Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Eighteen months

My baby is 18 months! I seriously can't believe it.

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*I took these pictures this week, but I wrote this post last month. :)

I don't know how the last year and a half has gone by so quickly.

Brandt has finally started taking pretty good naps. He sleeps about 2-2.5 hours every day, usually starts about 1230 PM. It's so nice. It gives him lots and lots of energy for the rest of the day. ;)

He is a mischievous little guy. He loves to get into everything, like most toddlers. If we have any papers or any laundry anywhere, he thinks it's a game to throw all of it everywhere. IT MAKES ME CRAZY. But it makes all of us laugh too.

He does this weird 'cheese' smile and it is the best! He always seems to do it at the right time and we just love him for it.

He finally stopped pooping a million times a day. (For goodness sakes.) Now it's usually 1-2 times. He's a great eater for the most part and loves his milk(y). He really doesn't like veggies but I can usually give him one of those baby food (ish) pouches and get something in him that way. He also likes ranch dressing so that's been helpful. :)

He says quite a few words. Some new ones are chair (cheh), monkey (moe), shoe (shuh), milk (muh), silky (sih-sih) and he still says 'da' for light. I remember Hudson doing that same thing. Funny.

He likes to watch Elmo on Sesame Street occasionally. (Meh-mo)

He LOVES Buck so much. Always hugging him and laying by him. He's been loving spending a lot of time at the pool this summer. He's very bold and doesn't seem to think anything can hurt him. Which is cool but mostly scary.

Brandt loves to read. So much. I think he would do it all day. He also loves cars. And a week or so ago, he went to bed with Buzz Lightyear. I wasn't sure if he was old enough - not that there's a certain age or anything - but he seems really happy with Buzz. And that makes me happy.

He got all four canines (that seems weird but the internet tells me it's correct?) in three months. There were a few painful days for this baby. I felt so bad for him. :( And of course around the same time (June), he got sick! Like, really sick. He'd had a fever the week before and was SO listless. It was random and hit suddenly, so I had Mike take him to the doctor. They gave him some Tylenol and he was on his way - perked right up and was talking and carrying on. So the next week, he got a fever again, and cried for FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS. Not a super high fever, and he was still sleeping through the night, so I didn't want to take him back to the doctor for nothing. (pride + money) The only thing that finally sold me was he wasn't eating or drinking and he wouldn't breastfeed. :( Finally on that Thursday, I took him back to the doctor. Neither she nor nurse could get a look at anything, he just screamed and screamed. She said his ear maybe looked a little red and I honestly think she prescribed him antibiotics out of pity. I'm not one to shove those in my kids for every little thing, but honestly, there had to be something wrong. Motrin / Tylenol would bring his fever down, but they didn't do anything for his mood. Poor guy. A day and a half of antibiotics, he was back to normal.
*Side note - I'd had a sore throat for a week or so off and on, and finally that next Monday, after throwing up and feeling so horrible and weird, I went to the doctor to find out I had strep. I've never been more sick. Seriously. My fever was insane. Luckily, just like with Brandt, two days on the antibiotics, and I was so much better. Thank goodness for modern medicine!

The end result of him being sick is that he weaned himself. I kept trying for almost two weeks. I was a wreck. Oh man, I'm so glad that's behind me. I just cried and cried. (And that was my kids' first real week of summer. Happy summer, kids, your mom is nutso!!) I read everything there was to read, did everything I could have done, and in the end, he was done. I think his throat was hurting him so bad, and then by the time he got better, it really is like he just forgot. He was never really one to comfort nurse anyway, it's fine. (But it wasn't for a long time. MY BABY. Wah.)

June:

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July:

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First day of Nursery at church (July 19, 2015) -

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He is turning into a real boy, folks. I love him and his crazy antics. I can't believe he's mine!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I love my babies

They are such rascals.

And they are everything to me.

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(May 2015)


Beach Weekend

We were lucky enough to spend a weekend in Houston with some of our best friends.

We left Friday morning and although our children are better travelers than they used to be, they're still not the best. Brandt seems to be following more in Maddy's footsteps and cried a lot of the way down there. He finally fell asleep about 30 minutes before we got there but did a pretty good job of faking it the rest of the day.

I spent the first hour we were there obsessing over Avery. She is an ADORABLE baby.

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It was so nice to have all of our friends (aka The Five Families) in one place again.

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Once everyone got down there, the girls got ready to take Stacie out for her birthday that was later this month. She chose to go to Lupe Tortilla and it was reeeeally good.

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While we were at dinner, it was five dads and seventeen children. Pretty hilarious but of course they handled it like champs. Mike took the kids back to the hotel and got them in bed before I made it back. Perfect.

