Luke's Life Lately...

My EIGHTH MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, 
so here's what I've been up to lately...
I am getting really good at this teething thing! I got my two top teeth this month like a pro, so now I'm up to six teeth in my gummy mouth! 
In other big news, I am trying really hard to become mobile. This month I mastered scooting backwards and I have gotten as far as half crawl forward. I'm going to be following my brother around before we know it and I can't wait to keep up!
I am enjoying this thing called spring. Once we were back in Boston and so was Dad, we all went for a picnic on the Esplanade. It was so nice to sit on the blanket together watching the sailboats on the Charles River. 
I've started doing this fun head nod that Mom says looks like a move out of the show I Dream of Jeannie. If you nod at me, I'll nod right back at you and keep doing it. It's turned into a really fun game!
I also took a trip with Mommy and Levi to visit Aunt Thais and her boys this month. Dad was doing his military time, so we got to have a fun trip while he was away. While I was at the Carter's, we went to a few playgrounds and I got to try out my first SWING! It was so much fun and Levi swung right beside me. He yelled "wee" the whole time and he was really excited to be showing me how this whole swinging thing is done! I got lots of attention while I was visiting. Isaiah, Sammy and James all wanted to hold me and play with me. They are really cool just like my big brother Levi and we all have a lot of fun together.
Dad gave me a funny nickname this month, Sticky Fingers Luke, because nothing is safe if it's within my arms reach. I want whatever you have or whatever is in front of me on a table or on the floor. I've grabbed a few tasty treats off Mom's plate this month even though I haven't gotten quite that far with eating solids. I am beginning to try different fruits and vegetables, but finger foods still get my gag reflex pretty good, so Mom is taking their introduction slowly.

There have been many firsts lately...
        Swing at the playground!

It's been a great seventh month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a GRABBY EIGHTH MONTH of life.

Luke's Life Lately...

My SEVENTH MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, 
so here's what I've been up to lately...
For starters, I gave Mom a taste of the good life when I slept from 9pm to 5am straight.. I did that the night of March 24th (she even wrote down the date!!)..but then I decided that sleeping that long is for the weak and waking every few hours is way more exciting especially when you're getting new teeth. I know, I'm a stinker! It took my brother 11 months to get the hang of it, so that buys me a little more time to figure this whole night time sleeping thing out. I'm pretty sure Mom is hoping I figure it out A LOT sooner than my brother though.
Speaking of teeth, I got my third and fourth bottom teeth this month. Getting those teeth was no joke for anyone and man did it give me an upset belly for a while there thanks to all the acid in my saliva helping to break down my gums...YOWSERS!
Mom got out our circus tent/ castle this month and I got to play inside with Levi. I am so glad my brother lets me hang out with him and play. He is too cool! I'm also beginning to think about this crawling thing. I hear it makes getting around easier, so I'm working on my strength training, stamina and propelling myself forward. I'll keep you posted on my training.
Levi and I matched for St. Patrick's Day. Grandma sent us these really cute clover shirts, clover glasses and light up necklaces. We looked so least I thought so!
Our friend Julia came to town this month all the way from Oregon and I got to spend some time with her. She stayed in Boston just long enough to see me born and keep my brother company while my parents brought me into the world, so we have a special bond me and her.
I also celebrated my first Easter this month. Grandma and Grandpop came to visit for Easter and had a nice long visit too. We went Easter egg hunting around Faneuil Hall and the Easter Bunny came to my house and filled the awesome Easter basket that Nana made for me. The basket says my name and everything! It was filled with all sorts of cool baby gear, tons of books and baby treats since I'm not eating chocolate and jelly beans just yet. Mom kept swooning over how handsome I looked in my collared shirt and bow tie on Easter morning when we headed to church to celebrate Christ's resurrection. Then that night we had a house full of people (18 to be exact) for Easter dinner and it was sooooo much fun! I took a little snooze on Grandpop while Mom, Dad and Grandma were getting dinner and the table ready. I heard the food was delicious and there were enough kids to have our own kids table with seven kids in all...I visited with everyone and I sat with Mom until it was time for me to go to bed.
We took Grandma and Grandpop to the New England Aquarium the next day. I loved seeing all the penguins and the many beautiful fish! I loved getting to stand up and lean on the fish tanks to see all the fish up close. That made me feel like such a big boy.
It's finally spring this month too, so we've been going out for nice walks and Mom let me sit in the grass for the first time and watch the ducks swim by. I also got to watch my brother do some playing with Dad on the playground. I can't wait until I'm big enough to slide and climb all over the playground. We've been going to the playground almost every day and luckily we have four we really like around our neighborhood. With it being so nice out we've also had a few picnics on our patio and one over on the esplanade. The Red Sox also had their home opener and I got to match Dad and Levi when we all wore our Red Sox shirts together. It's one of Mom's favorite pictures of all of us!
There have been many firsts lately...
        Sleep through the night.
        St.Patrick's Day.
        Aquarium Trip.
It's been a great seventh month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a CELEBRATORY SEVENTH MONTH of life.

