My sister pretty much demanded a blog update. So! What sister wants, sister gets! Unfortunately I've only edited pictures through May (and really, only just sorted them, not really edited them) so we will have to do a recap. And let's hope the June recap doesn't happen in... October. Oops.
So back in May.... still taking the daily preschool pictures!
And this little guy turned.... 8 months old! Man that seems like forever ago!
I'm slowly (*SLOOOOOWLY*) getting our house put together how I like it (which usually involves changing my mind at least 5 times. In each room. But Cole's room is petty much done! It's missing a few things on the walls, and the closet is not really organized at all, but everything is mostly in its place. Well, until he pulls it all off the shelves, that is.
With the hot weather the kids have been doing a lot of swimming, which has been... interesting. Riley LOVES it and is actually getting really good at swimming by herself! Jackson has developed a fear of the water, particularly going under water, and therefore, does not leave the step. Ever.
In case you couldn't tell by the picture above left, Cole is less than impressed. Further evidence below:
May also brought me Mother's Day (evidence below of me as a mother) ;) Best shot we could muster. I'll take what I can get! My husband bought me a Roomba (vacuum robot) and it's seriously the best thing ever. That man. Oh I love him so.
Cole became a crawling machine, which is just another way of saying he is getting to trouble all the time. As babies do, I suppose. He also discovered "fishy face" which sends Riley and Jackson into fits of laughter.
Fave place to hang out: under the table, scrounging for scraps. In case you were wondering (1) yes that table was a DIY project and (2) no it's not done and (3) since this photo was taken the table is now facing a different way and on top of a new rug. Only the fifth time I changed it, and I think I like it now in its current spot. :)
This goofball and her freckles!!! Love love love them.
Cole loves to play in the curtains. And loves to chase the robot vacuum. Two favorite things.
Jack is not one to stop for the camera very frequently, but sometimes he can be convinced. Cole is my easiest subject (mostly), especially when i can stick him in the swing for the first time everrrrrr. He wasn't totally sure what to think but I think he liked it?
Cole is like what IS this stuff? Also, back before it was really summer and allllll that grass died a la drought California.
This little dude. All boy, all crazy, run and jump and hit and be outside and dirty and sweaty and crazy fun.
One thing we definitely miss from my parents' house (aside from their entire backyard) is the hot tub! My kids LOVE the hot tub! They had no trouble convinving Aunt Jennie to go in with them when she was visiting :)
Clearly Cole has an older sister. He is frequently found wearing hats, headbands, bows, and being named girls names "just for pretend."
Riley takes casual piano lessons once a week, and I'm thoroughly impressed. I just wanted her to sort of get exposed to piano, nothing too intense, and she loves it and is learning so much!
Fave activity these days: riding bikes! Jackson still has yet to get his own bike (hello pink tricyle!) but he's pretty happy with that one so we just go with it. And also- yes that is 4th of July decor from LAST year's bike parade. Now we're all ready for this year's parade a few months in advance!
So at the end of May we all went to Colorado for my best friend's wedding! Got to see old friends, and meet baby Zoe (born 6 days after Cole!) Arranged marriage? Check.
We also got to visit MY old babysitter when I was little, who now has two kids of her own! We hung out at her house and all our kids played together for hours and hours!
Gah Colorado is such a beautiful place to live!!
But, all good trips must come to an end, so back to little old California we came. To our wonderful new house (obviously this was pre-SPEED crawling, since, well, he'd be half way up the steps now if I left him down there to take a photo!)
Cole learned how to carry toys with no hands, a vital skill for a crawling baby.
Riley and Jackson finished up their spring soccer, which was a success! It's funny because Riley would often run around somewhat aimlessly when they were scrimmaging, and Mark gave her a little pep talk about what she should do, and then BAM, out she went like a little soccer pro! Apparently she just needed a little explicit instruction (i.e. go get the ball!)
Then as May comes to an end, we approached the end of school and beginning of Summer! Wooohoooo, all the kids home with me all the time!!!
Obviously that means riding bikes down the street. Over and over and over again.
Go Riley, go!!
As always, stay tuned for more current months. :/
Since it's June now, I think it's about time for an update? Let's seeeeeee, where did we leave off... oh yes, APRIL. Ack!
Cole is now just about 9 months, but! we shall rewind back to beginning of April when he was just a mere 7 months old. And looking sharp as always.
Easter was, of course, a huge hit in our house. Jackson was even able to hold/dye a real egg without breaking out in hives, so we considered that a total win and major progress on the allergy front!
Riley took her egg painting very seriously and was quite meticulous, whereas Jackson just made sure to cover every square inch of everything in paint.
We took many walks to what is going to be Riley's school (kindergarten!!) next year. It's so close to our house so I'm pretty excited that we may actually just walk her there most days. I hope? Also- far right picture of Jack? Possibly my favorite ever.
