Friday, July 3, 2015

getting back to blogging


I'd like to get back into blogging a little. After baby S (now 17 months old) I kind of lost interest in and didn't make time for regular blogging. Baby S has definitely kept me busy!!

We're having a great summer! J finished up kindergarten in early June and she's excited to start first grade this fall! C is starting kindergarten in August. I'm not sure he's terribly excited but maybe a little. :) S will turn 18 months in July. She is a handful. She never stops moving, she's a busy little thing and always into something. She started talking well before a year and has been using full sentences for months now. We're excited to welcome baby #4 in November! We just found out we're having our third little girl! I think having two little girls so close will be fun. :)

We've been having a lazy summer. Busy but pretty low key. Lots of fun outside in the water, trips to the museum and a few other outings. The kids are excited to see fireworks tonight and go to a 4th of July parade tomorrow! I'm well into my second trimester now which is always SO much better than my first so I'm feeling well enough to take the kids out pretty often.

I'm excited to start blogging again and will try to add pics of the kids soon!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!! :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby Girl turning ONE!


Our sweet baby girl will be turning ONE next week! I can't believe it! This year has just flown by.

I thought I would take the time to write down what she's up to.. if I don't do it now I know I'll forget.

At 12 months she is walking, practically running, and talking. She has her two bottom teeth and FOUR top teeth coming in all at once. My kids seem to get their teeth late. But she took her first steps, unassisted, at 8-8.5 months and has been walking everywhere since 9 months! She was my earliest walker.

She's been talking since around 5-6 months. Her first word was "mama" :) and her second word was "dada". She also says "bubba, nigh-nigh (night-night), nack (snack), doll, dog, dat (that), baa (bath), hi, bye, wuv you (love you) and probably some other things I'm forgetting. She just learned to hold up one finger when you ask her how old she is. We've been practicing so she's ready for her birthday. :) It's the cutest thing ever. :)

She has loved playing with cars and balls since she was really tiny so we call her our little tomboy. If she sees a little car or football she's all over it! We were visiting friends recently and she found a regular sized football sitting around (they have teenage boys). She was so excited and started trying to carry it around lol! So cute! She also keeps up with her 4 year old brother very well.

But she also loves girly things, loves looking at and "picking out" pretty outfits to wear and she absolutely LOVES baby dolls. We were visiting friends today and she found two baby dolls to play with right away. There was another little baby also visiting who was a little smaller than Baby S. Baby S saw this little baby girl sitting on the floor.. looking all the world like a little live baby doll.. and she ran over to her, started yelling in her face "doll! doll!" and tried to pick her up! It was hilarious and absolutely adorable! Fortunately the baby seemed un phased by the whole thing. :) S is quite the character from her loud voice, get up and go personality and her little temper. :)

She also loves music so much and tries to sing and dance. She's a great eater. She's been on table foods since 4-5 months. We did/still do purees but have also done a lot of solids and "real food" since early on. She has been a formula baby since birth and has absolutely thrived on formula.. as I knew she would. :) She still drinks a few bottles a day but we'll probably start cutting back soon.

She's wearing size 3 diapers (about to move up to 4, I think) and size 12 month clothes. She has yet to really wear shoes although she has too many pairs to count. :/ I think she's either size 4 or 5 in shoes.

We think she's going to be right handed. Before she was born I heard a theory that if you're right handed you'll have a cowlick on your head going in the right direction, if you're left handed you'll have a cowlick going towards the left. That was totally correction for my husband, our older kids and I. After S was born I looked for her cowlick.. anxious to see which direction her's was going. Well, she has identical cowlicks side by side.. one going right and one going left. You can imagine how fun it is to keep her hair neat with all that confusion and hair growing in every direction. :) Right after she was born I said she'll probably be ambidextrous lol! By the time our older kids were her age we knew if they were going to be left handed or right handed (even before we heard the cowlick theory) but with S we really can't say for sure although we're guessing it'll be primarily right although I'm thinking she has some ambidextrous tendencies as well. It'll be fun to see for sure as she gets older.

She has a ton of hair that has a lot of curl to it. Some days the curl really shows up and her hair is everywhere and then, other days, her hair is flat and smooth. I think it depends on the weather and humidity a bit.

She is quite a character and has quite the personality. Both of our girls are very strong willed and have nice little tempers (ahem.. not sure where they got all that) while C is pretty laid back like his daddy. S is charming, almost always happy, smiles easily, entertains herself all the time, stands up for herself very well, is VERY loud, has a ton of energy, is silly and cute and sweet as can be. I will try to post pics soon. I'd like to start blogging regularly again one of these days..

Friday, August 1, 2014

summertime!

We're doing great and staying very busy!!

Baby girl is already 6 months old!! She's growing up way too fast!

C will be 4 this month!!

J is five and a half and starting kindergarden this month!! She's very excited!!!

