Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Double Date

Ben and I had a rare night out without kids with Matt and Sandy one night.
It was so fun just pretending to hang like we were young like them. They didn't even judge us for how dorky we were in our matching plaid and vests.
We went to eat at Joe T.'s and just had the best time and best conversation.
And even when our dinner was over at 10:00pm we didn't go home and we went out somewhere else! Watch out!
We went to The White Elephant in the stockyards and it was small and country and all the goodness of the stockyards.
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We laughed and laughed and talked some more and made our mark.
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We loved spending time with these two. Hope we can do it again soon!
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Dylan - 4 months

I need to update for 4 months before we get to month 5! Where has the time gone?
Dylan, I can't believe you are 4 months old! 
We had your 4 month doctor apt with Dr. Scott and you are plugging along.
You are 14 pounds and 50% in weight and height.
You are probably eating somewhere around 32oz of breastmilk a day and that's still all so far.
 I can't wait to see how you grow when we can get you feeling good and you start eating solid foods. We aren't going to try to start those quite yet. Probably around 6 months.
Things are not too much different from your three month update with regards to sleeping, eating, ear infections and reflux. It is all interrelated and we haven't got it figured out yet, but we are working through it. We found out at your appointment that you had another double ear infection. Dr. Scott admitted that we are probably headed toward tubes for you but you are still a little to small to have the procedure. So, for now, we fight it with antibiotics, ear drops, Tylenol, feeding more upright, and essential oils.
One thing you do a LOT of is drool. You are by far my drool-iest baby yet! You soak through multiple outfits a day. If I was a good mom, I would put a bib on you and just let you soak that instead of your clothes. But, I hate them. They are kind of annoying and just one more thing you pull up over your face and then you are drooling and can't breathe. So, we just change and wash clothes a lot.
Along the drooling lines, and as you can see in the picture above, you are obsessed with chewing on hands. Yours, mine, and anyone else's you can grab and then you are wet with more drool.
You are the smiliest baby though!  Even when you aren't feeling great you have a smile that can light up the room. Kinley and Ty do any and everything just to make you smile at them. But, they don't have to try very hard because if you just look at them you smile with the cutest tongue sticking out smile that you have.  It's adorable.  Ty calls it your "silly smile."
You have spent a little time in your bumbo this month and you love your piano activity mat for playing.
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You are so close to rolling over all the time. You can do it..you just aren't interested. Dr. Scott was not concerned at all because he can tell you have great head control.
We've been spending some time up at the gym this month now that you can go to the infant room. I make reservations for you because they only take 4 non-walking babies at one time. You have done so, so well there! I usually send a bottle in case you get hungry or fussy but, they hardly ever need it. You love those girls and they give you non-stop attention and it's your dream. They know how to get you all relaxed and cuddled with your blanket in a swing and sometimes I just hate moving you because you are so content or asleep. I have never left you the full allotted 2 hour time limit though. Usually just an hour to do a group fitness class or something.
The rule is, when dad is with us, we get to stop at the café on the way out for a smoothie or treat. You are such a trooper.
Here are just a few more pictures... These are at your 4 month check up. They are blurry but you are still cute even though we found out you had an ear infection. And it shows how much you love this blanket that Camila got you. It's your favorite and you love snuggling with it.
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We have gotten into the diapers from my diaper shower that people wrote on and some of them have just cracked me up when I am changing a diaper. Such a fun idea. It just proves that no matter how old you are, people laugh at bathroom jokes. I think its even more fun that I have no idea who wrote them.  We still haven't had to buy any diapers yet for you at all since being in 1s. I think we will make it to 6 months before we run out.
  You are currently in a size 2.
"I'm Ron Burgandy"
"never trust a fart"
You are a little spoiled with the attention you get and I am so fortunate that Kinley and Ty are so willing to hand it out. You spend time in your swing in my bathroom and that's how I shower and get ready and dry my hair and Kinley and Ty are usually right in there with us. They sit right in front of your swing and talk to you constantly. They put your paci back in if it falls out...which it does all the time because you smile at them and it falls out. You talk right back to them and it is the cutest.
You are so, so ticklish under your chin. It is adorable. In the shower or when I am changing your clothes or just wiping the milk from under your chin you just burst out in a laugh and it's my favorite.
I love cuddling with you more than anything and am in no hurry at all to get you into your own room on the other side of the house. Your smile melts me and makes any worry or tiredness I feel just go away. You wake up in the morning with the sweetest smile and I just don't ever want to miss it.
Dylan, you bring us so, so much joy. We all work hard to make sure you feel as good as possible just to keep that happy, joyful boy around as much as we can. You are social and giggly and so much fun. I am overwhelmed with the blessing that you and your brother and sister are to me and your dad. It is more than I can stand sometimes.
 I love you so much!

