Monday, August 21, 2017

Grow Baby Grow {Paige} - 8 Months

I was looking back at Drew's 8-month update, and there are a lot of similarities between my girls - namely that they aren't babies anymore, ha. Lots and lots of growth this month for our littlest love.


Stats:
Weight: ~16.5 pounds
Clothes: 6-9 months or 6-12 months
Diapers: size 3 in disposables, 1 snap down in cloth
Hair: light brown, almost blonde
Eyes: Hazel like the siblings but sometimes they look blue

Paige started pulling to standing this month. She crawls everywhere and can pull up and has even let go! She pulls up in her crib {we had a fun few days where she couldn't figure out how to get back down}, onto her standing toys, on furniture, on us, she loves to stand!

She is talking so much more - we had an explosion of sound out of her. 'Ma-ma', 'da-da', 'ba-ba' {sounds like Bubba!} are phrases we hear a lot, and she just babbles happily. She is starting to understand us, too. She hears me say 'No' when she reaches for plugs and will stop. She also knows when I'm asking if she wants milk or water {I also sign both} or if she's all done. She raises her hands, but I'm not sure yet if she is telling me that she's all done or if it's a coincidence.

She slept through the night one time {August 13} which was magical since it hasn't happened in months. Then this past week, she must have been going through something developmental {Wonder Weeks leap? Sleep regression? Teething?} because we partied A LOT in the night, which was especially fun in a hotel room!

Paige continues to LOVE water which is so crazy for how much she hated it when she was first born. The pool, the shower with us, she's even taken a bath in her big bathtub and loved it.

We have yet to find a food she doesn't like. She's eating eggs, cantaloupe, grapes, blueberries, apples, grapes, peaches, avocado, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, steamed carrots, broccoli, squirty fruits - I'm sure there's more but this is what I can think of. She wants to eat ALL THE TIME. If we are eating, and she isn't, she is mad and will let us know it. 

She has 2 teeth. Trent got his much earlier, and Drew was later.

Nursing continues to go well - although she is much less obsessed with nursing than Drew was. A lot of times I have to go somewhere quiet with no one else around to get Paige to nurse. She nurses great before her naps and bedtime, so I try to get in as much milk as I can, ha.

Paige takes 2 naps a day - typically 2 - 2.5 hours after she woke up. She goes to bed anywhere between 7:00 and 8:30 depending on when she woke up. Sometimes she nurses to sleep but that is happening less and less often. And sometimes she screams and it takes several attempts to get her asleep. TMI but a lot of times that's when she poops, ha!

She loves to play with paper, anything that belongs to Bubba or Sister, she loves to dance {and the table toy where she can stand AND dance is HEAVEN}. She also prefers anything an adult has over toys.

We also play a fun game of copycat in the car. She will make a sound, then I will make it, and we go back and forth - she loves that! We also have fun playing peek-a-boo. The big kids love to do this with her, and she has even covered her eyes and when I say 'Where's Paige?' she will put down whatever she put over her eyes - so cute!

I think waving and clapping and more language comprehension are on the horizon. I wonder when more teeth will get here {Trent had SEVEN at 9 months} and when she will walk {Trent was 10.5 months and Drew was 10 months} - it's just all coming so fast!

Paige, the only word I have to describe you is joy. I always wanted 3 kids, and I expected it to be challenging, but I didn't know how happy you would make me. Having 3 has been less difficult than I thought it would be, and I think that is largely because of your personality. Everyone loves you because you are just pure happiness. I didn't know how adding a baby to our mix was going to be, and I did worry about the repercussions, but you are utter perfection. The perfect caboose for our crazy train and we love you beyond measure. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Annual Pre-School Questionaire

I love the tradition I've started with the kids to ask the same questions every year the night before school starts. I was going to ask Drew these questions for the first time, but she fell asleep before I could, ha. I will try to get them documented some time this week though! For Trent's 2nd grade responses, click here, and for first grade, here.


Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite TV Show: Pokemon

Favorite Movie: Pokemon

Favorite Toy: Pokemon

Favorite Book: Pokemon {By this point, I think he was doing this to irritate me. He is obsessed with Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Captain Underpants}

Favorite Food: No comment

Favorite Place: My dreams playing Pokemon

Favorite Part of School: Nothing

Favorite Part of Summer: Movies and Pokemon

Favorite Holiday: Christmas because it is candy and presents

Favorite thing to Wear: No clothes {yup, he wants to be naked all the time}

Favorite thing to do with Mom: Snuggle and hug and watch movies like Sound of Music

Favorite thing to do with Dad: Wrestling

Favorite thing about Drew: I have no favorite thing about Drew {ouch}

Favorite thing about Paige: Everything about her, she is my favorite. When I asked about dancing with her, he agreed that this is his favorite activity. {I sing a made up song and he spins her around, they both love it!}

What are you going to be when you grow up: YouTube gamer

Who are you going to marry: Evelyn

And some comparisons with Drew, can't wait to add Paige!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kidisms

I've been collecting a ton of funny stories from the kids. Most of these are from Drew, but to be honest 4 year-olds seem to have more silly expressions than 8 year-olds.

