Grant Theodore: 3 months

Our little buddy is already 3 months old!! He’s such a happy baby and he brings so much joy to our family!!
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At three months old he:
– Smiles a lot! Especially at his big sister – he LOVES Paisley!
– Is a total mama’s boy! And I love it! Paisley was a daddy’s girl from the start so I’m soaking in all the time with my baby boy that I can get.
– Coos and babbles all the time. He is starting to let his little personality show!
– Is wearing size 1 diapers
– LOVES to eat
– Is such a sweet baby! He loves to be held, rocked, and cuddled
– Has found his little hands – and always has his hands in his mouth!
– Started staying with daddy & sissy on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays since mommy went back to work. He’s been such a trooper through the transition!
– Is wearing 0-3 month clothes
– Loves to sleep in the swing that his Papa bought for him when he came to visit
– Sleeps VERY well at night. He usually goes to bed around 9-10 and wakes up around 4-5! We are so grateful.
– Got to spend some quality time with 5 of his cousins and his Aunt Holley as they stayed with us to evacuate from Hurricane Irma!
– Despises tummy time. Paisley Grace loved it so that’s been a big difference to get used to!
– Experienced his first visit to the apple orchard!
– Got his first fever. ūüė¶ In fact, as I’m typing up this month’s blog post he’s sleeping quietly on my chest. He’s been so pitiful.
– Has been breastfed for 3 months! This may not seem like a long time, but this was my first goal. I didn’t get to nurse Paisley, and I was determined to nurse Grant! He’s such a champ and now we’re moving on to our next goal of 6 months! So proud of him.

 

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Grant Theodore: 2 months

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2 months already?! Wow, hard to believe. Thankfully, I get to spend another couple of weeks at home with this sweet boy and his big sister before I have to go back to work.
At TWO months old he:
– Weighs 10 lbs, 5 oz and is 25 inches long
– Has started intentionally smiling…on his terms, of course! He smiles mostly at his mommy and Paisley Grace! It’s the cutest thing!
– Has started sleeping for about 4-5 hours straight every night!
– Got to meet his Papa finally!! He came to visit for the weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited!
– Is wearing size 1 diapers
– Went into nursery at church and has also started going to nursery at the gym while mommy & daddy exercise!
– Has started wearing 0-3 month clothes! (He can still squeeze into some newborn outfits though!)
– LOVES mornings, his paci, cuddling, eating, being swaddled & bathtime
– Got a special visit from his friends from California who loved on him and gave him lots of extra cuddles while they were here!
– Started to really work on his head control, and he’s getting better and stronger every day!
– Has decided that he needs to be held at all times. He hates being put down whether it’s in his crib, swing, mamaroo, or pack and play. He loves to be worn around in the baby carrier. He is the polar opposite of Paisley at this age. She would be content pretty much anywhere and enjoyed her “alone time” in a swing or crib… he just won’t have it.
– Thinks his big sister is the funniest person ever. He laughs & smiles at her when she gets in his face and says in a high-pitched voice, “How you doing, baby brudder?!”
– Has discovered his little hands and is always trying to eat them!

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You bring so much joy to our little family, Grant.
Happy two months of life, buddy!!

Grant Theodore: 1 month

Our sweet boy is already one month old! I’m so thankful I have time off of work to soak in these precious moments with my babies.¬†IMG_9987

At one month old he:
– Loves to eat!
– Likes to stare at his big sister as she talks to him in a super high-pitched voice
– Always wants to be held & cuddled. He’s such a little cuddle bug!
– Wears size 1 diapers and still in newborn clothes
– Got to meet his grandparents and LOTS of his cousins and aunts & uncles while on his first vacation in Pigeon forge, Tennessee
– Loves his bathtime and always makes the cutest little face with his right hand under his chin during every bath
– Got to spend time with his Mimi Sparkles and Aunt Kassidy when he first came home from the hospital
– Went to his first wedding reception when he was a week old… he was so good!
– Is such a mommy’s boy! When he can’t get settled all he wants is his mommy and I just love it (Paisley is a daddy’s girl through and through, always has been and I hope she always will be)
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– LOVES being outside and going on walks in the stroller
– Doesn’t like dairy… mommy had to cut it out of her diet ūüė¶
– Has the nicknames “Buddy” (from Paisley) and “Granty”

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Big sister had to jump in for a picture!

