Sometimes we're naughty and sometimes we're really, really nice!

Sister was caught on camera being super sweet to brother today! I think it's official--she likes Briggsy bear! Now that I'm mentioning nicknames we have a few around here...Piper is referred to as sister, sissy, sister pants, and Piper swiper! We call Briggs, brother, Briggsy bear, and bubby (not much though b/c she thinks bubby is the 'thing' that was in my tummy and Briggs was not that 'thing' in my tummy!!) Oh, and a door-to-door salesman that just came to our house referred to me as a domestic goddess instead of a stay-at-home mama so I'm digging that nickname right now! ...Now, how can I teach my kids to treat me like a goddess...hmmmm...:-)
Notice the red dot in the middle of her forehead! No, we haven't changed religions or cultures...a friend hit us with something at church on Sunday! ha! Lovely for Christmas pics! :-)
This is Briggs' new hobby--chewing on his fists! I think teething has begun. Boo to the hoo! I want him to stay a gummy grinned baby forever! Well, maybe not forever but longer than they do!!
9.5 weeks here! Last week at his 2 month appointment he weighed 15 lbs, 4 oz and measured 23.5 inches long. His weight was off the charts and height was in the 95th percentile but his head measured in the 25th percentile...not to worry though. The nurse said that was normal!
Briggs just moved into size 3 diapers last week and I'm already thinking we need to move him into size 4's real soon! Yikes!!!! Piper stayed in 3's forever! He's so close to sleeping through the night and when I say sleeping through the night I mean 6:30 am! Last Thursday night he slept until 6:30 then we had two nights in a row where he didn't make it, then two more nights of sleeping until 6:30 and then last night it was 5:30 am again! Ugh! At 15 lbs I think he can do it!! Most nights he sleeps until 5:30 at least. I put him down at 7:30 pm and he goes right to sleep then wake him to feed at 9 pm and then he goes right back down until morning. Piper was sleeping through the night by now so I'm rooting for him to hurry!! But, I'm in no hurry for him to get bigger!! Stay small!


From Last Week to This Week!

All I can say is "Whew!" I'm tired and somewhat stressed right now trying to figure out how to get everything done before Christmas! I'm sure Piper would appreciate having her 'normal' mommy back soon! And, Mommy sure would appreciate a vacation!! Haha! She still loves jewelry!
8 weeks! Do you think he's getting enough to eat??
One day we stayed in our pj's until late afternoon! These are Piper's favorite shoes. I don't think they even fit but she insists on wearing them! If they were the right size, I might let her wear them out!
This is the smile I got after saying I'd give her a piece of candy if she'd smile!
Briggs is such a happy and content baby!! I love his big grin and sweet coo's.
I had to post this pic b/c look at that roll hanging off of his face. Can you say "I like cream!!"
Daddy & Briggs at 8 weeks
Daddy & Briggs at 7 weeks
7 weeks
Last weekend our niece, Olivia came to stay with us for two nights. Piper loved having her around and Olivia was so good for us! I took the girls to our annual Christmas parade downtown. They were into getting candy and waving at the floats. Piper kept yelling, "Merry Christmas" to the people. She also kept asking me, "Is that Santa? Where's Santa?" throughout the entire float. She doesn't really understand the entire Santa thing and I haven't talked about him much. I think next year she'll be obsessed with him so I wasn't going to hurry along the obsession anytime soon! Plus, she is still a bit scared of all the costume stuff so going to see Santa isn't really an option right now. I'll stick to talking about baby Jesus!

Olivia with Briggs. She was such a big helper. I think Briggs has a bigger head than her!


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We had our annual family portraits as well as Briggs' newborn portraits (even though he doesn't look like a newborn!) taken in our home a few weeks ago. I was quite pleased! Enjoy!


He's All Smiles!

Briggs sure has changed a lot in the last few weeks and has grown a ton. He's so sweet!! I love him to pieces!

I think the picture below looks like me when I was a baby...what do you think mom??
This pic represents our life right now...CRAZY!


Blame it on sleep deprivation!

Okay, in my last post I said that Piper was only 8 lbs, 2 oz. at 8 weeks old and I had a few question me on it and I adamantly said, "No, I read the email that I had sent when she was 8 weeks old and I swear it said that!" Well, I just double checked and the email said she was 8 lbs, 2 oz. at 3 (Yep, three) weeks old!! I guess my eyes thought I looked an 8 and instead I was looking at a 3! Haha!! So dorky!! I'm not getting as much sleep as I used to!!!


