Sunday, December 24, 2017

First Haircut.

Oliver had his first official haircut yesterday! A few months ago I snipped the top of his fohawk so I'd have a little bit of baby hair to save for his book... but this was the first haircut at the salon! Oliver's hair was growing too far past his ears... so we took him in to clean it up a bit.

Oliver did a GREAT job! The stylist was shocked that he didn't cry (although we weren't surprised! He's such a happy boy!), and he looks so much older now, which makes me a little sad inside!

Baby Boy, you're growing up too fast! Oh, how we love you so!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December Magic.

Celebrating Christmas with Oliver has definitely reintroduced the magic of December into our lives. Sure, Ollie doesn't understand most of our celebrations and traditions... but I've still seen wonderment and curiosity light up in his eyes throughout the season.

We put up our tree and decorations at the beginning of the month, and while most of the time he was just into the tinsel and boxes... I do remember the look on Oliver's face when we plugged our colorful tree lights into the wall to check for burnt out bulbs. Watching Ollie's eyes lock onto the twinkling colors and his fingers reach out for the glowing bulbs was one of the most exciting moments from this month so far.

Another magical moment happened when we stepped out onto the back porch (our tiny version of a porch, anyway) the other day to watch the falling snow. The air was freezing cold and the sky was grey, but I just wanted him to experience the snow for a second. After looking up into the clouds, Oliver reached out his tiny hands and tried to catch the little white flurries as they floated down around us. He giggled and squealed and I almost started crying because it was just so fun.

But the fun hasn't stopped there. Mr. DeYoung and I have a variety of nativity sets sitting around the house this time of year, but my favorite one happens to be the wood block nativity Mom Paxman gave to us a few years ago. I set it up on the bottom shelf this year, hoping Ollie would notice the nativity sitting there at his eye level. Sure enough, I was in the bathroom one afternoon when I heard a clatter coming from the area where Ollie had been playing. I walked over to Ollie's spot and saw all of the wood blocks scattered around him. Ollie had the angel in his grasp, turning it over and over upon examination. I know he doesn't understand what the nativity is this year... but watching him play made me excited for the many re-tellings we would share of The Christ Child in years to come.

And the little discoveries continue on. I love watching Oliver clap to the holiday music, or giggle at the decorations that light up and move, or gaze at the tall trees and twinkle lights that surround him. The holiday season is always so wonderful... but this year is different, and I want to soak up every minute of it.

Merry Christmas, my Little Man. Thanks for letting us be reminding us of the true joy this season brings in the little things each day.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Lights.

We were supposed to take Oliver to Temple Square this year to see the lights, but with Christmas Carol in full-swing, we just didn't have the time. Instead, we zipped over to the nearby city lights the other night and walked around there.

Upon our arrival, I was actually quite impressed by the quality and magic of the lights at the park we visited. And the more time we spent there, the more I realized that THIS is much more my speed for viewing Christmas lights. No waiting in downtown traffic, no scouring for parking spaces, no standing in shoulder-to-shoulder crowds... this was PERFECT. (I'm sure we'll get Ollie to Temple Square one of these years... but he's too little to care about Temple Square for now anyway). 

We took the stroller around the park - all bundled in our coats and scarves - and afterward we sipped hot chocolate from our very own thermoses while we watched passerby. Oliver was more stunned by the cold than anything else... but Mr. DeYoung and I had a nice time together with our baby boy. 

I think we've found a new Holiday Lights tradition. Here are some pictures to commemorate our first year at the city lights.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ollie-Isms: Eight Months

Oliver has been such a blessing to our family during the last eight months... and we can hardly remember what life was like before his time! The Little Man just keeps growing. Sometimes I can barely keep up with all of the changes! These photos were taken a few days after his official 8-month mark (the holidays have been crazy) but here are some of his monthly details.

Ollie-Isms: Eight Months

-Oliver has mastered waving his hands, and now he does it all the time! He waves hello, he waves goodbye, and he flaps those fingers really fast whenever he gets excited or wants something from us. Usually he waves backwards (with his fingers pointing towards himself) but he's starting to flip that hand around more often.

-Oliver just barely learned how to clap! Usually he needs a little assistance and encouragement at first, but every once in a while he starts clapping all on his own! I love watching him figure out new "tricks"

-Oliver still eats pureed food most of the time (since he has no teeth yet), but he does love the Gerber Yogurt Melts. The strawberry ones are his favorite... but we're hoping Santa Claus brings him a new flavor to try on Christmas! :)

-I think Oliver is going to be a little soccer player! He is so coordinated with his feet. He loves to kick his toy balls around. If you set a ball on his lap, he'll nudge it to his feet with his hands and then kick away! He's pretty good at it too.

-Oliver's FAVORITE big baby toy is the doorway bouncer. I was hesitant to own one at first (we have a small space) but I'm so glad I decided to keep mine. Ollie goes CRAZY in the bouncer, sometimes I think he's going to bring the door frame down ;)

-Story time is part of our nightly routine, and Oliver's favorite books are the ones with finger puppets embedded into the back page. He also is learning to love the touchy-feely books... but he's entertained with any story we put in front of him before bed.

