Sunday, September 30, 2012

Living on a Prayer

Praying our little Saint can help the New Orleans Saints make a turn around and fast! 
 
 




Saturday, September 29, 2012

Grandpa

 
A few weeks ago Molly and Grandpa came to visit and the kids had nothing but fun.  Ashton has been telling me for months that he wants to be the "Red Power Ranger" so when the target stock boy was unloading Halloween costumes and I saw just that, I quickly grabbed it from him before he even had the chance to hang it up.  When I showed Ashton the costume (he had a minor meltdown due to the fact that it did not come with the sword pictured on the cover) he quickly put it on and went into Power Ranger mode....his competitor was none other than Grandpa.  Looks to me like Ashton won!
 







 
Grandpa and Eli...these two hadn't been together in two months!  Sweet reunion!

 
And of course, Ms. Reese who is still keeping us on our toes.  In this picture she helped herself to the whole container of cool whip....I really am thinking of getting a padlock for our fridge!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

God doesn't give you any more than we can handle....

and then he sent us REESE!  Please don't get me wrong, she is a gift from God that I would never want to know life without, but as her mother, she tests me as well as her dad, daily now.  Since I am using this blog as somewhat of a family journal to remember stuff when I am too old to do it on my own, I figured I should write about not just the good, but the trying times too.

Ever since Eli was born when people come and visit I get the same question, "So how is life with three?"  And I think once you have kids it is fair to say it is eventful and then after you have more than one, it just becomes that much more eventful.  Now I know I haven't made it to the teenage years and people will tell me that I have no idea what is to come and I don't know hard yet, but I think it is fair to say that each age has its struggles.  Eli for example, being 10 weeks old, he I think is my easiest at the moment.  Aside from him being dependent on Casey and I for everything and not understanding concepts about how great it would be for him to sleep 10 hours at night, he is our easiest child these days. 

The second "easiest/hardest" kiddo would be Ashton.  He has his moments and can make you want to die of laughter and in the next breath pull your hair out, he is a pretty self-sufficient kid.  He is capable of doing so much on his own and sometimes just needs that extra push to remind him that he can throw away his trash, he can dress himself, brush his teeth, pick up his toys, etc.  But that is just it, he can do all of those things and really just wants/needs his mommy and daddy to do school work with him or explain something to him or just to hang out.  When I put Ashton and Eli together, it is amazing.  Ashton is so nurturing to Eli and will sing songs to him, hold his hand, and just love on him.

And then there is Reese.  The "trying twos!"  Lil Ms. Thing is a fireball in the making.  She is in to everything and this week she has just thrown us a few punches that all we can do is laugh at because it is not even worth getting upset over.  Here is a recap...

Wednesday afternoon Reese, Eli and I went to pick up Ashton from school at 2PM.  Between the hour of 2-3PM the following happened...kids ask for a popsicle as a snack, I agree and the color of choice is red.  Eli procedes to spit up his afternoon snack all over me.  I wipe it off and notice he needs a diaper change as well.  I turn on Max and Ruby (Not a fan of that show but that is another post) and leave Ashton and Reese in the kitchen eating their popsicles.  I take Eli to his room to change a dirty diaper and remove said diaper, only to be peed on...not on the already puked up shirt, oh no, in my hair.  What do I do?  Put my hair in a pony tail and just move on, oh well right??  I then walk into the kitchen to no longer find my kids, instead they have thrown away their red popsicles in the trash and moved onto the couch to watch tv.  I notice their oh so red faces and tell them they need to wipe their faces off as I am getting a paper towel and Ms. Reese decides to wipe it on the couch leaving a lovely shade of red.  I then start to clean up red popsicle off of the tanish couch (or what used to be) and the kids decide to start coloring at their table.  Perfect right?  Now I can start a load of laundry.  I get Eli settled on the activity mat and go start a load of laundry only to come back to reese coloring....with a GREEN marker on our stone fireplace.  Magic Eraser to the rescue!  I begin cleaning that only to then find Reese now coloring with a pink marker on my Iphone case, which is pink, at least it matched right?  And then I looked at the clock and it was only 3 PM....really???

Moving on to Saturday morning where Reese and Ashton asked to paint and did so outside.  Only Reese decided the paper wasn't as much fun as her blond hair.  Once again, Green was the color of choice.  So by 8 am she had green hair.  Later that morning Casey asked me if I had given Reese some lotion and I told him no, he just said hmmm.  I then walked out into the den and commented that it smelled really good and wasn't sure what that was.  "Oh, that would be pumpkin hand soap you smell"  said Casey.  Reese decided to take it out of our guest bathroom and fill all of Eli's bottles that were sitting on the counter.

Then we get to Sunday.  I started a load of laundry and stood there and folded the other load that was in the dryer.  I then threw the wet clothes in the dryer and went to feed Eli.  Sweet baby boy decided to pee on himself and me so I took my shorts off and went to the dryer to get another pair I had just washed.  I pull out my Khaki shorts and notice a little green and and then purple spots.  I start digging....thank you Reese, she oh so sweetly put in four markers, two purple and two green to go for a spin in the dryer marking all of the clothes in with it.  Thankfully they were washable markers and everything came out.

