Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2.5

I stopped doing monthly updates for H after he turned 2 but I now that he's officially 2 1/2 (as of June 30th) I wanted to do a small update on what he's been up to lately so that I don't forget years from now.

Hunter has really turned into Mr. Personality, he's such a little ham and he is fortunately growing out of his stranger danger phase. He now very happily talks to cashiers when checking out at the store, saying hi to everyone he passes and trying to have full on conversations with random people we come into contact with. He knows how to turn on the charm with the ladies and whenever he's around older boys or my husbands friends he just wants to rough house and run around and do whatever he can to impress them.

He is still very much a mama's boy and one of his favorite phrases that he uses almost daily is "mommy's pretty". I think he does this in part because he knows I will basically give him whatever he wants when he says it. He will also comment on what I'm wearing and say things like "pretty dress", one time I put on a long maxi style dress and he said "mama go on wedding show?" Yes I still watch wedding shows and Hunter is not a fan of them in fact everytime I have the remote he says "I don't like wedding shows". For the record I don't always watch wedding shows.

Hunter is now about 90% potty trained. He only wears diapers for nap time and bedtime. Otherwise he's in underwear and very rarely has an accident. He's very good about telling us when he needs to go and is able to hold it for quite a while if we're out running errands. He also now prefers to stand up when he pees so that he "can be like daddy".

Hunter has gotten much better with independent play and we've noticed him using his imagination a lot more while playing. He has an "imaginary friend" who he has named Fallax and will give us details about what he looks like and the things he does when asked. Apparently Fallax has blue hair, blue eyes and is 9 years old. Right now he's obsessed with monster trucks and matchbox cars. Those are his favorite but he also still enjoys playing with buses, construction trucks, legos and his wooden train set. He still loves to ride his glider bike outside and will go the entire length of the sidewalk without putting his feet on the ground. His favorite shows are Super Why (this is is #1), Mickey Mouse, Little Einsteins and Chuggington.

He is still sleeping in his crib. He still hasn't tried to climb out (which amazes me) and sleeps so well in it that we figure why mess with a good thing. We will convert it to a toddler bed by the time he's 3 unless there is reason to do it sooner, such as night time potty training. He still take one 2-3 hour nap a day and sleep from around 8pm - 6:30am.

Hunter is talking really well. He speaks in complete sentences and can hold a conversation with someone. He also has an amazing memory and will mention things that happened weeks/months ago. He is really into the repeating phase and will constantly say the same words and phrases that we say often. For instance the cat was meowing at the door wanting to go outside and Hunter yells "Halpert, maybe you can go outside later". He also like to correct us if we are playing with something wrong or doing something incorrectly. He will say "no mama, like this". He also always wants to know what we are doing or where we are and the other day when Kristian and I were in the kitchen he yelled "whatchu guys doing in there?" He is also quite bossy and demanding right now, he will tell me "mama sit on couch now" or when I'm trying to play with one of his toys
he will say "no mama, not like that, like this".

The tantrums have picked up a bit as he tries to become more independent but overall he's really well behaved and seems to do best when we sit calmly and explain to him why he can't have something or why he is in timeout. He is very inquisitive and always wants to know 'why'.

He is still just such a joy and we are so blessed he's ours.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Big Brother's Wedding

My older brother Michael is now officially a married man. He and his wife Melissa, were married on June 7th up in York, PA. It was a beautiful wedding and everyone had a wonderful time. It was such a pleasure seeing my brother so happy and marrying such a wonderful woman. We've all waited a very long time for him to find the right person and he finally has!

Kristian, Hunter and I were all in the wedding party which made things a bit chaotic at times, trying to figure out who would watch Hunter while we were doing our bridesmaid/groomsmen duties but it all worked out in the end thanks to family and friends.

The rehearsal went well and Hunter did great at dinner even though it was about 3 hours long and lasted until past his bedtime. He was very well behaved and just the cutest thing, everyone kept commenting on what a good boy he was.



