Category: Landon -  
 
15 Month Check-up Stats:
25 pounds, 6 ounces (70th percentile)
32 inces tall (75th percentile)
47.6 cm head circum (70th percentile)
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In preparation for the baby, we decided to move Landon to a toddler bed.  He adjusted surprisingly well.  The first night he cried for 5 minutes, but we haven't had a problem since.  He climbs into bed before his nap/at night, and doesn't get out of bed until we open the door at the end of his nap/morning. 

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Landon met Uncle Scott & Aunt Whit's cow, Bentley for the first time.  He was screamed at first, but then he warmed up to Bentley.  He even let Bentley lick his finger. 
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Playing with Adler - they are great buddies.  Adler had a birthday in April, so we went for a visit and to give Adler his birthday gift.
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Lastly, Landon had a rough month with bumps & bruises.  He ended up with 2 black eyes on the same weekend from falls, and countless scrapes and bruises on his knees and legs.  He is all boy and is constantly on the go.  He doesn't walk - he runs!  Sometimes his little feet can't keep up with his energy and he take some nasty falls.  Luckily he bounces back really well. 
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We spent Easter this year in Morton. 
We welcomed home the newest Aberle cousin from Etheopia, Tripp, on Good Friday.
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On Saturday we spent time with the Menold extended family.  We enjoyed our annual Easter brunch, decorated easter eggs, and made goofy glasses. 
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We spent time with Grandma & Grandpa Aberle and the Rugaards on Easter Sunday.  Landon was able to participate in his first Easter Egg hunt in Grandma & Grandpa's backyard.  He had so much fun collecting the eggs and playing with his cousins.  He also had fun exploring what was in his Easter Basket from the Easter Bunny...not really interested in smiling for the camera, though.
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Landon had a fun-filled 1st Halloween.  We hosted a chili supper at our house with all of our friends in the evening.  He had so much fun playing with his friends.  After supper the kids decorated sugar cookie pumpkin cut outs - they did an excellent job at decorating the cookies! :) 
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Landon is 9 months and SO BIG!  At his 9 month checkup he weighed in at 20 pounds 15 ounces (50th percentile) and measured at 30 inches (95th percentile!).  His head is finally catching up and comes in at 46.5 cm (75th percentile).  He two vaccine shots and 1 flu shot and didn't cry much at all.  His pediatrician commented on his curiosity.  Landon does not miss anything going on around him.  He will watch and listen to everything happening around him. 

Landon is now in the exploring phase.  He examines every toy to see what it can do...he will push it, shake it, and chew on it.  He likes to crawl around to check everything out, he pulls himself up to stand, and cruises the furniture like a pro.  He really wants to climb, but hasn't succeeded...yet.  He is a great eater and will try anything.  If he doesn't like something, he has this little scream to let us know he isn't pleased with the taste. 

His biggest accomplishment is that he has FINALLY stopped spitting up.  Over the past month his spitting issue has subsided.  He occasionally spits up (like all babies do), but doesn't have to have a bib around his neck all day. 

Landon got his first hair cut.  Mommy's good friend and hair dresser cut his hair on Oct. 24th. 
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Landon's 1st Hair Cut
 

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Uncle Noah shows Landon how to drive a semi - this was one of Noah's favorite toys when he was little :)

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Landon @ 22 weeks - sporting his Chicago WhiteSox jersey for Uncle Matt & Aunt Katie.  Of course, he insisted on playing with his STL Cardinals' Albert Pujols toy to balance out the first picture :) :) 
What's going on:  Landon weighs 16 pounds, 2 ounces, and he got his first tooth this week!  He's been chewing and drooling like CRAZY!  He is fully of giggles and loves to be outside.  He took his first swim in our patio poool and loved it! 
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At 21 weeks old, Landon weighed in at about 15 pounds 12 ounces.  He's getting so long again.  He's moved into mostly size 6-months clothes because of his length!  He's so happy and smiley.  He's also drooling more than normal...his first tooth must be ready to emerge soon.  

He's been wanting to sit up on his own, but he hasn't quite figured out how to balance while sitting up.  The picture below shows him sitting up while holding on to the edge of the changing table.  He'll be sitting up on his own in no time.

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The picture at the top of the blog is of Landon in one his Daddy's baby outfits.  Below is a picture of Dave @ 3 months in this outfit - weighing in at about 18 pounds (check out those rolls!).  The picture at the bottom shows Landon all stretched out in this handmade outfit Grandma Barb made. 

