Oct 30, 2016

Well's on the porch.

     My babies are fuzz heads and I love it. Tobias had the wispiest bird like hair for so long. Just recently has it decided to grow in and thicken up and I'm afraid this change has turned my first baby into a boy. This is why I'm so relishing Well's and soaking in all those baby things that tend to change so quickly.

(Rigg's butt totally photo bombed this picture, haha.)

     I took these photos at two months. He just turned three months and from the time we found out I was pregnant until now, I feel like I can't catch my breath. Keeping up with both my boys and soaking in all the details as they morph and grow takes all of my time and leaves me dizzy. I know I miss things, but I hope that somehow the big things imprint themselves on my brain.

     Right now I'm loving Well's chunky thighs, his knee dimples, his buddha belly, his healthy arm creases, and just his overall thickness! I spend a lot of time squeezing him. He is seriously so yummy. His huge open mouth smiles that happen every time you catch his eye make my heart stop. And man oh man those occasional giggles, well, they just make the world a better place. He is definitely a talker, he babbles and blows bubbles content to communicate with whoever or whatever happens to be in his line of sight. No rolling yet just some great head support along with push ups and wiggles he can turn himself around if you aren't looking.
     He does all of his naps in his crib. I'm pretty sure he would sleep well in his crib at night, but currently he still sleeps in his rock n' play by my side of the bed. A good night he sleeps from 7:30pm to 5:30am, he eats and goes back to bed until 7:30am. He takes three naps during the day and if he needs it a short cat nap before bed. It took me awhile to figure him out, but once I did, he has been the happiest of babies!
     He is obviously a great eater. He doesn't struggle to put on the pounds. He does struggle to take a bottle or a paci. Also known as he refuses both. It makes him pretty hard to leave. I have to time my absences just right. Occasionally I'm over all of the attention, but then he smiles and I forget all my frustration.

     Tobias loves him dearly which has made the last couple of weeks hard. Ty came down with a fever and has had a lasting cough and runny nose. I've had to curb the touching because sick babies are no fun! Despite the sick he still asks to hold Baby Well's and is the first to tell mommy when Baby Well's is crying or unhappy. He even throws away Baby Well's dirty diapers, he is a huge helper.

Oct 29, 2016

I'm not really a planner.

     My dear family, we are not planners. It just isn't one of our strong suits. For the most part it worked for my parents. Big things like vacations were usually put on the calendar (or not), but all the details waited until the last minute. Stress and arguing would ensue, but for the most part we were flexible and what happened happened.

(FaceTiming Poppa.)

(Patiently waiting on his birthday cake.)

     Well, I grew up and moved out. I got married and started my family only to realize that that characteristic seems to have followed me. I think more than that I've realized just what goes into planning a big event or vacation. It's not easy. My mom only did "big" birthdays when we turned 5, 13, and 16 and I can see why. It's a lot of work and truly quite time consuming.

     Unfortunately for me, I love parties. More so I just love celebrating people and having an excuse to get together. I also love the creativeness involved. I enjoy making everything look cute and put together. Giving a concept life really makes my heart sing.

(He blew it out on the first try a big difference from last year, ha!)

(The candle was his favorite part, he spend 10 min trying to make it stand in his little piece of cake.)

     It becomes complicated because I still waffle between planner extraordinaire and planner terrible (read that word in Spanish, it flows better)/awful procrastinator. I am definitely more so that latter than the former. When it gets down to the wire the struggle is real folks and so I'm trying to get better at having my stuff to together. I've come to understand it's going to take time. I'm learning you can't overcome lifelong habits all at once.

(I loved the way his cake turned out, pretty simple and super tasty!)

     It all started two weeks before Tobias turned two. I finally decide to throw a party! But of course, the day before his birthday I think "we must celebrate on his actual day too!" I was a mess trying to get things together last minute. Multiple trips to the store, an extremely late night, you name it. It was all unnecessary and I totally did it to myself. Auntie Cesca was able to enjoy this celebration with us and it truly was the cutest thing to watch him blow out his candle and revel in all the attention.

