Wednesday, October 22, 2014

my handsome THREE year old

This summer I had all intentions of taking some three year old pictures of Pearson like did when he was one and two, but it just didn't happen.  We stayed busy with lots of things this summer but that's not the real reason why we didn't take pictures.   If we being totally honest, the day Pearson turned three, he turned into a THREENANGER.  

Have you heard of that before?  

It's a three year old with an attitude like a teenager.  Oh my!!!  For the majority of his life we have had way more good days than bad days, but over the past few months the bad days have definitely been more plentiful.  Thankfully we have gotten ourselves back into a napping routine (he gave it up for about a month) and he's turning back into the sweet little boy we all know and love.  We definitely still have our moments, but gosh we love this handsome three year old so much!  He is so incredibly smart and keeps us laughing all the time.  He's curious, has a great imagination, loves to play, and is a good friend to anyone he meets. 

We had school pictures yesterday, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures myself before I dropped him off.  He is soooooo not into taking pictures these days, so I'm pretty sure there is no way the school will be able to top these pictures.  They are pretty darn cute if I do say so myself!!!
 No more "MAMARAZZI"!!!
Pearson, we are so proud of the big boy that you are growing up to be.  We can't wait to see how God uses your smart little self.  We love you!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nash's Dedication

This past Sunday morning we dedicated Nash to the Lord just like we did a few year ago with Pearson.  
 I prayed for this child, and the lord has granted me what I asked of him.  So now I give him to the Lord For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.  
1 Samuel 1:27-28
All of the grandparents and great grandparents were able to join us for this special occasion.  We are so thankful for all of our family!!

{Lolly & Pops}
{Grammy & Grandaddy}
{Nonnie & Oma & Joe}
 We are incredibly thankful that the Lord has entrusted these precious boys to us.  I pray that we will teach them to love the Lord with all of their hearts and serve him daily.
 Oh sweet Nash, we love you so much!
We thank the Lord for you daily.  You are a precious gift from God!!


Once again…….I've been avoiding blogging.  

No real excuses like last time other than it's just kinda been stressing me out lately.  Blogging has never stressed me out, but for some reason it has lately.  I usually just throw some words and pictures up on a post each night, but lately I have just felt like that isn't good enough.  So many people are blogging to make money these days and I have just never  felt like mine is good enough for that.  I get overwhelmed by the fact that I'm just not a good writer or photographer, so nothing I could put on here would be good enough for anyone to even read and share.  So silly…..I know!!

But once again, I remembered……I'm not blogging for YOU! Sorry!!
This is a record of my little family's life and all the fun we have together.  
Who cares if I ever make a dime on this blog or ever have over 200 readers??
While that would be awesome to make money by doing something I love doing, I'm not going to let it stress me out and shut me down.  

Don't get me wrong! I love to share ideas that are awesome, recipes that a yummy, activities that are fun, etc, but that is not my priority.  My priority is to document my family.  I could just kick myself for missing the last few months of Nash's life.  I have so many blogposts from when Pearson was a baby and the amount that I have for Nash doesn't even care.  I do have a picture of the day for him everyday on Instagram but I'm definitely lacking in good quality camera photos and blog post.  I will catch up and fill in the missing pieces……..someday. 

But for now, I'm going to start with sharing Nash's dedication from this past Sunday.

Stay tuned….  

Monday, October 20, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Scotty P's for Dad's Birthday

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta, Green Beans, & French Bread

Wednesday: Swedish Meatballs over Rice

Thursday: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos, Charro Beans & Rice

