Tuesday, November 18, 2014

pearson's first camping trip

 Lolly and Pops bought a camper a while back and they are taking turns taking each of the grandkids camping!! A few weeks ago Pearson got to go camping for the first time!  We went out to the lake around 5pm and just hung out for a little while.  It was a little chilly outside so Lolly came prepared with lots of fun and games to play indoors.  
Pops grilled some awesome pork chops and I brought a potato casserole.  Mom made green beans, rolls and caesar salad.  It definitely didn't feel like a "camping meal".  
After dinner, we all sat out by the fire.  
Even Nash bundled up and joined us.  He couldn't take his eyes off the fire.  
It wouldn't be a camping trip without making some s'mores.  
Pearson definitely liked the idea of s'mores a whole lot better than he actually liked them.  He took a couple bits (enough to be a sticky mess) and then he was done.  
 Once we were all done eating our s'mores, Matt, Nash, and I headed home and left Pearson to camp out!!  Lolly & Pops turned the kitchen table into his bed and they said he slept great.  They made blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast then headed home. 
He talked non-stop about going camping when he got home.  Hopefully this won't be the last time that he goes camping. Lots of fun memories will be made going camping with Lolly & Pops.  And secretly I'm glad he gets to experience camping without me having to do it!!  Even though camping in a camper is not really roughing it all, it's not really my thing!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: BBQ Pork Sliders, Chips, & Fruit

Tuesday: Cranberry Chicken, Swiss Potatoes, Green Beans, & French Bread

Wednesday: Leftover Chicken Spaghetti

Thursday: Waffle Breakfast Casserole & Warm Fruit Compote

Friday: Tuscano Zapano & French Bread

Saturday Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday Lunch: Hot Dogs, Chips & Fruit

Saturday Dinner: Roast, Carrots & Potatoes, Salad, and Rolls

Sunday Lunch: Leftover Soup

Sunday Dinner: Pizza

Saturday, November 15, 2014

nash {9 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
You have officially been out of my tummy longer than you were in.  It's so crazy how much faster these last 9 months went.  I really do just want to stop time because you are at such a sweet age.  You continue to be a super smiley happy boy.  Everyone that is around you always comments on what a happy baby you are. I pray that you always have such a joyful demeanor.  Your joy is truly contagious.  
FINALLY, we are sleeping again.  We put you to bed around 7 or 7:30 and you fall asleep pretty quickly on your own with your sound machine and glow worm on.  You sleep until 7ish.  Sometimes a little earlier and sometimes a litter later.  Most mornings you are up a little bit before Pearson which gives us a little time to nurse in bed before big bro is up for the day.  Naps are also going much better.  You are still inconsistent on when and how long you nap, but for the most part you nap from 1.5-2hrs.  Some days I put you down around 9:30 and you nap til 11 then nurse.  And some days I nurse you around 10:30 and then you nap until around noon.  It just depends on the day and when we are home.  Most days I nurse you around 2 or 3 and put you down for your afternoon nap around the same time I put Pearson down.  I don't have to rock your or anything.  You fall asleep pretty quickly if you are tired.  We are all much happier now that you are well rested.  Happy, well rested baby means a happy, well rested Mama!!
I nurse you 4 times a day around 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm.  You eat 3 meals a day around 8am, noon, and 5:30.  We haven't introduced any table food yet, but I know you are ready because you are a pro at eating puffs.  I did introduce greek yogurt this month.  Not "big people" greek yogurt, but the kind mixed in the Plum Organics baby food pouches.  I still have small supply of breastmilk in the freezer so when you do have to have a bottle you still get breastmilk.  I rarely give you bottles, though.  You will eventually drink the whole bottle it just takes you forever and you can't hold it yourself.  I only give you a bottle if someone else is taking care of you.  If I am with you, you nurse.  I tried giving you a formula bottle once this month and you barely drank any.  It smelled awful so I don't really blame you for not liking it.
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You are rolling all over the place!!  You aren't technically mobile because you aren't crawling, but you can definitely get around.  If you see something you want, you figure out how to get there.  It just takes you a while because you don't take the straight shot.  You have to roll, twist, turn and scoot until you get there.  You are babbling a lot.  We mainly hear "buh-buh" but we also have heard a few more sounds. ( /d/, /g/, /m/) You love to try to repeat after us, especially if we make a growling sound.
You starting clapping this month and it is quite adorable.  You are so proud of yourself when you do it. You also starting waving and saying "hi".  You wave your arm and make a high pitched "ha" sound.  You will mainly just do it to yourself in the mirror.  Sometimes when we say it or a strangers says it you will do it back.  You will not wave bye-bye though!
Puffs, babyfood, your paci, your lovey, us rubbing your back while you fall asleep, the jumperoo, Pearson, being tickled, playing with musical toys, clapping, playing with the remotes, rolling around,
finding crumbs and tiny things you shouldn't have. 
Diaper changes, pulling clothes over your head, when brother pokes you too hard, hats, hoods or anything on your head, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired, getting your nose wiped.
Other Random Facts:
  • Your other bottom tooth came in.  Your two bottom teeth are different heights. It's so cute!
  • At some point at the end of the month one of your top teeth came in.  I didn't even know it.  
  • I took you to the doctor because of lots of congestion and a little cough.  You had fluid in your ear but not a true ear infection.  They gave us an antibiotic though for all the sinus stuff.  
  • You are such a trooper being drug around to all of Pearson's activities and running errands with me. 
  • You love anything that doesn't look like a baby toy! Remotes, phones, my glasses, cords, paper, big boy books etc.  Obviously, some of those things we don't actually let him play with, but he loves to go for them. 
  • The nursery ladies always say how sweet you are.  Sometimes I think you don't ever get held in the nursery because you are happy to just play on the floor.  There are always screaming babies around you that need the teachers attention so you just get left on the floor!!
  • Every Sunday morning and Monday for MOPS, you take a nap (45ish minutes) in the pink swing in the nursery. You never liked the swing much at our house so we packed it up, but you love it at church.  
  • You play well by yourself at home, but sometimes if you see me leave the room you get soooooooo sad.
Happy 9 months baby boy!!

