Cason Crew

July 25, 2014

Storytime and Toes

I know I've said it many times before, but I don't feel like Presley is a shy person. She is incredibly outgoing but only once she warms up to you. I'm sure that's common for children her age. I've been trying to find ways to help her feel more comfortable around new people. I'm not trying to change her in any way. If she is always shy at first then that's great. But I thought it might be good if this summer she had the opportunity to get out of her shell a little more if she wanted to.
So early this summer Presley and I started going to story time at our local library. We've pretty much gone every single week. The first few weeks that we went Presley would literally sit in my lap and never let me out of her sight. I was honestly completely ok with that because I am always a nervous wreck when we are in public. People are crazy sometimes. But I know that I also need to work on just letting her go and becoming more independent.

We kept going and I could tell that she was really enjoying it. Even though she was pretty timid while we were at the library, we would get in the car and talk about what we did for hours. She loves to sing the songs and do the craft. So we just kept going and kept taking little baby steps. Each week she would get a little more comfortable and she might sit on the rug alone for a little bit.
Yesterday this mommy was proud. Presley not only sat on the rug the entire time, she participated in every song, she looked happy (and not terrified) and she did her entire craft all by herself. Yes, our neighbors were there too so I am certain that made a difference. But I was still so proud. This was huge! Not one time did she turn around to see if I was still there or come to ask me for help with the craft. She did her own thing and I watched from a distance. I know it is tough for her (and me!) but she did so well today. My baby girl is growing up! 

On a different note, Reese has found her toes and is obsessed with them. It's the cutest thing. She's getting so good at grabbing things...including her big sister's hair. Ha!

July 24, 2014

How to have a successful play date

This summer Presley has had lots of play dates with new friends. I feel like all of a sudden we've had lots of little friends just pop up out of no where and it's awesome! Because of that I thought it would be fun to do a list of things you need to know to help make play dates a success. (and of course I am never good about getting pictures of these play dates. I did manage to steal (with permission) a picture of Presley and her new friend Mason. But other than that you'll just have to use your imagination)

1. Be prepared for your children to misbehave...I mean like bad! No matter how much you beg, bribe,  talk to your child about sharing and behaving it just isn't going to happen. But it's ok because (hopefully) all parents understand. So there will be no judging at all!

2. Practice your "nice" mommy voice for company. Since #1 will be happening you'll have to discipline your child a few times. But we all know we have to be extra nice when company is around so you'll want to make sure you have your sweet voice ready.

3. Don't plan on having a conversation with your new mommy friend because it WILL NOT happen. Of course you and your new bestie will talk, but you probably won't get in but a few sentences before you're interrupted by a loud bang or a screaming child. At least you'll get a good start on about 25 different conversations that you and your new mommy pal will be able to finish over coffee...without the kids.
4. Be prepared for a mess. I'm not talking about the normal every day mess your child makes. I'm talking about the "I want to show my new friend EVERY TOY I OWN mess". And why wouldn't your child want to show off their fun toys. At least it will be a good time to rearrange all those toys you totally forgot were hidden in the closet.

5. Have snacks! Of course it would be great if you were a good mom and provided some healthy options. Or you can be like me and offer cookies and sweets. Don't get too fancy because those hungry kids won't notice your cuteness you've spent hours on. Just make sure you have some food. Those crazy kids will get hungry and it will be embarrassing when you are scrounging around in the cabinet hoping to find something tasty. A slice of bread is OK, right?
6. Expect a meltdown when it's time to leave. Let's be honest, your child has just made a best friend and can not imagine life without them. They long to play with each other forever (or at least until the next argument) Just stay calm and continue to beg, bribe, talk to your child about how there will always be another time to get together. 

7. Enjoy the time together and be excited that you and your child have just made new friends. Play dates will hardly ever go how you plan them when you are dealing with little children. But because we all obviously have kids (otherwise, why are you at this play date?) and we all understand. Know that there is absolutely no judging going on.

We have enjoyed all of our play dates lately and we look forward to many more.

