Saturday, October 31, 2009

New Pictures of Sammy by Laurel Hogge

These great pictures were taken early October by Laurel Hogge. She does an incredible job with capturing great images and showing the true personality of our little boy.
I certainly would recommend her to anybody looking for good photos. She's fun to work with and she, as you can see for yourselves, does an incredible job.
To see the rest of the photos, click on the following link:

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Posts

Sammy's growing up! Obviously it's been a while since our last post - that seems to be the trend as of late. We've seen Sam do some pretty awesome things. He's soooooo close to walking, today he took about 10 steps in a row without even thinking about it. That's the thing, he could walk but while he's doing it, he remembers that he's taking steps and decides to fall down and crawl. Funny kid.

Anyway, here are some new pics.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Something New!

Again, been forever since we've posted but I just wanted to put on a couple things about Sammy.  He has grown a ton since last post, and has started the curiosity - opening drawers, climbing into drawers, pulling out pots and pans, trying to pull out blenders, etc.  It's funny, but I'm pretty sure it's going to end up with him crying at some point.  

The best thing he's doing right now that he started doing on his own is this:  when he wants to go down the stairs (yes, he climbs up and down stairsm but not without us right behind him in case he falls), he will actually go to the very top of the stairs and before he goes down, he will turn himself around so he goes feet first.  It's the best!  Funny kid.

Here are a couple clips of him for you all to enjoy.  I know we do!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Close Encounter with Child Protective Services

SOOOOOO, we had a pretty crazy experience on the 28th.  For most of Sammy's life, we have always wrapped him up tight in a blanket and we've rocked him to sleep.  In the last couple of days, however, we've decided to stop that and get him to put himself to sleep so we went out and invested in a Pack and Play (Awesome!!) and we put him in it for the first time on the 28th.  He screamed his little head off for about 15 minutes and then finally fell asleep.  Mag and I didn't hear from him until about 3am when he awoke and screamed for a few minutes before falling back asleep.  We were very tempted to go in and grab him and make sure he was alright, but in the end, we stayed put and let him cry it out.
Anyway, we woke up around 6am and Mag went in to check on the boy.  As soon as she got in there, I heard her yelling at Sammy a couple of times and then my name was shouted.  I'll tell you, I've never moved so quickly in my life.  When I arrived, the picture below is basically what I saw.  
Neither of us really knew what to do because he didn't really respond to his name and to us picking him up.  Luckily, it turned out that he was just super tired from not having slept well during his first 7 months of life.  As soon as he woke up a little bit, he was happy and smiley just like he always is.
We were scared to death though and thought that he was covered in blood from ramming his head into the side of the Pack and Play or something like that.  When we saw him, he looked just like the pictures, but he also had 3 huge bloody welts on the left side of his head.  We thought he had died from losing so much blood.
Well, it turns out that what really happened was he had a rotten stomach and decided to throw up all the blueberries we had given him and then proceeded to roll around in it and sleep in it a little bit too.  We felt horrible that that had happened and that we didn't know, but we were trying to be tough parents who make their kids go to sleep by themselves.
We were so scared that something bad had happened to him.  I'm glad he's just fine.  I was seriously shaking for probabbly 10 minutes even after I knew he was alright.  I guess that means that I like him quite a bit, eh?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Times and Sammy Slides

So, it's been a while between posts, but that seems to be the norm the last couple of months.  Sorry about that, hopefully I'll be able to post more often.  Anyway, to catch you up, Christmas was great and so was our New Year.  We stuck around here in Michigan and Maggie's whole family came so we spent time with them.  We had a ton of fun!  
We were excited to find out that Maggie's sister, Kate, is having a little girl!  She is due in May and is such a happy pregnant lady!  We are super excited for her and Adrian and know they will absolutely love it.  We are sad that we are so far away from them, but will make it a point to get out there to see the little chiquita.

Getting to our family, our big news is that Bean has started to start the start of starting to crawl.  He's so fun to watch and I love his determination!  He has fallen in love with anything that has buttons - i.e. remotes, phones, etc and so is willing to crawl (or try) across the room to get it.  It has been a blast to watch.  Here are a few videos we took of his adventures in scooting about.

He's getting strong and coordinated, but still refuses to sleep very much at night (or during the day for that matter).  He is now starting to eat real food, if you can call baby food real, and he seems to enjoy it quite a bit.  
So, things are great!  I will post again soon, with some pictures from the holidays.  Maggie's dad took some great pictures that he's sending to me so I'll post them as soon as I get them.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Bean is Growing Up!

It's been another month since I last updated the blog and I know that's a bad thing.  Our little guy is growing up quickly and it's hard to keep track of everything that is going on.  

Every time we set him down on his back he rolls on his stomach and across the room.  I can't even begin to think about what life will be like when he starts to crawl and walk.  We may have to keep a leash on him.

It's so fun to see him lift himself up in push-up position when he's on his stomach.  We took a little video that we thought was worth sharing:

he's getting so strong and his ability to grab things with his hands is getting great, as well.  He's now 4.5 months old and so dang cute!  I thought he would be crawling by Christmas Day, but Im not sure that will happen.  He seems somewhat content to to just lay on his stomach and grab things and put them in his mouth.  He'd eat a live animal if he could grab it and shove it in his mouth.  He's funny.

We were out all day today and he was such a great boy.  He slept and smiled and stared and grabbed and did all the good things we thought he would do.  Only at the very end of the day did he start to get whiny.  I can't blame him for it, he was probably exhausted and his diaper needed to be changed!  Anyway, when we got him upstairs and changed and fed, we put him down on the floor and played with him.  He was so happy and let us know it.  Check it out:

To end the post, I'll post a picture and Mag and Sam that her dad took.  It's a fantastic picture and I love being able to look at it and think what a lucky guy I am!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Erwin's Orchard

A couple weeks ago we decided to take our little nieces, Quinn and Anna, to the Apple Orchard to get fresh apple cider and tasty doughnuts.  We had a lot of fun, though we could tell that the cold weather was on it's way.
Here is Anna after enjoying the first part of her doughnut.  She's such a cute girl!  They both are, we like having them around.
Again, the feast has already begun.
Sam,  on the other hand, wasn't nearly as thrilled to be there.  Normally he seems to really like being outside of the house and doing things, which is great.  He's always so curious to see what/who is around him.  He's getting HUGE and talks to us all the time.  It's so fun!
Here are the chicas in front of the largest pumpkin we've ever seen.  It was a really fun day and are sad that the winter has arrived.  Even this very morning I had to go scrape our car windows before work - not fun.  Another Michigan winter has arrived, but that topic can be saved for another post.