Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wells: A Snapshot at 2.5(ish) Years

Our biggest boy is growing up so fast! I fully intended to do a little 2.5 year update...but that was a few months ago, and he will be THREE YEARS OLD in just 3 more months. #howwwwww???


This boy has changed in so many ways since his last update. But he's the same in many ways, too. Here's Wells Benjamin in a nutshell at this current exciting (and exhausting!) age:

On trains...
Trains are still the love of his heart! He can tell you about boxcars, flat cars, cabooses, engines, and on and on. He got lots of new trains and equipment for his train table at Christmas, and his favorite was definitely Cranky the Crane. He loaded up cargo like nobody's business! :) He gets so excited when he hears a train in the distance, and he lives for train-hunting with Daddy. He loves wearing his Thomas the Tank Engine PJs and train shirts whenever he can. We have made multiple visits to the train museum in Savannah, and he just can't get enough..

On being a big brother...
Wells is a great big brother (most of the time. Ha!). In the last few months, he and Grayer have started playing together a lot more. Wells always makes Grayer laugh, but we constantly have to remind him to be gentle. He doesn't realize that Grayer is not as big as he is and can't quite wrestle as hard as he can. You can hear Wells saying "Grayer Bear" a million times a day as he talks to or about his little brother. He is not the greatest at sharing his toys with his brother; although I think he has gotten a little bit better in the last couple of weeks.


On potty training...
We started cracking down on potty training right after Thanksgiving, and Wells did AMAZING. At first, he would not really tell us when he needed to use the bathroom (and would tell us "no" if we asked if he needed to); we would just take him to the potty very often and make him try. Very soon after, he got the hang of it and started to let us know when he needed to go, and he has been a rockstar potty trainer ever since! He rarely has accidents and has done great on trips in the car as well (we traveled to NC and Atlanta over the holiday break). He only wears diapers when he is sleeping now.

On school...
Wells is still in the 2-day class for 2-year-olds at a nearby church preschool. He has done really great and seems to enjoy it. If I mention that he has to go to school that day whenever he wakes up, he automatically says he doesn't want to go - the boy is a serious homebody - but he is fine when we get there. From what I can tell, he likes music class a lot and the playground (obviously!). For snack, I pack him a variety of different things in case he's feeling picky that day :). A typical snack looks something like this: carrot sticks with ranch dressing, marshmallows, crackers, raisins, and apple juice. He is very proud of the work he brings home from school, and I love seeing all of his creations :) His Fall school pictures turned out ridiculously adorable, and I am convinced that the photographers are magicians.


On the pacifier...
This kid loves, and I mean LOVES, his paci. Way back when, he was almost broken from it, but then Grayer came along. And Wells would just take his paci. Then he was almost broken from it again, but he got sick for a few days and got super attached again for comfort. He can't have the paci at school, and we try to not give it to him in the church nursery or when we are out and about. But he loves that thing so much. He has gotten really attached to it again lately, and I don't know when he is going to be ready to let it go. I am thinking that we are going to just start having to limit it to nap/bedtime and car rides (he always asks for it in the car).

On the blankie...
Wells has always been a fan of his muslin blankets (and only the muslin ones. don't try to give him a cotton one!). He has one - or two - with him at naps and bedtime. And, just like the paci, he likes to have one in the car. If he is sitting and watching an episode of something, he will most likely ask for a blankie.

On singing...
Boy likes to sing. And he knows LOTS of songs. He has learned a number of songs at school and also from little Mother Goose videos he likes to watch. I love listening to him sing and hum.

On smarts...
Wells is so stinking smart. He knows shapes and colors and numbers and (most) letters like the back of his hand. The other day he pointed to something and told us it was an octagon. His memory is great, too - he remembers everything!


On eating...
Wells has officially hit the picky toddler stage. He used to eat everything, but not so much anymore. He still has a big appetite, but he has to be coaxed into eating something he's not crazy about. His favorite food will probably always be pizza. He can't quit it! He could eat his weight in blueberries and strawberries - in fact, I usually have to stop him from eating too many so he doesn't get a belly ache! He loves condiments - specifically ranch dressing #getsitfromhismama. Some of his favorite snacks are carrot sticks (w/ranch), tortilla chips with salsa, and fruit snacks. His drink of choice for the last couple of months has been strawberry milk. And DO NOT try to give him any non-Nestle strawberry syrup - he will know the difference and refuse to drink it. #particular

On the "terrible twos"...
Honestly, Wells has been a great two-year-old. But I will say that he has started acting more "toddler-ish" in the last couple of months. More disobedience, crying/whining when he doesn't get his way, and telling us "no." Eric and I are very careful to discipline him so that he knows these are unacceptable behaviors, but we also know that some of them are inevitable and that he is just being a toddler.

