Sunday, February 18, 2018

TBT Lee's Newborn Portraits

Before I post these precious pics, I have to shout PRAISE to the Lord, the new background I have been trying to post for YEARS has finally worked. I wanted to brighten things up for awhile now. I hope y'all like it. 

By the time I got around to organizing Lee's "newborn" pics, he was not exactly a newborn anymore... so they were more like his "Two Months plus" pics instead. I think they are still the cutest things ever. And I think we caught him right before he grew out of that tiny baby phase, but still got some adorable shots where he is really alert. Like this, one of my faves.


And this little smirk!


This sweet tummy :)


Although big sis Avery refused to smile for 99% of the pics...


when it came to one-on-one time with her little brother,
she was all happiness and kisses!



Maddie was thrilled as usual for some of her own baby time 



We tired him out pretty good, which was perfect because
I needed some sleeping angel pics too.



Isn't he the most precious-est?? I want to snuggle him forever. Oh wait, I do already!
Just a few adoring mommy pics...



And one cute daddy pic! Where you can see his a
mazing cowlick in full glory.



Sunday, February 11, 2018

TBT 4th of July '17

July was all fun in the sun. The Bubs traveled on a couple of short vacations and went to the pool constantly. Bubba's little personality was coming out full force!

We took an impromptu visit to the beach for July 4th. We visited Surfside Beach, which was perfect because we were able to drive right onto the beach and set up our stuff just yards away. Important when you have a disabled child!

I only have one photo from the trip, so I guess we were busy having fun! Or still overwhelmed by three kids? Probably both. It is a super cute pic though.

Happy beach baby!!

We wore this baby out.


See how well his cheeks are filling out? We are very proud of that.

We also celebrated the 4th with family. Nana made some delicious food, so we let her have a nice cuddle with Avery :)


We also visited with Uncle Drew and Aunt Shannon, who have been kind enough to take Dixie dog on an extended holiday while we continue to adjust to life with a new baby, a.k.a. a lot less sleep. Dixie is having a fabulous time playing with her new cousin-dog, Posey Grace, not to mention getting more attention than she's had in awhile, and maybe ever. 


Maddie and Bub the hub played with sparklers before bedtime.


This sassy pose reminds me how old she is looking lately!

I'd like to end with a throw back (inside a throw back post- whoa) to 4th of July in 2012, when big sister was 4 and lil' was 1. Avery thought it was great fun to steal the bows out of Maddie's hair, who thought it was hilarious as well. Sweet sisters. Stop growing up so fast!!


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Lee at Three Months

Lee Michael is three months old!


We finally saw some real growth in those sweet cheeks!!


There were a lot of changes this month. He weighed in at 13 lbs. and measured 24 in. this month. More than double his birth weight! His percentages look a little higher this month: 25th for weight and 40th for height.

Things that have not really changed this month: mucho, mucho spit-up...dear Lord, he is a tiny yet powerful fountain allllll day. He goes through lots of outfit changes, and so do we. Thankfully, he really doesn't have reflux issues at night and is still sleeping well on the inclined bed. He goes for about 6-7 hours at night. So asleep about 8pm-2/3am and then wakes for bottle and goes back to sleep until 6/7am.

There is so much new Lee stuff to share! For instance how amazing does he look in a tie??


Professional Baby, at your service


This month he is making coos and lots more noises. He has the most adorable laugh, and is very smiley, especially with tickles. Lee has discovered that he has hands (!!) and is starting to enjoy the caterpillar play mat, which was loved by both of his sisters before him.


Behold, sister Avery on the play mat!


These two definitely look related, don't you think?


Lee's love for bath time has only increased.  He uses the Puj tub like Maddie did, which fits perfectly into bathroom sinks. He laughs and squeals at the water and doesn't mind being washed.


He even sits in the Puj tub sometimes to chill, when mommy and daddy need a break.

Super Lee!!!!

This month he fell in love with the "mamaroo" swing, which is super high tech and supposed to swing babies like they are in the womb, or some nonsense like that. Bubba stays happy for long periods of time in this swing and even watches some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with his sisters. His eyes are focusing well.


I am still loving the baby lap naps, and therefore STILL not getting much (anything) done. Sometimes I can deftly transfer him to the couch, where I proceed to take photos of him sweetly sleeping because I absolutely cannot resist-- which swiftly wakes him right up again. I never learn because look...


I did, however, manage to finally finish painting the stripes in his nursery this month. They look really fun. I will do a nursery tour at some point! 


He is nowhere close to sleeping in his room yet, but we have had some visits to his crib, where he is mesmerized by the hand crafter cloud and rain mobile that mommy loves too.


We all love when Nana comes over on the weekends and does lots of baby holding that gives the bubs a break. We call this the magic shoulder because he snoozes peacefully and easily, whereas he squirms relentlessly on his parents.

Caught a sleep smile!

Lee was a lot more awake in the car this month, and made sure we understood that he is not a big fan of long car rides, or being in his car seat in general. Taking him to pick up Avery from school in the afternoons is no easy feat. It is a fine balance of bottles, musical toys, Maddie distraction and/or praying he takes a nap. 

Our third month was challenging for sure, but we were getting a little better at the kid juggling, and learning more tips and tricks for little brother. If he could just work on taking naps for longer than 30 minutes at a time, that would be super helpful. And maybe start sleeping magically for 12 hours every night, that would be great too. ♥♥♥

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TBT Swim Team '17

This year on the Sharks Swim Team, Maddie was able to swim a full lap all by herself! No coach or helper in the pool, which was a big step. 

She worked hard on her strokes and breathing, and had no problem getting from one end to the other. 


DIVING, however, still needs a lot of work :)


Baby brother and I attended almost every practice with her, and he also accompanied us to some of the meets. He loved to people watch and be outdoors in the sunshine. He also enjoyed cuddle time with lots of different swim team moms.


I spent many of the home meets volunteering as a stroke judge, which brought back a lot of memories from my own swim team days. One being the HEAT. Except I don't get to jump in the pool to cool off anymore!

Maddie truly enjoyed the meets, as I once did, including the whole sitting and having fun with your friends between events thing, which is arguably the best part.



She would actually smile while swimming her races, which tickled everybody who watched her. A happy little swimmer, for sure.





By the end of the month, Maddie improved her lap times immensely, and learned how to breathe more efficiently. By the last meet, she was competing in 3 different events: freestyle relay, individual freestyle and individual backstroke. Boy was she proud.


She had an end of season party where they received their medals. These were all of the sweet little girls in her age group. Lots of good friends!


It was a great season, and she was sad to see it end. We are already pumped about next summer, when she will have a little more advantage from being the oldest in her age group.

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