Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My Mom really wanted family pictures, to mark this place in her journey. Yes, she has pink hair.
So, our friends Mike and Keri Williams blessed us and took our pictures. These are just two of several wonderful pictures!

I love my family.







Tuesday, September 27, 2011

100

It happened.
I hit 100 "followers"
Still crazy people other than my family read this stuff.
But I am so enjoying connecting with you all!

The giveaways will begin next week so stay tuned! :)

Twins- What I know

I've been thinking a lot about these babies, these twins.
I have heard so many different things since I found out I was pregnant with twins.
Things like

"Wow, your hands are going to be full!"
or

""Oh my gosh, that's crazy!"
or

"Wow.....you're busy."

And then there are these comments, that aren't made TO me, but they are made around me.

"I'm so glad I don't have twins"
or

"I am praying I don't ever have twins"

"I was so glad there weren't twins in there"


I have to say, people just don't filter well, their words. And when it comes to your children, you are just oober protective, right?!

I have had twins for 7 1/2 months now and I carried them for 8 1/2 months.
Here is what I know:

1) I am blessed beyond belief. Not that I wouldn't be blessed with one baby at a time, but I really do feel an extra special blessing with these boys.

2) They are incredibly different little boys. Not only do they look totally different, but they act totally different too. Do you know how stinking cool that is?! To watch babies, the same exact age, from the same womb be so different. It is utterly fascinating and ridiculously enjoyable.

3) Yes, my hands are full. But they would have been full no matter what. Kids are a handful, and we always said 3-5 kids...so YES it's a lot to deal with at once, but my hands were destined to be full.

4) The bond they will always have is something you cannot create any other way

5) I don't get much of a break during my day. But again, I wouldn't if I had 3 singletons, or 4 or 5.
That's my choice as a Mommy. I wanted nothing else than to be a Mommy, and I knew that this is what it would look like. Yes, I get out for a coffee date, or to the bookstore alone (my hubby is wonderful about giving me time) But in my day to day, the quiet moments are rare. Did I expect anything else? No. I wouldn't change it for anything. I am called to this.

6) I don't remember much of those first 3 months.
C-section
NICU
2 1/2 year old Jack
Breastfeeding twins
Not sleeping ever
This makes for a blurry memory. And I am glad I took the advice from other twin mama's and took tons of pictures. I look at them weekly.
But the days are going fast now, and they are growing quickly and I am savoring each moment.

7) I never in my life thought I would have 3 boys. Never.
Now, you couldn't convince me that any other way is how it should have been.
I cannot wait to have a house full of smelly high school boys, straight from sports practice, hungry.
A house full of loud boys, eating me out of the cupboards.
I want this house to be "the house" where they are all welcome with all their buddies.
I cannot wait to be that Mom in the stands cheering on her boys!

8) I love my husband now more than ever before, and when we are home, all 5 of us, we work so well together. We make an amazing team and things just flow, it's beautiful.

9) I am so proud of Jack. It has been tough, and he will be adjusting for awhile, but he is an incredible little boy. So thankful he is my firstborn.

10) When I lost that baby, I was devastated. When I found out I was pregnant with twins, everything was made clear. HE knew better than I did.
To imagine life without these little boys....I just can't do it.
I am so grateful that He chose to bless me through that loss.




And that is what I know.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Miscellany Monday

miscellany monday


1) 3 children + colds = kinda lame weekend.





2) The Vintage Pearl is having a sale! Clearing out some stuff to make room for new stuff! Also there is a coupon code for 20% off your entire order, sale items or not!
Yep....my Birthday present is coming early.....


Looks like this...but with different words :)



3) Even though they are sick and stayed in PJ's all weekend....aren't they just so darn cute!? I love how they are looking at their big brother.
Their Dad is a hottie



4) Ok, seriously, this kid is cracking me up! And he's crawling everywhere. I thought I had more time to childproof...I was wrong




5) So, I am a few 'followers' away from 100. Remember the giveaways I said I was gonna do....yep...still gonna happen.
Here are some hints...



Have an Ergo?



6) I love coffee

The End


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Church

You know (or most likely know) that I am married to a Worship Pastor.
Not something I ever envisioned myself being, a wife of a pastor.
I tease him because he wasn't one when we married, it happened about 8 months later.
I tell him he tricked me. :)

He is a part of the team at the church I have been a part of for over 16 years, so it's family.

