So....I haven't blogged since late October. I don't really have a good excuse. When I had a chance to blog, I was knitting instead. My children will have warm, hand knitted hats this winter! Since I last posted:
We went to the pumpkin patch
We went trick or treating with a ninja, Elmo and a baby money
Kalven J had a school performance that included kazoos
Reid got his first real haircut
We put up our Christmas tree
And made Christmas cookies
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. We are certainly enjoying ours so far!
The big boys rode this little train at the city market (Reid bailed as soon as it started moving because he didn't want to lose sight of me)
Levi smiled a lot. He loves to laugh and shriek.
Kalven J lost the second of his top front teeth. His tooth was so loose that it was hanging sideways. He's crying in this picture because I took it right after Kalven pulled his tooth. Kalven J put up quite a fight.
To end our week, Kalven and I got to go on a date. We bowled a couple games at Pin Up Bowl and headed to Yard House for a snack before we came home. We didn't take any pictures of us, but I did take a picture of my happy hour appetizer.
Happy crab cakes! Not only was it wonderful for Kalven and I to have a couple hours alone, Kalven J got to have popcorn and a movie with his Aunt Kati while we were out. He'd been begging to hang out with her for a while now, so he was thrilled to get to curl up on the couch and share a bowl of popcorn and his favorite movie with her.
The boys are growing like weeds and I haven't been posting updates about them nearly enough. Kalven J started school on August 13th (Friday the 13th). I'd been hoping that the start date wasn't foreshadowing of how the year would go, and so far, it hasn't been. Kalven J is genuinely excited to go to school every day and I just received a really positive email from his teacher this week as well. He is reading on a high level and has responded really well to the structure in his classroom. He has been looking forward to bird hunting with his daddy for weeks, so Kalven took him dove hunting this morning. He had a blast and was worn slick! He is the sweetest big brother ever! He dotes on both of his little brothers and is almost always incredibly patient with them.
After hunting today
First day of school
As you may be able to tell, Kalven J recieved a fancy new haircut after the first day of school. For several days after the cut he told us it felt weird, but now he's pretty happy with it. I think he looks very handsome!
Reid is using more and more new words every day. Today I asked him to quit playing in the dog food and close the cabinet. He replied "I feed Ellie!" Sure enough, he went straight to her bowl and gave her a scoop of food. His favorite word is "no", of course, followed by "board" as a close second. He loves to skateboard. There is only one question he answers with "yes" or "uh huh" without fail and that is when I ask him if he's going to starve to death. He's always hungry (or at least thinks he is). He likes healthy food like yogurt, cottage cheese and GrandNan's applesauce, but if given an opportunity to sneak away with a treat, he's all over it. We're working on potty training, but I can't say that we've seen any real progress lately. He loves wearing his "unnies", as he calls them, but could really care less if they're wet or dry. He knows all the right words and seems to recognize when he's got to go, so we're just waiting for him to decide he WANTS to go on the potty. I could just go on and on because he's changing so much these days.
Levi is almost 4 months old now and it seems like time is just flying by us. I can see him growing every day and know it will be no time before he's trying (and succeeding) to keep up with the big boys. I better get all the snuggles I can before he's to busy to let me snuggle him. He thinks it's funny when we laugh and laughs with us. His laugh is infectious and gets everybody giggling with him. Reid blows on Levi's belly every chance he gets and Levi thinks that's pretty funny too. He discovered his hands and feet in the past couple weeks, so there's lots of fist sucking and major drooling going on. He sleeps through the night and is getting better about taking naps in his crib or bassinet. He's definitely not a fan of being in the car seat these days, and only tolerates the stroller when it's in motion. Thank goodness we love using our slings and Ergo!
I've been trying to get a picture of the little boys in their matching outfits, and it's been quite the undertaking.
And finally, for your amusement, I'll leave you with afroman.
Kalven is in major get it done mode on our kitchen remodel, so last night we opted to eat at Jazz rather than brave the dusty construction mess that is currently our kitchen. Kalven J and Reid have both had crawfish before, but I always order it in etoufee because there's no way I'm picking those bugs apart. Lucky for Kalven J, William is visiting and ordered a couple pounds of boiled crawfish, so he got to try his hand at getting the meat out of them.
