Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Growin' like a Weed: Mommy - 360 months


Height: 5' and .5"
Weight: 124 lbs

Likes: Jesus, our family, spending time outside, eating (especially sweets and chocolatey candy) and baking!  She's always doing her best to keep the house clean and keep us healthy and happy!  

Dislikes: Fussing, whining, temper tantrums, a messy house, Daddy's farts, and when things don't go how she wants/thinks they should go.  She also dislikes pizza and fried chicken, since Charlotte was born. Strange! 

Sleeping: Mommy wishes she could sleep, all day.  She says it's tough being a Mommy, we really wear her out!  She sleeps in Charlie's room, there's a bed in there for her, because the baby eats a lot.  She doesn't sleep with Daddy because he snores and it wakes her up.  Daddy listens to the monitor for the big girls, and Mommy wakes up with Charlie.  Daddy says he needs more sleep than Mommy.  Mommy doesn't agree, but she always stays up late getting things done while we're all sleeping.

Eating: Mommy always eats standing up and her food is almost always cold.  A lot of times she just grabs food and shoves it in her mouth (sometimes dropping it on Charlie) because she's always helping take care of us as we eat.  She likes to go out to eat by herself.  It's like her favorite thing to do since the baby has been born.  She leaves Daddy at home with the kids during nap time and goes to Cook Out or the Hibachi Buffet and eats.  Silly Mommy! 

Playing: Daddy is better at playing than Mommy.  Mommy plays, but usually has a baby on her so she can't be as rough, loud, or crazy as Daddy.  Mommy is also with kiddos all day so she has to "reserve her energy".  She really likes to play with toys with us and use her imagination.  Her favorite toy is her phone.  She likes taking pictures and looking on Facebook.  Mommy doesn't have any friends. She's too busy. But we are glad she's at home taking care of us, we love it! 

haha I hope you enjoyed this "humorous" spin on my monthly blog! I've done for each of the girls and thought, heck, why not do a funny little post for me.  It's just another year, just another day.  Praise God for 30 beautiful years. I fail, miserably each day, and often which I had a little more time to poop/shower/eat/take care of myself/have friends/have fun times with said friends, but this is just a season, a busy and stressful season, but a perfect season that God designed for me and is holding my hand through each and every day.  Charles, Brooke, Taylor and Charlotte, I love you and am so thankful that I get to spend each and every day with you all! 

Growin' like a Weed: Charlotte - 1 month


Height: 21" 
Weight: 9lbs 1oz 

Likes: Mommy, Mommy's milk, sleeping, and being held.  She is constantly on me in my Baby K'tan Active wrap (seriously, I spend over half the day with her snuggled in there) as I play/referee/love on Brooke and Taylor. She seems to be a MUCH more easy going baby and I am soooo very thankful for that! haha God knew I needed a little help because of how... lets see how I can put it... challenging Brooke and Taylor can be! haha 

Dislikes: HER CARSEAT! Lord have mercy! You'd think I laid her in a bed of nails!  Which is highly unfortunate because we are out and about A LOT going to take Brooke to and from preschool, or going to the park, or running errands.  The carseat stays in the car and I get Charlotte out of it as quickly as possible when we park.  Like beet red face, tears, the works!  She also seems to dislike not being held, okay, got it, the others were like that, and when we try to keep her awake.  She only cries when she's hungry or sleepy.  Plain and simple.  She's great! 

Sleeping: We started out in the rock-in-play sleeper, but that didn't last long.  She quickly migrated to my amazing sleeper right by my side.  Yep, I said it.  I slept with Taylor in bed with me a bit, and realized wow, this works! Like she sleeps, and I sleep! I can nurse her laying down and we both drift back off to dream land!  I've honestly only had 2 nights where she stayed awake for any length of time.  Once again... praise the Lord for this precious creation! haha She sleeps a lot and is a lot less alert during the day than Brooke was during this phase of life.  She takes a killer 3 hour-ish afternoon nap everyday, which is a God-send, because it works perfectly with Taylor's nap time and Brooke's quiet time.  Taking care of household duties and my tiny bit of work (I work from home) is all done at this time. Oh yes, I swaddled her at the hospital, and a few days after that, then I stopped.  She sleeps with a blanket wrapped around her tummy/legs and socks on her hands.  She kind of takes a paci to help her fall asleep, but isn't a huge fan of it.  She makes a pretty killer stank face sometimes when I place it in her mouth.

