Thursday, February 16, 2017

Smith Chicks

We got our first two baby Chicks yesterday! Am I crazy or 'out of my mind' as my mother asked? Nope! I've secretly - or not so secretly - been wanting to get chicks for almost a year now. I started thinking about it seriously last fall right after having Graham, but since I had a brand new baby I decided it probably wasn't the best timing. Plus with winter right around the corner they wouldn't have done well outside and would have had to be kept inside for a couple months until they were fully feathered.

This all came about because Grandma and Grandpa Smith's neighbor has two chickens and Hilton BEGS to go see them and feed them every time we have gone to visit them for probably the past year or so. I also have a neighbor and a couple coworkers who talked me into them as being easy to care for, low maintenance, and many benefits (eggs). I figured this would be a great life lesson about where food comes from for Hilton and to teach him to learn about caring for creatures from a young age.

Well it's easy to expect but Hilton is in LOVE with these little guys!

And I have to admit they're pretty stinking cute! Although one did poop on Hilton within the first 30 minutes of having them home so that was pretty funny. Hilton then proceeded to tell me that we need to teach them how to poop on the toilet. I got a kick out of that since we've been ingraining into Hilton how we're all supposed to poop on the toilet.

So the two baby chicks we got are Buff Orpington's and we plan on getting two Wyandotte's next Friday so I will post more photos and adventure's on chick keeping then. Also our baby chicks are still unnamed! Hilton's suggestions are 'Bucket' because I keep telling him to stop knocking on their bucket because it scares them (he's very enthusiastic about making sure they're still alive so he has to get confirmation by making them cheep or move around), and Jared's suggestions are Breast and Drumstick (hardy har har). Any ideas? I'm open to them!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Graham Robert: 6 months

Our sweet little Graham is halfway to one year old! He is becoming more and more giggly, and recognizes my voice and will turn towards me smiling if I coo at him. He has been fighting naps, and breaking swaddles more and more. It's only a matter of time until we have to break him of being swaddled but of late he actually refuses to eat unless he is swaddled. Graham is still not sleeping through the night so sleep training is on the horizon (again). Hopefully it works. Graham knows what he wants and has figured out to get our attention he has to be louder than Hilton. He is definitely infatuated with Hilton and loves to 'play' with him as much as he can. He watches in his jumper as Hilton plays lego's or pushes around his tractors. They have also had the most adorable laughing fits where Hilton starts and Graham then starts giggling back. He always looks to see if Hilton is in the car when I put his car seat into the car. I am very excited to see how they become friends. We love this sweet little addition to our family.
  • Weighs 19.5 lbs
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes
  • Wearing size 3 diapers - needs to be moved to size 4
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day if we're lucky since napping is still a fight
  • Still eats about 5-6 oz. every 3 hours
  • Still hates solid foods
  • Now has two bottom teeth!
  • His hair is getting longer and thicker, I love it
  • Either has to be held or in the jumper - still doesn't love tummy time
  • He can roll from back to front and is trying to sit up which he's getting better at
  • Has the biggest grins when I coo at him and responds to the sound of my voice

  • Such a sweet smiley baby!

    Look how I can roll mom!

    Come here bear, I want to give you lovin's