brooks hayden : 22 months

it's been awhile since i've done an update on brooksy boy.  

weight: 29 pounds
height: 36 inches
diapers: size 5
shoes: size 6
clothes: 18M-3T, depending on brand

at 22 months, brooks loves:

-throwing rocks
-basically anything outdoors
-watching shows on the phone or ipad (especially YouTube Kids)
-taking baths
-holding, tackling, kissing, and trying to lift remi
-driving cars
-baby dolls
-holding our hands when he's tired in a very specific way
-granola bars, string cheese, mandarin oranges, veggie pancakes
-playing with his tool set and "fixing" everything
-making messes
-accessories and dressing up

he hates:
-coming inside
-when he realizes we are turning onto our street
-when we try and sneak out of nursery
-not getting his way
-car washes

there was a period there for awhile where every morning brooks would bring me random articles of clothing and accessories from various places in the house and want all of them on him.  this outfit above was one of my favorites.  he has a shoe obsession and is constantly playing in my closet trying all of them on.  he is very particular about which shoes he wears and somehow always wants the ones that don't match his outfit.  he is OBSESSED with his rain boots and has mastered putting them on by himself.

he is a pretty good sport when it comes to shopping.  i drag him all over town with me and as long as he gets to run around free every once in awhile he usually does pretty good.  he always wants to hold toys he sees or try on all of the accessories, especially sunglasses.  he is getting to the age that he remembers certain stores.  whenever we go to JC Penny's with my mom he knows exactly where his favorite pair of women's nude pumps are, and also where the disney toys and helicopters are located.  he recently discovered the escalators and we may or may not have ridden up and down seven times on our last shopping adventure.

almost every monday we meet some friends at SLURP for beverages and cookies.  he has become quite friendly with this little dog decoration.  he pulls it to wherever we are sitting and then gets on for a ride.  he also like to run around from room to room with his little friend anabelle chasing each other and screaming.  i'm sure everyone there loves us.

 his love of the outdoors is both a blessing and a curse.  he recently learned how to open doors and so nine out of ten times if it's quiet while i'm doing something in another room, brooks has made his great escape.  our next door neighbors have eight kids which means they have tons of fun toys and gadgets.  any chance he gets he makes a B line over to their backyard to swing.  if no one is there to get him on the swing and push him, then he makes his way up the grassy hill and finds any bike, motorcycle, object with wheels to ride on.  he has perfected the art of running away as fast as he can if he sees matt or i because he knows that he has to come inside or get in the car.  it's both funny and not funny.  he's a nugget.

he has become very brave in the water lately.  we go swimming indoors a few times a month and he is becoming quite the little fish.  he likes to put his hands on the bottom of the pool and kick his legs out so they float to the top of the water.  he puts his face in the water and blows bubbles, and he will also let matt dunk him.  he LOVES to go down the big slides and jump of the sides.  i'm hoping to put him in swim lessons this summer.

i have made several family photo books that sit on our coffee table.  brooks loves them because they are pictures of our family and friends that he recognizes.  we have read them hundreds of times i'm sure.  two books in particular are about brooks and remi's birth stories.  he usually favors these ones and so one day i decided to show him his birth video.  he got about one minute into the video and it was just too much for him to handle.  he got very stressed and nervous when he saw my push face and he just broke down into the saddest little tears.  i, of course, died of laughter and took the above picture, but then shut it off.  poor thing was traumatized.
a few weeks later, he was playing on my phone looking at pictures and videos.  remi's birth video is saved to my phone and he started playing it.  i sat back to watch his expressions wondering if the same thing would happen.  this time he got to the part where it shows remi for the first time and he just lost it.  started sobbing and wanted to be comforted. hahaha he now skips over that video when he plays with my phone.

brooks is slowly starting to say more and more words each day.  he is quite stubborn when it comes to performing for other people, but if you catch him at the right time you can get him to talk.  the other day i was counting and i got to seven and out of nowhere he said, "eight, nine."  i had no idea he even knew his numbers.  
he associates certain letters with certain people:
A - avery
B - brooks
D - dad
H - honey
M - mom
N - nate
R - remi
T - treg
W - he confuses this for mom

we have some foam tub letters, magnet letters, and a letter puzzle.  he will pick all of these letters out first and give them to the person they belong to.
shapes he knows include : circle, star, heart, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond, square


 he still hates nursery and refuses to let us leave.  i think the longest he has lasted alone before having a meltdown is six minutes.  as long as we are there he is fine.  sometimes he won't leave our side and other times he will venture off and do his own thing but look over constantly to make sure we are still there.  everyone keeps saying that he will flip a switch one day and not need us there, but i have yet to see that happen.

i mentioned earlier that he recognizes stores when we pull into the parking lot.  i think walmart has become his favorite because they have these stupid sesame street rides that he is OBSESSED with.  the walmart near our house has two of them in two different places.  if i'm lucky i can get away with only having to let him ride on one of the two, but usually he ends up at least sitting on both of them.  it's kind of cute though because he gets so excited when i hand him the quarters as we walk into the store.  i tell him to hold his money and when we are done shopping he can ride.  he is so patient and usually holds pretty tight to his "moneys."

brooks is such a sweet, tender hearted little thing.  he is both a mommy and a daddy's boy depending on the day.  he is still so cuddly and loves to be snuggled tight.  i hope that never stops.

we love you blue eyed brooksy boy.


