Friday, May 29, 2009

Oh, how things are different with a little boy in the household!!!

So, last Friday I got to sleep in until about 8:30 because Mason was allowing his mommy to do so. Oh, I was so thankful for that! Lately he wants to start his day early and sits straight up in his crib all ready to go. Anyway, I wondering why in the world he was being so content in his crib that late. I heard him playing around, but he was being awfully quiet about it. Sounded pretty suspicious! So, I headed on in there not expecting in a million years what I was about to witness.

Pictured above is the blanket that he had thrown off, lying very neatly next to a very pee-filled diaper. I guess Mason opted out of wearing his diaper and decided he was through with it.

He had his little t-shirt on and bare bottom cruising all over that crib. It was the funniest thang I had ever seen. I immediately grabbed the camera AND video camera to capture these images.
He was free-willyin' it. I guess he decided that he's ready for big boy panties.
I couldn't even catch up with him cuz he was running all over! And havin' the best time laughin' and babblin' and shakin' it all around!
Oh my gosh, that is the littlest, cutest behind I have ever seen! Well, I really haven't seen too many of them, though. :)

I SO wished Marc could have seen this! Or at least anyone to witness this with me!
Let me just add, too, there are LOTS more hilarious pictures from this outburst, they just weren't very appropriate to put on the Internet. :)
Oh wait, he was having a moment here.... He was probably peeing.

My sweet, supersilly boy!! Look at his crazy hair and all those teethies!! He has SEVEN of them now!
Let me just add, even though this situation looked all fun & games, the aftermath was NOT fun! There was pee ALL over his room; all over him, the crib, the entire bedding set, etc. I had to strip the crib, and as you mommies know, that is not fun and quick to do. I don't even know how to clean the bumpers, but I gotta figure out something cuz they got peed on! :) I guess it could have been worse... he could have been doing the famous smeering-poop-all-over-his-face scene and writing all over the walls with it. Thank you. For now on, no matter how hot it is, it is my policy to NOT let him sleep without any p.j. bottoms on! It is just way too tempting to un-velcro that diaper and throw it over the crib!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Big One-Year Check-Up

On Wednesday, May 13th my dad and I were off to see Dr. Hain for Mason's one-year check-up. I tried to get the appointment on his actual birthday, May 11th, since Marc was off work that day and we could all go together, but they said that due to insurance reasons you have to wait until AFTER the actual birthday. Isn't that crazy!??! Anyway, It's bittersweet because this was our last visit with Dr. Hain since we will be moving in July and his next appointment isn't supposed to be until 15 months. I'm so sad to have to start all over finding a new pediatrician in Bowling Green since we love Dr. Hain so much. Plus, I'm just bonded to her every time I see her knowing that she was the one who bounced into our hospital room at 7:30 am to see Mason the morning after me giving birth.

We were so excited this day to find out Mason's weight! There was a big bet going on and I even had people guessing on Facebook what it would be. Guesses started at about 14 pounds (since Mason weighed 14 lbs, 13 oz at 10 months) but nothing went up to as high as what the actual weight was! :) Mason weighs 16 lbs, 14 oz!! YAY for our big boy! Not quite big enough yet to turn his car seat around, still have a while to go on that one. :) But, Dr. Hain still isn't concerned and says that Mason is as healthy as ever. He's still lean and tall. He is 30 1/2 inches long. The only issues we're really having are dealing with Mason's food allergies. He breaks out to the randomest things, so we're going to see Dr. Hain's pediatric allergist friend, Keegan Smith, at Heritage Group at Baptist next Wednesday. Oh, I hope they won't have to prick his little arm and give shots and all of that! It'll be interesting to see what all we have to do at that visit. Any advice on this? Mason breaks out in a rash for just a minute and as soon as we stop feeding him the item, it all goes away. So, at least the reaction isn't terrible and he doesn't act like he's sick. It's just enough to let Mommy & Daddy know that his little tummy can't handle it.

Mason's food/drink allergies: apple juice, deviled eggs, tomato sauce, cheese, milk

And of course this visit ended with the dreaded shots! The nurse warned that the last shot would produce a different kind of scream than the other shots, one that would break a momma's heart. And sure enough it did! Mason did one of those hold-your-breath and then let out a blood-curdling strange sound deals. It was so sad, but he got over it one second later as soon as I started feeding him Little Puffs. That stinker! He did develop a fever later that night and wasn't feeling well at all, but nothing a little infant Tylenol couldn't help! Here are some pics from the one-year check-up. Maybe my dad can drive the hour and 10 minutes and come up to BG for all of our dr. visits so that we can carry on the tradition! :) We have been soooo blessed these 4 years to live so close to my parents. They have helped us so much and have gotten involved in all of our random dramas!

