Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rylin: Six months.

Stats: 14 lbs. 10 oz. (25%) 25 3/4 in (50%)
Size 2 diapers and 6 months clothes.

Firsts: First trip to a pumpkin farm, first time to the train depot in Huntsville, first Thaxton tailgate in Auburn, first Halloween- you dressed up as a mouse and Cameron was your cheese, dedicated at Brentwood Baptist Church, first time to Cincinnati- and Tucker's birthday party, first time eating solids (hardly any) and using a sippy cup!

Milestones: Gaining trunk control getting close to sitting up. Grasping at everything and putting it all straight into your mouth. Trying food for the first time!

Food: You are still nursing about the same. I try to stretch you to around 3 1/2 or 4 hours but you mostly prefer 3 hours so I go with that! You are quick and efficient so that is great! We just started solids and you couldn't care less. I'm sure you will get better as we keep trying!

Sleep: You still love your sleep. On good days you wake up around 8, nap around 9:30-11:00, wake, nap around 1-2:30, wake, nap around 4-5, wake, and bedtime at 7. (I think you are moving your wake up time to earlier though... 7:30ish). You still wake up sometime between 4-6am to nurse. I'm so ready to drop that feeding!

Our days: Same for our days as last month. We still are not on a constant schedule since we don't have planned activities. We typically meet up with friends once or twice a week! But besides that we are just playing at home!

Favorites: Mommy is loving how old you are acting- reacting to us and Cameron! Daddy is loving that you are almost sitting up!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rylin: Five months.

{convos with ballerina hippo!}

Stats: Nothing official.
Size 2 diapers and 3 and 6 months clothes.

Firsts: First time to Wednesday night church, first new baby girl cousin {Ellie}, first trip to the circus.

Milestones: There really aren't too many new things going on. You continue to roll all the time and lift that head super high. Your hand coordination is getting better and better. Sometimes you can find your paci and put it in. You love to grab at anything and put it in your mouth! You are also so much more interactive these days... you interact with Cameron by smiling, laughing, and grabbing. Cameron LOVES it, we are enjoying it too :)

Food: You are just the best nurser. This nursing experience has been so much more pleasant then what went down with the CamMan- thanks for that :) You nurse around 10 minutes every 3 to 3.5 hours (every once in a while 4!). You still have great stretches at night about 7-5!

Sleep: You LOVE and need your sleep. You have a morning and afternoon nap but really don't care for an evening nap even though you are a little fussy and tired. We usually just have some fun holding you time from about 6 till 7 when you get in bed! We've decided its time to stop swaddling you. We tried earlier in the month and it didn't go so well so we started swaddling you again... but then you started rolling over some in bed so no more swaddle. You have done awesome the past few nights! 

Our days: Same, same for your days right now. We've had to stop working out (because they changed locations) so now you get more consistent morning naps! But basically we are just chugging through and trying to have lots of fun along the way! 

Favorites: Mommy loves that you are getting so interactive with Cameron. Daddy is loving that you are rolling around so much!

You are just the sweetest things. Sweetest baby, daughter, and sister. We can't get enough of your sweet smile, silly squeal, and foot sucking-self. Love you!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cameron: 21 months.

Our crazy ball of energy is 21 months... somehow. I'm kinda in disbelief that my sweet boy is only 3 short months away from being 2. It's a crazy thought. 

Cameron is just the happiest, most energetic, outside loving boy. He keeps our little family entertained to say the least. He is a chatter box. As the months go by he continues to add words to his vocabulary and does such a good job of copying words we say. He's also added jibberjabbing a whole lot. He will just start talking and we have no idea what he says. It sounds like it might be annoying but it really is pretty cute. Cameron is doing a great job working on his motor skills. He will follow commands like jump, touch your toes, stomp, touch your head, run around! It's really fun and great exercise! He also has been getting some great exercise by getting out of the stroller after our run and running (with little walking) back to our house. Some nights he goes almost a whole mile. All of that reminds me that this child LOVES to be outside. He's always looking out the window, getting everyone's shoes, or trying to open the door and just get outside. (Which he sometimes just opens... we have to make sure we lock it now so he doesn't escape!) Besides being outside Cameron recently has a passion for all things transportation. He just loves cars, trucks, trains, and airplanes! He loves playing with his hot wheels (and tractors, trucks and other cars), looking and listening for airplanes and helicopters, seeing the trains at Cheekwood, and alerting us of all the trucks on the road! It's so fun and I love him having "a thing!"

