Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011!

Id say Lucas' first christmas was a success :)He woke up cranky as usual, but after breakfast his mood turned right around and we turned on a pandora christmas station and got down to it. He seemed a little intrested in the unwrapping of the gifts which was cool! We didnt get him much but I think he loves it all. We spent hours afterward playing with everything.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Flashback Friday

35 weeks Pregnant
This picture was taken one year ago today. It doesnt even feel like it was that long ago! I just finished wrapping that little nugget inside my bellys first christmas gifts. Time sure does fly by even though we all wish it wouldnt. Cant wait to see what he does christmas morning :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Coming home

Lucas is becoming a BIG mommas boy, naturally, since im home all day with him. He used to go to anyone and not have a problem, but now thats getting harder and harder. Alot of times he will be really angry if I even leave him with Tim. But on ocassion hes fine, that is, until I come home. I started standing at the door and listening to see if hes crying, and he wouldnt be. But the second I open the door, he starts walking up to me sobbing. Tim said that he will be perfectly fine until he hears me open the door and that his face is so funny when he hears it. So, the last 2 times I went out we decided I would text Tim and let him know I was back and he would videotape him so I could see how funny he reacts. This is what we got... P.S make sure your sound is up all the way, the audio is kinda low. We get a kick out of these. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

10 Months!

Well we all know how fast this is going, so lets just get right into it :) In his 10th month he has started clapping! He absolutely looves to clap! When were watching Ellen and the audience claps, he claps with them. Its really cute! We have been working on getting him to wave. He kinda has it. But, its still a work in progress! Lately when he gets mad, he starts to growl. I have no idea where that came from, but its kind of funny. Hes also starting to throw fits. Thats really fun...not! Were pretty sure he knows NO, but he just thinks its a game. Hes getting a personality which can be challenging at times, but its still lots of fun :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

October footage

The clip in the middle is of the latest launch here. It was the first one since weve been living on base. We were just standing in our backyard at 240 am! Enjoy :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

9 Months

How crazy, that he has almost been in this world, as long as he was in my belly! Its insane how fast the last 9 months have gone by. Today was his 9 mo checkup. He weighs 18.6 and is 29.1 in. At his last checkup, which was 6 mo, he was in the 65th percentile for weight. Today, hes in the 24th! He hasn't gained very much weight at all in the last 3 months. She wasnt worried though since hes walking and is so active. She said that we can start feeding him some real food. Stuff like macaroni, potatos, bread and butter, among many other things. I gave him some bread and butter after his lunch today and he loved it! Milestones from the past month: - He now has 6 teeth - He can high five :) - He says dada! - Hes officially walking - Hes out of his infant carrier and into a big boy carseat

Sunday, October 30, 2011

31m31d Week 4

Annnnnd done. I dont plan on running tommorow, so heres my final total! I didnt even get close to getting up to 5 miles. Oh well, ill just try for the end of November :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo of the week

This was taken tonight before our run. He was his happy little self as usual....until about 2 miles in he decided that my run was over lol. Still love that little face even when hes grumpy :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

31m31d week 3

This week...not so great. After my run monday my neck started hurting. The following 3 days was HORRIBLE. I must have pulled a muscle or something. I could barely turn it without excruciating pain. Luckily its starting to feel a little better now and I was able to go out for a 2 miler yesterday. I guess its a good thing I got a bunch of miles out of the way early! This weeks total was 7.81, which brings me up to 27.92. Im pretty happy about that. Im really thinking im not gonna make my personal goal though. Im finding it hard to get past the 3 miles. It may just be a mind thing though. The girls ive been running with can run ALOT more than me too. So, thats kind of intimidating!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

August Video

Its not much but I finally got August video clips together. All september really is, is video from yosemite, mostly of scenery and such. I will try to video more this month! :)

On the Move

It didnt take long for him to catch on to the whole walking thing. Sometimes, if he goes slow enough, he can walk clear across the room! Most of the time he trys to run and can only get a few steps in before he face plants. Sorry for the lack of pictures and videos lately. Im going to try to get back on top of that! Hes got his 9 month check up on Nov 3rd too, so soon we'll have some updates on his stats!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

