Jack – 11 months!

Our little Bear is 11 months old!!!

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This post is coming a little late since we’ve been battling a horrible virus around here. It had Jack down for almost 2 weeks and Preston down for about a week–with a nasty case of pink eye that came his first day back to school after he was feeling better.

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Jack is 25.6 pounds. He lost a pound from being sick because last month he was 26 pounds. He is pretty darn short, too! We always though Preston was short (he’s actually caught up now though) when he was young and Jack is a few inches shorter than Preston was at this time. 🙂

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Jack is so good at standing on his own. He will take about 6 steps every now and then, but only does it on occasion. He prefers to power crawl around the house. He still loves tearing everything out of the cupboards and tossing it all around! We like to call him ‘Bear the Destroyer’. Preston isn’t a fan when Bear the Destroyer comes around to knock his towers, buildings, train tracks, etc over.

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Jack is such a sweet boy. He’s very smiley and talkative with his little baby babble! We always get so many compliments about his smile when we are out and about. He can say Dada, Mama, and hello. He loves taking my cell phone and then pretends to answer it. It’s so adorable.

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Jack is an amazing sleeper at night. He is in bed by 6pm and he will wake up anywhere from 5am-6:30am. It all depends, usually when he wakes up early its because he’s soaked through his size 6 nighttime diapers or because he pooped. (Seriously, what’s a Mom to do when she can’t find a diaper big enough?!)

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Chad and I feel really lucky because with Jack being in bed by 6pm and Preston being in bed at 6:30pm–we have our evenings to ourselves! It’s pretty nice! Lately we’ve been binge watching Stranger Things at night!! It definitely makes the dinner hour crazy though. It’s a rush from about 5-5:30 to get the boys fed, cleaned up, changed for bed, etc! We usually take Jack upstairs about 5:40 to start his little bedtime routine.

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Jack only takes one nap a day. Nothing new there! haha! He usually will nap from about 10am. It will last anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. The days his nap is short, he falls of a cliff for bed about 5:30pm. I really don’t mind that he doesn’t nap much, Preston just recently gave up his nap so it’s not like I get any alone time anyway!!

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I can’t bare to take Jack out of his infant carseat. Thankfully he hasn’t hit the 30b threshold. It is a pain to lug around, especially at 25 weeks pregnant, but he sleeps SO well in it!! Its perfect for running errands, taking Preston to and from school, etc. I just recently got his convertible carseat but I keep dragging my feet about installing it into the car.

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We like to refer to Jack as our bottomless pit. I swear he eats more than Preston these days! He’s always enjoying new foods and does the cutest little nose wrinkle snort thing when he wants more! haha. He loves sauerkraut, spinach artichoke dip, blueberries, and cheese. Those are a few of his favorite things! {{pictured below, the blue paint he snatched off the counter in the 30 seconds that I wasn’t looking. I don’t think he ate much, the lady at Poison Control was very reassuring! 😛 )

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It’s so hard to believe that Bear is going to be a big brother in 3 months!! I can’t even believe it!!! Sometimes I wonder if we are crazy, but honestly, we can’t wait to add another one to the bunch!

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It really helps that Preston is THE BEST big brother ever. He is so good at watching Jack, playing with him, he even hits Jack on the back if he’s choking on a bit of food. He is also awesome at making sure Jack doesn’t get into anything that he shouldn’t be. I don’t know what I would do without Preston around. He’s such a sweet little 3 year old.

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Teaching Jack how to balance on one foot!

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Well, I think thats about it for our little guy. We just love him so much and enjoy watching him grow!

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And one last photo! Preston and Jack side by side at 11 months! Preston may look bigger, but he was 3 pounds less!!

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….until next time! ❤ xoxo

Cheers to 2016!

With the new year, comes new resolutions! 

Chad and I love making resolutions and goals at the beginning of each year. It keeps us guided and on track for our future goals! We try to keep our resolutions and goal reasonable, and reachable. We don’t try to set ourselves up for failure by choosing unrealistic goals. That being said, here are a few of my personal resolutions i’ve made for 2016!

*to find more time for myself* 

{being a SAHM, well, mom in general, I feel like I’ve lost a little of my much loved alone time to sit, relax, catch up on my favorite blogs, etc}

*enjoy the simplicity in our day to day routine*

{i love my time at home with Preston, i want to take full advantage of just sitting on the couch and snuggling all day, because we can}

*to pass on positivity*

{by simply smiling at strangers}

*take more baths*

{because who doesn’t love sitting in a nice warm bath with some epsom salt and a little Lavender Essential Oil}

*read more*

{this goes hand in hand with more ‘me time’ – but my goal is to find some real gems to get lost in for a couple hours. recommendations welcome!!}

*work out at least 3 days a week*

{this should be pretty simple for me as i LOVE going to the gym. the last couple months have been SO busy that i haven’t had a chance get there. I really miss the classes at our gym}

*take a chill pill (not literally)*

{ever since having preston, i’ve become a little uptight? is that the word? (betty on the ball, to-do lists galore, schedule, schedule, schedule, you get the jist) so cheers to being more laid back! working out, baths, and yoga should help with this!}

*donate more*

{time, money, and items}

*remind myself daily how lucky i am to live this life*

{this is my life. i am so grateful for it and i don’t appreciate it nearly enough}

*stay happy*

{do more things that bring me joy and make me happy, happy, happy!!!}

To help with the last two of these resolutions, hubby made us each a ‘jar of awesome’. He’s just too cute. every time something awesome happens, or someone makes you feel good, or you do something that you want to remember, write it down, put it in the jar, and read through them often, remind yourself of all the amazing moments.

So here it is! There’s no turning back now! haha 🙂

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Cheers to 2016!!

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Hopefully this is the best year yet! 😛

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…until next time! xoxo