new beginnings

The past 2 months have been the busiest & most stressful of my life.  I guess it has been apparent of that on my blog because I have basically been nonexistent. We have had so much house stuff going on!
When I left off we had a contract on our house. Well, the very next day after I posted about that, our contract fell through. I was so upset. Mostly because we had a house that we wanted and needed ours to sell AND that meant more showings. Showings with dogs and small kids are just not fun. "House on the Market" mama is not nearly as fun as "Regular" mama.
Thankfully, just one week after our contract fell through, we got another offer! The house we loved also accepted our offer and we were back in business. The business of crazy, that it. I could probably write a book about horror stories on buying a home. We dealt with a lot of crazy shenanigans with the homeowners...including having to break in to our new house on closing day! Ha! Never a dull moment with the Mays!
We moved in late last week and are loving the new place. It is the same size as the old house but it has a little over an acre and the boys are LOVING the outdoor space. I'm just trying to get settled and unpacked as quickly as possible so we can all feel normal again. We have been wanting a big, beautiful yard for our entire marriage and it feels surreal that we actually live here!
We will have several projects with this house but I will take before pictures as soon as it is all arranged. 
One of the best parts of our house is our neighborhood. It is exactly where we wanted to be AND we are right down the street from friends! Life is good, y'all. 


Cheney: 9 months old

Cheney, you are NINE months old today!
Weight: 15lbs 12oz (PEANUT status!)
Height: no idea...find out next week!
Clothing: 9 month & 12 month
Diaper: just moved up to size 3
Shoe: size 1
Well, you still LOVE to eat! You are getting less interested in your bottles. You are still getting them 4 times a day but you usually only drink 4-5 ounces each time. You love to eat real food, though! Whenever anyone else around you has food, you think they should share. Your favorite foods right now are: blueberries, yogurt melts, Mexican rice, yogurt, any type of pasta, strawberries, watermelon, and crackers.  You still haven't mastered the sippy cup yet but love drinking water out of my cup!
You are still sleeping through the night! Hooray! Sometimes you wake up fussing but you always get yourself back to sleep. You are sleeping from about 7:30-6:30. You were sleeping later until we moved. I need to get those blackout curtains hung up in your new room! You are taking 2 good naps a day. Luckily you are pretty laid back & can handle just one long nap on your brother's preschool days.  I know you will love summer break though because we won't have as many interrupted naps! You have also entered in to the fun phase where you throw all your pacis out of your crib as soon as you wake up!
Happenings this month:
-you are now CRAWLING! You can speed crawl all over the house! You are loving this new freedom.
-we moved! You have loved exploring the new house...you are a busy girl!
-You know how to climb up the stairs. I do not love this milestone.
-You are pulling up on everything! We had to lower your crib because you were starting to stand up in it.
-still zero teeth!
-you are obsessed with Jack. That grouchy little dog is your favorite and you follow him all over the house!
-you got your very first boo boo this month when you hit your eye on the coffee table.
-you are BUSY. You are always on the move & do not like to snuggle anymore except when we rock you to sleep!
-you really don't like having your diaper changed or changing clothes. You don't have time to sit still on your changing pad...you would rather be crawling around! You cry & roll around like crazy when we do change you.
Cheney May, you are just the sweetest and happiest baby girl. You are our little ray of sunshine & we are so thankful you completed our family! I adore your big blue eyes and big gummy smile. I will miss that when you finally get some teeth! You are so precious and so LOVED! Happy 9 months, baby girl!


