Hey Girl Memes– Baby edition

Remember those 8 month photos I had taken of Remi? Well one of them was just so cute and studly that I couldn’t help myself but turn it into a meme. Or 8.

You know those “Hey Girl” meme of Ryan Gosling? That’s what these were modeled after. Obviously. These are really the most pleasing things an infant could ever say to his mother. Anyway, that’s all I really have to say. The memes can say the rest.

 

I present to you, Hey Girl memes, Baby style.

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“Hey Girl, I know you’ve had a hard day. You relax in the tub and I’ll take an extra long nap.”


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“Hey Girl, get ready for a full night’s sleep. I’m feeling extra sleepy.”

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“Hey Girl, No, don’t get up. I’ll put myself to bed tonight.”

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“Hey girl, That extra baby weight looks good on you.”

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“Hey girl, you can finish your book. I’ll just play quietly by myself.”

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“Hey girl, Don’t worry, I’ll change my own diaper.”

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“Hey girl, I’m really craving some mashed peas. Can I get you anything while I’m in the kitchen?”

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Which would you add to the mix?

{Baby Boy Update} 2 months old

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In an effort to stop saying the phrase, “I can’t believe my baby is already______months old” I’m going to jump right into this boy’s stats:

Weight: 12 lbs 8 oz 43%

Length: 25″ 98%

Head: 41.5′ 93%

His weight percentile has gone down a tad but he’s a tall little guy.

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^^Doesn’t he look huge in this pic??

I seriously love that he’s a little chunk though. I think it’s why he sleeps so well at night. And by ‘so well’ I mean he sleeps from about 10pm-6:00am which is seriously magical. If only he slept that well during the day.

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He’s such a little cuddle monkey and LOVES to be held which is fabulous until I need to go to the bathroom or shower or do any housework. The moby wrap has proven to be pretty useful but it does have it’s limitations.

At two months he’s started having lots more awake time which is full of smiles and kicking.

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When he naps during the day, the biggest trick is trying to figure out where he wants to sleep: the crib, bassinet, floor, swing, rocking chair, my bed..nobody knows. And there’s no constant factor. Its different every time. But one sure fire way to get him to sleep is a stroller ride.

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^^He super LOVES baths…maybe we should get him a boy towel haha

Remi hate hate HATES to be cold! We could be outside in 90 degree weather but if there is any amount of a breeze he wants to wrapped in a blanket.

So far having a baby boy isn’t too much different than having a baby girl. A baby is just a baby.

The biggest difference is the fact that he’s baby number two. I spend most of my time oggling at Evelyn’s vocabulary and brilliance and there’s not much time left to stare at the angel that is my sleeping baby boy.

Celebrating Evelyn’s Birthday

So you guys might not remember this..but I just had a baby. Shocker I know. But I haven’t really felt like I had the energy to make a big birthday celebration happen for Evelyn this year, not like last year for sure.

So this year was just kind of chill and as a 2 year old, Evelyn still loved it. It was a two part birthday.

Part one was the Museum of Natural Curiosity on Tuesday. Evelyn was insistent on inviting her friend Zaydree (or dree dree as Evelyn says). They both had a blast! Evelyn was a little overwhelmed by all the people at first but when she warmed up to it she had so much fun!

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Her actual birthday was pretty chaotic. I had all these grand plans of how I would make the day special for Evelyn but then Remi decided to be the snottiest, whiniest baby ever and wouldn’t let me put him down. It was causing me an excessive amount of stress and disappointment and Evelyn didn’t know what having a birthday meant and was happy to sit and play while I glared at my crying baby (Don’t worry, we’ve since made up).

My knight in shining armor (Chris..duh) came and took Remi to work with him for the rest of the day and gave me a chance to give Evelyn some one on one time. We had a ton of fun at the splash pad, then picked up her cake and her dad and brother and headed back home for a little family celebrating.

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She loved each one of her presents and wanted to play with them as she opened them. I think next year one present will suffice. But her favorite thing was those silly little characters on top of the cake. She takes them everywhere! But she also loves her bike from Grammy and PeePaw too. She just needs to grow a couple inches so she can ride it.

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^^Everyone had to wear a party hat. Even Pooh!

All in all the day turned out well in the end. And I don’t have to plan another party until Remi’s 1st next June. Whew.

Evelyn is 2 years old!

I’ve noticed that time only goes fast  when you look back and realize how much has passed. I could have one day that lasts FOR-EV-ER and then look back and see how fast my kids have grown and realize that time has just flown by. How does that even make sense?

My little princess is two years old today! Two!!

It’s funny because I’ve been kind of thinking of her as two years old for 3 or 4 months now. The things she does already just seem so 2ish. In case you are wondering, she is an absolute genius. Although, admittedly, I may be a bit biased.

