Tuesday, January 22, 2013

4 Year Old Interview

1. What is your favorite color?
2. What is your favorite toy?
Baby Belle
3. What is your favorite fruit?
4. What is your favorite tv show?
Diego, Dora, Doc McStuffins
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
6. What is your favorite outfit?
Cinderella shirt and skirt
7. What is your favorite game?
Cards. Counting Cards.
8. What is your favorite snack?
9. What is your favorite animal?
10. What is your favorite song?
Baby Beluga, Rockabye Baby, Jolene, The Wheels on the Bus, Angel from Montgomery
11. What is your favorite book?
Hansel and Gretel
12. Who is your best friend?
Riley, Pollard, Barnes, Avery, Preston, Grey, Daddy, Mommy, Collier, Mary Parker
13. What is your favorite cereal?
The cereal that Collier eats.  The cereal that milk goes in.  Cheerios.
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Play and have fun and kick soccer balls.
15. What is your favorite drink?
Apple Juice.
16. What is your favorite holiday?
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
Some toys.  And a teddy bear.  And an elephant maybe.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes and waffles.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
Cake and cantelope.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A florist. And a doctor.  And everything.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Baby is 1

Hello... nobody!!
I know no one reads this ole thing anymore.  And that's OK.
The weird thing is, I've felt such guilt about not blogging! I became that stereotypical second time mom-- the one I vowed I wouldn't become!  Oh well.  Life happens and we are busy and loving this time in our lives.  I spend so much time working on a computer these days, usually the last thing I want to do is type when I'm done.

Just wanted to update and document a little bit about what's going on with the Willy's right now.
We are loving living in Montgomery, Alabama.  We have the best friends we could ever ask for and absolutely love it here.  So funny how life works, right?  I never thought I would end up here, but we feel certain that we are where we are meant to be.  We love our house (can't believe we've been here over a year!) and have been doing lots of work to bring it up to speed.  We updated the kitchen last month which has made a huge difference.  The green countertops and 1960's dishwasher are gone and now I don't cringe every time I cook. OH, who am I kidding.  I don't cook much these days... but I am forced to grab things out of the fridge and do various tasks in the kitchen throughout the day :)

My business has taken off.  It's been such a huge blessing to our family and I absolutely love it.  Not to say it has been easy, but I truly believe that if you work your a*& off, anything is possible.  And I've put in the time, people!!
The kids/family/portrait business has done great and I'm adding weddings to the mix this year.  I shot one in August and had a blast.  I have several booked for Spring and get inquiries daily.  Three today, actually.  I'm swamped, and happy to be busy.  I love having my own purpose, creative outlet, and although it's not conventional-- I love WORKING again!  I learned pretty quickly that staying home without a job on the side just wasn't for me.  I know some people thoroughly enjoy being home full time with no distractions, but it just wasn't for me-- and that's OK.  I think we have found the perfect situation for our family.  The kids go to mother's morning out three mornings a week and I schedule shoots around school and on the weekends when they can spend time with Reed.  Next year, however, we will be upping the school to 5 days for Chappell and 4 for Collier.  This fall I spent most of my evenings working until 2 am... Reed and I decided that just couldn't happen anymore.  I was tired, cranky and overworked.  SO, more school it is.  It's just a few hours in the morning then they will be home with me in the afternoons.  I'm hoping this will allow me to get more work done in the mornings so I can enjoy more time in the afternoons with the kids.
Erh.  Enough about me!

Chappy turned 4 on December 9th!!  Where has the time gone.  It breaks my heart.  We had a princess and superhero party at the house with the BGB.  She had a blast with all of her little friends.
She's so smart, kind and spunky-- everything I hoped her to be.  She is hilarious... and reminds me almost daily that she is "going to grow up very soon."  I think she knows that it kills me when she says that... so she says it over, and over, and over, and over again.  She loves singing and is quite into acting and all things dramatic.  We have her enrolled in dance classes, The Big Green Bus (gymnastics) and choir.  Between that and church-- I feel like we are already hopping from one activity to the next.  She is doing well in school, and received a great "report card."  It's crazy to me that this time next year we will be choosing where she will attend kindergarten.  LORDY.  That is a whollllle 'nother deal.  We are currently very confused about this decision.  We'll see what happens.
Chaps can spell small words (STOP, CAT, LOVE, and a few others), knows all of her letters (upper and lower case), numbers, can do simple addition problems, knows her address, phone number, months, days of the week... that's about all I can think of right now.  She remembers everything and has Reed's memory for sure.
We are taking her to Disney World on Valentines day.  I am so excited!  Maybe more than Chaps??  Kidding, she makes me show her YouTube videos of Disney every day.  Reed and I have the whole tripped planned out and we are super pumped.  Cannot.wait.

