Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ink

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed a trend over the past week. I am getting a smidgeon obsessed with tattoos. I have always thought about getting one, but I never could work up the nerve (or decide on something I’d be happy with for the rest of my life!). I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately, and I am 99.9% sure that I am getting one when I am finished nursing Brody. The super small risk of infection makes me feel better about waiting until then, so I’m planning on February 2013. And I won’t be alone! My “little” sister (who is now a grown-up… so weird) will be getting one with me! It’s our sisterly bonding experience, and I’ll feel more brave if she’s with me!

I am going to get a Bible verse- either on my foot or my wrist… leaning heavily towards my foot. Romans 12:2 is my favorite verse, and I have not decided whether I just want the verse name or an excerpt done, but this is the whole thing:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I read this to myself frequently, and it reminds us that following Jesus is not always easy, but it’s important to go against the grain of what is “normal” in the world and always do what is pleasing to the Lord. It’s so hard to do that, but our reward will be great if we can!

I think I also want the silhouette of two little birds around it to represent my baby boys. Something similar to this:

Source: via Jessica on Pinterest

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I’ve thought a lot about doing this because, hello, it’s pretty permanent. However, I feel pretty darn secure getting a Bible verse because that is the one thing that will remain constant in my life from here to the very end. I wanted to make sure it was in a location that could be easily covered, if need be, and be fairly small. I’m not wanting a full sleeve or anything… although can’t you totally see me rocking some crazy zombie skulls on my arm?? Yeah, me neither!

This is what Kayla (my sister) is thinking of (I think on her wrist):

She drew it. I was all “OH MY GOSH, YOU’RE SO TALENTED!!” but then again, she also drew this:

I don’t know why I was all surprised that she could sketch out a bird!

Do any of you guys have tattoos? Do you love them or completely regret them?

You know you’re a mom when…

A really fun day entails grocery shopping, cleaning the entire house and washing & folding five loads of laundry. Because these days, being productive = fun.

You find yourself feeling thankful that the world’s biggest up-the-back diaper blowout only reached up to the baby’s shoulder blades and didn’t escape the collar of his onesie.

Your favorite time of day is the one hour after everyone else is asleep where you can sit on the couch watching HGTV and eating a bowl of maraschino cherries. And potato chips. And chocolate milk. Don’t judge.

Good thing he’s cute.

Because I am looking at this adorable little face and those squishy arm rolls well into the wee morning hours!

This child must really love me because it appears that he wants to be with me so much that he can’t bear to go to sleep. Well. Brody, my dear, as much as I love you, I AM SO TIRED!! As far as I am concerned, sleep is so NOT overrated. Brody’s favorite place to be is rightupnexttomebreathingmyair-we are talking boob-in-mouth, bodies aligned and squished together, hands on my arms close constantly. Try as I might, I can’t sleep that way. No dice, my child. Thus, my desire for him to sleep in his own bed. It’s so much nicer for both of us if he stays in his co-sleeper or his room because If he doesn’t smell me, he doesn’t feel the need to snack all night long and keep us both awake. However, it is apparent that his room seems like some pit of doom to him because he is TICKED OFF if he wakes up in there alone. Last night, I decided that I had enough and it was time for him to make the move into his own room for the entire night.

For the past week or so, I put him down in his crib and let him sleep there as long as possible (it’s generally three to four hours until he wakes up) then I bring him in our room because I’m too tired to do anything else thanks to the hours he chooses for us to keep. Last night, he woke up earlier than usual after only two hours. It was about 11:30. I had just climbed in bed because after he went to sleep at 9:30 I had to shower, straighten up, and all of those other things you need two arms to do. So, I went in, fed him, and layed him back down. His little bald head promptly stuck straight back up, as if he had never fallen asleep to begin with. This drives me absolutely crazy, and he does it 90% of the time when I lay him down. He’s like one of those baby dolls with the closing eyes, except a defunct version who’s eyes open when you lay them down!

