Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harrison is 8 months old!

Harrison, when I put your Eight Months sticker on for your pictures, I felt a little sad.  There are only 4 more stickers left and then  you will be a year old.  You won't be a baby anymore, but I reminded myself you will still be my baby no matter what.   You have grown so much this month and I can see how much older you seem just at 8 months.  You learn quick and I am so thankful you're happy and healthy!!  

Weight: We don't see the doctor again until August at 9 months

Height:  n/a

Clothes:  12 months and 18 months onesies

Diapers:  Size 4, just switched to Walmart's "Parent Choice" brand.  Worked for my older two, they seem to be working well for Harrison as well.    

Nicknames:  Mister and Baby (really slacked off on nicknames... mostly call him Harrison)

Bottles: Usually he will eat a 6.oz bottle every 4 hours.  This last month he almost refused the bottle during the day time.  It was such a struggle to get him to eat because he was teething and I just think he lost his appetite.  Just the last few days have you really started taking more formula.




Sleeping:  This month you have resorted back to sleeping like a newborn.  You are waking 2 to 3 times EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT.  You cry something awful until I pick you up and you start looking for your bottle.  Your teeth hurt you so bad and I know it's not your fault, but you have wore me out this month.  I will be so happy when July is over and we can get back to you sleeping all night again.  I KNOW you can, because you were doing such a good job before.  

Naps:  You take two naps a day.  First nap is usually from 9:30/10:00 - 11:30/12:00 (two hours) and then your second nap is 2:00-4:00 or 3:00-5:00 (two hours).  

Milestones:   
  • Crawling at a faster pace
  • Drinking from a sippy cup
  • Standing alone, no support, for a few seconds at a time


Foods:  This month you have really gotten into finger foods.  You had your first taste of honey nut cheerios (which you are not allergic too),  baby gold fish crackers, corn, green beans, bananas, breads, mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni & cheese.  You also eat your pureed foods and would rather eat the fruits instead of veggies.  You prefer peas over all the other veggie purees.  

Outings/Trips: Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Discoveries:  I've been working with you on saying "bye-bye" and opening/closing my hand when I say it.  I have seen you holding your arm up in the air and closing your hand and you will throw out a "bye" before or after you do it.  You are almost there.

Likes:  Tractors and lawn mowers.  Baths.  Sleeping on your belly.  - This was from last month... it has not changed!  




Dislikes: You do not like when someone takes something away from you (normally it is something you shouldn't have to begin with)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five on Friday


It's FIVE ON FRIDAY!!!!  Let's go...


{ONE}
I deleted my Facebook and Messenger apps off of my phone and I couldn't be happier.  I found myself spending too much time on my phone, checking Facebook for the latest updates, and it just become too much.  I didn't want to waste more time on my phone, away from my kids.  So now I am using nap time and bedtimes to check Facebook (on my computer)... or in the morning when everyone is eating breakfast and I sip on my morning coffee.  This video really got me thinking...



{TWO} 

The month of July has been absolutely cruel to this little guy (and me).  He was sleeping all night long the week before we went to the beach, but once we came back, that all ended.  He has cut 3 teeth all at the same time.  He now has 4 on top and 3 on the bottom.  There is one more on the bottom that hasn't broke skin yet, but will any day now.  Harrison is now waking up sometimes up to 3 times a night.  He is wearing me out!  I will be so happy when his teeth come in and he goes back to sleeping all night.  I just hope it's before school starts back.  This picture is a perfect example of what days and nights are like when he doesn't get his entire nap out and is in pain.  My poor baby!

{THREE}
When Harrison isn't in pain and feels good, he looks incredibly cute!  He is my little baller!  :)

{FOUR}

We were hit with some very nice weather this week.  It felt like Fall outside and I loved it.  I know many people love the Summer, and I like it to a point, but I hate days when you walk outside and the heat takes your breath away and you can not enjoy being outside.  It just made me even more excited for Fall to get here.

{FIVE}


I love watching my babies play together.  They love their baby brother and have so much fun with him.

Happy Friday!

Monday, July 14, 2014

More for the books

I haven't really blogged in several weeks, so I thought today would be a great chance to play a little catch-up!

The kids have kept me on my toes all Summer long.  They've been staying busy or getting into something non-stop.  Most of the time it's fun, cute stuff... other times not so much, like the constant fighting over a toy or wanting the other to get out of their bedroom.  Fun stuff, I tell ya!

But during those moments when they are doing something funny or cute, I always try to capture it with my camera.  I am certainly proud of my babies and I want them to look back one day to see all of the good times we had when they were little.

Lincoln is so smart, independent, funny, creative and he absolutely loves his baby brother.

He is always playing with him one way or another.


Could this be any cuter!?!?  He asks all of the time to hold Harrison.



I am still trying to figure out how he will be 6 in October and starts Kindergarten next month.  I finally received his schedule for school and his first two weeks will be short days, but will be busy-fun.  I am planning a few fun things for Lincoln and Kenadie for Back-To-School.  I can't wait!