Eating: She awesome! No spitting up, but she does suck pretty wimpily (yep, not a word, I made it up) sometimes and makes a clicking sound and gets frustrated.  Other than that, she's amazing!  Yellow seedy stool, tons of pee diapers and she's gaining weight like.a.boss!  She has her fair share of blow outs, which I think are caused by too small of diapers and her daddy's bowels.  Charlotte sleeps 3-5 hour stretches at night in between feedings and is truly on demand with all other nursing sessions throughout the day. 

Playing: I haven't really let her try to play.  I mean, I will sit and hold her on my legs looking at me, and she really likes to "chat" while laying on the changing table.  Guess I should bust out the activity mat and see what she does.  Brooke is CONSTANTLY in her face, like RIGHT UP IN HER FACE saying "aww Char Char Baybee" and other little baby talk and patting her head, face, belly, etc.  Looks like I need to let her "play" more.  Tay is a bull in a china shop and seriously has almost flattened her a few times.  

Big Sisters: Lord have mercy!  Three kids is no joke.  I loose my cool ALL THE TIME! I love them. To pieces. With all my heart. But seriously... enough!  Brooke fusses and whines all day.  She's a little bossy Momma Bear who pushed Taylor around, physically, and verbally all day.  Sometimes it's sweet, like she's teaching her to count to 10 (repeating after Brooke) and she'll help her when she's fussing by getting one of her favorite toys.  The big sisters LOVE Charlie, and ask to hold her often. Tay loves to give her her paci and watch her/try to help if she's crying.  Taylor has her fair share of temper tantrums too.  She's stubborn and will scream/fuss FOREVER!  Basically, she just wants to be held "UPPY" and you have to muscle her chunky butt up and hold lil Charlie at the  same time.  I sweat, all day.  It's a lot of fun to sit back and watch B and T grow in friendship and love.  I adore that they have a built in playmate, but still love that they like to include me in their play time.  I think Charlotte is the "best" with the newborn phase and I'm so very grateful the Lord blessed our precious family with her!  We love you Charlotte Gray! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Growin' like a Weed: Taylor - 12 months


Height: 28.5in

Weight:  18lbs 

Likes: Taylor is amazing!  Each day is a joy!  Yes, she gets clingy and fussy at times, but other than that... she likes life! haha Okay, Taylor enjoys music, playing with toys and snuggling soft blankets and stuffed animals.   She really likes her "paci" but Mommy and Daddy don't like her having it in her mouth all day, so unless she's exceptionally fussy, it's reserved for naps/bed.  Taylor enjoys climbing, splashing and WALKING! Yes, she started her journey right around Christmas! I'd still say she primarily crawls, but she's getting more confident each day! 

Dislikes: haha still hates nails being trimmed and socks.  I put shoes on her, once.  I don't really plan on doing it again. She wasn't terrible or anything, I just don't think she wants, or needs them.  She doesn't like chicken.  I make her eat it.  We eat chicken 80% of the time as our source of protein at dinner, and she just kind of tolerates it.  She also dislikes her sister when she's a brat.  Snatching toys, pushing her down, pulling her hair, giving her a "mean face" can you blame her though?  I can't wait to see this "big" little sister in full force one day! All I can say is you better be ready B! 