Believe it or not, I have STILL been doing preschool pictures most mornings before we leave for school. jackson is the more reluctant participant, but still semi-willing every so often, so I'll take what I can get! Now I just have to actually print them out for their journals!
In April we also started soccer for both kids! They are, of course, at different times, which leaves us a nice awkward 45 minute gap to sit and wait between Riley and Jackson's class, but oh well. More time for them to run around and tire themselves out! Riley enjoys soccer, she's not 100% sure what's going on all the time, but she likes it and she's pretty darn cute to watch, that's for sure.
And Jackson- this kid LOVES soccer. He lives in his soccer clothes, and he loves to play! This is his first time getting to play in a class of his own, so he's pretty pleased about it!
And Cole, well, he just hangs out with me and tries to eat the grass. :)
We have slowly (very, very slowly) been accomplishing more things around the house, getting it really how we want it to be. It's a slow process, I tell you. This is one of Jackson's favorite seats, perched up there waiting for daddy to get home.
Cole also started crawling, which pretty much turned our entire house into his own personal playground, where he finds choking hazards everywherrrrrrre. Eyes like a hawk, that boy! Sheesh he is keeping me on my toes!
He's a pretty darn happy little guy! Hates solid foods, and doesn't sleep through the night, but we'll get there eventually.
Jackson. My little buddy. I leave you with a pile of pictures- no captions needed. Hopefully I'll get around to blogging about May and June sometimes before October (just kidding! I will do it this week! Promise!)
Because I am oh so ambitious, I decided this weekend is THEEEE weekend to do a little backyard makeover because, why not? Now said plan required a little bit of last minute shopping because amazon prime does not cater to those who leave things to the very very last minute! So. Shopping adventure it is!
I debated making the trek to home depot (cheaper!) but decided to go more local and save myself the joy (not) of a 5pm car ride in traffic with all three tiny people. So off to Orchard Supply we went. After much prepping of the older two (no fighting! no pushing those damn mini carts! no touching/throwing/eating things!), we were set to go.
Angel faces. These two.
Anywho. The outing went pretty much exactly as figured. As in, high stress, little bit crazy, but I didn't lose any kids and nothing got broken, so... success!! Jackson insisted on bringing a ball with him (while lying through his teeth promising he would NOT FROW IT MAMA). Luckily he soon got distracted by all the fountains! and waterfalls! and water! everywhere! and proceeded to throw all dirt, rocks, and miscellaneous whatevers into them. Boys.
I finally steered my water-loving, rock-throwing boy away from his version of heaven, where he and big sis each got to pick out a plant to take home (my version of "rewards" may need a little work, but whatevs). Riley picked a cute little succulent, while jackson lunged for a... CACTUS. doh. ouch. tears.
All the while, the littlest Bartlett? Just chillin in the stroller, chompin' on stuff. As per usual.
I'll keep you posted on the weekend project. It promises to be fantastic. And take 100x longer than I think it will.
I'm having a really hard time with how fast Cole is growing. He's already 6 months old and it feels like he was just born!!! It's flying by, and before I know it he will be ONE.
At 6 months, he's rolling all over the place, and can scoot and arch his back and manage to get himself all over the place! He can sit up, but still topples over fairly easily. He weighs about 18 pounds and is wearing 9-12 month clothes! He's not crawling yet, but soon. Oh so soon.
He loves his bouncer and jumps like craaaaazy. He hates solid foods. He just started being sort of okay with carrots, but hates everything else he's tried. He much prefers nursing! He is starting to sleep better, but still not great. He takes 3 naps a day, but still wakes up many times at night.
He adores his big siblings, but especially Riley. He gives her the biggest smiles!! He loves to be held, but doesn't particularly love any of the baby carriers we have. He likes to go for walks, likes when I sing to him, especially Row Row Row Your Boat and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
He's a very chatty little dude, always babbling about something! He loves all things crinkly- papers, packet of baby wipes, packages of anything... he much prefers those things over any toys we have!
I think he looks JUST like Riley as a baby. I didn't see it before, but now I totally do! I need to get some side-by-side pictures going!
And not to forget about these two... our new backyard has some pretty sweeeeeeet afternoon light, I must say!!
There are so many little things I want to remember about my little monkeys as they are RIGHT now.
Riley is now 4 years almost 9 months old. Fast approaching 5 years old!
I just signed her up for kindergarten for next year. Can't even believe it!! Riley is one pretty amazing kid, and sometimes I just want to freeze time, just for a little bit.
Riley's favorite things to do right now include: any and all art projects, but especially drawing and learning to draw new things. I also often find her sitting at the table writing every word she knows how to write. She will make cards that read "To Mama and Daddy and Jackson and Cole" with some drawings followed by "Form Riley" (always form, not from). She asks me how to spell a million different words so she can write them down. She loves to draw all kinds of creative things and is so proud when she shows them to me!
