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12.19.17 – 12 Months!

19 Dec

The boys are ONE! It was by far the fastest year of our lives. Challenging, exhausting, joy-filled, and fun all rolled into one! We love these two boys so much and can’t wait for the exciting milestones ahead.

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Dear Greyson,

I can’t believe you are ONE. I swear, you were just a little 6 lb baby with chubby cheeks yesterday. I blinked, and here we are. You are fiercely determined but surprisingly timid to try walking without support. You are so strong but snuggly (when you want to be). You have a bit of a temper when you don’t get what you want and sometimes laugh inappropriately when one of your siblings is upset. You will fight hard for a toy or your mama’s attention. No one else can be on my lap when you are, and you aren’t afraid to intimidate or throw an elbow. You make the best noises. Your old man laugh is my favorite, and your growl makes us chuckle. The way you “talk” to me like you know what you’re telling me melts my heart. You shake your head when you are happy/excited or busting a move to a song, but you also do it when you are getting upset. Your favorite pastime is tossing a ball or round object in front of you and chasing after it like a cat. You also love dropping objects from a height (especially food from your highchair), slapping surfaces, climbing anything, shaking toys, and clicking your tongue. “Mama,” “dada,” “hi,” “bye-bye,” and “all done” are your most frequently spoken words right now, and you still love to wave and clap. You pretty much always sleep through the night now (knock on wood) and eat pretty much anything I offer. You crawl at lightning speed toward any open gate or door – especially the freezer or dishwasher, and climbing the stairs and bath time brings you great joy. Mama leaving the room or not picking you up when you want it brings instant tears, and you hate being contained in any kind of seat. You pull your hair and spin in circles in our lap when you’re tired, but you like to fight going to sleep. You are our tippy-toed, belly laughing, ornery but sweet little guy. You wear us out but bring us so much joy. Happy birthday, sweet boy! I couldn’t love you more!

xoxo,

Mama

 

Dear Oliver,

My sweet, smiley little peanut. You have changed so much in the last couple of weeks, and I can hardly believe my tiny little guy is ONE! You may be the first to walk yet! It’s all you want to do, and you won’t put up with being left behind anymore. You’ve started pulling up on everything, but you get stuck as you haven’t mastered getting down from standing yet. You are a speed demon on your walker. You come sit on my lap and try and grab my fingers to get me to walk you around, and you get so excited when we practice climbing the stairs. You love to chase your siblings around but also like to go off and do your own thing at times. You spin in circles on your booty when Greyson tries to take something from you, and you look to me when he is successful. But you are quick to steal things from him too. Your latest pastime is putting objects into other objects, and you also have an affinity for balls. You are getting pretty good at playing catch with us. You also love carrying an object with you as you do your one-legged, one-armed crawl around the house. You shake your head no when you are doing something you know you aren’t supposed to but can’t help yourself anyway. “Go, go, go,” “mama,” “dada,” “no-no,” and “bye-bye” are your most frequent words, but your favorite sound to make currently is a squeal/screech (usually in delight). You love when we make silly sounds at you, tickle you, and play peek-a-boo. Your sweet giggle is my favorite. You whine when you are fighting for mama’s attention or if Grey steals your toy. You are my shy little guy as you usually hide from strangers and sometimes cry when they talk to you. You are happy almost all of the time – unless you are hurt, tired, or hungry. Unfortunately, you’ve learned the art of rolling out of diaper changes and fighting being strapped into seats from your brother. You are definitely a finicky, picky eater, but you love all the fruits and your sippy cup. You are still getting up once or twice a night (yawn), but you go to sleep easily and love to snuggle when you’re tired. The way you hold my finger when you drink your bottle and curl into me when your done drinking melts my heart. You are our happy, silly, sweet little man. We wish you slept better at night, but you bring us so much much joy. I couldn’t love you more!

xoxo,

Mama

12.17.17 – First Birthday Bash!

17 Dec

We had a fun birthday brunch celebrating our sweet boys turning ONE (a couple of days early). We so appreciated our family coming from near and far helping make our boys’ day so special. They did so well with the party, and I know they had so much fun.

We did a little “party animal” black-and-white theme. Laney and I had fun making the animals’ party hats. Here are a few pictures of the decor:

The boys were a little overwhelmed by the crowd and “Happy Birthday” song. Oliver was not a fan of the cake – although he took a couple of open-mouthed dives towards it. He shuttered with every bite and then refused to eat any more. Greyson didn’t want to eat it at first but after a couple of tastes he decided it was pretty tasty!

The boys were not too interested in opening gifts – especially after a package of balls were opened. But the big girls at the party had fun taking turns opening the rest of the packages for them.

A couple of days later we celebrated their actual birthday with a little early morning birthday donut (again Oliver was not interested and Greyson was a fan). They opened a couple of gifts from us and got to take Mimi, Aunt Kyla, and Logan to their music class. It was a fun, low-key day.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since these two boys joined our family. We love them so much!

12.2.17 – Santa Visit

2 Dec

We shockingly had no tears today at our annual Santa visit despite our time slot being well past nap time. Kyle gave Santa’s beard a good tug on accident when he picked Greyson up of Santa’s lap. Good thing his beard was secure. 🙂

Added a couple more kiddos to the photo this year! ❤

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11.30.17 – Deck the Halls

30 Nov

Laney has been begging to decorate for Christmas since we were on our way home from our Thanksgiving travels. She assumed Christmas came immediately after Thanksgiving and now has a very serious countdown going. She was PUMPED we agreed to decorate last night. Decorating was a little more chaotic this year, but it was an overall success. We had only one non-edible item consumed – surprisingly, Greyson was not the culprit this time. And even more surprisingly, the boys have been very chill with the tree so far! The halls are decked just in time to start out Advent calendar countdown tomorrow. It’s shaping up to be the best Christmas yet!

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

10.19.17 – 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.