Thursday, May 5, 2016

Maddox {18 months old}

18 months.... a year and a half.  How did that happen and who told my baby he could grow up?!  I was looking back on some pictures and videos on my phone the other day and it's seriously crazy how much he has grown even just in the past few months.  I really try not to dwell on it because as hormonal as I am, I will probably just sit and cry lol.

So here's Maddox at 18 months old...
Weight: 34lbs
Size: 24mths/2T
Teeth: 20

I've tried to keep up with new words as he says them which is starting to become difficult because he is getting a pretty extensive vocabulary for a toddler.
~Old words (words he was saying before 15 months): Kitty, Dog, Ball, Mama, Daddy/dada, Nana, Papaw, shoes, cheese, no, bath, uh-oh, yay, baby, thank you, wa wa, nose, bottle, hi, hey, hello, bye bye, gin gin, quack, book, cookie, dis?, eat, block

~New words (between 15 months and 18 months): Bus, milk, block, eyes, truck, mouth, please, bless you, silly goose, ravioli (almost), belly, frog, sock, love you, peaches, yeh, fish, horse, mouse, bug, up, read it, rabbit, apple, elephant ( know what he's saying anyway), monkey, ribbit, baa, neigh, bird, bee, wash, wow, owl, choo choo, cracker, amen, all done (he does the sign for this when he says it too.... so cute), sandwich (almost lol), yellow

Other Fun Facts:
~Can tell you what sounds different animals make (cow, horse, kitty, lamb/sheep, duck, owl)

~Favorite things to do: read books (well... have someone read books to him), throw the ball, be chased, crawling all over daddy on the floor, run free.

~He loves Mickey Mouse, Curious George, and Chuggington.

~One of his teachers at school said that one day they were saying the blessing for lunch and when they got toward the end, Maddox said "Amen! Amen!".  Like... hurry up, I'm hungry! lol

~He's a super picky eater but he loves every kind of fruit we've given him... with maybe the exception of a sour blackberry.  He will not eat meat... occasionally we can sneak a bite in.  One day he likes something and the next day he throws it on the floor.

~He thinks he's about 4 years old and can do what the big kids do.

~If we are walking down the hall at school while the kids are being walked to his classroom, the older kids all shout "Maddox! Maddox!".  I guess he's going to be the cool kid cause he just eats it up.

~He has thrown some pretty "impressive" tantrums.  I have noticed that they are worse when he's hangry... but who can blame him there, right? lol

~One night as he was sitting with me in the recliner for our bedtime books, Darren was walking out of the room and Maddox said "I wuv you".  My heart melted.

~He loves it when we play on the floor with him.  He likes to stand behind Darren and try to push him over and then belly laughs when Darren falls over animatedly.

~He likes to throw the ball and is definitely a righty.

~He likes to hear himself and has some super high pitch squeals that seem to only come out in the confinds of a car.

~The other day, he was wearing a polo with a little pocket.  I laid him down for a nap when we got home from work like always.  When he woke up, I was about to go get him when I heard a crunch sound over the monitor.  I looked to see what it was and Maddox was putting something in his mouth.  I went to get him and noticed 5 little rocks in the bed with him.  Another was in his mouth and I tried to sweep it out with my finger but he chomped down.  I felt his pocket when I went to change his diaper and he had several little rocks in his pocket!  So funny!  I mentioned this to one of the ladies that works with him at school and asked if he was smart enough to know to do that or if maybe one of the older kids put the rocks in there for him.  She said that he runs with the big kids so he had probably seen them do that and decided he would do it as well.  lol

Here are LOTS of pictures:

February 7, 9, 12
*I have a thing for sleeping pictures if you haven't noticed lol He's just so darn cute when he's all sacked out.

February 12, 17, 18

February 20
*He picked up this baby doll and bottle at a friend's house and fed the baby like he knew exactly what he was doing.  I probably had a dumbfounded look on my face lol

February 20, 22, 24
*This kid loves to show off his belly
*3rd pic.... hey just keepin' it real.

February 28, 28, 29

February 29, March 2, 4
*Technology.... I have a love/hate relationship with it

March 5

March 5, 6, 6

March 6

March 6, 7, 7

March 8
*I mean... how can you resist taking pictures like this?

March 9, 9, 10

March 10, 11, 11
*Like I said... keep it real.  He just wants my phone and gets mad when I don't cater to his every whim.

March 11

March 14

March 14
*He loves being outside
*Those thighs though.... sorry kid... you get it from your momma.

March 17
*St. Patty's Day... "I'm not Irish but kiss me anyway"

March 17
*Too bad it was spent at the doctor's office.

