Milam - 11 Months

July 22, 2017

I'm in total denial that you will be ONE next month.  Cue the tears and total disbelief.
Notice how over the laundry basket you are.  One more month my little buddy.

You love:
your sister
to roar
to read books
sitting in my lap
to clap

You can:
sign all done

You Say:
hi and bye
night night
momma and dadda
You emulate what we do.  You try to say the same amount of syllables that we do.  You try to do what we're doing.  Like, if I'm doing lunges then you bounce up and down.  You run, and chase.  You like to be chased.  You get so excited.

Your stats:
24.6 pounds = 95%
32 1/8 inches = 99%

12-18 or 18-24 month clothes
size 4 shoe but your feet are so fat that sandals are your best option
size 4 diaper

You have 6 teeth and as far as I can tell no signs (other than a lot of drool and a HUGE drool rash) of any more.
You sleep 11.5 - 13.5 hours a night.  You go to bed at 7:30 every night.  You nap (one nap) 2.5-3.5 hours every day.  You start your nap at 12:30 every day.

You eat 4-6 oz bottles when you get up in the AM, at nap, when you get up, after dinner, and at bed.

Your drool rash looks ok when you first wake up in the AM but as the day goes on and as you drool and sweat through out the day it gets worse.  I use Aquaphor the most but also use Honest Company healing balm and diaper rash cream.  Jonathan is just about the only person in our house who doesn't have sensitive skin.  I know you'll just out grown it but I hate it for your right now.

You have the funniest and sweetest personality.  Most of the day you are so happy.  You love your sister and give her the biggest hugs.  You give the best scrunched up smile when you are excited and run at us with your arms up in the air and your eyes closed.  You love to play outside and spin wheels over and over again.  You understand stepping down things down but you still bump your head constantly.  You still always fall asleep on me and your dad's chest like a large tree frog.  You lap up water in the bath tub like you're a dog.  You're less shy but even if you are shy you warm up quickly.  I always feel like I'm missing so much of you here.  You're my sweet little prince and I love every little bit of you.

Week in the Life - 7

July 17, 2017

This week was busy and hot and humid.

I looked at my summer goals list recently and realized I hadn't done anything on it.  Jonathan has off every friday but I got off to a slow start because of two trips followed by Jonathan going out of town.  Anyhow, I got my planner out and made a plan for finishing everything on my list.  I made good progress this week and my planner now looks like chicken scratch because of it.

We're still going fairly strong with our morning walks.  It's hard because it is so hot and humid and miserable but it's the only thing I can figure out to be active.
Georgia went to Cooking Camp at our church this week.  It wasn't a drop off type of thing and was 3 hours long so I knew Milam couldn't hang.  My mom volunteered my step dad to take her so he could stay and help her.  My mom is the receptionist so she sent me pictures throughout the day.
Milam and I had the morning to ourselves and he enjoyed a yummy lunch.
Later we went for Snow cones because the flavor of the week was Georgia Peach so duh...
Some of the week was a rainy blur and we made a lot of forts and went a little stir crazy.
The earlier we leave for our walks the better.  If it is 9:00 or beyond then we don't even attempt.
On Friday we drove all across Houston to get counter tops at Ikea that were not even in stock.  I remembered Lumber Liquidators sold them so we found some in stock and were off to get those (more expensive) counter tops.
My mom and step dad have been coming over occasionally for dinner and kitchen prep help and Georgia and I found two preying mantises.  She picked one up and it ran all the way up her arm and perched on her head.  It was the funniest thing.
At the end of the day, near dinner time, Milam just cannot handle a bunch of legs walking past him over and over again as we rush around cleaning up and making dinner.  Carrier to the rescue.  This guy loves being close.
 We were not planning on replacing our dishwasher but it started making strange noises on Saturday so we scouted Lowes and Home Depot for a new one since getting a new one put in during kitchen reno makes a lot of sense.
Sunday was church as usual.  They haven't moved Milam out of the nursery yet because they're waiting on some kids in the toddler class to promote out so he doesn't get trampled.
He clearly ate a big breakfast that morning.  He's a healthy boy.
We also celebrated national ice cream day.
...and I have a few more random phone pics but my phone won't sync to my computer for some reason...

Happy Monday everyone!

What We Did This Weekend

July 10, 2017

Every weekend is a total blur and I have to look back and my pictures to piece together what we actually did.  Just me?

Jonathan doesn't normally work on Fridays in the summer but he had off Monday and Tuesday for the fourth so he had to work on Friday which was a bummer but his work week was only Thursday and Friday because he got sick so it wasn't too terrible and I already posted that we went on a date night...much needed date night on Friday.  Super casual and low key but all I wanted was time alone to actually finish a sentence with him.

Saturday we continued car shopping like we did on Friday to end our date (previous post) and looked at Chevy and GMC.  90% sure we'll be in the used market but I just needed to figure out what we really need.

We came home and relaxed.  I ran some errands and then Georgia and I were off to a party for two sweet neighborhood girls (joint party).  The party was on our street at one of the girl's house and the other little girl happens to live on my mom's street.  Quite the neighborhood affair ;)  I wrapped B's gift and Georgia wrapped LA's gift.  Pretty cute.  In addition to their regular gifts Georgia also made them each a bracelet and necklace...because that is her entire life right now.  I snapped this before we walked down the street.
On sunday we went to church per the usual
Could you not just eat him up with a spoon?!?!  I promptly cut his hair myself after I took this picture.  I didn't do a fantastic job but it will do just fine until I can get him in.  It was getting way too hard to fix and was just too long to begin with.
Jonathan went shooting with friends on Sunday night and my mom came over to watch Milam while Georgia and I were going to swim night with our church.  It got rained out unfortunately so I took her for frozen yogurt instead...super exciting stuff ;)

Happy Monday!

