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8.19.17 – 8 Months Old!

19 Aug

Another month has flown by, and the boys are changing, growing, and learning so quickly! I can’t believe summer is almost over already.

Dear Greyson,

You are so determined to be on the move. Within the last couple of weeks, you have learned how to spin yourself around on your belly, rock on your hands and knees, and most recently, army crawl. You like to squirm out of our arms, so you can be on the go. We also decided to try out another play table, which you have decided to use as a walker. You just drag the table behind you to get where you want to go. You don’t stay in one place for long, and I know I will soon be chasing you all over the place. You may be my one child that is a good eater. You’ll pretty much eat anything we give you – some things more enthusiastically than others. You have learned to rake your hand to feed yourself, and you are pretty excited about that (and so am I!). Your favorite table foods so far are eggs and bananas, but you also love puffs and teething crackers. We’ve actually been able to start weaning you off of your reflux medicine and so far so good! You have seven teeth (4 on top, three on bottom). You have the cutest heavy breathing laugh and love to make silly sounds with your mouth. Your loves: rolling/crawling, dive-bombing out of our arms, slapping things with your hand, slamming your feet, shaking toys, putting things in your mouth, taking toys from your brother, toys that make music, bath time, and jumping. You hate being in the car and roll out of diaper changes. I love you so much and can’t wait to watch you continue to explore the world around you.

XOXO,

Mama

Feeding himself and hearing Laney come down the stairs in the morning.

Army crawl

Dear Oliver,

You are still the happiest little boy until you want to eat, are done eating, or fall back and hit your head. You love to sit and reach for toys. You play with one toy, throw it behind you, and reach as far as you can for another toy – especially if it’s the one your brother is holding. You attempt to clap your hands, shake your head, and flap your arms in excitement. You prefer to sit up and play or jump in the jumperoo, but you have also started rolling both ways more frequently and can spin yourself around on your belly now. You are a very dramatic eater. You have definite preferences and gag (sometimes to the point of puking) if you don’t like something you are eating. Your favorite table food is avocado and you don’t like much else, but you have finally warmed up to puffs and pureed foods. You have started raking food and feeding yourself, but most of it just gets played with and never makes it to your mouth. You have seven teeth (4 on top and 3 on bottom), and you seem to be working on some more. Your mouth is always a little broken out from chewing on your hands. Your loves: talking to us, snuggling, grabbing hair, stealing toys from your brother, trying to bite us, chewing on toys, getting tickled, watching what is going on around you, and chewing on your toes. You dislike eating table food and being left alone in a room. I love you so much and you bring so much joy to everyone around you!

XOXO,

Mama

“Clapping”

Playing peekaboo with himself in the mirror.

Morning play time.

 

8.18.17 – Summer Reflections

18 Aug

There are so many pros and cons to social media. It can make us feel more connected, but it can also make us feel less than. Comparison is the thief of joy, as they say, and it’s easy to start comparing ourselves to others. We tend to put our best out on the interwebs, and it’s easy to forget that those moments are just a snapshot of a person’s day. Everyone has struggles just like you.

I caught myself in one of these comparison spirals this summer. As I saw everyone marking items off of their summer bucket lists full of fun, I was struggling to get myself showered and dressed before 3:00 PM. It was mid July, and I started feeling bad that Laney hadn’t been to the pool or to the library for the summer reading program or to any parks or to the lake…

But I stopped myself. There were lots of things we had done! I hosted and arranged one million play dates to keep Laney busy and give her some social time. We went on an airplane to the beach for a week, made road trips to visit family, attended summer music class, walked on the new trail by our house, and played on the slip-and-slide. She went fishing with Daddy and attended circus camp and VBS. We had dinners with friends. I even took all three kids to the library and to Target the other day, and we all survived!

Then Mimi and Annie came to visit and we finally made it to the pool and even went to the county fair! Laney declared that was the best day!

Last week we made a final summer road trip to Indiana for a swim and a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

And I reminded myself…it’s OK for her to be bored once in awhile. I tried my best to create a few fun memories while also doing what was best for the boys. She’s learning about being a big sister (and she’s an amazing one!). That sometimes we have to do what is best for someone else in the family for awhile. It’s a short phase, and this is one summer of many. And it was a pretty darn good one!