We're actually thinking about moving soon. It's all up in the air and not really decided... still in the thinking stages.. but we're excited about a possible move to a different area. :)

We've had a very busy summer!! We decided it would be fun to get the kids a little pool this year. Like a the kind with a pump. Oh my. Biggest headache ever!! A $40 pool has turned into like a $300 project ha!! You need all the chemicals and the brush and the net and the chlorine float and the test strips and the pool cover and the air pump to blow the edge up...and I'm sure I'm leaving some things out. All that is added cost, of course. We haven't even bought a pool ladder yet. We've already filled up the thing twice. All the things that we've had to buy really aren't so bad.. it's maintaining the pool that's a hassle. Cleaning the darn pool out, brushing off the slime (or whatever) that gets on the bottom. Dealing with the cover. Testing the water. Shocking the water. Nagging my husband to test the water and shock the water. We've had the pool about a month and the kids lost interest after about a week and a half! Ha! Last week I told them they were going outside to swim one day whether they wanted to or not. At least baby S loves the pool when conditions are perfect and the water is actually clean enough to get in. She'll float around in her little float for an hour or so and then she'll nap really well! If your baby won't nap just get a pool!! It wears them out. :) The wet towels, bathing suits, pool toys, putting on sunscreen and swim diapers are a bit of a hassle but things I'd live with happily if the darn pool would just take care of itself.

The older kids went to VBS twice this summer. We didn't realize our church was having one so we sent them to VBS at a church that's pretty close to our house. They had a lot of fun with that one. It was "circus" theme. Then our church had VBS for the first time in the 5 years we've been going there. My husband and I volunteered to help out a few nights. The kids had a great time there too! Then a church friend had an in home Bible camp this week for the little kids so we went over there three days this week. I swear.. we've been constantly busy this summer. It's been fun though!! :)

Back in early June my husband and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for a few days with my husband's company. It was a lot of fun and great to get away!! I wasn't sure I'd be able to stand leaving baby S who wasn't quite 5 months at the time but she did great and it was so nice just to get away and relax for a few days! I had a really hard time leaving, and being away from, J when we went on vacation and left her home when she was about 15 months old. She was our first and our only child at the time. I've found out that baby #3 is a different story. By the time you've had three kids in five years it's not quite the same. Ha! I missed baby S for sure but I definitely didn't worry about her 24/7 like I did when we left J a few years ago.

I will try to post lots of pics soon!! I just lost over 2,000 pictures that I had stored on my phone. I have no idea what happened or how to get them back. :( Thankfully a good bit of those were put on Instagram but still.. I want my pics back! Has that ever happened to you? Were you able to get them back?

It's hard to believe we have just a few more week of summer vacation before J is off to school. :( Sending her off to kindergarden is so bittersweet for me. If the idea that "homeschool is always a possibility" wasn't there I'm not sure I'd be able to stand sending her to school. As it is I'm keeping homeschool open as an option for the future in case public school just doesn't work out or if I end up missing her too much ha!

Hope everyone's having a great summer!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

this and that.. catching up


I got my pictures back up! I was in a panic there for a bit!

I really want to start blogging again. Things are going great around here. We're keeping busy. Lots to catch up on!

The older kids just got out of school for the summer last week. I can't believe J starts kindergarden in August and C will be in the big four year old class at his mother's day out program!

We just discovered ABC Mouse online and the kids absolutely love doing their "school work" online every morning. It's cute and will keep their minds busy this summer. :) And I don't have to come up with lessons for them. A win win. :)

Little baby S is growing so fast! She turns 4 months tomorrow! I will have her 3 and 4 month pics and updates up as soon as I can.

Hubby and I are going on a 5 day cruise/vacation in a few weeks and leaving all three kids at home. I'm both super excited about getting away and sad about leaving the kids.. especially the baby. I know she'll be fine but it's going to be so hard to be away from her. :/

I'm in a desperate last minute panic trying to get in shape and lose a few pounds before our vacation. I would wait until the last minute. Ha! I need to lose like 30 to 40 lbs but hoping I can lose at least maybe 10 before we leave. My goal is to work out every day, eat better and drink LOTS of water! I worked out with a (slight) migraine today so I'm confident I can do this if I set my mind to it! If I can work out with a headache I can do anything. :) I think I will update here as I work towards my goal.

Hope everyone's doing great! Hope I still have a few readers left. :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



I have no idea what happened to all my pictures? Can anyone see them at all? I can't. I'm going to try my hardest to get my pictures back but if I can't I may move to a new blog. I have no idea what happened but I think I clicked on something I didn't mean to click on and it made my pictures disappear. Ha!! I want to get back into blogging but I have to figure the picture thing out first.

We're all doing great! I'll post more once the blog is back to normal!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two Months!!!


