Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rain Day

"School" was cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday because of all the rain we got over the weekend and early in the week. So, we had some fun days at home! Tuesday morning, we baked a yummy treat together....these Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars.

As you can see, they were both pleased. I think Bo could be on a commercial with this face!

Fortunately, it was a pretty warm day on Tuesday, so we hit the puddles with a splash! I did decide to make them some trash bag covers to keep their clothes from getting completely soaked. 

I love this action shot of Arabelle!

Arabelle also had the idea to start a one girl band and used her bed as the stage. She had a really serious band face going on at the beginning!

Bo got in on the action too:

We finished our fun days today with a trip to the library and a park picnic! 

Think we've had a fun week??

Monday, February 25, 2013

More Videos

Bo has been very willing to perform for the camera lately. Arabelle, no so much. So here's a few videos of Arabelle and Bo!

Painting. Apparently it's better to paint wearing goggles. ;)

Bo was showing me how he was going to play t-ball this spring. 

Bo got up from his 'rest' on Saturday and was SO hyper! 

As you noticed in the last 2 videos, Bo wore his bathing suit around the house on Saturday. Of course, he had to go swimming!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bo is 2.5!

Has it really been a year since I was writing Bo's 18 month update and six months since his 2 year update!?

He has grown and changed so much in the last several months.
  • Bo moved to the big boy bed recently and has done SO well with it! He got up during the night the first night, but now he knows he is to stay on the bed until we come get him. He sure lets us know when it's morning though by yelling "It's sun shining!!!" over and over.
  • He loves to run and fall down and say he's stuck in the mud. His imagination has really blossomed in the last few months! He will say there's a monster/snake/alligator/etc. in the house and he needs his "Spiderman shoes (a pair of cleats)" on to go fight it. He also likes to pretend Arabelle is his Mama every now and then. 
  • He has FINALLY started smiling for pictures!!!!

  • We changed out the 'baby' swing for a big kid swing several months ago and he loves swinging "to outerspace" and always wants to go higher. 

  • I noticed his pants were getting a lot shorter and sure enough, he's grown about 2 inches in the last 6 months!  He's now just over Arabelle's height on her 2nd birthday.
  • He is a much better eater than he was last year at this time. Some of his favorites are carrots and ranch, strawberries, string cheese, raisins, waffles, chicken tenders, apple slices, and of course, any kind of junk he may be able to get his hands on (cookies, M&Ms, etc).
  • He still LOVES to wear hats and likes to always have something in his hand. He'll take a little matchbox car to bed most nights, or a tool from his tool box.
  • Bo enjoys Play-doh, paining, and any kind of craft. He knows his colors and can say the ABCs. He recognizes some of the letters (for sure he knows "B" and "O"!). He likes to play on the tablet with Arabelle. 
  • He is still not interested in the toilet. He actually told me last week that he may fall in, so I guess he has a little fear there? I am *hoping* one day he'll just want to do it. Otherwise, we may 'run out' of diapers during Spring Break and have to learn to potty. :p
  • A routine day for Bo begins by 7:00 and he's ready for breakfast right away. He likes either a frozen waffle (still frozen) or oatmeal. He's happy to play or watch a show (Curious George or Jake and the Neverland Pirates are favorites) until Arabelle wakes up. 
  • He goes to 'school' on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and we hang out at home or go to the library or park on Tuesday and Thursdays. 
  • He still 'rests' on his bed in the afternoons, but rarely naps. If he doesn't nap, he's ready for bed by 6:30 or 7:00. If he does nap, he's up and energized until 8 or so. 
Here's Bo being....well, Bo!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

28 week update

28 weeks! It's officially the 3rd trimester!

