Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Answering the What's Up Wednesday questions today!

What we're eating this week:
Am I the only one who feels like a crazy hot mess this week? It's the week before Christmas and there is SO MUCH TO DO. And "so much to do" did not include much meal planning for me. Monday, I did make some yummy chicken avocado burgers with roasted sweet potatoes. The burgers were really simple and delicious, so I'll definitely be making them again!

Last night was a total fend for yourself night (the boys had chicken nuggets and fruit, while Eric and I ate tortilla chips with salsa #insertmonkeycoveringeyesemoji! We have a party tonight and a family get-together tomorrow night, so dinner is covered! Woohoo! And then Friday, we leave for North Carolina.

What I'm reminiscing about:
I did a little December recap post yesterday and enjoyed looking back at our festive month (even if it did involve a long-lasting tummy bug!).

What I'm loving:
I am loving that the boys' big Christmas present is getting underway. Eric and some friends have been working on building a playground in the backyard, and I cannot wait for the boys to see it. They love being outside, so this is just the perfect present for them that will get used all.the.time. Here's a horrible quality phone pic I snapped through the kitchen window of the guys working last night. :)

What we've been up to:
Everything! This time of year is just so busy. I don't want the holidays to end, but I am so tired! :)

What I'm dreading:
Packing up all the Christmas decorations. The absolute worst.

What I'm working on:
Planning for Grayer's 2nd birthday (!) in January.

What I'm excited about:
Deciding on a theme for baby boy #3's nursery!

What I'm watching/reading:
I just finished reading Who Do You Love? Definitely recommend!

What I'm listening to:
I have been listening to a 90s playlist on Spotify that is SO GOOD. And I've also been loving listening to Wells sing the Christmas songs he knows (right now that includes Christmas Vacation, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and What a Special Night - which is a song his school performed at their Christmas program).

What I'm wearing:
Starting to get out the maternity wear and belly bands. I love being pregnant, but I hate the clothing rut it brings with it.

What I'm doing this weekend:
We are traveling to NC for Christmas with Eric's family.

What I'm looking forward to next month:
Grayer's 2nd birthday, and baby's anatomy scan!

What's the best gift you've ever given a guy?
Maybe this will turn out to be the best gift...for Eric's birthday back in October, I got tickets for us to go see Jim Gaffigan. We love him, and the show is finally almost here. It's Dec. 30th in Jacksonville, FL, so we are looking forward to a great nighttime getaway while the boys stay with my parents! So excited to spend some time with this guy.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tuesday Talk

I am linking up with Erika and Ashley for Tuesday Talk! And since I've been MIA for a little while, how about we just do a random Here's-What-Happened-In-December post?

We kicked off our holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving by attending the Lighted Boat Parade in downtown Savannah. My grandparents like to come down from Atlanta for this event, and we always enjoy going with them. The boys enjoyed getting to see Santa (and no one cried. #bonus), admire the gingerbread house displays and boat decorations, and watch the fireworks. It was a fun little start to the Christmas season!

Since we spent last Christmas in an apartment (between selling our old house and buying the new one), I was excited to get to really decorate for Christmas this year. Wells is loving our little Christmas village pieces (especially turning on the carousel); Grayer is enjoying sneakily removing ornaments and stuffing them inside the tree; and I am just enjoying the all the festiveness. My favorite decoration is obviously on display, and it makes me so happy to look at!

We decided to do Elf on the Shelf this year. We welcomed Dash McJingles into our home, and he has been busy with lots of shenanigans (when we remember to move him... #thestruggle). This is what happens when you think your husband is mature enough to handle elf responsibilities on his own one night...


Grayer and I got to go to Wells' school one morning to make a gingerbread house. I was going to go alone, but our babysitter fell through. But we made the best of it, and Grayer did okay (and ate way too many of the gingerbread house decorations!). 

And then the stomach bug hit our house! And it hit hard. Grayer got sick a couple of weeks ago, and then the rest of us got it a week later (at the same time). And it lasted a number of days. So glad it's over and that at least we got it out of the way before Christmas! 
Oh you know, just staying at home & digging up the yard in our pajamas so we didn't spread our tummy bug germs to the public.

