Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Avery's 5th Month

As of Sunday, September 28th, you are 5 months old. I know I'm really late in posting this month's update, but better late than never, right?

(Read about her first month, second month, third month and fourth month.)

I'm not actually sure what you're weighing these days but at your 4 month appt. you weighed 16 lbs. 4 ozs. so I'm assuming your up to at least 17 lbs. at this point. You are a chunker for sure!

You have learned to roll from your belly to your back (Sept. 8th) and from your back to your belly (Sept. 17th) and you do this all the time now if we lay you down on a blanket on the floor or on your play-mat! You just roll all around and sometimes get mad when you get up against a wall and can't figure out what to do next. LOL.

You are taking a 6-7 ounce bottle every 4 hours throughout the day and then you will wake up between 4-6 a.m. for another bottle during the night. You are still sleeping great, only waking just the one time in the morning for a bottle and then you go right back to sleep and usually sleep until around 8 or 9 a.m. You usually take around 3 naps a day. A short morning nap at around 10 or 11 and then a longer afternoon nap at around 12 or 1 (this nap can be anywhere from 1-2 hours) and then another short nap in the evening. You are usually ready for bed at around 9 p.m.

 You are still wearing size 3 diapers and you are now wearing size 6-9 month and 9 month clothes! Such a big girl. :-)

You started eating some baby food this month and you LOVE it. There isn't anything we've tried that you haven't liked yet. You've had carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and peas and you love them all. We can't feed you fast enough.

We got you an exersaucer last month (Sept. 15th) and you love it. You love being able to stand up and see everything going on. You also love being able to watch your brother run around like a crazy person. You sometimes just laugh at him and think he is hilarious. However, you do not like when he gets in your face or holds your hand. You will sometimes get mad and scream at him. Ha.

You love to be the center of attention. In fact, you love it a little too much. I can't leave your sight without you going into a meltdown. You cry even if you think I'm going to leave when in fact, I'm just walking to the other side of the room. I love that you want me close, but this makes it very challenging to get ANYTHING done around the house. Your separation anxiety isn't just separation from me, it's just from anyone that is watching you. If you're with Maw Maw, Papa, Daddy, Grandma or Auntie Ashlee and they leave your sight, you start crying. :-( Poor baby girl, I sure hope you grow out of this soon.

You are quite close to sitting up on your own. You can keep your balance for a few seconds, but we have to be close by because you'll fall right over after a short time. But you love to sit up and I am looking forward to the day when you get this down because I think you will be so much happier once you master this skill. 

As for the binkie, you still don't really take it when you are awake. You will not keep it in your mouth. In fact, as soon as we put it in, you are pulling it out! Little Stinker. At night, you really want it and fall asleep so much better with it for naps and night time, but I have to swaddle your hands to keep you from pulling it out! Crazy girl.

You still love bathtime!! You love kicking your feet and playing in your little tub. :-)
Now when I get home from work in the evening, you are so happy to see me. You can't wait for me to hold you and you just look at me and then bury your head into my neck over and over and over again. It is the sweetest thing ever and I look forward to your warm welcome every day. :-) You have also started laying your head on our shoulders if we say Awe Avery. It's just for a very short time that you lay your head down, but it's oh so sweet.

Well I think that just about covers it for your 5 month update. You are such a blessing to this family Avery. We all just adore you and love you so much.

XOXO - Mommy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

It's been 5 months since Avery has been born (I still need to get her 5 month update on the blog, I'm really slacking) and I just realized I never posted a pregnancy bump date collage of all the bump-date pictures from her pregnancy. I love that I did this so you can see my progression week after week. :-) I hope it will be something fun for both of my kids to look back on. So I thought I better make a collage and get it up on the blog. What better day than Throw-back Thursday to share it. :-)

And because I love a good comparison, here is my bump-date collage with Jackson. :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cutest KC Chiefs Fans Ever!

