Stall tactics..

Maddox is really good, and has been for quite some time, at stalling bed time. His first attempts included asking for applesauce, or a cup of water. Every night for a solid couple of months, Justin or I would be leaving his bedroom and he would say, “mama {or daddy}, applesauce?” Now he can pronounce applesauce correctly, but when he first started trying to say it, it came out as “dappa-daw”. It was my favorite word :) It made me laugh almost every time! He’s talking so well these days.. I really miss the words he used to mis-pronounce!

Anyways, his two most recent requests as soon as we say time for bed, are to sit on the couch, and/or give Hatcher a kiss. The couch thing is funny, but the fact that he wants to kiss Hatcher, and that he does it so gently, is the sweetest. I know 100% that he is manipulating me and putting off the inevitable, but I just can’t say no to a sweet kiss for his little brother… Just can’t!

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Maddox, I think you’re the best big brother, and it makes my heart smile so big to see you love Hatcher 😍


Spring Break, Round Two.

Justin’s sister Kristin lives in Augusta, so every year during Master’s week her and my mother-in-law go to the beach. I went with them last year and had so much fun! I was really looking forward to this years trip.

Maddox, and Kristin’s four year old Noah, love the beach and I knew they would have so much fun playing together.. Maddox LOVES Noah! He loves Kiki, Kristin & Brookelyn {Kristin’s almost 6 month old} too. We stayed down stairs in the beach house and they all stayed up stairs… As soon as Maddox woke up from nap or in the morning the first thing he asked was if we could go upstairs to see everyone.. He had the best time! It really was such a good week relaxing and just doing life in a new place for a few days :) Love that I get to spend that time with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law too! Here are some of my pictures from the week..

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Maddox’s music…

He’s obsessed… He really does have a serious fascination with all things music.. Microphones, singing, guitars, pianos etc.. He can often be found holding his guitar standing in front of his microphone singing at the top of his lungs… I was watching a recorded episode of American idol the other day and he watched the whole thing with me… His only request was that everyone played guitar.. He asked, “where’s geetar at?” when a contestant performed without one.. He also has a very strong opinion about the music in the car. He announces every song he likes and asks for the volume to be turned up a lot.. Some of his favorite songs are anything Chris Tomlin {he knows the whole Burning Lights CD, but even if a song that’s not on that CD comes on the radio he almost always says he likes it!}, 10,000 reasons, and this song. He also likes Taylor Swift which I think is hilarious!!

It is seriously cute to see him try to figure out songs and I am quickly becoming his human juke box.. Most requested songs are “clap hands song” aka If You’re Happy & You Know It, the “Holy Song” aka We Fall Down, “hug neck song” aka A Bushel & a Peck, and “Jesus lubs me”… He is recently starting to try and sing along but is consistently about 1 word behind.. It’s really cute though and makes me want to cry when I hear his sweet little voice singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” as we’re riding down the road.
I really hope he has some talent to back up this passion… I don’t want to have to break his heart if he can’t carry a tune :)

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Check this for just a glimpse of what we’re working with :) I mean come on Maddox.. I love your little two year old self!


Two months.

Hatcher is two months old! Well, actually he’s 10 weeks, but I wanted to wait until his 2 month well check before I posted an update… I feel kinda like he’s always been part of our family, and then at the same time, can’t even really believe that it’s already been 10 weeks!!!!

Its been a big month… We ventured out a lot with road trips to Savannah for a wedding shower, Atlanta to meet all his cousins on my side, and first time at the beach for spring break! The weather has been a lot nicer also, so we’ve taken lots of walks around the neighborhood :)

We saw the doctor today and got a perfect report! I am so thankful for my boys’ health and pray that I never take it for granted. He weighed in at 12lbs 8oz and measured 23 inches. The doctor was pleased with his weight gain and said everything looked great! Such awesome news to this mama :) We still have a great routine going on and are officially {starting about 2 weeks ago} sleeping all night! He wakes up anywhere between 6:30-7:30am for his first feeding, and then eats every 3 hours after that… So about 10am, 1pm, 4:30pm {I almost always have to wake him up for this feeding so I do anywhere between 4 and 5, just depending on what is going on that day} and 7:30 or 8pm. He goes down for the night after that feeding and we start over the next day! He stays awake for about 30 minutes after each feeding, playing, talking and smiling and then goes back down for a nap until it’s time to eat again. Please know that every day does not go that perfect… Some days his naps are not as good as others, and there are nights when I’m up at 3am putting a pacifier in his mouth… We don’t have a perfect baby by any means, but I am beyond thankful for Hatcher’s go with the flow attitude, and happy spirit!

Here are a few pictures from our fun filled month!

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Dear Hatcher,

I love you so much! You are so adorable and bring all of us so much joy with your sweet smile and content attitude. I have absolutely cherished the last 10 weeks God has given us with you… Your smiles make my heart sing, and there are days I wish I could just sit and hold you all day :) I’m still pretty much obsessed with your cute little nose, and have a lot of people comment on your pretty blue eyes, serious eyebrows, and all your rolls :) I hope you always know how much we love you… Happy two months booger! Mama loves you, Daddy loves you, Maddox loves you and Jesus loves you!!

❤️


Spring break!!

Last week was Justin’s spring break! We went down to the beach for a couple of days and it was so nice! The weather was a little cool, but to be away with Justin and the kids during baseball season.. It just doesn’t get much better! Maddox had the best time playing on the beach and the waves lulled Hatcher to sleep in his stroller perfectly! Im so thankful for the time we got as a family down there… It was a great spring break! Here are a few photos from the trip.

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Hatcher’s birth story..

