Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Update

Lincoln just keeps growing up! I'm not going to do monthly "birthday" posts any more, but I will definitely still post periodic updates, cute pictures, and big milestones, as well as funny everyday moments.

He can show you his belly button and hair. He also claps his hands and stomps his feet to "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "Happy" by Pharrell. Lincoln usually loves to dance and will start bouncing to music when it comes on. He babbles all the time and quite loudly. He has a few more distinguishable words, like "this" and "that."

We brought home his little rocking chair after his birthday party, and he loves to sit down in it - then stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down. He has learned how to back up to the chair and sit down instead of trying to climb in, which means we can sit and watch him do it instead of trying to make sure he doesn't end up with a fat lip or broken tooth.

Lincoln loves to be outside - and moving, moving, moving! He is happiest when the wind is blowing through his hair. He will bring us his shoes when he wants to go out - which happens to be just about every time he sees a shoe or two. On Easter Sunday, I gave him his shoes and told him to find Uncle Daniel to take him out. He grabbed them and walked straight to my brother; he was ready to get outside!

Lincoln is getting to be more and more independent. With that comes a mind of his own, and he lets it be known when things are not going according to his plans. He is still a happy happy boy most of the time, but there are definitely moments when we get an earful of irritation.

We also got to go to Lincoln's first MCC Sale. He loved the verenike, sausage, New Year's cookies, whoopie pie, and cherry moos. I think it might be his new favorite thing, since it's mostly about the food for us.

He gained his first two molars just recently. I never would have known they were in, but one day I was tickling him and noticed a little extra white in his gums. (He still doesn't have the fourth tooth on the bottom yet, so I was expecting that first.) Crazy!

We also took away his pacifier last week. We were braced for a long fight, but it didn't happen. The first night he cried and we rocked him for about 45 minutes, but the next day he was fine at nap times and bedtime! I was ready for hours and hours of tears - thankfully we didn't have to deal with that!

Easter at Grammy's

Yesterday we went to Grammy and Grampy Kohlman's for a little family "Easter" since we weren't going to make it today.

Lincoln had fun hunting eggs... for about the first five. Then he was done.

He also had a great time pushing Uncle Justin off the ball and chasing the kitties.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jazzy + Lincoln = BFFs

Lincoln loves to play with Jazzy. She tolerates him well. He throws her a toy and laughs when she pounces on it and chews. He could do that all day long if she were game. He will pick up one of her toys and follow her around until she takes it from him. If she drops it, he picks it up to give back to her.

He also laughs hysterically when she licks him.

One night he tried to give the dog her ball, but she didn't pick it up when he threw it to her. So instead, he grabbed it and shoved it into her mouth until she would take it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I did a "thankful" post of any sort.

I know I've posted on this before, but I'm going to say it again. I don't think I can say it too many times.

Today, I'm especially grateful for a healthy little boy, as a year ago we were sitting in the hospital, through chest x-rays and blood draws and a spinal tap, waiting to find out what was making our baby so sick. We never got real answers, but he got better - and in the end, that's what matters. I'm thankful for that, and I'm thankful that memories fade, that this mostly feels so distant from where we are today.

My heart aches for the mommies and daddies waiting to find out why their baby is sick, for the mommies and daddies waiting for their baby to get better, for the mommies and daddies aching to hold their baby again.

So, as I say prayers for their comfort, I say prayers of thanksgiving for the health of my wild, independent, one-of-a-kind little man.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

fun at Penny's!

It's always awesome to get a text or facebook message from Penny with pictures of what Lincoln and his friends are up to at daycare. Here are a few of the gems I've had lately!