31m31d Week 2

Week 2 was better. I ran 11.75 miles this week bringing my total up to 20.11! My feet are starting to hurt though because my running shoes are past thier prime. I actually found out that theres a mini running club on base so thursday and friday night I ran with another girl. It was nice having someone to run with again (besides Lucas ;) haha). At the beginning of the week I was doubting my self about my personal goal of wanting to run 5 miles without stopping, but im starting to feel more optimistic again. All I can do is try my best!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

31 miles in 31 days

Blogger Sarah is doing an october running challenge which I am participating in! The challenge is to run 31 miles in 31 days. I think this is awsome. Its such great motivation for me to run more than I already do. Since Oct 1st ive run 8.36 miles. I would have liked it to be more but thats okay theres still plenty of time left. My personal goal by the end of the month is to run 5 miles in one session( without stopping). The most ive ever done at once was 3.5m. Im using a cool website called map my run to map out jogging routes and keeping track of my progress. I will post a weekly update letting you all know how im doing :) Ill also post a screen shot of my progress!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Photo of the week

RAIN!! Oh my, it was so nice to see rain :) I dont think it has rained here since march maybe! I hope we get more soon! Lucas checking it out :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

8 Months

During his 8th month.. - He started sleeping in his crib! - We had a no feeding at night relapse, but now we are back on track and its working rather well. Hes only getting up once, maybe twice a night, and usually can put himself back to sleep! - He got his 2 upper front teeth - Took his first steps. When he trys to walk now, its more like trying to run. His feet cant keep up with his body! Its getting kind of hard to get him to stay still for pictures these days ;)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Photo of the week

Sarah from iamsarahssmile came up with a photo of the week blog post that im going to join in on! Im going to pick a photo each week to post that was my favorite :) This one was actually taken today of Lucas and steeze! If you wanna check out her blog click on the photo of the week button :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First few steps

Last night Lucas took his first couple of steps. He wants to walk bad! Hes just not stable enough on his feet yet. He seemed pretty proud of himself after he did it :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I think this blog needs a proper name. I am having a hard time coming up with something, so if you have any suggestions...let me know!! :) I'll leave you with a photo of the most adorable boy in the world to inspire you!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yosemite, San Fran and Monterey!

So we just got back on Tuesday from our week long roadtrip to northern Cali. First stop was Yosemite! Wow is all I can say about that place. We spent a whole day there exploring and it cetainly was not enough. That park is HUGE! And theres so much that we never got to see. When Lucas gets a bit older I wanna go back and camp and spend a little more time there. Everything was so beautiful. Just like the Grand Canyon, pictures dont do the beauty justice. Here are a few photos.

It was a GORGEOUS day!!

Next stop was Sacramento! We went to visit some good friends of ours from Belgium. They are now living up there! Its so nice to have our closest friends from KB being so close again! We stayed there all weekend. Saturday we went to Old town Sac and sunday we just relaxed and watched the Ravens STOMP the Steelers :) I took some picures of oldtown sac that ill put on the picture website. Unfortunatly I didnt get any picures of us and our friends! I did get this one of Lucas and the girls with my phone though.

We had a great time visiting with them, and hopefully will get to visit again soon.

We left monday and headed to Monterey but made a pit stop in San Fran! We went to the natural science museum then did a little touristy things!

Standing in front of my childhood! haha

Then we headed down to Monterey. Monterey is such a cute little town on the coast. We went to the aquarium which was fun because Lucas loves fish! I realized this when we were home and went to the Pittsburgh zoo.

Before the aquarium we went to see some of the seals chilling on the rocks.

We havent done any kind of traveling since we went to San Diego last summer so it was nice to get out of the central coast for a little bit. It was a wonderful trip! Im pretty sure all 3 of us are pretty sick of the car for a little while though! ;) Dont forget to check out the rest of the trip pictures on the picture website!!

I have tons of video footage from August and September, hopefully Ill be able to get that together soon!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

7 Months

The 3rd of each month seems to always roll around so quickly. Lucas and I took a 2.5 week trip to Md last month and had a great time visiting with family. He did very well on the plane again which made me very happy! Next week were going up to northern Cali to visit some friends of ours that we met in Belgium who are now back here!

