Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Craziest Week Ever

Despite the title of this post, I am somehow managing to blog in the midst of an INSANE week at our house.  Football is back in gear and life is crazy.  I am traveling 4-5 days a week leaving super early and trying to get everyone where they need to be on time.  We've had nightly meetings for work and church, Open House at school, and junior high and high school ball games.  Somewhere in there we are trying to squeeze in a little family time.  I am tired just thinking about it!

But that hasn't stopped me from snapping pictures along the way.  Here are a few from our busy week!

I love taking their picture on Sunday mornings before church all dressed up.  SO sweet!

If only my thunder thighs were this cute...this boy has some meat on his bones, that's for sure!

Sweet, sweet boy.  I could just eat him up!!

This was last Friday, my first morning to pack both kids up super early and get to Mrs. Carla's before I had to be at work.  I was tired before I even got there!

Such a sweet big sis reading to her brother.

We decided Saturday afternoon to do something special with just Ellie.  We went to see Planes!  I think she enjoyed being the only child and the popcorn more than anything!!  Thank you Mammie for keeping Miller!

Bedtime stories again one night...

Ellie and Evie, about the same age in the same outfit!  I am so glad all of Ellie's "E" clothes are getting more wear!

Our first home game is this Friday!  I'll try to update again soon...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wild Smiles

We had our second attempt at Wild Smiles with Ellie yesterday.  Yes, she has been before.  Let's just say it didn't go so well the first time and never made the blog because I had no chance to attempt a picture.  She was NOT a fan!  I was worried how she would react but never expected her to be so terrified.  The crazy thing is that Wild Smiles is SO wonderful.  They are extremely kid friendly, fun and everyone there is so incredibly nice.  They gushed over Ellie and talked to sweetly to her and made her feel so at ease this time around.
All I have to say is what a difference 6 months can make!  I really talked it up big to her this time and may have even offered a little surprise bribe if all went well.  I am SO proud of her!  She really put on a brave face and was such a big girl.  She answered questions, talked to the hygienist and smiled and nodded throughout the entire cleaning.  Last time they couldn't even attempt to BRUSH her teeth with a toothbursh much less use any of the tools.

She got a wonderful report!  They said her teeth were beautiful and that she had plenty of space for permanent teeth.  We are doing a great job brushing and will be back again in six months!
Just another experience in the books for us and another reminder at how big she really is!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Your Daily Dose of Cuteness

Since I am on a blogging roll, I thought I would continue my "daily dose of cuteness" posts!

Not much to report other than the same regular routine, with me working and traveling again.  Fun times!

Cousin Evie!

Poor Miller...ha!

Sweet, sweet baby

Ellie and her BFF Jolie.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

3 Months Old

Sweet baby Miller, you are 3 months old!

Another month has come and gone.  I can hardly believe you have been with us for 3 months now!

There have been lots of changes this month with you...the biggest praise is that you started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks!  You sleep 9-6:30 or 7 which makes me happier than you will ever know.  You go down SUPER easy each night.  We still swaddle you and feed you a big warm bottle and you are out for the count.  I wish your sister would take some pointers on going night night so easily!

We upped you to 6 ounces each feeding and you take 5 bottles a day.  You take a few naps a day, most are still unpredictable.  You still don't nap in your crib but you sleep great each night in there.  Moving you to your room so early was a great decision.

You did get your first ear infection this month which hasn't been fun, but you have been a trooper.  You still have 3 more days of medicine but I am pretty sure it is clearing up.  That really messed up your good sleeping but you are thankfully getting back on track.

You love play time in the floor these days.  You have started gripping onto your toys and rattles and bringing your fist and toys straight to your mouth.  Which brings me to your other are teething!  Your bottom 2 teeth are trying their hardest to break through your little gums and I feel so bad for you.  Three months is very early for all of this but I am hoping you will maybe get it all over with sooner than Ellie did!

You have turned into a sweet, smiley, happy baby and could not imagine life without you.  We love you sweet boy!!

  • They weighed you at the doctor and you are now 14 pounds 7 ounces.  
  • Wearing 3-6 and 6 month clothes
  • Size 2 diaper

Friday, August 16, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

I am linking up for my first Five on Friday Post!