Cheney: 8 months old

Cheney girl, today you are EIGHT months old!!
The Stats:
Weight: SURELY you are 14 pounds by now. I have no idea though!
Height:26.5ish inches
Clothes: either 6-9 month or 9 month
Diaper: 2
Shoe: 1 (and they are SO TINY!)
You are still drinking 4 bottles a day. You eat between 5-7 ounces at each feeding. You LOVE eating real food.  Whenever anyone is eating, you think you must be eating too. Your favorite foods right now are mandarin oranges, blueberries, yogurt melts, mum mums, raisin bread, scrambled eggs, & really anything you can gum. You still have zero teeth but that does not seem to be a problem!
I can finally say that you are SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! Praise the Lord! It took a few nights of sleep training, but it worked. You are now sleeping in your crib, in a sleep sack, from about 7:30-7:00 each night. It is wonderful! You also realized this month that you are a tummy sleeper. That is fine with me! You also finally got the hang of crib naps! You are taking 2 naps a day. Your morning nap is from around 9-10:45 and in the afternoon you sleep from about 1:00-3:00. Thankfully you are pretty laid back and can sleep anywhere because our schedule is pretty crazy!
Happenings this month:
-well, you are sleeping all night long! YAY!
-you are rolling all over the place...especially in your crib. Sometimes you even flip yourself to face the wrong end. You are the busiest baby and are always moving!
-You are pulling up to a standing position. Such a big girl. You can't do it on everything, but you are a master at pulling up in the bath tub. Stinker!
-You can now clap and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. You always clap when we say "YAY CHENEY!!!" I need to catch it on video!
-you are obsessed with your brothers. They make you laugh so hard! Grayson now gets in your crib when you wake up & I love hearing y'all giggle through the monitor. They love you so much!
-you have enough hair to actually hold a bow! a real bow!
Sweet Cheney, you are just such a joy. You are the happiest baby girl and are always full of smiles. People stop and compliment you everywhere we go.  I think it is those pretty blue eyes! We can't imagine life without you in it. Happy 8 months, baby girl!


oh, nice to see you again.

This poor blog has been so neglected since Cheney arrived. There are so many things to fill the world in on, too. I thought I would swing in & give a little (or big) update.
We have been SO busy. Busy raising small children, yes. But, even busier because we decided to sell our house! This was not a spur of the moment decision or anything, but once we got our agent, things moved pretty quickly.  Let me tell you something. Living in a house that must remain "show ready" at all times is SO VERY DIFFICULT with 3 small kids and 3 shedding dogs. It's exhausting.  Our house was on the market for 10 days when we accepted an offer & we are hoping to close in late April. We are still dealing with a few hiccups regarding our buyers but I am really praying that everything works out and we won't have to go back on the market.
So what is more fun than selling a house? Looking for a house to buy in a CRAZY market! We don't want to move far. The neighborhood we are hoping for is only about 10 minutes away from where we live now. It just has different schools and really nice, big yards. The problem with where we want to move is that houses tend to sell before they are even on the market. It's a tiny bit (okay....REALLY) stressful. So that has been our life for the last 3 weeks. Learning the crazy game of real estate. We seem to keep taking one step forward & then a few steps back. It's been frustrating & I am just looking forward to the day that this house has officially sold & we are in a new house. Praying that happens soon!
Grayson started spring baseball a couple weeks ago. He has several boys from his last team with him again so he is loving that.  Games haven't started so poor Griffin has not had to be tortured with those yet. Haha, those 2 could not be more different!
We also have a baby girl who is dead set on crawling. How is she big enough for that?! She always leans forward now & rocks back and forth. I know she will be on the move soon enough & I am not ready for three mobile kids!
So, that is our life right now. Hopefully next time I blog we won't be homeless!


