11.19.17 – 11 Months!

19 Nov

We are one month away from the boys’ first birthday, and I can hardly believe it. With the holiday season upon us, I feel like time is flying by even faster (which I didn’t think was possible). They are growing and changing so quickly, and I’m doing my best to soak it all in in between running around like a crazy person.

Dear Greyson,

You are ornery and adorable and determined and sweet all rolled up into one strong, squishy little babe. One day earlier this month you just started crawling “normally,” and you haven’t slowed down since. I love the way you crawl into a room, take a look around, and as soon as you see someone or something exciting you give a smile, laugh, and crawl as fast you can right towards it. You have an affinity for drawers – opening them, climbing into them, and/or emptying their contents. When the pantry, fridge, or gate to the stairs opens, you crawl as fast as you can to get to it before your opportunity to get into trouble closes. You pull up on anything and everything and are standing pretty well flat-footed. But you won’t walk unless holding onto two hands (or cruising furniture), and that is always on tippy-toes. You love to wave, clap, make noises with your tongue, and shake your head. You are pointing at things now, and you always explore new objects and food with your pointer finger first. You still love baths and hate diaper changes/getting dressed. You have started to throw your head back in a tantrum-like fashion when you are tired or don’t want to be contained in your highchair/carseat or for diaper changes. Your favorite game with Oliver is pushing the pantry door towards each other. You love your sister and chasing her around the house. And you are a mama’s boy this month and love fighting for my attention whenever I’m spending time with someone else. You also love to stick your finger in our mouths and trying to catch our tongues. Being upside-down is another favorite. You are a great eater and sleeper. I love your laugh and snuggles, and I’m so lucky you’re mine.

xoxo,

Mama

Dear Oliver,

You are on the move! You got tired of being left behind and getting speedier every day. You have an inchworm crawl and a sorta scoot-crawl with one foot still under your bum and one working the right way. You want to stand and walk holding my hands all of the time, but you still have a Frankenstein movement with your legs. You have started to pull up on things to your knees too, so I know it won’t be long before you are moving and shaking like Greyson. You officially have started sleeping through the night (knocking on all of the wood!!!). You still have your puke episodes once in awhile, and you are a little bit of a finicky eater. You love your sippy cup of water though! You are very much a mama’s boy right now and like to fight for my attention – especially now that you can move to wherever I am. You are just so happy and smiley. We are starting to see a little bit of silly in your personality, and I love it. You have started waving and clapping too, and you love to say, “Go, go, go!” We’ve heard “mama,” “dada,” “hi,” and “bye-bye” a few times too. You are a little shy of strangers or people you haven’t seen in awhile but you warm up quickly. You just duck your head and turn away at first. You tend to prefer quiet and smaller crowds as you can get startled easily with sudden noise and commotion. You study your toys by turning them over in your hands, and you like to look behind the phone when we are video chatting with family. You are getting better about trying to bite us – your teething seems to have calmed a bit recently. You love being flipped upside down, lift-the-flap books, and emptying a box of toys. You have the biggest, cheesiest smile, and you bring us so much joy. I love you so much!

xoxo,

Mama

10.31.17 – Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween! Hope y’all had a day full of fun and treats! We kicked off the holiday celebrations with super fun weekend with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. We started the festivities with Trunk or Treat at our church Thursday night, and Laney has been fired up ever since. Our weekend also included a little pumpkin carving/decorating.

We had a costume rehearsal so I could snap a few pictures of the kiddos (and attempt a selfie):

Then it was the big event! A fun party at school as Princess Elena of Avalor plus a busy evening of handing out candy and trick-or-treating. The boys loved greeting everyone at the door and inspecting the candy. Laney sat in a chair by the door waiting for everyone to arrive and was so generous with the candy that we ran out well before it was over. 😉 She then had a turn collecting treats with Daddy while the boys called it a night. A fun and exhausting day for all! Looking forward to the fun we will have next year!

10.19.17 – 10 Months!

19 Oct

Another month has flown by! Our boys are growing and changing so quickly. They are in one of my favorites stages, and it is so fun to watch them learn new things every day.

