Our wonderful neighbors gave Noah these stacking blocks for his birthday and he is really enjoying them now. He gets mad when he can't figure out how to get them all together, great for the mind though! Bad for the temper I suppose. haha..
I just wanted you all to know that I realize there aren't any new pictures of Andrew. We're trying to fix that. Noah loves taking pics we just haven't taken many "good" ones of Andrew. I'll post some as soon as I can. Trying to get him smiling! Just didn't want you to think we are playing favorites!
I'm sure you are all wondering if we're alive over here. The many picture collages go along with the update!
Wow, where to begin. Its been almost 2 months since I updated this thing! I think this one will be long. I'll try to remember all that has happened!
Andrew is now almost 12 weeks. Can you believe it? He started smiling last week. It is SOOO CUTE! We haven't gotten a picture yet, since it's hard to catch him smiling. He does it so fast that by the time you get the camera out, he isn't doing it anymore. We'll keep trying though.
My brother and his fiance' Asa were here for a few weeks in January. We had such a good time visiting with them. They are expecting their first child in August I believe. Can't wait to find out what they are having. Wish they lived closer though! Noah went home with my mom, Tom and Asa to Mississippi for a week. IT was a very crazy time. Mom wrecked her highlander, thank goodness Noah wasn't with her. Dad had pneumonia and got put in the hospital for dehydration. Needless to say it was hectic. I was sad to see them leave to go back to Sweden. They can't come home too much. Hopefully someday we can go there and visit them.
Ok, now to February...ummm, lets see. OH...We bought a minivan. It's an 05 Dodge Grand Caravan, Silver and I LOVE IT! If you would have told me that I'd EVER drive a minivan, I would have told you that you were nuts. But I am so happy with it, the room, the way it drives. We won't have to take 2 vehicles to go somewhere now. WOOO HOOOO. Plus it has automatic doors and trunk, the seats stow in the floor, and getting the kids in it is a breeze! This was my Valentines present. What more could I ask for, right?
Noah got his first haircut. He was very good. Jeannie Eddins cut it. She was so wonderful and didn't even charge us. That was so nice of her. Noah got a huge sucker after it was over and by the short drive home, had it EVERYWHERE!
Noah went to TN to visit nana and poppy for Valentines weekend. They had a blast with him.
The weekend before that, our nephew, Collin turned one. For some reason, I didn't take the first picture that day. I'll have to get Laura to send some. Taking 2 kids somewhere is somewhat of a hassle these days. You have to pack the WHOLE house. But we try to do what we can.
Ok, this should bring us to the end of February. WE ALL GOT SICK! The whole dang house. Noah had croup, Andrew got RSV (and still has it, poor thing), I got a cold (and still have it) and Brandon had a sinus infection. Noah and Brandon are feeling better, but let me tell you. Running 2 kids when you feel bad is VERY STRESSFUL! Last week I decided I needed some rest and some HELP and packed up the kids and went to MS for 6 days to visit my parents and try to get some rest. It was a nice visit. Noah loves my parents so much. I feel so bad he doesn't get to see them as much as they would like. But he makes good time of what he has. He got a little slide and a push car while we were there. he LOVES them. You can tell by the pics that he couldn't wait for Brandon to get the slide together. He kept handing him the screws and screwdriver trying to help. It was cute. After it was together, we took a short video of him sliding and giggling the whole way down. Hopefully I can figure out how to post it on here.
Noah kissed a girl (and he liked it, hehe) (that is a song in case some of you don't know that) Noah's first kiss was by Juliana in MS visiting maw maw and paw paw. It was so cute. Glad I got a pic of it. Noah also loves pink high heels..haha...
We got about 3 inches of snow here in March. It was quite the sight and so beautiful! Noah wouldn't touch it, but he seemed to like it!
Now it is March 10th. I go back to work at the hospital on the 20th. I'll be working every other Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I can't say I'm looking forward to getting up that early, but I am looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up.
