Monday, June 18, 2012

Ahoy to the ocean we go: Our First Family Vacation

Life is crazy as ever around the maven household. Hubbs work/business is super busy, my business is booming, I'm officially back in "school" busting my butt to finish up more degrees. So needless to say we needed a vacay! And a great old friends wedding was the perfect excuse to jet off to the sugar sand beaches of Rosemary Beach/ Seacrest Florida.... ahhhh.... Oh did I mention hubbs broke his arm 4 days before we left?? Umm yah, so that made for an interesting twist on everything, especially the airport fiasco with the giant double stroller, 2 carseats, 2 year old, 1 year old, 3 carry-ons, 2 checked bags, 2 connecting flights.... and ME, doing it all, by myself. I wouldn't recommend that to ANYONE, it was pure hell... no really.

The boys had no idea what to think of their first trip to the OCEAN!!! Oh wait that's right, they LOVED it. There was a lot of jumping in the waves, lots of sand castles, digging for crabs, and of course eating sand (sand diapers are quite the experience...) Rosemary/South Walton Florida is the most beautiful place, I was in awe! We decided we will be buying a house in Alys Beach, there are no words for the serene beauty of these little beach towns. They are so quaint, cute little shops, great mom & pop restaurants, beautiful architecture, and best of all there isn't a McDonalds in site, literally a 25 minute drive to get some McNuggets.

Our vacation home was beautiful and we will undoubtedly be going back!!! We rented bikes one day, which is "the" thing to do down there, everyone zooms around on cruiser bikes. We bopped back and forth between all the beach towns, over to Seaside for the Art Quest festival and ate off of the traditional airstream food vendors. Went over to Panama Beach one day for more sand and waves. Checked out Sandestin, Miramar, and Destin. Did a phenomenal dinner yacht cruise through the Baytowne Wharf... magical evening that was celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary, even got to dance to our wedding song :) And of course we got to watch the jets zoom all around Eglin, HL was in LOVE!

We ate great seafood, we relaxed on the beach, we attended a gorgeous beachside wedding of a dear friend, we drank, we laughed, and we need to move to the beach now!!!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

"I'm 2 and a HALF!"

Tiny Boxers!
Getting so big
Oh HAI! Remember me, I'm 2, "two and a HALF!" What has the Dude been up to... well being awesome that's for sure. He is a little spitfire, too smart for his own good, and absolutely hysterical most days. He's also a little stinker because he knows how cute he is.

A major milestone.... drumroll please... we are down to one diaper pail! That's right, Dude is officially potty trained. I will do a separate post on this because it was an interesting experience, first go around was a fat fail, second time was a piece of cake. So yeah, we only have one set of diapers to buy and have I mentioned how unbelieveably adorable baby boxers are?? I die!.

Some of the latest utterances...
HL put your foot down in your chair and eat your breakfast
"But MOM I'm trying to relax!!"

"Mom you HAVE to listen to me!"

"You remember yesterday when I puked my eggs up? I wont puke them up again Mom" (The whole 'remember this remember that' is a BIG thing lately, as is the whole concept of 'yesterday')

HL Why did you do that??!
"Weeelllll......... I was thinking about......"

Look at you with your cute hat on! You're a stud-muffin
"I work out!"

Quite the personality I tell you... it's like talking to a pint size 30 year old most days, I don't know where he gets this stuff from ha! He is still a dancing fool, loves music and has no problem singing at the top of his lungs about anything. Some favorite songs are Sexy & I know it (obviously), Country Girl, and the Rio song. My goodness you should see these two when the Rio song comes on.... pure craziness and screaming. He is a smart little cookie, he picks things up so quickly I'm just in awe. We've got Spanish going, he knows all of his body parts and a few phrases. We've been working on the states, Texas is his favorite. And not just school type stuff, he learns the craziest things, just the other day we were screwing some wood down on our planter boxes, HL had daddy's tools (as always) and not only sunk the screw in the wood but initially had to slide the quickdrive back, put the screw in, slide the quickdrive back over and then screw. He is clearly a sponge.

The Dude is a huge helper in my garden and with the chickens & ducks, one of his favorite activities of the day is going out to check out the veggies and collect eggs from the coop. Outdoors is his sanctuary, he would die to live out ther I think. He's your typical boy and loves to dig in the dirt, play with his trucks, and water, oh MY, water. He wouldn't know what to do with himself if we didn't have a hose, obsessed is putting it lightly.

