Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wade is 3 years!

My dear sweet Wade, where oh where have these last three years gone? I know I was just a young scared 21 year old mother completely head over heels in love with a newborn little boy this time three years ago. 

I know it sounds cheesy but I caught myself getting a little misty eyed this morning thinking about how fast our time together has flown by! And I know it's a total cliche but before I know it you'll be starting your first day of kindergarten, and then running off to middle school, and I'll turn around and you'll be a senior and then I'll blink and your graduating college and getting married and having babies of your own. BE STILL TIME!!! I want to breath this all in. Every little sweet thing you do, I want to have time to soak it all in.  

My sweet boy, you are such a bright spot in our little family of four. Your sweet little voice is what I wake up for each morning. Your laughter fills a room and takes my breath away. That sweet little smile makes my heart skip a beat. I love you more than you will every know. 

You have had a BIG year this year. We started off by letting you know you were going to be a big brother. At the time you were clueless and we're fine with the news. You know have a three month old little sister than you love so much. You are so sweet to her. After your stand off reaction to her at the hospital I was really nervous you were going to be jealous, but that soon faded and you were filled with love for her. You love to try to make her laugh. You will do just about anything to get a smile or a laugh out of her. It doesn't take much, she is smitten by you. Yesterday you kept saying "watch this Pyper!" and then you would run and jump as high as you could. I could tell you were trying very hard to impress her. It was so sweet! You still call her your sweetheart! I LOVE that! It never gets old. Most of the time you are very sweet to her in the car. If the sun is in her eyes you are quick to put the umbrella on the carrier down for her. If she cries you run to her side to let her know that it's ok, Momma is coming. Many nights you BEG for her to come lay in your bed with you for a while. I always take her in there and the three of us lay together. 

Next, we sprung a move on you. You had never know any other house but 2907 Liberty Ave as your home. As of April 2012 that all changed. You were a little confused at first but once you saw your big room and realized our living room was HUGE compared to our old house, you didn't care that we had moved anymore. You were actually very excited!

You had your tonsils out and tubes put in in July. It was quite the surgery and a very LONG week of recovery for us all, but we all feel like it was worth it! For one thing you can HEAR a lot better these days and your speech and vocabulary has improved!!! 

And finally at the start of the month you started a new daycare after being with Miss Aaron for 2 yrs and 7 months. It was also a rough two weeks, but this week you have proved that you are getting into the swing of things. You even got in the car today and told me your liked your big boy school! That made my heart so happy, it has been hard leaving you crying. 

You are obsessed with Trains. You love everything about them, but your favorite thing is to hear that train whistle. You love Thomas the train and have way to many of them to count. It doesn't matter if it's real, fake, on tv, my phone, or a toy train, your all about it!

You are SO tall! You are wearing 4T jeans!!! They are way TOO BIG in the waist but a smaller size looks like you're waiting on a flood to come. We cinch the elastic up as tight as we can you but a belt on you and it works. You also need a 4T to 5T in your shirts because your torso is so long and you are wearing a size 9 shoe. You weigh 36 lbs and I can't wait to see how tall you are next week. 

Your favorite foods are strawberries, chicken, mac cheese, grapes, spaghetti, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, water, milk and sprite. You love to go for long walks and play outside. You are all boy, you love to throw a ball around, kick a ball or attempt to climb the tree in our front yard. 

This past month you started going through a phase where you are scared of a lot of things. Suddenly, you have stopped going outside in the backyard by yourself, you won't enter a room if the light is not on because you thing it's too dark, and bed time is terrible. You tell us your scared of something outside your window.   We take you outside and show you there is nothing out there to be afraid of. You want to sleep with two lamps and a night light on and you have suddenly started talking about scary snakes. I have prayed over you, over your room and over this house hoping that the Lord would give you a peace and ease your mind and take that worry away from you. It has gotten a little better but we are still reassuring you a lot that there is nothing to be scared of. I hope this stage passes quickly, you use to not be scared of a thing! I hate to think you are worrying about something!

We wanted to have your birthday party last weekend but your Nonnie and Papaw were out of town. When then decided on this weekend but your Grammy and Poppy had already planned to have company because we told them we were planning on the 25th. So, long story short your party is going to be September 8th. As I did last year, I let you choose what you wanted for dinner. You requested to go out for hamburgers and ice cream so that's just what we did. You scarfed down a burger and fries and then we went to Holly Hops soda shop where you had a big dish of cookies and cream ice cream, complete with three burning candles on top! We came back home and you opened a few gifts (saving the rest for you party) and took a bath and went to bed. 

