Happy 2nd Birthday Maverick!!

To Maverick,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Today, you are 2-years-old and I’m still trying to figure out how that is possible. It feels like just yesterday your Daddy and I were checking into the hospital to welcome you into this world, but here you are–a 2-year-old little boy!

You are the light to my life and a joy to anybody who gets to spend time with you. There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t comment on how happy you are. Smiling, laughing & just being silly easily rank among your top favorite things to do. It’s rare that we see you sad (unless you are tired or hungry) and oftentimes you have the ability to turn my own attitude around with your smile and sweet hugs.

Over the last several months I have watched you blossom! You are running, jumping, kicking & dancing non-stop. You are communicating your wants and needs, especially your favorite foods–pancakes, waffles, donos (AKA donuts), cheese & pezza (AKA pizza)–and you are starting to string words together, like “pretty please” and “high five.” I’m continually amazed at what you have learned simply by observing the world around you. I mean, just yesterday you went potty on the big boy potty for the first time, without any prepping or anything. You just did it!! And trust me, we celebrated!! Seriously Mav, you are smart beyond your years and your Dad and I are dreading the day that it comes back to bite us in the butt.

Speaking of your Daddy, he is your best friend. The two of you are like two peas in a pod, constantly getting into trouble & raising the volume in this household by at least 1,000. You mimic everything your Daddy does (including that one word four-letter word that starts with an “F”) and you miss him so much when he is gone that it hurts. Thank goodness for FaceTime!

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Next to spending time with your Daddy, your favorite things consists of baseball (everything is a ball or bat to you), playing outside, puzzles & all things with wheels (cars, trucks & trains). You are constantly on the move and are happy to “go-go” run errands with me during the day. In fact, while out you wave and say, “HI!” to everybody we see. And if they don’t acknowledge you, you just keep saying hello, louder and louder, each time until they say hi back. It’s cute–the first time it happens–so we are working on it. You also love your Gigi, or Gerald the Giraffe. He’s your buddy and even though the poor guy looks like his neck is completely broken & hanging on by a thread, you love him.

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Mav, I could write forever about what a special little boy you are to so many people in our lives. You have absolutely no idea how loved you really are and the best thing is how much love you have to give back. Much like your Daddy, hugs and kisses aren’t something you shy away from. In fact, they are usually accompanied with a high-five to top it all off.

Your second year of life is going to be filled with even more changes as you become a big brother!! Trust me, I know it’s not easy having a little sibling. Your Aunt Haggie nearly ruined my life with her arrival, but I promise you it’s worth it. Baby Sister will be your best friend and I know you will be a great teacher & protector to her. And while our family adjusts to being having another little one to love, always remember that you were my first baby–the one that made me a mommy–and for that you will always be my baby boy.

Happy Birthday, Maverick! I love you and I am so proud of you.

xoxo Mommy

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Felt Christmas Tree for Kids

We finally got our Christmas decorations up this weekend & there was one new decoration I was especially excited about this year.

You may have seen this image floating around Facebook & Pinterest–the felt Christmas tree for kids.

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When I saw it, I instantly knew it was something I had to do for Maverick. He loves to empty & refill things and is constantly taking off & putting on socks, hats, etc. Also, I was secretly hoping that a little tree of his own would keep him away from our big Christmas tree.

In preparation for my crafting Sunday, I stopped by Jo-Ann’s. At the time, they were having a 50% off sale on all their felt by-the-yard, so I picked up the following items:

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 yard of green felt (depending on the size of tree you want, you can get more or less)
  • 1 sheet of brown felt
  • 1-2 sheets of various colored felt (I used 7 colors for the tree decorations)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Command picture hanging velcro
  • Yard stick
  • Marker

First, I cut out the shape of the tree using a yard stick & a marker.

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Next, I hot glued the sheet of brown felt onto the bottom of the tree and stuck Command velcro strips around the corners of the tree and tree trunk. I used the Command velcro strips to stick the tree to the wall. My hope is by doing this, I’ll be able to reuse the tree in the next coming years & keep from putting holes in my wall.

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Then, I grabbed our star-shaped cookie cutter and a some different sized glasses to use as patterns for the ornaments. I made a total of 15 ornaments in 3 various shapes–small, medium & large.

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With the remaining felt sheets, I made 3 presents for Maverick to stick under his tree. I used the hot glue gun to attach the “ribbon” to the presents.

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There are a ton of different ways to get creative with this project. For example, you could make several different ornament shapes or you could decorate the ornaments with puff paints & glitter. If you are really crafty, you can even add felt lights and garland. For our tree this year (and lack of time), I decided to keep it simple and if it’s a hit, then next year Maverick can help me add a little sparkle to it.

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I wasn’t able to get the tree finished while Maverick was still awake, but after his nap he was very excited to play with it!

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Too excited to stand next to his tree for a picture. I’ll take it as a win!

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Pregnancy Update | 31 Weeks

First off, let me apologize for the extremely long absence of blog posts. The holidays kicked my butt, not to mention our household has been plagued with a stomach bug. Fortunately, it looks as though all of that is behind us and I’m back to the blogging world, which is good considering I only have 9 weeks left until Baby Brack #2 makes her appearance!! HOLY COW HOW DID TIME GO SO FAST?!?!?!

I’m definitely starting to stress about all that is left to do (and buy) for baby. The nursery furniture is moved into her room, but the rest of the room has continued to remain our dumping ground for all things that don’t have a home yet. Not to mention, we have some key items that we haven’t purchased (i.e., breast pump, newborn diapers, crib sheets). I know it will all come together. Somehow it always does and the silver lining is that Shawn only has 2 more trips left for this year and then he is home for 2 whole months!! I’m so ready to have him home and I know he is probably looking forward to his honey-do list.

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How far along: 31 weeks + 1 day

Size of baby: About the size of a bunch of asparagus (or approximately 16.1 inches long and 3.31 pounds)

Weight gain: I’m finally starting to gain weight, but I’m definitely nowhere near where I was with Maverick. As of my last appointment, I still have 15 lbs. to gain to equal the weight I gained while pregnant with him. I have a feeling that won’t be a problem though, since I’ve eaten half a package of Double Stuf Oreos this week–by myself.

Pregnancy symptoms: Heartburn still and some mild discomforts, but mostly insomnia. This is a new ballpark for me since I’ve always been a good sleeper, but now I can’t sleep to save my life. When bedtime rolls around, I’m ready to clean the house, organize the closets & throw a dance party. I try  to lay down, but my mind just races and I toss and turn. It’s been between 1-2 AM every night this week before I’m finally asleep. At least I’ll be ready for those late nights once she arrives though, right?

Kick Count: She’s active, but still nothing like her brother was. She moves mostly when Maverick is sitting/laying on her and when the boys get loud in the house.

Food cravings/aversions: I still want everything sweet I can possible get my hands on and the chocolate milk craving I had with Maverick is back too. Meats don’t sound good still, but I’m trying.

Physically I feel pretty good for only have 2 months left, but mentally, I’m stressed. There’s still a lot to do and with Maverick’s birthday and Christmas thrown right in the middle, I feel like it’s never going to come together. But I’m staying positive because I know it will all be okay. She’s coming whether her room is ready or not and there’s nothing I can do about it, but if someone could slow down time for me in the meantime that would be great! Thanks!