Monday, August 18, 2014

Cute but Mute

My sweet girl started back to school last week and I have been an emotional wreck. I'm sure that is very normal for mamas...but it is just so hard watching my baby grow up!
Aubrey is going to school two days a week from 9-2. She is in what they call Toddler III. She is still two, but will be three in October so she missed the cutoff for Pre-K3. Since her birthday is later, she will have to do Pre-K4 for two years. They have a "young 4's" and an "older 4's" so it won't be the same class.
Aubrey is such a stinker when it comes to school. My girl is a chatterbox and doesn't usually meet a stranger; however, when it comes to school...she will not say a WORD. She is mute. She went the entire year last year without speaking to her teachers. I just don't understand it. She will talk to strangers, family, friends...anyone, but when she enters is zip zip for her. We have tried everything from bribery to punishment. Nothing works. We have also had some potty training issues at school because she won't tell her teachers when she needs to use the restroom!  Any of my teacher/mommy friends have any suggestions of what I can do to encourage her to speak...please let me know!
Her teachers are wonderful and her class is mostly made up of girls. I think it is like 12 girls and 2 boys. She loves that she gets to go on the big playground this year and she also loves center time!
Another struggle is she doesn't nap at school...she basically just looks around the entire time, so when I get her at 2:00, she is exhausted and extremely grumpy. She is not exactly "little miss sunshine" when I pick her up. I'm hoping and praying all these kinks get figured out and the year starts getting a little smoother.
She sure is cute...mute...but cute. LOL!
I love this little girl even if she is a handful!  Here's to a great school year.  Come on baby girl...get to talking!
And of course...this little cutie just loves having some one on one time with mommy. Waiting for sis in the carpool line is always a blast. (and no...Weston was not eating Doritoes!)

I'm proclaiming this verse over Aubrey Lane for the school year...
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7

Sunday, August 3, 2014

7 months...Weston Hayes

My little ham-bone you are now 7 months old! You are just the happiest, most laid back dude on the block and I couldn't love you anymore if I tried. You are a charmer and you love your mommy. 99% of the time you can be found on mommy's hip...with your two fingers upside down in your mouth. If you are situated like won't make a peep for hours.
 You are still nursing every three to four hours during the day. At night, you wake up at least one time, sometimes two to eat. You are napping two times a day, usually from 9:00-11:00 and then again from 2:00-3:30. You go to sleep around 8:00 at night and are up for the day around 7:00.
You started solid foods last month and are really getting the hang of eating big boy food. You love sweet potatoes and apples. You tolerate peas and carrots and bananas. I only give you one meal a day, but will soon add in another.
 You have stopped taking your noonie and have become addicted to your two first fingers...upside down. Your fingers are ALWAYS in your mouth. Even to sleep. I know we will have dental issues in the future!
You weigh 15 pounds and wear a size 6 month in clothes and a size 3 diaper.
You are chunky little guy!
You have two teeth on the bottom and have just the cutest little smile. Nothing makes you laugh like your sissy. You get the biggest kick out of her and she just eats it up.
You are sitting up unassisted and love to play on the floor with toys and balls. You are not exactly Mr. Independent, but will let me put you down for about 10 minutes or so at a time.
You are such a chill baby and you go with the flow no matter what we do. You can miss a nap and still be just as content as if you slept three hours. I just love that you are so laid back and calm. You do have a tiny bit of a temper but only when your sister takes your toys!
We love you so much, Weston Hayes. Nothing in this life could have prepared me for the love I feel for you. You are my sunshine and I cherish every moment spent with you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five on Friday- "B" Alliteration Style

This has been a great summer so far and we have totally had a blast just throwing caution to any type of schedule and making fun memories. It seems like we have had something almost everyday and we've had more playdates than I can count!
Just a few things that have been happening in our world...
1.) The Box: Aubrey Lane has become infatuated with this old box she found at my grandpa's house. It is wooden and weighs about 10 pounds...not exactly kid friendly. She has no concept of how heavy it is and just swings it back and forth without any worry about what is around. We have had quite a few dents put in our doors, walls, and maybe even Weston Hayes' head.  Aubrey has decided that it is the perfect place for all her "treasures". By treasures, I mean anything from clothes, shoes, old food, remote controls, money, toys, toothbrushes, soap, straws, name it and it can probably be found in her box. Can't tell you how many times this last week I have searched for what seemed like hours for something, only to ask Aubrey if she has seen it and her reply has been, "oh that's my treasure".
2.) Blueberry Picking: We went to the local blueberry farm last weekend and had a blast picking blueberries with our Uncle D. It was kinda hot, but the kiddo's did awesome. There was something kinda relaxing and addicting about picking fruit...I got into a groove and almost couldn't quit! Only bad thing was there was only a porta potty out there and much to my dismay, Aubrey thought it was the coolest thing ever! She kept telling me she needed to potty in the blue box. Apparently we don't need to waste our money on high end entertainment...just get the kid a toilet!
3.) Beauty Salon: Miss Thang desperately needed a haircut so I decided it was time to let a professional handle her hair. (I may or may not have butchered her hair when she was one...we won't go there). Aubrey did awesome and even though she refused to speak throughout the entire process...I think she had fun. No tears or tantrums, so I call that a success! Weston will need a cut soon, but Christian has already threatened to divorce me if I mess with Weston's hair. Apparantly he doesn't think I have hair cutting skills.
My beautiful girl...
4.) Brotherly love: I am so thankful that Aubrey loves her brother. She has not ever shown a lick of jealousy or resentment towards him. In fact, she is extremely protective and possessive of him. She has totally exceeded my expectations when it comes to being a great big sister. We have started to encounter some sharing issues, which I know will only escalate in the future. Aubrey may be loving, but she is no saint and when it comes to sharing...let's just say she has a lot of improving to do! Overall, I am so proud of her and I look forward to seeing their relationship grow. I am extremely close to my brother, so I know firsthand just how special brothers are. Aubrey will even tell me she wants two brothers...never a sissy...always "two brudders". We will see how that turns out!

