Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our Week in Instagram

 Saturday 7/6/13: Most appropriate shirt in the HISTORY of shirts.

 Saturday 7/6/13: Sloppy, slobbery smiles. :)

 Saturday 7/6/13: I'm not very good at selfies.

 Saturday 7/6/13: Who needs Mom?! I got this.

 Saturday 7/6/13: Another rainy day, so tent time inside.

 Sunday 7/7/13: A family lunch out means everyone gets to eat :)

Monday 7/9/13: I made all these. Crazy.
 Thursday 7/11/13: A surprise cookie-o-happiness from the bestie.

 Friday 7/12/13: Afternoon lunch date with the hubster--beer and a patio. AWESOME.

 Friday 7/12/13: Brothers. Straight chillin'.

Saturday 7/13/13: OSU mural at Firehouse Subs.
Only 49 days left until the Buckeyes take the field...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monthly Mumbles, July Edition

10. It has been raining for what seems like the last eight years. Seriously. We have patches of sun a few times a day, but then the thunderstorms roll in and the deluge begins and all hope for some evening outdoor time is lost. Apparently it's supposed to finally let up in the next few days. I suppose I should look on the bright side and be happy our grass isn't brown and dead (yet).

9. I took Nolan for his speech evaluation Monday afternoon. He actually passed that part of the screening with flying colors (of course, because it was THE thing I was concerned about), but he scored well below average in two categories: following directions and recognizing danger. Now if you follow me at all here on the blog-a-roo, or Twitter, or Instagram, or whatever, you are probably not the least bit surprised. He qualifies for "early intervention" in these areas, but only until he's three...which is in like three months. It's doubtful he'd benefit from one or two sessions anyways, so we've decided just to press on. I have no doubt that he'll master these areas, even if it is in is own time.

8. My sister is coming for a visit next week. I can't wait to see her and that pregnant belly, and I know the boys are excited to visit with their cousin. And (weather permitting), Megan has graciously offered to her talents to take our family portraits. I'm just a little bit excited. :)

7. I've been having a S-E-R-I-O-U-S problem with motivation lately. I know a large part of is due to all the single-mom duty I've been pulling. I have every intention of getting all the things done once the boys go to bed, but at that point, I'm just exhausted, and the couch looks sooooooo comfortable...and yet I know these are lousy excuses. Excuses are just so much easier. The battle rages on. {SIGH}

6. Had a slight 8-hour drama last week when I thought I didn't get tickets in the OSU Alumni lottery. Turns out I was just prematurely upset; I did get tickets, and to a Big Ten game at that!!! AND it's four days before my birthday!!! AND I'm taking my dad, who believe it or not, has never been to a game. Just another reason to look forward to October :)

5. My younger sister just posted that she's lost a whopping 52.6 lbs with Weight Watchers since January of last year. She looks amazing. I almost hate her a little. Almost. :) (Maybe that would help with my motivation problem???)

4. Justin's calm demeanor has taken a bit of a hit as of late; poor kid is teething, so his endlessly chipper attitude has suffered. And yet even an upset Justin is pretty easy-going. All he seems to need is some cuddling and maybe a teether, and then he's back to being our resident smiley, pudgy guy :)

3. I've been on a bit of a Pinterest binge lately. Which also is probably not helping my motivation problem (UGH, there it is again...).

2. Can't help but notice a correlation between Aiden playing T-ball, and Aiden suddenly eating better for the first time IN HIS LIFE. If playing a team sport is truly what's turned this around, I'm signing him up for soccer, and football, and basketball, and lacrosse, and ice hockey, and ultimate Frisbee, and youth jousting, and hacky-sack club, and whatever else keeps me from having to argue with him about finishing his dinner, for the love of GOD...

1. It's storming again. I might build an ark. If I only I could find some damn motivation...maybe there are ark-building ideas on Pinterest...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seven Months Old

The pages of my calendar keep turning, and my baby keeps getting older.


I love every milestone Justin reaches, but each one also makes me a bit nostalgic for when he was new and squishy and NEEDED ME a touch more.

That being said, this little devil makes me (and his daddy and brothers) very happy. :)

At seven months, Justin:

--is still right around 18 to 18.5 lbs (no official weight check for another two months--but that means no shots until then either, so hey, it's COOL).
--comfortably wears all his 9-month outfits. I'm a little nervous I'll actually have to go out and buy 12-month summer outfits because I don't have them from his brothers, and dude just keeps growing.
--drinks three 8 oz. bottles a day and has one "real food" feeding. We recently took away his after-nap (fourth) bottle because he didn't seem to want it, and he's adjusted smoothly. Probably gonna add another food feeding as well.
--has not had much success with baby puffs or mum-mums, but no worries. We'll offer again in a few days/weeks. All in his time. Not like he's starving or anything.

--hasn't popped out any more teeth, but he's definitely working on a few. Check back next month for the count.
--still needs support when sitting, but he's getting better. He can hold his own in the high chair now, so we'll be passing the bumbo chair on to my sister for her impending addition.
--LOVES to giggle at his brothers. Doesn't matter what they're doing; if they're within his line of sight, he's laughing at them. And it's a beautiful thing. :)
--claps, which for some reason seems early to me. I dunno. But with his chunky little arms, it's just too cute to watch.


--actually took a pacifier the other day when his gums were driving him c-r-a-z-y. It wasn't very long before he was over it, but man, that was an odd sight.
--would spend all day pulling on my hair if he could. Needless to say, I've had it pulled back in a ponytail during waking hours. This kid is STRONG.
--is still my happy, content little man. He smiles and cuddles and entertains himself if I'm busy with the other two. And Mommy continues to be just smitten.

See how he compares to Aiden and Nolan at seven months old :)


Friday, July 5, 2013

Instagram catch-up

Again, it's SUMMER. Enjoying time together means lots of photos and few words :)

  Sunday 6/23/13: Hot & sweaty at Aiden's T-ball game.

 Sunday 6/23/13: Backyard kiddie pool time! 
Too bad the pool popped after Day 1. :(

 Monday 6/24/13: My childhood nickname as a doll.
I really should have bought this.

 Tuesday 6/26/13: I'm covered in boys!!! That I made!!!

 Wednesday 6/26/13: Abby, Me (& my triple-chin), and Angie 
volunteering at 2nd & 7 Foundation's Football FUNdamentals Camp. Good times :)

 Wednesday 6/26/13: Nolan NEEDED an autographed football!!!

 Thursday 6/27/13: Big enough to handle the highchair. Sheesh.

Friday 6/28/13: Gotta say I love getting four hours to myself on Fridays :)
 Saturday 6/29/13: The rainbow followed us for an hour. So pretty.

 Tuesday 7/2/13: Aiden can't take a normal photo lately :)

 Wednesday 7/3/13: Modeling his new backpack for kindergarten. He's so OLD.

 Wednesday 7/3/13: Ice cream treat :)

 Wednesday 7/3/13: Goofing around while watching 
"The Sandlot" and waiting for Cbus fireworks on TV.

 Thursday 7/4/13: Chillin' with Daddy on the Fourth.

 Thursday 7/4/13: Daddy cuddles :)