What a wonderful Christmas we had with Milo!
Milo got to go to his sister's Christmas mini dance recital. While the girls were stretching, Milo got to show off his own flexibility and put them all to shame ;)
This is the Sunday before Christmas; my favorite Sunday of the year! Unfortunately Milo was sick and had to go to the ER the night before. His breathing was labored and his O2 saturation was low. He got a few breathing treatments, suctioned out, and given steroids. He was much better after that, but he stayed home from church this day. Dang it!
Celebrating Christmas Eve a few days early with Grandma and Grandpa! His favorite part of the evening was the shiny wrapping paper. He could see a reflection of himself in it and spent most of the night admiring the view of himself. If I were as cute as this, I'd love looking at myself, too!
The actual Christmas Eve. Wahoo!!
We had such fun celebrating Milo's first Christmas Eve! Fancy dinner, talent show, acting out the nativity, and fondu!
Milo opening his first Christmas jammies! So exciting!!
All ready for bed!
Milo got some fun toys this year and really, truly loves them!
He got a fun plush motorcycle rocking horse thing and thinks it's a blast!
Here's what Santa brought Milo! Although the trampoline is too big for him still, he sure enjoys using it to stand up all by himself, then crawling on top of it! Crazy boy! He LOVES watching the cars go down the track and grabs the cars every time he sees them!
Here's a little video of Milo at Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas morning getting a tickle from his dad. (It appears to only work if you watch it from a computer and not a phone or iPad...)
Here he is on top of the trampoline. He got there all by himself!
This Christmas was such a wonderful time. Watching Milo enjoy himself and be surrounded by a family was truly the most magical Christmas gift we could ever receive.
Milo finally made it to church after Christmas was over. I had to have him wear his studly Christmas outfit, though! It was too cute to not wear to church!!
Lately this boy's personality is coming out more and more. He's seriously the FUNNIEST kid! He loves to laugh and loves it when you laugh at him laughing! Ha! That makes for some pretty hilarious moments! He'll start laughing, then we'll start laughing, then he'll start laughing even harder because we're laughing, then we'll start laughing harder because he's laughing harder! I have laughed so much I've cried on several occasions lately. Oh, this kid owns my heart!
And those faces!? Come on!! They slay me!
Here's Milo playing peek-a-boo with his dad. They're both digging this game lately! Too cute!
Last weekend was a four day weekend for us (the kids had no school Friday or Monday), so we headed out of town for a mini vacation. We're trying to get enough Marriott points to be gold status by the time we travel to China to get Ewan, so what better way than to go stay in a Courtyard in St. George for a few nights? We actually had such a wonderful time together!
I love this boy!!
Milo loved playing with those beads in this "boat". Ah, the face!
We had so much fun swimming, going to a movie, and just spending quality uninterrupted time together! One night we rented "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" on pay per view. Milo was having so much fun and just kept laughing! He loves family time as much as the rest of us!
Every day's a party when he's around!
Milo's made some great progress developmentally lately. The biggest difference is his eating!! Holy cow! He went from occasionally eating very pureed baby food to now eating anything and everything we give him in just a matter of a few days! I have no idea what the difference was, but it was drastic and immediate! I'm SO proud of him! Hopefully he'll be able to consume enough calories on his own soon so I can stop making his formula!
He is also a million times more playful than he used to be. He's always up for having fun and laughing. He has a ready smile and a curious personality. He is a joy to be with and around. He's generally always happy and content. I love this picture of Milo sleeping like a pretzel. Our treadmill training physical therapist suggested we buy a vintage 80's Fisher Price crib toy. It has the best little gadgets to engage kids and get them working on fine motor skills. I found one on Ebay, and Milo LOVES it! One day I put him down for a nap, and instead of falling asleep, he played forever with the toy. I went in to check on him and got a good laugh out of the fact that he must have been sitting contently playing with his toy one minute to folded over on himself asleep the next! Too dang cute!
Milo is also very much a toddler! The other day I was pouring him a bottle and he knocked the bottle out of my hands. Formula flew everywhere. I mean everywhere. I put Milo down in another room and was cleaning up the spilled formula. I heard splashing and laughter and came around the corner to see Milo had crawled back into the kitchen and was playing in the dog's water. He had soaked himself as well as the floor and thought it was the greatest thing ever.
See his sopping wet pants!? Little stinker!
The funniest part of it is that I can't even feel annoyed! I'm always genuinely happy that he's causing mischief and being part of the world! I mean, do you know how hard we've worked to teach him to crawl, help him use his hands, and tried to get him engaged in what was going on around him? Months and months of therapy and work! So all I can do is laugh and change his clothes and feel happy that it's all working :)
These photos were from today. I promise, this very long post is almost over! Just a few more shots of my boy. Have I ever mentioned I'm slightly obsessed with him? Oh, well I am!
He sure loves to give kisses!
Life is so great. Milo is absolutely adored by all of his siblings, his parents, and his extended family. A cute friend whispered to me in church today as Milo loudly snored on my shoulder, "Whit, do you realize you are the luckiest woman in the world? You get to be that cutest boy's mom!" I couldn't agree more. He is such a special spirit and we are the luckiest. We love you, Milo Man!