Thursday, September 22, 2016

Life with Lucas {week 18}

Happy First Day of Fall, y'all! Lucas is wearing pumpkins today for the occasion, but you can't tell because he loves to hold his hands like that! 

Anyway, the first part of Lucas's 18th week was spent in Florida. I know, I still haven't blogged about that...but it's coming soon! Promise!

We drove back Sunday. It is a looooong drive but I will gladly do a Charlotte to Orlando trip over a Charlotte to Ohio trip ANY day. 

When we got back, Trav started taking our bags upstairs, when he noticed it was a good 10 degrees hotter upstairs than down. Our a/c was out upstairs AGAIN. (It just went out a little over a month ago.) So another family sleepover downstairs it was. Not like we were looking forward to all sleeping in our own beds after our trip or anything...

When the repair guy came out Monday, we learned that we had to buy a whole new a/c unit for our upstairs (and downstairs will probably need to be replaced soon, too). Right in the middle of our bathroom renovation. Isn't that how it always happens?! When it rains, it pours I guess. So we are getting a new unit tomorrow (Friday!)...we have been camping out in the family room all week! 

Monday was a hot (literally, it was 85* upstairs) mess of trying to get back in the swing of things. We ran about 185 errands, cleaned up the house a bit, and took Lucas's 4 month and 17 week pictures. Ella may or may not have watched shows on the iPad 85% of the day. 

Tuesday, this diva went back to preschool....

...and this little monkey and I tried to get our lives in order some more! 

Ella came home with the cutest little bear headband, but of course threw a fit when I tried to take a pic of her wearing it...

We are still on a big Disney kick over here, so yesterday we picked up a few more Disney movies from the library. Ella is obsessed with Ariel! 

Yesterday afternoon was Ella's first dance class! She missed last week since we were in Florida, but I think she had a great time yesterday! 

I hate having to watch her on this monitor, but I totally understand why they do it. 

But gosh, did she look cute in her dance outfit! I can't even stand it. 

Last night, we watched some very scary things on the news. I don't want to bring too much of it up on here, since I would like for this to be a happy space...but it's a very scary world we live in, and last night's events hit extremely close to home. In our Bible study, we have been talking about bring the light to other people's darkness. 
So, here is a little bit of light to share with you... :)

(and his name, Lucas, even means "light giving" or "illumination," how perfect!)

Pleas keep our city and police officers in your prayers! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Life with Lucas {week 17}

Sorry for the radio silence over here! We just got back form a whirlwind trip to Florida! Don't worry, I'll be sure to blog about it soon!

But first, a look at our week before we left! 

Thursday was the Panthers first regular season game, so of course we had to be all decked out in our Panthers gear!

Lucas was so excited to stay up and watch the game with his dad!

Friday morning, we went to another consignment sale and I found all of this:

Ella also helped me make some yummy apple muffins and Lucas watched! 

Side note: my sweet little baby has already gotten too big for his swaddles! So we had to switch him to the swaddled sleep sacks over the weekend! Tear! 

Saturday we had a birthday party at Sports Connection. Lucas happily chilled in the Ergo the whole time!

Ella loved playing all of the games, but let's be honest...she was really there just for the cake.

Also last weekend? Tons of football watching. TONS and TONS. 

Yep, there are 2 tv's in our family room. One has since been moved back upstairs, thankfully. 

While the boys were busy watching football, Ella got to be an only child and come with me to HT! We got the car cart for the special occasion!

Also...these jammies that I just got at that consignment sale?! I can't...

Best $3 I've ever spent! 

Sunday and Monday, Ella had some yucky cold/allergy-type deal going on (thanks a lot, preschool germs) so we didn't do too much, other than a few errands to get ready for our Florida trip.

Tuesday, Lucas came with me to a Bible study! 

I am not a big "churchy" person at all, but my friend invited me and I thought it would be good since going to church every week is near impossible with a 2 year old and a little baby. I am really liking it so far! 

Lucas also got to try out the exersaucer at the Y and although he looks less than impressed, I promise he liked it!

Wednesday we took off for Florida, which I will post about very soon! Stay tuned!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lucas William {Four Months}

Dear Lucas,

I blinked and you are another month older! How did that happen?! No seriously, I felt like I just wrote your 3 month update last week. You've had a pretty busy month, with absolutely ZERO doctor's appointments! It's been so nice!!!

Head circumference: 
{You go for your 4 month well visit Thursday, so I'll record these after that!}

Clothes: Well, we are running into a little bit of a predicament here. It is still REALLY hot here in Charlotte, and 99% of your summer clothes are 0-3 month size. They are really small on you and I am basically smooshing every bit of you into them! You really should be wearing 3-6 month stuff, but you only have a few short-sleeved options in that size. Whoops! Cool off weather!!! You are still in size 1 diapers because we are still using up the huge Amazon box from last month! You will be in size 2s really soon, promise. Sorry that Mommy refuses to believe you are as big as you are...I just want you to stay my little baby forever! 

Nicknames: Lou-Lou, Lou-Ba-Lou, Baby brother, Luke, Lukey, Hiiiiiiii guy/little guy...Ella still calls you "Baby Woo-cus"

Milestones: You are still not rolling over and have absolutely no interest in doing so. You just love being on your tummy! I'm trying not to stress about it; I know you'll roll when you're ready! You are getting much better about turning your head to both sides and we've almost totally worked out that little flat spot. You are really, really good at sitting and can almost almost almost totally sit up by yourself! You are my little social love to smile and talk to everyone! You smile all day long...I have never seen such a smiley baby! You are also starting to bat at your toys more, and you love to chew on your hands and wubbanubs. I think you might be teething because you have been extra drooly lately!

