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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

I know I say that every weekend is busy, but this one was the busiest we've had in a long time. My mom came in town on Thursday afternoon to lend a hand since Darrin was out of town. I called her on my way to work on Thursday to give her the run down on our schedule over the next couple of days. Between the time she arrived on Thursday and now, we had 4 volleyball games, baseball practice, 5 baseball games, Grandparents day at daycare, a hair appointment, a consignment sale, 1 friend over, church, and a shopping outing. Oh, and my little side gig I like to call my J-O-B. I seriously could not have done it without my mom's help. Thank you, Marmee!

I didn't do a great job of pics at the games, b/c honestly I was able to kick my feet up a little without Carson. He staying with my mom for half the games and Stephanie the other half.


I got to see some of my Martin girls. I'm so glad our boys play baseball so we run into each other. It was blazing hot today.


My mom and I took the boys shopping and out to eat on Saturday. They both did great. A lady even commented on our way out that both boys behaved so well. That is so nice when people take the time to encourage parents when their kids act right.


Mason came over to play today. We were leaving the ballpark and his sister was still playing, so we rescued him from the heat. These two are so close. It's neat to watch. Mason actually has his head on Miles' shoulder.

  
I couldn't resist Carson's face in this one.


I love this picture of Carson and Marmee.


Carson got some quality time with Marmee, but so did Miles. He slept with her 3 nights in a row. He likes for her to tell him stories while they are laying in bed. I think most of them are about her childhood growing up in New York. She had to leave to go home during Miles game today. She told him goodbye through the dug out. He told me later that he cried while he was running out to center field. He loves Marmee!


That's all I've got. I'm about to fall asleep as I'm typing. It's a struggle to keep my eyes open past 9pm these days. Good night all!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Less Words Wednesday

A belly like this takes work...


...and a whole lot of food.


For dinner, this kid ate 4 chicken nuggets, green beans, yogurt, watermelon, and a half of cereal bar. He never stops. You eventually have to decide he's had enough and take him out of the high chair. When you do, he just goes right to playing, so I know that means he's content.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Ten pics from our weekend in no particular order...

This is pretty much how our house looks 24/7. There's no stopping Carson. Messes and toys all day, e'ryday.


Miles tried to spend the night with a friend Friday night, but ending up coming home at midnight. He said he missed me too much :) I told his mom that might happen and she said it would be no problem to bring him home since Darrin was out of town. I didn't hear her text about bringing him home and woke up to Miles standing in front of me on the couch. Apparently I passed out pretty early. I don't think I mentioned it on here, but I did the same thing the last time he tried to spend the night with a friend. Slightly embarrassing when your 8 year old has to let himself in with the garage code b/c you didn't hear the phone :) I told him we are finished with sleepovers for a while. He seemed ok with that.


A crazy meal that I eat when Darrin travels is cheese tortellini plain. It's really random, but I've been doing this as long as Darrin has been in coaching and now I associate it with volleyball season. Miles doesn't like it, but of course Carson does, b/c "Mikey likes it" always applies to him. He was stuffing it in as fast as he could.


He also double fisted a whole donut this morning. We eventually had to take it away b/c the concept of biting some off was lost on him. He just kept stuffing it in.


The friend that Miles attempted to spend the night with invited him back over on Saturday, which was incredibly nice. While he was gone, Carson and I went to the park. I rarely get time with just him. It reminded me of when Miles was his age. He loved it. He talked and pointed as we walked the track.


He did not love anything this afternoon. He pretty much whined and cried all afternoon. When all else failed, I gave him a big snack and that seemed to do the trick. You think I would learn to start with that.


Darrin likes to put Carson in odd places. He just sat up there and kicked his little feet.


Miles had two late nights in a row. He paid the price today. Lots of yawning, whining, and complaining. He was asleep by 8:45pm tonight, so hopefully he'll be good as new in the morning. He has baseball games or practice four nights this week unless something gets cancelled or rained out. I'm going to have to be on my A game to get him asleep as quickly as possible each night or it will be a rough week for everyone.


Miles is missing his buddy, Mason, this year. They aren't in the same class and don't have the same recess time. They both go to afterschool but it's not enough quality time for Miles' liking. I think Miles enjoys having a couple best friends rather than a bunch of acquaintances. I hear the concern in his voice that Mason is going to find other friends. These boys are close though, and I think their friendship will last a while. They ran into each other at the ballpark on Friday and were all smiles. Currently, they are missing the same teeth and are getting a new tooth in the same spot.


Carson has found his 'business' and regularly checks to make sure it's still there. As I say, he's always taking inventory while taking a bath :)


Darrin was out of town Thursday through early this morning. He played 4 games and won 3 of them! They are off to a good start this year. Preseason is always busy, but winning makes it easier to deal. Off to bed so I can wake up early to work out. Good night, all!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Less Words Wednesday

Miles lost his fourth baby tooth tonight. So, now he is missing his two front teeth.


He was very upset b/c he lost it. His teacher was kind enough to write us a note and confirm his story for the tooth fairy.


He wrote a note and left it on his night stand for the tooth fairy.


He told me that two of his friends got two hundred dollar bills from the tooth fairy and he's really hoping for the same thing. I asked him if he thought his friends were telling the truth to which he replied no. He's a master manipulator and I'm pretty sure that he's just trying to work an angle. #notbuyingit

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Three highlights from our weekend. Carson started walking. He's been close for a while, but he took off starting Friday. He chooses to walk over crawl most of the time now.



