Cason Crew

January 23, 2015

It's officially official

Today I officially quit my job. I've been on a leave of absence since I had Reese. Technically I still had a job and could go back next year. Drew and I always knew that this was sort of a trial period financially to see if we could make it on just his salary. I knew that the time was coming that I'd have to make a decision. That time came today. 
I'm thrilled to be starting a new phase. But it was weird quitting my job today. I worked at the same school, in the same grade, in the same classroom for seven years. I know it's only seven years, but so much changed in those seven years. It was a very strange feeling to officially quit today. I wasn't necessarily sad, but I had a little bit of nostalgia as I walked down the halls one last time. I guess it's because I realize it's the ending of one phase and the beginning of another. Even though I had many difficult days of teaching I still made lots of great memories. 
So as of today I am officially a SAHM and I couldn't be happier. I know God is going to provide for us. I'm not even a little bit worried about it. I'm thrilled to be able to live out my dream! I'm thankful that God has allowed me to be able to do this and I plan to enjoy every single minute with my little ones.
On a side note, Presley drew a family portrait for me. She's really been into writing "Mom" since she asked me how to spell it. Today she asked me how to spell Drew. (instead of dad, ha!) I told her one time and she remembered it for this drawing. She didn't draw herself because she said "I tooked the pictures". 

January 21, 2015

Reese is 10 Months

Whoa, Whoa Barbara! (we say that all the time these days...for no specific reason related to Barbara) I can't believe we are already into the double digit months. Reese is growing and changing so much every day. She is getting to be such a little person who understands and communicates with us. I love it. This is such a fun age!

These monthly shots are getting increasingly harder each time. Today we had a BIG scare. We sat her on the chair and she started to attack her bear. Then she got up and started RUNNING towards the side of the chair. Drew was in front of the ottoman and I was standing by the chair on the opposite side. So the ottoman was somewhat in our way to just grab her. We both lunged toward her and just barely caught her...by the leg and diaper...as she was taking her plunge. You'll see a picture of me having a heart attack after it happen. Oh my!
Physical
-She weighs almost 21 lbs and is about 28 inches tall.
-She is wearing mostly 12-18 month clothes. Crazy! 
-She is wearing size 3 shoes (when she wears shoes)
-Size 4 diapers
Eating
-She is still taking Zantac two times a day. We are trying again to wean her off to just once a day and hopefully soon no Zantac!
-She is still drinking Nutramigen formula. We have been talking a lot about what we want to do next. We are ready to try her on whole milk but we are just worried about the reflux/milk protein allergy issues. Not sure what we will do next.
-She drinks about 4-5 bottles a day. Each bottle is about 6-8oz.
-She is eating pretty much whatever we eat. She doesn't like much food unless it's crunchy but we are still offering it.
-She loves cheerios, crackers, Honey Buzzers, and anything crunchy.
Sleep
-She is a great sleeper! She goes to bed around 7:30ish and wakes up around 7:30. Most nights she doesn't fuss at all.
-She still only sleeps on her tummy.
-She takes 1-2 naps a day. If we are out doing things then she can skip her morning nap but she gets really cranky. I try to give her two naps.
-She can usually put herself to sleep unless she is overtired.

Random
-She is walking around everywhere
-She tries to climb onto anything and everything.
-She is always opening cabinet doors and drawers and pulling out everything in them.
-She can sign "more", "All done", and "eat".
-She can say mama, dada, bopbop, pup pup, and poppa.
-She loves to pick up and throw balls
-She is into any toy that is not hers. 
-She loves to chew on everything
-She throws a fit when she doesn't get her way. She is showing her dramatic side much more.
-She chases her sister and likes to run away from us.
-She LOVES the dogs.
-We can tell she is starting to try and be silly.
-She loves it when we hang her upside down or let her roll off the couch (obviously we catch her)
-She still adores her big sister more than anyone! She is starting to make a P sound and will really try to say "Presley" when she first sees her. 

January 16, 2015

"I'm Batman!"

Reese is jabbering all the time these days. It is so much fun! I feel like she is really trying to communicate to us. She has a few words that she can pretty clearly say. She says Mama, Dada, Pupu (Puppies) and bopbop (bottle). She has a few words that aren't always the same but she tries to say Presley a lot. It normally comes out like "Baba" or something. I haven't quite figure it out. She is really good and signing to us eat, all done, and more. I am certain she understands pretty much anything we tell her. So cool!
 Presley has been pretty obsessed with the LEGO movie since we got it for Christmas. We constantly sing "Everything is Awesome!" It's pretty annoying after awhile. But she loves it. And for whatever reason, one of her other favorite parts is when Batman says, "I'm Batman".  So she goes around and says that all the time. I'm pretty sure Reese is going to try to start saying it as well. 

January 13, 2015

A "typical" day

Some days are not at all "typical" for us. However, these days we have gotten into a pretty good routine. I like to blog about it so that later in life I'll remember what my days use to look like. 

