Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lucas William {Ten Months}

Dear Lucas,

Today you are 10 months old! Double digits!!! What is that all about?! I'm totally blaming February having 28 days for the reason why this past month has flown by. I'm still totally in denial that you will be turning ONE in just 2 months and haven't even started planning your birthday party!

Height: 28 inches (18 percentile)
Weight: 20 pounds, 6 ounces (54 percentile)

Clothes: Still in 9 months when wearing pajamas and a few shirts, but everything else is 12 months. I've even put you in a few 18 months things, but they are still a little baggy. Size 3 diapers still going strong!

Nicknames: Lou-Lou/Lulu, Lou-Ba-Lou, Baby brother, LUUUUU-cus, Joy Boy, Hiiiiiiii guy/little guy, crazy crazy, crawly crawler, crazy character, Mr. Crazy

Milestones: I think the only new milestone this month is clapping! Baby claps are seriously the best! You always clap for yourself when eating and after a diaper makes me laugh. You have gotten much better at crawling EVERYWHERE. You are getting quick! You also love to pull up on just about everything....the ottoman, the coffee table, step stools, and yes, even the toilet! We had to lower the crib again because you just love pulling up on it, and also put a crib wrap on so you don't bite off all the paint! You are also very intrigued by the stairs and are constantly trying to figure out how to climb up them. When you are crawling, lots of times you try to stand up, but your legs are still a little wobbly. Daddy and I tried to have you walk between us the other day, but you weren't sure what exactly we were trying to make you do, and just kept plopping yourself down! You are also talking a lot more! Ella always says, "Aww Lucas is starting to talk!" You say "dadadadada" and "babababa" but you don't seem to associate the "dada" with Daddy, so I haven't "counted" it yet. I swear I've heard you say "heyyy" and "Ehhhh-aaahh" (Ella) a few times, but you will NOT say anything on command. It's not like you're stubborn or anything... 😉

Sleep: You are still sleeping great, and even handled the time change last week like a pro! You go down between 6 and 6:30 PM and wake up anytime between 6 and 7 AM. Lately (due to the time change), you've been waking up closer to 7 AM, which has been nice! You take a morning nap from about 9:30-11 (give or take half an hour) and an afternoon nap at around 1:30...sometimes you only sleep an hour, but other times I have to wake you up at 4:30! 

Best Moment: When you figured out clapping your hands!!! I freaking LOVE the baby clapping!

Worst Moment: Last week, we tried out a new kinds of cart at Target (where there are 2 kid seats next to each other, and then the cart is in front of that) and you about lost your mind. You would not stop screaming the ENTIRE time we were in the store. You did not want to be strapped into that cart for one more second!

{oh yay. you've discovered the sticker!}

Likes: Ella, putting everything in your mouth, eating, when we blow raspberries on your tummy, trying to climb on things, crawling all over the place, making a farting noise with your mouth, pulling Ella's hair, PUFFS. You also love pulling yourself close to the drain during bath time and sticking your head under the faucet.

Dislikes: Pretty much anytime you want to move around but can't. So, you hate when I put you in the car seat (you're ok after a few seconds though), the Ergo, diaper changes (you've started rolling over during them and it may or may not have resulted in poop on the walls...), and being strapped in the shopping cart. You also HATE the Nose Frida and getting your nose wiped!

Health: You still have a bit of a runny nose, but I'm thinking it's allergies. (Mine have been bugging me, too!)

Eating: You love, love, LOVE eating. We've introduced lots of new foods this month (you can now eat everything except cow's milk and honey) and you've liked them all! Prior to this month, the only thing you didn't like was avocados...we've tried those again and you like them now! You really like shredded chicken, yogurt (although the first few times you weren't a fan), strawberries, eggs and of course, Puffs! The only thing I've given you that you absolutely won't eat is pasta! What?! Are we related?!? You do not like it whatsoever and spit it out immediately. However, I've also given you chunks of tomatoes/tomato sauce and you gobbled that right up! You are still nursing 5 times a day, but get distracted easily and don't spend much time drinking that milk at all. 

