Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weston James - 18 months


















Poor third baby. Addie has blog posts for every month of her first two years of life ... I love you just as much, West!!

He has loved having his siblings home this summer. He loves them and wants to do everything they are doing, but he also loves to tackle them and pull their hair. All things water related have been pretty wonderful, although he does not feel that way about swim lessons. So far, he's screamed and cried through them all, while I hide in an alcove and listen to him yell, "Mama! All Done!" But despite the screaming, he's willing to participate and do many of the things his very patient teacher asks. He's learned to hold his breath when going underwater and though he thinks floating is pretty awful will mostly comply. 

This baby was so enamored with the ocean. I think our week-long vacation in a new place with a crazy schedule was a little hard on my boy, but he really was a trooper. The delays on the trip home were a little difficulty for all of us!

As a third baby, he's often along for the ride to t-ball or basketball games or practices, activities and events ... and while he can be pretty go-with-the-flow, he has some serious opinions about things and how he thinks things should be done. I literally have three children with the same personality, y'all. Although in general, W seems to be the most outgoing of them all, and perhaps a smidge less high maintenance (or maybe this mama is just getting better at accommodating!). 

He still needs his mama or dada if he's feeling unsure or insecure and he definitely prefers us most. He still has some separation anxiety at church but the tears never last long. He's going to be starting Mother's Day Out at least one day a week in the fall, and while I'm looking forward to some structured time to work, I'm going to miss my baby.

There are so many things I love about this age ... his talking and interactions are so sweet. He learns a new word nearly every day. He's obsessed with his Daddy. He wants to be in the middle of everything. He is so loving and gives the best hugs and kisses. His belly laugh is the sweetest sound in the world. But he gets frustrated when he can't communicate what he wants or we don't comply with his wishes. He likes to make us chase him. He has so much energy and literally Never. Stops. Moving. I'm just about too old for 18-month-olds, so it's a good thing he's the last one ;) But I know I'm going to miss this stage when it's gone. 

Weight: 25 lbs
Length: 28.75 inches

New things:
  • This boy LOVES to talk, and he can say pretty much anything, including thank you, please, I love you, squirrel, flower ... and the names of all his immediate family, though Grammie is called "Nana" and GDaddy is DaDaDa. Grammie and Pawpaw's new puppy, Pete, has even graduated from being called "Lola" to his own name.
  • Finally the two, side, bottom teeth. One came in several months ago and the other within the past week. One canine popped through and I expect the others to be close behind
  • He can name and point to most of his major body parts, and ours too. He loves to announce "arm! arm!" after swim lessons to show off the stamp on his hand
  • He also likes to tell us when he poops!
  • Walking upright up and down the stairs, sometimes holding on
  • Pushing his brother and sister around when he doesn't get his way or is mad about something. This boy's a bruiser 
  • Yelling "Pawpaw!!!!" as soon as we pull into their neighborhood
  • His second plane ride, which was a bit challenging for all involved. Really, he did pretty well as long as we kept feeding him snacks. Though I swore I'd never be the parent with the child rolling on the airport floor, I was. You can't control everything, man. My mom now calls him Airport Weston whenever he's being especially ornery or difficult!
  • A definite obsession with his Dada. If I get him up in the morning, his first word to me is Dada? with arms up and shrugged shoulders. 
  • Also his asking "where is?" with those arms up and shrugged shoulders about all manner of things is about the cutest thing I've ever seen
Likes:

