Monday, November 28, 2016

2 Months:




- 11 pounds 5 ounces
- 22.5 inches long
- You like to bop up and down to the Justin Timberlake pandora station. Especially during your fussy afternoon hours.
- You sleep like a champion and I don't even want to say how long because I don't want to jinx it. But let's just say, some mornings we have to wake you up because you are sleeping in and we have to get somewhere. Most nights we are ready for bed before you are though. So we take turns going to bed when we want and bouncing you up and down until you fall asleep.
- You are so talkative and smile very easily. The coos are more than we can handle.
- You are still off and on fussy throughout most days and evenings. You just take a lot of work and attention to keep your needs met. Your preferred place to be is in our arms bouncing up and down and having your bottom patted. So you could say we are getting a daily workout keeping you happy.
- You love your bath and almost always let out a lot of gas. I think it is one time that you are able to truly able to relax. Maybe because your rowdy brother's are not around smashing you and suffocating your space with love.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Family Rhythms :







They say children thrive in a structured environment with routines. I would not say that we are extremely rigid in our routines but when I step back and look at our day to day life I see so many small routines that are part of our family. Some have been intentionally put into place, but so many have come about naturally. Things that happen nearly every single day in our home:

- Jack runs out to get the newspaper and gives it to Doug as he gets in his car. Jack shuts his door for him and then stands and waves good bye.
- The boys eat their breakfast while watching a show in their jammies. Frozen blueberries are eaten nearly every single breakfast.
- We take a selfie every Sunday and text it to my family members. Selfie Sunday as we like to call it. Almost everyone sends a selfie and it is one of my favorite parts of my week.
- On Tuesday's the boys and I go to Fresh Market and get cheap ground beef and then pick out a yogurt or something from the bulk bins and we eat our snacks at the tables.
- Doug makes pancakes every Sunday morning before church. And we only drink juice with our breakfasts on the weekends.
- Most Friday morning involve a trip to a thrift store and many Friday afternoons include a trip to the library.
- Most evenings we eat dinner together and then clean up around the house. Then we have a family meeting to decide what our evening activity will be. Most nights it is a game of memory, Uno, Sneaky Squirrel, Jenga, or a puzzle. On special nights we go to the park and ride bikes.
- After church on Sunday we enjoy a Taco Buneo lunch and we make a frozen pizza for dinner.
- Monday's are full of laundry and cleaning up the house. "Cleaning day" as Henry calls it.
- Bedtime includes wrestling the boys into jammies, getting a little too frustrated during teeth brushing, and then books in bed. After books we have family prayer and generally a song or two. Henry falls asleep first and then Jack crawls over into Henry's bed for the rest of the night to sleep.
- We finish dinner and one of the boys goes and picks out a fruit. Sometimes it is fresh other times it is picking out a can of fruit from the pantry.

I love to step back and look at the rhythms of our family in this stage of life. These will be changing as our children change and grow but I like to think that some of these things will still be sticking around even when our kids are grown. Maybe they will all come over for frozen pizza night on Sunday's even when they are out of the house. Time will tell.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016:







Well folks this is as good as it is going to get this year. I refuse to yell at my children to take pictures. So as long as they are all in one together that is all that matters. Even though none of them are looking at the camera! Our little tiger was grumpy during most of the time. The little bear was in the middle of a screaming fest. And our lion struggled to know where to look even though he was cooperative. I truthfully love these real pictures of our kids at this stage. 

So this year we went to a trunk or treat at church (which was hot! and sunny! so we did not stay long) and a trunk or treat at their school (which was cooler! less sunny! so we stayed longer!). On Halloween night we had some friends over for dinner and we were hoping to get out of going trick or treating. But Henry was so set on going to a few houses. So Doug took the boys around the neighborhood. Henry kept saying that it was the best day ever. So our Halloween was a huge success. Bad pictures and all. 

Fall Family Fun Night:





Henry has been especially excited about fall and Halloween this year. He kept asking to decorate our house for Halloween. So last weekend we painted paper plates to look like candy corn and strung a banner, we glued googly eyes on bats cut out of construction paper and hung them above the fireplace, and Aunt Emily helped them make ghosts out of paper plates and strung them from the ceiling. He was so pleased with what we had created together.

Friday night I made chicken and rice soup and we ate dinner with all the candles lit. We drank terrible pumpkin cider. After dinner Doug started to carve the pumpkin. It was only a few minutes before we needed a distraction since the boys could not keep their faces and hands away from the sharp knives. Thankfully we had pumpkin painting to distract them. All three of them worked long and hard on their pumpkins while I made caramel apples to finish our fun evening.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Brothers:





These two. It has been absolutely amazing watching their relationship grow. We pray that it continues to grow and deepen all their lives! Some things I want to remember forever about this stage with an almost five year old and an almost three year old.

- One of our very favorite things is when Jack makes Henry laugh really hard. It happens pretty often. The other night we were walking around Costco and Henry would tell Jack to be happy and he would make a super happy face. Then Henry would tell him to be sad and Jack would hang his shoulders and head and make the saddest face. Back and forth back and forth. With so many Henry giggles.

