Thursday, October 27, 2016

Life with Lucas {week 23}

First and foremost, we {finally!} have a roller!!!

 Lucas rolled over last Thursday, spent all day Friday just rolling around everywhere, and now he wants nothing to do with rolling over/thinks its the dumbest thing ever/wonders why we made such a fuss about it. Ha! 

Also last Thursday we went to a trick or treat thing near South Park. It was super hot, so Ella's dalmatian costume was definitely out. I looked through both kids' closets to see what we had that could work, and settled on a UNC cheerleader and football player!


It was suuuuuper crowded, so we unfortunately didn't get a whole lot of candy (or wait in the long lines for any of the activities). Note to self: go early next year!

Saturday morning, Ella had a very special event to attend: cupcake decorating with Elsa and Anna! Oh. my. goodness. She was SO excited for this. 

{I mean, doesn't she look excited!? Ha! She really was though, promise.}

She asked Anna if they could sing "First Time in Forever" since that's like her favorite song ever. Anna politely said maybe later. Don't worry, Ella about lost her sh*t when "Let It Go" came on a little later and Elsa started singing and dancing to it! 

Saturday night was Trav's work gala... Lucas and Ella had lots of fun with our fav babysitter!

Sunday, we went to Maggie and Teddy's birthday party! They had the cutest set up where the kids could pick out a pumpkin and paint it. 

Ella painted hers all red, "because Marshall." Oh geez.

Her favorite part was definitely the cake!

After that excitement, we met up with Kathryn and Penelope at Chipotle!

Kathryn let me borrow this Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit because Lucas is still getting up 1-2 times per night and I am trying everything I can to get him to sleep through the night again! 

Sad times, Merlin wasn't very "magical" for us and Lucas did not enjoy wearing it. Ugghhhhh. He's lucky he's cute!

Yesterday was Open House at Ella's dance class, which meant us parents got to watch in the room, and not outside on a tv screen! I was way more excited about this than I probably should have been. All 7 years of my dance lessons came flooding back to me during her class, haha!

Lucas was not impressed.

Last night, we broke out the Halloween jammies! 
We are gearing up for a fun Halloween weekend!!!


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}