Saturday, December 17, 2011

Our New Baby Girl!

 We welcomed our new baby girl, "E," into the world on November 25, 2011!

She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She is a wonderful baby, and is well loved, especially by her big brother W!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

26 months old!

 So Little Man is now 26 months old...that means he's still growing, but it also means that his baby sister will be here within a week's time!  I do feel like I have been pregnant forever, but I am so blessed that this pregnancy has been healthy and that we will soon become a family of 4!

Little Man is the sweetest thing ever.  He cannot wait for baby sister to get here.  He still kisses my tummy, and he wants to hold every baby he sees.  When we put baby girl's car seat in my car a couple weeks ago, we started asking him, "Who's seat is that?" He gets really excited and answers, "Baby Sister's!"

When I was folding some of her clothes, he came over and said, "W's clothes!" and I said, "No, these are baby sister's clothes."  He picked up one of the outfits, hugged it, and said, "Awww!"

We do have our rough patches with Little Man.  He doesn't always like to listen, and we still use time out as a form of punishment.  He gets two minutes now, and it seems to work great.  We are also transitioning him into a new room.  We finally got his new room put together enough to move him in on Saturday, and it sure didn't go over as planned.  All day he was so excited about his new crib and new room.  When my husband put him down for the night, he was fine....until 30 minutes later.  He started wailing.  I went in after about 10 minutes and he said, "Old crib, old bed."  So we gave in (since it was the first night)...and let him sleep in his old room.  The next day, he went down fine for his nap in his new room and crib.  We decided to just not make a big deal over it.  Then at bedtime, the wailing started immediately after I put him down.  We decided we might be having another "cry-it-out" when he was 6 months old.  He did cry off and on for about 45 minutes, but then slept great and woke up happy.  He cried about 5 minutes at naptime, and then about 10 minutes tonight...but I think the transition is going to work.  Baby girl's nursery is getting painted tomorrow, so there is no hope for him going back to his old room!  

I know he is about to experience lots more change with a real little baby entering his life...and so are we! But I am going to try and stay calm and handle everything as stress-free as possible!  Keeping up a positive attitude is my main goal!

I forgot to take pictures on the "19th" this month.  I can't believe I let it slip my mind...but I did catch some pictures today...these were right before I took him to get his haircut (which he now is terrified of if I haven't mentioned that before).  Haircuts are worse than shots!!  He hates them.  I even let him sit in my lap, and brought his favorite snack and juice.  He did cooperate some when they gave him a spray water bottle to squirt in his own face, my face, and the hairdressers face...but I have assigned "Dada" to take him for his next cut!  I do have to say he does look mighty handsome after his cut!

The next post will probably be baby girl's birth announcement, so be on the lookout!  I am 4 cm and 80% effaced as of this it really could be anytime now!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2 years, 1 month old!

Today, Little Man is 25 months old!  I still say at least 10 times a day how wonderful and sweet he is.  I really wish I could freeze time!

As I write this, he is in his crib for nap time and he is singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to himself, with the sweetest voice imaginable.  Last night, he woke up after being asleep for an hour and sang all of "Jesus Loves Me," and it melted my heart!

He still knows no stranger.  His teacher during my bible study this morning told me that he has the cutest personality.  She said when they go to a different room for music where there are different teachers each week, he immediately gives them a hug and says "Hey!"  He truly loves people of all kinds!

I am also trying to prepare him for his baby sister!  Weeks ago, if I held a baby in front of him, he would get very jealous and hit me or try to hit the baby.  Well, he has a little girl in his preschool classes that is just a little over 1 year old named Makayla.  When my class is outside with his class on the playground, I will hold Makayla, and he will come over and give her hugs and kisses, and ask, "Hold her?"  So I sit him on the bench and put Makayla in his lap.  He LOVES to just hold her and kiss the back of her head and cheek.  I cannot wait to see him interact with his little sister when she 6 weeks or less!!

