Wednesday, September 16, 2015

abe at three months.

abe is a quarter of a year old. when you think about it that way it's real crazy! and lord knows we need things to be crazier around here so let's!

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at three months:
  • abe is the smiling-est thing we've ever seen. he's just such a happy guy. and he's really starting to chat with us! lots of cooing and squeals!
  • cat napper. he's like, "17 minutes? that'll do."
  • that being said, what naps he does take are taken in his crib except the dinner time nap which he takes in the sling or being held by bry daddy.
  • and while we're on the topic of sleep, he's been mostly sleeping through the night! like from 8-5:30 in his crib and then goes back to sleep in our bed until the loudest brothers alive wake up.
  • he's rolled over.. once. probably not because he can't but because i don't give him the chance. his brothers think that he's in the floor for them to wrestle and hug and smother to death so i just don't give him much floor time. life > neck strength. #sacrifice.
  • the brothers love to hold abe and kiss on him and ask to every single day. 
  • abe is beautiful. there. i said it. obviously i think all my children are the cutest children on the planet. but abe is just so pretty. i think it's his skin or something. it just looks like creaminess that you wanna rub your face on. and so maybe i do. 
i looked back and read grant's 3 month update. and i said "in case you were wondering about me at 3 months postpartum.. i'm 10 lbs. from prepregnancy weight, losing my hair, fairly rested and ready to have another baby."

and that is similar to today. my hair is falling wayyyyy out, so i chopped it off a few weeks ago. i'm about 15 lbs. from pre-preg weight because peanut butter m&ms. can't stop. won't stop. i'm fairly rested considering i have 3 crazy babies. and i just told someone yesterday that i kinda just wanna get pregnant and get it over with and be done. that's probably not a very motherly way to think of things and cherishing the baby years and pregnancy and whatever but i said it so i must of meant it..

enough about me. abe is the man. i really like him. i like that he likes to be worn. and i like that he smiles at anyone anytime. and i like that his brothers haven't accidentally smothered him with love.


the good ole days..
1 month.
2 months.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

my guys.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

7 things on tuesday.

1. i went to the dermatologist a month ago or so for this spot on my arm that everyone (i'm lookin' at you, mom!) was sure was something big and bad. turns out it's a scar from a bug bite and will always and forever be benign. they did however find an abnormal mole on my upper upper thigh/butt. and i had to get said mole removed last week. i was fairly certain that this mole removal was gonna be the actual death of me. and to my surprise it wasn't a big deal at all.. until they started stitching it up and with every pull of the thread my thigh jiggled and then i passed out. because someone was invading my body! two thumbs up to you nurses out there because no thanks.

2. my mole removal was immediately trumped by ann having eli! isn't he precious? haven't completely decided yet, but i'm contemplating kidnapping him.   

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3. we've been drinking lots of this coffee and these margaritas. you should too. unless you have something against iced coffee and margs, then don't.

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4. my parents bought the boys tickets to thomas the train for their birthdays, so we went and rode thomas bright and early on saturday. it was a really cute event and the boys thought it was the coolest.

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grant was like, "we are not here to take pictures. thomas is right there!"

5. i know this is gonna come as a shock to you.. but, i'm addicted to sugar. i try to eat an apple but it's just not the same as a handful of peanut butter m&m's. there may or may not have been times when i have loaded my three children into the car and driven to the store to get candy. this is either the behavior of a crazy person or an addict. and what else would an addict do but allow her own children to partake in the sugar?? so i picked these up at the walmart..

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and let me tell you, they are so fun! they're just gummies of random stuff like acorns and trashcans and saxophones. hilarious! get some for your own little addicts!

6. we painted our doors blue. and the original plan was to paint the shutters blue but i was feeling nervous about it so i asked instagram and the response was a resounding "nooooooo!!!" so they're gonna get repainted black. but i really do love the blue doors.

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7. abe slept from 8-5:30 last night! way to go abe! let's do that again tonight!

Monday, August 24, 2015

my hands are full.

lest you think my hands are not full, i have the affirmation from no less than 12 customers at kroger that my hands are indeed full.

"you've got your hands full!"

this doesn't offend me. because it's true. my hands are full. and my hip and my heart and my boobs and my figure and my buggy, full. and my sink is full of dirty dishes and pantry full of carbs that are shaped like a variety of animals. my bathtub is full of superheros and foam letters and dirty little boys. my washing machine is full, always. my carpet is full of crumbs. my van is full of car seats. my coffee cup is not full enough.

yes. my hands are full.

to help with my full hands, the big boys started MDO 2 weeks ago.

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it just makes them seem so big to me. they're having a blast and i'm finding out that 5 hours is not many hours at all but just enough hours for me to miss those hoodlums.

and in case that doesn't make them feel big to you.. isaac henry started soccer!

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he's very slow. but he's really good at the skills! just slow. bryant and i spent a lot of time laughing at him during practice because it's just so precious. and he's having fun. 

soccer and MDO and everything else and trying to have some sort of schedule in our family (which is so not who i am as a person, so the schedule will probably not happen) is proving that our fall is gonna be.. get this.. FULL. just like our hands.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

the upstairs.

well, we'll have been in the house for a whole year next week! i'm gonna make a cake.

the good news is is that i still looovvvee our house. it seriously is perfect and i can't see us moving out in the near future or ever for that matter. now that doesn't mean we aren't constantly up to something to make us love it more (see huge hole that's in my house right now waiting to become a garage..) (and i really really am crossing my fingers for a pool in the next few years) but i really do love it here.

which leads me to my next point.. i never showed you the upstairs. so here she is, in all her glory!

first up, isaac henry's room..

