Jack Bear turns ONE!

Happy birthday to our little Jack Bear!!! This past year has just flown by!!! I can’t hardly believe that one year ago today we were at the hospital patiently awaiting his arrival! I still remember freaking out when he came out because he wasn’t crying and he was pretty blue/purple at first. I just kept saying ‘why isn’t he crying?! Why isn’t he crying?!’ The Doctor was reassuring me that he would, and he did! It only took him about a minute to cry, but to a mother that had just pushed a baby out of her bits, it seemed like an eternity! The umbilical cord was wrapped so tightly around his neck and arm that the doctor had to actually cut the cord before I could even push him the rest of the way out. Even with all that, he still did really well on his APGARS!

Anyway, back to the start of our day…

Chad and I woke up early in the morning and headed to the hospital. Once I got there and got settled in, around 9:30am, they gave me a very tiny dose of pitocin to get things moving. That tiny dose was enough to get my contractions started! I was progressing really well, especially for being induced, they didn’t have to give me any more pitocin!  I was able to get my epidural once I was about 6 cm around 10:30am, and about an hour later at 11:20 I was already 10cm. We waited for Jack to progress down the birthing canal a little further. I started pushing at about 12:10 and only pushed through one contraction. Jack made his arrival at 12:12 pm!  It was a very quick, and smooth process, thankfully!!

Thinking back to my pregnancy with Jack, he wasn’t a very big mover. I’d feel movements every so often, but nothing compared to Preston. It never really worried me because he didn’t ever move much, so it never decreased. It did have me a bit worried when I was a week late and didn’t have a lot of movement, but like i said, it wasn’t much different from the rest of his pregnancy!

Jack has been pretty mellow from the beginning. He basically came out and slept around the clock. I had to wake him for feedings for the first week, once he packed on some pounds, I let him sleep and he’s basically been sleeping through the night since!

Jack is so sweet and is very social! He hates to miss out on anything!! I think that’s why he only takes one nap a day and has done that since about 8 months!! He takes one 2 hour nap a day. He usually sleeps for about 11-12 hour a night though. He’s in bed by 5:30 or 6pm and will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30 in the morning. Jack has recently started walking!! I finally realized that he wouldn’t walk with socks or footed jammies on, and I always had him in one or the other!! Once I realized he would walk when he was bare foot, he started walking more often than not! Jack has some words he can say. It’s so cute!! He says: no, uh oh, hello, mama, dada, all done, and good. There might be more, but I can’t remember. He has his darn binky in so much he only talks when it’s out, obviously! Haha

Jack is a very good eater. He’s not picky at all. He will eat anything!! Hot or cold, savory or sweet. A few faves are: cheese, frozen peas, blueberries, and hummus!

He is just starting to get over a 3 week long sickness. It started with a cough and runny nose, vomiting, not eating much, and a fever. Then came a double ear infection and pink eye! It’s been neverending. I’m ready for my sweet boy to be healthy again!

Jack and Preston have the sweetest bond I’ve ever seen!! They love each other so much. They play together, give hugs and kisses, and get so excited to see each other after Preston gets done at school!! Preston takes such good care of jack. I have no doubt that he will be a huge help once the new baby arrives in March!

our little (big) Bear is quite the tank!! He is 26 lbs  (and just lost a pound from being sick) {96%} and is 30.5 inches long! {69%}. I always tell Chad how I can hardly lug him around in his car seat, think 50 lbs of dead weight, and I always giggle when he finally carries jack in his car seat somewhere and complains of how heavy he is. Haha! This pregnant wife lugs him around daily!! We recently got him his convertible car seat, but I can’t bare to make the switch!! Jack sleeps so well in his car seat when we are out and about. I think I’ll probably keep him in it until he hits the 30lb weight limit! Lol

We had a pretty low key day celebrating Jack’s birthday! It was just Chad, Preston, Jack, and me. We made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast and put a candle in it. We wore birthday hats and sang to Jack a few times throughout the day! He had a great day and even took a nice long nap for us!

We can’t wait to watch this sweet little guy turn into a young gentleman!

And for fun! Pictures from each month this past year:

AND Preston (left) and Jack (right) both on their first birthdays. Jack is 5 lbs heavier than Preston was! haha

Well, that’s about all for now! …until next time! xoxo ❤

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

Surprise: Pip 3.0!

