Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Preston is 7 Months Old!

  • Weight: 23 lbs (98%)
  • He's wearing size 5 diapers and 18 month clothes
  • We're doing 5 feedings a day, and he's finally starting to take a bottle!  He's just super picky about the temp of it.
  • He's eating baby food 3 times a day.  So far he's liked everything, but he's showing preferences for fruit.
  • Sleep.....   We put him to bed around 7:30 pm.  He's still waking up once or twice a night, sometimes hungry and sometimes he just wants attention.  It's been hard to find the right balance to get him to sleep through the night, but if he makes it until 5 am without me having to go upstairs I consider it a win.  He's usually up around 6:30 am for the day.  With our summer schedule I've been able to get him down for regular naps, usually around 9 am (1 hour nap) and 1 pm (2 hour nap).  
  • His new trick for the month:  If he's sitting up and sees something at a distance that he once, he'll fall forward, stick his feet out behind him and try to squirm over to what he's getting (no more than a few feet).  
  • We transitioned him out of the baby carrier into a convertible car seat, which now means he has to ride sitting up in the grocery cart!  So far he loves it, although he tries to reach for everything  and will put his mouth on anything next to him.
  • He had his first sick visit to the doctor at the beginning of June.  He ran a 101-102 fever for 3 days, which happened over the weekend.  He didn't want to eat and was so upset.  We had to take him to a pediatric urgent care and he had to get a catheter for a urine sample.  (NO fun).  After following up with the pediatrician on Monday, it was determined that he had a virus of unknown origin (blah), which of course magically went away the next day.  In the scheme of life it was no big deal but I hate when my babies are sick!  He was a trooper.
  • He loves bath time and splashing in the water.
  • His favorite toys are the jumparoo, anything he can press/whack that makes noise and teething toys.


More baby cuteness...

We had our first crawfish boil at our house.  It only took 6.5 years.

Nothing better than a sleeping baby, particularly one with big cheeks.

Gems from Instagram:

Preston's first time in the pool was at my parents' house on Memorial Day.  He wasn't too sure about the water but he was a huge fan of lounging in the float.

Baby wants beer...

All smiles for his 6 month check up!

When it wasn't raining outside, we enjoyed being outside!

This kid bit me with his two little teeth.  I yelled a little too loud and he cried alligator tears for a good 10 minutes. 

Once he was happy I tried to take this comparison pic. 

Preston had an eventful day, which included a playdate with his girlfriend Audrey.

We registered Madeline for kindergarten!  Funny story:  We get there and the receptionist asked if I brought Madeline's shot record.  Madeline said, "I have to get a shot??" and starts crying hysterically in the front office.  She had already seen the nurse's office next to the receptionist, and thought she was getting a shot.  Poor kid.  It took the school nurse explaining to her that she was not there to give shots before Madeline calmed down.  Once that saga was over she enjoyed coloring and chatting it up with the registrar while I filled out 878497 forms.

My mom watched Preston one day while I took the big kids to see "Home."

I was holding Preston and my phone at the same time.  After whacking a series of buttons, he got to my camera and started taking selfies.  True story.

In the few weeks leading up to the dance recital, Madeline's instructor let the parents come in to watch the girls dance.  We love to watch her dance, and as soon as she's done Andrew will run up to her, give her a hug and say, "You did a good job, Madeline."

Madeline likes to read to her brothers, and they sat like this for a good 30 minutes one day.  It was better than winning the lottery.

My Aunt Dianne came into town one night and it was SO good to visit with her!  It was hilarious how tiny she looked while holding Preston.

Quite possibly the most important part of this post.... Jon FINALLY got a new truck!!  He had the maroon one for 9.5 years/260,000 miles.  It was lacking majorly in the safety/reliability department so we were NOT sorry to see it go.

We were all happy to say hello to the new blue F-150.  It's crazy how much technology has changed in 10 years.  If you try to change lanes without using a blinker, the truck will self correct itself.  Three cheers for safe driving!!!!  I might have been more happy about this purchase than he was.

The first time our family rode in the truck Madeline pulled out tooth #2.  Two missing teeth, both removed during car rides.