1.  TGIF!  This has been my first week back at working from home and so far, so good.  Miller had his first day at Mrs. Carla's today, so we are hoping and praying he does well!  Big Sis was very excited to have him tag along.  I am sure she will be a big help.

2.  Poor baby Miller has had his first double ear infection this week.  I knew something was up when he quit sleeping through the night and was fussy eating.  We spent my last day of maternity leave at Dr. Amy's office.  We are hoping he is better very soon!

3.  Football season has begun!  Tonight kicks off with our jamboree.  You better believe we will be there ready to cheer them on to victory.  Tuesday night was a meet the players/ice cream social.  These 2 were decked out in their orange, no doubt!

4.  Peeps and DeDe left Wednesday for an 18 day trip/cruise all over Europe!  We hope they have a fantastic time.  DeDe bought 200 international text messages for her phone so we are hoping to hear from them SOON!

5.  Dance has started back and Ellie is loving it just as we expected.  I ordered her 2 new leotards because she had outgrown hers from last year.  I am loving the simple solid black!

That's all I've got...Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Three and a half

I am way behind on blogging.  Life with 2 kids is BUSY.  When there is a spare moment, I usually just want to sit down and do nothing or attempt to cook a meal, or have a conversation with my husband.  None of those happen as often as I would like, but we are getting there!  I am officially back to work now which means more computer time for me. Maybe the blog won't be so neglected.  We will see.

Anyway, I thought since Ellie turned 3 1/2 on July 26th that she needed a little update.

Our dear, sweet girl.  Wow has she grown up over the last 12 weeks.  The minute she walked into the delivery room on Miller's birthday she seemed so old to me, and it literally broke my heart.  I knew she would be the BEST big sister, but I also knew there would be a time of transition and adjustment on her part.  She was the QUEEN of everyone's universe, the first grandchild on both sides, and the light of our lives.  She still is!  There is just one other little person in our house that requires more of my attention than she would like some days:)

Overall, I have to say she has adjusted well.  But we definitely have our moments!  "Mommy, put Miller down and come play with me."  Is the one I hear most often.  She is not starved for attention by any means, but she does not want us to forget that she is still there too.  I would have to say that our biggest challenge with her right now is her listening and following directions.  Yes, I know she is THREE.  But she hears us and understands what we are saying.  Sometimes she just chooses not to listen.  She is way too young for "selecting hearing" already!

She absolutely LOVES Miller.  Almost too much sometimes!  It is very sweet but we have to remind her to leave him alone and tone her voice down about 100 times a day.  I know it isn't always fair for her to have to be quiet just because there is a baby sleeping, but I swear her volume level increased times 100 after he came home from the hospital.

Her sleeping is much better than it was early on.  There have been many nights when Miller has slept better than she has but thankfully that has improved greatly.  She still loves to craft, sing, and go to dance.  She attended every VBS in town and loved every minute.  She loves clothes and picking out her outfits.  Many days she stays in dress up clothes all day long.  She is still a picky, picky eater but some days she will try something new.

Fav foods:
Chicken nuggets
plain buttered noodles
peanut butter
cheese tortillas
chips and cheese dip
granola bars
orange juice
string cheese
corn on the cob
pancakes (new!)

She would love to start school ASAP, and we are hoping to get her into Pre-K next year.  I know all parents think their kids are smart, but I really think Ellie will thrive once she gets into a structured learning environment.  She knows all of her colors, shapes, and can recognize almost every letter in the alphabet.  She can count to 30 and write her name.  She loves puzzles, writing and drawing and her babies.  There isn't a toy in her room that doesn't get played with.  She has an imagination that you wouldn't believe.  Her imaginary friend "Molly" is around daily and she comes up with some of the craziest stories about her.  I love seeing her come up with new games or things to play with.  She really blows me away sometimes!

So yes, we have had some difficult days with her this summer but that was to be expected.  She is still our sweet, fun loving little girl that has turned into such an awesome BIG sister.  I can't believe how fast she is growing up.