Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Photo Dump

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! We sure did with our little Dorothy and Toto :) It was Samantha's first time trick or treating! She LOVED it :)

Samantha and I made Halloween cupcakes!

Samantha, Carter and her Bee-FF Kaya! :)

The trick or treating crew!

My big girl!

Poor toto! You can't even see his face! haha


Be still my heart.

Painting a pumpkin

Halloween craft

Halloween jammies!

Stirring! She loves to help bake!

This guy.

Cutest boy in the universe.

Again, cutest boy in the universe :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Months and All Things Fall

Hi everyone!!! Just stopping by for a quick update. Our main man turned FIVE months old on the 14th!! Its pretty much blowing my mind that next month he will be HALF A YEAR OLD!!! Just stop it ok. I just want to freeze time and keep him like this forever.

What's new in Carter's world:

-He cut his first tooth!
-He tried his first food! Oatmeal cereal. I plan on trying some sweet potatoes next and then bananas.
-He's a pro and rolling over! But sometimes gets stuck and gets mad if he can't get himself back over. He actually is scooting a bit too! Ill put him down in one spot and before I know he's making his way around by rolling or scooting.
-He found his feet finally!
-We are practicing sitting up on his own with the boppy but he's not quite there yet!
-He just tried the exersaucer this week and seems to love it!
-His sissy is the funniest person in his world. He loves to watch her and always giggles!
-He likes fresh air and being outside.
-Still lovin' Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!
-He was 14lbs 10oz at his last appt awhile ago..so Im guessing he's in the mid 15lb range now...
-He loves to laugh and smile! For the most part a very happy babe!
-He loves when daddy tickles him! But still is a momma's boy :)
-Likes to sleep on his side now and no swaddle. Usually still wakes once to eat.
-Drinks about 5-6 oz every 3 hours (plus one "meal" a day)
-Enjoys intense games of Peek a boo
-Doesn't like the dark! Especially if he's in the car and its dark :(
-Loves bath time still! Can't wait till his is sitting up and can share a bath with sissy! Convenient AND more fun :)
-Had his first sleepover at his Auntie Kristen's (His Godmomma) and loved it!


What's new in Samantha's world:
-Seriously, she's like a little adult now!
-Lots of talking and singing and arguing haha
-We've hit the terrible two's but at the same time she can be sweet as pie! :)
-She's been into independant play more and she's so imaginative! I love listening to her make up little stories and act them out with her toys.
-She's starting to try new foods which is great!
-Such a good big sister! In the beginning we were a little nervous but she's come around and is so loving with him!
-Loves to dance and color and paint!
-Outside is still her thing she loves the most! Loves playgrounds and parties and kids!
-Lately she's been saying "Snow's comin!!!' " Haha!
-Recently has really started loving cartoons. For awhile she didn't really care. But now her favorites are Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
-She's about 25 pounds and 2 1/2 years old! Her brother is going to blow by her!
-Potty training could be going better but she does pee on the potty a few times a day and we alternate between pull ups and diapers. Only because I find the pull ups dont really hold up that well with poop! haha
-Her favorite toys right now are her paw patrol stuffed animals. "Pup friends" she calls them. She has to nap and sleep with them at night.
-Lover of ice cream!
-Knows all her colors! And most shapes!

They are both just getting so big so fast! Everyday my heart seriously explodes a bit at how much I love them. Sure, there are often tough days where Im exhausted but everyday there is something good. I am watching another baby again, a 3 month old baby boy. So its been extra busy! He's not a very easy baby...cries a lot so that makes it really hard! And he arrives at 6:30 am. So needless to say Im usually in a mombie state by the end of the day,
Fall is my favorite and we've been trying to get some fall activities in! Which is tough because my husband works saturdays. But we took the kids apple picking a few weeks ago and we are going to a really fun farm this sunday for pumpkin picking. And next week we are taking them both trick or treating for the very first time. Didn't take Sam last year. Samantha is going to be Dorothy and Carter is going to be Toto :) I'm sure next year will be the first year Sam really wants to pick her own costume so I figured this would be my last chance to coordinate costumes!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the season!!! Is it just me or are the months FLYING by this year??! Here are some recent pictures of the kids!

