Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas 2014

I had to separate my posts...too many pictures!

Christmas morning was so much fun. John was so sxcited driving home Christmas Eve and was on Santa watch! He woke up around 7:40 on Christmas morning but we made him wait until 8 before we woke up Andrew. Mean parents!

Santa was very good to John and Andrew. We had a low key day at home and made a big breakfast, and played in our Jammie's all day. It was perfect. My parents and grandma came over for dinner and then we headed to Indiana in the morning! It was a Lego and Star Wars Christmas for John. Andrew was happy with tissue paper and boxes! 

We had a great time in Indiana with the Monhaut's. Both GG's were there and Brad made everyone some fancy martini's. Again, the boys were very spoiled and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, we had to come home early because Andrew woke up with a fever late Friday night. I felt so bad for him. Too much Christmas. Then, once we got home, I got sick as well. Andrew had a fever until Tuesday and mine is still lingering. Ugh. But I guess that's what happens when you live it up for a month on minimal sleep! :) 

We stayed in NYE so we didn't spread out germs, but it was perfect. I love our little family and this year Christmas was truly magical. Crazy that last year at this time we were so eager to meet Andrew and now he is almost a year old! 

Here are some pictures from Christmas and our trip to Indiana:


Happy New Year everyone! Up next, countdown to Disneyworld, Andrew's 1st Birthday, and planning John's 5th birthday party!!! Where has time gone? Our family has had many ups and downs this past year, but I am hopeful 2015 brings healing for my sister, health for our entire family, and many, many more adventures! We love you all!

10 Months-December 2014

Whew! December was the busiest month yet but so, so much fun! John is just at the perfect age for Christmas and was SO excited to put up our tree and decorate. We put our tree up the first weekend in December and it was a whirlwind of events since then. Andrew was a trooper at every event, and despite not sleeping well this month, worked his charm and did awesome. 

I just can't believe Andrew is 10 months old already and will be a year soon! Crazy!!! The big news this month is that he has started taking steps! He only takes a couple at a time, but he is so proud! He has learned how to wave and clap, so he will clap everytime he falls down. It is so cute. 

Instead of writing a book on all the events we did this month, I will try to document it through pictures. Here goes!

One of my sisters college friends held an annual Santa Barn fundraiser the first weekend of December and my sister was the recipient of their fundraising efforts. It was really fun. There was a live reindeer, Santa himself, and a train ride that John loved. It was a cold day but luckily the kids didn't mind! 

The next morning we had our annual BPG Christmas party. We did a brunch this year and it was great. We are so lucky to have made such great friends through this group. The kids do a gift exchange and John was thrilled about his  first present of the season!

Our Elf on a Shelf, Chippy, arrived the morning after we put our tree up and has been keeping John on his toes every day finding him. John has been waking up every morning so early to find him and has been so into it. We just have to be careful Andrew doesn't touch him! :)

We participated in our living nativy at church this year. John was the best shepherd! 

We had our annual Brunch with Santa for Brad and Jenny's birthday. Unfortunately Libby was sick this year, so her and Doug had to stay home. Both boys loved Santa. Santa even knew all about Chippy and John. It was great.  

John's preschool party, waiting for Santa to arrive. 

Our family was asked to light the advent wreath at church the Sunday before Christmas.

We celebrated Christmas with my dad's side of the family the Sunday before Christmas as well. John and Andrew were both so spoiled, and John was on cloud nine!!!

Christmas Eve we went to my cousin Melissa's house for our annual party. Both boys did great and were once again spoiled. After that, we headed back to my parents and did gifts with them and Jenny and Doug and the girls. We couldn't believe how much stuff they got, and Santa hadn't even come yet!!! 

9 Months

I know, I am falling behind again. But what can I say, we have been so busy (in a very good way) and life has been taking over! But I figured since it is already the New Year, I need to recap November and December before I get too overwhelmed! So, here goes!

November was a whirlwind month after a busy Halloween and October. We didn't have too much on the calendar, but filled it with play dates and dinners with friends, as well as celebrating Veterans Day with Brad. Brad and I even got some date nights in which is always a bonus! We started having a daughter of one of my colleagues come over to babysit and she has even put the boys to bed a few times. I know, we are a bit behind with this, but we have always had family babysit before. Kelsey has been amazing and is so good with the boys and John just loves her! 

