Monday, April 7, 2014

8 Months

Can’t believe my baby is 8 months old!  He’s crawling, pulling up on everything, waving, playing patty cake and dancing.  Brad began walking at 9 months old and I’m thinking Jack will be the same way – I’m SO not ready for that!    Addi wasn’t the type to get into very much stuff.  She mainly minded her own business and played with her toys.  Jack, on the other hand, is constantly on the move, opening drawers and seeing what else he can put in his mouth.  The past couple of weekends I have been home with the kids by myself and I get absolutely nothing done.  I also can’t really handle taking them anywhere by myself (I’m sure I could if I really tried, but I prefer to just stay home and avoid any chaos that might happen if we were to venture out of the house)

His teachers tell me that he is rotten and gets really upset when one of them walks out of the room b/c he wants to be held/played with.  I told them that they made him that way b/c I don’t have time to sit around and hold him all night (I wish I did, but I don’t).  I love that they love him and spoil him like he were theirs. 

Weight: 19 lbs 10 oz.

Length: I honestly can’t remember his length and I failed to write it down at his last check-up.

Eating: He’s eating three 6 oz bottles during the day and one 8 oz bottle before bed.  He eats a fruit/oatmeal for breakfast, a fruit or veggie at lunch and both a fruit and a veggie for dinner.  We have also just started puffs within the last couple of weeks and he seems to like snacking on those as well. 

Sleeping:  Brad still needs to lower his crib, so until then, he has been sleeping in the pack and play in our room.  Ear infections have kept him from sleeping completely through the night, but usually when he wakes up it’s just for a second and once I put his pappy back in his mouth, he’s good to go.

Likes:  He loves his sissy, pappy, the cat and getting into everything he’s not supposed to J

Dislikes:  He really doesn’t have too many dislikes – I guess just not paying him any attention and having his diaper changed.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Addi is FOUR


March 4th Addi turned FOUR.  I can’t even think about her turning 5 next year.  I’m going to be a hot mess when that day comes.

We decided to do a skating party this year.  Addi and 12 of her little friends had a blast!  Our local skating rink offers what they call a “tot skate”, which is where only kids who are under 7 are allowed to skate.  They also have a couple of inflatables for the kids to play on.  We thought this would be the best time to have Addi’s party.


I’m not one to get crafty and spend hours on Pinterest searching for ideas on how to create an elaborate birthday party for a 4 year old.  (I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I just don’t happen to have the time or money for that sort of thing)  I only served cake – and it was SO good.  She loves Sofia the First, so we had a Princess Sofia cake.  I almost didn’t do party favors because I think it’s silly to give a child a gift for coming to a party, but I found little party packs at the Dollar Tree that I bought to hand out.
In the end, it was a great party and Addi had a blast which is all that matters to me!  



Age three was a hard year for us.  God was definitely trying to teach us patience and mercy.  She struggled to pay attention and making her mind us was (and sometimes still is) hard.  We have learned that Addi thrives with structure.  Preschool is a GREAT thing for her.  She has definitely come leaps and bounds from where she was even 6 months ago.  Her teachers say that she is still keeping up well with the other kids. I’m SO proud of her and all that she has accomplished.  I know we will still have struggles, especially when she starts to Kindergarten, but I’m just praying that God shows us the right steps to take and the right things to do when those days come.

I took her to the doctor for the 4 year check-up yesterday.  She weighed 42.2 lbs (90th percentile) and was 42.5 inches tall (94th percentile).  They had to prick her finger and give her two shots – she handled it like a champ and didn’t even shed a tear!  Her blood work was great and he said she’s healthy!  He said the most important thing we can do with her to help her communication/learning is to read, read, read.  I admit we haven’t done as much reading as I would like.  She is the most STRONG WILLED child I have ever met, so sitting down to read a book without her insisting that she read it to me and her turning the page before I even get a word out is hard (this is where some of the patience that God is trying to teach me would come in handy J).  Last night before dinner, I asked her to go pick out two books for us to read.  I let her hold the book and turn the pages, and she actually let me read to her.  We read Amelia Bedelia and Knuffle Bunny.  I keep meaning to go buy The Storybook Bible and make that part of our nightly routine as well.

I thank God every day for that strong willed, funny, shy, beautiful and HEALTHY baby girl!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I'm Back...