No church is perfect, because churches are made up of people.
People make mistakes.
People mess up.
People gossip.
Please don't tell the truth.
People get upset.
People think only of themselves.

As Christians we are called to be set apart from these things, but we are human.
We are sinners and unfortunately we don't get it right all the time.

If we based our decisions on where or why we go to church on people, we will always be disappointed.
Thankfully we serve a gracious and forgiving God, and He calls us to forgive and love....no matter what.

I am so blessed to be a part of a church where the Bible is preached, without fluff. It's scripture, the truth.
It's not a perfect church, there are none of those.
If you think your church is, you are wrong, it's a facade.  
That's just the truth.

I am blessed to be a part of a church where Worship is more than music, and it's not about what is on the stage, it's about the heart and giving Glory to God. It's not about the show.

Where people really care about you and pray for you.

I haven't been able to attend regularly since the babies arrived. Logistics, schedules, the fact that I don't have my husband's help because he's working.
And boy do I miss it.

Thankfully several of my wonderful church friends have stayed in contact with me, so I don't feel so isolated.
But I miss the preaching, the corporate worship, the fellowship.
I am anxious for this season in my life to pass, and to get back in the swing of things.

Two babies, two carseats and a 3 year old....heading to church, alone. Difficult.
And the bummer thing is, we are heading into flu season and unfortunately the church nursery is like a breeding ground for sickness. All sorts of kids and babies from all sorts of homes coming and sharing toys....yick.

So, to keep my babies as healthy as possible this season, I won't be putting them in the nursery. We are now dealing with Jack's school germs, so I don't want a double whammy.
Which means, even longer until I am back. Sigh.

The awesome thing is, I am going to get to be a part of the ministry God called me to!
Youth Ministry! My heart is for teen girls, and I am going to be leading a small group again, and I am ecstatic about that!

Someday we will all head down on Saturday nights again (we have a Saturday night service and two Sunday morning services...Saturday night is more my style of music) and Sunday mornings for Sunday School and I won't hardly remember this time....but I am ready to be there.

So, if you are at church this morning, don't take it for granted. It is a privilege and a blessing!



Christian

Christian...frustrated he can't get the pacifier. Screams, cries.....final picture...he has the pacifier.

Thanks Mom, I'll feed myself

Who needs a lovie when you can hold your foot??

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Foolishness

Ok, last one of these....for awhile ;)
Fill in the blanks....
If I were to get pregnant again...I...I, I don't even know what to say. My brain can't go there. 
If I could have any job in the world...I would get paid to travel everywhere with my family.
If I had a day to myself...sleep in, read, eat, sleep, massage, pedicure, sleep....
If I could get married all over again...I would still marry Trevor :) Ok, I would go like super casual and laid back. I loved everything about my wedding, but if we did it again next month, I'd do this!
If I could live anywhere in the US...I love Oregon. I don't want to live anywhere else. 
If my girl would have been boy they would have been named...um.....let's switch that up. If my BOYS had been GIRLS...Jack would be Emma, Camden would be Ava and Christian would be Audrey :)
If I could have any talent in the world....sing. Cause I can't....
If you met me in real life...we'd grab coffee and chat. I'm so exciting huh?
If I could go back to school and get a different degree...just the thought of that makes me wanna vomit. I don't ever want to go back to school.
If money was no object...We'd own a house, and buy other people houses and we'd have no debt and none of our family would and yeah.
If I could meet one celebrity, it would be....Jessica Simpson. Love her. Don't hate.
If I could shop at only one store the rest of my life...for clothes? The Gap
If we were to get another pet it would be...a dog...down the road. 
If I could go on a trip right now...San Fransisco, with Trevor, no boys.
If I had to choose between a house cleaner and a personal chef...house cleaner!
If I had the option of plastic surgery...tummy tuck. thank you boys.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebook Page

Hey all!
I created a Facebook Page for 3 Little Men and a Mommy!

If you want to click this link and "like" the page, you can stay more up to date on our daily happenin's!



A to Z

Amy posted this here and then The Paper Mama posted it here, so I thought I'd give it a go! Not that you needed any more random facts about me.........






A. Age: 27
B. Bed size: Queen.....I want a King someday. I sprawl.
C. Chore that you hate: Unloading the Dishwasher, but you already knew that...