Andrew had his big 9 Month well visit and he weighed 20 pounds, 6 ounces (50 percentile) and was 30.25 inches long (95 percentile). Growing so fast! At nine months, he is getting more and more vocal, starting to say "dada" a lot. We are working on "mama". :) He is still a great eater and still doesn't love a bottle. He does better though. He has tried eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and other finger foods in addition to his jars of baby food. He is still happy and loves his big brother and any dog! He loves his day care and the dogs there as well. 

As for sleep, Andrew has been hit or miss. He was doing really good for a while. He would eat around 7:15, be asleep by 7:30 or 8, then sleep until around 4 or 5 am, nurse, and then go back to bed until 8 or so. That I can handle! The end of the month though he all of a sudden decided to start waking up randomly in the night and screaming again. It is so hard not knowing what is upsetting him or if it is just a separation anxiety issue. Sigh. One day we will sleep again...he's lucky he is so darn cute!

We took the boys to Indiana for thanksgiving and had a great trip (minus Andrew not sleeping well in the pack n play). But it was so great to see everyone and the boys did awesome. John absolutely loves going to papa and grandma's house and gets so sad when we have to say good bye. But it was a great trip and great holiday. 

Enjoy some pictures from the month of November:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8 Months

I can't believe I am saying this, but can we please slow down time?! I feel like Andrew's baby days are slipping right by! It's crazy because the first few months are so hard for me and all I do is wish he were just a little older so things would be a little easier. And now all of a sudden he is 8 months old and it feels like we are already talking about his 1st birthday! Brad and I have already decided we are done after 2 kids, but I do feel sad that there will be no more babies! 

Andrew is doing great and life has been pretty good. He is sort of crawling. He takes a few motions forward, then faceplants and scoots. Then he gets on all fours and does it again. He is so close! He has also started pulling himself up on things, but he isn't quite sturdy enough yet to stand. He is still really happy most of the time. We went out to dinner tonight with my sister and family, something we hardly attempt anymore with the kids. I was nervous because Andrew hadn't napped well today, but both boys did great! We also went to a cider mill this morning, though it was cold and started to rain so it was a bust. But it has been fun to start to really do things as a family of four!

Last weekend we went to the Zoo Boo and then the boys stayed the night at my parents so Brad and I could meet some friends for a night out. Andrew was pretty stuffy so didn't sleep well, but it was a fun night. John is so excited for Halloween this year, and it is fun to watch him get into it all. We are going to the huckleberry railroad next weekend with some friends and then have a Halloweeb party with our Parent Group on Sunday. John will be so excited.

At 8 months, Andrew hasn't changed much in terms of eating and sleeping. Still going to bed around 7:30 and waking up between 4-6 to eat and then sleeps until 7:30 or so. On school days we wake him up at 6:30. He is still doing well at Miss Kim's house and we are so happy we made the switch! 

He loves watching his big brother. John loves to climb in Andrew's crib to wake him up, and it is the cutest thing ever. Andrew gets the biggest grin on his face and John is so sweet talking to him and rubbing his back. He really is a great big brother and I am so proud of him.

John and Andrew passed around a nasty stomach bug earlier this month. Andrew ran a temp starting on a Wednesday and so Brad took the day off. By Friday, Andrew still had a low grade fever so I took the day off. Brad was going on his annual guys fishing trip, so I took John to school and Andrew and I came home and took a nap. I didn't realize I had my phone on silent and woke up to messages from John's preschool teacher saying he was throwing up and had a fever. I felt like the worst mother in the world. Luckily it hasn't even too long. But poor John was so miserable and couldn't keep anything down for about 24 hours. Luckily my mom came and spent the weekend with us to help out. I don't know what I would have done without her! Thanks mom!!! 

We have another busy month coming up. I can't believe Thanksgiving and the holidays will be here before we know it! I love the fall. Working 1/2 time has been so amazing too, I know I say that every month, but I am so much happier! I love my time with the boys. I have started going to a bible study with my sister in Tuesday mornings. They have an awesome kids program, so John and Andrew and my niece Josie go too. John loves it so far. It's neat to see him interact in that way. It has also been great for me and my sister to get to spend some time together and strengthen our faith together. 

Anyways, here are some pictures from the month. Hope everyone is having a good fall! Xo