  • He loves watching for, and announcing, squirrels and birds outside and on the bird feeder. Frogs are another exciting discovery. 
  • He loves all animals and squealed and paid careful attention to an hour-long presentation by Extreme Animals at the library this week. His favorite was the giant yellow python
  • This boy loves the wa-wa. He's feeling better about his lifejacket (read: he no longer screams and throws himself on the concrete in protest). He mostly likes to hang out on the steps and play, but will occasionally "jump" to us off the steps or side of the pool
  • The ocean was a huge hit. I swear he would have swam to Cuba if we'd let him. He loved putting his feet, and then entire body, in the waves. Lots of squealing and delighted laughter.
  • Ice cream. Mmm mmmm
  • Car Cars must be announced constantly, whether they are toys, we're driving, he sees a tractor, sees a fan (which apparently looks like a steering wheel) or he's throwing an epic tantrum to drive the car (yes, seriously). He also loves all of Hutch's outdoor ride-on cars and tractors
  • Giving high fives. He's not much of a hugger with people other than his people, but he gives a great high five to anyone who asks
  • Animals noises, with the cow and elephant remaining favorites
  • Hutch's toy vacuum
  • Playing Barbies with sister
  • Playing basketball, which mostly means taking the ball away from whoever has it. He cries during Addie's games because he wants the ball
  • Going to the library. He squeals to see and pat the big lizard statue out front and then starts asking, loudly, for car-car, a big wheel he can turn in the children's play area. He also loves to pull all the books off all the shelves
  • Chocolate chip pancakes. Really all carbohydrates and all chocolate
  • Putting on everyone else's shoes, which he's pretty good at
  • He reminds me of Hutch in that he likes to manipulate toys and seems to always be trying to figure out how things work
  • Running away from us, especially in public
  • Pushing all buttons at our church, from the elevator to the handicap door openers
  • Sitting on his siblings heads. I'm pretty sure this is a sign of affection. Really, he adores everything about Addie and Hutch. He loves to hug and kiss them. And drive them crazy, too
  • Dancing, especially when his siblings are dancing. He likes to imitate everything they do. 
  • More interest in watching (small snippets of) TV - there's no sitting still for too long with this boy
  • Throwing anything, with some pretty impressive aim
  • Digging in the dirt. Picking flowers. Especially when/where he's not supposed to
  • Playing in the dog's water bowl
  • My yoga mat
Dislikes:

  • Swim lessons
  • Having to be held while screaming for "up" (which also means down)
  • Eating vegetables or fruit in order to get a treat like brother and sister
  • Being refused a snack

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weston Page - 15 months


















Y'all I cannot keep up with all these children of mine!! Weston has grown so much in the last 2(+) months. He can say just about anything, loves books, moos constantly to the cows behind our house and asks persistently from the moment he wakes up till he goes to bed to go "Aus" or outside. He loves to give us kisses and hugs and asks for "up" constantly, which also means down.  He tells us when he's ready for night-night and pretty much wants to be kissed and then left alone. 



Weight: 23  lbs
Length: 28.75 inches

New things:

  • He's running, y'all. And climbing everything. Personal favorites are running away from me at drop-off every morning, trying to get into the kids' classrooms and climbing on the Jesus statue. He goes up and down our stairs constantly. 
  • The talking. It seems like he learns a new word every day. "Aus" for outside, moo, car-car, ball and up are some of his favorites right now. Now he uses "this" and "that" interchangeably. He says something that sounds like car-car for car, thank you and quack quack. "Aus" also means airplane when he sees or hears one outside. "Mo" means both milk and more. He says "wa-wa" for waters, 'nack, night-night, sock, shoe, push, hello, button, book and more animal noises than I can count. 
  • He loves books, especially Goodnight Moon at bedtime
  • Saying and pointing out (aggressively) everyone's nose, ears, mouth and eyes. Eyes are his favorite.
  • This boy weaned at about 14 months. He didn't miss a beat, and surprisingly I felt OK about it too. 
  • One more molar in, but no signs of canines or other two bottom teeth
  • Blowing his nose, with or without help or a Kleenex
Likes:

