Sixteen Months

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I feel like I just wrote Cullen's fifteen month update.  Seriously, where is the time going?  Things need to slow down so I can soak up every little boy is growing up way too fast!

 We had a couple rough weeks thanks to some pretty painful teething. I've always heard that the canine teeth were the worst, but I had no idea.  There have been a couple occasions that he has just rolled around in pain.  I was called out of church one Sunday because he was completely inconsolable in the nursery.  No amount of popsicles, teethers, or snuggles from his uncle and aunt could calm him down.  Even I could not comfort him.  It absolutely broke my heart to see him in such pain.  Hopefully the worst is over and those stubborn teeth will finally pop through the gums soon. 

Cullen's favorite things lately still include being outside, particularly playing with his water table, blowing bubbles, finding rocks and sticks, and playing on his slide (He has mastered climbing up the front and back of the slide, giving me a minor heart attack every time.), dancing (he asks Corey to turn music on every morning and has figured out how to turn up the volume on the ihome), and talking.  He talks all day every day. I just wish I could actually understand what he is saying!

Over the last couple of weeks, Cullen has added some new words to his vocabulary.  A few of his newest words include:

Gigi (or G sometimes) - my Mom
Meme - Corey's Mom
boops (books)
poop (I am a little ashamed that I accidentally taught him that word.  But as a boy, he was going to learn it soon anyway, right? #momoftheyear)

He has finally started waving 'bye' and it absolutely one of the sweetest things ever! And lately he has been stuck on 'Mommy'.  Not that he wants my attention any more than usual, he just repeats 'Mommy' over and over and over throughout the day. The way he says it melts my heart!

This little boy owns my heart.  He makes long work days worth it, and he can always put a smile on my face. We have so much fun keeping up with his infectious personality.  I wish I could keep him this little forever, but at the same time, I can't wait to see who he grows up to be.

I love you Cullen, with all of my heart!

Five Years

Friday, May 16, 2014
Today, Corey and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary.  It is amazing to me how much our lives have changed over these last five years.

Five years ago, our family looked like this.

And now our little family is a little bigger and even more in love.

I love this man more and more every day, and I could never have imagined a better husband or father for our son. He is my best friend, my encourager, my bug killer, the talkative to my quiet, the bold to my shy.  I look forward to growing old with him (but not too soon!) and  seeing what God has planned for our future.

Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It is so hard to believe that two years ago, we found out that we were expecting, and just last year I was celebrating my first Mother's Day! I got so much love from my little man this year, that my second Mother's Day was absolutely wonderful!

After church, we had lunch at my parent's house complete with naps, playing outside, and sno cones at our favorite shaved ice stand.

Once we were home, the three of us took advantage of the gorgeous weather and spent some time together outside. I got to relax and sip on iced tea while Corey did yard work and Cullen flitted back and forth between trying to help Corey and playing in his pool. We stayed outside until the sun went down, and it was perfect.

It melted my heart to see Cullen chase Corey around the yard. He already wants to be just like his Daddy. He followed Corey back and forth row after row and kept begging to help push the mower. Nothing makes me happier than watching these two together and seeing how much they love each other.

I could not have asked for a better day. I got to relax and enjoy time with my two favorite boys. It may not sound like much, but a laid back day filled with giggles and kisses was all I needed. I wish we had more days like this, with less concern about getting things crossed off a list and more focus on taking advantage of every moment we have together. It's the little things, like bare feet on freshly cut grass and backyard pool parties that build the memories we share for a lifetime. I love this little boy so much and feel so blessed to be his Mommy.

I hope you had a great Mother's Day as well! What was the best part of your day?

Fifteen Months

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
This update is almost three weeks late. Oops! Cullen has changed a bit over the past few weeks, but here is a little bit about him at fifteen months.

This growing boy is now 32.5" tall (90th percentile) and weighs 24.4 lbs (73rd percentile). He took quite a jump in the weight department; it looks like his weight may be catching up with his height. I'm not surprised though. He eats All. Day. Long. If only I could get him to eat a vegetable.

In addition to the words he was able to say last month, he has recently added
        bebe ('baby')
        idoit ('i do it', usually when he is climbing in a chair)
        cheechos ('cheerios')
        bye (very rarely and only when prompted)
        peas ('please', again very rarely and only when prompted)
        nononono (his way of saying no...when he really means it)

He doesn't really say 'yes', but he will nod yes to just about any question you ask him.  At first it was any time he was asked something...even if the answer was no.  He is starting to get better about only nodding when he means it. 

I have noticed recently a big desire on his part to be more independent. He wants to spoon-feed himself yogurt. Which is adorable, but messy. He wants to sit in a kitchen chair instead of his high chair. (It might be time to invest in a booster seat. Any recommendations?) He also wants to walk down the stairs instead of being carried.  He reaches up for my hand, my heart melts, and we walk down the steps together.  It is the sweetest, and I don't mind one bit that it takes five times longer to make it down our stairs!

I am blown away every day at how smart he is and at what he can do. Over the past month, I've watched him go from pulling all of his toys apart to actually putting things together. He knows how to put the animals in Noah's Ark, and he knows how to put most of the shapes back into his shape sorter.

While there are some days where Cullen pushes my buttons and wears me out (there are moments when I feel like he is hitting the Terrible Twos a little early), I wouldn't trade it for anything! I love spending time with him and getting to know the little boy he is growing into. This is an incredibly fun age. He keeps us laughing and amazes us every day!

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