Ummm, Collier, you are an angel baby.  This child seriously makes my heart melt.  He is very different than his older sister -- and it's kind of refreshing in a way.  {Chappell, if you read this some day-- don't think for a minute that I don't love every ounce of you!!  There just isn't room for more than one Chappell-Leigh-Curtis-Liams.}  He is quiet, and reserved.  You have to work to get a laugh out of him, but once you do, he won't stop.
Carlos turned one on January 11th.  I can't believe how fast the year went by.  It's funny how with your first, you are constantly looking forward to and anticipating the next stage.  With Chappell, I was nervous and often questioning myself... and judging how I was doing as a parent.  I think I was more at east this time-- able to sit back and just ENJOY my baby.  I remember being so SCARED with Chappell.  Scared of germs.  Scared of milestones.  Scared of breaking the beloved schedule.  It was exhausting being that scared!!
2012 was a wonderful year, and I'm honestly sad to see it go.
Collier was a great sleeper from the get go, and still is.  Maybe this is why our year was so great?? Ha.  He still goes to bed around 7, and we don't see him until around 7:30 the next morning.  Reed usually gives him a bottle on his way out the door to work.  Collier still goes right back to bed after his bottle, and usually doesn't emerge till around 10 am!!  I mean, are you kidding me?  I know how lucky I am.  I'm not giving this morning nap up until he wants to... and speaking of bottles... why was I such a freak about this the first time around? I remember putting them up the day Chappell turned one.
Who gives??
They are only babies once and it's not like kids go off to kindergarten with a bottle.
See what I mean??
The second time you don't stress out about stupid stuff.
C-man is eating table food, and has four sweet little teeth.  Teething doesn't seem to bother him.
Nothing seems to bother him.  Collier had a double ear infection last month and I knew immediately something was very wrong because he doesn't ever cry.  Like, the kid doesn't cry.
Carlos (our strange nickname) can say, mama, dada, baba (bottle), bye bye, hiiiii, hey, no no no, niiii niiii (night night)... you clap and wave and give high fives.  You are not walking but seem to be close.  You cruise on furniture and occasionally let go for a little while.  Today you looked like you were going to take some steps but thankfully decided not to!! Ha.
You still take two naps a day.  Praise GOD.

On your first birthday, I want you to know that I love you (and your sister of course) more than anything.  When I found out that you were a boy, I was nervous.  Excited, but so nervous.  I had no idea how I would interact with you because there aren't any boys in my family.  You are the first boy to be born in 6 generations!!  
You stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on you.  
You are such a kind soul.  Just sweet, sweet, sweet.  Even at one years old, I can just tell that about you.  About a month ago, you accidentally bit your sister.  She was handing you a cheerio and you got her finger.  When you saw that she was upset, you just boo-hooed!  It was the saddest thing I've ever seen.  You were so upset that you hurt her!
You learned how to give real kisses this week.  I'll sit next to you while you play... and every so often, you crawl back to me, look me in the eyes and give me the sweetest kiss on the mouth.  It literally makes me cry.  I love you so much, baby boy.  Happy Birthday!
Love, Mama

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Hello blog!
As I'm laying here in bed I remembered that I have a handy dandy app on my phone just for blogging. So here I am.
Insomnia ain't got nothin' on me!

The kiddos are doing really well. Chaps is a complete mess and is often seen wearing multiple costumes at once. She's really into music right now and likes to perform for all of our friends. It's pretty funny. She's not really into kid music... She likes: Adele, The Beatles, Fun, Coldplat, Phish, that goyete guy- the list goes on and on.
After she hears a song a few times she has the entire thing memorized. I mean the entire.song.
Her memory is proving to be quite amazing as we've realized that she has tons of her books memorized. Word for word. It's kind of strange when she "reads" to us, getting 90% of what's on the page correct. We know she isn't really reading, but I'm impressed that she can memorize a 30 page book!
Smart child... God bless us all.

Collier is still a sweet little angel boy. He's just happy to be here. Ugh we love him so much! He's so dern edible.
He started sleeping on his stomach 3 days ago-- he can't be stopped! I tried flipping him at first but it's a lost cause. He's still babbling a lot- dadaaa mamamma babbabab are his faves.
Still takes a paci unlike his sis at this age. I'm still giving him a bottle of b milk most days.
Hmmm... Thasss about it for the kids!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Collier Update

I cannot believe it is June already... and almost July!

Time is flying.
I don't have time to make this at all interesting, but I wanted to jot down a few things about sweet Collier.
Collier will be 6 months old on July 11th.
We've been giving him baby food for a few weeks now.  We tried a little earlier but he just wasn't interested, and since he's been sleeping awesome without it... it didn't really matter to me.
At this point, I'm giving him solids about twice a day.  Today I think he'll get solids 3 times.
He is eating four 7 ounce bottles of formula (every 4 hours) and at least 2 meals a day.  Until a few weeks ago, he was getting half breast milk and half formula.  I still have a lot in the freezer, but I get lazy about thawing it out since he takes formula so well now.  He is on Similac Advance.

