Monday, March 24, 2014

Kenley's Princess Day


The Melting Pot in Addison had a Fairytale lunch and I decided to take just Kenley and let her have a special day. She was so excited and called it her Princess Date. This is the dress she wanted to wear and I even let her wear my necklace that she always tries to get out of my jewelry cabinet.


We met my sister, Peyton, my mom, and my stepmom there. Kenley got nervous once we walked in and I couldn't get her to smile in the princess chair, but she warmed up as soon as we got to our table.


She took off her crown and gave it to me. Then got right to dipping.


Posing with Grandma.
 
 
It was a long lunch for 2 little girls but they had a blast and were so good. Here they are dancing and posing together while they wait for the chocolate.
 

 
And pictures with Grammy.

 
 
I wanted to show a picture of Peyton and Aunt Lisa and this is the best I took.
 

We had so much fun and it was a perfect princess day to celebrate our little girls. Oh and I almost forgot... Baby Jackson (who is 7 weeks old) was there, too. He snoozed the whole time and couldn't be bothered with any of this princess business. :) I didn't even get a single picture of him. 2 hotplates on the table, several pointy skewers, 2 little princesses, and lots of food had us all pretty occupied. 

Basketball {Wyatt}




Wyatt has been asking to play basketball for.ev.er. He is finally old enough (well, sort of) to play. I signed him up to play with the YMCA in McKinney. I didn't want to put him in the 4/5 class because he wanted to play with real basketball goals (not the little tykes plastic ones) and he wanted to play games not just practice (like Uncle Garrett does) so I signed him up for the next group that I thought said it was for kindergartners but all the kids on his team are in 1st grade. These pictures are from his first practice and he did great. He was super excited to get to play and made several baskets. His first game was last weekend and these kids were good! We were so proud of Wyatt for hustling the entire time (only 5 kids were at the game so they all got to play the whole game) and staying focused. He wasn't quite sure how to get the kids to pass him the ball and there was a lot going on at a very fast pace so hopefully once we work with him and after another practice he will have it figured out for the next game.  We are so proud of you, Wyatt!

6 and 7 Months {Reagan}


This sweet girl is more than half a year old already! Things have been so busy around here that I skipped right on past Reagan's 6 month well check appointment and ended up taking her in at 7 months. So these stats are actually her 7 month stats.

15 lbs 15 oz
25.25 in
 
 
She's almost sitting up on her own, but still tumbles over without support. She eats 4oz of baby food (whatever I made up that week) twice a day and is still nursing like a champ. We just started puffs and baby crackers, and chopped food that she can grab. She is definitely a fan of this freedom.
 
 
She still has a sensitive tummy so she takes Prevacid every day. She also takes Miralax and probiotics in her food and the doctor told us to start giving her a water bottle to try and help the constipation issues.
 
 
Her favorite things to do are play in the exersaucer, ride in the stroller, eat, take baths, have Wyatt and Kenley play with her, be held, and sit and people watch. She loves being outside.
 
She hates being laid down on her back and tummy to play by herself, sleep training, and waiting for her food. Reagan has the same amount of patience as her mama - NONE. She likes things done when she wants them done, which is usually 5 minutes ago. She also has quite a temper (from her Daddy, I'm sure) and she can be perfect and giggly one minute and screaming the next. She keeps us on our toes, but for the most part she is a super happy baby.
 
Her biggest accomplishment the past month or so has been sleep training. Whew! It was rough on Mommy and Daddy. We have never had to do cry it out and the big kids were pretty much born good sleepers, but Miss Reagan gave us a run for our money. I'll never be the one writing the parenting book that says "This is how you do such and such..." because let me just tell you every baby is so different. I was pretty convinced after 2 kids that cry it out wasn't for me, but I tried nearly everything else with Reagan and finally gave in to letting her cry. It was painful... for us.
 
Reagan prefers to sleep like this...

 
 
But now sleeps very well like this throughout the night. She has even learned to sleep on her side since once she flips to her back she can't get all the way back to her tummy. It was definitely worth the heartache to get her sleeping well and all in all in wasn't that long of a process to get her to this point. I am so grateful for my sweet friends that I texted often during naps to support me through this. And as I'm typing she is upstairs napping peacefully in her crib.
 
 
And look she's still a happy baby and doesn't even look traumatized. She's actually been much happier throughout the day now that she's getting a good nap and a good night's sleep.
 



Thursday, February 20, 2014

5 years {Wyatt}




On January 9th, my first baby turned 5!!! How in the world do I have a 5 year old already?! The day Wyatt was born our lives changed forever. Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a Mommy more than anything else. All my prayers, wishes, and dreams as far back as I can remember asked that one day I'd be a Mommy. And this little guy started it all. He has brought more laughs, smiles, and special memories to us than I can count. He's a bundle of sweetness with his caring heart and a ball of fire with his adventurous, fearless personality. There have been many times that Chris and I just look at each other and can't believe that God has blessed us with so much.

