Thank You!

Billy Boo Bear,

I just wanted to tell you thank you. It sounds so simple but all you do for me is not simple at all and my gratitude is overflowing! Since I have been pregnant and since Will has been born you have gone way above and beyond for me and Hayley. You make our lives easier, more fun and full of love by everything that you provide for us. Thank you for your love, support (with parenting, pregnancy, High Cotton and so much more), help around the house, help with Hayley, cooking, picking up the slack on my hard days, filling in the pieces where I am lacking, taking time for special date nights and gifts, and so so so much more! I don’t tell you thank you enough but I think it all day every day. I promise you that I will strive every day to be for you what you are for me. I love you more than I know how to explain.

With all my love,
Megan

Hayley-isims

Hayley Bug,

I read a lot of blogs and lists online that about “things you should do when your children are young” and one repeated piece of advice is to write down the funny things your kids say. Lately you have been saying so many funny things, and you say things so cute, that I wanted to document some of them.

You add the letter “T” to the end of some words. You will say “it scare meet” instead of “it scare me” and “I’m tiret” instead of “I’m tired.” “Turnt” instead of turn andย “ont” instead of on.

You don’t pronunciation your “L’s” but instead they sound like “Y’s”. You say “Yizzard” instead if “Lizzard,” “Yittle” instead of “Little,” “I Yove You” instead of “I love you,” “I don’t yike that” (your favorite graze right now next to “no”) instead of “I don’t like that” and “Yook at dat!!!” Instead of “look at that!”

When we were at the beach your daddy cooked a delicious fish dinner one night. We were all earring and out of the blue you said “this is AMAZING!” Hahaha!!!! We all died laughing! It was the cutest thing!

You ask “what’s that?!” several hundred times a day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You love Milk and you always ask for “my mok!”

One day we were eating lunch together at you little table and you stopped eating, reached over, hugged me and said “I love you mommy. You’re my best friend.” My heart melted and tears filled my eyes. It was so sweet! Now when I put you to bed and we say our prayers, I tell you I love you and you give me a hug and say “best friend.” There is nothing better in the world to me than to hear you say that.

All about you:

The things you love these days: watching you shows on the iPad (veggie tales, Mickey, Maya the Bee, Little Einstein, Angelina Ballerina, Cinderella, Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins), swimming (you live jumping off the side of the pool and letting daddy catch you)…you are also in swim lessons and swim camp this summer, dancing and singing, jumping on the trampoline, playing outside, finger painting, playing with play dough, coloring and spending time with your grandparents.

Things you hate: BUGS! You are terrified of them! You scream and cry when you see any type of bug (even the tinniest of nats!) and want me to “hold you!” You also hate when we tell you no, but what kid doesn’t?!

Food you like:
You are becoming more and more picky. But you love to eat grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, fried fish (especially the fish PawPaw catches and cooks), green beans, pancakes, ice cream, lots of fruit (grapes, watermelon, raisins, apples, bananas), your milk, and popcorn.

The “not so terrific twos”:
They are definitely in full swing these days and I can be challenging and trying most days. Fits, screaming, crying, disobeying, etc. It is not your fault, it is just part of you growing, learning and maturing, but there are days that it wears me out. But I will continue to keep a positive attitude and pray for patience. You get very upset over small thing, you are easily frustrated and the word “no” with send you into fit at the drop of a hat. Many times there is no reason you get upset. The other night we were in the shower and you kept crying and screaming telling me you wanted to take a shower, but we already were. Sometimes you get put into time out, sent to your room, or get a pop on the leg when you throw these big fits. Usually they all get your attention and we can correct your behavior. When I feel like I don’t know what to do sometime when you act that way, I pray for guidance and patience and tell myself “this too shall pass.”

Despite the tantrums and tears, you are the sweetest little girl in the world!ย  I love every scone of spending time with you. You are energetic and full of life! Watching you grow and learn new things fascinates me. You are so aware of the world around you and you are so smart. You notice things most people wouldn’t, you are in tune to people’s feelings and emotions, and you pick up on things so quickly. I am in awe of you every day and I cannot wait to see what your future hold. I pray for you all day, every day. I pray for your health, safety and happiness. For you to learn and experience new things and all this world has to offer. I earnestly pray for your relationship with the Lord, for you to have one (a great one) and to follow his path for your life. I pray for you to have confidence, skill, talents, a compassionate and loving heart, conviction, passion and so much more. You are going to do amazing things in this world baby girl and I will always be your biggest cheerleader no matter what. You can always count on that!

