March 27, 2015

Nash: 5 Months!

Height: TBD
Weight: 19 lbs


I usually take notes on my phone throughout the month so that I can refer back to them when I'm writing these posts.  Well this month my note just said: "sleep" followed by about 8 thumbs down emojis.  So're lucky you're so darn cute ;)

I don't know where we went wrong in the sleep department, but now we're seeing your adorable face around 10:30, 1, 3, 5, etc.  It's brutal...just brutal. After taking you to the doctor multiple times to have your ears checked, I think I've decided it's developmental--with a possible side of teething.  There's a part of me that wants to do anything in my power to fix it, but another part of me that feels like there's nothing we can do other than letting it run it's course.  But check back with me at 6 months...I may be ready for some tough love if this goes on another month ;)

My favorite thing this month has been watching your relationship with Arden grow.  Seeing the way you admire her and the way she loves to entertain you makes those first couple rough months all worth it.  Sometimes when she's loving on you and you're laughing and cooing, I just have to step back and take it all in.  I still can't believe you're both mine.  

I'm interested to see if you sit up on your own over the next month.  You're really trying to, but that big ol' tummy gets in the way and sends you backwards most of the time.  So we shall see!

The weather has been so nice lately and we've been taking advantage of it as much as possible.  I put you in the Ergo360 whenever we go to the park--and you love it.  You've never once fussed in that thing...even when the bucket hat I put on you was covering your eyes for who knows how long!  Whoops!

Your thighs get more scrumptious by the day. That's all.

Your dad claims you're going to be a crazy and out of control toddler...but I'm not sure I agree.  Even if you turn out to be rough and tumble, I know you're going to have a sweet side too.  You can't not be sweet with a smile like yours!

I'm not sure I'd ever heard a baby fart like a grown man...until you.  Holy moly, child.
Let's just say I know who you got that gene from--and it wasn't me!!

You started PT this month for a mild case of torticollis.  Basically, it just means that because of the way you were curled up in the womb, the muscles on one side of your neck are tighter than the other.  I've been pretty stressed about it causing a flat spot on one side of your head...but after 3 appointments and lots of stretching at home, I'm happy to say you're getting all straightened out and your flat spot is pretty much gone :)  

You were baptized this month!  More to come on that...but it was so very special.

I don't know how soon they'll pop through, but we can definitely see your bottom 2 teeth under the gums.  Of course now that I've mentioned it, you'll be toothless at your first birthday. Ha!

Naps are still short.  Your sister's started getting longer at 6 if you're the competitive type, you could just start doing it now.  Okay? 

You've started leaning to me when someone else is holding you.  I just love that.

Nash, you are my chubby little sweetheart. And even though you don't sleep...I love you so much I can hardly stand it.  I can't wait to see what the next month holds.  And if that's lots of restful nights, you won't hear me complaining ;)

Love you,

March 4, 2015

Arden Says

You know that saying "kids say the darndest things?"  Well I totally get it now.  
Arden turned 2.5 last week, but sometimes I feel like she's 12.5...especially when she says things like, "shall we do a puzzle now, mommy?"  She's apparently British now too, so there's that ;)

Here are some of my favorite Arden quotes as of late...

"Mommy, go get Daddy's Valentine out of the car. He needs it." 
There went that surprise!

(about everything) 

"No boots on the couch!"
My little OCDer in the making.

"I didn't take a nap because I was saying lots of prayers"
How do I argue with that?

"What you talking, mom?"
Translation: "who are you talking to" OR "what are you talking about".  It's interchangeable apparently.

"I NEED your phone"
Who cares about food, water, and shelter...she NEEDS to watch someone in China open chocolate eggs.

Everything is happening "omorrow"...or happened "esterday" 
Not sure what happened to the t's and y's!

Me: "Did you have fun at church today?" 
Arden: "I sure did!"

"Ima take my vitamin so I can get big.  And when I get big I can use your markers"
I'm actually quite impressed with that logic!

Flamingo = "Fla-fingo"
Armadillo = "Farmadillo"
Picnic = "Pick-a-pick"

"Nice job, mommy."
I love being praised for buckling her in her car seat!

Me: "Hey sweet pea" (or any other nickname).
Arden: "No, I'm not a sweet pea...I'm Arden Quinn."

About Nash...
"He spit up." --she always says this so nonchalantly and then goes on about her business.
"He's got a booger. Get it out." Yes ma'am!

Arden: "What's the noise?"
Me: I don't know, what is it?"
Arden: "TOOT." {giggles}
Oh my...

Love this funny little gal so very much :)

February 25, 2015

Life as Art: Arden Loves Donuts :)

Those who know Arden well, know that she has a fierce love for powdered donuts.  A love so defining that when my friend Amber asked that Arden be a part of her Life as Art photography project, I immediately knew the scenario and the environment. Powdered donuts in the kitchen...of course :)

The concept behind Amber's project is simple but unique...and one that spoke to my memory-capturing heart.  The idea is to photograph life as it happens.  To capture those little things about our children that we never want to forget...and then display them where they happened.  A toddler splashing in his bubble bath, a baby learning to play with her toes...and in our case--Arden getting messy with her breakfast of choice.

We had a great time playing around with Amber one morning in December.  Our little model was in absolute heaven as she was allowed (even encouraged!) to eat her weight in donuts.

And the results were pretty fantastic, if you ask me...

Her blonde eyelashes, powdered sugar fingers, wispies on her forehead...and the glow of the christmas tree in the back. These things make my heart swell!


More than once strangers have asked if she lost a front tooth.  Nope...that's just a really large gap...and I love it.  

"All for me??" 

 The only thing better than seeing these pictures for the first time, was seeing them on canvases in our kitchen.  Love, love, love!

Friends, if you're in the KC area and interested in a Life as Art session, hop on over and visit Amber.  She's just as sweet as she is talented :)

Thank you Amber for capturing these *sweet* moments! :)