  • Muffins remain a favorite snack. He's getting a little more adventurous with foods, trying more fruits and vegetables, especially if we encourage him or act crazy to get him to try something. 
  • Playing "Aus" remain near and dear to his heart. He recently really enjoyed flinging the rocks we were trying to clean out of a flower bed
  • He loves to get his shoes when we tell him to or he sees us or the kids putting them on. Recently Jordan was planning to take the big kids to the grocery store and W and I were going to stay home ... Jordan was helping the bigs put on shoes, and in toddles W with his shoes in his hand, and then he backed up into Jordan's lap and raised his feet and shoes to be put on. Needless to say, he got to go too!
  • Climbing. On everything. 
  • Playing in the potty when someone forgets to close the bathroom door. Unrolling the toilet paper is also a favorite. 
  • Picking up Easter eggs and putting them in his basket. He called them "balls"
  • All dogs. If he sees or hears a dog or a picture or video, he calls it "lola" and pants and barks
  • Continued removal of all the things from all the cabinets. Also pushing all the buttons on the washer and dryer and opening the wine fridge till it beeps
  • He will do anything to make his siblings laugh
  • Still loves going to music class. The bells remain his favorite, and he often cries for them or bangs on the cabinet door he knows they are in
  • Reading a certain book about bears in his carseat
  • He continues to remove and fling socks and shoes in the car
  • Playing "soccer" with his siblings, which mostly just means kicking the ball and getting mad if they take it away or try to kick it too. He's forever trying to go on the field during their games, mostly to get to the ball but also to find Dada.
  • He loves when Daddy comes home in the evening and yells Dada when he hears him come in the door
  • Going to Pawpaw's house - he calls both of my parents Pawpaw
  • Pointing out and saying bird
  • Looking for the Moos each morning

Dislikes:

  • The Easter Bunny. Highly questionable
  • Getting in trouble for hitting, or anything else for that matter
  • Being refused a snack or food of any kind

Friday, February 3, 2017

Addie Mae - 5 1/2

WHERE ON EARTH DOES THE TIME GO???? This girl has absolutely rocked her first semester of Kites at Warm World. She's mastering sight words, is doing some reading, can spell all kinds of words and excels at writing upper and lower case letters. Her teacher just adores her, as do all her classmates. She loves Art and Home Living centers best of all, though really she enjoys pretty much every aspect of school. She loves her music teacher and is so thrilled to be practicing for their big Spring Sing performance this spring (which of course she has signed up to sing with the group, in an ensemble and a solo). I cannot believe the school year is halfway over.

Addie just learned to tie her shoes and she lost her first tooth with about four more that may fall out anytime. I cannot even. She had her first ever dance recital, in which she was darling, and then decided that was enough dance for her. She just started piano, or pre-piano really, lessons, which she is crazy about. She's learning how to read and draw notes, some beginning keyboarding skills, how to sing, etc. 

Addie had a tough time with soccer this fall as they were playing 5 and 6 year olds ... she was usually one of the smallest on the field, and they also transitioned to much bigger fields, bigger goals and 5 kids on the field. She's tenacious though and still managed to get in the mix and excel at defense. She'll be playing in a girls-only league this spring, and we hope that will help her gain back some of her confidence. She's also loved playing basketball this winter. She's dismayed that she never "scores any goals" but her defense skills are stellar. She's gotten lots of rebounds and even stolen the ball several times. She's so fun to watch. 

She loves Barbies and Shopkins and American Girl dolls and accessories. She always loves bossing her brothers. She loves to craft and paint and bake and play outside. She's doing awesome on her bike ... perhaps this spring we'll remove the training wheels. She's totally a perfectionist and occasionally gets some extreme anxiety (the apple doesn't fall far, y'all). She loves to veg in front of the TV when we let her. She and Hutch love to have "sleepovers" together where he sleeps on her trundle bed. She loves to wrestle with her Daddy when he gets home from work. She's convinced she will star on either The Voice or Chopped Junior someday. 

She almost always wants to follow the rules and wants everyone else to do the same. She doesn't love when the routine changes and I know her teacher has to give lots of warning and explanation if things are going to change at school. She is so empathetic and on more than one occasion has told me about playing with or sitting with or helping a friend who's been left out or just feeling sad. While I know her choices in this realm aren't always great, she does strive to be a good friend and look out for others, which makes my mama heart sing. 

In a nutshell, she reminds me exactly of myself. Good, bad and in-between. 