Wow, it has been a while since I last updated this thing.  I said I was going to make my blog private, but when I actually tried to, I realized in order to see it you would have to have a Google account.  Not everyone who wanted to keep reading it has a Google account, so I just went ahead and kept it public.  Several people asked why I was going to make it private in the first place and my answer is to keep better control of who actually is reading it.  Since I’m not really sure who reads this thing (there is probably a way to track something like that, but I wouldn’t even know where to start) and I mainly write about my children, I just wanted to monitor it a little better. 

In the last month or so, we have been super busy.  Here are a few things that I plan on writing about when I have time…

Addi turned FOUR!!! 
Jack is “crawling”
Brad was baptized and Jack was dedicated.
I’m struggling with keeping up with my diet and exercise – it’s a daily battle.
Consignment Sale – I actually signed up and followed through with putting Addi and Jack’s clothing in a consignment sale this year and I had a wonderful experience!

Other than those things, my time has been occupied with the usual – cooking, laundry, cleaning, laundry, working, laundry and spending as much time as I can loving on my little family. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Privacy

I have made the decision to set my blog to private. If you would like to continue reading send me your email address and I'll be happy to add you to the list. Thanks!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day


Over the past few years I have become a fan of Valentine's Day.  We try our hardest to show each other every day how much we love each other, but I think Valentine's is just a fun day to make a little extra effort in telling someone how much you love them.  Plus, who doesn't like candy, flowers and date nights with your significant other??  

Addi had SO much fun this Valentine's.  They made cute little boxes at school to put their cards and candy in.  She loved pulling out each card and letting me tell her who it was from.  She kept saying "I tell my friends happy valentimes today".  I asked her if she had fun at her party and she said "I ate doughnuts and they were so yummy!"  So cute!  Jack's teacher sent me the above picture of him during the day Friday.  He's been battling an ear infection, so it made my heart happy that he was all smiles!


Brad really isn't into making elaborate dinner plans, so we just attempted to go to Olive Garden, but we did not want to wait an hour and a half to eat, so instead we went to a new pizza place in town.  We still had to wait 45 minutes for our pizza, but at least we were able to sit down at a table, talk and have an appetizer.  We went to McDonald's for an ice cream cone and milkshake for dessert.  It was a great night!



Saturday, February 8, 2014

6 Months Old







 
In six more months we will be celebrating this precious little boy's 1st birthday - crazy!  He's such a happy baby and always seems so content.  I think two little teethies are about to come in because everything goes straight to his mouth for him to chew on.  It won't be too long, I know!
 
 
Weight: I'm guessing somewhere between 18 lbs.  We go for his 6 month check up next week, so I will have to update it then
Length: Not sure on this one either
Eating:He drinks four 8oz bottles.  He's eating oatmeal mixed with fruit for breakfast, fruit or veggie for lunch and usually a fruit and a veggie for dinner. 
Sleeping:  After bragging about how great of a sleeper he is to someone last Monday, he began to wake up some in the middle of the night every night last week.  He either rolls on his stomach and begins to whimper or his pappy falls out of his mouth.  He's also been tee-teeing through his diaper, so I guess i'm going to either have to switch diaper brands or make it a habit of changing him right before I go to bed.  He always falls asleep during his last bottle, so i'm sure this is the reason why his diaper overflows.  He goes to sleep around 6:30/7:00 and wakes up at 5:45.  He usually takes two good naps that last anywhere between 1 and 2 hours.  His teacher says he's the best sleeper in their class - ha!
Likes: Eating, sitting up so he can see everything, playing in his jumper, looking in mirrors, his sissy and he LOVES the cat - his eyes follow her wherever she goes.
Dislikes: Being on his tummy, and he really dislikes when you don't feed him fast enough :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Work It






 I was off work the majority of last week due to the little snowstorm that happened here in Alabama. I needed to go into work to get a few things done since it was month end.  Since the daycare was closed, I had no choice but to bring this little munchkin along with me...


Brad's parents watched little man b/c I didn't think I could get anything done at work if I had both of them there with me.  She was pretty good (for the most part).  She really wanted to help me work.  I have two computer screens and she kept saying that one of them was hers and the other one was mine.  

After I finished what I had to get done, we went down to Build-A-Bear.  This was our first visit and she picked out a yellow pony and named it Sunshine.   Her favorite part was giving her pony a bath.  She would have stayed there all afternoon if I let her.




And yes, my daughter is wearing a little boy's t-shirt.  She's OBSESSED with Jake and the Neverland Pirates ( or "Pilates" as she says).