Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Days

It's been hectic and it's been fun.  I love October!!!

I love seeing Bennett's creativity.  He is really thriving at his new school.  We are so proud!

Bats are scary and bite cows.  Note the bloody teeth marks on the cow. #genius

3 kids and a dog...and 1 Mama. 
 We had some family photos taken!!  Yippee!  Nicole always does such a good job!!!  And she is so reasonable!!
Our biggest boy!

Our little boy!

Our baby girl!


And here is our Christmas card photo...coming to a mailbox near you.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sarah Kathryn tried baby food!

Prunes were the first thing our girl tried and she didn't love them.  Squash wasn't our favorite either!!  We shall see what the future holds.




At least we were together...

We've been planning our Dallas trip to see the Montgomery's for about 6 months now.  We were just thrilled they were coming down this way and along with the Buteau's we were headed to Dallas for the weekend.  Well, the trip didn't go as planned.

We checked the boys out of school after lunch right before their naps and headed to the big D.  Everything was working out a little too perfectly...everyone was in a good mood, SK never even cried the whole way to Dallas, and we arrived in Dallas at a good time with no traffic!  We set up our hotel room and then headed out to meet Leslie, Amanda, and Emily at Chuy's.  It was fun to be with friends and eat our Tex-Mex.  We had a delicious dinner, but Bennett didn't eat anything but a push-pop.  He said his stomach was hurting a little.  He acted totally happy though.  We went to Trailer Cakes after dinner and he didn't even want a cupcake. He was playing and having fun.
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We left and headed back to the hotel...we saw a Walgreens and I thought it would be a good time to get our Zofran Rx filled.  Dr. C gave us one just in case we needed it.  She said that we would have known if anyone got the bug from SK by Friday morning so we would know whether or not to go to Dallas.  Too little, too late.  We pulled in and I ran to take the Rx in to be filled.  I came back out and Bennett got out of the car and Neil walked him to the other side of the parking lot while I fed SK a bottle.  Bennett threw up and cried...it was so sad.  They walked back to the car and he thew up again.  It was just terrible!  I went back inside to get the Rx, crackers, and Ginger Ale (medicine drink as Bennett calls it).  I gave each boy a pill and we headed to the hotel.  Oh, and SK was screaming the entire time! :)

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We got back to the hotel and got Bennett a wet washcloth and got everyone in bed.  We just knew Henry would start vomiting at any moment...he didn't.  I let Casey know the circumstances and we thought we'd just play it by ear.

6:40 am on Saturday: Bennett bounced out of bed and said "I'm feeling better!!!"  A huge part of me wanted to just get us all up and ready to go about our Dallas plans and I totally would have if I didn't think we would've looked like assholes for taking the stomach bug to the Arboretum.   We just decided we couldn't risk getting a million kids sick at the oh so cute Trick-or-Treating and cake walk at the Arboretum.  And this also meant not seeing the Montgomery's.  I was in tears.  So sad and disappointed.  I wanted to let all our kids play together in their costumes and get cute pics like these...

       




So we made the best of the trip and played hot lava in the hotel room and looked out the window at the interstate.  We loaded up and headed to IKEA and then came home.  We even felt a tad guilty for letting the kids walk around IKEA!

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I thought this indicated that he was getting sick...but, knock on wood...nothing!
                                   

At least we were together making memories!  It will be a funny story one day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sarah Kathryn at 6 months

Our beautiful girl is already 6 months old!  How on earth?  

Doctor appointment:  We will go for the well check up on Monday...we had to go today for vomiting. You were 17 lbs today.

Clothes: You wear size 3 diapers.  You are wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes.  You are loving being in your dresses, bubbles, and basically anything.  I think you need to wear more comfy stuff, but I love having you all dressed up.


Eating: You eat a 6 ounce bottle every three hours during the day.  You are doing well on your new formula.  We will start food at 6 months. We will start on Sunday due to the fact that you couldn't even keep pedialyte down on your half birthday.

Sleeping:  You sleep all night and we DO NOT go in to give you the pacifier.  Most of the time we turn off the monitor because you do wake up for a second or 2 just to scream and then go back to sleep.  You don't have a napping schedule and you need one.  You also like to sleep on your stomach.  It's hard to do with my work schedule.  And school lets you sleep on demand.  If you are asleep and there is a noise you automatically wake up to see what you are missing.  You love to be aware of everything.

Likes: being held, car seat, riding in the car, riding in the stroller, eating, the paci, baths, your brothers, watching people, smiling, knowing what is going on at all times, Mommy, Gammy, being on your stomach for a little bit, smiling, and laughing


Dislikes: having something go over your head (clothes), being strapped in the carseat, being woken up by a loud noise (brother), being disturbed/interrupted while eating has to be your most hated thing...you can't stand having the bottle removed while you are eating.

