My Mush: 11 Months

  • New foods: macaroni and cheese, cherries, strawberries, sausage, rice, baked potato, cottage cheese, spinach muffins
  • Climbs the steps with ease. Even caught him half way up when the gate was left open. Heart attack moment.
  • New found love of cars, trucks, and basically anything with wheels.
  • Got a new cousin! My brother and his wife had their second child, a baby girl on March 19. Can’t wait to meet her!
  • Bends down to pick up toys without dropping to his knees.
  • Rarely crawls anymore. Walks like a pro and tries to ‘run’ when he wants to evade capture. He leads with his belly and usually ends up falling, but it’s adorable as he kicks his knees up and giggles away from us.
  • Can climb down off of the couch… and is working pretty hard to climb up.
  • Has become super playful with K. Their relationship is really developing and I love it! Although I foresee him overpowering her in no time.
  • Loves books! We have to keep the paper pages out of his reach do he doesn’t tear through them… literally. He’ll entertain himself with board books for quite a while.
  • Super snuggly. If he sees you laying on the floor he’ll run over and flop down on top of you to nuzzle.
  • Can clap hands and wave hi and bye on command. He also LOVES to point at things. ALL the things!
  • Getting to the shaggy hair status. Obsessed! Can’t wait to see how much of a surfer dude he becomes this summer. I already know with his coloring he’ll be perfectly tanned and gorgeous.
  • Such a ham. He’ll stand and stare at you making little grunt noises until you look over at him. Then he’ll smile, giggle and either run away or run straight at your face with his arms outstretched.
  • Still a conundrum when it comes to sleep. We’ve shifted his schedule more times than I can count but he’s still waking up 1-4 times a night on average. Making some progress with a later bedtime and the addition of a white noise machine/essential oils in the last few days but haven’t seen it happen enough times in a row to be a sure-thing. Fingers crossed.
  • First time in the nursery at church. He did great until other parents started showing up to get their littles. I guess Z and I weren’t fast enough picking him up.
  • Celebrated his first Easter!
  • Can go from sitting to standing without pulling up. I love when he sticks his tooshie way up in the air before standing.
  • Said done when I asked him if he was all done with dinner. WHAAAAAT?
  • Little parrot: Will blow raspberries and stick his tongue out (all the way out) at you if you do it to him first.

Ya’ll, my next update will be on his first birthday. How is that even possible??? My dad made the comment the other day that HG is no longer a baby but a little boy. I gave him the evil eye for even suggesting such a thing (he will always be my little baby) but each day it is more and more true. My baby is growing up so fast! Cue sappy music.

Until next time…

My Mush: 10 months

This month’s update completely snuck up on me! Partially because I was so late getting last month’s photo taken so it felt like I just did this and partially because February just flew by. I call it the month of sickness and snow. So much… TOO MUCH… of both! Someone asked me on Wednesday how old HG was and I said, “9 1/2 months” with the greatest confidence. Then my mom said, “Wait, isn’t today the 4th?”. Holy moly how is my bitty baby already 10 months old? Unreal. As you can tell from the slight blur in every one of this month’s photos, Mr. Mush is never still. I still managed to get some cute shots despite his constant motion! Now on to the stats.