Your Mommy

{9 month Stats}

Weight:    22 pounds 10 ounces
Length:  29 1/2  inches
Eating: nursing 4 times a day (around 7:00am, 11am, 3pm, & 7pm) along with 3 meals a day (around 8:00, noon, & 5:30)
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: around 7:00am
Naps: usually 2 1.5/2hr naps around 10am and 3pm
Diapers: size 4's
Clothes: 12-18 month, 18 months, and a few 18-24 month hand-me-downs
Teeth: (3, two bottom, 1 top)

Here is Pearson at 9 months and Nash at 9 months.
Look how you've changed.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

halloween 2014

We had so much fun on Halloween this year.  Pearson really understood trick or treating and had a lot of doing it.  We starting our evening by driving across town to visit my grandma.  Oma loves to see the kids in their costumes and Joe loves to gives lots of candy to us!!
 My parents side of the neighborhood always has tons of trick or treaters so it's fun to trick or treat there.  
 Lolly & Pops and Shasta just camp out on the front porch because it's non-stop trick or treaters once it starts.  
 I'm already brainstorming our costumes next year.  I just love a good ole family costume theme!!
Yep, it's not easy trying to take four kids pictures.  Nobody is looking at the camera!!
 Annual Halloween picture with the grandkids!!
 We trick or treated with our friends, The Raneys.  Pearson and Brynn had a blast together and we enjoyed having some friends to chat with.  
 It was actually really nice that they had each other because we didn't have to ever walk up to the doors with them.  Mr. and Mrs. Independent!!
 Early on in the evening I told Pearson to hold Brynn's hand.  He insisted that he hold her had the entire night.  She didn't mind one bit.  They were too cute!!
 We also made a stop at Nonnie's house! 
 After three streets of trick or treating, these little guys were starting to get cold and fussy.  They weren't too impressed!!  Next year we'll probably be chasing them down the side walks!!
Hope you all had a fun filled Halloween!!

And we can't forget about the best part of Halloween…..


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

my little football boys

Every year I like to have a little Halloween photoshoot.  There is just something so cute about kids dressed up.  For Pearson's first Halloween he was a little lion.  Two years ago he was a little golfer.  Last year he was a minion, but Pearson wouldn't cooperate for pictures and I was pregnant so I was tired and didn't feel like fighting him!!  But this year we are back at it with the Halloween photoshoot.  

I got some really great one of Pearson!!  He was SO proud of his Baylor football uniform.  He's not much of a costume kid, but because he loves watching football with Matt, he was all about this costume!!

When I first tried to take pictures of the boys together, I'm pretty sure Pearson was trying to hold Nash like he was an actual football.  Thank goodness he weighs 22 lbs or else Pearson probably would have tried to throw him around like a football!!
Nash wasn't quite as cooperative as Pearson (which is surprising because he's usually Mr. Smiley).  Nash was actually coming down with a little cold so he wasn't feeling all that great when I took these.  I was still able to get a few cute ones.  
But nothing tops this picture I took a few months ago when Nash still had his helmet!!
Happy Halloween from my little football and football player!!