Archives for the month of: October, 2018

My tiny baby is less than 2 weeks away from his 1st birthday. It’s been a very fun year! I’ve got to say that this 3rd baby has been so much easier and more relaxed all the way around. Having a baby around feels second nature now and both DH and I have felt more calm about all the little changes that a baby brings because we know that this phase is gone in the blink of an eye. I feel like we’ve been able to appreciate and just enjoy the baby stage more and more each time.

 

 

So what is Zane up to now?

  • Each day he walks more and crawls less. He can walk across the room now and even attempted to “run” to his daddy last night.
  • He loves giving hugs and pats me on the back while he hugs me. When I sit on the floor with him he will play for a bit and always come back for a hug over and over.
  • He is the most smiley little kid. All day he smiles. He even tries to smile while he’s crying as if he can hold on to some positivity in his situation.
  • He sleeps well at night and hasn’t woken during the night consistently in quite some time. Maybe a few times a month he will wake up and cry and need to come snuggle for a bit before going back to his bed. He naps once a day for at least an hour and a half, but up to 3 if his brothers don’t wake him up. Sometimes he will take a short evening nap for maybe a half hour before waking up for a bottle and diaper change and then a little play time before bed. 
  • Currently we are doing well to get three 4oz bottles of formula or thawed breastmilk in him a day and maybe a few sips of water from his sippy cup. And the milk or formula must be very warm which makes it hard to get him to take a bottle on the go since he will usually refuse it if it isn’t really warm. It is a pitifully small amount of fluids considering that my milk stopped on the 18th of Oct. I haven’t had a let down since then and have only a bit of milk trickling in every few days. Zane was down to nursing just twice a day and since my milk is gone, sometimes he will nurse for a couple minutes once a day but the last couple days, he isn’t even nursing more than a minute. It’s hard and I’m sad we didn’t get to get through the winter with nursing but Zane was never too excited about nursing as he has more exciting things to do. He’s a very busy baby!
  • Last week on the 22nd and 23rd, I discovered he had 2 new teeth!. They are on the bottom right and left. He has another coming in on the top right and it is definitely causing some pain for him. Poor baby. He now has 7 teeth. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I notice him saying “dada” frequently and “mama” more so when he is hungry or upset. I haven’t heard “babababa” as much lately. No other words as of yet but definitely some jabbering and he loves to *sing* along while I sing. It’s freaking adorable!
  • Zane is still wearing size 4 diapers and is in mostly 12-18 months clothes. 18 months still has abundant wiggle room.
  • He is my smallest baby at this age. I weighed him at home and he was somewhere around 18.5-19.5lbs. (Hard to get an accurate reading) We should get a better reading at his appointment next month. That would put him somewhere around the 12th percentile for weight. He’s always been on the smaller side but never under the 30th. I’m not entirely surprised though because although he is a snacker all day, it’s hard to get him to eat very much at a time.
  • Occasionally he has chowed down 3 jars of purees but that is rare. Most times he will eat 1 or 2 jars at breakfast and just snack at lunch and eat a small supper. He is eating more and more meals that we are eating and really likes all the different tastes and textures. But again, he doesn’t eat much of that either. I will sometimes add a little virgin coconut oil to his food for extra calories. Overall though I think he is healthy and just a petite little guy. For now. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

It’s funny how Zane’s baskets of toys sit untouched for days at a time now. Once he became mobile, baby toys became boring. Even new toys that he got at his birthday party are hardly touched. All he wants to do is steal his big brothers’ toys… all day, every day. And they make no small fuss about it either! HAHA. His favorite toys are any kind of toy with wheels that he can push while he crawls.

 

 

Zane is not my cuddliest baby, (that award goes to Levi) but he does let me hold him a good bit, especially when he’s tired or has just woken up. I absolutely love our snuggle time and kissing his little face. There’s just nothing like that fuzzy baby hair and smell. I just can’t believe he’s almost 1!!! Did I mention that already?

 

 

 
Dear God, thank You so very much for this precious baby and how much he’s grown. I am so thankful for each new thing he has learned to do and for how happy he is. Thank You for how much love and joy he has brought to our family. Please watch over him and bless him every day of his life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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Peekaboo is one of our favorite games.