We were asking the kids if they wanted to see The Emoji Movie, and Drew said [when talking about the preview she'd seen]: 'The 2 chocolates were saying we're number 2!' DYING!

I was helping her get undressed and she said 'Don't pull my dress outside inside.'

When talking about the Texas Longhorns, Drew says 'Honk the horns!' instead of 'Hook em Horns!' This Aggie isn't going to correct that!

She says 'Finders keepers, losers weezers'

Candy cans = candy canes

I have to dissect song titles:
Roll your own babies = Biscuits by Kacey Musgraves {The lines in the song say: Hoe your own row and raise your own babies}
It's all her fault = She Is by Ne-Yo and Tim McGraw
I play so many games = Hypixel mini games {a Minecraft parody song}

Trent and I were watching Jurassic World and he asked me if 'abyss' was a bad word. I said no and explained what an abyss was. Then later he proceeded to exclaim 'son of a biss'. Instead of 'son of a b*tch' he thought they said 'biss' and I told him it wasn't a bad word, oops!

Drew got the pirate cake pop at Starbucks one time and asked me 'Why does this pirate have a smile and not an arggggggh?'

One time when I was leaving she told me 'Don't get in a car wreck or break any bones.' Yes ma'am!

She told me 'When I am 9 years old and you are still my mom and I am going into high school into kindergarten I am still going to hold Paige. And I will be older than Bubba.' 

Another time she told me 'When I am a mom I will name my baby Buttercup Noelle Hello Kitty.' Ummmmm

We went to a birthday party for a neighbor/friend last weekend, and Trent was playing with 2 brothers who were 8 and 13. They walked to the park to play Pokemon Go and later he told me 'The playground equipment was for 5-12 but Aldo is 13. Don't tell anyone.' Your secret is safe with me, kiddo!

Love these silly kids!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Movie Review: The Big Sick

Allison and I hit up our annual birthday film! We are both August birthday girls and always go to the artsy theater in town, and this year we chose The Big Sick.


Plot: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mystery illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

Review: Allison and I both loved it! It was such a great story and told in such a great way and very funny. It was also really appropriate with what is going on right now because there were some prejudices and stereotypes discussed in the film that extra hit home right now. 

Rating: We both gave it an A and think everyone would enjoy this one!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lose My Mind

Have you heard the lyrics to Brett Eldridge's song Lose My Mind? It is about being in love with a girl. But I think any mother could attest that this song could very easily describe the emotions of parenting. {grin}


You make me crazy...and I kinda like it


You put me on a roller coaster, fly me on a plane

You send me to another planet, get inside my brain
I knew right when I met you, I would never be the same
But I let you take me over, girl, so I'm the one to blame

You make all my screws come loose

Got me perfectly confused
Always find a way to mess me up and drive me wild
I love the way you make me lose my mind
Lose my mind, oh

You make me crazy and I kinda like it

You show me that apple, girl, and I wanna bite it
So crazy that I gotta have it
And I never wanna get outta this straight jacket

You make all my screws come loose

Got me perfectly confused
Always find a way to mess me up and drive me wild
I love the way you make me lose my mind

I feel the walls closing in inside this padded room

Only good thing about it is I'm locked in here with you
I'm always watching you, wondering what you'll do next
But my favorite part about it is, is I always have to guess

You make all my screws come loose

Got me perfectly confused
Always find a way to mess me up and drive me wild
I love the way you make me lose my mind
Lose my mind
Lose my mind



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Life Lately

I can't believe we have less than 2 weeks until school starts! We've had such a great summer...although if I'm being completely honest, I'm ready for some routine. I don't like getting up super early and rushing around in the morning, but I think the big kids and I thrive better when we have a more structured routine with bedtime and activities during the day. But...before school starts again, let's see how the last few weeks have been!

Seriously? This girl learns to crawl and IMMEDIATELY begins pulling up.
On everything. Non-stop.

And she LOVES food. She hasn't turned down ANYTHING.

Trent had photos taken for his orthodontic records since we're getting his appliance next week. These pictures made me laugh.

P R I S S Y

Book club eats! Everyone always brings a dish to share, and it's always delish!

A closer look at what I made - 
peanut butter, whipped cream, pudding, crushed Oreos, and Reese's - want some?

