Remington James :: Rookie of the Year!

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Y’all, my baby is one today!  Mr. Remington was certainly our little rookie of the year!  He has brought so much joy and sweetness to our family and we are so thankful for him!  We had a little party to celebrate him last weekend with our family and friends, and as you can see from the pictures, he had the best time!

I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by since we brought this BIG bundle (10lb 4 oz) into the world.  This adorable little boy enjoys smiling, trying to walk, going to music class, eating anything you put in front of him, and playing with big brother.  He enjoys traveling too! Since he has been on this earth he has been on over 20 flights including one long flight to Maui!  This month he will be going out of the country for the first time :).

We could not be more proud of this little guy!  We could not have picked a more perfect addition!  I thought I would be more emotional today, but surprisingly I’m just feeling so lucky to be his mama.  He really is the sweetest angel and I love him so much!

My Dearest, Remington,

Daddy and I adore you.  Just a smile from your face instantly brightens a rainy day.  Your fun loving personality and serious FOMO (fear of missing out) crack us up.  Your brave actions such as climbing and trying to wrestle your big bro are admirable.  I love watching you guys play together and how much you both have grown.  There are moments of such brotherly love, my heart just about explodes.  You are a a very big baby (almost 25lbs at your last dr.’s appointment) but you have an even bigger heart.  I don’t remember what life was like before you were here.  I love watching everything through your eyes (just like I do with Bennett).  Every year is going to get sweeter and sweeter with you here!

Happy first birthday my littlest love!  Mommy and Daddy love you SO much!!

 


Adios 2017!

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Here is our Christmas Card photo for this year!  We could not be more blessed than this beautiful life we are living with the health of our handsome boys and the love of each other along with our amazing family and awesome friends!

New Years Eve is here so it’s time for my recap!  The year started off with a BANG with the birth of our sweet *10 lb 4 oz* Remington James, we celebrated six years of marriage in April while in San Diego, Bennett Wesley turned two years old in May, spent Memorial Day in Chicago, July was busy with us in Colorado then Hawaii for my Sister Cousin’s wedding :),  September we travelled to Sullivan’s Island and Martha’s Vineyard (both of which we had never been to before), I didn’t do a post about it- but we did go to Vegas with Sister Cousin Kelly & her new hubby Randy where we got to see the fabulous Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood and laughed with Daniel Tosh.  We visited our favorite pumpkin patch, spent time with Santa, another trip to NYC (where we went ice skating in Bryant Park and got to see Hamilton on Broadway) that I didn’t document but was super fun!  Bennett rode the Polar Express and had a magical Christmas with the boys (pictures coming soon- it’s been a crazy December).  And yesterday we celebrated Remy’s first birthday party with friends and family (again… pictures coming soon ;)).

But with all the fun filled months of excitement, traveling with our kiddos, and experiencing everything through their eyes over the entire year, we close it with sorrow for the loss of my beloved grandmother.  She was such a strong woman with a lot of wisdom to share from her long life here on Earth.  I will always cherish the time I had with her and remember all the amazing conversations we once had.

Thank you, 2017, for all the memories!

Outtakes that didn’t make the blog but are still so special:

 


Grandma Kellum

I honestly don’t know where to even start so I’m just going to jump right in.  My Grandma Kellum passed away on Sunday, Christmas Eve.  A few months ago, she suffered a terrible stroke that I knew she would never recover from.  I flew up to Ohio, where she has lived most of her long life, immediately after the stroke and knew it was probably going to be the last time I ever see her or talk to her.  I walked into the hospital with Remington (because he could still fly for free) and as soon as we walked in the room, I announced that we were there.  I took a seat right next to her bed and the only thing she wanted to do was put her head to my baby’s head.  I will never forget that moment.  The stroke had ruined her memory, she could not verbalize a complete thought, her eye sight was basically non existent, and worst of all… she wasn’t who I remember.  This person was no longer my grandma.  Everything that made her who she was, was then gone.

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I think losing people you love around the holidays is probably one of the worst things to experience.  You want so badly to be happy, joyful, hopeful, loving, etc… but the memory of a death will haunt those feelings every year for the rest of your life.  December is now a very difficult month for me.  I lost my dad on the 13th of December two years ago, and now I have lost my grandma on Christmas Eve.  Double whammy.  Double punch to the gut.  Double the sorrow.  Double the responsibility of making sure my mother is ok.

Growing up, my cousins and I would spend many summers and Christmases at my grandparents house.  They lived in a small town right outside of Cincinnati where in the warm months we would ride bikes through the cemeteries with my grandpa, play in the creek behind their house, and catch fireflies every night.  In the cold months we would go snow sledding on one of the big hills in their neighborhood, shop at the local department store (Elder Beerman), and ALWAYS eat Cambell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  These memories will always be so special to me.

 

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I will be 34 years old and this will be the first year in 34 years that I will not receive a birthday card from Grandma.  She was ALWAYS so good at that… remembering birthdays, holidays, my son’s firsts anything… there was always a card.  I’m sad that Remy will not have a 1st birthday card from Great Grandma Nancy Kellum.  Grandma died at 94 years old.  That’s a good, long life.  My husband asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and I told him I just want to go have a nice dinner.  Just the two of us.  Don’t really feel like celebrating… my mom’s not here, I’m hosting Remy’s birthday party on Saturday so don’t want to mess the house up, and really, 34 is not really that great of a birthday.  It’s nothing special.  Then I started thinking about my grandmother who was gifted 94 birthdays… some people WISH they had that long to live.  They WISH their loved ones had that long to live or lived that long.  I wish my dad had lived until 94 years old!  These birthdays are not promised.  Each year is not promised.  Each month, day, hour, minute, second…. they are not promised.  We need to start celebrating each day of life by holding the ones we love, calling people more, sharing more, expressing how we feel about them.

