Callum's First Doughnut

Last week, on September 19th to be exact, Callum had his first doughnut. It was national talk like a pirate day and every year Krispy Kreme gives away a dozen doughnuts if you come in dressed like a pirate. Every year I am blown away that they try to give a box for each child (well, and adults too) when one box is way more than enough. So, just like last year, we only took the one box. And we luckily went into Krispy Kreme just before a couple adults walked in with like thirty kids. Score for us…well really score for my kids because I totally would not have waited in line that long!

When we got home, I decided to let Callum partake in a doughnut. Honestly, he was way more into the peach I gave him the other day than the doughnut. He didn't seem to like touching it much. Which, it was fresh and very sticky. And he really didn't eat much of it before completely loosing interest. But, it made for some cute pictures and isn't that what really matters?!

Just look at that first picture, so curious what's in the box. He was probably so curious because we were so excited to give it to him!

I am such a sucker for all these minor firsts in my kids lives and totally love documenting it, even if I get made fun of from time to time for doing so…yep, a mom at Isla's preschool made fun of me for always having my camera. I'll just chalk it up to jealousy ;)

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Preschool Open House

^^ She has never posed with her hands on her hips before and wasn't actually for this picture either, but actually dancing. 

^^ Obviously Isla is thrilled to be taking a picture with her mom and dad. 

^^ Her spot at the circle…which we learned from one of her teachers that Isla does best if she can look straight at the teacher. 

Isla had her preschool open house on Monday. Given that she is in the came class as last year, it was all  well known for her. She literally quickly ran around the classroom showing us all the stuff and was done. It was pretty funny. We were in and out within a matter of a couple minutes. Of course, then Isla was ready to run around and play with her friends so we stayed for a while and let her do that.

Let's take a moment to discuss how incredibly happy Isla was to take a picture with Ian and I. I don't think we are that horrible of people, but her face would obviously indicate otherwise. Of course, at least she is standing and looking at the camera. There have been times where she just curls up in a ball on the ground when I ask for a photo. So I guess that is progress.

Also, Isla picked out her outfit for the evening. Bow and all. It's been a while since she has consistently worn bows, so I was happy when she asked to wear one. Of course, I did have to do a little persuading to make it a matching bow, because she really didn't want to match. But, she said to me her teachers like it when she matches, so she would match…hahaha. The teachers totally have more pull than me.

I really love Isla's preschool and am definitely going to be feeling all sorts of sadness when we say goodbye to the amazing teachers at the end of the year. Isla is always excited to go and loves the teachers so much…and lets be honest, I love those wonderful women too.

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Connor: This kid has always loved to play school. He teaches Isla all the time. It cracks me up. 

Isla: She loves creatures, big and small. 

Callum: Thinks water in anything is cool. 

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Three Kids

^^ I usually let Callum play in the water table rather than the pool, as it's easier. On this particular day, the kids kicked him out of the water table because they wanted to play, so he ended up in his bathtub outside. #thirdchildproblems

^^ He's looking at me like, "You are really letting this crazy girl hold me again mom?!"

^^ Since we moved and the only bathtub is downstairs, we have switched to showers. Callum usually is on the floor of the shower and stays in there while the other kids shower. 

I feel like we have really gotten into a rhythm and routine with three kids. It just feels, dare I say, normal. I think it helps that we have the school run every day and Callum is taking two solid, long naps a day. That makes for time to really get things done. No longer is my day structured around nursing sessions and it is more just about life. If only my nights would be this way, but baby steps. 

The kids still really like being around Callum. And they probably man handle him more than he would like. Oh, and steal his toys. It gets me every time that they are once again entertained by the baby toys that entertained them as babies. 

I don't seem to be getting as many unstructured pictures of the three of them anymore. I don't know if that is because the older two don't spend as much time sitting around staring at Callum or because often they are in close proximity upstairs and my camera is usually downstairs. I have considered hitting up Ian for a camera on each level, but I am pretty sure he would give me a look if I did that ;)

I really am liking this whole three kid thing. I like watching Connor and Isla interact and play with Callum the older he gets. It makes me excited to watch his personality develop and thus watch his relationship with his older siblings grow and develop as well…though I am sure there will be plenty of fighting in my future, especially over him destroying lego creations. I am a realist after all. In the mean time, I will just enjoy life when only two fight and bicker (yet completely melt my heart when they actually play well together) and not three. 

Speaking of three kids, a little third child picture of Callum was featured on places kids put things. I got a bit of a laugh out of the story they put along with the picture. 

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Callum's new party trick

September 18th, Callum stands for the first time

We knew it was coming. We have known for a bit that we need to lower Callum's crib. After all, he can scoot to the side and tries to pull himself up. Alas, he can't bring himself from laying to sitting and he had yet to stand, so there wasn't a crazy rush. Well, we must have done it in the nick of time. Ian lowered Callum's crib on Sunday. He plopped him in after to check it out and Callum immediately pulled himself up to standing!!! It was like, WHAT?! Callum was so incredibly proud of himself. He was giddy and beside himself. He stood like that for a few minutes before realizing he had no clue how to get down. I tried to show him how to fall on his butt, but he wasn't really into it. So, we shall see when he learns the very necessary skill of going from standing to sitting without hurting himself.

Don't worry though, he still isn't crawling…maybe he will be one of those mysterious kids that skips crawling and just walks.

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Connor: He is super creative and draws huge cityscapes in detail and likes to explain what things are used for. 

Isla: I thought they weren't cool anymore, but my little pony's have made a huge comeback in our house again. 

Callum: "Teething? I'm not teething…" Four teeth in two weeks. It was brutal. Then I look in his mouth and it looks like there are more trying to come in as well. 

