Friday, October 30, 2015

sick babes, adventures, and holidays

Well, hello! I feel like this week has escaped from me. If it wasn't one thing, it was another. Sheesh. Add in a day where the littles did not nap at the same time [ah!] and another day I had some work to do and well, this little favorite spot of mine received little attention. Not being able to sit down and blog makes me realize just how much it helps refresh me after a morning spent wiping noses, changing diapers, chasing two two year olds, holding and feeding a baby, running upstairs to the potty before an accident happens, and everything else that goes along with having two little people in your life and babysitting another. After this week there are just a few things to share . . .

one. sickness. 
For the past week we have been a house full of sniffly noses and pitiful coughs. A lot from Emerson, but even more from Oliver. Poor boy has not been feeling well at all. It makes for some long days and nights. I need to get some help. Seriously. ... if only I could.

two. a morning out. 
Yesterday morning one of the girls in my small group asked if we wanted to come play at her house for the morning. Even though it meant getting three little people out of the house and disrupting our loose routine, I decided to do it. The bigger kids loved and and Oliver didn't mind it - until later that evening when he [and I] paid for a morning off his usual napping routine [even if it is a pretty pitiful napping routine; it's his and it's what he's used to]. Still, we enjoyed getting out of the house and it was nice to spend some time with another grown up. She babysits too, so it was also neat to see what her days look like [extremely similar though she a few more kiddos and has her mother-in-law to help!]. 

three. Christmas gifts 
For a few weeks now I've been thinking about what gifts I need to gather up for Christmas. I know what we're going to get for Emerson and have a few ideas for Oliver as well. But when it comes to Landon, well, that's just tricky. I can ask him a dozen times and he always just says, "nothing" which makes it pretty difficult to get him something he actually likes. Maybe this year I should just get him what he asks for: nothing. I wonder what he would do then. haha. I'm thinking about getting candles for Landon's sisters. Normally I don't order candles online, but I kind of have an obsession with these ones and my favorites are most of the food ones. How can you go wrong with Pumpkin Pecan Waffles or Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow? Though, I'm still trying to figure out what to get for my own sisters. Oh decisions...

four. wardrobe clean out
After about a year of practically wearing the same handful of clothes on repeat, I think I'm actually going to really go through my closet and dresser drawers and pull out all of the clothes that I haven't worn in forever, the ones that don't fit my body very well any more, and the ones that I just don't really care for any more. I have had some of my clothes for years, maybe it's time to just get rid of the old and start fresh. For the past few months I've had a little budget to work with and to spend as I please, but haven't gotten anything yet - so maybe now is the time to spend it on some good pieces and really start fresh. Though, for some reason I have a hard time parting with some of my clothes. I always say, "Oh, I'll wear that one again..." or "that's cute" and so they stay. They are just clothes. Why am I so attached? What's wrong with me? I need to clean the closet out.

five. Thanksgiving
With the exception of one year when while we were temporarily living in Washington D.C. Landon and I have gone to my oldest sister's house in Minnesota for Thanksgiving. This year would be the sixth or seventh Thanksgiving to spend with her and her family. We would make the 12 hour drive from Louisville and since moving to Illinois, the 8 hour drive. We even drove when Emerson was a 10 month old baby. But this year, we are debating about making that 8 hour drive with a four month old baby who eats about every three hours. I'm just not sure. It's basically the only time we see my oldest sister, and it's always nice to visit her. Plus, I feel like it's just Thanksgiving when we're at her house [probably because it actually is Thanksgiving when we're at her house]. But the decision remains to be made. To go or not go.

Have a very Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

a weekend and a dedication

I know it's only Monday afternoon, but can it please be the weekend already? We've had a rough go of it already and I am ready for a little break. Though, let's be honest, even the weekend isn't much a of a break. haha. Thankfully we were able to enjoy the weekend and we got quite a lot accomplished. It was busy and full of errands, but pretty good just the same.