D. Dogs: Once our boys are older and our kitty is no longer with us.
E. Essential start to your day: coffee.
F. Favorite color: olive green

G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: 5' 8
I. Instruments you play: hahahaha
J. Job title: Supermom
K. Kids: 3 precious boys
L. Live: Southern Oregon
M. Mother’s name: Sheri
N. Nicknames: None really, although Trev calls me Babycakes :)
O. Overnight hospital stays: Just after the c-section
P. Pet peeves: Being late. People not using their blinkers, people clicking pens, people throwing pity parties, people with bad attitudes, passive aggressive people
Q. Quote from a movie: "And I was like, EMILIOOOO!!!!"
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: One sister Breanna, who is almost 9 years younger than me!

T: Time to wake up: Whenever the boys do, usually around 6am
U. Underwear: Yes
V. Vegetable you hate: Mushrooms
W. What makes you run late: I don't. No really...I just hate that. So even after 3 boys I am usually right on time or early. But if I am ever late, it's not my fault.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: foot and wrist
Y. Yummy food that you make: baked mac and cheese, baked french toast, oven pancake
Z. Zoo animal: panda bears

Copy and Paste and do it yourself!! :) Let me know if you did so I can come check it out!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If you didn't know already, now you do!


1) I'm a vegetarian. Not because of the animal thing, I believe God put them here on earth for us to eat. I just hate the texture. Have since I first started eating solids.
But my boys eat meat and I cook it for them.


2) I love volleyball. Playing. Started in 3rd grade, swung up on Varsity my freshman year, started my sophomore year and started earning all-league honors. Got All-State honors my senior year.
Outside Hitter who played all around. Booyah baby.
Trev played too, in college. We are gonna have some volleyball playin' boys!


3) I love me some war movies. 300, Braveheart, a little blood and guts....yep.


4) Dated 3 guys before Trev. One for a week and a day. One for 3 months and the other for about 3 months.
They were all the complete opposite of Trevor. Thank the Lord above that I married him!!



5) Trevor is 10 years older than me.



6) I hated running. In fact, in 8th grade when we all had to run the mile for a grade, I crossed my arms in front of my chest and walked it. I could have run it, I just didn't want to.
Then I started running with my Dad a few years back.
And I still hate it.
But I love the way I feel when I'm done.



7) I'm stubborn. If you had any doubts, see #6

8) I was the typical firstborn overachiever for most of my early life. Then I hit Jr. High and it was a new school and I was more social.
Then High School.
Sports and Boys.
I did just fine with grades, but I just did what I needed to. I loved living life instead.


9) Worked at a drive-thru coffee place for 6 years before going to Phlebotomy School




10) I'm a phlebotomist turned Medical Assistant. I loved poking big fat juicy veins.



11) I love pizza like I love.....well, I just really love pizza.

12) I got pantsed in the 5th grade on a soccer field during recess. I remember what the girl's oldest sister looks like. She works at Target, I never go in her line if I can help it.




13) I used to only look at girl clothes when I was pregnant, thinking I'd have at least one girl. Girl bedding, girl decorations.
Who woulda thunk.

14) I am a Christian. I believe in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace.

15) I don't co-sleep ( my bed is for me and my hubby thank you very much)




16) I vaccinate my children. On time.



17) I let my boys cry it out. Three kids in, and this is the best and quickest way to get them sleeping through the night on their own. Tough love baby. In fact, one of them is doing it now :)



18) I have stretch marks

19) I love my husband more today than I did yesterday. He still makes my heart flutter. He still dates me. He still makes me feel like a princess.



20) My husband has the best voice ever. BAM. I said it.



21) I hate unloading the dishwasher. More than any other chore. It doesn't take long, so I don't know why I hate it, but I just do.

22) If there is a way to have a healthy obsession, a non-sinful obsession over a person....I have it with Beth Moore. I don't want that to sound creepy and weird, but like I just love her to death.

23) If Cary Grant were alive, I'd be married to him.

24) I can't sing or play an instrument. In fact, I'm tone deaf. I pray my boys get Daddy's skills.




25) I'm not freaking out about turning 28 in two months. I'm freaking out over the fact that next summer is my 10 Year High School reunion. I swear I just graduated a few years ago. I think it's because I've been involved with the school ever since, especially since my sister was 8 years behind me. And it's a small private school, all the teachers are still there.
But I am freaking out a bit.




