Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brooks at 2.5 years old

I feel like I could just copy and paste Collins' 2.5 year update here for his update.  So similar. 

It's not new news that our kids are little.  We were at the doctor a couple weeks ago and I'm pretty sure the scale said 26 pounds. Lots of people comment that he's grown a lot recently and since a stranger thought they were twins, I'd  say he's catching up to his sister in the height department. There aren't too many foods he turns down, so I don't know how he doesn't weigh more. Italian is his favorite, he can mow down lasagna crazy fast.  Strawberry Danimal yogurt drinks are the only milk he'll drink and he isn't much of a fan of cheese.  Complete opposite of his cheese obsessed mom and sister.  Some of his favorite foods include: mac and cheese, burgers, french fries, pears, muffins, watermelon and peas just to include a vegetable.

We think he's inherited his mom and dads allergies/asthma.  He's on a daily allergy pill and anytime he gets sick it usually ends up as bronchitis and requires some breathing treatments.  We'll get him tested when he's a little older to find out exactly what he's allergic too, my guess is just seasonal stuff and maybe animals because some breeds of dogs make his face break out.

He's potty trained!! We did the 3 day method mid February and even though he got really sick on day 2 (pink eye, ear infection, strep throat and bronchitis), we stuck with it but didn't push it too hard.  Even sick, he did awesome and only had about 8 accidents total that whole weekend.  We'd have to put a diaper on him to poop for the first couple weeks but thankfully he's learned it's not scary to do that on the potty.

He's such a lover boy.  "Mama! Hold me!" "Mama! Hug me!" are two phrases that are said many times a day.  I'm nervous for when he has to share me with the baby. He's loves his baby brother so much already and regularly hugs and kisses my belly.  He even stuffs his blanket up my shirt to share it with baby.  He gets devastated when Collins' forgets to give him a kiss before she goes to school. As sweet as he can be, he's a feisty one too.  We've had to work a lot on not pushing, hitting or stealing toys from others.  You just never know what your going to get with this boy. 

Just like Collins' at this age, bedtime is brutal.  They really know how to work that "go potty" phrase.  A few of his other stalling tactics are "driiiink" "socks on" "blankey by my ear," etc. We usually just have to turn off his monitor for awhile and ignore him. He naps for about 1.5 hours and sleeps from 8pm-6:45am. 

As far as sports, he starts soccer this weekend and he took gymnastics over the summer. He'd love to be in dance with sister but daddy isn't going to allow that one.  I'll give it to him, he's a pretty legit at soccer and baseball.  He refuses to hit off a tee and would rather us pitch to him.  Even though he colors with his right hand, he hits and throws with his left.  Other things that make him happy are playing outside, swimming, hide and seek, wrestling with dad, dancing, YouTube videos and other kids.  He's our social one and has no problem going up and playing with any kid. He can count to 10 pretty well.  It gets iffy around 6&7 but once you get him to 8, he can finish. 

Brooks, you are our little spitfire.  I have to take a lot of deep breaths throughout the day with you but then you make us laugh and show us so much love.  I hope that you always need my hugs and know that we love you so incredibly much.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

22 weeks

I'll be 28 weeks this Friday but I since I had this written for KC Moms Blog, I wanted to share it here too.  I've teamed with KC Moms Blog for this pregnancy and to share my experience at the new Birth Place.

How far along: 22 weeks (2/24/17)

Size of baby: Baby weighs almost 1 pound is around 11 inches long.    
Feeling: I self-diagnosed myself with bronchitis this week so that’s been fun. My 2 year old had it so it seems logical that my painful cough and wheezing was passed down from him.  I’ve had to use my inhaler here and there and I don’t think there has been a single good nights sleep this week between me and my sons’ coughing.  He’s doing much better after getting his prescription filled so I’m hoping it passes quick for the both of us.

Gender: BOY!! We’ve been calling him by a name for several weeks now but we still aren’t 100%.  We can’t agree on the spelling so we’ll see what we end up deciding.  

Cravings: A waffle a day keeps the doctor away.  No? Well, I think I’ve had one just about every morning this past month.  It’s a pregnancy craving I’ve had with all 3 pregnancies.  I’m also loving fruit, especially oranges.  

Best moment this week: We signed the kids up for a siblings class and we are all looking forward to attending.  I’m nervous my oldest is going to smother this baby in love and my youngest might attempt to wrestle him as soon as he gets home from the hospital.  So I think a little baby 101 is going to be good for them both.

Movement: He’s very active, especially at night.  His kicks are strong enough that they are felt on the outside which is always fun for others to be able to feel. 