The Fourth of July 2017 {And, beyond}

July 8, 2017

We are seriously having such a great summer.  We have a lake trip coming up at the end of the month as well as a kitchen remodel.  We tried so SO hard to make a beach trip work but the three families involved just could not get any dates that worked which I was/am super bummed about!  It would have been Milam's first year to go on the annual family trip and we can't do it! Ahh! Hopefully we can work in a day trip to Galveston to get his little toes in the sand.

Jonathan had off Thursday-Wednesday.  Actually, he got sick Tuesday night so he took off Wednesday but by the time he woke up he felt better so we had him all to ourselves again.

Poor little guy is just so bumped and bruised.  He fell out our front door and down several small steps.  It was kind of bad.  He woke up so grumpy the next morning I think he may have even had a concussion.  Ahh.  A 10 month old walker is a disaster.
Hanging out...
More snow cones...
Jonathan took Milam to his parent's house with him the other day so he could finish his mom's honey do list while his dad is out of commission and Georgia and I enjoyed doing a lot of things that we can't do while, "our little puppy" is home.  That's what we call Milam because he eats everything and carries around toys and other objects in his mouth.
My little old Italian man
Cozy coupe make over.  Once pink and now ready for bitty boy!
We've been enjoying the park in the morning when it isn't one million degrees
We hit up Flour-ish in downtown Conroe again and it was even more delicious the second time around.
I could literally burst with how cute he is with his tiny little mouth full of cookie and smeared all over his face.
I feel so reconnected to her now.  Kinder and newborn made me miss her little self so badly.
I needed a picture of us wearing blue to support some family friends on facebook.  I got a good one and then J grabbed the camera and got a few sweet ones of M and I that I will love forever.
We took G to practice swimming at my brother's a few times and it's so fun now that she can play games and dive for rings.
We had a really great FOURTH.  I've claimed it as one of my favorite holidays.  Food, family, fireworks, and parades.  What's not to love?!

I went through a rut where I was really frustrated with our house.  Progress is slow and also highlights the things that are not checked off our list.  Recently though I'm seeing all of it's potential again.  When we have people over, friends or photo clients, I get to see it through their eyes and remember the reasons we jumped in to begin with.  I really wish I could find the family that built the house to show them how we're loving on it.
I love themed and seasonal clothes.  Georgia felt so fancy with her wavy hair and getting to go to big church with me, nanny, and nana.  We went for yogurt after.  Love getting to spend this time with my big girl.
Our neighborhood has a lot of young families moving in and we had our first annual fourth parade.  It was HUGE and a huge hit.  I was so surprised to see all the families and all the sweet grandmas and grandpas that still live here sitting out in their chairs to watch us go by.  Just add this to the list of things I love about our home.
After the parade we drove about an hour to Jonathan's parents for his parents annual, hot as all get out, fourth of july party.
We came home early because Jonathan was starting to feel badly and Georgia and I did fireworks on the driveway with my mom.  It started off well and ended in tears due to a firework not quite doing what we thought it would.
The following day Jonathan was feeling better and he stayed home with the babies while I ran errands and caught up on life.  Our, "little puppy" rarely lets me get anything done and I love him to pieces but momma needs some sanity!  Darn all you people with non-mobile babies :(

Maybe if we had a third it would be one of those laid back kids who didn't hit their milestone early and enjoyed teething ;)

Currently listening to him protest his nap.  For about a week we switched him back to two naps while he finishes this wonder week and he had been doing great.  This morning though he didn't want to take a morning nap but instead took a super crappy afternoon nap.  Not allowed kid...enjoy your protest while I blog.
 Our kids are so stinking cute!
I've been trying to say "yes" to Georgia more.  Not a YES parent but just, "yes" to her silly little requests.  The other day was her makeup.  I set it all up for her and this is what she came up with...after she made herself into a cat and washed it off.
On Friday I took the kids to Conroe coffee to grab a snack before we walked down to sign Georgia up for an August Art Camp through the Conroe Art League.  We're both very excited about it.
 The Conroe Art League has the coolest courtyard in the center of their building down town.  It is open to the public.
My mom came over Friday evening and Jonathan and I had date night.  First one since before Christmas.  We went to La Madeleine, Tyler's, Whole Foods (for dessert), drove around a pretty neighborhood, and then went car shopping. J wants to get an RV (so we need a vehicle that can tow 5,000 pounds) and I want an SUV and not a truck so that means our options are very limited.  Seriously, Tahoe (suburban), Yukon (Yukon XL), Expedition (Expedition EL), Sequoia, or Armada.  I think that covers most of them...besides Lincoln or Cadillac.  I don't like how the Toyota or Nissan look so those are out and that leaves us with American made.  We decided against (I think) the extra length so now we're deciding between the Tahoe, Yukon, or Expedition.  We tested out the Expedition last night.  Hands down, best third row ever BUT I will never ride in any third row ever so I'm not sure I should let that be a deciding factor...(we talk about cars at our house a lot obviously) but anyhow...we had a good time just the two of us.  Nothing fancy but nice.


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