Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Diaper Double Duty

I have been changing diapers since 2009...constantly.  Most of that time I have been changing two sets of diapers.  But, as of July 2013, I can proudly say that I am only changing one set of diapers!  Wooooohooo!!!  Yeah!!!  (I'm just a little excited)

So is he!

Not only is Samuel officially potty trained, but he basically was trained within 2 days!  I didn't believe it could happen.  Only a certain older sister with three girls with magic powers could do that ; )  I think that I can attribute the success of this go-around to the fact that Samuel was ready.  There was no pushing him to get it done.  In fact, he was pushing me because I was terrified about the experience.

I was equipped with skittles, pull-ups and new underwear.  Also in my tool belt were paper towels and carpet cleaner (neither of which I had to use.)  I was also prepared to never leave my house again.  But, on day two we took a trip to the airport to have breakfast and to watch the planes.   Another unexpected, but welcomed, surprise was that he has been waking up dry.  So, hopefully I can find the courage to quit wasting my money on pull-ups.

Once again such a source of anxiety has turned out to be nothing...when am I going to learn.  These kids are awesome.  I couldn't be more proud of Samuel!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Little Bit Lighter

I feel slightly odd writing about this.  But, it is something really important that has been going on in my life and I want a record of it.  This post is about weight.  I have a friend from my old church who has lots of little kiddos.  She talked about this very same topic on facebook and was such an inspiration to me.  So, this post could possibly inspire someone else (that is if anyone else even reads this besides my mom...haha.)

I have always struggled with weight.  My entire life I have had to work at keeping it off.  Brian and I have been married for six years and my weight has gone up and down pretty drastically throughout this time.  It reached it's peak this year after Joseph was born.  I think that the pain that I had with this last pregnancy kept me from being active.  I had also developed some bad eating habits.  I was not healthy.

After my six week postpartum appointment I lost about 15lbs on my own but struggled to do much more.  I felt like I needed help.

On March 13th I joined weight watchers.  Since joining I have lost 30 lbs.  I am feeling like a new person.  It is amazing how much more energy you have when you are healthy.  I have been enjoying life so much more since the weight has come off.  I still have a goal to lose about ten more pounds.  Thanks to the help of everyone around me I think that it is going to be very achievable.

Below is a picture from February followed by a picture of myself from June.  It's a big difference.
 I now feel like I can be a better wife and mother.  Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me so much.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Family Fishing Day

We live less than a mile from Lake Thunderbird here in Norman.  Last year we did not get to do too many fishing trips due to the severe drought that we had here.  This year we have had more than enough rain to stop the drought and go fishing! 

We finally got a chance to go last week.  All five of us packed up and headed to the dock where we normally go.  

Lucas' favorite part about fishing is the worms.  Samuel did not want anything to do with them.

After we fished we walked to the state park's nature center followed by hill climbing and rolling.  It was a great family day!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bunk Bed

We took the plunge and put Lucas and Samuel's twin beds together to make a bunk bed.  I was terrified of Lucas waking up at night all groggy and falling.  But, they have both been doing great with it.  In fact, they have been spending so much more time in their room now that there is more space to play.

Brian put the bed together while the boys and I were on a walk.  This is their reaction once we got home.

This is how story time has been going.  They are getting a bird's eye view.  They also fish from bed now too.  

The bunk bed makes them seem so big.  It is funny how those milestones seem so big.  I know that one day, things like this will seem so small.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Smokin' JoeJoe


Do you see any similarities?

We are loving robots right now.  The funniest part is when they have the boxes on and they fall, they cannot get up.  So funny!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Joseph is 5 Months

Our sweet little JoeJoe is 5 months old.  That is one month away from the half way point to a year!  Did you get that?  Basically, it means he is getting way too big way too fast.

Joseph is a professional roller.

 He spends lots of quality time rolling around the living room floor.  He loves sitting up in his bumbo chair.

 Joseph thinks that anything his brothers do is funny.  They are the two people in his life that really make him laugh.

He is in size three diapers and 6-9m clothes.  

He is just so incredibly happy.  I am so happy to say that he only cries when he needs something.  The last month of sleeping was reminiscent of newborn days but the last week has been great.  I'm praying it stays that way.

Joseph has really been developing a sweet personality lately.  When someone talks to him he grins so big and then ducks his head into my shoulder.  He has also been learning new tricks with his mouth.  All kinds of noises have been coming out of there.  One of my favorite things to hear is his fingernails against the bumper of his crib in the morning.  I wish that I had a video monitor so I could watch him laying there.

I am so grateful and blessed to have this little man in my life.  Our family is blessed too.  All of us love Joseph so very much and we cannot wait to see what this next month brings.