Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alder Jacob {Three Months}

One of these days I will actually post his monthly update on time, but honestly I'm just proud that I took his 3 month picture on the actual day and that I'm even doing these at all. So as we approach 4 months, here is Alder's three month update. Haha. #momlife

Time is flying by so quickly this time around. I'm trying very hard not to simply go through the motions and to actually enjoy these infant days because Alder is growing and changing so quickly! Alder continues to be a VERY happy and extremely sweet baby. If babies can be easy, he has to be the easiest. He is always smiling, laughing or concentrating on observing this big old world. He has already brought us so much joy and our love for him grows every single day. 
This month the biggest change in him has been his strength! He is holding his head up so well and is grabbing everything in sight (including Mommy's hair, ouch!) He so badly wants to roll over and I think it's only a matter of days before he is actually doing so on his own. 

Another big change is in his communication. He is constantly babbling and cooing to us. He makes this little ooooh ooooh cooing noise as he is falling asleep that is just the most precious thing ever. My favorite new noise of his though is his laugh. This kid has such a great laugh. It is contagious and you can't not smile when he chuckles, which is very often and especially at his Daddy.
Alder's other new interest is his big brother. He is constantly watching him and turning his head to see what big brother is doing. It's adorable. I can't wait to see them interact more. I can already see the sweetness of their brotherly bond forming. Like his brother, this child is also very routine. Eat, wake, sleep on repeat.
This month we celebrated my first Mother's day as a Mama of two. I also went back to work this month, but only 2 days a week. It has been good for all of us. I get out of the house, have some adult interaction and get to use my gifts in a different way and the kids get to spend time building relationships with Dad and Grandma. It is always hard to be away from my little guys, but I know this is where God wants me and our family right now. I feel blessed to have a job I love that allows me to mostly be a stay at home mom too.

A few stats about Alder at three months: 

Weight: He was 13.5 pounds at his 2 month appointment and the way this child eats I'd say he's definitely continuing to pack on the pounds. I'll found out in a few weeks about the weight he appears to be packing on.

Height: He has busted through his 3 month clothes so I'm assuming his height is continuing to shoot up too.

Size clothes: 3-6 month clothes

Sleeping: His sleeping is the most inconsistent thing about him. He is a very routine kid during the day, but at night he must just miss his Mama or maybe he's going through a growth spurt because there are nights he is still waking up every 2-3 hours. Then the next night it will be every 4-5 hours. Still no sleep stretches longer than 6 hours, but I'm hoping for that very soon because these interrupted nights of sleep are catching up to me and I need some ZZZZZZZs (says every Mama of little ones everywhere).

Random stuff only parents want to know:

Nicknames: He is most frequently and lovingly referred to as "Big Hunny."

Likes: Pooping through outfits, Giggling, Grabbing toys down from his activity mat, Chewing on his hands, Listening to Mama sing, Laughing at Dada, Staring at his big brother, Smiling...always smiling.

Dislikes: Accidentally scratching himself with his razor sharp nails (that he sweetly allows me to trim daily), being overtired and getting his meals interrupted by his big brother. Other than that, there's not much that phases this child.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Alder from this month...

We love you Alder J.

Watch Alder Grow...
            One Month Update                        Two Month Update

See Aiden at THREE MONTHS here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Motherhood Has Made Me {Mother's Day 2017}

I posted this on Instagram on Mother's Day and wanted to have it here too...

Being their Mom has made me.
Made me joyful.
Made me stronger.
Made me braver.
Made me see the world with fresh eyes.
Made me laugh.
Made me want to pull my hair out.
Made me proud.
Made me focus more on others.
Made me worry.
Made me sing louder.
Made me cry.
Made me smile wider.
Made me hug tighter.
Made me trust deeper.
Made me dance sillier.
Made me not afraid to ask for help.
Made me learn and do things I never thought I could.
Made me feel more loved than I ever thought possible.

I had such a sweet Mother's Day with my boys. I got to sleep in and woke up to Aiden handing me a rose and telling me in his sweet little voice "Happy Mother's Day." I got pictures with my little ones, roses and the sweetest card from my husband, chocolate chip pancakes for brunch, a new pair of Toms shoes and a nice patio cookout with family. 

1st Mother's Day with Alder
It was a sweet weekend. I'm blessed everyday to call myself Aiden and Alder's Mama.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Aiden-isms {Age 2.5}

My biggest boy is 2 and a half today! This age is so much fun. I don't care what people say. I refuse to call twos terrible. Hard? Yes. Do I want to pull my hair out somedays? Yes. But not terrible. Two is a fun age because he is still a little boy who wants to cuddle and love on his Mama, but he is also a big boy with strong opinions and hilarious things to say. I know I won't remember these things if I don't write them down so here are a few Aidenisms I want to remember forever...

He tells us "Merry Christmas!" at bedtime when we are leaving his room. This obviously started around Christmas and has continued and there's no way I'm telling him to stop. :)

If you try to talk while he is playing cars, he will tell, no command you to "Just vroom."

All bugs are lady bugs. Don't even try to argue.

Milk is still "B" and has been since he could first talk. No idea why.

He is great with directions (thank goodness, because I am terrible!) He knows when we are passing the "donut shop" up the street, knows our neighborhood and knows where Menards is (home of the cart escalator that he always requests to "ride.")

He will request to get out of his chair and dance if a song he likes comes on.

Jesus loves me is the only acceptable song to sing before nap and bedtime.

It doesn't matter what month it is, Polar Express + hot chocolate is always acceptable.

His teachers at church call him "focused" aka he wants what he wants. Haha.

Whatever our cat Sawyer does, he does. Let's just call him a copy cat.

He can recite at least 10 Nursery rhymes, Humpty Dumpty being his favorite.