Dear Greyson,

You have changed SO much in the last month. Your hair is longer, you are taller, and your little big personality is really starting to show. You are so strong! You can climb the stairs, pull up on just about anything, and walk along furniture. You are still predominately on your tippy toes but are starting to stand flat-footed more often. You have learned to clap, wave, sign “more” and “all done,” and even have said your first few words (bye-bye, ma-ma, da-da, Laney “ne-ne”). It’s almost impossible to get you dressed or change your diaper without a wrestling match. You want to be on the move all of the time – preferably standing/walking. You are still crawling inchworm style, but as soon as someone sits down nearby you are climbing up them and hoping they will walk you around holding your hands. You still love your play table turned walker and can even use a real walker with a little assistance. You still love to eat but have developed more particular tastes. You love eggs, zucchini, carrots, bananas, and oranges and get really excited about potatoes, waffles, pizza, and pasta. Your sippy cup of water usually ends up on the floor or used as a toy. You still love any toys that make noise or music, to shake and slap things, and fly through the air. Chasing your sister, pulling the kitchen towels down, and opening cabinets and drawers are new favorite games. I’ve had to make a couple calls to poison control this month to make sure things you got into weren’t going to make you sick. Plus, you bit another mom’s leg at Kindermusik, which was so embarassing! You crawled up to say hi and just sunk your teeth right into her leg. You sure keep us on our toes, but we love you so much!!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

My sweet, smiley little guy! This month was a rough one in the sleep department for you. Between some pre-bed puking and teeth, you have been sleeping like a newborn. Luckily, you make up for it in cuteness. You aren’t on the move yet, but you like to spin around on your bottom. You are also starting to get up on hands and knees and can roll around to get where you want to go. You flap your arms excitedly like a little baby bird when you feel like you are getting left behind. You still love to jump like crazy in your jumperoo, explore toys, and try and chomp on anything or anyone around you. Loud noises and new people startle you, and you bend all the way down to hide your face when you are feeling scared or insecure. You are very interested in what’s going on around you, and I love the way you bend over to peek around something when you hear someone or something you are curious about. You went from eating whatever we put in front of you to being a bit more particular this month. Strawberries, raspberries, yogurt, and avocado are your favorites. You also love puffs and crackers and have really taken to your sippy cup of water. You have joined your brother in the rolling around during diaper changes, but you can usually be distracted by a toy (or TV remote). You had your first injury this month rolling off of Laney’s bed and cutting your head open on the register in the floor. A little Dermabond at prompt care closed it up, and it’s almost healed. You love to play peek-a-boo, get tickled, chase your sister, jump, and fly through the air. The ball popper, play phones, and musical instruments are your favorite toys. You bring everyone around you so much joy! We love you so!

xoxo,

Mama

10.7.17 – Fair Oaks Farms

7 Oct

We met my side of the family at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana for the Cowtober festival. It was another unseasonably warm fall day, which was great for being outside with the kiddos. The boys did so awesome with being off schedule and all of the driving. We had a blast touring the farm and eating yummy food. Here are a few pics and videos from our adventure.

 

9.19.17 – 9 Months!

19 Sep

We are 75% through the first year, and I think this was the fastest month yet. Maybe because the chasing has begun. The boys are finally sleeping all the way through the night for the most part. They love baths, exploring, eating, and their big sister. 🙂

Dear Greyson,

You are on the move in a big way. You are pretty speedy with your inchworm crawl and walking in your play table (aka your “tank”), and you are getting into EVERYTHING. We have caught you eating toilet paper, chewing on cords, and opening doors. Last night you managed to open the screen door to the garage, wiggle down the step, and into the garage on your own without injury all by yourself. You have also figured out how to climb the first stair, and it won’t be long until you figure out how to climb more. You even have started “walking” when we hold your arms – but only on your tippy-toes. You are loud and love to babble (ma-ma, da-da). Making a popping sound by opening and closing your mouth like a fish and biting down on your spoon during eating are favorites too. Your face is very expressive and you give a lot of side-eye – especially when the food placed on your tray is not what you were hoping for as you have become a little more particular these days. You have a big laugh and no fear (except sudden loud noises). Flying through the air, slapping surfaces, and following us around the house are your favorites at the moment. You are not a fan of being contained for long, and diaper changes have become an Olympic sport. You certainly keep us on our toes, but you have the most kissable cheeks and the best open-mouth smile. We love you, Grey!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

