celebrating Cheney

Our little Cheney girl had a great few days celebrating her 1st birthday! Her birthday was last Thursday. It was rainy most of the day & we had a really low-key day at home just playing! The boys were SO excited about her birthday. It was really sweet. Grayson doted on her all day long!
My friend, Alex, made Cheney the cutest watermelon shirt for her birthday. She looked so cute in her ruffle bloomers & birthday shirt!
I made blueberry pancakes for the birthday girl (she had pizza for lunch. both her favorites!) & then she got her very own tiny chocolate cupcake. The boys sang "Happy birthday Chocolate Face" over & over...aren't they sweet? Ha! Sister LOVES her sweets and thinks this birthday stuff is pretty awesome.
We opened presents after dinner. Look at that big girl walking towards her gifts! She's getting there! Cheney got the Little People Disney princess castle, a stroller, & a baby doll. She LOVES the castle and all the singing princesses!
I have decided that there is nothing cuter than a baby pushing a baby!!
It was a fun day celebrating our girl. I still can't believe my bitty newborn is a toddling little 1 year old!
Cheney's party was on Saturday and we had a watermelon theme because our girl LOVES her some watermelon!
I LOVED her invitations! I told Amy my theme and colors & she created the cutest invite!
This was pretty much the extent of all decorations. I kept it pretty simple!
I do love her chalkboard! Making these is kind of therapeutic. This one will hang in her room!
The birthday girl! She was way too busy all day to stop & pose for pictures!

Cheney's smash cake was a success! She ate pretty much only icing & really liked the pretend watermelon seeds. She is our cleanest smash cake eater!
Cheney opened her presents afterwards. She had lots of preschool-aged helpers! For the first time in a year we have lots of girly toys. It is funny seeing a sea of pink things among our superheroes and trucks!
It was a great day celebrating Cheney with our family & friends. Our little watermelon loving girl had a blast!


Cheney: 12 months old

Cheney baby! YOU ARE A ONE YEAR OLD!!
The final stats:
Weight: 17.7lbs at the cardiologist!
Height: 29in
Clothing: all 12 month
Diaper: size 3
Shoe: size 4
Sister, you LOVE to eat. This month we finally started sitting at our new kitchen table and you sit in your booster at the table like a big kid! You've been eating off of plates & doing really well. You will still eat just about everything. Your favorite foods right now are watermelon, blueberries, anything with cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, any kind of rice, & goldfish. You are DONE with bottles & formula...hallelujah! You love whole milk.  You are easily going through a gallon a week! You had absolutely no problem giving up bottles & happily drink milk out of your sippy cup. I am so happy to never have bottles in this house again!
You are still a great sleeper! You dropped your morning a few weeks ago. You have been a trooper about that! You wake up EARLY but can usually hang until about 12:45-1:00 for your nap. You sleep until around 3:30 in the afternoon. Your bed is full of lovies and animals, but you have had to really become attached to one. You also sleep with a gazillion pacis. They are all thrown on the floor immediately when you wake up in the morning!
Happenings this month:
-you are SO CLOSE to getting a third tooth on the top. Your little gums are so swollen!
-you can take 5-6 steps when you want to. You are a lazy walker; you have a big brother who literally carries you all over the house so you have no need to walk! We practice a lot & you will walk if really want to.
-you are such a climber. It makes me crazy. You will climb on anything & I can't take my eyes off of you for even a second! We got a big inflatable water slide & you can crawl right up the big slide! All by yourself! You have absolutely no fear.
-you went on another really long road trip to Louisiana this month! You did pretty good in the car & had so much fun exploring new places!
-You are starting to really enjoy the pool/water. Well, unless it is really cold. You have let me put you under several times and it does not bother you. You love the inflatable slide & crawling all over it!
-doing big girl things like taking only one nap & drinking only out of a sippy cup!
-you really enjoy story time at the library & are finally sitting still for us to read to you!
-your THIRD tooth popped through this morning!!
Oh, Cheney baby, how can you already be 1?! I remember the day you were born so vividly. You had the squishiest baby cheeks and I just stared at you for hours. I still kiss those baby cheeks a thousand times a day! You are such a happy baby girl & your silly squeals and laughter make each day brighter. You have stolen the hearts of everyone in this house, little girl! We love you so very much & are so thankful you are ours. Happy FIRST birthday, Cheney!