And on a very exciting note...we found out this fall that we are expecting, and we found out last week that it is another BOY! That makes 3, count 'em, THREE boys (#helpusall)! I am due June 10th, just a few days before Wells' birthday. We are excited for Wells and Grayer to have another brother, and I am glad we finally announced it so I don't have to suck in my belly anymore! ;)   

We are gearing up for Christmas (which I cannot BELIEVE is only 6 days away!!!) in all kinds of ways! We rode the Christmas train at the mall this weekend, and Wells had his school Christmas program at school yesterday. Tonight we are decorating cookies; we've got a family Christmas party on Thursday; and then we're leaving for North Carolina on Friday. Eric has been busy building the kids' present in the backyard - a fabulous playground! We are so excited for them to get to play on it, and I know it is going to get years of use! Lots of busyness this time of year, but such a fun time, especially with littles!
Waiting to ride the Christmas train!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Joining MelSheaffer, and Shea for What's Up Wednesday!

It has been. a. minute. since I blogged (other than the boys' quarterly-ish update posts). Things have been caaaa-razy around here lately - since I last blogged, we finally moved into the new house. And we have been so busy doing projects, etc. that blogging was definitely placed on the back burner.

Also, if we're being honest, I wasn't in a great place for a while there, with a lot of stress and worry, and I kind of made the decision to take a break from blogging. I even stopped reading other blogs because my comparison game was strong, and not in a good way. It is so easy to think that everyone has it all together when you read blogs and feel like you are not good enough, don't have enough, aren't doing enough, etc. I needed to recharge and take a step back to focus on me and my family and not compare our lives to the lives of others. Anyway, I am now starting to get back into reading some of my favorite blogs and wanting to get back into posting regularly (let's be honest, probably semi-regularly), too. So, what better way to start than a What's Up Wednesday post?!

> What We're Eating This Week...
Monday night, we had friends over and I made Shea's BBQ Chicken Rice Bowls. I've made them a few times and always love them! So yummy! Tuesday night we ate at our small group. Tonight, it's going to be Eric's mom's Spanish Rice recipe, another favorite of ours. I'll probably do a crockpot roast with carrots and potatoes tomorrow night, and Friday, we are meeting my parents at Chick-Fil-A for dinner and so the boys can let out all their energy on the playground ;) BUUUTTTT, speaking of cooking, I saw this the other day. How true?!

> What I' Reminiscing About...
A few weeks ago we took my sister up to college for her freshman year.#ifeelsoold ...She is attending Toccoa Falls College like I did (and where Eric and I met). That of course has had me reminiscing about the good ole college days. College was such a fun experience and exactly what an introverted homebody like me needed! Loved it.

> What I'm Loving...
Our little trips to the library lately. Our boys both LOVE to be read to, and I am a big reader, too. I've been more intentional about taking them to the library to check out new books (and the occasional DVD ;)). A number of our local libraries have great kids' rooms for them to play and explore, so that's always a plus!

> What We've Been Up To...
Eric (a special education middle school teacher) started his school year about a month ago, and Wells began his 2-day PreK3 program a few weeks ago as well. It was sad to see summer go, but I do like having somewhat of a routine again. But, we have not been loving getting up early again. Boo. This is what the boys look like when they have to get up and going so much earlier...

> What I'm Dreading...
Hurricane Irma. We are all glue to the updates, trying to figure out what we need to do. If it's a direct impact, we will obviously be heading out of town, but if it veers some and isn't as dangerous as it's looking right now, we may just hunker down. Either way, not gonna be fun. #goawayirma

> What I'm Working On...
Since I last blogged, we have moved into the new house and have been slowly making it a home. I feel like we have always got some sort of project going on. Right now, I am re-purposing two retail display cabinets (that I snagged on Craigslist for $25!) into a media console. I can't wait to get it all done!

> What I'm Excited About...
Fall! I have always loved the coziness of fall and can't wait to decorate the house and get out all the seasonal candles. There's just something about fall, y'all! And speaking of fall, I'm gonna need this mug (found here)...

> What I'm Watching/Reading...
Eric and I have been watching The 100 on Netflix for the last couple of weeks and have been hooked. We just wrapped up Season 4, and I have no clue when Season 5 starts, BUT I CANNOT EVEN WAIT.
As far as books go, I just wrapped up Saving Grace by Jane Green and  The One and Only by Emily Giffin. Recommend them both! I am now starting Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly.

