Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Maximus loves to be thrown up in the air. He always has. Sunday we went over to Rob's parents' house and Papa and him were playing. From the angle of these photos, it looks like M's about ready to touch the ceiling.

And in case you're wondering what's in Maximus' left hand...it's his favorite "froggie blankie."

I so love watching the delight that my boys get from being tossed up into the air. It's pure joy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

36 Weeks

It's becoming increasingly difficult getting Santino to stay in one spot during these weekly photo sessions. Not only that, when it comes to bathing him these days, he's all over the place. It's like trying to catch a greased pig.

We bought him a baby jumper, so now he's able to burn off a little more energy bouncing up and down in that thing. It's really handy to have for those times when you need a few moments to get something done and you want to make sure he stays in one spot. Plus, he likes it.

Other LIKES: bath time, exploring, crawling under chairs, tables and desks, putting everything into his mouth and playing independently as well as with us. Santino lights up around Maximus and for the most part, they play very well together. Maximus gets Santino laughing like nobody else can and they continue to enjoy wrestling with each other and Papa. I can only imagine what these boys will be like when they get older. It's certainly fun and entertaining to watch.

DISLIKES: the baby bouncer, the high chair (sometimes) and getting his diaper and clothes changed. Basically, he doesn't like being restrained or forced to lie down.

Lately when I sing or we play music, Santino starts dancing. He sits and bounces up and down, oftentimes clapping. He also does this thing with his arms. He'll put them straight out to his sides and will do a combination of arm circles and arm flapping. haha...

Santino is cutting more teeth - the top two teeth located on either side of the center front ones. It's interesting, because normally babies get their center front teeth before these come in, but not so with S.

It seems like I'm constantly sorting through Santino's clothes. I'll put away things that are too small and pull out larger sizes for this growing baby. These days he wears size 9-12 months, although some clothes that are sized smaller still fit him.

S has been saying Ma-ma more and more lately, but it may be babbling. Sometimes it sounds like he's repeating words. The other day after I ended a prayer with Amen, I'm pretty sure he said Amen as well.

Rob and I feel so blessed to have this little guy and I know Maximus adores him too. It's fun having a house full of boys.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Dentist

Today we took Maximus to get his teeth cleaned. We helped prepare him for the visit by talking to him beforehand about what to expect, and watched some videos on YouTube showing kids at the dentist.
His first appointment to the dentist he was only 1 1/2 years old. And let's just say...it was NOT a pleasant experience. He did AMAZING this second time around!!!
This time was totally different. It was a new place/dentist and he was older and wiser (haha). All of the instruments, tools and gadgets caught his attention.
When the dentist came in the room to examine his teeth, he opened his mouth almost before she could even say hello to him. It was so cute.
All done! Proud little guy carrying his bag of goodies.
Afterwards, we took him out to eat.
Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I took the boys out in the stroller today.

When Santino was an infant, we put him in his car carrier and he rode in the back, while Maximus rode in front.
Santino now gets the front seat view...(he looks a bit sleepy).
And Maximus gets to hang out in the back and has his choice of sitting or standing, which he totally digs!
I have to say that it's a workout pushing this thing. It's not a jogging stroller, so it requires a bit more muscle to push and steer. With the weather getting nicer, I'm going to try and take them for more rides. We all enjoy being outside, so that's a plus!
Santino is standing more and more these days...pulling himself up and holding onto furniture or whatever is in his grasp.
Today was the first time he's ever worn shorts.
He reminds me of Bam Bam from the Flintstones here.
Maximus had fun with a new toy today - stringing wooden beads.
Hope you're having a good week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

35 Weeks

Santino didn't want to nap today and his brother joined the boycott. I tried to protest, but it didn't work. Whew...Thank goodness they are both in bed and sleeping well tonight...so far.
This past week, Rob caught Santino trying to climb the stairs. He got up on the first step and Rob grabbed him before he fell backwards.
In the bath Santino has been grabbing onto the side of the tub and standing up. If you're sitting on the floor, he'll crawl over to you and grab a hold of you to pull himself up. A lot of times he wants to be held.
He loves playing with Maximus and is always interested in the toys that he has. Maximus is pretty patient for the most part, but sometimes he'll tell Santino no. Today, Santino grabbed a washcloth from the clean laundry, Maximus quickly said, "No you don't need to chew on that washcloth. I need you to be a good boy." hahaha...
Happy 8 months Mr. Santino! We love you!
Mama, Papa & Maximus 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cousins & Conversations

