Friday, August 27, 2010

15 Month Well Visit

Yesterday was Evan's 15 month well check-up with Dr. Anderson.  He weighed in at 23lbs. 4oz. (30th percentile) and is 32 inches long (75th percentile) and his head was 19 inches in circumference (75th percentile).  Another long and lean boy in our house!  He did great at his check-up and has lots of teeth (some molars) about to bust through the gums.  He had to get 3 vaccinations which is always sad to watch as that bottom lip started quivering just before the sound erupted!  He is tough was not but a minute or two after I picked him up that he stopped crying and then while we were in the van he ripped the three bandages off of his thighs.  My little guy is growing up!

Monday, August 23, 2010


A couple of noteworthy things Brady has said lately:

(1) yesterday while brady was napping, i rearranged a few MINOR things in our den.  when he woke up he commented on a couple of them and then while walking to his playroom in complete SERIOUSNESS says "this is not our house anymore" - completely straight-faced and serious.  chris and i fell out hysterical because - it was HILARIOUS but also because he and his brother, jeff, are the EXACT same way if their mother changes ANYTHING in her house...even the placement of the kitchen trash can.  i guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree after all.

(2) today i overheard brady talking to chris while he and evan were in the bathtub.  he was asking questions about when he was born, in my tummy, etc.  he then said to chris: "where was evan when i was born?"  chris said: "he wasn't born yet." brady then says: "he was waiting in heaven?" sweet is that, especially since moms always call their sweet lil' babies "angels" and everyone always refers to lil' babies as "heaven sent".  i loved it.

3 new teeth

I just journaled about Evan's 15 month progression which included one of his one-year molars starting to come in and then today I am feeling around in his mouth and BAM!!! Not only did the molar that was budding break through his gums, but two other teeth have as well.......I believe this will make 11 teeth total.  As fast as he chomps on food with 8 teeth, I am a bit frightened to see how fast he will be with 11!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brady started 4K

Brady had his first day of 4-year-old preschool last Wednesday on August 18th.  He was excited and ready to start the new school year.  He is attending Green Valley Baptist again and we learned at open house on Tuesday that two friends from last year, Caelan and Mae, are in his class again.  He also has his best buddy -and next door neighbor - Grayson in his class.  I am excited for the two days per week that I will be able to enjoy some one-on-one time with my little guy, Evan, before he becomes a big brother in February. 
Here is my big guy during his open house on Tuesday, checking out his seat in Mrs. Mara's class:

Here is Brady the night before his first day of school....all his fun surprises from Mommy and Daddy - new pj's (Cars movie, of course), new backpack (Cars movie, of course), and a new fun book about going to school for us to read to him.  He still LOVES books sooo much!

And here he is on his first day of school...such a BiG GuY!!!!

enjoying all the fun back to school decorations I put up while he was sleeping

getting ready to head to school

walking into school

"Good morning, Mrs. Mara"

He is looking so grown up!

He reported that his first day was good and he liked is new friends and teacher.  We are praying for a great year for him and very clear direction as to whether he is ready to start public kindergarten next school year or if he will need another year to mature.  We are so proud of our Brady Mac.

15 Months!

15 months sure has gone by fast.  Here is Evan's sweet face.....
he is so much FUN.  he is WILD.  he loves to TALK (in his own language).  he SCOOTS faster than any child i could ever imagine scooting.  in his 15th month he has started CRUISING...around the coffee table, the couch, the train table, whatever he could pull himself up on.  he is getting one of his first year MOLARS in.  he LAUGHS all the time, out loud and BOISTEROUSLY.  he SMILES at everyone with the biggest open mouth, tongue-between-the-teeth smile you have ever seen.  he SMILES so whole-heartedly and big that it takes over his whole being and his EYES smile too.  he has NO FEAR and wants to do "big boy" things all the time.  he is constantly trying to put Brady's SHOES on and gets frustrated when he can't figure it out.  he instantly starts DANCING his little body about as soon as any kind of music comes on.  when you ask him a question, in which he wishes to answer yes, sometimes he verbalizes the yes, sometimes he doesn't but he always he NODS passionately.

We have adored the last 15 months with this little guy and are excited to see what the next 15 months brings!

Monday, August 9, 2010

I am such a stereotype!!!

I have not had too many strong cravings yet.  As of yesterday I have had the overwhelming need for pickles.  I have bought the stackers....for my sandwiches AND the regular lil' kosher dill ones for snacking....seriously??? what a stereotype!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A strong opinion already for lil' Evan!

Yesterday I spent a lot of the day going through Brady's and Evan's clothes organizing and packing away things that they have outgrown.  I was trying some pants and shoes on Brady to see what still fit and what did not.  Evan came scooting over to where Brady and I were sitting and kept holding his foot up in the air "talking".  I put one of Brady's flip flops on him so he could be a part of the trying on process.  When I took it off, he got upset.  I went to his room and grabbed a pair of his shoes.  When I left the room, he cried because I did not put shoes on him as he apparently wanted.  When I came back with his shoes in my hand he started "talking" again and holding his foot up in the air.  I put his shoes on him and he just smiled and then scooted into the kitchen where Chris was.  When he saw Chris he held his foot up in the air and "talked" away.  He was so happy to have his shoes on.......

Saturday, August 7, 2010

We are GROWING again!

The Stidhams are adding a new family member....come February there will be another lil' Stidham in the family!  I found out on June 15th..........and to say I was in a state of SHOCK is an understatement.  But the proof was there....
We had two ultrasounds to figure out how far along I am and to make sure everything was good.  The first one, there was not a baby to see just yet so the doctor guessed I was just shy of 6 weeks.  We all went as a family the second time...July 2nd....with the hopes of seeing a baby and a hearbeat.  We got to see the little nugget and a healthy heartbeat.  With a heartbeat, we decided to let Brady know that he will be a big brother again. 
He was so cute....."Cool!" he said and then, with a puzzled look as he looked at Evan, "but we already have a baby??"  I told him that we do have a baby but GOD decided we needed another one.  He has been so sweet...he will kiss my belly: "I love you, baby." and when I don't feel well (which is ALL the time), he will look at me and say: "Mommy, it is because you have a baby in your belly."  Such a smart, young man.  Evan is unaware of what is going on at this point.  I am trying soooo hard to suck up all his cuteness and babyness while I can; before I have another baby.  I am due February 15th, which will make Evan 21 months when he becomes a big brother....hard to believe my baby is going to be a big brother

 I went from unable to get pregnant to a "fertile myrtle" at 35 years old!!! What is up with that???

So, here we grow again!  I am excited to grow our little family and see who this new baby will be and have the opportunity to snuggle a little wrapped up lovie one last time.