26) I am the BBQ master of this house.



27) I love ice cream. If I am full, there is always room for ice cream.



I leave it at that, since I am 27 for a few months longer hehe.....



Monday, September 19, 2011

Miscellany Monday



1) 7 months in and we are no longer getting up in the middle of the night! Woo-hoooo! Ah, I knew it would happen (nice thing about having an older child, gives you perspective) but boy it feels good!


2) This Friday is the official beginning of FALL!!! My most favorite season of all!

Fall 2009 Catching Memories


3) I am pretty excited about Halloween costumes this year! Totally fun thinking of what to put the 3 boys in! And my idea is gonna be cheap! Bonus! Here are the last 3 years of costumes....


Jack, totally thrilled. He was 2 months old :)

Max from Where the Wild Things Are. He was the HIT of our Trunk or Treat at church. My friend Helen made his costume.


Last year, The Mystery Inc Game with the cutest Scooby ever!! :)




4) I decided on this Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer! Very excited to dig in...seem to fit where my life is at right now.
photo from extramilegirl.wordpress.com


5) We had family pictures taken last night. The entire family....all 9 of us (plus my Mom's best friend who is part of the family too!)
My Mom really want these before she started chemo, and to just document this time in the journey. It was past the babies bedtime, but it actually went so smooth and it was a really great time!
Can't wait to show you them all!!
Thanks to Mike and Keri Williams for loving on us!



6) As of last week I was down
Pounds that is! Tomorrow is my next weigh in :)


Have a Happy Monday
Love me some OshKosh!





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Press Conference


This is the video of the press conference following the Extreme Makeover Home Edition reveal! These are amazing people!!!!! If you have 20 minutes, it's worth watching!!!!!




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipVfRH05ArM&feature=player_embedded

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Extreme Home Makeover....Complete!

I have to be honest with ya, before the thing that is Extreme Makeover Home Edition landed in our town, I had my doubts. I was skeptical of this thing called "reality TV" because what we know now, is that all too often, nothing about reality TV is real anymore. It's staged.
So, I wondered. How much of this is real and how much is Hollywood. I wondered if it really happened in 7 days. I assumed the network footed the bill for this and there was a ton of Hollywood magic to make it happen.
Boy was I ever wrong.
And I was happy to be so!!




Let me fill ya in....

This family that I wrote about here was nominated along with several others in the area. They knew for awhile they were on the "short list" to receive the makeover. But they did not know they had won, until that special knock on the door!!! For real! I always thought they somehow knew! You should see the pictures of their faces full of tears when they answered that door! Incredible! Knowing two of their sons were autistic they handled the "knock" and all the hoopla to follow in a way that catered to their needs. I'm sure they will edit some for the show, but know that behind the scene, they took great care in how the celebrated this, respecting the needs of these kids! Kudos right there!
They really were whisked away to Hawaii for a vacation!

And here is the coolest part of all.
This is a community event.
Contractors, builders, upholsters, landscapers, artists, furniture stores, appliance stores and on and on.
They donated their time.
They donated money.
Businesses from all over our valley have stepped up for this incredible cause!

Our community sent thousands of volunteers for this week. My good friend's Dad was one of the lead contractors on the build!
All week long there have been fundraisers on Facebook and in local restaurants to raise money for it!
It isn't footed by the network!!
It's a community event!!!
How cool is that!!???

They have been working 24/7 to get the house done, and today is the reveal!!!!

It really is done in just 7 days!
For months beforehand though, the network worked with our city to get all the permits in order.
The house has been inspected all along the way.
It's the real deal. No shoddy work. It has to make inspection.

All the security, and shuttles to and from the site...all done on non-working hours.

This family is getting blessed, but they aren't the only ones.
Our entire community has benefited from this.

Talk about an amazing way to bring a city together!

Big props to this show.
Will let you know when it airs!

Link to Facebook Page with pictures.
I'd post them here, but I'm not sure who to give credit to.

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Jack can unlock the front door and the screen door in like no time, and given the fact that he is a trusting 3 year, he likes to invite everyone in.
Usually it's just family, but every now and then it's some random person who ignores the
 "NO SOLICITING" sign.
And we obviously just couldn't risk it being someone worse.

Solution:

Perfect.



