Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Phone Dump

So instead of doing a bunch of different posts to catch up on the last few weeks I am just going to put all the pics I have on my phone here and call it good :D.

The kids, my mom and I went down to Austin/San Antonio for a few days to visit my sisters and went to the zoo.

 These sisters love bath time!
 Christian Care center ground breaking on the GO Campus.
 Having fun with cousin, Luke.
 Fun times at big brothers baseball games

 Brooklyn had her first go at the swings and loved it!

 We got to go to the Family Retreat at Pine Cove and had a blast!  They kids were already asking when we could come back before we even left!  Both kids were so brave and did the zip line and LOVED it!!

 We made our Christmas boxes for kids in Panama.
 This little nugget is growing like crazy!
 We had a blast at the State Fair!

 One day shy of getting engaged on that Ferris Wheel 11 years ago.

 Maddox got hit by the stomach bug.  Thankfully the rest of us were spared!
 Feeling much better!
 Addy got to go to the cutest Frozen Party and had a blast!
 More baseball and another trip to the fair with some of our Aunts, Uncles and grandparents!

Whew. Ok that should have us pretty much caught up now.  Maybe I will do a little better coming up staying up to date :D.  Coming up we have some fun stuff going on.  Two of my favorite people are coming to visit this weekend from Colorado, we have trunk or treat at church, lots of halloween festivities at pre-school, and of course halloween.  This may be the last year I can persuade Maddox to coordinate with the girls so I can't wait to share pics of their cute costumes!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brooklyn is 5 months

Well another month has passed and Miss B is 5 months old now.  She is such a precious part of our family.  She has the sweetest disposition and will generally just go with the flow! I love that about her. She will let anyone hold her and just smiles at everyone.  She is growing like crazy and almost looks bigger every day.  We don't have a check up this month so I don't know her actual stats but I think she weighs around 16ish pounds.  She has the most amazing little dimples.  I just love seeing them when she smiles!

At 5 months:
*she wears size 3 diapers
*she wears mostly size 6 month cloths but still can fit in a few 3 month things
*She nurses every 3 hours during the day and will go one 6-8 hour stretch at night.
*She gets solids a few days a week (when mom remembers).  She has tried bananas, apples, and sweet potatoes and seems to like them all.
*She gets 2 scoops of formula in her bottle of pumped milk before bed at night and that seems to help her sleep a little longer.
*She goes to bed between 7-8 pm then wakes up around 3 am to eat then sleep until around 6 am.  Some days she is up for good at 6 and some days she will go back to sleep until 7-8.
*She now chooses to sleep on her tummy.  I lay her down on her back or side and she always rolls over.
*She still takes 3-4 naps a day but they are all only about 45 mins.
*She still loves her paci but has started sucking her thumb quite a bit so we will see which one wins out as the favorite.
*She started sitting up this month. She is still a little wobbly but can sit up unassisted for minutes at a time.
*She loves playing in the activity bouncer.
*She loves watching her brother and sister and they both love to make her smile!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Homemade Baby Food

We have officially embarked on the adventure of baby food with Brooklyn.  We tried out rice cereal last week and she did alright.  She didn't love it but ate it without any problems.  It is of course always a messy start when learning how to eat and this time was no different.  The second time I gave it to her she realized the fun in blowing raspberries with a full mouth of food.  She would smile so big when she did it.

Here is a fun little time lapse video of Miss B trying out bananas for the first time!  From the smile on her face I think you can tell she definitely enjoyed them!  Trying out new foods is always such a fun adventure!  Can't believe my baby girl is big enough already to be starting solid foods.


