March 1st On March 2nd Sam turned 2 months old! At his two month baby well visit he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces (44%), was 23 inches (55%) and his head circumference was 15 1/4 (23%). At this point he was still battling the clogged tear duct and the infection that often times goes with it! You will notice krusties and eye boogers on one of his eyes in some of the photos, this is caused by the infection and clogged tear duct. He was sleeping through the night but loved to be right with his mama as much as possible! He loves Layla and is just a happy and easy baby. I did notice a distinct difference between he and Layla in that he is much stronger and more active than she ever was at this age!
Sam getting so much better at tummy time holding his head up for longer!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making and reading Green Eggs and Ham
Layla helped scramble the eggs, put the green food coloring in the eggs and on the ham and she also helped sprinkle cheese in the eggs while they were cooking!
Layla with her Green Eggs and Ham!
Building block castles!
2 Months Old!
One of the best, sweetest and most wonderful bonding moments with our babies has been to shower with them. Sammy with Daddy in Sammy’s first shower!
Hanging out on the awesome new backyard “grass!”
March 3rd was also the day of the amazing 40th Birthday Bash we threw for Nicole at Stone! Layla also had her first ride in a limo that day! I was bummed to miss her first limo ride but was busy doing set up at Stone!
She was very cool in her sunglasses and very concerned about wearing her seatbelt and buckling up for safety in the limo!
The set up crew, Me, Dave T. and Valerie enjoying a well deserved first beer before the guests arrived!
Layla enjoying one of Mommy’s homemade red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! Yum!
The group that rode home in the limo.
Jason came to pick people up and drive them home so he got to meet Sam!
Guy and his babies after a beer infused day!
Layla washing Mommy’s car in a bathing suit that is still a bit big!
Joel holding Sam for the first time.
9 Weeks Old!
Lauren was able to meet Sam on a lunch date at Ruby’s. Lauren works in Carlsbad a few days a week so we decided to meet for lunch now and then so we get to see each other and spend some time!
Nicole took Layla up to Disneyland for the day to meet up with her friend Alexis, who lives in Texas and her family. Layla and Alexis’ daughter Olivia really hit it off and enjoyed spending the day together! Here they are with Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates! Which is currently one of Layla’s favorite shows!
Layla with Jake! This was the first time she met Jake at Disney California Adventure!
Hugs for Dale! I love that she was wearing her hat!
Layla with Chip and Dale!
Layla with Aviator Minnie!
Olivia and Layla with Woody!
While sister was away at Disneyland Sam slept!
Daddy and Sam hanging out in the Roerig’s front yard!
Hanging out in the Roerig’s front yard eating powdered sugar doughnuts!
Park day with Daddy! We went as a little family to Hidden Canyon Park, played , rested on our picnic blanket and soaked up the sun!
Daddy and Sam
Some sister lovin’ for Sam!
My three favorite people in the whole world!
Layla showing off some of her balancing skills! So much improved with all of the practice at gymnastics!
Awesome job Layla!
Me and my beautiful babies!
We were so excited for Ellery’s trip out for her spring break! Layla and I made a sign to hold up at the airport, that said, “Welcome back Ellery we missed you!”
Here we are waiting for Ellery at the Orange County airport!
Yay Miss Ellery is here!!! We had tons of fun stuff planned for her spring break week with us!
A happy girl because Ellery is here!
We went and had dinner with Nanny straight away the day Ellery got here! I always try to make sure that Ellery gets lots of time with the family! It is the right thing to do and it is important to us too!
March 13th Ellery has an awesome camera and takes amazing pictures! She went for it while she was here and got some awesome ones of the kids! Thank you photographer Ellery! You can be our family “photog” any time you are in town!
10 Weeks Old!
OMG I love this one!
Ellery also made the rounds with us to all of the fun stuff we do every week! She went with us to gymnastics, story time at the library and preschool! Layla was so proud and excited to have Ellery with her at all of her special activities!
Ellery taking a turn burping Sam while watching Layla at gymnastics!
Ellery with Sam and Layla at Sam’s first ever SMART Babies baby storytime!
Ellery posing with Layla outside of her preschool!
Layla and Ellery cooking! Something delicious I am sure!
Kisses for the cooks!
A lunch date at Nanny’s and another awesome photo shoot by Ellery!
Me and my beautiful baby boy!
Sammy and Nanny!
Tummy time photos at Nanny’s
So handsome, even with boogers in your nose!
