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Surgery for sweet Landon

Guy did a fantastic job of first remembering to start preparing the kids for Landon’s surgery and then by talking to them several times in the days leading up to it.  We woke the morning of surgery with all three kids coming into our bedroom about the normal time.  After a few hugs, kisses, cuddles and mandatory potty breaks the kids all jumped into the big bathtub together.  I went from room to room gathering clothes, a fresh diaper, lotion and towels for after bath.  About the time I finished putting the last bit of lotion on Landon my brain kicked in to with the realization lotion probably was somewhere on a list of what not to do just prior to surgery.  Too late.  At least it was a more natural shea butter  lotion.

The next part of the plan in keeping Landon occupied until we left was the iPad.  He got to navigate willy nilly to briefly view many programs for about  8 minutes before Miss Maddie was interfering with his happy place.  I was trying to shove down some cereal at breakneck speed before he saw me.  Luckily, he did stay in our bedroom long enough for me to finish.  With about 15 minutes left before we headed out he started going back and forth between being distracted by iPad adventures and demanding milk.  This kid is a milk junkie and would love to drink a minimum of a 1/2 gallon a day if we let him.  Usually, he has 1 10-12 oz serving and sometimes two a day.  It’s what he asks for in lieu of food most of the time.


After some mini melt downs we loaded into the car with snacks {for me and my friend Denise while we waited}, a cup of apple juice, a travel mug of Gatorade, the diaper bag, his bear, my camera, phone and iPad.  Denise met us by the freeway and off we went to be delayed 20 minutes by stop & go traffic.  At the hospital Landon and I headed to check in while she parked the car.  Unfortunately for her, I forgot to give her the lowdown on our hybrid car.  She called Guy who walked her through our ‘fancy’ car.  lol  Sorry girl!!

The receptionist at check in was a bit stern looking {I eventually won her over}, and matter of factly checked us in.  We didn’t make it 4 steps away towards the waiting area when Landon started scream crying with his failed attempts at removing his wrist band.  A nurse made eye contact with me and I talk/hollered at her asking if he could get a new band on his ankle.  We got one about two minutes later from a less stern receptionist whom Landon thanked when she put a new band on his ankle.  Maybe he was reminded of his cruise safety band {tolerated on his ankle} used in the case of emergency.  I’m sure he would have rather been eating all that yummy food in awesome locations!

Ten or fifteen minutes later we headed back to pre-op.  Landon did a fantastic job getting on the scale for his weight.  He gave me trouble getting him undressed and really pitched a fit about the smelly rough polyester tigger gown.  Why did someone pick a Tigger like character on a greyish-beige gown.  We saw a bed being pushed by later that looked like it had nasty blood and fluids all over wadded up dressings.  YUK!  After wrestling my little hungry man into his Tigger gown I tried the hospital socks.  Nope.  No chance.  A nurse or tech and the nurse anesthetist came in almost together.  They were both asking me Q’s so I gave Landon my phone.  He called daddy twice, my friend Wendy twice and the hospital once.  Hmmmm, wish I had thought to bring in the backpack with the iPad in it.  lol  Guy said Landon actually had a conversation with him too.  The poor nurse/tech was all confused and apologized for asking questions twice as it was just too much confusion for her with the nurse anesthetist and Landon also taking bits of my attention.  It was comical and I just ran interference with Landon while answering questions from both of them.  It was like a doubles tennis match with three balls.  :-)

Denise was allowed in just after Doctor Marcus {Dr. Jeffery Marcus with Duke for anyone needing a pediatric plastic surgeon in the Raleigh area} visited with me.  Yay, we had an iPad to keep Landon happy and save everyone on my list from potentially being called!  The doctor went over the surgery again along with some of the post follow up care.  When asking him about what kind of dressing we would have at a certain stage of his healing because we would be at Disney World he commented we could do a follow up at Disney.  lol  We’ll be there at the same time.  He asked for a few tips and I’ll be putting together a little something for him to look at when we meet on Monday.   It’s always cool to make personal connections.  Oh and the anesthesiologist also came in somewhere during all those other visits.

Our anesthesia team let me know we made a boo boo.  The nurse anesthetist who talked to me the day before mentioned we could give him clear liquid like apple juice before arriving to the hospital.  She mentioned it was ok to have it right up to arrival time.  I questioned her since I thought he could have nothing for 6 hours prior.  She confirmed again he could have them up to arrival time.  Never believe something that isn’t true.  Not too big a deal as we only had to wait an additional 45 minutes, but I like to be a model patient who gets everything right.  More importantly it totally sucks to know you are delaying all those people there now just waiting to do the surgery and get on with their day!  Landon was a happy happy camper through all this as he played with the iPad.

