Louie continues to grow and change everyday! He is my little monkey as he loves to climb on everything and flip everything over! He is a total boy as he loves his trucks, tools, and is extrememly active…he literally never stops moving! He definitely keeps me on my toes!
Over the past few months we have kept Louie busy with activities and family fun!
As we experienced a lot of rain in Chicago, I had a “flood day” so we spent the day at the Chicago History Museum with Kim and Nicholas! Louie loved the train!
We did a few walks in honor of some very special family members. We first did the March of Dimes in Honor of Charlie McGinty McGann. A few weeks later we did the Cystic Fibrosis walk in honor of Beth and Michael Bansley. They were both beautiful days for walks!
Louie also had his first carnival experience….man are those great people watching days! There were not too many rides for Louie to ride on but he had fun going on a few with his big cousin Nell! He has no fear and wanted to go on all the rides!
We had a very fun day at a Memorial Day BBQ at Kathleen and Nell’s new apartment. It is sooo spaciaous for all the kids to run around! And they sure did while making plenty of noise! It is sooo fun to have them all together and see them all play and have fun! The family is growing very quickly!
We have had a few nice days this spring and taken advantage of the park! Again, Louie has no fear and climbs and runs around like he is 5! Me, 8 months pregnant, chasing him….is hilarious! I would like to invent a park with one swing and one slide….no bridges please, they terrify me!
As for eating….this child does not stop from the time he wakes up to the time he goes to bed! He eats anything and everything which is good! His new favorites are Peanut butter and jelly, watermelon, and hotdogs!!!
As Louie is growing up so fast he has also discovered that the shower is better than the bath…he is like an old man at times! He even has a robe to put on after his shower! Our nightime routine with a 15 month old…shower, robe, recliner, milk It is tooo cute!
The fun never ends with Louie!
We are preparing for baby #2 who is due to arrive in just 5 short weeks! We got our second crib a few weeks ago and then 5 days later Louie climbed out of the crib…twice…of course! I am going to have my hands full but cannot wait! We have had some fun practice with baby Claire and Louie is so great around her and so gentle! However he is going to have to have to learn what shhh means because he is the opposite of quiet!
We are looking forward to summer…just 2 more days of school Louie will be in music class and we cannot wait for all the street fests…and weather to warm up!
Pictures will be up as soon as this site can download them all…it takes forever and my patience are slim these days…and time, well there barely is any!!!!
So check back for pics soon!
We took our second family vacation and went down to Orlando! It was a fabulous week full of fun and lots of play and pool time! I can now say that I have been to Disney World….WOW! That is one amazing and crazy place! I can’t wait to go back when Louie is older, I don’t think he cared too much about anything however we did take him on the Dumbo and Teacup rides! Lou and I may have had more fun than he did! We also spent a lot of time in the pool! Louie absolutely loves the water and swimming and has no fear! He especially loves to jump off the side into our arms! His swim lessons sure came in handy as we kept him entertained in the pool!
We also went to Clearwater Beach one day! It was a little windy and chilly so we did not last too long but Louie played in the sand for a bit…and of course tried to eat it! We had a great lunch though at Frenchy’s!
The resort we stayed at was very family / child friendly with lots of activities throughout the day!
It was nice to enjoy some warm weather and take lots of walks. I especially like the long walks we would take at the fantastic, huge outlet store behind the resort!
We were there for Easter and had a wonderful Easter Brunch followed by an egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny! Louie was too cute picking up the eggs and putting them in his basket. I don’t think he quite understood what was going on but it was very cute to watch all the kids!
However, I do have to say a vacation with a 1 year old and 6 months pregnant is not quite the same as it used to be! We definitely tried to relax but Louie kept us running all day!
We had a great time and we look forward to our next vacation….not sure when or where but I am ready:)
Enjoy the pictures!
I am very behind on the blog but we have been quite busy over the past month! We had a great St. Patrick’s day with a few celebrations! Denny and Mary had a great party on Saturday the 16th! We stayed all day. Louie had so much fun playing with his cousins and meeting new friends. On Sunday, the 17th, we went to lunch at Hackney’s! It was very festive and fun to be there with all the decorations and music! Nell and Louie enjoyed dancing to the music! We did not make it to the parade this year….the weather this year was not parade weather for us! We had a great celebration over the weekend with family and friends!