On Friday evening Landon called me after I had started fixing dinner to tell me that he may or may not have missed his bus connection so I might have to come pick him up. I paused my cooking, quickly made a little dinner for Emerson so that he could just in case we had to leave and get Landon. As he was finishing dinner we got the call to come pick him up. I buckled the boys into the car and went off to get Landon. Thankfully his stop is near a grocery store so he grabbed something to fix a quick dinner and then we headed back home. Once Emerson was in bed we had dinner and watched a show together. Oliver hung out with us until he was ready for bed and we followed shortly after.

Early Saturday morning I got up and took Oliver to get some groceries. Emerson and Landon stayed in bed while we were out and only got out of bed once we got back home! What a perfectly lazy way to start the day. Usually I wear Oliver while shopping, but he had fallen asleep in his carseat so I left him in it and hoped for the best. He woke up half way through our shopping trip but he was content to look around and smile at me. We were at the store so early, we didn't have to wait in line! Big accomplishment; there is always a line. While the cashier was helping me I realized there was no space in my cart for all my bagged groceries and Oliver's seat, so I darted off to grab another cart. When I got back to the line the man behind me said, "Well, you should have asked me to get that for you! I could use the exercise." Then after I was done paying, his wife offered to help me out to my car. She pushed the cart full of groceries out to the car and we chatted about Oliver, being a young mom, shopping with young children, and her grandbabies. She was a sweet lady and I was so appreciative of her help. It's little gestures like that that go a long way. With a practically empty store, Oliver hanging out in his carrier the whole time, and a sweet lady to help me with my groceries, I was able to make a quick trip of it and got back home before Landon and Emerson were out of bed!

After a little while I took Emerson to the gym with me and Landon stayed home with a napping Oliver. It's nice that the gym we go to offers childcare, however, when I took Emerson to drop him off I could tell they were definitely out of ratio when it came to kids and teachers. I was hesitant to leave Emerson when there weren't many teachers [just one] but they told me a few more helpers were coming soon. I trusted them and went off. When I went to pick him up, there was just one teacher in the room with two dozen kiddos. A different teacher, but still just one. So, that's not okay. I've seen them out of ratio before, but never quite as extreme as on Saturday. Yeah, not okay with me.

The rest of Saturday we spent doing a little of this and that, tidying up the house, watching some football, reading books, and eating. The good things. Oh, and got my hair cut. I went to a new place and to a new person. When I got there I was a little leery about going through with it because it was an old man who was going to cut my hair. I've never had a man cut my hair before and definitely not an old one. For some reason I decided to go through with it and let him cut my hair. yikes! Turns out, he had crazy hands - went super fast and it was more than my heart could take. But I didn't know that until he had already started cutting my hair. Landon said it was probably because he had worked as a barber for a while. Makes sense I guess. Anyhow... so that was that.

Sunday morning we made sure to get up early enough so we could actually get to church on time for once. It seems like anymore, we are always late getting to church [or let's face it, anywhere]. But since we were dedicating Oliver at church, we had to be there on time! Thankfully we were basically on time and didn't miss the dedication. We were excited to have the opportunity to dedicate Oliver and are grateful for a church that values children and teaches them about Christ.

Once we got home I fixed a quick meal for us and then we headed out to get Landon's Christmas gift: a suit. Since he will [hopefully] have some [a lot] of job interviews coming up soon, he decided he needed a good suit. And also for future conferences and whatnot. He had looked online and found out about a sale at a suit shop, so we headed out for a "quick" trip to get his suits [buy one get one free, you know]. I took the boys to get some things to work on their Halloween costumes and still finished long before he was done. The only thing left for me to do is actually make Emerson's costume. And I need to get on it - it's almost Halloween! Yikes! Thankfully there was a tv at the store and the employees were kind enough to put on a show for Emerson to watch. He hung out in the stroller, eating snacks, and watching a show. Not a bad deal. I'm not sure how we would have managed if they didn't have a tv with cartoons. ha. Our "quick" trip to get some suits ended a few hours later than anticipated with two suits, two shirts, and two ties. Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Anniversary, Valentine's Day, and any other holiday we celebrate. haha. But seriously. Suits aren't cheap.

