Logan Update – 15 months

Playing with Car

Playing with Car

Logan turned 15 months on June 7th!  A lot has happened in the last two months that I need to catch you up on, but here’s a quick look at his most recent stats:

Logan Stats 40 weeks
Weight: 26 lbs 6oz 76%
Height: 33.35 inches 96%
Head: 18.25 inches 27%

Now I know what you’re thinking…he SHRUNK!!??  No, he did not shrink…the doctor said it is more likely that his 12 month measurements are a bit off.  However, as you can see by his percentiles, he is still a big boy!

Logan's Special Chair

Logan's Special Chair

In May Logan turned 14 months and had become much more proficient at walking and had even started walking backwards!  He really worked on his climbing skills and is climbing up stairs, on and off his rocking horse, and in and out of his special chair.  He officially graduated to the toddler room at daycare, which means he’s on scheduled naps, snacks, and meals!  He’s getting interested in activities now, he’s dining out more regularly, enjoying swings and slides at the park, loves to swim in the pool, and even checked out some model and real trains at National Train Day.  His speech is getting more complex as he tries to mimic words and phases.

By 15 months he had a string of illnesses starting with a stubborn ear infection that lasted through 20 days of antibiotics.  That was closely followed by 1 week of Roseola.  Then we started memorial day weekend with what we think was foot, hand, and mouth disease, but thankfully he was better by the end of the long weekend.  To top it all off, in the beginning of June, he started cutting his first molars!  Definitely a tough month with illness, but we survived and are tougher for it!

Park

Park

We started doing some at home art projects this last month.  Logan enjoys finger painting, “drawing” with markers, and experimenting with textures.  I even tried to get him to glue little cut outs on construction paper, but he didn’t seem to get that.  He’s helped make instant pudding a couple of times, but really enjoys eating it more than making it.  He actually will start to cry when he finishes a serving.

He has figured out how to climb out of the bath tub, but thankfully doesn’t try to do that very often!  We’ve also officially turned his car seat to the forward facing position.

His communication has really improved over the past month.  He understands phrases such as “Give it to Wrigley”, “Sit Down”, “Put it on the table”, “Are you hungry?”, and probably a dozen more that I’m not aware of.  If you ask him where his nose is, he will point to it.  If you ask him where your nose is, he will point to your nose.  He’s still working on ears though.

He’s talking more too.  He says daddy and mommy, although  mommy means me and anything else that he wants.  He says kitty, banana, ball, and even Wrigley, which comes out as dit-ti.  When he’s hungry he responds to “Are you hungry?” with “Mmmmmm”.  He’s reaching for the refrigerator doors now when he wants a drink, and he’s started to point and grunt at things he wants.  He hands you the remote when he want to watch Handy Manny, and will hand you his shoes and sit down when he want them on.  All these attempts to communicate definitely show that he knows what he wants, which also means he’s started with the tantrums.  Thankfully, they aren’t too bad…yet.  However, he has been known to start crying and throw himself to the ground.  He’s also mastered the art of spaghetti legs, and uses it often.

I’ve prepared a quick 5 minute video capturing some of the highlights over the last couple months.  Take a look!

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Logan Update – New Video!

It’s been a little while since our last Logan video, so I put this one together over the weekend.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Logan Update – 5 months

Logan has been quite a busy baby over the last month!  He is now on his second week of rice cereal and is finally getting the hang of it.  Yesterday he finished his bowl (1/2 Tbs cereal + 2 Tbs liquid) and more of it seemed to go in his mouth then on the bib!  Next week I will likely add a fruit or vegetable to his diet and see how that goes.

He is continuing to do well at daycare and they are constantly telling us what a big boy he is becoming.  He’s staying awake longer now and can hold his head up enough to go in the excersaucer.  They have also started to try to give him more time in his crib for naps during the day.  It sounds like that is going pretty well.  He’s started staying awake for the ride to and from daycare now.  During the ride he tries to talk and suck his thumb at the same time, which turns out to sound like humming.