I thought it would be fun to see what Reid thought of them.
And it looks like maybe Levi would like a little taste.
Our baby boy was 2 months old on Monday and I'm still trying to figure out how the time flew past us so fast. He weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces at his well-baby checkup and was 23 inches long. He's fairly long and skinny now, but I have a feeling he'll eventually chunk out like Reid did. He sleeps through the night in his bassinet right next to our bed, and when he's awake during the day he smiles and coos at us a lot. He likes to have eye contact with whoever is closest and is still quite the hand holder. His big brothers still think the world of him, although I did catch Reid trying to sneak in a bite disguised as a kiss on the head this afternoon. We have discovered that going from 2 children to 3 is quite a handful, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
On a final note, not only did I slack and post this birthday blog late, we've been totally sucking in the picture department. There aren't nearly as many pictures of our children as there should be this summer.
We decided to take advantage of a kid's bowl free offer at the bowling alley up the street, so our family has been frequenting the bowling alley quite a bit this summer. It's been super hot and humid, so bowling has been a great activity that gets us out of the house and keeps us cool too. Kalven and Kalven J are both showing vast improvement. Kalven bowled his all time high score of 210 this week. Kalven J doesn't need the bumpers so much anymore. I am hit and miss. I can have a few days where I bowl in the upper 100's and days like yesterday, where I'm lucky to bowl a 70. Oh, and I think my middle finger is fractured (from bowling, duh!), adding to my consistency problem. Anyway, here are a few pictures from this week
Kalven in his fancy bowling shoes
Hanging out with the little boys
Kalven J entertaining Reid
And Levi, doing his usual bowling routine
We recently took advantage of a canceled baseball tournament and some time off to take the kids to see my family in West Virginia for a week. They did great on the drive as long as we stopped every 4 hours to let them shake their sillies out. I think Kalven J and Levi would have been fine with longer periods between stops, but Reid's patience for car rides is limited right now.
We didn't do anything major in West Virginia. For the most part we were content to hang out at home with the great grandparents with a few trips to the playground. We met up with my aunt JoAnna, her husband Joe and their kiddos Kylie and Tristan for an evening at the park and a trip to Dairy Queen. Kylie is just over a year younger than Kalven J and Reid and Tristan were born about a month apart, so they're all perfect ages to be good buddies. We also all met up at Mama Ross's house for a visit on our last night in town. My uncle Scott brought my second cousin Colton along with him. Colton was born just a couple weeks before Reid, so we had 3 one year old boys on the loose. It was fun to see them all running around together!
We were sad to leave, but we used our second long stop on the way home to spend a couple hours with my aunt Tina and her family outside of Saint Louis. We always love to visit them and Kalven J had a blast playing with my cousin Landon while Reid tried his best to keep up with them.
As usual, I forgot to use my camera most of the time we were visiting, but Michaela was home with us and took some really great shots. Here are a few pictures from our visit.
Levi had his first real bath in Nan's kitchen sink on our first night there
Reid practiced using the potty, quite successfully!
Walking to the playground
The big kid played too
There was a swing jumping contest to end the evening
Reid had a bath in the sink too
KJ helped Papa start his garden
And Levi slept a lot!
All in all we had a great trip and I'm so thankful that my kids got to spend some time with their great grandparents!
Baby #3 and I were finally released from the hospital today. Kalven and I agreed that he would be named before we left the hospital, so he is officially Levi William Thorne!
The other boys kept each other entertained this week by playing in two tiny closets in my hospital room
But Reid really liked the privacy curtain a lot too
Kalven did a pretty good job staying busy while we were there
I opted to spend most of my down time snuggling since whenever we had visitors I had to share
We are so very glad to be home. I will try my best to post lots of updates and pictures of all three boys in the coming weeks, but I know it will be a challenge as Kalven and I get used to parenting 3 boys and helping the older 2 adjust to having Levi with us.