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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

we're having a baby! and it's a boy! again.

well my friends, number 4 is on his little way! i'm due on thanksgiving and i fully expect a turkey dinner delivered to me at the hospital.

we'll talk more later. i'm a little busy over here praying for sweet daughter in laws to take care of me in my old age. because y'all, it looks like bryant is THE MAN. 

4 boys.

Friday, May 27, 2016

abe at 11 months.

well, i should probably write this update since abe is turning one in like 2 weeks. i've said it before and i'll say it again, may is december so things have been crazy town over here. to my credit, i do take the pictures on time.

cutest baby around alert! i mean, i know everyone thinks that their baby is the cutest, but i can't get enough of this guy.

right?? he. is. the. best.

at 11 months:
  • abe is eating all the things. and is completely weaned from the boob and the formula. he's drinking and LOVING the milk. he puts down about a gallon a day. ok, maybe not that much, but he loves his milk.
  • the aforementioned milk consumption has lead to abe really filling out this month. he's busting at multiple seams. 
  • 5 teeth. 
  • mastered going to sleep on his own this month.. i know, it's kinda late in the game. #thirdchildprobs but he's going to sleep with no/very minimal crying on his own for every nap and bed time. 
  • really started pulling up and cruising every where. wants so badly to stand on his own. and get this.. still doesn't do a normal crawl. i think there is a high likelihood he will actually walk before he crawls. or he may never actually crawl. 
  • babbling all the live long day, cracking up at the classic nose beep, waving and yelling "hi!" at anyone that will listen.
  • throwing all the food on the ground, making his parents lose their minds. 
  • tried peanut butter, didn't die. 
  • favorite toys: cars, balls, anything tiny/choking hazard. 
  • we bought the infamous chewbacca mask this month (before it was infamous) and abe is absolutely terrified of it. which has also helped him develop an unhealthy fear of large stuffed animals and our friends' wiener dog. 
  • also hates swimming so that is just great. but, he has a righteous farmer's tan.
1 month.
2 months.
3 months.
4 months.
5 months.
6 months.
7 months.
8 months.
9 months.
10 months.

i seriously have got to plan a party for this hooligan, stat.

Friday, May 13, 2016

the discovery center with aunt em.

last weekend we went to the discovery center in murfreesboro with aunt em and paul.

it's always a fun time with them. the boys adore them both. i'm pretty sure it would be the boys favorite day ever if they got to spend it in a cinder block room with aunt em. but luckily this place was really cool. 

grant has asked to wear his captain america shirt every day this week because "i match paul." so funny.

i always get a little nervous going to places like this because i'm afraid everything will be over their heads, but this place was awesome! there were so many fun exhibits that the boys could play with. i would definitely take them back!

a few things on a friday.

1. this weather!! am i right?! y'all know that i make up my own calendar and this is summer baby!!

we have been LIVING outside! lots of popsicles. some fire pit s'more action. eating supper on the deck. swing set and sand box all day every day. this summer is gonna be a good one.

2. we have been playing in the creek a ton too. it is sooo fun! the boys love getting in there. grant says "dis is our swimming pool!" ha. and we have yet to see any snakes so i'm choosing to believe there are none thankyouverymuch.

i always tell the boys to look for heart rocks for me. one day they came to me really defeated that they "didn't find any heart rocks, just this tennessee.." i guess that'll do boys.. super cool, right?!

3. we've picked strawberries a few times over the last few weeks. and i'd love to try to hit it one more time before strawberry season is over. these kids are the perfect height for strawberry picking!

4. jellybeadz.

y'all. i know this looks like a mess.. and well.. it kinda is. but my boys LOVE sensory boxes and this one has been a hit! i can't even resist them. they really are super cool!! it's these tiny tiny beads that when you soak them in water they turn into these little jelly balls. sooo fun. order them now. i've heard they last forever so definitely worth the $10!!

5. we planted the garden a few weeks ago! i'm excited to see how it does and how frustrated i get with wild animals. should be an adventure.

6. it's been a rainy week around here and my little extroverts were chomping at the bit to get out. first thing isaac henry said to me this morning was "it's a beautiful day today!! can we pleeeeaaaassssee do something fun???" so we hopped down to nashville to meet bryant and papa for lunch at the farmer's market and let the boys play in the fountains.

it was such a fun day! and i'm such a sucker at the farmer's market. i'm like buy all the things!! cookies? sure. kettle corn? absolutely. but i'm most excited about these peaches. i've heard great things about the peach truck peaches and i'm so excited to try them!

we've got some other fun plans for this weekend, including isaac henry's last soccer game [praise hand emoji] hope you have fun plans for the weekend too!

7. later dude.
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