Wednesday, August 13, 2014

nash {6 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
A half a year already……how can this be?  We love you more and more each day.  Your sweet smile brightens up the room and your little giggle just melts our hearts every time.  You are the sweetest little chunky monkey I know and we wouldn't know what to do without you.  
You have always been such a great sleeper but this month that has all changed.  Your new wake up time is sometime between 5:30 and 6:30.  I try so hard to get you back to sleep before nursing you, but you are always wide awake and ready to go.  Some mornings you will fall back asleep after I nurse you  and sleep until 7 or 7:30 but most mornings you are ready for the day at 6:30. {yawn} I've tried putting you to bed earlier and later to see if that would help with you sleeping in a little later and nothing seems to work.  If I put you to bed earlier, around 6:45, you just wake up around 8 or 9pm needed help to go back to sleep.  If I keep you up until 8 or 9 it takes forever to get you to go to sleep.  We just can't figure you out this month.  Plus you are still being swaddled a night but you bust out of it al the time.  I would love to quit swaddling, but you can't roll over to sleep on your tummy yet, and you can fall asleep on your back without being swaddled.  Naps have also been a source or stress this month. Since your wake up times are so early, your naps have been off.  I never know if you sleep from 7-9am if that is your morning nap or if that is you going back to sleep.  While the times of your naps aren't all that consistent, I do know that you require 3 naps still…….a morning nap (around 2 hours), a mid-day nap (30 minutes, usually in the car), and an afternoon nap (1.5-2 hours long).  Sadly, I am still rocking you to sleep for all naps and bedtimes.  We are going to have to start crying it out soon because I'm tired of wasting so much time trying to get you to sleep.  It doesn't take long, but you need to learn how to fall asleep on your own.  
Since your sleeping has been so off, so had your eating.  There have been a few nights were I had to nurse you in the middle of the night.  Because you have been waking up so early and at a different time every day, our schedule really never looks the same.  This has been hard for me because I like to know what our day is going to look like!!  On a typical day lately I have been nursing you at 6:00, 9:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30.  You take the bottle like a champ now and when I give you a bottle I usually give you 6oz.  I gave you rice cereal for the first time 3 days before you turned 6 months.  I was waiting until we were done with our helmet to start solids.  The first time we tried it, you didn't really get that you had to open your mouth, but after a few days of it, you started to get the hang of it.  I think you are going to be a great eater like your big brother!!   
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You continue to smile and giggle for us all the time.  We barely even have to look at you to get a smile out of you…..I love it!! You are doing great reaching for toys and immediately putting them in your mouth.  You have also tried to start putting your paci in your mouth.  It doesn't always get in your mouth the right way, but you try really hard.  You are doing great with the tripod sit, but are still not able to sit on your own.  You have only rolled over a few time in your crib after you wake up from your nap.  We have yet to see you roll over though. You have definitely found your voice.  You can scream so loud!! You have found your toes and you can't stop eating them!!
You love your paci, your teething toys, the Johnny Jumper, the Jumperoo, playing under your playmate, and watching your big brother.  You love a good snooze in the car and you love being held so you can chew on my fingers.  You love chewing on your toes, going on walks, hanging out in the K'Link, being tickled, and getting belly blows from big brother.  
Sleeping (this month), when brother gets too rough with you, when you bust out of your swaddle, when I won't rock you to sleep, and when you are just plum tired. 
Other Random Facts:
  • We are only going to therapy ever other week now.  You are just 5-7 degrees off before we graduate!
  • You got your DocBand off 2 days before you turned 6 months.  
  • You teeth still haven't come in yet, but you are showing every sign of teething.  Hopefully they will come in soon because they are really screwing up our sleeping and eating schedule. 
  • You started pooping every day and every single stinking diaper is a blow out.  Real fun….NOT!!! I'm hoping solids will help change the consistency of your poop so you can keep it in your diaper!
  • If you are fussy, the Johnny Jumper can always fix it!!
  • You are such a cautious baby when it comes to rolling over.  I have never seen a baby try so  hard to NOT roll over.  You just really don't want your head to hit the ground, so you use all your muscles to pull it back up.  Silly boy!!

And here is one more picture with your helmet on.  This was the day before we got our helmet off!!

6 month Stats
Weight: 19lbs 6oz (75%)
Length: 27 1/2 inches (75%)
Head Circumference: 17 inches (50%)
Eating: nursing exclusively around 6, 9:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 (ish) and eating cereal once a day
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: around 6:30pm
Naps: 3 naps (7:30-9:30, 12:30-1, 2:00-4:00)
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 9 months (starting to get a little small) and 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 6 months and Nash at 6 months.
Look how you have changed!!

#thelinkhomeeveryday2014 {week 32}

{Day 217}
Nash has decided he hates sleeping all the sudden.  We've gone from sleeping 11-12 hours to 7 hours.  I'm soooooooo tired. 
{Day 218}
Chick-fil-A breakfast date with my favorite 3 year old. 
{Day 219}
Brothers and books and bedtime!!
{Day 220}
Pearson and his buddies at our ABF Swim Party. 
{Day 221}
Headed to church with my little boysies.  Daddy is still sick. 
{Day 222}
Who knew that wrestling between the boys would start so soon?
{Day 223}
I am loving having a new Wal-Mart right outside our neighborhood and Pearson is loving the cookies from the bakery!

