Easter Sunday, Dallas, & San Diego

This little family of mine is FINALLY getting over a horrible cold that has been plaguing our household for two weeks now.  Three out of four of us have been on antibiotics, one had an ear & eye infection, the other just had fluid behind the ears that had the potential of becoming infected, this mama is tired.  It is sheer exhaustion over here.  We have also taken two trips this month, one to Dallas (Remy’s first flight), and the other to San Diego.

Easter Sunday came and went.  Bennett participated in two egg hunts, both boys met the Easter Bunny twice (once at the mall, the other at the country club), we didn’t make it to church on Easter due to our snotty noses and deep congested coughs, but we made the best of it!

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Dallas was so much fun!  Husband was in meetings majority of the time, so it was just me and my boys being tourists.  We went to the Dallas World Aquarium which was awesome!  Bennett loved the sea otters the most!  It’s a beautifully done aquarium, they have a little bit of everything in there, but I would recommend (if you ever go) to not go at peak field trip hours because it was packed at 10:30 AM on a Thursday with tons of kiddos.  We also saw the Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive, seriously one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

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Does anyone else have a child that points as much as mine?

Ha ha ha!

 And most recently, our trip to San Diego… We of course went to the zoo, checked out Old Town San Diego, ate at Coyote Cafe where we ate some of the most wonderful homemade tortillas of our lives, and Mission Bay for my little man to play at some parks.

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We have had a very busy April and it’s not even over yet.  Bennett’s 2nd birthday party is on Saturday, then we have Berns Wine Fest on Sunday that sold out in like 2.5 seconds, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend of fun!  I know this wasn’t the most detailed blog post, but sometimes just throwing the pictures up here tells the story in themselves. Uploading the pictures to this blog also keeps this mama sane while trying my best to document my babies lives and milestones.  Some day in the distant future, I will have time to blog like I used to, but for now photographs of a moment in time will have to do.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Today marks our six year wedding anniversary, and so far it has been the most glamorous morning! Woke up to a congested infant at 3 a.m. who was desperately hungry like he hadn’t eaten in weeks, then fell back asleep (thank you Jesus!!) for what seemed like 10 minutes but was actually 3 hours. We have changed 3 poopy diapers, cut up a banana to go uneaten by our toddler, made toasted bread with butter to be tossed aside by the same previously mentioned toddler, just to play with the same “chunky size” puzzle of construction trucks that has been put together at least 22 times this morning. We have built 3 towers of mega blocks to be pummeled, we have filled and refilled multiple bottles of milk, wiped snotty noses, given medicine through syringes, watched an episode of Sesame Street, read Little Blue Truck, have given lots of kisses to tiny foreheads, and had our necks hugged so tight…

I know to some this does not describe the morning of their dreams, but being six years deep in this thing called marriage, this is the only way I would want it to be!  It’s everything I ever wanted!  Waking up next to you, Husband, is all I can ask for in this crazy life we are living and I’m still so grateful to call you mine.

I love you!  Cheers to six years!  And cheers to many, many more!

Remington James :: Three Months Old

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This. Little. Dude… he melts my heart.

Does a moment in time get any better than when your sweet little baby looks into your eyes and smiles?  Like you are their most favorite person in the world?  Like they are just stoked to have your attention for even just a split second?  Those baby smiles… killer!

Remy has been working on some milestones lately.  He tracks anything and everything with his eyes, can take your finger and pull it towards his mouth (the pediatrician told me this was something they look for at their four month check up), he is beginning to push up on his forearms, and sometimes during tummy time I almost hold my breath thinking he is going to roll over at any second!

Bennett is starting to show a little more attention to the needs of baby brother.  The other day we were on a long walk around the neighborhood and he took Remy’s bottle and fed him the whole way home.  Even after Remy was fast asleep and no longer needed the bottle… ha ha ha!  It was so precious to watch.  Bennett was very concerned that Remy needed that bottle.

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I like to tag Bennett’s monthly updates with Remy’s so that I can reminisce and see the differences between the two boys.  Looking back on Bennett at three months these boys are so much alike.  Remy doesn’t like to be in the same place or playing with the same toy for longer than 10 minutes max.  He also is having similar sleeping patterns as Bennett did- some nights he sleeps all the way through and others he is up one or two times.  It’s crazy!  He is starting to drool a lot and rub his gums with his little hand- teeth will be coming shortly…

We are so lucky to have you, sweet little dude!  Our whole family adores you so much!  We love you, Baby Remy!

