Tuesday, August 16, 2016

baby food challenge

So, this happened last week. I will admit that it wasn't my finest parenting moment, but I just could. not. resist. Oh, the laughter. And tears. From both of us. Or maybe just tears from both of us and laughter from one of us. Either way, it was totally worth it! Or at least until it backfired...all over my freshly mopped floors.

In my defense, I never in a million years thought he'd actually do it. This is a kid who gags weekly at the dinner table at just the thought of eating certain foods. Normal foods. That he's eaten thousands of times with no issue in the past. Oh, this kid. He is a riot. (Disclaimer: In the moment of the food battles I might not exactly be thinking it's funny...)

And now I'm pretty sure I may have dug the Food Battle Hole a little deeper with this stunt. I betrayed his trust and manipulated him with his kryptonite. But boy did he enjoy that bag of candy ;)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

GNR and G&R

We had a fun, adultish weekend! Friday night I surprised Rick and took him to see Guns N' Roses for an early birthday gift. I told him I was taking him on a date but wouldn't tell him where...and to throw him off I pulled a little bit of a Clark Kent and wore this shirt over my rocker skull tank:

mama bear by day...party animal by night

I texted that picture to Stacie and then also a bunch of other outfit and shoe options because I'm a poser and never go out and am pretty clueless when it comes to fashion, much less what to wear to a GNR concert. In the end, she voted for this combo so I went with it. She was worried the shoes might give it away but I assured her that Rick would never ever in a million years notice my shoes and correlate them to a rock concert. I once chopped off eight inches of hair and he didn't notice. So I felt pretty confident.

I'd been planning it since April but somehow it still snuck up on me. Before I bought the tickets, my mom had offered to keep Hadley (along with the bigs) overnight and back then 9 months old sounded like no big deal. And then the date got here and I was really anxious about leaving her. I'm always like that about the kids at any age but it's even harder when they're babies and still nursing and total momma's girls. But we all survived! Hadley kept them up from 2-4:30am but we won't dwell on that little detail ;)

Originally, I planned out a triple date with Ben & Stacie and Trina & Dustin. But in the end Trina & Dustin had to cancel because he got stuck out of town for work. Boo! It wasn't the same without them but we all still had so much fun! I wanted to surprise Rick so we tried confusing him as to what we were doing. I hinted here and there about the Astros vs. Rangers game. I wore my mama bear shirt and had uber pick us up from my mom's house to take us downtown to the Flying Saucer. And then the second we got in the car, the uber driver randomly asked if we were going to see Guns N' Roses. Grr!

Long story short, he totally figured it out but played along anyway. He saw someone (my cousin...thanks Michelle!!!) post about the concert on facebook. And then he said when he saw my shoes he knew for sure. GO FIGURE. Ha!!

Rick's (fake) surprise face

It's not Rick's birthday without his beloved cookie cake. Barf! These things are such a waste of money...especially when you give instructions to make it look like the back of an Astros jersey and you pick it up and find this:

But don't worry, the terrible artwork didn't keep him from shoveling it in his mouth like a boss. Ben was in charge of cutting the cake...and this is why we are all such good friends. I'm always laughing when we are hanging out.

my soul sista, drinking her queso, because DUH. 

on the metro rail

Guns N' Roses, baby!!!

Now, there's nothing like thinking that going to a rock concert is going to make you feel so young and cool....and then Axl Rose comes out and then instead of feeling young and cool you feel incredibly OLD.

They still sounded the same, though! I was never a hard core fan and only halfway knew the more popular hits. But Rick was pretty dedicated in his earlier years.

These peeps always bring the party.

We walked approximately 27 miles and I quickly remembered why I never wear heels anymore. It didn't help that I had to bring a ginormous purse that weighed a ton because I had to bring my breast pump along. Gah, I'm so lame. We ended our GNR night at none other than Whataburger...because that's where you should end every wild night out, amiright?


And now onto the G&R portion of our weekend. Which stands for Gary & Rick. Which considering it was all about a wedding, I probably should have come up with a different title...but that wouldn't have been nearly as catchy.

Gary and Rick are business partners and old friends. Kirby Precision actually has a related company called G&R Drilling...aren't they so cute?? ;) ANYWAY, Gary got married this weekend. Rick was a groomsman, which meant that we got 3 dates in a row! Friday was the concert, Saturday was the rehearsal dinner, and then Sunday was the wedding. Maybe not necessarily romantic date nights per se, but I will gladly take whatever kid-free(ish) nights I can get. I wore heels 3 days in a row, people. That's a pretty big deal.

We brought Hadley with us to the rehearsal dinner but she's still really easy at restaurants. We dumped the bigs off with the Hursts and since they have 4 kids of their own, I wasn't about to ask them to keep the baby, too. And just maybe, I was kind of having Haddie withdrawals from leaving her the night before. I mean, just maybe.

enjoying "date" #2

checking out the bird (??) at the restaurant...she was not so sure

The wedding was really nice. I suck and didn't even get a single picture at the ceremony and only took a couple at the reception. I had intentions of getting one of Rick in his tux beforehand but getting out the door was kind of stressful. Trying to get myself ready, nurse the baby, get everything situated for the babysitter, etc was not exactly fun. But it makes that huge sigh of relief as you get into your quiet and peaceful car all the more enjoyable. I'm not the only one who does that, right?

our "sexy" poses, hahaha

not the best lighting, but here is my handsome fella. He sure does clean up nice.

