Friday, August 22, 2014

Preschool and DayCare 2014

So after saying goodbye to Ya-Ya on Monday, I packed lunches and backpacks in preparation for Hadley's first day (ever) of daycare and Preston's first day of preschool-3.  This is the first time that both will be in school/day care full time.  I was so nervous about Tuesday, but there were no tears from any of us at drop off.  Hadley seriously didn't even seem to care. 

Preston's best friend is in his class again this year --- those two are thick as theives.  And they'll be playing soccer together this year.  

Small world --- turns out that Preston's sweet little teacher used to teach with Aunt Lauren.

I'm also now room mom for Preston's class.  Now, I know that's not terribly exciting but the way I came to this decision is quite exciting.  Here goes ...  P's head teacher e-mailed on Tuesday asking if I would consider being room mom.  On Wednesday night, I was about to write and decline the position because with working full time and some other obligations especially this exciting one, I though my plate might be a little too full already.  Then I remembered that earlier that day Preston's teacher sent out an e-mail saying to check our child's belonging because his assistant teacher's ring broke and her diamond fell out.  So I went to check Preston's backpack and guess what was in the bottom of his backpack?  Said diamond was in the bottom of his backpack! I took that as a sign and accepted the position.

 Hadley is one of 8 girls in her sweet little class --- one being her BFF below!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An ode to our Ya-Ya.

With tears streamed down my face and so many sweet memories in our hearts, we waved good-bye to our nanny yesterday afternoon.  Other than the occasional baby-sitting visits here and there, yesterday was her last day as our nanny. 

She started working with us when Preston was 3 months old --- you can see above just how much he grew to love her over the past three years. Because of Preston's heart condition and his open heart surgery as an infant, the doctors recommended a nanny as opposed to day care.  We hired Rosa with the intentions of keeping her for about a year, BUT we fell in love with her and so did my kids.  Our neighbors constantly told us how impressed they were when they saw Rosa with my kids --- "she really loves them," they would say.  They were right. 

Preston called her "mama" and me "mama" for the first two years of his life.  The husband got a big kick out of that, and really liked to pour salt on an open wound with that one.  Deep down, though, I was just so glad Preston was loved and cared for so well.  It was much easier leaving the home for our day jobs knowing that he was with her. I'm fairly certain that she held Preston all day, every day for the first two years of his life.  She was so protective of my kids --- I almost thought she was going to throw down with another nanny at the park one day because said nanny called Preston a "mean boy."  It took Rosa awhile (months, maybe even a year) to calm down after that. :)

After two years of calling her "mama," he then started calling her Ya-Ya.  Not sure where or how he came up with that, but it stuck and we loved it.  Then came Hadley!  She certainly had her hands full with both, and she was always sure to have her alone time with Preston each and every day.  She was sure to fatten my little 5 pound baby right on up.  We can think Ya-Ya for all those rolls you see!

God's hand has been in this relationship the whole time.  From the way we heard about Rosa, then to our meeting her for the first time, the way we joke that our "dogs hired Rosa" the moment she walked in, to the timing of her leaving our family and the kids starting full time preschool and daycare, God was in it all.  

Ya-Ya has a grandbaby of her own now, born on August 14th, who she will be helping take care of. Plus the following day they received two offers on their house so very soon she and her family will be relocating further away with an unrealistic commute to our house daily.  Then her last day was the 18th.  Talk about perfect timing, huh?!  That gives me complete peace that we are right where God wants us all to be.

So as we walked Ya-Ya out yesterday, she and I both with tears spilling, we gave her hugs and told her once again just how much she meant to us. We will never forget her.  We hope that she comes back to visit and babysit occasionally.  Preston's already said he wants to go spend the night with her soon.  I'm praying that my plants don't die --- Ya-Ya definitely has a green thumb and she is the orchid-whisperer.  She can get an orchid to bloom over and over again. 

We know that any life Ya-Ya touches will be blessed.  So we said good-bye so she can go bless other children's lives the way she's blessed ours. We love you, Ya-Ya, and we miss you already.

Friday, July 11, 2014

HEV :: 9 months

I know it sounds so cliché, but it feels like I just brought her home from the hospital.  How has it been 9 months already!? 

Here she is at nine months ( plus five days), 18 pounds, still with her blue eyes, and finally getting some hair.

She is crawling and pulling up on everything.  She walks with a push toy/walker thing-a-ma-jig --- falls about every fifth or sixth step, but walking.  She is having some major separation anxiety issues.  I think that will soon just have to resolve itself because she starts day care for the first time ever on August 19th.  Let's pray that it resolves itself before then.  Just in case it doesn't, I have taken the day off to cry.

I'm putting more bows in her hair and she's tolerating them.  That makes me smile.

She slept great for the first 7ish months of her life.  Now don't get me wrong, she's still a fairly good sleeper today (especially when you compare her to her brother at this age), but she likes to wake up at either 11:45 pm or 4:45 am.  We all go right back to sleep though with her nestled in between us in bed

I can't believe it's going by this quickly.  I've already been all over pinterest and have already started brainstorming, oh who am I kidding, planning her first birthday party.  And that definitely makes me want to cry.

