Wednesday, December 26, 2012

{feed me!}

The doctor gave us good news today about Matthew. He weighed 15lbs, and is slowly making his way back up the percentile chart. He was up to the 12th percentile today. Still low, but much better than the 2% he was at a short time ago. We are thankful that he is growing and doing so well. The doctor also gave us the go ahead today for Matthew to start eating solid foods. I have always enjoyed introducing my babies to solid foods and seeing their reactions.
He liked it!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

{before Christmas festivities}

We celebrated Christmas all month long. The Saturday before the big day we spent the day with my family at Planet Play. There everyone got to play arcades, laser tag, race go karts, and eat pizza to our hearts content. It was fun to do something different this year. Pretty sure everyone had a great time!! On Sunday we spent the evening with Kevin's family. We had a delicious dinner, and played white elephant. Afterward we went to spend the night at my parents house. Christmas Eve we had dinner at my parents home.
...all of the grandkids on the Allen side,
 wearing their Christmas jammies that an elf brought them... awesome parents with the gift from us kids...
L O V E them!

Friday, December 21, 2012

{you can't catch me...}

..I'm the gingerbread man! 

We were given this gingerbread man cookie making set as a gift, and the kids went to town! 
...Matthew watched and coached from the sidelines...
...the finished product...
...the three cutest kids around!...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

{christmas happenings at preschool}

Carrie absolutely LOVES going to preschool. She has an amazing teacher that loves and cares about each and every one of her students, and Carrie is comfortable and confident there. Here are a couple of fun pictures of preschool during December.
My cute little Rudolph
Carrie got to have a pajama party at school.
This is her with a teddy bear she got from her teacher Miss Pateresa.
She named her "Suzy" on the drive home from school. :)
Santa visited at preschool!
Carrie is so funny to take pictures of these days... this is the best one Miss Pateresa could get.
Silly girl!
left to right (I only know the girls names): Lizzy, Hallie, Scarlet, Santa, Ava, Carrie, Miss Pateresa,
and Brylee on the front row
She had so much fun at the Christmas Pajama Party!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

{cap on head, suit that's red, special night, beard that's white}

Having a nice little chat with Santa. 
I wish I knew what Santa was telling him... whatever it was Andrew was listening very intently!
She was a little unsure...
Meeting Santa for the first time!

{preschool Christmas program}

Carrie with her amazing teacher Miss Pateresa
Carrie loves her SO MUCH!

Friday, November 30, 2012

{thankful november}

We had a lot of fun in November. We were able to spend a lot of time with family, and of course as happens during the holidays, time seems to speed up!

Here are just a couple of photos from November:
Mom with Matthew
LOVE hanging out with my little man!
Carrie insisted on going outside to play in the snow one night
Carrie and Brylee at the fire station
...preschool field trip...
Our sweet happy boy. 5 months old!!
Brylee and Carrie playing dress-up
"Don't we look beeeautiful?!"
Yup, he's still cute. He's still sweet as can be. And he's still happy. :)

Monday, November 5, 2012


The kids got their school pictures back...

I can't believe how big and grown up they each look!

LOVE them.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Quick update on Matthew...

I took him to the doctor again yesterday to be weighed. He was up almost a whole pound.
He has taken to the bottle with no problems. He is hungry, he has some catching up to do, but now we just have to watch and wait for his weight to continue to go up. We will go again in 2 weeks to make sure he is still gaining. We have increased how much formula he gets, and he loves to eat so much that I think he will do fine. 

Hurray for a happy, healthy baby!! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

{always thankful}

There are so very MANY things that I am grateful for. The last year and a half or so I have been learning a lot about what is really important in life. I have learned to be more thankful for the things I have, and to recognize blessings, big and small, when they are received. I know I still have a lot to learn in that area, but I am better able to see the helping hand of my Father in Heaven from day to day.

Today I am especially thankful for my sweet little family, and I know that my Heavenly Father is constantly watching over us, and helping us through this thing we call life. It is not always easy! But I know that we are never alone. What an amazing thing it is to have that knowledge. As a mother it gives me great comfort. I am thankful for the sweet testimonies of my children, and love when they share them with me. They teach me so much!