Sleeping: I knew she would start sleeping through the night.  Yes, it took 11.5 months, but she did it and I never made her cry-it-out.  Yes, I did a modified C-I-O with Brooke, and I hated every second of it and now she sleeps like CRAP most nights.  haha Sorry again Brooke.  I really am sorry you had to be our first child guinea pig :(  T is still taking two naps a day (and doing a pretty consistent job with the lengths).  She's soooo easy to put to sleep and I'm grateful for it.  Not going to lie, I do enjoy some snuggles with her still if I get the chance.  Not much sweeter than watching your little blessing peacefully rest all nuzzled up close to her Momma! 
Eating: Like-a-BOSS!  Yes, Taylor is so stinkin' good at eating! Most days, she devours whatever I put on her plate.  I'm talking everything that we eat, she eats.  I have wasted two containers of  puffs (buying them and THINKING she would eat them) but they've gone stale and she could care less!  She makes a MESS eating, because she really doesn't appreciate having a bib in the way, so she only wears it about half of the time.  I don't really "Momma Bird" everything anymore.  She still only has 2 teeth but she's become pretty independent and prefers pieces instead of a pile of mush. So I just cut or squish everything pretty small.  I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo thankful for our good eaters!  She still nurses when she wakes up in the morning, around 1pm and then again at bedtime.  She drinks water and almond milk from a sippy cup.  I guess I should try whole milk soon.  I thought I'd be sad about weaning her, but like big sister, she's pretty much self weaning and I'm good with it!  


Playing: With Brooke's birthday, Christmas and Taylor's birthday... we're kind of on new toy overload.  I've had to put a lot of toys away and out of sight so we can focus on just a few items and try not to overload the playroom.  T loves anything she can chew on or make a noise with.  Stuffed animals, especially cats, are still her favorite. And she's oddly intrigued with reptiles and rodents at the pet store.  Dear Lord PLEASE don't have us get a snake or lizard one day!  She's getting really adventurous with her mobility and is having fun walking and climbing. It's fun to let the girls interact together.  We're right on the cusp of something good with B and T starting to "play" together.  She still could care less about whatever is on the TV and is just now getting into reading books.  

Big Sister: Is a mess.  She is full of energy and spunk and has a vivid imagination.  Whatever movie we watch, she is.  I think we watched Tangled 10 times within the last 2 weeks, and she has been wearing her purple Rapunzel dress and "panging" everything with her frying pan all while singing (at the top of her lungs) "Thu last time I see thu flotin' lights" haha her version of "and at last I see the light".  It's precious.  Seriously.  Brooke has some  good days, and some bad.  She pushes our buttons and has been fighting bedtime like it's her job.  Looks like her lil afternoon nap will be going away soon.  Either way, we love her to pieces and can't help but smile, and laugh, at her and with her.  Y'all, the things this kid says is hilarious.  I know, I know, all toddlers are like this, it's awesome. I love being a Mom and I am beyond blessed to have these two little ladies entrusted in our care. 

Alrighty.  We're done folks.  No more monthly updates until the next lil one arrives!  Prayers appreciated! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Growin' like a Weed: Taylor - 11 months


Height: 27.5in

Weight:  18lbs (according to my scale at home)

Likes: Eating, waving, smiling and dancing! She's a precious child who truly lights up a room!  She's very curious, and touches EVERYTHING!  She's pretty good at standing independently, but hasn't really ventured into taking any steps yet.  She likes to cruise on furniture and climb on everything! She's still a Momma's girl. And she really loves anything soft, shiny, or electronic (phone, key fob, remote).

Dislikes: Hmmm... when I'm not holding her, diaper changes, putting on clothes and carseat.  Man! We're cycling back to some older things she used to not like! Lil turkey! haha She also doesn't like wearing socks or shoes.  Child rips them off her feet within seconds! Good thing we've had a warm Fall.  Ohhh she HATES getting her nails clipped or filed.  Sorry neighbors for the blood curdling screams :/

Sleeping: Not much change here. She wakes up and starts the day around 6:30-7, awake for 2.5 to 3 hours then naps (1-2 hrs), awake for 3 hours, another nap, awake until bedtime (7:30-8ish). She's still not sleeping through the night, but I don't really care.  I think her morning nap is getting shorter, so I've got to re-evaluate that.  It's SOOOOOOOOO nice having them take their afternoon nap at the same time (can I get an AMEN). I put a little pillow in her bed, which she seems to love. Taylor reaches for her giraffe, "Icy" the sea otter, or "sweet teddy" when she wakes up.  It's cute!

Eating: We're doing REALLY good here! I nurse her 3-4 times during the day and once at night.  She eats 3 meals a day with us, yes, whatever we eat, she eats.  I "Momma Bird" i.e. pre-chew food for her off of my plate and she hovers it!  She snacks on whatever me and B are eating and she doesn't seem to have any allergies or strong aversions to much!  She is getting decent at drinking water from a straw-ish water bottle, but dribbles quite a bit. Way to go chick! I thought you'd be solely nursing forever!