Marmee came to visit. She brought Miles' birthday present, a suitcase and a Minecraft Lego. He loved both and started on the Lego right away. It was very nice to have her help on Darrin's first road trip of the season. She watched Carson on Friday, made dinner, and did all the laundry. Talk about helpful! Because of her help, I pretty much did nothing all day yesterday.


In other BIG news, Darrin celebrated his 100th win of his career.


We couldn't be there b/c they played in Virginia, but the players and their wonderful parents made it special for him.


We made a sign in the garage, so when he pulled in a 3:30 this morning he saw it. "High fives for Daddy" with traces of all three of our hands.


Miles wrote a personal note that said, "You are the best. I knew you could do it. Miles" He sure loves his Daddy and is so proud of him.


It's been a good weekend and it's not over yet! Three day weekends are the best!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Carson's Latest

I thought I would update on what Carson is up to these days. I still have to post his birthday pics, but I got a new computer and can't get my pictures off of the old one. I thought I had copied all my photos onto an external hard drive, but I actually just copied the shortcut from the desktop. Major bummer. Now we need to buy a part just to get the pictures off b/c Darrin took the old monitor to work and we don't want to hook everything back up anyway. Such a pain. I am loving my new computer though. I don't need much from a home computer. We got an HP All in One so there's no tower or anything. Everything is in the monitor. It was so easy to set up and it's very compact. The one thing I upgraded was the monitor is touch screen. I wasn't sure how useful that would be, but I thought it would be good for Miles as he will start to use it more and more for school. I've used an ergonomic keyboard at home and work for years. I'm giving this one a try since it's new, clean, and much quieter than my old keyboard. So far, so good.


So anyway, while I wait to get Carson's party pics off the old computer, here are a few things that he is doing lately. He's eating everything in sight. He still drinks a 6oz. bottle of warm almond milk in the morning and one at night. Most days he will eat until you stop feeding him. At times, it seems that his stomach might pop. Sometimes when he's had enough, he will swat the spoon or fork away. He also does that when he's finished with that particular food. He also will randomly start throwing all the food on his highchair onto the floor. It doesn't mean he's finished, it just means that he wants to be fed. I think he gets frustrated with the effort it takes to pick the food up or he can't get big enough bites at one time.


It is near impossible to change his diaper or get him dressed. We try to give him his morning bottle while we get him ready for daycare and his evening bottle after his bath so we can get him ready for bed. I know all kids go through a stage where they are wiggle worms on the changing table, but Carson takes it to a whole new level. It is maddening. He gets irate when his bottle in empty too. We have to replace with a pacifier as soon as possible to try to ease his displeasure. Otherwise, he screams his head off.


He loves bath time. He loves to put his toys on the side of the tub. He puts them up there and then stands up to take them off. He sits down with them and then repeats over and over. Just like getting him dressed or changing his diaper, it is equally hard to take his clothes and diaper off and put his ear plugs in for a bath. As soon as he hears the water running, he just wants to dive in.


This is his new surprised face. He makes it all the time. I tried to get a better shot, but this was as good as I could get.


In the afternoon when I pick him up from daycare, he usually gets really mad when I put him in his car seat. Sometimes he will calm down and drink water in his sippy cup the whole way home. Other times, he screams and screams. The only thing I can do to get him to stop screaming is sing the ABCs on repeat the entire way home. It instantly calms him. If I stop, he starts screaming again. No other song will do....not Jesus Loves Me, Not Jesus Loves the Little Children, definitely not the radio....only the ABCs. If he's really upset, I go straight from Z right back to A without singing "now I know my ABCs, next time won't you sing with me" b/c he gets made when he thinks it's over :)

He is close to walking, I think. He takes 5-6 steps, but he's still pretty unsteady. I think he will be happier when he can walk. He seems frustrated a lot when we walk by and he can't go where we are going as quickly. It's like he gets overwhelmed with the thought of having to crawl all the way to where we are. I also think he will be happier when he can talk. He said Da Da this morning and I believe it was in the right context. He turned around to look at Darrin and said Da Da. That's all he's saying. When I say "Momma" he always babbles Da Da back to me.

The kid is a sleeper! He goes to bed between 6:30-7:30pm every night and sleeps until around 6:30am in the morning. Most nights, he doesn't make a sound. This morning he slept until almost 8am. He loves his crib. After his bottle at night, I like to hold him for a minute before I lay him down, but he leans for the crib. I think he would dive in if he could. We lay him on his back and he immediately rolls to his belly and snuggles in. Most nights he is really tired and goes right to sleep. If he is not that sleepy, he just rolls around and plays without making a peep. One night this week, he rolled around and played for 45 minutes before falling asleep. I think his crib is very cozy for him. He still loves his giraffe and sound machine/projector.

They say he's perfect at daycare. He's a happy baby at home too, but he is very passionate at the same time. He wants what he wants, and he want's it five minutes ago. I think most days he just tired at night. I'm hopeful that he will be a little less fussy and demanding when he learns to walk and talk. He's still very happy and everyone comments on that. What can I say, I just have passionate children. I have no idea where they get that from???