> What I'm Listening To...
I've been making my own playlists on Spotify lately, and I always love browsing other people's stations.

> What I'm Wearing...
It is still HOT HOT HOT in Savannah. So we are still in summer clothes over here, but I am beyond ready for fall clothes...which for us, will probably not happen for another 2+ months. Did I mention it's hot?

> What We're Doing This Weekend...
Depending on what our girl Irma decides to do, we may be evacuating.

> What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
I participate in a local consignment shop 2 times a year, and it is coming up. I always get the best clothes at such good prices, and by consigning items with them, I get to shop earlier than the public. Always one of my favorite times of the year! :) I'm also looking forward to scheduling a date night (or two) with my hubby. It's always so nice to spend some quality, kid-free time together. Please enjoy this awfully grainy selfie of us on our last date (which consisted of delicious Indian food and live music at a local coffee shop).

> What Else Is New...
I mentioned that I am now working part-time for our church, and I really love it. It has been such a blessing to work at a place where I am already invested. God's timing & details were completely perfect - giving me a job so close to our new house, giving me a job with the same hours (only 15 hours/wk) as my last one but with a pay increase. The most important thing to me and Eric is that I get to stay home as much as possible with the boys, and so this was the perfect situation for us.

> What Are Your Best Back-To-School Lunch Ideas/Tips?
Last year in Wells' PreK2 program, we packed snacks, but at his new school this year, the school provides their snacks. So, as of now, I am no longer packing anything. But one thing that I do with Wells in general to get him to eat something he isn't crazy about is to give him a little toothpick/skewer. Kids will eat anything on a stick! Ha! So, I see lots of little fruit or sandwich kabobs in his future, once he's old enough to pack a lunch! :)

Can't wait to read everyone else's posts! It feels good to be back! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wells: A 3-Year Snapshot

In June, our big boy turned three years old. Three years?  HASHTAG HOW IN THE WORLD!?

I always love recording what our guys are up to at different stages and ages. It's so fun to look back and remember the little things we loved or may have even forgotten. So, here is what Wells is up to as a three year old...

The Stats: Our guy is still big for his age :) At his 3-year checkup, he was in the 80th(ish) percent for height and weight. I can't remember his height, but he is currently weighing in at around 37 lbs. He wears 3T shorts/pants and 3T-4T shirts. He is in a size 9.5/10 shoe. 

Talking: This child never stops talking! :) and his vocabulary is out of this world. He amazes people at how much he talks and how big his vocabulary is. Here are some of my favorite things he says:
  • When he says "because" he switches it around, saying "kee-buzz" ...and I don't want him to ever stop saying in that way. I <3 it!
  •  He uses "maybe" or "I think" at the beginning of a lot of his sentences, even when he doesn't need to...for example, "I think maybe you can play with me?" :)
  • He mispronounces "restaurant" in the cutest way - "rester-not."
  • If I tell him no to something he will sometimes say very calmly and softly, "I am so sad." Thanks, Daniel Tiger. 
  • He has started saying, "actually" a good bit now...the other day, one of his TV shows asked if there were hippos on a farm, and he said "ACTUALLY, there are hippos on farms SOMETIMES." :)
  • The other day, he exclaimed, "Sasparilla!" I asked him where he heard that, and he told me that's what Donald Duck says. 
  • If he wakes up in the morning or from a nap before Grayer, he will go to Grayer's crib when he wakes up and say, "Hi Grayer, did you have a good nap?"
  • He will call "Eric" instead of "Dad" every now and then because he hears me do it all the time. The other day, he exclaimed, "Hankin!" instead of "Eric" - in the exact same way and in the exact same situation I would have! Too funny!

Favorite Things: 
  • Toys/Activities: Wells is still a train-loving boy (his bedroom at our new house is train-themed)  and loves to play at his train table all day. He likes to play firefighter, too - we will give him a "mission," like saving a stuffed animal, and he'll throw on his firefighting hat & coat and rush to do the job! :) Watching him play pretend is so much fun.
  • TV shows: Right now it probably a toss-up between Daniel Tiger, Bubble Guppies, and Thomas the Tank Engine. 
  • Color: His favorite color is red. 
  • Foods: Strawberries & blueberries, carrot sticks & ranch, cheese quesadillas, PIZZA, and french fries :)
  • Books: He loves all his train books (Little Engine that Could, Little Red Caboose, etc), and he really likes one we got at my mom's book fair, called There's a Giraffe in my Soup! 
School: Wells just started PreK3. He is at a different school than last year because it is closer to our house. He is currently going on Monday & Wednesday mornings, and we may add Friday in January (to prepare him for the longer week that PreK4 will bring next fall). He seems to really be enjoying it so far and is, of course, so excited that there are train toys in his room.