Until next time...Happy Fall Y'all!

I went away to VA  a few weeks ago with family  (without the kids and husband). And when I got back I saw this. haha.





















Sunday, September 14, 2014

Carter is four months old!

And in a flash...he's four months old already!!! Can't believe it. Before I know he will be asking for the keys to the car and for an iphone22 lol

Our baby boy is getting SO big. Seriously, such a happy little chunker!!! He has his 4 mth appt on wednesday but Im guessing he might be close to 14 pounds! We shall see. I think he's teething already (constantly drooling and chewing on his hands) and he rolled over from back to belly for the first time a few weeks ago but hasn't done it since.

Carter's likes: His kick and play mat, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (he smiles and laughs when it comes on!), eating, talking/cooing, bathtime, his momma, his giraffe toy, hanging with sissy (as long as she's not hitting him!), flashing his smile and his dimple, mommy and daddy blowing raspberries on his belly :) 

Carter's dislikes: Being strapped into his carseat in the car (car rides are hit or miss...sometimes peaceful sometimes a screaming fit). But that's pretty much it for dislikes! He's a happy baby unless hes hungry or tired or in his car seat in the car...he doesn't like to be idle lol

Carter got baptized last Sunday! It was truly a  beautiful day spent with family and friends! 

And on the 4th of September my husband and celebrated 4 years together!

Samantha is wonderful. She is seriously growing up before our eyes! Sometime it makes my heart explode and sometimes it makes me sad because I just want to keep her my baby girl forever. She is just talking so much and doing so many new things...it amazes us!!! She is doing really great on the potty and we are doing pull ups during the day and diaper at night. She's really come out of her shell too. Last year she was so shy and had stranger anxiety. This year she is our little social butterfly!!! She loves parties and playgrounds! haha I have noticed lately she is more into watching cartoons or movies and is playing more with her toys. Earlier this year she seemed to not have much interest in her toys anymore or watching anything on tv. And to be honest sometimes a cartoon is a lifesaver!! She is also exploring new foods which is good! She still LOVES to be outside. If she could sleep outside every night she probably would. Lately she is so funny..when she wants something she'll say "I want milk please, honey." Or "I want a muffin, sweetheart," It cracks us up. In general, she has been a great big sister! She loves to copy everything I say and do with Carter. Sometimes she'll get a littleeeee rough with him! But overall, she loves her "bubby" as we call him. My husband has been giving Samantha her baths at night since Carter was born and they have this cute thing they do every night where my husband says in this hip-hop sounding voice "What time is it??!" and Samantha replies with a big smile "Tubby time!!!" lol 

Next month, I am going away ALONE (gasp!) to Virginia for two of my cousins weddings. They are sisters and getting married the same weekend (to make it easier since a lot of family is out of town) and I am going alone because my husband is IN a wedding up here the same weekend. So we are each going solo. But I am already starting to have major anxiety about being that far from my babies!!! I know they will be in great hands between my husband and in laws, but still. My parents are going to be away that week too so they are not able to help. I know it will be good for me to get away...but I am anxious about it!

So excited that Fall is here!!!! So much to do...so little time....

Here are a few pics of the kids....









Edited: At Carter's 4 month appt he weighed in at 14lbs 10oz 24 inches long!! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Carter is three months old!!!

Goodness gracious (Samantha's new fave phrase!) I can't believe our little guy is 3 months already! Seriously, the time has FLOWN by.

He is getting so big! I have to say he is definitely a Momma's boy right now. He and I are in love. ha ha. He loves smiling at his momma! And I have NO complaints about that :) He's about 12 pounds! Eats 4 1/2-5 oz every 3 (sometimes 2 1/2 hours). Sleeps through the night sometimes! His sleep pattern is inconsistent. He'll go a few days sleeping through the night to getting up once. Which we can definitely handle! He's recently found his hands and loves to suck on them and loves to tell us stories lately! He does take a binky but he doesn't seem obsessed with it or anything. Tummy time is not his idea of a good time. lol. Although, he is trying very hard to roll over already! He almost has it down!