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this is the room that will likely be shared when we have a fourth. it's the biggest bedroom upstairs and would house bunks or two twins just fine. for now, isaac gets to be a king in his full size bed.

for now the train table is in there but i think we may move it to grant's room around christmas time and do some sort of lego situation in ih's room.

grant's room:

right now we have grant in the top bunk of de-bunked bunk beds and it is PERFECT!

all the boys have these big closets with two doors..

and abe's room..

it's definitely the smallest room and it's kinda boring but it serves its purpose. i mean, he doesn't even sleep in there yet, so there's not much of a purpose to serve.

the boys' bathroom..

it's really three little rooms, which i think is gonna be awesome when they're older because everyone can be using the bathroom at the same time and still have privacy.

shower room on the left. toilet room on the right.

i wanna frame out the mirror in here like we did in our bathroom and i've even toyed with painting the vanity but not today. or tomorrow.

i just can't get motivated for upstairs projects. maybe it's because it's kid zone up there and they don't care.

and lastly, the playroom..

whoa nellie. bright window. i still need to figure out curtains for in here but i'm just not in a hurry. i keep picturing drapes with bold orange and white stripes. one day i'll get around to it. (wait! while i was searching pinterest for that link i found a link about painting a big stripe on cheap white curtains.. now i've got a wild hair and may get around to it sooner rather than later!)

also, here's your PSA for the day.. that couch sucks. we got it because we had heard great things about the ikea couches (and we have the regular ektorp and love it!) and we wanted a sleeper sofa for up there because no guest room blah blah blah. it's bad. don't follow in my footsteps. i mean, it's the playroom so not the end of the world but.. biggest regret of my life. that and the one time i passed up one of those vintage ceramic christmas trees for $5 at a yardsale. i was young. i was dumb.

and this door is our laundry room..

so really we could use this room for a bedroom too one day if we had to. the only thing would be the lack of closet and the laundry room being in there.. but there're ways around that. for now i really like having a playroom because we can host community group and other events like that where there needs to be a separate space for the kiddos.

so that's it! our home sweet home.

here's the rest..
living room.
kitchen and dining.
other living room.
master bedroom.

some things have changed but not much. not much at all.

later taters.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

abe at two months.

the days just keep going on by and what do ya know? abe is two months old!

at 2 months abe:
  • 12 lbs. 9 oz.
  • is still just a delight. he's such a happy boy. he's been a great eater and a decent sleeper and i'm so glad we have him. 
  • is pretty laid back. typical baby high maintenance but nothing over the top. 
  • receives approximately 754 kisses on the head every day. his head is like a magnet for the lips.
  • hates to ride in the car. which is different for me because the other boys always loved it and would fall right asleep. abe prefers to scream his head off until you lift his carseat out of the van, which is when he immediately falls asleep.
  • has maybe had a handful of good naps. it's not his fault. the bros are LOUD. 
  • loves being outside, eating, getting snugs, being sung and talked to.
  • is sleeping in our room in the pack-n-play/our bed. he has done a few stretches in his crib and has done fine, but i just don't wanna be getting up and having to go upstairs a million (or 2) times a night, so in our room he stays.
  • and finally, our favorite thing about abe.. he is the easiest to make smile! he is just soo smiley! all you have to do is look at him or say hi abe! and he's all grins!

and just for fun, here's a side by side of all the boys at 2 months..

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grant is a little chunkier and isaac is a lot scrawnier. and i don't really know who looks like who. i just know they're all the cutest. 

abe at 1 month.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

tales of the grocery: granny edition.

there's plenty of important, documentation of the family type things i should be blogging about.. like abe's dedication that happened weeks ago. but i just don't have it in me today.

instead let's talk about grocery store happenings..

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these tulips were in the clearance flowers, which is usually like flower hospice, but these weren't even close to death. and for $1 a pack, i bought all the colors. and they just make me happy.

this morning at walmart, four grannies approached me. and i'm talking grannies around 90, not grannies like my mom.

granny 1: how do you tell if this is ripe??
me: a cantaloupe? i don't know, is it if you smell it?
granny 1: well. i don't know!
me: we don't really eat cantaloupe in our house.. so i don't know either. 
granny 1: well. i guess i'll take your word for it and smell it. but if it's not ripe, i'll come back here and find you and beat you up.
me: haha *wide-eyed emoji*

granny 2 must have overheard my conversation with granny 1 and assumed i was some sort of produce specialist because she held up a plum (?) and literally yelled across the produce section "ma'am! ma'am! what is this??" and i was like, "i think a plum?" and she was like "..." and put the plum back.

granny 3 just wanted to rub abe's head, which was right up against my chest because i was wearing him in the sling and she may have rubbed a little cleavage too so that's fun. nothing like getting felt up by a golden girl in the rotel aisle. and then isaac wanted to spell his name for her, because of course he did. but she didn't understand and just kept saying "you're such a nice boy." while grant yelled COOKIE! because he wanted her to acknowledge the free bakery cookie in his hand. and everyone was really confused. 

granny 4 approached me in the baby department and i can see why she may have thought i was an expert in baby merch (see 3 small children). she wanted to know where she could find a high chair cushion because she wanted to gift the high chair she used as a child to her grand child but it needed a cushion. and i was like, "i don't think they make those anymore because high chairs come with cushions now. so if you buy a high chair it already has a cushion. i've never seen them sold separately." and she was all, "I KNOW THEY SELL THEM BECAUSE I'VE BOUGHT ONE BEFORE." and what i wanted to say was, "if you've bought one before, why are you asking me where they are??" but instead i just said "hmmmm.. i don't know. maybe look by the high chairs."

and we still managed to make it out in a mere 1 hour 12 minutes.
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