March 18
*Promise he didn't actually fall asleep like that.
*Third haircut... sitting in the seat like a big boy

March 21, 22, 22
*Meeting his great great aunts for the first time.  He wasn't sure what to think and never really quite warmed up to his typical self... but he was also sick so I'm sure that's why.

March 22

March 22, 22, 23

March 24
*The look on his face when he doesn't get what he's grabbing for (aka my phone)
*Our stair barrier being used as a slide lol

March 24, 25, 26
*He likes eating out because he gets lots of attention (from everyone!)

March 26, 27, 27
*Trying to burn off some energy at the park and having to distract him so he doesn't take every single toy the other kids are playing with lol
*3rd.... Easter Sunday.  Seriously.... how cute is he?!

March 27
*Like father, like son.  And he's quite the appetite.

March 27, 28, 31

April 1, 2, 2
*Those babies definitely came home with us. 

April 4, 5, 5
*April 5.... HORRIBLE diaper rash from being on an antibiotic for double ear infections but still manages to be silly when I turn my phone camera on.

April 6
*Happy Birthday to me :)

April 9, 9, 15
*Teach him young so his future wife will thank me one day :)  lol

April 16, 17, 17

April 18, 19, 25

April 27
*Plates with suction cups.... genius!

April 27, 28, 28
*He loves shoes

16 months.... I love him so much

18 months old... changing and growing way too fast

Meanwhile... baby brother is all like....

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Struggle is Real

   I don't like to complain... really, I don't.  I know a lot of people are going through harder times than I am right now but since this is my little piece of the internet... I'm going to allow myself a mini vent session.  We're all entitled to one once in a while, right?

   So, our house has been hit with some type of crazy lingering virus that is super annoying and energy sucking.  I'm 22 weeks pregnant and I've been coughing like an 80 yr old smoker for the past week and a half and sick with a sinus infection for at least 2 weeks before that.  I've been on a couple antibiotics and steroids and nothing is kicking this mess.  I've taken Maddox to the doctor several times for his cough and he has been on antibiotics for ear infections.  Darren has the mess now too.  I just need someone to come in and fumigate my house and get the ickies out.

   There are so many things I want to do but haven't had the energy or brain power to get any of it done.  So here is a list of things I need/want to do in the next coming weeks.

~We are going to put our house on the market in June (which is creeping up very quickly) and move in o my parents' basement for a little while to pay off some debt (and have some help with the baby... selfishly).  So there is lots of packing and organizing and cleaning to be done. 
~I want to do a couple of posts about Maddox because he's growing so fast and there are so many things I want to remember but then the task just seems daunting to me because I haven't done one in so long so there are lots of pictures to do something with. <insert eye roll emoji>
~I haven't even started a registry for baby #2.... our sweet little boy that has yet to be given a name.
~Take some updated pictures of Maddox and WITH Maddox.

   Really... with all that is going on (Darren working 2 jobs and going to school, me 5.5 months pregnant and trying to keep up with a busy toddler and working part time), that's all I can really allow myself to focus on. 

   I'm actually glad that's "all" we need to focus on.  It could be worse and has been worse.  My mind has definitely been the freest it has been over the past year or so than it has been in many years so I'm grateful for that.  I'm going to try not to think about the fact that we are moving from a two bedroom to a two bedroom place so baby #2 will be bounced around a little.  But... it's only temporary and he won't know the difference.  We are really only planning on staying there for a year or so and then we will either build or buy something.  It's a good plan in theory :)  We'll see how it plays out for real.

Anyway... that's all I have for the moment.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maddox {15 Months Old}

Fifteen Month's Weight: 32lbs
Height: 31.5in
Size: 18-24 months clothes.  Size 5 diapers. 

It's pretty bittersweet that I have a full blown toddler.  He is non-stop all the time.  

I didn't want to make this post one big long paragraph so here are a few things about Maddox that have happened in the last couple of months or that I just want to remember for myself.

~He started walking on November 11... just 2.5 weeks after his first birthday.  I'm posting a video below.  The video is of his second set of steps as his first ended up with him face planting into the ottoman (oops!).  But I love it anyway and I've watched it numerous times.  I especially love the expression on Darren's face :)  He's a proud papa.


~Words: Ball
               Bottle ("bobble")
               Water ("wa wa")
               Nana (he will say this for his Nana but also a banana lol we'll have to work on that)
               Kitty ("kiki")
               Hello ("hewwo")
               Bye Bye
               Gin Gin (we call his stuffed giraffe Ginger and that's how he says her name)
               No No No (mmhmm....)
               Quack (doesn't exactly come out like that but he knows a ducky says quack quack quack)
               Thank you (doesn't happen often but I have heard it enough to claim it lol)
               Book (sounds like "bookt" lol)
               Bath ("bat")
               Dis? (hah)

~Favorite toys: balls, blocks, books, anything that shakes and makes noise, his remote control car (he hasn't figured out the remote part but he likes to push the buttons), remotes (ANY remote), telephones.

