Monday, May 28, 2012

The Boy Speaks

Here are a few of Will's favorite words this week. He's said many other random words, but not consistently. It amazes me how much he loves to repeat what you say.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sick Days

We've had a sick little boy over here for the past several days. 

It all started on Thursday when we dropped Will off with our parents. They could tell he was really hot and decided to take his temperature. It was around 102 degrees. Will was super cranky and having a rough time. We gave him some ibuprofen and let him take a long nap. The next day his fever had gone down but he was probably feeling worse. That's when Lance and I noticed that he was starting to get sores in and around his mouth. Apparently Will has Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
The sores in his mouth make it painful to eat, so he has hardly eaten any solid food in the past 3 days. The doctor said that's normal and just to make sure he stays really hydrated. That's also been difficult as it is hard to get him to drink anything as well.
At least he still smiles and tries to be happy some of the time.
The day really goes in spurts. He'll have short moments when he seems completely normal, and he's running around playing and laughing as if nothing was wrong.
I had to get outside for some air yesterday. He loved being out and running up and down the driveway.
He also loves grabbing the rocks and playing with them.
Then the next moment, he's screaming and wanting nothing to be held. And even holding him, the screaming would often continue.
Let me tell you, having a sick baby is no fun. You always hear parents say that they wish they could take the sickness themselves instead of the kid. It made sense to me, but now I understand that on an entirely new level. There are many reasons I'd rather be sick than Will. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely hate being sick and it is not something I would prefer to be. But having a sick little boy is hard. And its almost as if you were sick yourself. You can't go anywhere because you don't want to spread the disease. You spend most of the day watching your child in pain, and that hurts you as well, You do everything in your power to try to ease their pain, but sometimes to no avail. The only plus side is that Will has been EXTREMELY cuddly, and I've spend many hours over the last few days just curled up with him on the love sac.

Today he's been eating much better and I believe that he is starting to feel much better. He is still covered in little sores, but those take time to heal and go away. Today at lunch, I think he ate enough to make up for the past three days, which is a pretty good indicator that he is feeling better. We believe that he is past the contagious stage, but we are trying to keep his contact with other kids at a minimum, just to be certain.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tough Guy

Apparently Will is a tough little guy! Lance and I have always been very adament about not making a big scene when he falls down or gets hurt. We usually just tell him that he's fine and to get right back up. And it turns out our little training has been working.

I was hanging outside with some people in our new ward and all of the kids were playing and having a grand ol time. During the hour I was there, Will face planted into the cement, got hit in the head with a soccer ball, tripped dozens of times, fell down the slide, got pushed, etc, etc. And almost every time, he would stand back up and proceed on to whatever he was doing. He didn't make a peep or give it a second thought. And every time, one of the other parents would get all worried and begin to rush over to him until they noticed he was fine. Then they would all comment on how tough he was and that nothing seemed to faze him.
 That little goose-egg/bruise on his forehead is from face planting into our kitchen tile. That time he cried, and he cried hard.
One of the guys even mentioned that while Lance had him in church yesterday, Will's head ran into the table 3-4 times very hard but he never cried. Because I am used to Will and don't have much to compare him to, I never really thought about how tough he really is. But as I sit and think about it, he really is a strong little boy and doesn't let little bumps and falls get in his way. He has bruises all over his face from various falls, but that hasn't stopped him. He is still as crazy as he always was, if not more so.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


We moved to a new place last Friday, and we are finally starting to get settled in. We have most things unpacked and organized. Only a few more decorative things, and I think we'll be completely done.

We now live in a little community called "The Springs". The housing is for low-income families and your rent is based on your yearly salary. I heard about them right after we got married and we have been on a waiting list since March 2010. I was told at the time that it was a 2 year wait, minimum. As our two year wait was getting closer, we kept asking if we were getting close. And it seemed like we might get in toward the end of the summer. But I decided to bug them one last time and ask, and suddenly it was our turn. From the time I asked, we could have moved in within about 10-12 days. Unfortunately, our current landlord needed a 30 day notice. So we gave our notice and started packing.

Our official 30 days is around the 25th of May, but we got too excited and decided to move in early. Plus, I'm not sure "The Springs" wanted to hold the place for that long. We are still trying to get used to living at the opposite end of town, but so far we love it. We've already met a lot of people with young kids, and our ward seems pretty cool. We are so excited about being in our new place.

Here is a quick preview of what our place looks like (from the outside). Once I finish all the last little details, I'll take some pictures of the inside and give a grand tour.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Storm Before the Calm

This is what your apartment looks like when you are getting ready to move.


I'll go into more details about the move once we get settled into our new place. :)

One last quick note: as I was busy doing things, I looked over and Will had climbed into the stroller while it was folded on the ground. It shows just how much he likes walks. He sat there forever, waiting for me to take him outside.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

One Year Photos

Super happy with how they turned out! Enjoy!









Pictures taken by Candi. Make sure to check her out!