Cheney: 7 months old

Cheney girl, you are 7 months old today! That means you are officially closer to ONE than birth. Hold me!!
The stats:
Weight: my guess would be a little under 14lbs (aka: tiny)
Height: 26in
Clothes: all 6 month
Diaper: size 2
You are only drinking bottles during the day now! Hooray! I expected that weaning you off that middle of the night bottle would be rough but you did it all on your own. You are drinking bottles every 4 hours during the day & you eat 3 solid meals a day. You really have no interest in pureed foods except applesauce and yogurt. You eat lots of foods like Griffin did. You love raisin bread, mum mums, mandarin oranges, bananas, sweet potatoes, and pretty anything on my plate. You just want whatever we have! You've been working on picking up your own small bites but you have a hard time putting the food in your mouth.
Sleep. Such a fun subject. That is, when you are getting it. Oh, Cheney. Sleeping is not your thing! We will start with your addiction to the Rock 'n Play. You were still waking up throughout the night because you just weren't comfortable in there anymore. Your feet were hanging way off the end and you were smushed. We decided it was time to force you into the crib so we sold the Rock 'n Play. ha! No turning back now!! You have not adapted well to the say the least. You are starting in your crib wearing a sleep sack and usually end up in our bed. I'm desperate for sleep. That's just how it is! You seem to be getting the hang of crib naps, so maybe we are moving in the right direction!
Happenings this month:
-you don't use the baby bath seat at all anymore and sit like a big girl in the tub! You really love splashing in the water!
-You stopped taking your 3rd short nap in the late afternoon.
-So. Much. Sickness. This month you had a stomach virus that lasted 5 days & Hand, Foot, Mouth. We just can't keep the germs away from you!
-You experienced a lot of snow and ice over the last month. 8 full days to be exact!
-you think your brothers are SO funny. They jump around & dance for you and you just laugh and laugh. They love you so much & love entertaining you!
-You are fascinated with Jack. He sits next to you on the couch & you try to pull his hair.
-you are starting to roll more frequently but not in the crib. I think you would like to sleep on your tummy, you just haven't tried it yet.
Cheney, you are the sweetest little girl. I still can't believe you are ours. Your bright blue eyes and gummy smile make me so happy. You bring so much joy to our family! We love you so much, little girl!


ice ice baby

Last week was a doozy.  It all began on Sunday. There was a looming winter weather advisory that was supposed to hit late Sunday night and continue for most of the week. Of course, my normal grocery day is Sunday. If you live in the South, then you will understand that flurries make people go CRAZY.  I knew that grocery shopping would be awful & I was right. The Publix was slammed and the bread aisle was almost bare. I got all of our necessities for the week & we hunkered down for a big winter storm. Ben even bought the boys sleds!
You see, Nashville is in what we call a "snowdome." There will be snow ALL around us but it usually misses us completely. Well, last week was different. Not only were we lucky enough to get snow. But we were also lucky enough to get 3 solid inches of ice!
...and yes. This above picture perfectly sums up how we felt about being STUCK.
We played in the snow on Monday with our sweet teenage neighbors. Emma pulled the boys around in a sled & they shoveled the snow in our yard. It was freezing cold & Cheney was unimpressed. On Tuesday I took the boys out for an hour while Cheney took her morning nap. Again, it was freezing. I think it was 15 degrees out & I was certain that my feet had frostbite. We had a blast sledding down our hill & playing in the snow. I even snuck G out while the littles napped that afternoon and we played together. It was so fun & made me excited about snow days when our kids are older! Remember, this was Tuesday...and the last day that we were able to actually play outside.
It all went downhill after that. The next day our fluffy snow got covered in several inches of ice. Our yard and sidewalks quickly became an ice skating rink. The temperature was about 10 degrees. And on top of that? Cheney got Hand Foot Mouth. Big fat thumbs down. So, we were trapped by the weather and a sick baby.
You guys. I have never felt more crazy in my life. If I learned one thing last week, it's that I am not a homebody. Neither are my boys. We were excited just to bust out & go to the pediatrician!
 This past Saturday the temperatures finally got above freezing & it rained all day. The ice started to melt & we have never been happier.  So, after a full week of snow & ice, we are over winter at this house! Spring is welcome any time!


Menu Monday

Well, let's just say that I didn't stick to my 21 Day Fix plan. A horrific 6 day ice storm will drive you insane...and it will also drive you to order pizza. There was a lot of takeout this week but we will remedy that this week. Here's what we are having this week!
Monday: Baked Chicken and Baked Spaghetti Squash with Cheese
Tuesday: Salsa Chicken (the EASIEST thing ever) -- I make burrito bowls with this & Ben makes tacos!
Wednesday: Panko Chicken Bites with Bang Bang Sauce & baked sweet potatoes
Slow Cooker Enchilada Stack - Simply turn on your crockpot and forget all about it until you have the cheesiest and creamiest enchiladas ever! It's so easy!
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Dinner with friends!