We are excited to announce that Pip3.0 will be here in March 2018!!I found out I was pregnant shortly after returning from Iceland. Something about those international waters, I tell ya 😉

This pregnancy has been so different from my last two! Actually, they’ve all been pretty different. The first trimester I was always cold. Which is so weird for me because as most of you know, I’m usually a heat box, and I have been since becoming pregnant with Preston 4 years ago. I’ve also had a huge meat aversion. I cannot eat hardly any meat, and when I do, it has to be very little. So we’ve been cooking a lot of vegetarian meals around here. Which is a nice change, I’m just always trying to find ways to get any extra protein I can (eggs, pistachios, peanut butter, etc)

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Thankfully, I haven’t been sick like I was with Jack. The first trimester I was just so darn tired all the time!! I was napping with the boys every day and we had to stay inside for a few weeks because the heat (100’s) didn’t help. Now that it’s cooled off outside and I’m in my second trimester, things have been going well! Today I am 17w3d pregnant.

We had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. It’s crazy how each doctor does things differently. With Preston I had a bunch of ultrasounds (9 weeks, 14 weeks, 19 weeks, and around 32 weeks). With Jack I just had 2 ultrasounds (12 weeks and 21 weeks). I’ll have my next ultrasound for Pip3 at 19 weeks.

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A lot of the time I forget I’m even pregnant!! Which has actually been really nice! There are the times that I get winded super easily, or the times my stomach gets in the way when I’m trying to lay Jack in his crib, but otherwise, it hasn’t been bad at all!

We are excited for this little bundle to arrive (but please baby, cook as long as you’d like–I made it 41 weeks with Jack). It may be crazy adding another one to the bunch. Jack and Pip3 will only be 14 months apart. Thankfully Jack is a pretty easy going baby these days and Preston is such a good helper around the house!!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

Jack – 9 months

It’s Jack’s first September! The beginning of one of my favorite times of year. (okay,  so I promise I wrote this in September and just didn’t get around to posting until October 😛 ) It’s too bad it’s been SO hot out! I’m talking like 90 degrees. 😮 We had a 7 day stretch of 100 degree weather.

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He’s been up to so much lately! He can sign milk (which he actually started signing last month, but I forgot to mention it!) We have been working on ‘more’ now. He can also sign ‘all done’.

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He is just starting to enjoy food. He hasn’t really been to into it until recently. Which I suppose is good. Food before 1 is just for fun, right? We’ve still made sure to introduce a wide variety, helping his palate out while he’s young!! He loves hummus, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado.  Last night we had him eating peas and carrots, which he seemed to enjoy!

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Jack has been so good at balancing on his own for a few months and he took his first step on September 20th!! I couldn’t hardly believe it! He was only 8 months old! He loves to crawl over to me, grab my fingers to pull himself up, and then he will wiggle his hands off of my fingers to balance. He will either take a step or practice sitting down from standing! This little dude is going to be walking before we know it!!

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He has 2 teeth on the bottom still. I’m pretty sure he’s cutting more teeth though because he has been pretty miserable. Thankfully he still is sleeping pretty well at night. He usually wakes up once. Last night he woke up to eat at 5am and then went back to sleep until 6:40am. It hasn’t been bad at all!!

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I started sleep training him last month. It’s been such a huge help. Nothing crazy, but better for all of us! It used to be we would get him to sleep and he would wake up crying the second we laid him down, or he would nap for 30 minutes on the dot and be up! Now that we have him ‘sort of’ put himself to sleep, he naps longer and better. Really it’s just been for naps because sleeping at night has never really been a problem for him.

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Jack loves his big brother. He just lights up every time he sees him. They love chasing each other around, playing peekaboo, and playing in the mulch outside. Jack can even drive cars with Preston and even the other day they were hiding out under our dining room table running from monsters. 🙂

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Jack can wave, he can give kisses, and he can high five!! High fiving is really the only new thing out of those three. But he gets better and better each day!!

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Here is Jack over the months!! Jack is 23 pounds (92%) and 28 inches long.

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Jack and Preston side by side!!

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Well, that’s all for now! I’ll leave you with a few more cute photos!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

 

16 weeks with Pip2!

I’m back!! 

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it seems like i’ve been gone for far too long. I keep saying to myself, ‘i’ll do a post during nap time’ and then when nap time rolls around, i’m like, ‘sleep sounds nice’. So there ya have it. I’ve been napping on the job and enjoying every minute of it!

I’m 16 weeks pregnant with Pip2. It’s been a long 16 weeks with being sick, tired, and dehydrated. I mean seriously, I even carry a puke bucket in my car with me these days. Since it’s summer, and a hot one at that, i’m always hot and thirsty. If i drink too much water i get sick, but if i feel dehydrated i get sick. Every time i see a pool or a body of water, i just want to jump in!! Preston has been happy that i’ve been getting in the pool with him all the time. At the gym, i stare at the pool and just want to dive in!! I’m going to go get myself a swim cap so i can start lap swimming again. I think pip2 will enjoy it. I have been able to continue to work out with this babe! Yay!