(Books and CD's and other fun things from Nanny.)

(His first lego set, an airplane.)

(We FaceTimed Nanny so she could watch him open her gift!)

(My parents bought him a CD player to go along with what Nanny got him, 
he loves it, especially the volume button ... my little rock star.)

(Gray and I got him a play do set, a huge hit.)

(A few pictures of the cute chunker just because.)

     So again, the crazy started two weeks before his birthday when I finally decided to throw a party. At that point I was kicking myself for not planning something sooner. I find that once something makes it on the calendar all of a sudden every day leading up to it becomes filled with other random important activities! Does this happen to anyone else?

   (I did the same cake for his party just added a splash!)

     In the end I kept it small and low key. I invited my two closest friends and their kiddos. The theme was a Splashin' Birthday Bash. We had fried chicken and biscuits, mac n' cheese, baked beans and green beans. It was very yummy. I opted for cake pops instead of cutting the cake and they were a huge hit. The kids ran between the sprinkler and the kitty pool. They squirted water guns and then broke all the water balloons in two seconds flat. Tobias had so much fun. It was a win and I'm glad I did it.

 (All of his closest friends; it will be fun to see if anything will change and if they grow up together.)

(Lauren and I had a pretty good game of water balloon toss going 
before we got upstaged by Gray and John.)

      All that to say, I may not have come from a family of planners and most days it shows. I am determined to get better. I don't have to follow in their footsteps, I can be on top of things ... maybe (ha). We should probably wait to see how next year goes.

 (These two photos just make me laugh, cake pops apparently make kids go a little crazy!)

(These two; the best of buds. Westley and Tobias.)

(Such a fun evening hanging out with friends!)

Oct 26, 2016

Tobias and his Radio Flyer.

Nana and Poppa bought Tobias a Radio Flyer for his birthday.

     He isn't yet able to recognize what an awesome gift this is, but his parents can! I can't wait to watch him drive up and down our long driveway. He'll be teaching Well's before we know it!

(His first glimpse of his tricycle.)

(We were all telling him what to do, I can see him debating who to listen too.)

     At first he wasn't sure what to do, but daddy gave him a tutorial. With the right shoes his feet just barely reach so it might take some growing in to. I don't think this troubled him too much, he was quite content to push the bike around and sit on it occasionally.

(... and the pushing began. All of his favorite toys are push toys right now, 
so naturally he thought he'd try pushing his tricycle too, ha.)

(It's really hard to get smiling pictures of this booger, I need to be more diligent at taking candids.)

(The yard isn't as easy to drive in, but he was content to let daddy push him.)

     The excitement ended on the porch. He went to work showing his animals his tricycle and shoving them into the little compartment at the back. They didn't quite fit but that couldn't deter him. He finally figured out that if you keep the lid up everything works out.

(That face say's "I'm determined," too bad the animals weren't into cooperating.)

It's a great gift one that will be used for many years to come, thanks Nana and Poppa!

Oct 19, 2016

Tobias turns 2.


(He has a little bit of a personality... )

Mommy wrote: I can't believe it's been that long and that you really are this big. You have changed so much in just two years it feels more like a decade has passed. You add so much to our lives. Our first baby who still gives snuggles and the sweetest kisses. You love to hide under any cover as long as someone hides with you. You enjoy the outdoors and mowing the lawn like no one I know. You also love animals and throwing balls much to your daddy's delight. You are stubborn and challenging and can throw epic tantrums with the best of them, but I wouldn't trade any of it. You are exactly who God created you to be and I am so thankful you are mine! I love you Tobias James.

(Outfit credit goes to my momma, she made the pants and bowtie for my sisters wedding!)

Daddy wrote: Tobias James, the hour I get to spend with you each morning has become my favorite hour of the day. Even when you throw water all over the bathroom floor and don't eat anything I try to give you for breakfast, I am so grateful to be able to have man time together. I can't wait to continue seeing your personality develop. I pray that you would grow to understand all that you have in Jesus. I'm so proud to be your daddy. 

(I asked him if he was going poop, he said "yes.")

(The hands in the pockets! It gets me every time!)