Thursday, October 20, 2016

Life with Lucas {week 22}

Gah, this boy! I could just eat him up. Look at how he is posing and everything! 

We had a fun week! Last Friday we visited the pumpkin patch!

Eeeekk matching outfits!! (And the best part is they also reverse to Santa on the other getting 4 outfits for the price of 2!)

Ella kept picking up every small pumpkin she could lift and putting them in our wagon. I think we had about 10 little pumpkins in there at one point!

{My kids love me, ha!}

Lucas was really mad he couldn't have a pumpkin donut...

And what would a trip to the pumpkin patch be without seeing the fire truck?! (Haha, because those 2 things totally go together...)

{Check out our pumpkin patch trips from last year and 2014!}

This little froggie had a nice bath after rolling around in all that dirt.

Ok, so he wasn't exactly rolling around in dirt at the pumpkin patch....but I just love a clean baby in a hooded animal towel, don't you?!

The next morning, we put on Ella's Halloween costume to go to a special cupcake decorating event with Mackenzie! 

Ella is a dalmatian, but is telling everyone she is Marshall from Paw Patrol. Anyway, the girls had so much fun making special Halloween cupcakes!

They even "drank" the sprinkles :)

The baby brothers had fun too!

After that, we went to a fall festival in Pineville! Ella was too short to ride most of the rides there, but she did love the carousel! Zebras are her new favorite animal this week. (Probably because they are black and white like Marshall?!)

Lucas and Cooper had matching shirts!!

Oh and in case you were wondering what the happy baby yoga pose looks like...

Lucas spends at least half of his waking hours like this! Ha!

Another exciting event this past week was on Tuesday when Lucas tried rice cereal for the first time! 

Please just ignore Ella's "dinner." She was having one of those nights where she literally did not want to eat anything. #toddlersarefun

He wasn't sure what to think at first...

...but ultimately, he loved it! 

After that, the kiddos got a bath together and wore their Halloween jammies, because Ella is in this stage where she wants Lucas to do every. single. thing. she does. I guess its cute?

Last but not least, I am finishing up Lucas's Halloween costume and found him a hat this week!

Yes, I could have totally ordered a firefighter costume but I had some mom guilt about making his, since I made Ella's costumes the past 2 years. 

Have a great weekend, friends! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lucas William {Five Months}

Dear Lucas,

Welp, I still can't figure out how to stop time and you are another month older! I'm not sure how you magically got to be 5 months when I just gave birth to you last week, but here we are somehow!

Height: 26.25 inches (58 percentile)
Weight: 16 pounds, 6 ounces (45 percentile)
Head circumference: 17 inches
{not 100% sure how accurate these are since we don't have a doctor's appointment this month...but they definitely confirm my theory that you are in the middle of a gigantic growth spurt!}

Clothes: You are solidly in 3-6 month stuff now that the weather has finally cooled off. It's been kinda hot though the past few days, so I've managed to find a few 3 month outfits that miraculously still fit (thank you, Children's Place and Gap for running HUGE!). Some of your 6 month stuff is actually getting a little snug on you because you have quite a long torso! Everything is baggy on the sides, but I have to struggle to snap some things in the crotch! You are wearing size 9 months in your Ralph Lauren rompers (which are my favorite....gosh, I hope they make it through the winter without getting too small!), and you can even wear a few 12 month things without them totally swallowing you. Praise the Lord, you have finally moved up to size 2 diapers, and of course now that another box is on their way to us as we speak, I think you might be ready for size 3s soon! 

Nicknames: Lou-Lou, Lou-Ba-Lou, Lou-Bear, Baby brother, Luke, Luka-Mooka, Little Peach, Hiiiiiiii guy/little guy, buddy, sweet boy...Ella still calls you "Baby Woo-cus"

Milestones: You decided to totally skip that whole "rolling over" thing and go right to sitting up! You are still wobbly at times, but you've got it for the most part! (I count milestones as: if you can do it long enough for me to take a picture of it happening, then it counts! And you totally can sit up long enough for me to take a picture of it!) You also found your toes this month, and you love to lay in the "happy baby" yoga pose. You love to babble and squeal with happiness! You make lots of absolutely adorable little noises that make anyone and everyone smile...and sometimes it sounds like you are trying to say "Ella!" We also tried you out in the jumperoo for the first time a few weeks ago, and you are totally into it. You're not exactly sure how to get yourself to jump up and down in it, so Ella comes over and pushes it up and down for you. The joys of having an older sibling. Oh! And I almost forgot the BEST milestone you reached this month: being able to put your wubbanubs back in your mouth. Amen. 

Sleep: Oh Lucas. My sweet boy. Whatever this little sleep regression is that's been going on now for about 2 weeks can stop at any time. You have been going to bed around 8:00...and instead of sleeping until the next morning like you're supposed to, you've been getting up at midnight, 3:00, 4:30, usually pick 2 of those times. I know I should be lucky that you're not getting up more, but come on, buddy! You used to sleep so well. I've tried just going in and popping your paci back in, but as soon as you see me, you think "MILK!" and scream even louder! So I have to feed you. I'm hoping this phase doesn't last too much longer because Mama is tired. At least naps have been going well. You normally nap in the mornings 9:30-10:30 and then in the afternoons 1:30-2:30 or 3. You also usually take a catnap around 5:30 or 6 most afternoons.

Best Moment: You had your first legitimate "well visit" this month. It was amazing to go to the doctor and not hear that something else was wrong with you (no low hemoglobin, no flat head, no nothing!)! We also loved taking you to your first UNC game (you were good luck; they scored a touchdown with 2 seconds left to win the game!) and watching you sit up for the first time!

