Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back to Gymnastics!

Reece started back to gymnastics last night! When she and my niece moved up to the level one class last year she started just not really liking it. Most of the other kids in the class were way older and she just didn’t like that at all. There were also WAY too many kids in the class so they spent a lot of time sitting around. Not cool. Once Brooks arrived, she pretty much decided to quit. I wasn’t about to make her go.

But she tumbles around the house ALL.THE.TIME. and she’s actually pretty good at it.

My sister(in-law but not really ;)) put my niece in private lessons over the summer and LOVED it. I really didn’t have the time or energy to think about gymnastics at the time but now that school has started and Brooks is a little older I feel like I somewhat have a head again! HA! So Reece and my niece are taking private lessons together!

I love that it’s just the two of them and they are getting plenty of one on one instruction! 20130923_193145And they can thank us when they are Olympians! HA!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Brooks – 5 Months!

Five months have flown by and you are sweeter than ever Love Muffin!DSC_0727

Here’s what you’re up to these days!

This month you started solids! So far you’ve had rice cereal, apples, bananas, green beans and sweet potatoes! Green beans are not your favorite, in fact, they make you gag. Bless. You still nurse well but you are starting to be a little easily distracted while nursing! You like to hold my fingers and prop your feet on me while you nurse. Just all kicked back and relaxed!DSC_0736

Still in a size 2 diaper, still in 3-6 and 6 months clothes.DSC_0728

Still have those baby blue eyes, I KNOW they are here to stay! :) and so are those plump little kissable lips and long eyelashes. This must be why EVERY.SINGLE.TIME a stranger talks to you they refer to you as “she”. I’ve just stopped correcting them at this point! You’re just pretty.

And, hey, Reece and I had a little fun putting a bow in your hair! You ARE a pretty little girl! HAHAHA!20130915_123059

You are finally starting to get a little more hair! I can’t wait for a baby mohawk! Griffin and Peyton will be jealous!DSC_0750

You have turned into a little roly poly this month! Rolling over both ways! AND trying to get those knees under you to crawl. You are already pushing yourself, if you had your hands under you you would be crawling. You have three older siblings and PLACES TO GO!

I tried to take the pictures like I did last month with your name but you had better things to do!DSC_0745

You still LOVE LOVE LOVE to take a bath.

Car rides are MUCH better these days. You rarely cry in the car now and if you do, I know why!

You still like to give kisses!

I think you may be a lefty like Daddy!


You LOVE the jumperoo! You have the best time jumping in that thing! You also like to sit and watch Griffin, Peyton and Reece in it!     

You watched your first Bama game this month! You learned real fast that Mommy acts like a maniac during ball games! You didn’t mind!


One of my favorite relationships to watch develop has been this one…20130914_105659

You two LOVE each other. HARD. And I love it!

Happy 5 months, sweet boy! You’ve made my heart complete!DSC_0761

And a few random phone pics from this month! These first few are at the office. I’m so thankful you get to come to work with me!

  IMG_20130909_104839IMG_20130913_104407 IMG_20130909_143532IMG_20130830_133059Represent the po-po!IMG_20130822_090116 Watching the chickens! You LOVE this!IMG_20130831_125734 IMG_20130903_102445

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Little Gem

I will be the first one to tell you that I let my babies sleep in our room for way too long. The older three seriously were in there for a while, Griffin and Peyton are only 15 months apart so they were piled up in the bed with me at the same time. Because of the shift the hubby works, this is really not a big deal for our family. But, since Brooks’ room is SO close to our room(there’s even a door from our room to his), I decided while I was still pregnant that I was going to put him in his room earlier.

And then he was born.

And all the mommy paranoia that I have with small babies kicked in. Is he going to choke on his spit up? Is he going to stop breathing? SIDS? And so on and on and on. I’m terrified of something happening to one of my children.

Little B is still only 4 months old. That’s really not too bad to still be in our room. But he LOVES to lay flat on his back. Always has. I thought maybe he would sleep better at night if he was in his crib. Hubby had bought me an awesome monitor already, with a handheld color monitor and another monitor that’s more like a little tv for the bedroom. But I still wanted to know if he quit breathing. So I decided to look into getting an Angel Care Monitor. I was about to buy it when one of my friends introduced me to this little gem…

It clips onto the diaper and monitors movement. If the baby doesn’t move or breathe for 15 seconds it will vibrate. If that doesn’t do the trick it will sound an alarm. YES! This is perfect because I’m sure he’s about to start rolling over in his sleep and then the Angel Care would be going off! This way, it stays ON HIM. Cha-ching! It’s about $100, but worth it to me!