The Following weekend we celebrated cousin Mac’s 1st birthday! It was very fun to celebrate with him! Everything at the party was “Mac” and it was so cute! Louie and Mac are going to be trouble together when they grow up but it is so cute now to see all of them playing together! Nell is such a great older cousin and loves them both so much!
We honestly cannot believe Louie is 1! How fast a year can go by and how fast a baby can change! We cherish and treasure each day and moment with Louie! Watching him grow and change has been quite amazing! Each stage of the first year was more and more exciting, from sleeping through the night, to rolling over, to sitting up, to eating food, to crawling, to walking…we captured it all and it truly is a miracle to watch!
Louie is the light of our lives! He puts a smile on my face 24 hours a day! His blue eyes, smile, and laugh just melt my heart!
His new thing is to play hide and seek, he just runs to the corner and starts giggling! It is too cute! He has also recently found out how to play tickle monster, hes the monster and will lift up your shirt and start laughing! He is such a little ham, I already see him being the class clown!
He has become faster and faster on his feet and is practically running! He loves climbing stairs and no matter how hard you try to barricade him in a room, he will find a way out! He is clever and smart and will push or squeeze his way through! He is quite the determined 1 year old!
His first birthday party was sooo fun! It was soo great to have all our friends, family and other kids their to celebrate with us! He is one lucky boy to be loved by so many people!
As you will see in the pictures, he surely loved his cake and cupcakes to follow! He definitely has a sweet tooth like his mom
Louie, we love you! You bring pure joy, love, laughter, and happiness to our lives! It has been amazing watching you grow and change over the past year! We look forward to the years ahead! Keep smiling, keep laughing, and know that you can always count on us! We love you!
Little boys come in all shapes and sizes,
Shy and adventurous, full of surprises,
With misshapen halos and mischievous grins,
Small dirty faces, and sweet, sticky chins.
They’ll keep you so busy, and yet all the while
Nothing can brighten the world like their smile.
And no greater treasure has brought homes more joy
Than a curious, active, and lovable boy!
Happy 1st birthday Louie! You are the love of our lives, the joy in our hearts, the twinkle in our eyes, and the smile’s on our faces!
I have always loved making valentines for others! I am passing this on with Louie! We had a very fun phot shoot for our Valentine’s! He was more interested in playing with the props than taking the pictures so it was a bit challenging but still fun because he just cracks me up with his facial expressions!
We also had a sleepover with cousin Nell and made some heart shaped sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles! Louie was more interested in licking the frosting off his fingers than putting the sprinkles on but he had fun! Nell did a great job cutting out the cookies, frosting and then sprinkling them! Nell and Louie then had a popcorn party on the couch and watched Brave! Louie kept trying to steal Nell’s popcorn! It was a very fun night! Then we had a fabulous pancake breakfast in the morning and bath! These 2 just love each other so much! It was a very fun sleepover!
Louie is on the move….and practically running! it is so cute to see such a short buy walking around the place! He continues to be very active and playful! He loves to play peek-a-boo, patty cake, “how big” and especially hide-and-seek! As soon as I start counting he starts running away and goes to the corner, he loves it when we catch him!!! His giggle and smile are just too much! He is still into EVERYTHING!!!!! He is going to learn what no means very quickly! He loves to play with his “girlfriends” everyday at day care! He loves going and always gets excited when the other kids get there! He loves to eat everything and anything….except vegetables! We have become very creative in how we get him to eat them and he hasn’t caught on!
It has gotten a lot harder taking his monthly pictures seeing as he likes to just run away from me and climb out of the bag!
We have had quite a mild winter but we did take him out to go sledding after the first snowfall! He was not very amused or entertained by it but we sure had fun getting him in his snowsuit and pulling him around! We even went to cousin Nell’s so they could go together…Uncle Dan was awesome at giving them a good ride!
We are in the works of planning his big birthday party…we can’t wait to see him dive into his cake