Jack is loving school!!! He came home singing a song yesterday I had never heard. I loved it!
This morning he says
"I want to tell Mrs. Kolp that I love her"
Melt my stinkin' heart!!!


Okay, so these next photos preceded a video I took. I will work on uploading it, but it's a few minutes long. It is seriously hilarious.
Camden just moves his legs back and forth the entire time, and just stares at them like he's been hypnotized.
While Christian hams it up for the camera, smiling, giggling, trying to eat his brother.
It is so funny.

Happy Wednesday!
I'm about to pour my third cup of coffee thanks to the 4:45am wake up call.


Notice Camden....


Still with the feet...

Totally mezmorized...
A rare break from feet staring...


Monday, September 12, 2011

When Will Mommy Learn?


So, as parents we are totally just learning on the fly. And even if you already have one kid, it doesn't matter. Because the subsequent children will act completely different and have totally different needs. Or, in our case, be so totally alike it throws you off guard. Case in point:
Jack was rocked to sleep, swaddled until 7 months and there was no "schedule" or "routine" until about 7-8 months. Rocking him wasn't an issue because he stayed asleep, he was sleeping though the night at 3 months. In only became an issue as he got older and I will never regret those precious times of rocking...but they eventually just made things worse and I knew it was time to stop. So, I swore I wouldn't rock these boys to sleep, mostly because I couldn't do both of them at once!! And I swore we wouldn't swaddle because I didn't want to "break the habit" again.
 And while we never really rocked these guys to sleep (they just didn't need it like Jack did...only Christian for a bit) they were swaddled because they slept so much better.

I also swore I would get them on a schedule immediately because everyone said my sanity depended on it and "there was no other option". Seriously, every twin blog or twin website I went to.  And so I pushed. And pushed. And I blogged. My most favorite go-to book on this issue was read over and over, and I consulted friends etc. Everything was saying that they "should" be doing this or that sleep wise. The times and amounts of sleep and all that.

Well, wouldn't ya know....without any help of mine they started finding their own pattern. Getting into their own schedule. We did separate them for naptime, because one will usually take longer to fall asleep and one will usually wake up before the other. But they are pretty much in sync now, eating at the same times, going down at nearly the exact same time. Waking within 30-45 minutes of one another if not at the exact same time.
And you know what....I didn't do a thing.
Oh, wait....I did. I stressed over the whole blasted issue (even when my sweet husband told me not to) 
And in the end, they let me know when they were ready.

Hello?! When am I gonna learn! Ha!
Camden still needs "re-plugging" a few times before he drifts off, and Christian still cries for a bit before going down. They aren't marathon nappers, with naps between 30 minutes to 90 minutes. But they are happy when they wake up and that is all that matters!

Almost 7 months and we got a little routine down. This preschool schedule of Jack's has helped immensely already! It gives us a schedule and they are totally adapting and I am LOVING it!!! Guess what I did today?! I dropped Jack off, came home and fed the boys, put them down for a nap and then I sat. At the table and did devotions. Oh my goodness!!! It was amazing. They woke up, ate a bit again, played and then we left to get Jack. We came home, played a bit, fed Jack lunch and now....they are all down for a nap! ALL 3!!

(Insert Hallelujah chorus.)

Anyway. Lessons learned:
1) Don't push your kids into anything.
2) They are smarter than you.

I sure hope someone learns from my repeated mistakes :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years

I was in high school, getting ready to meet my volleyball teamates for our weekly Bible Study before school at a local coffee shop.

I remember standing in front of the TV in shock, and fear that something would happen to us.

I called Trevor, to see if he had heard, and to make sure he was okay.

It is pretty amazing to me, that we had a previously scheduled Bible study that morning. We were able to talk and pray with one another.

Because I was blessed to attend a Christian High School, later that afternoon our entire school gathered for an assembly. We prayed together. It was an incredible moment.

I will never forget that morning, and I can't believe it has been 10 years.

Forever grateful for our heroes in this country.

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings,
but they cannot touch the foundation of America.

These acts shatter steel,
but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
...

America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom
and opportunity in the world.

And no one will keep that light from shining."

President George W. Bush
September 11, 2001




Grandparents Day!

Today is not only the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country, but it is also National Grandparents Day!
What a great thing to celebrate!

