I know, I know...I haven't posted anything in over 2 months!!! It is horrible! So, I will do another blog post "catch-up" and hopefully (fingers crossed) I will not let another 2 months go by without a post! :)
The boys are both doing great and growing and changing all the time! Ross is out of school for the summer now and it is hard to believe that he will be going into 2nd grade in just a few months! Our summer plans include: swimming, park, zoo, playing with friends, guitar lessons, and hopefully a family vacation! I have great memories of many family vacations as a kid and Derek and I both hope to make special memories with our boys as well! Even though I am not "out for the summer" and I don't have "vacation time" etc, I still am very excited about summer! Not much will change for my schedule with Jack but this is the first summer that I will be home when we have Ross and I am very excited about all the fun things I have planned for us!
Jack is 8 months old now and he has changed SO much! In addition to all the things I posted in his 6 month update, he is now clapping, going from being on his hands and knees to sitting on his bottom (so cute to watch!), playing with lots of different toys and figuring out how to "work" them, he is NOT crying in the car anymore (well, maybe every once in a while...but definitely a HUGE improvement), he is able to get anywhere he wants to go by gliding, pushing, pulling, rocking, spinning himself around etc! Jack isn't crawling yet but he is SO close, he can crawl backwards but hasn't quite got down how to move forward yet...it won't be long! He is eating 4 bottles at 6-7oz each daily plus baby food, which now includes meat! We have also been giving him some table-food in VERY tiny pieces. He has had green beans, tomato (w/o skin), cantaloupe, squash...basically anything that is soft and non-dairy. I always take some out before adding any seasonings or butter. He seems to love everything so far! We are still working on naps, some days are better than others but I am not giving up! He still sleeps wonderfully at night (7pm-ish to 7am-ish). He said Momma several times about a month ago and hasn't said it since! My parents watched him one night for us so we could go on a date and they told us he said dadda too! We have heard him almost say it ourselves! :) Makes my heart smile!
We went on our first camping trip as a family of four over the weekend, it was an ADVENTURE! Aunt Natalie joined us when she got off work. I am not much of a "camper" but I do enjoy "playing" at the park. I just don't care about staying the night in the woods! I realize that camping in an RV is not "roughing" it for most people, but it is for me!! We encountered bugs, raccoons and a snake! Needless to say, I spent most of my time inside with Jack! We even locked ourselves out of the RV at one point and had to lift Ross up to a window that only he could fit through so he could unlock the door! Besides all that, we had a wonderful time playing games, fishing, riding bikes, cooking out, roasting marshmallows, and just spending time with each other! We will definitely go again!