Sunday, March 27, 2011

17 & 3

It's hard to believe that my babies are now 17 months & 3 months old! It just seems like yesterday we found out we were pregnant with Olivia and then, (literally), not too long after she was born we found out we were pregnant (again) with Owen. Life has definitely thrown us a few curve balls, but I honestly can say I wouldn't change a thing. I was terrified when we found out we were pregnant with number 2. I mean 14 months apart. Really? Who does that? And then to add my crazy delivery with Olivia, let's just say, I really DID NOT want to go through that whole ordeal again. You can read about it here. Nevertheless, what can you really do? As my second pregnancy went on, I was still nervous, anxious, scared, etc, but the moment we found out that we were having a little boy, I was EXTATIC!! Our lives would be full and complete. One girl, one boy. Perfect. 
(I'm really not sure why this picture is upside down, I've tried to rotate it, but it just ain't happening).
Now a few months later and it has been wonderful. Yes, it's crazy (most of the time), but Olivia absolutely adores her little brother and I'm sure he feels the same way about her. I'm excited that they're going to grow up together and have one another to talk to, play with, beat up (j/k, but seriously, LOL!) and just love. It's a pretty amazing thing I have to say. A few months ago I wanted to cry my eyes out and at times, I did just that, but today, I'm happy that they're as close in age as they are. It's a little bit of a struggle and taking some time to get used to when I take them places by myself, but I know in just a few years they'll be going to school and having friends and all doing all the stuff that you do when you grow up, so for now, I'm trying to enjoy every little moment.
Olivia at 17 months:
You are in to just about everything! You definitely keep me on my toes! I think that you're hitting the terrible two's just a little bit early. You sure know how to throw them temper tantrums, so we're trying to work on that. Unfortunately, time out has become almost an everyday occurance around here. Other than the crazy fits that we're trying to work on, you're a GREAT toddler. You've been such a big help since Owen has been born. You bring me his bottle, paci, burp cloth, blanket, etc. You adore your little brother. You have to kiss him SEVERAL times throughout the day. Your favorite tv show is Olivia. I swear, you're obsessed with that show. It's kind of funny because I always tell your daddy that the show Olivia is our family on tv. You act just like her and I keep saying that's how you'll be when you grow up. You'll eat just about anything. Your favorite food by far is chicken nuggets, but you tried cheese pizza this weekend and you really enjoyed it. You are still sleeping thru the night (Hallelujah!) and you're still taking a good 1&1/2 to 2 hour nap during the day. You LOVE LOVE LOVE your blankie. You carry it around with you everywhere! You're really a talker these days and you're very loud. (I don't think you've found your inside voice yet.) Your new words are: "Chloe" (I guess she's your best friend because I hear you say her name 1,000 times a day), "bye Chloe, Owen & peese (please)." You'll also repeat just about anything we ask you to say. You definitely have a pretty large vocabulary.
Owen at 3 months:
We have tried several formulas with you, but you are now on Good Start Protect Plus. This one, by far, has seemed to be the best. You have started sleeping more throughout the night, you usually wake up around 2 or 2:30 am and we'll give you a bottle, but then you will go back to sleep and sleep until 6 or 7 (sometimes later). You are in a size 2 diaper! (I just switched you to them this weekend). You are also in 0-3 month and some 3-6 month clothes. You are quite the chunk! You're starting to develop a little bit of a personality. You're learning how to laugh and smile and coo and it's the cutest thing! You're usually very good when we're out in public and at church you're usually quiet as a mouse. (I'm very thankful for that!) Other than that, you're just growing like a little weed.
(I'm not sure why this picture is sideways. Something crazy is going on with my pics. LOL!)
We love you and your sister more than ANYTHING in this world!! You two have made our lives complete! I can't imagine life before you and believe me, I don't want to.
We love you!
Mommy & Daddy

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Picture Day

I finally took the kids to get their picture made. I've been wanting to take them ever since Owen was born, but I hadn't got around to it until now. For one, every photographer that I looked up and liked, they're prices were WAY too high. I love having professional pictures made, but I definitely don't want to break the bank. My friend, Megan introduced me to Britney Deshea Photography. She takes AMAZING pictures and her prices are VERY reasonable. We had a couple of melt-downs, but all in all, our session went really good... Here's a few of the results...