Sleep: Not great like I mentioned above.  I’ve been using my pregnancy pillow for a couple weeks now and I always have a love/hate relationship with it.  Comfortable but so hard to maneuver in the middle of the night.   

Maternity clothes: Absolutely.  I try to avoid jeans at all cost and have been living in leggings and maternity tops.  My husband rolls his eyes when he sees my pile of black leggings cleaned, folded and ready to wear again for the following week.

Milestones: Baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn.  His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums.  His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment *

*according to baby center

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Baby three at 17 weeks

Poor third child hardly getting any blog recognition.  I was so good about doing weekly updates with the other two so I'm going to try and do better.

How far along: 17 weeks (1/20/17)

Size of baby: Weighs 5 ounces and is 5 inches long from head to bottom. About the size of a turnip.  Collins' gets great joy out of hearing about the baby and what food it is. 

Feeling: Still pretty tired but not near as tired as I was the first trimester.  I think the two kids and no more naptimes for the older one play a role in my pure exhaustion come 6pm.


Gender: BOY!! We have our sono in February but we did a genetic blood screen that tells you the gender as well.  It's got a 99% accuracy so I'm pretty confident it's a boy.  We've been calling him by his name but it's still too early to be set on it.  I love it but we were set on a different name for Brooks up until like 30 weeks so we'll see.  It's super cute hearing the kids say his name though.

Cravings: Pickles, green olives, sweet and sour candy, there's really not a food I'll turn down.

Best moment this week: I switched OB's for a couple of reasons so I met her this week and really liked her.  Baby was moving all around so it was difficult to hear his heartbeat for very long but Collins went to the appointment with me and we both loved hearing him. 

Movement: I think I felt him for the first time at 16 weeks and 3 days and I have for sure felt him since.  I have to lay down and really focus on feeling it but it's the best feeling in the world. 

Sleep: It's time to bust out the pregnancy pillow. It's no longer comfortable to sleep on my stomach and only being allowed to sleep on my side has started to hurt my back.   

 Maternity clothes: I bought maternity leggings and I'm basically living in them.  My jeans are getting tight so I avoid them at all cost.

Milestones: Past the first trimester a little while back and this week, the baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker.  He can move his joints and sweat glands are starting to develop. *

*according to baby center

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Collins at 4 years

 I'm only about 2 months too late but we had to postpone her well check up because we we're sick for about 2 weeks in December. Let's just say I had to take her for ice cream after her 4 year check up because I told her she wouldn't need shots and she ended up needing two! She was brave for them and I could tell she was holding back tears after the last one (they warned it would sting), so as soon as I told her it was ok to cry, a couple tears came rolling out on my shoulder. 

She weighed in at 32.8 lbs (25%) and is 38.5in (25%) tall. They had to re measure her because we weren't believing the 4in jump in a year. Turns out, her bow gave her an extra inch #bigbowprobs. But still! She grew 3in this year and she is living it up. She keeps standing beside things and saying "see how tall I am now, mom?!"

She is loving preschool and her teachers gave her a perfect report card. Quite but very social and makes sure everyone is being included. She's still in dance and wants to give tball a try this Spring. At home, she is almost always playing with baby dolls or playing board games. She asks to work in her workbooks and prefers YouTube kids over any movie or show. To watch baby doll videos of course. She is so excited for her new baby brother and tells me he's my baby and hers.  Pretty sure I'm never going to get to hold him.

Beef is still a no go but she doesn't turn down much else. She informed me that she had broccoli at school and liked it so I had to start buying some of that. Oops! She isn't afraid of spicy foods and will always pick salt and vinegar chips. Chips in general are her thing. Takes after me. Not much of a breakfast eater but you better believe she'll eat all she's required to at lunch and dinner to get a sweet treat.

Naps are officially a thing of the past. She'll stay in her room for an hour till her clock turns green. Some nights she's so tired at 7:30 that she doesn't even want to read a book and would rather just go to sleep. She sleeps till about 7:30-8:30am. Speaking of sleep, she's moving to the guest room so the baby can have her room and she is SO excited. She gets her own bathroom and we've already informed daddy that he'll be cleaning the gross bathroom her brothers will share.

Collins, you are the best little girl in the world.  You bring us so much joy and laughter and we are so thankful your all ours.  Love you forever and always.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Brooks at two

I seriously can't believe our little guy has been with us for 2 years! I still have not bought the poor kid a baby book so I'm so glad I've done a decent job with these updates.