  • New foods: crackers, refried beans, scrambled eggs
  • Reaches out to show us things and waves hi/bye
  • Becoming a pro walker! It’s probably 80/20 walking over crawling now!!
  • Still nursing 4x a day but becoming a pro at hand-feeding himself so we are gradually switching from chunky puree to soft solids.
  • First bad cold – RSV
  • First ear infection/antibiotics
  • First time NOT waking up at 3:40 the morning of his month anniversary. He still isn’t consistently sleeping through the night but we’re getting there. I hope!
  • 2nd snow, 1st time sledding
  • Goofball and giggle machine. Now that he’s mobile he loves teetering all around the room, giggling, and flopping face-first onto pillows. He also loves being tickled!
  • First dance class … strapped to me! He absolutely loved it and bopped his feet the whole time.
  • Pulls his bib off mid-meal
  • He ALWAYS has his hand in his mouth, playing with his tongue. We’re always on alert checking to see if he actually has something in his mouth or if he’s just chewing on his fingers.
  • Super mini tantrum-thrower when he doesn’t get what he wants. Throws his head back for an initial fuss then flops over with his head on the floor. Drama, drama, drama.
  • He has the BEST faces including a number of shocked looks when he finds something new,  becomes appalled that we’ve taken something away from him, protests a recent fall.
  • If there is a keyboard in arms reach he WILL find a way to get his little hands on the keys, even swatting your hand out of the way when you try stopping him.
  • Super chatty with grunts, mama, dada, hi and many other noises.
  • Needs a few minutes to take it in when he’s in a new situation or around new people. He really examines his surroundings for about 5 minutes before feeling comfortable enough to interact with new faces and places.

Until next time…

Keelinisms 2.0

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting another set of Keelinisms and boy have I got some good ones for you! From the mouth of my babe…

Watching Gammie add wood to the fire: “Has the fire melted yet?”

After Z shaved off his bushy lumberjack beard: “Daddy cut off his beard and mushroom!”

Z: Keelin, can I call you baby cakes?
K: NO, I don’t want pancakes!

Waving a tiny American flag, I told her to say “USA! USA! USA!”
What I got: “HO HO SE, HO HO SE”  (to her defense it was Christmas time so HO HO HO was the norm around the house)

Looking at her new Rapunzel and Aurora dolls (Christmas and Birthday gifts):
Gammie: Oh now Rapunzel and Aurora can be friends and do fun things together!
K: Oh, no. Princesses can’t be friends.

While looking at her yogurt mustache in a photo…
‘I look like Santa Claus! Santa Claus is coming to town!’

Closing her book and hopping off the couch she looks at me and says, “Can I read another one your majesty?”

“Come on Graydon, let’s go play with my toys. They’re really fun but you can’t cry about them.

After getting too much lotion on her hands she decided to rub the excess on my leg and the following conversation ensued:
“Wow mom, your legs are really sprinkly today”
“They’re what?”
“Sprinkly”
“You mean prickly?”
“Oh yeah! Your legs are really prickly today!”

K: Mommy, I don’t want to play with Violet anymore
M: Ok
K: But I like Violet
M: Ok
K: But she’s a bad guy. I think she needs to go to church with me

“Here Graydon, I’ll hold him and you hold yourself.”

After my mom says, “Oh darn.” while playing a game on her iPad.
“What’s wrong Gammie?”
“I lost”
“Again???”

After HG accidentally turned off the DVD player:
“Oh. My. Goodness. (complete with dramatic pauses) He just turned that right off.”

On the phone with Z:
“What kind of food you gonna get for you? Hamburger? Mooburger? Oh! Maybe I’ll come after I drive in your car for a little while. (looks over at a photo of HG in his Halloween costume) That was me and Graydon when we went to trick-or-treating. Maybe you can come trick-or-treating with us. (picks up an action figure, “Hook hand” from Tangled, and puts him up to the phone) This is Hook Hand, he wants to talk to you. Say hi Hook Hand. ”

“What’s in your ear mommy?”
“Nothing, I was just scratching it.”
“Is it Pepsi in there?”

More to come!

Until next time…

 **Photos by the incomparable Layna Rae Photography

Baby boy’s quilt

Some of you may recall, during K’s weekly onesie updates, I talked about making a keepsake quilt featuring a swatch of each backdrop fabric used in her first year. I even used my mad excel skills to whip up a design layout that would work.  I never gave an update on the quilt, at least not here, but I did end up giving it to K as her ‘big sister’ gift they day we brought HG home from the hospital. She LOVED it…

… in fact I believe she’s nestled cozily underneath it as I type this. Mom win for sure.

