Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Please excuse us while we grow.

1. Happy 1 month birthday to Henry! There will be pics, sorry not today.

2. I'm going to take this opportunity to tell you about my child. Since this is my blog, I can do that. 

3. Elliot was sitting on the couch with me this morning and asked to hold Henry. So I propped them up and went to make some toast for Elliot and I. Henry started crying and Elliot says, "Mom, Henry needs a bottle. Can you fix him one, so I can feed him?" Absolutely, that is what I am talking about! Big brother knowing needs of the little one and then feeding him! 

4. Elliot's imagination is, well I'm having trouble describing it with a word. Our couch cushions are often on the floor acting as boats that are keeping us from the sharks in the ocean. Almost anything can turn into a fishing pool, including his toy drill attached to his toy paint brush. His bicycle quickly changes from a fire truck to ambulance and then tractor. (all of which are required to wear helmets while they work!) 

5. If you stop by for a visit between late afternoon and bedtime, Please excuse the mess. There will be toys everywhere, part of the supper dishes will still be out, and the counter will be cluttered. I assure you I have straightened and cleaned up no less than 3 times before supper, but it will be all over the place again.  I will clean and straighten most of it again when the kids are in bed, but just take this as my apology and fair warning. (Because you will probably find me sitting in the floor building blocks with my kids!)

6. We started tonight trying to rework our bedtime routine since Henry's arrival.  We started at 7:45 with a snack, followed by a bath and then to bed. Henry took a quick dip in the bath with Elliot, pjs, and then his snack came after bath and during story time. I left Elliot (with no tears) in his bed after reading a few books. I swaddled Henry and laid him in his bed awake (this is a first for me). I checked on Elliot a good half hour later only to find him decorating his bed with stickers. I left him alone. He was quiet and in his bed. Check and check!  Two more times with him trading out his books and reading pictures. More than an hour later he was finally sleeping. Again, no tears, no fuss, it was a good night! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

2 weeks, 2 boys, Double the fun

What a difference 2 weeks can make!

Elliot (age 2 and 1/2) and Henry (age-1 day)
Boys are busy wearing their #Gameday shirts, while Bulldogs are busy becoming #1!

Elliot and Henry (2 weeks old)
Elliot is busy holding Henry while Henry is busy holding up his head.

Elliot is busy riding his "firetruck"(engine blaring) while Henry is busy adapting to new sounds.

Daddy is busy spoiling his boys! Look at the similarities in these pics! 

Daddy and Henry                                          Daddy and Elliot

Elliot is busy being a Super Hero of a Big Brother, while Mom is catching up on her sleep!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Baby McMillen

Henry Hamilton McMillen will be joining us soon!

I am currently 35 weeks and counting with a due date of October 10.  I hope you enjoyed playing our game.  It was fun making up the riddles, but then again I'm a little bit of a nerd!   I have a cute video of Elliot announcing baby Henry's name, but I am not finding an easy way of posting that anywhere!  I will work on that again, but my brain is continuing to sink into mommy pregnancy brain.

I got the baby's carseat out the other day and Elliot wanted to sit in it.  He certainly looked like a big boy sitting in that car seat.  Then when I moved the straps down to where the baby will need it . . . there are no words to remind you of how small a newborn will be!

Justin and Elliot watched a video of Elliot eating apple sauce for the first time at about 4 months old.  He is whining through most of the video.  This was Justin's remembering wake- up call of how babies communicate!  We are as ready as we know how to be.  Bags are mostly packed, car seat installed, is there more we should be doing?   I am trying to enjoy every moment that I can with Elliot, which isn't easy at 35 weeks!  He has really started asking his daddy to do lots with him and for him!

Life will be sweeter (and busier) and probably louder - very soon!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Do you have a guess?

Thank you for playing along with our game
I'm sure you're all ready to guess baby's name
As of today the riddles are complete
So send in your guesses through comments or tweets

Clue #5

This letter is important to You
Not for me or I
And You might ask me Why?
This letter is important to You

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Clue #4

School is all about the 3 of these
Although calling them this will actually mislead
They don't actually all start with this letter
It's just a fun way to make them sound better.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Clue #3

When you sing your alphabet 
But the letters you're not sure of yet
This comes in the middle of the phrase
'El minnow pea'