Wade, I love your so so so much!! You make me smile each and everyday! Just when I think I can't love you anymore, I do! You continue to make me so proud! I'm so thankful and blessed that the Lord chose me to be your Momma! I know the Lord has big plans for you! I pray that the Lord will reveal those plans to you in His time and that your heart and mind will be waiting and listening for him. I pray that you would choose each and every day to seek Him first and for most and that he would shine through you. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. I'm so proud of you and I love you so much! Happy third birthday buddy! 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pyper is 3 months

Pyper Grace I can not believe you are THREE MONTHS!!! Wow!! I feel like I was just pregnant and waiting for labor so we could meet your sweet little face!! We have LOVED every second that you have been in our lives! We prayed for a beautiful, sweet, healthy baby and the Lord blessed us way beyond our beliefs! Here is what you have been up too!

3 months today!!!
 You are sleeping wonderfully for us! You were sleeping all night if you didn't go to bed until about 10:30 but since we have started to school last week you are in bed no later than 9, sometimes earlier. You usually wake up for a bottle about 3:30 or so and then sleep until I have to wake you up at 7:30. Your taking about an hour morning nap and a two hour afternoon nap. 

Ready for church!
Your not a big big eater like your brother was. You take anywhere from 2 to 3 1/2 ounces every 3 to 3 1/2 hours. You have occasionally taken 4 ounces but that is rare. We had to up your reflux medicine a few weeks ago because you were starting to cough and choke a lot more. Right now you're taking 1.2 ML three times a day! It has really seemed to help! Due to the reflux you are still sleeping in Mommy and Daddy's room elevated in the bouncer or nap nanny. I'm hoping we can get you moved to your room sometime within this next month. I think it's so important for you to know that that's your room and bed. I'm dreading it but I know it's probably time!

All clean
 Your in size 1 diapers. You are wearing some 0-3 month clothes,  mostly 3 months clothes and some 3-6 months. You have about three outfits that are made really small that say 9 month. I think you are mainly in 3 month though. You don't have a doctors appointment until next month but I'm guessing you weigh about 12 lbs. 
Sweet sleeper
 You LOVE to be talked to! Your face lights up and you smile from ear to ear when anyone tells you your a pretty girl, I can't blame you, it's nice to hear sometimes haha! You are fascinated with your brother! He is SO sweet to you! When you cry he comes running to tell you it's going to be OK!  If he is talking you are searching the room to find him. You laughed for the first time a few weeks ago and of course it was at none other than your sweet brother! It was the sweetest sound. You have kinda chuckled a few more times since but not a full on belly laugh like you did for Wade. 

brother loving on me!
 You are getting SO strong!! When your in your carseat or bouncer you pull that head up and lean forward. You like to sit up and look around too. Your neck needs to get just a little stronger to sit in the bumbo though! 

Mommy started back to work last week which means you and brother started daycare. I'm SO thankful that our school has a daycare on our campus! I can run out and see you anytime I want to! It's been an adjustment for us all! I cried all last week when I left you! This week I think your rebelling due to the change and not eating well at all for Miss Jessica. I know your not starving but I wish you would eat more than 2 ounces every 4 hours!!! You have been SO tired in the evenings because of the change. I go in to pick you and Wade up and the second you hit my hours your out like a light! I wish that we were in a spot that Mommy could stay home with you and brother but we aren't. We want to be able to send you and brother to college like your grandparents did for Daddy and I and that means Mommy needs to work. So with that said, I'm thankful for a great job and a daycare at my job! 
So happy in the mornings!
 Your hair is starting to fill in a little more on top. It's not thick and I wouldn't look at you and say "oh that baby has a lot of hair" but I can tell it's growing!! It's getting a little lighter too! Your eyes have continued to stay blue. We just knew they'd be brown like mine but once again God blessed you just like Wade, with your Daddy's beautiful eyes!

You may HAVE Daddy's eyes, but you only have eyes for Momma! Daddy let me run an errand by myself tonight and you cried most of the time I was gone. When I got back you were all smiles and happy. I don't want you to cry for Daddy, but I sure do love it that we are already so close and have a special bond. I've always dreamed of having the same mother daughter bond that your Grammy and I have with my own daughter!  
Ready to shop with Mommy!
We can not even begin to tell you how much we love you and how proud of you we already are! You are so sweet and beautiful and we can not imagine life without you!  We pray that you will continue to grow and develop and stay healthy! We also pray that you would have a heart for the Lord and he would shine through you! I'm so blessed to be your Momma sweet girl! Excited to see what the next month brings! I love you!

3 months! you look so big!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Where Did Summer Go?

WARNING: This post is completely random but it's things I want to remember for myself. 

Where on earth did the Summer go? I feel like school just got out and I was having a baby. Now I'm busy getting my classroom together and getting ready to start the school year for good next week! YIKES! That is CRAZY! We have a big month ahead of us! My baby boy turns 3 on the 30th and school starts the 27th. I had three days of new teacher orientation this week and then Monday is first actual day we get started! Below are a few pictures of my classroom!! I've been working hard to get it ready!!

First grade is a hoot!!

It's HOT

I LOVE Mary Engelbreit!

