Welcome to our blog!
I'm Beth, a busy stay-at-home mom, dedicated to changing diapers, wiping noses, cooking dinner, and playing with my kiddos. I'm happily married to the love of my life, Kevin, my good-looking, hard-working, fun-loving, big-kid-himself husband.
This site is lovingly dedicated to our three beautiful children: Samuel Lewis Bryant, born on March 3, 2003, Georgia Elizabeth, born December 7, 2007, and our newest blessing, due to arrive this October. This blog will follow their lives and chronicle the joy they daily bring.
Sam is our easy-going, fun-loving 6 year old - the light of our lives! He loves race cars, movies, playing outside and anything sweet! Diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, our sweet Sam may have some difficulties, but he never lets them hold him back. He's the most dedicated, disciplined, and hard-working little boy you'll ever meet - my constant inspiration. That which his mouth can't speak, his heart sings loudly!
Our little sunshine
Georgia is our out-going, head-strong 1 year old! She loves the Wonder Pets, her baby dolls, our dog, Maggie and anything her brother has that she doesn't! Don't let that sweet smile and tiny little body fool you - behind it lies one of the biggest personalities you've ever seen! This girl is a spitfire - and soooo much fun! She really keeps me on my toes! Oh, I love her so!
Well, this pregnancy is coming to an end...only 4 more days until we get to meet our sweet little girl. Where did the time go???? This has been by far, the easiest and yet strangest of all three of my pregnancies. I guess chasing after the other two has given me little time to sit back and dwell on being pregnant. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been counting down the hours until I get to meet that sweet little face! Having only gained 12 pounds and had absolutely NO swelling (this is HUGE for me!) this pregnancy has been so laid back and low - key...wonder if her little personality will match??? Can't wait to find out! Who will she look like? What will the other two think? How am I going to handle three??? We'll soon see! Let the countdown begin!!! See you Friday, Cate!
After what seemed like weeks and weeks of rainy weather, Georgia and I were sooo ready to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather last week! After our trip to the library, we stopped by one of city parks and took in the playground - which we ended up having all to ourselves! She had a blast!
Georgia and I have have been attending our local library's Pee Wee storytime each Wednesday morning this fall. Much to my delight, she is having a blast! Each week centers on a certain theme - last week it was kittens (her absolute favorite!) - and includes a story, singing and a craft. Sooo cute! We have such an incredible childrens' library here - I see many more trips in our future!
Sensational Kids kickball season is here once again...but apparently Mother Nature didn't get the message! Almost all of our games have been rained out! I did take some pictures the other night, however, shooting through a chainlink fence while chasing an almost 2 year old, resulted in less than ideal shots, to say the least! Hope to post more as soon as Georgia, and the weather, allows!
Grammy and I took the kids to Playhouse Disney Live at the Convo Center last weekend. While it was definitely not my favorite show we've taken them too, the kids had a blast and sat glued to the show! Thanks Grammy, for going with us - it's always a good idea to bring back-up!
Kevin, Georgia and I meet Sam's class at the Craighead County fair a few weeks ago for our annual trip to the petting zoo. That Sam loves to feed all the animals...little sister - not so much! We all had a great time despite the yucky weather and muddy fairgrounds!
Where o' where did my baby boy go??? A first grader??? I can hardly stand it! But as you can see from the photo, while Mom may have been a little bit misty-eyed, my sweet Sam was all smiles! Now 3 weeks into the new school year, I am happy to report that things are still going great! The word "proud" can't begin to adequately express just how much I love this little man! Way to go, Sam!!
Better late than never, right?? Things have been so crazy around here the last few weeks, that I am just now getting our vacation pictures posted! Our 3rd annual trip to The Beach Club was a blast! And we were so glad that Grammy and Papa were able to make the trip with us again this year - great company and 2 extra sets of hands!! And of course, with one child (Sam) that LOVED the ocean - except for the 20+ jellyfish stings his poor little feet endured, and one that LOVED the pool (Georgia), it sure was nice to have the "manpower" to split our time between the two! Can't wait for next year...a 7 year old, a two year old, and a 10 month old...better start eating my Wheaties now!!
Kevin, Grammy and I had the best time Thursday morning at my 4D Ultrasound appointment! It's always so much fun to get such an up-close look at our sweet baby girl! She is one of the 3 cutest babies I've ever seen! Simply adorable! And we couldn't get over just how much she looked like Georgia. We got so tickled watching her yawn, try to suck her thumb, stick out her tongue and smile! Perfection! She now weighs 2 lbs. 14 oz. and looks great! I, too, am progressing right along, having only gained a whopping 6 lbs. so far....and actually lost a pound this month...the doctor's not concerned as long as the baby looks good and just told me to consider myself lucky! Guess I won't complain! No swelling, feel great, plenty of energy - Life is good! I am now 29 weeks pregnant - only 11 more to go! Can't wait to see this sweet little face in person!
After a long but successful Kindergarten year, Kevin and I decided to treat the kiddos to much needed/deserved quick trip to St. Louis. We have a wonderful time and managed to pack alot into 3 short days! The kids had a blast and were the perfect little travelers - not a peep from either of them! Just throw in a DVD, hand out some juice and pretzels and hit the road - makes for a much easier trip for all involved! Enjoy the pictures!