We had his two year check up on September 23rd, and he weighed 30 1/2 pounds and was 34 inches tall.  He is a growing boy!  He is still really picky with his food.  We pretty much have a rotation for lunches and dinners that consist of chicken nuggets (only certain kinds), waffles with a little bit of syrup, and bologna.  He is on a corn kick right now, but won't really eat any other veggies.  He loves lots of different fruits, so that is always a good thing.  He snacks on goldfish, raisins, fig newtons, and fruit gummies.  He also likes to eat dinner rolls.  For breakfast, he still eats baby food oatmeal because we have to crush up his biotin vitamin for his biotin deficiency and give that to him.  He loves to drink whole milk, and has a full glass with each meal.  He has his genetics yearly check-up next week, and I am eager to see what they think of him!! He is so smart and I can't wait to show off how much he knows in his developmental portion of his check-up.

He still knows all of his letters and sounds, and he can count to 15!  He sometimes still skips numbers 7 and 8 though.  We are working on his colors...and sometimes I think he is color blind, but I guess we'll have to keep working and see :)  He loves to color and write with pens and sidewalk chalk.

He loves puppy dogs!  He could play with dogs all day and be in heaven!  It is really making us want to get one soon, but with a little girl on the way, we are going to have to wait on that a little while longer!

Little Man is amazing and wonderful!  We are so blessed to have him in our lives!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Little Man!

It's here...Little Man is TWO YEARS OLD!  It seems like only yesterday that we were on our way to the hospital to sit through an agonizing 26 hours of labor to welcome our precious 9 lb 8 oz boy into the world.  How time cliche, but so true!

So he's two.  He loves the world, and he loves to explore.

He loves to sing songs, and meet new people and friends.

He loves to chase the girls on the playground and try to kiss them, even after they try to push him down.

He loves to slide, and he loves to climb.

He loves life!

He loves his family, and he loves his baby sister in my tummy.  He loves to kiss her and sing songs to her.

He is the best thing that's ever happened to me, and I am doing my best to slow time down and remember every little hug and kiss that he gives me.

He is absolutely wonderful, and I know he will be a wonderful big brother and a strong, independent young man!

Thank you God for blessing me with his precious life!!

Happy Birthday Little Man!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

23 Month Update (a little late...)

Less than one month before my sweet little Baby W turns two!?!  I cannot believe it has been almost 2 years since he arrived.  I should say, he's never been little, and he continues to grow in height, weight, and smarts every single day.

Little (Big) Man can now identify all the letters of the alphabet, and he knows what sound each one of them makes.  I think that's his favorite thing to do.  He likes to run to the refrigerator and pull off a letter, tell me what it is and the sound it makes.  I give him a big thumbs up or clap, and he smiles really big.  He also has a bag of foam letters from a playmat that he plays with too.  I have to credit the Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD for teaching him his letters.  It's a 30 minute video that costs $7.50 at Wal-Mart.  I would definitely recommend it!  

He also loves to play with any toy that is some form of transportation...trains, cars, helicopters...and identifies the differences between them when we're out driving around.  He'll say, "See the bus!  See the van!  See the car!  Fire truck!  Whoo woo!!"  He usually says, "Alligator" when he sees a motorcycle...but we're working on that :)

He loves to sing, and he's pretty good at it too!  One of his new favorite songs that he can sing all by himself is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  He also loves Jesus Loves the Little Children, and laughs when we sing it.

His vocabulary has immensely increased.  He copies pretty much everything anyone says.  If I'm in the car and want people to go, I'll yell, "Go people!"  And I hear my little parrot in the backseat yelling, "Go People!"  Sometimes he says it on his own if we're at a stoplight, and I have to laugh.

He loves to pray at night and lists every name he can remember.  He loves saying, Amen, at the end of prayers, blessings, and the Andy Griffith theme song.  His favorite tv show is "Super Why!" and he definitely gets his letter practice in while watching it.  

He likes to say, "Go night night?" when he knows it's not time to sleep, so that he can hear me say, "No! No! No!"  But when it is night night time, he's pretty good about going to sleep.  He still naps from about 1:15 to 3:30 or 4, and he goes to bed between 7:15 and 8:00 and sleeps until 7 or 8 in the morning.  