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year's Eve

Our New Year's Eve's have changed and I love it. We still opt for a party though and decided on an indoor family bounce house party. It was a hit. Untitled Untitled Kinley is very into writing and drawing any and everything lately. I think this is a picture of all of us with my verrrrry long arm holding Dylan? Or maybe I am just pointing to him across the room. Who knows. It's beautiful. Untitled Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Harrison Lakehouse Christmas

This was our year for Harrison family Christmas and it was our first year to do it at the lake.
 We went down a couple days before and had visions of cutting down our own Christmas tree but all the tree farms are closed that late in December (bummer) so, we stopped on our way in at Lowes and totally lucked out because they gave us 2 trees for free (winning!) 
Kinley picked one and Ty picked one in the front room and one in the sun room.
  It really put us in the Christmas spirit having a fire every day and night and getting the house all decorated for the occasion.
I asked Kinley and Ty to pose while they were setting up the second tree stand and in a flash Kinley dropped into this pose. Love that girl.
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 Especially in the winter.
 There is nothing really to do.
 No lake activities to partake in, no television or internet at the house, no working or phone calls really. There's just no schedule and nothing planned.
  It might drive me crazy after a while but for a few days, it is like pushing reset and just taking life down a notch.
  It's awesome.
We spend a lot of time just being together, talking, meal prepping, and coloring...
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No we really did all sit down and color once but, our true passion is lots of playing cards.
 We play pinochle like crazy in the Harrison family.
 All of Cheryl's family knows how to play and every holiday we play for hours on end at every spare moment pretty much.
 Mendy and I didn't learn until we were married to the boys but, we have taken a liking to it just as much as the Cheryl, Alex and Ben.
  I am not trying to rub it in, but seriously, Mendy and I can beat those boys almost every game :)
 Gary has been a different story though.
 For over 30 years they have tried to convince Gary to play pinochle but he always turned them down. But, this year, we finally convinced him to play and he learned and loved it!
 We are so glad to have Gary in the rotation.
Being away on Christmas meant missing Christmas Eve service at church and I was having a really hard time with that. But, everyone made my dreams come true and we had our own little service in the living room where we read the Christmas story and lit candles and sang Silent Night.
It was a dream.
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Santa and his elves also came to the lake! We knew they would because we spread reindeer food on the front lawn and had a big sign in the yard that said "Santa stop here!"
It was pretty cool for Kinley and Ty to wake up to see Santa hadn't forgotten them at the lakehouse. They were really excited about it!
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Kinley's favorite toy was her Barbie camper. She was thrilled to get it! And no joke...I think Ty was most excited about getting some new playdoh.  But, his scooter was pretty cool too.
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Dylan was quite taken with his new activity mat.
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And everyone else made out pretty well...
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They had some favorite new outfits from Christmas too.  Kinley's was her "workout clothes" and Ty's was his new Thomas footie pjs. He is currently in a pajama obsession phase right now.
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It was cold outside most days but almost everyday Mendy and I went for a walk or run and the boys built a fire in the fire pit. And the kids played in the leaves.
 At what age does it become not fun to jump in a big pile of leaves?
 It makes me sad that I get itchy just thinking about it.
 How fun to be a kid.
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Even though we weren't too busy, these kids played hard and for real...Ty just leaned over and fell asleep for a nap like this, standing on his feet.
 It was pretty impressive.
We all got matching Christmas pj pants and Mendy Kaye Designs shirts and had to take some family pics.
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Merry Christmas from the Harrisons!