~Has 10 teeth, including 2 top molars.

~He'll hold something up to his ear and say Hello or Hi like he is talking on the phone.

~He's definitely attracted to technology.... any technology.

~Had his first double ear infections (first ear infections period) in December.  Has another double ear infection now along with hand foot and mouth disease.  Thank you child care....

~He likes to be chased and giggles so hard when you are chasing him.

~Had to put our stair barrier back up.

~Moved up to the next class at school this week.  It was definitely bittersweet for momma but I think he really enjoys it and they actually do things like playtime, storytime, songs, art, etc.  (When I say school, I mean the 4 hours of child care he is in at my work while I work down the hall.)

~He'll bring me a book and turn around for me to pick him up so I can read it to him.

~He jabbers all the time and really sounds like he has something to say.  I think he's going to be quite the talker.  Not sure where he gets that from.

~He smiles at himself in the mirror.

~He has the best laugh and giggles when you tell him you can see his belly.

~Favorite books: touch and feel books, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, abc books, finger puppet books and a couple other random books (he has lots of them).

~He always takes his shoes off in the car and most of the time, his socks too.

~Rolls over on to my chest after his night time bottle and falls asleep on me (and I let him because I love it).  Thankfully he's not hard to lay down after he does that.  Although the whole bottle weaning thing is a little daunting to me.  He's off of all of them except night time.

~Wakes up talking to his animals and playing until one of us goes to get him.  Unless he's waking up from a nap and then sometimes he wakes up hangry :)

~Hears the back door unlock and immediately says "Daddyyyy" with a big grin on his face.

~He loves to eat but is a little texture picky.  He spits out most chicken, scrambled eggs, and meats in general.  Loves bananas, cheese, crackers, most all fruits and lots of other stuff.  Still working on some good finger foods. Also doesn't like tortillas or pizza.

~Sometimes when I'm feeding him, he'll grip the spoon with his teeth and grab on to it with his hand.... making quite a mess by doing so.  Have to work on my patience with that one.

~When you lean your head in close to his he'll lean his the rest of the way.  Sometimes he'll take his hands and touch my face.

~Will give me random hugs and kisses and I eat them up.  When he hugs you, he lays his head against you and pats you on the back.  Seriously.... your heart explodes.

~Ask him if he wants to play with his toys and his response is "ball" lol

~Loves being around people and watching other kids but also plays awesome by himself at home.

~Likes to dump the blocks out of their box and put the box on his head (silly boy).

~He does this little dance bounce thing and throws his head back like he's just really enjoying the moment lol

~Chunks blocks across the room out of the box.... everyday.

~Social butterfly.  Everyone loves him and he loves almost everyone.  We've been to the park a few times and he quickly makes friends (usually with the girls that are 4 or 5 years older lol).  His social-ness has made me have to step out of my comfort zone and make small talk with strangers who comment on his adorableness.

~When you sing twinkle twinkle little star to him, he will hold his hands in the air and open and close his hands like he's making twinkle stars.

~Will sometimes tell you what a cow, lamb, and horse says but not consistently yet.

Here are LOTS of iPhone pictures from the last couple of months.  I forgot to write down some of the dates before I threw them away.... oops.

October 31

October 31

November 3

November 5

November 8

November 8, 9, 10

November 13, 13, 15

November 15, 18, 19

November 22, 23, 24

November 25, 27, 28

November 29, 30, December 1

December 1, 1, 2

December 4, 5, 7

December 12, 12, 14

December 16

December 16

December 16

December 16, 21, 22

December 23, 24, 25

December 26, 28, 30

January 2
January 3 and 4
January 10 and 12

January 14

January 16 and 19

January 21 and 22

January 27 and 28

January 29, 30, 31

January 31

February 1

February 2 and 5

Snow fun... well the only kind of snow our area NC really gets (ice with a little snow mixed in)  Maddox's first "real" snow. January 22 & 23, 2016

 He took a tumble when he ran off down the driveway.  He wasn't a big fan.

Of course the only time I get a good smile out of him, there's a trashcan right behind him lol oh well... take what you can get sometimes.

He doesn't take good pictures with me.  boo.

These are some of the pictures I took for our announcement.  He is such a happy kid.

This one is my favorite :)

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