We celebrated Tru’s 5th birthday this month. On his actual birthday, Tru and I made chocolate cupcakes during naptime (and yes, there was spoon licking… actually we just ate a whole spoonful). He requested chocolate cupcakes and blue icing this year. There was only 1 toy that he really had his heart set on and it was a dinosaur set with a T-rex and smaller dino. There was absolutely nothing in the world that he wanted as much as the “T-rex that opens it’s mouth and the bloody dinosaur”. I pretended that he might be getting something else instead and he would just clasp his little hands and plead with me “Please, please, please, please, please!!!!!????” Every time we were at the store near the toy isle, he would just sit on the floor in front of the dino set and stare at it. …. Naturally, he got the dinosaurs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And because we knew Levi would feel left out of the playtime, DH picked up a small dinosaur toy for him also. I tell you, those were some happy little boys!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 
The joint party for Tru and Zane went really well and was so much fun, if I do say so. ๐Ÿ™‚ There were so many little kids running around playing and I just felt so thankful. Thank God for birthdays and for the little boys He has blessed us with, despite the statistics and despite what was supposed to be possible. I am so thankful for all of my precious babies.

 

 
Tru is at such an awesome age now. I know I always say this but I seriously just love this age! We have reached an age where reasoning and talking things out is much more frequent than the spectacular fits that used to happen. Don’t get me wrong, Tru can still have himself a nice meltdown, but he’s becoming so much better at controlling his temper and talking through how he feels. I positively love our talks! Tru is not only a sweet and loving little person but he also has a great sense of humor and sarcasm. Sometimes he throws out a sarcastic comment that just completely catches me off guard. Many times DH and I just end up sitting there laughing like …. “What even?”

 

 
I am so glad that my boys haven’t inherited my lack of skills in the art department. Tru already draws far better than I ever have been able to. His proportions and attention to detail are very good and he has no trouble staying in the lines and using appropriate colors for whatever he is drawing. He loves to draw dinosaurs (imagine that!), aliens and basically all animals but I see elephants and monkeys in his drawing books a lot. He also likes coloring books but seems more interested in free hand.

 

Unfortunately, I don’t know how to rotate this… But these are some aliens.

Picture Tru colored for me.

I absolutely love these monkeys he drew!!!

 
Tru absolutely loves his brothers and is so good at watching out for them. He is awesome with Zane and keeps him occupied a lot. He always wants to hold Zane in his lap or help him figure out how his toys work. It’s precious! Thankfully, Tru and Levi play together well the majority of the time. I do break up fights that either of them start, but more often than not, they are happy together. Levi has always wanted to be on the move more than Tru and today Tru cracked me up when he said “I can’t relax because Levi always wants to play all the time!” I have noticed ever since he was literally just a few weeks old that Tru needs time alone to just chill. Naptime has always been his time to just quietly play and have some space. Bedtime used to be also but now that he shares a room with Levi, he doesn’t get that time. Even though he doesn’t fall asleep during naps and hasn’t in a really long time, I have him sit in my room and play by himself while Zane sleeps and Levi either sleeps or has quiet time in his room. Tru loves to just sit in there and put together and take apart his new dinotrucks (birthday present from Gma) or color.

 

 
I am so happy to say that Tru hasn’t had ANY fevers due to the supposed fever syndrome since the beginning of this year. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so thankful to God! Our church had prayed and prayed for Tru not to have fevers and this year has just been so wonderful in that way. After dealing with fevers every few weeks from ages 1-4, this is absolutely amazing!!! Tru has grown so much this year, going up to size 6/7 shirts and already outgrowing his size 5 jeans. He wears an 11 in shoes too, which is just…… When? How? How did those tiny newborn feet that I was JUST kissing and tickling, turn into these big kid feet that outgrow shoes faster than I can buy them!? He weighs almost 40 pounds, which confuses him because he’s 5… not 40…duh!

 

 
Tru loves preschool and wants to “play school” constantly. He is learning so much, so fast! He is definitely soaking up the material like a sponge. He can copy whatever I write down for him onto a separate sheet of paper and it is legible. His handwriting is already looking really nice. I think he will take off reading soon because he constantly points out letters and wants to know what things say. I am really excited about this!! Tru is always begging me to read him books and getting new books at the library is basically his favorite. We try to get 10 new books each week when we go to storytime and those are all read in a day or two. Then he just sits and pours over the pictures and pretends to read the books aloud to Levi or just to himself.

 

 
I could ramble on and on all day, I’m telling you. There is just so much I love about this beautiful and precious little boy. It’s all going so fast and even though I miss him being a baby so much, it just gets sweeter and sweeter watching him grow up and become this amazing little person!