His favorite stuffed animal is still Eeyore.  I needed to wash Eeyore the other day and told Little Man that Eeyore needed to take a bath.  I had to pry him out of his hands and throw him in the washer.  Little Man cried for his Eeyore and blanket.  When the wash was done, he immediately ran to it and said, "Eeyore!!"  Luckily Eeyore wasn't too wet, and I let him have him.  Now whenever I start the washer, he runs around looking for Eeyore to make sure he's "safe!"

He loves going to the ocean and the pool.  We've had a few beach trips this year, and while he was scared of getting in the pool at first (I think because of my horsefly incident), after a few minutes he warmed right up and was jumping in and not wanting us to hold him.  He likes to lay on his back and duck his head backwards under the water.

Little Man also loves to see bugs and if they are on the ground, he will either try to pick them up or step on them.  "See the bug?" Stomp!

He loves to play outside, and he has learned to run to Mama when he sees a car or truck driving by.  If it's a big bus or big truck, he runs to me and says, "Hold you?"

He loves seeing his Daddy when he comes home from work.  When he hears the door opening, he gets really excited and waves his arms and says, "Dada! Dada!"  

He's great at putting sentences together.  The first time I was really amazed was at church one night when a kid had climbed into the balcony during our Wednesday night meal.  Little Man came to me and said, "He's up there Mom!"  I couldn't believe that he had put that sentence together, and I was even more shocked that he had called me MOM!

I can't put into words the amount of love I feel for my Little Big Man.  I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with him and take care of him.  I thank God for him every day!

I am also getting excited about our little girl's arrival!  We are still trying to work on her name, but I did find the cutest "coming-home" outfit for her yesterday with my mother-in-law, and it just makes me more ready for her to get here!  I'll post pictures of the outfit later!

I am 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant.  Only 13 1/2 weeks to go!  Or maybe less... We have so much to do to get ready.  We are keeping the nursery the same, but changing out some of the colors and the bedding.  Little Man's room will be the real makeover.  

Any signs that I sell between now and when she gets here, I will be spending on all the things I need for my little girl.  So if you need any baby shower or teacher gifts, check out the shop!  The personalized teacher signs and the "Shhh...Baby Sleeping" signs have been the biggest sellers this summer.  I will be working on some holiday stuff soon too!  

Hope y'all are all doing well!! Thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, August 15, 2011

Promo Code for eShakti!!

Awhile back I did a review on a dress I received from eShakti!

From now until September 15, you can get $20 off your purchase by using the promo code: MAMASGO811.

Please browse their website and if you see something you like, use the promo code!!

We are doing well by the way.  I will update soon!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We found out!

I'm sorry this post is so overdue, but we have been very busy and out of town and I just haven't had time to post!!  Little Man is 22 months old today!! That means we are only about 4 months away from welcoming his little SISTER into the world!!!

We are so excited about having a little girl!! I really don't know what to do!  Yes, I grew up with all sisters, but I have never been good at painting someone else's nails or putting up hair or anything like that!  But, I know that I will learn!  I'm excited that I won't have to worry about a circumcision in the hospital, and taking care of that once we get home! :)  And I am SO excited about all the cute girly outfits I will get to dress her up in!!  

I forgot to take pictures of Little Man today for his update, but I will take some tomorrow to make up for it!  Some of the changes for him from last month are that he is getting really good at identifying letters, although he doesn't know them all.  He knows what sound every letter makes thanks to Leap Frog's Letter Factory DVD!  He is the sweetest boy and says, "I love you!" all the time, even without me saying it first (and that's the best!)  He loves to sing, and his favorite nighttime song for me to sing to him right now is, "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."  He makes me sing it 3 or 4 times before I put him down.  He can count easily to ten.  He loves to say his prayers, and names everyone in the family!  He loves the beach, and I will be posting pictures from our first beach trip of this year sometime in the near future.  

Some pictures from the 4th!

Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer!!