on the day before your birthday

My darling baby girl,
I blinked and a whole year passed me by. Tomorrow you will be a 1 year old! I have said the same thing about your brothers, but I do think your first year went by the quickest.  I have tried so hard to savor each stage of you since I know you are the last baby.  I have clung to your baby-ness because I know by now that it will be gone in an instant. My favorite times with you have been in our glider when you will actually let me rock you to sleep. That is really the only time you are still & I love just snuggling you!
I have dreamed of having a little girl for my entire life.  In my head I pictured a quiet and dainty little girl...and well, that you are not. You are even better! Cheney, your personality is so much fun. You are LOUD, adventurous, sweet, fearless, & full of sass. You may have 2 big brothers but you can certainly hold your own. You are one tough, petite little lady! You definitely keep us on our toes more than your brothers ever did!
Everywhere we go people notice you & compliment your pretty smile & blue eyes. Smiling is something you do often! You are such a happy girl & find joy in the smallest things. You love your brothers & think they are they greatest. Grayson is your biggest protector & Griffin is like your personal comedian. They have been smitten by you since day 1 & it has been so fun watching y'all interact! You completed this family, baby girl, and I am pretty sure you will be their "Cheney baby" forever!
You have completed my heart in the most perfect way. I am forever grateful that God chose me to be your mama. You have taught me to be more patient, enjoy the small moments, & just slow down.  I can't wait to watch you grow up! Thank you for adding so much joy to our lives. We love you SO MUCH, baby girl!


celebrating Griffin

Our little birthday boy had a great day celebrating! He & Grayson will be having a joint party at the end of August, but I want to remember all his little "Griffin-isms" from his actual birthday.
This is the first birthday he has been really excited about. Griffin has talked about being three & been practicing holding up 3 fingers for months now. I love how excited he has been! I asked him last week exactly what all he wanted to do on his birthday and got this response:
-do something fun with my friends
-eat cookies
-go get ice cream
-eat pizza
-have a strawberry cake (he even requested that I make it instead of being lazy & ordering one! haha)
I love that our tiny toddler's list pretty much revolved around food. Makes me laugh! We started off our day before Ben went to work. Griffin got one present & it was one that was already put together and couldn't be wrapped: his new sand box! You may remember that Ben's dad built G an amazing sandbox for his 2nd birthday & the boys LOVED it. However, after almost 3 years, the wood was just saturated and the sand was always soaked. Ants kept getting in & they just couldn't use it anymore. Griffin was pretty heartbroken & has been asking for a new sandbox ever since. Needless to say, we had some happy boys (even Cheney liked it!) yesterday!
We went to a trampoline park with lots of friends after breakfast & had a blast. There were trampolines and bounce houses galore. It was the perfect morning for our little jumping bean! For lunch, Griffin requested "Ms. McDonald's" because he really wanted chicken nuggets and an ice cream cone. So we went to McDonald's with our friends & I think the boys had a great time sitting at a big table with just their friends!

Everyone took really long naps after our 2 hour jumping adventure. When Ben got home from work, we ate pizza, strawberry cake, & opened presents. Griffin got so many fun things but his favorite was a pack of 5 firefighters. He is OBSESSED with "guys." He plays with firemen, superheroes, & policeman figures all day long. It was so funny!
He stayed up late jumping on the trampoline and was just so happy all day. Before bed he asked, "am I still going to be 3 tomorrow?" He is very worried that it will only last for a day! Love his cute little self. We had a fun day celebrating our littlest boy! 


and then you were THREE!

Oh, my sweet Griffin. Today you are 3 years old. I can't wrap my head around it because I still vividly remember the night before you were born like it was yesterday. I remember crying as I tucked Grayson in that night because I couldn't imagine loving another baby boy as much as I loved him.  My heart grew the day you were born.  You were the 2nd baby boy I never knew I needed so much.
Griffin, you bring so much JOY to our lives. To know you is to love you. You are a little ball of energy and you are SO funny.  You keep us all laughing every day. I know you are now the middle child, but those big blue eyes just make me melt & your Daddy says you will have me wrapped around your finger for the rest of your life. There is just something about that middle kid!
You love life so much. The most simple things bring you so much happiness.  I love that about you. You are kind, smart, silly, & the best cuddler. And my only cuddly baby. God really knew that I needed a snuggly baby! You give the best "squeezes" and tell me you love me a thousand times a day.  You still love trucks, all kinds of animals, superheroes, singing & dancing, & playing outside...unless it is too hot. If there is one thing you don't love, it's the Tennessee heat in the summertime! You have the best little mixes of personality.  Most of the time you are pretty fearless, but when you are feeling nervous, you still need us to hold your hand or give you a hug so that you feel comfortable. You are loud, loud, loud at home. Full of silly & fun energy. But at school & church? You are much more of an observer. You adore Grayson & pretty much think he hung the moon. Y'all play so well together & are best buds!
The highlight of this past year was definitely watching you become a big brother. I was SO NERVOUS about that transition. You were definitely Mama's baby & we didn't know how you would feel about another baby joining the family. Well, you did great. You are such a sweet big brother to Cheney. She is your "Cheney baby" & you are just so proud that she is yours. You are pretty smitten by her still & she thinks you are just the funniest thing.  You two have a funny relationship & I think you will be the best of friends. I have been so proud of you this year with such a big change!