July 21, 2014

Reese is 4 months

So I've decided that this is my favorite month for Reese so far. I'm so glad we are finally out of the fussy, cranky baby stage and she is finally at a fun age! I feel like we were there a little last month too, but this month has been awesome! She is such a happy and content baby. I know I said that she was a much more difficult baby than Presley and I do feel like that was true for the first few weeks. She sleeps well, eats well, and is overall happy. We are having the best time right now!
-We go to the doctor for her check-up in a a couple of weeks (we have one for she and Presley together) so I'll know her numbers for sure. But we are thinking she is probably about 15 lbs and is inches long.
-She is wearing mostly 3 month clothes and lots of 3-6 month stuff fits. The things that don't fit don't because she is so long.
-She is wearing size 2 diapers. I could probably move her up to size 3 but I don't want to until I absolutely have to since you get less in a box.

-She is still such a great eater. She is eating about 5-6 oz every 4 hours.
-She is still drinking Nutramigen.
-She is taking .8mL of Zantac two times a day and it seems to be helping. She basically has no reflux symptoms at all. I would love to try her without the medicine but I haven't gotten brave yet. Hopefully soon.
-We plan to give her some rice cereal pretty soon too. 
-She loves to help "hold" her bottle. AKA she pushes the bottle out of her mouth. Ha!
-She starts to get really excited when she sees her bottle. She'll start making her mouth move like she's sucking.
-She is still a fantastic sleeper. She goes to bed around 8:30 and wakes up around 6:30.
-She is taking about a 2-3 hour nap in the morning, a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon, and sometimes a 30 minute catnap in the evening sometimes. Like I said, she's a great sleeper! 
-She is sleeping in our room in her pack n' play.
-She still sleeps on her tummy. She gets really mad in the mornings when she wakes up and can't roll over onto her back. 
-She never takes a paci, however she does love to suck on her fingers at times.
-She can self-soothe pretty well. We normally just turn on some white noise and pat her back a little and she's good.
-She loves to talk.
-She loves to laugh.
-She is very content and happy almost always.
-She doesn't roll over yet but she is really trying.
-She loves her bath.
-She hates being in her car seat. It makes trips VERY fun! ha
-She adores her big sister.
-Her nicknames are mostly Monkey Monk, Reestipher, Reese Eldah, Reestipher Eldington The Third (we are so weird)
-She loves to be under her play mat and grab her toys.
-She loves her jumperoo.
-She is getting pretty good at sitting up. It probably won't be long until she'll be doing it on her own
-Presley makes her smile and laugh more than anymore else.
-She took her first long trip to my parent's house. 


First LONG trip for Reese

This past weekend we took a trip to my parent's house. Drew had a wedding up in NW Arkansas so we all took a trip with him. I was really nervous about how Reese would do in the car. She absolutely hates her car seat! However, she did really well. 

We left super early on Friday morning in hopes that Reese would take her first morning nap. We totally forgot about morning rush hour traffic. Oops! Thankfully it wasn't too terrible but it did put us back about 20 minutes. Reese fell asleep for about an hour and then woke up to make a nice poopy diaper. We stopped and all got a little break and then got back in the car for another hour. Reese wasn't too thrilled about the last hour because she was hungry. She eventually cried herself to sleep again. So overall she did really well. Presley did amazing in the car and we expected she would. She can pretty much entertain herself with books, stickers, and Drew's phone.

We spent Saturday just playing with my parents. My grandparents came over for a little while too. We had a great and relaxing day. 
On Sunday (after getting home at 1:30 a.m. from an ALL day wedding) we went down to my grandparents land and Drew took some pictures of my sister and her family. Reese and I stayed in the house with my grandma so we didn't get any pictures of everyone together. 

We got back on the road around 9:00 and started the journey back. It was pretty much the same story. Reese slept, pooped, we stopped, she fussed,she  fell back to sleep, and we were home. We had a great trip!

July 11, 2014

Suck and Rub

Ok, first of all you need to get your mind of the gutter. The title of this blog is completely and totally innocent. Well, maybe not totally. I really don't want to forget this story.

When Reese starts to get tired she will suck on her hands and rub on her ears. So the other day Drew asked me if I thought Reese was getting tired and I, without thinking, just yelled back, "Yep, she's doing the suck and rub" And honestly it didn't even occur to me that what I said might be taken the wrong way. Since I am so mature and innocent there is no way I would ever think of anything inappropriate. (*wink) Drew had to do a double take and wasn't sure if he had heard me correctly. Obviously his mind was in the gutter. So we got a good laugh out of that one. And we've continued to get a good laugh out of the inappropriateness. We have to find our entertainment as parents somehow. We can only make these types of comments for a few more years before Presley is going to start picking up on how bad they are. Ha! I wanted to make sure and blog about this we could remember this random story later on.

