Monday, August 1, 2016

6 Months

Halfway to 1 year...I can't believe it. But at the same time it feels like shes been with us forever. This girl, she steals my heart every single day. She is absolute sunshine every single day. She makes us laugh every single day. We cannot imagine life without her!

-Weighs in at 17 pounds 2 ounces and 26 inches long. She likes her food!
-Rolls all over and is itching to crawl. Constantly wants to move.
-Sits up on her own.
-Doesn't miss a meal...she eats like pro and seems to like all baby food so far.
-Laughs the most at her brother and daddy can get a good laugh from her too but is definitely boy crazy. Mama can't get her to laugh like they can!
-She's so happy. If shes fussy, shes hungry or tired and then she's happy again.
-Her laugh (or I guess high-pitched screams/squeals would describe it better) is so cute and pure delight! It might be a little loud at a restaurant but that's what my kids (and husband) are...loud.
-She has one tooth that is finally pooping through!
-Gets hot quick like I do.
-Goes down at 7:30 (on nights we don't have anything) and sleeps uninterrupted until 7:30/8 the next morning.
-Hair is coming in at a snails pace :)
-Night songs...Ain't No Sunshine, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Everyday (Buddy Holly), Once upon A Dream, Stay Awake (Mary Poppins).

She is just such a happy baby pretty much all the time. And when shes crying shes hungry. She is so easy, easy going, and just the most kissable thing ever. She has the sweetest disposition and we all love her like crazy.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

4 Months

Little miss is 4 months, weighing in at 14 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 25 inches long! She is such a good baby, she makes me want to have 3 more...okay maybe just one :)  We've started cereal and she is doing great. She is a drooling machine and I keep expecting to see a tooth any day not but so far nothing. Sleeps for about 12 hours uninterrupted, usually 8 pm - 8 am. She is kind of a cat napper, usually has one good early afternoon nap and then a few 30 min naps. 

She is really finding her voice and is starting to talk more...although I guess I shouldn't say talk because she is more of a screamer! Excited screams and squeals are pretty normal, especially when someone makes her laugh. Jaris is the BEST at making her laugh, she thinks he is just hilarious! And she loves to have conversations with Brett! 

She is grabbing everything near her and puts it directly in her mouth. Including her toes!

She doesn't like to be held like a normal baby...she likes to face out and see everything that's going on. Which I think is why she likes the bjorn so well!

Her hair is starting to darken, I think it may end up being brown but I can still see some strawberry blonde in it as of now. Her cheeks get chubbier by the day! She is just so happy and content...such a chubby, kissable little roly poly. We are crazy about her!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 Survey

I love doing this every year with JT. Can't wait to start it with Landry!

1) What is your favorite color?  Green.

2) What is your favorite toy? New Batman car grammy and papa got me.

3) What is your favorite fruit? All of them.

4) Whats your favorite tv show? Avengers. *he hardly watches that lol...loves Teen Titans Go*

5) What is your favorite outfit? Nike short sleeves and shorts. But I like the slick kind of shirt not the other kind. (aka a dry fit not a cotton :))

6) What is your favorite game? Baseball.

7) What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Lunchables.

8) What is your favorite snack? Goldfish and candy like Kit Kats or Hersey Bars.

9) What is your favorite animal? Cheetah. 

10) What is your favorite song? Shut up and Dance with Me.

11) What is your favorite book? Superhero books.

12) Who is your best friend? Harrison, Jonah, Josiah, Luke, Maxton, Murphy, Chase.

13) What is your favorite sport? Baseball.

14) What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play baseball and mow the grass.

15) What is your favorite drink? Water and lemonade.

16) What is your favorite holiday? Halloween because you get candy.

17) What do you like to take to bed with you at night? All my night-time buddies.

18) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate chip pancakes and powdered donuts.

19) What is your favorite restaurant? Jeffersons and Biggs Burgers.

20) What do you want to be when you grow up? Basketball player.

21) What do you love most about daddy? I love him and I love when he plays baseball with me outside.

22) What do you love most about mommy? I love you and when you plays Batman with me and when you makes cupcakes.

