Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sweet Summer

A family friend made these darling lemonade stands (if you are interested, I can give you her contact info) and my sister-in-law happens to have one. So when I saw these super cute lemon dresses and shirts at H&M, I know we had to do a cousin lemonade stand session. The talented Lindsay McDaniel took all of these! 

Unfortunately, it was Holden’s nap time, so he wasn’t most cooperative cousin, but he sure does look cute even if that lemon was a little sour Winking smile!

Nothing says summertime like this! Love these girls (and little boy, of course)!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Holden 8 Months

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This was another month of milestones for our sweet little man.  He got four new top teeth…all within a week. He was a little fussier than normal then.  He now has six total.

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He is also now a full time crawler and puller-upper.  We have a little babbler on our hands, too. He says mama and dada, but just as sounds.  He also mimics big sister when she makes funny noises at him.  One of my most favorite things is that he takes his little cheeks and fills them with air and he looks like the cutest little guy ever when he does it! 

Holden also got his first real hair cut this month. No pics memorializing the occasion because they basically laughed me out of the salon, but we botched his last trim, so I wanted it to look like it wasn’t done by an amateur (i.e. his mom and dad with a pair of cuticle scissors).

I also love when he is tired and I bring him in his room and put his pacifier in his mouth, he will lay his little head on my shoulder. It is short-lived, but still so cute. He doesn’t really like for me to rock him. He prefers to just be put straight into his bed when he is tired. And if he isn’t ready for bed, he will let you know. Ha.

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Holden also does really well in his stroller. We barely used ours with Emmy because she hated it. So that has been much easier to take him to go do things. He is pretty much along for the ride on many of our outings, but Emmy has gotten some special one-on-one time this summer, too. He is lucky his grandmothers sure love him!

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We also have an eater on our hands. We are doing baby led weaning, so he really enjoys most table foods. His two favorite foods so far have been spaghetti and pizza. We went to eat at Upper Crust the other night and I just brought a puree pouch and some puffs for him to eat.  He was still acting hungry when the pizza came, so I cut tiny bites for him. I couldn’t cut it fast enough. (It takes FOREVER to cut tiny bites, for the record.) Emmy loved (and still does) pizza as well, so at least we will always have something they both like!

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Holden’s favorite toys continue to be anything dangerous (cords, plugs, etc. – of course we don’t let him play with these, but it’s like a moth to a flame- ha), he also likes his little house, boxes, cups (particularly Emmy’s), water bottles, the door stop and the remote. He has also started to play with toys in the playroom and likes the instruments and, of course, all of Emmy’s Peppa Pigs.  (She has now moved onto Mickey Mouse, so it hasn’t been too big of an issue.)

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Cousins Finley and Tatum LOVE him.  Finley always asks if she can come over and play with Mr. Bubs (which is his most common nickname along with Bubsie, Bubsie Boo, Wubsie Woo, and Brudder – poor child). He will giggle so hard when they dance and play with him.

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Currently, Holden has a little cold, so his sleep has left a lot to be desired over the past few days. Prior to this, his schedule had him up around 6:30, napping around 8:30, another nap around 12:30 and another nap around 4 or 5 with bedtime being around 7:30.  I am hoping he goes back to consistently sleeping through the night and taking naps longer than 1 hour. This mama is tired.  He is now to 3-4 bottles a day, too, with eating breakfast, lunch and dinner when we do.

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We love this little guy and his sweet demeanor. He always has a smile everyone (especially me – his face just lights up when he sees me) and loves to be around people. We couldn’t ask for a better baby!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What I am Loving (kid and snack edition)

Pinkalicious Books

Since our summer reading program at the library leaves our bookshelves there pretty barren of the good books, I have started ordering books from the Tulsa Library online. Emmy LOVES her Pinkalicious book, so I have ordered her the series from the library to read.  We own Pinkalicious and Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink and have read them both so many times that Emmy literally has them memorized and can repeat the whole book verbatim. Ha! (It is seriously so cute to hear her read. I want to videotape her, but if she knew we were, she wouldn’t read.) I would recommend both of these because they are so cute and easy to read again and again and again and again.

My other two favorites are:

Silverlicious – Pinkalicious loses her sweet tooth and she writes nightly letters to the tooth fairy to get it back.

Emeraldlicious – Pinkalicious creates a magic wand that helps clean up her favorite park from junk.

We have also gotten Aqualicious (about meeting a mermaid on the beach) and Goldilicious (about Pinkalicious’s pretend unicorn), which are cute, but not ones you would want to read more than 20 times. (Or is that just our house?)