I have some amazing Grandparents.
My Dad's Mom (Nana) I never met, but I look forward to meeting her in heaven.  My Dad looks like her, and I look a lot like my Dad, so that makes me smile :)

My Dad's Dad (Grampy) lives in Washington and we don't see him as often as we want, but with my sister getting married soon we will!! He gave me my German heritage!

My Mom's Dad (Papa C) passed away the same day Jack was born, we hadn't been close for much of my childhood, but the last years were some of the greatest. He truley loved us.

My Mom's Dad (step-dad, but he wasn't called that!!) Was my Grandpa. We had a special bond and he passed away the year after Trevor and I married. I was with him when he went to meet Jesus, and I look forward to his big hugs again!!

My Mom's Mom. My Grandma and now Jack's GG!
One of the most amazing woman I have ever met, and I adore her.
So does Jack.
I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Trevor's Grandparents live in Minnesota, and they are some of the most incredible people you will ever meet, and they are MY Grandparent's too. I love them dearly.

And Jack.
Jack has 4 incredible Grandparents. My parents and Trevor's parents are 4 of the best you could ask for and I am so thankful our children have them.
My parents have been married for 30 years, and his parents for 40 years.
They love God and eachother and their Grandchildren reign supreme!!

Happy Grandparents Day!!
We love you ALL!!



















Saturday, September 10, 2011

7 Months Old!!





My babies are 7 months old today! Those dragging days of exhaustion are now gone and replacing them are days that go bye in the blink of an eye!

I am truly in love with these little people who wake me up and want my time. I am so thankful for their health, for their presence in my day.

It is downright adorable when they take notice of Jack and vice versa. The other day, Christian was on his tummy and Jack was doin' his thing, being crazy and Christian just started laughing. Jack noticed that he was being watched and proceeded to ham it up. Pure awesome. All Jack has to do is look at Camden and Camden grins bigger than ever! I am anxious for the days when all three boys are covered in mud, playing games and being silly...together.

Camden

Happy Boy!
Camden is growing like a weed. He is my little chunky boy I never thought I would have. He loves his bottles and food, eating pretty much any solids I give him. He goes to bed between 6-7pm and sleeps until 6-7am (although the last few mornings it's been 5:15am!!) He takes 3-4 naps a day anywhere between 35 minutes and 90 minutes. He is napping in a pack-n-play in our room.

He rolls from back to tummy, but hates it and gets stuck. He still loves his pacifier and enjoys pulling it out, and putting it back in. He has this crazy high pitched cooing sound, it's hilarious and I have got to film him one of these days! He makes the "da-da" sound and still does the humming.

He is trying to sit up, but doesn't balance well yet. He can sit for 20 seconds or so sometimes, but then tips over. No more swaddle for sleep time, just his lovey.
He will be dead silent and the moment you put Christian in front of him he starts blowing raspberries and giggling. It's so adorable. He smiles at everyone, and gives this "flirty" look. With those big blue saucers for eyes, he's irresistible! He is quite the happy baby.


Christian


It was naptime...he wasn't into taking pics
Christian is still a long and skinny thing, but he makes up for his size in other areas. He is a mover. He has started getting up on his knees and rocking. He goes backwards and gets so angry, starts jabbering away like he's telling the whole world off! He is so close to just taking off.

He and Camden sleep about the same (post on this topic to come!!) but he is still waking once a night for a feeding...ugh.
He rolls, scoots, pivots all around the floor to get to what he wants.
Today in fact, I left the boys for a moment only to return seconds later due to screaming. Christian had swiped Camden's pacifier right out of his mouth and wouldn't give it back.
I replaced the pacifier, and separated them. Walked out of the room, two seconds later, more screaming. I walked back in the room to find Christian gnawing on Camden's foot. Like, "you tattle tale! I'm going to eat your foot off now!" And man, does it hurt when he chews on you! Even with no teeth yet!!!

This kid is going to give me a run for my money.

Christian loves his solids, and we are still monitoring how much he gets since the more solids he gets, the less formula.
He is very deliberate in his grasping, and very exact. Picking up small things and such. So, I gave him some banana chunks rolled in Cheerio dust and he grabbed them right up and stuck them in his mouth (he got it in there most times) and he did great. Loved it. He is definitely further along in this area of development than his brother.

He talks non-stop "ma-ma ba-ba" etc. He is a lover. Loves to grab your face and snuggle in. But he also has stranger anxiety and if he isn't sure about you, he gives you quite the stare down.