Some Guys Have All the Luck…

This little guy is seriously lucky!  He’s got a zillion people who love him!  And an Auntie that can’t stop taking pictures!!!

Cousin H is home now…resting comfortably with his family.  We have a ton more pictures but I’ve been busy setting up the nursery and doing all the nesting that wasn’t done before he came home 🙂

Going to see the little munchkin now … see everyone later with more pictures!

 

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A (2nd) Day In The Life … of MY NEPHEW!!!!

Oh to have the life of a newborn…not the Mommy of a newborn, definitely not a Mommy who just had a C-Section, nope, I don’t envy that part…but my gorgeous nephew has been surrounded by family who loves him like crazy & friends who think he’s pretty amazing too!  We also have been snuggling him, changing him, feeding him, and giving him tons of kisses.  That part…I’d take!

A was in the hospital from 11am to 6:30pm…she made it all day without a nap, but once her tushie hit the carseat she was muttering “I…Soooo…Tired….” and then she was sleeping. She has been sleeping ever since.  Straight through dinner at a loud restaurant. In her stroller.  In her skirt, no shirt (she spilled water all over her shirt before we left the hospital), with her shoes, covered by her blankie.  It is midnight.  She’s still in the stroller.  I should go to sleep!  Instead I’ll put up some photos of Baby H’s 2nd day of life…

Great Grandma & her Great Grandson

This woman is inspiring…I can only hope to age with as much grace and beauty as she has.  She’s witty and sweet and tells it like it is…a quality that I very much admire!  It was really beautiful to see how this little boy made her face light up!

LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!  I want to BITE him…

My mom is so cute with her first boy!

A giving HA his present…which she later stole back…my 2 year old apparently loves infant toys…

Holding her new cousin!

Is there anything sweeter?????

My beautiful sister & her son.  It’s crazy she has a little baby of her own.  I just know she’s going to be a great Mommy.  She’s been doing such a great job in his first 2 days.  Childbirth is tough and painful … she’ll agree that she’s not usually the best patient, but she’s been doing really well & we are so proud of her.  We can’t wait to see them fall more and more in love every day.

I love my nephew…if you couldn’t tell…there are about 400 more pics I haven’t gotten to, but it is late & I’m going to bed…A will be up soon!

Baby H & His Family…Day 1

The start of Baby H’s life!  How exciting!  Lots of family were waiting…and waiting…and waiting!
Baby H…we are so happy to welcome you to our family.  We love you more than all the sand at all the beaches!!!

We wish a life of happiness, health & all the best things for you…you are a very loved little boy! Our first!  Get ready to be spoiled!

We Just Earned Our Chair At the Big Boy Table…

That’s right…the impossible has happened.  A boy has infiltrated our girls club and he has taken the hearts of us all!

Meet my NEPHEW!!!!  So cool…I’ve never had one of these before!!!!!

Mommy & Baby are doing great & Miss A is a delirious mess as a result of a terrible flight that got us in at 3:30am….4:30am bedtime for Miss A is less than ideal!  Pictures of her holding her new cousin Baby H coming soon…

I can’t believe we have a boy!  Although I knew it would come from Auntie S…she was always the one sister turning things upside down!  Bring on the BLUE!

 

Two cute…Two Smart…Two Sassy…

Two has been rough.  I know it gets harder…but one day when A reads this blog to see what she was like when she was a baby, I’d like her to read how amazing and sweet and cuddly she was.  Unfortunately (sorry future A) that is just simply not the case most of the time!  We had a rough couple of days that almost broke Mommy last week.  This week I am trying to do better as a Mom and keep up our discipline regimen!

We had a super hot day yesterday…so hot that T walked outside, laid down on the pavement & just stayed there suntanning.  Our mexican dog loves the sun!

The sun was shining, the sprinklers were on, and A was playing…for 10 minutes!  Just enough time to get wet and want to come back inside!  My great friend lent me her camera while mine is in the final stages of being fixed…so I took this outdoor opportunity to get some “I’m 2” photos of my maniac!  She was in a very silly mood today, which was welcomed with open arms by her Mommy!

I never want to forget this tiny tushie…

This is Miss A’s sassy face…she purses her lips and then tells you “mmmm NO”…it’s so much fun…NOT

And my most favorite part of 2 has been the over-use of the name Mommy….sung “Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy”, followed by a string of “I want” and then silence!  Let the guessing games begin!!!!

