Wednesday, July 09, 2014

10 Months!


Can you believe these little cuties are TEN MONTHS OLD today??? Insane. I've got to start party planning soon. 
I mean, I LOVE party planning but having to plan my kids' parties is always bittersweet. In fact, I actually called the bakery today to book them for their cakes, since they get booked up really quickly. And yes, I said cakes. I feel like just because they're twins doesn't mean they have to share everything. They shall get their own cakes. And I mean, you can never have too much cake. 

So here's what's happening at 10 months:

- Wearing 9 mo clothes (G) and 12 mo clothes (R)
- At their 9 month appt on the 26th, Raegan weighed 20.9 lbs and was 29.3 inches tall. Grayson weighed 18.2 lbs and was 28.5 inches tall.
- Sleeping from about 8:30 or 9pm - 7 or 7:30am. Sometimes they like to wake up around 6:30 and they'll just talk in their room for a while. We're hoping they learn to love sleeping in soon. :)
- They take a morning nap, although G has enjoyed boycotting it some while his top teeth are coming in. They also take a really good afternoon nap that lasts 2.5-3 hours most days. Hallelujah and amen.
- They're drinking 5-6 oz 5 times a day and are taking in less as they're eating more food.
- They eat 3 meals a day and I usually have one of them consist of table foods. They love cheese, grapes, apples, carrots, turkey, and more. They really have enjoyed anything I've put in front of them so far.
-We're working on getting the sippy cup thing down so they're done with bottles by a year. Hudson was super easy to transition so I hope we have the same luck with them. 
- We'll start introducing about an oz of whole milk at a time in their bottles at about 11 months or so. Hooray for no more formula.($$$$$$$) *raise the roof!*
- They both have their 2 bottom teeth and Grayson's top two have come through.
- They're both crawling like crazy and pulling up on everything. The cruising has started as well.

As you can imagine, things are pretty crazy in our house right now. I'm ever so thankful for the baby jail. HA!! We got the biggest "super yard" we could find and it's great for keeping them contained and safe, while still allowing them plenty of room to move around, play, and practice the occasional WWE move (Raegan, I'm looking at you). It's my best friend for times when I need to tend to Hudson, cook, clean, or just lock myself in my bedroom with an adult beverage (KIDDING!!). 

And because I don't do just a "few" pictures.....










Happy 10 months, sweet babes. You are loved more than you will ever know. 
Thanks for completing our family.....and thank you for keeping us all on our toes. ;-)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Friday, June 20, 2014

9 Months

So, clearly they weren't too wild about the grass. Their brother was the same way about grass at their age. We were at the beach we they turned 9 months so we just used our little backyard area for pictures. 
They haven't had their 9 month checkup yet so I'm not sure of their official stats but they have grown so much!

- According to our home scale, Raegan weighs 20.8 lbs and Grayson weighs 18.2. 
- We just moved them up to size 4 diapers, mostly for sister. They're just so much more comfortable.
- Wearing 9 month clothes (G), and 12 month clothes (R).
- Drink 6.5 oz 5 times a day.
- Eat lunch and dinner, and some Puffs and Yogurt Melts too. So far, we've found no allergies! 
- We recently tried out the Gerber Pick-Ups and they loved the carrots. They also love when we let them try our food every now and then. They'll be on more real food in the next couple months.
- They take two naps/day, about 1 hour nap in the morning and a really good 2.5-3 hour nap in the afternoon.
- I've managed to keep all the kids on the same afternoon nap schedule so I usually have a good break for a couple hours. Hallelujah! It's the only way I'd make it, honestly.
- They sleep from about 8:30-9pm to 7-ish am. All of our children are morning people. (I am NOT one, so they must have gotten that from their daddy.)
- They both have their 2 bottom teeth. Working on more soon, I believe.
- They're both mobile now. Raegan's been crawling for a few weeks now and Grayson just really started a few days ago. 
- They pull up all the time.
- They love the jumperoo and walker. 
- Hudson is their prime entertainment. They just think he's hilarious!
- Raegan is going to be my daredevil, I just know it. She's fearless, which makes me reeeeaaalllly nervous.
- They are both such happy babies and have the sweetest personalities. 
- They've started fighting over toys and taking things from each other. It cracks me up.
- Still no pacis.
- Saying "mama" and "dada", and starting to relate them to us.

A few last photos...

Seriously not diggin' the grass. It was kind of prickly, so I don't blame them.