I'm sure I left something out, if I think of it, I'll post it. Hopefully I'll keep this thing better updated now that I'm caught up. Hope everyone is doing well. Send us a message or email and let us know how you are doing if you get a chance! Love you all,
Ok, told ya I had a bunch. Noah loves his toy tools he got for Christmas. Here he was helping Brandon put Andrews bed together. What are big brothers for huh? Notice the toy tools and real screws all mixed together. That is what happens. Noah runs off with the screws and we have to get them before he hides them. Hope you all enjoy the pictures. The pictures of him with the dish towels is where he always gets in the bottom drawer of the kitchen. I let him get in that drawer and he loves playing with the kitchen stuff. Will post more of my visit with my brother and his fiance when I have a chance. Love you all
Ok, so Andrew finally has a bed. I'll spare the long drawn out story, but just know we had to end up buying a new one after the fiasco. Here is a pic of it along with some of Andrew making his cute little O face. His lips are so small they make the perfect little O.
Just wanted to post a quick note to say we are still alive and kicking over here! Things are much better. I think Noah has hit the terrible twos a little early. Gosh is he ever active. Andrew is a piggie and getting big. I bet he is 7 lbs by now. My brother and his fiance are flying in from Sweden today for a couple of weeks. They will spend time between here and my parents. I'm so excited for them to see the boys. They haven't seen Noah since he was 6 weeks old. Not a good experience for them since he had reflux and cried all the time along with projectile spit up. They have no idea what they are in for this go around. Noah will wear them out! I wish they lived closer so they could see the kids more often. I miss them so much. I'm sure the time will fly while they are here. I cried when he left last time knowing he wouldn't see Noah for over a year. His whole first year of life Tom missed out on except for pics. I'm sure I'll cry this time too because it will be the same way with Andrew. He'll miss his year of milestones too. So I will be sure to take lots of pictures to show the boys so they know their Uncle Tom and Aunt Asa.
Hope you all have a great weekend. I know we will visiting with my little brother who is my best friend.
Things are much better around here, still hectic, but better. Not getting alot of sleep, but who expects to with a newborn, right? Noah has been much better to us. He will kiss Andrew and still doesn't really like him too much, BUT...at least he is nicer to me. The best part is, he'll let me hold him now and love on him. He had stopped letting me do that. He has turned into a major mama's boy though. I can't get out of his sight. But at least I think he now realizes we love him just as much as we do Andrew.
My mom left this morning after staying a few days helping me. I sure hated to see her go. She is so wonderful and was so much help. Noah loves her too. She is so good with him. I wish we lived closer to them so we could see them alot more. Time is too precious and they grow so fast. Hope all is well with each of you. I have lots of new pictures, just no time to resize them to put them on here lately. Will post alot whenever I do get some time.
Ok, so we figured out that it isn't Andrew Noah doesn't like, it's US! Brandon and went out to buy a baby bed today, the other one we bought is a disaster story. Mom told us just to go get a new one and bought it for us. Thanks mom. When we put it up, I'll post pics.
So the point of this post...while we were gone on some errands, my parents kept Noah and Andrew. They told us, he never pitched a fit or anything. Kissed Andrew 4 times on his own without them asking, ate for them, even showed Andrew his flashlight he got for Christmas. Ok, now for the kicker, as soon as walked in the door, he started throwing fits, getting grouchy and wouldn't have anything to do with Andrew.
So I guess he just doesn't like us right now. He still won't give me any kisses or anything since we've been home with the baby.
So please continue to pray it gets better, hopefully it's REAL soon since Brandon goes back to work on Monday. Ugh..
Hope everyone had a Happy New Year! Thanks to Chris, Jennifer, Julien, and Addie for coming over the see Andrew and welcome him home and we are thankful we got to see Addie on her 2nd birthday. Jennifer has pictures on her blog. You can see them from the link on here. They are such a great family. We feel blessed they came to visit and couldn't have asked for a better ending to 2008.
We are the Butlers, Brandon (daddy), Terrie (mommy) Noah and Andrew. Brandon and I have been married since July 2003. We have 2 beautiful boys named Noah who made his debut in October 2007 and Andrew who arrived December 2008. Looking forward to connecting with friends and family through here.