By the time we made it home, it was long past nap time, and even though Emerson didn't fall asleep in the car or nap at the store, he did not take a nap. Not even a five minute cat nap. So instead he had "quiet time" in his room and he just played and hollered for us the whole time. haha. And then, because we were really feeling adventurous, after we got Emerson up from his quiet time we went to the mall to get some shoes to complete Landon's look. And I was going to get some Christmas shopping started. However, as soon as I started to pick the gifts to get, Emerson announced that he had to go potty - over and over. I couldn't not take him. I so put the things back, hoping to return to get them, and hurried across the mall to where the little potty is. Sadly, we didn't make it back to the store to finish my Christmas shopping, and now the sale they were having is off, so I'm hoping they have another one soon so I can get it done! I have goals, people.

We had a busy weekend, but it was fairly productive and we were able to spend some good time together which is always nice. Hopefully you all enjoyed your weekend too!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

an afternoon outing

The other day it just so happened that I was able to take the boys on a few errands after Bee went home. I was on a mission to find a few things for Emerson's Halloween costume and needed to grab a few other things while I was out as well. After looking all through the store at our first stop, a child's consignment shop, I found what I needed for his costume and I couldn't have been happier. I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't be able to find anything that would work. At three dollars I was more than happy to fork over the money and get one step closer to actually making his costume. I say making loosely - I'm not sewing the clothes or anything, but I am putting a little something together [and I can't wait until it's finished and I can share it with you all].

After a successful first stop we headed to Target [surprise!]. It had been a few weeks since we had been in there and I have to say - I am so excited for the rest of this year! They had Fall and Halloween things out and even some Christmas things were popping up around the store. I love it! And all the sudden, after a not so lovely morning I was in a little happy place. I somehow managed to refrain from buying all of the things, but oh my goodness. It was hard. The clothes they have out for Fall and Winter are so fun looking and it was nearly impossible to not get Oliver all of the cute little outfits they have out for little boys [and they had some super sweet little girl clothes too, but I don't linger on those ones for long, since well, I have boys]. I spotted some nice things for Emerson too, but again, I refrained. I'm sure I won't be able to hold out for long - they need some things.  :)

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Anyhow, we walked around the store and oohed and ahhed over this and that. At one point Oliver was starting to fuss in his carseat, so instead of leaving the store right then, I took him out and carried him around while pushing the cart. I needed a little more time, you know? And he was so good and so happy - just wanted to be held. At one point Emerson and I were looking at something when all of the sudden Oliver started giggling the biggest belly laughs. It was adorable. And I had no idea what so funny to him, but he laughed for a few minutes about something. If only I could figure out what it was. Walking around the store was a nice way to spend the afternoon and mix things up a little bit. It helped that both boys were good shopping buddies.

Then yesterday afternoon I looked for a diaper to put on Emerson for bed time and realized that we were out. Not one single blessed diaper to be found for that boy. haha. Whoops. Yeah, somehow I didn't realize he was out, so a much needed item was not gotten. Eh, I guess it's an excuse to go back again today? I think yes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

some gifts {1 - 31}

It has been a while since I've shared some little gifts in my life. Today seems a fitting day to do that since it's been a really crappy morning. The way I figure it, looking at the tiny little blessings God gives me each day will help balance things out. Right? I'm not sure what number of blessing I am at, so I decided to start over from #1 and just start things fresh [over].

1. tiny hands that grasp my finger and hold on tight

2. baby belly laughs - anytime, but even more so in the middle of the store

3.  kissable baby thighs - and the squeals it elicits

4. cuddling with Emerson and reading book after book

5. freshly baked french bread - and that bread smell dancing in the air

6. my kitchen aid mixer and all of the good it mixes up for me

7. hearing Emerson's deep belly laugh - so hard that he can hardly breathe. Then saying, "No more! Stop!" to me but asking for more kisses and tickles with the twinkle in his eyes

8. a clean kitchen

9. a tidy house - even if it is for only .346 seconds

10. sleeping babes

11. the quiet that nap time brings

12.  baby's tiny hands brushing against yours

13. new twinkle lights

14. a walk outside on a crisp Fall evening

15. baby hats and hoods with little bear ears [why are those little ears so darn cute on babies?!]