I am not a fan of crying it out. We did “The No Cry Sleep Solution” with Knox, and it worked wonderfully. Not so much with Brody. He really, really likes to be awake. I’m pretty sure he’s part owl. Or vampire. I’d probably go with the latter given his affinity to suck the energy out of me. I would get him to sleep, lay him down, he’d wake up, and… repeat this cycle about 800 times. Finally, that was enough. I closed the door and let him cry for five minutes. Then I walked back in, pat him, shushed him, and left. He’d start right back up. By about 1 a.m. I was past exhausted and he was past hysterical, so back into the bed with me he went.

Aren’t you glad I stick to my guns?

Luckily, Trevor was working last night, so he didn’t endure this very noisy situation, and actually, Brody co-sleeps better when it’s just the two of us in bed because I can spread out a little more. Normally when Trevor is there, I put Brody between me and his co-sleeper on the side of the bed and he always gravitates towards me. I cannot sleep soundly with him in the bed with us- I’m sure a lot of you co-sleeping moms know how it is when your baby sleeps with you. Your senses are heightened and the slightest movements by the baby will wake you up.

The point of this rant is to say that I am very tired (thank you, coffee), and I am so ready for this child to sleep through the night. The end.

This is only a phase? This too shall pass? Right? Right??!

Two-and-a-half

Knox turned two and a half years-old on July 16, and even though I don’t do monthly posts for him any more, I couldn’t resist a milestone update on my biggest boy. Knox has really turned the corner, lately, and started saying so much more. We are so proud of his progress! He had his 30-month well visit at the pediatrician’s office yesterday, and his doctor was absolutely thrilled to hear about the new developments with his language. He said Knox definitely has a high IQ, now we just have to help him get with the program, socially. He is very encouraged after hearing about the new developments over the past few months.

At 30 months-old, Knox:

-       Is 3’1” tall and weighs 33 pounds.

-       Wears size 2T clothes and a size 8 shoe.

-       Is in the super-fun toddler picky eating phase. His meals of choice are grilled cheese (gwiw chee in Knox language), chicken nuggets, cheese pizza, cheese quesadillas, Chick-fil-a, and anything sweet. He loves fruit and eats at least one fruit/veggie pouch a day to sneak in some green foods to his diet.

-       Still loves his whole milk, though now he prefers it with chocolate! Drinks a glass in the morning, after nap and before bed. It’s the one time of day he will sit still enough to be held and cuddled, so I’m not cutting this out any time soon!

-       Is talking so much more. I don’t think I could even list all of the words he has said, but the ones he uses often and on his own are: Dada, cookie, please (pwee!), eat, grilled cheese, oh no, aw man! (this is HILARIOUS), oh dear, oh no, diaper (di-puh), giraffe, dog, cow, sheep, monkey, lots of other animals and their sounds, Amen, night night, good night, crazy (he LOVES for me to tell him he’s a crazy boy… he comes up to me grinning says “cwazy!”), no, bye-bye, I do, kiss and makes a kiss sound, up, more, gotta be (<–from the Veggie Tales song… I don’t think he knows what it means, but he always says it). Like I said, he says way more, but these are the ones we hear on a daily basis without prompting.

-       Can say his ABCs and sings them ALL DAY LONG. He just goes around the house singing and will pick it up and stop in random places. If he sees a letter somewhere, he will start the ABCs from that point onward.

-       Knows all of his letters, even in random order. Can identify them when written, and loves to say the letters of his name (K-N-O-X!) whenever he sees it spelled out.

-       Can count to ten (and randomly knows 14 and 30… I don’t know where he picks this stuff up!)

-       Loves to draw and scribble on paper, a chalkboard or on his magnadoodle

-       His favorite toy is his LeapFrog My Own Leaptop… which I highly recommend to any kid that likes electronics and needs help with their letters!

