Monday, January 23, 2017

Rodeo Time 2016

In honor of the upcoming 2017 Houston Rodeo here's a flashback to last year!

William has gone to the rodeo with us every year since he was born!!  And like everything else, every year gets a little more fun.  Last year we spent two different days at the rodeo.  One Saturday morning we made our way into town for the carnival.  We got there right around the time they opened so we didn't have to deal with too many lines.  William really got into the rides this year!  I've never heard him squeal so loud as I did during the "fast rides".  It was super sunny out, so since we had Anna Grace we tried to make it a fast trip.  Not to worry, we fit in a pony ride, the petting zoo, and of course lots of popcorn.
This mama went to the rodeo twice last year.  Once for a girls night and the next with my people (plus sweet Hunter).  William loved seeing all the animals this year.  He's actually starting to understand what is going on!  He obviously cares the most about the popcorn and ice cream.  The night we took the kids we left before the concert started, but made memories that I'll cherish forever.  This was the day our pediatrician finally agreed that something wasn't right with Anna Grace.  We spent this night loving on our kiddos and just enjoying them and our yearly trip to the Houston Rodeo!
My night out with my girls was obviously super fun!  That pretty much goes without saying.  :)  A night out is always awesome.  We had dinner in Midtown before heading to the Rodeo where we discovered they served Cakebread Chardonnay for $5.  Score!  It was an awesome night celebrating my best friend, Alison's, last rodeo (well her last one until she moves back to Houston!  hehe).

Alison, Anna, and the Lindseys braving the rain!

Never have a bad time with Anna!
We've already lined up our rodeo tickets for this year and I. Can. Not. Wait.  

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Friday, January 20, 2017

William Turns FOUR!

Since William is turning 5 in just a few months I figured I should mention his FOURTH birthday party!  I'm sad to say the day is a little blurry.  For one, it was 9 months ago, and it was during the height of our "worrying days" with Anna Grace.  We were just getting by day to day.  Trying to not worry.  Praying and staying hopeful and happy.  We definitely didn't let any of this get in the way of celebrating our #1 little dude.  All of his grandparents came into town (and of course Aunt Emily and Uncle Grant were around all weekend).  We started our weekend off eating at a Japanese Steakhouse.  This was night #1 of happy birthday singing.  :)  Little did William know we would sing him happy birthday at least 5 more times over the next few days!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of my William from over the years.

{About to be 3, just found out we were having Anna Grace} {TWO!}
{One day new in the NICU} {Happy 4th birthday!} {Loving on his baby}

 Well folks, it's happened....the super hero craze.  We decided to take some of the pressure off for the party and had William's birthday party at Little Gym.  It was so nice to not have to get the house ready and then clean up afterwards!  Instead we had 2 hours of fun, with our favorite people, and then headed to El Tiempo for a yummy dinner with our family.....and then went home to have a champagne toast for Emily and Grant's anniversary!  Lucky for us, William's favorite teacher was the leader of the party.  The kids had the best time and got lots of energy out (and no parent is going to complain about that!).  Hearing their little squeals made our day!

The life size Spiderman lived in our house for months after this party.  :)  He was used for target practice, scaring Mama, and karate lessons.  We definitely got our moneys worth!
This little guy sure does keep us smiling.  He has the kindest, sweetest soul.  He loves his sister with all he has, doesn't want to disappoint anyone, is a tomato lover, sweet potato fry eating, cuddly little BOY (but he'll always be my baby!).  

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our Spooky Halloween 2016

Better late than never.  My #1 moto as a mama.  We had another fun Halloween with our two little cuties.  We started our Halloween morning at Zoo Boo!!  This was our first trip to the zoo that Anna Grace actually noticed the animals and got excited.  We even participated in all the Zoo Boo activities this year. :)  One of William's favorite things this trip were the SNAKES!  

After our fun filled morning at the Zoo we headed home to get rested up for our evening of trick or treating.  For the fourth year in a row we went over to Teddy's house for Halloween.  This was by far the best year yet!  William had so much fun running up to the houses.  Listening to him say trick or treat in his shy little voice was so cute.  At one point he told us that trick or treating was hard work.  :)  Anna Grace was the cutest cabbage patch doll I've ever seen.  I loved my cabbage patch dolls growing up, so having my very own, live, baby doll makes my heart so happy.  She had a great evening watching her big brother run around.

I can't even imagine how much fun they'll have together next year when AG can walk!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

15 months old AGG

Seriously, time slow down!  How is it 2017?  How do I have a nearly 5 year old and my baby is about to start walking?!?!  Anna Grace has continued to be a happy, happy little lady.  Seeing this little smiling face everyday is good for the soul.