So now it’s HG’s turn to have something special made from his onesie update fabrics. It won’t be nearly as colorful as K’s was seeing as I’ll only have 12 prints (from his bowtie fabric) instead of 52, but I’m still really excited to make it happen. Mostly, I’ve been excited to bust out my OCD excel skills once again to help design something perfect.

In an attempt to make it as close to K’s as possible I created a grid with the same number of squares that hers has, leaving me with more squares to fill than I have monthly fabric for. I decided, after playing around with every color in the rainbow, that a grey scale would work best for the filler squares especially since I’m using the grey and white chevron fabric that he is laying on in each month’s photos. I’ve played a lot and came up with some cute designs but I’m definitely in need of some input on which design I should use. So without further ado, my six favorites:

1                                                                               2

3                                                                                4

 5                                                                                6

I don’t know if it will end up being a first birthday gift, a second birthday gift, a “big brother” gift (whenever he gets promoted), or a random Wednesday gift. No matter when it finally gets done, I know I’ll have a blast making it. I hope he loves and cherishes it as much as K does hers.

So if I could ask a favor of you, my friends, let me know which design is your favorite! You can pick your two top choices in the poll below. I have gone a little cross eyed looking at them over and over again and I love them all for different reasons so I need some fresh eyes and opinions. Use the poll and if you’re really feeling generous, leave a comment telling me what about your favorite makes it… your favorite! Thank you thank you! I would say that I’ll let you know which one is the winner, but knowing my track record, you’ll probably find out when I’m finished making it. Either way, I appreciate the help and love!

Until next time…

My Mush: 9 months

I’m a little late getting HG’s 9 month update posted but we’ve been passing the plague around the house. Or, rather, mush man and I passed the plague. After developing a scary cough and suffering through a very sleepless night I took HG to the doctor last Saturday to find he tested positive for RSV. His lungs were still clear, thank goodness, so he didn’t need any breathing treatments, just lots of sleep and snuggles which I was well equipped to provide. I almost wished he needed the breathing treatments so I could have felt like I was doing something more to help him feel better. Sick babies are the worst. A few nights of sleeping ON me {and no other way} I inevitable caught some form of his cold and am still plowing through tissue boxes like a pro. HG still wasn’t feeling any better after a few days and had started spiking more fevers and throwing up after almost every time he ate so I took him back to the doctor to have the pediatrician tell me he had, “the worst ear infection I’ve seen in weeks”. I was equal parts heartbroken and relieved because with an ear infection I could get some antibiotics in him and get him on the road to recovery. He’s back to his old self again – smiling and getting into everything – so we were finally able to get his monthly photo taken! But enough about the plague passing, onto the stats.

  • New solids: kiwi, mango, pickle, smoothie, cherry, butternut squash
  • Mastering pincer grasp
  • Cut teeth #5 and #6
  • Took his first steps (January 22) Crawling is still is primary mode of transportation but he loves ‘walking’ from one piece of furniture to the next and gets more steps in-a-row each day! We’re in trouble!
  • Now clearly says “mama” and “dada”
  • Peed off the landing… and onto mommy.
  • Quite content ‘playing’ on his own – he’s such a little explorer!
  • Consistently wearing 9 month clothes… and some 9-12 and 12 months!
  • Bath time is still his favorite, especially when he spots his reflection in the faucet and goes to investigate.
  • Super mama’s boy. He’s fine if someone else picks him up when I’m not around but if he catches a glimpse of me he’ll start fussing and try to get to me.
  • Loves pushing his big sister around the kitchen in her little cart.
  • Has giggle fits when his big sister spins him around the kitchen in his high chair.
  • ‘Dances’ when he hears music.
  • Sits with Granddaddy and watches INTENTLY as he plays Sudoku on the iPad
  • HUGE appetite. He gets very impatient if I don’t shovel his food in fast enough.
  • First time breaking something. Pulled a pot down from a shelf in the kitchen and shattered the lid. OOPS.
  • Weighed in just under 20 lbs at his doctor’s appointment.

