Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A LeBlanc girls' weekend

I managed to come home from the first LeBlanc's girls' weekend without a single picture of the girls.  I imagine it is no surprise that I did capture some of Rory's first (and last) girls' weekend.

We spent the weekend at the River Farm, which meant Rory's first plane ride.  He enjoyed it.  He spent the flight down flashing smiles at anyone who would accept them.  I think he made it a much more pleasant flight for all of those around us.  He was only able to nap for about 20 minutes of the flight as any announcement or beep would startle him.

We spent Friday night at the big house and then moved to the cottage on Saturday to make room for a bachelorette party at the big house.

Saturday we were busy outlet shopping and attending a wedding shower for Atticus' cousin, Danielle.  There was still a bit of time at the end of the day to relax on the beach.

Unfortunately our beach time was cut short and a storm rolled in, bringing cold weather, wind and piercing rain for the rest of our trip.  The short time on the beach just wet my appetite for our trip to the cottage in a couple of weeks.   

Rory did great on the flight home.  We had the whole row to ourselves, so he laid down and we played games for the whole flight.  He fell asleep as we were taxiing to the gate at 9:30pm.  I just hope he sleeps more on our next journey to the River Farm, a 12+ hour car ride....(yes, I am scared). 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rory is 4 months

On Friday the 13th, Rory turned 4 months old.  We had a great day and Rory took his first ride in the baby swing.  This wasn't planned to coincide with his 4 month mark.  It was my attempt to entertain a little guy who would not take a nap.  Despite his recent aversion to naps, Rory is still a very happy and engaged baby.  It is almost impossible to look at him and not receive a smile in return.  It is wonderful.  Rory has had a few other notable firsts in the last month.  He has started rolling from his back to his belly and is now successfully batting at toys on his play mat and grabbing onto toys.

Rory had his 4 month well-visit today.  He was 12lbs 13oz (10th percentile) and was 25.25 inches (60th percentile).  He received four vaccinations and Jude held his hand while he received his shots.  The shots seemed to bother him less this time and from his appointment we went straight to a play date at Leapin' Lizards and he was in good spirits all afternoon (also despite not napping).

Rory has been sleeping well at night, most often only getting up for one brief nursing session.  I am not sure what is going on regarding his naps.  He is all over the place.  Some days he will take two long naps.  Others, he struggles to take a nap longer than 30 minutes.  When he doesn't nap well, I have to spend more time carrying him but he can typically rally for quite a while.  I imagine he is starting to need more of a routine.  

Below is a video of Rory laughing at Jude.  According to Jude, "Rory thinks shooting is funny."  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Good-bye training wheels

Finnan has been zooming around on his bike with training wheels for a year and a half.  This week he decided that he was done with training wheels.  I had a hunch that this was coming soon.  I thought of even initiating the transition myself, but was having a hard time picturing myself running along side of him, balancing his bike, while holding Rory.  So when he said he was ready to take off his training wheels, I held my breath and Finnan and I went to YouTube.  We immediately found a video of a program in New York City that teaches children how to ride their bikes.  It was simple.  Step 1: Get a wrench.  Step 2: Take off the training wheels and pedals.  Step 3: Let them use their bike as a balance bike.  Step 4: When they can balance, put the pedals on and let them go.  It worked.  I did not take a single step along side of him and he is now speeding around on a two-wheeler.   

The first video is of Finnan's very first attempt.  He needed help getting started but then he pedaled off without a problem.  The second video is of him riding at the park the next day.  Completely independent of me.  I was full of joy and pride watching him ride his bike.  I can only imagine how he felt.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break: Part 2

Yesterday, our return trip from New Orleans took 8 hours.  Even though we tucked the boys into their beds at 11:30, on cue, Jude walked into our room at 7:30.  The first words out of his mouth were, "Are we going back to Paw-Paw and Honey's house today?"  We had a good trip.  We went to the zoo, dyed eggs, hunted for eggs, ate crawfish (well, except for me), went to the park, went on a date, dressed up for mass, and feasted with family.  

The weather was perfect and we were able to swim outside every day.  Finnan got more relaxed in the water each day and is now swimming all over completely by himself.  Jude wore a float on his back (the same float I learned to swim in!) and practiced swimming back and forth across the pool by himself.  I sat on the side and watched.  I am now really looking forward to the summer!  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring break: Part 1

So far, our spring break has been pretty traditional...trips to the beach (Dearborn Park), swimming at the pool (East Lake Y), parties (a going away party and an Easter Egg hunt), and boat exploration (Mason Mill park pirate ship).  We have had fun here at home, but we are all ready to go to New Orleans today, where we will do more of the same...just a little more exciting.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

He found them!

Rory has been after these two fingers for a while.  He has found them....and life is even better for our little guy.  Mainly, his discovery has corresponded with better sleep.  I hesitate to even say this publicly, but last night, he even slept through the night (or close enough, from 7:30 to 5:30).  Two nights ago he slept 16 hours (yes, very strange), only getting up once during the stretch.  Yesterday, we were laying down together on his blanket and he stuck his two fingers in his mouth and started to fall asleep in minutes.  Right now, he is happily swinging away, awake after a 4 hour nap, sucking on those two fingers.  All of this is just in time for our trip to New Orleans tomorrow.  Hopefully, these two fingers will make the car seat more bearable and sleeping in a new place easier.  

And a few more pictures from the finger-sucking photo session.  It's just so nice to have a non-mobile subject!