I'm borrowing this from another friend's blog, but just thought it was too good to pass up....
You have Taught Me By Anne Maclellan March 1998
You have Taught Me You have taught me patience to rejoice in small gains which others take for granted. You have taught me tolerance to accept that your perspective is different and deserves respect. You have taught me courage to fight for you when no one else will. You have taught me endurance to go on when I feel I can't any more. You have taught me humility to accept when I can't make things better but can only be here for you. You have taught me to love at a deeper level than I ever thought possible
Georgia and I had the best time in Kindermusik class this spring! She had so much fun singing and dancing with all the other cute little kiddos and we both made lots of new friends! Can't wait for the next session to begin!
Wow...can't believe my baby girl is already 18 months old! Where does the time go?? Georgia has been such a fun addition to our family - don't know what we ever did without her! She is such a little mess! But sooo much fun! Such a BIG personality in that tiny little body! Oh how I love her so! Here's a quick rundown of her latest developments:
Size - Since we haven't scheduled our 18 month check-up yet...I know, I know, I'm a little behind on this...I'm not exactly sure of her measurements and will have to post them once we go to the doctor. But I can tell you she's a tiny little thing compared to her brother at this age. She's still wearing 12-18 month clothes. Can wear some 18 month, but for the most part, they're still just a little too big. As for shoes, she's in a size 5, and has way too many pairs to count! Did I mention this child's already growing obsession with shoes?? She LOVES them! And can take them off and on all by herself. We won't even talk about taking her to a shoe store...you can barely drag her out of there...kicking and screaming!! She wants one in every color!
Eating - While she may be small, you'd never know it by her appetite! This girl loves to eat! And the nicest part is that she's not the least bit picky! She'll eat just about anything I serve her, and is willing to try anything I ask! After 6 years of trying to feed possibly the world's most picky eater, this has been such a blessing! Georgia loves her veggies, especially carrots and green beans. She also loves oatmeal, manderin oranges, blueberry pancakes, speghetti, cheese, bananas, corn, pears, goldfish, and anything with ketchup! Honestly, I can't think of anything she doesn't like...except maybe raw onions...which she begged me to let her try recently! And she even took several bites of it, before deciding against it! Of course, she wouldn't be her brother's sister if she didn't also have a penchant for snack foods, too! Whatever he's having, she wants it too! This girl has yet to meet a chip she doesn't like! Loves juice, which is also the word she uses for milk, and will drink both without hesitation out of her sippy cup. She's beginning to use her fork and spoon rather well, and has reached the stage where she wants to do everything herself! Including feeding herself, which has turned out to be a very messy adventure! But as trying as this stage can be, I am so proud of her growing independance!
Sleeping - I am so blessed to have such a great sleeper! While she only takes 1 nap a day (usually from around 11:30 to 1:30) she is no trouble to put to bed. Once I tell her its time for a nap, she heads up the stairs, reaches for her "baby" (her beloved stuffed puppy dog), leans over for a kiss, and lays down. Its just that easy! And the same goes for bedtime to! She usually goes to bed around 8:00 and doesn't wake until usually around 7:30 in the morning - with no waking in the night! Yay for sleep!
Play - She is so busy these days! I love to watch her love on and feed her baby dolls, play with her little people barn and animals, slide outside, jump on the trampoline, and just generally see what else she can get into! This one NEVER slows down! She still loves the Wonder Pets (especially Ming Ming) often requesting them in the morning by saying "Ming Ming" and handing me the remote! I just love to watch her dance to their songs - so cute!
Talking - Boy does this girl like to gab! Right now, its mainly just a lot of jabbering with plenty of head nods and hand gestures thrown in for good measure! But she also speaks many very intelligble words as well, including: Mama, Dada, Sam, Maggie, Papa, Ming Ming, outside, slide, swing, book, hi, bye, juice, please, more, ball, Tippy, Sarah, Zach, and of course, SHOES! And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention her wide array of animal sounds, including everything from dogs and cats, to lions, monkeys, cows, even fish - PRICELESS!! She LOVES animals - especially dogs, and can't get enough of our Maggie! Theirs is a sweet bond, and I have to admit that I'm impressed with how tolerant and patient Maggie can be with her, whether Georgia is wiping her face with baby wipes, counting Maggies toenails, or trying to brush her hair!
I could go on and on for days about just how special you are, Little Miss! You truly are my Sunshine. We love you so much, GiGi!!
We had a fun relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Georgia and Sam had a ball playing in the sprinklers and kiddie pool (and yes, I realize that there are no pictures of Sam on here - someone isn't too keen on having his picture taken these days...) and our friends, Scott, Sarah and Zach came over for homemade French Dip subs, Mississippi Sin dip, and strawberry shortcake. YUMM-O! Good times...
With another little on the way, I decided a few weeks ago, to begin introducing Georgia to the "big girl" potty....However, something tells me that I may have a long road ahead of me when your daughter prefers to sit "in" the potty, rather than "on" the potty....