Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Months

Sydney turned TWO months old a few days ago.  I can hardly believe she is already nine weeks old.  It has gone so fast but it also feels like she has already been here.  

Sydney is growing so well and it just perfect.  She is so sweet and the easiest baby.  

So what is Sydney up to this month:  
Everyone always comments on how pretty you are.  We think you are the prettiest baby.  

You are holding your head up very well.  You love to be up on my shoulder and look around at everything going on around you.  You are getting more control of your head every day.  

You are on a great schedule - you wake up between 6-7AM and eat every 3 hours during the day!  You typically eat 4oz at every feeding.  You go to bed after your 7pm bottle then take a dream feed bottle at 10pm.  

You love your playmat and your rock 'n play.  You sleep great in your rock 'n play.  You have been in the swing a few times but you aren't as big a fan.  

You love to kick your legs and move your arms around especially when you are on your playmate.  You are beginning to clasp your hands together.  

You started smiling at us last week.  It is seriously the sweetest thing and such a beautiful smile.  I've gotten it on video but yet to get a picture.  Every time I try to get a picture of your pretty smile you just stare at my phone and get totally distracted. 

You love your bath but not a fan of getting out.  You do love to be all cuddled up in your towel. 

You still nap between every feeding.  Sometimes it's only 20 min and other times like mid morning and afternoon it's an hour and a half.   

You LOVE to watch your big brothers!  They don't pay you much attention but when they do you love to share a big smile with them.  They have been so helpful (especially Ryan) at bringing me diapers, bottles, paci and keeping you entertained when you start fussing.  

Biggest News: You are sleeping through the night!!!  Hallelujah!!!
You have a dream feed bottle at 10 then will sleep til 6 or 7am!  Momma is love that and hope it continues.  

We are SO in love with you baby girl and cannot imagine life without our little princess!  You are such a joy and delight.  We thank God every day for such a sweet and beautiful blessing!  We love you so much Sydney!  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ryan's Last Day of Preschool

Nine months ago we moved to a new city, to a new home and started a new school and just about everything else!  We only knew one family here but we have quickly settled in to our new life here in Nashville and I think we have all adjusted well!  I joined a MOPS group to seek out other mom friends.  Ryan played soccer in the fall.  They are both taking swim lessons right now at the rec center literally 5 minutes from our house - LOVE!  Found a new church home.  It has been great!

I will say our biggest blessing in this big move has been finding our preschool for the boys!  I had some friends of friends recommend our school and honestly didn't look much else!  There are a TON of Mother's Day Out Programs here but I knew with the decision to hold Ryan back a year for kindergarten, I wanted an educattional-driven preschool, not just a few days a week childcare!  I wanted them to prepare him for kindergarten!

I have been SOOOOO pleased with our preschool and could not imagine sending them anywhere else.  They boys have LOVED school and so have I.  It's been so wonderful for all of us.  The boys have grown and learned so much this year.  I am so excited that Colton will go there the next two years.

So this brings me to Ryan's very last day of preschool.  Sniff Sniff!!  Cue the tears.  I told his teachers earlier in the week I was not going to cry but alas I just about lost it when Ms. Delyn told the kids "this is our very last lunch together".  Ryan's class had nine boys and only one girl, Anna, this year.  (We did have Elsa, no kidding, but she moved in January).  I think because they were so small they were all very close.

I feel as though I got to know these mommas as well.  Many times we would stand around and chat after we dropped the kids off.  Some I even worked out with at the gym.  I felt like they were becoming my new friends as well.

The moms are working on a play date schedule for the summer so we can all still hang out.  Hudson had a birthday party on Sunday and you would have thought the kids hadn't seen each other all summer break.  They were so adorable and so excited to see each other.  They had the best time playing together at Pump it Up.  

I swear Colton thinks he is part of Ryan's class and knows all of their names.  He talked a little about his class, when I prompted him, but he would talk about Ryan's friends all the time.  I guess that will last a long time since I'm sure they will be sharing friends for years to come.  From left to right - Anel, Bryce's younger sister, Colton, Bryce and Hudson.  I especially love how Colton is looking at Bryce.  Bryce always hugs and talks to Colton so Colton just thinks he is the coolest cat around.  

Bryce is the sweetest kid and so smart.  He would come in every morning and give the weather forecast.  He always has a smile on his face and just loves life.  