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Days with my Pais

I was talking with friends at work the other day about how sassy and funny Paisley is! They mentioned that I needed to be keeping a record of all of the funny things she says! I thought that was a great idea. These days we spent together and funny moments are ones I wish I could remember forever, but life gets busy and I’m worried that one day I won’t be able to remember some of the hilarious things she says and precious memories we’ve shared together. I plan on putting together a weekly recap each week… more for my own record, but if you’re reading this it’s also for your enjoyment & entertainment as well, I guess!

So, here are some fun little things that happened at the end of this past week…

7/8/16:¬† 12-hour shifts are long. They are especially longer for our little girl. She goes to¬†the daycare at my work, so her day starts at 5:30 AM or earlier and then she’s there until 7:30 PM or later. ¬†Today was day 4 in a row, and Paisley¬†was exhausted and let everybody know it. Usually when she wakes up, she’s in the sweetest mood ever and says, “Hi momma, Hi daddy!” But not on day 4….When we turned on her light in the morning she did NOT want to wake up and just kept rubbing her eyes saying “Eyes, momma, my eyes momma.” She kept trying to go back to sleep. When I called to check on her at daycare her teacher told me that she kept saying, “Eyes, eyes.” Her teacher asked Paisley if her eyes hurt and she said, “No.” Then, her teacher said, “Paisley are you sleepy?” And she said, “Mhm, eyes.” Apparently she wouldn’t put her night-night (blanket) down and then went to her cubby saying, “Paci, please.” You know she took a good nap!!

7/9/16: Today, we took Paisley to see The Secret Life of Pets with our friends Taylor and Victoria. As we pulled up to the movie theater, she started yelling, “Dory!!!” Gus and I thought it was hilarious because last time she went to the movie theater¬†with us, she saw Finding Dory and so she was very excited about going back to the movies… we had to explain to her several times that she wasn’t going to see Finding Dory. The movie was really cute, Paisley loved the movie (despite the terrified look on her face in the picture below)…and she especially loved the popcorn.
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Later that night, we went to our favorite little coffee shop. It’s one we’ve been to countless times. This time our good friend Daniel came¬†with us! As we sat at the table, my almost two-year old just smiles and says, “Coffee. Coffee, mom.” I couldn’t believe she said it and then, of course, we all couldn’t stop laughing. Our little coffee lover.¬†She’s a girl after her momma’s own heart.

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No, that’s not coffee in her cup. It’s chocolate milk ūüôā¬†

7/10/16: I work a second job from home. It involves me sitting at my laptop and typing like a madwoman. Today, Paisley got her little toy laptop and crawled up onto the couch and sat down right next to me. She opened up her little laptop, looked at me, and just started “typing” away as fast as her little fingers would go.
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Every day is a new adventure with Paisley. Can’t wait to see what this week has in store!

