Saturday, April 23, 2016

something special.

So LilliAnn has been trying to decide (for several weeks now) something special that she wants her daddy to get her for her birthday. Tonight, as we're driving home she says, "Daddy, I finally know the special thing that I want." Jeb says, "Ok, sis. What is it?" And she leans forward, puts her hand on his shoulder and says, "Your heart."
#icanteven #daddysgirl

Monday, April 11, 2016

Letter to my Birthday Baby: Two Years Old

My precious baby Rush,
Goodness. I don't even know where to begin. I already could just burst into tears just thinking about you already being two years old. You are seriously a dream! Literally, I dreamed of you before I ever got pregnant with you. I knew what you would look like…what you would act like…but I never imagined just how much I would love you. I cannot put into words or even fathom the amount of love I have for you…my baby…my third child…my joy…my sweet, charming, adorable little boy. Maybe it's because I was a little bit older when I had you…or maybe it was because Reid and LilliAnn were two years apart and I felt like life was pretty crazy as an inexperienced parent with two littles…but whatever the reason, I have completely enjoyed EVERY SINGLE SECOND of your baby-ness. You're my little sidekick and I love spending my days with you while the big kids are in school. Sometimes I look back at you in your carseat and I feel like I am riding around all day with your daddy…as a baby…in some weird Benjamin Button way. Every time you talk in your precious little toddler voice, I can't help with smile. My heart completely turns to mush when you say, "Love lou, mommy," or "What ooo doin' mommy?" 
Those curls. I can't even take it. They are so sweet…and I don't think I'm going to ever be able to bring myself to cut them! 
You have THE BEST and CUTEST personality. You are extremely social and not scared of strangers at all. Everywhere we go, you go up and talk to people and flash your precious smile. You are a little charmer, and people can't help with fall completely in love with you. You're quite the talker. You've been talking for while now, but in the past three months you've started saying everything! People cannot believe how much you know and how talkative you are for your age!
You're absolutely crazy about your big brother and sister. You can't wait to "pick the big kids up" from school every day, and if we drop them off somewhere you'll ask, "Where'd bubba go?" or "Where's Lolli at?"
Favorite things at 2 years old:
-Mickey Mouse (the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show)
-COWS and bulls (especially Missy's Bully)
-strawberries, blueberries, and oranges
-the colors green and orange
-trains and tractors
-taking baths
-riding on your Power Wheels four-wheeler, Gator, and Ranger
-shoes (especially cowboy boots)
-watching YouTube videos on mommy's phone (particularly Old MacDonald farm videos)
-singing and dancing
-Brown Bear Brown Bear book
-Please Mr. Panda book
-Farm Animals book
-asking, "But why, mommy," while doing the "why" hand motion
-answering, "I don't know" when asked why...


Favorite songs:
-Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
-This Old Man
-Barney Theme Song
-Hot Dog Song (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)
-Mr. Moon
-Hey Diddle Diddle (Cow jump over moon song)
-Old MacDonald Had a Farm
-Rock A Bye Baby (Tree Top)
-cow songs (that we make up)
-Hello (Adele)
-Work (Rhianna)
Things you can DO at TWO:
-sing your ABCs
-count to 12
-put your shoes on
-ride your power wheels 4-wheeler and Ranger/Gator all over the place with excellent steering skills!
-name nearly every animal and what sound they make
-knows the colors orange, green, and blue
-do a perfect somersault
-run really fast
-get yourself water in a cup from the refrigerator 
Rushton Jeb, you have been the missing part of our family and the last piece of the puzzle in my heart. I love you to the moon and back, sweet boy. You will forever be my baby.