Landon gets his smiley face from his dad - check out those cute grins J

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Happy Father’s Day to the best Daddy
I love you, Landon

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5 months-old - no better way to celebrate than by being on Grammie & Grandpa’s new boat.

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Landon thinks his faux-hawk is cool!

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Landon weighs about 15 pound 6 ounces this week.  He’s such a happy-go-lucky baby.  We are truly blessed by his beautiful smile everyday.  He loves to play - whether it's in the exersaucer, on the floor, or in the bathtub.  He's always busy, busy, busy.
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This week we had two special visitors – Joe & Amanda visited us on their way home from their family vacation in Branson.  We were so excited for their visit, because it was their first time to meet Landon!  Landon had so much fun with both of them.  We enjoyed dinner downtown St. Charles on Friday night, then on Saturday we went to Forest Park to eat Lunch and took a little walk around the park.  They couldn’t leave St. Louis before getting a dessert from Ted Drewes – YUM!!!  Daddy gave Landon his first little taste of Ted Drewes – of course Landon loved it – it was food!!! J  Joe & Amanda – thank you so much for visiting!  It was great to catch up and spend time with you both!!!
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One of Dave’s many projects this summer is to get our 1971 Imp Mercruiser ski-boat running smoothly.  Dave has spent the last 2 summers working on it, but wasn’t able to get it in the water last summer.  So, he’s been working very hard at getting it ready for this summer.  Saturday evening we went out for Landon’s first ride in the boat.  Landon LOVED it.  He was so relaxed on the boat.  He slept the first 30 minutes as we cruised around on the Mississippi.  We floated for a bit while Landon got his bottle, then we cruised back down river.  Landon didn’t sleep, but he was very relaxed and seemed to enjoy the ride.  Good thing, because he is guaranteed many more trips to the river and time on the boat J  The good news was that the boat ran smooth and got us back to the boat dock safely – YAY!!!
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Another one of Dave’s projects this summer has been working on his mountain bikes.  He and his buddies have decided to start mountain biking together on the weekends.  While they went mountain biking on Sunday, Landon had a little play date with Adler.  Adler is 3 months younger than Landon and is such a sweet little baby boy!  I put Adler and Landon on the blanket with toys for a little bit and was playing with them.  Adler started to cry a little bit.  When Landon heard Adler’s cry he decided to start crying – I was very thankful at that point that I didn’t have twins!! I found that Adler enjoyed the bouncy seat, so I put Landon in his Bumbo seat next to Adler so they could see each other.  Landon would just stare at Adler and study him.  Landon’s reaction was so funny.  He couldn’t quite figure out what Adler was doing.  They were both so cuteJ  It will be fun to watch the boys grow up together!!
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Landon is happy to be wearing his John Deere outfit while playing with his toys!

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He weighs about 15 pounds, 3 ounces this week - seems like he grows overnight. Every morning he wakes up he looks bigger than the night before.

Landon loves laying on the floor playing with his toys.  We've bee

First taste of "real food" ~ Rice Cereal.  He didn't waste one bite.  Nanny laughed and said that she's never seen a baby eat cereal for the first time like Landon did.  He acted like he knew exactly how to eat it.  He gets to eat his cereal in the evenings right now. 

Landon has decided that he wants to hold his bottle on his own.  He is starting to reach for his bottle when he sees it.  He'll hold on to it, but still needs to learn how to hold it up high enough to get all of the milk out of it!

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We made a road trip to Morton the weekend of May 29 - 31.  Dave & I had a wedding to go to on Saturday night, so Uncle Noah and his girlfriend, Whitney, offered to babysit Landon for the evening.  They had a blast with him.  He had a great time hanging out with them and going to visit people with them.  He was exhausted from all of the fun they had (as the above picture shows). 

They spent the afternoon/evening playing and visiting people (including Great-Grandma Menold, Great- Aunt Beth, and Great-Aunt Billie).  As you can tell by the pictures below they had a fun time with Land-o (Uncle Noah's nickname for Landon) and he had a great time with them.  Thanks so much Whitney & Noah for offering to babysit Landon!  We really appreciate the time you both spent with him and taking him to visit some of the family.  We love you both!  And you can babysit Land-o any time you want :)
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