It’s only taken almost 6 weeks for me to get this post written, but hey! I did it, and that’s what really matters, right?

First of all, I really can’t believe the Lord has blessed Justin and me with two beautiful, healthy children! I am thankful beyond words and can’t explain the love that I have in my heart for those two people… Maddox and Hatcher :)

Here are the details on Hatcher’s birthday..

It started on Monday at my 38 week appointment. I was technically 38 weeks 5 days, but because of holidays I was a few days behind on my appointments.. It was the first time they checked me and I was 3cm 50% effaced! Hatcher was really low and the doctor told me it wouldn’t be long.. Her exact words, “you’re sittin on ready”.. She said she wanted to see me back Wednesday morning and that she would check me again and strip my membranes to see if that would help anything along.. I was so pumped!

Tuesday:
I had been having Braxton hicks contractions for a solid two months, but I about drove myself crazy all day. I over analyzed every single little thing I felt wondering if that was “it”. Needless to say, nothing! I went to bed with 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 on my heart trying soo hard to “rejoice always”!

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Wednesday:
My appointment was at 9:50. Maddox and I got up, got ready and headed to the doctor.. Can’t remember how many times he said “baby hapeet” :)

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Last belly shot!

10:15: Left the doctors office at 6cm, not in labor, not having contractions {didn’t even know that was possible} but with strict instructions to head to the hospital the minute I started feeling anything.

10:40: Got to John Milledge to tell Justin. We both got excited, but I still wasn’t feeling anything, so I kept telling him I really wasn’t sure!

11:00: Felt my first contraction. I couldn’t tell if it was real or Braxton hicks, but I decided to head home and finish packing my bag, just in case.

11:10: Got back home, straightened up some, and finished packing my bag.. Had more contractions.. Still nothing to stop me from what I was doing, but I definitely took note of each one.

11:15: contraction…

11:22: another one..

11:27: and another one. Still wasn’t in pain, but 5 in a row was enough for me to make the call that we needed to go to the hospital..

11:47: i texted justin.
Me: “I’m packing my stuff… I think we need to go”
Justin: “Fo real?”

12:30: We left Maddox at the school doing PE with two teachers at John Milledge {seriously one of his favorite things to do!}

1:30: Finally got into a room and hooked up to some monitors. The check-in process changed since I had Maddox, and I felt like took a lot longer… I was really thankful my contractions were still pretty mild at that point.

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I got checked pretty soon after getting into my room and was still 6cm, rating my pain level at a 3-4 on a scale 1-10.. When she checked me it got things going though and everything started moving right along… Quickly!

2:00: Got checked again and was 7cm.. Making progress and the pain was picking up… I was still talking on the phone to people and texting friends/family letting them know though.. I think I moved myself to a 5.5 on the pain scale.

2:30ish-3:30ish: Worst pain of my life…. Contractions picked up in intensity and length. And the time between was shorter and shorter! I got an IV during this hour and tried my best to relax and breath.. I wasn’t screaming or yelling, but I remember telling Justin multiple times how bad it “freakin sucked” and how “I couldn’t handle it for one more second”. My mom got there at some point during this hour and helped me through the contractions… Justin was a great support and let me basically break his hand for an hour, but it was nice to have someone that knew exactly what I was going through too.

3:45: Got checked again and was 9, water was about to break.. I had contemplated the whole pregnancy doing natural labor and I’d made it so far without the drugs, but fear took over and I was so afraid to push him out. It took me 45 minutes to push Maddox out and I just knew I couldn’t handle that many more contractions along with the pain of pushing him out. I was scaaared! “I begged for them to please not break my water and requested the epidural if there was still time..

4:40: Epidural in, and the doctor was on her way to check me again.

4:45: Doctor checked me, I was still at 9. She broke my water and I immediately went to 10. She turned to the nurses telling them to get ready and they all jumped into gear.. It was time to push!

4:50: First push.
I pushed 3 times during the first contraction and 1 time during the second contraction and he was here… So fast :) I couldn’t believe it!

4:55: Hatcher Phillip came into the world pink and screaming! They let me do skin to skin immediately and it was seriously the coolest thing. Hatcher was screaming screaming, they put him on my chest and he was immediately quiet… Literally snoring within seconds!

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It was such an amazing day! I experienced pain like I can’t explain and joy like I can’t explain all in a matter of hours! I am seriously blown away by God’s goodness and so thankful to Him for such a smooth delivery and perfect little boy :) I love you Hatcher.. I will never forget your birthday!


One month

Hatcher is a month old! I really cannot believe it’s already been a whole month… When you have kids time is so weird. Some days kinda feel like they will never ever end, and then before you know it they’re two years old telling you they “need cake…….” :)

Dear Hatcher,
Happy one month birthday! You are so so delightful and have been the perfect addition to our little family. We’ve settled into and a great routine that we all seem to be enjoying a lot. You are eating every 3 hours during the day {8a, 11a, 2p, 5p, 8p} with one feeding during the night around 3am.
You are seriously so cute… Your little grunts are the cutest and your nose is the most adorable nose I’ve ever seen! I love your sweet snuggles, your peach fuzz head, your little hands, and your old man hair line. People ask me a lot if you look like Maddox and I think you do, but you also have your own look…
You are a great eater and are really starting to fatten up…. I’m excited about seeing how much you weigh this week at your one month appointment :) You are starting to coo a little bit and have legit smiled a few times this weekend! Can’t wait for the smiles and giggles to come. I love you so much Hatcher and am so so thankful for you! I pray that you grow up to be a man of God and follow Him in all that you do..
Mama loves you, Daddy loves you, Maddox loves you and Jesus loves you….

To the moon and back!

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“Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”


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