Zachariah: Seven Years Old PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2014 20:54

Last Saturday my firstborn had a birthday and turned seven. Which means it has been seven years since I first became a mother. Seven years! I don't quite understand how I can have a seven year old (especially considering how I feel like I'm still 23), but at the same time I can't really remember life before I was a mother. It just blows my mind when I think about how fast he has grown!


Zachariah got his looks and brains from his dad and his eyes, attitude and tornadic sleeping habits came from me. :) Once we got through the sleepless nights, he was a pretty easy first baby. He and Daniel bonded immediately. And by immediately I mean in the hospital, the very first time Daniel held him. And ever since then they have been two peas in a pod. He has been a Daddy's boy from the get-go and it is so awesome to see how their father/son relationship has continued to grow over these seven years. They share a love of reading that is so sweet. Some of their favorite books to read together are Mary Poppins, James and The Giant Peach and The Chronicles of Narnia.

 

Zachariah loves Star Wars, Transformers, Spiderman, Ninjago, The Legends of Chima, Ninja Turtles and all things Legos. He seriously cant get enough of building with Legos. He was given seeeeeveral new Lego sets from friends and family for his birthday and he was SUCH a happy camper! We are still going through them all! I think he has two left to put together. But they will be finished this week. Legos are his happy place!

Some of his favorite movies are Wall E, The Incredibles, The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He likes to listen to jazz, ska and some rock and roll. Louie Armstrong is one of his all time favorites. :)

 

His favorite foods include pizza, Daniel's homemade hamburgers, hot dogs (which I hardly ever allow him to have), my homemade cobbler, brownies, all breakfast items and fried shrimp. He dislikes french fries, tomatoes, vegetables (though he eats them at every meal because he knows they are good for us) and macaroni and cheese. In fact, he hates ALL melted cheese. It really weirds him out, which kinda cracks me up. The only exception to the melted cheese rule is pizza, and if that cheese is too stringy he freaks out. It really is the strangest thing! But he's been like this since he was a toddler, so we have learned to adapt. :)

 

His love for learning is contagious and teaching him often gets ME excited about learning new things! His favorite things to do in school are reading, spelling and map tracing. (By the end of the year we are hoping he will be able to draw and label a map of the entire world by memory.) His least favorite thing to do in school is math. He and I are in the same boat there. He is enjoying being in second grade and enjoying spending most of his time during the days playing outside and with his brothers. :)

His favorite books as of late are the Magic Tree House series and The Buddy Files books. The library has become one of his favorite places to go during the week, and he even got his own library card recently!

 

When he grows up he wants to be an artist and study ocean animals, and he is convinced that college will only take a couple days to complete. He wants to travel to Australia and New Zealand as soon as humanly possible, and one of his more recent aspirations has been to figure out a way to take his best friend Jack to Disney World. :)

His heart is so big and he is always thinking of others. The other week we were watching Star Wars and I jokingly (well, halfway jokingly) mentioned my desire to have a pet Ewok and he has been trying to figure out how to get me an Ewok ever since. His thoughtfulness just makes my heart burst.

 

He is a fantastic big brother and a wonderfully loving son. I am so thankful for him and beyond blessed to be his Mom.

 

 
A Boy and His Balloon PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Beach Trip PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:22

Last week we went to the beach and ohmygoodness. You guys, we had THE best time. We had no schedule, we didn't leave the condo but one time on the very last day, and we were on the beach at least three separate times every day. The boys kept us BUSY, but it was relaxed fun. Our days looked a little like this...

Boys woke us up at 6am. Everyone chill out and snuggle/wrestle in our king sized bed for a while.

Prepare/eat breakfast by 6:30am.

Head down to the beach around 7:30am.

Head to the pool around 10 or 10:30am.

Eat lunch around noon.

Rest time for the younger boys.

Have a snack and head back to the pool or beach around 2 or 3pm.

Dry off/start preparing dinner at 4:30pm. (I cooked very simple meals. Tacos, pizza, etc...)

Eat dinner by 5:30pm.

Head back out to the beach by 6:30pm.

Head to the pool once the sun sets for a night swim. (Elijah goes to bed instead of swimming)

Watch baseball with the older boys in our king sized bed while eating a late snack. (Baseball because there was NOTHING appropriate for children on tv that late.)

Everyone in bed by 9:00pm.

 

That was what we ended up doing every day. It was great. I mean, I would DIE if every day was like that, but it was good as far as vacations go! ;) Zachariah would often just stop what he was doing and say "I love our family." and that just melted me into a giant puddle. I love that we had this fun time together!

Zachariah stayed in the ocean the whole time, per his usual. He loves to look for shells with me, ride the waves, jump the waves, watch the fish swim around our feet, watch me squeal when I almost picked up a crap... You know. Normal ocean stuff. :) Micaiah still prefers playing in the sand, but actually braved the ocean a little bit this year! He only let the water get to his ankles, but still. That's an improvement! He loved running from the waves. :) Elijah didn't like the ocean OR sand unless he was being held. This was a very new experience for him! He was perfectly content on a towel on the sand as long as someone was right there with him. And he enjoyed being held in the ocean, as long as the water didn't splash up on him. So he was held a lot this trip!