Yesterday I took the boys to see Rob's Mom, (Grandma LaLa). We got to see Veronica and Sydney as well.
Maximus hugging his little cousin Sydney

Santino's probably wondering if he's going to get some food too. :)
Last night when I was getting Maximus ready for bed, we had this conversation...
Me:  I'm so proud of you for not going pee pee in your undies.
M:  I'm so proud of you for not going pee pee in your undies too.
(Maximus talking about Santino)
M:  He's going poo poo...more prunes coming soon.
M:  Birdies eat rocks and it turns into food.
(When Maximus didn't want me to take any pictures of him)
M:  You don't take pictures of me.
Me:  Why?
M:  Because I'm too old for that.
M: I'm going to take my hat off for tea time soon.
I love this kid!

Monday, March 31, 2014

34 Weeks

I love this face!
Santino says the word Yay. Oftentimes it sounds more like the letter "A" however.
Lately he seems to be trying to wave. In general, he's also is doing a lot more motions with his hands.
I've been teaching him a couple words in sign language: more & all done. To do the sign for all done, or finished, you hold your hands up starting with your palms facing in and then turn them facing out. Well, the last couple of days he appears to be trying to sign this.
He gets around by crawling or by walking on all fours. Yep...he almost looks like a little monkey when he does this.
This past weekend, Rob stayed home with the boys on Saturday and Sunday afternoon while I was able to get out on my own. I love my boys, but it was a lot of fun to get away.
Santino fell asleep on Rob's chest both days. The little guy was tuckered out. Apparently he's not napping enough, but he's not too keen on the idea of taking a 3rd nap in his bed. He'd rather have Papa hold him. I can't blame the guy.
Lately I've been taking advantage of Santino going to sleep much earlier at night than he used to. Maximus follows soon after and then Rob since he gets up so early in the morning. So now I have a little more time to myself. I will be sleeping soon tonight however, because I'm tired.
Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Aren't they cute?

Last Saturday I took the boys to Target. This was the first time that they sat next to each other in a shopping cart. In the past, I would put Santino in his car seat in the basket area of the cart, while Maximus sat in the front.

Honestly, it didn't even occur to me that Santino was now old enough to sit in a shopping cart by himself. It's only been a little over a month that he's been able to sit up on his own. So, when I was shopping with Grandma LaLa last week and she suggested sitting him in the cart, I looked at her and it was as if a light bulb went off. "REALLY?" I thought. Yep. He can! Thanks, LaLa! Why didn't I think of that?! haha...
Santino has been having fun crawling through cardboard boxes lately.
Maximus is starting to look so grown up! Wait a minute!!!
Last Sunday was another "first" for the boys. They got to take a bath together.
Gotta love the shirts, huh? "If you mustache...I'm the little (or big) brother." These were gifts I got at Santino's baby shower.
Spring is upon us...we've had some beautiful days of sunshine, but now we are back to rain, with some sunbreaks. On Tuesday, I caught this rainbow behind our home.
Whenever I see this in the sky, it reminds me that God ALWAYS keeps His promises.
I am putting my rainbow in the clouds as the sign of the agreement between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and a rainbow appears in them, I will remember my agreement between me and you and every living thing. Floods will never again destroy all life on the earth. Genesis 9:13-15 (New Century Version)
Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 24, 2014

33 Weeks

Tonight when Rob was lying on his side on the floor, Santino grabbed a hold of him and pulled himself up into a standing position! Oh my goodness! I think he'll be walking soon!!!
Overall, Santino's sleep is great at night compared to what it's been in previous months. He goes down between 7:00 and 7:30 at night and gets up in the morning, usually between 6:30 and 8:00. He's been waking up at night and will sometimes continue to cry off and on for 1-2 hours, despite my efforts to console him. But since I started getting up to feed and change him again, (once or twice a night), the crying has curtailed and we all get better sleep.
I've noticed recently that Santino is doing a lot of clicking and smacking sounds with his mouth and tongue. It's cute hearing this.
On a side note, I wanted to mention something about the blanket that I used in this week's photo. Earlier today, when I was over at my parents' house with the boys, I asked my mom if she had a blanket for Santino to lie on. I'm so glad she suggested to use the one photographed here. Growing up, I always remember this being one of the blankets we would use if we were in the living room. My Mom crocheted it before she was married, some 50+ years ago. Purple has always been her favorite color. This will be a fun memory for me to tell Santino & Maximus about someday.
Have a great week everyone!