Friday, September 2, 2016

the boys.

these guys..

i wish i could remember every little thing about them. i know they'll grow up and we'll forget some of the cute stuff they do or some of the things that they loved so much at certain ages and i wish i could just record it all and play it back when i need a stroll down memory lane. 



they are just so fun and hilarious and i like them.

all three of them are going to mdo two days a week this year. the big boys love it and i'm sure abe is fine and i really really appreciate the time to get things done/veg out for an hour or so.



as far as mdo goes, isaac henry's class is full on kindegarten prep. he's such a smarty pants and on the first day when i picked him up his teacher told me "i've never seen such a good color-er in preK" the boy does love to color! he's sooo artistic. grant has the same teachers as last year and they are rock stars! his bff mallory is in his class and he only has eyes for her. he also refuses to pee at school so he just holds it. all day. abe won't nap. but he's stinking cute so they forgive him.

abe.

abe is 100% sweet and 100% stinker. the big brothers probably think he's more stinker. he just wants to play with them and by play i mean destroy everything they're doing. when they see him coming they say, "oh no! here comes big baby!" he wants nothing to do with age appropriate toys and everything to do with what the boys are playing with. you can almost always find him with two lego heads clenched in his little fists.  



he has recently started walking. some. he still prefers crawling cause it's quicker but he toddles around quite a bit. his feet are huge. we had a time finding shoes that would go on and stay on his jumbo feet. he's starting to talk a little bit more. our favorite things he says are night night and uh oh. he has the best big brown eyes. and y'all. this is his pucker..



have you ever?!

grant.

loves all things super hero and dress up. his best friend is mallory and he is loyal to her to a fault. loves loves loves monster trucks. umizoomi and curious george are his shows. appreciates a good peanut butter sandwich. has recently started enjoying coloring and will spend extended periods of time making sure his color pages are perfect. he also has gotten really interested in puzzles lately and will work on them for long periods of time. very athletic.. loves all sports but can't wait to play soccer "when i turn 3" and is constantly talking about how he wants to play football. loves to jump on the "jump-oline" totally into space, astronauts, rockets. the only thing he will even attempt to draw is a rocket ship. he still really loves babies, abe and especially truett. he is looking forward to truett so much and always is saying that truett is on our team (me, grant and tru) daddy's team is isaac and abe. doesn't love to give out kisses but almost always has a hug or snuggle to give. sleeps with his dog dog and blanket. also, he's got a temper and when he's not happy, he's 100% not happy. he's the kid that will turn the light back on just so he can turn it off. 





isaac henry.

still such a smarty. he's starting to sound out some words and can count to 100 with a little help. especially loves drawing and coloring and anything art. he'll paint or craft or draw all day. COUCH POTATO. this kid would watch shows and movies all day long. he rocks the house at mario kart and loves to play games on the ipad. prefers cheese and crackers for lunch. he is starting to get braver when it comes to trying food and will try pretty much anything. right now he's taking a break from soccer to try out baseball and he seems to really like it. plus it's just so stinking cute. he decided on his own that he wanted to start coming to "big church" with us. loves playing legos, monster trucks, and star wars. he is so funny and so sweet. always giving me compliments, "you're the prettiest momma ever!" still sleeps with his george and froggy.     



and.. we have a cat. but it's a girl! abe LOVES her. he just stands at the window and bangs on it and yells, "CAT! CAT!" she's a stray that wondered up and never left. her name is cat. and she is 100% outside. i have to draw the line somewhere.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

pregnancy round 4: 28 weeks.

helllllloooooo. i'm alive!

guys. it's only been two months since i blogged. everybody just simmer down. turns out our life is busy and any spare time i have to blog i use to do something else. so there you have it. my only excuse is my busy life. which i know you just don't understand because i'm the only busy person in the u.s.a.

and while there are a million (or 5) things i could update you on, let's get down to what you really wanna know.. how is tru?



he's good! i'm 28 weeks pregnant today.

he moves ALL the time! like crazy. i mostly just crave crushed ice, ice, popsicles, sno cones, and.. ice. it's just hot y'all. i really do feel great, just starting to be a little out of breath, which always makes me feel like a jumbo. some nights i can't fall to sleep easily because i'm traditionally a back sleeper which is impossible while i'm a jumbo because i also traditionally like to breath. my hair is curly. so funny that that happens.

when i took my glucose test a while back.. i failed. bum bum bum. so i had to take the three hour test and i was like why in the world do i have to stay here for 3 hours?! no one warned me that they take your blood 4 TIMES! yikes. the lady was all, first you're gonna feel really tired, then you're gonna wanna throw up but don't throw up because then you will have to start all over and then you're gonna be super hungry. that was a fun morning. but i passed that test so i guess i don't have the diabetes after all. ptl.