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I can’t tell you the number of times i’ve thrown up my prenatal vitamins. 😦 I even tried switching brands and it didn’t help. So lets just pray this baby is happy and healthy tucked away in my tummy.

okay, enough of the gross talk.

 I have been having strong cravings with this pregnancy, too! Like, ‘I NEED IT NOW’ cravings!! My last craving was a steak, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich with sautéed onions and spinach. I had to make a stop at the grocery store to make them for dinner!! This weekend i wanted a Kim Chi reuben with real corned beef and Kim Chi Kraut. But the Kim Chi bus hasn’t been at the farmers market once this year. 😦 I’m not even sure if i was spelling that right…but it’s amazing!!

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Hubby and i did get around to making like 20 freezer meals over the 4th of July weekend! That’ll help out so much since i haven’t been able to cook much in the last few months. Loaded with good veggies for baby Pip2.

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I’m really trying to enjoy as much of this summer with Preston as i can. This will be the last one of just us two!! The start of next summer we will have a 6 month old!

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My little boy Preston is just a cute as ever. I know every Mom probably says this, so i guess it’s my right as a Mom to brag about my son. If i didn’t, who would?? lol

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He is oh so smart and loves to learn!! He’s known how to identify the letters in the alphabet since he was 18 months old. He is very good a memorizing. He ‘reads’ every book along with me before nap time and bed time. He can count to 10 in English and Spanish and is currently learning to count to 10 in Japanese and German–only because my hubby and I know how. haha! He is so good at singing songs–his favorite is ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’. Probably because he LOVES bugs. Which he will kill for me if i ask, otherwise he will play with them. Today while we were in Express he found a bug on the ground and the lady working was so grossed out and Preston looked at her and just stomped on it like ‘i got this, don’t even worry’. It was so funny! He is Mr. Manners to, no more prompting from Mom most of the time! I even hear him playing with his cars and they will crash and he will say, ‘i’m sorry’ and ‘it’s okay’ or they will happily pass each other and he will  say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’. It melts my heart every time i hear it!!

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He also practices writing his letters. Especially his initials. But the other week when i was cooking preston said, Mama, look, i drew an ‘h’ and an ‘i’!! He was so proud!! I was impressed he wasn’t even looking at anything to go off of.

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Today when we were at TJ Maxx Preston found a Digger that he wanted. He asked me if we could buy it and i told him i didn’t have any money for the digger. He told me he had a penny in his pocket. I told him a penny wasn’t enough money to pay for the digger. He told me he had more money in his wallet at home. So i told him next time we go out, we could bring his wallet, and he could buy a toy. The thing that made me want to just buy it for him was that he didn’t get mad or throw a fit, he just put it back on the shelf and gave me these little puppy dog eyes. I just melted. but i stayed strong because i know it’s an important life lesson! I told my hubby that some day this week I’m going to take preston to the bank to exchange his piggy bank money for cash and let him buy a toy with it. I’m sure i’ll end up paying for over half of what he got but i think it’ll be a good lesson for him!!

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I keep reminding myself that life will never be this easy again (come December). Having one child is such a joy and a blessing!!! It really gives you time to hang out and get to know your little mini. I can’t wait to add another little munchkin to our family, but I’m sure enjoying this single child thing while i can!

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^^^ Preston’s first REAL camping trip! We stayed in a tent (or ‘fort’ as preston would call it). He loved every minute of it!! And the extra time he got to spend with family.

Anyway, I still have a couple more hours of nap time–so i think i might take a little snooze myself!

We will find out Pip2’s gender on August 12 (21 weeks). At my 15 week appt Pip2’s heart rate was 140 bpm. (Preston’s was usually in the 160’s) Any guesses on what I’m having???

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

The fits.

Misbehaving Monday, let’s review the reasons my toddler has thrown a fit.

*he was crying because wanted to wear his bib so he brought it over to me, when I tried to put it on him he didn’t want to wear a bib. So I set the bib down. Repeat the aforementioned 10 more times.

*his train fell over while he was pushing it on the train tracks.

*he took his piggy bank off the night stand and set it on the floor, and then threw a fit because it was on the floor, but it was too heavy to lift back up and put it on the nightstand.

*he wanted socks on so I put socks on his feet, but he wanted mismatched socks.

