Sunday, October 19, 2014

Early Halloween celebration: Happy birthday, Maddy!

Having a Halloween theme for Maddy's birthday really just appealed to me because I needed an excuse to buy some Halloween decor.

We invited all of her best friends over and had some nachos, cake and LOTS of candy. I didn't even bother with the veggies. Ah well. 

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She had so much fun running all over the place with these kids. They're a little insane when they're all together but as long as no one gets hurt, I'm cool with it. 

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I love this girl more than anything in the entire world! She is The Best. Happy birthday, sweet Buggy!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nine months. What the heck.

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The big news this month... HE'S CRAWLING! Wow! The day before he did, I said "He'll never crawl." He showed me! It's an army crawl but the last couple of days he's started getting up on his knees a little bit. Eek!

I finally starting feeling okay about leaving him sitting up. He'll occasionally throw himself backwards, but I'll just not put him next to sharp things and hope he figures that out. ;)

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He got another tooth on September 24th, the other top tooth. So that makes FOUR!

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He is eating more finger foods and finally mastered the pincer grasp. He's so funny!

And this morning, he started waving! It's the most adorable thing in the universe.



At his doctor appointment yesterday, she said he's right on track for growth. Just under 50th percentile for height and weight, and now he's a bit more proportional and not as 'fluffy.' Ha! Also, "his head is still huge." (Direct quote.)

His stats:
19 pounds, 3 ounces & 27.75 inches tall

I keep wondering when the novelty will wear off with Maddy & Hudson but I really don't think it's going to. Until he starts getting into their stuff at least.

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With his Auntie Ashley

Right now he's upstairs - he just woke up from another 30-minute nap. Seriously, if this kid wasn't so adorable, I would be ANGRY right now.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stockyards

Tonight when Mike got done with work, I got all spontaneous and said "Let's surprise the kids & go to the Stockyards."

It all went well until we realized we didn't have any cash and couldn't do a couple of things the kids wanted to.

Still a good night though. Still some complaining ("I'm hungry!" "Where are we going?" "I wish my shoe didn't have muck on it.") but the food at Riscky's was delicious and the weather was perfect. Even Brandt enjoyed himself.

I love when Fall gets here and we can go outside again.

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Man alive, do I love my kids. They push my buttons at times but there's just so much sweetness!!! Lately I've been going in Maddy & Hud's room after I put Brandt down and cuddling with them for a bit. Tonight I put Brandt down and went in to say goodnight and they were both already asleep. They crashed hard. I love watching their little bodies sleep. They look so peaceful. They look so happy. And there are no complaints coming out of their mouths! It's amazing.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

eight months

My goodness. It seems all I do is update the blog with Brandt. The most documented third child ever, I'm sure.

What's hilarious is I put him in this outfit to take pictures, and it seemed all too familiar. BECAUSE I DID IT FOR HIS 7 MONTHS PICTURES TOO. Dur. Oh well. That's real life, yo. I have no brain left.

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My baby is a rolling fool. No crawling. The other kids were crawling at this point. I'm not a patient person but at the same time, it is infinitely easier when you know they can't get into every single thing they see. So I wait. He does get his butt in the air and try and move but he's only succeeded in going backwards so far.

He sleeps from 8 PM to about 7 AM. He continues to save my sanity at night and sleep well. I am soooo thankful. He doesn't nap well. STILL. What the. Oh well.

He weighs 19.4 lbs.

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He just adores Hudson. Hudson knows exactly what to do to make him smile and laugh.

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Me & my boys!!

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I feed him 5 times a day (usually, sometimes 6 I guess?) and he eats three actual meals. He likes everything. I'm still doing a little baby food but he's doing pretty well on whatever we eat. He's getting better at picking things up by himself.

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His first Ritz cracker!

His third tooth (top right) came in on the 14th of September. The top left reared it's ugly head last night! Hoping for less pain for him, poor guy.

He loves baths again. I ended up trying putting him in the bath with Maddy & Hud and it worked like a charm. Now he's fine. Phew. He's also a little calmer around the vacuum and stuff. Which I think is actually why he freaked about the bath - the water running is pretty loud in their little bathroom. He's still a little sensitive soul, love him.

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He started saying 'MA!' Aaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggh. It's the cutest.

Brandt has been a trooper with the kids starting soccer. He hangs out in the stroller and has a meal or two.

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He's very interested in what's going on around him. It's so fun to see him watch the kids and you just know he wants to get right in the middle of it. 

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With his favorite big sister!

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No one can get enough of my big baby!! He's just the cutest thing around. I can't stop kissing his cheeks and tickling his belly. He seems to be a lot happier on earth lately, which makes me really happy. My poor infants. They just need a little more time to acclimate. He's definitely still got a serious disposition, but is playing around a little more and basically is a joy.

Happy 8 months, Brandtster!!! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

The summer of family

This summer was so great because we got to see so much of our families. Along with The Great Stroh Family Reunion, Mike's brother came to visit and we packed as much fun in a long weekend as we could.

This family of six stayed at our house and really, they were great house guests. I was a little worried about how it would all work out, but all the kids slept upstairs in {what we call} the big room, his brother took Maddy & Hud's room and their oldest took the office. (Ha, we call it the office, but it's more of... well, it's more of a mess.) I moved Brandt downstairs with us so I wouldn't obsess about if he was going to be woken up, and he did pretty well.

