Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February Update

I realize these updates just keep getting longer and longer apart but I feel like I'll regret if I stop this blog all together.  I love looking back and reading old posts and reminiscing on all the fun we have as a family. It's been and up and down month so far and we still have a little over a week to go.  The most notable and frustrating was Jeff and I both getting the flu at the same time.  I don't think it should even be allowed for both parents to get sick at the same time.  It's so miserable.   We're both still battling the side-effects and although I'm glad the kids weren't the ones that were sick, part of me thinks it would have been easier for us to take care of them. I have absolutely no voice still and parenting and working without a voice seems to be more important that I may have previously thought.  Jeff is still up and down every day and really we're all just trying to make it through.

With the Olympics starting we have however had a lot of family time in front of the couch.  Noah asking way too many questions but coming just at the right time with all the couch time we've needed for rest.   Our house is filled with hand drawn flags of all our favorite countries and I'm pretty sure Noah knows more about the sports in the winter Olympics than I knew by the time I was twenty.

Peyton, the little stinker continues to be his mischievous self getting into everything.  Running away from parents, hitting Noah and wrestling like he's the same size and getting into the chocolate bowl even though I'm pretty sure he knows he's not supposed to.

With only 43 days until baby number threes' due date we need to get our butt in gear around here.  We still need to move Peyton to the guest room and get the nursery ready for our new baby boy.  I would love it if we were all healthy and the house kind of caught up on.  Laundry always seems to pile up so quick and I can never keep up with sweeping our floors.   I'm guessing that's just what happens with kids but I'm determined to get it under control by the time baby gets here!

Friday, January 26, 2018

January Update

Happy New Year!... I mean, end of January.  Whoops!

Time flies when your having fun - or when your busy with life, right?

We got right into the swing of things when we were done with Christmas break.  We all went back to work and school. Jeff went to Florida for work for a couple of days.  We do our usual routines and honestly not much super crazy stuff going on around here. Oh ya, did I mention I'm pregnant?  Yep.  That happened too. We're already 30 weeks along and cruising.  Can you believe it?  We'll be welcoming baby boy in April and I feel like I'm super ready and at the same time not at all.  We can't quite kick Peyton out of his crib yet and I've literally bought just one zippy for the new baby and that's it.  Third kid I suppose. But without Peyton out of the nursery I don't really feel like I've been able to set anything up for the next one quite yet so here we are... until we kick him to the other room.

So what have we been doing with our time the last month?  Well, playing a lot.  Brothers playing together mostly which is super sweet to see. One minute they love each other, the other... well you know.  Just crazy town.  Peyton sure stands up for himself and Noah is trying to figure out this playing with my brother thing out.  They sure do love each other though and we're excited to welcome one more boy soon to the pack.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Peyton - Sixteen Months

Noah 16 Months
  • Stats: Size 5 Diapers | 18mo -2T clothing
  • Size: 24lbs
  • New Abilities: Guys, He can walk! Finally!  And all over the place I may add.   He goes everywhere walking now and is super good at it. He falls here and there, especially in slippery areas but for the most part can do it all.  He does up and down the stairs and climbs on the step stool in the kitchen.  He moves and I love it!  And the other big thing is he's getting really good with his fork and spoon handling and mostly eats with utensils because I'm pretty sure he hates having dirty hands.  Guess that makes sense.
  • Communication:  This from last month is still pretty much the same "He can say "mama" & "dada" and can do signs for "more" and "milk".  He can also shake his head for "no".  He babbles a ton and is always singing and making noises.  He can point to whatever he needs and mostly gets his message out. Personality wise, Peyton just does what he wants.  He's quite the stinker and thinks everything is funny, even when he's being naughty. He gets into everything and wants to be where ever I am.  His most favorite things to do is be in the kitchen right up next to the stove and watch and help cook.  He likes to stir things in the pan and is a pretty good helper. He's one loveable kid though.  His cuddles are amazing and will snuggle with you most of the day if he's not in his exploring mood.  He loooves his brother and can hold his own with Noah.  He even has started hitting him or pushing him out of the way.  *eye roll*  He's one tough little guy." 
  • Sleep: Sleeping 7:30p-7/7:30a at night.   Two naps during the day still 1.5-2hrs, something one is a little shorter.  We will be moving him up at daycare in the next month and they take only one nap.  I don't like it since he only takes short little naps as it is and I do not need a grumpy kid.  Maybe, for whatever reason, he will surprise us and start sleeping one long nap at school since he gets a blanket, a stuffed animal and a cot...?  We can only hope.  Until then, we're sticking with the two naps as long as we can.
  • Mom Check-In: I'm doing great.  Getting things done for Christmas and feeling great about it.  It's nice to be in an easy routine. Working out regularly for the last year has done wonders for me and my attitude in general and I love having that scheduled time to get away and do something for myself.  If you're in the Grand Rapids area Renew Mama is such an amazing place to work out and connect with other moms and I'm super grateful for them. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Decorating for Christmas

It was so much fun this year decorating the Christmas tree.  Noah was a huge help and did the kids Christmas tree all by himself and I didn't really have to make any adjustments because he did such a good job.   We got a couple new ornaments he helped pick out and he really liked that we added those on the tree too.  I see a tradition happening.
Since we got a way too big tree (oops) and had to cut the top off, we had to buy extra lights to fill up the whole tree.  We headed to Target on none other than early morning on black Friday to pick some up and finished decorating the tree by the end of the day.  Peyton was pretty useless but he sure was cute in his Christmas PJ's. We really thought he would be all about pulling things off the tree but surprisingly our little naughty boy has been pretty good so far. Well, minus my favorite pig ornament he keeps trying to take off and snuggle.   I guess I can't blame him, that pig is pretty cute.

At the end of the night after we put Peyton down for bed Noah and I stayed up and talked about all the things he wanted for Christmas and wrote our own Santa letter.   He was really excited to give it to him when we saw him this week and told him all about his batman legos.   We're prepped and ready to go for Christmas!