Luke's Life Lately...

My SIXTH MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, so here's what I've been up to lately...
The big news this month is that my first and second tooth came in! I got my first on the bottom on February 23rd and then my second bottom tooth on February 26th both while visiting Virginia. There's something about being around Nana that makes me and my brother's teeth erupt! Mom is loving my new toothy grin especially since I'm so so smiley! 
I am proud to report that I am beginning to sit like a champ! As you can see from many of Mom's pictures this month I am learning to stay balanced and upright. It's a new world from this sitting position and I'm loving it. Occasionally I get tired or lose my balance and almost topple over, so to avoid any bumps and bruises Mom will often sit me inside the boppy pillow now that way I'm surrounded by a nice cushion to soften my fall. It works like a charm. I'm even beginning to experiment with moving from a sitting to a tummy time position depending on what toys are within my reach. I just fold at the waste, lean forward and reach and then I can scoot onto my tummy with no trouble at all. 
I've also been doing a bit more rolling now and then too. I prefer to roll from my back to my tummy. Once I'm on my tummy I'd rather stay there or cry for help because even though I have rolled from my stomach to my back I just HATE doing it!
I had my six month check up and I now weigh 16lbs 13 oz and I'm 26 3/4 inches long. Grow grow grow, that's my motto. It was a great check up until the end when I had to get 4 shots. They are no fun, but I know they'll be good for my health in the long run. The doctor was pleased to see how well I'm sitting and Mom mentioned how I don't like to roll over a ton wondering if she should be concerned and he told her that's okay because some babies just don't do a lot of rolling. I'm that baby! 
I'm trying out sorts of new things this month. I slept in the crib in the nursery for the first time for almost a week since I was only waking up around midnight and 4am, but then I decided to participate in the 6 month sleep regression and I got a cold too, so I started waking up every one to two hours for a while. Since I was disturbing my big brother's sleep with all that waking, I won myself another extended stay in Mom and Dad's room. I'm excited for when I'm sleeping well enough to share a room with Levi, but we have plenty of years ahead for that, so right now I'll just soak up my time with Mom and Dad.
Speaking of big brothers, mine is the best and he loves me so much! He makes sure to hug and kiss me before every nap and bedtime as well as at random moments when he declares "Lukie's AWAKE!" followed by another kiss and/or hug. I love all the attention because I think he's swell too. He even asked to get in on my pictures this month. He doesn't love the camera most days, but he does love M&Ms, so he begged Mom to take some pictures with me this month because he was craving some MMs as he calls them. I guess I can look forward to MMs when I'm two too!
I'm into the bronx cheer these days too as you can see. The wetter the better! 

I also went to the nursery at Mom's Bible study for the first time. It was lots of fun to play with the other babies my age especially since I can get pretty squirmy these days when I'm just hanging out with Mom. The workers in the nursery said I was charming and smiley the whole time I was there and being there made me feel like such a big boy like my brother since he goes at church and at Bible study, so I was just waiting for my chance and that day finally came.
I visited Virginia again this month with Mom and Levi while Dad headed out to California for school. We were all excited to get out of the snow, but guess what...if you guessed snow, you got it...IT SNOWED IN VIRGINIA TOO while we were there. Not that it never snows in the south, but we were hoping to escape the winter weather and it followed us. Oh well, the silver lining was that Grandma and Nana both had snow days while we were visiting meaning we got to spend more time with them, a definite bonus! At Grandma's I moved into the high chair since Levi was ready for a booster seat at the kitchen table...any day now and Mom will start me on some solids! I can't wait to put the high chair to good use for its actual purpose. At Nana's I went for a swim in the big jacuzzi tub with Levi (and Nana in her bathing suit to hold me of course). I got in another visit with Aunt Amy and Uncle Evan and I got to meet Mom's friend Ashley who is expecting a friend for me in a few months. Then Mom and I drove to Richmond to meet up with her friend Celeste because Celeste had a little boy, Ian, just a couple months after I was born. It was just us guys and our Moms hanging out, drinking coffee and milk in our cases and having a nice chill time. I love getting alone time with Mom when I can, but I'm always excited to be reunited with Levi.
Once we headed back to Boston, our friends Aunt Haley, Uncle Justin and Sawyer came to visit and we all had a BLAST! We showed them all around Boston since Uncle Justin and Sawyer had never been. We kids even got to hang out with a couple fun babysitters while the grownups went to a Bruins game. Then on Dad's day off, we all went to the Children's Museum and they have a fun padded room that was perfect for me to play in...made just for babies, so unlike my last visit where I just watched Levi and snoozed a bit I actually got in on some of the action this time around!

There have been many firsts lately...
        Successful time sitting on my own.

It's been a great sixth month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a WELL BALANCED and DROOLY SIXTH MONTH of life.