Stats| He is finally getting back on the chart for weight, coming in at 24 pounds (10%) and 33.5 inches (25%) for his height.  He's basically the size of a one year old so he still seems like such a baby to me. I think all the doctor role play at home has made my kids love the doctor.  Our pediatrician had an intern following her around and she goes "I'm going to let you take a look at this one cause you won't find many 2 year olds that are this good." They laid him down to measure him and when they were done he said "one more." Then we ended with 2 shots that had him in tears so we'll see if he likes that place when we go back again. 

Sleeping| When he's in his crib he's an awesome sleeper, when we are out of town he usually sleeps with me and neither of us get any sleep.  He's usually in his crib for the night around 7:45pm and wakes up around 7am and naps from about 12:30-2:30. He'll yell for me when he wakes up but when we go in there, he doesn't want out of his crib.  He wants to lay and snuggle with his blanket until we force him out.  We are on day 3 of no binky and it hasn't been too terrible.  He got to put them inside of a monkey at build a bear and now Binky the monkey sleeps with him.  Not going to lie, I wanted to cave the first night and give him one of the 6 binkies I still have hidden.  He was yelling "mama! Binky!" and it was pulling at my heart. But after 1.5 hours, he finally fell asleep.  He cries a little bit throughout the night and there have been some tears still at nap and bedtime but we're on the homestretch and his teeth will thank me. 

Eating| He's a big meal time eater and not much of a snacker.  He'll rarely turn food down but he usually has no interest in an afternoon snack.  The perfect meal in his eyes would be lasagna, corn on the cobb and mandarin oranges. And "nandy" for dessert.  He's got a strong sweet tooth and if he hears the word candy, he will not shut up till he gets some.  The only kind of milk we can get him to drink are those danimal yogurt drinks.

Language| I have slow talkers but I believe Brooks is even less of a talker, than Collins was at this age.  I brought it up at his well visit and anytime the doctor asked him something, Collins answered for him.  So we believe that's playing a huge role.  I'm counting his words for a few days and if it falls way below 50 words, we'll get him evaluated.  I'm anxious to see if his speech picks up more now that Collins is in school a couple mornings a week and it will just be him and I.  I feel like I'm playing Pictionary with him throughout the day cause he'll use body actions to communicate.  For example, if you ask him wear he got his stamp from, the answer is gymnastics but he'll do a somersault.  I'm sure his vocabulary will bloom just like Collins' did. 

Playing| He is all boy with his toy choices.  He loves all sports, baseball being his favorite.  We haven't braved a Royals game with him yet but hopefully in the next month or two.  Whenever he watches them on TV, he says "splash!" because he loves watching the Salvy splash at the end of the game.  He is the happiest outside and is obsessed with his motorized motorcycle nana got him for his birthday.  He took gymnastics over the summer and loved it. He listened surprisingly well and did a great job.  He was also a fish at the pool this summer and was jumping in by himself by the end of the summer.  Despite their hourly fights, him and Collins get along pretty well.  He's going to make a good daddy one day as much as he plays babies with her. 
 Brooks, your onrery, sweet, funny, cute, happy and smart all rolled up into a little body.  You are a big mommies boy and fill my heart so full.  I wasn't sure if I could handle a boy but you have showed me that I was wrong and that your exactly what our family needed.  We love you like crazy and hope that two isn't too terrible.
As always, thank you The Studio for capturing our family. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Out of the mouth of Collins'

Hey! Anyone still read this blog? I've been wanting to sit down and blog again but usually when the kids sleep, I just want to sit in quiet and stalk Instagram and snapchat. Brooks turns two next week (waaaahhhhh) so his post will be coming but for now, it's all about Collins. She was 3.5 in May and up until that point, she was pretty sweet. Now? Girlfriend has some att-a-tude. I'll be glad when the threenager phase ends. It will, right?

At 3.5 years, Collins...
  • believes she is Brooks' mom.  She can change his diaper and takes his plate to him at every meal.  I'm constantly telling her to leave him alone and stop picking him up.  He almost weighs as much as her!
  • speaking of weight, I think she has broke 30lbs.  Our home scale says she's 30.5 pounds
  • for the most part, still naps and sleeps about 12 hours at night.
  • prefers showers
  • starts preschool at the end of the month.  I'm going to cry my eyes out
  • hates hamburger.  Not ground up or any thing.
  • gave soccer a try over Spring and loved it. We give her a 2 sport at a time limit so we rotate between dance, gymnastics and soccer. I'm anxious to give t-ball a try.
  • still baby doll obsessed.  It's pretty much the only thing she plays and she wants a reborn baby for her birthday.  Look up reborn baby on Youtube, they look crazy real. 
  • still obsessed with Youtube kids too.
  • wants to wear a dress every day
  • Jumps into the pool and swims to the side
I'll have more about her come November when she turns FOUR! How is that even possible?!

