Friday, September 29, 2017

Wilson 5 years old!


You turned 5 years old a month and a half ago.  I can hardly believe it.  You REALLY are growing up so fast.  Over the last month or so, you have gained so much confidence, and it has been amazing to see.  You started 4K at a new school, Oakbrook, and you have made lots of new friends.  You come home every day telling us all about your day.  Last school year, it was like pulling teeth to get you to tell us ANYTHING that happened at school.  Now you have stories for everything, and we love it.  Tonight, for example, you said "my coach at school wears those rings on her ears.  Does that mean she's a girl?  She has curly hair like Wallace."  This was referring to your PE teacher who is a female.

When we ask what you want to be when you grow up, it's a T rex or cement truck driver in the past.  Your current plan is to be "the Icee man at Target, and it would never be closed!"  This new career path developed after one trip to Target when the concession/Icee area was closed.  It was a crisis.

Until about 2 months ago, I would have said you were a truly anxious kid.  Honestly, though, now I feel like that is one huge prayer the Lord has answered.  You definitely get very upset if plans change, but your anxiety has improved for sure.  You also previously HATED group pictures, but you took your soccer pictures like a boss last week - team ones and individual.  I'm telling you - it's like you're a whole new kid over the last few weeks.  

You did ask me one night at bedtime "What will happen if my heart stops beeping in my belly?"  That one took some time to answer.

You do NOT like group performances.  Or at least you didn't when you had your 4K spring fair at FBS.  You shyly turn around, don't sing, and cling to your teacher.

You have an enormous helper/servant heart.  You love to help us go to Ingles and carry in groceries.

You LOVE super heroes.  You tend to hit/tackle Wallace, and you'll kiss Woodsie anytime we ask.  You're a great big brother and have truly become super helpful.  You carry Woods' backpack out for me when you're with me at school pick up, and you dress yourself completely for school.

My daddy had a hip replacement surgery back in June, and it was so cute when you asked "Is Papa gonna be able to chase me around tomorrow with his new hip?"  You sure do love your grandparents, and I'm so thankful that you have such a good relationship with them.  You OWN your Gigi.  She picks you up from school on Tuesdays, and you can always convince her to take you to McDonald's for a happy meal.  I'm pretty sure it's the highlight of your week.

"What if the Disney world ship gets a hole in it?"  - in reference to us discussing a potential Disney cruise in the future.  We'll hold off on that for now.

5 year Stats:
Weight: 41 lb, 6 oz    52%
Height:  3 ft, 6.5 in.,   36%
BMI 71%??  16.10

You love playing outside, and we spend lost of time out there.  You learned how to swim this summer (again - you almost had it last summer), you can write your name, and you seem ready to start reading soon.  We are so glad we made the decision to let you be one of the OLDEST kids in your class instead of the youngest.  You seem to like being a leader, and we are thankful for that.

Our prayer for you is that you will learn about Jesus and ask him to be your Savior at an early age.  We pray for you to have good friends and to be a good friend.  We ask God to bless you with an amazing wife some day.  We thank Him for your health, and we ask for your happiness.  Wilson, we love you more than you will ever know, even when you have a meltdown while brushing your teeth at night because you are completely exhausted.  Thank you for loving us, and thank you, Lord, for letting us be Wilson's earthly parents.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Woods 12 Months

What a fast, amazing year it has been!  Baby Woods, you are 12 months old (a couple weeks ago).  I can't imagine our family without you in it.  This year has been challenging for us - physically, emotionally, and all the other ways - but you are the the most wonderful gift from God to complete our family.  You are such a great baby (toddler now I guess technically since you walk).  The first few months were rough with some reflux issues and then lots of ear infections in the months to follow, but overall, you're a great sleeper, and you roll with our family chaos so well.

12 Month Stats:
Weight:  22 lbs, 62%
Length:  31 in., 91%  (tall like your daddy!)
Head Circ: 47 cm, 76%

You took your first 2 steps at Bibi's house on July 13, and you quickly became a walker!  You will still crawl on a rare occasion, but you can walk, climb stairs, and step over things as you please.  You're tough as nails, which is a blessing because your big brothers think you are as big as they are.

You LOVE fruit of any kind, but blueberries are your fave.  You also love GoGo Squeezes and a sippy straw cup with water.  You will drink warm milk from a bottle, but you're really okay without it, too.  I still give you one at bedtime.

You love to play chase and be silly.  Your favorite book is "Smile, Pout Pout Fish," and you demand that I turn the lamp on and read you some books when you wake up in the morning or from a nap.  You soothe yourself to sleep while chewing on your sleep sack, and it's adorable.  You laugh like crazy at Wilson when he does silly things.

Your curly blonde hair and bright blue eyes own me.  You have 6 teeth and a sweet, sweet smile.  You  love animals, but don't get any ideas.  There's no time for a pet around here.  Your favorite toys are cooking utensils and steering wheels.