 

Miss S turned two months on March 16th!

At her two month appointment on the 24th she weighed in at 11 lbs. 10 oz. Her birth weight was 8 lbs. 14 oz. so she's gained quite a bit!

She did great getting all her vaccines at her 2 month appointment!!

Little Miss really started cooing and smiling at around 6 weeks old. Sweetest thing ever! She's just adorable. :)

She's still a very calm, easy going, laid back little baby. She loves to sleep and sleeps very well at night. None of my babies have been great nappers which is a little annoying but as long as they sleep well at night I can't complain. :)

She's wearing size 0-3 clothes. Most of her 0-3 pants or leggings are still a little big though. She's wearing size 1 Pampers. And drinking 4 oz of formula every three hours or so except when she's sleeping.

She just started sitting up in her Bumbo and seems to like it. She's also really starting to enjoy her playmat. She loves being worn in the Moby Wrap but I don't put her in it very often. I can't have her getting to used to the idea. :) She loves bath time and I have a feeling she's going to love the pool this summer! She also loves being outside. (She was so calm and happy at the Dallas Arboritum last week.) And she seems to really enjoy being out and about.. shopping, church.. wherever there are new sites to see. She's generally quiet and calm in the car too and goes to sleep in the car pretty often. She does get a little nervous around her siblings.. particularly 3 yr old C. He means well but gets a little intense around her. Baby S seems to prefer C when he keeps his distance and just looks at her and talks quietly. She does like J a lot though. J is calmer and more of a help. Baby S smiles at her siblings and us (her parents) a lot. I think she's starting to recognize my mom too.

We love little Baby S so much! She's such a sweet little joy to have around. We really couldn't ask for a sweeter, calmer, happier baby. Sure she has her moments but over all she's been very, very easy and already a lot of fun!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Month Old!





Okay, this post is a month late since baby girl just turned two months old. This is what I wrote down a month ago on another blog that I keep.
February 16, 2014

Our sweet baby girl is a month old today. This past month has gone by both quickly and slowly. I want to savor these days and remember each moment.

Before she was born I knew baby S would be a gentle and sweet little soul. I knew she'd be an easy, relaxed and mild baby. Even at her 16 week sonogram her movements were slow and relaxed and serene. Since her birth my predictions have proven to be true. She is very sweet and mild and relaxed. She's a wonderful baby.

Even though she's an easy, good baby I'm still adjusting to life with a new baby and being a mother of three. I'm tired all the time.. exhausted half the time. I think a lot of it's just trying to get back to normal physically and hormonally. A lot of it's trying to adjust to new sleep patterns. Even though baby S sleeps well for a newborn I'm still waking up at least once a night, most nights for about an hour or so. Trying to juggle three kids.. one of whom is a very high energy three-year-old boy.. is also exhausting. So, it's no wonder I'm beyond tired.

When we stay at home all day baby S is pretty much on a nice little schedule. She wakes up around 8 for her first bottle of the day and a diaper change. Then she'll lay on my bed to look around and stretch. I'll usually set her toys around beside her and give her her binky and she'll lay like that for quite a while while I get breakfast for the big kids and for myself. After that I'll bring her to the living room to lay on the couch or on the floor in her boppy pillow. She loves to look at her toys or just gaze around at whatever room she is in. She also loves the TV. She likes to sit on the floor, in her boppy pillow, and "watch TV" while dozing off. It's so cute. She spends the morning "playing" and dozing. Then she'll have a bottle around lunch time and usually take a nice long nap afterwards. Then more "playtime" and dozing off in the evenings. She has lots of little catnaps during the days where she dozes off into a light sleep but normally only has one really long, deep nap during the day unless we're out and about. If we're in the car and/or she's in her carseat quite a bit then she tends to sleep a lot more. At night she has a bottle right before bed.. even if it hasn't been 3 hours since her last bottle.. then we swaddle her (below her arms) and put her down. She seems to know when it's bed time and goes into a nice deep sleep. She loves her little Sleep Sheep sound machine and sometimes stirs or fusses when it goes off. And she sleeps so well in her Rock N Play just like C did. And she loves bath time unless she gets too cold. As long as you keep the warm water on her she loves her bath time. It's so cute! When she was born she had really, really dry skin. I've found that Johnson & Johnson baby lotion and Johnson & Johnson baby oil work really good and getting rid of the dry skin. Her skin is really soft and nice now. You can tell her eyes are focusing a lot better and she's even started to really smile in the past couple days. It's so sweet! She's also started reaching out to touch her toys in the last couple weeks. And she can hold her head a bit. The first time I laid her on her tummy she even pushed up on her elbows and turned her head to face the other side.. this was probably when she was 2 or 3 weeks old. When she wants her binky she starts frantically waving her hand by her mouth. It's the cutest thing ever and so smart! She's done this since about a week or two old!
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