You are still the happiest baby in all the land. On the rare occasion you cry – you are hungry, tired, injured, or are feeling a little stranger danger. You prefer to be sitting with a box full of toys, but are starting to feel left out when brother leaves you behind to go explore. You flap your arms and squirm your legs but don’t get very far yet. Although your rolling is pretty speedy these days. You love to be interacting with others and always have a red, splotchy mouth from drool. You are always chewing on something, and sometimes you try and chew on us. You really study your toys by turning them over in your hand and prefer ones that are squishy for chewing. You still love jumping in your jumperoo and shaking your head no. Your gremlin voice still makes an appearance – more often when your tired. Your are an eating machine these days – you will pretty much eat whatever we give you and prefer to feed yourself. You enjoy bouncing to music and playing with balls. You still give your furrowed brow if there is a lot of commotion or kids running around, and you prefer to be held in new environments. You love to swing and enjoy going for a stroll outside. When I lay you down for sleep, you roll over, tuck your hands under your belly, and stick your bum up in the air – it’s the cutest. You are the sweetest snuggle bug, and we love you so, Ollie-bear!

xoxo,

Mama

9.17.17 – Birthday Recap

17 Sep

We had a super fun weekend with family and friends celebrating our girl turning five years old. She was over-the-moon excited about everything – especially presents, of course. She is one blessed little girl!

We started off her birthday extravaganza with her annual birthday doughnut and a few gifts from us.

We then had a little celebration with some close friends at a local art studio where the kiddos got to paint and draw. She was so excited about her party that we were counting sleeps, and she put her unicorn outfit on the minute she woke up that morning.

We had a family celebration on Sunday. It was such a fun, laid-back day. The kids even had a little water fun outside. I took a lot of video but not a lot of photos.

 

I think it was this little unicorn’s favorite birthday yet! Thank you to our family and friends for making our girl feel so special! We love you!

9.12.17 – Happy 5th Birthday, Delaney!

12 Sep

Dear Delaney,

FIVE! Wow! I can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday Daddy and I were praying so hard for God to make us parents. But at the same time it seems like you were always a part of our family, and we just get the joy of learning a little more about who you are each day.

What a big year it has been for you! For all of us, really. You not only became a big sister, but a big sister to TWIN BROTHERS. You have grown in so many ways – we both have – but you especially. You have exceeded every expectation I had of you before your brothers were born. You are just the best big sister on the planet, and I really could not be more proud of you. For example, I was putting Greyson down for a nap the other day and Oliver was tired and upset. You got your stool out of the bathroom, mixed up a bottle, and started feeding him for me. I didn’t even know you knew how to do that! It was just one of the many moments my heart swells with pride watching you be an amazing sister. You play with them, watch out for their safety, and love on them… and man, do they love you back!

Sweet girl, you give me so much grace, and I really can’t thank you enough. When I lay down at night, I worry about if I was too hard on you, if I wasn’t patient enough, if I didn’t give you enough of my time. I fail a lot – especially when I’m tired or overwhelmed. I do my best to admit my mistakes, but I am far from perfect. But you are always quick to forgive, and you love me anyway. I hope you never stop giving those around you grace – and especially give some to yourself. I’m afraid some of my perfectionist tendencies have worn off on you, and I want you to remember to go easy on yourself too! I just pray I am always enough in your eyes.

You are so funny and silly, and you bring us so much joy. You make us laugh regularly with your wit, silly voices, creative thinking, and mispronounced or mixed up words. I watch you sing and dance in the back seat to your favorite songs, and it makes me smile. I hope you never lose your happy demeanor and sense of humor. This world certainly needs more happy!

You definitely have your daddy’s curiosity. You are always asking me about how something works or why something is the way it is. I love that you want to know more about the world around you – even if it wears me out sometimes. 🙂 I hope you never lose that sense of curiosity and wonder.

You are smart, kind, brave, and beautiful. You are a child of God and so loved. I know you get tired of hearing those things from me, but they are true. I am so, so blessed God chose me to be your mama.

Love you so much! Happiest birthday, my sweet girl!

xoxo,

Mommy

Favorites:

Colors – pink, purple, and blue

Songs – Taylor Swift, “Boom, Crash,” Daya, soundtracks from SING, Lion Guard, and Moana

Foods – peanut butter, “fruit snacks and bar,” macaroni and cheese, waffles, bananas

Activities – play dates with friends, pretend play, “Mom/Dad, pretend this…”, jumping on the trampoline, crafts, soccer, and watching TV

Future occupation: Pop star princess daughter