Woods, my prayer is for you to grow to be brave, honest, and a true follower of Christ.  I pray that we can raise you in a way that honors Him and that you will have a great relationship with us and with your brothers.  We love you so very much!!!

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Monday, July 17, 2017

Woods 11 Months

Baby Woods!!!  You are 11 months old!!!  Wow!  You cruise all around the room using anything you can, and your clap your hands when we cheer for you or show happiness about anything.  I love seeing your little face so full of joy!

You wave to everybody, and you point to things you want.  In the mornings, after you drink your bottle, you point to your lamp asking for the light to come on and to read books.

You have said "mama," "dada," and "cracka."  You smack your lips to be funny, and it cracks us all up.

You love bread and fruit, especially blueberries, strawberries, and oranges.   You also love a straw cup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

You are getting cuter and cuter by the second, and your 5th tooth has popped through.

I could just eat you up at this super adorable age.  You're into everything, but I wouldn't trade the messes for anything.

The Lord has blessed us more than we deserve by giving us you, sweet baby Woods!!!

Woods 10 Months

Happy 10 Months (last month), sweet baby Woods!  You are an active little guy.  You never sit still, pull up on everything, crawl under anything, and love playing rough with your big brothers.

You have the BEST laugh, and you wave at your books when we read.  It's adorable.  You get so excited when you see fruit coming your way in the high chair.

You have some stranger danger and prefer Mommy ; )  You love chewing on your blankies or sleep sacks, and I think it's the CUTEST.

Thank you, Lord, for this precious baby Woods!  We love you to pieces!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Woods 9 months

Woods, I am trying to soak up as much time as possible with you while you're still a "baby."  We are getting ever so close to that one YEAR thing.

At 9 months, you have 4 teeth - 2 on top and 2 on bottom (bottom came first).  You started scooting around sitting on your hiney and spinning in 360s on it, too.  It has been adorable.  You would reach so far when you wanted to grab a toy and somehow manage to get it.  I was good with that, but then on your 9 month bday, you CRAWLED for the first time (May 9, 2017).  You drag one leg a little bit with it, but you can move fast and get to where you wanna go.  It makes you SO very happy!  

When your ear infections are clear, you've been an amazing 12 hours at night sleeper.  Thank you, Jesus!

You have started waving now, and that may be my favorite trick of yours.  I LOVE it!

You are a GREAT eater.  You love hummus, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, toast, blueberry muffins, green beans, squash, zucchini, and chicken.

You love STANDING and you can stand alone for a few seconds.  You pull up on everything, and you bounce anytime music comes on.

Your brothers are obsessed with you.  They give you 973 kisses before bed every night.  

9 Month Stats:
Weight 19 lbs 12.5 oz, 50%
Length:  29.5 in 87%
Head Circ:  46 cm, 76%

We love you, Baby Woods!!!  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Last of Christmas 2016

These pictures posted in reverse order except the first one of Gigi rocking sweet baby Woods on Christmas day night.

The day after Christmas, we went to Georgia to celebrate!

Wilson loves him some Jimbob and his crazy little videos.

Marcia accidentally ordered the GIANT stocking for Woods.  I don't think he will mind.

So many presents!  And it kinda turned into chaos for us.  Wallace developed a fever then a rash.  It ended up as erythema multiform as a reaction to Amoxicillin plus a positive strep test.  His entire body was covered, quickly, and it was super scary!

These little cousins had so much fun!

We had our family over on Christmas day night at our house to celebrate.

Merry Christmas from our family of 5!  I love them so!

Frosty was Wallace's BFF.  He ended up in his bedroom a few nights.

Praying they learn the true meaning of Christmas soon.  Wilson is definitely starting to, and it makes me so happy!

Uncle Dan had a little photo session in the front yard.

Aunt Bibi got some snuggles!

I love this picture of them!


We had a wonderful Christmas!!!

Christmas 2016

It's May 2017, and I'm just now posting some Christmas 2016 stuff.  Better late than never.

Gigi showed up regularly with surprises for the boys, and they loved every second of it.

Kisses for baby brudder!

Sugar cookies are Wilson's jam!

We decorated some cookies for Santa with icing and sprinkles.  We caught Wilson sneaking them out of the cookie jar on the counter tops countless times.

What's all over Wallace?

Santa's elf worked hard at night with his handy dandy flashlight.

Christmas Eve!

Looking good, Caleb!

The train around the white tree is always a hit!

Christmas Eve at Gigi and Papa's!

I love the tradition of being there on Christmas Eve.  This year was the first one ever that we didn't spend the night there, but we still made sure to spend plenty of time there.

Santa came!!

Waiting patiently in Mommy's bed before going out to see if Santa came

Christmas morning at home!!!

Santa brought a trampoline!

Then we headed back to the country for our favorite breakfast of the year.

Jordan brought around 3 tiny toys - bulldozer, golf cart, and 4-wheeler - as pretend gifts before the real ones came out.

Spoiled rotten

Best Christmas ever!!!