have come on I didn’t realize she no longer runs circles around most people as she used to.

The good news…  We have a do over on spending some great time with her in October when we are headed out on a cruise!  It will be our first Carnival cruise on their Dream ship which is a newer ship with great and wonderful reviews.  So far my aunt and cousin are also booked to come along.   Just like when we went to Miami and Disney with my mom last Thanksgiving she will be renting a scooter for the cruise.  This should be really nice for her and allow her to go where ever she wants on the ship and at port without the horrible back pain she now gets from short walks.  We are already having a great time emailing back and forth between the five of us talking of details and plans.

We have all committed to losing between 20-40 pounds each for the cruise with the others joining Guy and I in using MyFitnessPal online.  Guy came up with our group name of Cruisers Losers.  It has a great ring to it.  I can’t wait to see how we all do.  We also put the elliptical machine back in our living room so we have the TV to help pass the time with.  Madison actually gets on there and uses it too.  Both kids play on it at other times and love to torture each other by ‘stealing’ it from the other one when they want to get on it.  They are each others biggest champions and worst enemies.

Our travel and cruise buddies were going to book too, but their new baby boy misses the 6 month old cut off by a measly 4 days!  Sheesh.  We feel so bad and wish we would have called them first and booked one a week later.  We’ll see if anyone else decides to come along over the next few months.

Even though I just had surgery I did a mini session for a friend who needed some images for a modeling application for her twins.  They are adorable!  My mom watched the kids on the front porch making it easier to keep the twins focused on the session instead of playing with their friends, my twins.  It was beautiful weather for hanging out.  We had a great spring.


The lack of easy sitting made it a lot more fun to get out and play  and photograph the twins outside.  Check out Madison’s pants.  They fit when I put them on her in the morning, but they had stretched out by afternoon.  Even rolling the waistband down to make them tighter didn’t work.  It was Crackajewia all the time.


My sexy little man.  Ha ha


Getting ready to launch it.


And there it goes towards grandma on the porch.  Uhm, I think she was aiming towards Blake over to the right of the frame.  See Crackajewia!


Capturing this kid in motion is so fun.  He has such animation to him and is almost always on the go.


It was the first time he had ever thrown this new toy and see how perfectly it is in the air as is his pose with the follow through very evident.  He is such a natural athlete.


Hanging on the porch.


Cuddling with grandma!


Sometimes I really wish we lived closer to family so the kids could spend more time with them.  Well, all of us really.


My mom is doing her favorite thing cuddling and feeding a baby.  Madison is giving her polite picture smile.


A favorite image.  My mom is sitting happily in the back and Madison is checking out Blake playing on the driveway.

Babies = Love

We really enjoyed my moms visit.  Blake took an opportunity to participate my moms favorite past-time.  Cuddling!  This kid loves to give love and shares his love on a regular basis, but he is not a cuddler.   He will only occasionally connect to cuddle.  I was actually the recipient of such a cuddle this week while watching a TV show.  Yay, me and Yay, grandma!


Before Landon was born we would often talk about all the things the kids would be able to do and teach their baby brother as he grows up.  Taking a bath with him was always one of Blake’s favorite.  I’m so glad we have this cool bath sling which allows them to all bathe together already.  Oh, and for Guy’s perfectly placed hands to preserve our kids modesty for the wide world of internet sharing.


Grandma and the kids picked out a nice pot of random plants to bring home to me.  It made for a cool image.  Yeah, I’m so good with planted things it is good and dead now…

 


Blake loves taking the electric monster truck grandma got for him out for a spin.  Madison loves chasing after it.  It especially cracks us up when we watch him chase after the truck to catch it while he has his finger on the trigger making it go.  It makes for quite a while of entertainment watching the two of them.


My mom.  I sure wish I was good with plants since having the one in the background looks great.



I have no idea why he was crying, but ya gotta have some good cry images of your kids.  It just all isn’t an easy walk in the park with kids.  Though I must say he is a really good baby.  He only cries when he needs food, wants a diaper change and occasionally when he has to go potty or needs sleep.  Yesterday, Judy {step mom visiting in Atlanta} and I went shopping with him.  He suddenly decided he needed some food and needed it ASAP.  I had made sure the diaper bag was ready with everything we needed.  Um, well, I missed the fact that the can of formula was missing.  Luckily we were in Wal-Mart and picked up a can.  As I was standing there next to the wall of formula putting scoops of it into his bottle a worker walked up to us.  He politely talked to us about the baby as I was getting the bottle ready.  When I put the can into the cart, I commented that somehow I missed that we didn’t have it in the bag, and buying a can was not on our shopping list.  Later, Judy and I laughed at having a worker come up to us to make sure we bought it instead of putting it back on the shelf.  Do people really do that?  Of course I planned on buying it.


Some of our lovely local blooming plant life kicked my moms asthma into gear.  She got to use Blake’s adorable fish mask and some of his medicine {adults and kids get the same dosage} to help her feel better.  Fish masks make it all better…  Tee Hee


Daddy loves his baby Blake!  Here they are sharing a moment as Guy puts his socks and shoes on.  I love moments like this.


Our girl is such a booboo magnet.  My philosophy regarding bandages is to only put them on if they are really necessary.  Little scratches and other small cuts, bumps and blisters do not need them.  This beauty was put on by a someone who is a lot more sympathetic then mommy.  Madison is actually very pain tolerant, but loves to drama up the small stuff.


Blake is finally starting to eat popsicles faster which is highly upsetting to Maddie.  She is used to getting his half eaten cast offs that are about to melt which she happily devours.