Our nurse anesthetist  came in to take him away.  I took a few pictures of him engrossed in the iPad and Not wanting the blanket on him.  Landon barely consented to leaving the iPad alone long enough to hug and kiss me.  The guy was great with Landon.  By the time they were 5 feet out of our stall he had Landon paying attention to him and the route they were taking to surgery.  Landon eagerly got up on his knees to push the door button at the end of the hall.  He slightly smiled in response to my vigorous waiving as they rounded the corner out of sight.

My friend Denise is a cryer.  She pops out her tears over most things.  I think it is an outward reflection of her amazing heart full of compassion and warmth.  She was totally amazed at my tear free goodbye as my precious little toddler was wheeled away to surgery.  I knew it was nervous time as the next 1.5-3 hours ticked by slowly, but as per my usual the outward show was calm and somewhat happy.  My first order of business during the wait was to go get food.  The more exciting my life is, the more my body burns through calories {hmmm, more excitement not surgical might not be so bad… Weight loss!!}.  We headed down to the little cafe.  Just after paying for the food my pager goes off.  Slight panic.  I headed quickly off to find out what that was about assuring Denise it was to give back the iPad.  Inside I wasn’t 100% sure.

Thankfully it was for the iPad.  Our stern receptionist broke away from checking in other patients to give me the iPad with a smile.  She also reset the pager.  Those pagers are amazing.  It’s the same type of system you see in a busy busy chain restaurant.   Denise and I munched on some really tasty turkey and smoked gouda grilled panini’s down in the lobby.  YUM.

Just as we were on the last few bites the pager goes off again.  This time I was totally feeling panicky!  We hopped up and headed up to the receptionist.  She let us know that the surgery officially started so we’d know about how long the next wait would be.  I told her, with a smile, that page was not expected and totally had me a little scared.   She let me know I might also get a mid surgery update page.

We didn’t.  I’m so grateful for an awesome friend to talk about all sorts of interesting, special and not so special moments with while waiting.  It really helped the time go by much faster then it would have had I been alone.  Guy was taking care of getting Blake and Maddie to school and back.  The surgery into the initial recovery went almost 3 hours instead of the 1.5-2 estimated.  Once we got into the recovery room Dr. Marcus gave us a rundown of the surgery as well as post op care.  Landon woke up almost immediately upon our arrival.  After being really grumpy and fighting us quite a bit he settled into my chest where his whole body sighed in relief.  He was so much more comfortable snuggled up to me.  Boy did that make me feel about 10000% important.  :-)

He didn’t really want anything to eat or drink and only took a tiny sip of the apple juice.  We all talked around the milk word so as not to set him off.  They pretty much cleared him and us to get the heck out of there in what felt like 10 minutes after walking in there.  It was probably more like 30 minutes from walking in to walking into the car park.  I carried Landon’s precious and sweet 40 pound dead weight to the car.  Denise was sure we would have to wander the whole car park before finding the car and encouraged me to stay behind while she got it.  Nah, I had faith and if we walked a while it would have been ok too.  We walked right up to the car.

Landon was super quite and mellow the whole ride home.  After we left Denise at her car we got to an intersection within a mile from home.  Landon excitedly exclaimed from the back seat “go there” pointing in the direction of our home.  He saw Maddie first calling out “Mia” with a big wave.  He was so happy to be home.  He instantly snuggled on the couch with daddy.  He also downed two 12 ounce sippy cups of milk then proceeded to snack on some chips and queso with Maddie.

The rest of the evening he wanted to watch TV or play with an electronic {big surprise!} and alternated between quite and dancing around the room to a Wiggles song.  He went right down for bed hanging tightly to his teddy like he had most of the day.  Oh, I forgot to mention our doctor is also in love with Australia and New Zealand and got excited over seeing Landon’s teddy from the Royal Hobart Hospital.  I get the impression he would love to live there if they would let him in.  But both Australia and New Zealand have wicked immigration laws that allow very few people into their countries.

Back to Landon.  He’ll have some sort of bandage on his hand for around 6 weeks.  Right now it is almost up to his armpit.  Depending on how well he tolerates it, the new bandages will work their way down until it is just his palm and fingers.  We’ll also be responsible for daily dressing changes starting in two weeks.

Day two has been a mix of no sleep, sleep, happy, angry, frustrated, cuddly, and definitely obsessed with electronics again.  In many ways he has adapted to using his bandaged arm as one together appendage.   In other ways he has certain ideas of how things should be.  If those certain ideas need two hands he gets very frustrated and refuses to do whatever it is he wanted to do with a modification outside his certain way of doing it.  Landon, Guy and I didn’t sleep much after 3:15 am, but tonight is a different opportunity to get some great sleep.  :-) As with all things, he will heal with time, and we’ll all be back to normal in short order.