12 Months Old

Weight: 24.2 lbs - 70%
Height: 30.25 inches - 67%
Head Circumference: 48.5 inches - 95%

We have managed to keep a baby alive for an entire year. Bet this surprises many of you. The past year has gone by so fast, I can't even believe it. But at the same time, Will has grown so much it is hard to remember him ever being a newborn. The past year has been filled with wonderful moments as well as some that we'd rather forget. Having a child is no joke. It is not easy. In fact, it's down right hard! It seems like so many sacrifices. But when it comes down to it, IT IS WORTH IT. Will brings so much joy into our lives and we absolutely love having him around. He continues to amaze us every day. He has such a great personality and he does so many things that just crack me up. Here are some of the things he picked up last month:

Will is officially walking. He didn't seem too interested for quite some time, then one day he just decided that's what he wanted to do. He can stand up in the middle of the floor and everything.

When Will is done eating in his high chair, I ask him if he wants down. And he says down.'s more like "duah" but I know what he means.

He loves cell phones. He tries to slide my touch screen all the time. He frequently ends up calling people on Lance's phone, so if you get a random pocket call, it's probably from Will. He will hold the phone up to his ear and talk to the phone. If you say "hello" or talk to him, he gets the biggest smile and just giggles.

Our jogging stroller has a slow leak in one of the tires, and I have to pump it up every time before we use it. One day, I caught Will playing with the pump. He seemed to know just what to do and has a blast pulling it up and down.

If you give him a stuffed animal or doll, he will hold it to the side of his face and give it a big hug.

If I ever try to snuggle with Lance, then Will comes over to us and lays his head on our laps too. It's super sweet and melts my heart.

 We were going to have a small little party at the park for his birthday and invite a few friends over. But the weather wasn't super cooperative on the day we wanted to do it. Instead, we just stayed home and ate cake.

We couldn't find our birthday candles, so we improvised and used this little candle.

Will really took some encouragement to get started. I had to feed him the first few pieces of cake. He eventually got the hang of it and figured it out.

When he was done, he had frosting all over his hands. I wasn't thinking and I took his tray off and let him sit. He started playing with his feet and legs, thus transferring the frosting to the rest of his body and getting it everywhere.

He has started sleeping through the night pretty well. He goes to bed between 8pm-8:30pm, and wakes up between 7-8am. Several times throughout the night, he'll suddenly start whimpering, but he'll usually go back to sleep within a few minutes.

 Lately, Will is obsessed with water bottles. If he sees one, he MUST play with it, or he screams bloody murder like its the end of the world. You have to take the lid off and hold the water bottle so he can put the lid back on. It's his favorite thing. He just likes to put the lid on, then take it off. On, off, on off. I seriously have to hide my water bottles and hide when I'm getting a drink or else he'll freak out.

The other thing he is obsessed with is stairs. He LOVES climbing the stairs. And he's actually very good at coming down and turning around. He loves when I let him play on the stairs.

If I shake my head and say, "no no no no no", then Will shakes his head and says "no no no no". He thinks it's super funny.

Will does really good in that when he is on something and wants off, he always knows to turn around and slide off feet first. However, Will hasn't quite learned the concept of height yet. I can't put him on our tall bed or he'll go to the edge, turn around, and slide off.

There was a period of about 2-3 days where Will was doing the strangest thing. If Lance or I was eating something and he wanted some, he would stick his head back as far as he could with his mouth opened wide. Luckily I got a picture, cause its nearly impossible to describe. He was seriously acting like a little bird waiting to be fed. It was so bizarre, yet hilarious.

When one of us come home and kneel down, Will runs into our arms and gives us a big hug.

One of us new favorite places is under the table. If the chairs are pushed in all the way, he'll try to squeeze between them but screams when he doesn't fit. Our chairs are now permanently pulled out slightly so he has access to his "office".

There has been several times when he has tried climbing over the bars on the chair and high centered because it was too high.

We can eat anything without giving a bite to Will. He comes up, licking his lips and climbs all over you until you give him a bite. In face, if he simply hears the word bite, he comes running.

He still loves being outside. But he isn't so much a fan of grass. So if we are out front, he loves playing in the parking lot and tries to head toward the street. This makes for a lot of black clothes.

He especially loves going to the park. I think he would sit in the swing all day long if I let him. In fact, every time we leave the park, he throws a tantrum.

His Grandma Hinton got him this train toy, and he absolutely loves it. There are so many fun buttons and things to entertain him. Yes it's a big loud and obnoxious, but I am happy to ignore it if it keeps him happy for a while.

He learned very quickly how to climb on and off...well, at least on. Most of the time as he's trying to get off, his foot gets stuck and he ends up falling.

Sometimes the toy falls with him. I got pictures of him trying to get it upright again.

If you ever leave any tennis shoes around, you can guarantee that Will will have them untied before you put them on next.

I think he got sick of raisins and cheerios. We have those cups that don't spill filled with raisins and cheerios, which he used to eat daily. But now he just pulls them out and scatters them everywhere, but refuses to eat them.

It's been quite a year, and we have loved being parents. We've learned so much and Will continues to teach us daily. He is such a handsome little boy and we love him so much! Happy Birthday Will!

Check out Will's One Year Photo Shoot in the post right after this!