Lulu, you just keep getting cuter and cuter...and more fun!!! You are our crazy guy, but we wouldn't have it any other way. We love chasing you around, watching you explore and learn new things. You are ALL BOY, which I thought was totally a made up thing until I had you. You have so much energy and love life. You are still the chillest baby ever, but if something makes you mad, whoa, do you let us know! You bring more joy to our lives than you will ever know! Thanks for another month of keeping us on our toes and making us smile, sweet boy! :) 

{And, just for fun...Ella at 10 months}

Friday, March 17, 2017

Five on Friday!

Wait, what is this?! Five on Friday?!?!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I finally got my act together and rounded up 5 random things to tell you about! I haven't done one of these in quite a while, so I'm very excited!!

1. First and foremost, Happy St. Patrick's Day from these 2 little leprechauns! 🍀

2. A couple of yummy things I've made lately...

{I have posted about these before, probably at least 8 times...but oh my goodness, they are so good! I make them every Selection Sunday and they are probably one of the few things I make that Travis A) specifically asks for by name, and B) doesn't come in the kitchen and add random ingredients (he thinks he's a chef). They are SO. GOOD.}

3. Brace yourselves: I've put myself on a budget.

I know, I know. I can't believe it either. I'm partially blaming all of those Facebook B/S/T groups...but I really need to get control of my spending. It was really starting to get ridiculous! So anyways, I got this app to keep track of my budget/spending and so far I really like it! It's kind of like a game. Except that it's my real money, and I can't quit or lose. So there's that. If you have any good budgeting or money saving tips, send them my way! 

4. Ella's preschool has struck again with the freaking adorable school pictures. 

We got the proofs back yesterday and these are 4 of my favorites. I want them all! Except, too bad they are so stinking expensive! I gotta find a place in my budget for these though, ha! They are just too precious. 

5. Who wasted 3 hours of your life watched the Bachelor Monday night?! Ugh. At least I got 2nd place in my fantasy league!

 I have so many thoughts. But, I saw this article about the funniest tweets and that basically sums up everything for me. Enjoy! 

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life with Lucas {week 43}

Happy St. Patrick's Day Eve, and Happy first day of March Madness!! 🏀

Last Thursday, Lucas and I decided to run up to Ella's preschool instead of drive to pick her up. 

It was about 2 miles each way, and I thought it was going to be totally awful with both kids in the Double Bob (I hadn't run with it before this), but surprisingly it wasn't too bad! My arms did hurt when I had to push them up a hill, but other than that I didn't notice much of a difference from the single Bob.

Friday, it was UNC vs Dook again, so we had to decide which dress to wear! Too bad we don't have more options, ha! (Actually, there are more options in her closet!)

We walked up to the park to play and have a picnic lunch!

That night, I went to a consignment sale at a local church. Ella thought she was in a castle!

I was trying not to buy too much, but got all of this for a little over $30!

I also consigned some of my kids' old clothes at this same sale and made over $175! So yay for that!!!

That night, we let Ella stay up to watch the UNC game. We ordered pizza, too, and she was basically living the dream. Except then UNC lost. 

Saturday morning, we had the most fun birthday party ever at Ben and Jerry's! Seriously, it was such a good time. I am adding it to my mental list of February birthday party locations (having a winter birthday is NOT fun when it comes to party planning) for Ella! 

The kids got to make cookies, take a tour of the ice cream shop, try some ice cream...

...make tie-dye shirts (Ella wasn't sure about wearing the apron, but I'll be darned if she got any ink on her ice cream dress!)...

...and of course had ice cream cake at the end!

Such a fun time!!! 

Sunday morning, we all woke up an hour later (thanks, Daylight Savings! My kids actually slept until 7:30/8:00!) to SNOW!!