Playing: EVERYTHING.GOES.IN.HER.MOUTH.STILL  So she doesn't really "play" she just licks or "noms" on things, as we affectionately call it. She likes climbing up on the fisher price chair and table we have in the back room by the window a lot.  Our neighbors "Outhouse Peekaboo" Santa is a favorite of hers, as well as our new trampoline!  Brooke REALLY loves it, except for when I make her get off of it when she's "seat dropped" sister. Taylor still loves petting animals.  Recently, we played with a big pile of buttons (yes, we closely supervised her, and no, she didn't eat any).  Taylor was a wild woman pushing them all around and scattering them on the hardwood floors!

Big Sister: Can be the sweetest thing in the world one second.  And then the most devious hellion you've ever met the next! I guess that's just being 3?  She still acts out in jealousy and pushes her sister down, or snatches toys, but all in all, I feel like she's getting better.  Brooke says some of the cutest things and she amazes me with the little things she picks up on.  Her memory is INSANE! She can recall events, VIVIDLY from MONTHS ago!  I love snuggling with her at bedtime and feeling like we're best friends just chatting away.  It breaks my heart to discipline her, but she's stubborn just like me and we're near about sick and tired of the fussing, wining and "wishy washy" attitude.  Brooke still loves to squeeze Taylor and hug her too long and too tight. I can't wait to see their friendship flourish as they grow! Thank you Lord for our sweet girls! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Growin' Like a Weed: Taylor - 10 Months


Height: 27in

Weight:  16lbs (according to my scale at home)

Likes: Mommy, Ms. Marsha and Aunt Effie! haha No offense Daddy, but for some reason, Taylor is particularly happy when these ladies are in her presence and could seemingly care less if I'm in the room! Hmmm this month we have caught ourselves, on numerous occasions saying "wow! Taylor is really growing up fast!"  Most days she's a go with the flow kinda gal.  Given she does have her fussy episodes every now and then, but she never misses an opportunity to flash her smile or give a friendly wave to a stranger! Taylor also seems to really like loud music.  Specifically weddings with a live band and praise and worship at my sister's church! 

Dislikes: This is getting harder and harder (praise the Lord!) to write! Like I said above, she's pretty awesome! There are times at which she'd much rather be held than down on the floor playing or eating something that she shouldn't, but she gets over it, or gets distracted, or I give in and hold her! haha She's learned to sleep in the car!  Many a prayer was said over our 6 hour drive to Georgia and chick was a champ! And I would still stay she prefers not to be in a stroller, shopping cart, or car seat most days. 

Sleeping: Wakes up and starts the day around 6:30-7, awake for 2.5 to 3 hours then naps (1-2 hrs), awake for 3 hours, another nap, awake until bedtime (7:30-8ish). She's still not sleeping through the night, but I don't really care.  I think her morning nap is getting shorter, so I've got to re-evaluate that.  It's SOOOOOOOOO nice having them take their afternoon nap at the same time (can I get an AMEN). She's a funny girl when it comes to snuggling though.  She wants to be held, awkwardly upright on your torso, with her hand tugging at/reaching up your shirt sleeve. And chick gets TICKED if you have on a tight shirt that she can't easily grab at!

Eating: Still going strong nursing.  She'll eat the occasional bite or two of whatever we're eating at meal times and she's a beast at using her pointer finger and thumb to pick up cheerios, peas, carrots and puffs (but really not getting enough to make her full and drop a feeding).  Wait for it... SHE NOW HAS 2 TEETH!  haha not that that helps in any way, shape or form, but she looks so dagum adorable!  She's CONSTANTLY grabbing at my plate (remember before, chick sits on MY LAP, not her high chair to eat) and I am pretty much covered with food at.all.times.  Ice cream and smoothies still seem to be her favorite.  She's not a fan of baby food.  I momma bird her a lot (aka chew up food and give it to her, or break it into super tiny pieces) and give it to her to eat by shoving it in her mouth! I keep trying to sit her in her high chair more, but most meals, she ends up right back in my lap.