I know this may not sound like a lot but in a short time a short little girl made me want to pull my hair out more than once.  All I can do is look at those dimples and just love her and laugh because I know that this too shall pass and need to remind myself again, God will never give us more than we can handle and he created Reese so it must apply!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lake for Labor Day

 
We spent the holiday weekend at the lake and for the first time all five cousins were there together.  With six adults, five kids, one dog, one motorized car, two walkers, three nap nannies, one play mat, one pack n play and oodles and oodles of diapers and wipes we were prepared.  We had a great weekend and on Saturday we actually managed to have four out of the five kids asleep for a nap AT THE SAME TIME!!!!  That alone was a huge accomplishment.  Looking forward to a lot more of these trips in the future. A lot of pictures....
 
Mother Reese....this is just the beginning of her role as the care taker for all of these boys in her life




 
She walked behind each baby and kissed their heads, so sweet!

 
Showing those kissable lips!


 
Forget the motorized car, daddy is a better toy!



Sweet Mr. Walker, poor guy is cutting his first tooth and wasn't feeling up to par this weekend but nothing can stop him from being as cute as can be
 
Baby Kent stopped by for a visit



Cash!  Such a comedian and sweetheart at the same time
 
My big boy with quite the tan

 
Family Picture!

 


 
How cute is he???

 
I just LOVE this picture.  Cash, embrace those rolls!

 
Sunday afternoon....

 
Eli, just so sweet and laid back!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Two Months!

Another month down and life can't be better!  I have loved every minute of being your Mommy in the these last two months and you are such an amazing little person that I am loving getting to know better and better each day we spend together.  Here is your two month breakdown....
 
 
Nicknames: Eli, Peanut (from Daddy), Little Man, Booga Bear, E.I. (from Reese...this I don't see changing anytime soon)
 
Likes: Mommy, Daddy, Ashton, Reese (you really smile at your siblings), Mo, Mimi, Molly, Grandpa, Uncle Chris, Aunt Amber, Nan, Nannie Marge....haven't met anyone you don't like yet...this stage is great when it comes to people as you don't have that stranger danger complex yet.  You also like your activity mat, being outside, laying on your changing table, looking at fans, looking out any window, being held, and your nap nanny, baby bjorn (not for too long), bath time
 
Dislikes: carseat for extended time periods (soothing you in the car isn't really an option at the moment), being in a room alone...you prefer to have people around, having your hands confined...we are swaddling you at night even though you prefer to have your hands available but you sleep better swaddled and we like that, dr. brown bottles (refused these twice...need to break this as mommy is about to go back to work), pacifiers...you know nothing comes out and make the funniest face when I try to give you one
 
Milestones: You are sleeping in your bed!  This is momentous in this household as anyone who knows us knows that sleep is a cherished gift that our other children have never been fond of.  Third times a charm right???  I moved you in your crib at 6 weeks and did one night, then you got a snotty nose so back in my room you came, but we tried again at 7 weeks and haven't looked back!
 
Feeding:  You are still exclusively breastfed but not sure how much longer we will just be on breastmilk as I am about to return to work.  You have had a few bottles here and there of breastmilk and have taken them well, just need to work on the amount you drink.  You probably eat roughly 8-9 times a day and on average take about 2-3 oz at each feeding.  At night you tend to cluster feed but I don't mind as long as you sleep more.  You are a major burper though and need to do this often or whatever clothes I and you are wearing we won't be for long as you will spit up everything on us soon after.
 
Sleeping:  We have made great strides in this last month...a typical day starts around 6-7am when you wake up and eat, up for about two hours and play then depending on the night will take a 45 min to hour nap if you slept a lot the night before or a two to three hour nap if you slept less the night before.  Then get up and eat and play and take another nap, usually a short one if you took the longer one earlier or vice versa.  At night you tend to go down between 8-8:30 and will sleep anywhere from 5 to seven hours from then.  Usually go back down and will get up about two hours later for a quick snack, then back down and then our day will begin.  And as I mentioned before you are sleeping in your bed for the first stretch of sleep at least which means anywhere between 1:30-3:30 roughly.  I haven't been able to get you to go back in your room after that but that is our next goal...baby steps right???
 
Behavior:  Such a pleasant and easy going child so far.  You just go with the flow (you don't have much of a choice) but you are a super good baby.  The only time that you get fussy is when you are hungry really and occassionally when you are just wanting a change of scenery, oh and when you poop (you don't like staying a mess but I can't blame you for that)
 
Clothes/Diapers: We have finished up newborn diapers and if I find one here and there it still will fit but you are really in size 1 and they fit great.  Still can wear some newborn clothes and haven't had to pack anything away yet but can also wear 3 month stuff which has expanded your wardrobe.  We go this week for your official stats but I am guessing over 9 lbs
 
"Firsts": You got to meet your Nannie Marge, Nan, Unlce Chris and Aunt Amber this month.  You were baptized!  You got big enough for the baby bjorn which means you get to work out with Mommy some :)  You started "talking" and will giggle occassionally
 
Looking forward to: You recognizing people more, cooing/talking, holding your head up on your own, and sleeping a bit more (wishful thinking maybe) (Not looking forward to going back to work and not having my whole day with you) but looking forward to you spending more time with your siblings
 
Eli you are the missing piece to our family and you are the perfect fit.  You brighten my day even if it is during the wee hours as I know "this too shall pass" and it will, all too quickly.  We love you little man and look forward to what's to come!
 
XOXO
 
 
 
Warming up for the camera
 
Baby steps right...
 
Starting to smirk
 
There is a smile in there...

 
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