I had been thinking this time around about trying to make my own baby food instead of buying it in the pouches.  Those things a sorta expensive and I know its super easy to make it and way cheaper.  So today we stopped by the grocery store and picked up some apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, squash and green beans.  While the kids were napping I made all but the green beans!  It was so simple, I don't know why I didn't do this with the other kids.  All I did was peel the food, steam it in my veggie steamer, and then puree it in my little food processor!  Doesn't get much easier than that!  I then put it into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer.  Once its frozen I will put it into ziplock bags and then I can just pull a cube out and thaw it whenever I need it!  It only took me about an hour and a half to do all of it and what took the most time was steaming each thing until it was soft enough to puree!  I did have a cute little helper too part of the time! :D


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Well now that we are all settled in Texas I thought it was time to sign the kids up for some fun things.

Addy is really into dancing these days and dances all around the living room.  So I signed her up for a  little tap and ballet class at the studio right by our house.  My mom, grandma and I took her to the same dance store that I got all of my dance stuff growing up and bought her her first pair of ballet and tap shoes.  I can't wait to see how she does at her first class.  She is super social these days and makes friends wherever she goes so I thinks he will do great!

Maddox decided after doing two rounds of soccer that he wanted to try baseball.  I told him when we moved here that we would have to wait for fall ball because its just too hot to play summer ball.  Well as it turns out signups for fall ball happen pretty early.  All the teams around us closed in late July and are now on a wait list.  So I made some calls and was able to find a team in Plano for him to play on.  He will be on the Blue Jays and chose #34.  We took him this weekend to get all of his equipment and he is asking me several times a day when his first practice is and when his first real game is!  Can't wait to watch my little buddy play a sport he has loved since he was a baby.

Its so much fun to get to start exploring new things that our kids might love and be good at.  But above all we just hope our kids have fun doing these new activities.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brooklyn - 4 Months

How is it even possible that my baby girl is 4 months old already?  I know I say that every time I do one of these monthly posts but really its like the time just flies by.  Our sweet B is such a blessing to our family.  She has such a calm, laid back disposition! She pretty much just goes with the flow, which makes my life much easier!  And can I just say, she has the most AMAZING eyes!  A lot has gone on in her 4th month of life.  We took her on our trip to the Northeast. She got her first fever and cold.  She started sleeping in her crib.  She went to the nursery at church for the first time.  And she started rolling over from her tummy to her back.

We had our first well check with our new pediatrician and I really liked her.  Finding new docs is hard work but i think we have a good one.  She said Brooklyn looked great and was growing and developing right on track so that is always a blessing to hear!  She had to get 2 shots and 1 oral vaccine and that has made her a little grumpy and clingy.  Hopefully she is back to her happy self soon!  She has grown a ton in the last 2 months.  I told you the dr was a bit concerned that she was in the 5th % for weight at her 2 month appt but not she has jumped all the way up to the 49th % so she is growing like a champ!  I am thankful she was able to put on some weight without an supplementing!  The dr. said we can start introducing solid anytime between now and 6 months.  That is always a fun adventure.  We will start trying out some cereal, fruits and veggies before too long.  I am contemplating making my own baby food this time around but we will see if that actually happens :D.  

At 4 months our little miss is...
* 13 lbs 14 oz which is the 49th %tile
* 25 1/4 in which is the 70th %tile
*wearing 3 month cloths
*wearing size 2 diapers
*nurses every 3 hours during the day
*goes to bed between 7-8 and sleeps on her back until daddy gives her a bottle around midnight and then sleeps until between 5-7.  I am really looking forward to her starting to sleep better soon!!  
*She still naps at least for a little while after each feeding.  I try to get her to take at least 1 long nap a day but she doesn't always cooperate and often the long nap starts in her crib and ends in my arms (which is really ok with me :D)
*She loves being in the water, so the pool and bath time are big hits.
*She enjoys sitting in her activity bouncer.
*She giggles but hasn't given us the big belly laugh yet.
*She has the cutest dimples when she smiles.
*Her new fav thing to play with is her toes.

We are just loving watching her little personality come out.  I am just so thankful that God chose us to be this precious baby's family!  I feel like she is getting bigger every day and while it makes me sad to see our last baby grow up it's also exciting to watch her learn new things!  I can't wait to see what her 5th month holds!