Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

We went to a little pumpkin patch last night, and these pictures just made me laugh.  These little boys have too big of personalities for their own good, and the pictures were just a glimpse into the crazy ;-)

First we did pictures of Ephraim.  From the second we arrived at the pumpkin patch he was obsessed with these squash.  He thought they were pretty awesome!

He is pretty tricky to photograph these days, and has an aversion to looking at the camera, but making strange animal noises and generally making a fool of yourself can (sometimes) do the trick.
He makes this look easy ;-)
This animal sound was particularly hilarious.
Adding in Asher only further complicated matters ;-)  He was very interested in the straw, and not so much in looking at the camera, and the funny noises that work for Ephraim solicited some pretty hilarious confused looks from Asher. 
Ephraim being a ham and Asher checking out the straw.

Asher wondering what is going on over by the camera.
This one is probably my favorite.  Asher wondering why the heck he is in this crazy family ;-)
But we managed to get some pretty cute pictures anyway.

Then Ephraim decided he had places to be.

So we decided to take some pictures of Asher, but he wasn't feeling very smiley, as he was super focused on the straw, and out of all the pictures and all the various sounds and tricks I tried, this is the best one we got.

But then Ephraim came to save the day!  Ephraim came over and just started talking to Asher, and, Viola! Perfect smiles.  I love how much Asher loves his brother!

And sometimes Ephraim likes his brother ;-)
Sharing some more straw with Asher.
Sharing his beloved squash with Asher. 
Lots of squash ;-)

Then Ephraim saw this painting and had to have some pictures with it.
Both of my boy's favorite part of the pumpkin patch were the Hula Hoops.  Asher hung out with his pretty much the whole time, and Ephraim ran around gathering squash part of the time, and the rest of the time tried to figure out the hula hooping thing.


This is my sad attempt at taking a picture of the boys and the wagon ;-)  There's a reason Stephen does the photography in the family!

I love these little boys of mine!  They sure do keep us busy!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

7 months old

Each month goes by quicker than the last.  This big boy has a big personality to match.  He makes me laugh everyday.

Asher is obsessed with food ( and has been since he first tried it at 4 months).  We try to limit him to one "meal" a day (outside of breastfeeding, of course), but it is getting increasingly difficult.  Asher is filled with much jealousy any time he sees anyone eating anything.  We appease him with small cereal snacks, and rice crackers during breakfast and lunch.  He eats large meals with us in the evening (usually oatmeal with some sort of baby food or banana mixed in, or an avocado).

I'm really impressed with Asher's fine motor skills.  He is careful and able to grab small items and put them in his mouth with some accuracy.  It is a skill that comes in handy and eating cereal puffs, and requires mommy to supervise him greatly when he is on the floor.  He can also put in his own binky, although he prefers to pull it out and look at it.

Asher is really good at sitting on his own.  He can't get up into a sitting position on his own, but often flops himself forward from sitting onto his belly so that he can move.  Asher is getting to be quite the mover.  He hasn't mastered forward propulsion although he has been known to scoot himself forward for small distances.  He is becoming more accurate at using a combination of rolling, scooting and pivoting to reach objects that he wants.

Asher is excited to be a big boy.  He loves to be stood up next to things he can hold onto, especially Ephraim's toys.  Today he was standing at one of his walkers playing and he let go with both hands, stood for a couple seconds and then grabbed on again all without falling.  I was pretty impressed.  He likes to play with Ephraim's toys, and is very interested in anything that lights up or makes sounds.

Asher loves Ephraim.  He smiles and laughs at his antics.  He also thinks it is funny when Ephraim cries and/or throws tantrums and smiles and squeals along (Ephraim does not appreciate this).  He is definitely aware of who he knows and who he doesn't, but generally likes and smiles at people.  He cries a lot when he sees his mom, because he wants her to hold and feed him pretty much all the time.

Asher likes to blow raspberries and say "bababa."  He also will squeal when he is excited, or if he hears someone else squeal.  He giggles a lot when someone surprises him.

Asher is a good little sleeper.  He likes to be nursed to sleep, but will also sleep really well in the car.  He takes an afternoon nap everyday and sleeps through the night some nights, and most nights only wakes up once.

Asher continues to be giant.  I had to pull out his 12-18 month clothing last week because most of his 9 month is pretty tight, and even some of his 12 month as well.  He has the chunkiest little thighs and bottom, and it just kills me.  I love all his little rolls!

I can't believe how fast my baby is growing up.  I love his curious little personality that is beginning to develop!