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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.

 

9.17.17 – 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

 

 

 

8.28.17 – First Day of Preschool

28 Aug

Laney was SO excited to start school today. We had a classroom visit last Friday, and she wanted to know why it was so short. We were both a little thrown off by the fact that she goes in the afternoon now, and she was a little disappointed that she doesn’t get to eat lunch at school yet. But she had an awesome first day, and I can’t wait to watch her learn and grow this year.

No fancy first day of school outfit or special hair-do here. I didn’t even ask because “it’s just not her style.” She picked out her favorite tank top (she only wears tanks these days) and asked for her hair in “one pony tail” like she does every morning. I was surprised when she picked out her green shoes to wear to gymnastics this morning, but she of course went for trusty tennis shoes for school. When I asked her if I could take a picture of her before we left, she asked if she had to wear a different outfit (she knows I get to pick outfits for family photos) and was quite pleased when I said she could wear what she had on. Who am I to mess with “her style”? 🙂

What do you want to be when you grow up? A pop star princess daughter

What is your favorite thing about school? EVERYTHING

What are your most excited about doing at school this year? EVERYTHING

What is your favorite color? Purple, pink, and blue

What are your favorite things to do? Play and watch TV

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!