Friday, May 16, 2014

{Blakely}: Three Months

Miss B is three months old.  A quarter of a year.  Holy moly time flies!

She is such a joy to be around.  She's so happy, and smiles constantly.  She is a very easy-going baby and loves to be held.  She sleeps like a charm, and has slept through the night since she was 5 weeks old.  Let me just go ahead and get an amen. 

She loves watching her brother play, and tracking the dogs movements.  She smiles so big when either of them (Knox or Finn) stop for just a second and make eye contact with her.  Endless entertainment.

She still eats every 2-2.5 hours, and is exclusively breastfed.  She is really good about eating on the fly, and I think I have fed her in most places in Lakeway.  Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but it is what it is.

I love that it's warm enough now to wear bubbles...I just can't get enough of her thighs!

Knox loves his "baby sissy." He loves when she smiles at him, but doesn't always want to hold her.  When he does ask, I'll drop anything to make it happen!

He helps keep her happy during grocery store outings.  Man it's hard grocery shopping with a preschooler and carseat.  They need better carts :)

Her cinco de mayo bubble lasted all of two minutes before she had a blow out :(

Knox made sure she was protected on our drive home from the bounce house place one day.

Forget the paci, she loves her thumb.

At three months she has been to two different breweries. Here we are at No Label in Katy.

The thumb-sucking kills me.  So dang cute.

While in Houston we bathed them together.  Knox loved getting to help out and play at the same time.  She just loved watching Knox.

And this is how our sweet angel sleeps.  Be still my heart.

We are just so in love with our Miss B.  Next week we'll be in Orlando, and she'll get to experience the magic of Disneyworld...or just the magic of the baby carrier :)  

Happy 3 months, Blakely.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

I had a great Mother's Day this year.  There is no greater feeling that seeing and holding my babies.  Growing up you plan.  You plan out when you will get married, figure you'll have a couple kids and live happily ever after.  I know now that those with children are richly blessed.  We throw that word out, pretty freely in fact, but it's the truth.  Blessed.

I felt blessed this Mother's Day.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

{Knox}: 4 Years

Four years have gone by in the blink of an eye.  Our sweet boy continues to bring so much joy into our lives.  I know for certain he was hand-picked just for us, and I'm so grateful I get to be his momma. 

We had his 4-year appointment, and his stats are:

30.8 lbs (10%)
39.75" (30%)

He's still a slight little guy, but he's just perfect.  We've had some trouble with his digestive system lately, and after trying different elimination tactics, we're moving on to allergy testing.  We're spending the next week re-introducing all the foods he's been off of, and will do a blood test next week.  Keep him in your prayers...the 4-year shots rattled him for a few days, so I'm sure the blood draw will be just as traumatic.

I haven't taken the time to do any photo shoots with my first love in a long time, so we did so this morning.  I just love him so, and I feel like I was able to capture his little spirit in these pictures.

He has the funniest sense of humor.  Stephen and I are caught off guard and surprised daily with his wit and timing.  He keeps us laughing and will definitely be a jokester.  And yes, his eyes are this blue!

He has a lot of OCD tendencies (he gets them honestly).  He's a perfectionist.  Most days we have a struggle to line up his toys just the right way before we can leave.  His socks have to be just right.  He doesn't want that shirt because it has a spot.  You get it.  I know these characteristics will serve him well when he's an adult, but right now I would categorize them as exhausting, ha!

He's moved on from his love affair with the "Cars" franchise.  They have eyes and talk, and real cars don't talk.  Noted.  He's now full-force into super heroes and everything Marvel.  If you can combine a super hero and a car/plane/helicopter/train...his head explodes.

He loves to learn.  He's always asking me to spell things, he wants to sound things out and he loves writing/tracing/drawing things.  I love his zest for learning, and hope it continues.

He's an introvert.  This one has been hard for me, as I'm definitely a loud extrovert.  He's like his daddy in this regard.  He excels in small groups, and always prefers to play with one or two people at a time.  He's happy and content to play alone, but also loves for us to play with him.

He's sensitive and empathetic.  He internalizes things, and will bring them to our attention later when he's ready to talk. He notices when others are sad and won't let it go until he knows they are ok.  He takes offense to things quite easily, so we're working on thickening his skin a bit.  I love his sensitivity, though, and think it will REALLY be an asset later on in life.

He's very task-oriented and loves legos and building train sets/streets/ramps, etc for his cars and trains to drive.  Daddy lets him drive the car in the 'hood quite frequently, and now that he has his own truck he wants to drive all of the time.

He is fascinated by the inner-workings of his toys.  He loves to disassemble and reassemble things, and can often be found using a screwdriver to try and "fix" his cars and trucks.  

He's curious, and loves adventure.  He is most happy exploring outside and making up stories for all of us to be a part of.  Lately, he's been playing family with a girlfriend down the street.  He's the daddy, she's the mommy and Blakely is the daughter.  We're in trouble.

He truly is the most amazing little boy, and we're so blessed to get to share life with him.  God has blessed us immeasurably with this one, and I can't wait to see what this next year will bring. 

Happy 4th, buddy.  You are so loved.