My beautiful babies!
Baby bliss! I wished and hoped for him and love every single sleep deprived moment!
Nanny and Sammy were having a talk! Nanny was talking in a very animated voice as only Nanny can do and Sammy was cooing and talking back! It was precious!
I love his little folded hands! So stinkin’ sweet!
Such a handsome boy!
Ellery also accompanied us to Preschool Story time!
I believe the letter of the day was “S” and this is the spider Layla made with Ellery’s help!
Ellery also joined me to pick up our CSA! These were the beautiful veggies we were stoked to find in our share this week!
Then we took Ellery out to sushi on a Thursday at The Love Boat! Thursday is when the karaoke DJ is there! Super fun!
Diana joined us for dinner and danced with Layla! Layla requested The Jackson Five’s ABC-123!
Disneyland with Ellery!
All geared up and ready for a day at Disneyland!
While the girls were in line for the tea cups Guy was messing around with Ellery’s camera and captured this one of Sam hanging out in his car seat! We ended up blowing it up and having it put in canvas for our bedroom because it is such a great picture of him!
In line for the tea cups
We had a blast on the tea cups! We were all laughing so hard!
Somewhere under that Dale hat is a passed out Layla!
This is what she looked like when we got to the car! It was a fun and tiring day at Disneyland! Thanks for joining us Ellery!
St Patrick’s Day aka St. Jamison’s Day
Every year on St. Paddy’s Day the leprechauns come cause mischief in our house and play tricks on us! This year they forgot to flush leaving green leprechaun pee in the toilets, trails of shamrocks, gold and chocolate coins all over the house!
Leprechaun pee in the pottys!
Shamrocks, gold, and chocolate coins!
After cleaning up the leprechaun’s mess we hosted the whole family for a traditional American St. Patrick’s Day dinner! We wanted everyone to get an opportunity to see Ellery and we turned it into a fun cousin night after the “grown-ups” left. We had corned beef (that Guy corned himself of course), potatoes, cabbage, rye bread(that guy baked), and the most amazing chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Jameson chocolate ganache filling and Bailey’s frosting!
Hayden came down from LA and met and held Sam for the first time! He was a little freaked out but was pretty good with him!
Layla’s St. Paddy’s Day outfit!
Beauties in green!
Hayden and Layla!
Sam and Uncle Joe!
Angela and Mark in their Irish gear!
Nanny, Sammy and Uncle Joe!
Michelle powering her cupcake! We had to make hers a virgin being pregnant!
Here they are! AMAZING! We will definitely be making them again!
Layla and Papa!
Nonna and Layla!
Super cute picture of Layla with Uncle Joe
A family St. Paddy’s Day picture of all of us in our green!
This is what happens after too much Jameson! Joe got a Z shaved into the back of his head! The boys all got pretty ridiculous! LOTS of Jameson was consumed. LOTS!
The next morning Layla, Sammy, and I went up to Temecula for Carson’s Star Wars Themed Birthday Party!
Helping to bring order to the galaxy!
After bringing order to the galaxy, Layla earned her Jedi robe!
Once she was ready in her Jedi robe she had to search for asteroids! Each asteroid had a treat inside!
Then she got her rad homemade pink light saber!
Pizza, “Obi Wan Kabobi” fruit kabobs, and some “Yoda soda” fueled the Jedis.
Then it was time to sing “Happy Birthday” to Carson!
And have some cupcakes and light saber pretzel rods!
Layla with the birthday boy, Jedi Carson.
Carson and Sam!
Jedi Carson is also a baby whisperer!
March 19th Sadly we had to drop Ellery off at the airport for her journey home! We had a wonderful week with her and can’t wait to see her again soon! We love you “teenager!”
11 Weeks Old!
Such a happy boy! I love his beautiful smile
Sammy loves bath time!
I need to carry a load of laundry and Sammy, so I put Sammy in the laundry basket, problem solved!
A Mini Vacation Getaway to Palm Desert
We wanted to get out to the desert to take Sam and Layla to see the Aunts. Aunt Lila had not seen Layla in a long time and we wanted her to meet Sam as well. We also wanted to spend some time with Aunt Donna and Aunt Carol! When we go to the Desert Layla loves to go to the Children’s Museum!
Using a pulley
Digging for fossils and taking some field notes.
And Painting the Volkswagon bug pink! She started out clean, had so much fun and ended up covered with paint! She had pink paint up to her elbows, on her face, in her hair, on her dress and all over her shoes! It was classic! She was pink for 2 days!