- They pull all of our pillows and blankets from all the rooms in the house into the front room and build rocket ships, houses, restaurants, or ponds, etc. basically every single day. Truthfully the mess drives me crazy most days, but they play so well together doing this I never have the heart to stop them.

- Jack will drive the cozy coupe car and Henry rides on top holding on for dear life.

- Once we tell them it is time to get ready for bed they go from relatively calm to bouncing off the walls. They start hiding under the beds, running down the hallways, and they get so so loud! It is like one last burst of energy for the day before going to sleep for the night.

- They run throughout the house and yard with socks on their hands and feet taking turns being the bad guy and the good guy. This morning they even added a soccer cleat on each arm and ran around with their nerf guns.

- Over the past year and half they have dug a pretty impressive hole out by our shed in the back yard. They fill buckets, funnels, and cups with dirt and pretend to bake pies, fill their toys cars with gas, and just make a huge mess.

- Jack loves to sleep in Henry's bed at night. Henry does not want Jack in his bed. So Jack has learned to just wait until Henry falls asleep and then he crawls over. Every single night.

- Every time we go to pick Henry up from his class Jack runs down the hallway and they give each other the biggest hug.

- It is not all pretty for sure. We have arguments, disagreements, and fights every single day. I have walked into a room to find them in head locks and laying on top of each other. They know how to push each others buttons. We are all still working and learning how to handle these times. But thankfully their relationship with grow through these times as well!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One Month:


9 pounds 10 ounces and 21 3/4 inches

You love: baths, being held non-stop, rocking and bouncing
You don't love: being put down, riding in the car if you are not sleeping, falling asleep on your own, your paci

You have also started to flash us quick smiles and coo when we talk to you. You have survived a whole month of handshakes from Jack and being held by Henry even when you are fussy. You are so so loved little one!

First Time All Together:











With the help of Brad the photographer and Grace the photo editor, we have these beautiful pictures from the hospital. We were so excited to all be together as a family of five for the first time and I am forever thankful to have these pictures from our special morning.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

First Two Weeks:













- Adeline was welcomed home to a beautifully decorated home with pink balloon, banners, streamers, and a handmade sign that the boys and Aunt Emily worked long and hard on. I have a feeling it is going to be difficult to take them down. For now, they are all staying put.

- Gram and Papa were here for over a week to help our family! It was truly such a rich time and such a blessing to have them here. With their extra hands to help, I was able to really rest and recover. Doug was freed up to still do a little bit of work and we even had several mornings where it was just Doug and I and Adeline. We ate ice-cream together each evening, watched all of I'll Have What Phil's Having and many football games, Papa went to his first Oklahoma football game with Doug and Henry, we had yummy meals prepared for us, and Gram even ironed all of Doug's work shirts! It was just so wonderful having them here!

- Our first night home together, Adeline was rather fussy throughout the night. Doug and I were taking turns trying to keep her happy, but finally around 1:30 am we gave in and Doug turned on our lamp and the three of us just laid in bed and just talked and looked at our baby girl. She was so wide awake and just wanted to be held. It was such a sweet and special time with our last little baby. We talked about how our perspective is so different now that this is our third go around at this whole babies growing up so fast thing. I am so thankful for this perspective and for the growth we have experienced as parents.

- Doug has said that every time he gets ready to leave the house, someone is crying. And that is a fair assessment. There are lots of emotions, feelings, and toddler fits flowing in the house. Part of the issue has been the colds that Henry and Jack have been fighting for nearly the entire time we have been home with Adeline. But I think we have finally turned a corner!

- I realized that I only put my shoes on one time in the entire first week of Adeline's life. I barely even went outside! Like my eyes burned a bit and had to adjust to the sunlight once I did have to go outside to take the boys to school. I didn't mind being holed up in the house. Especially with my baby girl.

- We have had such kind and gracious people bringing us meals. Our hearts and bellies are forever grateful.

- The boys have really just done so well loving Adeline. They constantly want to hold her, bring diapers, sing her songs when she is crying, fight over who gets to sit by her at dinner, and constantly check on her. They are proud big brothers for sure.

- It has been such a sweet time in our marriage as well. Doug has loved us all so well and has been incredibly patient with all of our fragile emotions. We have also enjoyed the slower pace of his work schedule the past two weeks as we have adjusted to life as a family of five. Our mornings together have been full of rich and funny conversations. So much laughter together. His care for me as been so deep. He even woke up every time Adeline did the first week and got her out of her bed and helped me up so I could feed her and not hurt my back from leaning over her bed. We are all so blessed by him.

Friday, September 23, 2016

40 Weeks, Delivery, and our Baby GIRL:












Our sweet baby girl joined our family on September 9th at 5:21 pm. Her labor and delivery was the most smooth, shortest, and most intimate delivery I have had. There were so many happy tears once we heard the news that we had a sweet girl. The boys came up to meet her the next morning and it was truly one of the best moments in my life. Henry was so so proud and excited and tenderly held her and talked to her and asked questions for a long time. Jack immediately asked to hold her and was very gentle and kind. Our hearts are so full!