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2013 Christmas Family Photos

Yay!  Here are some images from our photoshoot.  I’m not posting the 3 that we will be using on our Christmas cards.  I had to blur out baby Everett’s face of course, but you can still tell he is cute as a button and growing so big!  Everett will be 4 months old in a few days.  We don’t have any updates on him, but still pray everyday he will be “ours” soon.  We love our boys so much and cannot wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!  I can only imagine how incredible the holidays are with babies.

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Mama Funnies

Today I got to freshen up, by freshen up I mean I found an unused baby wipe.

I no longer need to buy hair styling products…I just hold Everett for a minute and have enough slobber and spit-up to get some good texture in there.

If your mouth ever feels dry hold a drooling baby over your head.

I remember the first night at home with our first baby.  I had fed her and changed her and she started to cry…I just looked at Jeff with this sad frustrated look.  I have no idea what to do I said?  Now, if I don’t hear my child crying I look at Jeff and say I have no idea what to do?

All my life I’ve been told how young I look.  Since we’ve had children I haven’t heard that once.  I now have more wrinkles under my eyes than a Shar Pei, where’s all that eye cream from when I worked at Clinque?

If I don’t have the lingering smell of spit up on my shirt, I just don’t feel like myself.  “Anyone seen my child?”

My dogs don’t recognize me anymore.  They are also skinnier and stinkier than before.  Who has time for dogs when you have kids running around that need to be bathed and fed?  SKINNY, STINKY DOGS FREE TO A GOOD HOME!

If babies are so hungry why do they keep knocking the bottle out of their mouths?

Baby fingernails grow faster than Tim Allen’s beard on the Santa Claus, and they are sharper than dragon claws!

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.  I’m here all week.





Everett is 3 Months Old!

I wanted to write some things down so I don’t forget.  It’s easier to document on here, and then later write it in his baby book.

Everett turned 3 months on the 29th!  I can’t believe how much he has grown over the last 3 months!  He’s such a good eater.  I haven’t weighed him in a while and he doesn’t go back to the doctor for a month, but I’m sure he is gaining weight well.  He is also incredibly long!

We had an amazing first Halloween with our kiddos.  It’s so cool that we get to experience “Baby’s First Holidays” this year.  But it kinda feels the same way with Elijah too, because it’s our first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with him also.  It still blows my mind that back in April we had no children and now we are parents to not one, but two precious little souls!  Our God is SO good.  Next month will be Jeff and my 9th anniversary!  Even though we are so busy, it seems time is finally slowing down for me.  I get to enjoy the day to day of being a stay-at-home mom and it feels so good.

Within the last few weeks Everett slept through the night.  I believe it was the night of the 27th, he slept 9 straight hours.  He usually sleeps 4 to 7, which I’m totally fine with.  He loves to snuggle with his Mama and Dada.  This month he also started rubbing his eyes when he started to feel sleepy, I saw him grab his feet once ( when he was in his bumbo), and he holds my hands when I feed him his bottle.  <<that one is my favorite.  He has found out how to take his paci out of his mouth with his hands.  I’m not sure why he does it, because he just gets mad!  It’s funny because he will put his pointer finger on top and his thumb on bottom and take it out like an adult would!  Everett loves holding onto something.  If he doesn’t have a burp cloth or a blanket on him, he will grab his shirt…if you are holding him he will grab and pull on your shirt, or necklace, or hair!  He also does something else that is funny and kinda makes me nervous: when he wants to go to sleep he will pull his blanket or burp cloth over his head! Like this:

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He likes to bury his face in my shirt if I’m holding him and if he is trying to fall asleep.  During the day when it’s time to nap he gets a little fussy and fights it, but for some reason at night he just lays there and closes his eyes. ❤  I love at naptime when he is starting to get fussy, I’ll just lay down with him really close, so he can feel my breath, and I’ll gently rub my fingers on his forehead…he goes right to sleep.  I think he likes the rhythm of my breathing and the smell of me.  Sometimes he will grab my hair in one hand and my shirt in the other.  Then I know it’s time for Mama to nap too (I’m not going anywhere!)  It really is so amazing being a mom!  I know I say it a lot, but there was a point in my life where I thought none of this was possible…now I get to experience it all!

Everett is talking SO much.  He is the happiest baby in the mornings.  Before the time change he would wake up around 7:30 and we’d cuddle until he fell back asleep.  He would wake up again around 9 and just coo and laugh.  The best feeling is seeing your baby peer into your eyes and grin.  He’s like, “there you are mom!”  Ahhhh….he takes my breath away.  He loves cuddling and talking with Dada in the mornings too.  Sometimes they lay there (in deep conversation) for a long time.  He then takes another nap around 10:30, and another around 1:00pm.  I try not to let him fall asleep after 6pm, because then he won’t go to bed until really late and we will be up all night.

Back to talking and cooing.  Today in worship he was SO loud.  He went on and on in bible class and then during his dad’s sermon he was trying to preach too!  Everyone says he’ll be a preacher.  It’s so funny.

Elijah has started taking a lot more interest in his brother.  He tries to give him his paci, help me feed him, and has started trying to entertain  him! <<my favorite.  If Everett starts to cry, Elijah says, “What’s the matter little brother!”  He’ll try and bounce him or talk to him.  Sometimes Everett and I will play in Elijah’s room with Elijah.  The other day I left a fussy Everett on Elijah’s bed for 5 minutes, while I ran to get something.  As I’m coming down the hall I hear giggling from both boys.  I poked my head around the corner and found Elijah sitting on the bed with Everett with a crocheted snake, waving it around saying, “Ssssss!”  Everett would just bust out laughing which prompted Elijah’s laughter too.  I ran to get Jeff, it was just too precious of a moment not to share.  Up until now, Elijah hasn’t shown much interest in the baby.  I think now that Everett isn’t crying as much and is actually able to babble and laugh, Elijah has grown more fond of him.  I’m so excited to see more sweet moments like these.  I hope they grow up to be best friends!

Today my boys looked so handsome in their little button downs, I had to take a picture of them.  I hate that you can’t see Everett’s beautiful chubby cheeks and blue eyes, but you can still tell he’s a cutie and getting so big!

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Trick or Treat!

I figured it’d be my last year to dress my 3 year old baby in a cutesy costume.  Next year I’m sure it will be Spiderman and Batman type stuff, but this year I had my way. Baaahaaahaahaahaa!  Anyways, the whole family went as Fox and the Hound characters.  Jeff was Squeaks the caterpillar, I was Big Mama the owl, Elijah was Copper the hound dog, and Everett was Todd the fox.  I’ve already posted all these pictures on facebook, but I’d like to document our first Halloween as parents on the blog.  Yes, it was everything I hoped it would be and more!  Halloween is 1000x’s more fun as a parent!  It was sooo cool to go trick or treating with Elijah.  I think the last time I went was in 9th grade…so it’s been a while!

He was so sweet and said, “trick or treat” followed by: “thank you,” at every door.  He racked up!  The businesses in our town all come out Halloween afternoon and have fun activities for the kids and give away candy.  We did that and then went home and roasted wieners and marshmallows with some friends, then went back out to go from door to door.  Best. Halloween. Ever.  I’m seriously already planning next Halloween, anyone have a couple of blonde wigs we can borrow?  🙂

Without further adieu, here are the images:

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