Monday, April 28, 2014


-"We don't like snakes or bats. They scaaaaaary. We like dubberfwies!" (Butterflies) She says this anytime we read this one book that has bats and snakes in it.

-Speaking of her bed routine: "Daddy read books, and Mommy sing a beautihooooole song!" 

-She has been on a nap strike for a while, pretty much since Max was born. Instead of sleeping, she takes out every toy and article of clothing she can reach in her room. Every day when I go to get her she says, "I no sweep! I just make a mess!" And then around 5 or 5:30 she is so exhausted she crashes on the couch or floor. Any tips for me??? I feel like she is too young to not nap but unfortunately I can't force her to fall asleep when I want her to!

-Not sure if I've written this one down before, but blankets are banquets. She loves to have a banquet around her shoulders and sing "wet it go."

-Millie is turning into quite a little negotiator. She places numbers on anything she asks for- "Can I have just one, two, thwee chocowates?"

-Anytime I ask her to try/eat something new she says, "I no wike it. It's too cwunchy for me." She learned the crunchy part from an episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and she says it even when what I'm giving her isn't crunchy. So funny.

-We are embarking on the potty training adventure! Millie picked out a frog potty and some treats. She has done pretty well so far. She was really excited about it until it came time to actually take off the diaper and then it took a little coaxing. She wants to sit on the potty all the time because she hates having accidents. I think that will work to our advantage and help her learn her body's signals quickly. I really hope that's the case because the laundry is truly endless between her and Max!

-Millie is SO excitable. I can't help but be happy around her because she is always so happy herself! She's so enthusiastic about everything she does. This also comes with a flip side, and tears are never more than two seconds away when she feels wronged. But luckily she is very easily calmed/distracted.

-She calls the diving board a "buying board" and talks about it all the time. This girl really cannot wait much longer for the water to be warm enough to swim in!

-Millie is a sweet big sister. She's awesome at giving Max his binky, and anytime he cries she says, "It's okay Baby Max!" And then she runs to me and says, "He needs his mommy." She loves to give him kisses too. 

She ate the glazed outer part of the donut and left the inside

One of her awesome tornado messes

solid otter pop-eating technique
She brings a stool to the changing table to watch. "I wanna see his poop!"

Helping me accessorize at church

Sunday, April 27, 2014

One month of Max

It's crazy that it has been a month since Max was born! Feels shorter, but it also feels like he has been in our family forever. We love this little guy so much.

At one month (if our home scale is correct), Max weighs over 13 pounds! He is well on his way to beating Aunt Laura's record of weighing 20 pounds at 3 months. Challenge accepted! He eats every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night, occasionally sleeping for a 5-7 hour stretch. He has figured out day and night a lot faster than Millie did, thank goodness! 

He is a little more fussy lately, and he tends to spit up a lot too. I've tried cutting different things out of my diet but haven't found the culprit yet. Dairy is up next and I can't decide if I hope that's the issue or not! He may just be a baby that spits up. But I have to try before I resign myself to scooping baby barf out of the inside of my shirt at church like I was today! 

Sometimes when Max looks at me I feel like he's on the verge of giving me a real, intentional smile. His goofy grins are so funny, especially when compared to his usual look of concern (see below). 

We love our chunker! ps these pictures are in reverse chronological order.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Houston Rodeo 2014

Warning: picture overload below!

We love the rodeo! Tyler got to go on the first night for a work event. He saw Brad Paisley perform, and said he felt like a teenager as he got a video of Brad Paisley singing our song, "Then."

On March 8th we got to go with Gigi and Poppy! It was so fun. Millie was kind of a stinker at first- didn't want to participate, said "NO!" to everything, etc. But then we saw some cute kids cowboy hats for $7. It totally made Millie get into the whole rodeo experience! She was strutting around like a cowgirl afterwards and loved looking in the mirror. Even though she had a bit of a rocky start, we were glad Millie's first rodeo experience was a good one. We enjoyed seeing the animals, eating cinnamon rolls, shopping, the petting zoo, dancing, eating fried Oreos and a fried Snickers, watching pig races, and of course the actual rodeo events. We stayed for a few songs of the Chris Young concert before heading home. It was a great day and we can't wait for next year!

Waiting for the shuttle
It's funny how many other people are smiling for this photo!

That is one cinnamon roll. ONE.
This wasn't even all the ketchup
Fried Snickers and Oreos. Had to try it once, and probably won't ever again!

She loved the pig races

Thank you, Gigi and Poppy, for a wonderful day at the rodeo!