 

7.19.17 – 7 Months Old!

19 Jul

People told us six months would be the turning point, and we are thrilled to say they were right! We are getting more sleep, they are on a schedule, and everyone is happier (and more rested!). Month six was magical, and we are even more excited about what’s to come. (Until they are on the move, and then I may want to rewind.) šŸ˜‰

Dear Greyson,

You are a mover and a shaker! You can roll all over the place in all different directions – and lately with even more purpose. We never find you in the same spot if we leave the room for a minute. And although you are fairly stable with sitting up, you’d much prefer to be rolling around. You also love to jump around in your jumper seat and can spin around to look at all of the toys with ease. You love rattles – shaking them around to hear different sounds. You also love to bang toys or your hand on different surfaces. I love the babbling sounds you make – especially directed toward your brother. You tend to be more serious, but it makes your smiles and sweet giggles even more special. You have also been discovering your tongue – making all different sounds and movements with it. Your growl sounds let us know you are getting unhappy about something, and you still have your snort laugh once in awhile. Pears, sweet potatoes, and zucchini are your favorite baby foods, and you have also enjoyed some eggs, banana pieces, and avocado the last couple of weeks. You are slowly warming up to puffs. Diaper changes have become quite the challenge. You instantly start rolling onto your tummy the moment we lay you down. Handing you the package of wipes to play with is the only thing that seems to get you to stay still, but we still have to change you with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. You sleep 6:30-6:30 most nights getting up once in the 4:00 hour for a bottle right now. I love your fluffy hair that’s growing so quickly, and you have four teeth (two on top and two on bottom). I cherish the snuggles I get when I rock you before sleep, because the rest of the day you are on the move. And although you are a mover, you do want company and don’t like to be left alone long. You love when we blow bubbles on your cheeks/tummy and “How big is Greyson? SO BIG!” I can’t believe how fast you’ve grown – both physically and in personality, and I love you so much!

xoxo,

Mama

 

 

Dear Oliver,

You are filled with so much joy – people can’t help but smile. Although the last few days, your screams, squeals, and grunts have been loud enough to scare your brother! I’m not sure if you’re practicing your voice or have turned into a little gremlin, but you are cracking us up with the noises coming out of your little body. You are an expert at sitting up. However, you still love to throw your head back and see if you can bring your self back to sitting so we still have a pillow behind you. I’m always impressed with your ab strength! You finally warmed up to baby food just in time for us to switch to solids. You are quite dramatic with your faces and gagging as we introduce new foods and textures. You love peas, oatmeal, and pears. You can wiggle yourself around a little bit but don’t roll from belly to back much. You prefer to sit up and watch everyone, and you really love jumping in your jumper seat. You have four teeth coming in on top and two in on bottom, so you love anything that is easy to chew on. Although you still love chewing on your hands and trying to chew on us. You’ve also started shaking your head “no.” It’s like your little happy dance when we say “YAY!” and you love when we shake our head back. You remind me so much of Laney – she had a little happy dance too. You also bounce yourself in excitement – especially when you see your bottle. Blowing bubbles with all kinds of slobber has also been a favorite of yours lately. You really are so happy and laid back unless you are tired or hungry, but you also prefer to have company. You love sitting up across from your brother or watching him in the jumper, but you don’t love when he tries to grab at you. You love peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake – really any kind of social interaction. Your squeals of delight at the simplest things brighten our days. We love you so much our smiley little guy!

xoxo,

Mama

 

7.1.17 – Hilton Head 2017

1 Jul

Our annual beach vacation came and went in the blink of an eye. Gone are the days of relaxing on the beach and reading a book. But we are loving this season of life as crazy as it may be. I love spending time in this place with my babies. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting this island almost every year since my childhood, and seeing their joy and excitement makes my heart so full. As hectic and exhausting as it is packing, traveling, and trying to get kids to sleep in a strange place, it’s so worth it. Building sandcastles, going on seashell dead crab hunt walks, boogie boarding, and time with family – it’s the “good stuff.” And I even managed to read part of a book. šŸ™‚