Sass:

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^^All ready for church!

This girl has a little attitude. But can you be surprised? Look at her mother. If she asks for something, say some chocolate (which btw is the cutest word to hear her say), and I say no she replies, rather loudly, “Want chocolate RIGHT NOW!”

“Right now” is one of her favorite phrases.

When she doesn’t want to do something or go somewhere, she just lays face down on the floor, hands by her side and grunts when you address her.

She already has a hang of the terrible two tantrums. I’ve been known to clap loudly when I want her to stop doing something. So when she wants something and I’ve said no or taken it away from her she’ll clap her hands and yell, “NO. MINE!” Yep she’s two alright.

TV:

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^^Oh look..it’s Dora on TV

Evelyn might watch a tad too much television but you know what? She has learned a lot of imagination skills from those shows.

The other day she put on this little light up ring and shouted, “SUPER EVIE!” Sometimes she puts her bibs on Pooh backwards and yells, “SUPER POOH!!”

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When we buckle up in the car she says, “seatbelts, so we can be safe.” Courtesy of Dora.

She also wants to go to a “Big big WATERFALL.” (I wish I could type the intonation..it’s hilarious.) and take a “Big boat.”–Dora again.

She sings the theme songs to Dora, the Backyardigans and Winnie the Pooh. We also watch the Piglet movie on a regular basis. Too much. So much.

Play:

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Like I mentioned, she loves to act out her tv shows. There’s this one cabinet in the kitchen and she always leans her head in and yells, “Bye Pooh. Bye Piglet. Bye Christopher Robin.” And so on until she’s been through all the characters. No idea what game she’s playing but I wonder what she sees in her little imagination filled head.

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^^the world is a playground. Literally

She frequently calls her Winnie the Pooh, “silly old bear.”

She loves to put her Backyardigan toys in her cardboard rocket ship and fly them around the house.

She also really enjoys putting all her toys to bed. She uses little wash cloths as blankets and tucks them in all over the house.

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I think her favorite toy is still her doll house. All her toys take turns playing in it. I overheard her the other day saying, “I have to ask you a question. How about…” And just repeated it over and over.

She also really loves putting Easter egg shell halves on her toy’s heads as party hats which is why I think she was so insistent on party hats for her birthday.

Being a big sister:

Evelyn pretty much wants nothing to do with her little brother. She acknowledges his existence now so that’s progress and she sometimes says, “Remi so cute!”

Whenever Chris or I are holding him she demands to be held. Often suggesting that we put Remi in his swing or bed or just put him down. Even if she is completely content doing something else, she wants to be held if Remi is being held and by the parent who is holding him.

His crying really stresses her out. So when he cries and I’m trying to console him, she wants to be held and when I can’t hold her she starts crying. And then the house is very loud. And then I start crying too because babies are hard.

Bath time:

Like a week ago Evelyn decided that baths are torture. She won’t even sit down. She screams so loud and straightens her whole body. It’s hard on both of us. I’ve started just giving her showers instead. She still screams but they go faster.

Food:

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Evelyn hardly eats. So when she says she wants something I give it to her before she has a chance to change her mind.

Some of her favorites are Mac and cheese, peanut butter toast or sandwich, pancakes, cheese on any form, peaches, bananas, graham crackers and yogurt raisins.

Sleep:

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^^Remi likes to sleep in our bed too I guess

Evelyn still takes one nap in the afternoon for about 2 ish hours. She usually sleeps through the night but just recently has started getting up a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s bad dreams or what.

In the morning she comes into our room and says, “Hi momma! Want breakfast.” And sometimes when she’s confused she says, “want lunch” but frequently she just climbs in bed with us and watches YouTube until Chris and I feel like waking up.

She’s still sleeping with her dummy (pacifier) but she doesn’t get it when she’s awake. And she can’t go to bed without her ‘bee’ (blanket).

Talking:

Evelyn repeats EVERYTHING! And remembers EVERYTHING! Simple phrases that I say like, “that’s fine” or “sure” she copies all over the place and it cracks me up that she remembers it.

Sometimes when she asks me if she can do something and I ignore her she just answers for me, “that’s fine” and then goes ahead and does it. And I love it when uses ‘just.’ What are you doing Evelyn? “Just playing.” Let’s put your blanket away. “Blanket just come too.”

She likes to put H in front of her A words..H-again, or H-a boat, H-a toy, etc. And she mixes up you and me. She’ll say “help me” if she wants to help you do something or “Hold you” if she wants you to pick her up. It makes sense when you think about it. When she says that I’ll say, “You want to help me?” or “You want me to hold you?”

Chris taught her to say, “Best Mama Ever!” and she does it randomly without prompting and it makes me feel like a million bucks! She also says “I love you” and “I missed you so much” without being prompted. It’s weird to think that she has her own thoughts and ideas. AH! She was an infant like yesterday!

