keeping busy

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Days have just been flying by here- keeping boys fed, dry and happy makes for busy days.

Chris took a couple of days off and we spent one morning at the beach with our cousins.   He also made me a chair for my birthday- he is so cool.

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We have finished swim lessons for the summer- the boys all did great.  Rory became VERY comfortable in the water, Henry is moving up to his goal of starting swim team and Bennett just needs to gain a little endurance (his strokes are awesome!).

Henry started soccer this last week.  I know, I know, soccer season already.  That is what I said.  Luckily everything fits from last year!

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Bennett lost his first tooth.  It was quite traumatic for this fella who does not like to be uncomfortable.  But… one bite into a sandwich, a little blood and a yank and he was back in business!  How is he old enough to be losing things from his body?

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Thacker started smiling.  A lot of smiling.  I must have some sort of allergic reaction to them though, I tend to get watery eyes every time he does it.  Boy is he cute.  In addition to smiling he has been cooing and becoming more alert.  We still fight over who gets to hold him- such a lucky boy.  All of his brothers ask to hold him from the moment that he wakes up to the moment it is time for bed.

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We are now deep into Olympic watching (the boys are so excited they get to watch it every night- the TV on!  Every night!  And we get to watch!)  Oh the let down will be hard…

And just as the weather started FINALLY warming up- we have two boys down with fevers and sore throats.   Such a bummer- luckily the Olympics keep us entertained…

{this moment}

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Summer has finally returned to the area after only being here while I was nine months pregnant…

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Our Thacker Boy turned 5 weeks old- he has started smiling (just a little) and has started liking the pacifier (which makes us very happy at our usual grumpy times).  We are such a noisy breather sometimes and have spent the past few days only happy while eating and sleeping (can we say growth spurt?  But who knows where that is going to leave that tank of a kid.. or the state of his parents backs).

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one month old

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Last weekend our sweet boy turned one month old.  We had cake with friends, obviously, we also got the next size bin of clothes down from the attic.  Our boy is growing!

For doing absolutely nothing all month but stare and snuggle this guy, time sure did go by fast.  He already looks so different, is filling out and isn’t so “newborn” anymore.  His eyes focus, he watches us, he lets us know when he doesn’t like something – all while still being smothered with kisses and hugs from parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts, family and friends.

Things I don’t want to forget:

  • grunts- waking up grunts, gassy grunts, grunts, grunts grunts
  • hairy shoulders, and biceps and back and ears…  fuzzy hairy boy- you are delicious
  • milk tongue- you like to eat
  • the way you look up at me while nursing- easiest way to fall in love with a fella
  • the way your big toe flexes up while you are nursing- your brother Rory did the same thing
  • your bicep line- you have had this from the beginning, I will be very sad when it goes away, it does an excellent job of showing off your muscles

I am sure there are more that I am forgetting, but the most important thing is how much this boy is loved.  There are arguments of who gets to hold him first in the morning, and in the afternoon, and in the evening… sigh… who gets to pick out his clothes, oh it goes on…  We are looking forward to smiles this next month and more settling into our new family of six.  We have so enjoyed this blissful month of soaking everything in- next month will include a little more venturing out (but probably not too much…) and more watching in awe this chubby, squishy boy.  Love you baby Thacker.

And my gosh, if only my belly was this cute hanging over my pants…

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three weeks old

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Mamie, Bapa and Uncle Matt were in town and we played a lot of baseball.  We hung out with cousins, ate yummy food, tried out the new fire pit and took our grandparents and uncle to watch swim lessons.  A certain 3 year old is quite brave and chatty with his classmates.  What a difference from his older brother!

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Our sweet baby boy  turned 3 weeks old last week- we celebrated by sending Dada back to work.  We survived with lots of visitors and friends who brought us lunch.  Baby Thacker loves snuggles, eating and sleep.  He hates hiccups, most diaper changes and being sprayed (by accident) with the diaper spray (oh we were so mad!).  We spend a little more time awake, although we still have the days were we sleep ALL DAY LONG.  We have slept through most swim lessons, a piano lesson and a trip to the grocery store.  We have been very grunty lately, so very grunty- but still can get calmed down and sleep in someone’s arms.   Oh Thacker Boy, we love you so.

{this moment} – two weeks old

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We celebrated being two weeks old with our first bath- we now smell even more delicious than before (how is that even possible?).  We spent week two much like week one- lots of cuddling, sleeping, eating and diaper changes.   We did head out on a few outings this week- our big brothers started swim lessons (yes, all of them, Rory is a pro) and braved Costco (someone slept the whole time).   I have no idea what things are going to look like when Dada heads back to work next week, but I decided not to stress about it.  We will figure it out.  In the meantime, you can find me on the couch with a snuggly baby in my arms.  I’ll figure out how to get dinner made next week…

 

 

{this moment} – our week one

Before… our last picture before we became six:

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And the morning of… one very anxious Mama…

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And he is here!!!
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What have we been doing this week?  A whole lot of snuggling, cuddling, eating and loving.  Thacker will never have to wonder if he is loved- these brothers- oh my.  They want to hold him first thing in the morning, kiss him all day long, hug and kiss him goodnight.  We all fight over who gets to hold him- we try to make it fair (although I think Mama wins- she is the nutrition after all).  We are all doing well and enjoying this time- this last time we get to enjoy the newborn phase.  We have Dada home for a couple more weeks and we are not taking any moment for granted.  Welcome Baby Thacker (or Baby Facker, which is what Rory calls him)- you are so loved.