-       Would watch TV all day if we let him (we don’t… only one hour a day, sorry Knox!) and his favorites are “Finding Nemo,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and any “Veggie Tales.” He loves “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and watches an episode each morning while he drinks his milk and eats breakfast.

-       Is a fantastic sleeper! If he takes a nap, he sleeps for about 2.5 hours, and if he doesn’t want to sleep, he stays in his bed and plays with his stuffed animals for two hours. We leave him in his room during nap time, regardless, because he needs that time to rest and calm down. At night, his bed time is 8:00, and he generally falls asleep within 45 minutes and sleeps until about 7:30 a.m. He has stopped climbing out of his bed and will stay in there until we come into his room to get him. Such a good boy!

-       All of a sudden loves stuffed animals! He doesn’t play with them much during the day, but loves to sleep with them. He has a whole pile on his bed. Of course, he likes to sleep with them all piled on his head, so we have to go in when he falls asleep and move them so he doesn’t sweat like crazy!

-       Loves to be outside more than anything, especially if he gets to be wet!

-       Loves swimming! He loves to jump into big pools, and if he gets in his baby pool, he slides and goes under water on his own. He thinks it’s so funny to dunk his whole head under the water, and he even holds his breath now. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be a big time swimmer!

-       Absolutely loves books. Sometimes in the morning, we will walk into his room to see him sitting in his rocking chair with ten books in his lap. We read at least three every night before bed, but he reads on his own all day long. He has memorized most of his favorites and can fill in the blanks if we pause. His favorite books are: God Knows All About Me- I Love You Through and Through- Moo, Baa, La La La and anything else by Sandra Boynton- Goodnight Moon- Clifford books- Spot books, etc.

-       Has started pretending to read. This is adorable!! His books apparently are all about Trevor and cows. His made-up stories all say “Gotta be, Da-da, cow!”

-       Loves bath time and is so excited if we add bubbles or a color-changing tablet to his water

-       Is so silly! He has Trevor’s sense of humor, big-time!

-       Loves to be tickled and is incredibly ticklish! Even the palms of his hands are ticklish!

-       Loves to jump on the furniture… we’re working on this!

-       Is testing his limits recently, and has started hitting. He will hit Trevor and then look at me to see what my reaction is. I wonder who the disciplinarian is in our family?? :) He’s even starting hitting inanimate objects (like the couch) then looking at me. I ignore him unless he hits a person, then I have to hold his hands and tell him we do NOT hit! I think this is pretty typical for his age, but it drives me nuts! He also likes to tell me “no” when I tell him “no.”

-       Even though he is not very conversational, he is developing a smart-aleck attitude. He was playing with Brody’s swing one day (which is off-limits to him) and I gave him the look. He looked at me and said in a sassy little voice “No, no, ‘top it!” I about died. He has also mocked Trevor when he told him “no, Knox!” Knox says “no, Knot!” LOL

-       Is super affectionate and loves to hug and kiss. He will hold my hair and pull me down to kiss him multiple times in a row. His new favorite joke is to pucker up like he’s going to kiss me then lick my face! I say “Ew, don’t lick me!!” and he cracks up and tries to do it again. Silly, silly boy!

-       Jibber jabbers all day- the kid is never silent! He knows what he’s saying, even if we don’t!

-       His favorite animal is a giraffe. They have a giraffe toy in the nursery at church and Knox goes looking for it every week- he always finds it (even if it’s in the teacher’s cabinet… oops!).

-       Does not have separation anxiety! Loves preschool and church nursery. He starts back to preschool in September and will be going three days a week. We can’t wait!

-       Has speech therapy once a week and intervention once a week. Does occupational therapy once or twice a month to work on his balance, which has improved tremendously with age.

-       Is fantastic in the car, but he always has been. Never a peep from him!

