Seven Months and Eight Months

**I’m searching for the 6 month post.  I think I may have skipped that month.  Sigh.  Oh well.**

Jose, oh Jose!

You are growing so quickly!  Seven months on the 28th of February. Things Jose is doing:

*sitting up for long periods of time.

*cut his first tooth on the bottom on February 21.

*sleeping from 8-2, but still reaches out for me to nurse at night. Our crazy life leads me to exhaustion and having him in bed with us is easy.  I need easy.  That should be evident by the combined monthly posts instead of devoting a post per month.

*flipping  over and over, back and forth.  He will be on the move soon.  I have already lectured the boys about leaving legos and other small toys around on the floor.  😁

*”talking” a lot.  Screeching is more like it.

*grabbing my face and giving me kisses. He may just want to nurse my face, but I’ll continue to pretend he wants to kiss me.

*Nini and I swear he said bye.  In actuality, he mimicked our sound, but hey. It’s a start.


Eight Months

March 28 brought along Jose’s 8 month mark.  It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is going.  The first year of life of my babies is always the most exciting.  Regardless of the exhaustion, the firsts and amazement of new things bring such joy to the household.

 I was telling Granny B just this morning that having 4 children, while tiring, is actually easier than when I just had Frick and Frack who were 15 months apart.  I have help now…in the form of 3 strapping lads who are at my beck and call.  They get the diapers, take the trash out, hold him, watch him while I run and get something or they run and get that something for me.

So now…what’s new with Jose?

*I forgot to write down when he got his second tooth.  And I don’t know when he got his third.  But he got them.  🙂  I figured that out when he bit my nose.  I know, I know.  I shouldn’t of had it in his face.  But he was giving me one of those ADORABLE kisses where he grabs my face and pulls me to him. I’ll deal with the repercussions later.

* He is cutting the fourth tooth as I type.  Wowzers.  Last night was brutal.

*He said “hey” last night at Nini and Pops’ house for Easter dinner.

*He rocks back and forth on his knees and hands.  I’m sure he will be crawling by the 9 month post (that I write when he’s 10, 11 or 12 months old–LOL).

*He rolls everywhere.  We have those “make sure you pick up your Legos” talks daily.

*LOVES to be outside.  Whether we are taking a walk in the stroller, watching our brothers jump of the trampoline, or sitting on the front porch watching cars go by, he’s my outdoorsy guy.

*He naps better and, lately, he has been sleeping better.  Until last night.  That fourth tooth and the crawling milestone is doing us in.


I don’t know why I love this picture, but I do.


 I walked through the nursery one day and found these two sitting this way.  Frack and Jose are best buds.


Catch Up Post

It’s been about a year since I last wrote.


Well, here is some news….

We had a baby.

Another boy baby.

That makes four boys.

I’m tired just typing those last few sentences.


Our sweet little bundle joined our family on July 28, 2014.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

He is the smallest baby I have had.

Even the doctor commented on how “small” he was compared to his brothers, when he uttered something about how I usually birth 25 pounders.

This guy came out fighting!  He swung his arms and hands around crazily, grabbing for the clamps the doctor was holding.  Doc had a good chuckle as he tried to cut the cord because our little boy wouldn’t let him do it!

The naming of this child has been discussed with passion since the day we found out we were having a boy.  You know we’ve had a girl name picked out for 10  years now.  Oh well.  And we’ve used 6 perfectly good boy names already, so we had to do some thinking on this one.

About a year and a half prior to being pregnant, Frack casually mentioned from the back seat of the car that I needed to have another baby and it needed to be a boy.  And then we would call him “Jose”, after one of his friends, “cute little Jose”, in his class.

Fast forward to the gender reveal day (no, we did not have the trendy party.  We sat in our ultrasound technicians office (Hi Jennifer!) and cried happy tears that it was in fact another healthy boy and not a girl that would require mom and dad to have an intervention on how to raise girls).

I digress…

So it’s a boy.  And as soon as we told his older brothers, Frack fist pumped the air and said, “Wahoo!  It’s Jose!!!!”

The nickname Jose has stuck.


Photo by Jennifer Murphy Photography

We are adjusting nicely to the new normal.  The big boys are so sweet and doting to their little brother.

I am enjoying maternity leave with little sleep, but hey.  I was smiled at today…a real, honest to goodness, not a smile while you sleep, not a gas related smile. A REAL smile.

It made my day.

Photo Dump/Catch Up Post

All I can say is…life got in the way.  And in a good way!

To catch you up with the shenanigans of Frick, Frack, and Frog, I have compiled our favorite pictures from the last six months.

Or possibly more.

So…Let’s start with Frog’s first trip to the dentist!


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He did great and allowed the dental hygienist to do her thing to an extent.

At one point, she asked him if he would open his mouth so she could count his teeth and he promptly said, “No.”

After some convincing, he did it and all was well.


Then, it was a trip to Legoland in Atlanta for Frack’s 7th birthday.

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The boys received new mattresses and had an impromptu jumping session on the old ones:


A perfect sendoff for old mattresses.

And tons of boy fun.