Believe it or not, I only took my camera down to the beach twice (I know. I shocked even myself!) and it was wonderful. I wasn't spending the all of my time worrying about capturing everything and I could actually be in the moment. But I still got enough to remember the trip and put in our yearly photobook! Win-win! Here are some pictures. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
9 months PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014 12:34

The other day I got out Elijah's baby book for the first time since... well, since he came home from the hospital. That poor baby book looked sad and pitiful. I started scrambling on facebook and my blog to try and find documentation of when he first smiled, clapped and rolled over. Except my blog wasn't much help because I have been awful about updating this too. :/  I was able to piece together a few things to write in, but there are SEVERAL months and milestones unaccounted for. It's a sad state of affairs over here. So I am going to attempt to use this blog a bit more and share whats new about my third baby at least once a month! That way when I wipe the dust off the baby book to update it I can have somewhere to look for information.

 

Let's see... Elijah is nine months old today. He isn't officially crawling yet, but man alive can this kid roll. He has been rolling all over this house for a while now. And this week he perfected the army crawl. And he is FAST. So between rolling and pulling himself along with his arms he gets where he needs to go. Though I havent quite baby proofed the house yet, so he has been keeping us on our toes. In the last two weeks he has pulled a small decorative table and it's contents on top of himself, tried to pull wine bottles out of the wine rack, tried to eat a dead bug that one of the boys drug in from outside AND successfully choked on some scotch tape he found on the kitchen floor. (He's clearly fine. Daniel had to do some serious finger swiping in his throat to get the tape out though.) Soooo he's kinda into everything. And he loves it. :)

 

He still doesn't have any teeth, but that doesn't stop him from chewing on things! Toys, shoes, food, trash he finds on the floor... all of it is fair game. And it's requiring me to sweep several times a day. Lovely.

 

Little dude has been increasing his table food consumption this month. His favorite things to munch on are bananas, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pancakes, carrots, small green peas and scrambled egg yolk. I still have to have these things teeny tiny due to the no teeth thing, but he gets the job done! He is still nursing at every meal and again at bedtime. (That tid bit was mainly for my records. Please ignore that information if you want.)

 

Some of his favorite things include being around his brothers, chewing on board books, playing with the ocean animals pictured above, his paci, and taking apart the crib bumpers after every nap.

He has been making the sounds "mama" "dada" and "baba" for a while now. But we aren't counting them as official words until he is consistent and on command. Basically until he is purposefully saying them. None of this calling his brother mama and going "ahhhhhh!" when he tries to call me. ;) It's so adorable to hear his baby sounds though. Zachariah gets SO excited and tries to figure out what he is trying to say. :)

Anyway . That's about it. He's getting sillier and more fun every day. We all love watching him grow and learn new things!

 

And I will close this post out with a not so glamorous but good as we could get picture of all three of my boys.

Cause I love them so.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 
Elijah: 8 months old PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 07:26

My sweet, sweet Elijah is eight months old today. I would typically say something like "I have NO clue how this happened! It seems like he was just born yesterday!", but time has not gone by incredibly quickly with this one. I have felt every.single.one of these months. The adjustment from two to three kids has definitely been hardest so far and it has stretched me thin. I have yet to find a good balance between baby schedules and the rest of my regular responsibilities, which, if I am being honest, is a bit stressful and overwhelming at times. While these past eight months have been dragging, and I can not wait to be out of this demanding baby phase, I will go ahead and assure you that he is COMPLETELY worth the exhausting adjustment phase we are in. :)

 

He is seriously the sweetest, happiest little baby and we love him to pieces. He can light up a room with his great big smile, his slobbery kisses are so incredibly sweet, and the excitement that he shows when he sees me walk into a room makes my day! He loves reading time with Dad, adores both of his big brothers and gets super pumped when we go check the mail together. And the sweet snuggles that I receive as I am putting him to bed? Oh my word, they are the best. THE best. That sweet baby plays with my hair, rubs my arm and snuggles his face into my shoulder all at the same time. It's almost too much cuteness for me to handle. I love putting him to bed. :)

He has been eating baby food for two months now and is starting to do a little bit of finger foods. I make some of his baby food, but I have not had much time to do any major baby food making, so Elijah is definitely consuming more store bought baby food than Micaiah did! Which is fine. I am trying to do better at prioritizing things, and making baby food just doesn't fall into the "must do to survive" category. And neither does folding laundry or dusting or cleaning baseboards. :P

Elijah has just recently mastered the art of sitting. He LOVES it. You can tell he feels like such a big boy. I will try and get some pictures of that soon! And he is starting to push up on his hands and knees, which means he will be crawling soon. Gah. I am not ready for that. But he has already shown us that he doesn't need crawling to get around the house! This dude rolls and scoots his way around with no problem! It's the cutest thing. Unless you are Zachariah and Micaiah. He rolls over to their toys SO quickly. I hear shouts of "ELIJAH! Don't eat my transformer!" and "GOSH! How did you get over there so fast! Don't drool on my books!!!" Cracks me up. We gotta baby proof this house real quick like though!

And this little booger LOVES to take apart the bumpers on his crib. Every time I go in to get him up from his nap he has somehow untied at least two of the bumper pads and is playing with them in the crib. And he's SO proud of himself! Good grief. He's a nut.

 

Anyway, that's a little about our youngest baby. He is absolutely lovable and I just can't get enough of him. :)

 
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