Playing: EVERYTHING.GOES.IN.HER.MOUTH.STILL  So she doesn't really "play" she just licks or "noms" on things, as we affectionately call it. She's cautiously "cruising" now, taking a step or two and is almost standing on her own.  She lets go a lot or squats and stands really well.  I feel like it's going to be a quick, and out of the blue thing like ... WHOA, Taylor is walking!?  She likes animals, especially the cats at the pet store or our neighbors super friendly tabby cat.  She's always getting into something, and I'm pretty much OK with it.  I mean, I'm not going to let her crawl around the floor of a restaurant or Walmart, but church, the park, the grass, etc. she's free to roam. 

Big Sister: Wow.  This is tough.  Like seriously I struggle EACH AND EVERY DAY trying to wrap my brain around her.  Ok, for 2 years, you were the only one.  We doted on you and took care of you, and now you have to share our attention.  Brooke acts out in what we see as jealously all day, everyday.  Okay, yes, I'm exaggerating but it's a lot.  Trying to figure out and appropriate discipline technique that will teach her and transform her heart is pretty dang challenging.  And each day is different. Some days she LOVES Taylor and loves playing and is so much fun, the next... Lord help me, I'm about to send her packin'! Brooke is officially 3 now and as sweet as can be.  She is my child. And that's an amazing thing! Praise God for my first born, who in my eyes, will always be my baby! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Growin' Like a Weed: Taylor - 9 Months


Height: 27in

Weight:  18lbs 3oz

Likes: Mommy, being held, music, chewing on EVERYTHING (especially things she shouldn't have... my keys, leaves, water bottles, grass, shoes, etc.)  Taylor LOVES smiling and seems to really enjoy her new found mobility! She's really good at crawling now and enjoys pulling up on everything!  She's not trying to cruise yet, but we know it will be soon. Taylor likes to be outside and really loves taking naps, haha by that I mean I have to wake her up from 75% of her daytime naps.  Praise God for a good sleeper! 

Dislikes: DIAPER CHANGES.  Poor thing has pooped every diaper for the last 2 weeks and her lil  big booty is raw.  She still HATES putting on clothes and HATES Mommy putting her down when she doesn't want to be independent.  Car rides longer than 20-30 minutes are still torture and sitting in her high chair, or a stroller is normally short lived.  I don't like that she doesn't like her high chair... I hold her or sit with her on the floor for most meals.  

Sleeping: Wakes up and starts the day around 6:30-7, awake for 2.5 to 3 hours then naps (1-2 hrs), awake for 3 hours, another nap, awake until bedtime (7:30-8ish).  She wakes once (anywhere from 2-4) to nurse but goes without waking some nights.   She really is a pretty good sleeper though! We're very blessed and she's so dang adorable laying there in her crib :) 

Eating: Still going strong nursing.  She'll eat the occasional bite or two of whatever we're eating at meal times and she's a beast at using her pointer finger and thumb to pick up cheerios, peas, carrots and puffs!  She's CONSTANTLY grabbing at my plate (remember before, chick sits on MY LAP, not her high chair to eat) and I am pretty much covered with food at.all.times.  Ice cream and smoothies still seem to be her favorite.  Confession: My go to restaurant is Golden Corral. It's PERFECT because she and B are free and I can put whatever in front of her, mainly from the salad bar and she can make a big ol mess while I stuff my face!  Don't judge.  Try it sometime! And the poor child still doesn't have any teeth... but at least her hair is growing! Can I get an amen! 
Playing: EVERYTHING.GOES.IN.HER.MOUTH.STILL  So she doesn't really "play" she just licks or "noms" on things, as we affectionately call it.  She she started saying Dada (first word) Mama, baba, and like a heyyy sound.  She also shakes her said when we do in a no back and forth motion. She claps and plays peek-a-boo like a BOSS!  She's pretty dang adorable, yet still quite frequently mistaken for a boy.  I'd have to say she's most active when we're playing in the "back room" and laying on the floor.  She gets courageous and crawls all over, pulls up on things, "talks" and kinda gets lost in her own little world! She's precious!