I will miss you so much Grandma.  I know you were laid to rest today right next to grandpa and I’m sure you both are either slow dancing together or swinging on a porch swing in heaven today.  You both are so greatly missed.

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Beyond thankful…

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…that this morning I got to wake up to the sweet face of one of my two gorgeous babies… that the other slept in long enough that I was able to warm up some Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls… that my Husband tolerated my excessive need to start packing up all the fall decor just to litter the house with all things Christmas (the tree was delivered last night!!)… that my in laws graciously hosted Thanksgiving at their home today… and finally, I’m beyond thankful that we as a family have so much exciting stuff to look forward to in the upcoming year!

From my little family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving!


Sweetfields Farm 2017

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Remember when we went to Sweetfields Farm last year?

In case you need a refresher, click here. :)

I absolutely LOVE this place.  The jury is still out as to whether Bennett likes it or not, but I know Remy had a great time!  Bennett is definitely testing us with his two-year-old tantrums and frustrations lately.  He is still learning to communicate what he wants and needs, and sometimes when he <<finally>> decides he is ready to enjoy a moment, everyone else is ready to move on to the next fun thing.  Being a new mom to a toddler is a tough thing.  I haven’t learned the best way to discipline my child yet, he pretty much dictates how things are going to roll… and sometimes this can be pretty embarrassing.  BUT we will get past this, and hopefully I can look back some day and say to myself, “you did a good job, mama!” HA! Hopefully…

Back to the subject at hand, Sweetfields!  This year the treehouse playgrounds were a BIG hit for Bennett.  He must have went up the steps and down the slides a hundred times!  He wanted nothing to do with the horseback riding, nor the tricycles, but the antique tractor was definitely a favorite again, as you can see from the pictures.  Remy enjoyed looking at all the animals & standing in the pumpkins.  Every day he becomes more animated and fun loving!

The weather was much nicer this year, we had a little breeze and it was slightly overcast.  I remember last year being pretty brutal with the heat.  We all enjoyed the fresh popped kettle corn again- so good!  And had some pretty awesome photo ops of course!  This farm is so much fun, and I’m hoping it becomes our little tradition every year!


Remington James :: Eight Months Old

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This little man turned 8 months old on Saturday!  We were in Charleston, South Carolina for the Labor Day weekend, so this post is a few days late, but I would never forget to update on my sweet Remington!

Last time we were at the doctor’s office, he was 30.87 inches long (hundredth percentile) and 20.22 lbs.  BIG GUY!  Remember Bennett at 8 months? Gosh, look how much more hair Remy has than Bennett did at this age… crazy!  Like his big bro, Remy sure does love to eat.  He will try anything and everything.  He loves snacking on the puffs & yogurt bites, anything bread, and has taken a liking to chicken tenders and fries.  He is still eating pureed veggies/ fruit packs.  He especially like anything with sweet potato in it.  He has graduated to a medium flow nipple on the bottle, and soon I plan to let him start trying a sippy cup.  Bennett was drinking from a sippy cup at this age.

Remington is on the move with his crawling, he’s getting so fast!  He has been crawling slowly for a couple of weeks now, but recently he is getting faster and faster.  I gotta start picking up the dog bowls and vacuuming more!  He still loves a lot of interaction and still smiles all the time.  He is so happy!  He follows his brother around in his walker, which I think annoys Bennett a little bit.  He is just so curious as to what Bennett is playing with or doing, he wants so bad to play and have fun.

I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but Remy officially has 4 teeth!  The two middle lowers and the two middle tops!  He has been suffering with the teething so much lately, it seemed like every night for a month he has been needing tylenol to help with the pain.  Poor guy.

He is still sleeping really well at night, loves bath time and long walks in the stroller, still not a big fan of the car seat, loves watching and being around other kids, has been on something like 14 flights, and thoroughly enjoys floating in the pool.  He is just such a joy to have around, and I don’t even remember my world without his precious face!

Remington James, you are such a light in our lives!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of your first year of life holds!  You have been the sweetest addition to our little family, and I couldn’t be more proud to be your mommy!  Love you, my baby!

 


Remington James :: Seven Months Old

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You guys!!  This guy is about to take off!  Totally on all fours, rocking, and just about making some BIG moves!  He doesn’t like the process of learning to crawl, definitely fusses and expresses his frustrations loudly, but it’s for real happening!

This photo session with the rocking chair was certainly more challenging than the past.  He is wiggling, moving, drooling, and lots of boogers!! YUCK!!  I’m not sure if it’s a second child thing, but every time Bennett is sick, Remington is sick.  And it lingers… and lingers… and lingers. Forever.  Such a bummer.  That immune system needs to catch up, and catch up quick!  I’m so grossed out by these crazy snot slingers ;)

Other than that, this boy is just sweet as pie!  He is curious about anything and everything.  He will study a toy for many minutes before moving on to the next exciting thing within arms reach.  He adores his big brother.  Will laugh at anything he does!  This guy is ALL BOY!  Loves a good fart sound!  That reminds me, I need to record him giggling like crazy over a fart sound!

Still only has two teeth, but the never ending drool tells me there are more soon to come. He is starting to eat more things (puffs and pureed baby food), I feel like when Bennett was this age he was eating SO much.  Remy is just going at his own pace with everything, and seems to be much more laid back than Bennett ever was.

We have been staying busy over here, playing in the pool almost every day to stay cool from these hot Florida temps.  We also went to the beach last weekend, so I wanted to share a few sweet pictures that Husband took of me and my SEVEN month old!

We love you, my precious baby boy!

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