News this month: You are sitting using a tripod, but are very wobbly.  So cute.  You had your first illness...a little 12 hour bug.  It was just awful.  You threw up projectile style all over me, you, and Bennett.  It soaked the couch, and all our clothes.  We thought you were done because you were happy, but you vomited about 7-9 more times.  It was the saddest thing.  You couldn't even keep pedialyte down.  The nurse said I should take you to the ER, but I just couldn't take my tiny baby up there to all those germs.  You woke up happy and like your old self.  We headed to the doc today just to be sure.
 

I took these right after your first puke when I thought you were done and happy.  Turns out you were not happy nor done puking. :(





You are so beautiful and I just don't know what we did without you!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pirates and Princesses

When I saw that Disney's Pirates and Princesses was coming to the Centurylink I just knew we had to go!!  Thankfully, Dianne gave us tickets to this fun event.  It was so nice to have great seats and not have to worry about fighting the crowds to get them.  Thanks, Di!

We invited the Baker's to go with us and I think they had fun, too.  We split up our one pirate costume between all the boys so everyone could feel a little pirate-ish.  

The second we got there the boys saw the $25 swords and lights and we bee-lined to the cotton candy.  They each got a snack and we went to the seats.
This beauty just sat and watched the whole thing so quietly.



The Baker's bought the sweet swords for the boys....soooo nice!



3 pirates and 1 princess and 1 queen :)


Baker crew minus Dean

Cute kiddies

She even wore her princess dress.  The popcorn came with a Sofia the First tiara that we are saving for her dress-up days :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Henry's Fall Fest

So I was pretty proud of myself for taking all 3 of my babies to the fall Fest. I felt like I was going to fall over by then end of it, but was so glad we went. Thankfully, Pops brought Bennett for me so I could get Henry by the time school was out.  

We did every game, jumpy, ride, and ate tons of candy! We loved looking at the pumpkin displays and I enjoyed taking pictures.  I'm so glad Henry goes to such a sweet little school.

Our class display was fabulous, but they all are! We've been working to get ours done for a few weeks and it was a huge group effort. One mom got the pumpkins done with the kids, one mom designed the background, and one mom had it printed. Group effort!!!

Henry and his little friend Dawson

The school always asks for baked goods for the bake sale so I made Halloween Oreos on a stick. So cute and so easy!  






Megan was carrying a stick from my baked good and I asked her about it. She said Jake got it and Johnny was jealous!! I saw Johnny later with 2 of them! Proud Baker moment. :)
Sweet Sarah Kathryn was so good the entire time.


Pony rides! I'm on the left cut out of the picture



And at this moment I wanted to cry and fall over. Right before this I got our dinner to go, drinks, and pushed the stroller with my elbows. Apparently no on noticed the mom with full hands and 3 kids who clearly needed help. I'm not complaining!!! But, maybe I am. :)

Overall it was a fun memory and I'll do it again next year!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Fever

Come on, FALL!!  I am ready for some cooler weather and I think it is coming this week! Please!  We've been enjoying having Neil home..it has been so nice to have him home from Tulsa.  I don't want him to go back.  

We went to the Revel which is one of my favorite fall things to do.  It never disappoints.  Here are a few things we've been doing...

After our fall family gathering at Dianne's, Bennett came home and made a "No Girls Allowed" sign.  I think he saw Cousin Cody's sign and thought he needed one too!


This beauty had her 6 month pictures made (at 5 months) and I can't wait to see them!  This was just a sneak peek.

Bennett's bee sting turned into this mass of redness a week later.  He even called us from school to let us know it hurt. Neil spoke to him on the phone and said if he came home then he wouldn't get to play because when we are sick we have to stay in bed.  He figured he was OK to stay at school.  This past Friday he called us to tell us he couldn't hear out of his right ear.  Amy went and checked on him and he was upset.  Neil got to the school and whispered "booger pancakes" in his ear and he started laughing!  He said "oh, maybe it's my other ear!" hahahaha! 

Bennett exercised his artist skills ON THE BACK OF MY SEAT!

Bennett got to go to the Tech game and take picture with Champ.  Nana said he cheered for the bulldogs the entire game.  He also ate popcorn, hotdogs, candy, and whatever else he could get his hands on!

We had an adult night costume party where we left SK with a non-family sitter for the first time.  She did great and so did I!

Happy 24th, Chris!

Face painting at the Revel

Henry and his kitty cat nose

We love grocery shopping at the mini Brookshire's.

That's my boy!

Sister's first Revel experience.

A very important client got to attend work with us on Thursday,  The power went out at Sarah Kathryn's school so Neil and I had to take turns keeping her at work.  This girl stayed in her carseat for a total of 5 minutes at each office.  It ain't easy working with an infant!

This big boy read a whole book on 10/9/14.  Proud mama!

Henry had to much fun at Mary Ellen's birthday party.

We enjoyed time with our baby girl while the boys went to Ruston for time with Nana and Granddad.  

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