Collier goes to bed around 7 pm every night and wakes up around 7 in the morning.  Some mornings it's a bit later, sometimes it's a little earlier.  It just depends.  He eats his bottle and we put him right back down.  He sleeps until around 9:45-10am.

Collier is so damn sweet.  He is seriously an angel child.  He never cries.  I mean seriously.  He rarely fusses.  Sometimes right before bed for a minute, but usually not even then.  I've never been around an easier baby and he makes me want to have 10 more!!  So.easy.going.

We dropped the swaddle a few weeks ago.  He's doing great!!  The first night he was upset for about an hour (which was horrible since he never gets upset), but after that-- we were good to go.

He's started babbling a lot and says mamamammama, dadadadadda-- but this time around I know that he's just babbling.  I'm quite sure he doesn't know what mama or dada mean at this point.  It's still sweet to hear.

C man likes hanging out in his bouncy seat, exersaucer and being held.  He doesn't get much floor time since he seems to be always sleeping/eating/hanging out with mommy and daddy.  We are embracing this baby stage since we know it goes by all too quickly.

I often say I'm trying to delay his milestones... I don't want him to crawl or walk anytime soon-- we love holding him!!!

Just wanted to jot this down... Happy Monday!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My favorite {baby} things

I have a lot to catch up on, but I've been thinking a lot about my favorite baby products-- and how much they have changed this go around.
I've had entirely different experiences with my two babies. They probably all revolve around the fact that I didn't really breastfeed the first go around, and this time, I am.
I'll just start with numero uno.

1. This magical little cream called All Purpose Nipple Ointment. Yup, I said it. Nipple Ointment. You're blushing, aren't ya? I won't go into details, but there were a few days there that I would just cry every time I fed Collier. Nursing hurts. People make you think that if you are doing it right, it doesn't hurt. That's not true. In extreme cases, like mine, it hurts reaaaaaaaaaal bad. And this stuff helps.

2. Nummmmero dos. The Medela Freestyle Hands Free Breast Pump.
Now... this little lady ain't cheap. BUT, it's hands free... AND rechargeable. I can't tell you how handy this thing is. It's about the size of a pop tart. I freaking love it.
I've actually stopped nursing-- I'm exclusively pumping... {btw, I hit 12 WEEKS YESTERDAY!!}
Can you tell I'm proud of myself?? I only made it 6 weeks with Chaps and I was supplementing after two weeks. I'd be lying if I told you that I enjoy pumping, but it's working and I'm not quitting anytime soon. This pump makes it as enjoyable as possible. I've pumped all over this dang city...

Holy Moly. We think our little guy may have reflux because he will consistently sleep through the night (and has been for a little while) if he is sleeping on an incline. For the longest time we let him sleep in his carseat because he loved it, and slept so soundly there. Well, a couple weeks ago we tried to get him to sleep on his back. That didn't work out so well folks. He wakes up uncomfortable every 3 hours. No fun for anyone. MiMi bought this contraption for us and it works like a charm. It's not to be used in the crib, only on the floor. Little man currently sleeps about a foot from my face on the floor in his nap nanny and we are all sleeping. This makes for a happy fam. I'm dreading the day I have to break the habit and put him in the crib... but for now I'm just going to enjoy what we've got going. I keep telling myself that Chappell didn't sleep in her crib until her 4 month birthday, and she's a great sleeper-- so we have time, right? He won't be officially 3 months until April 11th.

4. Summer Infant Swaddlers!
We didn't swaddle Chappell. It made her mad and we just gave up. Boy were we dumb. Swaddling is the best thing ever. Once the baby gets used to it, I swear it buys you hours of sleep. They don't startle themselves. Nuff said.

5. Summer Infant Monitor-- This is the only thing that was on both of my "favorite" lists. I use this at nap time. This has been the best investment I've made thus far as a parent. It helped us through every stage with Chappell-- from infancy, to making the move to her big girl bed. Only now do I feel comfortable using a sound-only monitor with her. Kind of perfect timing-- the video monitor has been handed down to C-man. I thought about getting a new digital one, with multiple cameras... but this seems to be working just fine for now.

6. Double Jogger. Thank you Windsey for telling me which jogger to buy. At 133 bucks-- this baby is cheap. And works just dandy I might add. Reed and I have enjoyed a few booze strolls already with this monstrosity. Kiddddding... well, sort of. We actually do like to stroll while sipping on lovely Abita Strawberries this time of year...
The only con to this stroller is that it is ridiculously heavy. I don't know if all joggers are... but I was surprised.

7. Aden + Anais blankets. Love them.

8. Fenugreek --- Herb that helps you make more milk. Pretty sweet. Only con, you smell like syrup. But there are many worse things you could smell like...

I think that's it for now. My grammar is horrendous. Sorry bout that. No time to proof read :)

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