On talking...
Wells is a big time talker. Always has been. His vocabulary is insane. His favorite/most used phrases currently are:
- "Oh...okay." He says this all the time.
- "I can't like _______ ." (As in, he can't like something we are having for dinner that night!)
- "Mommy/Daddy, you like ________?" (Whatever is on his mind. For example, the other day when I picked him up from Granny's, they had been in the yard picking up sticks. He asked me if I liked sticks. #random)
- He says "Daddy" like a little British boy. No clue where he got the accent for that one word!
- "But I reaaaalllly want it." This is what he says if we tell him he can't have something.
- He thinks the singular noun for "clothes" is "clo." If we tell him he has to get clothes on, once he has one item on, he will say, "I got one clo on." Haha!
- He has recently started saying the cutest thing. After I get him out of the tub, I'll mention that he is "all nice and clean," or I will say about a blankie fresh out of the dryer that it's all nice and warm/clean. Wells has picked up on that and uses the phrase a lot now - not exactly in the correct way every time, though! For example, he'll say "oh no, I'm all nice and dirty!!!!" Love it :)


On miscellaneous...
- Like his mama, Wells is not a morning person. He is a slooooowwwww waker-upper. If he wakes up on his own, he may just lounge in bed for a while before getting up. And if we have to prematurely wake him up from a nap or in the morning, we have to do it slowly, and he is still going to hate it. He is usually very grumpy if we have to wake him up.

- Wells HATES to have anything sticky or messy on his hands. After he is done eating almost any kind of finger food, he lets you know immediately that he needs his hands wiped. Boy will play in the dirt and be all disgusting, but if he gets syrup or glue or crumbs on his hands? He is not okay with that.

- For the last month or so, Wells has become a HUGE Daniel Tiger fan. I am loving all of the little songs they teach for how to handle situations! Wells will sing "When you feel so mad that you want to ROAR, take a deep breath, and count to four. 1-2-3-4." And then he'll say, "I feel calm." Ha!

- My parents got him a tablet for Christmas, and just recently he has been LOVING playing games on it. Eric found him a little train game (almost like a strategy game for kids), and he will sit and play that thing forever.

- He does not like to see anyone sad (especially crying). In fact, if I want him to try a new food, and he won't budge. I will tell him that it makes me so sad that he won't try a new food. I will look and sound very sad (and maybe even pretend to cry), and he will very quickly reach for a piece of food, eat it, and declare, "Mommy be so happy!" Manipulation? Yes. But it works like a charm!

- He still loves books. We like to read every night before bed, and he will sit and flip through his books during the day, too.

- He is like his daddy in lots of ways - he likes to be goofy and make people laugh, and he is VERY energetic.

- Wells' hair is still WILD. The longer it gets, the more unruly and curly it is. It has a mind of its own, and if he sweats, it curls up so much!

- He loves being outside. He cannot get enough of the outdoors!

- He is kind of a chicken. He gets this one from me! He gets very scared about certain things. He will hear a funny noise, and get very concerned. "Wha-wha-what's that noise????" Or every now and then he will get spooked about something and say that something is going to get him. He has to be coaxed into certain activities or see some of his friends doing something before he decides to give it a try. At Grayer's birthday, we had a really big bounce house w/slide, and Wells wasn't too sure about it. Once he saw his friends on it, though, he was game!


Wells is such a fun little dude. He is sensitive and caring but also wild, energetic, and feisty! He brings so much laughter and joy to our lives, and we love him to pieces!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Grayer is TWELVE Months!

Our baby is ONE! As in, not a baby but a toddler. Whaaaaat? This boy has kept us on our toes since day one, with colic until about 6 months (#allthecryingemojis) and now constantly being on the go and never still! Our curious, energetic, always-hungry, goofy Mama's boy is the perfect addition to our family :)

 
Weighs: At his 1-year doctor's appointment, our boy weighed in at 21lbs and 7oz. He is about 29 inches long.

Sleeps: We are making progress on the sleeping-through-the-night front! Praise the Lord!!! HE has gotten much better even in the last week or two about sleeping at night. And last night, I did not have to get up ONE TIME - and I am pretty sure that is the first time in his entire life that that has happened! He woke a couple of times but only for a few seconds and put himself back to sleep.

