Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was wonderful. Jam packed full, but wonderful! We headed to south GA to see Jordan's grandparents on Friday. It was a long day, but both boys did so well in the car, and everyone enjoyed getting to see them (and meet Colton)! Christmas Eve was pretty laid back. We had to finish a little shopping, and then just hung around until it was time for the Church service (where my sweet child would yell out "No Christmas!" for all to hear and flip out when he wasn't allowed to hold a lit candle. And Colton gave Ashley a nice "welcome home" by throwing up all over her dress and the pew and the floor--fun times!) and dinner out with my family. On the way home, we realized that we had forgotten about cookies for Santa, so slice and bake cookies from Walgreens it was! I'll do better for Santa next year. ;) Once the boys went to bed, we got everything out of the attic and set it out for Christmas morning. I think Jordan and I were more excited than Hampton going to bed that night! Christmas morning was interesting. Hampton is terrified of Santa. He was not thrilled when Jordan went in his room and said that Santa had come. It took a lot of convincing to get him to come out. Poor little monkey! Once he did come out, he was thrilled with his loot and had a blast playing with all his new cars. It was actually hard to get him to open presents b/c he was so distracted by the "big" toys from Santa. After opening presents, we spent the day at my parents' house. Lots of family from both sides came and went, and lots of food was consumed! The next day, we opened more presents at Jordan's parents' house. His brother and wife and 2 kids were in town from Ashville, so we were so happy to get to see them and let the kids play for a bit. Lots of wonderful memories were made this year. Lots of pictures? That's another story. I barely picked up my camera. I am so mad now, but at the time, I was juggling the baby, helping Hampton open presents, visiting with family I hadn't seen in forever, and a million other things. So, alas, I only have a few pictures. And none with the 4 of us. I'll have to make up for it by taking lots and lots of pictures this next year!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

5 months

This month has flown by! I'm sure the holiday season is the main reason because we have been so incredibly busy! And Colton, sweet thing he is, just goes with the madness.

Colton is keeping us on our toes, that's for sure! His "routine" is that he has no routine. I think if I was a first time mom, this might drive me insane. But we just go with it, and he sleeps when he wants, eat when he wants, and plays in between! He is still a great sleeper, going down these days between 8:30 and 9:30 and usually sleeping until about 7. He does still wake up once during the night, but is back asleep after 5-10 minutes. I can't complain! (Jordan might, though, since he's still in our room! It's just so easy to reach over and grab him when he wakes up!)

This month:
-What a personality this little guy has! He is (usually) so content, and has quite a lot to babble and giggle about.
-Anything and everything goes into his mouth. And the slobber...there's so much!!
-The rolling is out of control. Colton is all over the place, and he gets there fast!
-He's working on sitting up on his own. I'm surprised at how close he is to staying up for more than a second or two.
-Ear infections have been an every few weeks occurrence with this guy. I'm hoping we can get things under control. If not, the "t" word has been brought up.
-"Spitting up" does not begin to describe what this kid does. He pukes all.the.time. We change clothes a lot!
-Speaking of puking, we survived our first stomach bug. Scariest. Moment. Ever. I am usually pretty calm and laid back when it comes to being a mom, but watching him get sick, screaming in pain each time, and then his limp body when it was all over was too much for me. Thankfully, it was all over by the next morning and no one else caught it.

More pictures?

I'm growing up so fast!
Another month older. He'll be six months old so soon. I can't stand it!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bye Bye Paci

We said good bye to Hampton's pacifier two weekends ago, and let me tell you, I LOVE having that thing gone! When Jordan got home from work on Friday afternoon, we took Hampton to Target to pick out a prize. The idea was that if he slept all night without his paci, he would get the prize Saturday morning. HA. The kid flipped when we tried to take his monster truck (his pick!) and put it in the back of the car. I finally gave in and said, "now you need to understand that the paci is going in the trash when we get home. You will not get it back if you get your prize now." I don't know if he understood, but he threw away all 3 pacifiers as soon as we got home and never looked back! He cried for about 5 minutes that first night, but other than that, it has been a really easy transition. Thank goodness because I think Jordan and I were pretty nervous about how it would all work out. Such a good kid!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A million dollars