today we got to sneak a peak at truett. at my last ultrasound they couldn't see a few things, one of which was his fingers. welllll, we looked for that kid's fingers for about 40 minutes today and he is just ready to fight i guess because he would not unclench his little fists. in the quest to find his fingers we also found out that he is already 3 lbs. ..yep. and measuring at 29 weeks 4 days. dat's a big baby. which i guess i shouldn't be too surprised because i typically have whoppers, but still. let's keep it under 10 lbs. amen.



i can tell he's just gonna be a cutie. is there anything more exciting than the miracle of life?! THERE IS A HUMAN INSIDE ME. it's just so amazing and crazy and cool and it makes me all squeal-y. i just can't get over it, and it makes me wanna say HAVE ALL THE BABIES!!! FOREVER!!! because it's the coolest. it just is. but i'm also tired and 4 children is a lot of children and 4 boys is a lot of boys. so tru is probably the caboose to this crazy train. so for those that are curious.. i wouldn't say i want a fifth. but i wouldn't be mad because how could you be mad about A BABY??

one thing is for sure, i want a fourth. this fourth to be precise.

Monday, July 11, 2016

pregnancy round 4: 20 weeks. and a name!

we went to our big 20 week ultrasound and number 4 is still very much a boy. and we named him!!



bryant had mentioned truett a few weeks ago and i just added it to the ever growing list of "yeah, that's fine." i just wasn't loving anything. everything was just ok. but then he mentioned it again and i was like.. YES. that's his name!! i think it just fits our family so much. and i love that it means little and honest.

paul is my pap's name and he is one of the greatest men i've ever known. i love that all of our boys are named after men that we would love to see them grow up to be like.

(review for the curious georges in the bunch. isaac henry named after my brother noah isaac. grant wilson named for my dad, wilson being my maiden name. abram bryant named for that hunk i married.)

so, truett paul. that's our boy.

other than that no big news. we're just trucking right along. i feel great! i've got curly hair. today i leaned over to bryant and whispered "i want sausage balls." i'm starving. and i'm holding onto summer with a clenched fist but i already feel fall and NOVEMBER sneaking up on us.. 4. all the wide eyed emojis.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

june is over? ju-lying.

SUMMER TIME IS MY JAM. 

i just can't get enough of sweating to death and having all the good times.

garden update: it's a mess. no. seriously. it's a jungle. but it just makes it more of an adventure to find veggies to pick! my flowers are finally blooming and making my heart happy.



we've also been enjoying finding, catching, chasing, watching, or killing all the critters (depending on the day and the critter) around our house lately.

church update: vbs is over and done. it was pirate themed this year. arg matey. and it was so fun!! and exhausting..





we also just did our sunday school teacher appreciation and i didn't get around to doing the cute pictures i've done in the past, but the boys made these sweet lightening bug crafts and i just love isaac henry's handwriting.



good times update: yep. we've been having them. i'm equally thankful and annoyed that my boys [so far] seem to be extroverts. we will LITERALLY spend everyday for a week with our people and they will wake up the next morning asking for a play date or if we can have someone over for supper. bless them.



july 4 update: AMERICA! we ate popsicles at the seaver's house, watched the big fireworks show with more friends, ate ribs at mom and dad's, and lit sparklers and shot off exactly two duds of fireworks i bought the boys which caused them to give me major side eye. apparently my choices were very disappointing. meh. what do you want from me?









grant update: HE IS POTTY TRAINED. completely. fully. hasn't had an accident one time. praise god from whom all blessings flow.

and before you go sassing me.. it was not an easy road. oh the whining and gnashing of teeth and holding it. HOW DO MY CHILDREN HOLD IT FOR ALL DANG DAY?! holding it is a great skill except when you need them to learn how to pee because that requires not holding it and then it's like, for crying out loud would you please pee more than twice a day?!

and then we bought a trampoline in celebration of the potty accomplishments. and it has been so fun for everyone.



*it now has all the safety shenanigans and pads and nets and what not. this picture was taken during the putting it together process when the boys couldn't wait one more second to jump. sometimes we allow danger.

isaac henry update: he learned to swim! he's just a little proud of himself.



abe update: he hasn't accomplished much but he's stinking cute.

