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Thursday, May 31, 2012

First Smile!

I got the best birthday present today..... Addi's first social smiles!! Couldn't ask for anything more!

I am so blessed!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Parade

 Memorial Day means a time to remember those who are serving and have served for our country and what better way to do it with a small town Memorial Day parade.  Although Zeeland has a parade, we decided to head to Hamilton to watch.  Ty was excited thole whole drive there and was talking about firetrucks, tractors, and catching candy in his Elmo bucket (which was everything we told him that he'd see and do).
Addi just hanging out in her carseat

Ty waiting with Aunt Kara for the parade to begin... clutching that candy bucket!

I believe this was the time he said, "Mommy, look! Big firetruck!" and kept waving.. He waved to everyone that passed by lol
Blue Star Marathon finishers!! Nice work!

Ty taking a break from candy collecting

What Memorial Day parade doesn't have the Oscar Mayer mobile?

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mommy, are they clean yet?

 Ty likes to brush his teeth, but doesn't like when we have to do it.  The rule is that mommy or daddy gets to brush his teeth one time through of singing the ABC's (very slowly :)) and then Ty gets to do it.  He loves brushing his teeth, especially since there is Thomas the Train on his toothpaste tube. I had to post these because he gave us the cutest smiles!

Ready to brush!
keep brushing!
Mommy, are they clean yet?
a little bit more....
How do they look mommy?  All done!

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Big Brother

Ty is such a great big brother!  
 We've definitely had our moments of jealousy from Ty, which is totally understandable, but I've been impressed how much Ty likes to "help" with Addi. The things he says to her are so cute sometimes and other times it just makes me laugh aloud.  

Two hilarious stories - so we don't forget (both related to nursing....)
Most of you know, Ty was quite the biter, so he knows that "No biting" is a rule in this household. The first time Ty saw me nursing Addi, he gets a stern look on his face, and with a firm voice says, "NO biting Addi, No bite mommy!"
This one shows a little bit of jealousy.... I was nursing Addi today, and Ty says, "me hungry too! me drink!" (and points to .....) SO we had to have a little discussion that Ty has his big boy milk that he drinks out of his car sippy :) 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA - Ty, now it's written down, and we'll never forget!

Here is how Ty shows that he is such a great big brother....
- When I say it's time to change Addi, he runs to get a diaper for her before I can even ask.
- When Addi spits up, sometimes he'll say, "Addi mess, me get wipes" and he'll bring me wipes to clean her up
- When Addi cries, he either says, "It's okay Addi, it's okay or No crying Addi, No crying"
- When Addi is in the carseat, and it's sitting on the floor, he'll go and say, "rock, rock" and rock the carseat back and forth genty

 and what better person to give the first bottle at 4 weeks old :)

On a side note, It was 88 degrees yesterday, so we were finally able to bring out the kiddie pool :) SO excited for more summery weather in the next couple weeks!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy 1 Month Addilyn

I can't believe that Addilyn is already a month old! Where has time gone? It has been quite the busy month but I feel I am really getting the hang of this two kid thing! I'm beginning to feel more confident with going out with both children and we have only had one episode of a complete disaster.  I ended up leaving Nate's track meet with Addi crying in the Ergo and me carrying out Ty on my hip throwing a tantrum..... I'm sure I was quite scene haha! I just had to remember to laugh about it....afterwards haha.  BEFORE kids, I always thought, "my children will never throw tantrums like that in public"..... haha YEAH RIGHT! I am lucky, Ty rarely throws a tantrum actually in public but  2 year olds are 2 year olds, and they don't call it terrible 2's for no reason at all :)

Addilyn is growing each day in so many ways. Everyday she seems to stay awake just a tad bit longer and is slowly beginning to find her voice and show her little personality. 


*you weigh about 8 1/2 pounds....same as your brother at 1 month, we'll see what happens next month!
*you are fitting perfectly into your newborn clothes but I think next week we'll begin to finally not "drown" in your 0-3month :)
*you sleep a good 6-7 hour stretch at night, and I usually only have to feed you once at night!
*you have blue eyes, and we think they are going to stay blue
*you don't like baths and they tend to be only as long as it takes me to soap you up and you want nothing more with that tub!
*you have an umbilical hernia, not sure how both you and your brother got cursed with that, but it is quite the hernia....
*your hip ultrasound, as there were concerns of possible hip dysplasia, came back normal, praise God!
* you have the longest tongue! You like to show it off and seem to always have that tongue sticking out!
*you love to be held and you don't quite know what to do with yourself when you are awake and not being held (you aren't a fan of your swing or bouncer at this point either)
*evenings are your crankiest times
*you have been sleeping in your crib since 3 weeks

 1 day old......

1 month old.....
and some brotherly love....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tulip Time 2012

 Everyone loves Tulip Time :) A few pictures from this year!

Aunt Kara chasing Ty ALL around Centennial Park

Wrestle time while waiting for the fireworks to start

Ry and Ry giving hugs :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Colin and Sara Visit

My twin brother and his wife made it to Michigan for a visit from Germany! :) It has been almost a year and a half since I've gotten to seen Colin, I had seen Sara this past summer, and I was SO excited for their visit! Colin is finishing up his time at the base in Germany and then in August they will be moving back stateside! YAY! They were able to stay with us for 4 nights and we had such a great time catching up, walking around downtown Holland (and of course getting some greasy Tulip Time food), and just simply relaxing!
Colin meeting his new niece, Addi!
Colin and Sara at Windmill Island
Aunt Sara and Addi
Ty loved Uncle Colin
Enjoying some Tulip Time food

and of course... Aunt Sara doing the "Hot Dog" dance with Ty before bed :)

I can't wait to see them, hopefully, in August!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Addilyn's Newborn Photos

 We are so happy with how Addi's pictures turned out.  These were taken when Addilyn was 4 days old and we couldn't believe how alert she was during these pictures!  We were hoping she'd sleep the entire time, but now I'm glad we got some shots of those beautiful eyes of hers! :) We contemplated bringing Ty to get some photos with him and her, but it was so much work getting Addi in the right position, and staying there, that I was happy we decided to get a family photo session in the early summer instead.

Here are some of our favorites!