When Hampton gets on a "no" kick, Jordan and I like to throw out the question, "do you want a million dollars?" We'll usually get a thoughtful pause and an "ookaaay." It's hilarious and adorable. This afternoon, when he woke up from his nap, I was asking him what he wanted (for a snack), and his response was "I want a middon dollas." Ummm, yes, sweetie, so do I. So I tried explaining to him that I don't have a million dollars. But he insisted. I tried to change his diaper, but he refused. "I want a middon dollas!" he screamed while pointing toward the kitchen. Reasoning with a 2 year old is impossible, so I went with it. He led me to the kitchen, then to the pantry, the whole time pointing and saying "middon dollas." I pointed out practically everything in the pantry, "Is this a million dollars?" "No." "Is this a million dollars?" "No." Finally, he believed me--we do not have a million dollars in our house.

Dang it.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

4 months!

I am so glad that I have this blog to look back and see what we were up to at month 4 with Hampton. It makes it fun to see how different they look, and how they differ weight/length wise at that point. It's hard to believe that it really wasn't that long ago that Hampton was only 4 months, but I sometimes still feel like this is my first go round with a baby. I just don't remember it all!!

As for this go round--I have a big boy. People used to tell me all the time that Hampton was such a big boy. No. No. No. Colton is a big boy! (and I wouldn't have it any other way-those cheeks and thighs-oh my! Love!!). He is 17 pounds and 25 inches. My poor back is not going to handle taking him out in the car seat much longer!

We learned at his appointment that he has his second ear infection. Ugh. This is not what I wanted to hear. We're hoping that once he gets his second round of shots, this should help him fight against things Hampton may be bringing home from school. We postponed shots for 2 weeks when we go back in to have his ear rechecked.

Colton is such a content baby. He will hang out pretty much wherever you lay him down and just kick and talk and roll around. If he's in a room where a tv is on, I've noticed that he will scoot himself around until he can see the screen. I don't think he can really see clearly yet, but I guess he likes the light. We've recently introduced the jumperoo, and he seems to love it as much as his big brother did (and still does! ha!). The activity mat and swing are also favorite spots for him to just chill. He doesn't love the bouncy seat for too long, but we'll usually sit him in there (or in the bumbo on the table) while we eat dinner. He's pretty much over his aversion to the carseat and rides happily until he falls asleep. As far as milestones go, I think this kid is going to be a competitive one! He has been rolling from stomach to back for about a month, and the day before he hit 4 months, he made it from back to stomach! He grabs on to anything he can and shakes it, puts it in his mouth or, if it is something sturdy, tries to pull himself up. His is strong! His little giggle is contagious and he smiles at everyone. He is quite the talker as well. Pretty much, life doesn't get much better for this little guy! :)

His daddy's signature half smile!
Look how big I am!
Ok. I'm done.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

happy halloween!

Colton the HotDog

Hampton the Hamburger

Hampton's Buzz Lightyear pumpkin :)

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what I've been up to...

As the end of my maternity leave started to creep up on me, I knew that something had to change. Although I was still only going to be working 3 days a week, the thought of leaving my baby that soon was killing me. I knew Hampton would be okay (because he loved his babysitter already), but Colton was only 2 and a half months old. I had been praying for a long time that this change would happen, talking with Jordan, and talking with my dad about what it could possibly mean. And 1 week before I was to return to work, my boss asked if I could meet him for lunch. After catching up on things, he presented the idea that I become a contract worker for the company--meaning, working on my time, only being in the office about 4 hours a week, and no other responsibilities except accounting. It's exactly what I wanted to hear. And exactly what I wanted to do. After writing up a proposal, agreements were made, and I was free! I'm now working for my dad and taking on different accounting jobs, and getting to be at home with my boys at least 3 days a week. Because of some private issues with our babysitter, she had to stop watching kids for a bit (hopefully she'll be taking them back soon b/c Hampton and I love her!), so Hampton is now enrolled at Mother's Day Out at a church right down the street 2 days a week. Colton stays with my dad on Wednesday mornings while I spend some time at the office, and the rest of my days are spent playing, loving on, and enjoying these boys. And I work during nap time...most days...and sometimes in the evenings. I'm definitely not making the big bucks, but I wouldn't trade it. I'm so thankful!
Seriously, how cute is this?!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Colton is 3...and a half...months!

before I can get into how adorable my little guy is, I need to vent: our internet sucks! We've been working on getting our wireless internet working for over a month now. Two visits from the cable guy, 3 new routers, and still having issues! I'm.So.Frustrated. I feel like I can't keep up with anything b/c the dang computer won't connect. And my only chance is nap time, so that makes it double impossible to post. Ok, that's all, vent over! For now...