  • How far along: 28 weeks 3 days
  • Size of baby: I had an u/s today and the baby's estimated weight was 2 lb and 14 oz! That's the 53rd percentile. Since the umbilical cord has just one artery instead of two, the baby is expected to be 'smaller'. I asked Dr. G to look back and see what Bo was measuring at his ultrasounds. I didn't have one at this point with Bo, but at 20 weeks, he was in the 50th percentile and at 35 weeks he was in the 75th percentile. So, this baby may not be so 'small' after all!
  • Total weight gain: 19 lbs so far. I did start 5 lbs under my 'normal' weight thanks to the half marathon training, so maybe that's why I'm going to gain a bit more? Still on track to gain about 30 pounds (been going 1lb/week for a while now).
  • Gender: Still a surprise! 
  • Movement: The baby moves a ton now! I had the glucose test today. About 5 minutes after drinking the sugary beverage, the baby started going nuts! I guess he/she likes sugar. :)
  • Sleep: Still sleeping okay. I'm generally so tired by the end of the day that I crash quickly and sleep pretty hard. By morning, I'm ready to get up by 7 because I can't handle laying in bed a long time. 
  • Cravings: It's kind of disappointing, but I'm not craving anything! I still don't like steak or hamburgers, thanks to the 1st trimester aversions. I tried some of Jared's steak last week...yuck!
  • Symptoms: Having a little bit of sciatica now and then, so I started going to the chiropractor a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping that going on a regular basis will keep things feeling okay. 
  • What's next: I get one more 4 week break between Dr. appointments, then I'll be there every week until the end. Next appt (32 weeks) starts the weekly non-stress tests and every 2 week ultrasounds to monitor the baby's growth.

There is no longer any doubt about there being a baby in there!

28 weeks

I did share this on Facebook a few weeks ago, comparing the 'bump' with Arabelle and Bo to this one. Most people replied guessing a girl this time!

25-26 week comparisons
So, what's your guess???

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest Posting

Emily at The Journey of Parenthood asked if I'd like to do a guest post last week and I thought it'd be fun!

On her blog, I shared how I created Arabelle's newest and favorite church bag activity, felt dolls!

You can read the entire post here: Katie's Guest Post.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Since school was cancelled on Wednesday (TONS of rain this week!), the kids' Valentine party got moved to Thursday. They were SO excited this morning!

I found these little mailboxes at Target for $1 a couple of weeks ago. They were perfect to stuff a few little treats in and I know they'll LOVE playing with them!

Bo was yelling "Valentine!"

Party time at school!

 And apparently she was terrified. ha! I got a good laugh when I uploaded this picture a bit ago.

Bo enjoyed his party too!

Arabelle finished up art class for the week today, so Bo and I have had some quiet afternoons this week! Bo got a chocolate covered marshmallow in one of his treat bags and I had stuck it back towards the back of the counter today, thinking Jared would enjoy it (they had a TON of treats at school!). Well, Bo found it (thanks to a step stool) and asked for it. Then he started dancing away to the music I had playing:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


It's been raining (and still is!) since Sunday night/Monday morning, so our usual puddles are FULL of water! There was a nice break in the rain this morning, so we took advantage and went walking through the puddles and 'fishing' with Bo's fishing rod.

Arabelle and Bo both dressed themselves this morning. :)

Arabelle fishing:

Obviously we've been playing inside a lot. Bo was playing so sweetly with his train table today. I was in my room folding clothes and heard him saying "It's okay baby, Mama's got you" and "You're a big boy, come on!". :) So, I grabbed the iPad to video and caught a bit of it. Oh, that's pudding all over his face too. 

Pretending to nap and playing in Bo's room

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pajama Day

It's been all about the letter P this week at pre-school. Wednesday was a pancake party and today was pajama day!

It worked out well because none of us woke up until 7:40 and school starts at 8!

They were both excited to wear their favorite PJs today! This gown of Arabelle's was a find from the consignment sale last weekend. It was one of her favorite things!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Bo has FINALLY started smiling for pictures! I guess he has finally accepted the camera will be around and he may as well comply. :)

Trying out my glasses:

I made a little velcro felt puzzle for Bo and here he is trying it out. I am working on a few things to put away and have in his 'busy bag' for church when he's out of the nursery (age 3, so August!). I'm thinking it'll be a little more interesting having him in there with us than when Arabelle came out of the nursery. :)

Video of the puzzle:

Arabelle was working on her Valentine's, so that's what she was chatting about in the background. She stuck her arm in the glitter pen stuff, which is what she was talking about when she says something about a 'tattoo'. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Fun with the cousins

Last week, Lindsey and her boys were down for a visit, so we headed to Pineview for a visit on Thursday!

Bo and Caleb

Arabelle helped Mamaw make a cake!

Playing in the 'tent'


We ventured outside for just a little was cold!

Papaw, Lowndes, Jacob, and Mamaw

Lowndes is getting big!

Bo and Isaiah:

It was a fun day of playing with the cousins!