Ballast Point

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Last week we went to Ballast Point with our friends, and I was blown away!  I cannot believe that was my first time there!  My mom had told me that it was awesome, but I guess I just thought, “oh, it’s just another kid park”.  Nope, it’s pretty freaking cool!  Not only does it have a huge playground with 3 very scary, tall slides, it has a smaller playground for little kids, AND a splash pad!  But what really makes this park stand out among the crowd is the pier!  The views of Bayshore Blvd and Downtown Tampa… as Bennett would say, “WOW”!  I can’t wait to take the boys back again.  Lucky for us, it’s so close to our house.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Bennett’s second birthday, which is just around the corner.  I have been finalizing some details on the birthday party (it’s going to be SO fun!) and just reflecting on his second year of life.  He is such a special little boy, he brings so much sunshine to my life.  I can’t wait to celebrate him!  Again! ;)

Hope everyone’s week is going well, half way to Friday!

xoxo

Strawberry Passion Organics Farm

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So, today was pretty awesome!  The Florida weather has been killin’ it (in a good way) the last few days, so this little family of mine has been spending as much time outdoors as possible before the blazing heat comes back with a vengeance.  As soon as church let out this morning we ran home, ate a quick lunch & changed, and hopped in the car to head out to pick some strawberries at Strawberry Passion Organics Farm.  This was a first for all of us!  After a few minutes of uncertainty, Bennett reached down and grabbed a ripe, juicy red strawberry and stuffed it in his mouth.  He loved it!  He loved being able to pick whatever strawberry he wanted and being able to eat it right off the vine.  It was really cute!

Remy had a good time too, just looking around from above on Daddy’s chest.  He would get startled every time the breeze would pick up, which is actually super cute when you see it in person.  He definitely does not like being cold, just like his mama!

Now that we have tested the waters of organic produce picking, I cannot wait to take my boys to do this again!  There’s just something so wonderful about picking your food from the source, literally farm to table.  We’ll be eating strawberries for the next week!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Remington James :: Two Months Old

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I can’t.. even.. deal!  That smile!

A month has gone by and this guy is already becoming such a ham!  He loves putting his arms up as if to say, “Yay!  Look at me!  I’m getting so big!”  Today we had our two month checkup at the pediatrician.  He weighed 14 pounds 2 ounces and is 26.5 inches tall.  That is two pounds heavier and 2 inches taller than Bennett was at two months!  Wow!  Remy got the same three shots that all babies get at two months and took the first two like a champ and cried for the third (just like big bro).  He won’t have another appointment until four months- so no weight nor height for the next update :(

Do you guys remember Bennett at two months?  He was so serious, ha ha ha!  Remy has hit some milestones such as tracking really well with his eyes.  He will follow everyone around with his eyes like a hawk!  He is also smiling a lot!  Way more than Bennett did at this age, but now that I see how much Remy eats and the fact that we are supplementing formula along with breastfeeding, I think Bennett was just starving (I’m being facetious) the whole time he was a baby… poor guy.  If he would have taken a bottle maybe he would have smiled more because he could eat more! ;)

Remy is lifting his head like a pro.  He is sleeping in his own crib, in his own room.  Now, so far this has been a game changer for us (Husband & I).  It was a game changer with Bennett as well, but Bennett was still waking 2-3 times a night to eat (again, never took a bottle or formula) where as starting last Friday, when we put Remy in his own room, a habit has begun were he only wakes up one time a night- and it’s been almost a week of this!  Two nights ago he completely slept through the night!  When he wakes I mostly think he is upset because his diapers are saturated, but I can usually change him, feed him, and then put him right back down to sleep.  It’s so nice!

Other than that, he’s just a typical little dude.  Hanging out.. enjoying life outside the womb.  Crying, eating, pooping, sleeping, repeat.

At his next appointment we will be going as a team with Big Brother Bennett.  Bennett will be two (WHAT?!?) on that day and Remy will be four months the very next day.  All the shots are going to be crazy- the crying will be intense- but we will get through it!  I’ve already started planning big bro’s birthday party.  It’s going to be a fun one!

I guess that’s it for now, hope everyone has a nice weekend!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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True love is when a mom has her first attempt at matching her boys pajamas for a super cute picture on Valentine’s Day and they are NOT having it… all patience and joy evaporates in an instance, yet somehow, the mom just doesn’t care and posts the photos anyway… yep, that’s true love.

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