 

Our flights went fairly smoothly – especially for two first-time fliers. Kyle was congratulated on being dad-of-the-year by his fellow passengers for napping while holding a sleeping baby during the first flight while I worked my fanny off with the other two. And on the second flight? That’s me holding TWO sleeping babies. Kyle tried but apparently his dad-of-the-year accolades didn’t give him the “mom touch” with two overtired babies. Luckily, I’m not in it for the praise, and I was pretty dang proud of myself without outside recognition. #doublestandard (Side note: Kyle did give me lots of praise and was actually the one to comment on the double standard.)

 

It was probably the worst year of weather we have had in recent memory – quite cool, overcast, windy, and sometimes rainy. But we didn’t let that stop our fun, and it was better for the boys’ first beach experience. I enjoyed the sunshine, yummy food, and game nights with the fam. Laney enjoyed finding dead sea creatures on the beach, playing with Annie, and jumping the waves. Kyle enjoyed some quiet time during the boys’ naps, family time, and ice cream. The boys were not overly thrilled with the beach this year, but they loved all of the attention. We are all missing everyone already and can’t wait until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

I tried really hard this year to just enjoy the moments and not worry about capturing them, but we did make a quick and windy attempt at family photos before dinner one night. Plus our annual anniversary pic.

 

Until next year HHI!

6.18.17 – Father’s Day

18 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and father-like figures out there! We sure are thankful for you and hope you have a day as special as you are!

First, our annual Pinterest-y D-A-D photos. šŸ™‚

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Previous years: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Our favorite dad isn’t big on social media PDA, but we have to give him a little shout out anyway. He is the kind of dad who chooses to take several weeks off of work when our babies are born; helps in the middle of the night without complaint; jumps on the trampoline or plays “chase” as soon as he gets home from work; and gives our babies a million fun nicknames. He never forgets a hug and kiss goodbye or to tell us how much we are loved. And most importantly he leads us by example. An example of how to continually strive to be better. To push oneself to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually. And to be a better friend, a harder worker, and a more loving, helpful member of our family. We couldn’t be more proud to call him ours! We love you!

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Photo by: Kennedy Crissinger Photography

And of course we have some amazing dads in our lives – both near and far, and we wish we could spend this day with all of you! Know that you are thought of and loved today and every day! Happy Father’s Day!

5.22.17 – Sweet babies

22 May

Time is going so fast, and I often find myself in a mental tug-of-war between “I have to capture this moment!” and “Just enjoy the moment!” I’m afraid I’ll forget. But the days are so busy, and I try to enjoy the moments when I can. Oliver found his toes last week, and watching him play with them is just the cutest. Greyson is getting more teeth and dancing his feet so much he wiggles himself across the floor. Laney just lovesĀ her baby brothers, and they just adoreĀ her right back. I just love listening to her talkĀ to them – often repeating the things we say to them. And their mutual giggles are a dream come true. I decided to spend a few minutes capturing this current phaseĀ one afternoon in our empty former dining room that will soon be their play room, and I’m so glad I did.

Love them so!!

5.17.17 – Last Day of Preschool

17 May

Today was Laney’s last day of preschool for the year. I really can’t believe it, but she had such an awesome year! She can write her name so well now in both upper and lower case and learned so many new things. But most importantly, she made some great new friends and had so much fun!

Here is a look back at the beginning of the year:

And here is our big girl now and a photo with her awesome teachers:

I really can’t even believe how much she’s grown and matured this year. Maybe it’s the big sister gig or maybe it’s the fact she is now closer to FIVE than four, but she seems so grown up all of a sudden. She is still SUPER inquisitive – asking me what words mean and how things work constantly. But she is still my baby girl, and I love how she still mispronounces some words. (gemote – remote; mudders – mother’s; backpack – packpack) Love her so much and love that she loves school. Can’t wait to see her continue to grow and learn next year, but for now it’s time for some summer fun!!