6:45-I wake up. It is really my goal to wake up around 6:00 every day to get up and showered before the girls. That way I have some alone time. But right now I really like my sleep. But I'm getting better.

7:30-The girls normally wake up. Some days it's earlier and some days it is a little later.

8:00-We eat breakfast as a family. This is something that is such a blessing. When I worked I would literally grab something as I was going out the door. I would always be so sad as I saw Drew with Presley at the table eating. Now I get to stay with them!
9:00-Drew goes to work and the girls and I play for a little while. Lately Presley has been doing her chores and her daily calendar. She loves that time!

9:30-Reese normally goes down for her nap and Presley and I have some alone time. Some days we paint toes and other days we read books. It really all depends on what she wants to do.
10:00-Presley and I have some alone time. I'm really working trying to get her to play alone for a little bit. This is also a really good time for me to do a load of laundry or answer e-mails for Drew.

10:30-Reese wakes up and we have some more fun play time. This is also a good time for us to run to the bank or library or just anywhere to get out of the house. Hopefully as it gets warmer we'll start going on our walks during this time. 
12:00-We eat lunch. We almost always get the privilege of having Drew eat with us. Again, such a blessing!

1:00-We read books and usually watch a show before nap time.
2:00-Nap! Reese normally sleeps but Presley will usually lay in her bed and talk to herself. I turn on some music and the rule is that she can't get up until the music is off. That gives me about an hour of silence. 

3:30-Craft time. Normally the girls are pretty cranky at this time so it's good to have something different to do. We try to paint, do playdough, or something crafty.

4:30-Dance party! This is the hardest time of the day. I really try to do anything possible to entertain the girls because I'm normally really tired and so are they. Drew usually gets a text from me at this time that says, "Coming in early?"

5:00-Daddy comes in! We usually start cooking dinner at this point.
5:30-We eat dinner.

6:00-Family play time. We tried to play board games or kick a ball around. Anything where we can spend some time all together.

6:30-Baths

7:30-Bed! Since Presley doesn't take a nap most days she is almost always ready to go to sleep about this time. Some days she makes it until 8:00 but not often.

Of course many of our days are not at all like this! But for the most part we stick to a routine. I think Presley really appreciates knowing what is going to happen. It also helps with battles because she knows that every day she will take a nap. And she is learning that every day she will play alone for a little bit. I think it's a good thing to have a routine but to also not be SO stuck on it that we can have change. 

January 12, 2015

"Do you Remember?"

I blog so I can remember every thing. It's crazy how quickly I forget all of the little details of every day life. So often Drew and I will be talking about something that Presley use to do or say and we can't remember everything. So of course I just look on the blog and can almost always find the answer. I print my blogs into a book each year so that if something ever happened to my blog online then I'd still have a physical copy. Plus, it's so fun for Presley (and one day Reese) to go through it like a book.

Today I got my new book in the mail and I was so excited! I instantly opened it up and started reminiscing about all the posts. It was so strange to show Presley pictures of different things and she had no idea what we were talking about. She remembered so very little of her life even just a few months ago. It's sad. We had a fish for about a year and she loved him. She saw a picture of his fish tank and didn't even know what it was. So weird! We sat down before nap time and went through pretty much every page. I felt like I kept asking her, "Do you remember that?" And most of the time the answer was no.
I'm so glad I started this blog almost 4 years ago. Not only for me to remember everything but also for Presley. I realized today that she won't remember most of her life so far. Really sad! But I'll always be able to go back through this blog and show her pictures and stories of things that happened. And I really think she will appreciate it. I know I will!

January 11, 2015

"I Feel Pretty"

Every day when we do our calendar there is a part where is says, "Today I feel..." The other day Presley told me she felt pretty because she had on a sparkly dress. She is really into looking pretty with her clothes and lipstick. I love that she's a girly girl. But we've been working hard to also tell her that it's not what's on the outside that always makes her pretty. I definitely want my daughter to feel pretty and feel good about herself. But I don't ever want her to think that's what it's all about. 
She was so excited to wear this new sparkly dress to church today. She loved that I picked out panty hose for her to wear too. She was pretty excited and told me she felt pretty. Of course, she then preceded to tell me that I didn't look pretty yet. Ha! I guess I didn't have enough sparkles on for her. 
I did get told by my 3.5 year old that I looked pretty last night. Drew and I were able to get dressed (in actual clothes) and fix my hair (in something other than my "mom-do") and we went out on a date. We made a goal this year to go out on at least one date a month. We always say that we're going to do better at going on dates but it never happens. We both feel like it is so important to keep our marriage alive and we definitely need some alone time to do that. Being married and having kids is incredibly difficult. We can barely get in two words to each other when our children are around. So hopefully we will stick to our goal and continue our dates this year. We didn't do anything amazing (or expensive!) but that wasn't the point. We were together without kids and got to enjoy time with one another.