So, lets see, some things about his 7th month include..
- He says Mama!
- His crawling has gotten much faster!
- When we clap his hands together he learned to open his fingers instead of keeping them in fists.
- When he stands up on things, he lets go and can stand there for a few seconds.
- He used to be okay playing quietly by himself, but he seems to now want to be with me alllll the time! Makes it kinda hard to get anything done haha
- Hes on 3 solid meals a day with nursing in between and ive stopped feeding him at night. He still gets up, but only once or twice. Thats nice compared to the 5 or 6 times a night it was the last month!
- Even though I cant feel or see any yet, im pretty sure he has more teeth coming.
- He prefers the dog toys over his.
- He is still a cuddle bug, which I enjoy :)
- Hes getting good at walking while holding on to things like the couch or the ottoman.

I think hes starting to look like a little boy and not a baby. He's growing up wayy too fast!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

6 Months!

Ahhhh I totally meant to put this up yesterday and completely forgot! Sorry! Anyway, Lucas is offically half a year. I cant believe it! He had a pretty big month in the milestone department. I think just before he turned 5 months is when he learned how to get in the crawl posistion and start scooting. He was scooting for about 2 weeks and then at 5.5 months is when he started crawling. I couldnt believe he figured it out so quickly! Then, about a week and a half ago he started pulling him self to standing on various objects. I dont know why he thinks he needs to do all of this before he even turned 6 months! Hes going to be trouble thats for sure. Now that hes mobile he goes after everything, even Steeze :) Steeze is not so happy about that. Luckily for now, Steeze can get away because hes quicker!

Yesterday was his 6 month checkup up. He is 17 lbs 14 oz and 27.4 in. I think it was 64th percentile for weight and 87th for height. As always, she was pleased with his development and said I could start feeding him solids 3 times a day. I was only feeding him morning and evening, so I guess now Ill add in a lunch! For some reason the last month he has been sleeping the worst he ever has. Getting up 3-4 times a night is no bueno! She seems to think adding that third meal in will help, so we shall see!

Lucas and I are getting ready to fly out tommorow to head home! Im pretty excited, but sad that Tim cant come with us. Hoefully Lucas does just as good this time as he did last time with the flight :)

6 months old! Time flys!

Monday, August 1, 2011

End of July

I have no idea why the clip in the middle of him talking is black and white! Whoopsie! He has his 6 mo appointment on wed, so I will be sure to update you all on how hes doing :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

First half of July

First half of July as promised :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

5 Months

Its hard to believe he's almost half a year old! I hate how fast time is going. But I do love watching him learn new things. He is certainly looking more mature. He is rolling and scooting all over the place. And, just yesterday, he learned how to get in the crawl stance. I havent gotten a photo yet, but I did get it on video. Ill add it into the next compilation. I have a feeling now that he has learned that he will figure out how to crawl soon. It also looks as though his two front teeth are starting to come in. He doesnt act like hes in pain so im glad its not bothering him yet. But I can for sure see 2 little white spots in front.

I think with these video compilations, I'll try to start doing them mid month and at the end. That way you dont have to wait all month to see what went on at the beginning of the month! But dont count on it, its alot of work and little mister needs alot of attention :) Ill do my best!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Video footage in June

I created a compilation of some of the video footage I got throughout the month of June. Yes, I realize this is not done very well, it was my first time. Im sure I'll get better ;) Enjoy!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

First rice cereal attempt!

So as I said previously, the doc said we could try out some rice cereal for him. I figured Id wait a few weeks before I tryed it out. So last night, we gave it a shot! It was pretty funny because at first he had no idea what I was sticking in his mouth, but he eventually figured it out! As soon as I would hold the spoon up he would open his mouth. Im surprised at how fast he caught on. He needs to work on swallowing it better though. Most of it just ended up on him or on the towel in front of him. He was really funny trying to grab the spoon, it was almost like he wanted to feed him self :) All in all it was a good first attempt, and im glad we got some of it on video! I am sad that its that time for new things already, but it is exciting watching him learn these new things!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

4 Mo well baby

So he finally had his 4 mo appt. He was 16 lbs 1 oz and 25 in. Just a growing away! We werent able to get his shots because immunizations was closed, so we'll try to get that done this coming week. The ped said that if we wanted to, we could start him on some rice cereal. Hes still getting up 1 or 2 times a night and she said that this might make him sleep better. So I think maybe this week I will go get some and see how he does!

