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Monday, October 20, 2014

crew is ONE!...and party sneak peek

I can't even believe I'm writing this post right now. There's no way it's possible that my sweet little pumpkin is ONE! He turned one on October 3, 2014. Each new stage becomes my favorite and we just love him to pieces. He's such a joy for our families and I don't even remember life without him.

weight: 27lbs 11oz
clothes: 24 months/2T
diapers: size 4 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
hair color: Dirty blonde
eye color: VERY dark green with some brown
eating: yogurt, any fruits, any pasta, whatever we're eating
nicknames: Crewboo, pumpkin, munchkin
likes: (loves) baths and water, barking at dogs, crawling up and down stairs, showing off, Dinosaur Train
dislikes: getting his clothes changed, diaper changed, or mouth wiped
sleep: 11-12 hours each night and then two naps during the day (morning one is always two hours and afternoon nap is between 1.5-2 hours)

He's really grown this past month. He is now walking and it's so strange seeing him come into a room by walking and not by crawling. He can pick out his red, blue and green ball, pick out his stuffed animals when we ask, growl like a tiger and dinosaur, bark like a dog, and make a truck noise. He's so smart and loves showing off for people.

I'm working part-time now and loving it so much. Being able to spend time with Crew is perfect and I'm hopeful for the day when I can be with him all the time. Crew loves being with his grandmas when they babysit also!

Crew's 1st birthday party was so. much. fun. It was old county fair themed and I cannot wait to show you more photos once I get them back! Here's a sneak peek...

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Friday, September 5, 2014

crew | eight to eleven months

Well hello there, blog! Long time no see! I've majorly slacked in posting Crew's updates as well as other life updates, but there has been so much going on lately. I'm trying to write a separate post about that in the next few days.

The eight month update is much more detailed than 9-11 because I was still (somewhat) taking weekly pictures and keeping up with things in my phone. I have almost stopped with the weekly chair pictures (oops), but at least I still have a photo of him every day!

weight: 24.5 lbs
clothes: 18-24 months
diapers: size 4 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
hair color: Dirty blonde
eye color: VERY dark blue/green
eating: Breastfeeding, formula, yogurt, bananas, fruit and veggie puree, puffs, yogurt melts, anything he can get his hands on
nicknames: Crewboo, Crewdy, Presh...
likes: (loves) baths and water, his walker and jumperoo, going on walks, any dog, crawling up and down stairs, car keys
dislikes: getting his clothes changed, diaper changed, or mouth wiped, being in the car for too long, getting car keys taken away from him..

This picture perfectly describes our little squirmy wormy right now!

This week was Mother's Day and also the day that Crew learned to blow raspberries. It's hilarious. He started blowing on my shoulder that day because I was wearing a sleeveless dress and hasn't stopped since. He's such a ham!

33 weeks - Crew crawled! It was when I came home for lunch to see him and it really made me day! He was so excited and just got up and crawled right across the living room!

Putting his two first teeth (eight months) to good use!

Crew started pulling up and standing along the furniture at 8-9 months. We officially lowered his crib during that time too!

We cheered for Brasil during the World Cup!

Crew's first sink bath at Lolly and Poppy's. He cracks us up!

Will was in Africa again during this week and we really missed him! It was so different having Crew by myself now that he's on the move!

Crew's first Fourth of July was so fun! Will was still out of the country and we went to our neighborhood parade. It was right in the middle of Crew's nap time so he was falling asleep in the wagon. Crew was the 6th generation of our family to be in the parade!

39 weeks in, 39 weeks out! So hard to believe!

This is worth noting (in my book!): My first night away from Crew was the night before my best friend's wedding! It was in Jackson, MS and since I was a bridesmaid and Will was the officiant, we left Crew with my parents for the night and he came down the next day for the wedding. I missed him like crazy!

Our last night of breastfeeding was when Crew was 9 1/2 months old. He is such a busybody that he had lost all interest in laying still to nurse. After Crew was born I never expected that I would be so emotional about stopping BF. In the beginning I cried because of discomfort...and 9 1/2 months later I was crying because of stopping. Breastfeeding Crew was an amazing journey and unless you've ever been through it, you can never fully understand the bond that you create with your little one. I'm so glad that we exceeded our 6 month goal. I was anxious about quitting because of the emotional side of it, but also because of the physical side of it. I didn't know if I would have to keep pumping or what, but I actually didn't have to do anything. Crew had naturally weaned over the previous 2-3 months so I had no discomfort afterwards and it worked out flawlessly. Crew wasn't interested in savoring the last moment as much as I was!

Swinging is Crew's favorite pastime!

His first haircut was at 10 months - He had a little rattail going on!

First beach trip - Myrtle Beach, SC at 10 1/2 months

weight: 26-27 (at least!)
clothes: 24 months
diapers: size 4 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
shoes: size 5 - the boy has some big feet!
hair color: Blonde
eye color: VERY dark green
eating: formula, green smoothies, pasta/mac-n-cheese, Mexican, Puffs, avocado, scrambled eggs - He will eat most anything (except green beans). He always wants what we're eating so we usually cut it up and give it to him. I'm trying so hard not to make him a picky eater like I am!
nicknames: Crewboo, Pumpkin, Munchkin, Crewdybooty
likes: (loves) baths and water (he would stay in the pool all day if he could! He doesn't want to be in a baby floatie- he wants his face in the water and to be kicking his feet!), strollers, climbing stairs, favorite toys are household objects that aren't toys, swinging, chasing the dogs, Dinosaur Train, music
dislikes: getting his clothes changed, diaper changed (he doesn't want to lay still long enough!), nose or mouth wiped (pure torture!)