Saturday Breakfast: Pigs in a Blanket

Saturday Lunch: Out to Eat

Saturday Dinner: Baked Ravioli, Zucchini, & Garlic Knots

Sunday Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips & Fruit

Sunday Dinner: Tortilla Soup

Thursday, October 16, 2014

nash {8 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
You are seriously the happiest baby ever! Even though we are still kinda struggling sleeping, you don't let that get you down.  You smile and anyone and everyone!!  If you miss a nap, you are typically still pretty happy.  You are just a go with the flow kinda kid which makes our life so much easier!! You big one tooth grin and your little giggle make our hearts swell.  We are really loving watching you and your brother develop a sweet relationship.  We are so thankful for you little buddy!!
We are finally making a little progress in the sleep department.  Because your sleep had been so crummy even after your little tooth came through, I decided it was time to do some major crying it out in the middle of the night.  There were a few nights where I was literally up for 2 hours straight with you crying.  I would give you your paci, rub your back for a minute, make sure your sound machine was on and then lay on the floor and try to catch a few zzzz's while you screamed.  All month you have been so inconsistent.  I really never know what to expect when I put you to bed.  Some nights you wake up and scream for 2 hours, some nights you wake up but go back to sleep, and some night you don't wake up at all but would wake up at 5:30 or 6:00.  Almost every morning this month I have nursed you at 6:00am in bed and then you will fall asleep until 7.  I hate that you are sleeping in bed with us, but it's nice to get a little more sleep before Pearson wakes up for the day.  Even though I don't like waking up as early as you, I can almost say you are sleeping TOTALLY through the night again.  As far as naps go, you are still not a great napper.  When Pearson was this age he NEVER took naps longer than 45 minutes.  Most of your naps are 45minutes to an hour but every now and then I get a 1.5hr or 2 hr nap. Some days you have to cry it out for 45 minutes and some days you fall right asleep.  Again you are so inconsistent with nap time….the actual time of day it happens and the length.  While I absolutely hate that you are no a super schedule baby like Pearson was, being a 2nd child sometimes its nice that you aren't on a super strict schedule because you are such a go with the flow baby.  You will fall asleep in the car soooooo much easier than Pearson.  And that is super nice!! Even though you can roll over from your back to your tummy now, you still get frustrated in your bed with you roll over and get stuck on your back.  It's so hard to get you back to sleep once you are on your back.  
We are officially on a nursing 4 times a day schedule.  I would love to say every 4 hour schedule but because you wake up around 6am every day a few of the time between feeding are 4.5-5hrs.  Clearly this isn't a problem because your huge thighs seem to be getting plenty of nutrition.  My frozen breastmilk supply is starting to dwindle down.  While I am actually able to still pump 5-6 ounces anytime I pump, it's just annoying and I'd rather skip it.  We'll probably start to introduce formula when you need a bottle.  You typically only get a bottle twice a week at MOPS (if we have it) and church on Wednesday night.  We continued to introduce a lot of foods this month and we still haven't found anything you don't like.  We did, however, realize that you are possibly allergic to mint.  When we gave you peas with min (plum organics) you broke out all over your body.  Thankfully it all went away in a few hours but it was a little scary.  You have had peas multiple times but never broken out, so the only difference was the mint.  New (puree) foods you have tried this month are…… raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, corn, apricots, raisins, pumpkin, and probably some more but I can't think of them! I usually give you a little oatmeal and half of a fruit for breakfast,  a half of a veggie and the leftover fruit for lunch, then a veggie fruit mix for dinner. We started puffs this month and you are obsessed.  It took a while for you to figure out how to get them in your mouth by yourself, but you are a pro now.  You meet your 75 puff quota every single day!!
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
Right before you turned 8 months you started rolling onto your tummy from your back.  I wouldn't quite call you a rolly polly yet, but you are capable of rolling both ways now.  Your favorite thing to say is "buh-buh".  I don't think you really associate it with Pearson but you sure do love him, so it wouldn't surprise me if you correlate the two pretty soon.  We also sometimes hear the /m/ sounds and /d/ sound but not near as often.  You can growl and make a super loud screech sound too!! You are great at pinching your puff with you pointer and thumb! You can reach sooooooo soooooo far to get something you want.  If you put your mind to it, you can get it!!
Puffs, babyfood, your paci, your lovey, us rubbing your back while you fall asleep, the jumperoo, Pearson, being tickled, when we put the whole toy bucket beside you to play with all the toys, paper (you will grab it if its anywhere near you), falling asleep in Mommy and Daddy's bed in the morning. 
When we lay you on the changing table to get your diaper changed, when brother gets to rough, bucking up in the carseat, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired.
Other Random Facts:
  • You still only have one bottom tooth.
  • Every Sunday morning you take about an hour nap in the pink swing!  It's so funny because you never really like our swing.  
  • You outgrew your Johnny Jumper.  You got too heavy for it, so you pulled it down to far.  We need taller doorways!!
  • You can suck out of squeezy pouches which makes eating out so easy!!

8 month Stats
Weight: 21lbs 13oz
Length: ??
Head Circumference: ??
Eating: nursing exclusively around 6:30, 10:30, 3:00, & 7:30 and eating 3 meals a day around 8, 12 and 5.
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: between 6-7am
Naps: 2 naps around 10:30 and 3:30 but varies in length anywhere from 45min-2hrs
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 8 months and Nash at 8 months.
Look how you have changed!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Goulash & Cornbread

Tuesday: Chicken Club Tacos, Rice & Beans

Wednesday: Poblano Potato & Corn Chowder

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday Breakfast: Chiloso Tacos

Saturday Lunch: Steak Fingers & Fries

Saturday Dinner: Mississippi Roast, Carrots and Potatoes

Sunday Lunch: Out to Eat

Sunday Dinner: Chili & Cornbread

Monday, October 06, 2014

meal planning monday

**I promise I will be back to regular blogging soon! Just taking a much needed break!!

Monday: Chicken Poppyseed Casserole, Rice, & Green Beans

Tuesday:  Date Night @ The State Fair of Texas

Wednesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chips, & Apples

Thursday: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Garlic Knots, & Caesar Salad