Riley is an AMAZING little reader. It still blows me away. I can hand her a kids book that she's never seen before, and she can read it, just like that. She might need some help with a few words, but mostly she's pretty incredible! She absolutely loves to read, and would have me read to her or her read to me all day!
Riley is really into the pretend play phase of life, and is constantly imaging different scenarios and games. She loves to play "house" where Jackson is the dad, she's the mom, and somehow I end up being the "sister." :) She loves dressing up, and is frequently prancing around wearing various dresses and shoes and accessories.
She still totally and completely adores her baby brother. Wants to be around him all the time, hold him hug him, touch him, give him toys, and now she LOVES that she can make him laugh. :) She's a pretty good big sister!
She loves preschool and all her friends, particularly her boyfriend (?) Hudson, although she refers to him as her girlfriend, so... lol. She is really excited about playing soccer with her daddy these days, and is looking forward to learning how to ride her bike without training wheels if her parents can get their act together and actually teach her.
Fave things right now:
Food: cheese sandwich
TV show: Sid the Science Kid
Song: Uptown Funk
Book: The Book with No Pictures
She asks questions all the time. Jackson asks "why why why" but Riley asks things like...
"Why don't oranges have a core like apples?"
"How often do we have earthquakes?"
"Why do only bees have stingers?"
Love that kid and her inquisitive mind.
I was going to write about all three kids buuuuuuut then Jackson and Cole BOTH woke up crying sooooo it will have to wait for another day. Duty calls.
BIG changes already for 2015. We moved into our NEW HOUSE in the middle of January! I still haven't taken tons of pictures, mostly because it is a disaster! SO hard to move and get things organized with three little ones running around! But we love the house, love the neighborhood, and we are slowly starting to figure out where things are around here!
Meanwhile... THIS guy? Almost SIX MONTHS OLD. What. Howdidthathappen???
I should probably do a 6 month update when he turns 6 months. Ya know, for good measure, seeing how I did monthly updates for Riley when she was a baby, and at least more than yearly updates for jackson, which is the path I'm headed down for this little guy. Sorry Coley!
One thing I have actually kind of been keeping up with? Morning preschool pictures. Although now we have a new front door which kind of throws things off, but that's okay :)
Cole is still very well loved by big sister and brother. We've only had one incident of "brother standing on his head" so I'd say we're doing really well!!
Mr. Rolly Poley over here can no longer be left on beds anymore, since he's a little rolling machine! Gone are the days of an immobile baby!
My most handsome little baby. Can't quite tell who he looks like!
New year, new goals. One BIG goal of mine is to do a better job of capturing my kids as they are. The little details. The every day. The things I don't want to forget when they get big.
Things like how curly her freshly washed hair gets. And how much she loves to read.
And how this lucky almost 3 year old got an ipod for Christmas. And suddenly turned into a mini teenager.
Happy 2015, here's to a wonderful new year full of treasuring all the little things!
I may be late, but I'm catching up pretty fast! A quick review of some parts of November life.
Preschool picture is still a daily thing around here (well, at least on the days we have preschool). I thought it would be way harder this year with TWO kids to take pictures of, but it's no big deal and it's something I'm so glad we do!
Jacky is really into making music with spoons. Hence the pile of spoons right by him.
It's funny to me how kids can have all the coolest toys in the world, and then they get their hands on a box, and it's the best thing everrrrrr. I came down from putting the baby down for a nap and just saw feet sticking out of a box. Of course I told her not to move so I could grab my camera.
Jacky is still obsessed with Cole. Still frequently pokes him in the eyes.
Cole is growing and growing and growing. He gets cuter each and every day!
He likes his playgym now, so that buys me a few minutes of hands free time! Until Jacky spots him, that is, because then he wants to lay next to him and touch him and occasionally smother him.... sigh.
Not sure where she learned her posing and her camera faces she makes, but she sure is a little beauty! This was at a cool park in Berkeley we went to on the most warm beautiful November evening!
I thiiiiiink that boy might be too big for this carseat. Just maybe.
Occasionally (very, very occasionally) our bed is made, and this baby is awake and happy, and it's still daylight. So when that happens, clearly I need to take a few pictures.
Riley Bug still adores her baby brother. She likes that he grabs her hands, and can try to hold things, and that he will suck on her finger if he can get it into his mouth. She likes to talk to him and sing to him and hold him. She thinks it's funny that he gets stinky little hands from sucking on them while wearing little scratch mittens. She pretty much adores him.
So one fall day, i decided the weather was so good, and the leaves were so beautiful, that we NEEDED to go take some pictures. Mark was less than excited, and we had to wake Jack up from a nap in order to be there before the sun set, and by the time we made it Cole had fallen asleep, so we were kind of a mess. As usual, Riley was extremely cooperative, and Jacky was completely not into it.