These are just our "sneak peek" pics, I can't wait to see the rest of them. If you live in the surrounding area and you're wanting to get some pictures made, you should definitely go see Britney. We will definitely be going back again! =)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day

My mom thought I was crazy when I bought the kids "St. Patrick's Day" attire. She said, "Where do you really think they'll be going on St. Patrick's Day other than home?" Well, at the time I wasn't really sure, even if they didn't go anywhere, they could still get their picture made, right? Ended up, we went to the park & out to eat after I got off work...
"Aunt Allie" even got to join us! =)
Yes, I wore green too... I didn't want to get pinched. LOL!
Look at them chubby cheeks! I think I will snatch a kiss.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not Feeling Too Good

Unfortunately, the change of weather also means ALLERGY season! I'm pretty sure both kids are going to be like me and have allergies. UGH! I've always had allergies to some degree, but this year they seem to be much worse and they've started much earlier!
Today I took little man to the doctor because he was all stopped up and sneezing and coughing. I figured it was just allergies or a little cold, but I wanted to be for sure and not let it turn into something worse like bronchitis or pneumonia. Ben had to work and my mom was sleeping because she also had to work, so I took both kids with me and to the doctor we went.
Bless Owen's little heart, he just wasn't in the picture taking mood.
But Olivia was actually (to my surprise) very well behaved. She just played with a puzzle while the doctor examined him.
Thankfully, he only had a little cold & the doctor told us it should go away in a few days. I'll definitely say, it's a little bit of a task taking them out somewhere by myself, but I honestly wouldn't trade it for the world! I'm just so happy & thankful that I have two healthly babies that I can take out to places. (And that's just something extra that won't cost you a thing. LOL!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Park & A New Friend

We are LOVING this warmer weather and we've been trying to take as much advantage of it as possible! Today we went to the park and Ben got to come along. (He usually has to work on Saturdays, but thankfully today he was off and got to go enjoy the pretty weather with us).
Olivia isn't too sure about the slide, but she went down it a few times with her daddy. =)
And a couple times with me. =)
She really just liked to run around the playground...
And she crawled through the tunnel.
I think Owen just liked being outside in the warmer weather. ;-)

We had a fun time at the park as a family. I look forward to many more park outings!
We also made a new friend...
He's the newest addition to our family!
Olivia absolutely adores him.
(I think if he'd let her she'd ride him like a horse. LOL!)

I hope y'all had a great weekend! I know we sure did!
Hopefully there's more sunshine & warmer weather to come!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Updates & Playdates

We have been busy little bees around here.
I have gone back to work at Stone's. Stone's was my first "real" job.
It's a pharmacy here in town and I first started working there when I was a junior in high school and I worked there for 7 years. Well, now a job and two kids later, I'm back. I'm only working three days a week which is wonderful because I still can get out of the house
and keep my sanity, but I can still be with my kids. It really is the best of both worlds.. working and staying at home. Yesterday was my first day back and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't too sure what I would think after being home for so long, but going back there was like coming back home. I love everyone I work with and we all get along really well, so going to work is just fun.
Other than work, a couple of my friends and I have been getting together with the kiddos for playdates. It's playdate Wednesday. I'm loving it!
Best friends for life- Kenlee & Olivia.
Olivia has to kiss Kenlee, Keeli & Owen several times while we're all together. Ha!
Little Ms. Keeli! She is so stinkin' sweet & cute!
I think Owen enjoyed our little playdate... he decided to take a little nap. LOL!
I can't wait until it gets a little warmer outside so we can take the kiddos to the park.
I don't think I could ever say this enough, but I'm so glad that all of our kids are getting to grow up together! It's so much fun!