Thursday, October 2, 2014

6 months old

Caleb you are 6 months old now! Just like that half a year is already gone. 

This month we have been letting you chew on some baby mum mums. You mostly fumble them onto the floor but the few bites you have successfully gotten in your mouth you seemed to like. Most of all I think you like the idea of being at the table with us. 

You are still such a momma's boy which I am totally okay with! When other people hold you, your head is always spinning around trying to see where I am...making sure I have not gone too far!

Madison loves to "babysit" you which basically means be the one who plays with you on the floor, get your pacifier, hold you or sing to you. Pretty much she just loves being a momma. 

Hunter loves to make you laugh!

Audrey is always keeping you safe. If she sees you doing something she think is dangerous she will yell "oh no! kaybe! She calls you KB instead of Caleb...her best attempt at saying your name which is precious. 

You are such a content and happy baby.

Sometimes you let me take naps with you on my bed. I know that this window of opportunity is dwindling so I selfishly snuggle you as long as I can while I can! I could watch you sleep for days. You are a good sleeper and nap just fine in your crib but sometimes I steal you for snuggles. You sleep about 10-12 hours a night in your crib. You usually wake up around 10-11pm for a quick feed and then sometimes up again for a quick 5am feed. But you have gone some nights straight through from about 8:30pm to 8:30am. You are our first night owl baby. You stay up MUCH later than your siblings did at this age and seem to come alive after about 5pm wheras the other 3 were barely making it to a 6pm bedtime at this age. Getting you into bed by 8:30 is about the earliest you go down. Sometimes it's not until 10pm! I enjoy the one on one time with you at night though since my attention is divided in the daytime we get lots of snuggles in the evenings.

You are starting to get up on all 4's and rock back and forth.

 Again....I can't put you down. This is one of my favorite parts of the day. 

At your 6 month well visit you were 28.5 inches long (98%), 18 pounds 11 ounces (70%), and your head was 17.76" (91%). You are sitting up unassisted, getting up on all 4's and trying your best to make the transition between belly and sitting up on your own. For the most part you scoot backwards everywhere or army crawl forwards. You are determined to keep up with your siblings!

You are definitely a momma's boy right now. You prefer me ALWAYS!

We love you so much Caleb and are so glad God gave us you! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 2014

We took a walk to a park nearby. It was HOT so we didn't quite make it all they way that day. We stopped in the shade over the river and to rest and then turned around and headed back home. We did spot an alligator though!

Audrey's favorite chore during 10 minute tidy is wiping down the cabinet doors...every single day... whether they need it or not. Cleanest Cabinets on the block right here.

Hunter loves to make eggs when we need it. 
He says "mom let me make the eggs because I'm an expert at eggs."

 We made about 30 pans of homemade cinnamon rolls this month for various people. Hunter and Madison love to help in the kitchen so they both got their own dough to work. 

We love it when Cole and Abbey come over to play. 

Jordan and Hunter are building me some bookshelves to help hold our ever growing school book supply.

Dinner at Sams one Friday night

Caleb tried his first mum mum

When Audrey has a dirty diaper she runs off and closes her eyes. CUTEST THING EVER.

The kids doing an activity during Family class at church. 

Hunter wrote and illustrated a book this month. It was too precious for words. I had it bound into a real hard back book. What a keeper!

"Mom you know how you said God gives us all different talents? Well I have the talent of drawing animals, you have the talent of teaching us school, Audrey has the talent of drawing on her face, and
Maddie has the talent of eating sugar."- Hunter


The kids offered to make dinner one night. They literally made it all by themselves and I quickly began brainstorming other meals they could swing by themselves! They felt so big! They made breakfast tacos and have since done this quite a few times! Hunter scrambled the eggs, Maddie microwaved the bacon and the tortillas and she made drinks for everyone. Such sweet kids!

Audrey goes through phases of protesting naps. She stays in her room wether she sleeps or not because some days after a while she will give it up and fall asleep anyway. She still desperately needs a nap every day. This particular day she fell asleep playing on the floor.

Fall means we have started back with regular piano lessons. Hunter took lessons through the summer but Maddie went from taking a group Suzuki class last year to doing private lessons this year. 

Hunter lost ANOTHER tooth. That brings him up to 6!

We walked to the park again. This time on a cooler day with a better stroller, earlier in the day. We made it there and played and had a blast! Can't wait to do it again as the Fall brings cooler weather. 

 I love this picture of Jordan and the older two kids during family worship. A man that leads his family spiritually... I prayed for this in a husband and God was thoughtful enough to not only give me that but add on things that I didn't even know to ask for. He blows me away with His goodness and blessings. 

More family worship

We switched up the old routine for school this day and did spelling words in Sugar. They loved it. 

Audrey loves to be a helper in the kitchen too.

A puppet show kind of of them doesn't QUITE get the concept!

I kept my niece Avery for a week this month and she was so fun to have around! She and Caleb are only a few weeks apart so often it felt like having twins. They really enjoyed having each other to play with on the floor. 

They both crawl backwards which is hilarious. They reach out for the same toys yet both effectively move themselves further and further away from it. 

The older 3 kids really enjoyed getting to help take care of Avery and feed her bottles and food. 

Sunday picture before church

One night I had a particularly rough night of sleep. I can't even remember why now but I woke up the next morning and Hunter had made this for me. It was so perfectly timed. His mercies are new every morning. 

The girls love it when Hunter reads them books. 

Batman helped me make cookies one day. 

We met up halfway to Dallas to pick up and drop off Avery and got to see Noah and Chloe too!

Hunter anxiously awaiting Papa and Vivi's arrival from Dallas. 

We love Kiwi Crate! Vivi and Maddie are working on this months package while the boys watch football. 

Papa tried on one of his old halloween costumes. The kids thought it was hilarious. 

Sunday picture

Nana came in town too! This has been an awesome month of visitors! We played Make N Break with of our favorite games. 

Sweet girl playing the piano for me. 

Maddie demonstrating a back kick for us