The future Mr. and Mrs. 

I love this photo which was taken by Melissa's brother with is fancy camera.


Hunter got a little fishing kit including a vest as his ring bearer gift. 


Hunter did pretty well going down the aisle. Being that he's only 2 1/2 you just never know what to expect. He did great in rehearsal but got a little overwhelmed once the pews were full of people. I really couldn't even see him from where I was standing at the front of the church but I'm told he walked most of the way and then ran towards the end. Once he saw me he ran over, grabbed my legs and cried. I tried to get him to quiet down but he wouldn't. Fortunately the organ was still playing very loudly so it wasn't too noticeable. My other sister-in-law came over and grabbed him real quick and tried to settle him into the pew with her but he wouldn't calm down so she took him and my niece (the flower girl) who is 6 out to the lobby of the church. Not sure what we would have done if she hadn't been there to take them out. As for formal pictures, I haven't seen them so I'm hoping the ones that he is in came out okay. The photographer said she got some where he was looking but not really smiling. So that's not too bad.

With my new sister-in-law right before going down the aisle. I LOVE her dress. The lace at the top of the dress actually was a separate piece that she took off during the reception. I also loved my dress which I was able to choose myself. All the bridesmaids had different style and color dresses. It was a vintage theme. 

The cutest little ring bearer ever. He has his GQ pose down pat!

Me and MY Groom. It was so nice getting to walk down another aisle with him. Brought back so many wonderful memories.



The reception went well. Hunter got a bit antsy at dinner but once the dancing started and he could get up he was fine. Since he decided to start finally using the potty right before the trip there were a lot of trips to the bathroom. He was wearing a diaper the whole time, just in case, but he did well with going on the potty despite his diaper. And even though he wasn't able to nap all day he partied until he was in the car at 10pm where he proceeded to pass out and sleep until 9am the next morning.
The Happy Couple!


My brother and his groomsmen which included my husband, my other brother, his best friend from childhood (who flew in from Namibia for the wedding!) and Melissa's brother. 

Me and my gorgeous mama. I loved her dress as well!

After MANY MANY attempts this was the best family photo we could get.

The photo booth was a blast!


I kept having flashforwards of us dancing together at his wedding one day. I know the time will go by way too fast.

I think this if officially my favorite picture of Hunter from the end of the night in our hotel room. I plan to put this in his senior yearbook. 

The whole weekend was pretty exhausting and non stop but we all had such a wonderful time with my family. Hunter really enjoyed his first wedding and even now a few weeks later says "Go to wedding?" Now we get to look forward to the newlyweds moving into their new house just up the street from us and hopefully a future niece or nephew in the near future. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Potty Training part 2

A few months back I wrote briefly about how potty training had been going and the fact that Hunter had been using the potty at school but for whatever reason refused to go at home. Well I'm happy to report that as of last week he has FINALLY started using the potty at home as well and is doing so well with it that I think he will be fully day trained within the next few weeks (fingers crossed)!


He had been doing really well at school, using the potty almost everytime he had to go but still wouldn't go at home and then one night right before bathtime, while I was in his room putting clothes away, he sat on the small potty and peed. He usually would sit on the potty while the tub filled with water but never actually did anything so when he yelled "mama, I did it" I didn't really believe him until I saw it for myself. We cheered, danced around and gave him some candy. Then two nights later he did the same thing but this time pooped. I couldn't believe it!

Since then we've been able to transition him from the little potty to going on the toilet (with an attachment on top so that he won't fall in), which is SO much better. Seriously, cleaning poop out of those small potties is pretty nasty. As I had suspected he just needed to go once and then it would be pretty smooth sailing from there, he just had to get over the big hurdle of going that first time and then realize it's not so scary and actually fun!