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Callum {9 months}

Weight: 18 pounds, 12 ounces
Length: 28 inches

Likes: his brother and sister, sitting up, Ian's sunglasses, food…all food, paper
Dislikes: teething, night time sleep, missing his nap

This kid slays me, I tell ya. As long has he gets his naps, he is literally as happy and content as can be. His doctor even made several comments about how happy he is. And he truly is. Not only is he smiley, but he also is a very content little boy. He is happy as a clam, just sitting there watching the world go by. People seem to be amazed that he always just sits there, happily looking around. That being said, he still isn't crawling. 

Now I'm not trying to rush the crawling, as I know movement will rock my world. He is starting to scoot around backwards. But even that isn't in a crawl position. He does it when he is sitting up and scoots himself with his hands. It's pretty funny. He doesn't go from laying to sitting just yet, but certainly tries. And now if you stand him up, he pretty much thinks it's the best thing ever. Like he gets the biggest smile on his face. But, when he backs himself into a corner (or under the bed) from scooting around backwards, he gets angry until I move him back out. 

Food wise, he is eating all sorts of things. I have mostly been giving him chunks of things to eat, but still throw some baby food in here or there. This month, he has tried hard boiled egg, rice and bagels. He has also had some peach and I am sure other things that I am just not thinking of right now. I just throw at him whatever we happen to have on hand. He does a really good job picking things up with his fingers. 

I feel like size wise, Callum is kind of in between sizes. His 6-12 month jeans are far too short, but the jump to 12-18 month seems to add several inches and I have to roll them up a ton. But, we are working with it. He is still in size 3 diapers, but will be moving up to a 4 pretty soon. Speaking of his size, I got grilled a bit by his doctor. Apparently he is only in the 29 percentile for weight. Now, let me be honest when I say I get so tired of those stupid charts the doctors obsess over. Also, Callum seems to be growing at the same rate Connor and Isla did. Anyway, the doctor asked what and how much I was feeding him. It literally took every ounce of my self control not to answer her sarcastically…and I only held back the sarcasm because I didn't want cps showing up on my doorstep next week! Needless to say, I am not concerned about his weight and he certainly doesn't look malnourished to me. 

The biggest news in the past month is teeth. Connor finally got two bottom teeth at the end of the month…and since has added his top two teeth. But teething has not been nice to us. In fact, it has been awful on our sleep, and my sanity at times. Here's to hoping when that last tooth is all the way through, we can start getting some good sleep around here again. 

Even if Callum isn't sleeping well at night, he still takes stellar naps during the day. He takes a morning and an afternoon nap and they are both around 3 hours long. Sometimes those naps get messed up by activities or the school run and though he can be a trooper about it, it doesn't always work out the best for all of us. 

On a side note, pleas excuse the scratched face. I apparently went a little too long between cutting Callum's nails and he assaulted himself while in his car seat. Eek! 

And because I love me looking back at my babies, Connor at 9 months and Isla at 9 months.

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Isla's first day of Pre-k

Isla started preschool last week. She was more than ready. It seemed a bit hard on her to watch Connor go off to school every day for a month and her not go. She asked many, many times when it was her turn. She was pumped on her first day and handled the whole thing like an old pro. In fact, she didn't even really want to say bye. She was already too busy playing. The whole thing made me laugh, thinking of how hard her first year of preschool was and how she would cry every morning at drop off. 

I was afraid having her good friends move on was going to be hard on her, but she handled it much better than I thought. I think it helped that a girl in her ballet class is also in her preschool class this year, so she had a familiar face to play with. 

Obviously the hair stylist that came and talked at preschool last year really made an impact on Isla, as she still wants to be a "hair styler". I responded back with, "Ok, a hair dresser" and Isla got the biggest kick out of that saying we don't put clothes on hair and that I was SO FUNNY. It was a sweet conversation. The kind you want to remember for a long, long time. 

^^ That's a normal Isla sass face

^^ We've officially entered the "I would rather make funny faces than smile" stage of life. It is pretty entertaining though and I really do like seeing the kids personalities shine through in photos I take. 

Here's to a good last year of preschool for Isla! Preschool certainly is a sweet, sweet time and I really hope it is an amazing year for her.

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Nine in, nine out

Can we discuss how it literally pains me to look at these pictures of me 9 months pregnant?! Does anyone really (I mean, come on, really) like being 9 months pregnant? Then lets add on to it that I decided to grow out my hair mid-pregnancy and it was at a totally awkward length. I feel like I have these weird elf ears poking out. So really, I may be more excited about my hair than not having a belly…hahaha. I do have to say, even in the midst of teething and lack of sleep from it, I would take this any day over walking around like a ticking time bomb, fearing my water breaking in public. But, there is the squishy newborn goodness that follows (and I mean the baby, not the belly). And nine months on, I have happy, smiley Callum and he is just about the best thing ever.

And just in case you want to look back, because we all know I did, here are my thoughts at 40 weeks and here is a brand new baby Callum. Also, how did I miss until just now that I predicted Callum was a boy the day before I had him just because of my pregnancy rage?! That's pretty funny. 

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Connor: This kid is growing up so fast. I'm glad he will still hold my hand and will still answer the 10,000 questions I ask him about school every day.

Isla: This spicy thing started preschool last week. I kind of feel like I need to wish her teachers luck every day. But seriously, it's certainly hard to be bored (or enjoy any silence) with her her around.

Callum: Showing off his two new pearly whites. And would you believe a third tooth has already come in since then…and a fourth one is on its way?! That will be four teeth in just under two weeks. 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

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