16. a friend so good you can text her anytime about anything and know she'll still be your best of friends

17. checklists and things ticked off of them

18. pumpkins

19. baby wraps - the cozy cuddly way you can wear your little nugget

20. the way Emerson gets so excited about going to Bible class and talks about it all week long

21. fresh clean laundry - folded and put away

22. the sweet, cinnamon, pumpkin cake aromas floating from the oven and filling the house with warmth and cozy

23. the way smells can give you hugs

24. baking = therapy

25. a fun little shopping trip to Target with my two little loves in tow

26. seeing Christmas goodies popping up around the store [yay!]

27. writing = therapy

28. finding things to make a Halloween costume on the cheap

29. coffee

30. colorful pens

31. the anticipation of this holiday season

What are some of the gifts in your life right now? What do you do to maintain your sanity on the craziest of mornings/days? Am I the only mama who sometimes wants to go hide and let someone else take care of the kiddos for a little bit? ha. I hope you all are having pleasant day! :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

a little bit of a weekend

For some reason, even though we didn't have a lot going on this weekend, it felt like a very full and busy one. Friday afternoon was pretty chilly, but we bundled up and headed to the park to enjoy the last little bit of daylight. Emerson ran around in his happy place and Oliver chilled out like he usually does. On Saturday morning both of the boys decided to sleep in a little bit longer than usual [special treat indeed!] so we didn't really get our day started until around nine or so. I know, so late. ha. We had a few errands to run that morning and Landon wanted to take Emerson swimming before his nap time. So we got out of the house as fast as we could so we could make sure the swimming would actually happen. After grocery shopping Landon took Emerson swimming and I stayed at home with Oliver. It was unusually quiet and I didn't really know what to do with myself for a while there. Though, I quickly found something to fill my time with: dishes, tidying up, cleaning, eating, getting lunch ready for Emerson...

After lunch I tried to make a hair appointment, but it ended up not happening, so I took Oliver to the store to return a few things and look for a few other things we needed for the boys. His Gigi had given him some clothes but wasn't sure of the sizing or if there was something that would work better for him. So we went to exchange the outfit and find something different. But, when I got to the store I couldn't decide on anything. And even though there was a sale and I had a coupon, everything seemed too expensive. So after roaming the store for thirty minutes I left empty handed. On the way home I just thought about how I should have kept the original outfit and made it work and then order the other things he needed online when I saw a good deal pop up. Should have, could have, would have...

Oliver was a really good shopping buddy, but on the way home, he was not happy and he let me know it. Man, it felt like the longest twenty minutes - him crying in his carseat and me not able to do a thing about it. Poor baby. By the time we got home he settled down a little bit so I fixed some dinner and as soon as it was ready, the little fellow was hungry too. Funny how that always works. Though for some reason, every time Oliver ate on Saturday he would cry and scream and not eat. Then just eat for a few minutes. It was awful. I didn't know what was wrong or how to help him. He was so clearly upset. The only thing I could think of was that maybe his vaccinations that he got on Thursday were messing with his system. I don't know, but it was not a fun day for either of us. Even on Sunday his eating was off. I'm not really sure what's going on with him, but I sure hope he gets back to his happy little self soon!

Sunday we made it to church - on time! It was a first for us in a very long time. Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at home and when Emerson woke up from his nap we surprised him and went to a pumpkin patch. We got one little pumpkin and are hoping to go to another pumpkin patch around these parts this coming weekend. Emerson was happy to wander around, pick pumpkins, and pull the wagon. It's really the little things for this little boy.

So while we didn't have a ton going on this weekend, it still felt full. It was a good one and we were able to enjoy some family time, which is always nice.

I hope you all had a nice weekend too!