My son has been two for 3 days and it took me 30 minutes to get his clothes changed today. Each layer was a struggle. What happened to my sweet boy?! 😬

 

…until next time! ❤

Preston – 2 years

Happy 2nd birthday to our little Punky! You are such a joy, little boy! You have always been so sPunky and full of life!! You randomly make silly faces and bust out in dance, just like Mama! You would rather have veggies and hummus with a side of liver for breakfast (rather than pancakes) just like Daddy! You love to wake us up in the mornings with eskimo kisses!! You’re so smart and always want to keep learning new things. We are SO proud of you!! 

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Our little boy turned 2 on Friday! First thing that morning, within 5 minutes, Preston got 3 FaceTime calls from his Grammy Che, Auntie Anna, and Uncle Pooze! They all sang Happy Birthday to him and watched him shove his face with a chocolate covered twist donut with sprinkles!!! His first one ever, he was definitely a fan.

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After breakfast we let him open his one big gift. It was a train table that I had gotten at Wal-Mart on Black Friday (note to self: never go to Wal-Mart on Black Friday again). The train table was only $30 and after joining the crazies, I had jumped over a pile of toys to snag the last one. I’m so glad it worked out because Preston LOVED IT!!! He has been playing with it so much.

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After much play time, we decided to take Preston to the mall play place. It’s his favorite thing to do. He had so much fun!!! We were even there at 12:51pm – the time of his birth!!

Preston took a nice 2.5 hour long nap. During his nap his friend Joey stopped over to drop off a gift for him and the mailman delivered a package from his girlfriend, Penelope. He is just so lucky to have such sweet friends in his life at the age of 2!!!

We headed to Grandma Che and Grandpa Bob’s house around 3:30. We got there just in time to head to the Brewery for a drink before the birthday dinner festivities started.

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This has become a slight joke/new tradition? Lol! (On Preston’s first Birthday we went to the grand opening of a new bar in town before dinner that evening. We figured he was 1 and he wasn’t going to remember it anyway! It’s pretty funny when we look back on it! He had a blast though, he was able to eat the complimentary popcorn they served! It was a win win!) 

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Anyway, back to the present, we did our annual brewery stop, and then headed back to Grandma and Grandpa’s  for appetizers and Indian tacos!! We were happy Uncle Pooze didn’t have to work and was able to come with us to the brew.

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We are so very thankful that his Grandpa Steve, Grandma Eileen, Uncle Scott, Auntie Holly, and cousin Noble were able to come, too!!

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Spending time with family to celebrate birthdays is so important to us. We love the memories and the fun. Preston loves when he gets to hang out with family. He’s finally to the age where he knows and remembers the people he sees often enough. It’s so cute watching him get excited when you tell him his auntie Holly and Noble are coming over! Auntie Emma had to work long hours that day, but she was able to FaceTime with us for a bit. She even contemplated driving back right after her shift at the hospital to try and make it to the tail end of the party–but realizing that she wouldn’t get there until 10pm…it didn’t work out 😦 We love her for wanting to come so bad though!!

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After dinner we opened some presents…

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and then celebrated with some ice cream cake!!!

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 Chad and I made the ice cream cake the night before, and I think it turned our really well!!! I was a little nervous, but it was delish.

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Preston’s birthday dinner was such a success!! He had so much fun running around and playing with Noble.

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My son, you are SO loved.

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Now, wish us luck as we enter the two’s. It’s off to a rocky start. 😛

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Preston is a little over 34 inches long and 29.6 lbs! He’s lost a little weight over the last few months. 😉 I’ll get exact stats on Thursday for his 2 year check-up. He knows how to identify every letter in the alphabet, he can count to 10, and can identify most primary colors. He knows a few shapes: circle, star, and square. His favorite color seems to be pink and his favorite number is 4! He LOVES to read!!! He has also been favoring his left hand when he colors and paints. (like mommy!) He can speak in sentences, I can understand him very well, others have a little harder of a time as he still has cute baby pronunciations! The other day when joey was here, I asked Joey if he wanted to eat because he was tapping the booster seat, Joey nodded his head yes, and preston said ‘i want to eat, too’. That was the longest and clearest sentence i’ve heard him say! Just within the last two days he’s started fighting nap time, but once he’s down, he will sleep for a good 2-3 hours. He has also been fighting bedtime, the later he stays up the worse it is, if you can believe it! We still put him down at 7pm every night. The more sleep he gets, the better he is for me during the day! I’m hoping this sleep fighting and regression is just a short stage, I’m getting tired. haha!

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a little before {37 weeks}, during, and after — for the sentimental side of me 🙂

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

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