Eats: Grayer still has the biggest appetite of any baby I have ever seen! He wants to eat allllllll day. Literally. We officially stopped breastfeeding last month, so he is on whole milk (sometimes almond milk because he likes the taste better it seems).

Wears: He is wearing 12-month and 12-18 month clothes. He is finishing up a size 3 box of diapers right now, but we are now in a size 4 diaper. .

Plays: Grayer is getting better at entertaining himself, but he would much rather follow me around than play if given the choice :) He and Wells are getting much better at playing together with each passing day. Grayer would much rather play with non-toys than actual baby toys - TV remote, cell phones, dumping out the contents of my purse, perusing the pantry shelves, and basically anything else that he shouldn't be doing :) He is always on the go and is almost never content to sit for a long period of time. I don't think I have ever mentioned this, but he LOVES stuffed animals. For the last month or two, he does the cutest thing if you hand him one. He will rub it on his face and then will drop it on the floor and rub his face in it. He does this almost every time, and it is so sweet - almost like he is giving it a hug. He is still a huge fan of opening and closing cabinets, splashing in the bathtub, going outside, and doing anything Wells is doing. He likes to play ball and will always throw it if you hand him one.

Milestones: Grayer has gotten two new teeth in the last few days (so technically after his first birthday I guess - but I'm still documenting it!). He added "woof-woof" to his vocabulary but hasn't said it lately. He is also walking!...well, sort of. He has been taking one or two steps the last couple of weeks. And then at his birthday party, he took about 4 or 5 steps! Now he is putting it all into practice. He will randomly get up and walk a few steps and then start crawling. So, I think once he decides he wants to walk full-time, he will, but right now he is doing it on and off. This is totally random and probably not the right category, but I wanted to write it down so I can remember: Up until recently, we thought Grayer would inherit Eric's blue eyes. Wells' eyes were a dark blue for a little bit but pretty quickly changed to brown like mine. Grayer's eyes were a lighter blue than Wells' used to be, and we were really thinking they would stay blue. Sometimes they still look blueish (depending on the lighting or what he is wearing), but they are now more of a greenish brown. I don't know if they will turn totally brown or be quite as dark as mine and Wells' eyes...we'll see I guess!

Well, our "baby" isn't a baby anymore! He is getting bigger and learning more and more every single day. This year flew by and also crawled by. Sometimes it feels as if Grayer was just born and other days it feels like he's always been here :) We love our littlest big guy with all of our hearts. Happy first birthday, Grayer-Bear!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk

Things have been quiet on my blog lately (with the exception of Grayer's latest monthly update) because LIFE HAS BEEN KICKING OUR BUTTS. #yesineededallcapsforthat

I don't know how many times I have said to Eric that I just wish our lives were uneventful for a little while. Hasn't happened yet. Needless to say, blogging has taken a backseat, but I am trying to jump back in - what better way than with a fun link-up?


And since I've been MIA for several weeks, the "talk about anything" topic is pretty perfect! :) 

Here we go:

- The House Situation -
I feel like I am constantly explaining this insane situation. Long story short: we sold our house last summer and were scheduled to move in to a new one about a month or so later. We decided to move into a small apartment just for that short time. Well, for a number of reasons, we backed out of that house and continued looking. Lord willing, we have FINALLY found the house for us. It is being sold by a friend of ours, and the whole thing has been such a Godsend - a great neighborhood, best school district, and plenty of room. Assuming that everything gets ironed out in the next week or two, we will set a closing date. The only catch is that they are not moving into their new house until early-mid April. After much discussion, Eric, the boys, and I will be moving in with my parents for the next two and a half months to save money (our apartment rent is RIDICULOUS). It is going to be an adjustment for all of us, but we are thankful for them allowing us to bunk there and save some moolah!

- End of Breastfeeding -
I posted this on Facebook yesterday:

Today is the first day in 3.5 years that I haven't been pregnant and/or nursing. Bittersweet. I am one of those girls that LOVES being pregnant and have been blessed to be able to nurse my boys till their (almost) 1st birthdays. I don't take one single second of it for granted. Lord willing, I will get to do it all again (Eric says I have to wait a little longer between kiddos this time!). But for now, my body is trying to remember what it's like to sustain life for just one person! 

- First Birthday -
Grayer turns one in less than two weeks! And I have a LOT to do to get ready for his party! Just like we did for Wells, he is having a "First Fiesta" theme. I was so excited to pick up these balloons from the Target Dollar Spot the other day.