She’s got such nice manners and always says, “thanks, please, bless you and sorry”. Okay, maybe not always but frequently. She’ll close cabinets or drawers for me and she says, “thanks for closing.”

The funniest thing she does, and I have no idea where she got it cause she’s never seen this movie, is “Dun dun DUN!!” Just like this:

Little smarty pants:

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The highest I’ve heard Evelyn count is to 15 unprompted.  She can recognize numbers 1-9.

She knows all her colors names and usually remembers which color is which. Yellow and orange get mixed up sometimes.

She knows some letters and sort of sings her ABCs and can recognize a few letters. This little girl LOVES being read to. She likes me to re-read the same page over and over and then tries to remember it and recite it herself.

She also knows all her shapes and loves to do her shape ball.

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I wish I could make time slow down. My little girl is growing and learning so fast I can hardly keep up with all the new things she does before she learns something new.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of Evelyn videos and your daily fix of miss #evelyndeon. Just search @bossyjocie_

Postpartum take two

Now introducing…

Remington Bret Langford

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^^Birth announcements that I will probably never print or send out. These are my super amateur attempt at newborn photos so don’t judge them too harshly.

Baby Remi was born on June 25 at 12:59 AM

9 lbs 15 oz 22 inches long

14.5 inch head

 

It turns out that I was so eager to not be pregnant that I totally forgot what postpartum life/recovery is like. Like totally forgot. Pretty sure it has to happen that way or else everyone would only have one kid.

I spent so much time dreaming of holding my sweet little boy and cuddling him and loving on him that I totally overlooked how I’d possibly not be walking so well for a while. Or that I’d be in bed for a few days. And how could I forget the discomfort of early breastfeeding or the disgust of wearing those fabulous adult diapers?? And then there’s the dreaded realizing how fat I got over the past 10 months as evidenced by the fact that I no longer have a basket ball belly to hide said weight gain. How did I forget?! How?!

I’ll admit, recovery this time around has been significantly easier than it was with Evelyn. As you may recall, she knocked my tailbone right out of place on her way into the world and I literally could not walk for 4 or 5 days. Remington’s massive head had similar results but not nearly as bad. I could walk, just not very gracefully. By some miracle, I did not tear one bit whilst pushing out my 10 lb baby boy so that was one aspect of recovery that I didn’t have to deal with this time (THANK GOODNESS!).

The only new thing this time around was trying to keep my toddler from jumping, kicking, bouncing on, or just mauling me in general. I assume she likes me a whole lot but she has a funny way of showing it.

As nice as it has been to have all my family here to play with Evelyn and meet Remi, it’s been a little hard too. For one thing, relearning how to breastfeed with a new baby isn’t as easy as you may think. Nursing discreetly is pretty much impossible and not very effective. Plus I feel a little guilty every time I need to decompress and lock myself in my room, leaving them to their own devices. I’ll rethink how we handle house guests if we ever decide to have another kid.

I know you’re all super eager to hear all the details of Remi’s home birth story, but be patient. It’s coming. In the meantime I promise to keep up with this here blog, so you don’t have to be without my witticism for too long. Pinky swear!

Today


Today, I dragged my 10 month pregnant self out into the sunshine with my 22 month old daughter and pushed her in the swing. I ignored the pains in my back and hips as I pulled myself off the picnic blanket to help her onto the trampoline and again 5 minutes later to help her down. I let the sun warm my already overheated body as I gulped down ice water and cheered for my daughter who went down the slide head first. I maneuvered my oversized self back inside to quickly retrieve ‘snuggle bear’ and again when she needed juice.

Today I awkwardly leaned my pregnant belly over the side of the bathtub and retrieved toys that had floated too far away while Evelyn played. I encouraged her to “Swim. Swim. Swim.” And didn’t protest when she wanted to splash. I did,however, discourage her from drinking the bath water.

Today I helped my almost two year old decorate her ‘rocket ship’ with Hello Kitty stickers. I sat on the floor in her bedroom, periodically changing positions to keep from getting too sore and pried her chosen sticker from the sheet. I held her hand as she climbed in and out and back in again. I spent 5 minutes trying to stand up when she wanted to go into the living room while she ran back and forth waiting for me to follow.

Today, I cradled my toddler in the rocking chair while she clutched her “bee” and her juice after she requested, “Rock you?”  I watched her eyes droop and pop back open, fighting off sleep. I snuggled my little angel on my chest, her body bent around my large pregnant belly and replied, “Hi baby,” to her sleepy, “Hi Mom.” I relished in every second that she let me hold her, remembering when I used to nurse her to sleep in this very chair. Before she let sleep overcome her, I laid her in her big girl bed and sang to her while I watched her eyes finally close and her body relax.