Crew has taken a few steps in the last week and it will be a matter of time before he's walking all over the place. His problem is that he wants to RUN- not walk! He won't slow down long enough to steady himself and walk.

I really can't believe that in just a matter of weeks we'll be throwing his first birthday party. There's no way it's been a year already!!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

crew | seven months

Behind again. Oh well.

weight: about 23-24 lbs
clothes: 18 months
diapers: size 4 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
hair color: Blonde...though every now and then it looks like it has a reddish tint to it.
eye color: This is such a hard one to figure out. I know that sounds silly, but it really is. The outer rims of his eyes are a dark, dark blue/gray. The inside is a dark green. So much like Will's eyes (minus the blue)
eating: Breastfeeding, formula, yogurt, bananas, fruit and veggie puree, puffs, yogurt melts
nicknames: Crewboo, Crewdy, Presh...
likes: (loves) baths still, his walker and jumperoo, going on walks, any dog
dislikes: getting his clothes changed, diaper changed, or mouth wiped - he thinks we're trying to torture him obviously.

Crew had his six month shots this week. They were awful. I think because he is older now and somewhat knows what's going on is the reason they were worse this month. He cried and cried....and cried. It was terrible. He just got himself all worked up and sweaty and nothing would calm him for the longest time. It was the worst!

This week he started acting weird about bottles. He just wasn't interested in them at all. No idea why, but it did pass thankfully! He's eating baby food twice a day now (breakfast and dinner). He'll usually have yogurt or fruit in the morning and then some kind of veggie puree and fruit at dinner. He's an eating champ!

Crew is thankfully sleeping better again after his 6 month old sleep regression! That was a rough patch in the sleep department there for a while!

He absolutely loves his jumperoo! Worth every penny. He'll work up a sweat from jumping so much!

29 weeks was Crew's first Easter - He was so adorable!!

I spoke too soon on the sleep. This was a rough week again. We think it was due to teething. Poor baby!

We took Crew on his first camping trip this week! (which I have yet to blog about) We were at the Spring River in AR with friends for a day and a half and I was so apprehensive on how he was going to do. Well, he proved me wrong and slept like a champ in his pack n play in our tent. I woke up in the middle of the night umpteen times checking on him because he hadn't moved. I'm so glad that he did so well because camping is something that Will and I LOVE to do and I'm excited to carry on the tradition with our kids!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Go Shout Love : Mighty Si

Good morning, friends! I wanted to stop by real quick and let you know that I have teamed up with Go Shout Love to create two prints that will benefit this precious little boy. Si was born with a rare chromosome abnormality, but he's such a champ.

Go check out his Facebook page to learn more about #MightySi

I've made two prints that you can purchase in my Etsy shop. They are 8x10 watercolor reprints. ALL profits from the sale of these two items in the month of June will go to Silas and his family.

Purchase here

Purchase here 

 Thanks so much for the support of #MightySi and his family!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

crew | six months

I'm about two month behind on posting Crew's updates on the blog. Oops. I've tried to keep up with his weekly growth and firsts on my phone though! I also slacked and didn't take his "official" 6 month picture. #yolo

weight: about 22 lbs
clothes: mostly 12 months
diapers: size 3 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
hair color: Blonde...though every now and then it looks like it has a reddish tint to it.
eye color: blue-ish...seems to be turning green/brown like Will's eyes
eating: Breastfeeding, formula, yogurt, bananas, fruit and veggie puree
nicknames: Crewboo, Crewster, Crewby, boo boo, handsome, precious...basically just anything that comes out of our mouths
likes: (loves) baths, talking, smiling, laying on his belly, chewing on his hands/trying to stuff his whole fist in his mouth, bananas, being outside, going on walks, chewing on his toes, his Nana!
dislikes: being hungry, sleepy or getting his clothes changed

Crew's set up to sleep in his crib didn't last very long because it started wanting to roll to his belly. I was paranoid to actually let him sleep on his stomach though. I was scared he would bury his face into the sheet and not be able to breathe. Crew's always had strong neck muscles so I don't know why I let it worry me so. Anyway, Will finally tested out letting him sleep on his belly for a nap and we haven't looked back since!

We also went to Nashville this weekend to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. We LOVE going to Nashville for a quick weekend getaway. Crew came with us and he was perfect. No surprise! We got a hotel with a king size bed instead of taking the Pack n' Play and it was great. We really enjoyed meeting up with some friends in Franklin for lunch on Saturday and visiting a church in Chapel Hill on Sunday where Will's good friend is the Pastor. A great weekend overall!

On the 3 hour drive to Nashville, Crew found his feet! He chewed on them all weekend!

At 23 weeks, Crew started eating bananas out of the mesh feeder (which quickly got trashed because those things are IMPOSSIBLE to clean)! He loves it, but it makes such a mess. He also started sucking on his bottom lip and it is hilarious. It just makes his chubby cheeks stick even more and he looks like a little chipmunk!

This was a rough week and we thought he may be teething. He wasn't sleeping much during his naps and just was cranky this week. When I checked out the Wonder Weeks app, there was a storm cloud on this particular week so that theory may have some truth behind it!

He started sticking his tongue out all the time...just another funny thing he does!

(Here he is sucking on his lip like mentioned above)

He really started paying attention to the dogs this week. He laughs hysterically when Remi barks or growls (when playing). Guess he'll never be afraid of dogs!

He's also eating yogurt and mashed bananas all the time now!

We experienced sleep regression this week. I kept thinking he was teething...but still no teeth. It's been hard to get used to lack of sleep again after he had been sleeping all night!

He also stretched his time between feedings to 4 hours for the most part! Yay Crewboo!

Hopefully I'll get month 7 posted before he turns 8 months!!
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