Monday, June 20, 2016

abe's first birthday party.



sometimes the best parties are just regular ole cookouts with your people. and that's what we did for abe's party. it was the best. summer birthdays are fun.

i texted this invitation to our buds and our parents..



starting the thing off real fancy.

i chose that party animals theme because i really wanted to make tiny party hats for plastic animals.



i don't know why that is so cute to me but i can't get enough.





like i said, we just invited our besties over and we had an abundance of good cookout food. hamburgers with bacon jam, hot dogs, bacon cheddar ranch potato salad, baked beans, watermelon. all the good summer food.





i fixed a texas sheet cake because it feeds a crowd, it is the best and abe doesn't have a preference yet. we ate it with ice cream. because of course we ate it with ice cream.







abe approved.



after we ate every one just hung out. the kids played in the yard with bubbles and sprinklers and the bounce house and whatever they pulled out of the garage.







abe held onto his tiger for dear life while his brothers and friends so graciously opened his presents for him..







it was a fun evening. i always feel so thankful after these parties where we get to be surrounded by the people we love and that love us.

happy birthday abe! 

abe at 12 months.

we have a one year old!



at 12 months/one year, abe:
  • grew up over night! it's like he just changed so much as far as mobility, chattiness, everything! he just feels older.
  • 6 teeth with tooth number 7 coming any day! so he's developed this annoying habit of biting you. i guess to test out his new teeth? but it hurts!! he thinks it's great. [this also meant a really really pitiful diaper rash this last month that was.. did i mention.. pitiful.]
  • loves the water! i was a little afraid because the first time he went swimming it was no good, but he LOVES it now. some of our friends have a graded pool in their community and he'll just crawl right in face first laughing as he drowns. today he was splashing around in our baby pool and just gulping down water and getting it all in his face and just laughing laughing. little fish. 
  • eats everything. loves his milk. 
  • sleeping great. he even does pretty good having to skip a nap for pool days, etc. 
  • crawling, scooting, climbing stairs, pulling up and cruising everywhere. 
  • talks so much!! he just babbles on like he really has something to say. this month he started roaring for animals and vrooming for cars. sooo cute! lots of dada talk! and when he says hi, he actually says "hey!" 
  • i'm afraid he might be a little mischievous. when you tell him no he just smiles so big and laughs.
  • buttttt... he still has the best laugh ever. 
this year with abe has been so good. he is such a sweet baby and just the perfect number 3. i am already looking forward to this next year because i feel like that's when you really get to see their little personality develop. i just know he's gonna be a good one. 

and i'm so glad that i stuck with taking his monthly pictures because isn't this the most fun?!



i love seeing how he has changed! and he is seriously my only boy so far that smiled in every picture. he is so photogenic! when you point a camera/phone at him, he lights up and says "cheeeeeee!!!"

1 month.
2 months.
3 months.
4 months.
5 months.
6 months.
7 months.
8 months.
9 months.
10 months.
11 months.

Monday, June 13, 2016

pregnancy round 4: week 1 - week 17.

yeah. so. i'm 17-ish weeks pregnant.



and i'm here to declare.. 4th. child. probs.

i have not been good at taking belly pictures at all. and i obviously haven't written any updates. until now!

this is one of the two belly pictures i have taken..



that's 10-ish weeks.



and that beauty is around 15 weeks. 

an update on the condition of my bod/pregnancy because i know you are DYING to know.

cravings: my cravings have been very consistent since day one. anything ice/popsicle related. those luigi italian ice cups are my life blood. mozzarella sticks and all things marinara. all the sushi.. well, all the cooked sushi.

weight gain: ?? i lost 25 lbs. in january/february and i'm not counting this time. i know i gain around 50 lbs. every dang time i have a babe, so bring it on. momma's not gonna stress about it!

sickness: not bad at all! i had a little nausea at the very beginning and threw up once when i was brushing my teeth but other than that i've been absolutely fine! there was a little bump when my doc thought that the evil thyroid was rearing his problematic head again but after another quick blood draw we found out my brain is kicking it into over drive and taking care of business all on it's own.

movement: there have been approximately two times when i have definitely known there was a baby in there. any other times i've felt "movement" it could have just been me being hungry.

gender/name: boy. boy boy boy boy. the main reason we held off announcing this pregnancy right away is because a 4th child after 3 [amazing!!!] boys is doomed to the "we hope it's a girl!!" "IT BETTER BE A GIRL." "maybe this will be your girl!!" comments and we just wanted to avoid that. we wanted to be able to say, "we're pregnant! and it's a boy!" andddd.. it is. but fourth child probs.. he's nameless. we've never had this issue before but we're drawing major blanks because we've come up with THREE SOLID NAMES already! that being said, what do you think we should name our child?? our boys have given really great suggestions so far. like Chair and Sarah.

and that's that. i'll report back.. maybe.
 
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