He's also had blocked tear ducts for over a month now. It can get pretty goopy and gross but after seeing the eye doc, we just have to keep using the ointment and warm washcloth compressions. She said most cases clear up by one years old! And if it doesn't they may do a procedure to probe his tear ducts. Which she said can be a risky so Im hoping this just clears up! I think I told you guys he has a hemangioma on his belly? Samantha has a huge one on the back of her neck when she was  a baby which had to be removed. His is smaller and I think is slowing down in growth. So hopefully we wont have to go the surgery route with him! My friend is actually giving us a essential oil concoction to try on it! So Im excited to see if that works.

Nicknames to note: Biggie Smalls, Wubster, Buster Brown, Bubba. And the way Samantha says his name is so cute and makes us laugh...she pronounces it "Car-terre" She sounds French lol

Samantha is getting so big too! The big sis. I still cant believe it. She's just so smart and spunky! I love my girl! However lately she is throwing a lot of tantrums and hitting us and Carter :( It's been tough. I know part of it is just being two and testing the limits and the other part is a bit of jealousy of her baby brother. Im hoping this phase passes sooner than later! Most of the time she is so sweet and funny and just awesome! But oh boy, the tantrums and stuff are TOUGH. Sam is still loving OUTSIDE. This girl hates to be indoors! She always wants to "Go play!" I dread rainy days. She also loves mimicking everything I do with Carter. If I feed him, she feeds her baby too! If I change him she changes her baby too! And she has been super into reading lately! I love catching her just sitting in her room "reading" books to herself :)

She also has gone pee pee on the potty 5 times! We sit on the potty a lot, but sometimes she is just not interested! But we are getting there :)

Life has been a whirlwind with two kids!! Mommy brain is in full effect :)
Here are a few pics of the kids!!!!







Sunday, July 13, 2014

A week of firsts and Carter turns two months old!

This Summer is flying by, friends. I mean FLYING BY. I need it to slow down.

Life has been busy! But I wanted to update the blog a little. This week has been a week of firsts for Samantha!
-First swim lesson!
-First time on a carosuel!
-First pee pee on the potty! Wooho! I may have cried a little :)
-First time out :( She's pretty rough (on purpose) with her little brother lately :(
-First walk in the double stroller! The thing is a beast! So heavy haha It was also the first time I was really exercising since my broken leg.

Samantha LOVES to be outside...always!!! I love that she is so active and loves the outdoors! But there are times where I'm wishing she would sit down and chill out with a Disney movie haha She is getting so big! And talking so much more! Love my princess!

Carter turns two months old tomorrow! About a week and a half ago he was 9lbs  4oz and 20 inches. I love cuddling with my little guy. He was pretty colicky when we brought him home but he is getting better. He is on a reflux med and I use lavender and serenity essential oils on his feet at night and this all seems to help! This week his has slept through the night 3 days in a row! He's really starting to chunk up and I love it :) And his smile?? This kid owns me :)

Here are a few pics of the kids! Cannot believe I can say "kids" plural! How did this happen?? lol












Hope you all are enjoying your Summer :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Carter's Birth Story and Newborn Pictures

Well, our little guy is almost 6 weeks old! He's the perfect addition to our family. Yes, things have been a bit crazy adjusting to life with a newbie again...but hey NOT complaining :) Everyday I have to pinch myself that I have TWO kids...the kids I cried for....prayed for....

I'll have to give the quick version of Carter's birth story since I am sooo exhausted and don't have much time to type! But I wanted to document the day.