Mason has had two nicknames there: "Every Nine Mason" when he was a newborn, for the fact that he pooped every 9 days only; and "Ab Crunch Baby" for the fact that he never just lays down and relaxes on the scale. He's always doing some stomach crunches and has the entire staff laughing hysterically. Now he just sits up on the scale and chillaxes butt-naked like it ain't no thing.
Mason is all-eyes on Dr. Hain when she sings to him. It is the most soothing, relaxing thing. He wasn't even bothered by the fact she was poking & proding. She is sooo wonderful with these babies!
He loves her
Let the shots begin.... that mean nurse!
Poppa Jack, it hurts so bad! Why did that woman do that to me?? Get me outta here!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Story of Mason Thomas & Luke Andrew

This is a story about two young boys... Mason Thomas & Luke Andrew. They don't know it yet, but they're BFF's, just like their mommies! They're going to be inseparable and get into lots of trouble together over the years! ha ha! :) They're going to take random road trips together, visit each other at their colleges, share an apartment during the summers, meet girls together, and then go on lots of random double dates (well, not until they're about 50). And as you'll see in these pictures, they may even just share a love for shopping & sharing clothes! They're 9 months apart, which seems like a big deal now, but in a few years it won't even be "no thang!"! Currently, Mason is 1 year, 1 week old; and Luke is 3 months, 2 weeks old. They have already had so many fun adventures together. They've even fought over 2 women already! Their mommies definitely have their hands full, but wouldn't trade one moment with these sweet boys for the world!
Mason's mommy first time to hold Baby Luke - February 4, 2009
Luke wearing his best friend's hat while in the hospital... See, already sharing clothes at such a young age!
Auntie April was in love and could not take her eyes off him!
The first time Mason & Luke met - Feb. 11th
Danyelle & Baby Audrey were in town visiting, so the 4 of us went over to the Brostos' for a visit
Mason SO happy to finally meet Luke! Back a week later to check on Luke... the 2 boys weren't paying each other any attention at this point. I think that Mason didn't realize Luke was a person, maybe a little doll?

They both share the same First St. Patrick's Day!
Mason was so sweet to loan Luke his "Kiss Me I'm Irish" onesie

What is he doing over there? Why can't he sit up like me??

Carrie & Colt came for a visit... These 2 boys attract visitors from all over! Mason & Luke finally noticing each other! Mason is obsessed with poking him as hard as he can in the forehead.
Mason is so fond of his best friend!
Luke & Mason with their best friend, Colt... Chillin' at CiCi's Pizza
Oh Mom, this is so fun!
Taking a break from shopping at USA Baby.... the boys were trying out the different recliners to see which ones they would rather be rocked in.
Luke trying to figure out Mason's fish face
Mason wasn't being very sweet to his friend. He was trying his hardest to shove him right out of the chair! We had to split them up.
Okay, that's my sweet boy. Mason was trying to help hold Luke up.

Out for a stroll... MOM! Why do Luke and me have to wear these silly hats of mine?!?!?! This is soooo embarassing!
Angela & the boys' friend, Cooke, came along with us to enjoy the beautiful day. Cooke, born in March, is the newest addition to the gang!
Luke doesn't even get jealous when his mommy takes a break to play with Mason!
Luke's first time at church... Mason was DYING for his friend to get there!! If only they got to be in the same big boy class! Luke is still getting in trouble in the nursery, while Mason is stealing everyone's cheerios in the bucket seat class! We have got us some stinkers!!
Mason and Luke love to roll with the guys... too cool to sit on the girls' side
They get bored easily at friend gatherings
One of their many shopping trips... Their favorite is to the fabric stores where the aisles are so skinny that their mommies accidentally give them whiplash by running them into the rolls of fabric
Mason is so relieved to finally have a friend ride with him in the backseat!
Hey guys, don't forget about me over here!
Out to lunch with Mason's crazy Nana Kay
Yes, these boys are even troopers in that they allow themselves to be dragged to their mommies' Bare Essentials make-overs!
The boys say,"We love Sunday night Life Group! We get to hang out with our fun toys while the grown-ups talk about grown-up stuff." Mason is so mad that he can't be looking at Luke's cool octopus; he has to be all strapped into the swing so he doesn't destroy the living room! Luke, your turn will be soon!
Shopping again!??! Seriously!! Oh, but we do LOVE clothes, so I guess it's not too bad that we're all perched up in front of Carter's with all of our new purchases around us!
Two peas in a pod
Luke admiringly looking on as Mason has his first swingset experience
The boys are very patient while their mommies work hard to get back their pre-babies bodies! Well, we've actually kinda given up on that. :) As you see, we're taking a little break from our brisk walking in this picture. We were out of breath!
Okay, now here's where we're gonna have our problem: fighting over the same woman!!! Luke heard that Brooklyn came over to play with Mason, so he had to get in on the action! He asked his mommy to bring him over. As you can see though, Mason was not worried at all. From the gleam in his eye, you can tell that he thinks he's won this one, hands down!
So Luke is busting out the flirtatious smile, while Mason strips down to show off his manliness. I don't think Brooklyn's too impressed with either one, though. She just wants her food!
Aww, Mason's Grandy C has enough love to go around! She is loving on both sweet boys at Mason's first birthday party.

Luke and Mason, your mommies love you soooooo much! Words can't even begin to describe how much our lives have been blessed now that y'all are here. We can't wait to watch you two boys grow into handsome young men and keep us constantly on our toes while you're at it! I pray you two are always as close as your mommies and that you'll always have each other's backs. And Luke, I give you permission someday to get Mason back for all the unfair punches he has thrown! :)
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