I started putting Brooks in his crib last Saturday. And….he is not sleeping any better. In fact, he’s getting up MORE! So, for now, he’s back in our room. I need sleep to take care of FOUR kids so I don’t really care if he’s in our room til he’s 30!


And I don’t do cry it out so don’t even suggest that to me. K, thanks! Hearing my babies cry stresses me out TO . THE . MAX .  Ask Josh.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Breastfeeding Ramblings

To the four men who read my blog, you might want to sit this one out!DSC_0024

I’m no expert on breastfeeding by any means. Just because I have four children does not mean I’m a pro. But, I wanted to do this post so that when my sisters and friends need help I will remember what and how I did it! And maybe it will help some of you also!

First things first, let’s get a few words out of the way so they won’t shock you as you read along; boob, boobies, breast, nipple, uterus. Haha! Ok, moving on.

The very best thing you can do for yourself is educate yourself as much as possible BEFORE the baby arrives. If you wait until the baby is here to start figuring all this out it’s going to frustrate you. You don’t have time to be researching, you’ll be too busy kissing on that sweet baby!

I think a big thing to remember is that you need to go into breastfeeding reminding yourself that if it doesn’t work out, IT’S OK! Your baby WILL NOT starve if you have to formula feed! Yes, breast is best BUT formula is just fine! People put so much pressure on new moms to breastfeed and I think that just makes it SO HARD. If you’re stressed out about it, it’s not going to work.

Soon after your baby is born, within an hour, it’s important to have that first feed. I let the baby nurse 15-20 minutes on each side. And then I supplement with some formula. GASP! Yes, I do. I do this until my milk comes in. It makes it easier to me…the baby is not starving, and is not so rough on your nipples! OUCH! Newborns need to nurse every two hours, around the clock. Yes, you have to wake them when they are first born! Usually mine are ok to start going as long as they want between feedings at about 2 weeks old…consult your pediatrician! You will have some cramping for the first few weeks when you nurse. Nursing helps your uterus to shrink back down! OH and a side note, some women don’t have a period while nursing..ME included!

Ask for help from a nurse or lactation lady while you are in the hospital. You need to make sure the baby is latched correctly every time or your nipples are going to crack and bleed and hurt like HELL. Breastfeeding itself DOES NOT HURT. The only time you will have pain is when you have let the baby latch incorrectly and nurse or when you go too long without nursing or pumping and let yourself get engorged. DOUBLE OUCH. If you do end up with cracked nipples, you should be able to get some gel pads from the hospital…stick them in the refrigerator and put them on in between feedings. Not only do they feel good, they help to heal you up! You still need to nurse or pump when you have sore nipples, I find it easier to try to pump whichever side is cracked until it heals. Your milk supply runs off of supply and demand, meaning the more you pump/nurse, the more milk you will have and vise/versa. After a few weeks your body will regulate your supply and you will have pretty much the exact amount of milk you’ll need! If you get engorged, pump pump pump…it’s likely your boobs will be too full for baby to latch.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet while you are breastfeeding. I am still taking prenatal vitamins also. Drinking LOTS of water is important. I can always tell when I haven’t drank enough because my milk supply will dip. I am also taking a herbal supplement called Fenugreek…2 capsules, three times a day with meals. This helps to keep a good supply of milk also….I started that when Brooks was about 6 weeks old. As far as what you can eat, I try to limit my dairy intake as it can cause a gassy baby…Brooks is already SUPER gassy without me adding to it! Some people have to watch the caffeine…I don’t drink a lot of it anyway so I don’t notice a difference with that. Oatmeal also helps my milk supply. I eat Oat Revolution almost every morning. Luckily, breastfeeding burns A TON of calories…helping you shed those pregnancy pounds! I’m only 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! And, trust me, it’s not from eating super healthly..I am eating to keep myself alive most days, no matter what it is! HA!