-       Is now forward-facing in his car seat. I was so sad to turn him around!! The weight limit for his seat (Britax Marathon) is 35 pounds, though, so I knew it was time. He seems to be enjoying his new view and expanded leg room. {Soapbox: the AAP now recommends that children be kept rear-facing until at LEAST age 2. They are seven times safer in a crash facing the rear of the vehicle, so this is hugely important!!}

Well, I’m pretty sure that’s enough information for you. That’s the longest post I’ve done in a while!! I love my wonderful little Knox, and he is so incredibly sweet and happy all the time.  We are very blessed to be his parents!!

Silly flash face:

He’s so darn cute… love this face!

He is a big fan of Krispy Kreme!

Gorgeous boy. Love him so much.

4 Months… and 5 Months

Yeah, so I’ve been a smidgeon slack on Brody’s monthly posts. Oops! Today, I’ll be combining his four and five month posts into one- I don’t want to forget this stuff later on!

4 Months


At four months:

-Brody is one big boy! At his four month well check (on 6/14/12) he weighed 16 pounds, 10 ounces, was 24.5 inches long and his head was 42.5 cm.

- Wears size 9 months or 6-12 months

- Is liking the car a little more- only cries about 1/3 of the time

- Is rolling from stomach to back and from back to stomach and has been for a while now

- Is a terrible sleeper… still! Sleeps four hours at the longest stretch at night and is then up every 1.5 hours. He cat naps during the day for 30 minutes at a time. It’s maddening!

- Loves food! He nurses every two hours, hence his chunkiness!

- Is a smiling machine- he will also giggle, but he’s much stingier with his laughs than his smiles. It doesn’t take much to get a grin out of him!

- Is a major mama’s boy!

- Loves his swing in the morning and will swing quietly while I get things ready to go.

5 Months


At five months:

- Brody weighs 18 pounds 6 ounces (7/24/12). He’s so big and cuddly!

- Is still in size 9 months but has outgrown a few pieces, and can wear size 12 months. He’s going to be a linebacker!

- Rolls clear across the floor. He uses this as his mode of travel!

- Is off of Prevacid- yay! He throws up much less now, which is very nice.

- Is so much better in the car! Thank goodness!! He rarely cries, unless he’s been in there for a while.

- Is loving the Jumperoo- we just got it down from the attic last week, and even though he hasn’t figure out how to jump, yet, he loves being upright and playing with the toys.

- Really wants to go places. He gets so mad, and I know it’s because he’s bored. He tries so hard to get up and go!

- Entertains himself for a while on his gym mat with the dangling toys

- Is sleeping for longer during his mid-day nap, probably an hour. It’s like a whole new world for me, having two boys asleep at once!

- Goes down about 9:30 at night for four hours. The past few nights, after I feed him, he’s down for another three to four hours. I hope that continues!

- Loves his big brother… fascinated by his every move!

- Is teething like crazy. No actual teeth in sight, but his gums are driving him crazy! If he’s anything like Knox, it’ll be months of that before anything comes through!

- Has definitely found his voice- he talks all the time and is very vocal!

- Loves to blow bubbles

- Sucks his thumb or his fingers… pretty much whatever he can find!

- Is enthralled with Trevor. He will stare at him for the longest time, and everything Trevor says cracks him up. He’s another Daddy’s boy in the making, I think!

- Still loves bath time and having his diaper changed.

- Tries to rip his painting off the wall during diaper changes. He really, really wants to hold it!!

- Is now eating solids. I waited until six months with Knox, but Brody is so darn hungry all the time, I figured I would do my boobs a favor and give him another option!! I tried before he was five months, but his belly was not ready for it-  his little body had major constipation issues! We waited three weeks and tried again, now he’s doing much better. He scarfs it down and cries when it’s gone EVERY time. I think he’s going to be our big eater!

- Is eating organic whole grain rice cereal and organic apples, so far. I’m going to start him on Oatmeal tonight, instead of the rice cereal, since it’s a more nutritious option.

- Is getting less grouchy and much more sweet. This is a welcome change!

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