Cason Crew

May 21, 2015

"I'm gonna go find some bugs"

I feel like Presley is growing into such a little girl. I see it in how she acts and in how she looks. It's so wonderful to see her growing up but it makes me so sad. I can't stand that my little baby girl is starting to be a big girl.

Lately her favorite thing to do is to look for bugs. She'll tell me, "I'm gonna go find some bugs". Then she'll run outside in the backyard and start digging in the mud. She'll come in after a few minutes to proudly show me her new bugs and mud covered hands. Every once in awhile I'll check on her through the window and she'll just be walking around enjoying being outside. She seems so big to me in those moments.
I noticed her the other day and she was walking around talking to herself. This happens often so it wasn't too big of a deal. She likes to play in her room and pretend like she is a teacher or talking to her friends. But this time when I opened the door I just heard her saying things like, "What do you want to do? Oh, you want to go by the tree? Ok, we can play by the tree". And it was a little creepy since there were no baby dolls around. I was certain she had a new (and creepy!!!) imaginary friend. So I just stood at the door and watched her for a minute. When she finally noticed me she looked a little embarrassed. I asked her what she was doing and she said, "I'm talking to my bug". Oh thank goodness! I was so relieved it wasn't a made up friend. I'm not sure how I'd handle that. 
I feel like when I look at Presley she looks so different. She's always been adorable to me, but these days she looks so pretty. Her little baby features are now starting to be big girl features. I catch myself just staring at her and admiring her. It brings me to tears to think that she is almost 4 years old! SLOW DOWN!!!
There are lots of times when Presley asks for hugs and kisses. Or she'll tell me she needs a hug. Or she'll ask me to snuggle her before bed. And no matter how frustrated I might be with her I will always stop whatever I am doing and love on her. I know there is going to be a time when she is too big for me. I just don't think I can even think about that right now. I want my little babies to always be my little babies. 

May 20, 2015

Reese is 14 Months

I didn't do a 13 month blog post because I decided I would stop after a year. But I feel like so much has changed even since 12 months that I don't want to forget anything. So here's a quick little update on Reese's world right now.

Reese is getting so funny and she knows it. We love to watch her learn and grow into a little girl. It's so fun watching her start to really pick up on things and learn. It's hard to imagine what life was like before her.

-She weighs about 22 lbs and is about 31 inches tall
-She is wearing 18-24 month clothes (and even some 2T!)
-She is wearing size 4 shoes (almost 5)
-Size 4 diapers.

-She could probably eat all day long! She loves food.
-She is drinking regular milk 2-3 times a day in a sippy cup.
-She will occasionally still want a bottle at night but we try our hardest to offer the sippy first if she'll take it.
-She drinks only milk and water and occasionally apple juice watered down.
-She sits at the big table in a booster chair and will eat pretty much whatever we are eating for dinner.
-Her favorite foods include cheese, crackers, cereal bars, cereal, yogurt, pasta, strawberries, and bananas. But she will pretty much eat anything.
-She loves to go to the pantry, get a bowl out, and find something to eat. Many times we catch her opening up boxes and getting her own food.
-She takes 1-2 naps a day depending upon our schedule.
-Most naps are about 30 min-1.5 hrs. 
-She always sleeps in her crib unless she is sick and can't sleep well.
-She still likes to lay down on her belly but we've caught her sleeping on her back a lot lately.
-We started putting a little pillow in her bed and she loves to snuggle it.
-She sleeps with no white noise or music and does just fine.
-She goes to bed around 8 and wakes up around 8. 

-She is climbing onto everything. Just the other day she climbed onto a table at the library after moving a chair close to it.
-She loves to climb up stairs. She can climb down stairs pretty well if she pays attention to what she is doing.
-She loves to play whatever her sister is playing with.
-She loves to be outside and has really discovered the fun in her swing. 
-She loves to play with balls and really likes to slam dunk her basketball into the basketball goal 
-She has gotten two bottom molars and her two top molars are coming in. 
-She adores her big sister and is starting to mimic everything
-She always says "cheese" if you ask her to take a picture and she loves to be a ham.
-She is trying to talk a lot more.
-She calls her sister Batman all the time. 
-She loves to dance
-She is incredibly sensitive to mosquito bites and we learned that the hard way this month.
-She can name many of her body parts
-She can make lots of animals sounds.
-We think she is pretty smart!

May 14, 2015

Drew Came with Us!

Drew has been working so much lately (which is awesome!) But we don't get to see him much these days. So I asked if he could take off a day and go to the zoo with us. He was so glad to take a little break from his editing and come enjoy some time with us. We had a wonderful time. The weather was absolutely perfect and the girls were both extremely happy. I'm so glad Drew took a little break for us. 

May 10, 2015

Not what I planned

Reese has been sick with croupe for what has seemed like forever (but really only about a week). I do believe croupe is THE WORST! She has been miserable. We have spent many nights awake with a congested and coughing baby. Drew and I have taken turns sleeping on the couch to let Reese stay in our bed. We've also taken shifts to try and let each other get a little bit of sleep. Needless to say it's been a tough week and I feel like we have been quarantined from the rest of the world forever!

Unfortunately Reese was still not 100% better today. I didn't want to be the mom who takes her snotty and coughing baby to the nursery. Both Drew and I were scheduled to serve at church today but it was easier for me to find someone to teach my class. Therefore Drew went to church and I stayed at home with a sick baby. Not exactly how I planned to spend my Mother's Day. And to be honest, at first I had a bit of a pity party. But as I was watching church online I was convicted of how selfish I was being. There are so many women who would probably give a lot to be able to be at home with any baby. So even though it wasn't my plan I'm still thankful that I'm a mommy. 
I didn't expect anything as a gift from Drew and the girls. We don't normally do gifts. I did ask that Drew do an interview with Presley on video. He surprised me with that same thing a couple of years ago and I loved it. So I did expect that. But he surprised me with some other goodies as well. It was incredibly sweet and I felt very loved. 
We all got to take a wonderful nap this afternoon. Then we spent some time playing outside as a family. This is pretty rare these days since Drew is so busy. Reese had fun exploring all the fun parts of the swing set. She has just recently discovered that she is big enough to do more than her swing. I think she feels like a big girl when she can do what her sister does. 
I am so thankful that God has given me the incredible privilege of being a mommy to these two crazy girls. I don't take it for granted at all.