We can NEVER get Drew to wear shorts, so I had to document when she wore a pair.
She went golfing with Brent! LOVE.

Blocking Paige from crawling into the shower.
She went from hating water with a passion to jumping in every chance she gets.

What I do with Paige when she wakes up early from a nap and the nanny and the big kids are off on an adventure - I just throw stuff on the floor, ha.

Trying on my birthday rain boots from my sister

You guys know I love breastfeeding. How sweet are this mommy and baby deer?
And no one is telling the mama to cover up. ;)

Trent just started a Ninja Zone class - gymnastics, karate, dance combined together.
He was moving too fast for me to get a good picture.
Drew also re-started gymnastics and I got them in classes at the SAME TIME! 

After a trip to the park, swimming, and gymnastics...
she fell asleep at 6:30 and slept until 8:00 the next morning!

We went to visit Kristen, Beau, and Rhett and this one skipped her nap.
She passed out on the way home!

We've got an upcoming little vacation planned to hopefully end summer on a high note! I hope you do too!

Monday, August 7, 2017

37: Age Ain't Nothing But a Number

I had a great time celebrating my birthday! 36 was a great year, and I have high hopes for 37! It should be much easier than last year given we won't be having any babies or any planned life changes. {grin} I hope to maybe take some trips as a family, but other than that, I just want to keep on rocking this life!

Friday afternoon my parents came and took the big 2 for a sleepover {best present for me ever}, so Brent and I met some neighbors for dinner. Paige sat on my lap most of dinner chowing down on sweet potatoes and a banana. It is amazing how easy it is to eat out with one, ha!

Being super cute after dinner

Drew's little best friend's momma brought me some beautiful flowers!

Brent left mid-morning on my birthday for an out of town golf tournament, but before he left he went and got me Starbucks. So him being gone is why he isn't in any pictures.

Enjoying 1 kid some more and my chai

After Paige's first nap, we went to my parents. My sister came over with her trio and we let the kids play and I got to visit with my sis and parents. Such an awesome way to spend my birthday!



My sister made me an amazing strawberry cake with homemade icing! My mom didn't have a 7 candle, so this was us improvising!



Kristen and I had texted on and off throughout the day and when she realized I didn't already have dinner plans {usually I like to go out to eat with B}, we decided to meet up at a restaurant in between us that had an outdoor playground. Other than feeling like we were sitting on the face of the sun, it was PERFECT.

Only thing that would have made this better was if B was home.
{P is without clothes because she got them DISGUSTING eating}

God-siblings!!!

After dinner we came home, all the kiddos went to bed, and I enjoyed some chocolate, a Law & Order: SVU marathon, and a bunch of walking around the house to get my 10,000 steps, ha!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Five on Friday

Guys - this is a WHOLE bunch of randomness for your Friday. Enjoy!

ONE


What do you guys think of my new layout? Emily at bd Web Studio gave me a makeover, and I love it! I found her on Etsy and then randomly she lives in the next town over from me!

TWO

Guess who turns 37 tomorrow?!?!

THIS GIRL!!! {grin}

Brent leaves town for a golf tournament in the morning, so my big hope is to get to lay in bed until it's time for him to leave. We shall see ha.

THREE

Something I just started using is Kindle Unlimited through our Amazon Prime account to checkout books for Trent. I haven't found much for new releases or stuff for me. Does anybody else have good luck using it? I like that Trent can read a lot of stuff under our membership, but I'd like to benefit from it too!

Also, everyone talks about My Favorite Murder as a good podcast but what are some others? What's the one where they talk about book recommendations?

FOUR


Even though my birthday is coming up, I have already been thinking about Paige's first birthday and her party. I think I have a theme picked out and potentially the cake. I was thinking of doing the same cake as I did for Drew's party. It was easy, and it's so pretty??


FIVE


I love this new comedy song from Bobby Bones {my morning show DJ}...
'I want chick-fil-a...but it's Sunday,
I want the fries that are made of waffle, but now I'm feeling awful'
SO HILARIOUS!


I told you guys this was total randomness. I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fun weekend planned. I'll let y'all know Monday if I got to sleep in! {grin}


Thursday, August 3, 2017

July 2017 Book Review


I feel like this was a really great month of reading for me. Several authors I've never read before, 2 biographies, just lots of 'not the norm' for me! Hoping for some picks my readers will enjoy, too!


Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo - You guys know I love books about women/civilians in WW2 {see The Nightingale, Lilac Girls, War Brides, The Paris Architect}. Well, this is a biography of a woman who helped 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw ghetto escape. WOW! This book was so great. Very hard to read at times {the atrocities of the Nazis continues to disgust me} but so, so amazing to hear what a few brave people were able to do.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts - I had been on hold for this book for a while thinking it was a different one coming out in the fall that is kind of apocalyptic, but it wasn't that one. A very traditional NR mystery, but I really enjoyed it!