Griffy, thank you for making my world brighter. You will do big things in life, I just know it! I often say I want to freeze time because everyone should get to have a 2.5 year old Griffin in their life at all times; however, I just love watching you grow up and learn new things. You can grow up all you want but you will always be your Mama's baby!
Happy 3rd birthday, Griffin! We love you BIG!  


a new chapter

I traded my teaching hat for the stay at home mama hat 4 years ago. Grayson was just a baby at the time & I loved spending my days with him. We've added two more babies since then & even though it is not an easy job, I really do cherish the time that I have had with my littles. Especially when they are so small.

Well, our family is starting a new chapter in the next month & I am very excited about it! I knew eventually I would go back to work; at least part time. I didn't imagine it would be this soon, but a job was pretty much right in front of my face & it seemed like a great fit for our family! Starting at the end of August, I will be teaching in a 3 year old preschool class two days a week. It is the same preschool that our kids have been a part of & now Cheney will get to go too! I am so excited to work alongside so many people that I know & be a part of a ministry that my family already loves.  It is also nice that all 3 of my kids will be at the same place as me! Although, that will only be the case for one year, because....kindergarten. BUT, we won't talk about that yet!

It just feels right. I still get to have days at home with my kids, be a part of MOPS (which is something that I love so much!), and I get to do something that I really love doing. I'm sure there will be a weird transition period at first, but I think it will be great for all of us. Here's to new beginnings! 


life lately

I never intend to go so long without blogging, but as always, life happens.  We have had a pretty busy summer so far & I can't believe it is getting close to school starting back! Here are a few tidbits about what we have been up to...
-I jokingly call our new house the Mays Money Pit. I really do love our house & neighborhood, but it seems like we can't catch break. Right before the beach trip, we had to deal with a big plumbing issue in the kids bathroom. Then, a couple weeks ago, our upstairs air conditioner died. In July. IN THE SOUTH. SO, the Mays Money Pit now has a brand new a/c unit! Fun times, right?!
-One week after the air went out, Hudson was acting like his back hurt. I took him to our vet & they gave me some pain meds to see if that would help. We were hoping he had just played too rough with Ellie & bruised his tailbone. The next morning he could not stand up & had no feeling in his back half. I was so freaked out. I took him to get x-rays first thing that morning & was worried sick all day.  I got an awful call from the doctor & she told me that he had ruptured some disks in his back. Our options were either put him down or possibly do surgery. Needless to say, I WAS A WRECK. We met at the emergency animal hospital with Huddy & the doctor there. She looked at his x-rays and said that he had a great chance of a full recovery with surgery. SO, we went for it.

Hudson's surgery took 3 hours & he had 4 ruptured disks. They said if we had waited another day to bring him in, it would not have been the same outcome. Our pup is a trooper! The first week was hard, but he is doing so great now! It has been 2 weeks and he can walk on his own & has almost all control back in his hind legs. We are SO thankful. Our dogs are our family & we are happy to have our big boy almost back to normal!
-My mom & I headed to Louisiana with the kids a few days after Hudson's surgery. It was a 10 hour drive & I am very thankful for childrens Dramamine! We had the best time with family!

We stay at my aunt & uncles house when we go. They live on a few acres and have tractors, mowers, and all sorts of big kid toys! Grayson was in heaven. He helped Papa Bruce all day long on the tractor. I am pretty sure he would move to Baton Rouge if we let him! I wish we lived closer so the kids could see each other more often. It was a great week!

-In BIG KID news, Griffy is potty trained!!!! I dreaded this whole process because he is so stubborn. We tried it in the spring & he freaked out. This time? It happened so easily! He is now diaper-free and just wears pull-ups at night. I am so proud of this big boy!

That is all of our big news for now! We've been really enjoying our summer & soaking it up before school starts. This new yard is a dream...the boys spend hours outside each day & have so much room to run around. We are loving it! Hopefully my next post won't be a month from now:)