Sunday, April 16, 2017

He is Risen

He is RISEN! 
I love Easter...I love what it means, and that we have such a special reason to celebrate!

One way we celebrate is by dressing up...
and I get to call all 5 of these handsome fellas mine!

 We went to church, and then to Mom and Dad's for the afternoon.

Isaac's first Easter!

We had a delicious meal and later we all participated in an Easter egg hunt outside. 

 To complete the afternoon, we celebrated Dad's birthday (which is tomorrow)...
he even got a bunny cake :)

Grateful for the gift of eternal salvation and the reason we have that is 
all because of Jesus. Happy Easter!!!! (And Happy Birthday Dad!!!!)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Isaac [3 months]

Isaac you are 3 months old, and just about the snuggliest little guy ever.
Oh boy, you are loved by all of us!

You are apart of our daily lives in whatever we do...

We are fascinated by the things you can do...and the noises you make. Jonah in particular enjoys copying you, which makes it even more entertaining!

You are growing so so fast. You weigh about 15 pounds, and quickly leaving 3-6 month clothes. I feel like in the last week, you have certainly changed looks and size!

When you're not held, you like your little chair. I've discovered the baby carrier is the easiest and happiest way for you to come with me grocery shopping, etc.

Jonah has not lost interest in you...he loves you very much. He gives you approximately 80 kisses a day (give or take), and crowds your space VERY well. Good thing you don't seem to mind at all.

Noah still refers you to "Sweet Isaac", and he enjoys talking to you as if you can reply back. He likes to check to see what you're up to quite often.

And Christian is just the biggest brother, who just learned how to hold you while standing. He may not look so sure, and you don't either..but you actually liked it quite a bit and he was pretty proud.

Oh Isaac, you can give the MOST serious faces...and it becomes a halfway smile before you light up your whole face with a big smile.

You LOVE bath time..
which is good because you can do some numbers on the both of us with your ability to spit up.

You have found your hands, and you are starting to drool like crazy. You can squeal and "talk" and kick you legs like you're trying to start a fire. I know its only a matter of time before you are on the move...but for now, I'm loving the snuggly, smiley little guy that you are.

Isaac Jesse, we love you and you bring so much joy to our family. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Days

These boys LOVE donuts. Grandpa spoils them and brings them by often on Saturday mornings.
The long johns are Jonah's favorite..although for some reason he refers to them as "gloves".
"I wanna nother glove!" 

We went to Exploration Place a couple times..they had a really cool Ice Age exhibit. 

He kind of combined all types of styles here...

Ben showing his abilities and the proper basketball attire to the boys. 

We went to story time at the library several Wednesdays. Both Noah and Jonah enjoy it at different levels (Isaac pretty much slept through it!). Jonah is very verbally interactive, whereas Noah thoroughly enjoys listening and then later will repeat the stories. And we'd always leave with a stack of books...and EVERYBODY loves that!

We had a wide range of weather...
but the boys were able to play outside several times in shorts and shirts (or in Jonah's case lacking both!). They had a picnic supper due to both their request and how dirty they were!

Just a glimpse into my mornings...
it usually goes something like Jonah chasing Noah trying to pester him/hurt him, and Noah runs screaming not fighting back...but they both end up running to me. So here they sat/lay, on the bathroom floor while I was trying to get ready in the ever-so-thoughtful-way that they do :)

It was family night at the indoor football arena in Wichita...sponsored by Kansas Electric.
Kade and Christian got to go out with Grandpa to meet the players, throw the game ball, and do the coin toss. They got signed footballs to keep!

Isaac is growing and changing daily...
my little guy and I matching in our grey and white stripes!

 Easter cookie making party!

His PJ's say chick magnet...
he may be shy, but I tell you what at home he has quite the volume and spunk.

Christian really likes to build...this is one of his creations.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Isaac [2 months]

Oh Sweet Isaac (that is what Noah refers to you as)...
you are indeed very sweet.
The newness has still not worn off, you are still very much loved!

Over this past month, you have grown almost 2 pounds! No wonder it seems like you are getting bigger and growing out of clothes. You are now 12 lb 6 oz (53%) and 23.6 inches long (78%), wear 3 month clothes, and size 1 diapers (although the rolls on your thighs are asking for size 2 soon!). 

You had your first Valentines Day (all the extra kisses and hugs you could have ever hoped for!). Some of your faces crack me up. You can give a real good mean mug, eyebrows furrowed, lips puckered out, stone face...but I think its because you are trying so hard to listen intently. It is funny how you can go from this, to a smile that spreads across your whole face. Oh, it melts my heart.

Jonah is still a huge fan of you! He is starting to be quite bossy to Noah regarding you in particular, "No get to close to him, Noah! Be QUIEEEETTT Noah! No touch him...get back! Leave him be Noah!" All of these things he should really be telling himself (as he has been told many times by me), but somehow he finds it more appropriate to warn Noah how to act with you. All your brothers are very good with you, you should be well looked after for quite some time!

We get to hang out in the evenings. Sometimes you lay down without a problem after your 8-8:30 feeding, and that is a bit of a shock that I don't have anyone to tend to for a bit (ahem..right now as I type this!). But often, you get a bit of a tummy ache and like to be held in the evening. As long as I'm holding you and if all else fails I feed you a long drawn out snack feed, then you are good. I don't mind, I love to hold are a snuggly little boy. Then after your 11-11:30 feeding, I lay you down, and you sleep until around 4ish. So you are getting better! I don't really keep track of what your nap times are throughout the day...they happen when you're tired, I know that! But I do know you eat roughly, every 3 or so hours throughout the day.

"Hello?? Yes, I was wondering if I could order a bedtime snack? Perhaps some warm milk...and I'll do my best to sleep for a good long while if you give me plenty!"

You are wiggling more and more when you're awake. I used to lay you on the couch and not have to worry about you moving yourself (your brothers pestering you there is another story!). But just recently, you have shown me how strong you are both in your bed and the couch. You inch your legs over and over, and you definitely can MOVE! Luckily, Christian is a good helper if I need to leave the room for just a short bit and you want to be held. All three boys, do very well with you, and don't seem too bothered if you are unhappy (aka...crying). They will either inform me that "Isaac crrrrrying" or Christian will simply say, "Mommy, I think Isaac just wants you to hold him. He likes you. Or maybe he's hungry, he likes your milk." Noah's reaction is funny, he'll get close to him and talk with his lips outward, "Sweet Isaac, what's the matter? Are you crrrrying? What's the matter?? It's okay. Ohhhh, sweet Issaaaac."

  You got a new super soft blankie from Grandma. She has made you some very cozy blankets!! You sleep in your bed every night now. You sleep best on your tummy, and I know "they" say back is best...but you simply do not stay sleeping on your back (unless Daddy or I hold you). You've had crazy strong head control since the day you were born. 

You like bath time. I think this picture was the last time in this bath tub. It was super handy to use in the sink, but you are kind of squished in there. Since then, we've used the other baby tub...and you really like to move your legs in the water when you are in there!

Everyone was a bit fussy this particular evening. So...I played the piano, and you wanted to be held. It liked it..and so did the other boys. 
Another thing you started doing more is making noises..the sweet voice discovery ones. "A-goooo, A-geee." And sometimes when you smile at me as I'm talking to you, you make a squeal laugh like as if you can hardly contain the smile any longer! It is the sweetest sound. 

 We love you so much Isaac. I would say stop growing so fast, but I also want you to be I suppose I will just keep embracing the days as they come.