Monday, June 20, 2011

Six Months Old!!

This month with the C's has by far been our best yet. I think I say that every month, but I feel like the first five months (while wonderful in their own special way) were HARD! The best kind of hard imaginable, yes, but still hard. And while each day has its own challenges, it really feels like we are settling into a routine and just enjoying Coyt and Crew more than ever!

The biggest milestone this month has been SLEEP, oh sweet sleep we have missed you and are SO grateful to have you back on the nightly menu. Both boys started going a good six hour stretch from 10-4 and just this week have stretched that to 8-9 hours, sleeping from 10 to 6ish!!!

We've transitioned from the swaddle to self soothing and have started baby food too.

The boys had a good six month checkup this morning. They are both still pretty small frys. Crew was in the 5th percentile and Coyt was just below the chart so we've got to work on getting some more lbs. on him. But, both boys are strong and VERY active and therefore burning lots of calories. They roll with purpose these days and scooch all over the place. I hesitate to even type it, but they are showing signs of being dangerously close to crawling (heaven help us!).

Crew (AKA Crew Dog) 25 1/2 inches 13 pounds 13 ounces

Coyt (AKA Coyturoy) 25 1/4 inches 13 pounds 4 ounces

So they might be a little small but...

check out these muscles!
If I started every morning off doing planks like these guys I'd be little too :). I mean seriously this kid is working it, no wonder he needs some extra calories!
Vroom Vroom
I stole these pics taken earlier in the month from Shelley's blog, she is such a great photog! (post about the Woodbury's visit from London to come)

Getting some love from Uncle Geoff

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alliteration Observatons

Shirtless Stories with Stacey
Laughing and Lovin' some LoviesBummed out in the Bumbo with my Brother
Fun times Fit for Four

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just cause


Every other summer my parents treat us to fabulous accommodations for a family vacation. This year we were going to San Antonio, which was nice and close making the travel pretty easy.

We opted to leave Coyt and Crew in the capable and loving hands of Nannie for the duration of the trip (Nannie and Sarah, Lauren, Big, Shelley and anyone else who helped out while we were gone THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!) . I know you would think I would be running out the door for a sweet taste of freedom, but I was pretty sad to leave my precious babes behind :(, but SO excited and thankful for the quality time with Stacey and Wyatt. It was no doubt the right decision.

I told the boys this was a water trip, first a Lake then a River and finally the Sea.

First, up Lake LBJ. We broke up the drive down and stretched our trip a little by hitting up the lake on the way to San Antonio. It was so fun to have some down time with just the four of us and get to enjoy it at the Lake.
Next up was the River, as in The River Walk. We met up with the rest of our family and headed out for some Mexican food on the square.
These five really do love being together and were very excited to start the leg of our vacation that included the cousins!! It seemed so easy just keeping up with five.
After a very HOT walk to dinner we opted to ride the trolley back.
The middle bigs: Wyatt, Ally & Lila
Then the Griswolds visited the Alamo. :)

The next morning when the temperature was MUCH cooler we descended on the river again and took a little tour on the riverboat.
No words for these two.
Our fellas

After the riverboat ride, the ladies left for some shopping at La Cantera and the guys took all the kids swimming and then to the much anticipated Kung Fu Panda 2. Big thanks to the Dads it was SO fun to have a grown up afternoon with my mom and sisters to shop at our leisure!
That night we all met back up for dinner at a delicious Brazilian steakhouse.

The final in our threefold water destinations was the Sea, as in SeaWorld!!
Griswolds are at it again. Thanks for being the photog Kacey!
If San Antonio is hot than SeaWorld is on fire! Aye yai yai we were melting just a bit. Going on a Sunday we were of course expecting a crowd, but found out later that it was military appreciation day and any service man or woman and their entire family got in free. So it was crazy crowded!!

But, we managed to have some fun anyway.

We hit up the dolphins first and I think this was my favorite stop. They are just so up close and personal.
Gotta hydrate y'all...we kept these 99 cent refillable souvenir cups flowing all day long.
We saw the shows Azul, with Beluga whales and tons of fun divers and acrobats and Believe, which features Shamu and a new baby whale, so cute! I rededicated my life to being an animal trainer after the moving video, or maybe I rededicated my life to helping make better SeaWorld was pretty hot and I had only had a few gallons of Pepsi so I can't really remember.

At some point in the middle of the afternoon Kacey and I went to pump, and you really haven't partied until you've pumped in the SeaWorld bathrooms. But, I only share that because upon returning to our group I noticed Wyatt had a few new toys so, naturally, I said, "Oh cool buddy where did you get those?" Stacey III spoke up and replied, "Oh he got those from the police man when he got lost." Umm say what?? Apparently Wyatt spent about 20 minutes lost with with a very nice police man. Thankfully I missed all the panic and he was safe and sound when I got back so no harm done. Phew!

We finished up our day at SeaWorld having some fun at the water park (with one million other people).

That night after a quick clean up we had a another delicious meal at Landry's. Seafood was a perfect way to end our "sea" day.

The Warrens and Woods headed back the next morning, but we had a leisurely last day with Mom and Dad after we checked out and caught the Alamo IMAX movie, which was sort of hilarious. Just really cheesy and then at the end a little violent for our audience. Stacey III kept asking "Are those the good guys or the bad guys?" and was very confused when the "good guys" lost in the end. But hopefully it is a little history that maybe they gleaned something from.

Then we had one last meal on the river with these two cuties.
It was a great trip and I enjoyed the time with my family, husband and biggest two boys very much. I also REALLY enjoyed sleeping. What a treat to have so much uninterrupted sleep. Again thank you Debbie for taking care of the C's, and thank you Mom and Dad for making this trip possible!

Time to start planning 2013's destination. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Little Swimmers

I have lost of posts to catch up on but while I work on those I'll leave you with this...

Last week the C's took their first official dip in the pool!!

First up was Mr. Coyt.
We start 'em little around here.

Stacey III is a 100% water-bug and a great encourager to his baby bros.. I remember a tiny version of him wearing the same swim trunks taking his first swim with daddy...sigh...where does the time go?
Then is was Mr. Crew's turn to brave the waters.

Ahhhh this is the life!
More cuties
I know their expressions are less than enthusiastic, but I think the scowls have more to do with the sun than the water. They were kicking up a storm and have already asked when they can swim least that's what I think they said, there wasn't really a specific section for swimming in The Baby Whisperer. ;)

Meeting Nana

A few weeks ago my grandmother, Nana, was making a trip from Lubbock to Waco so we took advantage of having her a few hours closer and made our way to W-town as well so we could introduce her to Coyt and Crew!!!

They loved her instantly, as I knew they would, and I think the feeling was mutual. :)

We also got to meet Nana's friend Sam, who seems to be making her very happy these days.

Coyt and Crew were in RARE form on this visit and I was VERY thankful for everyones willingness to do more than the normal share of holding and rocking. GP's shoulder makes a pretty sweet snuggle spot.
Honey always has the magic touch.
Ally had her dance pictures while we were there and this boy mommy loved being a fly on the wall for the glamorous preparations! Thank heavens for my precious nieces.
Ally girl you are picture perfect.
And of course Lila had to have a costume and makeup too!! Reminds me of a little Kacey wishing she was one of the big girls.
Nana and all eight of her Great Grandchildren!
Honey and GP with all eight of their grandchildren.
Four generations.
Nana is a VERY special lady to me, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that she is here to to know and love her great grandchildren, what a blessing!