Everyone tells me that Kenadie is my mini-me and I love to hear that.  She also has a heart of gold.  She is always willing to help me with any project and is Harrison's second mommy.

She loves that boy so much!

She is a girly girl and loves to be pampered and wear dresses.

Saturday night after her bath, I asked her if she would like me to put rollers in her hair so her hair would be curly for church.  Of course she said, "YES!".  She also got freshly painted piggies too.  





Before church we snapped a few pictures... she enjoyed every moment!

I am currently waiting for her school schedule so I can prep and plan for her Pre-K year!!!

A week or so ago, it rained really hard leaving a large puddle at the end of our drive way.  I had taken Lucy outside to use the bathroom and Kenadie wanted to go with me.  Well it ended up with both kids outside.


Kenadie was outside in a dress at first, but we went back inside and changed clothes.  



Lincoln didn't want to get in his swimming trunks... he chose another route.  ha!  

As Peppa Pig's mum says, "You must wear boots to jump in muddy puddles!"  The kids made sure they put their boots on.  Hilarious!



Harrison is on the move from the moment he wakes up until he goes to bed.  I can't keep up with him.  I also can not turn my back on him either, or he could be helping me short laundry, whether I wanted him too or not.



He's also getting to try new foods that I would have NEVER let Lincoln and Kenadie eat at this age.  I am pretty sure Lincoln was 2 before he ever got his first sucker.  Harrison isn't even 8 months old and is already having suckers, popsicles, baked beans and mashed taters.   We sure are living crazy up in here.

I love my babies so much and I cherish each and every moment with them. Even the not-so-pleasant moments.   I am looking forward to seeing what great things God has in store for these three precious children. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer is slipping by...

This Summer has come and {almost} gone!  There are three full weeks left of Summer vacation and then school starts back the first week of August.   I know our county starts on August 4th, but I am not sure the dates Lincoln and Kenadie will start, as they will be weeded in or start on a different date.  I am excited and ready... if I am being completely honest.  The kids and myself crave schedules and routine.  I hate nothing more than staying home all day long with no plans or routine.  It makes our days long and the kids fight, like a lot.

Today was Chris' first day back to work after being off for 18 or 19 days (one reason I haven't blogged as much).  He took the last week in June off and because his shift was scheduled to be off the week of July 4th, he automatically got that week off as well.  And he doesn't work the typical Monday-Friday work week, his Monday is actually Thursday, so that put his return, off until today.  And the great thing about him returning to work if there is a great thing about returning to work is he went back on day shift!!!  He has been on graveyard shift for the past year and it has been incredibly hard on all of us and I am just praying that he can stay on day shift from here on out.

When Chris is off work, I fall behind on house chores.  There's just something about him being home that knocks me off track of every day tasks and things I need to do.  So today, I made a point to clean up the kitchen, do a couple loads of laundry, and dust & vacuum the living room.  I also made sure to have supper ready and hot by 6:30.  I have been in a funk lately, because my routine had been kicked to the curb and I felt like the clutter was out of control.   I had Chris on my mind the entire time thinking how I wanted the house to look good and smell good when he walked in those doors after a long day at work.  I want him to know how much I appreciate him going to work to provide for our family while I stay home with the kids.  I am very lucky to have him, because I hear too often of women who do not have a wonderful husband who wants to be there and provide for their family.  God has blessed me and the kids with a wonderful husband and daddy.  I even made sure I took my shower early in the day so I could get dressed and put on make-up.  I feel much better in my own skin when I do this early in the day instead of showering at night.  Also, I am sure Chris would rather come home to a "put together" wife versus one wearing yoga pants and dirt and dust from cleaning.

During these two and half weeks he was off, we went to the beach, celebrated the 4th, painted our kitchen, and visited Cades Cove.  It's been a blast!

Here are a few pictures of the fun we had.





My aunt and her new husband hosted a cookout on the 4th and a fireworks show.  It was the kids first time seeing fireworks in person.  They loved it.










We had so much fun at Cades Cove, but we were disappointed that we seen no bears or deer.  Maybe next time.

So thankful for these precious memories made with the kids.  They are only little once.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lamb Family Vacation 2014

Last month we spent a week at the beach.





It was nice to get away.  We had so much fun and the kids enjoyed every single moment while we were away.


The kids did a lot of bike riding around OL Campground.   Despite the HOT temps!!!

They spent as much time as they could playing in the ocean water.







Harrison liked the breeze and tried to eat the sand.





We did a few fun things this year that we hadn't done with the kids before.  

We took them to the Medieval Times show.  They had a blast!




We took them bowling.  Lincoln won... if he should ask! :)







And we visited the aquarium.  Kenadie enjoyed it, but she was a little upset about me wanting to take her picture, so her mood changed!














 We tried for the perfect beach picture, but my camera lens kept fogging up on this particular evening.  It was still a blast and we look forward to next vacation already!