Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Fun

Just some pictures of some February fun.  Enjoying some warm winter days outside!!
 











Collins || 8 months

Dear Collins,
 
Still hard to believe you are 8 months old.  But I can hardly remember a time without you!!!
 
This was a big month for you with lots of first!.  First tooth (now 2 on bottom), first words (mama and dada - basically started saying them both at the same time!), first time in your crib (and sharing a room with your big sissy), started using high chairs when we are out to eat and sitting up front in a buggy, first sick visit at the doctor (minor ear infection).
 
You love to jibber jabber and are pretty talkative.  You also love to sit in the floor and play with toys.  You still love to sit in your exersaucer and walker.  But you still mostly love to be held!!  You are chew on everything.
 
You nurse/take a bottle about 4-5 times a day.  When you get a bottle at school you take about 6-7 oz.  You are eating baby food twice a day and starting to eat some snacks too (puffs, veggie sticks, graham crackers).  We are slowly starting to give you some table foods.  You are pretty good at picking up food and eating it.  Your favorites foods seem to be fruits but you will pretty much eat anything so far.
 
My guess is you weigh around 16 lbs and about 27 inches long.  You are wearing size 4 diapers and 9 month clothes.  You have been the best sleeper but we are regressing!  Thinking it's a combination of your teeth, a cold, growth spurt, sleep regression???  I'm not sure but praying it passes quickly.  It's making you and MK sharing a room a little challenging since you are getting up at least twice a night.  You still take 2 naps a day - morning and afternoon.  Usually about 1.5 hours.  You go down around 8:30 and wake around 6:00.
 
You are super duper happy!  And have the sweetest little smile -- you smile with your whole face and it's adorable!  You love your siblings and tolerate ALOT from them.  They just love you so much and are constantly touching you and in your face.  You are very ticklish!  You are little peanut! The smallest of your siblings by far but I love it!
 
We are so grateful for your life and love you more than words can say!
 
Here are some pics of you at 8 months:

 




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's for friends

Most all the pictures I have from Valentine's I snapped with my phone so I'll share those later.  But for us, it's definitely all about the kiddos.  We give them little goodies and shower them with love and everything heart shaped all day.  And they surprised me with cards and flowers!!
 
But I wanted to share the valentine's the kids picked to give to their friends at their little school parties.
 
Collins gave rubber ducks
Miller Kate gave applesauce
Sawyer and Graham both gave dinosaur erasers.
And we gave all their teachers Hershey kisses.
 
I'm a sucker for any day that promotes more love!! :))
 





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sawyer's 7th birthday party {bowling, laser tag, arcade}

Saw chose a bowling, laser tag, arcade party this year and it was a blast!!!
It was a super easy party to plan and it was so fun!  He loved every minute and was so excited to be celebrating with his family and friends.  It was mostly family and just a couple of his little buddies.  It's been fun to watch birthday parties evolve as he's gotten older.   We are definitely entering the friend stage and I love seeing him with his buddies! 
 

















Monday, February 13, 2017

Sawyer turns 7

Hard to believe our first baby is 7!  Gosh, it's unbelievable how quickly time goes!  I'm so grateful for everyday with Saw.  It's an honor being his mom and I'm so thankful for that privilege.
 
We woke him up with the usual: singing, balloons, whole fam in your face! :)
Then we had pancakes (his favorite) and presents.
He got to skip school and hang out with Daddy.  And the 3 of us had lunch together and we joked that it was just like in the beginning when it was just the 3 of us! :)
 
Saw is an absolute joy.  Everything you'd ever hope for in a little boy!
So thankful for another year!
 








Thursday, February 2, 2017

Collins || 7 months

Dear Collins,
 
You are 7 months old.  Still a teeny tiny happy little peanut.
 
This is my favorite baby stage.  You are sitting up really good and so smiley and happy!  Grabbing your feet and starting to develop your little personality!
 
I would guess you weigh around 17 lbs and are around 27 inches tall.  You are wearing 9 month clothes and size 4 diapers.  You nurse 3 times a day and take 2 bottles while at daycare (around 7oz each).  Nursing/eating about every 4 hours.  You eat baby food at dinner time and are starting to get the hang of it!  We've worked our way through most of the stage 1 foods.
 
You are still a really good sleeper!  Although the past week or so has been a little rough.  Mostly because you just got a new tooth on bottom and you have a little cold.  But you typically take 2 long naps - morning and afternoon - about 2 hours each.  You usually go to bed around 7:30pm.  I usually scoop you up and feed you again around 10 and put you back down.  You wake right around 6am.  I still rock/nurse you to sleep every night and every nap time I'm with you too!  It's my favorite!
 
You are still liking your paci.  You like playing with it now and putting it in your mouth and pulling it out.  You chew on everything you can get your hands on.  You have 1 tooth on bottom.  You jibber jabber all the time.  You have said dada and mama in the middle of your jabbering.  Maybe we'll go with mama as your first word. ;)  Your hair is really starting to grow in and it's adorable how it sticks up everywhere!
 
You love to watch your siblings and they are constantly in your face loving on you and entertaining you!  If you can see me you will cry until I come pick you up, which doesn't take long.  But if I'm not in the room or your can't see me then you are content to play.
 
We are starting to transition you from the bassinet to your crib in the room you and Miller Kate will share.  So far, we haven't had much luck.  You both have had colds and haven't been sleeping as great as you normally do so you keep waking each other up.  But we'll keep trying.  I would be fine to keep you in our room forever but you are outgrowing the bassinet.
 
We love you so very much!  And adore you and are constantly fighting over who gets to hold you and carry you and get your toys, etc.
 
Love you more than you'll ever know!
Mommy
 
Some pictures of you at 7 months:

 




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

first taste of baby food

Collins' has been eating baby food at night for about the past 3 weeks.  She's starting to like it more.  So far she has had apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, and oatmeal.  It's still messy but she's getting the hang of it.  She's a little stinker and loves to stick her tongue out so that makes it even more messy. :)

Of course we had to document her first (and 2nd time) eating.  Pictures of her first taste by her admiring big brother, Sawyer.  Enjoy! :))))