I love you more than this world!
Mommy

Will- One Month (6/23/15)

Sweet Baby Will,

You are one month old! It has been such a great past month! You daddy and I are pretty sleepy, but that’s to be expected with a newborn.

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Your first few weeks all you did was eat and sleep. Such a good baby! We even called the doctor to see if this was normal because Hayley never slept and we wanted to make sure you were okay. Turns out, most babies sleep a lot (tell that to your sister…ha!). You have been breastfeeding like a champ! You are gaining weight really well and growing so much! You are eating about every two to three hours and will got about 3 to 4 hours at night between feelings.

These first few weeks have been pretty tough on me recovering from giving birth. I have been in a lot of pain, but it was all worth it to have you here! Your Grammie has been a huge help to me by taking care of Hayley while we adjust to having two kiddos at home. Several times she has come to get her during the day to give me a break and allow me to spend time with just you and to sleep when you are sleeping (because I am up a lot feeding you at night). I am also taking Hayley to Mother’s Day Out two days a week. Taking Hayley to MDO was the first time I took you both in public together (let’s face it, going in public by myself with a two year old and a newborn isn’t easy!) and it was to drop her off and pick her up. I would put you in the Moby wrap so my hands would be somewhat free to hold Hayleys had, get her in and out of the car, open doors and tote her bag and lunchbox. I also put you in the Moby wrap when we take Hayley to swim lessons everyday. It’s not easy toting two! It’s all a balancing act for sure! But I taught Hayley how to crawl in and out of her car seat by herself (I even got her a stool to make it easier) and she will even buckle (or attempt to buckle)ย  herself halfway into the seat. She loves doing it because she feels like a big girl and it makes my life so much easier with both of you. Since then I still haven’t been brave enough to take both of you into a store together by myself. Baby steps ๐Ÿ˜‰ But when Hayley is at MDO I will take you to run errands with me because I am a pro with just one of you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The last couple of weeks you have gotten really fussy! It’s almost like a switch was flipped and you went from sleeping all the time to fussing a lot. You NEVER was to be put down and when we do set you down you cry. I wish I could sit and hold you all day but with a two year old that’s very hard. But I do hold you as much as I possibly can (probably why you are spoiled to it) because, let’s face it, you are only this little once. And because I selfishly love snuggling with you! You like to always be moving so holding you and sitting down is not an option. We make laps around the house with you in our arms, and when I put Hayley to bed I take you outside and walk you up and down the driveway. You also love when I “wear” you in the Moby wrap. You go straight to sleep in that thing. It has been a life saver. I can put you in it and tend to Hayley and get things done around the house. You also love to sleep in my chest and I love it too! When Hayley is at Grammies, MDO or down for her nap, you and I will sneak in a nap too ๐Ÿ˜‰ in the past few weeks you have been spitting up a lot and seem to have reflux and gas a lot. You cry in pain and pull you knees up to your chest and I feel so bad for you. We give you Colic Calm and gas drops and they seem to help some. I am trying several things to fix your reflux without putting you on medicine (that is our last resort). We have out you in probiotics, taking you to the chiropractor, and I tried cutting out dairy because it could upset your tummy when passed through the breastmilk. You are slowly but surely improving.

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Just in the past few days you have been sleeping about 5 to 5.5 hour stretches at night which has been a been great! I just pray that you keep sleeping good and start sleeping longer stretches as you get older.

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You are looking more and more like your daddy every day! You are SOOOOO adorable and your baby pictures look exactly the same! (you are even hairy just like him…ha!) You (and your daddy) are SO handsome! We even celebrated father’s day this month and your daddy loved celebrating with you and Hayley.

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Hairy boy!
Hairy boy!

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Father's Day 2015
Father’s Day 2015

This past month has been so amazing, full of love, and exhausting all in one. I never thought my heart could love more than I love your daddy and sister but I can and it is amazing! We love you so much and we are over the moon that the Lord have you to us to love and raise. I promise you that I will always do my best to be the most amazing mother you can ever dream of. I love you and our family more than I can put into words and I only pray that you will one day realize how incredibly blessed you are.

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Love you with all my heart,
Mommy

Welcome To The World Will!