Caught his first fish on our recent camping trip to Lake McConaughey with his handy dandy Mickey Mouse fishing pole. Wasn't too sure what to think about the fish... his brother wasn't afraid though, nearly put the thing right into his mouth.

Learning is quite interesting. I've taken a backseat to watch how he tends to learn things on his own so that I can help foster that with our school-like activities. He is very orderly, everything is always put in a row, very neat and tidy, very purposeful. No matter what it is, cars, pots n pans, spaghetti noodles, everything is sorted and organized. Where did he get THAT from?! Ha! Outside of learning we play a lot too... favorite times are running through the sprinklers, zooming his car around the yard, shaving cream on the slide, and popsicles when it's hot. Typical toddler fun stuff :)

Discipline is a challenge, he is very clever and coy and therefore gets himself into a variety of trouble all day long. How is it possible that I ended up with a stubborn strong willed child??? :::gasp::: how?? So I will undoubtedly go prematurely gray with his frequent lack of listening skills.

But my most proud moments of my little BIG boy are watching him be a big brother. He's amazing with baby D, I can't even picture life without the two of them playing with eachother. Every single morning he hears little brother start squealing in his crib and he bolts down the hallway laughing so excited to get him up. They literally don't know what to do without one another. HL is very good at sharing and playing nicely, I mean he is 2 and he is a boy so there is the occasional whack to the face but overall I have been pleasantly surprised at how awesome he's adjusted to the role of big brother. He really has taken to teaching his little mini-me about life and is very protective of him, it makes me so proud.

I am one lucky momma to have such wonderful sons. My BIG boy and my little guy make me smile from ear to ear, even on the bad days, I don't know what I'd do without them.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Birthday Letter to My Nugget

Oh Baby D... Seems like just yesterday your Daddy sat at the base of my hospital bed ready to catch our 6 lb. 7 oz. miracle. It was such an amazing day, after so much worry over the whole nine months you proved to us time and time again that you were different, that you were going to be just fine, and that you would do things your way. And you did just that, on your terms without intervention, you made your debut into our family and have changed my life forever.

I had no idea how I would be able to be a mom to two, two boys nonetheless, I was afraid that I wouldn't rise to the occasion. I had no idea what my future held with the arrival of your precious little feet and toes and eyes and smile. Little man I can't tell you how much you have changed me in the short 12 months that you have been here. You have been the complete opposite of your brother in so many ways, I've had to relearn what it is to be a Mom again. To be a Mom to you, the one you need and deserve. You have taught me to let go and realize that I am not in control all of the time. I've learned to let you be yourself, the baby boy you were intended to be, to let my guard down and to not be so rigid. You have tested me in every way possible, emotionally, physically, and after 12 months I can say that I did it!! I think you knew that I needed to be challenged so that I could realize that I am stronger than I thought.

You most certainly have a purpose in my life outside of being a most amazing son, you came around during a time that has brought a lot pain and saddness and through it all you have been my shining light. You came into this world just as your Great Uncle lost his fight and returned to heaven and shortly after we found out that your Grampa is very sick. I know you were sent here to help us all through this. Nugget you make me smile through the tears, you remind me that there is joy all around. You are a very special little boy with a special mission and I'm so glad that I get to be your Mom. I can't wait to watch and see the man you become. To watch you move mountains.... because you will.

Thank you for being my tiny little knight in shining armour, I never knew how much I needed you until you were here. I can't picture my life without you and your smile and your beautiful blue eyes. The past 12 months have been the hardest most amazing months of my life. I wouldn't change one single day, not even the 8 months of sleepless nights, because you are you and I love every ounce of what you are. I love you with all that am and all that I will ever be, Nugget.

Sweet Dreams Little Man... tomorrow you awake to a whole new world... and lots of birthday kisses from your momma ;) Read more!

10 whopping months ago...

My little Baby D was fresh from heaven and as I'm always saying these days WHERE has the time gone??? I am ordering first birthday invitations and realizing that my little guy is on his way to
toddlerhood oh so fast.