1 Month

(Update)One month stats: 12 lbs, 13 oz; 23 inches = 95th percentile for both height and weight!

One month has passed by so quickly! Now, don't get me wrong...there are moments that seem to last F-O-R-E-V-E-R and won't end soon enough!!! Briggs is a sweet baby! He's beginning to coo at times and his smiles, although few, can melt your heart. Piper loves him (as you can see in the picture above sharing a sweet moment!) but she also knows how to make mama go a bit postal by pulling, I mean, YANKING his arm and other mean spirited moves! I just love having a baby in the house; even though I'd like a nanny or someone to watch my kids while I get a 3 hour nap in every now and then! Ha! Sleep is overrated! Briggs is definitely growing like a weed! I weighed him at 3 weeks and he was either 12 or 13 lbs-couldn't quite tell on the scale. I take him for his 1 month checkup on Thursday. He's in a size 2 diaper and almost out of 0-3 month clothing and beginning to already wear 3-6 month clothing! Piper was 8 lbs, 2.5 oz. at her 2 month checkup so that gives you an idea of the difference in their sizes as babies! And, for the past 3 nights he has only gotten up one time to eat somewhere between 1-2:30 am and then he wakes up between 5:45 and 6 to begin his morning! I hope this lasts because I've been trying to train him to do that! We'll see!

3 Weeks

He's becoming more alert!! And, is quite the chunky monkey!

Future Cowboy

Briggs is sporting his 1st OSU shirt before Daddy heads out for the OSU/Baylor game!
And, I just couldn't resist posting this picture. This is such a dad thing to be holding your screaming kid and not notice it b/c something is more captivating on the television! Moms need that 'tune out' button too!!


The Last Few Weeks

Well, I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do! We are surviving around here. The lack of sleep is definitely starting to wear on me. I can't seem to get a good nap in any day really. Briggs and Piper do have one nap at the same time but Briggs hasn't been napping the full hour and a half during that time so I don't usually get more than 15-20 minutes of sleep during that time. At night, he is still just waking me up about 2 times a night but it went from a stretch of 5 hours and 3 hours to every 3 hours now so I'm only get 2 hour stretches of sleep!! That's been a bit hard! But, I feel confident that I can make it and he'll be sleeping through the night before I know it. However, I do like to keep my expectations low so I am not disappointed if things don't work out the way I hope, so scratch that-- I am not confident b/c I do not want to jinx myself! haha!Grammy & Briggs at 2 weeks. He weighed 10 lbs. at his 2 wk check up! Grammy was a huge help while she was here!! Piper got a piece of gum from her every 10 minutes I think! The way into Piper's heart is w/gum!!
Piper does love getting on the floor with Briggs. She's already been 'mothering' him! Look at his little smile!
Briggs and Piper at 3 weeks! She was eating a piece of candy! He is starting to look more at us and turn his head to us as we talk to him! He's even smiled a little at us!
Piper wanted me to snap a pic of her! The little chocolate monster! She has been pretty funny lately (in between making me terribly angry w/her disobedience!!) Last night, after she made me furious w/her disobedience I overheard her say, "I'm an angel!" I said, "Did you just say you were an angel" w/my most disbelieving voice! "Yes, I'm an angel!" "Who told you that?" (b/c she was not being one bit angelic!) "Boom-boom did!" That would be her imaginary friend that she says lives in Oklahoma City! I couldn't help but laugh and not be angry w/her anymore!
Briggs has been a sweetheart!
Briggs' First Road Trip! On Tuesday, I decided to load the kids up and go visit my grandparents in Drummond. My grandmother is quickly declining and I wanted her to meet Briggs and see her one last time. We drove to Sheryl's house and then Sheryl drove us the rest of the way. It wasn't as bad of a drive as I thought. Both kids were great for me!
Briggs was sitting on Aunt Sheryl's lap here.
My mom came over too and she was able to meet Briggs for the 1st time!
My grandparents have this life size doll and Piper loved it! The doll was bigger than her!
Aunt Sheryl & Piper
My mom w/both kids. She walked Piper to the quick stop and bought her a package of gum. Piper was in heaven!
My Grandpa w/Briggs. He's trying to get Piper to come to him but she wouldn't. He loved holding Briggs!
As ornery as Piper can be, she sure has a sweet heart. I thought she'd be a little scared of my grandma since she is very sick and is laying in bed. Piper hesitated at first but quickly warmed up to her. She would talk to her and run up to her and be silly. She even rubbed her feet! That melted my heart! I'm really glad that I was able to go there and take the kids with me.