Last night...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

...when Dan drove Val to the airport, Mommy had to do whatever it takes to keep the boys happy. I was surprised how good my picture turned out with 2 slippery babies in the bath all by myself. So I had to share, because they are too cute. (and YES - It's PG people.)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Working it out!

Nicky and Val work out together...maybe preparing for an episode of Wipeout! Nicky has never seen Mommy do anything like this!

High Kicks

Big Ball Baby Sit Ups

Toddler Ball Pushing

Cupcake! Cupcake!

Monday, January 25, 2010

 Cupcake! Cupcake!
Originally uploaded by victoriaabeling

Every time we pass the Hey Cupcake stand on 620 and 2222, Nicky screams cupcakecupcakecupcake...usually followed by a "hmmmm". The funny thing was, we had never taken him there, but he sees the gigantic pink cupcake on top of the trailer. Finally 2 weeks ago, Grandma Bubba took him. I got the frantic yell on video yesterday. Listen closely.

Why I started my blog

I started writing in my blog so my boys can always have special moments of their childhood captured on paper, pictures, and videos in blog form. Before my blog, I spent the first year of Nicky's life updating Flickr and You Tube weekly. It was like a full time job and it was hard to really convey those special moments and add my own commentary about our daily adventures. Ieven had a blog, but I never wrote in it. After Dan suggested I actually write in it and post the pictures and videos, I agreed! It made so much more sense to consolidate everything in one place! Plus who wouldn't want to see my kids everyday!? :)

After every post I print each one out to put in a special binder so they can easily access it, but wasn't happy with the results. The pictures were not centered, it was cut off and the formatting wasn't even accurate. I started researching online websites that turned your blog into a book and found a handful! What a cool concept.

I finally put all my blog postings from 2009 into a book - it was 52 pages!! They allow you to customize the cover and include a picture of the front and back, create a table of contents, other options like softcover or hardcover, or even a PDF download. I loved the format and bought a book this morning. I can't wait to see it.

Please click here view my sample book! email me if you have problems!

my boys: side by side 6 months

a couple things: I need a tan and a new haircut. Brandon is about 1 pound heavier than Nicky, and I have the cutest kids.EVER. What?! I am biased :)

Dear Brandon - a 6 month letter from Mommy

Friday, January 22, 2010
 Dear Brandon,

I am sorry this is so late. I have been so busy at work and haven't had time to sit down and write you a proper letter once you completed your 6th month wellness check. On January 10th you turned 6 months old and have changed so much in the last month. You are in the 75th percentile for weight (18 lbs) and height (27 inches) and 60th for head circumference. You've grown, my little man. You had your third round of shots and did very well, just minimal crying and and some angry looks directed at me. During the check-up the dr checked all your vitals and tracked your milestone progress...sitting up? check. eating solids? check. reaching for toys? check. Responding to name? check. Teeth? check - 2 of them. We got the OK for finger foods and sippy cup with water.

Our only concern at this point is the shape of your head. Until recently, you have been content to just lay on your back watching and patiently hustle and bustle about you. All this laying down, has caused a slight lopsidedness to the back of your head and we are considering a helmet for you to wear for a couple months. If we do this, please know we are doing it because we love you and want you to have a nice head. :) 

You already getting on all fours and starting to scoot around. You don't get very far and usually end in a face plant, but you are trying.You so badly want to run and play with your brother. The way you look at him melts my heart, you are in total awe. Nicky is still a little indifferent for now, but we are starting to see some protective attitude when you are surrounded by other kids.

At 6 months, you love to smile and laugh and you are easily amused. You love to play with toys and will spend long periods of time cooing and rolling all over the ground. You can stay busy watching the dogs run in circles, and we get such joy out of your giggles. You've already learned that doggies give kisses and just like Nicky, you love when they lick you all over. You love to jump in the jumper, and spending time outside makes you happy. The only other thing that makes you squeal for joy is the bath. You already love to spend hours soaking in the tub and we pass the time reading books and playing with the foam ABCs. Tomorrow you start swim lessons with your brothers so you will be ready for this summer!