Best meal ever

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, is a photographer, blogger and has published cookbooks.  To put it mildly she is widely known and followed.  This year she got a cooking show on the Food Network.  Her voice isn’t my favorite though it isn’t horrid.  She also talks like she is talking to kids.  Considering that she home schools her kids and lives out on a ranch that makes sense.  I record the shows to watch when the mood strikes me.  The other day the kids and I watched an episode featuring homemade jam, fruit bars and broccoli cheese soup with ham.  The kids started paying attention on the soup bit.  Instantly they were enthralled with the words coming out of Ree’s mouth.  Everything she expressed enthusiasm for they repeated and got more excited.  Since I had just gotten a head of broccoli in my co-op produce box it seemed like a great thing to make.  When she added the cheese Madison exclaimed, “Oh mommy, I love cheese!”  When it got to adding the ham they both raved over how much they love ham.  The show often features Ree’s family eating the meals she makes.  The camera showed a shot of her son as he said it was the best meal he’d ever had.  Blake jumps up on the couch and yells, “Best Meal Ever!  I need to eat some Best Meal Ever!”

The kids and I talked for a couple days about making the soup and having them help me.  We picked up one ingredient we were missing and one afternoon set to work on it.  They helped pour in the ingredients and stirred them.  As the broccoli starts cooking into the soup Madison tells me it does not smell good.  The broccoli definitely has a strong aroma and it was not overpowered by the creamy, cheesy soup nor the ham as I had hoped.

After dishing it all up we sat down to taste the yumminess.  I loved it!  It was a quick and flavorful dish.

The kids would barely consent to take a bite and neither could stand the strong broccoli flavor.  Oh well.  Ree certainly sold my kids on the idea of the yummy dish, and we had a great time cooking it together.  The kids teachers got to enjoy some soup on Wednesday since I didn’t want to eat it four days in a row to finish it off.:-)

I will win them back over to my veggie loving ways.  I will.

Blake is doing some work learning to add in this image.  He’s so adorable when he concentrates!  I’m a bit worried about him.  The poor kid has been suffering the last 3 1/2 days with diarrhea.  Nothing else seems wrong with him, but it can’t be good to have it for this many days in a row.  He doesn’t seem to be getting dehydrated, but he certainly is tired of it.

Hot boy’s hot hair

Here is Blake’s hair before we clippered it off.   I love the style pictured here and love to do a faux hawk quite often.  Buzzing him was a bit of a spur of the moment decision for me, but Guy told me he had thought of it a few days before he mentioned it to me.  The poor kid sweat really easily and heavily so we thought it would be a good way to help keep him cooler this summer.

While Guy was getting the clippers out and ready Blake took a moment to talk to his “Landon Buggy.”  The kids love him so much.

Just after Guy started but was too far into it to stop the clippers stopped functioning properly.  They began to pull Blake’s hair out and the vibration was slow.

Guy tried fiddling with them.

It got better, but Blake no longer trusted those clippers.  He cried through to the very end.

The neighbors were all fawning over Landon laying on the ground.

He was not happy with them giving Landon the attention.

Partway done.  The clippers had to be messed with again here.  We weren’t sure if we’d have to give up or not.

He was so sweaty from the hot humid air and being upset the clumps of hair were on him like a magnet on metal.

In between shots I would get the hair off his body and face.  Speaking of face…  This one is hilarious.

Meanwhile, Madison and Landon are over on the grass creating an idyllic scene.

Back to the sad boy!

When Guy would take a minute to work on the clippers to try and get them to function better he would bribe Blake into further cooperation with a tasty Powerade.

The hair partway through.  So glad we didn’t stop with this as a result!!!

There are two interesting things here.  You can really see the hairs clinging to him along with the water logged fingers as if he had just gotten out of the bath.  Yes, he really sweats this much!   I’ve also noticed recently that he crosses his fingers, not necessarily just the first two, whenever he is nervous.

Normally it would be Madison with the fingers in the mouth.  He will generally only do this when he is nervous in meeting other people only.   Mostly when he meets new people or gets the sudden attack of toddler shyness.

I wasn’t getting the hair off his face and eyes fast enough here.

The towel helped.

He’s saying with hope and excitement, “I’m done daddy!  I’m done?!?!”

One more quick clean up pass after removing the hair filled shirt.

Madison came over to give him some comfort.  Though they are often at odds they are also each others biggest champions.  Just tonight Madison was saying her bedtime prayers.  She mentioned each person individually until she got to Blake & Maddie who were grouped together.  They even see themselves as a pair.