Weight: 44 pounds
Length: 42 inches

 New things:
  • Mastering 7 sight words lists
  • Making up "recipes", usually with the items on her plate
  • First dance recital, which was super cute. 
  • Piano lessons
  • Tying her shoes
  • Losing a tooth
  • Getting a cavity filled. Not fun for anyone.
  • We've been reading chapter books before bed, which she loves. Ramona, Boxcar Children, Bill Wallace, and a few from this generation, too ;)
  • Allergy testing, which wasn't as awful as expected because she wasn't allergic to anything. That was a surprise. In a quest to find out why she's still having so many ear infections and whether we're going to need to place another set of tubes. 
  • Helping with chores around the house, including feeding the dog and helping with dishes, to earn an allowance ($1/week is a big deal)
Likes:
  • Riding her bike
  • Playing in the snow. Thank goodness it finally snowed. She could have stayed out in it all day. Her brothers were less impressed
  • Playing Barbie, baby dolls or Shopkins (I still have no idea what the point of Shopkins is)
  • Going to the doctor. She knows the doctor almost never means shots, and although she's scared or flu and strep tests, she also knows she'll get stickers to add to her collection
  • Spending her own money at Target
  • Snacks and sweets
  • Eating at restaurants
  • All arts and crafts projects
  • Reading and being read to
  • Playing outside
  • Helping out with baby brother
Dislikes:
  • Sleeping alone, or not having a sleeping partner as she puts it
  • Being denied TV time
  • Missing school
  • Messing up schoolwork 

Hutch Marshall - 3 years!!

Hutch is definitely the most introverted of my little ones, but he also might be the most hilarious. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. He's also a serious smarty pants and a little less interested in following rules than his sister. He stays pretty close to me in new situations, when he's upset or extra tired, or intimidated. 

He likes going to school and occasionally tells us things he's learning, like letter sounds or singing songs. He does love music time and Gymboree. But mostly he loves playing with all the toys. He's more reserved at school, but he loves his two teachers and is not afraid to do some bossing of his friends, or them.

He asks one million times what we're doing today, or the following day, and then a million more if it's time to go ... and then when we get wherever we're going, he's asking when it's time to leave. 

He loved our trip to Missouri this fall, especially riding the train at Silver Dollar City. The first day we were there, a tree had fallen across the tracks so we couldn't ride it ... he has talked constantly about that train, the tree and the men who had to fix it since. He and Addie both got carsick (mostly thanks to a winding road), and now pretty much anytime Jordan drives he asks if the road will be especially bumpy or windy. 

He loved everything Christmas, too, and was the most magical one to watch this year. He really understood Santa for the first time, and loved looking for our elf each morning. He delighted in both of our Santa encounters, not timid at all. After reading the Polar Express, he kept telling me we needed a new house, needed to move and that he was going to ask Santa for a new house ... finally he explained that because I'd said I didn't think the Polar Express came here that he needed a new house where it would come. He was beside himself when we packed the kids in the car and halfway to Stillwater announced that we were going to ride on the real Polar Express. Of course nearly as soon as we got on the train, he was ready to move on to the next activity. 

We celebrated this boy's third birthday several weeks early at the fire station, where he did not scream about the lights this time, thankfully. He loved his party and having his friends there. On his actual birthday, we had a Hideaway pizza lunch with grandparents and lots of presents.

Weight:  33 pounds

New things:
  • This boy is potty trained. Still pull ups for nap and bedtime, but we are SO proud of how well he's done
  • An obsession with Thomas the Train
  • Buckling the top buckle on his carseat by himself
  • Wearing nearly the same size shoe as sister
  • Sitting up like a big boy at the doctor when having his eyes, ears, mouth looked at ... sometimes with a little tremble of the chin (although this was NOT the case when he had a raging double ear infection last week and had to be bodily held down by two people ... )
  • Continuing to gain more independence from sister and occasionally making his own decisions without asking her what she's going to do first
  • Standing up for friends and his teachers. Toward the beginning of the school year, he commandingly told a friend to stop yelling at the teacher, which made me laugh and made me super proud
  • Worrying about sister if she reports that someone hasn't been nice to her
  • Reporting to us constantly when sister, a friend or one of us has been rude to him
  • Diminishing fear of his battery-powered ride-on toys, though he still prefers other things when outside
  • Longer attention span for games, puzzles and movies
  • Losing the rail on the side of his bed ... and not falling out once, so far!
  • Playing more with Weston and teaching him about his toys. Also taking toys away from him and being fairly bossy ... which surprises no one