Until next time…

My Mush: 8 months

Happy first post of the New Year! I cannot believe it’s 2015 and Mr. Mush is 8 months old. Better dive right in before another month passes me by!

  • New solids: squash, pear, Gerber puffs, blueberries, mum mum, banana pancake, chicken, scrambled eggs, mango
  • Loves passing toys back and forth from one hand to another.
  • Still not 100% but we’ve made a lot of progress with his sleeping habits. He actually started sleeping through the night almost every night this last week and the rest he’s generally just waking up once in the night. Progress!
    **UPDATE… Despite HG’s progress within the last week he did wake up about 5 times this morning… around 3:40… the time he was born. You’ll recall I’ve been conducting a little experiment to see if these month-birthday 3:40 wake up calls continue. I was so confused as to why he had such a bad night despite us being so strict with his schedule. Then Z reminded me of the last few months. So far we’re still seeing a pattern! NUTS!!!
  • First Christmas lights show – was quite mesmerized.
  • First Christmas!!!
  • First bloody nose :( Hopefully face-planting into the feet of our office chair will teach him that swivel seats aren’t the sturdiest things to pull up on!
  • Sits with his legs in a ‘hurkey’ position (one leg bent back, one straight forward) or Z-sit (one leg bent front, one leg bent back) all the time. Rarely has both feet in front. I think it makes it easier for him to get moving.
  • Still thinks his sister is the bees knees
  • Gives open mouth ‘kisses’
  • First word:  ‘mama’ :) He says ‘baba’ and ‘ga’ a lot, just like his sister did, but this was a definite MMMM sound… at least to my ears!
  • Sucks his teeth and LOVES when you suck yours back at him. We have teeth sucking conversations daily!
  • Never stops moving! He crawls at lightening speed, pulls up on everything, grabs whatever he can reach, drops down to his knees (another new skill), and is back on the move.
  • MAMA’S BOY! He prefers to be with me 95% of the time. If he sees me walk by and I don’t come smooch on him or pick him up he’ll get mad and fuss. It’s adorable… and exhausting… but I love it!

Until next time…

3 Years Down…

Our little girl is 3 years old.
I can’t believe she’s 3 years old!
HOW is she already 3 years old?

Because it’s her birthday and I’m feeling a bit sappy I thought it write a little letter directly to our sweet girl, so she (we) can look back and remember what life was like in 2014.

Dear Keelin Bean,

The last three years have flown by and you have grown into such a smart and silly little girl. You definitely have your daddy’s sense of humor, finding fun in everything, and a little of your mama’s drama, sometimes worrying about the littlest things. You’re favorite past times include reading, playing in the sandbox, coloring, reading, putting stickers on everything (including yourself), snuggling and playing with your brother, reading, asking if it’s “Movie Day”, and reading. Did I mention you like to read? It’s your absolute favorite! Whether you’re curled up in someone’s lap or alone in your room, you usually have a book in-hand.
You’ve seen many firsts and had many achievements this year too: you graduated from diapers to the potty, you played in the snow for the first time, you became a big sister, you moved from Georgia to Virginia, you went from a crib to a big girl bed, and you were a flower girl in a wedding… just to name a few!
Sadly, you also lost two of your great-grandparents but we talk about them often and fondly. I’m thankful you were too young to feel that heartbreak just yet.
You’re a pill when it comes to meal-time, seeing as how you’d rather be playing than have to sit and actually put nutrients into your tall, skinny little body. Seriously, you’re all limbs. Plus, if we’re not having cupcakes you’re just not interested. Totally understandable.
You love animals but usually end up being afraid of them when they come near you.
You’re such a great little mama to your baby brother, bringing him toys, patting his back, and telling him ‘it’s okay brovah’ whenever he cries.
You can name just about every major Disney character, despite having never seen most of their movies, and you have a love-hate relationship with Frozen… Don’t we all.
You are smitten with your daddy and it melts my heart to see you demand a hug and a kiss every time he leaves the house. Even if it’s just to run to the store. Your grandparents are also at the top of your list of favorite people. They love you so much.
I could go on and on about your mind-blowing intelligence, enormous heart, silly personality, and love of life.
Your daddy and I are so blessed to have you and are thrilled to watch you grow into the person God created you to be.
We love you right up to the moon and back.