23) What do you love most about Landry? I love her and I like to make her laugh.

Friday, April 29, 2016

5 years ago... made me a mom. I say this with every passing year but I truly can't believe how fast 5 years has gone. It seems like such a milestone birthday...ready to start kindergarten, loosing the baby/toddler face, starting sports, more independent and self-sufficient. 

The moment we met I was hooked. From that day on you've made me happier then I ever knew possible. You make us laugh every day. You are so witty and quick that sometimes your responses catch me off guard. We are so proud of the little boy you are growing up to be. One that truly cares about and loves his family. Your love for your sister is even better then I imagined. She's the first person you want to see in the morning, you HAVE to give her a kiss and huge before you leave for school, and when you talk to her in your high pitch sweet voice I melt. You have been a HUGE help with her. You get burp rags, wipes, pacifiers, hold doors open for me, anything we ask you do it and without complaint. You were always so sweet and loving with Maisy so I knew you would be a great big brother but you've really blown us away.

You are doing so well in preschool and we are excited to see what you learn in kindergarten. You've made so many friends and just seem to attract people to you. You are such a perfectionist (which you get from me and sometimes it drives me nuts :)) but determined to finish everything you start.

Our conversations are my favorite time with you, just one on one. You don't leave out any detail and I love to get a glimpse of your school day. You ask a TON of questions still and definitely have your dads gift of gab. Also you still love to compliment people, "I like your hair mom." "I like your shoes dad."

We are so excited for you to start sports this year, especially t-ball! You also show a genuine interest in music (which I love love love) and according to your granny you have a "great touch" on the piano so I am super pumped for you to start piano lessons this year as well.  

We definitely have our moments like all parents do, not listening or back talking but that is generally the extent of your bad behavior. And even after getting in trouble you still love to snuggle, you always have! We are very lucky!

God has blessed us with a sweet, loving, and smart kiddo and we couldn't be happier he chose us to be your parents. Thank you for being everything you are. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't just look at you and thank God you are ours. We can't get enough of you and like you tell us every night...we love you to the moon and back to the moon and back forever.

- mom and dad

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3 months!

It's amazing how much can change in one month. My previous job contacted me with a semi-part time position that would allow me to be home 1 1/2 days more. I couldn't turn it down. And at the same time I was offered a work from home part time position at Veritas as assistant developmental director. So now I get 3 1/2 day weekends and I'm loving it! My start time is later as well and you'd be amazed at what a difference an extra hour makes in your morning routine! Being able to get the kids up, fed, and dressed has made me so happy! I will take any extra time with my kids that I can get!

This sweet girl is 3 months! She is officially sleeping through the night...yes I know how lucky I am! I thought for sure that because JT was such a good sleeper we wouldn't be as lucky the second time around but we have been! She is on a great schedule, she gets a bath every other night and takes her last bottle around 8-9 and is out for the night. Usually wakes up around 7-8. I'm pretty sure the only reason she is sleeping so well is because she is a thumb sucker. She has found her thumb and there is no stopping it!

She is such a happy girl most of the time! If she is hungry or has a full diaper it's a different story but happy for the most part. Getting her up in the morning is my favorite time, she is so smiley and happy. When Maisy plays fetch it makes her laugh and JT is pretty good at making her laugh. She is moving all over her crib now but hasn't quite rolled over, she's getting close though. I just want to kiss her giant cheeks all day! 

We are loving our new normal.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2 months!

A lot has happened since last month! 

Our sweet girls 2 month stats are:

11 pounds 3 ounces
23.25 inches

We moved her into her crib at 6 weeks and it was a great decision! Her fussy time went away and she now takes a bottle around 10 and gets rocked to sleep. Sometimes she will wake up around 3 and then again at 6 and sometimes she will wake up around 5 and then around 8. But usually only twice a night. She drinks a bottle and falls back asleep. I've been lucky to have easy babies that sleep! Lord knows I like sleep! She doesn't spit up. She is trying to suck her big surprise there. She drinks about 4-6 ounces per feeding and is doing awesome. She is starting to make lots of adorable noise and squeaks and she is really smiling a lot. I love when she recognizes my voice and gets a huge smile, especially when I come home from work.