Welcome to the world my precious baby boy! I am so glad that you are finally here and that you are healthy and perfect in every single way! I am so in love with you, my first son! You are the perfect addition to our family! You came into this world on a sunny Saturday afternoon on May 23,2015 at 5:33 pm. Here is how it happened:

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That Saturday morning your daddy got up early to go fishing with PawPaw and I decided since it was such a nice morning, Hayley and I would go to the park to play. I wasn’t feeling all too well because I had had several contractions throughout the night (about every hour or so) but I didn’t think too much about it since my due date was a week away (May 30). I just thought it was normal progression so off to the park we went! We went about 9 and stayed a couple of hours. I was still hurting some, but I had been hurting for months so I just pushed through. Ha! When we left the park around lunch I took Hayley through the Chic Fil A drive-thru and that’s when I felt it…a labor contraction! I hurried to get her home, fed and down for a nap so I could concentrate on wether or not I was truly in labor. I also called you daddy to tell him he needed to be making his way home just incase. Luckily he was already done and on his way. I knew I was in labor and started to get very emotional putting Hayley down for her nap (pregnancy hormones….got to love them!). I cried because I knew you were coming and I was excited and nervous all at the same time. Nervous about the birth and nervous about how Hayley was going to adjust not being an only child anymore. I was a big ball of emotions and your daddy walked in to see me crying in the recliner and quickly reassured me that this was all going to be okay. And not just okay, but great, and he was right.

I began timing my contractions and they started off pretty quickly from the get go. They were about 7 and 6 minutes apart so we started calling people to be on stand by and for Grammie to come be with Hayley while we went to the hospital. I jumped in the shower and kept timing my contractions. They were about 4 minutes apart and your daddy said “get out of the shower, we are going to the hospital!” Ha! So off we went!

We hurried to the hospital since my contractions were close together. Once there, they got me in a room and hooked to my IV so that I could get all of my fluids before I could get my epidural (which I really wanted as soon as possible because the contractions were rough!). While I was waiting to get my fluid, my water broke! I was having a contraction and I felt a big “pop” and then I felt the water!

After my water broke everything began to progress quickly. My contractions began to be almost unbearable….I’ll probably never let you forget that ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I began to dilate quicker. Soon after my water broke I got the most wonderful thing…my epidural! Thank God!!! Although it helped take a lot of the pain away, I still wasn’t pain free, but j could manage. The only problem with the epidural is when they gave it to me, my blood pressure dropped significantly (to 88 over 50) and I almost passed out. They quickly laid me down and gave me medication for it and it came back up. But after all of that, my body was responding to the pain and the epidural and I began to shake all over (like I was shivering because I was cold, although I wasn’t cold). I couldn’t control it and it began to make my muscles sore and wear me out.

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Finally I was progressed far enough along to begin to push! Like I said, the epidural worked, but didn’t completely take the pain away so it hurt very very bad when I was trying to deliver you (probably something else I’ll never let you forget). I was screaming in pain….there is a video…it wasn’t pretty. But I only had to push a couple of times and you were here!!!! My beautiful baby boy was finally here! I’ll never forget the moment I saw you and they placed you in my arms! You were so handsome and had a ton of black hair! You were born at 5:32pm (on May 23, 2015). You weighed 7lb. 14oz. and were 20.5 inches long, which is the exact weight and size your sister was when she was born. Everyone in the delivery room was so impressed with all of your hair and how handsome you are! We were instantly in love!

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After they cleaned you up and I had time to breastfeed you and give daddy time to hold you too, then our family was finally able to meet you. First, we let Hayley come in by herself to meet you before everyone else came in. Daddy brought her in and she was excited to see you. She said “I want to touch him” so we let her sit on the bed and let her though your head. She smiled until you let out a big cry and suddenly she looked scared and said “I don’t like him.” Haha!

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Next, all of your grandparents came in and were all so excited to meet you! Everyone held you and loved on you. They were all instantly in love too!

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We then spent the next few days in the hospital with everyone coming back to visit. Your Aunt Cait Cait came to visit on Sunday morningย (the day after you were born) and later that day she was back at the hospital thinking she was in labor with Christian. You two were almost born on the same day! But since she was in labor with him too early, they were able to stop it so he could bake a little longer ;). You are almost 3 weeks old now and we are still waiting for him to be born. But it will not be to much longer.

Bringing home baby!

It was finally time to come home! We were finally release from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. We loaded you into the car seat and brought you to your new home! Everyone was at our house excitedly waiting on you to arrive (Hayley, Grammie, PawPaw, Gappy, Grandma, Nana and our dog Dixie). When we got home, Hayley still acted unsure about you, only because she is so sensitive and it would upset her when you cried. But it didn’t take long for her to warm up to you. After a few days she wanted to kiss you, hug you and pat you in the head, but she still doesn’t want to hold you. She will will come around.

We are so glad to finally have you here and home! We couldn’t be more in love with our new baby boy! We love you so much!!!!

I love you!
Mommy