Isaiah's goofy little smirk
Friday, August 29, 2008
Isaiah's goofy little smirk
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, we took the kids to a birthday party at the park. Jake was celebrating his 2nd birthday, and had a big bash which both kids enjoyed. Isaiah entertained everyone with his contagious little laugh! We've heard it before, but never in this magnitude, as Zae continued to laugh whenever he was hit with a balloon (I'll post the video sometime soon). He enjoyed being out, especially around a lot of people with a lot of noise. We've noticed that he appears to have a bit of separation anxiety, and will look around almost frantically if either myself or Enz aren't nearby. It's funny because Makenna isn't like that, but hey, two different personalities...
Makenna loved playing on the playground, even though she's still a little apprehensive about going down the slide on her own. But once Mommy convinced her to go down together, she was all for it, and kept wanting to go up and then down! I think she wore Mommy out! Kenna continues to be her own little free spirit, and will have a blast playing by herself. At one point, she was playing with some balloons, having a good old time, and upon hearing her laughter, a couple of older kids (around 8 or 9 years old) kept her company. She likes playing with bigger kids, probably because she's around more adults than children her own age!
Isaiah can't stop laughing...
Kenna entertaining the big kids...
Friday, August 22, 2008
If you haven't heard yet, Isaiah has started to do the combat crawl this past week! He hasn't quite mastered it yet, but when he does actually do it, he gets moving. He seems more motivated when there's a toy in front of him, and he gets easily frustrated when he doesn't go anywhere at all. I remember Makenna going through the same stage, and her level of frustration was about the same. I wonder who they get that from?? Both Enz & I are in a state of disbelief, because once Isaiah truly gets going, we'll have two mobile children. Sure, it'll be some time before he's up on two feet, but just knowing that he can move freely on his own is a bit frightening. And with Makenna as his guide, we're in for some real exciting times!
Our little Mak monster continues to add more words to her vocabulary. We've noticed how she's become a lot more observant of her surroundings, and how she tries so hard to let us know when she recognizes something. It's fun to have a conversation with her because she listens so intently, and if we say something she doesn't agree with, she'll pause before saying "no." It's like she has to let us know she's thinking before giving us the definitive answer! This one is going to give us trouble in the near future... Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Makenna has been surprising us as well with her vocabulary. It seems that it grows on a daily basis. When she talks her "language," she makes great eye contact, and the tone in her voice varies, almost as if she knows when to stress certain words in her sentences. When she's done talking, we try to figure out what she says and answer accordingly, and if she doesn't agree with our answer, she'll say "no," and try to express her thoughts again. It's hard to believe she's at this stage already, and that she's only a couple of weeks shy of the 18 month milestone. Wow!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Congratulations Tiffany and Ryan!
Virgie gets a hold of Isaiah
Makenna always has fun at any park, and this was not different. I think it tripped Enz out a little, when she heard "strangers" calling out Makenna's name. I guess she didn't realize just how much I talk about our kids =) Even with all the other kids there, Kenna managed to make a new friend. Cassidy, in the picture below with Kenna, is the granddaughter of one of my co-workers, and she's only a couple of months older than Kenna. They did the whole "shy kid" thing when they first met, but immediately warmed up to one another as they shared a frisbee together. We were only there for a couple of hours, but it was enough to knock the kids out on the way home. A great start to an otherwise fun weekend!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
WEIGHT: 18 pounds, currently in the 60th percentile
HEIGHT: 26 inches, currently in the 25th percentile
HEAD: 44.25 centimeters, currently in the 60th percentile
In a nutshell, our chubby little man with a big head is short =) Isaiah didn't mind being at the doctor's office, he just took it in stride up until he had his shots. He got three this time, and he was a bit on the pissy side after getting them. After the initial outburst, he was unusually quiet. I thought he was taking it like a big boy, and was instantly proud of his ability to handle the pain. Little did I know he was holding his breath! When he finally came up for air, he let out his loud and painful cry, but it was short lived as Mommy shifted his focus onto his bottle. All in all, it was a good checkup and his next visit won't be for another few months. That one should be a good one too, as he won't be getting any shots =)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Zae boy was in a great mood all weekend. Even on Sunday, when he didn't nap much, and we took him out to visit everyone, he was all smiles - for the most part =) He loves to be outdoors, and will not normally fuss when we're outside. It's when we're cooped up indoors that he gets a little stir crazy. Aside from some new movement in his gums, and his stomach issues, he was very cheerful, and even allowed us to get a great shot of him showing off his first two teeth!