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You for Tru and for the precious blessing that he is in our lives. Thank You for a year without fevers and a year of growing physically, mentally and spiritually. Please continue to watch over and protect Tru throughout his life. Help him to love and trust You and spread Your love with everyone around him. Help us to bless and take good care of him and raise him up right. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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The boys planted these zinnas from seed this spring and enjoyed watching them grow. We started them in the house, then moved them outdoors.

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If Rocky has a favorite person, it’s definitely Tru. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Painting kindness rocks

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Tru and Levi picked these stuffed animals out for themselves. Tru got a sloth which he named “Slothy” or “Sloth-Sloth” and Levi got a penguin which he named “Susan” or “Susie”.

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Tru is drawn to the animals everywhere he goes. He loved my Aunt and Uncle’s farm dog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And of course, Tru was a big help at chore time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Brothers playing together at my Aunt and Uncle’s house on our trip to see family last month.

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And a kitty that he was so drawn to.

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Making his birthday cupcakes

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I don’t have many pics available right now from the party, but here are the cupcakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I’ve been waiting for a spare minute to do a post but a spare moment hasn’t come my way in I don’t know how long, so I’m just going to sit down in the midst of chaos and write anyway.

 
We are planning to have Zane (1) and Truett (5) joint birthday party this Saturday, so I’m working on party prep for that. Originally it was supposed to be a TMNT party because Tru was in this 100% obsessed with ninja turtles phase. And then just like that, he was completely 100% obsessed with dinosaurs and asked if he could have a dinosaur party instead. So I’m saving all of my exciting and way tacky TMNT party ideas and switched to dinosaurs. You guys, I’m having way too much fun with this theme. You know those weird parents who get stupid excited about kid toys and stuff? I’m them.. they are me. I am definitely liking the dinosaur phase.
So, because our house is small and I don’t know how to invite just a few people (bor-iiiing!), I decided we should have the party in the pole barn. The one that has a mouse infestation, and assorted nasty bugs aplenty – that barn. Therefore, I have spent the last several days cleaning, cleaning and cleaning both the house and barn. Thankfully, DH is always on my case to get rid of junk, so we have very little stuff in the way but the floors and walls and counters in the barn were seriously disgusting. I have it smelling all lavender orchid and vanilla now though, so, on to food prep!

I’m planning a menu of meatballs (they are venison and my entire family now calls them “deer balls”), hot dogs, chips, veggies, dip, soup beans (because it’s cold y’all!), cheese and crackers and of course an assortment of drinks. The cupcakes have green icing (or they will, when I actually make them) and little plastic toy dino toppers. I am way too excited about the dinosaur egg piรฑata I made too.
I want to do a proper update on each of the boys asap. For now I’ll say that Zane is taking 3-5 steps at a time, has 5 teeth, and says mama, dada and babababa (bottle?) on occasion. Tru is my little artist and shocks my socks off almost daily with the adorbs pics he draws. Levi is on a constant snack attack and has grown so much this year! He is ever my little snuggle bug. ๐Ÿ™‚

 
When I’m not cleaning, I’m crocheting. I am working on 4 different afghans all at once right now. I finished a baby blanket recently. I hope to post pics soon! Someday maybe I’ll figure out how to channel my crocheting energy into blog energy, but I find that writing takes brain power and I’m very much not having any of that right now. So, how about you? How are you doing?

This post is either going to make your day or make you think I’m crazy. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Back in April, I decided on a whim to buy another hamster. Critter had lived out his full life expectancy the year before and I missed having a little hammy to watch. Critter was a larger hamster but I really wanted to get a dwarf hamster this time. So, I took the boys to the pet store and they picked out a little gray baby girl. I wanted to name her “Thimble” because she’s tiny. But Tru was leaning towards something that sounded like Simba. So that’s what we call her. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Anyway, she’s the calmest and sweetest hamster ever. And absolutely the most softest little furball on earth!! I thought it would be fun to set her in Levi’s toy helicopter one day. She looked so cute!! And thus started my week-long obsession with posing her in various vehicles. The boys were positively cracking up with each new picture! DH was sure I’d lost my last marble. Anyway, the results were nothing short of adorable, in my opinion. See for yourself! 

Simba went on safari….

And chugged the vast railways…

Rescued everyone with cuteness…

“Watch where you’re going, fleabag!”

And even went on the road.

Guys, I can’t even deal with her little paws on the handlebars!!

Simba is a good little farmer

She’s the best little pilot.

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