Big Sister: Is enjoying pre-school!  I don't really know much of what goes on M-W-F from 9-12 but I do know she knows the days of the week now, can count on her fingers, and has memorized a ton of songs!  We've also gotten a taste of the wrath of Brooke.  Yes ladies and gents, we're talking screaming, back talking, hitting, pulling hair, pushing, flat out disobedience and the ever-so-lovely "MOMMY. I. DON'T YOVE YOU!"  Yep, the first time it hurt, but the 30th, stings a bit less.  Praying for a way to help this sweet soul control her anger and learn to calm herself when she gets frustrated.  She loves pushing her "sissy" down, snatching toys from her, and saying "no no no Tayur" to basically anything she does.  Hold on lil momma. We're in for a wild ride with you strong willed but oh so beautiful child! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Growin' Like a Weed: Taylor - 8 Months


Height: 

Weight:  16 lbs

Likes: Me, still. She loves Daddy, don't get me wrong. But 9 times out of 10, you'll find her in my arms or close by me.  She's having fun trying to crawl now, so you can't leave her anywhere alone, except on the floor or in her crib (I know, I know, you shouldn't LEAVE an 8 month old alone, I just saying you can't set her down any more without her trying to go somewhere!)  She likes grabbing everything (plates, food, hair, pot on the stove, nail clippers) You've gotta watch that little turkey all time!  She seems to really like high pitched noised and talking and dogs close up to her face make her laugh. Wow. That was random! Oh and bath time... she could stay in the water forever! 

Dislikes: She really doesn't like getting her clothes changed still. I can get the shirt over her head, and she's OK but then those chunky arms squeezing through the little holes and some outfits are a little snug around her thighs #thestruggleisreal #shegetsitfromhermomma  She still dislikes sitting in her high chair, or stroller or exersaucer for any length of time.  And she really doesn't like getting snapped into her carseat. Oh yes, and she HATES car rides over 20 minutes. 

Sleeping: Wakes up and starts the day around 6:30-7, awake for 2.5 to 3 hours then naps (45 mins to 2 hrs), awake for 3 hours, another nap, awake until bedtime (7:00 - 7:40 ish).  She wakes once (anywhere from 12-2) to nurse and has been hopping in bed with me after that wake up because if I put her in her crib, she plays and keeps me up.  I. NEED.SLEEP.  She really is a pretty good sleeper though.  One night she went 11.5 hours, and my boobs hurt, and leaked everywhere. It really doesn't bother me that she wakes once to nurse.  Charles snoring annoys me more! 

Eating: Still going strong nursing.  She'll eat the occasional bite or two of mashed potatoes, bananas, squash, whatever pouch Brooke has open, but she doesn't seem really interested in anything except my dang ice dream cone from chik-fil-a.  So funny! She LOVES putting her mouth all over it, and taking little licks of my morning smoothie.  I guess I should start trying her on a sippy cup and just skip bottles.  Needless to say, I don't get very far from her and I'll pretty much nurse her anywhere. But I'm not one of those whip out my boob wherever gals, T needs it quiet and still gets pretty distracted. 

Playing: EVERYTHING.GOES.IN.HER.MOUTH.  So she doesn't really "play" she just licks on things.  She's gotten really verbal and "sings"/babbles REALLY LOUDLY most of the day.  She likes to roll, and sit, stand, and scoot.  She hasn't crawled yet but she has started going from her tummy, to sitting! It's pretty awesome. Her favorite toys are probably balls or spoons.  She loves spoons.

Big Sister: STARTED PRE-SCHOOL! haha last week. And it's only 3 hours a day, 3 days a week.  She seems to really like it and we've gotten pretty positive feedback so far from her teachers.  Brooke has also started on a terrible track of not listening.  "Brooke don't take Taylor's toy..." Brooke takes toy.  "Brooke don't push Taylor over..." Brooke pushes Taylor over.  "Brooke, lets get dressed..." Brooke walks away and acts like she never heard you.  "Brooke lets finish eating..." Brooke dawdles and fusses when you tell her dinner is over. Then she cries and says "I'm HUNGRWEEEE" and is upset she didn't get a treat.  Whooooo wee. We've had some rough days. Taylor laughs when Brooke is getting in trouble ;) Sweet, sweet girls!