Speaking of...I have officially started back at work. For about 4 weeks now. It was hard to go back to work after I had JT but it's even harder with her. I think because I know this is our last baby and I won't have another one to see "firsts" again or  do all those things that I will miss. I want to see everything and be there for everything because I won't have that chance again. When I had JT I didn't have to be to work until 10 so I was the one getting him up, dressed, and fed. Now I leave for work by 7:30 and everyone in the house is still sleeping when I leave. I don't get to see either one wake up, get them breakfast, get them dressed, put on JT's favorite cartoon, etc. So this time around...every day is hard.

I want to snuggle her all the time and it's easy to do. She is just the sweetest and has the most kissable cheeks! We are so blessed.

The Jayhawks may be out of the tourney but we had fun re-creating Wayne Seldon's monster dunk!

We had an easy Easter. Woke up to snow which wasn't fun but by the afternoon it was in the high 50's ...only in Kansas.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

One Month

Our sweet baby is one month old already! She has made getting back in the newborn routine pretty easy! She is really alert, smiling, and making all sorts of adorable sounds. Her sleeping habits are a little like a teenagers. She falls asleep in her bassinet for the night around 12, wakes up for a bottle around 5, and sleeps until around 9 or 10. Which is fine for now but when I go back to work next week I'm going to be a little tired. Her fussy time is a lot later than JT's was...around 9-12. I'm thinking she'll move to her crib in the next week or two. Thankfully both my kiddos have been good sleepers, the best advice I got from my Dr. when JT was born was when the baby is napping put them where you want them to sleep at night. That way they are used to sleeping has worked for us! 

She is gassy and goes through more diapers than I've ever seen a baby go through. You think she's put a new diaper on...and bam she goes again. #2 seems to be an issue and causes some fussiness but I think we are getting past that now that we are on the right formula. She seems to wet her diaper what feels like every 10 mins. Because of that and after 2 weeks we noticed her wet diapers were smelling very strong/weird and she seemed to fuss every time she went, I thought she may have a UTI. Dr thought the same thing so we had to do a catheter to get a urine sample. Boy did that suck. Turns infection. So then we did a blood test to see if the hospital missed anything...nothing. Then had to catch a urine sample in her diaper to do other tests...came back fine. Turns out it was the brand of diaper that was making her urine smell so strong/weird. And apparently she just has a very small bladder. I felt terrible for making her go through all that only to have it be something so simple but I'd rather be safe than sorry and she won't remember anyway!

She LOVES when Brett and JT talk to her. She really listens and looks for JT when he is close. He absolutely adore hers. She is the first thing he asks to see in the morning, always wants to hold her, give her kisses, and he is protective of her. At his parent/teacher conferences the teacher said, "every time we ask about his little sister he gets really protective and doesn't want to talk about her!" He tries to comfort her if she is crying, gives her a pacifier, wants to feed her, and always wants to "see"'s just too cute.  Some of my favorite things he's said about/to her...

"her toes are so little and cute!"
"look at her face it's so cute!"
"she has big cheeks!"
""it's alright sweet girl, mama's coming"
"that's Maisy...she's a good dog"

I'm really proud of him. It has been a little rough for him not getting all of my attention but it's good for him and he's adjusting well.

She was 9 pounds at her check in and doing great! She is really holding her head up good, makes hilarious faces, and loves to look around and lay on her lamb (thanks aunt Kelly!). She HATES being cold. Bath time is much better thanks to the heater in our bathroom and she LOVES to have her hair brushed after her bath! She currently has the "6 week rash" on her face and cheeks but it's starting to fade. She naps awesome in her automatic rocker (props to whoever created that wondering invention). I'm pretty sure her eyes will stay blue but her hair color is still a guess. Some days it looks brown and others it has a red tint to it...time will tell! She is an absolute doll and is such a blessing to our family. We love her to pieces!

favorite sleeping position