a puffs addict....

I can honestly say that Cannon and I have had more good days than bad this last week! I never thought I would get to say that. I am SO grateful that I can. Before it just seemed like he was so unhappy all the time, I couldn't differentiate what was wrong. Now, it seems like I can finally tell when he is just tired, or hungry or if he is actually teething. I also think that it took him so long to warm up to food because of his teething. Which really seems to be never ending with this boy! I went back through Charlie's baby book and he only had 2 teeth on his first birthday. Cannon already has 5 and I think he will have another 1 or 2 by his birthday. This past week he was eating his baby food like a champ. He tried a lot of different flavors and likes most of them. He has also discovered a love for the little Gerber Puffs. He has gotten to be a pro at getting them in his mouth by himself as well. A week ago he was getting half of them in his lap and on the floor and now he will only miss a handful. His little pincer grip is coming in nicely.

I have tried to give him some small pieces of fruit and other foods. I thought he was doing good with it, but realized that most of it was getting stuck up in the top of his mouth. Then he would get too much and start to gag. I mentioned it to the OT today and she said that is something we will need to keep an eye on. She said if this happens it usually means they have very little feeling at the top of their mouths and they just don't know the food is up there, or it could mean that he knows it is there, but his tongue is too tight and he does not know how to use it to remove the food. She suggested that we get a small electric toothbrush and use it to rub on his gums, tongue and cheeks to help stimulate his mouth.
This really is a small thing, but it has had me a little discouraged today (that along with some other things we are dealing with Charlie on, but that will be another post!). I feel like we are plugging along and making some big progress and then get hit with yet another possible issue to overcome. Then I have to remind myself how far we have come and how much worse things can be and it gives me the strength to push on. Cross your fingers that Cannon will like the electric toothbrush. Amy said that it can help a lot, but the kids will either love it or hate it. We shall see tomorrow!

freehand scraps sneak peeks...

I had a lot of fun with this kit. I was stumped at first because it seemed a little more feminine than I usually choose, but once I started working with it my pages came together pretty quickly...and I like how they turned out! :)

Check out the rest of the kit and gallery at Freehand Scraps on the 1st.


an afternoon spent outside....

This boy loves to be outside. We are supposed to have a few more hot days and then the Fall weather is supposed to settle in. I am looking forward to experiencing another new season with the little guy. Charlie is not too fond of the winter weather, I wonder if Cannon will be? So cool to see them experience things for the first time. Definitely one of the best things about being a mom. :)



Cannon absolutely adores his brother Charlie. Unfortunately, the feeling is not quite mutual. Don't get me wrong - Charlie does love Cannon. He is concerned when Cannon cries and he will sometimes try to soothe him. He freaked out when I told him not to leave small items laying around because Cannon could choke on them. For three days straight all I heard was how he didn't want his baby brother to choke and die. So now Charlie is extremely careful and will not let Cannon get within 10 feet of any of his toys. Cannon will be on the other side of the room crawling around and I will hear Charlie scream "NO CANNON! Do not come near my toys!" And if Charlie gets a new toy he will read the packaging aloud and makes sure to tell me that it says it is for age 3 and over and that it could be a possible choking hazard. When this happens I am pretty sure he is less concerned about him choking and more wanting me to know that he has no intention of sharing this toy with Cannon. On the rare occasion that Cannon will get ahold of one of Charlie's things all I hear about is how Cannon is spitting all over it. Charlie is completely grossed out by his drooling and lets me know about it everyday. He does like to make his baby brother smile and laugh though. Luckily it is not hard since Cannon is always flashing a smile in Charlie's direction.

My hope is that as they get older the 4 year age difference won't be such a big deal. We will see. Until then we will keep trying to nurture that special brotherly bond. They are so lucky to have each other - I can't wait until they realize that!

my little sunshine...

I never have a dull day when Charlie is around. He is always doing funny things or saying something that makes me smile.

A few things heard from the mouth of Charlie this week:

(In the car)
Charlie: Mom, where are we going?

Me: Archiver's

Charlie: Ugh, Archiver's is so boring. I don't want to go there.

Me: I know, but it is mommy's favorite store and I like to go there. What is your favorite store?

Charlie: Bed, Bath and Beyond.

hmmmm...interesting choice for a four-year old, wouldn't you say? I have a feeling this answer has something to do with him looking through the ad we got in the mail and he saw some Guitar Hero toy that he just has to have. Everyday for the last week he has said that he wants to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond. No Toys R Us for this kid. ha!