Our school theme is Dr. Seuss this year!
 We have been trying to soak up these last precious days off! Last week the kids and I went to my parents for one last LONG visit! When school starts our trips will be few and far between and VERY SHORT!

Last Friday we went to my Aunt Christie's house to celebrate her birthday and swim! Wade got to help Grammy make her birthday cake which he LOVED! Pyper girl watched closely to see how it's done, she is preparing to lick those beaters too some day!
He loves to use the mixer!

Licking the beaters!

Wade, Me and Aunt Lakin!

relaxing with Poppy!

This Thursday, Brody and I will celebrate 4 years of wedded bliss together. We have only been out on one date since Miss Pyper joined our family, so we are going to let the kids spend the night with Grammy and Poppy and we are headed to Abilene for a WHOLE night of just the two of us. We are so excited to catch up and baby our relationship for a night! 

This week hasn't been to hard leaving the kids! My sister kept them Monday and then Brody's mom had them today and will keep them tomorrow! My training has been 2 blocks from our house so I've been able to run home for an hour and a half for lunch and I'm home by 3! Next week will not be the case, they will actually start their new daycare on my campus. You would think having left Wade before it would be easier dropping them both off but I know it won't be. With a new daycare comes new worries. Will he make friends quickly and easily, will he love his new teacher as much as he has loved Miss Aaron for the last almost 3 yrs. Will Pyper just think I've abandoned her? Will she still love me and be anxious to see me and enjoy our snuggle time. 

Truth is, I know my children will be fine, my niece and nephew go to the same daycare and love it there. I know I'm doing the worrying for them, that's my job and right as a mother I suppose. Even knowing that they will be fine, I dread the whole process. However, I am thankful that I have a job that can help provide for my family and save for my children's college funds!  
Wade is doing so awesome since having his surgery! He still has a typical 3 yr old melt down every now and then, but for the most part he is a MUCH happier kid! His appetite has really increased too!! Which I'm loving!! He has been a really picky eater this past year and that has seemed to changed since getting rid of those HUGE tonsils. 
Headed for an evening walk!

Pyper is growing so fast and doing so many new things each day. Her little smile and coos melt my heart. I love that she is a Momma's girl right now. My favorite time of the day is about 6:30 am after her bottle. I lay her in bed with us and she snuggles up and falls back to sleep for a few more hours. I love that she nuzzles up to my neck.
My sweet Pyper girl!
Snuggling in Mommy's bed!

We have a lot happening right now. I am a routine person so I'm just ready to get the first few weeks out of the way so we can all fall into a groove and know what to expect. We have a big few weeks ahead of us!!!  
Another evening walk!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recovering From Surgery!

Well, it's been a little over a week since Wade had his tonsils removed! I'm happy to report that he is doing much better and is at least 95% if not a 100% back to normal! It was a LONG 4 days after surgery though!!!

The day of the surgery we arrived at the surgery center at 6:15 am and were greeted by my parents aka Wade's Grammy and Poppy! We had enough time for wade to open a present from Grammy and Pop and then we were called back! Grammy and Pop hung back in the waiting room with Pyper girl!

They gave Wade his loopy medicine and then let us sit for it to begin working. Within about 5 mins he had the giggles and was feeling very relaxed. His Nonnie an Papaw came back to hug and kiss him before surgery. Brody and I then prayed over him and he willing went with the sweet nurse that would be taking care of him through surgery.

From the time they took him back to the time we got to see him it took about 30 minutes! The doctor can out and informed us that we had indeed made the right decision! He said he had never seen tonsils so big on an almost three year old. We then were taken back to recovery to love on our baby! This is we're the hard part really started.

I walked into a dimly lite room with my baby boy screaming. I had some what prepared myself for this but it ended up being worse than I expected. I scooped him up and held him tightly but he was so groggy he was still mad and inconsolable. He quickly realized he had an I've taped to his arm and we had to hold him down for the next hour and a half to keep him from pulling it out!

The nurses said he couldn't have pain meds until he drank water or juice for us! Well if you know my child, he is STUBBORN and refused to drink anything until the IV came out, and the nurses refused to take the IV out until he drank something. Needless to say Wade won and after 2 hours of holding a kicking screaming child down and pleading with him to drink, they took the IV out. He immediately took several big sips of water!!

After we finally forced meds down him.

The pain set in even more once he woke up and was more aware. The bad thing was, as I said before he was so tired of takin medicine that we couldn't get pain meds down him. It took Brody and two nurses to hold him down and get a dose in him. Once that happened he got a little relief and was able to eat half a popsicle. After a good 6 hrs at the surgery center we FINALLY got to go home!

It was a LONG weekend but it was all worth it! He is already eating so much better because he can swallow easier without his tonsils and he is hearing PRAISE GOD! It's been so sweet for him to hear something new and see his face light up! In return his speech has already improved a lot!!!! We are so thankful it's done and over and was well worth it all!!! Thank you all for your sweet prayers! We truly felt them!
Sister helping brother rest up!