Likes: 
  • His sister is No. 1 in his life. He wants to play with her, sit next to her, do what she's doing constantly ... also bug her constantly
  • Going to see and feed the ducks at Grammie and Pawpaw's ... and snack on the frozen bread
  • Playing outside, usually riding in the Cozy Coupe, which is becoming a problem since little brother now likes it too
  • Going to music class with Weston
  • Encouraging Weston to talk and walk ... and go up the stairs
  • Playing in the snow ... for up to 3 minutes
  • Smarshmallows and muffums
  • And all other things sweet or baked 
  • Asking constantly when we can go to the beach house
  • Going to the grocery store, especially when the sweet ladies give him a cookie. Or he demands one.
  • His BFFS Brooks and Micah
  • Getting to go to Sunday School with Addie now
  • Making pancakes on Saturdays
    Dislikes:
    • Not wearing pants
    • Not being able to put on or tie his own shoes
    • The days when Daddy is not home to make pancakes

    Weston James - 13 months



    He's turning into a big boy before my very eyes. More steps pieced together, more words and more of a personality (aka attitude). He likes to do things himself and is not afraid to make his opinions known. I can't decide if this is more his personality or because in this household with three small children you have to yell to get your voice heard. He delights in everything and everyone, definitely the most social of the three. He still loves his mama best.

    Weight: 22 lbs
    Length: 28.75 inches

    New things:

    • So many words! "This" is a favorite and used to mean just about any and everything that he doesn't have a specific word for. About 3/4 of my day is spent frantically trying to figure out what the heck "this" means in every instance. He says ball constantly (reminds me of his sister). He's also said sock, uh-uh, car-car and something that sounds like Hutch (though he prefers to call him Bubba).
    • Asking for books to be read to him. Usually by declaring "THIS" and shoving his book of choice in my face
    • Still tentative at walking. He's started to put quite a few steps together, especially if he's holding a giant ball in his hands, but still not super confident about it. 
    • Weaning. Sigh. He's still nursing just a bit, but I know won't be for very much longer.
    • 3 of his 1-year molars and perhaps the canines on top getting ready to poke through 
    • Hitting. Ugh.
    Likes:

    • Playing outside. Mostly he wants to sit in the Cozy Coupe (or be pushed around in it), hold a soccer or basketball, or get in the little playset and try to fling himself down the slide or off the side. 
    • Muffins. He is a carb man for sure
    • Grapes. He cries and screams for them if he sees me get them out of the fridge.
    • He feels the same about eggs.
    • Playing with the basketball toy he got for Christmas
    • Any and all riding toys
    • Standing in his or his siblings' anywhere chairs
    • Climbing in general
    • Balls
    • The church nursery, although he does have to cry for up to 30 seconds every time I drop him off
    • Eating. When he gets up in the morning, and up from his nap, he immediately starts pointing at his high chair
    • Daddy. He gets so excited when he hears daddy come in the back door in the evenings. He feels the same when he hears Grammie and Pawpaw.
    • Removing everything from drawers and cabinets
    • Music class. He was so excited to go back in Jan. Sister just started piano there and Weston is always highly dismayed that he can't go in to her class
    • Magnets. He loves putting magnets on the kids' magnetic easel
    • Bedtime. He will seek me out and start rubbing his head on me, holding on for dear life and whining when he's ready for bed (or more likely when he's ready to nurse)

    Dislikes:

    • His one year photo shoot, which included a cake. He was pissed about it. Did not want to eat or even touch it. He did LOVE that our photographer had the brilliant idea to stick goldfish in the cake so it would actually appear that he was touching and eating it. Also, he loves goldfish now
    • Cheese. He can finally have dairy and mostly he hates it.
    • Being told no
    • Getting in his carseat 

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    Weston James - 1 year!!













































    The Christmas season has been magical with this baby boy and his siblings. Weston loved Christmas and all the festivities, mostly just taking brother and sister's lead. We did a lot of celebrating this month, from Addie's dance recital, mom and Pawpaw's birthday's, brother's birthday, meeting Santa (not a fan), looking at Christmas lights, riding the Polar Express, family Christmas party, Addie's school program, crafting with friends, Christmas Eve service at church and of course, the big day. He loved all his new toys, when his brother and sister would let him actually look at them. He didn't do much opening (again, something about those siblings of his ...) but he did like all the bows, boxes and bags. He tried to "help" Addie and me wrap several of Jordan's gifts, which resulted in shredded paper, broken boxes from sitting in them and bows and tape everywhere.

    He's added more words to his vocabulary and says mama occasionally. He also took his first step a week before Christmas, and is starting to put a few steps together. Won't be long before he's all over the house. He also loves to climb the stairs at every chance. 

    Weston has spent the last week really sick ... pink eye, a virus, high fever and now bronchiolitis. Yuck. He's been pretty pitiful, but I haven't minded the extra snuggles. We had to cancel his birthday party, scheduled for this morning. But grandparents joined us and we partied with our family. He immediately dug into his cake like he knew exactly what to do. He didn't care for his party hat, but he loved all the decorations, especially all the balloons, or "balls."

    When I think about this time last year and the first moment I saw his sweet face ... I can't believe we are here. I remember immediately thinking he looked exactly like his sister and being overwhelmingly relieved that he was here and healthy after so many scares during my pregnancy. I vividly remember the first time he latched on and began to nurse. I'm pretty emotional about my last baby being one and his true babyhood being behind us ... but I'm also looking forward to all that lies ahead. Weston is so gregarious, so joyful and such a delight to us. I know the best is yet to come. 
    Weight: 22 lbs, 6 oz
    Length: 28.75 inches

    New things:

    • More new words! New words are uh-oh, hat, gentle, Santa, Ho Ho Ho, ball. 
    • First steps! He took his first official step a week before Christmas, and in the last two days has put 3-4 steps together. Still unsteady, but he loves how much we clap and get excited when he does it. He usually squeals and claps for himself, too.
    • Drinking almond milk from his cup
    • Trying a few things not allowed before age 1, like honey and a little bit of dairy. 
    • Making car noises. 
    Likes:

    • Opening and hiding things in the warming drawer 
    • Balloons 
    • Waving at all people, especially girls. He has a special affinity for Addie and Hutch's teachers and the receptionist at the doctor's office
    • Boxes, tissue paper and bags 
    • Phones and cameras. Sister gave him a play cell phone for Christmas, and he puts it to the side of his head like he knows just how to use it
    • Bathtime and bath toys
    • Sugar, apparently. He didn't eat much of his cake, and made a few faces like it was too sweet (reminded me exactly of Addie), but the part he ate he certainly enjoyed
    • His new anywhere chair. He's been overtaking brother and sister's chairs for awhile now
    • Drumming on everything. The boy's been missing music class
    • Playing peekaboo
    • Hot dogs
    • Riding in the cart at the grocery store
    • Calling Lola
    • Opening and shutting the blinds, and doors
    • Climbing the stairs, especially while being told no
    • Looking at pictures of himself, or his siblings
    • Puffs. No. 1 food
    • Playing outside. Especially riding in the Cozy Coupe
    • All toys with small pieces
    • Playing kitchen with brother and sister
    • His octopus toy
    • Trucks and cars
    • Walking with the Ybike, chairs or anything else he can move
    • Coco our elf


    Dislikes:

    • Having his teeth brushed
    • Coats, hats, shoes and socks
    • Sitting still for photos
    • Being removed from the stairs
    • Eye drops