We have a crawler!! She is not in a hurry, and takes lots of breaks, but baby H is on the move:) I figured it would happen right after we put up the Christmas tree. She is 8 1/2 months, sporting 2 teeth, and says momma, da da, bye bye, and uh oh....all the time!! She is also very proud of herself with her new accomplishments amd smiles and laughs all the time.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Since we had a free afternoon Tuesday, we took a trip to the mall to see Santa. Maddie and Turner were so excited and we couldn't wait to see how Harper was going to act. There wasn't a line and the kids got straight in Santa's lap. Harper wasn't scared but we never did really get a smile out of her. The camera lady's assistant scared her more than Santa:)
I love family outings like these and look forward to the rest of this month. We have lots of fun things planned. The weather is supposed to get bad in the morning and school has already been cancelled. I like the no school/work part, but am hoping we aren't stuck at home the whole weekend. Lots of stuff going on the next few days!
We have had a busy week! We went to Savannah Tuesday afternoon for Thanksgiving. Wednesday night we took the kids and cousins to see Frozen. Such a cute movie!! Maddie is a fan of glasses these days. Those 3D glasses have hardly left her face:) Harper had another tooth break through-2 in one week. She does not like her baby bed at Nonna and Da's. Sweet grandparents let us sleep, but they had a few long nights.
Thursday a lot of the family came over for lunch and it was great visiting everyone. That night Pam, Grace, and I headed out for some shopping fun! We got some great deals and I am just about done. We left Friday to get back in town so all three kids could get their flu shots and Maddie had her well check. At 7 years old she weighs 47 pounds and is 47 inches tall. She is in the 25% for her age. Shots were traumatizing so we headed out for ice cream afterwards:)
Today has been a busy one. Bubblegum the elf showed up this morning in the kids tree and brought them two Christmas movies. We snapped some pics of the kids in front of the tree for Christmas cards bright and early. We also made Christmas ornaments and went to Mimi and Boo Boo's for dinner with Megs, David, and Aubry. While there I pulled Maddie's fifth tooth!
I was terrible about taking pics at our dinners but have a few others to share. The highlight of my night was getting to hug Nay Nay, Bailey, and Tucker!! I hate my kids were in bed but we will get together soon!
This year has been a whirlwind, but a great one. Thankful for our many blessings and the month ahead.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The kids, especially Turner, love getting ready for Christmas! The past few years we have done it the week before Thanksgiving. We spent most of Saturday getting our tree up and putting everything out. I love seeimg everyone's beautifully decorated and fancy trees. We are just not that way. I don't have any themes and basically let the kids do it all:) if we have ten ornaments hanging on the same branch...then that is how it stays. Maybe one day I will get fancy, but not anytime soon!! We also put a small tree in the big kids room this year and they loved decorating it.
I love this time of year. We have so much going on the next month, but I hope we all enjoy gearing up to celebrate Christ's birth. We have so much to be thankful for amd have been blessed many times in 2013!!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
She doesn't want to show it off or let you touch it....but her bottom right tooth has broken through:) I knew her gums were swollen and kept thinking it would be any day. Friday morning I did my daily check and was excited...and sad. These firsts are coming along too quickly! She is getting close to crawling and then it will ne a whole new ballgame. But for now, November 22nd at 8 months and 1 week old, we have a tooth:) Hopefully I will get an actual picture of it soon.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
We had a great afternoon/night yesterday. There have been days lately where I feel like all I do is get unto the kids for this or that. I don't think that happened once yesterday. Poor daddy had to get a crown, so the rest of us headed to Target. I picked up a few Christmas gifts and Maddie used her Target gift card she had gotten for her birthday. Maddie chose two books:) I let Turner bring some of his money and he picked out a craft set you make using her handprints.
We came home and daddy did crafts with them. We used to make stuff all the time and I have slowed down. Juggling three kids and working part time has proved more difficult than I thought. I have to remember that quality time is more important that quantity. Their artwork turned out great and it was a fun night!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Harper has changed so much this past month. She now can roll over, pulls up, and is teething like crazy!! She is still our happy little girl, but a little spoiled. She used to play so well by herself, but these days definitely prefers her mommas hip:) It makes it hard to do things, but I know before long she will be walking amd not wanting me as much. I will take it while I can!
Maddie and Turner can make her laugh like no other and she loves bathtime more than anything. If I just walk into the bathroom with her she starts kicking and smiling. She still doesn't really sleep through the night and for some crazy reason I dont really mind. I stay tired but those middle of the night feedings are some of the only alone times I get with her. Crazy I know!!
She has had a runny nose for a few weeks now. I took her to the doctor and her ear was cloudy but not infected yet. By weeks end I had started her on an antibiotic. Not going to be surprised if she has same allergy/ear problems as her brother and sister. Which will give me the answer to my experiment. She is the only baby I nursed/pumped for a whopping two weeks (hardest two weeks of my life!!) to see if it would make a difference in her health. I guess time will tell:)
Her favorite foods are rasberries and cauliflower, but this girl isn't picky. She really does like it all. I broke down and bought a few jars of baby food. Now that she is eating so much, it has been hard keeping up with making it. Well, she definitely prefers homemade. So I will carry on for a few more months.
While everyone was resting today, we had our monthly photo shoot. I love them and her!
Turner was so excited about Saturday night. Our church had a get together with hotdogs, hot chocolate, and a bonfire to make smores. Kevin had his football banquet and I took the kids by myself. I prayed no one would get sick from Harper so we could still go. We made it to the get together. The kids had a great playing with their friends and I visited with mine. The weather was perfect.
I kid you not-20 minutes after we got home I began throwing up. I don't think I slept at all that night. Kev took care of the kids, got them to church, and took them to lunch. By 8 last night, every stinking one of them was throwing up. I am so thankful I was the first to get sick and Kevin was the last. One of us was always ok enough to take care of the kids. It was wild. So we all spent today at home getting better. This weekend was one for the books-praying that doesn't happen again!
This was a wild a crazy weekend!! All 5 of us managed to get the stomach virus-my first time ever. It was awful! Harper got sick Thursday night and was fine by Saturday. So Maddie had gymnastics like normal Saturday and afterwards there was a ceremony to kick off 2014's competition season. It was exciting and we can't wait to get started. I do want to say there is no way we could be doing this without Nonna and Big Da's help. They have helped us tremendously and my parents and sister have helped with the monthly fundraisers. This is an expensive sport and we are so thankful to them for allowing us to give Maddie this opportunity. THANK YOU! Before the party she showed me her roundoff backhandspring and I was impressed. Glad to see all her hard work paying off.
They received their warm up outfits and their new duffle bags. They also got big sisters which was fun for Maddie, since at home she is the big one:) We had one more activity that night before it all went downhill. That post next!
Maddie's favorite place is Chuck E Cheese and we let her invite a handful of friends to come and celebrate with her there. Nonna brought Brayden and Sophia and Mimi, Boo Boo, Megs, Bubba, and Aubrey joined us as well. The kids had a great time and we saved a ton of money by not inviting every single friend we have:) After the party the family went to Steak and Shake for dinner. Turner's last soccer game was that morning and Maddie had gymnastics before her party....it was a full day! We gave Maddie a hula hoop and a gymnastics track suit. She received lots of new books, crafty items, clothes, movies, and earrings from family and friends. She is outgrowing toys-makes this momma sad. I feel like I played with them forever:) We had fun celebrating our Maddie Mo and look forward to what this next year will bring!