Prepare to be amazed --- Luke grew up this month, big time!
It's easy to see that he's grown a lot. He's as solid as a rock and I'm sure it's because he's eating like a champ! Each day he takes five (6 ounce) bottles of milk almost exactly 3 hours apart --- and don't be late with the bottle or you'll hear about it! He eats one grain, a new veggie or fruit and is now eating fruits and frozen baby foods in a mesh feeder. *That's a cool little baby gadget that has a handle on one side and a mesh bag on the other. It holds foods, allowing Luke to taste them without choking on the solid pieces.
He's sitting up on his own and stays up for a while, slowly sinking down to a full forward bend. From there he reaches as far as possible to get toys and rolls to get them if they're still too far away. While on his belly he "swims" --- pumping his legs and arms frantically. If he goes anywhere, it's backwards. This is especially cute in the bathtub!
Our little guy is teething. He has big white ridges on his gums, drool like a St. Bernard, and bites everything he can get his hands on. Oh, the drool --- It drips down and completely soaks his outfits. A bib is his newest accessory! Those bottom teeth are trying their best to pop out.
After establishing a pretty consistent sleeping routine, Luke learned how to roll on to his belly while sleeping. (And, simultaneously forgot how to roll back!) That made for a few long nights as he would end up on his belly and was too tired to do anything about it, except cry. Eventually, he realized it wasn't all that bad and now sleeps happily on his back or belly. I don't turn him back over if he's sleeping peacefully, but I would really prefer he sleep on his back. It just looks scary to see him like this in his crib.
His soon-to-be pearly whites have been doing a number to his sleep pattern. He cries during the night but really just wants to be held. After several long nights, he finally started napping and sleeping regularly again. There was about a week that we were all just plain tired. He would catnap anywhere, until he realized he was sleeping and then he'd wake up screaming.
I have tons of pictures of him napping that week because it felt as if he would never sleep again. So, each time he actually did fall asleep, I took a picture! Plus, he's just so peaceful when he's sleeping.
When he's awake, he loves playing in his car or exersaucer. He wants to be anywhere that Owen is playing and loves to "talk" --- It sounds more like squawking. We call him "Scuttle" because he sounds like the seagull from The Little Mermaid!
We've spent a lot of time at home this month, cleaning up from the holidays and enjoying the emptiness of the calendar. It's nice to relax a little after such a hectic November and December.
We did, however, have one super-fun trip on our calendar that we couldn't wait for! A trip to Phoenix for the New Year!
The baby brothers were napping buddies!
Luke loved laughing with Jessica! He had the sweetest belly laughs when I took this picture.
While in Arizona, we drove to Williams, AZ to ride on the Polar Express Train.
Which is... real!
I'm not kidding. It.was.just.like.the.book!
Owen LOVED it! Let's face it... he would sit in an old broken down train car for hours and have fun, but this train actually took us on a ride. Plus, they served hot cocoa (Owen asked for water! haha), cookies from Mrs. Claus, read The Polar Express book, and drove us up to the North Pole where Santa actually got on the train with us!
We got an adorable picture of the Raper family in front of the train.
Let's just say our picture is now in the running for photo of the year!