On to this adorable little (albeit, chunky!) guy:It is amazing how little I remember from when Hampton was this age. When should he be napping? How much should he eat when he gets a bottle? He is rolling over (stomach to back) already!? Each little milestone is so new. Like I've never done it before!

"Colt the Bolt," as his daddy has so lovingly nicknamed him, is such a sweetie. He smiles and laughs and coos his days away. Unless, of course, if he's eating or sleeping. Which he still does a lot of! Though we've had a rough couple of nights getting to sleep this week, he has been sleeping through the night for a while now. He started rolling from tummy to back right at 3 months. This put a little kink in a few nights (he's a tummy sleeper), but I just started wrapping him up nice and tight so that he can't roll himself over and wake up. (Yep, I just admitted that my baby sleeps on his tummy with a blanket. Deal!) He's really into watching Hampton, and Hampton just loves to lay next to him and talk to him, tickle him, and give him kisses. It's quite possibly the cutest thing ever. He loves to lay on his play mat and look at all the dangling toys. The swing and bouncy seat are okay, but he doesn't like to be in either of those for too long! Car rides have gotten much, MUCH better. He'll usually drift off in the car, but if he doesn't, he likes to check himself out in his little mirror and watch the dangling animals on that as well!

He's a great little feeder and nursing is so different this time. He gets on, gets full, gets off. Not like his big brother who liked to hang around for an hour or so every single feeding! I give him the occasional bottle when we're out and about or while I'm at the office, and he'll usually take it without a fight. I'm pretty proud that we have not had to use one bit of formula yet. I'm not opposed to it, but it just hasn't been needed!

I don't know how much he weighs, but this baby is big! He's still in some 3 month onesies/pants, but in pajamas and one piece outfits, we've had to move on up. He's also zooming through diaper sizes. He's currently in 2s but I can tell we'll need to move up very soon!

We're having a fun time with these boys! :)
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday, Hampton!

Yes, his birthday was September 23. This is a little late, but what can I say?...I'm BUSY!! Hampton had a great 2nd birthday! We had family over that Friday night for pizza, cake, and presents. Saturday, we headed to the zoo. It was a fun, laid back time. Perfect for a second birthday! I can't believe my little guy is 2 already. He is such fun!! A few pictures from his birthday party:

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Friday, September 16, 2011

2 months

Colton is 2 months old! Oh my! These two months have been amazing. We're definitely falling nicely into the role of "family of 4." Without sitting down and discussing things, Jordan and I have just fallen into our new roles. The baby needs to eat? Jordan takes care of dinner. I'm giving Colton a bath? Jordan grabs Hampton and gets him in the tub. I hop in the shower before getting in bed? Jordan makes sure that there are diapers and wipes next to the bed for the middle-of-the-night change. It works.

 Even though I've done this before, I'm in shock at how much a baby changes in the first 2 months! Colton is so alert, loves to check out everything going on around him, and unlike his big brother, is happy to chill out in his swing or on the activity mat for a little while. He has the sweetest little smile and when you tickle his stomach he smiles and pulls his legs and arms in to grab your hand! Sleep (knock on wood) is wonderful. He takes great naps and wakes up once during the night to eat and goes right back to sleep. The only hiccup is that he is in this stage where he "cluster feeds" (eats off and on for a few hours) every night before bed. He can be a bit fussy during this time, and I can't quite figure it out. Not sure if he's sleepy and fighting it, hungry, has a tummy ache, or what. But I'm sure it will pass soon, so for now, I camp out in my bed and just feed and bounce and love on him until he goes to sleep for good.