After lunch together we went back to Ryan's classroom and Ms. Delyn had some parting words.  She called up every child one by one and basically poured words of affirmation over them.  She told them what she and Ms. Amy admired and loved about them and how she couldn't wait to see what God was going to do in their lives.  (CUE THE BIG UGLY CRY!!!)  I think the whole room of parents were crying.  It didn't help that she started with Anna, who has the sweetest spirit, and has been devastated the last few weeks that school is coming to a close. With her lip quivering she held out til Ms. Delyn finished talking about her and then she lost, and so did the rest of us!  

It's not just the end of preschool for Ryan, it's the beginning of many friendships that I know will last for years to come.  We will see these friends at outings, the gym and most have siblings that will go to school with Colton so I know we will see them around.  We look forward to our next playdate all together.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Colton's Last Day of Preschool

Today was Colton's last day of 3's preschool.  It's hard to believe it's already the end of the school year.  It seems like we just moved here and started a brand new school. 

I have been so pleased and blessed by their preschool this year.  I don't think I could have picked a better school for my boys.  I am excited that Colton will return in the fall for the 4's class.  Like Ryan he will do preschool when he's five and start kindergarten when he's six.  

Sydney and I went to Colton's last day of school picnic.  He was so excited we were there.  It was a beautiful day and so fun to eat and play outside with his class.  

Ms. Beth was his teacher this year and he LOVED her.  She was a fabulous teacher and we are so thankful for her.  You can tell she really loves her job and loves those kiddos.  She lives in Spring Hill so we hope to run into her some this summer.  

This is Ms. Leanne.  She was the assistant teacher in Colton's class.  Colton just adored her and loved sitting in her lap for story time.  We hope to run in to her too this summer at the Y.  

Colton had such an amazing year and we are so proud of how much he has grown and learn.  

And this cutie pie enjoyed the picnic outside too! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

 We had a wonderful Mother's Day this year.  It was special for me since it's my first Mother's day with my sweet daughter Sydney.  It's still hard to believe I have a DAUGHTER!!!  Ahhh! So amazing, so thankful!

My parents came up to visit for the weekend!  My mom holding Sydney, her absolute favorite thing to do.  

My boys!!!
Love these three boys so much!  Colton looks so big in this picture.  

 My people

Three generations 

It was a great weekend and we had a nice time hanging out with my parents.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sydney is One Month Old

Our sweet Sydney turned one month old last week!  It's hard to believe she is already a month old!  Where has the time gone???  Time needs to slow down!

We had her one month check up at the pediatrician last week.  She weigh 9lbs 7oz,  (55th percentile) and 21.5 inches tall (64th percentile) and head circumference is 35.6cm (15th percentile)
* Ryan was 8lbs 14oz at one month and 22 inches long
* Colton was 9lbs 1ox at one month and 22 inches long

Sydney is growing and developing so well.  She is eating well and growing fast.  She does well with tummy time and holds her head up so well.  She has great head control.  SO thankful for a beautiful and healthy baby girl!

She wakes up once during the night around 3AM then we get up at 6:30AM to start our day.  I'm looking forward to her sleeping through the night., hopefully very soon.  Ryan slept through the night at 8 weeks and Colton 7 weeks.  

Sydney wears size 1 diapers and newborn clothes.  You are quickly growing out of newborn clothes and moving in to 3 month and 0-3 month clothes.  

She sleeps in her bassinet or rock 'n play in our room.  Since our room is downstairs and all the kids are upstairs, she will probably be in our room for a little while.  She takes one nap during the day in your crib.  You sleep pretty good in your carseat but her favorite place is in my arms or the rock 'n play.  

She is in a great eat, play, sleep cycle during the day.  

She loves her rock 'n play and the playmat.  She loves to be held so I've found that I can get stuff done, i.e. laundry, cook dinner, if I wear you in the baby bijorn. I didn't use it much with the boys but I can already tell I will use it more with her.  

Sydney favors Colton mostly but I definitely see some Ryan in her.  I think she will be a good mix of both Matt and I.  

She is a pretty easy baby and I can calm her down pretty quickly.  She has definitely come our of the newborn sleepy stage and more alert during the day.  She loves when the boys come over and talk to her.  

The boys are adjusting well to having a new baby sister.  Ryan is my BIG helper.  He will give her a paci, bring me a bottle or diaper.  He takes the dogs outside for me and feeds them.  Totally huge that he can do so much.  What a gift he is.  Colton enjoys talking to her but doesn't have much interest right now.  