Friday, October 16, 2015

some fall fashion

Fall is the time of year things start to get nice and cozy. Sweaters come out of hiding, jeans, boots, and scarves all make their way into your life on the regular as well. And each Fall, for whatever reason, I think of how I would love to be one of those "fashionable" people. Which basically means, wear something other than jeans and a t-shirt every. single. day. I think about how fun and cute it would be to actually look put together and wear the leggings, tunics, cardigans, scarves... all the nice things. But then I can never put the pieces together or when I do, I look at the price tag and quickly back away. But I thought it would be fun to put a little post together about all of the things I think would make for a cute fall/winter wardrobe and what I would like to get my hands on ... if I could. Take this for what it's worth, coming from someone who is quite obviously challenged when it comes to the fashion side of life.

one. tunics / long tops. 
I think these are cute and fun and so versatile! I would love to have one [or five] to mix things up a bit. But then it also raises the questions: what looks good? how do you pair things together? is this long enough? short enough? cover enough? does it look right with "such and such pants"? and the list continues

two. leggings. 
But if you have a tunic or long top or even a cute little dress, you have to wear something with it. And a regular pair of jeans just won't look right. So, you need to get leggings to go with it. I would love to feel like I could get away with wearing a pair of leggings [not as pants] with a tunic or longer top, but there is something that stops me every single time. So the leggings stay at the store. I'm just not brave enough. Plus also, shoes? What shoes look good with leggings?

three. skinny jeans. 
This kind of goes along with the whole legging thing. I feel like for me, if I were to ever wear skinny jeans I would need a longer top to cover my booty. And much like the leggings, I'm not brave enough to ever buy a pair and wear them.

four. boots. 
But if I had a pair of nice boots, I would feel more okay with wearing skinny jeans and maybe even leggings. Because even if your booty is covered, you need something helping out down low, something to even things out. Balance. I've got big ol' hips, it's not a good look [for me at least] to wear something that shows off huge hips and then tiny little ankles. Boots bring the balance. So if I had a pair of boots, I could get some leggings and some skinny jeans and then some longer tops or tunics, because again, the boo-tay needs to be covered.

five. boot socks. 
Is that even what they're called? That's how "in the know" of the fashion world I am. If I had boots, I would wear them, because let's face it, they bring a little more balance and it's a nice extra little touch. Plus, they're cute and I'm sure some of them provide actual warmth, which is always a plus in my book.

Anyhow. There you have it. My list of fall fashion things. The things I would love to have but probably never will. The things I think look so cute on others, but I feel like I can hardly pull off - unless all the things are combined perfectly and I have a fashionable friend helping me. Oh, and also, if I had the money. That's pretty key too.

What are some of your favorite fall/winter looks? How do you feel about/pull of the leggings? skinny jeans? boots? and all those other fun things. What do you wear that makes you feel put together/cute/stylish? Or are you more of a regular jeans and t-shirt kind of person? What do you do to add a little pizzaz if you are like me in that sense? Or even if you aren't, but just happen to be a fashionable person. :) Feel free to spill on all the things, because like I said, this is one area I am sorely lacking in.

Happy Weekend to you!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

lately ...

These days seem to go by so quickly, though somehow at the same time some of them seem to go by so very slowly. Anyhow, because I know these days are fleeting and will be gone before I know it, I wanted to share some snippets of what's been going on around here lately.

// cooking company 

Most nights while I fix dinner I have a little cutie keeping me company. The other night he happened to doze off for a little bit. I think he would do that more often if his brother was a little more on the quiet side.

// dinner 
The other week I only had to fix dinner twice! It's usually a seven out of seven deal around here for me. On Tuesday I took the boys to pick Landon up from a conference he was attending and it went over the expected end time. Even though Landon ended up leaving before it was finished, we still waited a long while to be done. Not an easy thing to do with two little ones. Because it was getting late and we hadn't eaten yet we decided to eat out. We knew if we went home, I'd fix dinner and Emerson would be cranky because he'd be super hungry and by the time dinner would be ready, it would be time for Oliver to eat, so we decided to eat out. I am so glad we did! It was a nice change of pace and it was fun to be out of the house [even if it meant being surrounded by young college students who now make me feel so old!].