This week I am thankful for our newest addition, Matthew, and what a difference he has made in our family. He has had a calming influence in our home.

A couple of days ago I took him to see his doctor for his 4 month check-up. When the nurse weighed him she said he weighed 10 pounds and some odd ounces. I stopped and said, "Did you say 10 pounds?" Sure enough. He had been over 12 pounds at his 2 month check-up. He lost 2 pounds? That can't be good. She double checked to make sure it was correct. I knew that it would be. I had been concerned that they would tell me he wasn't gaining enough weight, but I never thought that he was actually losing weight. I had been nursing him exclusively, and thought that things were going well with that for once. I was wrong. The doctor was surprised I was taking the news so well, and we talked about what I need to do to increase his weight. He measured in the 2nd percentile. He was a BIG baby when he was born, weighing 9 lbs 10 oz, and now at 4 months he was weighing less than a pound more than that. That can't be good. I was disappointed with myself, but not completely surprised. I had already felt like he wasn't gaining like he should, and I have had nursing problems with my other kids. Matthew didn't show me the typical "hunger signs". He seemed content, so I just continued on, assuming that all was well. Nursing has caused me a lot of stress, tears, disappointment, and anxiety with each baby. I tend to put way too much pressure on myself. It shouldn't be that way. I won't let it be that way this time. I have already decided Matthew, from here on out, will be a formula baby. For the first time I am happy about this decision. I am not going to make myself crazy taking herbs or pumping between feedings to try to increase milk supply. I don't have the time or emotional energy to put myself through that a third time, with little or no results. It is not worth it for me. I have felt guilty in the past when I couldn't nurse, feeling like I was a bad mom. That is just plain silly. I know that this is the right thing for both Matthew and I. I am thankful that other than his weight, Matthew is a healthy baby. We can get his weight up. He LOVES to eat. It feels good to be able to express my thoughts and feelings about this. I feel better now. :)

He is now taking formula, and he is loving it. In fact, he is thriving. 

In the day and a half he has been having formula, my already happy boy has been giving even MORE smiles, laughs, and coos. He has more energy, and is even lifting his head up and rolling over during tummy time. The last couple of nights he has gone back to sleeping through the night. 
I feel bad that he wasn't getting enough to eat, without me even realizing it. I am glad and thankful that I now know, so that I can do something about it. I am thankful for a supportive and understanding doctor who is working with me, and making sure Matthew gets what he needs. 

I would do absolutely anything for my baby. 

Matthew will be going back to see the doctor tomorrow. He will be weighed again to see how he is progressing. I am confident that he is doing better!

I love my little guy so very very much!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

{random tidbits}

This last month has just flown by. I love this time of year though... 
there are so many fun things to do as a family!!

Here are some random tidbits from our awesome lives!...

I have been watching a little girl a few days a week, 
and Matthew gets lots and lots of attention from these two cute girls!
 Matthew at 3 months
 These two get to spend a lot of time together while big brother is at school.
 I love these three together.
We got to go to Wheeler Farm...
 I love this picture because I got the whole family in without even realizing it.
Sad to say, this is probably the best family picture we have, since my kids are so uncooperative when it comes to getting pictures taken!
Guess it will have to be framed and put up on the wall!
We were able to visit my darling grandparents on my Grandpa Naylor's birthday.
Here they are with almost all of the grandkids from our side of the family.
Love them so much!
The kids both played soccer this fall,
and they both wore number 3 for their team!
We had so much fun going to their games.
 Andrew had an awesome team and coach.
I am so glad he gets to play with this same team, and with the same coach 
again in the spring!
Over UEA my mom and I took my kids to go see the witches at Gardner Village

preschool Halloween carnival
He got it!
silliness in the snow

That is our month in a nutshell! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

{Round 2}

Carrie is now in her 2nd year of preschool.
She LOVES it.

and I love that she loves it. :)

Here she is sporting her "Happy Hearts and Busy Hands Preschool" t-shirt. 
She thought it was pretty cool that Miss Pateresa gave her a shirt on the first day.

And here she is with her cute friend Brylee. I get to babysit Brylee a few days each week, and they also get to be in the same preschool class. They have been so excited about that! 

We love having friends. :)