Hot Wedgies and Snowcones

Presley tells us all the time that she's "havin a wedgie". We've taught her for a long time what a wedgie really is, but I think she's created her own idea of what it is. I won't go into detail,(because I'm not totally sure myself) but let's just say I don't think it's quite the same as what you're thinking. When she does get her wedgies, she's pretty dramatic when she tells us about it. It's quite funny to hear your 3 year old dramatically scream and cry, "I'm having a wedgie!!!" 

The other night she was upset about the thunderstorm and was crying and fussing pretty hard after I put her to bed. I didn't hear her right away so she fussed for a couple of minutes. By the time I got to her she was pretty worked up and sweaty. Once she finally calmed down she dramatically told me, "I'm having a HOT wedgie!" I'm not really sure what the difference is to her, but it was obviously worse. Ha!
The other night we took the girls out for their first snow cone. Drew called it, "diabetes in a cup" It was so ridiculously sweet that it was almost hard to eat. We got Presley a birthday cake flavor and it was like drinking melted icing. Sounds delicious for the first bite or two, but that is about all we could eat. Presley enjoyed it. Reese and Presley both enjoyed watching all the cars and big trucks drive by. After snowcones we drove around with the windows down getting our jam on since the weather was so nice. We had a good night.
A couple of weeks ago we took the girls to get some donuts (we are obviously all about sweets) Drew got a lemon filled powdered donut. (this could probably be considered diabetes in a napkin) Presley said it looked like he was eating an egg. We thought that was pretty creative. It's always fun to hear the things she comes up with these days. She has a pretty inventive mind and I love it!

July 7, 2014

I Confess...

...I am obsessed with kissing Reese's cheeks.

...I love having conversations with Presley and just seeing what crazy thing she comes up with.

...I am incredibly overprotective! (and completely unashamed of it)

...I struggle with trying not to care about the house being clean all the time. It's so hard for me to just let there be a mess. 

...I am completely OCD about most things. But there are random things I am strangely ok with that Drew is incredibly OCD about. Weird.
...I think my children are the cutest in the world and I am crazy about taking pictures of them. I am also crazy about sharing those pictures with the world because everyone needs to see how cute they are. :)

...I also think my children are the smartest children ever, but I try not to brag about that. :)

...I absolutely love being a stay at home mom.

...There are some days I feel like I might lose my mind when I am at home with the kids ALL day. 

...I lose my patience with my children sometimes and I always have an extreme amount of guilt when I do.

...Some days I feel like an absolutely awesome mom and some days I feel like the worst mom ever.
...I feel like it's a luxury when I get to go to the bathroom or take a shower without an audience.

...I wear the same yoga/sweat pants and tank tops all the time. Some times I wear them many days in a row without washing them.

...Some days when the girls are napping I nap too...and I feel no shame in that!

...I love singing the Frozen songs all the time. Honestly. 

...I "trick" my daughter into playing something "super awesome!" so we don't have to keep doing what we are currently doing. It's totally selfish but I call it survival. 

...I am pretty terrible when it comes to dressing my girls up in matching outfits. Or even cute outfits some days. I'm all about practicality. Some days we don't even get out of our pajamas and I'm totally ok with that.

...I think some hairbows can be way too big and look really ridiculous. 

...I think some popular kids outfits look ridiculous and I think some people probably just wear them because they are what's popular. No one could possibly think they are cute???

...we don't do Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the Toothfairy and I don't think my children are missing out.

...I don't do crazy "pinterest" inspired birthday parties and I also don't feel like my children are missing out.
...I sometimes sneak food when Presley's not watching so I don't have to share.

...I skip words in books so I can read the book faster.
...I sometimes use the TV as a babysitter. 

...I also use my phone as a babysitter sometimes...just to mix it up a little.

...I look forward to naptimes. 

...I really do try to come up with fun and educational things for my children to do, but sometimes I get lazy.
...I adore my family and feel so incredibly blessed!

...I can't get enough of Reese and Presley together. They are so precious.

...I already dream about the possibity of having more babies...which I thought I was done!

...I am a hermit crab sometimes because I'd much rather be at home with my family than anywhere else in the world.

...I feel so blessed that Drew's job is doing so well that I'm able to stay at home with the girls because I can't imagine having to leave them all day every day. 

...I should pray for my family more because I know that God is the center of everything. 

...I love my family more than words!!!