// naps
For some reason, the floor has been more comfortable to sleep on than his bed. Most nap times these days, Emerson falls asleep with his little fingers under the door. It also happens at bed time, just not as frequently. He used to do such a good job about staying in his bed after we laid him down, said prayers, read stories.... Not any more. For longer than we can even remember now he has been chasing us to the door once we lay him down. Or at least running to to door after we close it. Will this phase ever end?

// happy 
Oliver is such a happy and easy going little guy! I love making him smile and hearing his little bully giggle. He doesn't even seem to mind when Emerson gives him every single blessed toy in the mornings. Most of the time...

// crazy house 
These two sometimes drive me nuts! We've been spending a lot of our time in the living room, I made sure to "toddler proof" it so it was safe and all for them. But then they discovered the wonder of climbing on the couches, pulling cushions off the couch, and jumping off of and on everything. All while I fed Oliver, which makes it super tricky to get on them. They are driving me bananas! I just want my house back.'s a good thing they're cute.

// all the crazy
The other day I needed to get some fake butter and food to eat. So I did the only logical thing I could think to do: load three little people into the car to go to the grocery store. A little grocery run. Thankfully it went fairly smoothly and it took up a good chunk of our morning, a nice little perk and way to mix things up.

// brother loving 
All the kisses, hugs, pats. All the time.

// strawberry pie
We had been enjoying some pretty weather these days and I have loved taking these two outside. They love it too and it's fun to see their imaginations at play. This day they were making strawberry pie and strawberry soup. Sounds yummy!

// little hugs
There's just something about little baby arms giving hugs. They melt my heart every single time.

// hanging out
These two were able to get some one on one time the other day and watch some football or something. I'm sure it won't be long before they watch all the games together.

// this
This blessed crazy life of mine. I love it and wouldn't trade it for the world.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oliver / four month update


Where do I even begin? Let's see, on Saturday we celebrated four months of your life! As part of your celebration you got to see lots of family and some friends and meet some new friends too. We didn't really plan for it to happen that way, but it did and it was a fun day. 

You are such a happy little guy. Pretty much everyone who meets you and spends any time with you at all comments on how happy you are and asks if you are always such a cheerful little guy. You pretty much are always happy. Unless you are hungry and not being fed or you are getting sleepy, you are all smiles and content as can be. You'll just hang out and are up for whatever comes your way: grocery shopping, playing, reading, talking, swinging... you are just so happy. Even your Bible class teachers all comment every week about how happy and easy of a baby you are and say things like, "Oh! Here comes the happy baby!" You give your smiles pretty freely, but you still save your biggest gummy grins for me and your daddy. You love to talk to us and carry on conversations and are quite an expressive little fellow. You have been giggling for a while now, but it seems like your giggles are becoming easier to get out of you. Again, you mostly save those giggles for me and you daddy, but I'm sure one day you'll be sharing those giggles with everyone.

Some favorites: bath time is a highlight of your day. I have gone without giving you a bath at night just a few times, and every time you protest and won't fall asleep very well for me at all. But give you a bath and you are content and will doze off fairly quickly. So we take baths - every night. You love to kick while in the tub and recently your kicks have gotten much stronger and you are splashing all over the place. Of course, you have the biggest grin on your face as you kick and splash, and it's adorable. You love talking to people and being part of the conversation. You like to be held and cuddled, but when you are tired and want to get some serious sleep, you just want to be laid down. You love your hands and constantly have them in your mouth. You also like to put other things in your mouth - like your blanket or little giraffe buddy. Those are two of your favorite "toys" right now.  You've recently discovered your feet and are getting better about grabbing them and holding onto them. You still love your play mat and mobile.

Your bother loves you and is always more than eager to give you toys, sometimes all of the toys. You seem to like him pretty well too, though occasionally your face seems to say that you've had enough kisses and pats from your big brother. We're working on him being gentle, but that's taking time.

