Friday, July 23, 2010

First signs of jealousy

So this morning, I sit down in my usual nursing spot. Kai is fussy so I pick him up to nurse. Gavin sees this from across the room and starts screaming at me! He "army crawls" all the way over to my spot and cries at my feet! He looks from Kai to me to the floor and is just wailing. I stop nursing Kai, lay him on the floor, and go to pick up Gavin. The little bugger laughs right as soon as I reach down to get him!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Two teeth for Gavin!! Ouch for Mama...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Singin' in the rain

Nathan Cole wanted to play in the rain!
Kai just wanted to laugh at Mama

Gavin stayed dry on the porch with Daddy.

Having fun!

Fascinated by the gutters!

Both my boys, watching their big brother!

Daddy wanted to join in on the fun!


Here comes the storm

Loved the puddles

Love this sweet (soaking wet) boy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Level One, Day 4

Holy Cripes, I am in PAIN!! My poor muscles are so sore! And I pretty much want to cause bodily injury to Jillian Michaels. She is a drill sergeant wannabe who straight up LIES about how many reps you have left! I pretty much am slinging obscenities at her the entire time.

Here is how our "conversations" go:

Jillian-"Oh just a couple left!!"

Me-"Thank you sweet baby Jesus!!"

--20 reps later

Jillian-"Almost there now!"


Jillian-"Ok folks 5 more now! You can do it!"

Me- "FU Jillian! You said that 10 freaking minutes ago!!"

And so on....

So the moral of today's post is this: I am tired, cranky, sore, and may be going to jail for making death threats.

In related news, I've lost 2.5lbs, so Jillian may get to live another day. :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nathan Cole-big brother

Brandon took this picture yesterday. He spent some time alone with Nathan yesterday while I took both babies to the Homebirth support group. It was so nice for him to get some alone time with Daddy!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Letters to my sons....

Dear Gavin,

Happy half birthday!! Today you are 6 months old! So many new and exciting things have happened for you in the last month. You are growing so fast.

We had your well-baby visit and you weigh around 17.5 lbs now! You have super chunky thighs and a couple of chins. It is really sweet to see you growing so quickly! This past month brought on a big change for you! You have started "army" crawling. You can make it across the room in no time flat. You love to scoot all the way over to Nathan's snack or sippy cup. Mama really has to keep an eye on you. You have also started to sit up for a couple of seconds now. You still fall over fairly quickly, but we can see a change in your stability. You also love the the ExerSaucer! You love to jump around in it and you are just so much happier being able to see everything going on around you. You are still not sleeping very well at night and Daddy and I are at a loss as to what could be going on with you. We are hopeful that you will start sleeping soon. You love playing with toys and are constantly chewing on things. You love to nurse! You and Kai are nursing every 2 hours or so. It is a lot of work for Mama! We tried some solid foods with you recently. You weren't a fan. :) Hopefully you will start liking them soon. You are so happy and smiley. You love being tickled and carried around by Daddy. You love Nathan and Grandma.

So half a year has come and gone! I am looking forward to crawling, sitting up, and walking soon! I love you so much, Gav!




Dear Kai,

You are 6 months old Kai-bear!! I can't believe that it has been 6 months since your birth. Time seems like it is flying by now.

We recently had your well-baby check-up at the doctor. You weigh around 16.5 lbs! You are my long and lean baby! Although you still have your fair share of rolls. You have gotten so much more hair recently! It is coming in so thick and curly! I think that you are going to look a lot like Nathan. This past month has brought a lot of changes. You roll all over the place and have started to scoot across the room using your legs to push you forward. You will be crawling before you know it. You are such a talker. In fact, you are "talking" to me right now. You have this adorable high-pitched screech that you do when you are happy. Which is nearly all the time! You are so smiley. You love playing with toys and get upset when someone takes one away from you (that someone being Nathan). You laugh a lot and are generally just a happy baby. You are nursing every 2 hours or so still. You can't get enough! Mama recently started solid foods with you and you LOVE it!!! You hold your mouth wide open waiting for the food and get cranky when we take too long! It is really sweet. You are still Mama's little cuddlebug at night. You have to be pressed right up against me to sleep. Although between you and Gavin, Mama doesn't get much sleep! You adore Nathan, he plays with you all the time.

Pretty soon, you will be crawling all over the place! My sweet little Kai is growing up so fast. Happy half birthday!



Sunday, July 11, 2010

Shredding it up

So, after hearing about the 30 day shred from everyone and their brother, I decided to get up off the couch and give it all I've got!

So today marks the first day of the shred. I did Level One today!! I am so proud of myself for getting started!

I have some goals. Small goals really.

I don't really have a desire to lose a lot of weight. I am fairly happy with the weight that I am, but I will say that losing 5 pounds over this 30 days would be nice!

I would LOVE to see some toning in my arms. My arms are my "problem" area and I would very much appreciate some inches lost on my arm area. I took my measurements today and downloaded an iPhone App to keep track of my progress.

I really want to do this for me. Brandon is really supportive. He watched the kiddos while I worked it out and he was encouraging me the whole time.

I'm not really going to be modifying my diet at this time because like I said, I really don't want to lose weight. And also, I still need 3,000 calories a day for nursing.

