Friday, June 27, 2014

high five for Friday!

We have had so much fun this week and I felt the need to share. ;) FYI: I am staying about a week ahead in both of my classes and that is really helping on my stress level!

1. Monday we went to Splash Kingdom, which is a local water park that a church bought a few years ago. I got an email at the end of the school year saying that Caddo Parish employees got $7 off an entry so I thought it would be something fun to do. I didn't exactly know how much Beckham would be able to do, but it turned out that they had three separate "kiddie" areas and he absolutely loved it. Since it is a water park, I couldn't exactly walk around with my phone all day, so this is the only picture I got....and it was close to the end of the day, we were all hot, hungry, etc. So, he doesn't look thrilled-but trust me. He had a blast!

2. Beckham has officially mastered the rock wall to his club house. He doesn't understand the purpose of the rope, but he climbs without it, so I guess it doesn't really serve a purpose to him. We are really enjoying the outside time playing on it. He didn't really have much to do outside before so it has been a real treat.

3. Random things:

      1) We took Hannah and Kaylan to their hair appointment Tuesday and Beckham was being a total ham with these sun glasses.  He's seriously a baby model. :)

      2) Daddy caught some fish and Beckham really wanted to hold one, until he was actually holding it. Then, he didn't know what to do with it. It was funny!

     3) Beckham is officially a night owl. I mean will not go to bed before 12 every night this week. A couple of days he took a late nap, so I expected it. But, this is becoming an every night thing so I'm really going to have to get him more on a schedule because this Mama can't hang every night. Wednesday he stayed up until 2:30am....YES. I'm dead.

      4) My Mom and Stepdad are currently on their Alaskan vacation and Beckham needed to see his YaYa.

      5) Butch has an awesome garden garden this year and we finally enjoyed some fresh product. Actually everything we cooked was fresh. Butch said it was a real country supper and it was not only delicious but about 99% FREE! I'm counting things like salt, pepper, milk, etc. as things we had to pay for. You get it. :)

4. Thursday (yesterday) we attempted went to take 2 year pictures and I was so beyond excited because I was using a new photographer that I have seen nothing but greatness from....but, as I have learned, Beckham calls the shots around here- it doesn't matter what I have planned. Long story short, he did not get a nap, was a total grouch, fell asleep on the way, then had nothing to do with the pictures what so ever. Like, he wasn't exactly being bad. He wasn't throwing fits or anything, he was just exhausted. He just stood there for the longest time, wouldn't move, smile, or anything. Then, he kept wanting me to hold him, saying "Mama, hold ya." which means, hold me, Mama. It was sad and aggravating at the same time. The photographer was super understanding and we are rescheduling. This time, he. Will. Get. A. Nap.!!!!

5. Last but not least.... today we find out if my best friend, Amber, is having a GIRL or a BOY!! Tonight is her gender reveal party and I. Am. So. Excited. I totally think (and have thought the whole time) that she's having a boy! I don't know why, maybe I'm just hoping, so Beckham will have a little BFF, either way I think it's a boy. However, I really don't care. I told her the other day to stop pinning girl stuff on Pinterest because she was having a boy. She said, "and what are you going to do if it's not, miss confident?" and I responded, "love her anyway!" Which is completely true. I'm just ready to know so I can get shopping! And I know she's ready too! :) YAY!

New bath crayons!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

high five for Friday

I haven't posted a high five for Friday in so long, but I am about a week ahead in my grad classes, Beckham is napping, and Butch is working in his garden- so I had a spare moment and thought I would share!

1. On Beckham's 23 month birthday we got a clubhouse/swing set thing for his actual birthday! We decided to get it a little early so we could play with it for more of the summer. Since, tomorrow is actually the first day of Summer!

2. Wednesday, I had to do some observations for my online class at NSU and my brother is at school there so we met up for sushi! I only had an hour free and I wish we could have visited longer, but it was still nice to see him! It had been a while!

3. Beckham is obsessed with these costume glasses and it's so cute!

4. We went shopping for some clothes for his 2 year pictures.. ahh I can't believe he's about to be TWO whole years old.

5. Also for his birthday and because we were having sleep in your bed issues. I put up this bookcase, new TV, and DVD player in his room. He loves it!! AND HAS BEEN SLEEPING IN HIS BED!! YAY! Super excited about that. I also found the guard rail for his bed to convert it to a toddler bed. I'm thinking after he turns two I will put it on. Not sure yet. I know it's a big step and I'm not sure if I am actually ready. eeek

he's still a "big drool" I don't think he'll ever outgrow it

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Friday, June 13, 2014

18 month checkup at 22 months

I said in this update that we didn't make the 18 month doctor visit so here's technically the 18 month update although he was 22 months old...don't judge. I had good reason to not take him to the doctor in the middle of flu season. And I stick by my decision!