We were originally scheduled for our c-section on May 21st. Although, a few weeks prior things started to go south. My blood pressure was increasing and I generally wasn't feeling good. And to add to the mix I had GD again with this pregnancy and I was having this strange leg pain (which I will get to more later in the story!) that was making me limp around. The OB sent me for two blood clot scans to make sure the pain in my leg wasn't a blood clot. Which thankfully it wasn't. They thought the pain was from swelling. But it was really painful. As the days passed, I just started to swell more and more. My bloodwork started to show signs of preclampsia again. So finally, the OB decided to admit me to the hospital on the 13th. I was 37 weeks. The baby seemed to being doing fine. But I wasn't and we were okay with him being delivered at 37 weeks! Since Samantha was born at 32 weeks...37 weeks was like hitting the jackpot! So we went to the hospital hoping to be delivered. But after checking me out they decided I could wait until the following morning. They scheduled me for 11:30 am on the 14th. We actually stayed in the exact same room that my water broke in with Samantha! Crazy! And if you've never read Sam's birth story I recommend checking it out! So much more dramatic! haha We were pretty excited that the end was in sight and that the next morning our baby boy would be here! The next morning they came in and told us we were being moved up to 9am. But then an hour later they cancelled that and put us back to around 11. I have to say strangely this time was a little more stressful than Samantha's birth! Of course, having her be in the NICU for a month was horrible. But with her birth everything had to happen so fast that I didnt have time to think!! With Carter's birth I had a lot of time to think and there was a lot of waiting and anxiety over the c-section! Finally our time came and I found myself walking to the ER and looking back at my husband and Mom who were waiting. I couldn't believe in a little while our SON would be here. It's so crazy too but I dont remember a whole lot from Samantha's section. Probably because I was doped up on magnesium for my BP. But this time I was more aware of everything and it made it kind of scary. Thankfully everyone in the OR were SUPER nice to me. Then at 11:09 our little guy arrived! Exactly 38 weeks!  Turns out the nurse said he had a true knot in his cord and that he was a very lucky little boy that he was delivered then because it could have been dangerous!!!
It was so wonderful to see our healthy chunky baby boy 7lbs 3oz 18 inches! The recovery afterwards was much harder than with Samantha's. Time in recovery was painful and that whole night. But then strangely the next day I was up and walking around and didnt feel any pain. And then the truck hit me. The following days were torture. Not to mention my leg still hurt and they were poking me day and night with meds for my BP and GD!
Something else that was really tough was being away from Samantha :( We were in the hospital for 4 days and she stayed with my inlaws and my parents. Even though we knew she was happy there, it was our first time being away from her so much.  The hospital wouldn't let children under 12 come visit because they still considered it flu season! My heart broke thinking that she was wondering where we were or why we left her. When I saw her for the first time she jumped off her bike and came running to me and we hugged each other so hard. And I just started sobbing! Im sobbing again as I type this!!!! Ugh it was so tough. But overall Sam has been great. She loves her little bro and is very protective. Of course, she's two and has her jealous days but really overall she has been great.
When we got home from the hospital I was hurtin'. My incision was painful and my leg hurt. This combo is tough when you are trying to chase a toddler and care for a newborn! And now I'll go back to the leg pain situation. Sooo it wasn't getting better. It was getting worse. The day after we got home I was reading  a book to Sam on the floor and when I carefully got up off the floor I heard a crack and a pop in my leg and it hurt REALLY bad. But I didnt think too much of it. Four days passed and we decided it was time to go to the ortho urgent care. And guess what? My leg is BROKEN. Yup...my leg was broken! Crazy. The fibula in my right leg. They gave me a boot to wear and I was to follow up with bone doc. I didnt need a real cast because it wasnt a weight bearing bone. So I went to the bone doc and he believes the break started way before I heard the crack because it was already starting to calcify of something and he said that wouldnt happen within a few days. SO the big mystery is HOW I broke it. Nothing happened that would make me think I did! So for over a month while pregnant I limped around with a broken leg!!! The bone doc said that hormones in pregnancy can weaken bone density...but still SO crazy that this happened. Thankfully, it is healing. Still sore...but definitely better. I go back to the bone doc this week!
And that's about it friends...
Life is definitely busier but fuller!!!!! Carter is doing great! Sleeps ok at night...gives us 3 hour stretches! Is a bit colicky but we are working on that!! He's a pretty cute little dude...I have proof..with these gorgeous newbie pics we had done :)