The next morning we woke up and met at our hotel at 830 AM. This is one of my favorite pictures - this kid is hilarious:

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It was about an hour drive to Surfside Beach and it went pretty well. (Thankfully.) Brandt didn't sleep so well the night before but he was the perfect guy the next day.

He was in awe of the water and lucky for me, he didn't try to drown himself repeatedly like he does at swimming pools.

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These guys! They're so special.

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After a long day at the beach, we each went back to our respective hotels and showered and changed, we all got some dinner and took it over to the Eldredges. The kids played and the adults chatted and it was the best! One of the things that I love about spending time with these people is that EVERYONE gets along so well. There was not one single fight amongst the children the entire time we were there. Bliss.

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That night the guys wanted to go play Top Golf so we all went back to our hotels and then they left to play. Apparently there was a two hour wait for that, so they ended up seeing a movie instead.

Sunday morning we woke up and headed over to the Eldredges to hang out for just a little bit before making the drive home. We all made a big lunch together and tried to soak up as much Five Family Fun as we could.

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I cried when we left (of course) but managed to pull it together after a little bit. It just sucks that I don't get to see the little Eldredge boys grow up and Miss Avery will never know life as one of 'the friends.'

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Maddy was especially attached to Miss A. ♥

We love our friends so much! We are so lucky to have them in our lives. 'Til next summer!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Little fishies

Chris & Kira moved here at the end of the summer last year so we didn't get to utilize their sweet set up they have going up where they live. (We actually tried once but we were there for about 10 minutes when they saw lightening in the distance and closed everything up.)

We went up there a few weeks ago and WOW. It was so fun!! They ordered pizza for dinner and we ate poolside (the best way to eat).

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Brandt went down his very first slide! HA! So funny.

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Aside from some really stupid rules (you can't "throw" your kids in the water! BLAH!), that place is awesome. Hopefully we'll get to go up there more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

m + m

One of our best friends got married earlier this month. Mike was one of Matt's youth leaders at church for a really long time, and then he taught Maddy (yep! Another Maddy!) in early morning seminary her senior year, and we were honored to be a part of their special day(s).

Tracy and I (with the help of Andreia and Katie, as always!) threw Maddy a bridal shower at the end of June. We had a brunch for her and it was fun to meet some of the people that are so important to her. And get to know her a little better! :)

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And of course I couldn't not snuggle this sweetie while we were there. Honestly, Nora is just about the cutest thing ever.

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Their wedding was held south of here on some ranch belonging to friends of Maddy's. It was so beautiful. And HOT. So so very hot. 

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Matt asked Mike to be his best man, so that was pretty cool. I was asked to pin the flowers on some of the guys and aside from one of them asking me if I was the bride's mother (OMG OMG OMG), I was honored.

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Matt's nephews and niece were so sweet!
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And let's not leave out the real star of the show... the dog! I forget her name (boo), but she led the wedding party down the path. It was awesome.

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The dude who married them was some old friend of Matt's. I actually couldn't really hear him. Plus I was clicking away.

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Both families looked great and all the friends were so adorable. Maddy & Matt are very lucky to have such great support!
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I am very happy for these two & I hope they have a lifetime of happiness!

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*Disclaimer: They asked me to take pictures knowing that I'm actually NOT a photgrapher. :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

J vs DFW

We flew our nephew down last month to have some fun before their family moves even farther away from us. :(

The first night he was here, our entire family (minus Mike's parents) went to a Rangers game. We didn't figure that the babies would fare so well, so Kira got a babysitter for Max and we got one for Brandt. (Thanks mom!!) We lucked out and some weird cold front came through the area - it was actually fairly pleasant.

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Brandt was pretty unsure about Josh at first but warmed up to him nicely. Maddy was a HUGE fan. :)

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Of course we'd planned to spend a lot of the time swimming and what do you know, RAIN RAIN RAIN. I would be fine with that but the pools we frequent aren't. Finally his last day here (after Mike, Jenny, J & Grandpa had spent most the day at Six Flags), we spent the evening at Mike's parents' pool.

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These boys are so crazy! They have so much fun together. 

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Brandt had so much fun in his giant freezing bath.

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The girls had a ton of fun 'diving' and perfecting their jumping-in skills.

When Brandt wasn't trying to drown himself in the kiddie pool, he was being carted around by some very sweet family members. I like to swim and everything, but unless the water is really warm, I prefer laying in the sun.

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So the chicken fight is a lot of fun. Until you're Hudson and get hit in the face repeatedly. Haha. It was only funny to the adults, I guess. (He totally asked for it because he had no problem dishing it out!)

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It was a great little week of spending time with J. It's hard to believe I met him when he was only three!  He's such an awesome kid.

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