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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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Isn’t he precious? 

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(Yes, Aunt Whitney, he's using his LEFT hand J)

In order to ride in Mom's car, you have to have style. Here he is sporting his sunglasses...Landon Style.

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Landon meeting Eddie & Lynne

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Lynne was teaching Landon how to stick out his tongue and make silly faces.

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That's right!  Landon turned 17 weeks & 4 months old this week.  He has been wanting to sit up more.  He's not sittin up on his own yet, but he loves to be propped up so he can watch everything going on.  We sat him on the couch to get a few pictures and he was mesmerized by the TV (explaining picture #1).  He definitely knows what he likes and dislikes.  He dislikes seeing his bottle when he is really hungry, but does like it when he is eating his bottle.  He does like to play on the floor with his toys and in his new exersaucer, but doesn't like playing when he is tired.  His likes and dislikes are all normal baby things, but it's fun for us to see him putting things together.  His coordination is much improving.  He reaches for things with purpose now, and usually has good hand-eye coordination. 

Watching TV and sitting on the couch @ 17 Weeks

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4 Month Check-up

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Landon went to the doctor for his 4 month checkup this week.  Again he flirted with all of the nurses - gave them smiles and talked to them a little bit.  Dr. Hanson said that he's doing great.  Everything he is doing - including his excessive drooling - is normal and his development is right on target.  His head measured at the 25th percentile, his weight (14 pounds 6 ounces) is at the 50th percentile, and his length (26.5 inches) is at the 95th percentile!  Yes, he is a looong baby.  He doesn't get that height from his mom :).  The only thing that didn't go so well at the appt. was the shots - he SCREAMED bloody murder and continued to cry and carry on until we were a few miles from the house. 
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Enjoying the warm weather!

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Meeting Mr. & Mrs. Thompson

Landon met some new people this week.  Mr. & Mrs. Thompson came to visit.  They were the very nice people who gave Landon the super cute personalized elephant. Larry works with Dave and it was so nice for us to finally get together and meet each other.  Landon smiled and let them hold him the entire time they were here.  He eventually got tired and took a little snooze on Dana's lap - so cute!
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Our little man is getting so big, weighing in at 14 pounds 12 ounces.  We have so many little nicknames for him...bubba, punkin head, prince, spoiled, Mr. Bubbles, rockstar, Mr. Impatient, chatterbox - all describing his personality.  His little personality blooms more and more each day. 

He loves to play and will play on his tummy or back for long periods of time, but also knows when he wants to be held.  Recently his favorite position to be held is up on the shoulder, if you're not doing it exactly how he likes it he will let you know.  He's been very social, smiling and cooing at people. 

He normally will let anyone hold him, excpet last week when we went to visit Carmen (our next door neighbor).  She was playing dominos with her friends, and Landon scrunched his face in and pouted his lower lip and started WAILING - not crying - WAILING!  I honestly did not know what to do, he was so upset.  He finally calmed down and smiled for the ladies...what a little flirt :)



 

Happy Mother's Day!  Being a mother is such a wonderful role in life...and being a mom to Landon is awesome!  Landon celebrated Mom's Day by waking me up @ 5:30am this morning, he usually sleeps until 7:30 or 8am.  He couldn't wait to give me my 1st Mother's Day gift.  He and Dad got me a beautiful Garnett (Landon’s birthstone) pendant necklace with Landon’s name and birth date inscribed on the edges.  So blessed to be a mom & wife to 2 wonderful guys J

Today was also a special day for Landon as he was dedicated at church today.  Calvary had a very nice dedication service after the main service just for the families who were dedicating children.  We were very happy that Grandma & Grandpa Aberle, Grammie & Grandpa Menold, Aunt Whitney & Uncle Scott, Uncle Noah and Nanny & Pa could be with us for this special time.  After church we came back to our house for brunch.  It was a fun and relaxing time for us to enjoy each other’s company, and of course play with Landon.