All the kids played so well together. No fighting, no fussiness, nada. They all ADORED Brandt and loved playing with him.

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The Sunday they were here, we opted to go to our ward (1 PM is much more doable when trying to get 13 people ready for church) and my kids loved having their cousins with them.

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It was also Kirsten's birthday while they were in town, so Jenny & I planned a surprise party for her. It was hilarious! So many good friends of hers came to wish her a happy birthday and there was delicious treats for everyone.

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Ha! I love this. Kirsten and Brian took all the kids to the bookstore... Little did she know she was doing us a favor by getting them out of the way so we could get the party going. When they came back, Mike hustled outside to get all the kids in the house first and when she walked in, she was definitely surprised.

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I bought candles for the cake but somehow in the two hours they were at my house, they disappeared. SO FRUSTRATING. I did the best I could! ;)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pre-K, Huddy-style

Trying to find a place for Hudson to go to preschool was a little tough. We don't have the local rec center where we live now, which stinks. BUT there were a few recommendations from people in our ward and we went with the least expensive option. (It still seems VERY expensive. But whatever.)

A couple of weeks ago, Hud & I went by to tour the place and the teachers of his class were there setting things up so he got to meet them. This proved to be very fortunate because we were out of town last week when they had their Open House.

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He's been very excited to start school. It seems like a wonderful place and the teachers are darling. I guess he forgot that he was starting today because of us traveling and everything, so we reminded him this morning and he very quickly went to get dressed and brush his teeth. We got in the car and he said "Ohhhh, I'm going to miss you guys!" We went over a few rules with him (reminding him to go to the bathroom first thing, don't let anyone in the stall with him, tell mom or dad if anyone touches his privates - to which he said, "only kids can touch privates." Ummmm, no! - and to say yes ma'am and please and thank you) and then told him it wouldn't be long before we'd be back to get him. Then he told us he was going to miss us again and I asked him if he was getting a little nervous and he said "Just a little."  ♥

When we got in there, he sat right down and started playing with his Play-doh. I cannot wait to hear how it went!!!

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Hudson is just one of the coolest kids out there.  He makes everyone smile and is the sweetest, smartest thing.

Love you buddy!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School is {not} for fools, 1st grade edition!

Maddy's first day was great. She really liked her teacher, met a lot of new friends (two of them are named Sarah, and one of them is Sariah! Confusing! Especially because she talks so fast!), and is looking forward to having two snacks a day, per her teacher.

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Fast forward to this week.

On Monday, her teacher quit.

Not sure what happened yet, there still hasn't been any communication from the school, aside from me calling them, wondering WHAT THE.

Not that it's my business what happened, I hope everything is okay. But seriously, I hope they find a new teacher soon! Right now the aide is teaching the class. Bless her.

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So she started last Wednesday. She looked so cute in her uniform, I thought they were so ugly at first, but Maddy makes anything look cute. If I do say so myself.

We brought her giant bag of school supplies in with us and she was totally fine with being dropped off in this new place, all by herself. I cried when we walked out, joining all the other KINDERGARTEN mothers who were boo-hooing their way out the door. And I missed her A LOT most of the day. But Thursday was better, and by Friday, we got kind of back into the swing of things.

I know this year will be a great year!

(Assuming she gets a teacher.)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Random thoughts from a smother-mother

Tonight, things are looking grim.

Tomorrow morning, Maddy will start first grade. Not only a new year, but a whole new school.

She seems fine with it. I'm fine with the new school - after going there for registration and meeting her teacher, things seem pretty great. But first grade?

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Does every parent go through this? I feel like a total psycho. I have enjoyed this summer so much. Have there been a couple times where I'm like, "Uh, yeah, let's go back to school!" ? OF COURSE. But overall, the kids have been a joy. They rarely fight, they play together all day, and the last three months just went by in the blink of an eye.

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(Mike took this last week. This was how we found the kids A LOT this summer.)

This summer was great. She perfected her cartwheel, figured out how to do a handstand, and became completely fearless in the water.

JUNE

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Playing with her crazy brother

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She chopped her hair off! Five inches like it was no big deal.

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She lost another tooth!

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We went to Randol Mill & she went on the big slide for the first time!

JULY

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Hanging out with her cousins was probably the best part of her summer. I found a post-it upstairs recently that said "This will be the best day of my life." Come to find out, she wrote it the day they were getting in town.

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RANGERS!!

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Diving! Let's be honest, most of them were belly-flops, but still!!

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She got to hang out with some of her best pals this summer -

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Kate & Maddy - they are such cute little friends!

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This crazy foursome! Friends since birth!

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Her & Hud got to meet their Auntie Brittany. They loved her and have asked a few times when they'll get to see her again.

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She also loved spending time with Uncle Travis

It's fine, I know. At this time tomorrow, I'll wonder what I was up fussing about. But this is my little girl! And first grade is like... the big time! I'm having some of the same fears as last year - what if someone is rude to her? What if she gets lost? What if her teacher doesn't see how amazing she is?

Maddy is really the best. I'm sure most moms think that about their kids, but geez. She's funny, sweet, a great helper, an AMAZING sister, loves everyone, is brutally honest, and is so smart. I love hanging out with her and seeing what she'll come up with. She loves good music, she loves to read, and tonight she said "The only way I'll fall asleep is if you'll lay next to me." And in an instant, she was out.

Good luck tomorrow, my sweet girl! I love you tons and tons and tons! And I'll miss you in the day! ♥