Bless it.
With that face, she'll get whatever she wants.


This grass stuff.....I don't like it so much.

And of course, my 3 year old stud.

The best we could do. 2 out of 3 (looking at the camera) ain't bad.


They just get sweeter every day. They're a handful (literally) but they are really just the easiest babies, for which I'm so thankful....especially with 2 of them!
3 healthy, happy children. What more could I ask for?!?!

Happy Friday, friends.
I hope y'all have the best weekend ever!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Things I Learned From Traveling with 3 Kids...

We got back from the beach a few days ago and I think we're all still recovering. You know the saying, "need a vacation from my vacation"?...take a "vacation" with a couple 9 month olds and a 3 year old and it gives the phrase a whole new meaning! I am spent!

- A 6.5 hour car-ride will take, at a minimum, 8 hours....closer to 8.5, and will require at least 3 stops.

- If you pack smart(or are like us, and just forget to pack a few things altogether), you CAN fit enough clothes, toys, gear, and necessities for 5 people in one Suburban.
Almost every square inch of seat/floor space was used too. ;-)

- It will start out as smiles...

But turn into hysteria by about hour 5...
That's a swim diaper, and yes, I did find him like this after about 5 hours.

- Your 3 year old will not nap for even a second on the way there, which means there will be no silence on the way there.

- You get over your fear of taking all your kids out to eat, 'cause you just don't care anymore. People can just deal with it if your kids are unruly.
(they weren't, though. they were actually pretty good at restaurants. Amen!)

- Coffee tastes better with a beach view, although it'd been better from a Keurig. 
I had to relearn how to use a coffee pot. Seriously.

- If you thought getting one child ready for the beach/pool was work, you're in for a real treat trying to get 2 more ready....2 who are way too young to even know or care what's going on, BTW.

- Cuddle time is even better at the beach.

- Teamwork starts early.

- Seriously, they were surprisingly good at restaurants. I mean, come on....

- The amount of groceries you have to buy on your "vacation" is as much, if not more, than your normal grocery bill.

- You're insane if you think you'll have time to finish the book you've been trying to finish for months. Finally down to about 30 pages in Gone Girl! 

- Rented cribs sleep a lot like a hard rock. Bless the twins' hearts. They slept great, though.

- Your toddler may be distressed the first night and wake up a couple (several) times, disoriented and anxious. The first night was rough. He slept fine the rest of the time...mostly.

- The moment when everyone finally falls asleep on the way home......
even if it is in the last 30-45 minutes of the drive. HA!

- The sweet memories are worth the hard work.

- There is NO place like home!

The twins turned 9 months last week. I'll get that post, and more about the beach, up tomorrow or Friday. I cannot believe they're so close to one, y'all.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Big Boy Beds and Checklists

Well, we broke down and put Hudson in his toddler bed. I know, I know. The kid is 3, how are we just now converting his crib into a toddler bed......he's always slept great in his crib and has never tried to climb out or anything so we just didn't want to open a can of worms before he was ready.
We're heading to the beach soon and instead of renting THREE cribs from the baby supply rental place, we're going to let him sleep in one of the other bedrooms and just use a guard rail on the bed. I knew we needed to prepare him (somewhat) before we just arrived and expected him to sleep in a huge bed. 

I love his bed because it converts into a full-size bed next, so he can use it for a long time. I did buy him a little minion blanket and a pillow but as far as buying any nice bedding, I think we'll just wait until we convert it to the full-size. He's not used to sleeping with anything anyway.

In other news, I've decided to take the 1000 in 30 challenge that Erin, at Living in Yellow, started. It's  a challenge to do 1000 minutes of physical activity in 30 days.(6/1-6/30) I've really been slacking on running so I want to get back into it. I've also been using our Total Gym some to get the arms, legs, and abs toned. 
I started off the challenge on Sunday with an evening walk with the family.

Girlfriend loves her walks!
Grayson does too. I guess I'd love it, too, if someone strolled me around and I just got to sit and enjoy it. Ah, the life of an infant.

Joseph has jumped on the healthy bandwagon and has lost about 18 pounds. Isn't it so annoying how fast men lose weight?? I've lost 19.4 pounds since like March 3rd. He's been eating healthy/counting calories for just over a month, and boom. 18 pounds down. Unfair.
I'm back in all my pre-pregnancy clothes (thank goodness) and have about 5-10 more until I'm where I want to be. Baby weight clings onto me for dear life, y'all. It did after Hudson too. 
Have I mentioned how bad I want a bacon cheeseburger right now more baked chicken and steamed broccoli???

