Hi everyone it is officially Laine Day! In our typical fashion with Laine, we are a day late. We just had to follow suit (we were a day late posting his homecoming day, too).
The Laineman giving mom a high five. SO TINY!
When we were still in Phoenix and all four of them were still in the NICU, I would go by every morning on my way to work. I worked from 5 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and would get up to go visit them before work. Otherwise, I wouldn't get to see any of them until early that evening. I would get to Phoenix Childrens Hospital at Banner Good Samaritan, check in with the nurses and then go check in with the kids (to make sure their stories matched). I always started off with Pius (who was always asleep), proceeded to Danna (always asleep), go into the next room and check out Forrest (surprise, surpris....asleep), and finish my rounds with Laine. Laine was always WIDE AWAKE when I would get to him. The nurses insisted that they all slept through the night and that Laine would wake up when I got there at 4 a.m. He and I would discuss all sorts of things those mornings, usually the Denver Broncos or Alabama football, but we would talk about a little of everything. Those mornings with Laine have always been one of my top two or three favorite memories from Phoenix. He would lie there and just stare at me while I rambled on about an upcoming opponent or some questionable play calling. I LOVED those mornings.
Getting ready to start wearing big boy clothes. No more naked baby bird!
The Lainerzinski.....plotting how to go about taking over the world. Just like in "Pinky and the Brain"!
Laine getting some last minute cuddle time with his primary RN, Gwen, before venturing out into the great outdoors. He was gracious enough to share the lap and spotlight with sissy.
Laine spent the first year of his life as many of our family and friends' favorite. He was always so sweet and willing to be held. He would be the quiet one while one of the other three would cry about something. That all changed after we were home for awhile. I guess he got tired of taking a back seat to everyone else's high demands and wanted some extra lovin', too. Glad that stage is over.
We have always thought Laine was very smart and our first Rainbows visit from the kids' physical and speech therapists substantiated our belief. Laine has always been ahead of his age physically. Not his adjusted-age....but his actual age. When the P.T. and child educator first came out, they both said that his body and mind were functioning a couple of months ahead of his age. We weren't that surprised because we knew there had to be a reason why his head weighed more than the rest of his body!
Laine started standing around 10 1/2 months, stepping consistently around 11 months, and full-force....I see something I want so get the heck out my way....walking at 12 months. Now that Pius and Forrest are starting the stepping stage it is hilarious to watch Laine watch them. As soon as we all start clapping and hollering for one of this siblings, he is on his feet running at us to show us that he can do it too (even better). Laine also seems to be the first to pick up tricks but the most stubborn to do them. When he learns one, Pius and Forrest will see him do it, get attention for it, and then mimic him (in true toddler fashion, right?). Once Pius, Forrest, or Danna learns a trick they will do it almost on command. Laine is different though. He just looks at you like, "Gosh, you people are so stupid. Why do you get so excited for this stuff? I'm not gonna be your little monkey.....I'll let those other three ya-hoo's do that!"
Laine the Loner really does seem to be very independent. You can usually find him away from the others playing with a different toy (or string, or piece of paper, or dead bug...really, whatever's available and looks halfway off-limits). One question that gets asked at least 5 times a day at our house is, "Where is Laine?" Inevitably, he is always off looking for his own thing to do. Laine also is the one who sticks EVERYTHING in his mouth. We could vacuum three times a day, and he would still find something small to put in there. He loves to taste things. Anything (except, of course, when it comes to something outrageous like breakfast, lunch and dinner). As long as it will fit into his mouth, he'll put it in and make it hard for us to get it out. Iron jaws, that boy has. Along with his reputation of eating paper, Kleenex (would the singular of that word be Kleeni?) and any other inedible objects, he also likes to climb like a billy goat. Boxes, toys, toy bins, the couch, the stairs.....nothing is sacred.
Laine the goat atop their birthday gifts
In the toy basket
No joke, we've found many leaves in his dirty diapers.
Laine is usually the pickiest eater of the four....unless it's finger foods that he can do himself. If that's the case, he'll grab fistfuls at a time and start shoveling. Chalk another one up to his independent nature.
