Written by Jessica on Sunday, May 24, 2009

Here are a couple random pictures from the last couple of weeks of school.
'Wetfest' 2009 at Garrett Stadium

Ice cream party and Scrapbook and Journal presentation
Taylor's candy-gram to Mrs. Walters.
(Taylor signed it after I took this picture.)
Remember my garden a few weeks ago? Look at it now. (pictures are a week old) We're starting to get blooms now too!
Spring ball is over now too. Taylor had a great season and became known as one of the "boys with the hot bat." About mid-season he was moved to the front of the batting order... "Lead off hitter" I think it was called... anyways, he's going to take a break from baseball for the summer. He is taking tennis lessons this summer, along with golf lessons again. The tennis lessons are in the morning, so I will have to take him there {along with all the boys} twice a week. Oh - I hope I make it! The golf is in the afternoon, so Wade will take care of that. Here are some pictures from the baseball party.
The head coach presented Wade with a plaque for being an assistant coach. He was shocked and loved it!


Written by Jessica on Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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The boys did so well for their first haircuts. We were prepared for the worst, as Taylor was a nightmare at the barber's when he was little; but the 2 boys that got their hair cut yesterday {Carter and Tucker} did so very well. All the boys {Taylor included} were extremely patient there, especially considering we had to wait just over an hour to even get started on our boys. She did give me a "sorry you had to wait so long we only have one person cutting hair" discount, which I thought was sweet. Poor Brayden is just starting to get a little hair, we couldn't dare go near his hair with scissors! It's amazing how a little haircut ages baby's. They look so grown now with their new do's. ...so handsome - if I do say so myself.

Written by Jessica on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The boys' each got new convertible carseats just before their birthday. It was a sad day for me to give up their carriers. However, they are still rear facing, as the seats safely accomodate rear-facing children up to 35lbs, or until their heads' exceed the height of the seat. Friends and family have been curious about them still being rear facing. I turned Taylor around at 1 year, and I was so excited to finally get to! But, back then, I didn't know what I know now. Here's why they're staying rear facing until 35lbs {at which point the seat may no longer be able to withstand the brunt of a crash for the baby}.

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Written by Jessica on Sunday, May 17, 2009
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We just went to the boys 1 year old check up. The boys each received 4 shots. This was the first time their shots had a live virus in them, and as expected, they did have a low grade fever the next day, but other than that, they tolerated them well. Tuck is always a little pitiful the rest of the day, just wanting to be held more than usual. He's our sweet, Tender Tuck. They even took their 1 year old pictures the next day with Mrs. Staci and Mr. Frank at Time 2 Remember. I CAN'T WAIT to see them, I know she got some GREAT shots. They all did so well. I was so pleasantly surprised, as I was expecting the worst. We started off with regular pictures of them in their clothes on a mirror, then on to the cake with them in their bright BG 3.0's, then into a wash tub of warm water to wash the cake off - and it was all caught on camera! They LOVED it!! But I've completely gotten off subject.

Sorry. ADHD kicking in.

Their stats were as follows:

Carter - 23lbs 10oz - 30" long, around the 50th percentile for both height and weight.
Brayden - 24lbs 11oz - 30" long, around the 75th percentile for weight, 50th for height (although I think it was a poor measurement, I think Brayden is taller).
Tucker - 21lbs 9oz - 30" long, around the 50th percentile for both height and weight.

When we went to the dr. on Wed. the boys' were still drinking out of their podee's at meal time, only using their sippy cups at snack time. But that was mainly because they wouldn't drink as much out of the sippy. Then she told me that they only needed 16-24 oz a day. In fact, more than 24 oz was BAD, because it took up tummy room that could be used for iron fortified foods, which they needed. Our boys' eat a lot - A LOT - and they drink A LOT. Like 32oz of whole milk a day and 4oz juice mixed with 4oz of water. And if we're outside, they'll get some extra water. Now that I know that's too many fluids, I feel better about them drinking out of the sippy cup, because even though they drink less, it's still more than the minimum suggested by the pedi and reinforced by a little Internet research of my own (of course). So as of yesterday, they're on sippy cups only, with the exception of a bedtime bottle, which we will phase out soon enough.

The pedi also brought up the fact that we only have 6 more months of guilt free paci use, then they need to be off the paci. Hmm... At least we only have 2 paci babies... Somehow I still don't find any comfort in that. Oh well, we'll worry about that as the time gets closer.

They are meeting all the milestones. They all even spoke to the pedi, repeating "mama" and "dada" and then making all sorts of other sounds {like "gaga" and "baba"} for her too. She was happy with their performance. We asked about Brayden's teeth. Bless his heart, they are coming in crooked as can be, she said their was no medical cause for concern, however, we'd be visiting an orthodontist at an early age with him. {sigh}

Taylor's already getting teeth pulled because he doesn't have enough room in his mouth.. our luck, we'll end up with 4 boys in braces! Grandparents pay for that, right?

That's all for now, I have some updates on Taylor coming soon.


Written by Jessica on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I got a new baby gate today that actually has a swinging gate so we can quit *almost* breaking our necks trying to step over it, and instead now, walk through it. The babies now have free reign over the house, with the exception of the kitchen (that's where the gate is) and they love their new found freedom.
Brayden's studying how it opens:
He even called over help to figure it out. And when they couldn't, they let me know how dissatisfied they were with the new gate.
Here's a random pic of Taylor teaching Carter all about the toy piano the boys cousins passed down.
Tuck, happy after polishing off some rutabaga's. They all LOVED them.
Carter after eating beenie weenies. ..and rubbing them in his hair.
Our photo shoot on the bench.
Thumbs up for ramen noodles!

I had a great Mother's day. Friday, we had a Mother's Day picnic at Taylor's school. Mom, memaw, my brother and sister in law all came over for lunch. Then we went to see Mimi and Grandma.
Taylor gave me a plant in a pot that he decorated at school and a cake that he decorated.

Grandma (94 years old) got to hold Carter, the first and only of our boys that she's been able to hold.
How grown does Taylor look in this picture?? yikes.
...all I heard was a crash and Taylor shouted out "THEY DID IT, ALL OF THEM!" Luckily, camera was in hand!
Here are some pictures from our trip to Augusta. We stopped at a Cracker Barrel for dinner and the boys were Angels. It's so nice now that they are eating what we eat and drinking whole milk!