- Sickness - 
Even though it has barely been cold at all here this winter, that hasn't stopped my children from getting sick! They've passed a couple of colds back and forth, and last week Wells came down with Hand Foot & Mouth. IT WAS AWFUL. He was in such pain, and it was pitiful to watch. They don't give medicine for it, so you feel so helpless. He ate numerous Popsicles and watched a lot of TV (gotta do what you gotta do when they don't feel their best), and I am happy to say he is better now. And praise the Lord, Grayer did not catch it! Do any of you mamas use essential oils to prevent sickness at home? If you do, please comment! Sick babies are no joke, and I want to do all I can to prevent it! 

- Potty Training -
Wells has been a rockstar with potty training. We really buckled down about two months ago with wearing "big boy undies" all the time, and he has done so great! He rarely has accidents. We traveled a lot during the holidays, and it didn't set him back at all. And is there anything cuter than a toddler in undies? Nope, there isn't.


- Quality Family Time -
We were able to spend lots of time with each other and also with immediate and extended family over the holidays. We LOVE having Eric back in the teaching field because it means he gets lots of vacation days :) One of my favorite times this season was Christmas Eve Eve at the GA Aquarium while we were visiting family in Atlanta. As the boys get older, it is so fun to watch them experience such fun places! I loved seeing Wells' face during the dolphin show :) Here is the only shot of all 4 of us we got - while walking into the aquarium. And to be honest, this is about the best I can ask for at this stage in life. Ha! #toddlertoobusytosmile #babydoesntknowwhattodo


- Dinner -
I saw this recipe of Shay's last week and am making it for dinner tonight. It looks so yummy, and I am pumped! 



Can't wait to read everyone else's Tuesday Talk posts! Happy Tuesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grayer is ELEVEN Months!

And just like that, we are less than a month away from Grayer turning ONE YEAR OLD. Our boy is seeming to grow so quick! True to form, he wanted nothing to do with this monthly photo shoot. #samestoryeverymonth





Here's what he's been up to this month:

Weighs: I think he weighed in at around 21 lbs the last time we went to the doctor.

Sleeps: I'm beginning to think that this child will never sleep through the night. It's hard for me to remember that Wells was the same way at this age and still got up once a night, but he did. However, Grayer is sometimes up two or three times every night. I have stopped nursing him every time he wakes up since I am sure that is not helping the situation. Sometimes he will go right back to sleep if you give him his paci and lay him back down, but there are other times that he is awake for 30 minutes to an hour. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why some nights he sleeps better than others. None.at.all. On the nap front, he still takes two naps. He takes a shorter one (about an hour or so) in the mid morning. And then he takes his longer nap in the early-mid afternoon. The second nap lasts about 2 hours.

Eats: He is still a great eater, and there isn't much he doesn't like. He eats three solid meals a day with a couple of snacks throughout the day as well. We have started the weaning process, with him only nursing at night, in the morning, and once or twice during the day.

Wears: He is wearing 12-month and 12-18 month clothes. He can wear a size 3 or 4 diaper. .

Plays: This month Grayer discovered the toilet. We now have to keep the lid down or the bathroom doors shut to keep him out. Grayer got a number of new toys for Christmas, including a little activity push-toy. As soon as we opened it up and let him stand behind it, he immediately started pushing it and walking, I was amazed at how well he did that first time, He has been "cruising" along the furniture a little bit, but that was the first time he has ever walked forward. He can stand without holding anything for several seconds but hasn't taken any steps on his own yet. One of his favorite gifts from Christmas is a little first words texture book. He likes to sit and turn the pages and feel the fur on the picture of the dog. Grayer pulls up on EVERYTHING. And he loves to clap whenever you say "yay." He will also give high fives.

Milestones: All Grayer wanted for Christmas was his two front teeth - literally. He cut the top two teeth just a couple of weeks ago. He finally said his first word (other than babbling "dada" and "mama"). We always play the uh-oh game. He'll drop something, I'll say "uh-oh," and then pick it up. And then we do it over and over again - until I'm tired of picking it up :) If he drops something now, he will say "uh." It's funny to note that this was Wells' first word too!

Grayer's personality develops and shines through more and more each day. He is so funny and SO active. He is a busy body who has to be doing something at all times. Nothing keeps his attention for long, and his is still a big time mama's boy. If I am around, I am the only person he wants. He will crawl around the house to find me just so I'll pick him up. I can't believe this crazy guy will be one in less than a month! He has brought so much joy to our little family, and we love him bunches!