So here I go!! I will most some "before" pictures tonight (rules of the blog: you must not laugh at my photos!).

After the 30 day shred, I plan on doing the Couch to 5K program. I really want to run a 5K. It is on my bucket list and Brandon wants to run with me! So it will be a nice way for us to do something together. That plan takes around 9 weeks to complete, so maybe my first 5K will be sometime this fall/ winter?

I'm excited! And motivated! 1 day down, 29 to go!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Letter to your 18 year old self...

A dear friend of mine posted this on her blog about writing a letter to her 20 year old self. I thought it was such a good idea that I decided to write one too! Only, I chose to write to my 18 year old self because 20 was only 6 years ago for me. I felt that this would put a nice perspective on my life as it is now.

(I will admit that this was harder than I thought.)

So where was I at 18? Well on my 18th birthday I was two weeks away from packing up my entire life and moving to college. It was such a nervous, exciting time in my life and I was so scared! I was in search of one thing really. Freedom! :)

Dear Mandie,

Today you are 18 years old! High school flew by didn't it? Looking back on it now, you are probably starting to realize that you made some mistakes. That's ok, really. Those mistakes will shape you into the person that you are going to become.

So, some tips for the future.

1. Don't worry about college! It is going to be the most amazing ride of your life! You will love nearly every second of the college experience and you did choose the right school.

2. Be careful about your passions. I know that you have a strong passion for biology and I know that you really want to be a physician. It will be the hardest thing you have done but it is ok to let that dream go. You will soon realize that being a physician isn't all that it is cracked up to be and you will want something else. It's ok to say goodbye to that. You aren't a failure. Your passions now will not be your passions in the future.

3. Try not to stress about love. I know that you are still recovering from having your heart shattered into a million pieces in high school. I know you are trying to mask your pain and that's ok. But honestly, that wasn't love. Love is coming for you, I promise. He is going to be everything that you have ever wanted but didn't know how to put into words. He isn't going to be what you expect and you will think that the timing is all wrong, but it isn't. It is so right.

4. You are going to make true and long lasting friendships. I know that it is so hard for you to relate to people on a friendship level. You haven't had the best of luck in the past. Mostly because you moved around a lot and were never able to form lasting bonds. And also because in high school you were kind of selfish (again, I told you that it was ok to have those mistakes!). These friends you will meet and they will show you how to live. Love them will all your heart because some day you will have to part ways and it will be so hard!

5. Spend lots of time with Grandma. She won't be around forever and you will miss her terribly when she is gone.

6. Love your body. It will do amazing things in the future (I won't tell you because I want you to be surprised)!

7. Take a religion class in college. In your late twenties (gasp) you still have problems relating to all things religion and you still really aren't sure what you believe.

So there you have it. I won't tell you too much because I want you to end up right where you are now. Life for you at 26 (almost 27) is really hard but worth it. You are happy now, I promise.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Perfect days

Yesterday was one of those days.

We have such a small amount of time to spend together as a family. Both Brandon's and my days go by in a blur of baby care and diaper changes. The babies love to be carried, which means that Brandon and I never really sit down at our own house. We stand and hold babies to watch TV. Somedays that really bothers us and somedays we fill our time with activities so that it doesn't seem that bad.

Yesterday was such a good day. We woke up early, but to us 7am is sleeping in! Brandon is on vacation from work so we normally get up at 5am. Brandon went to get us some breakfast and the babies were content rolling around the floor for awhile. After a nap and some homemade pizza for lunch we were off to the pool! We had such a fun relaxing time. We take a canopy tent thing to the pool so that we can have the babies under the shade. My mom came with us and was able to hold the babies so that Brandon and I could have some fun too! We were able to go down the slide and hang out in the water. It was heavenly.

After Brandon and I played around, we retreated to the shade for a snack and some cuddle time with the babies. Nathan was so good at just hanging out with us and I was able to take him for some mama time to the "big" pool!

We loaded up the car (seriously we take enough stuff for a year) and headed home. All three kiddos fell asleep so Brandon drove really slowly. When we got back into town we headed over to our favorite neighborhood to look at all the big, beautiful houses and pick out the ones that we liked.
At home, we had a meal of yummy spaghetti, played with our kiddos, danced in the hallway to Outkast, taught Nathan how to shake it like a "polaroid picture", and headed to bed. :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Well baby/ toddler check ups!

Nathan Cole- 3 years old stats: Height= 39 inches (95th percentile), Weight=34lbs (95th percentile)

Gavin Quinn-5.5 months old stats: Height= 27 and 1/4 inches (95th percentile), Weight=17.4lbs (50th percentile)

Kai Nicholas-5.5 months old stats: Height=25 and 3/4 inches (50th percentile), Weight=16.3lbs (between the 25th and 50th percentiles)

Our visit went great! Brandon is on vacation from work so he was able to go with me. It isn't easy taking all three kids to the doctor! Thankfully we really like our doctor. He is so nice with the boys and totally knows his stuff. He believes in letting the parents make all the choices and simply provides medical info. He thinks that it is amazing that I am nursing both boys and that they are growing so well. I'm so proud. I've almost made it 6 months! Half way to my goal. :)