Here’s a look at this past year of two-ness, in a precious video by K’s Aunt Heather, aka Movie Momma.

Happy birthday beautiful girl. I can’t wait to see how much you grow and all that you experience in 2015.

Until next time…

Holiday To Do list … with a twist

I’m not sure where this originated, otherwise I’d give credit where it’s due, but it’s been floating around Facebook for the past week or so and it makes me smile so I thought it was worth sharing here. It’s pretty self explanatory… enjoy. 

Until next time…

My Mush: 7 months

I’m a few days late posting Mush’s 7 month update seeing as how was a sad, sick, little lump over the weekend and our photo session was delayed. He caught a yucky cold/cough and we’ve been dealing with some fussy, snotty days. Outside of his recent under-the-weather status, it’s been QUITE an eventful month full of firsts!

  • Cut tooth #4 – ain’t nobody speeding through teething like this boy
  • Stood (balanced) on his own for about 15 seconds. Literally just let go like it was no big deal.
  • Became a crawling machine. There’s nothing he can’t get to!
  • Learned to pull up to his knees about 2 days after learning to crawl.
  • Learned to pull up to his feet the next morning. Pulls up on ALL THE THINGS!
  • Pulled K’s art easel over on himself (terrifying for mom) and hardly shed a tear.
  • Loves to beat on things. He loves hitting the table with his hands or beating his toys senseless against the floor.
  • Gets mad when we take something away from him or keep him from getting to something. Pitches a 6 second temper tantrum before seeing something else he wants.
  • First time sitting shotgun in a shopping cart. We were at Costco so he shared the ride with his sister. Had a blast and K kept telling everyone we passed, “This is my brovah up here sittin wif me”
  • Attended his first craft show with mommy as a vendor. It was a dismal failure but everyone thought he was cute! I may use him to attract buyers again!
  • More solids: carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, banana, avocado
  • First Thanksgiving!
  • Caught his first cold. :(

Hoping you are all getting into the Christmas spirit! We sure are!

Until next time…

Keelinisms aka Stuff My Kid Says

Because I don’t talk about her enough and toddlers are hysterical, I give you a collection of Keelinisms: part one of many.

  • While looking at a piece of cinnamon toast: “Is it durty on there?” (we are now affectionately calling cinnamon toast dirty toast)
  • When nap or bed time approaches: “Just five more minutes. Seven more minutes

  • “Holy moly cow”
  • When we call her a silly goose: “No I’m not a silly goose I’m Kee-yin”

  • After I called her a demon child for making “REDRUM” noises: “I’m NOT a demon child, I’m a wittle gurl”
  • “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt me.”

  • After putting Graydon’s drool bib on: “Gotta go show mommy and daddy how cute me are.”
  • While putting my bra in the washing machine: “That’s mommy’s boobs”

  • “Ok. Yeah, showuh!” (sure)
  • “Mama, I pinched my arm. I go show Gammie what it hurts like.”

  • Singing: “Let it go. Let it go. My fairy wings and Elsa and Anna. Let it go. My wings. Amen”
  • Handing me a strawberry and pointing to the stem: “Mommy, you cut the grass off please?”

  • Watching me wash my breast pump cones and bottles: “Is that your boob cup?”
  • Every time anyone leaves a room: “Where are you going? What you gonna do there?”

I love my sweet, silly, smart, sassy little bean.

Until next time…