Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Looking Back at July!

It's the last day of July! I am not ready for August. Not at all. There is way too much happening, and I am overwhelmed, haha.

I can't even begin to explain the kind of day we had here yesterday. From the moment we woke up in the morning it was one disaster after another. Boy am I thankful that with every sunrise comes a new day and a new start. Hopefully today will be better, and I think it will,'s a monthly wrap up day! These days always perk me up a bit. :) It's fun taking a look back and enjoying memories of happy times from the month.

Mr. Reagan

Nine months old! Our little man can now crawl just about anywhere in the house that his little self needs to go. He's pulling up on things, and lately he's been stopping mid-crawl to stick his hiney up in the air Mowgli style. I've done this baby thing enough times now to know what this means. He's trying to figure out how to stand up unsupported on his own in the middle of the room. Once the girls figured out this little trick it wasn't long before they were taking off!

I recently read a quote that I SO agree with and which cracks me up. "Your first child is made of bubbles. Your second child is made of china. Your third child is made of rubber!" Seriously, Reagan gets away with so much more than his sisters ever did, haha. I've been feeding this kid all kinds of things, letting him roam on his own more, laughing at stuff that would have mortified or scared the crap out of me two years ago. Rubber. There's a reason why the babies of the family get away with so much...because their parents are waaaay more laid back by the time they come around. :)

Reagan is becoming even more of a snuggly thing now that he's more mobile. If I lay him down while he's sleepy on one end of the couch and I'm sitting at the other end, he will get up and crawl to me and lay his head down on my lap. UH! SO sweet. Gets me every time. He still flashes his adorable smile and gives those flirty eyebrows that make me melt. But it's not just me who melts. I have never...ever...been stopped so much in public for people to ogle at my baby than I have been with Reagan. Even Eric has started to notice. It's certainly not that our girls didn't get attention, but I swear it's Reagan's baby blues. All of the ladies have to comment on his big eyes. "Let me get a look at that baby!" :)


I think in all of the craziness of the month I failed to mention one huge milestone that we've finally hurdled. Grace is 100%, no looking back, potty trained. Woop! We are officially a one-diapered kid family once again, and it has been awesome. We don't really "potty train" our kids. At least we've never had to. No charts, no treats, no running kids to the bathroom. One day I'll hear, "Mom! I'm going on the potty!" coming from the bathroom. I say, "Okay, tell me when you're done!" And that's it. Potty trained. Haha.

That's not to say there isn't a lot of praise and fan-fare involved once they've mastered the skill. We're definitely excited. We just don't do anything, and we let them decide when they're ready for it. I'm sure this parenting style makes some people shiver, but it's worked pretty darn well for us. :D

God was really watching out for our Gracie girl this month. She took a nasty fall from the top of our basement stairs and landed on concrete flooring. I don't mean that she tumbled down the stairs, I mean she fell, one story, from the top of the stairs to the floor. She walked away scraped and bruised...but PRAISE THE LORD that she walked away. It could have been really bad, and I don't even like to think about it. This kid has nine lives, and she's already used a few of them, I swear. We have been holding her a little tighter lately. It's a good thing that she has also turned into a snuggle bunny and loves to give hugs and kisses these days. :) Other than being a love bug, Gracie loves to sing at the top her of lungs - especially songs she learned at Vacation Bible School, her favorite toy continues to be her princess castle - where she acts out elaborate scenarios with all of her toys, and she has recently taken pride in dressing herself and putting on her own shoes. (Hooray! Haha.)


If there is one word to describe my oldest child this month, I think I'd have to call her a "rascal!" I'll tell you what...I have no idea what happened to Evie, but she has been a handful lately. :) It's so hard to get mad at her though, because in one moment she's doing something draw-droppingly disobedient, and in the next moment she's saying outrageous, hilarious things that you would expect to hear from a forty year old, not a four year old. She is nothing but a typical kid who is testing the waters...just hoping this phase passes before I lose my mind. (Whoops...too late!)

In case you missed it, here is Evie's handiwork with the scissors yesterday. We're ending our month with a brand new and drastically different haircut for Evelyn! Oh, my child....

Evelyn really enjoys helping in the kitchen, which is very cute. I love seeing her take pride in something that she has helped to make. And she tries so hard to "babysit" her brother, which is actually terrifying, haha. "His arms don't bend that way! Put him down!" But the point is that she's trying, and I love her for her little mothering ways.

There are so many new things around the corner waiting for Evie, and I'm excited for her and hope to see her thrive as she goes to preschool. I think she is going to do really well with a school schedule, and she needs some time with kids who are on her level. Evelyn enjoys learning, and unfortunately, I can't always sit down one-on-one with her when there are two other needy kids to watch after, too. It's possible she's been acting out because she's bored, so I can only hope that a little more stimulation will do her good! She really is so smart and sweet...and super friendly. What is she looking forward to the most? "Doing projects!" Haha. I can't wait to see some of those projects myself. :)

July has been nothing short of exhausting for me. I started it with a bump on the head and a concussion, and I've never really recovered since, haha. I can't blame it all on a foggy brain, though. VBS took a lot out of me in the beginning, and then with Reagan's sleep regression (which is getting better!) it's been hard for me to catch up on rest. I really do feel like a walking zombie most days. I wish moms could take naps, but've seen and heard the things that happen when I'm AWAKE, I can't imagine the kind of mischief my kids would get into if I were unconscious for 20 minutes.

Still, it amazes me how much we were able to do in a month!

We celebrated our nation's independence....

 ...and we sent my little sister off to bootcamp.

We had a blast during a week of vacation bible school...

...and the girls got to go to the movies for the first time. 

 Gracie potty trained herself!
This is what she does when she needs a little privacy, haha.

 The boys and I were even able to take a fun little day trip.

And we did so much more. Swimming, bike riding, Christmas in July...lots of memories and tons of fun. :)

I'm looking forward to another month of "firsts" and memories in August. I'm really hoping that the sun decides to come out and shine again so that we can enjoy our last weeks of summer vacation. We shall see! Have a great day!


Cassie said...

oh the hair - i still cry for you.

yay for only having one kid in diapers!!

and yes, boys never sit still. lol.

Katie said...

Gracie's privacy while using the potty...hilarious!

I can only hope that Adelyn just decides to start using the potty one day and no training is needed :)

And yes, praise God that Grace is ok! I can't imagine how scary falling down a flight of stairs would be for a child or a parent!

April Robert said...

Definitely lots of first. Let Gracie know how proud we are of of her for hitting a mile stone. Congrats Gracie.


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