I've posted these pictures on Facebook and Instagram, but I figured I better post them here too. :-)

It's no secret that my husband is a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan! His family is from KC and he was actually born there as well. His mom moved him and his two brothers here to St. Louis when Jake was around 2 or 3. When it comes to sports, Jake's a loyal KC fan. He always roots for the Chiefs and for the Royals! Our whole "man cave" is decorated in Chiefs decor. So when the Chiefs played Monday night football this past Monday night, it was almost like the Super Bowl for Jake. He invited a few friends/family over to watch the game and we had a little party at our house. 

So since I was off work Monday, I spent the day cleaning and getting ready for our company. I also thought I'd get the kids dressed up in their Chiefs-wear and take a few pictures of them in the back yard to frame for Jake's desk at work. :-) 

Avery cooperated very well and hammed it up for the camera. Jackson on the other hand, did NOT want his picture taken. As usual, he hates stopping and sitting still to have his picture taken and Monday was no different. Thankfully my parents had come over early so that my dad could look at our air conditioner that had stopped working right, (Thankfully he was able to fix it... my Dad's the best!) so my mom helped me with the kids pictures and promised Jackson some gum if he sat and took the picture. ;-) Thankfully that eventually worked and I got a couple cute shots of him too. :-)

So without further adieu... here is a collection of the cutest KC Chiefs Fans Ever!!

And my favorite of them all...

She's starting to sit up for short periods of time by herself! It's so stinkin cute and she thinks she's big stuff. My mom was right there to catch her if need be, which she had to do a couple of times. :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Being a Boy Mom

Last month I wrote a guest post for Elizabeth's Boy Mom Series over on her blog Chasin' Mason. I loved the opportunity to get to write about being a boy mom and, so that I have it in my archives, I thought I'd go ahead and post it here as well...

Hi! I'm Amy and I blog over at The Story of Us. Thank you so much Elizabeth, for asking me to join in on the Boy Mom series! Being a boy mom is better than I ever thought possible and I love talking about my sweet, sensitive and very rambunctious little boy who is full of energy and who truly is "all boy".

First, I'll share a little bit about myself. I've been blogging for around seven years now and I enjoy it very much. When I started blogging I basically just posted about scrapbooking and crafts that I had made, but as we started trying to have our first baby, it morphed into more of a lifestyle blog, which is what it is today. I usually post about my kids, our day to day life, photography and crafting. I work full time for the Federal Courts in St. Louis, MO and I also have a small side photography business called Storybook Photography. Photography is something I enjoy very much and I have loved learning so much from other bloggers.

My most important job though, is that I am a mom. A mom to 2 beautiful children that are my world. In 2011 we had our first child, a boy, named Jackson. He has been such a blessing and I have enjoyed these almost 3 years with him more than I ever thought possible. Then, in April of this year, we welcomed our sweet baby Avery into the world and she has completed our family so perfectly. 

My husband and I always talked about how we wanted two kids... a boy first and then a girl. I knew I wanted a boy, but I really felt like I was more suited to be a girl mom. I grew up with just one sister, so I didn't have the boy interaction I would have had, had I had a brother. I was just used to girls and knew what girls liked. I thought maybe girls just might be easier for me. So when we found out we were having a boy back in May of 2011, I was very happy, but a little part of me thought I'd be better with girls.

I definitely did not expect to love being a boy mom this much. Boys are just so much fun!

I expected the rough and tumble but I didn't expect for boys to be so sweet and sensitive.

I expected the boy toys like cars, boats, trains and trucks, but what I didn't expect is that I would enjoy the things that he enjoys just because they make him so happy.

I expected the bumps, bruises and scrapes but what I didn't expect is how much each tear he shed would effect me and that I would feel his hurt so strongly.

I expected the high energy of a boy and how I would probably love naptime, (and don't get me wrong, I do love naptime) but what I didn't expect is that sometimes when I'm laying in bed at night, I miss him even though he's just in the next room sleeping.