Sleep: As far as sleep goes, you are still sleeping like a champ. We could not be more thankful! You do really well at night, sometimes you'll wake up once in the middle of the night to eat, and sometimes you'll sleep until 4 or 5 and wake up to eat. You were sleeping through the night a little bit better a few weeks ago, but you were also going to bed a lot later than you have been recently, so that probably has something to do with it. Though I can't [and am not] complain about your sleep habits at night - you are wonderful! Naps are a little less consistent, but still oddly consistent. You take a nap in the morning, sometimes it's 30 minutes long and sometimes it's an hour and a half or so. In the afternoon you'll take another nap and that is usually your longer nap of the day. Sometimes you'll nap of for a few hours, but you nearly always wake up during your nap and cry for a minute or so until I've rocked you back to sleep. You do that a few times during your nap and then you sleep for a good chunk of time before waking up to eat. Usually. It would be nice if you'd just stay asleep once asleep, but again, I can't really complain. You still sleep better when you're swaddled up tight, though more often than not, you break free by the time you wake up. Then, in the evenings, you like to take a little cat nap. I think you would nap a little bit longer in the evenings if I were able to swaddle you and rock you to sleep, but that doesn't always happen as I'm usually fixing dinner when that needs to happen. 

Eating: You are still exclusively nursing and I hope and pray we can make it to the one year mark with that. It usually takes you about 20 or so minutes to eat, which isn't too bad. Sometimes it takes you a little longer, but I can usually plan for at least 20. But if we are going somewhere it's likely that you will take double that time. You eat about every three hours, at night you can go longer between feedings, and sometimes in the day time you will go three and a half to four hours between feedings. It just depends. But usually, it's three hours.

Allergies: Well, after a few weeks of trying different foods and eliminating different foods from my diet, it has been determined that you definitely have a milk allergy. You would fuss, cry, scream, not eat, and occasionally throw up, after eating if I ate something with milk in it. So I decided to cut all dairy out of my diet. All dairy. Not just milk, cheese, and yogurt. If a food has been baked or cooked in anything with milk - I can't eat it. It means I have to read the labels of everything a lot more closely and get a little creative with trying new recipes for dinner, but since I've cut out all milk from my diet, you have been doing so much better eating! You haven't stopped eating in the middle of a feeding, you haven't screamed and cried, you haven't thrown up. It has made a world of difference in you while you eat and after you eat. Your poppy diapers look normal now and your congestion has cleared up quite a bit too, though that's still not completely gone. I still have a few days to go before the milk is completely out of my system [it takes three weeks!], I'm hoping once that day comes it will be out of your system not long after that and your congestion will be gone. You have also shown signs of being sensitive/allergic to corn, black beans, and tomatoes. I'm not sure about the tomatoes, but I'm scared to try them, just because I don't want to upset you if you are in fact sensitive to them. Your daddy keeps wanting me to try them and eat things with just a tiny bit of milk in them - but I won't do it! I want to keep you happy and healthy.

Stats: Right now you are wearing 3 month clothing for the most part. A few things are 0-3 month or 3-6 month, but primarily you're in 3 month clothes. Though, you are a long little guy and your sleepers are quickly becoming a little too snug, just because of your length. I'm sure it won't be too long before you move into 6 month sleepers. You're in size 2 diapers and those fit you just fine. We're still using Pampers Swaddlers and we love them. I've tried a few different brands and makes of diapers - but that never ends well for us. So we're sticking to the tried and true. I'm not sure how long you are or how much you weigh, maybe 15 pounds? We will find out when we go for your four month well check in a few days.

Other: You are so strong and are stilling up so well. You've sat in your bumbo a few times and love to sit up when being held. You do well with tummy time and have come so close to rolling over when you're on your belly. I'm sure the day will come all too soon when you will be rolling all over the place and I won't be able to leave the room and come back to find you in the same spot where I left you.

You are such a joy and blessing in our lives, Oliver. I love you very much and I pray you will always know that. I also pray that you will always know, love, serve, and obey Christ. He is the center of everything and He loves you so much. May your eyes always be fixed on Him. I pray that you will have discernment, wisdom, strength, and kindness. I love you, Oliver, thank you for letting me love on you each and every day and for bringing so much joy into our home.

a squish and a kiss,