#thelinkhomeeveryday2014 {week 31}

{Day 211}
Girls night out… tag along Nash!
{Day 212}
He is obsessed with his library books.  I'm looking forward to making library trips more routine. 
{Day 213}
Seriously this weather has been nuts, but we aren't complaining.  We are loving all of the walks we have been able to take. 
{Day 214}
Sleeping in before Pearson was 9am, after Pearson it was 8am, now with Nash we are lucky if we get to sleep in until 7am.  6:15 seems to be the new wake up time.  
{Day 215}
Since Matt has been sick the last few days, I have found a new addiction.  Oops!!!
{Day 216}
Tonight I got to rock my baby boy to sleep without his helmet.  He has a little red spot that won't go away so our helmet clinician said to discontinue wearing it until we go in tomorrow. 
{Day 217}
Where oh where did my happy baby go? 

#thelinkhomeeveryday2014 {week 30}

{Day 204}
Checking out "big boy" books for the first time at the library!
{Day 205}
Vanity Fair Blogger event with some lovely Dallas Moms Blog ladies!!
{Day 206}
First Friday of the month is always my favorite day because it means date night with this guy! Plus I don't have to cook!!

{Day 207}
Love these sweet brothers so much!
{Day 208}
Enjoying a relaxing evening on the couch watching America Ninja Warriors……our new favorite show!
{Day 209}
After a stressful evening, a crummy new recipe for dinner then Daddy having to leave for softball, a fro-yo date with my boys was just what I needed. 
{Day 210}
Enjoying the crazy cool weather we have been having.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken, Rice & Egg Rolls

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches & Tator Rounds

Thursday: Pork Roast w/ Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, & Zucchini

Friday: Goulash, Cornbread & Okra

Saturday Breakfast: Sausage Balls

Saturday Lunch: Veggie Quesadillas

Saturday Dinner: Grilled Monterrey Chicken, Baked Potatoes, & Green Beans

Sunday Lunch: Sierra Turkey Sandwiches, Chips & Fruit

Sunday Dinner: Dinner @ Leadership Mtg

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday- Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chips, & Cantelope

Tuesday- Flying Fish w/ My Parents

Wednesday- Boys: Me: Taco Bueno Meeting @ Church

Thursday- Goulash, Cornbread & Okra

Friday- Ultimate Baked Ziti, Zucchini, Garlic Knots

Saturday Breakfast- Boys: Eggs in a Basket Me: Brunch Mtg

Saturday Lunch- Leftover Goulash

Saturday Dinner- ABF Cookout

Sunday Breakfast- Cinnamon Rolls

Sunday Lunch- Leftovers  Baked Ziti

Sunday Dinner- Out after Engage

Monday, July 28, 2014

meal planning monday

Tuesday:  Mississippi Roast, Mashed Potatoes, & Carrots

Wednesday: Boys: Chicken Pot Pie Me: Small Group Girl's Night

Thursday: Baked Barbecue Chicken, Baked Beans, Corn, & Mashed Potatoes

Friday: Pappasito's Chicken Fajitas, Rice & Beans

Saturday Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait

Saturday Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwiches w/ Au Ju Sauce & Chips

Saturday Dinner: Chicken Poppyseed Casserole, Salad, & Candied Carrots

Sunday Lunch: Taco Salad

Sunday Dinner: Blackened Chicken Alfredo & Roasted Broccoli Garlic Knots

Sunday, July 27, 2014

first (family of 4) road trip

At the end of June we loaded up our loaner Tahoe (that's a whole other post) and headed to Fredericksburg for the weekend.  My uncle was getting married.  We left early Saturday morning and drove all day.  We got to Fredericksburg just in time for naps, however one of our little boys decided he didn't need one.  I'll let you guess who that was!

At 6pm we headed to the cutest little venue for the wedding.  
This was Pearson's first wedding to attend to we tried to explain to him that the ceremony was like church and we had to sit quietly, then the reception was like a party and we could have a lot of fun.  He immediately ask, "Der gonna be cake?" Ha! Can you tell we have been to a few birthday parties lately?
Since the wedding was outside and it was a little warm, we left Nash's helmet at the hotel.  He got to enjoy the evening helmet free.  He was absolutely perfect for the evening. 
My cousin Cole walked Nonnie down.  
My three cousins Mackenzie, Ashton and Kennedy were bridesmaids along with my new cousin Kennedy, but I totally forgot to take a picture of her. Yes, I now have two cousins named Kennedy!!  
My new cousin Hudson walk his Mom down the aisle.  Marshella looked so pretty.  
Pearson actually did pretty good during the ceremony as long as he could stand on Matt's legs to see!!
My cousin's are all wonderful singers.  All the girls and my uncle sang a beautiful song to Marshella
I may or may not have planned our outfit to match so we could get a cute family picture while we were there!!  
Pearson will think every wedding we go to from here on out is boring because they had all sorts of yard games for the kids to play.  
My cousin Walter was playing with his new Corn Hole set that he will be taking to LSU with him in the fall!! 
Pearson ADORES my cousins.  He had a blast with them all evening. 
Nash was seriously so good all evening.  He even took a little snooze in the stroller.  It's so nice having a easy going, go with the flow baby!!
They had the best live music at the reception.  The singer/guitarist is a writer in Nashville and has written songs for Garth Brooks, George Strait and Brooks and Dunn! He's a pretty big deal in Nashville. 
The new couple!!  We are so happy to welcome Marshella into our family.  She is absolutely wonderful and I'm so excited to have a new aunt. 
Pearson got a wish and got a piece of cake.  He ate just about every last bite of it too. 
Even after waking up early and not taking a nap, this little guy was still dancing the night away at 10pm.  
Even though it was a super quick trip, we had a fun time in Fredericksburg and enjoyed seeing all of our family!!