Awesome!! Pink IS one of her favorite colors!
Climbing the rock wall!
Grocery shopping, ringing up groceries, and restocking groceries in the grocery store.
Making pizzas, taking orders for pizzas as a server and ordering them as a customer.
Driving the police motorcycle.
And playing dress up are all part of an epic day at the Children’s Museum of the Desert.
Then some fun outside in the yard of the Children’s Museum in the sun with Daddy! Guy was beaning her with the ball, literally pegging her in the head!
Throwing her up in the air,
and flying her like an air plane!
After dinner at the Yardhouse we took a stroll around The River shopping center and spotted this awesome gigantic pig statue!
Nothing like a good night sleep in a cozy hotel bed!
Peaceful, beautiful, sleeping boy!
Aunt Donna presented Guy and I with two absolutely amazing, touching gifts. She made quilts for each of the kids. One representing Janet for Layla with cooking and recipe material and a piece of one of Janet’s shirts in the shape of a book, because like Layla Grandma J loved to read. It says, “Layla Grace Keeping you warm & close to us, though unseen, we are always near you, Grandma J & Grandpa Sam”
And one for Sam that represents Sam, Guy’s Dad with Marine Corps fabric, waves and a fish because Grandpa Sam liked to fish. It says,”Samuel Charles, Keeping you warm & close to us, though unseen, we are always near you. Grandpa Sam & Grandma J”
Thank you Aunt Donna for the beautiful touching gifts! We will treasure them always!
Sammy with Aunt Donna.
Sammy with Aunt Diana.
Reading bedtime stories with Aunt Donna the night Guy and I went out on a Date night!
Soaking him in!
Sam wearing his, “I love my auntie” onesie with his auntie.
Nicole, myself and the kids with Aunt Lila and Cousin Eric during our visit. It was a nice trip out to the desert! Being able to see and spend time with the aunts means a lot to us!
Legoland with The Casady’s
This was Layla’s first time on the jousting horses! We had to fib about her age a little, shhhh don’t tell anyone!
Let’s hope this is the only time she is ever on the hood of a limo!
12 Weeks Old
First trip out in the Double BOB!
Guy brought home the Double BOB or the BOB Dualie I was super stoked! Thanks babe!
Play time on the play mat!
Layla Gets Her Library Card!
One day after Preschool Story Time at the library I told Layla that I had a surprise for her! She was very excited of course. We walked up to the area where you fill out the application for a library card and I had her write her name on the line which said “name! Then I told her what the surprise was! She was so happy! She has been waiting a long time for her own library card! The library’s requirements to obtain a library card is to be able to write your own name, which Layla can do very well now! She knows how special this is, she loves books and loves the library! Congratulations on your own library card big girl! We are very proud of you!
Writing her name like a big girl on the library card application!
So proud and excited!
Her complete library card application!
Waiting for her application to be processed!
Signing her name on the back of her very own library card!
Layla’s first and very own library card! Such a big girl!
The San Diego Safari Park with Melissa, her mom Sharron, Carson and Avery! This was Sam’s first ever trip too!
Layla and Carson really enjoyed the new bat exhibit!
It was also butterfly time at the park! The kids were really into the butterflies!
This man had two butterflies sitting on his head!
Layla was into it, searching for butterflies and trying to find them on the informational card with the pictures
One butterfly loved Melissa’s Petunia Pickle Bottom baby bag!
We also enjoyed watching the elephants! There were two very little baby elephants, one was staying right with mom and the other was off getting into trouble rolling around in and throwing elephant poop with its trunk! The kids thought it was hilarious!
Checking out the sights!
Taking a little break!
Carson and Layla pose for a photo opportunity on the big rhino! You have to love Carson’s face in the next picture!
Layla, Sammy and I stayed for a ride on the carousel.
This was Sam’s first carousel ride!
A photo of the three of us on Sam’s first trip to The San Diego Safari Park! It will always be The San Diego Wild Animal Park to me!
Layla’s preschool The Mira Costa Child Development Center hosts and annual art show where each child gets to show his or her family artwork they have done. It was held on a Saturday afternoon on the day of one of Guy and my Broadway plays. Nonna and Papa joined us at the art show after babysitting for us while we were at the play. Layla was very proud to show off her beautiful piece that was displayed!
The one piece of Layla’s art that was displayed was a clay and mixed media vase that she made!