I wish I would have gotten a better picture of my dress. It's lace and so pretty

We got home and he went straight for the baby :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In the words of Adele, Hello.

Hi there! Remember me? The person who actually used to take the time to write every now and then?

I haven't blogged regularly aside from birthdays or Hadley's monthly posts in a long time. And I hate that. I'm not exactly sure why. Obviously having 3 kids eats up a bunch of my time. And I also think a big part of it is that I have to drag out the laptop. Because we all know how much effort that takes, amiright? lol. But now that Hadley is starting to get on more of a nap schedule (hooray!!!) I am trying to be more intentional about writing again. I'm pretty sure only 2 people ever even stop by to read, but I love having a record of our days as they keep flying on by. It's priceless for me to be able to look back over the years and reminisce.

So. What do I write about? Another problem I seem to have is that with each additional child I birth, my brain gets mushier and mushier. Pregnant brain creeps in and camps out and then never ever leaves. I have pretty much become the person I used to roll my eyes at. You know, the one who is flaky and disorganized and running late and can't ever seem to keep her crap together? I even annoy myself these days. It's pretty painful to be both OCD and a hot mess all at the same time!

I guess I will start out by recapping what's been going on lately. We are in the thick of summer and it's been a lot of fun. There are some days that I miss having the routine and structure, but I am loving the extra time with the kids and I'm trying to soak it all up before not just one, but two of my babies leave me for school in a month. Thank God I have a backup baby. Haha. Harper will be starting kindergarten and she is beyond excited. It was tough for her to be apart from Harrison last year and he hated it, too. I love that they are so close and I hope it stays that way as they keep getting older.

I'm also about to go back to work part time. I've done some stuff from home, but now I will be officially going into the office regularly. I'm a little nervous about it but mostly looking forward to it. It's been the plan all along for me to go back once Harper started school. I just didn't know at the time that we would have a new baby when that happens. I can't think for very long about the fact that I will be leaving Hadley for 3 days a week or I start to feel a little sick to my stomach. Gah, why does it have to be so hard?? I know she will be just fine and it's only 15 hours a week, but that knot in my stomach is definitely there. Thankfully, I will be working at our business so I still have all the flexibility I need and can always change my mind if I feel like I have to.

On the other hand, I feel so disconnected from the person I used to be before kids and I'm excited about finding that part of me again. I worked full time and then some from the age of 15 up until the week I had Harrison. And then my life became all about diapers, naps, meals, snuggles, potty training, tantrums, kissing owies, and everything in between. It was a difficult adjustment and I know that a lot of that is just motherhood in general, but I was clueless about how hard being a SAHM was going to be. It is most definitely a thankless and humbling job. But it is also rewarding and I'm so thankful that I was able to do it. It grew me in more ways than I could have imagined and I know that I will look back on these days fondly.

I'm sure Rick is super thrilled about the idea of me invading his territory at the office. HA! He says he's glad I'll be taking some of the workload off of him but I'm sure he's also a little nervous about the shift in dynamic. I promised him I would keep my Type A (controlling) tendencies in check and that I'll resist the urge to be bossy :) I'm excited about using my skills and that finance degree that I spent so much money on. He may not realize it yet, but I'm about to make his job and life a whole lot easier. (And hey, maybe I'll show up the first day in just a trench coat? HA)

Anyway, Hadley is starting to stir so I'm going to wrap up my rambling. But before I go I'm going to add a picture. Because what's a blog post without at least one picture? Here is one of my 3 babies when we were in Mexico. Love these cuties with all of my heart and I'm so thankful to be their mama.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8 Months

Hadley turned 8 months old on July 3.

She weighs 20 lbs, 3 oz. and is 26 1/2 inches long.

She wears size 12 months in clothes.

We had to graduate her to a size 4 diaper this month. Home girl has a little junk in her trunk!

So, Hadley, what have you been up to this month?

I have to start off with this. Because it is HUGE.  Hopefully these will be the last of the puke pictures...BECAUSE YOU OUTGREW YOUR REFLUX THIS MONTH!!! Hallelujah!! It was almost overnight. You went from projectiling countless times an hour to just normal dribbles of spit up a few times a day. I have been waiting for this day for months and I am one HAPPY momma (who smells a lot better and has much less laundry and mopping to worry about!!).

She was just trying to give a little back

You wanted the couch cushion to smell like vomit, right?