{spring pictures}

over the weekend i took my kiddos to alyssa to get some spring pictures done.
she did our family pictures in the fall and we loved them so when she started offering indoor sessions i knew i couldn't pass them up.

remi girl is six months old and brooksy boy is twenty-two months old.
they were both stone cold during the pictures which is so funny because they are both happy, smiley kiddos... especially remi.  luckily we managed a good smile or two from each baby.

their relationship has been so fun to watch develop.  for some reason whenever brooks interacts with remi he sticks his tongue out... as you will see in many of the pictures.  remi adores brooks and brooks LOVES to hold, tackle, sit on, and try to pick remi up.  she's usually a pretty good sport.

rooster roo was a little nervous and stressed about the lights.  she is definitely in her stranger danger/mommy phase.  she's all smiles as long as she's in my arms but as soon as i set her down or pass her off she gets stressed.  i love that when she does smile, she smiles with her whole face.  her ears perk up, her eye brows furrow, and her eyes twinkle.  she is definitely a bright light in our little family.

brooks is a total boy... only smiled when we brought out the football.  he is at such a fun age and i just love him so much.  he's the perfect amount of stubborn and sweet and he gives the best cuddles.  i can't believe he will be two in just a few months.  

we love these little nugget pouches so much.

brooks' bowtie
remi's headband


cabin getaway.

 back in february, we took a long weekend and headed to cascade, idaho for a cabin getaway.  my cousin, tracy and her husband, sean were kind enough to invite us along to their family cabin.  we brought rachel, drew, and avery with us and it was a party.
we spent the weekend eating food, playing games, skiing, watching movies, playing outside, and exploring the local town of McCall.  it was the winter festival and we were able to see some pretty cool ice sculptures.

the weather wasn't the greatest for skiing, as it's been an unusually warm winter, but that didn't stop us from having fun.  matt had a little too fun.  one day when he was skiing, he was executing some sweet jump and his ski clipped a branch causing it to fall off.  when he landed his boot dug into the snow and his right leg bent backward as his body continued forward.  needless to say, he was done skiing for the day and had to take a six week break from sports and physical activity while his knee/hip/groin recovered.  it's not a real party unless someone is injured.

other than that it was a good time had by all.


the occasional weekend getaway is necessary for surviving reality.  especially in the ugly, blah winter months.  we had so much fun and can't wait to go back again. 


remi jayne: five months old.

 oh my sweet little mama, five months of joy you have brought to our family.

remi jayne at five months old.

weight: 13 pounds 11 ounces - 14%
height: 25 3/4 inches - 30%

i know every baby is so different but i just can't help compare her to brooks who was so much bigger than her.  haha he has never been below 50% for anything.
we've definitely got ourselves a dainty little lady.

at five months, remi loves:

-selfies.. hahaha for real though, she loves a good picture of herself.
-all food.  she has yet to meet something she doesn't love.
-her mama.  she is quite attached.
-playing in her exersaucer as long as people are in sight.
-watching the TV
-grabbing anything in sight
-being outside

remi hates:

-boogers, coughs, and getting them sucked
-when her binky falls out while sleeping
-when we don't give her the human food from our plate
-leaving her mama

this little lady is developing quite the personality.  as most girls are, she is a moody little bugger.  all smiles one minute followed by arched back head thrown back tantrums.  what can i say, she knows what she wants.  
this month, she has really started to sit up for extended periods of time.  generally she falls over when her toys are too far out of reach and she's trying to get them.  she is a big time cuddle bug until she's ready to sleep, and then she wants to be set down.  every now and again, she enjoys napping in our arms but she sleeps better in her crib.

 this month along with solid foods, we have started giving her formula every other feeding.  a few weeks ago, remi would cry after a few minutes of nursing.  she would latch on, suck for a little bit, cry, & repeat.  it was so annoying and frustrating.  i had no idea why she was doing this because she's been a pretty good nurser up until this point.  for about three days she was a big pill.  she just cried and cried unless she was held and she only had like one or two good feedings a day.  one day i was so frustrated and didn't know what to do so i decided to make her a formula bottle.  i had tried giving her formula a few other times in her earlier months, but she would never take it.  i made four ounces and she pounded it without even thinking.
after thinking back on weeks prior to this, we determined that my milk supply probably dropped.  when she was sick she wasn't eating as much and that also happened to be the same time i started working out more intensely and consistently.  bless her sweet little heart, she was just hungry.
i still nurse her in the morning, at night, and 2-3 times during the day.  she gets about two bottles a day which she LOVES.  she already holds her bottle like a champ and it's actually kind of nice because i can leave her without having to pump.  BONUS.

remi roo wears size 2 diapers, clothes ranging from 0-6 months, and shoes in 0-3 months.  she is finally starting to sleep better again and usually wakes up around five for a feeding.  one day i will cut that out so i can transfer her to brooks' room.  she takes about 3-4 naps a day depending on how long they are.  

my drooly sis, you are too much!
we just adore you.