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson - I have never heard of this author and my Overdrive app recommended it based on me searching for something else, and I'm glad I took the recommendation! It's about a family - grandmother, mother, daughter, and each chapter is told from a different perspective as they go through a crisis/family mystery. The grandmother had the mother at 15 and the mother had the daughter at 15 and the daughter is currently 15. It was a very good story - I loved that it jumped perspectives and how the story unfolded/mystery was solved. I will definitely read more by this author!

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz - So I found out about 25% into this book that it's a YA book. Shocker. It's written as a diary of a young girl, Joan, who grew up on a farm and ran away and became a live-in servant of a wealthy family in Baltimore. This was a quick read and a couple of times I rolled my eyes at the predicaments Joan gets herself into, but I really thought it was a great story.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - So a crossover of 2 women - Eve, who was a spy in WW1 in the Alice network and Charlie, who is looking for her missing cousin in France after WW2. The story jumps back and forth from Eve's story to Charlie's story. I ate this up and read most of it in 2 sittings. It definitely wasn't a happy read {we are talking about 2 wars}, but it was a very enthralling story!

Alex The Life of a Child by Frank Deford - A little back story on this book. I remember watching the 'made for TV' movie based on this book when I was a kid, and I found out my granny had the book, so I borrowed it and read it. I remember finishing it during reading time in middle school and just sobbing {so embarrassing} at the end. Well, I am not one to hang onto 'stuff' for the fact that it belonged to someone else, but when my granny died, I took this book. I re-read it this month. It's about a little girl, Alex, born with cystic fibrosis. Her dad, Frank Deford, is a writer who recently passed away (which is part of what got me thinking about this book), and he wrote about her life. It is such a sad story of a little girl who endured a lot in her short 8 years. I bawled and bawled over the last 20 pages! Especially touching right now as Trent just turned 8 and having a baby reminds me how lucky we are to have gotten 3 healthy kids. Just really makes me look at all 3 of my babies and want to hug them extra hard.

Read anything good this month?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2017 Goals

Man, coming back to do monthly goals turned out to be a harder challenge than I thought it would be! Here's how I did on July's goals:

1. Whole 30 Round 3 - let's just say: hahahaha - I made it about a day and a half and realized I didn't really want to do it. At a minimum, you really have to want to do a whole 30 for it to be successful. My doctor wants me to go dairy-free and gluten-free for a little bit because I'm having some foot pain she thinks might be inflammation, so I know I will try again...soon...ish. {grin}
2. Exercise 3 times per Week - I think I did this all weeks except 1! Now the majority of this was just walking around the neighborhood, but it was movement!
3. Intentional about Picking Up - What I confirmed is once I sit down in the evening, I am done. So if I want to be successful at picking up, I have to get in a session BEFORE I sit down after the kids are in bed. I would say I had good days and bad days and the bad days made it hard the next day too.
4. Less Screen Time/More Reading - We definitely made some strides here, but I'd like to continue to decrease screen time.


1. 10,000 steps - I started wearing my FitBit again and have had days ranging from 4,000 steps to 12,000 steps. I want to hit 10,000 steps every day in August!

2. Make bed EVERY day! - I have probably made our bed less than twice a month our entire marriage. It is an easy task that makes a big difference in how a room looks, so I'd like to make this a habit!

3. Couch to 5K - Now that I've done a lot of walking, I'd like to turn this into jogging. I used to be able to run 3-5 miles without stopping, and even though I don't love running, it's an easy way to exercise. The 'couch to 5K' program is pretty manageable, so I'm going to give it a shot!

4. Trent's closet - I cleaned both of the girls' closets in July, but Trent's is the one that really needs it. He is my mini-me in so many ways and being messy is one of them FOR SURE. His closet just needs a major going through - he tends to just throw/shove stuff in there, so it is anybody's guess as to what is actually hiding in there!

5. Upload pictures - I have most of our family pictures on Shutterfly but want to switch to Amazon prime. My whole life is on my laptop and if it were to get stolen, I would be devastated if I lost any pictures. I've been slowly working on this for a few weeks and almost done with 2010.

6. Finish girls' dresses - My mother-in-law and I started sewing on the girls' matching dresses Sunday, and they are going to be sew cute {see what I did there?}! I want to get them finished soon so they can wear them before it gets cool. It's hilarious to say that since it was 107 one day last week, ha.

7. For real, create a will - This is so embarrassing. I researched downloading some software when Paige was born and never did it. I am sure it's probably best to go to a lawyer, but I just don't want to spend that money, so I think I am going to download Quicken and I just need to get this done!