We are all moved into the new house (though not even close to being fully unpacked)! Its crazy to think that this is the house where Lucas is going to learn to crawl, walk, talk, and all sorts of other things. So far we are liking the change. Its most certainly a great thing for Tim, not having to get up as early for work, and wasting so much money on gas! Steeze is loving the yard! I dont let him out there by himself though because of the birds and coyotes.

Steeze checking out the house for the first time!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

4 Months

4 months old today! Can someone make it stop!? As you will be able to tell from the picture, he really is looking much older. His 4 month appt isnt until next Wed, so I have no stats as of yet. I believe he will also be getting his second set of shots :( It breaks my heart, but if he reacts anything like last time, he will most likely just sleep most of the day. No new milestones to report. He is starting to giggle a little more. Steeze seems to be the thing he thinks is most funny!

Yesterday we got the keys to our new house! The movers are supposed to be coming on monday, but they have yet to call with a time frame, so were a little weary that something has gone wrong with that situation. Later today Lucas, Steeze and I are going over to the house to wait for our tv guy to come hook that stuff up. Its going to be pretty boring because they gave a 4 hour time frame that they could arrive. Ill take some pictures while we wait!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Lucas has his first cold :( Its not too bad. Just a runny nose and a gross cough. I took him to the doctor on wednesday and she said to get a cool mist humidifer and use saline spray. She said it should be gone within a week and if it wasnt she would give him some antibiotics. Apparently babies usually have a bunch of colds within thier first year. Its just building thier immune system. It started on tuesday and he is already sounding much much better. So I have a feeling it will be completely gone soon! A plus of taking him to the doctor is that they weighed him! I love seeing how much he weighs. He weighed 15lbs 4 oz. What a chunk! Ive been using him as weights sometimes. No, not like doing bicept curls or anything..just lifting him straight up in the air. He LOVES it! I get a pretty good workout too ;) Dont know how much longer i'll be able to do that though!! I need to call and make his 4 mo appt, which should be sometime next week. Then, i'll get all his stats!!

Heres a cute picture I took with my phone the other day. He fell asleep in his exersaucer! haha

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First time in his exersaucer:)

hanging out

Friday, May 20, 2011


Were back home. Lucas did great on the way to Md and on the way back. Couldnt have asked for anything better :) It feels really great to sleep in my own bed! But, we do miss the fam. Also, I wanna give a shout out to all the people who I never knew read this thing!! I wish Lucas was awake when we came to visit you all..maybe next time!

The day we got back we toured a house on was perfect! We get the keys in 2 weeks and our stuff gets moved June 6th! I will miss living in the city, but this move will make life so much easier.

Not much to report besides the move. Until next time!!! :)

Monday, May 2, 2011


3 months has gone by so quickly. Technically hes not 3 months until tommorow but we will be in MARYLAND! And im not bringing the monkey with me so I did it today! I asked him today if he was excited for his trip and he said YES! (In a squeal of delight :) ) Im definitley nervous about the trip but im sure it will be just fine. We are all packed and ready.

Hmmm lets see..the biggest milestone of his 3 months of life was that he figured out how to roll over! Now when i put him on his back he pretty much rolls over right away. Also, since hes discovered this hes been doing SO much better holding him self up while hes on his belly. Its crazy how quickly they progress. Another milestone would be his giggles! It is the cutest thing weve ever heard. He wont have another doctors appt for another month, but I think hes about 14 lbs.

Smiling away with his monkey at 3 months :)

See some of you soon!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

He did it!

We knew it would be soon, but the day I write my last post!? Yep last night he rolled over from back to belly...TWICE! I didnt get it on video though. So this morning I put him on his back and made sure to have the camera going, and he did it again. He seemed so proud of himself! He got really frustrated though because he tried to roll back over to his back and couldnt get it.