I did a birthday interview with Wyatt this. Here is what he told me:

Favorites...
person? Aidan
color? blue, green, red
TV show? Ninja Turtles (I don't let him watch this so of course he told me how he wishes I'd let him watch it because it is his favorite)
movie? Polar Express
outfit? builder dress up (there's a vest and tools in the dress up bin that he loves)
sport? football
song? Planes song (the song that the movie Planes starts with)
friend? Aidan
book? Toy Story
vacation? the beach
memory? beach with Aidan
thing to do with friends? play catch
thing to do with Mommy? play games
thing to do with Daddy? build towers
thing to do with Kenley? ride bikes and ride the police car
thing to do with Reagan? kiss her and be so cute with her
toy? Dusty
food? nuggets and fries
animal? lions, tigers, cheetahs, and deers
fruit? apples and grapes
veggies? carrots
candy? gummies and gummy bears

What do you want to be when you grow up? a race car driver, marry Harper and be Eric (Eric is the prince on The Little Mermaid)
What are you good at? school
What do you wish? for Jesus in our heart
Who is your biggest hero? Aidan, me (himself), Tate (then I explained what a hero is and he said Ninja Turtles)

All about Wyatt:
He has LOTS of energy. Loves to create and come up with new ideas. He loves learning and loves school. His heart belongs to his sisters. He is the best big brother ever. He loves to play, loves his friends, loves to be outside. He loves any form of water. His TV time has to be limited (and what he can watch) because he is so animated that he acts out characters and this can get him into trouble. He needs his sleep. He wants to help and likes to have jobs to do (if it's a job he likes and wants to do at the time). He loves structure and loves to know "what's next." He asks me every night what we are doing the next day? He loves praise and gets a huge smile when he knows you are proud and he is proud, but he tries to hide his smile and it's very cute. He also smiles when he's nervous or in trouble (just like his Mommy). If there's a flower, he always picks it to give to Mommy. If Daddy is on the floor, he wants to roll around and wrestle. If Reagan is close by he wants to kiss her even though he's not supposed to (he can hardly stop himself). He takes care of, teaches, and plays with Kenley all the time. His favorite place to go is Grammy's.

These are a few of the things that make Wyatt, Wyatt. He keeps us on our toes and keeps our hearts full.




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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bathtime

Kenley wanted her hair up like Mommy's after her bath. She sure makes me smile! And simply putting a towel on her head made her day!





And Reagan loves water, too! Now she even likes to grab the toys and try and get them to her mouth. Tea party time in the tub!


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5 Months {Reagan}

I'll say it again, time sure does fly when you're having fun. We've gotten into a pretty good routine over the past month or so and Reagan has been growing so much and learning tons. We stay busy and she goes with the flow really well. She loves to watch the big kids do anything. They can make her laugh instantly. She's been babbling quite a bit and loves to tell us stories.

One of the biggest changes lately is finally getting on Prevacid for acid reflux. I suspected she was having some issues early on and we tried probiotics, which helped, but then she got a cough that wouldn't go away (I didn't realize that was a symptom of reflux at first) and started having pretty miserable afternoons of screaming fits. As soon as we got medicine we noticed HUGE changes the very next day. It was amazing. I felt really bad that she had been hurting but grateful for medicine that helped so quickly.

She started food right at 5 months and did great. We started her off with bananas. I tried some rice cereal before 5 months (I know you aren't supposed to) trying to help whatever was wrong (the reflux) and it was a DISASTER. She screamed worse the rest of that day. Needless, to say I'm too scared to try rice cereal again even if it was just because she was too young. She's loving her fruits and veggies so I think we will stick with that.

We also got her ears pierced at 5 months. Chris is still not a fan of this, but it was easier since Kenley's are done so I'm sure he assumed I'd be doing Reagan's.

She loves her binky and chewing on anything - her blankets, her toys, her fingers, and anything else that she can get to her mouth. As soon as we started the Prevacid she moved to her crib since she would finally lay flat without screaming. And just like Kenley did, she sleeps in a sleep sack blanket and loves it. She knows it's bedtime/naptime when we put that on. She loves to cuddle and be rocked before bed.

Her big brother and sister love her so so so much! If the big kids wake up before Reagan, they always ask about her and can't wait until I say we can go upstairs and get her. They always beat me up there and get in the crib. I call them the Wake-Up Welcoming Crew. And I'm pretty sure Reagan loves this as much as they do. It's super sweet.

Things are busy here and every month I take these pictures a little late. I meant to put a bow on Reagan and got so worried about getting a picture that I totally forgot. But who needs a bow when you've got a smile that'll light up a room like this one, right?!

Oh and that little square pink thing is totally worth mentioning. It was a gift, but some genius out there made a square piece of fabric and put crinkle material in it so it's the perfect size for a baby to hold and it crinkles. Genius! She loves it!














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Monday, December 23, 2013

Gingerbread Village

I got a cute little gingerbread village that came with 4 different houses. It was so cute and perfect because I wanted to do one, too. The kids had a cold that lingered for a few days and we stayed inside away from other people and I kept the big kids (the sickies) away from Reagan, who stayed in my bedroom. The week was rough. The kids didn't feel well, were cranky, and no one got as much attention as normal. I was going back and forth between a gate I had set up to divide Reagan's space and the sick space (even Chris was sick and I made him sleep on the couch). Our gingerbread house party became the perfect activity to spend some one on one time with the big kids and relax and have fun.



This picture cracks me up. I'm pretty sure we are all related and have the same crafting faces. I'm sure crafts come out better with your head tilted a little and this expression. Right?!








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