(also in the car)
"Mom, do you want to know what my 2 favorite things to do are? The first is being in Vegas. The second is playing on the computer. Both make me very happy."

(today at dinner)
"I need to get a nightcap. All the cartoon character wear a nightcap to bed. It must be the right thing to do."

Other things Charlie is really into right now:
- watching Quiznos commercials on YouTube. He is always asking me "how do you torpedo?" I really have no idea where this came from. We hardly ever eat at Quiznos.

- The Cat in the Hat movie (the newer version with Mike Myers as the cat). He watched if for 5 hours straight when we drove to Salt Lake last weekend. He loves to watch the special features and audio commentary. A whole new world has opened up to him now that he has figured out the remote control.

- He still likes to watch Lion King videos on YouTube, but his love for Mary Poppins has been rekindled out of the blue and it is back in the rotation as well as Detroit Rock City by KISS.

- SpongeBob has also become a favorite around here. He really is over most of the kiddo cartoons. The other day he was even telling me about something he saw on iCarly. I have been trying to talk him into being SpongeBob for Halloween, but he is not budging from Rafiki.

- watching commercials. This boy surely is an advertiser's dream. He says that he wants every single thing that he sees on TV. Even if it is a girl's toy. Last week when we were in the car listening to the radio and he says "hey, this is from the scotchbrite commercial!" We are trying to teach him that he cannot have every toy he wants and that he really is lucky to have such nice things and all the other things that parents say to their kids, but I think all he hears right now is "blah, blah, blah, blah!"
I feel so blessed to get to spend my every day with this kid. Love him so, so much.

cannon at 11 months...

11 months. Really???

A few things about Cannon at 11 months.....
- He is a busy boy! He is crawling all over the place and pulling up on the furniture. He loves to be standing up as much as possible. He is also crawling stairs and crawled all the way to the top yesterday.
- He loves to go on stroller rides around the neighborhood with my dad in the mornings.
- He usually gets up at 6:00am on the nose every single morning. Sometimes he gets up at 5:00 or 5:30 but rarely sleeps past 6:00...I continue to pray that this may change, but I am beginning to lose hope!
- He has good and bad days with eating. He still is not in love with baby food, but he does like puffs and some soft foods. I figure that maybe he just doesn't like baby food? He prefers veggies over fruit. Most of the time when you give him fruit he acts like it is so sour. Carrots are definitely a fave.
- He loves to play by the fireplace. Of course it freaks me out because I am just sure he is going to split his head open, but I try to allow him time over there so he is not attracted to it just because it is forbidden.
- His fangs on the top are coming in nicely. It looks like he may have another top front tooth breaking through any day now. He is miserable when he is teething so the last week has been pretty rough.
- Now that his teeth are in, he likes to bite down on my shoulder when I am least expecting it.
- He had an evaluation by the speech pathologist last week. She said he was pretty much right on track. He makes all the appropriate sounds for his age. He does not babble a whole lot, but she said since he does all the other things that he just may be the "quiet, silent type". I laughed out load when she said this. He is pretty much anything but quiet...I think he just prefers crying to babbling!
- He has started to take baths with his brother in the big tub and he LOVES it. He just loves hanging out with Charlie and he splashes like crazy.
- He gets really upset when anybody leaves the room he is in. He won't even be interacting with that person, but if they walk away, he will meltdown.
- He is cuter everyday and we love him so much!

the yearly fair outing....

My mom and dad were awesome enough to volunteer to watch Cannon so we could take Charlie to the Western Idaho Fair. It is nice to plan special outings for just him. We didn't go until after Eric got home from work so the anticipation built up all day. Charlie kept saying that he just could not wait another minute to go.

We started by getting some dinner even though Charlie was sure that we should go straight for the treats. Next we hit the rides. Let me just say here that the fair is a complete rip-off and I will leave it at that. We would have been better off skipping the rides and playing games instead since that is all Charlie kept asking about, but we had already spent a small fortune on tickets (which were for rides only, not games) so we had to keep talking Charlie into going on more rides. He was too short for most of the intermediate kid rides, but was bored with the baby rides, so we just started sending him on the bigger rides and nobody said a thing about his height. He went on a mini-rollercoaster and you could tell it was right at his threshold. He loved it and was totally scared all at the same time. He also did great on the ferris wheel with daddy. Next we walked through the petting zoo which he was not a fan of. Lately he has been terrified of most animals so even though they were all in cages he was still convinced he was going to be eaten alive. It was starting to get dark so we took a stroll through the photo/art booths and grabbed a treat and called it a night.