So last week we finally made our 18 month check up. Beckham at 22 months weighs 28 lbs and 6 ozs (75%), he is 34 inches tall (50%), with a head circumference of 19.5 (90%). His pediatrician was happy he was back in 75th percentile weight range since he had been in 50th for so long. She is still pushing for us to switch to whole milk, but his stomach just can't handle it. It's no fun, and not worth it in my opinion. He's not a skinny baby- he's all muscle. Beckham is seriously talking up a storm. He now says 4 or 5 word phrases. His favorite phase has got to be "Sit Mama's lap, play phone." Seriously, he could/would play on my phone for hours if I let him. And the sad funny thing is he's usually watching videos of himself. My favorite thing that he says is, "What's that about?". It's so cute. Speaking of cute, he loves to show me random things like blocks, puzzle pieces, etc. and say "Awww cuuttee!". He also loved to wear sunglasses, or any glasses actually and look at himself in the mirror and say, "too cute". I've given up trying to count how many words he says, however he has a book of 101 first words and he knows every single one (and it doesn't have most of the words that he says), so I'm guessing he knows around 200-300 words total. Our pedi was shocked when he said "sit Mama's lap, play phone" while we were in her office. She said that was a 3 year old phrase.

Although he does so much beyond his age, we are having a few issues. Namely, his bed and potty training. First of all his bed- he officially hates it. I have NEVER been one to put him in our bed, we would play in the bed but never lay down for bedtime in there. However, he wakes up like clockwork around 12:00 every night crying and saying Mama a million times. I put him in our bed the first few times and now it's an every night occurrence. I. Don't. Know. What. To Do. He usually falls asleep watching TV in the living room, so I'm thinking when he wakes up in a different place he is scared. I honestly don't know. I'm just trying to rationalize an almost 2 year old. So, we put a big bookcase with a TV and DVD player in his room and I am hoping that will help and he will want to stay in his bed. I think it's a little early to transition to toddler bed, and then I am dealing with the whole -stay in your bed- issue. I'm not ready for that!

Now to the potty issue. Okay so, he HAD a lot of interest in the potty, he even went 6 nights in a row using the potty before his bath, so I thought it was time to try to potty train. I set aside a few weeks to stay home and have some consistency. I bought all kinds of underwear, pull ups, a potty seat, all of it. We talked about how the underwear were different from diapers and big boys wore underwear. We talked about how if needed to use the potty he needed to tell me and not go in his underwear. The first day he did great. We only had two accidents and before his bath that night he used it before his bath. The next day he would have nothing to do with it. That morning I said, "let's go try to use the potty" and he said, "no". I kept asking if he wanted to go try and he kept saying no. UGH! So, I have no idea what to do about that either. I don't want to force him because he is still young, but I don't understand how we had a good first day and from then on he wants absolutely nothing to do with the potty. At. All. I'm at a loss. Therefore, we are holding off on potty training for a while, hopefully in the next few weeks he will show interest and we can make it his idea to use the potty. I just hope it's before I go back to work in August.

That's pretty much all we've been dealing with lately. He completely runs the show around here. It's undeniable. Monday we are getting his playhouse- which is an early birthday present. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to see his face when it's all put together. I opted to get it early so that we can play with it all summer and we'll have it for his birthday party. Speaking of birthday party, of course I am in full-on planning mode. I can't wait. But, I also can't believe he is about to be 2! WOW! It seems like a month ago I was planning his first birthday. :'( Anyways, that's what has been going on around here lately.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014


The middle of May we went to my Mom's house for my Papaw's 75th Birthday! It was so much fun to see most of my Mom's side of the family that we never get to see. They live on the lake so the majority of Butch's time was spent fishing. I told them not to take it personally; he simply can't be that close to water without fishing. Beckham caught his first fish, actually three total- with lots of help from Daddy, of course. He actually threw his fish back in the lake, too. I was impressed. I don't even do that! I just don't like the texture of fish and I'm afraid I'll get stuck or cut or something. But, Beckham is fearless and had no problem. It was adorable to see him and Butch bonding like that. We had a great time.

The end of May meant the end of this school year, which also meant my baby nieces are off to highschool next year. It's such a bittersweet feeling. They have been at Herndon (where I attended and now teach) since Kindergarten. I was there the day they were born and seeing them grow up has been so much fun and now I feel old. Ha!

Summer is officially here and although I am writing this June 11th it has been extremely hot since the middle of May. We are seriously enjoying Grami's pool! Nothing crazy has been happening around here. I am taking two graduate classes this summer and they are tough. I remember undergrad summer classes being extremely fast paced, but I also wasn't married with an almost 2 year old at the time so to say that time management is key is a little bit of an understatement! However, I am committed and I know I will get through it. Plus, I saved about $700 by taking two classes instead of just one (I'm not paying double fees- which helps!). 

The very end of May Butch and I went to the Florida Georgia Line and Nelly concert. I bought Butch tickets for an early Father's Day gift. Coincidentally, it was my best friend, Amber's, sister's birthday and she had gotten them tickets as well. We were just one section over from each other. Also, when Butch and I found our seats we were one row above another group of about a coincidence! Anyways, we went to Margaritaville and then to the concert that night and had a nice little date night. The music was wonderful and it was a much needed little adult getaway!

I think that pretty much wraps up May! :)
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