Update on the kiddos

I have failed to do much updating on our new family member. I have really found that having an infant and a 2 yr old is quite challenging. It is so incredibly rewarding and incredibly trying. I am very blessed to have the children that I do. All 4 of them! So here is a little update on the younger 2.

Ashton: 2 yrs old

He is really starting to seem so much less a baby, and more a little man. It’s bittersweet for me. Of course, he will always be my baby, but he is growing so fast! He really enjoys music, and playing with his cars. He is always doing something, hardly ever sitting in one spot. His speech is becoming very clear, with us understanding most of what he says.

Ashton’s funny phrases:
He has begun prefacing his responses with ‘oh’, it’s quite comical.
instead of ‘I’ he inserts ‘my’. i.e – my do that!
his older brother has him running around saying “never!” only he doesn’t get that v in there so it’s coming out closer to ne’er!
He loves music, and requests that I sing certain songs, but doesn’t join in much. He requests – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Three Blind Mice, Itsy Bitsy Spider and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. He also is getting into music that we listen to. His favorites are Imagine Dragons – Radioactive, Bad to the Bone, and Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton.

His is such a smart little boy, and still very much loves his schedule! He loves to wake up in the mornings and snuggle in bed before getting up. And if his baby brother is awake, his first priority is to love on him and play with him. πŸ™‚ He is still a bit rambunctious with him and I have to keep a close eye, but it’s so comforting to see that he has grown to love his little brother so much!
Ashton’s sense of humor has always amazed me. He is already capable of playing jokes on people, and it’s honestly funny!
He loves his family so much. He has found what he needs and wants with each family member. His relationship with each one is very unique. It’s so much fun when we do things as a family and how he interacts with all of us.
And then there is his grandparents! He loves them sooo much. He has started listing them all lately. There is nothing that makes him more happy than to get to my mom’s house in the mornings and his grandpa is up and ready to play with him.

Brantley:

At 7 months this little guy has taken our house by storm. He started rolling around 4 months I think, and has.not.stopped. Seriously, he is crawling, pulling up and trying to stand on his own. At his 6 mo appointment his pediatrician mentioned that she believes he will be an early walker. We could tell very early on that he was ready to start playing and running with his older brother. He would sit on your lap and just flap his little arms as hard as he could and pull towards the floor and his brother.
He is the most friendly little baby, talking to who ever will stop and take a moment to have a conversation with him.

He is such an awesome little nursling and has made that part of our lives so easy on me. He has made it into our bed, and although I really don’t mind, it’s a little tough since Ashton is still there.
Brantley is a very happy baby. He always has time for a smile. And of course, he makes everyone around him smile!
He has had some first tastes of food, and has not been really interested in it until the last few days.

So far:
avocado
sweet potato
banana
peaches
potato

ETA: How could I forget that the first food that Brantley actually seemed to like was a pickle. Go figure, right?

I am curious to see what ends up being his favorite foods. Ashton’s was avocado and that kid will still eat a whole one!

Well that is a short update on the little ones. ANd I thought I would do a little update on the older 2 as well. It seems that the older that Ashton gets, the more I am taken back to when Hannah and Garrett were little!!

Hannah is growing into quite a young woman. She is beautiful and smart. Of course, she is a typical 13 yr old. πŸ˜‰ She is an avid texter lol. It amazes me how quick she picks up on techy things, that her whole generation is growing up learning all of the new smart devices. Hannah is going into the 8th grade, and after this year I fear will not seem like a little girl anymore. Another bittersweet moment. She loves to dance and sing, has a good group of friends and thoroughly enjoys school (for the schoolwork right??? lol).

Garrett has become an awesome young man in the last couple of years. Of course, he was always awesome ;), but the level of maturity that he shows sometimes just blows me away. This kid is so active, and seems to excel at any sport he plays. Baseball is his favorite and he is very serious about playing. Garrett will be starting 5th grade this fall, I cannot believe it will be his last year in elementary school. It seems like just yesterday he was a little white-haired 3 yr old looking at us and asking “Did you say?”.

The years pass quick, and I hope to savor the moments with these 4 as long as I can. I am so blessed to have 4 wonderful children in my life and look forward to all that the future holds!
Here is Mr. Brantley with Cindy bear at Jellystone park… he really knows no stranger!

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And here is what Jeff received for Father’s Day this year πŸ™‚

Fathers day 2013

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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)
raisins
broccoli with balsamic vinegar
chocolate
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!! πŸ™‚