Today I am still pregnant at 40 weeks and 4 days, but I don’t mind. Because today I let my daughter be an only child for one more day. And today that’s exactly what we both needed.

22 Month Milestones

Oh Miss Evelyn Deon, you amaze me every single day.

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For real this girl is a total sponge, constantly learning new words and phrases and songs…SHE’S SINGING SONGS! Sometimes I just stare at her and think about how she used to be inside me like this other little one I’m growing and look how far she’s come since then? How is she growing up so dang fast?!

I figured it’s about time I do an update on all her cool tricks since soon I’ll have a baby and probably be taking a bit of a blogging break. Plus, I want to remember how fun she is being right now. I think this might be my favorite age so far. But I’ve said that about most of the ages so…

Food

It is so hard to get Evelyn to eat. Like anything. Her memory is growing, so she’s aware that sugary goodness exists in the world and frequently in our house so if she’s offered food it better be covered in sugar, or cheese, or she wants nothing to do with it.

It also really helps if you make her food, put it on her Hello Kitty plate with her Hello Kitty fork and then start to eat it yourself. Then she’ll want it…at least a couple bites. Or anything on your plate, as long as she gets to sit in your lap while she eats it.

A typical day includes pancakes, mac and cheese or hot dogs, a cheese stick, goldfish, and whatever we’re having for dinner. I’m such a good mom…always the healthiest food. Or at least the most convenient to prepare at a million months pregnant.

Sleep

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She is finally in her big girl bed! We figured that we might as well make the transfer when we moved her to her new room upstairs so we could make all the changes at once. The first few days were fabulous! She stayed in her bed and went right to sleep. But after that something changed.

She suddenly realized that she wasn’t in a crib and could get out of bed if she wanted which usually includes coming out of her room to find me. Either that or she gets up and climbs into her car where she’ll sit crying with her blanket and sippy cup. (Speaking of sippy cup, she usually just likes to hold it as she goes to sleep. Not necessarily drink out of it…)

I’ve resorted to locking her door so she can’t get out but she gets so sad and cries when I leave the room saying, “Mama stay. Mama lay down. Song again.” It breaks my heart. But usually by the time I’m gone she’s already asleep.

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The best part of her not being in a crib is that when she wakes up in the morning she comes and gets in bed with us and watches a show on our phones while we sleep for another hour or so. It’s wonderful.

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This kid has got an imagination on her! When she’s not begging to watch TV (Winnie the Pooh, Dora, Daniel Tiger, Little Einsteins, Backyardigans) she’s playing with her stuffed animals and toys. We’ve got a few empty cardboard boxes that she decorated with markers and she uses them as sail boats or rocket ships and gives her friends rides. Sometimes she puts them to sleep in her bed or the bottom drawer of her dresser complete with a wash cloth as a blanket. I also find them ‘sleeping’ all over the house.

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Occasionally I find them sitting in her booster chair at the table, presumably waiting for food or lined up on the couch ‘watching’ TV.

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Playing outside is like the best thing ever and she’ll go from swing to trampoline to slide over and over again. She also likes to walk up the little mound of earth at the foot of the trees and run down them. To her, I’m sure they seem like mountains.

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38 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 38 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Only when I’m breathing.

Best moment this week: Nothing sticks out. I really thought that I’d have the baby this week and that didn’t happen. So I was a tad disappointed. But at the same time, I know he’ll be born when he’s done cooking and I don’t want him to come a minute before he’s ready.

Oh except doing my nails with my sister. I love hanging out with her and she was nice enough to do my toenails that I cannot reach. So at least they’ll be pretty when I have the baby. That’s what’s most important right?

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Miss anything? I just want one good night of sleep. Just one. I know I won’t get one and then I’ll be up all night with a newborn but that’s what I want. My hips are so sore from sleeping on my side all night and I hate it!

Movement: Not a whole lot of kicking. More rolling/shifting/stretching.

Food cravings: Nothing specific.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not one particular thing. I have been getting nauseous every so often though. It might be from being hungry but I don’t always know when I’m hungry on account of being constantly full of baby.

Worst symptom: Big-ness. Haha. I’m just at this point that I’m so huge that literally nothing I do is comfortable. Sitting, standing, walking, laying down…NOTHING. What is comfort?

Have you started to show yet: And then some.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty irritable. I feel so sorry for my poor husband. Thankfully he knows that I don’t mean what I say when I’m yelling about nothing in particular but I’ve been doing a lot of apologizing. It’s hard to be happy when you’re never comfortable.

Looking forward to: Meeting this little boy! Come out already!! Also I’m really looking forward to my parents getting here but that will happen after the baby is born so…One and then the other.

He’s coming this week..I just know it! Cross your fingers for me, kay?

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Apparently I’m too impatient to wait until 40 weeks to make this collage. So here ya go…

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