Our sweet Landon is wearing a family heirloom.  Shortly before my grandmothers death she gave me three infant shirts that she said my father wore as a baby.  They are all delicate with some hand embroidery around the collar and/or down the front.  The buttons are all yellowed with age.  They were probably used with all the kids and then again for my cousin Jolene who they raised.   I printed this first image for my father for Father’s Day.



I love these eyes.  He has the most expressive eyes.  He is generally frowning though.  Maybe the frown is his concentrating face.


The recessed chin that babies have is always funny to me.  His ears look Just Like Mine…


Kinda smiling.


I love his perfect little frowny face.


Now that we are off my slow/low flow boobs this baby is an absolute dream baby.  He only cries if he is hungry or has a soggy bottom.  Sometimes he’ll fuss a little if he can’t sooth himself to sleep.  I can’t believe we are so lucky to have such a calm and loving baby.   It totally melts my heart on a daily basis.


He’ll do an Elvis raised lip and a Rock raised eyebrow.  Ha ha.  We love it.


Madison has been especially into babies since Landon came home.  Don’t the twins look so big compared to Landon at their feet?


I just might have to print this one large for their bedroom.  It’s so cute.


Do all kids HAVE to crawl up slides?  lol


This one makes me think of peaceful lazy days enjoying the spring outdoors.


Blake came over to check Landon out.  Landon was perfectly willing to return the favor.


It looks like Landon is trying to talk here.  Probably he was getting hungry though he never seems to get bored of laying out in the outdoors.


Hold me up Maddie!


Such a sweet sister held on tight….  For a second


She’s proud of herself.


Check out the size of his hands!  Next week I need to look into making an appointment for a hand surgeon to look at his fingers.  We’ve decided we’ll get them separated and want to figure out when the right time would be to do it.


Love this foot shot.


My mom posed for a few shots with the kids when we came back into the house.


Landon was a little tired from his excursions in laying around outside!


It’s a good thing babies look absolutely adorable when they are sleeping!


Grandma with Maddie and Landon


Mr. Serious Busybody consenting to momentarily pose with grandma.


My favorite!!  Her favorite thing in the world is cuddling with a baby.

It’s my party and…

Pick my nose if I want to…


The twins had their birthday party a couple weeks late.  Grandma wanted to throw them a party since they were so sweet to throw one for her back in November when we met in Miami.  Grandma arrived Wednesday (May 4th) evening and we went out shopping for the supplies and gifts the next morning.  We arrived home at the same time the first guest arrived!  It was a bit of a hot mess getting it all together that quickly.  I created a Facebook event to invite friends.  We didn’t think many people would come since it was a weekday afternoon about the same time school gets out, before work gets done and during a time people cook dinner.  It was the only time we could have it with my mom here since my tailbone removal surgery was the next morning.

 


The kids all had a great time playing outside for most of the time with the new swing set getting a lot of use.


Grandma, the one in the hat, got to watch it all from her comfy rocker.  Guy put up the umbrella to protect her skin since she isn’t supposed to be outside due to the sun exposure with her skin cancer.


Landon got passed around to all the ladies dying to get a bit of cuddly baby time.


There were lots of fun toys and the kids all got on well together.


The kids all loved the typical party favors.


There were some water balloons which Blake thought mommy should be the target.


I convinced him there were more willing targets who wanted to be bombed.


Maddie was off doing her own thing most of the time.


At the store the kids had a heck of a time trying to pick out their cake.  After a while we got them to agree on these gender neutral cupcakes.  Poor kids will probably always have gender neutral stuff for their birthdays.  Either that or Madison will just need to be a big tomboy with two brothers basically sharing the same birthday.


Pinata’s are my fav!  I love them and getting all the action shots of the kids taking a whack at it.

 


Daddy put her hat on.

 


Blake loves to stick his tongue out when he is concentrating on doing something physical.

 


I love Blake ‘helping’ her in the background!  Madison actually knocked it open with her hits!


It is always funny to watch when some of the kids don’t get the candy grab.  One of mine is usually not picking up candy.  More often then not it is Blake who isn’t, or he is picking up and giving his candy to other kids.



Uh, I forgot to get bags for the kids…  lol  Ha, they still managed to get it up off the ground in short order.


Cutie Bryson!


Guy hooked the pinata back up so the other kids could get a whack at it too.


We did the normal age order starting with the youngest.


When the kids all had a shot he started dumping the rest of the candy in it out over their heads like rain.


Blake and the boys were having fun grabbing the rest of the candy.


Our smartie girl used her hat to hold her candy.


The big kids got to have fun destroying the pinnate.  All we could find for the kids to hit it with was a rubber mallet.

 


Kip used his shirt to carry around his candy.


The lid to the cupcake box  became Miles place to rest.  I love this shot!


And this one!


Madison holding court at the bar.


More presents!  They love them all.  Thanks again to everyone {especially grandma’s bounty} who gave the kids birthday gifts.


Lots of clothes from grandma.

Lisa was the last one who got some baby cuddle time with Landon.  He was super content and didn’t need to eat most of the party.  Wooo Hooo!  Uhm, I think those handprints on my mirror might actually still be there.

 

This evening I was sitting on the couch doing flash cards with Blake and Madison as Landon was lounging next to me working on a poop.  We were doing the site word flash cards.  As each card was held up I’d say the word, they would repeat it most of the time and then I’d say a sentence with the word.  The conversations these sentences start are so funny.  Here is one we just had:

Me – cat

Maddy & Blake – cat

Me – Madison likes kiddy cats.

Maddy – I like cats.  I like cats.  Blake likes dogs.

Me – Does Blake like dogs?

Maddy leaning over with her face in Blake’s – Do you like dogs?

Blake – I like dogs.  I like dogs.

short pause in conversation

Blake – I like dogs to go away from me.

lol