Friday: Anniversary Dinner Date

Saturday Breakfast: Eggs in a Basket

Saturday Lunch: BLT Sandwiches, Chips, & Fruit

Saturday Dinner:  Lasagna Soup & French Bread

Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: Baked Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos, Rice & Beans

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

nash {7 months}

This post is long over due.  I have had the pictures taken since he turned 7 months on September 7th, but I am sadly just now getting around to posting all the details. Sorry 2nd child!! If you would sleep better, maybe Mommy wouldn't be so tired!!
Dear Sweet Nash-
Oh little buddy, this hasn't been our best month.  My little baby that slept all the time is officially gone.  While your sleeping has been terrible this month, thankfully you are still the sweetest, smiliest, happy baby ever.  You are such a go with the flow kinda baby and will just be on whatever schedule I need you to be on during the day.  We love you sweet boy, even if you don't sleep through the night anymore!!
Ugh, we are still struggling in the sleep department.  I should have never complained about a 6:30 wake up time because for most of this month you woke up during the 5:00 plus woke up at least once during the night.  I really think your bad sleeping is because you are teething.  You tooth finally popped through towards the end of the month and now we have had a semi decent week of sleep.  You are still waking up at 6am on the dot but at least you aren't waking up in the middle of the night.  Most nights when you do wake up I am having to feed you, and that is just ridiculous because you definitely don't need the extra calories.  After the first two weeks of terrible sleep I decided to go ahead and quit swaddling you.  You were waking up in the night busted out and then could fall back asleep on your back.  I am breaking all the rules and let you sleep on your tummy even though you can roll both ways.   Naptimes have also been a nightmare this month.  I have no idea when nap time should be because you wake up at different times each days and sometimes even fall back asleep in our bed after I nurse you first thing in the morning.  Sadly, you have also started taking the dreaded 45 minute naps.  I just can't seem to get you over that hump.  Overall it's just been a terrible month of sleep and this mama is just plum tired.  I am still rocking you for bedtime and both naps, but that is going to have to stop next month.  We are about to do some major sleep training and crying it out. 
This month I was really trying to get you on a 4 hour nursing schedule but with your waking up so early we are really still nursing 5 times a day (sometimes 6 if you wake up in the night.) A typical day is usually 5:00, 8:30, 12:00, 3:00, 7:00. You get a bottle of breastmilk at least once a week when Daddy keeps you or on Wednesday nights at church.  We introduced a lot of foods this month and we haven't really found anything you don't like.  We introduced a new food every other day or every few days just to make sure you didn't have any reactions.  You have had bananas, apples, prunes, pears, mangos, peaches, squash, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  I think your favorites are mangos and squash.  With Pearson I slowly moved to 3 meals a day but since I'm already feeding Pearson 3 times a day I go ahead and feed you 3 times too.  It's just smaller portions.  I usually give you a little oatmeal and half of a fruit for breakfast,  a half of a veggie and the leftover fruit for lunch, then a veggie and a little rice cereal for dinner.
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You are an official sitter.  Right before you turned 7 months you started sitting really well.  I still put a pillow behind you because you tump over every now and then.  You are totally capable of rolling over from your tummy to your back, you just rarely do it.  You are happy doing tummy time so you just stay on your tummy.  You are starting to babble lots of sweet little sounds.  No real consonants, mainly just high pitched screeching! You are so close to being able to put your paci in your mouth.  Smiling at everyone is one of your favorite things to do.  You also love to giggle at big brother.
You love your paci, your teething toys, the Johnny Jumper, the Jumperoo, and laughing at your big brother.  You love eating, playing with your hanging toy in your carseat, when we throw you in the air, and being rocked to sleep.  
Sleeping (again this month), when brother knocks you down, when we lay you on the changing table, 
Other Random Facts:
  • You first tooth came in on the bottom and it is sharp!
  • Solids changed your pooping! Thanks the Lord.  TMI….but it instantly made it more solid and no more blow outs!!
  • You don't sleep in the nursery at church anymore but the teachers always say that you are so sweet. 
  • You started sitting in a high chair when we go out to eat and you do great! 
  • You are sooooooo heavy.  You clothes really hide a lot of your chunkiness.  You have rolls under rolls under rolls.  
  • Honestly, I have been so tired this month from our lack of sleep that I didn't jot down many notes of what went on this month.  Hopefully next month will have more info!!

6 month Stats
Weight: 20ish pounds
Length: ??
Head Circumference: ??
Eating: nursing exclusively around 5:00, 8:30, 12:00, 3:00, 7:00 and eating 3 meals a day around 7, 11 and 6.
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: in the 5:00 hour but totally unpredictable
Naps: 2 45min-1hr naps (who knows's different every day)
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 7 months and Nash at 7 months.

Look how you have changed!!