Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Month by Month: Layne is 4 months

Didn't I just get done doing one of these?!

Nevertheless, Layne is now 4 months and growing fast! Garyn and Layne are turning out to be about the same size so far which is good since I am using mostly Garyn's clothes for him. He is now in 6 month or 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers. He gained another pound since 3 months and is now 17 lbs. He was 25 3/4 inches so his length is almost 2 inches longer since his two month check up. No wonder all his clothes were getting short!

We still say Tyler can't deny him! He makes faces that remind us of Tyler and Garyn. I think in the eyes he differs from Garyn and looks more like Tyler. His hair does seem to be lightening up a bit, though, much to Tyler's dismay. And those eyebrows are still flared up on the ends, gives him his character!


So far, I still think he is my best baby. And part of it is probably me being so much more relaxed with him. When he is sleepy, I just lay him down with his pacifier and blanket wrapped up to his chest and 3 out of 4 times I never have to go back to do anything. He hums or plays or just stares and then goes to sleep. A lot of times when you are holding him he will just start nodding off even when you don't have him cuddled up to you. When he is hungry, he starts fussing some and if you push him to far he will start crying but he is so easy to predict. Doesn't cry about his diaper or how you are holding him or anything, just tags along.

We finally got a roll out of him this past weekend, 2 days before he was 4 months. He went from stomach to back. He frequently turns to his side from his back but hasn't rolled all the way over yet. He is still into grabbing his toys and now pulls them to his mouth. He is constantly moving his arms and feet. He loves to watch TV and usually starts babbling at it. We guess he thinks they are talking to him! We can more easily get giggles from him, too. He likes to be tickled, held up in the air, and to do patty-cake.

Other than going to sleep easily, he is sleeping from about 9 'til 1-3am. It depends on when he eats before bed. The later I feed him the longer he sleeps. Then he will wake up around 5 or 6 and usually goes back to sleep for another hour or so. During the day he usually eats every 3 hours but can be pushed to 4 sometimes. In between feedings, he still sleeps for a bit. In the mid morning and afternoon he seems to sleep longer than the other times so I guess he is working on those nap times.

Love these 3!

We have also noticed he has gotten more used to the car seat. We aren't having to pacify him as often now. He loves to watch his brother and sister while in the car and will play with toys some. Speaking of, he seems to recognize his family members more now. He follows voices and smiles as soon as you look at him. When at the doctor yesterday, he started crying when the doctor was talking and looking at him. That was the first time he did that, that I know about. You could see him searching his face and then start to cry until I consoled him.

Think he thinks Ansley is wild!
We are all wild right now really! Seems like a mad house here some days but Layne just fits right in and helps keep me sane! Hoping he is stays calm and smiles constant like now. :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Building a Home: weeks 11-16

The exciting stuff is happening now!

Week 11:
So we ended with the sheet rock being hung. Naturally, the mudding and sanding happened this week. These guys work so fast! They were there just a couple days and had most all of it done. However, there were some areas that had not been sheet rocked yet. The wall next to our stairs had been framed wrong and needed to be fixed and then an area in a closet needed to be sheet rocked to cover a pipe. Also, three doorways/large openings hadn't been sheet rocked because they thought casing was being put there and it was not. So it was so frustrating and caused a delay in painting. We were having to wait on them to come hang the sheet rock because the mudders don't hang sheet rock. But when the sheet rock hangers were there the areas hadn't been re framed. Then at the very tail end of the week the trim guys came and did about a third of the work on baseboards and doors. Painting and more trim could have been done this week if all the sheet rock stuff had been done.

love the doors!

You can see the added sheet rock that hasn't been mudded yet on right
End of week 11

Week 12:
  Nothing really happened this week other than the above mentioned sheet rock getting hung. It was rough watching nothing get done. Tyler was really hoping to be able to do the hardwood floors the next week during fall break. So we were stressed a little about when the rest of the mudding and painting would get done.

I am not sure if this happened this week or not but one weekend Tyler and his dad dug a trench for a water line to go out to the shed back behind the house. Ansley had to help, too!

Week 13:
   At the beginning of the week, painting happened! Another exciting detail to see get done. Although, we are not happy with a couple colors. They were so bright and glowing that they were hard to look at even! Not sure what exactly happened when we chose those. I think on the swatch they look more toned down. So we are working on getting those changed and may be doing some painting ourselves! The main color downstairs looks nice, though. I love how clean the floors, trim and doors look with it. Thankfully, this meant Tyler was able to start floors! Along with painting, they came and put up gutters and the new posts across the front porch.

You can see the tan paint here with the beautiful floors!
The other paint colors will be in later pictures.

This is Brad that coaches with Tyler. You can also see the white wrapped posts.

