Saturday, August 20, 2016

4 Months with Baby J

Baby J has been home for 4 months now! 

He keeps us laughing, that's for sure!! 

Generally, he eats great, but lately he has gotten a little picky. 

He loves Michael so much and wants to be with him all the time! Michael is good about playing with him most of the time, but sometimes he wants to be left alone! 

He got his first hair cut this month!! He did great! We left the curls, but cut the mullet! 

He still loves the water and was really sad he couldn't go on the big water slides at the water park! 

He has been in speech therapy for a month now, and is doing great! When he started he was only saying 5 words, but now he is up to 16!  He loves going and has so much fun while he is there!

He really couldn't care less about TV. Which makes me happy, but every once in a while he will sit with Michael while he watches a movie on his kindle. 

He loves his mama! And I love him! But he also loves daddy! And funny enough, in the middle of the night, Andrew can get him to go right back to sleep, where if  I walk in, he thinks it is play time and doesn't want to go back to sleep. 

He is my little daredevil! If he can climb it, he will. Then he will stand on it and jump off! 

He has started reading books a lot lately. Up until this point, he has had zero interest in books. 

He continues to be a blessing to our family! Some days are harder then other days, but I wouldn't trade the hard days for anything, if it meant not having him in our lives! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Michael Turns 6!

And just like that, we have a 6 year old!! 
Time goes so fast! What I wouldn't give to have just one more day with Michael as a baby! But, it doesn't work that way, so we just enjoy this fun age! 

This year for his birthday, Michael opted out of a birthday party in order to get a BIG present instead. So that's what we did! And boy did he get a big present!! 


But let me back up a little and share how Michael spent his birthday weekend.

His birthday was on a Sunday this year, so we celebrated on Saturday and Sunday since he was a little bummed about spending a big chunk of his day at church. 

Saturday morning we had to work, but not before going to grab a birthday donut! 

Then after working for just a couple of hours, we all got ready and headed to the water park! 

I didn't get many pictures, since we were in the water most of the time. 

We all had a great time! 

When we got home, it was time for Michael to open his BIG present! 
We have had the big box sitting in our car port for a week, and it's been killing Michael to not know 100% what was in it. He was pretty sure it was a go cart, but every time he asked, we would tell him it was something different. We would say anything from diapers to books, to crayons, to a new refrigerator! 

So when we got home, we asked if he wanted to finally see what was in the big box! He was so excited when he opened it! We took it straight out of the box and he took off in it!! 

The only downside to the go cart, is that it needs to charge for 12 hours after rising it. And the charge lasts about an hour. So for a very excited 6 year old, waiting till the next day to ride it again, is very hard. 

So Sunday morning, he was up bright and early ready to go for another ride! 

After riding around the yard for an hour, it was time to go to get birthday breakfast! Michaels choice? Waffle House! This was our 4th year in a row eating at Waffle House for his birthday! What can I say, the boy loves a good waffle and bacon!

After breakfast we headed to church. Michael was a little bit bummed about having to go to church on his birthday, so we brought cupcakes for him to share in his class. 

After church we went to the in-laws for lunch and more cupcakes! 

Then it was time to open more presents! 

He loved the marshmallow gun from aunt Abby and uncle Lonnie! (And J liked picking up all of the marshmallows). 

When we got home from Greenville, he had one more present to open from J. 
A new remote control car!! 

After playing with his new car, we headed over to Grandma and papa's house for more cupcakes and presents! 

But first a quick boat ride on papa's pond!

Blowing out more candles!!

He got some new Legos and Ninjago stuff from grandma and papa! 

He had a great birthday weekend, and will be enjoying that BIG Present for many years! 

We love you so much Michael, and are so proud of you!! 

First Day of First Grade!!

Monday was Michael's first day as a first time grader!! 

I am so proud of my big boy and pray he has an incredible year! 

I know he will do awesome in first grade! 

Have a great year Michael! You make us so proud! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Baby J is 18 Months Old!!

It is crazy how fast time is flying by! J is already 18 months old! How did that happen so quickly?

He is doing great and growing every day! 
The pediasure is helping him put on some weight and he is getting taller too!

He is also still eating great!! 

I just had to go buy him some new pajamas, because he is finally outgrowing the 12 month size! 

He is still in a lot of size 12 month clothes, but also moving into 18 month size. 

He is still in size 3 diapers, and probably will be for a while. 

He still isn't saying that many words, and will be starting speech therapy next week. I am really hoping to see a big difference once we start that. He is saying, Daddy, mama, Molly, cold, hot, boo-boo, no-no 

He is also signing milk, more, please, all done, eat, and sometimes cracker, cookie and cheese. 

The only animal sound he knows is moo for cow. And when I ask him a different animal, he says moo. We are working on it. 

He also refuses to point to body parts. We ask him where his nose is, or eyes, or belly and he just laughs. 

But he is so smart and understands everything we are saying to him. 

He is so active and runs everywhere! He loves to run and kick the soccer ball. 

He is loving cars and trucks right now too! 

He has a little temper, especially when he doesn't get what he wants. He will throw mean temper tantrum forever! Lord help me with this strong willed child! 

