Thursday, April 03, 2014

The big 6

Miles turned 6 months old yesterday! We are loving this stage and all the fun times this little man brings into our lives.

Miles is officially a sitter and loves to sit and play with toys and balls. He is just barely starting to get up on his hands and knees but doesn't show much interest in crawling yet, which we are totally okay with :)

This kid eats EVERYTHING. He is already starting to eat crackers and pieces of fruit even though he doesn't have any teeth yet. Miles loves food and gets very excited at the sight of it.

Sam, music, roughhousing, the chickens and getting naked are just below food on his list of favorite things. He is only now starting to enjoy baths, toys and reading books.

"Mymy" is finally starting to get his hair back and his little curls are amazing! We call them his "hover curls" because they sit just above his scalp. He only has a few right now but his hair is growing quickly.

LIPS! Miles is constantly complimented on his perfect lips and we will tell you right now, they are VERY kissable.

We have a doctors appointment coming up next week that will tell us exactly how much Miles weighs, but I can tell you right now this boy is heavy. REALLY heavy. We have already quit trying to haul him around in his car seat, and although he's not very long, he is a very broad and sturdy little boy.

Miles is the best sleeper at night, and the worst sleeper during the day, but we can't have it all, can we :) He is still sleeping on his tummy, even though he knows how to roll over. He wakes up such a happy baby, and mornings with him are my favorite.

We will never get over how lucky we are to have Miles in our family. He is just perfect. We love him so much and love watching him grow and learn.

Monday, March 17, 2014

These days, according to Instagram

The days are getting longer and lighter. We are packing every moment full, it seems. 

Sam is growing so tall and learning so much. He is doing great at school and continues to be the sweetest kid. It breaks my heart when he says "I want to be 5, and then not grow up any more." Wish I could grant that because it's something I want too. 

His growth spurts are intense. Random melt downs followed by narcolepsy. The hormones must be a'flowin. 
 I feel as though we are still recovering from the loss of Doris, especially Dotty. She and "Big D" were always together roaming the yard, so its sad to see her alone in their favorite spots. And Daisy, who doesn't seem too bothered by the missing sister, will go do her own thing, leaving Dot to cry and cluck at the back door. Hopefully she'll be happy when we introduce the new girls.
 Miles. Our "Little Big", as Sam calls him. He is busy these days putting everything into his mouth and laughing at brother and the dogs. He is finally beginning to laugh and smile and it's just the best thing ever.
 Sam has made the best big brother ever. He seriously enjoys making Miles smile and spends a lot of time showing off his toys and things to his little brother. Miles loves the attention, and I love witnessing the special moments between these two. And the break. Not gonna lie. Its possible I take advantage of Sam's entertaining to get some things done.
 We have had a few sunny days here and there and use every opportunity that I can to get outside with the boys. Luckily, they love the outdoors as much as I do. Bring on summer!
 I can not stress enough how much I love these two together. I thought that the age difference would be an issue, but everything has been perfect. I wouldn't want it any other way.
 You either think these two are the cutest brothers ever, or you're wrong. So that's that.
 From day one, Sam was a mommys boy. So I LOVE that Miles is a major Daddy's boy and that these two really enjoy their time together.
 How did I get two seriously cuddly little boys!? I feel so lucky. As hard as it is to get anything accomplished with two cuties fighting over my attention, I absorb the love.
 Matt's favorite thing…. is NOT hiking.  But me and the littles love it. So he puts up with our obsession and takes us to check out a trail head that we will hopefully be attempting this weekend. After he and Sammy shared a moment peeing simultaneously in the woods, he and Miles had this sweet moment. What a great daddy :)
 The pups have done very well with all the changes that have occurred with bringing a baby home. However, I feel like Brisbane has aged a lot in the last few months, possibly due to the late nights and busy days. She is still my shadow, but doesn't keep up quite as well. It's so hard watching them get old.
 Our new chicks, Darla and Dixie! These two are funny little birds and have very different personalities. We hope that they will get along well with the "big girls" and are hoping to introduce them soon, once the weather improves.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Brudder Dog"

Sam and Brimley are inseparable. Well, at least Sam won't separate from Brim. He follows the poor dog everywhere, trying to get him to play, cuddle or lick him.

Brimley puts up with it, occasionally enjoying a game of tug of war or chase, but mostly he just allows Sam to climb all over him. He's a good dog and mostly enjoys the attention.

Sam calls Brim his "brudder dog" (translation: brother dog) and when people ask him if he has any brothers or sisters he says "I have two brothers!" It's possible that when Sam was a baby, Sam believed himself to be  dog. Since he barked at the door bell and all….

It's fun to see these two together, and I can see that Miles is following in his brothers dog loving ways. His biggest laugh to date? When Brimley licked his face. ;)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to this guy...

….who would make this exact face if I put him in a dress today. 
Matthew continues to be the greatest dad, husband and friend ever. Sam, Miles and I are so lucky to be a part of his life.

We love you Matty! 34 never looked so good.