Logan in his Jumperoo

Logan in his Jumperoo

Last weekend we bought Logan the Fisher Price Precious Planet Jumperoo at Walmart.  He absolutely loves it.  His little feet can barely reach the floor, but he kicks off with his tippy toes and bounces around.  He can spin the colored ball in the front and is mesmerized by all the lights and music that are triggered by his movement.  He hasn’t figured out how to turn his seat yet, but I imagine that isn’t too far away.

We estimate that Logan is probably about 16.5 lbs now.  He’s still sleeping 12-14 hours at night and only takes a couple short naps for us during the day.  He has started to find his voice and will occasionally start screaming just for fun.  He loves kisses and songs and likes to get carried around on a tour of the house.  He enjoys watching his mom cook and has plans to be a good chef one day.  His favorite word is “Ooooooo-riginal”, he almost always smiles and laughs when you say it and has even been known to say “oh” after you say it to him.  He doesn’t like getting his hair washed or having to wait for food to be prepared.

This weekend we plan to get his photo taken at JC Penny Portaits at the mall near our house.  We’ll be sure to post those pics once we get them.  I’m still trying to figure out what we will all wear!

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Home on the range

Ryan and Dad getting setup

Ryan and Dad getting setup

With my father-in-law in town, we decided to hit a shooting range during his visit. I have not shot anything since I was a little boy (around 10 or so) and that was a 22 at some cans. Dad has a good amount of experience with guns and shooting at home in Minnesota. Luckily my friend Ryan has some experience in this area and after paying him a couple phony compliments he agreed to take us to a local indoor range.

Ryan and his best friend Steve supplied all the weapons and know how. We started off shooting Ryan’s SKS rifle. There must have been something wrong with Ryan’s gun because all of my shots (which were dead center at 50 yards) kept showing up to either the left or high on the target. The SKS was pretty cool because it had a 20 round clip so you could just keep firing one after another.

Steve's AK-47 modeled by Wes

Steve's AK-47 modeled by Wes

Next up was Steve’s AK-47. Like the SKS, we could fire one shot after another. But unlike the SKS, the shells were a bit smaller (you could easily notice the SKS vs. AK rounds on the target) and the AK seemed to be a bit easier to keep on target between rounds.

The last rifle we fired was the sniper rifle M91/30 Mosin-Nagant. This is the same weapon that is featured in the movie Enemy at the Gates (great flick!). Ryan has a scope on it which is cool because it was the first time I have ever fired a gun with a scope. This one definitely fired the most true of the bunch, but boy did it have some boom power. After firing each round I would have to move the rifle back a few inches to the left.

We finished up firing Ryan’s S&W M&P 40 compact handgun. This one felt like a little too much for me to handle. Being the first handgun I have ever fired it just felt like it was going to fly out of my hand after each shot. I guess practice makes perfect, because Ryan, Steve, and Dad were able to fire it like a pro.

I have included some cell phone videos we took below. The quality is not that great and you cant really see anything down range, but its still worth a look.

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6-week Update

That’s right, today marks 6-weeks postpartum.  I am officially 1/2 way done with my 12 week maturity leave!! It’s hard to believe that already 6 weeks has gone by.  My oh my has time flown by, but maybe that’s just because I’m so exhausted  :)

Yesterday I had my follow-up doctors appointment and got the “all-clear” from the doctor.  They say I have healed well and am back to normal, except for the few extra pounds I’m still carrying as a souvenir from the pregnancy.  Logan also had his “boy appointment” yesterday too.  He did fantastic!  I was fully expecting to receive a screaming baby when the procedure was done, instead he was SLEEPING!  What a champ!  Yesterday he was a bit fussy, but all things considered, he was great.  Today, he’s basically back to business as usual.  It’s hard to believe that something I was dreading so much turned out to be such a non-event.

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Logan changing and feeding

Ok, so we are still experimenting with the video production aspects, but here is a quick video of Logan and Mommy doing their circus (several times a day) routine.

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