5.) Broken Record: We have officially hit the stage where every single thing I say to Aubrey gets a reply of "Why?" It was so dang cute at first, but now I find myself quickly tiring of having to come up with adequate answers to quench her curiosity. Answer one why...and that will lead to another why...and then another is quite exhausting. I found myself coming up with funny answers just becuase it entertains me...and helps me not get angry with my inquisitive 2 year old.
"Aubrey we need to go fix dinner."
"Because daddy will be hungry when he gets home"
"Because his belly needs to be refueled"
""Becuase daddy has a bottomless pit, but I can't serve him cereal again for the fourth night in a row"
"Well...because we are out of Golden Grahams"
Since I see that this will not end anytime soon I turn to plan B...
"Aubrey would you like a snack?"
Aubrey has been eating lots of snacks lately! HAHA!
And to end this random post...a picture of my sweet boy.
This is how Weston and I both feel when Aubrey asks nine million "whys?"
...and when I have to cook a homecooked meal!
Happy Friday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

6 months and dedication

Weston Hayes you are 6 months old! I will not talk about how quickly it is going by or how much I want to cry when I think about you being 1/2 a year old! I just won't even go there...
You are such a joy to us, Weston Hayes. You make us laugh constantly and I am in love with your sweet smiles.
You are growing and developing like crazy. Just this month you have started raising up on your arms and trying your best to crawl. You can get around a room just by rolling over and scooting around so I have to be careful what I leave on the floor. You put everything into your mouth and chew your first two fingers upside is the cutest thing ever!  Although it won't be too cute when we have to pay a $10,000 orthodontist bill to fix your teeth!
You wear anything from 3 months to 9 months in clothing and a size 3 diaper. You have recently started saying, "dada dada dada" and it is just the cutest thing ever. You love to hear your voice and make every kind of crazy noise you can. You are hilarious. Oh and you have cut your first tooth!!! AHHH! You are growing up too fast!
You nurse every three hours around the clock (yes even at night) and have just started solids at night. I've introduced you to sweet potatoes and you seem to like them. You are an extremely messy eater so that makes it kinda difficult!  I know you will get the hang of it soon.
You are a great napper during the day. You usually sleep from 9-11 and then again from 2-4. You do not sleep through the night, but I can honestly say I am used to it by now and I am just going with the flow. I am trying to cherish our times together because one day I will miss those late night snuggles with just me and you.
We dedicated you this week at church. It was such a special day and having all our family there to pray over you and celebrate your sweet life was just awesome. You are such a loved little guy and so many people are head over heels for you.
1 Samuel 1:27–28"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD."
Happy 6 months sweet Weston Hayes. We love you to the moon and back!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beach Bound!

We had the blessing of being able to go with our family to the beach the first of June and it was by far one of the best weeks we have had this summer! It was a week filled with lots of fun, food, relaxation and lots of sun.
I was extremely stressed about this trip simply because Weston is a terrible traveler and our previous two short trips were a disaster. However, Christian and I learned from those failed trips and really stepped it up in the planning department. We came up with a packing list the size of Texas and packed everything under the sun that we might possibly need in 5 days. My new motto is, "throw it in the trunk!"
Thanks to much planning and preparation we got off to a great start! Weston Hayes hates the car and screams the entire time on most occasions. We timed it just right so he would nap the first two hours, we'd stop for lunch and just chill, then he would nap the final 2 hours. It worked like a charm.
We usually find travel days to be one of our favorite days and love stopping for lunch (Hello.. "The Shed" more words needed) and shopping at the outlet mall. We were able to do that and really enjoyed ourselves!
The condo was just beautiful and perfect for all four families that were there. Our room worked out great and the four of us enjoyed bunking together for the week. Although Weston Hayes still feels like it is his duty to wake everyone up at 6:00 am sharp...and midnight and 2:00 am as well. Thanks buddy.
The beach was gorgeous and both Aubrey and Weston seemed to enjoy the sand and water. Bre especially loved the pool and spent the majority of her time there with her daddy and cousins.
I had the most fun of all getting to catch up on some good books while WH napped and nothing makes me happier than a big diet coke and a great novel.
We ate like kings and pretty much just did whatever floated our boats each day. Nothing planned or on the agenda and that is exactly how I like it. 
We are so blessed with the best families and we truly love spending time with all of them. Aubrey had an absolute blast with her cousins and was worn slap out each night.
We even were brave enough to take family pictures on the beach before dinner one night. That is not an easy task, but I thought these came out really cute!
All six grandbabies lined up in birth order. It is so funny cause we each have a girl first and then a boy second!
My oh my...I am so blessed!
Wish these moments could be frozen in time...I cherish these memories and hold them close to my heart! Nothing is better than family.