Friday, February 9, 2018

Marshall Turns 3!

Our little Marshall man turned three years old! And what a fun year of growing and learning it has been. I'm truly amazed at the amount of change and development I've seen happen right before my eyes, yet all of a sudden he seems so grown up!

Don't let Mr. Serious fool you. He is quite the joker and loves to laugh and be silly. He is very smart. I know every parent probably says that, but he really is so curious and understands so much and his memory rivals that of an elephant. He's been having complete conversations with an impressive vocabulary for a long time. I'm often amazed by the big words he uses correctly! He's quite the chatter box. From the time he wakes up to the time he goes to bed there is a LOT of taking. And questions. And more questions. And I don't have all the answers! It's exhausting. But so much fun to watch him learn about the world and how things work. And how to fix things with tools. He's all about fixing things and changing batteries! 

Our handsome fella. It's much more challenging to get a real smile on camera these days. When asked, he often does a cheesy forced smile. Photo shoots were much easier when he couldn't run away! He has such a fun-loving and goofy personality and he's wild (like most little boys)! He also has such a sweet, caring side and melts me when I least expect it. Sometimes he says the sweetest things!

If you know Marshall, you know how special he is. He loves to help and be "in charge", and he knows EXACTLY how he wants things done. He lives for snacks. All. The. Time. He likes trucks, tractors, 4-wheelers, and basically anything with an engine and wheels. He definitely knows how to push my buttons and tries to negotiate for what he wants.

He is a ball of energy and is excited to go places and try new things. I often wonder how to keep him busy and keep his mind engaged. I'm so glad he likes reading books with us, although he doesn't like to sit still for long. He loves his TV shows. I've been seeing more and more of his creative side which I like to think he gets from me. He's also a loud talker. I grew up in a very quiet household, so the noise level and commotion is still something I'm trying to get used to! I know it will only get worse with two boys running around! He likes to help me clean, which is awesome.

It's been a big year of change, as he became a big brother in November. He's definitely getting more used to sharing our attention, but it's still hard. He was our one and only for so long. He and I spent almost three years, just he two of us, together everyday. Things look different now, but I think he really loves Weston and is going to be a great (albeit rough and tough) big brother. I just love watching them interact!

We celebrated by baking a cake for his birthday at home and decorating it together. Marshall wanted chocolate chips (his favorite) and dumped all the sprinkles on top, after requesting that I write "Happy Birthday Marshall" and his favorite number, 640. 

We also had a party for Marshall and a few friends at a local fun center. They played arcade games, made stuffed animals and ran around in the ball factory. It was a lot of fun!

I can't get over this comparison photo from Marshall's 2nd birthday compared to his 3rd, ironically wearing the same shirt. He looks like such a little baby at 2! Such a big boy now. Happy birthday to the boy who made us parents and continues to teach me so much about love, and life, and all things boy. We love you with all our hearts and can't wait to see what the year holds for you sweet boy!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Weston Month Two

The weeks seem to be flying by here! Weston is two months old and growing like a champ. He's currently weighing in around 14 pounds and has been wearing 3 month clothing already. He's a handsome little solid bundle of snuggles! 

It's so much fun seeing his personality start to come out. He may look surprised and serious in a lot of photos but he has the sweetest smile that lights up his whole face. I absolutely love when he smiles at me, even when it's 4:30am. 

Weston already likes to watch what his big brother is doing. Seeing the two of them together makes my heart swell and cracks me up at the same time. We keep wondering what Weston's personality will be like. Wild and active like Marshall? More quiet and reserved? Somewhere in the middle? 

I absolutely love being a mom of boys, even though the living room is already a mess by 9am and I don't understand the need to jump, throw, shout, and kick anything and everything. I know my future holds a LOT more of that! 

Can we talk about Weston's cheeks for a minute? I seriously kiss them every chance I can. 

And his chubby thighs? The best. I just love everything about this sweet baby!

• Loves being held and does not like to be set down
• Seems to like bath time
• This boy runs hot and does not need many layers or blankets
• Still rockin' great hair
• Has some serious crying fits when he's tired 
• Loves his Mommy 
• Hates being in his car seat
• Sleeping longer stretches at night
• Has the BEST cheeks

Friday, December 29, 2017

Weston Month One


Just like that, Weston, our sweet new addition is one month old! We are so in love with this little cutie. He's an easy going baby and thrives on a simple routine of eat, sleep and diaper change. At his last pediatrician appointment he weighted 9.5 lbs. and is growing wonderfully. He is really filling out and is bigger than Marshall was at one month. 

I'm excited to have another monthly photo series. I'm keeping the white onesie and monthly number, along with a different fabric each month, but adding the Moses basket to change it up a little.

Look at that face and those cheeks! It's hard to tell in photos but I think his eyes are going to be blue like his daddy and brother.

Weston definitely gets his full head of dark hair and chubby cheeks from his mommy. This side by side comparison of me as a baby, next to him, cracks me up! 

He is such a good baby. I keep thanking God that's he's healthy and so easy-going. It's definitely an adjustment going from one to two kids. I'm learning each day how to split my attention and I'm trying my best to be there for both of my boys. It's hard! I know it will get easier and we'll all get a new routine, eventually. 

I mean, just look at these two. This photo literally makes my heart burst. Now I understand what it's like when there's two living, breathing, pieces of your heart existing outside your body. 

• Loves to snuggle
• Good sleeper
• Usually more awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night
• Likes a clean diaper
• Really only cries when he's hungry, tired or needs a diaper change
• Already holds his head up a lot 
• Makes the cutest faces 
• Fits perfectly into our family

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Welcome Weston

We are overjoyed to welcome another sweet baby boy into our family! Weston Joshua was born November 29, 2017, at 8:44am, 8 lbs. 9.5 oz, 21 inches. He is healthy and simply precious. What a perfect addition to our family. I am completely smitten and could just stare at him and kiss his cheeks all day long! 

Marshall is a big brother now! 

And now we are a family of 4! I didn't know how much my heart could grow, but it truly did! God is so good.

Weston's arrival was quite different than Marshall's, because it was a scheduled c-section (not an emergency one this time). I was much more awake and completely aware of everything that was going on. It was wonderful being able to hold Weston right away and remembering hearing him cry for the first time. Weston was in our room almost our entire hospital stay (Marshall needed to be in special care for a few days). Our family visited and we marveled at our sweet little gift!

We chose the name Weston because it's one that I've liked for a long time and it's not very popular. We chose Joshua for his middle name because it means "Jehovah (God) is generous" and "Jehovah saves". We have certainly experienced God's goodness and generosity. Throughout my pregnancy I was also encouraged and inspired by Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

My talented friend and photographer, Michele, took these sweet photos (above) for us when Weston was just one day old. I love them!

Weston, you continue to melt my heart and I love you more every single day. I'm so glad you're here and I'm so blessed to be your Mom! We can't wait to watch you grow (although, I'd be perfectly happy if you would stay this little for quite a while) and we love you so very much!