Cameron currently is wearing 18-24 month clothes and is in size 4 diapers! We just moved him in size 5 shoe (5.5W keds)! He usually wakes by 7 and naps at 1. From nap he will sleep till 3 atleast and then go down for bed around 7:30! Of course Cameron is great to go with the flow if needed too! He sometimes eat so great and is hardly picky at all. And then some other times he won't eat anything we offer. Cam loves to snack and just loves eating in general. He still drinks a cup of milk with each meal and typically has a morning and afternoon snack. Of course he still love fruit the most! 

Besides being a fun, sweet boy... Cameron is a great big brother. He loves little Rylin more than I ever imagined he would. He loves to give her kisses, hold her, give her paci's, and share his toys! I love it when he lays down on her playmat with her! (Until he tries to roll on top of her! Eck!!)

We love you CamMan and we aren't sure what we would do without you. You keep us on our toes and are so much fun! You are the perfect fit for our family. Keep growing strong and sweet!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rylin: Four months.

Stats: 13 lbs 8 oz (50%) 24.25 inches (~75%)
Size 2 diapers and 3-6 months clothes.

Firsts: First time to Southside Baptist in Huntsville, first funeral (Great-great-grandfather, Pop), first Auburn gameday and tailgate, first time being an older cousin (baby Sullivan was born!), first picnic (with daddy's work)

Milestones: You found your toesies this month. You love to grab them, look at them, and play with them! You also starting rolling over... you started rolling from your back to your stomach first (strong girl!). When we lay you down you almost immediately roll over! 

Food: You are still eating great! You nurse for about 10-15 minutes every 3-4 hours and stretch like 10 hours at night (7pm-5am)

Sleep: We continue to know if you are getting crazy and fussy it's usually because you are tired. We still swaddle you and it helps you sleep so great (getting anxiety about stopping this!). You nap pretty well usually and do okay at night. We typically have to come put a paci in once or twice. You still enjoy snoozing in your swing quite a bit!

Our days: These days you are waking up pretty early... around 7. Depending on when I fed you that night you will eat or wait a bit before eating. Days we stay home you go down for a nap around 9 and may nap for about 2 hours. Will eat again after napping before playing and hanging out before an afternoon nap (when I put you and Cameron down and get a break!) at 1. This nap has varied sometimes lasting 1 1/2 hours and other times like 3 hours. So that effects the rest of the evening. Typically you will eat and play and then take like a 30 minute nap at about 5:30 before eating again and bedtime at 7. 

Favorites: Mommy loves having a sweet girl to dress up so cute (and buy clothes for!). Daddy is loving that you can roll over!

Thanks for being our sweet baby girl! You are dearly loved by all three of us! Keep growing strong and being smiley!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rylin: Three months.

Stats: No official stats this month. I weighed you at 13 lbs 4 oz... but who knows how accurate that is. 
Size 1 diapers and 3 months clothes.

Firsts: First round of shots at your 2 month appointment :( first time sleeping in your crib for night time sleep, first time going to watch daddy play basketball in the men's league, first time to visit a fire station with workout friends, first time to Firebirds for mom & dad's date night, first time to KY for the PGA Championship & in a tow truck on the way home because we had some car troubles about an hour and a half from home- you were amazing and did so great the whole day and drive home!! 

Milestones: Your neck is getting so strong. One night I laid you on your belly and that head just popped right up! You also have a little "giggle" you do when we tickle you... you are so ticklish! I think you could roll over if you wanted to, but you don't have a desire yet! You can also now sit in your bumbo! (I look at pictures of Cam and he didn't have quite as much head control as you do!) Sitting up position is your favorite! You have found your hands and love to eat them!!

Food: You are continuing to eat like a champ. Here recently you are only eating approximately 10 min total for a feeding. I love it, so if you are gaining weight and are happy I'm all for it! We rarely hear your "hungry roar" because you are so easy going. Every once and awhile you have to remind me it's time to eat! 

