Saturday, May 31, 2014

CJ at 8 Months Old

Yes, this post is long over due...but at least it is posted before he turns 9 months 9 days!  CJ turned 8 months old on May 9th and if this face doesn't describe it all...

Our happy happy happy baby has been fussy, fussy, fussy! 

Of course, you would be too if your gums looked like raw hamburger meat and you had not 1...not 2...not 3...but FOUR teeth trying to come in all at the same time! 

Anything near his little mouth is up for grabs...literally, he grabs at be chewed on. 

Notice what happened to my camera strap when it hung a little too close to him...yep, straight in his mouth! 

No teeth have popped in yet, but both of his I-teeth have popped up. Soon...hopefully soon!

CJ is a total of 16.4 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long....tall and lean as his pediatrician calls him.  He is cooing and talking more and more which is the cutest thing ever!  Sometimes, when he is really having a good time he lets out squeals and then laughs at himself. 

He can balance for a few seconds on his own to sit up, but quickly tumbles to the side.  He has started bouncing in his exersaucer and will bounce on command when we cheer for him.  CJ's loves his feet. You can usually find him with his feet straight up in the air...or like this...

CJ's diet consists of baby food, breast milk, dissolvable rice husks, and some "real people" food.  He is eating about 16 ounces of baby food a day, nursing 4-5 times a day, and trying different soft real food.  So far he has eaten bread, cinnamon rolls, and pancakes.  The pancakes were by far his favorite, especially with a little syrup on them. 

CJ still sleeps hooked up to an apnea/ heart rate monitor at night.  He has been alarm free since January 8th.  Sometimes I think that the monitor is more for me now than him.  He sleeps in his crib, in his own room.  CJ usually goes to sleep around 8:30 pm and wakes between 6:00-6:30am.  He is down to only two naps during the day, a brief mid morning nap and a longer afternoon nap. 

Now that RSV season is over, he has been able to go more places than just home and the doctors' offices.  He is a regular at the baseball diamonds watching his siblings play Tball, he has been to a couple of restaurants, a few stores, and visited his Daddy and brother at their schools. CJ LOVES to be outdoors.  He is such a good baby to take out in public, sometimes I forget just how little he is because he is so well behaved.  We are planning one VERY important trip coming visit our dear friends, CJ's NICU Mommies. 

This little baby boy has been melteing my heart from the first time I felt him move in my belly.... 

It is truly an honor to be his Mom. 
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Friday, May 30, 2014


Once May started, Tball started.  Both Clayton and Lacey are playing this year.  That means that Monday -Thursday you can find us at the ball diamonds.
    Lacey is playing Tball for the first time this year. She is on the Royals with 7 other 3-4 year olds.

Our little princess is bringing her personality to the game... complete with pink...

...and a little bit of dancing around the bases...

No one can say that our girl doesn't have any fun...and hits a few balls every now and then...

We sure are proud of her! 

Clayton is our Tball pro...third and last season playing Tball.

Next year, he'll join the older kids for a more competitive baseball season. 

 While he has had fun this season getting to know his teammates...

He is definitely ready for the challenge.  

We are super proud of him!  

As for CJ...well...

He is Clayton and Lacey's 

He watches them intently, tracking their every move...

We are so proud of him! 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation week. Clayton has been so blessed to have the most wonderful Kindergarten teacher and assistant! There is no way we could ever thank them enough for all that they have taught Clayton. This week, we plan on spoiling them a little each day to show our thanks...starting with a few of their favorite sweet treats! 

Thank you to all teachers! You do more than just teach change lives. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

District 10 Principal of the Year!

Congratulations to my wonderful husband on being voted as Indiana's District 10 Principal of the year!!  After the toughest year in our personal life, it sure humbling to receive this in his professional career. It proves that not only  is he an amazing principal, but he is privileged to have an outstanding staff of people whom love their job and the students they come in contact with on a daily basis. 

Congratulations Daddy!! Your trio of kids and wife couldn't be more proud of you!