Weight:  22 lbs 3 oz (62th percentile) Up to 2lbs in 3.5 months
Height: 31 inches (59th percentile) Up 1 inch in 3.5 months
Head: 43.3 cm 
Eating:  Anna Grace is down to 3 bottles a day at home (when she wakes up, before nap and bed time).  At school they are trying to only give her a sippy cup!  Eating is definitely one of Anna Grace's favorite times of the day.  She still really loves to feed herself and will never say no to food....she'll just keep eating and eating.  LOL.  Some of her favorite foods are beans, any meat, apple sauce, lima beans and quesadillas.  She isn't a huge fan of fruit but likes most squeezy packets (I still make pureed fruit for her morning cereal).  She loves it when I make soup and still loves baby oatmeal cereal mixed with apple sauce for breakfast.              
Development:  Anna Grace is super close to walking!  About a month ago she started taking steps.  She can stand up from the squatting position (which means she finally started pulling herself up to the standing position).  Her favorite thing to do is crawl up the stairs.  NoT fUn!!!  Unlike her brother, this child has absolutely NO fear.  We were able to answer yes to most of the developmental questions at her 15 month check up.  She says mama and dada (and knows who is who), yes and this.  She shakes her head no when she doesn't want something (half the time she does it because she thinks it's funny).  She just started giving us high fives....she thinks it's hilarious!  
Clothes:  Size 4 diaper and clothes18 months (that big belly is hard to cover!).  Size 4 shoe
Sleeping:  Anna Grace has continued to do great sleeping in her room.  Most nights she is super easy to put to bed.   Bottle, rock her for a few minutes, and lay her down in her crib!  Baby girl goes to be around 7:30pm and wakes up between 6am-7am.  Unfortunately, we've had some rough nights over the last 2 months due to sickness.  But, on a normal day she does awesome!   Nap time is usually from 12-2.        
Things She Loves:  She still loves baby dolls, remote controls and my iPhone.  She loves playing with William and she'd crawl up the stairs all day long if you'd let her.  Her newest thing to do is share.  :)  Bath time is still a favorite and she's got to have a paci at night.  Daddy is also a top favorite these days.  "Daddy's Girl" is no joke.  She has him wrapped. around. her. finger.   
Things She Hates:  For whatever reason, she's not a fan of getting her diaper changed lately.  She always wants to be moving and this slows her down!  She tends to get frustrated when you don't do what she wants (since she can't tell us yet).  Sadly she shows us she's mad by biting.  She doesn't bite hard but puts her little mouth/teeth on you to get your attention.  LOL.  I laugh now....won't be funny if she starts doing it for real.  If you come to our house you'll probably hear William say "gentle baby" several hundred times.  :)                  
Health:  Poor baby girl has had some bad luck lately.  The week before Thanksgiving she started acting like she didn't feel well.  We took her to the pediatrician and everything looked okay (ears, throat, etc).  While we were in Texarkana she threw up at least once a day and ended up with fever one day.  A couple of weeks later, while in Midland, she had 104 temperature for two days and finally a Strep Throat diagnosis.  Christmas night Anna Grace started throwing up and has been on/off since then.  :(  Gordon had a stomach bug NYE, so I think they've been passing it back and forth.  During the day she is her smiley self and rarely complains/cries.  Night time has been rough, but hopefully we are getting all these germ bugs out of the way now and she'll have a stellar immune system very soon! 
Anna Grace still goes to Physical Therapy once a week.  She is doing great and has really taken a liking to Ms. Laura.  We had a good check up with Neurology we just gotta get baby girl's eye straighten out (literally....hehe).  She may end up having surgery on them in the next year or two and will possibly be wearing glasses soon.    
Other:  Our little Anna Grace is finally getting some hair!  It's coming in a lot darker than William's did.  I'd love it if she had dark black hair (I know, I know the chances of that are slim).  She is constantly cutting a new tooth.  Right now she has 9.5 teeth (and some of her left side molars are trying to make their way out).  Our sweet baby girl is no longer in the "baby room".  The week before Christmas she moved rooms and has done great.  She was a bit spoiled in the baby room so we are super happy with how well she transitioned.  

This little lady just adores her big brother (can you tell!).  She is such a bright light and breath of fresh air in our life.  She keeps us moving, smiling and laughing!!!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Showering Anna Grace

Obviously, this post is super duper late.  LOL.  For whatever reason I forgot to post it all those months ago (June 2015 to be exact). 

My very best friends put together the sweetest baby shower for Anna Grace.  It was a hot summer afternoon in June filled with lots of pink!  At that point seeing tutus and bows still threw me off.  Deep down, I really didn't think Gordon and I would ever have a baby girl.  This party made me that much more excited for her arrival, and everything pink!   
Everything turned out perfect and her bow collection officially started (we just need her to get some hair now!).   

{Cristin, Alison, Me, Meredith, Rachel and Emily, not pictured: new mama Lindsey Z} {Gorgeous flowers and adorable cookies} {First monogrammed pillow} {Mimi and Nana} {27ish weeks}

We had such a great weekend celebrating Anna Grace!!!  There is truly nothing better than being surrounded by your family and friends.  Since this was around the time I was put on bedrest with William my nesting was in full force.  We spent the rest of the weekend painting Anna Grace's room, her furniture and hanging pictures on the walls.  When all the hard work was done we got to celebrate my dad's birthday!!!  It's a weekend I'll never forget. 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Getting Ready For Halloween

Halloween gets more and more fun every year.  I mean just look at these cutie pies in their skeleton PJs.  I really wanted the kids to be Minions....but a certain 4 year old, I won't name names, insisted on being a super hero, again!  At least he gave the Minion costume a chance. :)
The picture of Anna Grace in the purple outfit with a black cat was taken the morning we packed up the bassinet for a friend to use.  Ahhhhhh....where does the time go?!?!  Between buying pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds and putting sticky skeletons all over the windows this mama's heart could explode.  These days will forever be a happy place in my heart.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Fun

A couple of weeks ago we finally made it to a pumpkin patch!!  Between soccer games, traveling and the hot weather there was no time to go sooner.  We meant to go back to Blessington Farm this year but this mama messed up and realized they were already closed when we were driving there.  Whoops!  Regardless, we had fun!
Getting everyone to look at the camera and smile is always highly challenging, and then keeping Anna Grace off the hay (which she hated) was even harder.  The picture of Anna Grace and me reaching for William cracks me up.  Typical!  

After the hay ride to the pumpkin patch we snapped a few pictures and then headed back to play.  William rode a pony and went on several slides.  His favorite thing was the play area that was free.  LOL.  My kinda kid!  Since William wasn't interested in the activities that cost money we put our extra tokens to use and bought kettle corn, of course!

Our trip to the pumpkin patch was a quick one this year, but full of fun memories and smiles!

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