Sleep: You are a pro. You love your sleep. If you are the least bit fussy I usually figure out you are really just sleepy. I swaddle you up, give you your paci and you are out in a matter of minutes! It's been getting slightly harder to get you asleep in your carseat (in the car or stroller). If we are moving it's usually quicker for sure. Although we support the crying it out method... that doesn't exist for you. If you are crying you just want a paci because it fell out. You are wonderful at falling asleep and also at sleeping!!

Our days: This momma's working hard to get you "scheduled" and predictable. We've worded at it hard this month and you are doing wonderful. You usually wake up around 7:30 and eat/play, back asleep around 9, up eating again around 10:30 (sometimes shorter than that!), napping again around 1 for a bit of a longer nap. Wake up again around 3 or 3:30 and eat. We usually head outside to play after that and you will snooze again, usually downstairs in the swing, around 5:30 or 6. Eat and play before bed by 8. I don't stress about this flexible schedule a bit. You are so go with the flow we can keep up with our normal routine (working out, church, lunch with daddy... and stuff like that).

Favorites: Mommy loves getting your loud squeals and giggles out of you from tickles. Daddy is loving that you are getting strong and being able to sit up (supported!) and in the bumbo!

Rylin, we continue to love and enjoy you more and more everyday... even though we didn't think that was possible. You are an amazing baby and we are so thankful for that! Praying that you won't have the 4 month reversion for sleep like your older brother! :) Keep growing strong and getting more fun! We love you sweet girl!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rylin: Two Months.

{Big brother already knows how to pick on you!}

Stats: 11 lb. 14 oz (60%)
         24.25 in (97%) Can't believe our girl is so long! So happy that she is gaining and growing though :) 

Firsts: First 4th of July, first birthday party (Henry Cochran), first time to workouts with mom, trip to Gatlinburg, first cold, first baby shower (Meaghan/Ellie Odom), first trip to Auburn, first wedding attended (Your great Mammamw got married!)!

Milestones: Smiling on demand, cooing often, sleeping 8 hour stretches at night!

Food: As your stats stated, you are doing a wonderful job in the eating department. You now eat pretty regularly every 3 hours and at night you stretch almost 8 hours sometimes!

Sleep: Definitely no schedule quite yet. You are a wonderful go with the flow little girl though. You sleep quite often. Trying to have you swaddled once for a daytime nap and then around 8-8:30 for bedtime! 

Our days: I haven't been very good at putting you on a schedule. (That's a goal for the upcoming month!) I think I'm really struggling with it because you wake up at different times every morning. We will get better, no worries. Anyways... it goes something like this: you wake up somewhere between 6:30-8 and I feed you. We all get ready and head to workout (MWF) or just leisurely get ready and play and such. You like to snooze in the morning sometimes 9-10:30, then later 1:30-3:30, and then another snooze sometime around 5:30 or so. And then bedtime is between 8 and 8:30. You really are such a great sleeper just like your brother was (fingers crossed that you won't revert at 4 months!)

Favorites: Mommy loves watching you with your brother. He really gets so much joy when he sees you smile at him. Daddy is loving that you are starting to interact more and more! 

Rylin, you continue to amaze us with your easy going, happy self. Me, daddy, and Cameron literally can't get enough of you. We can't believe you are growing so super fast... it's fun to enjoy the newness that comes with growing up, but we already miss some of the little tiny baby fun. We absolutely love that you basically smile on demand. You are one of the most smiley baby's I've ever met! Keep loving, growing, and being amazing! We love you!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cameron: 18 months.

I know I'm always saying this... but lets be real... I can't believe this little boy is 1 1/2 years old!!! In the past few months he has completely changed from my little baby to a big boy! Not only that but he also has become a big brother!