So heres the video of him rolling over for the third time!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Okay so, We think he is going to roll over soon. Hes always on his side and gets so close sometimes! He has rolled over once from his belly to his back, but im pretty sure that was just a fluke. He giggled again! Tim wasnt around to hear it this time, but it was just as cute as the first time! He also laughs in his sleep..its so funny to watch and hear because its like a real laugh coming from that little body! Yesterday he started grabbing at our faces. I love all these milestones and watching him develop, but its also sad...hes growing up too fast! Im getting nervous about the flight home. I hate long flights to begin with, but im sure with a 3 mo old it will be just as rough. Hes going to be sitting in our laps. Hes not a fan of sleeping in our arms and id really like for him to sleep most of the flight since it is an overnight flight. Im hoping that if I bring the boppy he will be able to sleep a little. Any advice???

Trying to roll over...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

2 months!

Today Lucas had his 2 month checkup, which included his first shots :( He is currently sleeping it off right now. He weighs 12lb 11oz and is 24.2 in tall. He certainly does not have a problem growing! Hopefully he doesnt grow too much more before we come home!! Everything was perfect though, with his appointment. They said he'll probably be sleeping alot today because of the shots, which is probably best.

Sooo heres his 2 month picture!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First giggle!

OHHHHHH my gosh. Never have I heard anything cuter than my baby's giggle. We were so shocked! He was just sitting in my lap, facing me, smiling away. Tim was trying to scare Steeze by popping these plastic packing bubbles (not the little ones, bigger ones), So Steeze jumped up on the couch behind me trying to escape. Im pretty sure thats what Lucas was smiling at. Then, all of a sudden he gave out a quick little giggle. My mouth dropped. Im pretty sure no one else but me will think this is amazing ;) I hope he starts doing it again soon!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Holy moly me oh my, Your the apple of my eye

Im back! I will hopefully be updating you all on him frequently now. Lucas is one month old already. What!? Yeah, it went by too fast! I feel like hes changed so much. Hes so awsome and entertains us daily :)Hes smiling alot and cooing up a storm. Hes getting pretty good at holding up his head. I try to give him tummy time everyday to build his strenth, but he is not a fan, so it usually doesnt last very long! I just cant get over how cute he is! Right now though, hes got some baby acne pretty bad. Its not supposed to last more than 3 months, so im hoping it goes away soon!!

I will be doing a monthly picture with this monkey to show how much he is growing!

Dont forget to keep an eye out for new photos in the web albums!! Im doing them by months so keep coming back and take a peek :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lucas Peter Van Hoesen

Lucas Peter Van Hoesen was born Feb 3 2011 9lb 2 oz 21.5 in

Pictures can be found at

Saturday, January 29, 2011


So much for thinking he would be here early! At 40 weeks and 4 days, theres no sign of him coming anytime soon on his own. On tuesday Feb 1st at 6 am is when they want me in to be induced, at least start the process. The problem is that they are really busy and we have to call at 5 to make sure they even have room. If they dont, we just keep calling back until they do. I guess he is going to be a February baby, unless he decides its time within the next 2 days ( not likely).

DUE DATE! Jan 25 2011 40 weeks

40 weeks and 4 days

Can we just meet him already!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Almost there

I keep telling him he can come anytime he wants now....but hes not listening. For the past 2 weeks ive been having alot of pelvic pain. They dont seem to think its anything to be concerned about though. Last weeks appt they said I was 1 to 2 cm dilated. That doesnt mean much because im still not having any contractions. I have a NST ( appt set up for tuesday as well as a regular OB checkup. At that time they will set up an induction date for the following week just to have it set up in case he doesnt come by then. So for now im just gonna go for as many walks as I can to hopefully get the action started! Im pretty tired and sore so lets hope he decides its time to come out very soon!!!

39 weeks

Sunday, January 2, 2011

36 weeks

This is a little late considering im almost 37 weeks, but thats okay! I am officially 9 months pregnant!! Oh gosh that is so crazy. I dont even remember what I used to look like or feel like before all of this. The belly shots I took when we found out are on a computer that is broken right now, so I hope to get them off of there soon!! This past weeks appointment went well the only thing was he said I was low on iron so they gave me a prescription for an iron supplement. I can feel how big he is getting and its starting to get painful! My back hurts alll the time. The doctor said the hospital doesnt let you go past 41 weeks so I guess its safe to say he should be here no later than Feb 1st! Although I realllllllyyyyy hope its sooner than that!!!