Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lukas and Santa

Yesterday, Eric and I took Lukas to see Santa. Of course at this point in his life, "seeing Santa" is all about the cute photo opportunity. And yes, we did walk away with an absolutely adorable picture. I can't post that one because it's the one they took, not me. I did get one though that pretty much summed up Lukas for the day.

We couldn't do anything to make him smile. He wasn't upset, but he wasn't ready for smile for the cameras either. He just sat there a took it all in, and when he was done he let us all know. The picture that they took was of him and Santa looking at each other. All in all, our visit to Santa was a success. Of course, I would have called anything that involved him actually sitting there not screaming for a quick picture a success.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Pictures of a helmetless Lukas!

Lukas was discharged from his helmet last Thursday (12-6-07). It's amazing having a whole head to love on again! I am absolutely loving how perfect his head is now! He was such a trooper wearing it for 3.5 months, but he's a lot happier now that it's off.


Lukas loves to watch tv....all boy, right?

He also loves technology (laptop, remote, camera, cell name it he wants it). This is him seeing my camera.....all boy and geek.

He loves his best friend Melody.

I had more, but the website wasn't cooperating to load them. I'll post them in another post later.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Destruction of Bethlehem

It was a peaceful day in Bethlehem.

And then The Baby came to play.

All was well for a while and then something went horribly wrong.

The destruction was unforgettable.

Please remember that no town is safe when The Baby comes to play.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Baby on the Move!

On Thanksgiving Day, after all the festivities were over and we were getting Lukas ready for bed, he just picked himself up and started crawling. We are so proud of our little man, he's learning so many new things! Since Thanksgiving he has gotten better and faster, and now he will follow us around the house. We are now in the mad dash to finish least for the crawling stage. I got him on video the other morning going after one of the many things he likes...cords. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

7 Months Old!

It's unbelievable that Lukas is 7 months old already! I think I say that every time a new month rolls around, but time is just flying by so fast I can hardly keep track.

Lukas at 7 months is:
- sitting up as long as he wants to
- choosing his toys from his toy box (he really will look through the box to find the perfect toy)
- chewing on everything
- eating like a champ
- tolerating his breathing treatments for the most part
- crawling (as of 11-22-07....he's not very good but he's getting better all the time)
- working on 4 more teeth (according to the doctor) to add to his current 2
- still smiling at everyone (he is a very happy baby as long as he can breathe, is not in pain, is full, and is not tired)
- "requesting" to go to park as often as possible to swing (he would swing almost all day if we let him)
- grabbing at everything in sight which is continuing to make dinnertime interesting
- loving our cats most of the time more than they would like
- a ball of energy
- so much fun and such a blessing in our lives
- loving Mommy and Daddy more every day

As if I haven't posted enough pictures in the last few posts here's one more:

Monday, November 26, 2007

Baby Dedication - November 18, 2007

Sorry for the delay, but I kinda forgot I hadn't posted this yet.

A couple of Sunday's ago (11-18-07 to be exact) Lukas was dedicated in church. It was very special and humbling to stand before the church and promise to raise him in the Lord, and then to have our family and the church respond in kind. There was a video that featured the three babies being dedicated, and then the dedication itself done by the elders. We also chose a life verse for Lukas. This verse is what we hope for our son in the future. We chose Philippians 4:4-7.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

We were blessed to have so much family able to join us. Most of our family lives in town, so it was not a far commute. Thank you to everyone (church family included) who made this day so special!

The actual dedication (that's us on the left!).

Joshua, Cadi, and Lukas....all newly dedicated.

The Swaynes with a brand new bible!

Grandma Smith, Great-Aunt Nancy, Mommy, and Lukas

Papa, Lukas, and Grandad

Mimi and Aunt Nilde (although not blood related we still claim her :))

Exhausted boy...such an exciting morning.


Thanksgiving is always such a wonderful celebration in our family because we are blessed enough to get to celebrate with both sides of our family.