At Colton's 2 month well visit, we learned that he had an ear infection. Hampton was kind enough to share his cold with Jordan and Colton, but I was surprised to hear this! Hampton had no ear infections through his first year (and only 1 ever), so it makes me nervous that this little guy has one already. I'm hoping this isn't a sign of bad things to come... Since he had an ear infection and would have to come back in 2 weeks for a recheck, we got to postpone the dreaded shots. I'm not looking forward to that! :(
Although Colton seems so teeny tiny to me, he's a little chunkster! He weighed in at 12 lbs, 9 oz and was 22 inches. Yay for my big boy!!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Labor Day Beach trip

I've been a total blog slacker. I really wish it wasn't so, but I don't pull my computer out much during the day (it's already missing the "V" key thanks to Hampton always wanting to beat on it!). Once I'm in bed at night, or nursing Colton before he goes to bed, the last thing I think about is how I need to write down this or that before I forget and then I'm too lazy to pull out the computer! Looking back, this same thing happened my first few months with Hampton, so I'm sure I'll get back in the swing of things soon enough. Excited? You should be!

Over Labor Day weekend, we were able to head to Hilton Head for the long weekend. Oh boy, is going to the beach with a toddler and a newborn an adventure and a half! Thankfully, my parents were there to step in when needed. Hampton slept in the pnp in their room, so Jordan and I were able to get a few extra minutes of sleep each morning before Colton decided it was time for everyone to be up. That in itself was so nice! We spent Saturday down at the beach most of the day but not in the ocean. Hampton is terrified still. It was so pitiful, and after much begging and coercing, we finally gave up on the idea of him getting in-or anywhere close-to the water. I hope this changes next year! We had a beachfront condo with a pool right out the back door, so he did get a lot of swim time in, which made him happy. He is fearless when it comes to the pool! Colton (let's not forget about him) napped down at the beach for hours, slept great at night, and just went with the flow. He's such a good baby! Sunday was a little rainy, but we didn't let that stop us from having fun. Hampton and Jordan played in the rain, found a bunny, and ate boiled peanuts out on the patio w/ G-dad. The afternoon was pretty windy, so we had to keep Colton inside--which meant that we traded off being down at the beach. That part of vacationing with little ones isn't so fun, but it is better than not getting away at all! On the way home, we hit the outlets. Hampton racked up on some fall/winter clothes. He was in desperate need b/c he was going to have to go naked once the weather cooled down!

Just take the picture, mom.
I'll play in the sand!
I also convinced Jordan to humor me and pose for a few pictures. Too bad Colton wasn't as easily swayed. He wasn't so pleased with the idea, but I think we got a few.

Helping his daddy fly the kite
Hampton flying the kite!

 Can't wait to hit the beach next summer when both boys can play with each other!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

i lu you

Hampton said "I lu you" to me tonight as I was rubbing his back before bed time. My eyes filled with tears. Best.Feeling.Ever.!

Thank you Jesus for blessing me with this sweet, sweet boy. He was certainly worth it ALL!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

23 months

I am starting to have writer's block when I do these monthly updates on my little monkey. I mean, how many times can I start a blog entry with "I can't believe he's __ months already! Time is flying"? It gets a little redundant, no? That being said, it's the truth and I'll probably say it each month with Colton as well!

23 months. Such a fun age! My little guy is just a hoot to be around. Each day he makes me laugh with his crazy antics, ridiculous tantrums (yes, they usually make me laugh. Who flings themselves on the floor because you hand them a cup of milk after they ask for milk?? Seriously, you have to laugh!), and toddler demands. ("SIT DOWN. THERE. SIT DOWN!!") He has been a little chatterbox since I've been home with Colton, using lots of phrases and real sentences. Most of them start with "I want...","I get...", or he labels things, "mommy's cup, daddy's car, baby's diaper." It's great to be able to actually communicate with him about so many things! Of course, if he can't yet get the words out for what he wants, it can be pretty horrific. He repeats almost anything we ask him to say (and even things we don't!), but I have yet to get him to say "Colton." Instead, he refers to him as "babies" or "Colt colt". How cute is that? :)

We have decided that we are not going to do a big birthday party for Hampton's second b-day. Instead, we are going to take a trip to the zoo with some family! We have been to the aquarium a couple of times, and he loved it, but we have never been to the zoo. I thought it would be such fun and much less stressful! We have plenty of birthday parties to look forward to as we watch these boys (and future kid(s)) grow up, so this just seems like the perfect time to do something different to celebrate our little guy's day!

Such a sweetie:Look at what a sweet big brother he is :)Image and video hosting by TinyPic