Little Mak was also cheery, but her sunny disposition didn't last all weekend =( While she had a blast swimming on Saturday, she wasn't quite as cheerful as the weekend wore down. Yesterday, her last few teeth were coming in, and they were coming in hard. Not quite sure what she's got going on, but it looks like one of her molars is busting through, making for a very cranky child. It's hard not to get frustrated when everything you do doesn't seem to help. The flare up eventually calmed down, and she was able to end her weekend on a mellow note. She's only got a couple of choppers left, and once those are in, then we can say "adios" to her teething pain!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Our little hula dancer is doing her version of a traditional Hawaiian dance! I've said it in plenty of previous posts how Makenna loves to perform, and this past week she really showed us just how much she loves doing so. We had some of our cousins over and Uncle Alex happened to bring his guitar. Every time Kenna sees it, she goes crazy! This time, mommy decided to dress Kenna up in her little hula outfit, to see what she'd do. We thought she'd immediately be distracted by all the cool stuff and different textures, but to our surprise, she kept on dancing. In fact, that was probably some of her best dancing to date! None of us showed her anything, we just let her run wild, and she had a great time doing it too! It was only after the novelty wore off that she stopped to play with her coconuts... Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
So today, Makenna hit the 17 month mark, and for those who have been around her lately, you've probably noticed that she' become a lot more vocal. On a daily basis, we're hearing new & different words in her vocabulary. She's so funny to listen to because she'll be babbling and babbling, but she'll put emphasis on certain sounds, and will even go so far as to end her statement with a question mark, as if she's really asking something! Or, she'll talk her jibberish and then throw in a random word. The other day, she was "talking" to Enz while standing in front of the refrigerator, and then mentioned the word "magnet." Enz was like, "huh?" Hehehehe, now we really need to carefully watch what comes out of our mouths, because this little girl is picking up on stuff fast! Happy 17 months little Mak!
Zae man has found a good rhythm these last couple of days. Ever since we started with the cereal, he's been a lot more content after he's eaten, and he's become more predictable. He really takes notice of his sister, but that's mainly because she's always in his face! Lately he's been reaching out to her, and when she's nearby, he'll grab onto whatever he can of hers, hair included! They have yet to fight, but that's probably around the corner. There are times where we have to remind Makenna that Isaiah's still a baby, but for the most part, she's very good at making him laugh and smile!
When the two can play together quietly, it makes life that much easier for us. Since they're only 11 months apart,(yeah we still can't believe that sometimes) they enjoy some of the same shows. In this picture, they were both mesmerized by Elmo, and wouldn't shift their gaze for two seconds for me to take this picture!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
This is a video of Makenna as she was watching one of the dance sequences from the movie Flashdance. Whenever this one hears music, she loves to dance, and she shows it in this little video clip. I keep saying that she's going to be our little performer, so this is a good starter! Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Little Zae boy has really started to develop into his own little character. Since we've been feeding him cereal, he's been a lot more content, maybe because he stays fuller, longer. And while he's been sleeping through the night for some time now, we've found that this guy is an early bird, normally waking up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed anywhere from 5 to 6 am! Keeping him in bed past 6 is almost impossible, even when he's had fully exhausting days. It works out ok during the week since we're both up early for work, but on the weekends he needs to give a little! It's all good, we enjoy every waking minute with him and his sister =)
Isaiah's been consistently developing, and though we try not to compare his growth to that of Kenna's, it's hard not to. According to our calendar, he's right on track with his sister's growth, so that's a plus. He's getting stronger in his ability to sit up on his own and for longer periods of time. But when he gets tired or loses balance, we'll find him on his belly or back, where he's most comfortable. He gets less time to practice sitting up because he constantly has to deal with his sister hugging and kissing on him, which throws his balance off! He'll get it soon, and once he does, then we need to prepare ourselves for when he gets mobile. Wow, the thought of having two of them roaming freely around the house..... Hmmmm..........
Monday, August 04, 2008
Makenna had a blast once we got her in the water. She didn't hesitate to get in and was screaming happily and loudly. One of the instructors was immediately drawn to her when she saw how much fun she was having. But once the instructor started talking to her, Kenna got a bit shy and quiet. It was only after she left and came back that Kenna warmed up to her. Kenna loved working on her tummy float, but didn't care for the feeling of water on her face. She's like that in the bathtub-she freaks out a bit when water runs down her face. It'll be interesting to see how she reacts when we get to dunk the kids...
monkeying around like brothers and sisters do
Later that day, we took a drive out to Alameda for the christening and maiden voyage of Uncle Sal's new sailboat "Taverna." Congratulations to Uncle Sal for seeing his dream come to fruition! We all had a great time taking his new baby for a "spin," and hopefully we can do it again soon. It'll be fun to get the boat out in the open water with the sails up. For now, we settled for a cruise around the estuary, but that in itself was a great little ride!