Saturday, December 30, 2017

Mattie's 5th Christmas

Dear Mattie,

Merry Christmas and happy 4 1/2 year birthday!  We celebrated another Christmas without you.   A lot has happened to our little family since last year.  We moved to another house in another town in another state and have been adjusting to being so far away from you and the rest of our family.  We haven't been able to visit you this year like we usually do.  Your family has visited you and put flowers on your grave for your birthday and other holidays.  We really miss having you here with us at Christmas and every day.  At almost 5 years old, I know you would be getting so grown up and wanting to do more big girl things.  You would be preparing for kindergarten and may be going to pre-k at your big brothers' school.  We wanted to see you open your presents along with your brothers and see your little face light up with joy and excitement.  We wanted you to be a part of our family pictures and memories.  We wanted to see you enjoying Disney World with your brothers and know you would have loved to do all the princess stuff.  It is getting harder to imagine what you would want for Christmas since I can't know you here on earth.  I know in heaven none of these things really matter, but they matter to us down here because they are just another reminder that you aren't here.  Watching Mattox and Grayson playing together so well shows me how much you would likely have loved your brothers.  I think you and Brody would have been very close since you were the closest in age.  He was so excited to get you.  I know you are watching over us all, and I hope you enjoy sharing in our traditions.  We love you and will never forget you.  We will likely have many more years of missing you here with us.  For now, here is how we honored and remembered you this Christmas: 

Our family pictures never feel complete without you. 
You would have worn matching pajamas with us. 

I know you would have loved the Christmas tree and helped decorate it. 

Your special ornaments, little tree, stocking, and picture are still my favorite decorations. 

We finally got to visit you and take you some new flowers after Christmas. 

It was your baby brother's first visit. 

All of us together. 

I love all 5 of my babies! 

Daddy and Cocoa love you too. 

You would need some elf pajamas to match your brothers' other Christmas pajamas. 

A new Christmas dress for you. 

I don't know if you would need a sweater dress too much here, but it has been pretty cold this month. 

You could definitely wear this one more around here with a little sweater if it turned chilly. 

For presents, you may have wanted an American Girl doll. 

Barbie dolls would probably also be a hit.  I love these "professional" dolls. 

More barbies. 

And barbie clothes. 

And a Barbie house too. 

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas in heaven watching over us again!



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from Our Family

In these days where everything is digital, it seems like the art of mailing Christmas cards has become a bit of a lost art.  I have tried to keep up this tradition over the years because I really do love it, but the amount of cards I receive has dwindled to almost none, and I can't help but feel that any attempt on my part to keep the tradition alive goes completely unappreciated.  The expense of creating, printing, and mailing cards has also drastically increased.  For now, I am going to try to be content with sending digital greetings to everyone to let them know our family is alive and well.  I do enjoy making my cards and will likely continue to do so if for no one but myself and my children.  We truly wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our Christmas card picture this year was one of the many gems we had taken at Disney World.  I loved this big tree at Hollywood Studios.  

I like to share our family's superlatives for the year as a little summary of how we are all doing.  
I convinced Eddie to join us in matching pajamas this year.  Yay! 

My Little Bears

Our Bear Family

I kind of love when we take pictures using self-timer on the camera because we just never know what kind of faces we will get.  It is kind of like a photo booth.  I love Daddy's big cheesy grins as he tries to make the kids smile and laugh. 

Oh this baby bear is just so precious! 

The best smiles ever! 

But all of my baby bears are just awesome! 

This one is definitely true to life.  Daddy scolding Brody and trying to make him cooperate while Brody fake cries. 

The mad face and the pout. 

But Daddy can always get them to smile and laugh. 

Grayson just thinks his brothers are so funny. 

Daddy and Brody really do love each other. 

But sometimes they are just done. 

Papa and Mama Bear

We don't always like one another, but we are a team and this is love. 

Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grayson's 12th Month

Wow!  What an exciting month for you!  Your first visit to the most magical place on earth, meeting your favorite characters, riding rides, and just eating everything you could get your little mouth and teeth on!  Oh boy, do you love to eat!  Birthday cake, not so much...but anything else is fair game.  If food is in your view and you are not able to get it to your mouth, you will get very "hangry" and yell something that sounds very close to "mine mine mine!"  Yep, you sound like those little pelicans in Finding Nemo.  Haha!

Size:  At your one year check up, you were just under at 20 lbs. at 19 lbs. ____ oz.  I don't know how you aren't huge because you eat like a champ.  You are still very long so that is probably where your calories go.  And you poop a lot.  Haha!  You can still wear the size 3 diapers, but we decided to try the size 4 to prevent leaks.   You wear mostly12 to 18 month clothes and definitely fill out the length of 18 month pants.   

Developmental Accomplishments:  Crawling everywhere!  You are also pulling up now on everything and reaching for things we don't think you can reach.  You still didn't want to cruise and walk on two feet yet this month but did finally take off holding onto your little shopping cart at 13 months.  Hey, I am not rushing the walking thing because I am still sad how fast you are growing up.  You are much more vocal now, and we often can't tell whether it is you or your brother Mattox talking when you are playing together.  You both like to scream high pitched screams at one another.  Haha!  I am sure you are learning from him.  You do say a lot of sounds and deferentiate between mama and dada and maybe my-my-my for mine-mine-mine when you want something really bad.  You crawl and around and play all day with very little need or desire for mama to hold you which makes me sad.  Mattox is really loving you more now although he does get a little rough sometimes and has tried to run you over with his car or sit on you or wrestle and tackle you like his big brothers.  Ha!  But he really does love you.  You like getting into cabinets and drawers now and finding new treasures to play with.  You are just a sweet little mess!
Sleeping:  When we can finally get you to go to sleep, you usually sleep all night and pretty late in the morning.  You are getting harder to settle down now because you are just going full speed ahead all the time.  

Eating:  You eat everything!  I am so thankful that you still wanted some breast feeding time mostly in the morning and at night and maybe one feeding in the afternoon, but you are drinking some whole milk with meals and really becoming less dependent on Mommy milk.  I can now say sadly that you decided at just over 13 months that you were finished with breastfeeding and everytime I tried to feed you, you would immediately clamp down hard and bite.  You still never took a bottle but will drink from a sippy cup with milk, water, and sometimes a little bit of apple juice and water mixed.  I do hope the sippy cup stage will not last long.  Your big brothers never liked them because they didn't want to have to lift them up to drink.  They preferred straws so I hope you do the same.  Right now, you don't mink lifting your cup up to drink by yourself.   You still really love eating solid foods and have eaten a lot of our meals.  You still eat mostly mixed combination meals with a fruit and oatmeal or yogurt combination for breakfast, a vegetable and meat combination for lunch, and a meat and vegetable combination for dinner.  You have now tried EVERYTHING...avocados, peas, squash, apples, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, peaches, green beans, broccoli, white potatoes, mangoes, butternut squash, ground beef, pasta, bread, cheese, milk, and eggs.   For easy meals at home, you like white potatoes mixed with a green vegetable like peas, green beans, or broccoli or chicken mixed with an orange vegetable like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or carrots. I don't have to puree most of your food anymore and can just chop things up finely.  You love ice cream, pasta with meat sauce, Chick-fil-a grilled nuggets cut up for you with apple sauce, and sharing my Mexican bowl at Moe's Southwest Grill.  

Teeth:  You got your sixth tooth with two on the bottom and four on the top just before your first birthday. 

Favorites:  Mommy; Cocoa (your dog); food; when Daddy gets home from work when you crawl very quickly to the door to meet him; playing with your big brothers; cars; cups or bowls that have food or drink in them that you try to grab; bath time and splashing in the water

Nicknames:  Grayson Payson (goes with Evan Pevin, Brody Pody, Mattox Pattox), Gray Pay, Gray Gray, Graysie Goo (because he is just a little gooey sweet mess)

{More pictures coming soon}


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