Busy weekend ahead…we hope everyone has a good one!

xoxo

 

Embrace the Camera Thursday 6.21.12

It is H O T hot out there today!  What was supposed to be a beach day has turned into a sprinklers and cooling off in the A/C day!  Well…that is A…Mommy is watching her in the sprinklers and cleaning the house!  Oh the fun life of a SAHM.

Stay cool…Happy Thursday & welcome back Emily!  We hope you are enjoying your new home!!!

 

Painting 2.0

Last year, in July, we had A’s first outdoor painting experience.  This year we decided that our friend PD and A would do a little something special for their super Daddies!  Some things were different about this year’s painting session than last year.  The most noticeable difference was, I was being instructed on what colors I should put on their paper, and how much of each color…and also that they needed SPRINKLES!

The most similar part of the painting experience for Miss A was the body painting portion of the afternoon…

Last Year!

This Year!!!

The end result was nothing short of spectacular.  These girls are seriously creative and talented.  Their Daddies were certainly proud to have these one of a kind creations!

Happy Father’s Day

A and I want to wish Mister LK a very happy Father’s Day!  We thank you for being the best Daddy a little girl could dream of.  You are patient, understanding, loving, supportive, nurturing and a million other qualities that make you an absolutely amazing Dad.  We are very very lucky to have you.

We love you…happy Father’s Day…

and to my Dad (Grampa) …we hope you have a great day too!  We love you & can’t wait to see you soon!

 

Miss A…UNPLUGGED…

Most days I feel like a terrible mother.  I am overwhelmed, exhausted, aggravated, irritated, and moody.  I feed her chicken nuggets or pizza because I know with certainty that she will eat it.  I also use the television and an arsenal of Disney movies as a babysitter since they are free and actual human babysitters are not.

While I know in my deepest part of me that none of those things listed above make me an actual bad mother, in the part of my brain where my intentions lie, I feel like a failure.  Oh yea, and this is my blog so I can vent about my failures, even if people reading think I’m crazy!  (secret…I am crazy)

I feel like A has taken control of my life, and in turn I have lost a very important part of myself.  The part that existed before I was A’s Mommy.  I love being creative and learning, and reading and being productive.  Now, the creativity is watching A color while I make sure the crayons or paint or pens or markers stay on the paper and not on my furniture.  The only thing I learn is about toddlers and their behavior and how the princess of the day falls in love.  My reading … well … there were 3 days of 50 Shades, but most of it is either a 5 page story or something about raising my toddler.  Being productive.  Yea…gone.  We’re stuck in the house if it is too hot, too cold, too cranky, too tired, too…well…anything really.  Especially now that potty training a 2 year old really means sprinting through your errands to make sure she doesn’t pee in the aisle of a store.  (sorry Kings Pharmacy)

Yesterday morning, as I started my day as usual, with A refusing to use the potty, insisting on cookies for breakfast, and demanding a “MOVIE MOMMY”.  By 8:30am I had had enough.    Then she told me she wanted to wear a diaper…and I thought I was going to throw her against a wall & jump off my roof.  Obviously she asked to go potty 10 minutes later and the diaper remained dry…oh this girl is testing me!

I decided that if we were sticking around the house, I was going to take back some power.  We officially unplugged today.  I am proud to say that we made it through the entire day with no movies or tv.  We painted, we read books, we played with her dollhouse, we danced, and she napped….really well actually.  There were a few tantrums about the movies…but we got through them.  I plan to keep the tv off for a few more days…we’ll see how it goes.

Some people will read this and think…”Wow…it’s about time she took the tv away” and they’ll be right…it is…but I do what works for us until it stops working.  It has officially stopped working…and so here we are!  Trying something new.  I’m showing A the side of Mommy that puts her foot down and doesn’t pick it up…

I am hoping the rain goes away, the sun comes back out & we end up here ASAP…

She’s way easier to handle on the beach!  A real beach baby!

Happy 1st Birthday Miss CJ!

The LKs want to wish our beautiful, amazing, miraculous, Miss CJ a very very happy birthday.  We hope you have a fantastic day and may your second year be even more amazing than your first!  You have come a long way Miss CJ and Auntie & Uncle LK & Cousin A love you so so so so much.  We are so proud of all of your accomplishments and can’t wait to see you grow into the beautiful toddler that will drive your Mommy and Daddy bananas!!!!!

We are sorry we missed your party but we love you and can’t wait to see you soon pretty girl!!!!!

hugs and a million kisses

the LKs, A, T & M