For now he's still wearing diapers or pull-ups but he hasn't pooped in his diaper in over a week and he usually pees in the toilet unless we are out somewhere and don't make a point of asking him if he needs to go. Even last weekend when we were out of town for my brothers wedding he had no trouble going in the hotel bathroom or having us take him during the reception. He's gotten pretty good about telling us he needs to go but we still have to ask him frequently. I've put him in underwear a few times for short periods of time and he's done with that and starting next week he's going to be solely in underwear during the day at school (and pull ups at naptime), per their request. Obviously we will have to pack several pairs of underwear and extra clothes each day.

I'm so proud of how quickly he's caught on now that he got over that first big hurdle. It's like something in his brain just clicked and I really think that waiting until HE was ready was the best way to do it. We didn't push him and tried to keep the whole process casual so as not to traumatize him or have him regress shortly after. We still have a ways to go before we are completely diaper free but I definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel now and hope by summer's end he will be totally day trained (and maybe night trained as well if we're lucky)!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Life Lately- Catching up

It's been a few weeks since I posted. There wasn't any specific reason why other than just laziness and not having too much to share. But the past few weeks have been fairly busy and since this blog is pretty much the way I remember everything I figured I should put something down before I forget everything.

Kristian and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on May 22nd. Hard to believe it's been 4 years already. We went out to dinner the next night. Nothing fancy but it was nice to get out just the two of us for a quick bite.

We got to dogsit my mom's new puppy, Annie, for a week while she went on an already planned vacation. Annie is a miniature long haired dachshund just like Moxie. My mom is so in love with our dog that she finally broke down and got one of her own. Annie and Moxie hit it off great and became best buddies. Annie was Moxie's little shadow following her everything and they were constantly chasing and wrestling each other. It was pretty stinkin cute.


For Memorial Day weekend we went down to my in-laws beach house which is pretty much tradition. Hunter had a blast digging in the sand and playing with grandma and Papa. He absolutely loves the beach house and we are so excited to watch him spend summers and holidays down there as he grows up.




There have been some major developments and advancements in the potty training department but I will save that for a separate post. We also just got back yesterday from my brothers wedding! It was a beautiful, wonderful day and I have a ton of pictures to post, hopefully later this week.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Life Lately

As usual May has shaped up to be a pretty busy month. In fact the past two months have been pretty jam packed with plans every weekend.

-Last weekend we celebrated Mother's Day by going to see both of Kristian's grandmothers (both of whom are in their 90s). At his paternal grandmothers house, most of the extended family was able to come over so Hunter got to see many of his aunts, uncles and cousins. He even got to meet one of his great-aunts for the first time. He was a bit overwhelmed and shy the whole time. We then went to Kristian's maternal grandmothers house which had a smaller group and Hunter did much better there. It wasn't the most relaxing Mother's Day but it was nice to see everyone. I also got to see my mom later that afternoon. 



Me and my beautiful mama.

Kristian's grandmother with all 9 of her great-grandchildren and of course MY child was the only one who wouldn't look at the camera and smile. 

-The day after Mother's Day was my birthday. It wasn't terribly exciting since I had to go to work. But I came home and Kristian had decorated the dining room, cooked dinner and gave me a few gifts. My little guy was excited to help me blow out the candles on my cake. 


-In other very exciting news my brother and his fiancee bought a new house, and it's one block up the street from us! It's literally a 5 minute walk and I'm so excited! The house is huge and gorgeous and they got a fantastic deal on it. I'm incredibly jealous because their house is on the street that Kristian and I love and have always said if we had the money we would buy pretty much any of the houses on that street. It's the last street of single family homes before you get to the townhouse section where we live. They have an amazing multi-level deck which will be great for cookouts and we can't wait to spend a lot of time over there hanging out. It doesn't hurt to have another set of free babysitters close by and I'm so excited about the prospect of being so close to any future nieces or nephews. 

-This past weekend we were invited over to our neighbors house for dinner. Hunter and his little girlfriend Jordynn got to have date night while the grownups ate. We all then went outside so that the kids could play with the other young neighborhood kids that were out running around. There was a group of about 7 kids drawing with chalk and chasing each other until almost dark (and way past Hunters bedtime) while all the parents chatted. It was just a perfect spring evening. 