So stats- 20 lbs 11oz (50th %) and go go gadget legs is 30" tall which is the 90th percentile. I'd just like to take a moment to say ya'll I have a kid that is in the 90%!! We shall see if he stays that way, if so I feel sorry for older brother who is only 5 inches taller and 6 pounds heavier :)

We have been up to a lot these past couple of months. I officially booted the kid out of our bed shortly after he turned 8 months, thank the heavens it was about time, I have been fully enjoying being able to sprawl out across my bed and not get elbowed in the face all night long. He has since dropped ANOTHER feeding (most nights) woo-freaking-hoo!! Some nights he will go from his 10pm feeding alllllll the way to 6am :::gasp::: but usually there's a midnight-ish feeding in there. Regardless it is fantastic. I attribute this to finally letting the kid cry it out here and there. I figured he was 10 MONTHS old, the kid has got to start learning to self soothe or what am I going to end up with, a 2 year old that still eats in the middle of the night. Ummm no. Not happening. So it started at naptime after baby dude went on a sleep strike, I guess he thought that it was completely fine stay up the ENTIRE day...yes, the whole day... for 3 days.... so I decided I was over it. He wasn't sick, teething, hungry, or wet.... so into the crib he went, I didn't give a hoot if he woke up his brother who was napping, I just knew the kid needed to sleep, I mean my goodness! And being the stubborn little irishman that he is, he screamed his little head off for an hour and twenty minutes. Yes I can hear all the non cry it outers shuddering, let me show you how much I care...... did you catch it??? Ok. Finally the poor kid went to sleep and ever since he has been 100x better at sleeping through the night. Occasionally we hit a nap time or something that he wants to fight and he will cry for all of 10 minutes and out he goes.

First Oreo!!
Sanity... welcome back. Sleep? Oh hello, where've you been all my life. Things are finally coming around, it's only taken the better part of a year. This is where I get the urge to write a post about baby led vs. parent led now that I've been able to experience both...I most certainly will at some point, stay tuned. But Baby D's self established 'schedule' for the moment is-
8am- awake (unless crazy big brother wakes him up earlier when he decides to get up)
9am- bottle (still at 5 ounces ha!) and maybe some snack food or eggs
10am- down for a nap
11:30 am- awake again
12- bottle and food
1:30- nap
2:30- awake
3:00pm bottle and food
6:00pm bottle and food
8:00pm bottle and food & PJ's/bed hoping the kid will go to sleep but usually he fights at this hour
10:00pm bottle and food and finally ASLEEP
12:00am bottle

Granted these times vary nearly everyday. Sometimes there is only a morning nap, sometimes the kid is wiiiiide awake and ready to play at his 10pm feeding (like last night....)  yay for baby-led parenting.... NOT. There is a common theme to the "schedule".... eating.... a LOT of eating, if you added it up that's still 40 ounces of formula a day PLUS real food. This is when my pediatric nurse inside says 'your kid eats too much, WAY too much formula,' but then I have to laugh because he only takes a 5 ounce bottle, the problem lies with the frequency. Rather than an 8 ounce bottle 3 ot 4 times a day he is a grazer I guess, so whatchagonnado, he isn't in the 90% for nothing :) He shouldn't be eating this much or this frequently but baby steps folks... we WILL get there, and it WILL be before the 1 year birthday.

He has similarly had a "milestone month" like older brother did at 10 months. Months 9 & 10 have been full of figuring things out, starting with the sleeping of course. He has also learned to crawl, kind of, he will do it occasionally, did that on St. Patty's Day. He has the ability to crawl on his knees but army crawl seems to prevail. It is bizarre to have a crawler... I'm not used to seeing a baby scooting around the house on their own since HL never really crawled and instead went straight to walking. It's kind of fun, until he finds the serge protector or various electrical cords, our babyproofing is lacking a bit I guess. We've figured out how to pull up on everything, starting in the crib. We literally lowered the mattress the night before because I had a sneaking suspicion that it was coming and sure enough I go in to find him protesting nap time... again... and there he was standing up so proud of himself bouncing around and he proceeded to smack his mouth right on the crib rail... further proving that I will be in business forever. I haven't had a chance to make some rail covers for him yet with all of my other orders, but I won't delay too much longer, we don't need another ER incident with baby #2. So he pulls himself up on everything, he cruises around the furniture, he can walk with his push toy, he can walk just fine but he is a little chicken. It's actually quite hilarious, he reminds me of a newborn baby deer, his legs get all wobbly when he knows you are about to let go of his hands, he doesn't seem to like that one bit. But he really could be walking just fine if he decided he wanted to. I'm not complaining, we have a pretty strict rule in this house, NO walking allowed until the 1st birthday ;)

My little Nugget is getting to be such a big boy, and even with #2 it never gets easier to realize they aren't your tiny baby anymore...

Love You Baby Nugget!!

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