I mentioned we're heading to the beach soon, and now that we have 3 younguns it's not as easy as just throwing our clothes and toiletries in a bag and taking off. Even with just Hudson I found it pretty easy to get things packed quickly. I didn't even have to use a checklist. 
Well....
With 9 month old twins, a 3 year old, and 2 big people to pack for, a checklist is most definitely needed these days. (or maybe it's just because I'm about to be 30? They say the mind is the first thing to go.) And this is just the start of it. I hadn't finished it by this point. It's much longer now. :) Luckily, we have a big Suburban that can fit a lot of stuff in the back, but we're trying to pack smart, take minimal stuff and just wash clothes frequently and take as little "baby stuff" as possible. Part of me just wants to rent a U-haul and pack up the whole house so we have everything we need! HA! Oh well, there's always Target if we forget something. 

Also...have y'all been in Hobby Lobby lately?
I just can't even.....
June 3rd. 
It's June 3rd, people.
It starts earlier every. single. year.


Well, I'm off to start packing. Because if I don't start now and give myself enough time to double, triple, and quadruple check everything, I'll end up leaving something important behind....like a baby or something. 
Just kiddin'.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Life with 3

Look who's gettin' her bloggin' groove back!?!

This guy was fist-pumping before fist-pumping was a thing.


If you're a parent, then you know that having a baby changes everything. After all, that's the catch-phrase used everywhere, right? If you're not a parent, lemme just tell you....it's true! Oh, how it changes everything. For the better, of course, but that doesn't mean it's not an adjustment.
Well, when you add 2 more babes to the mix, it's bound to turn anything and everything upside down.
You just thought you had this whole "being a parent" thing down pat.
HA!.......That's life laughing at your naiveté. Yes, I done learnt myself a new word.

When it was just Hudson, we were able to go out and about pretty much as we normally would. We'd go to the store all the time, Target, out to eat, and he was a breeze to take along, especially as he got older. 
I've said this so many times in the last 8.5 months....I really took for granted how easy I had it with just one child!
Don't get me wrong, the twins bring so much joy into our home and into our lives and I would not trade them for a thing in the world. But if you think you're gonna go out for a nice meal at Red Robin(yum!...you know you did it in your head) or Longhorn with all 3 kids in-tow....wrong!! 

These were taken before Raegan had a complete meltdown and ended up having to be held the entire time. Grayson did awesome and was just happy to be there. Hudson felt the need to bounce from his chair to the extra chair beside him, then to Grayson, then back to his chair....and this occurred a minimum of 15 times. HA! It was an eat and run kinda lunch that day. But hey, it's life. Kids are kids. 
This is why most of our meals out are usually had at upscale places like the mall food court, where whines and cries, if they occur, are drowned out by the music, talking, and those people yelling at you to try a sample.(I'm lookin' at you, man at Chinese food place!)

It's not as easy as just running to the store anymore. With Hudson, he rides in the cart. Simple. With Hudson and ONE additional baby, he walks and baby rides in cart. Easy enough. Not ideal, but doable. 
So, what in the world do I do with the 3rd child??!! I could always wear one in a carrier but that opens up more obstacles....the 3 year old gone rogue in the store, while the baby in the carrier is screaming from being slung all over the place, all the while drool is pouring down my chest since, hello?!, they are in prime teething time! 
I get hives just thinking about taking all 3 kids somewhere by myself. 
This is why errands are run on the weekends, most of the time. Sometimes Joseph will run by the store during the week and pick up a few things we need, or, if momma really needs a few moments of peace, I'll go when he gets home or after the babes are in bed. Do you have any idea how peaceful Publix is at 8:30pm on a Thursday? It's like a mini vacay! Just gimme a fruity drink and a beach chair and I might just set myself up a little spot in aisle 7 with a copy of US Weekly.

I know that once the twins are older, it will be easier to take them places. They'll be happier sitting in high chairs and eating real food at restaurants. They can sit in the "cool" race car shopping carts at Publix while Hudson walks beside me, or better yet, is at school.

And don't even get me started on the amount of time it takes us to get everybody ready and out the door, or the fact that we have to take everything we own with us.......


But they're precious and make it all worth it!