If I remember correctly, Mark was doing something ridiculous right behind me, which was the ONLY way we were able to get anything but a scowl.
But pictures of the kids together?? Forget it. Riley crazy faces, Jack trying to take his shirt off, and Jacky poking Cole right in the eye. Ohhhh well.
That's why I will continue to hire OTHER photographers to take pictures of my children together. Much less stressful for me! Two kids is much more manageable photography wise. ;)
One day when I went to go pick Jack up from preschool he was the only kid in his class still wearing his crown. He was so proud of it and it was so super cute! He loves preschool so so much, which makes me so happy!
And then there's Cole... not participating in tummy time. Zero effort. Just chillin.
And again with the attempts at a kid picture. On Thanksgiving. Hey at least I got all three kids in the same frame!!
And when Grandma brings an elf and a Rudolph hat, you obviously have to take pictures.
This month Cole has pretty much been a horrible sleeper. He wants to be held constantly, or he wants to be nursing allll night long. Which pretty much makes my evenings all about baby and keeping him asleep! This was a late night diaper change on mama's bed. Just little moments I want to remember. The little toes. The swaddle blanket, the phone with the white noise. This kid loves his white noise!
As hard as the nights are these days, I know how fast it goes and I'm trying to just soak it all in. I mean, he's already getting so big! I swear he was JUST born!
Before the new year I WILL get caught up here! Then I can post CURRENT happenings for once. Right now 2 big kids are in bed, my husband is working on getting the baby to sleep, so here I find myself with some "me time." I have a million things to do, but I decided this little 'ole blog needs some work!
So without further....rambling, I'm going to get all caught up. October, November, and December! Ready go.
OCTOBER. Apparently I took SO MANY pictures this month! The weather in October was AMAZING, so we tried to take advantage as much as possible. Orrrrrr I was just trying to kick the big kids out the backyard to get like 2 seconds of peace and quiet.
This kid. Gosh I love her so.
Aunt Jennie came into town. Which Riley knows automatically means she gets to paint nails. Mommy doesn't do nail polish, but Aunt Jennie most definitely does!!
And this guy. Man he brings new meaning to the world "WILD." Full of energy, all boy, loves to run and jump and throw ALL OF THE THINGS all of the time. Sigh. But man he's cute! Even if he does need a haircut...still.
Big kids are full of love for Cole, all the time. I am pretty lucky in that respect.
Jackson is hilarious. He loves to wear Riley's shoes. And not just any shoes, he loves her sparkly shoes the most. He's worn them to preschool on multiple occasions :) His teachers LOVE them.
Riley has decided she's totally happy to cooperate for pictures as long as she gets to make a silly face. So pretty much every other photo I have of her is some kind of crazy silly face.
Jacky still wants nothing to do with pictures (aside from our morning preschool picture) and is hard to convince to stay still and look at me. But I manage to sneak in a few here and there still.
Since Cole was born we seem to like to leave things to the last minute. So a few days before Halloween we headed out to the pumpkin patch. Kids had a blast, picked their pumpkins, and Cole slept the whole time. Win-win-win.
In his second month of life, Cole alternated between being totally laid back and happy to just chill, and extremely high maintenance and wanting to be held constantly. Part of his "chilled out" behavior meant when he was put down to do tummy time, he made absolutely zero effort to lift his head. Totally content to just lay there and relax. Or scream. :)
Not gonna lie, I kind of look forward to the day when carving pumpkins is not 99% done by the parents. Pretty sure I stayed up for a few hours AFTER the kids had gone to bed to create their jack-o-lantern masterpieces. So silly.
So. Halloween costumes this year. Riley made a big deal about choosing her costume, and she wanted to be Izzy (the girl pirate from the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates). I got all the pieces to her costume, she wore it to preschool, all was good. Then at the last minute, before going out trick-or-treating, she decided she didn't want to wear it anymore, went into her dress up closet, and came out with this! A bunny! Crazy girl.
Jackson had ZERO interest in dressing up. Took a lot of convincing for this to happen, and he took it off shortly thereafter and we compromised by having him wear a minion sweatshirt when we went trick-or-treating. He LOVED trick-or-treating and getting to ring doorbells and collect candy, even if he couldn't eat any of it. He would ring the door bell and when the door opened Riley would say "trick-or-treat!!" and Jacky would yell "Hello!!!" Love that kid.
Daddy tried to pretend he went out of his way to get a costume... except that's what he wears every day at work, so that doesn't count! The kids liked it though. Coley was an unimpressed dino/alligator, and he stayed with Grandma and Grandpa while we took the bigger two trick-or-treating. Next year buddy, next year.
And that's our October!! Only two months behind!