You also started taking naps in your crib this month. I'm sure most babies sleep in their cribs long before 8 months, but between your reflux which didn't allow for lying you down flat and our hectic schedule when the kids were in school and then followed by lots of traveling, you got most of your naps in your car seat, strapped onto me in your carrier, or in your stroller. When we happened to be home, you usually napped in my arms because you are my last baby and I'm a sucker for your sweet snuggles. But you've decided you're done cuddling during the day. You don't like to be rocked to sleep until nighttime. And you also stopped napping on the go. So this month we had to do a little sleep training. It was rocky at first. I am not good with letting babies cry. At first, I would spend 30 minutes just trying to get you to sleep and then you would only nap for 20 minutes. But it was in your crib so I was happy. Now you're going to sleep much easier and stretching them out a little and there have been a few occasions where you've gone right to sleep without fussing at all.

thankfully Momma still gets her nighttime snuggles. If only you could smell the deliciousness of this freshly bathed sweetie through the screen...

You went on your first plane trip...and internationally at that. I didn't leave the country for the first time until I got married at 23 and you got your first passport at 3 months. Ha! Your daddy and I love to travel when we have the chance and even though it's a LOT more work, we really do enjoy family vacations with our little rugrats. You were a dream baby on vacation. On the flight there you looked out the window as we took off and then peacefully drifted off to sleep. And on the flight back you were asleep before we even departed. You LOVED the beach and ate what I'm afraid probably added up to a gallon of sand. You were such a go-with-the-flow baby and napped poolside or under the palapa at the beach. We joked because you have always loved your white noise and in Mexico you had real-life ocean waves to keep you happy and content. This vacation provided memories with you that I will hold dear in my heart forever!

waiting to take off
nothing like a little poolside slumber

I mean, come on!! I die.

You and your tongue. You have been sticking it out ever since you were first born. Such a little goofball! It's adorable and endearing, but I do hope you grow out of this before you start school. Ha!


our little puppy dog

You are eating more and more solid food and are less interested in nursing. You don't like to sit and nurse for long because you're so afraid to miss out on any action. Right now you are nursing every 4 hours but only for about 4 minutes max each time. You are eating 2-3 solid meals and I just introduced the sippy cup to you.

food goatee

why yes, I DID want carrots spit all over me ;)

you also like eating your toes!

You love to explore and are into EVERYTHING. You keep me up and moving constantly. You have already had 3 bloody lips and a black eye because you don't like to stay on all fours and you are fearless and clearly accident prone. You pull up on everything and have even begun to climb. You are your brother made over with all of your curiosity and energy and I am one exhausted mama!

hmmm...this gas valve looks like fun to play with
Look, Mom! I broke the fireplace!
"helping" with the laundry :)

your spot so I can get in a 5 minute shower

What else? You "talk" and babble all the time and giggle hard at the bigs -- they sure know how to crack you up. You learned to wave this month. You started favoring a few lovies and especially love to find their tags. You are a total Momma's girl. You are such a happy baby and smile with your whole face and I just LOVE it!

Hi, Mommy! 

my little companion...how I love these itty bitty hands climbing up my legs all the time

Oh, Hadley. You are a doll and I sure am treasuring every single one of these days of your babyhood. We love you BIG!

Friday, July 8, 2016

7 months (a month+ late)

Hadley turned 7 months old on June 3rd! I am more than a month late getting this post finished...oops...but we have been traveling a lot this summer. So just pretend it is early June :)

She weighs 19 lbs, 2 oz. and is 26 1/2 inches long.

She has outgrown most of her 9 month clothes and is now in 12 month sizes.

She is in a size 3 diaper.

So, Hadley, what have you been up to this month?

This has been a month of many firsts! You got your first and second teeth (bottom front). And you have discovered how to BITE, which has not been a fun experience for me. You, my dear, might be getting yourself weaned earlier than I had hoped if we can't get this under control.

You also officially started crawling. You began scooting and army crawling several months ago, but right after you turned 6 months you started getting up on all fours with your tummy off the ground. You are our earliest crawler. You have places to go and people to see! You also started pulling up to stand. Seriously, kid, you are growing up and reaching these milestones WAY too fast!!! It has been a challenging month for your mama to keep you from getting injured. You have fallen and bumped your head several times and it is the most sickening sound. Makes me miss having carpet :(

see ya!

You said your first words. The very first was "Dada." After Dada came "Bubba," and then finally "Mama." And of course your sister swears she has heard you say "Harper" :)

You started reaching for people. It is a great feeling to look down at you and see that huge smile and those arms reaching for your mama. You are warming up to others more but you are still without a doubt a mama's girl.

Your naps are pretty much a joke, especially since you started crawling and pulling up to stand. You basically just play and then laugh at me for even suggesting sleep. We need to get this figured out because I don't have much free time to get things done around the house!

ummm, Mom? Can I get a little help here?

What else? You love splashing in the bath. And sleeping with mommy (I really need to break this habit!!). And your favorite foods are bananas and avocados. Your reflux is still going strong.

You think my pacifier is a plug...suckas!

Hi Mommy! I know you just mopped so I thought I'd break in the floor again.

You are the happiest baby and light up the room with that huge smile of yours. We sure do adore you, Hadley Hoo!

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