On Thursday Eric, Lukas, and I drove out to Graham, TX (about 2 hours west of Dallas) to celebrate with Eric's side of the family. This year we (and most of north Texas) got a huge surprise when it started snowing! I'm a big fan of snow, however when it was near 80 degrees the day before it's kind of weird.

These are pictures of (in order) Lukas and his cousin (technically 2nd cousin but that's too hard to remember) Logan playing, me and Lukas in the snow, Lukas playing, Nicole (Eric's cousin and Logan's mom) and Lukas, and Lukas and Mimi:


Then on Friday we were able to go celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. So on our second day of fantastic food we drove to Arlington, TX to spend the day. The big thing on Friday is to watch the A&M / UT football game, which A&M won! We also went to the park (mostly so Lukas could wear his new hat and mittens)....and he was adorable!

Smith Family eating Thanksgiving dinner:

Lukas typing a message with Grandma Smith in the background:

Lukas chilling with Uncle Ryan (one of the first pictures of them!):

Cheering on the Aggies!

Swinging at the park....

Eric and I are so blessed to have this little guy in our life!

For more Thanksgiving 2007 pictures please check out our Flickr page. I'll be updating it later on today. The link to it is here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On the Move....Slowly

Well, Lukas has achieved movement! It's not an actual crawl, but rather somewhere between an army crawl and simply launching himself. He most certainly goes no where fast, but if he wants to get somewhere he can. Thankfully, he does not go far, and it's usually only to a toy across the play mat. He is also getting up on his hands (or sometimes elbows) and knees and rocking back and forth.

In other news: The entire Swayne family has been recently sick. Thankfully, we all took shifts and so no two of us were really sick at once. It's just the fun sinus crud that's goes around this time of year. Lukas came out of it having had his first infection. It had to happen sometime, right? He got put on antibiotics which he hated and almost spit back at us every dose. He is now feeling miles better, thanks to antibiotics and also getting his asthma under control. He is a much happier baby now that he can breathe!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Just an update...

So this post is not going to be all exciting with pictures and videos, but I thought I should update since I haven't in a while.

Helmet Update: When Lukas started wearing the helmet a little over 2 months ago, he started at a differential (the difference in the measurements of the longest and shortest diagonals on his head) of 11. At his last helmet check, on 10-24, he had a differential of about 6.5. Yay! This thing is actually making fairly good progress. I was really hoping to get it off at the 3 month mark, but I think he might have to wear it a little longer. Oh well, we'll deal right? Better in the long run.

Teeth Update: He still has just the 2 bottom middle teeth in, but he's working hard on more. His doctor said the ones at the top are almost ready. Don't ask me when they'll come in because I have a hard time seeing what she's looking at. To me all his teeth on the top look about ready to come in, but like I said what do I know.

Asthma Update: For those of you who don't know, Lukas has been all but diagnosed with asthma. Dr. Naylor, his pediatrician, is not willing to say that's what it is yet, however he has an asthma action plan and 3 new medications. He takes Pulmacort and Allegra daily, and Albuterol as a rescue medication. The Pulmacort and Albuterol are administered via breathing machine, and boy does he hate it! We have tried 3 versions/variation of breathing machines and he hates them all. He doesn't like the big one that the doctor gave us because of the loud noise it makes, scares him every time, so we tried Eric's small and silent one. Well, that has ended up not working because he now knows what the face mask means, so he screams and pushes it away and it turns into a wrestling match. Then we received a pacifier attachment, but he won't suck on it. The noise of the breathing machine (it doesn't fit on Eric's) and seeing it attached to the medicine cup alerts him to what it is and so he pushes it away. Needless to say, it's been interesting giving him his meds. Oh, and he hates the Allegra...he spits it out every time.

