Friday, March 28, 2014


Our daily life is pretty routine right now.
I get up and get ready. The boys get up and eat and get ready. We go to daycare. I go to work. I work. I pick the boys up from daycare. We eat together. I quickly clean my house a little. I work out. I put the boys to bed. I clean. I usually shower. I crawl into bed.
But every once in awhile I'm able to snap a couple of cute photos of something that's going on out of the normal for us.
Here are some pictures from our week.
Blurry photo, but Gibby climbed up onto this chair all by himself. That's a pretty big deal for this kiddo.  
Playing in the waiting room before OT.  

Who dares disturb my slumber?

This bed bug has been snuggling me a lot lately.

Donuts before daycare.

Complete and total relaxation.

Having a face off with my brother, I was able to make my face look like it had multiple plastic surgeries. It's a talent.

Love/hate relationship. The majority of that coming from Lucy.

Showcasing my favorite shirt. Thank to Bryanna for getting me this as a day of birth present (birthday). I love it. If you can't read it, it says: Only 2% of the world has red hair so I'm basically a majestic unicorn. 

Is there something on my head? There is, isn't there? There's something totally on my head.

Caderyn morphed into the Ninja Turtle, Donatello, while on a walk. He struck some pretty cool poses. 
Went to sleep last night, woke up this morning and looked over to find this guy. I have a feeling he was next to me all night. No wonder I slept so sound, I must have felt safe :/

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


We recently passed 21 months with Gabriel, so I thought I'd give out an update on this dude.

  • Gabriel is walking like a champ. Our physical therapist has indicated that she wants to put his left foot/ankle in a corrective brace here in the next month or two. His left food is not as strong as his right and sometimes it sticks out when he walks instead of forward. He also drags it a little when he gets tired and trips easily because of this. But he is getting stronger each day!
  • Gabriel is really starting and trying to talk more. Speech therapy is helping a lot. He can very clearly say:
    • Mommy
    • Daddy
    • Mimi
    • Mema
    • Papa
    • Baby
    • Thirsty
    • Night night
    • Hi
    • Bye
    • Car
    • Cookie
    • Hungry
    • Touchdown
    • Monkey
    • Lucy
    • Please
    • Bubble
    • Pop
    • Choo choo
  • He will also use sign language for :water, cookie, please, more, and all done.
  • He throws massive but short temper tantrums. I rarely take him out to places with me because he is quick to explode and very, very loud.
  • He still sucks his two fingers on his right hand.
  • Gabriel currently loves Curious George.
  • Gabriel is usually not interested in the toys pertaining to his age group, he would rather play with what his brother is playing with.
  • Gabriel loves to color.
  • He loves talking on the phone, or Facetime, or Skype.
  • He is a hitter and scratcher. We are working on that, trying to draw out more communication from him and also spending time in time out.
  • He is my snuggler. Yay!
  • He thinks I'm hilarious. Duh. I am. Last night he would walk out of the room and say "Night, night" and I would pretend to sleep before he would storm in the room shrieking "Mommy!" to which I would jerk awake and exclaim something. That kid probably fell down ten times he was laughing so hard.
  • He whispers. He doesn't whisper coherent words or phrases, but oh my lord it is so cute.
  • Gabriel loves snuggling with his brother on the couch, eating crunchy dry cereal, and watching a movie. I can't tell you how it melts my heart when I see them sitting together and then Caderyn will laugh at something and Gabriel will just beam and him and laugh too.
  • After the horrendous haircut of January 2013 (oh Daddy!), I still haven't cut his hair. It's growing out, sometimes he still looks like a little girl, but the curls! Oh the curls! I will probably get it cut when we go to Phoenix in a few weeks. *Sob*
  • Gabriel LOVES to eat. He can pack away more food than Caderyn and I combined.
  • He is a little on the petite side. When Caderyn was his age, he was nearly in 2T clothing. Gabriel is just now growing out of 18m clothing and most 24m clothing is still too big on him.
  • Gabriel LOVES Macaroni and Cheese.
  • He hates having his teeth brushed. I go to great lengths each and every night to get those suckers polished.
  • Gabriel still loves to dance.
  • When Caderyn gets in trouble and is sent to timeout in his room, Gabriel usually will go in there with him and sit or try to climb on the bed with Caderyn.
  • Gabriel has about four babies that he has to sleep with at night. If they aren't all there he will lay in his bed and pitifully cry out "Baby, baby, baby" until I bring him the missing baby. One is a musical frog, the other is a musical sea horse, then there is a plush Eeyore and a plush Winnie the Pooh.
  • He sleeps with at least four blankets every night.
  • He sleeps in...sometimes.
  • He is a morning pooper.
  • He thinks it is funny to pass gas and has started to grab his little bottom after he does and go "Toot or poop"
  • He has the best smile.
  • He loves attention.
  • He is a quiet observer and sometimes his moods are hard to read.
  • He is sensitive about his hands.
We are still doing occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. I really think the early intervention and help these wonderful therapists are doing have contributed to Gabriel's progression.
And now some cute videos. Video #1 is Gibby drinking a milkshake and his reaction to it being so cooool. Video #2 is my little chatterbox Video #3 is Gibby being silly.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Stage 1: Holy crap I have to poop. It's coming! It's coming!
Stage 2: Heeeeerrrrreeee it comes 
Stage 3: Yep, There is is 
Stage 4: Oh! So much better 
Yay poop!

Monday, March 24, 2014


A deep thought by Caderyn while driving home from daycare.

Caderyn: Mommy, I love you more than everything.
Me: I love you too sweetie.
Caderyn: No, wait, I love you, but not more than everything. Not more than one thing.
Me: What? What do you love more than me?
Caderyn: No...
Me: Caderyn! You can tell me.
Caderyn: I love you, but I love my sai more. (background: Caderyn's favorite Ninja Turtle is Raphael. He got his weapons for his birthday, those things that Raphael has are called sais. Pronounced like "sigh." My son knew this and I didn't I had to look it up to figure out what he was talking about)
Me: What?!
Caderyn: They just make me so tough.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Whoo I tell ya. Last week was a busy one! Here are some pictures from our week.
Singing and cupcaking (two of my most favorite things!)

Gibby had a rough week at daycare that ended with him having to go to the dentist because he fell and hit his teeth. One was a little loose, so we took him in and everything turned out A-OK. I took this picture to show my mom he was fine.

My ring upgrade is coming along nicely. Went in a week ago to look at the diamond, but they ordered the wrong size and found a flaw. So we sent it back. I still got to kind of try it on and I danced around the store squealing it looked so pretty.
On another note, you can tell by looking at my hands that I cleaned like a madwoman that week. #manhands
I threw myself a birthday party and lots of people came!
This lady came. She's one of my favorite sistahs from anotha mistah.
My aunt, mom and cousins all doing a toast while I make a weird face.
Love my family!
Caderyn's 5th birthday party was the next day (we were busy). It was Lego themed.
We rented a hotel room so he and his friends could swim.
You know, for not being a crafty person, I think it turned out pretty good.
Gibby and Mimi
Lego cupcakes. Those were white chocolate Lego guys.
The Vanilla Bean, yo. Order from them!
Caderyn approved.
Fake smile
Presents before swimming
After the party my mom took the kids I went out for a bit with some friends.
We look like Violet from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Bryanna got ahold of my phone.
Sunday my mom and I got a sitter and snuck out to one of my favorite places for dinner. Lucca's. So good! My mom loved it!

Mmmmm Chicken Parm
Ending our fun weekend with Mimi snuggles.