One of my most favorite things about Hadley is just how observant she is.  I don't know if it's just a girl thing or her personality, but when I'm holding her sometimes she will intentionally turn to look at me.  Then she will look at me for a minute or two like she's studying my face, then she will reach out and touch softly touch my cheek, my hair, or my nose.   She also gets a kick out of when I put my sunglasses on.  She looks at me and starts laughing. 
Love her so much!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tried and True :: a few of my favorite things

I was missing my product of the week posts a little so I decided to throw a post together with some of my favorite, kid-related, things of late. 

Preston is in LOVE with these Melissa & Doug sets. I just fill the pen with water and let him have at it. It's resulted in hours of clean, no mess, entertainment. He's specifically loving the Melissa & Doug splash cardscurrently.

available here

Not totally a tried and true yet as I've only had it for a couple of months now, but it's definitely a recommendation.  I was so torn about ordering on of these Go Pod things before we took off for Florida a few weeks ago, but I'm so glad I did.  We used it at the beach.  We've used it out on our cul-de-sac during our neighborhood par-tays, and we've used it in our own backyard.  I love that we can throw it over our shoulders and carry outdoors or throw it in the car to take to our destination --- which I wish were the beach every single day.  I searched high and low for one (no luck at my usual Babies R Us or my trusty ol' Amazon), but was able to score from here. 

I used an aden + anais sleep sack with Preston, and I'm here to tell you that I'm using them again with Miss Hadley.  I could not love these more.  They're lightweight and I love the designs.  You can view all the designs here.  Hadley is actually wearing the ones that Preston wore when he was little which makes me love them even more. How in the world are my babies growing so fast?

I'm an organization junkie --- I just love a good system.  I ordered these Land of Nod wire wall baskets back when I was designing Preston's big boy room.  They're great for anything, but I especially use them for those small toys that don't really have a "home" or don't really belong with anything else in his room. When Preston asks where a certain toy is, even that tiny, most random toy that he played with 4 months ago and completely forgot about until now, I can almost 9 times out of 10 find it.  I think it drives my husband crazy, but I take great pride in it.  :)

available here.

Now I know this isn't a kid item necessarily, but I start keeping a Mom's One Line a Day journal after Hadley was born.  I don't just write about Hadley or my memories of Hadley, rather I use it for both of my kids, my husband, myself, and anything I want to jot down about our crazy little life together.  I wasn't sure how it would work out and if I would use it daily, but let's just say that if my house were to catch on fire this would be one of the items I would definitely try to grab.  My most recent entry is how Preston declared that I was his "best friend forever" while we were on vacation in Florida.    

This should be no surprise to anyone as this is most definitely a tried and true for us, we love us some PraiseBaby collection in our house!  Preston would watch it without blinking as a baby (he still asks to watch it even as a 3 year old), but I think Hadley might be a bit more obsessed with it. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

just because

This post brought to you ...  just because I want to document these pics of my littles!

When I put Hadley down now she takes off crawling.  She's fast and she heads off to one of two places --- her bubba's room or the bathroom.  She loves just being in P's room (it's toys galore in there) though she's really after one thing --- his beloved train table. See ... 

In addition to his obsession with all things choo-choo, Preston loves to play basketball, football, and/or soccer. He often gets them all mixed up (says football when it's really basketball), but it's all the same to him and he has fun doing it.  In fact, he told me he wanted to "play soccer next week" as in he wanted to sign up to play with friends.  It might not happen next week, but that's all he had to say ... I'm off to the Y this fall to sign my boy (my heart baby) up for soccer.  Thank you, Lord, for his health and for your continued provision over his little life. 

Back to Hadley, I swear she is getting more hair --- it's just light and it's starting from the back and slowly making its way forward.  Forget the hair, though, I really don't notice because I can't get past her blue eyes.  So many people have warned me or told me stories about how their blue-eyed kids or grandkids were blue as a baby and then turned green when the kiddos were about 2 or 3 years old.  Since my mom had green eyes and Tony's mom has green eyes, I won't be surprised if that happens.  Either way, I love them. 

She pulls up and stands on everything she can. I wasn't quite ready for this stage just yet, but it's here.  I fear she will be walking, or rather stumbling, soon. 

Above all else, I LOVE to see Preston and Hadley interacting together.  Today on our walk, he keep reaching over from his stroller seat and patting her leg until she was asleep.  Tony and I just nudge each other and smile without saying anything --- Preston will stop if he hears us talking about it. 

They are seriously having a lot of fun together already, and I can imagine it will only get better from here. 

Yes, I know this picture is as blurry as all get out, but I love it because I love his little smile and laugh.  It's truly contagious. 

Earlier this week as Preston and I were driving to school, he looked out the window and said "I wish a big storm would come. And a big crack."  translation: crack = thunder  I asked why and said "wouldn't you be scared?"  He goes "No, we could snuggle." And with his duh-don't-you-know expression he says, "All boys like to snuggle with their mommies."

These two are pretty awesome.  I couldn't love them more if I tried.

And, I can't even believe that Miss Hadley is 8 months old today.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

i {heart} minted.

I love a good monogram, so I'm especially loving the looks of my new personalized stationary from Minted. The gold lettering got me --- it was love at first sight.  

Don't miss Minted's Memorial Day sale going on right now --- 15% off kids' stationary, announcements, and artwork.  Even if you're not ready to personalize (think birth announcements and party invitations) you can still buy now and personalize later. 

And on another note, how in the world are we already celebrating Memorial Day!?

*Minted provided me with personalized stationary in exchange for this post.  As always, though, all opinions expressed are my own.