Project 52: 5 of 52

This week's challenge...Self portraits

Luke's Life Lately...

My FIFTH MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, so here's what I've been up to lately...
As you can see, I've found my toes and I love to eat them...and show off my flexibility! Hey if I'm going to lay around and hang out all day, I might as well eat my toes?! Right?!
Mom has me doing my fair share of tummy time these days and I've figured out how to rotate, so at least I can more myself around a little to reach different toys and I'm really hoping to chase after my brother soon. 
I haven't been sleeping as well as I had for me, not so much for Mom. Sorry Mom. I'm just way more aware of the world around me and I hate to miss what's going on, so who needs sleep?!? Not this guy...don't worry Mom, I promise to find my sleeping stride again (at least I know she's praying I do.)
I had my first date with a babysitter when Mom and Dad went to the UVA vs Boston College Basketball game while their friends Andrew and Amanda were in town. Hanging out with the babysitter or should I say babysitters since we had was a lot of fun especially when you have your big brother and twin pals to play with. I did great...took my bottle like a champ and was my usual charming self. I know Mom and Dad were happy to know they could get some alone time and I'd cooperate and still be happy as a clam. That weekend was a lot of fun actually because Levi and I got to hang out again on Sunday with Austin and Madison...those twins I mentioned...because we hang out with our moms to watch the Patriots play in the AFC championship while our dads went to the game. The Patriots won it's on to the Super Bowl for them! I hope we get a parade!! That would be soooo cool! Fingers crossed...lucky for me, Mom and Dad have a pretty good track record with Boston sports since living here.

Then it was time to get ready for my big brother's 2nd birthday and my baptism. Both events were happening in the same weekend, so it was going to be one fun filled weekend to say the least! Nana was the first to arrive in town and she helped Mom with all the party prep. Then Grandma and Grandpop arrived followed by Tati, Uncle Chris and Talia. It was so exciting to have everyone in Boston again...since the last time they were here was my birth and I wasn't too with it. Give a baby a break...I had a lot to adjust to outside of the womb and I mainly slept a lot since life on the outside was exhausting!
Grandma and Grandpop gave Levi music classes for Christmas and I get to tag along, so first up for the weekend was my first music class. It was fun to hear all the songs and see all the bigger kids dancing and playing. My brother LOVES music class. I can't wait till I'm a little bit bigger and can really participate.
Then it was Levi's birthday party day. He had a Sesame Street themed party and it was LOTS of fun...we made Elmo hats and ate Sesame Street character cupcakes! I can't wait for my first birthday party! I wonder what theme Mom and I will pick...guess time will tell. I know she's trying to soak up this year, so I'm not trying to rush it.
Sunday was my big day...the day I was baptized. It was really special. My family was here both near and far...even my Uncle Victor, Cousin Maryann, and Jeannie, Micheal, Ali and Taylor and even more family and friends were with us since you can tune in online. Dad and Levi walked me around introducing me to my church family at Park Street while Mom shared her testimony and her hopes for my growing into a Man of God. Then Pastor Kris poured water on my head and prayed for me. Everyone was impressed because I didn't even cry...not even a quiver of the lip. There was a nice reception to celebrate afterward and I was wearing a cute blue hat to go with my outfit since my hair was wet and everyone kept commenting on how I was missing my signature got it...MY HAIR! I guess it's not the norm for a baby my age to have such a head of hair. I personally love my locks...they definitely give me a unique style. It was a wonderful day and I definitely feel blessed.
Most of the family headed back to Virginia just in time to miss MY FIRST BLIZZARD! Tati, Talia and Nana hung around for the big weather event. I guess it's family tradition because my big brother experienced his first blizzard at just a couple weeks old. Once the storm passed we all bundled up and headed outside to play in the snow. Boy was it cold, but I could tell from watching Levi that playing in the snow is a lot of fun and luckily I live in New England where we have snow every winter, so I'll definitely get my fair share of playtime in the snow in the years to come.
Tati, Talia and Nana's visit came to an end and then it was time to cheer on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. We hosted Dad's fantasy football team at our place to watch the game and guess what...the Patriots beat the Seahawks...WE WON and that meant I'd get to watch a Duck Boat Parade.
Parade Day came and I got to watch the parade with Mom and Dad right off the front of the church. Talk about front row seats! The view was amazing. We hung out inside the church watching from the windows until it was go time and then I ventured outside with Mom on the little pulpit that hangs off the front of the church. There was so much energy and excitement in the air with all the fans cheering on the players. We even got to see all the championship trophies as the Duck Boats rode by and I think my favorite part was the confetti flying through the air. What a cool experience especially for such a young guy! I feel lucky to be growing up in a city that has such amazing sports teams and I know this is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the Boston sports teams. GO PATS!

There have been many firsts lately...
        Music class.
        Birthday party.

It's been a great fifth month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a EVENTFUL  FIFTH MONTH of life.

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