Friday, October 4, 2013

Days 3 and 4- 31 Day Challenge


Still linking up with The Nester for her 31 days challenge!

Yesterday was a wash.  I knew we would be traveling to Pittsburgh and didn't plan ahead to have a post ready so I am already a little off on my posts. I figured I would just share a few moments that have been on my mind yesterday since I don't have any pictures from yesterday. 

There are things that Nathaniel does everyday that I hope I never forget.  He is at a fun age where he is still learning so much especially how to communicate with us.  His vocabulary increases everyday and there are times when Tom and I look at each other and say "did you teach him that word?" It is one of the best parts of being a mom, watching the littles grow and learn new things.  One of my favorite new things Nathaniel has learned is that when I go in and get him from bed in the mornings (before dawn these days, how do you tell a 2 year old to stay in bed when it's still dark outside?) he will sit up look right at me wave and say "hi mom."  It's the way he says it and the little wave.  It melts me everyday and definitely helps when I am exhausted.  Seriously kids are so lucky they are cute because when they do something bad they have a way of looking adorable and making you forget why you are mad.

Jackson is equally as cute but in his chubby little 4 month old ways.  He has the biggest open mouthed grins that I just can not get enough of these days.  My favorite smiles are when Tom is holding him and I enter a room.  When Jackson sees me or hears my voice he just grins like the Cheshire cat.  It's amazing and makes me feel so special.  Jackson's little moment that I hope I never forget is  the cuddles I get in bed these days.  I am one of those bad mommas who brings the baby to bed for his middle of the night nursing session and somehow he never makes it back to the crib.  Truly most of the time I end up passing out as well but somedays I just want to cuddle my warm little baby.  I know that my days of sharing my bed with him are limited so I don't want to miss out now while I can.  He is so warm and snuggly.  The best part is when he starts waking up in the morning and he stretches so big and then he farts.  haha! If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I thought a fart was cute I would have had a different answer.  But Jacksons little farts in the morning just crack me up.  I love these moments

We have lots of errands and running around to do today but I will try and snap some Iphone pics so tomorrows post isn't quite as boring!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 2- 31 Day Challenge

When I had Nathaniel I was the queen of documenting every single coo, smile and laugh.  I have thousands and thousands of pictures.  I took his picture every month for his baby book and was diligent about making sure I took pictures of him with his grandparents and great grandparents.  Poor little Jackson, my sweet second child, is already getting the shaft.  It's ten times harder to document every single moment of his life while I have a 2 year old trying to rip the camera from my hands while screaming CHEESE.  I hope this challenge forces me to get better about taking pictures of Jackson. I am the third of 4 children and it's amazing the lack of pictures of me and my younger sister.  I was always annoyed by it but now I get it, sorry for bugging you about it Mom!
I am showcasing just my handsome blue eyed boy today! He is only 4 months old but he is already one of the most expressive, happy babies I have ever been around.  I hope he stays this way forever

Jackson's sweet little face melts me into a puddle of mush (he was lying down which is why all these are turned this way)


does it get any better than a sweet baby sleeping on your chest


I love his precious little face and I hope when he is 20 I can still remember this big toothless grin and smiley eyes.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day 1- 31 day challenge

As part of this 31 day challenge one of my biggest goals is to document my average day to day with the boys.  It's amazing to me how quickly time goes when you have a little one running around.  I have heard the phrase "the days are long but the years quick" more times than I could count but it never rand more true than when Nathaniel was born.  I have been blessed in that I am able to stay home with the boys.  I have beautiful memories of my days at home with Nathaniel, playing, eating, cuddling and napping together.  It truly was a magical year getting to know him and growing as a mommy.  Now as a mom of 2- a 2 year old and a 4 month old, it's a whole new ball game.  Long gone are the peaceful days of playing or cuddling.  Now I have a 2 year old who doesn't sit still, is working on potty training (a post in and of itself) and deems any use of the word no by me to be the biggest injustice in life.  Jackson is as needy as any typical 4 month old could and should be but gone are the days of sitting for hours rocking my sleeping baby.  I spend my days rocking, burping, feeding, playing, singing, coloring, wrestling, calming, and pretty much any other action you could think of with both.  My hands are busy but my heart is so full.  I didn't find out about this challenge until about 9 pm last night which meant that today's post wasn't well thought out, but that's fine, since that is my life these days.  I don't have beautifully executed and well thought out photos to share but again that is my life.  I am going to share some moments that I captured on my iphone recently because these are the ones I hope I never forget.
sitting in the "potty" (bumbo seat) in the tub


cuddling before sunrise watching cartoons with my favorite 2 year old

they will find you, and shoot car McQueen under the door at your feet

lining up our favorite car guys

coloring in a big box makes a rainy day go fast

"baby jack needs a hat"

big boy undies and a red headband-perfectly acceptable

I never get tired of cuddling this sweet, smooshy face

daddy and baby jacks sleeping in

two boo boos this week- a fat lip and a black eye.  playgrounds are not for the faint of heart

this sweet boy passedout during tummy time and crossed his little feet- melts my heart

all dressed up and no where to go! ha!
That's it for today, hopefully I get myself more organized for tomorrow