Now that you have had 5 weeks of "sleep training" under your belt, you are sleeping so much better. You go to bed around 6:30 pm and sleep until 3 am or 4 am. Then you will usually sleep until 6 or 7. Daddy usually goes upstairs and brings you down to me in the morning. You love to lay right next to me and snuggle. That hour before Nicky gets up is our special time to catch up and dicsuss the day ahead. You are such a happy baby and so easy going.I am so lucky to have such a sweet boy. Watching you grow up to be a little man has become one of my greatest pleasures. I can't wait to see what you can do. I love you to the moon and back, my little Banjo.



PS. I thought it would be fun to see a picture of Nicky at 6 months and see what I had to say about him at the same time in his development and how different/same they are.

Nicholas went for his 6 month his 3rd round of vaccines this week. He is in the 60th percentile in weight, 70th in height, and 30th in head. He weights 18.9 pounds. He is still in some 3-6, but starting to wear 6-12 months now. The dr told us to start feeding him 2 x a day and we can start him on finger foods. He eats apples, bananas, peaches, grapes, rice cereal, carrots, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, and green beans. He is starting to drink from a sippy cup some water. He is almost crawling, and he hops when he tries. He is a very good jumper now. 4 teeth have come in. his 2 middle bottom and his 2 "vampire" teeth. We also had to have him "cry it out" this week. It took 19 minutes the first time. He slept through the night. so far the longest he has cried since was that first night. We also went to Palm Dessert for the weeknd to celebrate Craig's 30th. Nicky was great on the plane - his 4th trip and 8th plane ride!! Grandma Lenore(Booba) flew to the desert to babysit. We had a blast! He also spent a lot of time in the pool. Nicky loves the water.

Toothy Smiles!

Monday, January 18, 2010
Previously I had NO LUCK getting a picture of Brandon's first baby teeth...but you give the kid yogurt and he's all toothy smiles!

My Happiness

Brandon + Anna Caroline

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Brandon turned 6 months, found his tounge, started sitting up, and has a new girlfriend, Anna Caroline...


Being Silly

Hanging Out

Happy Gram! Happy Gram!

Nicholas came home from school with a Happy Gram last night. Happy Grams are special notes from the teachers at Nicholas and Brandon's school when something awesome happens. In this case, our little Einstein counted to 5 all by himself! and he did it 3 times! here is a copy of the Happy Gram in all its glory.

I am SO proud of you Nicholas!!

New Year, More New Pictures

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I posted more sets today from the past 2 weeks:

  • New Years Day Brunch at Tricia, Dan, and Hudson's
  • New Years Day at the Park
  • Nicky (and Daddy's) New Toy
  • Sunday Brunch with the Molers
  • Onik, Peep, Moo - Hudson Turn's TWO

I am so spoiled...

Last week I posted on facebook that I *needed* this dress because Brandon started to crawl. or maybe because Nicky had a fever. regardless I LOVE love LOVE this dress.

Yesterday a package arrived at my door step and this luxurious dress fell out onto my lap. the note read "love MOM"

*sigh* Thank you mom for keeping me fashionable and spoiled!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Whhhheeeeeeeeeeee! my boys love to fly!

New Years Day 2010

New Years Day 2010, originally uploaded by victoriaabeling.

Happy New Years from the Abeling's. We hope 2010 brings you happiness and joy!


Monday, January 4, 2010

DSC02686, originally uploaded by victoriaabeling.

Today I was thinking about Brandon and how quickly he is growing up. He is sitting up all by himself now...but more on that after his 6 month wellness check next week. I went back to see what week Nicky sat by himself and it looked like week 23 when I posted pics online. I thought I would share my favorite picture from week 23 when Nicky was a wee babe.

New Christmas Pictures - 2009

christmas 2009 068, originally uploaded by victoriaabeling.

Hi Everyone, I uploaded new pictures to a new Collection on Flickr: Christmas in California 2009


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