He also does not like the word no, and completely ignores me when I say it. I have to go physically remove him from what he is doing, and usually he just goes right back to doing it! 

Sleep is a strange thing with him. Some days he will nap for 2 hours, go right to bed and sleep 12+ hours uninterrupted. Then there are other days where he will only nap for an hour, fight going to bed and then wake up in the middle of the night and be wide awake for a couple of hours. (Like right now! I am sitting in his room at 4 am and he has been awake since 2:30!) We have tried different things and tonight we are trying the, leave him in his crib and sit in the chair next to it to see if he will go back to sleep. We have tried letting him cry. We have tried putting him in bed with us, we have tried bringing him downstairs and watching tv. But every time it is the same thing. He is wide awake for a couple of hours, and then he will eventually fall back asleep. This happens about once a week, and it makes no sense to me. 

This little tornado is going to age me! I told Andrew that there will be a distinct difference in the way I look before J and then a year later! My hair will be more gray and my face will have a ton of "worry lines"!  And I think I will look tired, from being so tired! 

But it will all be worth it! He is worth it! We love you baby J! You bring chaos, excitement, and a lot of energy into our home!
But you also bring love and we are so grateful you are here! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

3 Months With Baby J!

Yesterday marked three months since Baby J came home! 
We finally had family pictures taken and I love how they turned out! Just wish I could share more of them! 
J continues to be a ball of energy! I call him my little tornado! He is into everything and doesn't stop all day! 

We went to his speech therapy evaluation last week and they do want to start seeing him on a weekly basis. As far as understanding goes, he does great. He just doesn't say more than 5 words. He babbles a lot, but not many words. 

He wants to be just like Michael! After Michael went pee outside, J went over to the same spot and dos that! ⬆️ 

Also, anything Michael is playing with, J wants and he wants to be with Michael doing whatever he is doing. 

Sleep is still good! He does have a few nights a week that he does not want to go to sleep and fights it hard. But once he is asleep, he is out all night. Then there are other nights when he falls asleep really easy but then is up in the middle of the night wide awake. Not screaming, but happy and talking and ready to play! I have started keeping a journal of what he eats during the day and his schedule to see if there is any coronation between it all. 

He loves the water! Anytime we are outside, he heads straight for the baby pool and is in it quicker than I can stop him, clothes and all! He loves the big pool too, and just walks off the side into the pool, with me catching him! 

He's eating great! And eating new things all the time. He will try anything once and if he likes it, will keep on eating. We discovered he LOVES blueberries! Like will eat an entire carton in one sitting!! 

He has also started drinking pediasure to help him gain weight. And it is working! He is getting a little chub on him and is growing taller too! 

His hair is getting so long and a lot thicker! I'm getting close to being ready to cut it! It is so crazy if I don't do anything to it! 

Three months isn't that long of a time, but it feels like he's been here a lot longer. We are so blessed to have him our lives! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Baby J is 17 Months Old!

Baby J turned 17 months on Sunday! Time is flying by with this peanut! He is growing and changing everyday! 

Here is what he is up to at 17 months:

He got a new tooth! It finally came in and he has three more trying to poke through, but have not come in yet! 

He has figured out that I am "Mama" and says it all day, every day! 

He is still sleeping great! 12+ hours a night. He doesn't always go right to sleep at night, but once he is a sleep he is usually good for the night. 

He loves the swimming pool! He loves jumping in and going under water. He doesn't like sitting in his baby float though. He wants to be free to swim around and get out of the pool to jump back in. 

He has mastered going up and down the stairs. We have the splash area at Disney to thank for that. He was up and down those stairs so many times that week! But now I don't worry about him falling face first down the stairs at home. 

He can also climb up on every chair/couch/coffee table/kitchen chair/table etc... we have at home. He is always climbing up on something. 

He loves his big brother! Wants to play with him and be with him all the time. 

He also loves his daddy so much! When Andrew gets home from work, he screams with excitement and is so happy to see him. 

But if Mama is around, I'm still the favorite! 

He now weighs 21.8 lbs. and is 30.25" tall.  He is still little, but very slowly gaining just a little weight. He is getting taller, so I think any weight he is gaining is going to make him taller. It's crazy, cause he eats all day long! 

Speaking of eating, he is eating great! He loves Greek yogurt, watermelon, grapes, PB&J, blueberries, rice, Mac and cheese, spaghetti, any kind of crackers and cookies or cereal. He likes crunchy things. He likes lots of different veggies and ate a whole bowl of frozen veggies last week.  I was getting some frozen veggies out to cook for dinner, and he wanted what I had, so I gave him some and he kept asking for more! He has started eating a little cheese, but still not a big fan of any meat. It's a good thing he gets a lot of protein from the Greek yogurt. 

He is drinking a lot more milk, now that we have added the carnation instant breakfast to it. He usually drinks anywhere from 2-3 cups a day! 

He is talking a lot more. He now says mama, dada, ball, doggy, cold, hot, no, thank you, more, cracker, and cookie. He also shakes his head yes to answer a question.  

He also does the sign for more, eat, all done, cracker, cookie, please, milk, and poop!

He is still doing great being a part of our family! We are so blessed that God decided to add little J to our family!!