Leave Purplicious at home. The book is about girls being mean to Purplicious because she doesn’t wear the same color clothes as they do. It might be appropriate for older kids who are learning to be themselves and the moral of the story is good.  However, Emmy is too young to know anyone is different than her and if they are, she certainly wouldn’t know to be mean to them, so I didn’t care for it.

What I also love about these books is that most of them easily lend themselves to an activity you can also do with your child.  Pinkalicous would be a great book to read before making pink cupcakes and Pinkalicious and the pink drink would be perfect for making strawberry lemonade and having a lemonade stand. After reading Emeraldlicious, you could easily do a craft with recycled materials.

Wet Brush:

We love the wet brush around here. My mom got it for my nieces first, so she introduced me to it. It is awesome for brushing hair right out of the shower/bath with minimal screaming from your child. Ha! It seems to glide through the hair better than a normal brush.

Both of these snacks are kid-approved.

Boom Chicka Puffs:

This is not necessarily kid-related, but these puffs are as good as Cheetos and aren’t as full as the bad stuff. I bought mine at Target.

Snap Pea Crisps Caesar:

I hate peas. I would have NEVER in a million years bought these had I not tried them at a party and they were delicious. They taste like a puff chip, but have some fiber and aren’t as bad for you as potato chips.  I will tell you that the Caesar is the best flavor, in my opinion. Holden will chew on them and Emmy likes them as much as Pirate’s Booty. Kid and adult win.

Blondies:

I have taken these homemade blondies to several cookouts lately and have gotten tons of compliments and people asking for the recipe. I first made them because I actually had all of the ingredients on hand and then have made them all summer because people LOVE them! Emmy is also able to help, so it is a fun activity for us to do together!

Favorite Blog to Follow:

Thrifty Littles. She always posts great links to awesome deals on kid-items. I also follow Dan’s Deals and have gotten some great discounts on things like Starbucks cards, free magazines I like to subscribe to and more.

I’d love to know your favorites too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Holden is 7 Months Old

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This has been a month full of milestones for Holden! He got his first two bottom teeth, started pulling up, reaches for people, is eating food more regularly and attempting to crawl! Wow. I am tired just typing it Winking smile.
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Sleep is okay overall, but he has about one night a week of still waking during the night and some super early mornings (think before 6 – zzz).  The beauty of the second is that you know (ha – at least hope) that they will eventually get there. This is how he sleeps – make sure a pacifier is always close! Ha!!!
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Holden pretty much goes with the flow. He naps on the run some of the time, whereas I always had Emmy in her crib at naptime. Then again, we had nothing else to do, so it was no big deal. With a big sister to entertain, we are always out doing something.
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This month Holden tried out the pool and the splash pad. He seemed to like both just fine!
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He is always quick to give a smile, but has gotten to where he wants someone within his line of sight. If I leave the room for a second, he starts to fuss. But he will give the biggest smiles when he spots me. The other day I came home from work and Emmy wanted to sit on my lap and I gave him a hug and then Tommy or my mother-in-law took him and he cried the saddest little cry. Sweet boy loves his mama!
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Holden’s schedule has changed a bit…he now only has four bottles a day and will go between 3.5-4 hours between bottles. We still do three naps a day because he wakes up at around 6:15 on average and I try to put him down around 7:30 – 8.
Holden LOVES his sister. She is super sweet to him and loves to hold him and give him hugs (except when he wants something that is hers….but we will focus on the positiveSmile). My mother-in-law said he was belly laughing at her dancing the other day. Here they are with their serious faces:
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Holden weighs 17 pounds, 11 ounces as of his doctor’s appointment last week and is 26.25 inches long. He is in the 30th percentile for everything. He is wearing 6-9 month clothes and size three diapers.
We just love this happy little guy!
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Texas Trip

I am documenting this trip for posterity’s sake because it was equal parts super fun and equal parts stressful. I obviously need to learn to just chill, but as a planner by nature and someone who gets overly anxious if the kids are off schedule for too many days, made for an interesting trip! (Notice I didn’t say vacation ;).)

We set off on Sunday on a 5 hour road trip from Tulsa to Tyler, TX for Tommy’s cousin’s wedding. The kids both did remarkably well in the car considering Emmy hasn’t traveled more than an hour and a half in a car seat since she was 8 weeks old and this was Holden’s first trip.  I had packed all kinds of puzzles, sticker books, magnets, etc. for Emmy, but those lost their appeal by about minute 46. So we broke out the iPad and she was a happy camper. Holden got a little fussy when he was hungry, but I fed him and we stopped for lunch and everyone was happy again. Emmy took a nap after lunch and then was back to watching back-to-back Peppa’s and Peppa games on the iPad. She had absolutely zero interest in the other games I loaded. She only wanted the Peppa ones. Can you guess her favorite show? 