Brotherhood: Wells is a great big brother! He loves Grayer so much and enjoys playing with him. He does get pretty upset when Grayer doesn't play like he wants him to (or destroys his train tracks), but we are working on that! Grayer adores him and is always calling for "bubba." Watching the boys play together is so sweet, and I love watching their bond grow stronger each day.  

Scaredy-cat: Wells is definitely our cautious child. He wasn't too sure about the pool/beach when the summer began, but he slowly warmed up. It takes him time to get used to something new if he isn't too sure about it to begin with. He spooks easy (like his mama) and some nights, bedtime is a struggle because he hears every possible noise inside and outside while he is laying there. He yells out from his bedroom, "What was that noise?!?!" several times before he finally falls asleep.

Sleep: He still takes a good afternoon nap, and even though he always tells us that he does not want to take a nap, he usually ends up sleeping for about 1.5 - 2 hours :). He normally sleeps pretty well at night without waking up. He is still not a morning person - he likes to relax in his bed for a while before he actually gets up.

Future Weatherman Material: Any time Wells says it's going to rain, it rains. Every. Time. He will look up and say, "those are storm clouds" (even when they are just barely dark and I wouldn't have even noticed). He cracks me up with his weather observations, and I know that I'd better prepare for rain if he predicts it.

Potty Training: Wells has been potty trained since the end of last year, but we were still putting him in diapers at nap/bedtime for a while. We stopped that a few months ago, and he has done great! I think he has only had two overnight accidents, which is a much lower number than I thought it would be!

Blankie: He still loves to have his blankie at nap/bedtime, but he isn't as attached to it as he used to be. He hasn't had a paci since before his 3rd birthday. He was using his paci when sleeping, but we told him that when we moved into our new house back in May and he got his big bed (he had been in a toddler bed), that he wouldn't need a paci anymore. He didn't fight it, and it was a lot easier than I expected!

Sense of Humor: Wells has always been a little ham. He loves to make us laugh and is such a goofball. I don't see that changing any time soon - I mean, have you met his dad? ;)

I can't believe we've already got a 3-year-old around the house. This boy keeps us running around, keeps us on our toes, keeps us laughing, and keeps us hoping he'll stay little forever. We love you, Wellsie-Man! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Grayer: An 18-Month Snapshot

I fully intended to do a 15-month snapshot for our Grayer Bear, but by the time I finally got around to it (AKA now), he was 18 months! We have been so busy moving into the new house that it totally got away from me, but I definitely wanted to document all the things I want to remember about our littlest guy at his current age.

Weighs: At his 15-month doctor's appointment, our boy weighed in at 24lbs I think. I know that he is in the 50th percentile for weight and only the 15th percentile for height! Our stout little guy has a check-up later this week, so I'll know his stats for sure :)

Sleeps: Grayer has been a fantastic sleeper for quite a while now. It is rare for him to wake up at any point throughout the night. His bedtime routine consists of a bath with bubba, PJs, getting his teeth brushed (which he is NOT a fan of), and then a story. I turn on his sound machine & projector, say prayers, give him his paci & blankie, and lay him down in the crib. Every now and then he will put up a fight, but he usually goes down without a peep. As for naps, he sometimes still takes a morning snooze. If we are in the car in the late morning, he will fall asleep at that time, and sometimes at the house if he is extra fussy, I will lay him down for a 30-minute max morning nap. He takes a pretty good afternoon nap - lately it has been about 2 hours. #allthepraisehands

Eats: Our boy is still a big eater. He is always jealous of anyone who is eating in front of him. He doesn't usually have a huge appetite for breakfast right away in the morning but always wants his milk first thing. And he will plop himself down on the kitchen rug to drink it every single time. He LOVES to snack all day long, too. His favorite foods right now are fruit (specifically blueberries & strawberries), cheese, french fries (#getsitfromhismama), and sausage & ham (#getsitfromhisdaddy). He is literally always in the pantry pulling out food like a crazy man.

