Making memories

I had always wanted to be that mom that chronicled her kids growing up. I started a baby book for Ashton – I think I updated it a few months ago after it sat for about, oh, a year. I have one for Brantley, too. I did put some facts in there while on maternity leave. So needless to say I have not been “on the ball” with my mommy goal. So why not use this blog to record those memories?? Why, yes, I think I will.

Right now Ashton is 2 1/2 yrs old. Did I mention that he potty trained right before his 2nd birthday? I seriously never thought that would happen, but man, oh man, am I glad that I don’t have 2 in diapers.

His current food likes are:

popcorn (pop hum)
broccoli with balsamic vinegar
yogurt raisins

What’s he saying? Lots! Only we don’t always understand everything. But the ones we do….

A for Ashton
M for Mommy
D for Daddy
G for Garrett
H for Hannah
B for Brantley

He has graduated from calling every vehicle a “hun” to cars, trucks, trains. He LOVES to play with his cars and specifically any truck that has a trailer attached. He is also counting to 3. Hey, I will take that from a 2 yr old!
Now I would be if I failed to mention that he is being quite challenging lately. He is full into the terrible 2s. We regularly get told no, and even have that fun word yelled at us. He is such a good kid, so I am hoping this is a rough patch for his age and having to deal with a new baby brother.

Now for Brantley – 3 months already!! The time is flying and I find myself noticing things he is doing much faster than I did with Ashton. He started good belly laughs the other night. We caught it on video – score! It was adorable. He really wants to roll over but isn’t quite there yet. He is such a good sleeper. I get good 3-5 hour stretches most nights, and that my friends, is golden. Ashton didn’t sleep through the night until he was almost 2!! Brantley is also starting to grab things and hold things. Ahhhh… the cuteness of a little one growing! I am loving having such an easy little guy around the house.

We are cloth diapering, but it’s only during the day. THis little guy is a heavy wetter and I just haven’t braved a night-time in cloth yet. Now that he is getting into his one-size diapers I may attempt it. We shall see. I have finally gotten my hands on some cute cloth diapers as well, so that is fun! I am also attempting cloth wipes. I really like them so far. It takes less wipes and it makes me feel better about what I am putting on my baby’s bottom. I just cut up a couple of old t-shirts and threw them in an empty wipe container. I put the wipe solution in the peri bottle I brought home from the hospital and made my own solution. Mine was simple:

Water – filled up to almost the top
Burt’s Bees baby wash – about 1 1/2 tsp
Burt’s Bees baby oil about 1 1/2 tsp
tea tree oil 3-4 drops

We are still on track with the picture project as well. I have done surprisingly well with getting his pictures taken. I think I am going to add Ashton in as well since I have always wanted to track his growth. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! Kids don’t stay in one place, and they don’t stop growing!! 🙂


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