I think all of my kids are tough. I really do. All four of them were born 2 1/4 months early and have been thrust into all kinds of strange situations (the NICU, airplanes, cheering studio audiences, our families...j/k!). Laine, though, I think is the toughest. He has to fight hard to breath sometimes because he gets wheezy (usually just when he picks up a cold...think baby asthma). He never lets it stop him though. We will try to give him a breathing treatment and he will go along with it for about 2 minutes, but as soon as he thinks his lungs are better, he is ready to go terrorize the living room again. He also, along with Pius, has been very tough through all of his shots. He even gets extra RSV shots (the others didn't qualify for them this year) and handles them very well. His physical toughness has even surprised me a few times....and as Monica wrote before, I'm Superman!
Sidenote: Laine has been battling some respiratory virus since New Year's Eve. We've had to take him to the doctor twice in the last 2 weeks. He lost an entire pound in 1 week because he wouldn't eat or drink anything! If he didn't start improving, we were going to have to hospitalize him for IV fluids and respiratory treatments. Fortunately, he continues to improve daily and has seemed to regain his appetite (what little one he had, anyways). Thank you to all those keeping him in your prayers!
The LaineTrain giving himself a breathing treatment
More on this little tyke's toughness...One time (please do not report me to the authorities) he managed to squeeze through the railing at the top of the staircase and fell down the length of the stairs. I had to go down to check on the laundry (yes, Moni has me trained pretty well....I don't even pee on the floor anymore since she started rubbing my nose in it). Laine had followed me to the staircase, watched me leave and then proceeded to scream bloody murder. I could hear him just fine and knew it was only because I had left the room that he was crying. Seriously, all I had to do was rotate the laundry! Laine's screaming stopped all of the sudden then I heard a bang and several thumps. I took off running. When I got to the stairs, there was Laine at the bottom, crawling around in the computer room with a gigantic grin on his face. That one scared the hell out of me and I picked him up and palpated all of his limbs to make sure he wouldn't wince. Thankfully, he acted fine. I called nurse Moni to hurry home and she checked him over once for HER peace of mind and another time for MINE. He was a-okay the rest of the night and the following week. Now that's what I call one tough little nugget!
The very railings he slipped through. We have since put up netting to avoid another accident.
Laine's account of the event: "...and then I started to fall like this, but it...was...AWESOME!"
Grams and Grampy got it right with this shirt...."Might be little but I'm TOUGH!"
Laine, we love you so much and can not imagine what our life would be like without you. You make us so proud and we are amazed everyday at the new things you learn and show us. We can't wait to see what you grow up to be like. We know you'll do GREAT things!
Our content Angel Baby
Laine (L) and Forrest (R). Their 1st picture together.
Are those Easter eggs in your pants, or are you just excited to see me?!
Remember the Keebler Elf ears? Yah, they filled out and look normal now.
"Mom, what you do in the next 2 seconds will determine whether I start screaming or laughing. Better choose your actions wisely."
Diapered? Most times. Spoiled? Always.
I love the little bit of drool getting ready to drop from his lip!
Laine usually makes his way onto his belly during the night. He HATES having his feet covered and almost always has his blankets kicked off of him by morning.
First trip to Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium last September
Laine's the only one that still likes his pacifier. I guess you could say he's orally fixated. I've always thought Freud was full of crap, though.
This sweet lil' Tin Man already has a heart of gold!
He was enjoying him some Baby Einstein this day.
"Are you really Superman, dad? I wanna grow up to be JUST LIKE YOU!"
L.A........Here we come!
Laine is SUCH a Bucko's boy! Always has a smile for her when she walks through the front door.
Laine: "I AM SO AMAZING! I AM SO INCREDIBLE! I AM SO COOL!"
Forrest: "Yah, whatever. Get over yourself, Laine!"
Laine really went to town on his birthday cake. He didn't need any help digging in. He also fell victim to the same fate as his brothers, and developed a rash around his nose and mouth due to the frosting.
Just call me Ryan Jr.
On second thought, DON'T YOU DARE call me Ryan Jr!
They all four have eyes that are different shades of blue. It's amazing how uniquely DIFFERENT each one of them is.
Pretty excited about the new Broncos coaching staff up to this point.
Hey, Ralphie! I know, this is a cruel joke for mom to play. You've gotta be tough to pull off a hat like this!
"Does Aunt Jac know me, or what!"
Laine REFUSES to crawl anymore. Even is he has 2 steps to go, he'd rather stand up, walk those 2 steps, and then sit back down. Look out, world...Laine Ryan Graf is comin' to getcha!
Love You Baby Boy!
Mommy, Daddy, Pius, Forrest, and Danna