We are over the moon in love with Sydney and beyond thankful for a beautiful and precious baby girl.  I hold you, rock you and snuggle you more since I know you are our last baby.  You are so sweet and love to be snuggled.  

Sweet baby girl completes our family and we could not imagine life without her.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Catching Up

So this is going to be a picture overload!

We are doing well here but life has been super busy lately!  You can understand right?  Three kids, oh my, it's crazy around here but good.  We are LOVING this sweet, sweet blessing!  Sydney is the best baby and doing really well.  She eats well and sleeps good most of the time.

She eats every three hours during the day and wakes up once in the night to eat around 2 or 3AM.  We wake up at 6:30 to start our day.  I feed her before getting the boys up and ready for school.

I can hardly believe how fast the time is going and how big she is getting.  I hold her more for naps and just enjoy looking at her.  

These two cuties are doing great.  They don't pay too much attention to her right now.  At least one though in the day they will come over and say "hi baby Sydney" and express some interest in her.  It lasts approximately 10 seconds but at least they acknowledge her.

This is her favorite spot (and honestly mine too).  She loves to sleep in my arms.  I can get her to sleep within moments when I pick her up and hold her.  I wish I could hold her all day long.  She is pretty much the whole reason why I've slacked on blogging.  Between feeding, changing, and burping Sydney and taking care of the boys needs I have hardly anytime to get anything done.  

Tax season is finally over!  Hallelujah!!!  Matt has been on vacation for the last week and a half and we have loved having him home!  

I'm so thankful he has spent a lot of one on one time with the boys and gotten to spend some sweet time with Sydney!  We have tackled a lot of projects around the house including hanging stuff in Sydney's room, organize papers, oil change on both cars and clean and organize the garage.  

Matt's Dad and Stepmom came in town last weekend to visit.  They stayed at a hotel close by and graciously offered to take the boys Saturday night!  We were so grateful and the boys had the very best time going to the Adventure Science Center and swimming in the hotel pool.  

Matt and I had a date to Burger Up Saturday night.  Sydney was well behaved and did great.  

Sunday we headed downtown with the boys to Lego Kidsfest at the Music City Center.  The boys are pretty obsessed with legos these days so I knew they would have a blast.  Papau and Yaya joined us for the fun day.  

Love these silly boys!

They had the best time and were in heaven over all the legos and activities. 

One of the highlights was a station where you could building a tower or building then submit it and they would place it on a giant layout of the United States.  For submitting your creation you received a small lego garbage truck kit.  Both boys got one and were thrilled.  

This sweet baby turned one month old this week!  So hard to believe!  I will do her one month post this week!  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Few Firsts and a Check Up

I can hardly believe that our sweet Sydney is already three weeks old.  The days seem to go by so fast and before I know it it's bedtime.  Going from 2 to 3 has been good, a little wild and crazy but it's been good.  I'm getting into a routine and figuring out our new normal day by day.  

Sydney is doing really well!  She is drinking a 3.5 oz bottle every three hours during the day.  She wakes up once during the night usually between 2-3am then I wake her at 6:30am to start our day.  She is such a good baby.  She is so sweet and so precious to us.  

She is sleeping in our room mostly in her rock 'n play but I started this week putting her in her crib in her room for at least one nap a day.  She has done awesome and takes great naps in there.  

I will add that I'm spending more time holding her during naps and enjoy feeding her.  I won't say I love waking up in the middle of the night to feed her but I definitely treasure those sweet noises and coos that she's starting to make.  Even the noises she makes when taking her bottle I just love and cherish.  This newborn time is so short and I know that she's our last baby.  

Sydney had her two week well check up on Tuesday.  She weighed in at 8 lbs 6oz and is 20.5 inches tall.  She is in the 51st percentile for height and 46th percentile in weight.  Her head measurement is in the 30th percentile.  She is perfect and growing so well.  The doctor was pleased to see how well she is doing.  

Her umbilical cord fell off on Monday so she got her first bath on Wednesday.  She only cried initially and once she felt the warm water she loved it and began to relax.  

She enjoyed looking around and just curious about her surroundings.  She loves to wrap up in the towel and get dried off.  

She s growing so fast already.  I'm trying to treasure all these moments and just enjoy this sweet sweet time with my girl.