Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sun and green!

I think it is now safe to say that the little man has figured out how to crawl - he still flops down on his belly every now and again, but there's more crawling than falling.
He's such a beefy little guy, it makes me laugh regularly. He'll just be hanging out, doing his thing, and all of a sudden I notice how pleasantly large and solid he is, and it makes me happy. Gorgeous boy.

Grass is serious business.

His eczema has been kind of terrible and I think he's teething as well, so we've had a few sleepless nights lately. Because Ross is on holiday, we've had alternating sleep ins, but I still feel so tired. Some cousins came for a visit last night at around 9.30pm, and Ross had to tell them that the rest of us were all in bed! Embarassing? Maybe just a little.

Ooh, we went up to Litli Skogur the other day - it's a mini forest behind the school, and there's a nice little path running alongside a river. It has been pouring with rain almost every day of the holidays, so we took advantage of a rare sunny day and went for a walk.

Felix rode on my back in the Ergo and seemed to really enjoy it. I always feel a bit uneasy not being able to see what he's doing, so back-carrying is a team effort for now. Also it's terrifying trying to get him into the carrier and onto my back by myself, but I guess it's just a matter of practice.

Darling boys

We attempted to take a whole family photo...

... which was followed by Henry's mad dash away from the camera.

Anyway, it was a lovely afternoon, and we'll definitely try to go again. Maybe we'll let Nina come next time, too.

What else? We went to Akureyri last week and did a bit of shopping. Ross bought some clothes to wear to Eva's wedding, and I bought some dye to colour my wedding dress!

By wedding dress, I mean the one I wore when I got married, which I may also wear to Eva's wedding. It's super comfy and light, but I would feel weird wearing white so I dyed it navy blue. It worked really well on the fabric, but there are rows of stitching on the front that are obviously made from something that doesn't like dye. I'll give it an iron and see how it looks, but I'm not too fussed if it doesn't work for the wedding. I feel like I have a million fancy dresses that I never wear.

Also, I've started looking at hair tutorials - what is happening to me? I guess I am just excited and looking forward to it! Dressing up and dancing and family and the beach! I can't wait.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sit ups!

Hey, look who can now sit all by himself:

I mean, the rest of us can, too, it's just that for him it's a new and exciting feat.

Super exciting.

He's also well on his way to crawling, I think he'll figure it out in the next month or so. Fun times ahead!

Ross is on holidays now, although we spent the first few days with a sick Henry and a scaly eczema'd Felix - not that awesome. Henry just had a fever and a sore throat, and the doctor said it was probably just a virus of some sort, and sure enough he got better on his own.
Felix's skin has been quite bad lately, and they were a bit worried about it at his six month old checkup. We've got a steroid cream that works like magic, but we're not allowed to use it all the time so we're currently trying out all kinds of moisturizers and creams in between. My favourite so far is coconut oil, because it makes him smell like a Bounty, but I'm not sure how effective it was on his skin. I also bought some intensive Neutral cream, but it's really sticky and greasy, and smells ever-so-slightly like spoiled milk. Gross.

If anyone has any super awesome advice for what works (or doesn't), I'm all ears. My current system is to try to keep him clean, cool and super moisturized. Also I've stopped eating nuts because I read somewhere that that could have an effect on him (and if that one is a load of bollocks, please tell me, because nuts are one of my favourite snacks ever and I miss them).

Hmm, I'm sure I had a million things I wanted to write about, but now I can't remember any of them. Oh well, they'll just have to wait for next time.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

And while we're doing milestones...

This guy turned six months old yesterday!

At half a year old, Felix likes:

His big brother and his big dog. And the cuddling thereof.

C'mon, who doesn't want to jump into this cuddle puddle?

Broccoli, and just food in general - the dude trembles with joy at mealtimes.

Baths - he lunges towards the bathroom every time we walk past it, and shrieks with excitement when he's in the water. He sometimes gets to have a bath with his big bro, in which case the happiness is multiplied tenfold. I have a hilarious video, but I think maybe bath videos are a hard limit for what I won't put on my blog. I'll keep it, though, and Felix can put it on his own blog at a later date.

He does not like:

Sleeping for any length of time during the day - no, Felix, a twenty minute nap is not enough to keep any of us sane.
Missing out on stuff - I think he's convinced that we all party while he's asleep, and that's why he gets up again as soon as possible.
Forgiving and moving on - if he feels wronged, he seems to carry on for quite a while before he calms down. I think he may have gotten his long memory and grudge holding skills from me. My mum said it's a Capricorn thing.

He's getting really good at sitting up by himself, although he'll occasionally get too excited and lunge and fall on his face. Yesterday I was sitting behind him and I got up for a second to get something, but I was obviously feeling a little bit worried that he'd fall. Henry saw me, then scooted in behind Felix, so he could catch him if need be. Ross and I died of cute.
Also, I'm pretty sure Felix is just about to crawl, he's getting really good at holding himself up on his hands, and he can get his knees underneath him. Now it's just a matter of figuring out how to go places. Oh the fun that lies ahead!

Anyway, happy half-birthday, Felix! You're my favourite baby boy!


The other big news is that Mum has gone back to Australia, boooooooooo! I mean, not 100% boo, because it's great that she gets to see Dad again and those other children that she owns, but definitely some greater than zero percentage of boo on my behalf.

We've been trying to do some mega decluttering and tidying up around here, it just feels like we're drowning in stuff. So we're shuffling around cupboards and shelves and everything and trying to make more space. We brought the playpen up for Felix, and reminisced about the days when all the baby stuff in the loungeroom could be corralled into that one square metre. Anyway, I guess we're just getting a headstart on the summer holidays, when we plan to do a bunch of Doing Stuff Around the House. Also just some general doing stuff not around the house. Basically we'll be doing things. Maybe I'll even take photos. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Five years!

Holy smokes, you guys, today is mine and Ross' fifth wedding anniversary! (P.S. Thanks Mum, for wishing us a happy anniversary and reminding me!)

I can't imagine what my life would look like without Ross, he's the most caring and supportive human I've ever met. He's funny and serious and handsome and compassionate, and he makes me happy. I don't know that I'm a naturally happy person, I tend to overthink and worry and fret, but Ross makes me feel safe and loved, and confident that everything will turn out fine.

He's an amazing husband, and the best father to our boys, and I can't believe how lucky I am.

He is a super tough guy...

... and also a sweetheart.