I am just getting over having a clogged milk duct. Lordy Jesus, that was no fun! I think I’ve mentioned before that I mainly feed Brooks pumped milk at night and I pump during the night. This is because he gets real comfy while nursing(so do I) and falls back to sleep really easily…not finishing up his feeding. Leaving my boob not empty and his tummy not full. This leads to him waking up frequently at night to nurse. I had a lapse in judgment over the weekend and decided to just let him nurse one night. I think this led to the clogged duct. Y’all I had a knot the size of a golf ball. Hurt SO bad. My skin was even painful. Luckily, I caught it in time before it got infected and turned into Mastitis. If that happens you will have flu-like symptoms and need antibiotics. To clear up the clogged duct I massaged before feeding and pumping, I always stated his nursing sessions on that breast, I used warm compresses before pumping and I pointed his chin towards the knot when he latched..supposedly this gets the best suction directly to the spot. I have no clue if that helped but I was doing anything I could! 

I don’t have a whole lot of advice on nursing in public. I’m a pretty private person so I’m just not comfortable. We have had TONS of nursing time in the back of my Yukon! It’s really nice to not have hardly any bottles to wash!

Here are a few things that I could not go without while breastfeeding.

1. Pump-Do NOT sell yourself short with a cheap pump. Period. I have this Medela and I love it! And go ahead and get a double pump.


2. Boppy Nursing Pillow- I have THREE of these bad boys right now. Well one is my sister’s and she’ll need it back soon! ;) But I have one that I leave at the office and one at home.

3. Breast pads and a good bra – You need to wear a bra 24/7 while breastfeeding. If not you’ll end up with droopy boobies! And WHO wants that? NOT ME! Splurge and get yourself fitted for a few really good nursing bras. I have one that I use only for night wear that’s more comfortable. Nothing is worse than an ill fitting bra! I use Lansinoh Breast Pads, I like that they are thin and very absorbent.download (1)

4. Lanolin cream is good for sore nipples too, I have been told that using this while you are pregnant will help you to keep from getting cracked nipples once the baby is here.


These are the gel pads I mentioned earlier. If you don’t get them at the hospital I think Target and Babies R Us sells them.

5. SUPPORT! You NEED people around  you that are supportive of you breastfeeding. People don’t need to be saying to you, “just give them formula, it’s too much trouble, the milk is not satisfying the baby.” BREASTMILK WAS MADE TO NURTURE YOUR BABY, I ASSURE YOU IT SATISFIES THEM!!!. Biggest pet peeve EVER!

6. The Everything Breastfeeding Book! I STILL reference this book when I have questions! It’s GREAT!!!!download (2)

Breastfeeding is very rewarding. It can sometimes be hard. But the good by FAR outweighs the hard times.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reece’s Back to School Interview

FINALLY getting around to finishing up posting these! Griffin’s is here and Peyton’s is here if you missed them!

1. How old are you and what grade are you in? I’m 5, Kindergarten

2. What is your favorite color? Purple

3. What is your favorite food? Spaghetti

4. What is your least favorite food? Hamburgers

5. What is your favorite book? The Bible

6. What is your favorite song? The Color Song

7. What is your favorite game to play? Duck Duck Goose!

8. Where is your favorite place to go? The Beach

9. Who is your best friend? Lily and Mattie

10. How would you describe yourself? Pretty (AMEN!)

11. What is something Mom always says? Don’t go across the road(Y’all know I saw a kid get hit by a car a few months ago, right?)

12. What is something Dad always says? Don’t leave our yard(HAHAHA! Y’all have NO idea how much we have drilled this in their heads!)

13. What do you want to be when you grow up? doctor

14. If you could be any animal, what would you be? Zebra

15. What are three things you would like to learn this year? how to read, how to be healthy, how to grow

16. What is your favorite TV show? Pageants (AKA-Toddlers and Tiaras. Busted.)

17. What is your favorite subject in school? Coloring

18. What are you most excited about for this year? Field Trips

19. What is one thing you are tired of learning about? No answer

20. Where do you think you will live when you are an adult? The Beach!

21. What is one rule you’ll break when you grow up? UM-I don’t break rules! (and she said it EXACTLY like that!)

22. If you could have any super power, which would you choose and why? To make spider webs, because I want to

23. If you could be invisible for a day what would you do? sneak up on Mom and Dad

24. What makes our family special? we love each other ;)

25. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why? to Six Flags, because it would be fun

I’m excited about doing these every year and seeing what changes!