Andrew has been into "helping Daddy cut grass."

After discussing table food/baby food with a friend, I decided to give Preston half a banana.  He wanted the peel instead.  Fail.

Andrew had quite the crowd for his t-ball game on this Saturday!  Granny, Poppy, Uncle Peter, Aunt Niki and Aunt Aimee came to watch him play.  He had the best time out of all the games during the season, and I know it was because of the special audience.

At the end of May, Jon and I went to the Train concert with our friends.  It was the same night as one of those CRAZY downpours.  We were all soaked but had the best time.  The concert was awesome!

The Fray opened for Train and they put on such a good show.  I might have shed a few tears during "How to Save a Life."  I'm obviously still not over Grey's.  #RIPDerekShepherd

Friday, June 12, 2015

Last Day of School!

Brace yo' self, this is a long one.

Andrew's teacher had a Luau for their end of year party before the last day of school.  They even learned a choreographed hula dance.  View the dance here.  This kid has some moves!

Check out the face while playing limbo.  Thanks for the pics, Sara!

The kids were all smiles on the last day of school!  My goodness, they both changed SO much in less than a year (tear).

It's crazy to me that the littlest turkey wasn't even born when school started.  This year flew by.  

Andrew wasn't happy about his last day, so this was the "smile" I got for a picture.

There was a little more excitement on Madeline's last day.  Her class had a graduation performance and breakfast.  They sang a graduation song, recited a poem (view here) and got certificates (view here).

Mrs. Cole made a DVD with pictures of their class from the school year, complete with the soppy music.  

Summer begins NOW!

And thus closes a chapter and starts another one for our family:  Elementary school.  Madeline has had the best four years at Heritage Christian Academy.  We've truly been blessed with great friends, classmates and teachers that really care about the students.  I'm having a hard time believing we're already at this next stage in life.  I feel like I have so much to say about it, but I'll try and keep my verbiage to a minimum.  99.9% of what I'm about to say is cliche', but whatever.

I remember when Madeline was an infant, and the days seemed SO long.  She was a good baby, and although we were out of the house with friends quite a bit, being a stay at home mom with just a small baby at home can be incredibly boring and redundant.  I used to get so upset when Jon would be working late, because I just needed someone to talk to.  As Madeline got older, it was more work, but also much more fun to be a mommy.  Once Andrew was born, I felt like someone stepped on the accelerator and now I have all sorts of little people to talk to. :)  Whoever said "the days are long but the years are short was speaking the TRUTH.  I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden my first born is "big" girl who is ready to start Kindergarten.

Surprisingly I did not cry on her last day of school....wanted to, but didn't.  Any feeling of tears is not really because I'm sad.  Madeline is ready and excited for the next stage of life, and I'm excited for her.  The feeling of tears is because it just goes by SO fast.  And my friends with older kids say once they start elementary school, it goes by even faster.  And I start thinking and wonder what I'm missing or forgetting.  Am I teaching her enough?  Manners? Patience?  Being kind to others?  Stranger danger?  I have to keep reminding myself that she's just going to school around the corner, not off to college. :)

Even though I'm still very much in the trenches with little ones, I have to admit that the typical baby/small child things that have typically annoyed me (Preston's constant need for attention, Andrew wanting to constantly be my shadow) are starting to bug me a little less.  I'm trying to not wish these little years away.  Knowing Madeline won't be  with us during the day M-F is somehow making me slow down and enjoy all three kids "being little" a bit more.  At least for now. Talk to me in mid-August and I'll be happily be pushing the kids out the door and off to school.

I thought this was fitting to close the post:  I mean everything what I wrote about Madeline being ready for Kindergarten, but the emotion of the last day got to her.  That afternoon, she got out a piece of paper and pencil and started writing.  She said, "Mom, how do you spell Kindergarten?"  I told her, then looked at what she was writing:

It took everything I had not to laugh.  I asked her why she wrote this, and she said she was going to miss her teacher and friends.  I assured her that she'll make lots of new friends, and that's the truth.  Girlfriend has no problems with self confidence and I know she'll love school next year!