I was totally game for going out and playing in it, but by the time we got our acts together, it looked like this:

So we settled for snowman outfits and pictures on our back patio. 

Monday, after gymnastics, we had to make our brackets for March Madness!! This is now Ella's 4th time making a bracket (she "made" her first one when she was just 6 weeks old!) so she is an old pro. No surprises here, she picked UNC to win the whole thing. Duh. 

Lucas was a bit more challenging. He had absolutely NO interest in making any picks and just wanted to crawl all over the bonus room instead. I wrote out every team onto note cards (hello, should I get a life sometime soon?!) and thought he would just crawl towards the team he wanted, but nope. He totally bypassed the cards and would just head toward whatever toy he saw. So, I had to literally wave both cards in his face. So who even knows how his bracket will turn out. He also happened to pick UNC to win it all though...funny how that happened. 😉

Tuesday, we went to baby story time while Ella was at preschool and we were actually EARLY! What. 

This sweet boy crawled all around, clapped his hands, and of course had fun with the bubbles!

Yesterday we spent an eternity at the Apple Store. And my computer is still crazy slow, so blahhh. Good thing this sweet girl was super well behaved and patient (even if her little brother wasn't)!

We ended our Wednesday with a little trip to Target. They have these hats in the dollar section! I would have totally bought one for Lucas, had he been able to keep it on his head for longer than .2 seconds. 

I'm off to watch wayyy too much basketball! Love this time of year!!! I really hope my bracket isn't totally busted in like 2 days, ha! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Life with Lucas {week 42}

Sorry I have been so boring lately!! 
I feel like I haven't had anything exciting to blog about except these weekly my computer is SO slow (I really need to take it in to the Apple Store), so I just don't have the time to sit in front of it daily and wait around for my pictures to load! 

Anyways...Lulu has lots of new tricks, but his favorite is pulling up and standing on just about anything.

Oh and he still loves putting everything he can in his mouth! 

Friday, we went to Perfect Balance for their Tot Time. We hadn't been here in forever, but Ella loved showing off her gymnastics skills and Lucas got to play a little bit, too! 

Ella walked all by herself to the end of this balance beam and then jumped off! I was really impressed!!

Friday night, I went to a consignment sale. I told Trav I wasn't going to buy much (I really just needed pajamas for Lucas) and then I came home with all of this. Whoops. And no pajamas for Lucas...I did find a sleep sack though! 

Our weekend was super uneventful! We made a birthday card for my brother...

...and got ready for the UNC vs Dook game!

Seeing as Mr. Lulu is now the biggest fan of pulling up, we had to lower his crib mattress again. I also went ahead and put that wrap on the top so he won't eat the wood....and I also added the mesh bumper just because sometimes he does enjoy trying to get his arms stuck in the slats. 

We let Ella stay up late to watch the UNC vs Dook game (she went to bed at halftime)...she absolutely loved it. Trav taught her how to make "3 goggles" and she loved looking for Rameses!

Sunday morning, we finally got our Easter decorations out and ordered an Easter basket for Lucas!

We also went up to the park for a little bit!

Monday morning was gymnastics again. Ella is finally getting the hang of jumping with both feet together! Her teacher was so excited!

My "low tire pressure" light came on (and UGHHH I just got new tires like a hot second ago!), so on Tuesday we went up to the tire place to get them checked while Ella was at preschool. They had a little play area for Lucas, and thankfully, my tires just needed a little air. 

After that, we tried to go to story time but we were late (shocking), so we didn't get in. We went to Target instead!! Just as educational, right?!

Yesterday, we had story time at our church. Lucas put literally every. single. toy. on that floor in his mouth. So healthy. 

After naps, we went to Ella's preschool to play on the playground! Ella loved pushing Lucas in the swing!

I'm sad we won't be able to go play outside much this is supposed to SNOW here! What is that all about?!?!?!