I never expected to love finding cars in my purse, spending a Saturday at the train museum, searching every Walmart, Target and Walgreens in the area to find the whole set of Disney Cars Die-Cast cars, playing catch in the back yard or catching lightening bugs as the sun goes down. I can't tell you how blessed I feel that I get to experience all of this and so much more. Having a boy is so much better than I ever thought possible and I love each and every minute of it.
(Quote found on Pinterest)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I just bought the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens and had gotten it in the mail last Wednesday evening, so I was playing around with it and got this sweet picture of Avery playing on her play-mat. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jackson Lately

 Jackson is only a month away from being 3!! Where in the world has the time gone. He is SO much fun right now. I just love all the funny things he says and does and I love experiencing new things with him that he's never seen or done before. :-)

He is now fully potty-trained (except we still put a pull up on him at night)! I can't tell you how happy I am about that. It actually went much easier than I thought. We had tried while I was on maternity leave with Avery, and though he knew when he needed to go and knew what to do, he just didn't want to do it. He did not want to go on the potty, so we took that as a sign that he just wasn't quite ready. However, back on July 27th, I asked him if he wanted to wear underwear when he got out of the bath that night and he said yes and he's been doing well ever since with only a couple of accidents. :-) Going number 2 took a little longer for him to get comfortable with, but I think we can say without any doubt that he is officially potty trained!!!

Funny things he's said lately:
Magic House: "Monster House"
Octopus: "Papapus"
Medicine: "Mecidine"
Toys: "Koys"
1, 2, 3 Jump: "One, Two, Free Gump"

"My Big Strong" which means he's a big boy. I had him and Avery in my arms one night and said, "awe, my two babies" and Jackson says, "my not a baby, my big strong." Ha!

He's also started saying, "my had it first" which he's apparently heard from an older cousin or another kid at school. Ugh.

One night last week while I was giving him and Avery a bath, He said "I love you" for the first time on his own. He's said it back to us if we've said it to him, but he was playing in the bath that night and looked up from playing and said "Mommy, I love you" all on his own. And then my heart exploded!! Boy do I love hearing those 3 little words come out of his mouth. ♥

He is now obsessed with band-aids. If he gets any little boo boo, it has to have a kiss and a band-aid! We might need to buy a few more boxes of them so we have plenty on hand. Ha. I've told him he only needs a band-aid if it's bleeding, but he doesn't agree. Ha.

When we're in the car, he often asks where we're going and for example, if we're headed home he asks "where is it"? So no answer is good enough until we give him play by play directions. "Well we will make a left up here and then go a ways and make a right, then another left and then we'll be home." It cracks me up that that is the answer he's looking for. I will say, he does have a pretty good sense of direction and knows the exit off the highway to several places that we frequent. He also has told family/friends in the car with us where his doctor's office is and where his school is if we've passed them along the way. :-)

He still loves playing with cars, trucks, trains and pretty much anything with wheels. He has also started to like playing with dinosaurs and action figures. We heard him the other day playing with his cars. He was making the cars say hi to one another and have a conversation together. It was the cutest thing ever. His new favorite show is Peppa Pig and he has started to like Jake and the Neverland Pirates more lately. He also likes Ninja Turtles now and Sheriff Callie a lot as well.

There is a commercial on Disney Jr. that shows a little girl going to Disney World. It shows Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom and now Jackson constantly says he wants to go to the Castle! I literally can't wait to take him there as it's one of the happiest places on earth and I love it so much. So we are thinking that while we're in Phoenix in late Jan., we may take a little drive to Disneyland so he can see the castle. I really hope we can make it happen because he will be so excited! He usually asks at least once a day if we can go to the castle. Ha. :-)

He's wearing size 4T clothes and size 9 shoes. He's growing like a weed!

I think that just about catches you up with what Jackson's been up to lately. He's getting so big and growing up so much. He's such a sweet boy and we adore him to pieces!! ♥