Sunday, October 18, 2015

Wells is ONE

My sweet baby boy is one year old. And I really do want to freeze his awesomeness in time.
Wells is one of the most joyful people - not just babies - but PEOPLE I have ever known.

He is obsessed music and dancing.
He loves waving "bah bah" and trying to blow kisses.
His hair is straight as a stick.
He wears size four diapers, size fives shoes and size 18 month clothing.
He gives high fives.
He devours strawberries and french fries.
He sleeps in the pack and play and wakes up 20 times a night to nurse.
He wakes up somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. for the day.
He loves people. Old, young, girl, boy, he loves 'em all.
He walks and climbs everywhere.
He puts everything in his mouth.
He enjoys the taste of dog food.
And he absolutely adores dogs and animals.
He doesn't enjoy riding in his car seat.
He takes two naps a day (one short, one long).
He says "mama, dada, dauuu (dog), bah bah (bye-bye)" and makes other sounds that don't seem to have much meaning at this point;).
His eyes are like dark chocolate. I love them.
He has started hitting and grabbing faces.
He wiggles his way out of the high chair.
He enjoys meeting fellow little babes.
He thinks birthday cake is the best thing ever.
He gets excited when it's bath time.
He still tries to scoot down the stairs on his botom (not tummy).

Our family would not be the same without our joyful little Wells to keep us laughing and pulling him off the steps. We love you, Wells Thomas!
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Warren is Four

(This post was written back in May, but I just realized that it was till in my draft box:)

My precious baby girl is FOUR.

Can't deal with how fast she is growing up. 

I am so in love with this strong-willed, witty, loving, adventurous, creative beautiful little lady.

I love the way she crawls in my bed at night and curls up against my back.

I love her big, brown/hazelish, melty eyes.

I love that she is always up for a cuddle with mama. Always.

I love that she wants me to read to her.

I love that she explores and uses her creativity to pretend she is doing grown up things (pouring water into cups, mailing letters, cooking dinner, curling her hair...). It makes big messes. But I still love it.

I love that she never stops playing. She is always looking for a friend to play with her. Even better, she loves playing with me.

I love that she forgives and forgets. Super fast.

I love the way she enjoys making her own fashion statements.

I love the way she draws people. With big heads and stick legs and straight smiles.

I love the way she makes her little brother laugh. And the way she laughs at her big brother.

I love that she wears princess costumes every day. She told me that she wants to be a Snow White doctor when she grows up.

I love that she sings Jesus Loves the Little Children just about every time we are in the car.

I love that she has a crush on her friend Colson. When I asked her why she loves him, she said "because he plays with me and he makes me laugh."

I love her independence. She dresses herself. Brushes her own teeth. Goes to the bathroom on her own. Opens her own yogurt tubes and granola bars.  Just about the only thing she lets me help with her with is buckling her in her carseat. And not the top, only the bottom.

Those are just a few of the things I love about my baby peach.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Wells - Six to Nine Months

It happened. I shorted my sweet little third baby.

Haven't posted an update in three months. Mom fail.

But I can say without a doubt that I am enjoying little Wells more than ever. Each of my children are their own little person. And Wells is one cool dude.
Wells has been my happiest baby. He smiles all the time. Even when he is upset, I can manage to get him to crack a little grin. It's his superpower. Smiling.

He is an extrovert. He thrives off people, old and young. He makes eye contact and sounds and tries his very best to connect.
He is still nursing 4-6 times a day and a couple of times a night. He still doesn't take a bottle but he can drink out of a sippie. He also enjoys baby food and small finger foods, like cheerios and mum mums. His favorite food is bananas. His least favorite is peas. Can't say I blame the kid.

He goes to bed in the pack and play in our room at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and sleeps until 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. He wakes up to feed a couple of times, usually around 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Until a week or two ago, he was up every hour and a half. He takes two naps, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Both naps last one to two hours.

He wears size four diapers and 12-18 months clothing.