Our neighbors were gracious enough to offer Blake a chance to ride on the 4 wheeler midway through his haircut to help him have something to look forward to when he was done.  Josh is the blond.  He is 6 days older then the twins.  As you can see, he was Thrilled to offer this ride to Blake.

This is one of my favorite expressions on Blake!

I think everyone but Josh is having a fantastic time here!   Even Landon is happily chilling in the background.

Blake got extra excited when he got to ride it by himself!

He got stuck so the girls ran over to push him.  Guy was getting ready to do one of his IPad videos to load onto Facebook.

They enjoyed pushing him so much they kept a hold on the back running all over the yard.

They got so into playing Maddie’s dress fell apart!

Blake was all excited to see his hair in the mirror.  When he actually saw it that night he wasn’t too impressed…  The next day my mom asked me how he liked it.  I asked him to look again to tell grandma how he likes it.  He got excited, looked in the mirror and said, “I don’t like.  It’s not my favorite.” ha ha

This image came up next in my folder then putting Blake’s haircut images into this post.  I love getting products for my customers in.  These metallic gallery wrapped canvases of baby Julian are adorable.  They are going up over the fireplace at home.

Gotta share an image of Landon too!  Not only does Landon love the outdoors, he also loves the water.  He happily sits in his chair with the water hitting his legs and belly for as long as it takes me to shower.  No problem.  Loves it!!!




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}


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

Oohs Ahhs and Uh Ohs

We just said goodbye to grandma on Saturday.  It was so strange saying goodbye to her at the house as a friend took her to the airport with Guy being assigned to guard Scotty McCreery from American Idol Friday evening to Sunday morning.  She made it home and Guy had a great experience with Scotty and the American Idol crew.  They were all great people and fun for him to work with.  They were able to keep him safe from all those fanatic girls keeping him on schedule.  Guy said he was amazed at the number of girls and women out there so excited to see Scotty.


Since Saturday morning we’ve had some great help around here.  I’m so thankful for the loving support of the sisters at church.  It has really helped me to not feel stressed and manage the three kids along with not overdoing it during the healing process.  I’ve noticed that Landon is getting more milk from me, needing less supplemental milk the last two days.  There are ladies from church that have signed up to help us this whole week while Guy is working.   I do feel that I could do it all by myself this week, but I also recognize that it would be a really stressful week since I’m moving slower then normal and spend a TON of time feeding Landon.  This baby is an eater.  He nurses most of the day with a good 2-4 hour nap in the afternoon, a morning nap on and off after nursing and a great 5-6 hour sleep from 12-ish to 6-ish.   The last couple days he does seem to be a bit more alert and effective as he is sucking me dry.  Hopefully, this is a sign he will get faster and more effective at nursing as we move forward, and my milk will become enough for him.


We went to church when Landon was only 5 days old.  He met what may be his future girlfriend while we were there.  Brooke is the most adorable chubby 6 month old.  She thought he looked rather tasty.

As Landon was in Bonnie’s arms I picked Brooke up when she got fussy.  That did not go over so well.  Normally I have the baby touch, but I have yet to pick up Brooke when she doesn’t start complaining vigorously.   She’s so cute and cuddly though!!


We all got involved in giving Landon his first bath.   It was on his first Sunday afternoon.  Madison was already in her jammies while the rest of us were still in our church clothes.


Blake was splashing the water on him.


Landon was so relaxed and happy in the bath.  He has been anytime we’ve put him in the water since too.

Blake thinks everything Landon does is amazing.

All warm and snuggled after his bath.


Landon taking a catnap on our bed.

We were all hanging out on the front porch one evening after Guy got home from work.  Maddy gave me her no pictures pouty face.  In the last week the kids have both been very very emotional.  Madison has been especially weepy at the slightest issue, fight, trouble or basically anything.  A sympathetic ear really gets her crying too.  It is definitely about adjusting to life with Landon, but thankfully they both LOVE Landon.  They love everything about him and every move he makes wanting to spend as much time as possible with him.

This face and pose cracked me up.  He is Mr entertainment.


Madison loving on Landon who is Obviously so excited to have her love on him…  lol


This is about where she gets a good look at Landon’s umbilical cord…  She pulls it off.

Picks it up from where she dropped it on his diaper, hands it to me, and says, “Mom, I don’t like this.” with a disgusted look on her face.

Landon was crying before she pulled it off from where it was barely hanging on.  After the shock of being handed the stump wore off I rescued Landon from his sister just after this shot was taken.

Madison figured out how to be a hooded monster during this play session chasing Blake all around who was giggling in delight.