Stats: 26 lbs (50%) 33.25 in (75%)

Cameron really is such a sweet big brother. He loves to constantly give sweet kisses to Rylin. Although, just recently, we have been dealing with him trying to take her paci... not because he wants it but for the pure humor of it. He will learn, hopefully soon, that is NOT funny :) He's been a lot better recently with slowing down, sitting still, and saying cheese for my picture addiction! That has been oh so helpful, especially adding another little one to the pics. Cameron is talking more and more. It cracks me and Matthew up so much when he just spits out a mumbled sentence of made up words. It will be such a shock when that turns into sentences we understand! His words lately and often are mama (referring to EVERYTHING), dada, baby, bubbles, yeah, please, ball. There are several more for sure that I'm missing. We absolutely love when he says "amen" after the blessing and "all done" after eating.  He stretches out the word "all" and we pretty much think its adorable! He's also become quite the little climber. He wants to climb everything! {While nursing Rylin on the couch I look over and he climbed all the way on the dining table and was just crawling in circles around the centerpiece!} He's mastered climbing up on his highchair, the layzboy & couch, the dining chairs and in and out of the car! Cameron has slowly become a pretty good eater! My recent goal for him is for him to eat the same thing as we are eating for dinners. So far he has done fantastic and for that I'm so thankful! We think its so funny because we have learned to offer the food first whole (like a half grilled cheese sandwich), then if he won't eat that... tear it into pieces, and if he still won't eat it give him a fork and he will basically eat everything! On sleeping news... Cameron moved to a BIG BOY BED! I couldn't believe that we have already done it. He has done AMAZING! And we are so thankful for that. For the first while he didn't know he could get down, then he learned (after falling out of the foot of the bed one night)... so now he sometimes will get down and play some or sit by the door when he wakes up. It's pretty amazing that he is doing so great! Cameron still would live outside if possible. He absolutely loves being outside!! His new skill outside is that he can now ride on his toys rather than just push them around! It's been so fun!

26 lbs (50%)
33.25 in (75%)

Cameron you have been such a joy to have around as our little boy! You are sweet and wonderful! We are so thankful for your silliness! Keep growing into a crazy little boy! Can't believe it's already your half birthday! It's been amazing watching you grow and learn... keep it up :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gatlinburg, TN.

 Saturday morning we woke up super early and loaded up the car and the kids to head to Gatlinburg for a super short vacation.

Seems kinda silly to drive 4 hours with two kids under two for just a one night vacay. Yeah, it kinda is... but we really wanted to do it. We had a free place to stay, SO we had to take advantage of the chance to have our own family of four vacation. Ya know, since we have never done it before :) It was a whirlwind, but it was totally worth it!

Our little troopers did a pretty amazing job in the car. Cameron was such a big boy and ate Chickfila for breakfast in his carseat all by himself and watched two movies (on and off). Rylin slept hard and was her normal chill self! 
When we finally got there, after only one pit/feeding stop, there was some traffic going through Pigeon Forge and through Gatlinburg. We weren't sure what we were going to do so we decided to head to Pancake Pantry and enjoy some yummy breakfast for lunch! Cameron thoroughly enjoyed his chocolate chip pancakes! Daddy didn't feel well so we ate quick and decided to head to our condo. (We decided it wasn't really our scene. Seemed way too crowded with rednecks and hillbillies!) 

We made it to our condo (thanks Grandaddy and Grandmother!!) and settled in. Of course with two little kiddos you get lots of down time... nap time! Me and Matthew are very low key people so we don't mind just vacationing by relaxing on a couch! 

The kiddos slept through a little thurderstorm and we enjoyed watching some of the World Cup (Matthew is obsessed!). When the kiddos woke up we got ready to head to the pool. It was great because it wasn't crazy crowded due to the storm! They had a baby pool, which was awesome! Cameron got used to it and enjoyed it. We are still working on getting this boy water happy!

{He still loves elevators!}

We kinda like to spoil the boy while on vacay so he enjoyed some sweet treats... like his first ice cream sandwich!

Sunday morning we got up and headed to the outlets. I'm pretty sure the Under Armour outlet is the only thing to get Matthew excited about shopping! But it all worked out, each of us got something! After shopping we headed to Joe's Crab Shack. It was delish, as always!

We headed back after lunch for the kids to nap. Matthew and I enjoyed a leisurely movie and just chilling! After a bit Gigi and Pappy and Elizabeth got there! The boys watched the US World Cup game while the girls played with the babies! We all had pizza together and then our fam headed out for the babies to sleep on our journey home. 

We so enjoyed our first ever little family vacay. Can't wait for another one... maybe a little longer next time :)