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We got to Tyler and went to the wedding, which was interesting with a toddler. She wanted to run and play, so the reception she played on the deck and after dinner, the girl danced and danced and danced. I think it was seriously one of the highlights of her two years.  She had a blast!! Holden had an equally nice time. He is such an easy going baby and it absolutely cracked me up when people would ask if they could hold him and thirty minutes later he was still being passed around the table. Both kids made it until 10:30 and we clearly have a party animal on our hands because Emmy could have kept going!

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We finally got back to the hotel around in bed around 11.  Emmy was soooooo excited to sleep in a big girl bed (she’s still in a crib). And that lasted about 2.2 seconds. First she wanted daddy to sleep with her, then she wanted mommy. We finally got her to sleep and then, of course, Holden woke up at 12:30, which woke Emmy up. There was subsequent crying from Emmy saying she wanted to go home. Then at 1:15 I needed to go to the bathroom, which led to Emmy falling out of bed and more screaming and crying. Sigh. I held her and slept with her on top of me. At about 3:00 a.m., certain she was surely asleep, I moved her lightly so that I could turn over, which then resulted in screaming, crying and wanting to go home. At this point, I was super frustrated and about ready to pack my bags and go home. I think when Emmy told me she was ready to go home, I told her that it was fine with me and we would be packing up to go home tomorrow. Ha. Mom of the year. Once she calmed down, we all got to sleep in until 6:30 when Holden woke for the day. Good times.

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After breakfast, we packed up and made the trip from Tyler to Grapevine, TX to go to Great Wolf Lodge. After waiting in line FOREVER and not being able to check into our rooms, we managed to at least get a pass to go to the water park. Emmy had the time of her life. She seriously played without stopping (I mean not even to eat or drink) for five straight hours. She had the best time. We ordered a pizza and I put her in Holden’s pack n play and went out to Target to buy another one so that they would both have a pack n play to sleep in. This situation worked much better and they both slept with minimal interruptions. (Emmy was up through the night wanting water since she hadn’t gotten enough during the day, but otherwise went right back to sleep.)

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Day 3 we spent at the waterpark and Emmy had an equally great time. Holden wasn’t a huge fan of the water, but was content to sit and look around. Emmy tried water slides and loved the wave pool and lazy river. After her nap, she woke up with what might have been a night terror and she couldn’t calm down until she had her mind set on ice cream. Apparently that seems to help everyone. For dinner that night we went to a Hibachi grill, which she HATED! Can you believe? I thought for sure she would love to see them cook in front of her, but when they did the first fire on the grill, it went downhill quickly. She later told me she was afraid of getting burned. I have probably passed my anxious nature on to her. Poor, sweet girl. She rallied, though, when the chefs left and she was able to eat in peace.  Ha!

The following day we went to eat at the rainforest cafĂ©.  She luckily wasn’t scared of the thunderstorms that happen every 20 minutes inside. She also had a BLAST at legoland, which she and Tommy did together. We moved locations that evening and went to a house we rented in Garland, TX.

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On the only sunny day of our trip, we went to the Dallas zoo. Emmy’s two requests were to see the carousel and train. The train ended up being not on a track, but she couldn’t tell the difference and really liked the dinosaurs. Her favorite part of the zoo was the children’s area where she was able to feed the koi and pet the horses.

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On our last day, the guys went to Top Golf in the morning while the girls took the kids to the park. Then the afternoon the girls went shopping and the guys watched the kids. Before going, Emmy really needed a nap and had a total meltdown. I think she was scared I wasn’t coming back. Poor girl. Later she told me, “you’re back.” She was staying with Tommy, but I think being somewhere unfamiliar was hard for her to get that she wasn’t staying there without me. She has still been a little clingy ever since we returned, too, and it has been three weeks. I took Holden with me and in the chaos, forgot the diaper bag. And guess where he will only go to the bathroom? His car seat. Ha. Fortunately, my sister-in-law had one diaper in the car and Ikea has the most amazing family restrooms. I was also able to meet up with my cousin and her three boys there! She was so sweet to come and visit.

On our way back to Tulsa we met up with my other cousin and kids and had a great time catching up with them! We are so excited for them to come and visit us this summer. The kids did great in the car and both napped.

Moral of the story: We need to get out more or we will not be traveling again until they are 12 – ha!

 
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