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Slides are fun, but crazy hair is even better.


Baseball season found us camping out at the ballpark 4 nights out of the week and often on Saturdays for practice.

Frick and Frack had great seasons and love the game.

Both received game balls twice.

Frick’s team won the tournament at the end of the season…a come from behind win.  He had an awesome tournament streak  after a midseason slump.  Frick ended up getting the game ball at the Championship game.

I cried.  Lots.

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Frog has a habit of falling asleep at random times.  I love sleeping kid pics, so I had to include this:

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He’s my sleeper…he still naps two hours each day, goes to bed around 7:30 and sleeps until 8 in the morning.

Plus these random naps, this guy has it made in the shade.


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That’s what I told Frick to tell Cocky when we saw him at a Touch a Truck event in Columbia.

I’m guessing Cocky wasn’t a fan of that.


Frick made his First Holy Eucharist this May:

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He was so excited to make this sacrament and we were so proud.

Frack did all he could to hold in his energy over three hours.  At the time of this picture being taken, he had enough. 🙂

We were to have a big party at our house afterwards, but as luck would have it, Frog ran a 103 degree fever for two days.


Party moved to another location.


June was busy with swim team meets and practices.

July brought our annual beach trip to Hilton Head Island.

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Nini and Frog had a blast swinging together.

One minute, Frog is happy and having a blast.

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The next minute, he’s Mr. Pouty.

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Frog is quite the moody one.

He takes after me.


The boys LOVED the ocean, boogie boarding, and jumping waves.

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That brings us up to present day…

We’re trying to enjoy the rest of our summer before school starts up again.

A Frog Update

While reading those precious blog books,

I realized my life has become so very busy and I am not as good at writing down the things the boys are doing.

 I love reading back over our lives, remembering each post as if I wrote it yesterday.

I have not written solely on Frog in some time other than his third birthday.

He’s growing up fast, building his vocabulary and has matured so much.

It’s due time to catch you up on our “little” Frog.

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He is a funny, loving guy .

Some Frog-isms include:

*(while putting his hands on your face) “Ahhh…I wuv you too!” –and that is said even without my saying “I love you” to him.

**”Wet’s hug kiss Mom!” or “I need hug kiss!!”

**”Mom, I need sicky cup from frig-ig-ger”

**”I need hug kiss my boys!” (He is referring to his brothers, and sometimes he says “my guys”.  That collective term often includes me as well.)

**”Mom.  You da pwincess.  I da good guy.  I save you.”

**”C’I have a awful?”  (Can I have a waffle?)

**”I go to school to see my fwends?”

**When Frog wakes at any point either in the morning or after nap, he calls out, “He-wo!  I here!!!  Come get me!!”  He’s in a toddler bed where he can get out by himself yet he still calls out to us.

**He sings all.the.time.  He also loves to dance.  Anytime a song comes on that he recognizes, he proclaims, “My SONG!!  It’s my SONG!!”  Then he dances and sings along.  I keep trying to catch him on video, but I am usually driving when it occurs.  Filming that guy while driving is not such a grand idea.

**He loves cars, Legos and Star Wars.  He skipped over toddler toys–he had no interest in Thomas the Train (which was big for his brothers) and went straight into “his boys” or “his guys” interests.  It was bitter sweet to skip that stage of toddlerhood, but I suppose that’s all part of the game when you have older ones at home.

He’s pretty much into anything Frick and Frack have in their hands.

With a dash of potty humor and a smidgen of wrestling.

Helper of the Day

While I was washing dishes, Frick was eating a yogurt for his snack.  Little Hungry Frog was begging for bites by belting out, “Eeeezzzz!”

By the way, in Frog-ese that means “please”.

I stepped out of the room to take care of something else and upon my return, Frick proudly states:

“Mom!  I got Frog his own yogurt!”

“And I put a bib on him!!

You’re welcome.”


Thanks, Frick, for being a great help.

I wonder why no one helped me clean the yogurt piles off the floor….

Frack’s Favs

Frack completed this at school with the help of his teachers:

I had a good chuckle reading this sheet.  Here’s the 411 on his answers:

1.  He does love playing pirates at school AND at home.  In fact, his ARGHs, screams, and cries of “booty” (not always the treasure kind) make for interesting afternoons.

2.  Frack has been battling scratchy eyes ever since sand landed in them one afternoon at recess.  If he is having a bad day, it’s because he has sand in his eyes.  If he screamed in the house, it’s because he has sand in his eyes.  If he hits his brother…you guessed it…that darn sand.

3.  This boy loves the color gween.  Not a typo…green is gween in the world of Frack.

4.  I can’t go wrong on Mac and cheese night.

5.  Am I suprised his favorite animal is a dragon?

Not so much.

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6.  “If I had a million dollars I would buy….”

Frack said “custom motors for me and Frick.”

These boys are fascinated with cars (thanks, BP).

Cars the Movie, classic cars, regular cars, Hot Wheels cars, car cars.

What I love the most about this answer is his wanting to share with Frick.  I hope they continue to be friends through the years.


I just love this picture.  It is so indicative of their personalities.

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