Aside from the bossiness, she is hilarious. I wish I remembered to write her quotes down more often but here are a few I've noted.

I've maybe told her a time or 2 that she's being bossy
Collins- "you bein bossy!" 
Sarah- "No, actually, YOU are."
Collins- "No, you ah!"

Hyvee called to get directions for a delivery. 
Me- "we have a surprise coming!"
Collins- "Really?! What?! A baby?!"
(If only it was that easy. And no, there is no baby on the way).

"Me not bein naughty today. Brooksie being so naughty. Him hittin and not keepin him hand to himself."

We got a caterpillar kit and they eventually turned into butterflies. While they were in their cocoons, I made a do not touch sign because it's a very fragile stage and cousins were coming over. My brother came over and moved the cage a little bit to look at them...
 "that sign say no touch."  
It weel (real)? You sewious? You kidding me?" 

"Brooksie hit me."
Me- "I'm sure it was an accident."
"No, it was fo weel."

"Are we having blankets in a cow tonight?" -Refering to pigs in a blanket 

"I don't wike time out. So don't tell me no, just let me do whatever I want to do."

Derek's mom- "Do you guys want I.C.E.C.R.E.A.M?"
Collins- "Did she say ice cream cause that's what that sounded like?"

So there's Collins in a quick nutshell.  She is still my little sidekick and she is sweet 90% of the time but I think it will be good for the both of us that she's starting preschool this month.  Me and Brooks are going to enjoy a couple hours of less noise :)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Brooks at 18 months

He's nearly 19 months but you know what they say, better late than never! And since I haven't even bought him a baby book, I better get an update on the good ole blog.

This will not come as a surprise but little man weighed in at 21 pounds 3oz (3%) and 31 inches (21%). We just don't make large kids. I will say though, he was diagnosed with RSV at this appointment so his eating had been horrible. He weighed 22 pounds the week before when we went to doc for ear infection. You got it, RSV and ear infection all in a weeks time. Before Christmas, he had never been sick (other then a cold) since Christmas (Eve to be exact) he's had croupe, fevers and a sore throat on top of what I already mentioned. Needless to say, we are ready for warmer weather.

Despite his low weight, he can eat like a teenager. He goes through picky stages but he's a pretty great eater. Usually eating 2 helping at every meal. Breakfast foods are his love language and since Collins isn't a big breakfast eater, he gets to polish off her food too. He only likes to drink water. Juice is effy and milk is a big fat NO. We've tried every flavor under the sun and he refuses. So he gets lots of yogurt, cheese and a vitamin. Still wearing 12-18 month clothes. 

Some of his vocabulary includes oh no, no no no (think he hears no very often?), sish (sis), amba (amber), mamy (Amy), tuck (truck) etc. I'm horrible at writing down words he's said but needless to say, he does a decent job repeating any word you ask him too. Only if he wants to though. He could care less about learning his body parts.  He probably knows them but he's sort of a punk. He for sure knows where his belly button is and want's to see everybody's after he shows his.

He loves balls and throws a fit every time we come in from playing outside. We just got our yard fenced so he may spend 99% of Spring and Summer out there. I'll toss him food and water every now and then. He is becoming quite independent and wants to help with meal prep, cleaning, laundry, etc. Kind of nice, kind of annoying. Speaking of nice, he is not always that. He knows how to push buttons and can really get on his sisters' nerves. He is for sure a mam's boy and pretty much wants to be attached to me 80% of the day.  We recently went to an indoor pool and he was hesitant at first but warmed right up.  I think he's going to be a fish like his sister this summer. He likes blues clues, dancing and trying to do everything Collins does.  He dislikes me leaving, the 4:30-5:30pm hour and his sister always being in his face. 
Sleeping is his strong point. He sleeps from about 7:30pm-7:30am and takes a 2-3 hour nap.  We haven't braved taking the binky away yet but we try to only give it to him when he's sleeping.  He also loves to cuddle a blanket when he sleeps and prefers his crib. I kind of dread going out of town cause he doesn't always sleep good in a pack n play. 

Brooks, you run wild all day and wear your mommy out.  But at the end of the day, when your fast asleep in your crib, I miss your little guts.  Love you so so much.