Wears: He is wearing 18-month clothes right now. Because he's a short fella, I can sometimes put a pair of 12-month shorts on him :) He is in a size 5.5 shoe.

Plays: While he would still rather play with non-toys (like my keys, wallet, the remote), he has gotten so much better than he used to be at playing with toys and keeping himself entertained. He and Wells have really started playing well together...when Grayer isn't trying to snatch Wells' toys or rip up the train tracks! He loves chasing after his brother, wrestling with brother & Daddy, baths, being outside, and "reading" books to himself.

Other things to note

-Grayer LOVES LOVES LOVES music. If he hears even the faintest sound of a song, he immediately starts dancing. If any kind of song comes on a TV show, it's got his full attention. He likes to "sing," too. He has a little tune that he either made up or is trying to mimic some song he heard - he was singing it at the top of his lungs for days and we thought it was the funniest thing!

-He likes to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Bubble Guppies, Daniel Tiger, Mother Goose Club, and Barney...basically whatever Wells is watching :)

-He is our little trouble-maker. He is always into something. ALWAYS. Whether it's emptying dirty clothes out of the hamper, going through the kitchen/bathroom cabinets, emptying the silverware out of the dishwasher, or trying to get in the trashcan - the boy is mischievous!

-This child has a temper!!!! He will throw a tantrum like a crazy man if he doesn't get his way. We are working on this, but it is a little funny to see how dang dramatic he is! (See below. Ha! This was because I wouldn't give him any more fruit snacks...after he ate like 3 bags!!!)

-He is still a big-time Mama's boy. He was having major separation anxiety for a while, but I think it has gotten better. He does want me to pick him up a lot during the day when we are home - if I am in the kitchen, he will come up to me and wedge himself between me and the cabinet and reach up for me to hold him.

-He has not a been as big a talker as Wells was at his age, but he is becoming more and more vocal by the day. He can actually say a pretty good number of words, but he would rather babble. And even though he doesn't talk a ton, he understands everything we say! It's a little scary how much he understands sometimes! :) Here are some of his most-used (or just my favorite ones!) words he says:

  • Mama, Dada, Bubba, Pappy (Paci) Baa-Baa (Bubble Guppies), Dog, Fishie, Milk, Grandma, Grandpa, Ashie (Ashley), Gat (Gatlin), Bird, Gigi, Papa, No No, Yes, Annie (Granny), Juice, Cheese, Bye, Night Night, Hot Dog (what he calls Mickey Mouse), Uh-Oh, Train, Choo-choo, Car, Dump Truck, and the animal noises for a monkey, elephant, lion, tiger, cow, and dog.

-This kid still puts things in his mouth even though I think he should be well out of that phase by now. If there is something small around, he cannot be trusted! Like I said, mischievous!!! :)

-He is our early riser. It is rare for him to sleep in in the mornings.

-Having grown up with a train-obsessed brother, Grayer had no choice but to like trains! Haha! He is now a little train lover, too, and likes to get a train out of the train box in the playroom first thing in the morning.

- He also likes to play with some little animal figurines that we have. He will take each one out and babble about them and say their noises if he knows what that particular animal says :)

-Just like with Wells, it has taken forever for Grayer to get hair! It seems to be coming in faster lately. He has a lot in the back, but not very much on top still, so he has a bit of mullet! Haha! And his hair is kind of a medium-dark blonde as of right now.

-I think he got a true mix of mine and Eric's eyes because his appear to be hazel. For a while, they stayed blue, so I thought he might have Eric's eyes. But eventually they started to darken. They aren't quite brown like mine and Wells', though. On any given day they can look gray, blue, green, or brown.

-Grayer is our little daredevil - he is not scared or hesitant about ANYTHING. He gives me mini-heart attacks all day long.

-He loves Wells so much. In the morning, they will give each other hugs. And randomly throughout the day, I will see them loving on each other. They get on each other's nerves, too! But seeing them play together and be sweet with one another is just the best thing ever.

We love this little stinker so much! Can't believe he's already a year and a half! Happy eighteen months, Grayer William!

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. 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!