Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Charlie George :: 2 months

See Charlie at 1 month here.
See Sam at 2 months here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A perfect Summer Sunday

Quite often, our Sundays are spent going to church, home for lunch and then naps for everyone...except me. It's not that I couldn't nap, but that I don't want to. Unless I am sick or completely sleep deprived, I would rather spend the day being productive or doing something fun. Especially on Sundays. It's our only full day together as a family, and I like to take full advantage of it. But, unlike myself, Dean is a napper. Which means on his only day off he would prefer to spend most of it sleeping. I am sure you fellow nap lovers can relate, but it pretty much drives me crazy.

But every now and then the day is just too beautiful to spend it inside sleeping. A couple weeks ago we came out from church to blue skies, the most beautiful puffy white clouds and a heavenly cool breeze that mixed perfectly with the warm sun. We decided (or I did, and Dean graciously agreed) that we had to do something! Although, I was a bit hesitant at first, since it meant that the boys would be skipping naps. The boys were a bit hangry at first, but once we were all full from lunch out (Thanks to a gift card; Thanks Amy!) it turned out to be an amazing day!

First stop was the go-kart track! Will has been wanting to go since we went last summer, and was so excited to get to go again. I wish I got a video of him walking in. He was doing this little dance that was part cute, part awkward, and I literally laughed out loud when I saw it while sitting in the van nursing Charlie. 

We let Will play a couple of arcade games and win enough tickets to buy a lollipop and tootsie roll, and then we headed over to the town park to fly our kites and play on the playground!

We flew kites and slid down slides until voices became whiny. A sure sign it was time to head home. We had a light dinner, lit some sparklers outside and then the boys happily agreed to an early bedtime.

A perfect Summer Sunday.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Being a mom to three {boys} :: The first 6 weeks

Side note: Pictures above were taken a couple weeks ago now.

These days, when you see I have actually gotten a blog post written out, you can pretty much guarantee that there are dishes to do, floors to clean up and laundry to wash and put away. I feel like I spend half of the day either nursing Charlie or trying to get him to sleep, and the other half is spent feeding, cleaning, entertaining or consoling the older boys after a wrestling match ends in tears (which, let's be honest now, is every time). There is no doubt that life with three kids is busy!

Time just flies by! I have a list a mile long of things I would like to get accomplished, but most days I am lucky if the dishes get done and we all have clean underwear in a hamper somewhere. It definitely has been nice taking advantage of the I-have-a-newborn card though and having lazy days at home. Especially since I know the time is drawing near when Will will be starting school, and a more structured day will be necessary, it has been nice to just take our days nice and slow.

I am very grateful that Will and Sam have welcomed Charlie into our lives like it was nothing. Will is such a big help. Whether it's popping Charlie's binky back into his mouth or running upstairs to grab me something, just those small things help so much! And then there is Sam. Sweet Sam has shown nothing but love towards Charlie. Although it may be a bit too much love. The hugs. THE HUGS. Full body, face to face hugs. All. The. Time.

I have already managed the grocery shopping day with all three kids a few times now. We've added on another hour or so to our little routine, but other than that it hasn't been that bad. I typically bring lots of snacks to keep them happy. But a friend of mine suggested using organic lollipops, and that has worked out pretty well. Snacks are usually shoved quickly into their mouths, but the lollipop is licked nice and slow. It gives me at least 10 minutes before their little hands are reaching out for more. They are told if they want a lollipop they have to obey at the first store in order to get it at the second store, and it all works out in the end!

Charlie is already 6 weeks old, and I cannot believe it! He's been a bit crabby lately (aka gassy) and loves to be held. Having a baby wrap/sling has been great, especially during the dinner hour, but I am not kidding when I say this. If anyone would like to come over and hold Charlie during his awake time. COME! You can hold one of the cutest babies ever. I can wipe down my counters or eat a meal. We can chat. Win win.