Sleep: We went through a very abbreviated version of what I think may have been the dreaded 4 month sleep regression last week. You started waking up at 5 or 6 AM (and one night, you were up at 3!) which was totally crazy and unlike you...but then we went to Florida and you seemed to straighten yourself out. So that lasted all of...4 nights. Thank you for returning to normal quickly! Now you are back to sleeping from 8 or 9 PM until 7 or 8 AM. (I do still wake you up before I go to bed around 11 to feed you one last time.) I know I've said this for a few months, but I think this month we will finally get you on a nap schedule!

Best Moment: We just got back from Florida and you were amazing!!! Aside from getting back to your awesome sleep schedule, you were also such a trooper at Disney World! You didn't seem to mind the 100* heat index, or waiting in line with Ella to meet the princesses!!

Worst Moment: I honestly cannot really think of one this month! Maybe those 4 nights when you decided to sleep like a newborn?! But really, you've been super, super awesome this month, Lucas!

Likes: Kicking your feet, car rides, your wubbanubs, lights/fans, EATING, warm baths, being held, being on your tummy, your sit-me-up chair, your bear mat (that you stole from Ella!), when we clap your hands for you, when Daddy makes you "fly, fly, fly" with your arms, when we make you "stand up" and then sit you down really quick over and over, when people say "BOO!" and the Baby Shark song. You basically like everything!!! You love life!

Dislikes: Being cold and/or hungry, and sometimes when you have a dirty diaper (other times, you are perfectly fine!). You also get fussy every evening at some point between 6:30ish and 8:30ish. And after your fourth 8+ hour road trip in the last 5 weeks, you get really mad if you are in your car seat for a long time...and I don't blame you one bit!

Health: You are finally a healthy boy, and then your sister starts preschool and gets sick...yep, you know where this is going. UGH! You've had a runny nose and cough the past few days, but thankfully no fever. We did have to break out your NoseFrida and you are not the biggest fan. I am crossing my fingers that Ella didn't infect you too much!

Eating: You are still awesome at eating! Every 3 hours for 6 feedings a day. I can't remember the last time you had a bottle (maybe a week or 2 ago?) but you had about 5 ounces, maybe a little more. We may start rice cereal this month, but I don't's so gross...we'll see what the doctor says on Thursday!

Lou Lou, I can't believe you are a whole 1/3 of a year old!! You are getting more fun and cuter every day...if that is even possible! I have yet to meet a happier are always smiling and everyone always comments on how joyful you are! We love you so much!

{And, just for fun...Ella at 4 months}

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ella, the Preschooler!

Ella's first day of preschool was last Tuesday!

She's only going twice a week to her little 2's class, but I am SO excited for her!

Just for fun, I thought I'd ask her a few questions as she begins her school year. You will notice she is slightly obsessed with Paw Patrol, specifically Marshall..enjoy!

*What is something Mommy says to you? 
Says I wuv you
(I actually had to ask her what DADDY says because when I asked her what Mommy says, she looked at me like I was nuts)

*What makes you happy?
Marshall on my cake

*What makes you sad?
 (singing) It's ok to be sad sometimes, by little by little you'll feel better again
(This is a Daniel Tiger song)

*What makes you laugh?
Car car
(I have nooo idea)

*How old are you?

*How old is Mommy?

*How old is Daddy?

*What is your favorite thing to do?

*Who is your best friend?

*Where is your favorite place to go?
Jumpy place

*What are you good at?
Give a treat
(I think she thought I meant, what happens when you are good?)

*What is your favorite food?
Pouch and a yummy

*What is your favorite song?
Old McDonald farm, meeska mouska tool 
(this is the Mickey Mouse version of Old McDonald)

 *What is your favorite color?

*What is your favorite animal?

*Where do you live?
 Harris Teeter
(Bahahahah, it certainly feels like that some weeks!)

*What is your favorite toy?
(Her toy horse that she can ride on; his name is Peaches)

*What do you want to be when you grow up?
Be Marshall

*What is your favorite book?
Marshall book

*What do you want to learn at school this year?
I don't wanna go uh school! 
(She really does, I promise)

Best of luck to her sweet teachers!! :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sky Top 2016

Now that it's September, it's time for another trip to Sky Top!

This was our 3rd year coming here to pick apples.
{2014 | 2015}
Last year, it was so hot and crowded, I swore I'd never come back during Labor Day Weekend. Well, what do you know. We checked our calendars and pretty much the only time we could go was Labor Day Weekend! Thankfully, it was not as hot as last year! 

First things first, we had to go see the animals.

Ella wasn't all that interested though...she wanted to pick some apples!

Ella and Trav were our resident apple pickers, while I stayed by the stroller and watched Lucas sleep (it's a tough job, but someone had to do it). Just like last year, most of the apples were high up in the trees. Ella was adamant that Travis not pick her up...she actually tried climbing the tree and jumping (thankfully, not those 2 things at the same time!) to see if she could get some apples down. We finally convinced her to let Daddy pick her up....

...and she screamed the whole time. Ha! Independent much, Ella?! 

Our family picture was pretty much a bust. I'm finding out that the more people you have, the harder it is to get everyone to cooperate! 

After apple picking and taking pictures by all of our usual spots, it was time for everyone's favorite part...APPLE DONUTS!

Y'all, I have dreams about these donuts. Oh, they are SO good!

Lucas was mad he couldn't have one! 

Thanks for another fun time, Sky Top! We'll be back next year!