Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday Fun Days

At the end of my pregnancy when I was barely able to walk Grammy Sherry started coming down on Tuesdays to entertain the girls. Since Will's arrival Grammy has continued to help out on Tuesdays and last week we went to visit her!
The parks and splash pads in Grammy's town are far superior to what we have around us. Evy spent most of her time "resting" on her towel. Charlie periodically ran through the sprinklers.

Papa joined us at the park.

Then we went to check out the Wickiup Hill Learning Center which I had never heard of. It was great and the girls loved it. We will definitely be returning.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One Month

One month old! The month has gone like a flash. As a third child Will has been drug around everywhere. We are never home...this is not the type of maternity leave where you stay at home and relax. Three days a week we are out of the house by 7:30 so Will can help me drop the girls at daycare. He is a regular at Hy-Vee, Costco, and Target. He's been to Evy's gymnastics class, the zoo, out to lunch several times, my dentist appointment, and even been to a retirement party at my office. He likes to be on the move so he is great at running errands. As long as he is in the car, a stroller, or a shopping cart he is content. We're still working through some tummy issues (or maybe a little Colic). After eating he's extremely fussy and has to be soothed with a pacifier and has to be moving. Each evening from about 6 to 10 p.m. he requires constant assistance (pacifier, rocking, walking, bouncing etc). He has been sleeping in his crib for the past 3 nights, eating at 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. I would love to push that 5 a.m. feeding to 6:30 or later since his sisters are awake at 6:30...hopefully we will get there soon! Love this little man!

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Fun

I am getting horrible at remembering my camera so once again all of these images were stolen from my brother and sister-in-law. You should have seen how much stuff we had shoved into the mini-van for the holiday weekend. The camera probably wouldn't have fit anyway!
Such fun! The girls both participated in a pedal pull. I somehow missed this Midwest rite of passage as I never participated in a pedal pull growing up. Charlie was so cute--sticking her tongue out the entire way.

Evy was pedaling with all of her might!

Keosauqua celebrated it's 175th birthday so Grandma bought all of the kids commemorative shirts.

Charlie preferred to sprinkle the food into the animal cages instead of letting them eat out of her hands.

Evy had no problem letting the animals eat directly from her hand.

Slip 'n slide time!

Water balloon fight!

This is what Will did most of the time.

Papa built the kids this playhouse. It has real windows, real shingles, a real light that turns on. It's kind of ridiculous and the kids loved it!
We packed as much fun as possible into two days. I don't even have photos of the fireworks, tractor rides, lanterns, glow sticks, fishing, or wood shop projects.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Making Adjustments

Whew! We are 3.5 weeks into adapting to not only a newborn but a 3rd child. YOWZA! Will was extremely gassy and suffering from gas pains so we changed formulas and are using probiotics recommended by his physician. Pampers were giving him a rash so we've changed to Huggies. I think we've got both issues under control. He is a very good boy during the day, but has been my most difficult baby when it comes to nighttime sleeping. He won't sleep in his crib and usually likes to stay up for 1 to 2 hours after eating in the middle of the night. This wouldn't be so horrible if his big sisters would learn to let me sleep. It is devastating to finally get him to sleep at 5 a.m. and then have my next wake up call come so quickly. Evy was awake at 5:56 and 6:05 a.m. this week. Adjusting to the terrible lack of sleep resulting from a newborn who likes to be up all night and big kids who like to be up early and all day has probably been the hardest part.

The good news is that the girls still love him.

And this picture just cracks me up because it's the perfect example of the chaos going on in this house right now. On Friday nights Scott and I both list the things we have to accomplish (and can't be done while tending to children-because there are an additional 25 items we each need to do while managing at least one child) over the weekend. This weekend my list was clean the floors, clean the bathrooms, and take one walk by myself, maybe even paint my toenails if I can have 15 minutes without someone needing me. Scott's list was to mow the yard, workout, fix various items in the house, and re-install the curtain rod that the girls pulled out of the wall. It's 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and I think we got 98% of our list done.

Summer Fun

I am trying to squeeze in all of our favorite summer activities on the days that I have some extra help. Last week Grandma Joan assisted on a trip to Niabi Zoo.  
Snowflake has always been Evy's favorite horse. This trip, she rode Snowflake once and then decided to try a larger horse. Watch out Snowflake, it seems that Chestnut has taken over as the favorite! Charlie rode Snowflake and says Snowflake is her favorite now.

A picnic lunch. Evy wanted to throw most of her food on the ground to feed the birds.

This is mostly what Will does. He likes being on the move.

When we were leaving the park the girls got to pick out a treat. It was a big debate between cotton candy and ice cream sandwiches. In the end, Charlie chose blue cotton candy...

...and Evy chose pink.

Customary photo on the way out of the zoo riding the lions.

Grammy Sherry helped us out this week so that we were able to find two more Herky's and try out Scratch cupcakes.

The girls thought it was hilarious that this Herky had brown hair.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This kid is sweet and sassy and presenting us with an entirely new level of defiance. Even through ages two and three Evy could pretty easily be reasoned with and she was pretty good at following our rules. Charlie doesn't give a sh*t what we ask her to do. Tonight at dinner time she repeatedly dunked her hand in her milk. After multiple requests for her to stop I put her in time out. When I put her in time out she said "Mommy is a poopy butt." She got another 2 minutes added to time out. After time out she said "Sorry for calling you a poopy butt. I called you a pee butt too." Oh, child!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two Weeks Old

Will has had a busy two weeks. For the first few nights home he was partying from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. I finally figured out that he likes to sleep in his bouncy seat so that's what we're doing. Now, he eats at 10:30 p.m., sleeps in his bouncy seat until 2 or 3 a.m., eats again, and sleeps until 7 a.m. He's a keeper and we will continue to let him sleep in the bouncy seat as long as he's willing to sleep like this!
I've had lots of help these first two weeks. Scott was home for a week and my mom is here this week. Great friends have been dropping off meals each night. I have been very spoiled and have appreciated every minute of it. Watch for a nervous breakdown next week when our schedule turns to the new "normal."
Today we took our first long stroller ride.

Will joined me at work for a retirement party. It was soooo exciting that he slept through the entire thing. Afterwards I had this photo taken (while I was dressed and had my hair done!) as I realized there isn't a single photo of me with Will since we've gotten home.

Will's big sisters still love to hold him and feed him. They have been excellent big sisters!

Just hanging out!