Paisley Grace: 15 months

I can’t believe our baby girl is 15 months old. (Wait, can I still call her a baby?)
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At 15 months old she:
– FINALLY says “Mama” or sometimes “Mom”… yes, it took her 15 months to say it intentionally but she finally says it and I couldn’t be happier.
– Loves all things involving art. Her favorite thing to do is draw on paper with a pencil, pen, marker, or crayons.
– WALKS!!! She started walking on October 15th! (She was just over 14 months old!) We were so excited.
– Weighs 22 pounds, 4 ounces and is 29.5 inches tall! She’s in the 64th percentile for weight and the 16th percentile for height.
– Is obsessed with animals. She knows what sounds lions, frogs, monkeys, and elephants make and she can recognize each of those animals. She especially loves elephants…they were the first animal she recognized and the first animal she learned how to imitate the sound of (random, I know).
– Has become quite the diva. She knows how to throw a fit and if she doesn’t get her way she let’s you know she’s upset about it. Terrible two’s already?
– Got to spend a lot of time with family in the last couple of months! Several of her aunts and uncles and three of her cousins came to visit her and we had a blast! She got to go to the zoo, the apple orchard, and got to play with her cousins a lot!
– Loves to put her shoes on and walk around the house picking up everyone’s shoes then bringing them to me saying “Shoe, shoe.”
– Absolutely loves books. Her favorite book is currently “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Every night when we tell her to bring us a book that’s the one she always picks! She also loves any kind of touch and feel book where the pages have different textures.
– Talks all the time. I mean ALL THE TIME. When she’s not babbling and talking with her hands, she’s saying words and phrases like: I love you (pronounced “eyy-wuv-eww”), puppy, uh-oh, banana (pronounced “Nananana” while sticking her tongue out), dada, mama, baby, thank you, hello, cheese, bye-bye, hi, shoe, ball, and other things we can’t quite make out. It is so cute!
– Loves to sing and dance. She loves music. Her favorite song is currently ABC’s and The Wheels on the Bus (she even does the motions for the wheels turning!)
– Doesn’t use her paci anymore except for at naps and at bedtime! We are so proud of our big girl. She also doesn’t take a bottle at all anymore! Just sippy/straw cups now.
– Got her hair done in pig tails for the first time! It looked so adorable.
– Loves playing outside. Now that she is walking around everywhere she always wants to go play outside and walk around!
– Is wearing 12-18 month clothes and size 4 diapers. (Still…and I feel like she’s been in size 4 diapers forever).
– Got to enjoy a lot of fun fall festivities. She went to a pumpkin patch with mommy, daddy, Aunt Kassidy, and Grandma Sparkles AND got to go trick-or-treating for the first time on Halloween! She loved it. She was dressed as a strawberry. When people would open their doors she would just sit down right outside the front door and everyone thought it was so funny!
– Loves to give hugs, kisses, and high-fives to people! She’s very friendly and likes to wave to everyone she sees when we go out to the store.

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We love you so much, Paisley Grace! Happy 15 months of life, little one!

Paisley Grace: 1 YEAR!

We have a one-year old. That’s just crazy.
This is my favorite age yet. Oh wait, I think I might have I said that before?

At one year, Paisley Grace:
– Talks constantly. Her favorite words are still “Da-da” and “Ba-ba” and recently she’s added quite a few more words into her vocabulary. Some of the recent additions include: Uh-oh, duck, two, dog, hello (pronounced “elll-uh” while she puts any object up to her ear like a phone), SSSSS (that means Aunt Kassidy, duh), and guess what? SHE STILL DOESN’T SAY “MA-MA.” I am just waiting for the day…
– Is down to taking only one nap from about 12-2. She knows when it’s nap time and she usually doesn’t fight it! (She’s like her daddy in regards to her love for napping).
– Still eats very well. She isn’t picky at all and loves her fruits and veggies!
– Loves to dance. Even when there isn’t any music playing. Gus always says she’s dancing to the music in her head! It is so cute to watch!
– Weighs 20 pounds, 12 ounces and is 29 inches long. (Yes, she is pretty short for her age).
– Hasn’t stood or taken any steps yet on her own but she’s always standing with help and scooting her way along the furniture!
– Gives the cutest kisses.
– Waves “bye-bye” and “hi” all the time. Even to all of the strangers in the grocery store.
– Is the biggest morning person. She wakes up in the happiest mood with a beautiful smile on her face!
– Isn’t much of a cuddler anymore. She basically will only cuddle when she first wakes up from her nap and when she takes a bottle.
– Had two really fun birthday parties in Florida with family & friends! She had a blast and especially loved the cake!
– Loves going on walks, petting animals, hanging out with other kids at the library, gymnastics, and anything that involves music & singing!
– Is wearing 9-12 month clothes. 12 month pants are super long on her but we make it work!
– Knows some sign language! She knows the signs for all-done, please, sleep and more. She’s working on learning more signs. She’s such a smart little girl and it is fun to watch her communicate with us in that way!
– Had a really rough week of being sick right after her birthday. With sickness came a grumpy, grumpy girl who threw tantrums and was a big challenge for mommy. Thankfully, after a few miserable days, she is back to her happy, healthy, easygoing self!
– Starts going to her new daycare next week. She’s excited. Mommy is nervous. I’m sure she will do great, though! She’s a very adaptable little girl.
– Loves, loves, loves her daddy. It is really sweet to watch those two interact together! Melts. my. heart.
– Is SUCH a blessing to us (yes, even on the difficult days). She brings so much laughter and joy into our home and we cannot imagine our lives without her.

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Happy 12 months of life, little one.

We love you to the moon & back!