He has the following books memorized and can "read" them aloud to you-Peter Rabbit, My World and Goodnight Moon. He amazes me and absolutely loves to learn!

He loves bath time and always requests to "wash hands in kitchen" after a meal.

No Paw Patrol or trendy toddler show for this guy, he likes the classics. Charlie Brown movies and Mary Poppins are in his top 5.

"Maybe not" is the phrase he uses the most.

His posse of stuffed animals is very specific and is mostly made up of foxes. Only select stuffed animals can be part of the posse. If a stuffed animal is missing or added, he knows it.

He will do almost anything for a cookie.

If he gets a scrape or a bump he runs over to Drew or I and says "kiss it." Then after we kiss his boo boo he instantly says "all better!" and walks away.

I am so proud of my boy and love him with every ounce of me!

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Transition to Two

So I've been doing this whole Mom of two gig for three months now and I totally have it down. Haha. That's a lie. I do occasionally have my days that I fist pump the air and tell myself I'm super mom, like the day I took both kids to the park and no one cried, the entire week where both boys took naps at the same time (how in the world did I manage that one?!) or the day we were all bathed, dressed and fed and Aiden didn't watch any tv. But those days are usually followed by a day where I am sneaking spoonfuls of Nutella and telling myself I'll do better at this whole mom thing tomorrow.

The first few weeks, I was basically terrified. I was afraid that I wasn't doing a good enough job, afraid that Aiden was feeling left out, afraid that I would fail one or both of my boys and very afraid to leave the house with two kids. Well guess what? My first outing with two kids was a big fat fail. We all 3 left the park in tears that day, but looking back on it, it was my first step. Like the Little Blue Engine I had to tell myself, "I think I can, I think I can" over and over until I convinced myself to just go for it regardless of how it'd go. When you are faced with a new challenge, don't shrink back from it in fear, face it head on. You have to start by taking a small step and slowly your steps will become leaps.
Being a Mom of two is hard, but it is also sprinkled with hilarious moments and incredibly sweet ones. Watching the brotherly bond begin to form between my boys has been the sweetest thing I've ever had the privilege of watching. I have also loved seeing Aiden as a big brother. He is (most days) incredibly sweet and protective of his little brother and the way he says his name melts my heart. Then he has his days where he tells me to put Alder downstairs, but we won't go there today.

While it's hard to always be needed, I have learned quickly to not feel defeated if every day is not Pinterest perfect, which it is NOT. If we stay in our pajamas all day, that's ok. If my baby cries for a few minutes while I hold my toddler, that's ok. If my toddler watches movies so I can breastfeed and play with my baby for a few uninterrupted hours, that's ok. If I have to bribe my toddler with jelly beans to get in his car seat, that's ok. I am not super mom and I am not ever going to do this whole parenting thing perfectly. It's better to just accept that and choose to accept God's grace when I mess things up.
Three months in and I'm starting to get in a groove. Instead of saying "I think I can," I'm getting out more and saying "I thought I could." I'm not scared to leave the house with two kids by myself anymore, but it has taken time, preparation and practice (and Jesus and Starbucks.) I am more confident now in myself and in my mom game. These days are crazy hard and crazy good.

Someone pinch me, I'm a mom of TWO!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Alder Jacob {Two Months}

It's been two plus months with Alder as part of our family and we are loving all the joy he has brought us so far. He is such a happy guy even though he shares his brothers love of furrowing his brow. He loves to smile and coo at people. I swear it's like he is already trying to talk to us. I think he might be an early talker like his brother. 

This month Alder took his first big road trip to Nashville to meet his new baby cousin, Archer. (Apparently we like the "A" names in our family) He was a great little traveler and we only stopped once both ways of our 4 and a half hour drive! Woo!
This month I've been working hard to get Alder on a Feed, Wake, Sleep schedule (Baby Wise) like I did with Aiden. He wasn't as easy as his brother to convince to get on this schedule as he would rather his schedule went something like this, Feed, Wake, Feed, Sleep and repeat. Baby boy loves to eat as evidenced in his 2 month stats. And the face below is the one he gives me when I try to deny him more milk. Haha. 
We also celebrated our first Easter as a family of four. It was a sweet day on my Aunt and Uncle's farm and he was so good. He really only cries when he is hungry or tired...or when his brother accidentally head butts him. Oh the joys of being the younger sibling.

A few stats about Alder at two months: (Appt. 4/12)

Weight: 13.5 pounds (71st %)

Height: 24 inches (72nd%)

Size clothes: 3 month clothes and some 6 month clothes (He wore the same bunny pjs Easter morning that Aiden wore at 6 months!)

Sleeping: He is sleeping 5-6 hours at night then he wakes up to eat and goes back to sleep for another few hours. He is also a great napper!

Random stuff only parents want to know:

Nicknames: Bubba, Buster, Sweet honey, Sunshine

Likes: Milk (duh), Listening to Daddy's voice, kicking his feet in the bath, Smiling, collecting things in his neck rolls, sleeping in his swing, staring at the curtains, ceiling fans, having his toes tickled, his Mama.

Dislikes: Being interrupted when he's eating, waiting to be fed, getting head butted by his brother

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Alder from this month...

We love our little sunshine boy and look forward to all the spring things with him this month!

See Aiden at TWO MONTHS here

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter on the Farm 2017

Easter is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. I love the reason why we celebrate it, the weather is almost always beautiful, the flowers are blooming, the grass is green, there is always chocolate involved and we get to act like kids on my Aunt and Uncle's farm.
This year was especially memorable because Aiden actually understood the concept of hunting for eggs and loved it. It was also Alder's first Easter with us meaning we had to take lots of family pictures to document. Duh.
We had such a good day with family. I hope your Easter was memorable too!