Monday, December 29, 2008


Ian enjoyed the holiday. He liked the gatherings, food, presents, etc. We most enjoyed watching him enjoy it, and enjoying our most special presents this year, Aaron & our new nephew Asher, born on Dec. 22nd.

Here are a few of my favorites from the week:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ian...Where ARE you??

Ian has started hiding. He thinks it is so much fun to hide wherever he can find a spot and just play quietly. Sometimes it really freaks us out. Like this morning...

He had been playing downstairs in the playroom by himself. He got pretty quiet so I went to check on him. I couldn't find him anywhere. I started checking all of his normal hiding spots and he wasn't anywhere to be found. I started to really get worried and then I heard noises in the laundry room. I pushed open the door and...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Doing "Christmassy" things

Yesterday we took the boys to the aviary to see Santa. Ian was satisfied with just SEEING him, so, we didn't really get a good picture. I think he told Santa that he wanted a train table, but Santa told him he'd have to wait until his birthday... ;-) So he asked for 2T sized pajamas and baby gap denim overalls to wear and balls to play with.

Ian and Daddy fed the lorakeets yesterday, for the first time ever, and Ian thought it was great! He LOVED the aviary! Good thing our Buffalo Zoo membership gets us in for free!

Sleeping at night has been going great. Napping is more of a challenge, especially when daddy is home, but he's getting it.

We put up the tree last night and Ian loves it. He even successfully helped put some ornaments on the tree.

He also likes his Little People Nativity set.

We're anxiously awaiting Christmas this year. It's the first one we've spent "at home" in many years! We can't wait to hang stockings and put out cookies and milk...and see what the big guy leaves for us!

Don't forget to check out Brother Aaron's site too!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ian's night of Ferberization.

We made it to 19 months before we had to cry it out.

Last night, Ian, whose fever broke in the evening yesterday, woke at 2:00am. I got him and brought him out, gave him some water, fresh diaper, the works. He was back to sleep by 2:15 so I tried to take him back to bed.

He woke when his head hit the mattress, like always. So I picked him up and tried the new toddler bed... (another story) and he wasn't having that either. So I put him back in the crib, kissed him, told him we loved him and left the room.

And the hysterics began. He "cried" (no tears, figure that one out) for the next hour and a half! We started going in at intervals, 5 min, 6 min, 7, 9, and held at 10.

At 3:43, all was silent. I went to check on him and cover him up and he was totally passed out. He's been there, silent, ever since.

It totally broke my heart. I pray we don't have to do it again. Aaron slept through most of it. (and ate through the rest...)

Ian is the worst sleeper known to man. I'm sure it is a result of both nature and nurture. We find ourselves hushing Aaron constantly to avoid waking the beast, and I feel bad for Aaron! Anyone know if there's baby ambien?

I also feel like I need a gold star.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ian is a big brother!

As the Vandervort family has said goodbye to one this week, we're also saying, "HELLO!"

Unexpectedly we welcomed Ian's baby brother, AARON MATTHEW, to the world last night. I will post more about it later on, but here are the main details:

11:07pm, 10/22/08
6 pounds, 14 oz
19 3/4 inches long

Thanks for ALL of the continued love and prayers. We are in need of them, and are so glad to have them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nice to be Home!

At 37.5 (??) weeks pregnant, we unfortunately had to break Magee Women's Hospital's rule about being more than 30 min away from the hospital. On Sunday, we got word that Roger's grandma Vandervort, (Ian's great-grandma) had passed away.

We packed up and make the trip 2.5 hours to Titusville, PA. It was a long, uncomfortable car ride (both ways) and for a stinky reason. But in my opinion, it was wonderful.

I don't think any of Roger's relatives on his dad's side of the family had ever met Ian in person so that was really nice that they finally got to spend some time together. I also met a lot of family that I had never met before and got reacquainted with many whom I have only seen once or twice in 6 or 7 years. And finally, what made it the most special to me, was that I learned a LOT about Ian's grandpa Ron and about Roger as a child. They eagerly showed and shared photos, stories, and mementos with us that I find priceless. Hopefully we will get a copy or at least a .jpg of the family that was taken today so that I can share it with you! I'm hoping that someday soon I'll get a chance to share some of the other photos we saw the last 2 days as well.

Of course, Ian was the dazzler that he always is. He had everyone laughing and smiling and provided a bit of comic relief amidst the sadness. It didn't take him long to warm up and make friends with everybody around. And he was SO good! We are blessed with such an incredible little boy!

We are also glad to be home. You forget how comfortable you are in your own surroundings (especially while pregnant, and/or running around keeping tabs on your 18 month old) until you leave them!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Ian has learned the word "no" and its proper usage. It is a dreaded day in the lives of a toddler's parents. You pray the day never comes when you say, "its time to change your pants" and you hear, "no!" as the response.

We take it all in stride though, because he has also learned to say "bye" and wave at the same time. He thinks it is funny to take off his shirt and run around half naked. (He'd be fully naked if he could get the darn pants over his butt...)

He counts down from 3 and then jumps on us, will count down from 3 and then fall over and "play hurt." He would rather give hugs and kisses on the playground than hit and kick (which some of his peers are already doing...)

He calls out to Roger by saying, "DAAAADDY, ROGER!"

And he can pedal his tricycle.

He's adorable in every way, except for his incredible stubbornness and insistence on doing things "his way."

Oh and that darn word "no."

We received our double stroller via FedEx today and Ian has already claimed a side. He also put his cup in the cup holder and seemed ready to rock. I wonder what he'll do when he's got a little brother in there next to him? Will he poke the baby's eyes out? Will he feed him cheerios? Will he even care that he's over there? Will I be able to push a stroller with two babies in it?

I hope he likes his brother. It would really suck if he didn't.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Some Pictures With Mommy

We went on a farm tour today...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Day In Ohiopyle

We recently took a little family trip to Ohiopyle, just the three of us. It was nice to have some time together and to be in a place that wasn't home, where Ian could have some freedom. Ian and daddy played in the water a bit, we spread out the picnic blanket and had some snacks, listened to some live music, and let Ian run around in the grass.

It was refreshing!

Despite the fact that most of our plans this weekend have been altered due to Roger and Ian having hacking colds, we were able to enjoy it. We're absolutely craving time as a threesome, knowing that it will never be like this again. (The same as we were just before Ian was born...)

Here are a few photos from the day:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

Some Vacation Pics

Enjoying the surf...

Enjoying the sand...

...maybe a little too much...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

On His 15-Month Birthday

Ian Did This:

And then he looked cute while getting his diaper changed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ian LOVES swimming Lessons!

We've been doing parent-child aquatics class at our local pool. HE LOVES IT! He's the teacher's pet (of course) and the only one in his class of 6-24 month olds that really enjoys the water, the kicking, bubble blowing, etc. It is adorable to watch and I'm SO GLAD we were a part of it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Luau Fun

Ian's friend Camden turned 1 yesterday. His parents threw him a huge Luau Party! It was a fun time and one of our friends got some cute pics of us!