-Our Little Man has no fear when it comes to meeting new people. Being in the musical has made him a very friendly and outgoing baby, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

-We still lay Oliver down to sleep on his back, but he almost instantly rolls over onto his stomach at nap time and night time to sleep. Sometimes we peek on him and see his little bum up in the air while he's snoozing away... so cute!

Ollie's Stats: Eight Months

-Eye Color: Still blue as can be. Is it safe to say I think they're going to stay that way?

-Clothing size: Oliver is wearing mostly 6-9 month clothing, with the exception of a few onesies and shirts. His long legs won't fit into the 3-6 bottoms anymore. He's still wearing size 3 diapers even though they're a little big on him.

-Hair: All of Oliver's hair has grown back in, and it's so light and fluffy! We've decided that his hair is "light brown" but when it hits the light just right... it definitely has a red/copper tone to it.

-Food: Oliver still nurses consistently. We always feed him a meal (usually cereal) in the morning, and some pureed fruits or vegetables at dinner time. Every once in a while he'll have some fruit at lunch, and now he enjoys the yogurt melts (broken into smaller bites) for an occasional small snack

-Sleep: Oliver is a great napper, although his nap times aren't consistent (thanks to the musical for throwing off our schedules). Oliver sleeps really well at night too. If we have a performance, then bedtime is at about 10:30pm. Every other night, Oliver goes to sleep between 7 and 8pm and usually sleeps until 5:30 or 6am. After a quick snack, he's back to sleep until 8:00 in the morning.

-Likes: ceiling fans, anything that spins, the sippy cup, yogurt melts, the Christmas lights, the singing Snoopy Christmas decoration, his toy balls, the doorway bouncer, his crib mobile, drinking out of our cups, the hanger rack at the theatre, the mirrors in the dressing room, and anyone who will give him attention

-Dislikes: the cold air after a bath, loud kids at the theatre, having his nose wiped, getting buckled into the car seat (he only gets mad at this occasionally), and when mom walks away from the pack n' play at the theatre

-Nicknames: Little Man, Bubba, Bubby, Ollie, Baby Boy, Handsome Boy, Handsome Son, Baby Son, Chicowah (Prounounced like Cheek-oh-wah... Mom's silly name for him), and all the other usual names

-Milestones: kicks, more sounds added to his vocabulary, waves, claps, rolls over repeatedly and consistently, eats some dissolve foods

Baby Boy,

You have been the most patient, loving, and wonderful baby during the past month... especially considering all of the late nights you have at the theatre. You are the star of the show, and we totally understand why everyone who meets you loves you so much.

Thank you for being such a happy boy, and for blessing our lives! We love watching you grow (even though it makes mom a little sad sometimes). We can't wait to share the joy of Christmas with you in a few days! We love you with all of our hearts.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Gingerbread Tradition.

We make homemade gingerbread houses together every year at Christmas time, and this is the sixth year Kyle and I have kept up with the tradition! I probably say this every year... but Kyle bakes the gingerbread and makes the houses from scratch. It's a big project that always takes him the better part of a day... but it's so worth it! We love constructing our homemade gingerbread houses.

This year we invited our good friends, The Cornias, over to build houses with us. Unfortunately they got sick during the week, so instead my brother and his girlfriend joined us. We had a great time building and decorating our houses at my parents' home on Sunday evening. We were glad to visit with family while we worked! Oliver even got some one-on-one time with Grandma and Grandpa so Mr. DeYoung and I could decorate our house uninterrupted! 

Building gingerbread houses has become one of our favorite Christmas traditions! 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Christmas Cards.

Ollie was gifted a darling set of Christmas pajamas this year, and when I read on the tag that there were matching sets at Target for adults, I zipped over to the nearest store to pick up a pair for me and our Mr. DeYoung. Not only did we now have a theme for our Christmas cards this year, we also created a new family tradition because I am IN LOVE with our matching holiday jammies and I just might purchase a family set every year from now on.

Christmas cards can be stressful, and I have a love-hate relationship with them. WHAT I LOVE: having a picture keepsake of my family every year, designing something fun to go on our card, and receiving everyone else's cards in the mail. WHAT I HATE: buying and ordering prints and stamps, hand-addressing the envelopes (something I do to save money), and trying to come up with a catchy ditty to go with our card (something I do partially because it makes me feel creative and partially because of pressure I put upon myself, ha!)

Love or Hate, the cards happen every year... and usually when all is said-and-done, I'm happy I made them and mailed them. So alas, here are our cards for this year.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sally Anderson.

"She was very pretty: exceedingly pretty. With a dimpled, surprised-looking, capital face; a ripe little mouth, that seemed made to be kissed - as no doubt it was; all kinds of good little dots about her chin that melted into one another when she laughed; and the sunniest pair of eyes you ever saw in any little creature's head. Altogether she was what you would have called provoking, you know; but satisfactory, too. Oh, perfectly satisfactory."

-Charles Dickens (of Fred Anderson's Wife), A Christmas Carol