Worst Moment: Please refer to the "sleep" section. Let's get it together in this category, ok Lu-Lu?!

Likes: Kicking your feet, playing with/eating your hands, your wubbanubs, lights/fans, EATING, bath time, snuggling with Mommy and/or Daddy, being on your tummy, your sit-me-up chair (and especially the crinkly butterfly that is attached to it), when we clap your hands for you, grabbing your feet, when I imitate your gargling noises, 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.

Dislikes: Being hungry or tired. Oh man, you definitely let me know if it's been a while since your last nap or feeding! You are also not a fan of when you can hear me, but not see me.

Health: Picture of perfect health this month!!!!!!! You cheeks were a little red last week, but no fever, so I think you might be teething?! You have been super drooly too, so that would make sense.

Eating: Considering you've gained what I think is a solid pound and a half in the last 4've got this eating thing down! You are still nursing every 3 hours for about 20 minutes per session, unless it's in the middle of the night...I cut you off after about 10/15 minutes because, hello, it's 3 AM and I want to sleep (and you should, too!). We gave you rice cereal for the first time last night hoping it might help you sleep longer at night (spoiler alert: it did not), and you actually loved it!! So I will try to give that to you each evening when Ella is eating her dinner. Hopefully next month we will get the green light for fruits and veggies...definitely tastier things coming your way soon! 

My sweet little guy, you are our JOY BOY (totally stole that from my friend, but she said it was ok because you are so full of joy!) and such a light in our lives!! Daddy, Ella and I all completely adore you! You always manage to make us happier than we ever thought possible! I always say that I could just eat you up with a spoon because you are just SO scrumptious at this age!!!  Now please start sleeping through the night, and stay my happy little baby forever!

{And, just for fun...Ella at 5 months}

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Master Bathroom Remodel

When we bought our house, we knew this master bathroom was a project we'd have to tackle sooner or later. 
Saying it was outdated was the biggest understatement ever. There was so much brass. And SO much wallpaper. Oh, that wallpaper! All the way up to the top of the 20 foot ceiling we have in there. Yes, 20 feet of 1980s wallpaper. GROSS.
Here are a few photos of the "before" in all of its wallpapered glory. 

Lovely, right?!

We started demo on September 1 and just finished up this whole project last week! It took FOREVER, but I am so happy with how it turned out!

If this is looking somewhat familiar to you, yes, I basically copied Classic Annie and her entire bathroom remodel. Thanks for letting me do that, girl! :)

{This is the entrance area with my sink and vanity...the countertop didn't quite reach the entire width of the space, so we had to order extra marble to slide in there. That is the last thing we have to do and it should be here in the next week or so!}

I'm pretty sure the guys who were working on our bathroom hated us the day they had to peel all of the was also the same time our a/c was out! Whoops! Sorry guys!

Because all of this room was so beige, we had to replace basically everything. That fan, the bath tub, the outlet covers, all vanities and towels bars....I think the only thing we didn't have to get was a new toilet!

And never in my life have I had to make so many ridiculous decisions. Like, which way did I want the herringbone pattern to run in the shower: left to right, or up and down?! I mean, seriously, 

My favorite parts are the floor of the shower, and this little nook they made us for our shampoo bottles, etc.

And that's a wrap on my new, light, airy, 2016 bathroom! Major project for sure, but I think it was worth it! 

Vanities and mirrors: Wayfair Supply
Fixtures: Wayfair
Track light: Lowe's

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Life with Lucas {week 21}

Time for your weekly Lucas (and Ella) update!

Oh this boy. I could just eat him up. He is so precious and roll-y right now.  
And last week he had a hot date with sweet Mary matching outfits (totally unplanned)!

We also had a little photo shoot to celebrate 20 weeks in, 20 weeks out!

Fun fact: that outfit is the one we opened on Christmas when we found out Lucas was a boy! I was kind of an idiot at the time though, and bought a 3 month outfit not really thinking about when he would be wearing size 3 months (aka, in the summer!). So, now that it's cool enough to wear, he barely fits into it, but oh well! 

Friday we made a little trip to the mall, which is never complete without a visit to see the fish at Nordy's!

Lucas also practiced some rolling (still has no interest)!

But he did almost, almost, ALMOST sit up!!!

Saturday, in a moment of complete insanity, we drove up to Chapel Hill for the UNC football game. Yes, there was a hurricane happening. Yes, it was supposed to rain the entire game. But Trav, thinking ahead, bought tickets for us that would be under an overhang so we wouldn't get wet. We felt silly letting these and our original season tickets go to waste, so we went. Ella and Lucas obviously stayed with Trav's parents and I was super jealous. 

This photo doesn't even accurately show the completely gross, pouring-down madness that was going on the entire game. And Carolina ended up getting killed. Ugh. At least we were somewhat dry in our seats?!

Once we survived that madness, we headed back to Charlotte, where the weather was {thankfully} SO much nicer on Sunday! We spent a lot of the day on our patio, and Lucas enjoyed his new Sophie!  (Thank you again, Grandma and Papa!)

Look who decided to sit up long enough for me to take a picture!!!!

Who sits up before they can roll?! This guy. He certainly has his own time schedule of doing things. But hey, fine by me. I love the sitting stage!!

Yesterday, we met some friends at the airport overlook to watch the airplanes take off and land. The weather couldn't have been more perfect!

This sweet boy LOVED the planes! He watched them all so closely..he was super into the whole experience! Can't wait to see how he does on his first flight in a little less than a month!

Poor guy...he just wanted to watch the planes and these big girls kept bugging him! 

That's all for this week! But stay tuned...we have some exciting things planned for this weekend...and {insert praise hands} our bathroom remodel is done! I hope to share pics with you soon!