Thursday, September 4, 2014

Always Smiling

"Always smiling." Those words were among some of the many wonderful words Lillian and Claire's kindergarten teacher spoke to me in a voicemail. Their teacher called me and left me a message yesterday while we were walking back from the bus stop, she said they are so well behaved, raise their hands, actively participates, always come in smiling, cleans up their messes, and are a joy to be around.
She did admit she is still trying to learn their differences and sometimes mixes them up and they correct her. However, I am thankful she is working on learning those differences, they have had a preschool teacher in the past who always clumped them as one and didn't care about learning them as individuals.
Lillian and Claire come home from school and, with a little encouragement, will share some of their highs and lows for the day about school. They seem to love kindergarten and it was wonderful heari that they are being respectful and kind while there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Henry is 3 Months

Our little man is 3 months old and such a joy in our lives. Henry has such a contagious smile, you can't help but smile back at him when his face lights up and he gives a big gummy grin.
At 3 months:
Sleeps a solid 7 hours most nights
Smiles all the time
Started giggling at Josh at 12 weeks old
Wears 6 month clothes
Wiggles and will fully rotate while in bed
Usually takes 4 or 5 naps a day (lucky guy)
Loves the fresh air outside and looks around at everything
Had his first hotel stay and did awesome!
Bath time is more enjoyable some days that others
Starting to reach and grasp for items
Enjoys sucking on his fist
Nurses every 2 - 3 hours depending on the day


Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

August 20th was Lillian and Claire's first day of kindergarten. They have been excited to start all summer, but as the day grew closer, their excitement grew stronger. The night before they were starting to get a little nervous and so was I. Thankfully, Josh was able to go into work late the morning of their first day so we could share in this experience together as a family.
We had a bit of a melt down with Claire. She didn't want to wear the outfit that was set aside for the first day, the skirt she begged to buy in July and refused to wear it for a month so it would stay nice for the first day of school. She said it was "too much pink." If you know Claire even the slightest bit, you will know there is no such thing as too much pink for this girl, she will wear head to toe pink every single day if allowed. Once we got over that hurdle, the rest of the morning before school went smoothly. They were excited to wait for the bus and walked right up to it and climbed on as soon as it pulled up. After the bus took them, Josh, Henry and myself loaded into the car and drove up to school to meet them getting off the bus. We could have walked them into school, but I knew I would become a fountain of tears and I also think it would have been more difficult for Lillian and Claire to say goodbye. We gave them a hug and kiss and they walked into school holding hands. Melts my heart. 

They were very happy girls getting off the bus at the end of the school day. They told us they had so much fun and "school is awesome!" They told us about some of their friends in their class, but of course had no idea what their names are. They were excited to see some of their friends from church and pre-k on the playground during recess. I loved hearing everything they had to share and their love for school.
August 20th is also Josh and my wedding anniversary. I love how full and wonderful our lives have become in the 9 years since our wedding day. 

Monday, August 4, 2014


Monday was scheduled to be my first day back to work from maternity leave, but that didn't happen.
About a week ago I sat on the couch with Henry in my arms on night and I was ready to start crying at the thought of leaving my baby boy with someone else and not be able to spend my days with him. I wish I could say that this decision was an easy one, but it wasn't. Financially we cannot afford for me to stay home without some sort of income. However, it also doesn't make sense for me to return to my previous job when most of my paycheck would be spent on full time child care for Henry plus before and after school care for Lillian and Claire.
I can't say for sure what the future will hold for our family,  but I thought that same thing this time last year and it is amazing how our story is being written.
A year ago I was hired at Xceligent. A month later we found out our family was growing. I met some pretty great people at work and built more relationships at church. We have had a tough year with many ups and downs, but we have also been blessed in more ways I can count this past year.
Tonight there is still a lot on unknowns for our family, but I am confident that something wonderful is in the works for our family.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Henry is 2 Months

Every parent says it and every parent means it, I can't believe my baby is (fill in the blank) old. Where has the past two months gone? Our little nugget, Henry, is now two months old and it has been an amazing two months learning about our little man, watching him grow and learn and watching everyone fall more in love with each other every day.

At two months Henry:

Smiles and squishes up his entire face
Talks with coos and gurgles
Nurses every 2.5 - 3 hours
Most nights will sleep a 6 hour stretch
Looks around watching Lillian and Claire and other movements
Wears 3 month clothes, but they are starting to get snug.
Wiggles constantly, but when it is time to sleep, he loves to be swaddled tight with his left arm out.
Sucks on his hand and arm for comfort

Weight: 14 lb 7 oz    96%
Height: 24.5 inches  94%

Monday, July 14, 2014

Life with Three

We are now 6 weeks into life as a family of 5 and we seem to have feel into some sort of routine just in time for Josh to return back work. Our three adorable kiddos are keeping us on our toes, but we have been also trying to take as much time as possible to soak it all in and enjoying the moments that are flying by.
Lillian and Claire are amazing big sisters. They give Henry kisses first thing in the morning and right before bed at night. Claire is often the diaper prep girl. When Henry needs his diaper changed, she will quickly run to his room, grab a diaper and open it up, pull out a wipe and get everything all ready for a changing. They both love to snuggle with him, sing to him and talk to him when he is upset. Their favorite song to sing is "You Are My Sunshine." They lay on the floor with him and cuddle next to him during tummy time and read him books.
We have been trying our hardest to get out of the house and keep them busy, but unfortunately working around feedings and a grumpy baby makes things difficult. We have had to cut park visits short and leave places because of a screaming baby. We have gone on many walks which has results in many skinned knees and other scrapes and bruises when they go flying down the sidewalks on their scooters.
There has been a big adjustment in life, but we are also working hard on not shushing the girls when Henry is sleeping or keeping them from smothering him with hugs and kisses by telling them to be gentle. Lillian and Claire love Henry to pieces.
I worried a lot during my pregnancy about adding a new baby to our family. We had been so comfortable and happy as a family of four. Lillian and Claire are five and about to start kindergarten. What were we thinking adding another baby and how would that disrupt our routine and what we know? Henry has been the perfect fit for our family. Before Henry life felt complete at times, but now with him in our lives it really feels perfect and complete. Life isn't disrupted, but better than I could imagine. Sure we get less sleep, my ears ring from his loud cry, but he is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.

Monday, June 30, 2014

One Month

    Our little man is already one month old today. Henry likes to be held tight. He loves to be held sitting upright with his back patted. He gets hiccups all the time (rarely had them in the womb). He has crazy hair that sticks up in every direction. He still has his cord stump. He sleeps like a champ. He hates being strapped into his car seat, but is fine once he starts moving. He enjoys early morning, afternoon and evening walks with Daddy. He watches his sisters as they talk and sing to him. He hates having a wet diaper. He calms down when laying on his changing pad. He has big hands and feet. He has all of us wrapped around his finger.