His first tooth teeth (bottom left) came in just a few days shy of nine months. One week later, three more broke through the surface (bottom right, top two). His hair and his eyes are brown. My mom says he looks the most like me of all my babies. But we hear that he looks like both of us.
His brother and sister call him "Chingy" (because he grabs our faces with his nails). He watches them play and is dying to get in on the action. He cruises everywhere and is on the verge of taking his first independent steps. I am not pushing that too hard because it's hard enough to keep up with him when he's crawling and cruising around the house.

He loves his family, but mama is his favorite. He doesn't want me to leave the room. And he always reaches for me when he's in someone else's arms. And that's perfectly fine with  me;).

If there is one word I would use to describe Wells it would be JOY. Because that's what he is, what he gives and what he brings to our family.
Disclaimer: I wrote this when he was 6-9 months but just got the photos loaded so I could actually hit publish:). Story of my life...:).

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Our First Trip to Disney World

Three weeks ago, we took our children to Disney World for the first time.
It was just as magical as all of my daydreams since we planned the trip last summer.
My beautiful sis, Annie.
Walker getting ready for the opening ceremony.
The bambinos rode rides, met their favorite Disney characters and explored the happiest place in the world. Rainbows and unicorns and all that happy stuff:).
Nana & the littles
I knew my sentimental self was in trouble when I started crying (joyful tears, people) during the opening ceremony at Magic Kingdom.
Seeing Mickey Mouse for the first time.
Warren was in heaven. Poor thing woke up with pink eye though.
We anticipated this trip for so long.

Their faces made it worth the wait and planning.
Speaking of planning, this is the part where I can't resist telling y'all about our Disney planner, Kris. I know, I know. You might be like I was. I don't need a planner. Why should I spend money on that?(He's free, BOOM.) I can do it myself. We don't need a fancy itinerary. We are going to just go with the flow...BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

I was wrong.
First of all, Kris' services are free. Second, because of Kris' help, I was able to relax and just be a mom enjoying Disney with my family instead of being the trip coordinator who had to know all the answers and made decisions about where to go and what to do next.
He gave us a detailed itinerary that was totally based off what was important to us. It was tailored to our interests, heights, was perfectly suited for our family. He made reservations for fast passes, told us where to sit for an up close view of the parade, gave us tips on the best places to eat and so much more.
He also helped us avert disaster when someone in our group got really sick. He cancelled reservations that saved us hundreds of dollars and seamlessly reworked all of our activities for the following day.

If you are going to Disney, do yourself a ginormous favor and contact Kris before buying your tickets. You can check him out on facebook. (Just so you know, I have nothing to gain from sharing about Kris, just want to spread the Disney love:).

Here are some of my favorite memories from the trip...
We were watching the afternoon parade when Alice stepped out of her place to come over and take Warren's hand and tell her that she loved her bow.

Walker had a chance to play the Beast during Enchanted Tales with Belle. He was able to have a one-on-one moment, ballroom dancing with Belle.
Little Wells was a delight. He loved Disney just as much as the older kiddos. I was surprised by how many rides he was able to go on with us.
Spending time with my niece and nephew, Maggie Sue & Beau, and my mom and stepdad.
Going on a safari at Animal Kingdom.

Nana rented out a big house for us in Windsor Hills, which is just a mile away from Disney. That allowed all of us to be together even when we weren't at the parks.

The kids swam, enjoyed the playground and watched a Lego movie at the clubhouse theatre.

We adore Nana.

There was a huge snowstorm back home the week of our trip to Disney (which meant that Walker ended up not missing A SINGLE DAY of kindergarten that week). We were set to head home on Friday, but since another round of bad weather was coming that weekend, we headed to the Hilton Sandestin instead.

Just in case your brain isn't already swimming from pic overload, here are some of my phone pics...

We did eventually come home and, guess what, the snow was waiting for us!:)
Okay, gotta go now. Beau told me NO MORE PICS!:)
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