The lovebirds.

-The other piece of exciting news is that my mom adopted a miniature dachshund puppy that she named Annie. She brought her over yesterday and we all fell in love with her. Hunter laughed while the puppy gave him kisses and Moxie chased her new cousin around the yard. We also get to dog sit next week while my mom goes on an already planned vacation and we are thrilled. We may not give her back!


-The next few weekends will be busy with a trip to the beach house for Memorial Day and my brothers upcoming wedding in June. This year seems to be flying by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Old friends are good for the soul

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of flying down to FL to visit one of my dearest friends, Kristen, who I have known for 15 years. She gave birth to twins back in March and I couldn't wait to see her, meet the little ones and have a weekend full of newborn snuggles. I was also able to play several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games with her 3 1/2 year old son Smith who reminds me so much of Hunter. I can't get over how big he is, such a handsome little boy.

The flights down and back were pretty seamless, which was a comfort since I'm not a big fan of flying. After having a quick lunch at the Chili's in the airport we headed back to her house where we pretty much camped out for the weekend. We only left on Saturday morning, sans babies, for pedicures and some relaxation which we both needed. Later that day she had a 'sip and see' at her house for some of her friends and coworkers to come meet the babies. All of her friends were incredibly nice and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone.

Even though we didn't go to the beach or do any "typical" Florida activities I had such a wonderful and  relaxing weekend. Despite a lot of crying and fussing (from the twins) I was surprisingly at ease. I guess when the chaos around you isn't really your chaos it's not as stressful. And it's hard to be stressed out when you have an adorable newborn sleeping on your chest for 45 minutes.

I have to give Kristen a ton of credit, she's doing an amazing job. Twins are no joke. Honestly it makes having one newborn seem like a piece of cake. They both always seem to cry and fuss at the same time and just trying to feed or bathe them both at the same time could be an Olympic sport and Kristen seems to have it all down pat. Just the thought of taking them both out to the grocery store or Target would send me into a panic and Kristen is already a pro maneuvering that double stroller around.

Even though Kristen and I only get to see other in person maybe once or twice a year we never have trouble picking up right where we left off. We were both able to vent about current life stressors and laugh and reminisce and I just wish we lived closer so that we could do it more often.


Not long after I arrived I had Miss Grey napping on me. I could have held her all weekend. 

Another nap with Grey. Such a cuddle bug. Also, it only increased my desire for a little girl one day. 

Mr. Wynn was also a fan of passing out on me. Such a little stud muffin. So hard to believe my little boy was ever this small. 

I made many jokes about becoming sister-wives. We have this twin thing covered. 

Much needed pedicures and girl time with one of my favorite people. 

When I got home my two favorite guys (who spent the weekend at my in-laws beach house) greeted me at the airport. Hunter came running up to me yelling "MAMA" and holding flowers. And yes I almost burst into tears. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

humpday confessions

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers Kathy for her Humpday Confessions. Kathy is the queen of gifs and is awesome about responding to all comments which I love. 

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1. Last Friday I got to leave work early for Good Friday but instead of going to pick up my son early I went to Target. It had been a stressful week and I wanted some retail therapy. I spent about $100 in 15 minutes so mission accomplished.

2. I've always been a bit sad at the thought of leaving Hunter overnight but next week I'm going to FL to visit one of my dearest friends and her new twins for the weekend and I'm really not sad about leaving Hunter. I desperately need a bit of time away and I will be enjoying lots of baby snuggles.

3. I really really hope my husband gives me a very nice birthday/Mother's Day gift next month. I deserve it. 

4. As much as I want to have another baby, once Hunter is in bed at night and I'm able to just veg out on the couch and catch up on my DVR I think to myself  "it's really nice not having a newborn keeping me up all night".

5. We hid most of Hunters Easter candy and we will probably end up throwing most of it out. None of us need to eat that much candy.