So where in the world have I been?? Seriously! It's definitely time for an update! Lets start with the kids!
Talon is growing so fast! He is 8 months already!!! He is the proud owner of two very sharp teeth. He is a champion sitter but would prefer to be held...all day! He is rarely on the ground on his tummy or back so I will be shocked if he ever learns to crawl. He is sleeping a little better. He only wake up like 3 times a night. Trust me...it's an improvement and I feel blessed. Talon has been called a fussy baby more than a few times by me and by others but I think that it's time to give him a new description. The more that I get to know him, the better I understand him! Makes sense huh? He fusses (cries, squeals, whimpers) when he is in one of his many lounging spots (exosaucer, swing, bumbo, jumper, vibrating chair) and wants to be picked up. He is happy as long as he is in my arms. He is more of a lover than a fussy baby! He just wants to be close to John and I. As soon as we pick him up, he grabs on and squeezes...there is usually a giggle or two in there also. He gives the BEST hugs and will do it over and over again. He doesn't like to be put down...its true! It's not always the most convienient but I'm okay with him wanting to give me hugs and kisses. He is so sweet to his family! He is also so easy to make laugh and smile...however my camera and him do not see eye to eye! He smiles and I snap the photo and by the time the picture has taken...he is done smiling! Seriously...I can't get a good shot of him smiling! He sits in his little bumbo while I cook dinner and that is the only way that I am able to get anything done in the kitchen. Cooking with one hand just doesn't work so well.
He is still nursing and he loves it while on his terms. He needs a dark, quiet room...and sometimes that is npt available. It makes it a little frustrating but I'm hanging in there. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get him to nurse when he is distracted.
Isabella is talking so much! It's surprising how much she talks because she always has a binky in her mouth! Her personality is really starting to show. Sometimes I have to decide if she acting like Izzie or if she is acting like Hailey. She does love Hailey and wants to be grown up so badly. Hailey has a few friends in the neighborhood that she likes to hang out with outside and Isabella is there...next to Hailey...following her every move. Not so sure thats a good thing. She has become a lover of sleep...which is really funny for those of you how remember what my life was like with her a year ago! Getting her to sleep and to sleep all night was a NIGHTMARE for me! She now naps for around 3 hours each day and practically puts herself to bed at night! She doesn't ever wake up in the middle of the night. She should'nt...she's two...but it's still shocking because of her history! She is still in love with her daddy. For about a month, anytime that I put my hair in a ponytail, she FREAKS out! She begs for me to put my hair down until I do it!! I am not a ponytail wearer but occasionally by the end of the day, I am ready for my hair to be out of my way. I don't know what it's all about but John and I giggle everytime!
Izzie loves cheese, yogurt, strawberries and fruit snacks. She almost always tries everything on her plate at dinner and usually likes it all. She is so easy to take on errands (as long as Hailey is not with us) and just enjoys the ride. She loves nursery. She loves her friends. She loves my friends. Her favorite cartoon is Sesame Street ( Hailey has always disliked it). Her burp cloth is her bestfriend. I'm not sure how we will ever part the two. She has beautiful curly hair...although we rarely have her hair down because John loves her pigtails! She already has an opinion about what she wears...I am not ready for that! She recently opened up nail polish and painted her own nails...and the rug, and the table and her shirt.
She is easy to love!
I have been uber busy with Little Miss Priss. I make jewelry everyday. I make headbands everyday. I love it! I wish that I had a warehouse to keep all of my stuff in ( I hate to have it out in house and so I have to clean it up a few times a day and then get it all back out again! UGH!!) It would be so nice to go to work....and work hard...and then be done! I kind of just do a little whenever I can-usually during nap time or anytime that I think I can get atleast 5 minutes work in. Being a mom is my main priority and I love it. There will be plenty of time for working hard (the kind of work that pays) later in life. Right now it's more of a hobby! I love to cook! Dinner time is so fun to me. I love the days when I have a few hours to spend in the kitchen...it truly makes me happy! It's even more fun when my family sits down at the dinner table to enjoy it and to be together. That is my 2nd favorite time of the day. My very favorite time is when John and I get to relax side by side after a long days work and all of the children are nestled snuggly in their cozy beds. I don't just love it because they are asleep and out of the way...I love it because they are all happy and peaceful!
John has been so busy juggling school, writing his dissertation, being the executive secretary at church, working at a new job (Neuro Pshycology Office), and being a father and husband. I think he feels very stretched somedays and I am amazed at all that he does. He is the glue that holds our family together. It's almost like we are just surviving all day and waiting for him to come home! He was out of town this last week for his beautiful sister Emily's wedding and we missed him SO much! My days didn't have as much purpose or meaning without him coming home to be with us. Thank goodness for families! We all have our purpose and responsibilities to make our lives enjoyable and successful. They are my greatest blessing!