General Update: He's now learning how to launch himself. He's only figured it out in the last couple of days, but he now knows that if he puts his knees underneath himself he can launch forward and go somewhere. He doesn't always do both knees, so sometimes it ends up looking somewhat like an army crawl. Jeepers, I'm not ready for this! He also has a runny nose :( ... like every other baby in town due to all the allergens. Suctioning his nose out has got to be one of the worst things ever (aside from the breathing machine). He screams bloody murder every time, and cries big fat tears that just rip your heart out. It's for his own good, but isn't there another way? We're putting him through enough already.

Jeepers, ok since this has ended up being such a long's some pictures. My thanks for reading all the way to the end. Enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2007

6 Months Old!

Lukas is now 6 months old! I just can't believe how time is flying.

Lukas is:
- 16 lbs .5 oz
- 28.5 inches
- eating cereal and oatmeal twice a day (he loves his cereal!)
- eating fruits and veggies (we just started with sweet potatoes and he wasn't very impressed)
- rolling around on the floor to get to what he wants
- sitting up (we say thanks to Maddie because he figured out sitting at her birthday party)
- grabbing everything he can reach (this is especially dangerous if you wear glasses because he is lightening fast and loves those most)
- still giving smiles to anyone and everyone
- laughing (mostly at night after his bath)
- standing when supported by Mommy, Daddy, or anyone else who happens along
- loving Mommy and Daddy everyday!

Lukas and his favorite block...

Lukas loves to read, however he usually wants to do it all himself so he ends up closing the book and then chewing on it.

We went to a pumpkin patch on Sunday afternoon, and he was super cute.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Odds and Ends

A few weeks ago we bought Lukas a new playmat. He likes the fact that it is like a puzzle because I'll find him pulling at the different pieces to it and chewing on them.

In the above picture you can see that he is surrounded by toys, however, after he was left to play for a while I found him like this:

Who needs toys when you have blinds, right? He certainly has fun with them. He plays with them every time he gets close enough.

Lukas has also figured out exactly how to sit. This time I'm not talking about Mommy balancing and hoping he holds the pose long enough for a picture. Oh no, this is honest to goodness sitting. He decided, while at a friends birthday party this past Saturday (the 13th), that he knew how to sit. I put him down and he just sat. Of course he also gave me a look like, "what Mom? I knew how to do this all along I just didn't want to." He's getting so big!! I can't believe he'll be 6 months old this Friday!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Lukas' First (and Second) Tooth!

Lukas has been working on his bottom center teeth for the past couple of months, and they have finally broken through! The right bottom center tooth broke through Saturday afternoon. That one is his official first tooth, however it was followed very closely by the left bottom center one early this morning (he woke up with it). I haven't been able to get any pictures of these wonderful developments because when his mouth is open his tongue is covering up his teeth.

In other news, Lukas loves his new highchair. He looks forward to eating and playing in it every night about 6:30 pm. He eats oatmeal and rice cereal (alternating every other night) and is getting very good at eating in bites.

He has the most amazing blue eyes....

He also loves to play in his excersaucer. He chews, hits, inspects, and smiles at everything on it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

5 Months Old!

At 5 Months Lukas is:
  • giving big smiles to Mommy, Daddy, anyone who looks at him the right way, any of his toys that he likes, or just because he wants to
  • laughing...but where smiles are readily available a laugh is a rare thing
  • rolling all directions...and he getting close to figuring out he can roll around to go places
  • sitting with help
  • standing with help (this is actually his current favorite position)
  • wiggling enough to power a generator
  • teething (yuck)...he's working on the two bottom front teeth
  • eating rice cereal or oatmeal at dinner time
  • wearing helmet to reshape his head
  • babbling when he has important things to say
  • chewing and mouthing everything
  • grabbing at things (he loves pulling your glasses off your face)
  • completely in love with Mommy and Daddy (who are also completely in love with him!)

And even better than a picture...a video!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Testing Out My Posting Skills

What better way to do it than with a picture of Lukas...

Monday, January 1, 2007