So this week was busy on our part, as well! Tyler, his dad, his brother and a fellow football coach laid the hardwood floors in the house. Our entrance hallway, kitchen, eating area and family room are all hardwood. Then upstairs we did Garyn's room and the hallway. Garyn has asthma and allergies so we didn't really want to put carpet in there. I personally like carpet in bedrooms so I was completely fine with letting Garyn get that luxury.

So here is the end of week 13!

Week 14:
     Another slow week here, the door knobs were put on the doors inside and halfway on the outside doors. And the biggest thing was that the final grading was done outside. We no longer have a dirt or sand pile! Both kids noticed right away and were sad!

Couple of pictures showing the grading done, gutters and posts. Still waiting on the shutters for the upstairs windows, as well.
hallway bathroom door with knobs
Week 15:
    This week we got the carpet and linoleum installed. I was happy with the finished look. I had chose these two items back in May so I had already forgotten exactly what it looked like. We chose to do linoleum to start with for the sake of time and money. Tyler has always tiled the bathrooms at our other homes but with doing the hardwoods and football; we weren't sure he would have time. Also, we would be paying for all the flooring out of pocket if we chose to do hardwoods everywhere and tile, as well. I am so happy with our decision because it looks good and we can change it just as easy in a couple years when Tyler needs something to do!

This is the laundry room with linoleum

This is Ansley's room, paint will be more lavender, like I originally thought it would be!

And this is our room which will be a different blue

They also came and put our heating and air units in. We now have thermostats that tell us how cold it is in the house! I have seen it as low as 41! Needless to say I can't stay long with kids!

And lastly, the gas logs came for our fireplace. If only they worked!

And the end of week 15:

Week 16:
We had an exciting week with the cabinets coming and it was on my birthday!! Just loved seeing them in place. With that came the bathroom counters and toilets. We do not have our granite counters in the kitchen yet but will hopefully next week. We have begun packing and trying to prepare to move. I am so ready!
Kids bathroom

our bathroom
corner area of cabinets


sink in hallway bath
And I didn't get an end of the week picture, but I got some pretty cool pictures of the kids in the front yard.


The scenery is just beautiful all around. I can't wait to be able to sit on my
front porch and watch my babies play.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Month by Month : Layne is 3 months

Last Friday, Layne turned three months! This is a fun age for babies, you finally know all there likes and dislikes and they start giggling and playing more. However, they also change up their schedule some keeping you on your toes still!

Layne is such an easy going guy. He only cries when you have really ignored him or if he gets scared. By that I mean, a loud noise or something (usually his screaming sister). Most of the time though, he'll just start to fuss and you know its time for nap or to eat or to move him to a different spot.

He is still sleeping about 6 hours to begin with at night. And then wakes up at 3 hour intervals after that. So most nights he eats around 9-10 and then 3 and 6. Again, I say most because some nights he eats later then 10 and gets up after 3 or vice versa. He still goes right back to sleep really well. He has had somewhat of a cold lately and we had a couple nights were he slept on me some. Also, he rarely uses the paci at night. When in the car, which he isn't fond of, he uses the paci more. Granted, we are in the car a lot so I can't blame him. :)

Layne has discovered his hands and is constantly working them around trying to grab things and bat at his toys. With this discovery comes pulling at my hair which coincidentally is falling out after thickening during pregnancy. So all the time I am finding my long hair in his fists and am trying to keep it away from his grasps. His bouncy seat still entertains him for awhile because he likes to hit the colorful animals hanging in front of him. I have never put batteries in it, actually, to make it vibrate. We didn't have any D batteries and he seems to not mind! We have gotten the swing out of storage in the past couple weeks and he always falls asleep in it. He has slept almost 3 hours in it before! If I don't turn it off, he doesn't wake up. He is also sitting up better in his BeBe Pod. He crunches up to a sitting position all the time when you are holding him, in his car seat and when in his boppy pillow. When laying flat, he'll turn to his side but hasn't turned all the way over yet.

His hair has grown back on the top but has now fallen out around the sides so he looks like he has a "high & tight" cut. His eyes have become darker like a green/grey color. We all agree he looks most like his daddy. However, he still favors his brother's baby pics, too.

Layne on top 2, Garyn on bottom

Size wise- He was 16 lbs 4 oz with his clothes on at the doctor last week. Garyn was 16 lbs at 3 months so they are staying about the same on growth. He is wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6 mo clothes. I love being able to put him in Garyn's clothes, so cute to remember Garyn in them and compare how they look alike.

Layne started giggling about 2 weeks ago. We are able to get it out of him easier now but it is still not all the time yet. He will smile constantly at you, though. He has learned how to fuss for attention and then start smiling once you give it to him. We call it playing opossum.

We just couldn't be happier with our little guy and love watching him grow!


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