Saturday, December 28, 2013

Austin is 4 months old!

So this is a couple of days late, but Austin you are now 4 months old! You have grown so much and have learned to do so many new things. Here is what you are up to at for months:

You weight 15 lbs. Probably a little more now because you have been a bottomless pit lately! You are consistently eating 6 oz every 3 hours and will eat 7 oz before bed. Our schedule has been off lately so you go to bed anywhere between 7:30 and 9:00. You sleep anywhere from 5-8 hour stretches at a time. You wake up once to eat then back to bed. However, you have learned some new motor skills that you like to try out in the middle of the night such as rolling over and rocking on all fours that tends to wake you up. But you have slept through the night a few times and this makes Mommy extremely happy.

You are good at rolling over from your stomach to your back. You have rolled over from your back to your stomach a couple of times. You seem to not like being on your back very much and try so hard to roll over. When you are on your tummy you can occasionally get on all fours a rock a couple of times. But then you just start kicking your legs. You also love standing up and would much rather do this that sit or lay down! That is why you love your jumper. You are able to be up and see everything that is going on. You are also trying very hard to grab and hold on to things. If we put a toy in front of you it is super slow motion until you actually grab it and hold on to it for a second. But you concentrate so hard and what to do it so bad. You will be doing that very well pretty soon!

Right now you love to watch your big brother play. Just watching him keeps you entertained for a while! He loves to play with you too and can always make you laugh. You love to chew on your fingers! They are always in your mouth due to some bottom teeth that are starting to make an appearance. This make you one slobbery baby! You also love when people talk to you and are very quick to give your precious smile.

You are not liking getting lotion on your face. You have very dry skin and we put lotion on you frequently and you are just not a fan. The car seat is still not your favorite but you are starting to enjoy it a little bit more.

You are just growing so much and changing everyday. We love you very much sweet boy!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekend Recap

First of all, I LOVE the Christmas season. I love Christmas decorations, Christmas songs, baking Christmas goodies, and doing Christmas crafts. I feel like it was just Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is already flying by. I know everybody says that, but this has probably been the quickest it has gone for me. Life has been so hectic lately with something to do every weekend that I feel like I can't just sit down and enjoy this season. However, there will be many more holiday seasons to share with my family, and hopefully ones that will be a lot more relaxed that I am not too worried about it. This weekend we had a Christmas party to go to for the boys. Their babysitter throws a party for the kiddos every year. They draw names for who they will buy a gift for and exchange gifts. The babysitter also buys a gift for each of the kids. Brantley and Austin are very blessed to have her! Brantley had a great time playing with his friends and opening presents. This is the first year that he really understands what presents are and was super excited. Austin of course had no idea what was going on and was perfectly content to be held and chew on his fingers (his new favorite thing as he is already teething).

On Sunday my hubby surprised me with tickets to go see the Hunger Games. This was our first date since Austin was born. It was WAY over due, but with Jason working weekends it is hard to find time to get away. This was also the first movie we have been to in years, seriously. We would rather cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie than go to the theater, but for Hunger Games I could not wait until it came out on DVD to see it. I love these movies. They are so good! I don't know how I am going to wait until 2014 to see the third one! I guess I will just have to read the books.

Brantley and his friends at the Christmas Party

Me and the boys cuddling on the couch on a super rainy Saturday

This is the last week of work before the break and I am SO ready. It is a 4 day week filled with holiday themed activities/parties and a field trip to a UGA basketball game. Not too bad of a way to end the year before the break. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Recap

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had the whole week off which was a much needed break filled with quality time with family. It was so relaxing that I literally stayed in my yoga pants and big t-shirt all week except for Thanksgiving. (I would seriously wear that everyday if I could.) We started off by celebrating Thanksgiving with Jason's family on Sunday. Then Monday we packed up and headed down to my parents' house for the week. On Wednesday family began to come into town which was great because a lot of them finally got to meet Austin. Thursday we cooked and ate way too much of course, but it was all delicious! Here are some pictures from the week....

Loved spending time with this little man!

Brantley's first time making s'mores

Austin meeting his great-grandmother

There are no words...

Kiddie table at Thanksgiving 

CiCi with her grandsons

Precious :)

We really enjoyed our week! Now it is time to go back to the real world and wear real clothes again.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Austin 3 months

I cannot believe it has been 3 months. Austin, you are a joy to this family and it is an honor to be your mommy! This is what you are up to at 3 months:

You are growing! You weight about 14 lbs (not extremely accurate because we measured you at home). You take about 3-4 naps during the day and eat 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours. Sometimes you eat a lot less if you are super sleepy because you would rather be sleeping than get your belly full. You go to bed between 8:30 & 9:30 and sleep for about 6-7 hours, wake up to eat, then go back to sleep.

You have discovered some new things lately! You love your fingers and will suck/chew on them all the time. You have started trying to grab toys if we hold them close enough for you. You concentrate so hard and your brow gets all furrowed when you are trying to touch a toy. You have also figured out how to roll from your tummy to your back! You have done this twice so you are still perfecting this skill. When you are on your tummy you can scoot and do a 180 degree turn. You are definitely a mover but I could have told you that from how you were in the womb!

Some things you love right now are your big brother who always makes you smile, cuddling, lying on your play mat, and "talking" to Mommy and Daddy (you have the best little coos ever!). Some things you don't really love right now are your car set (it is hit and miss if you are going to scream or not), being cold, and getting lotion put on your face.

Austin you are a super happy baby and not very much makes you upset! I am looking forward to next week when I will have a whole week off from work and we will get to cuddle all day!

Monday, November 18, 2013

From Boys to Men

I am the mother of an energetic and lively toddler, and a super happy and laid back baby. My little boys are awesome. I was so excited when we found out Austin was a boy. I have loved being a mother to a boy and was pumped to do it again! Boys are fun. They are rough, loud, funny, energetic, and get pee all over the toilet. They are not a wild spirit to be harnessed. They are just boys! I never want to get on to my boys for simply being...boys. I want to do everything I can, with the help of my hubby, to raise my boys to be men of honor and character. Right now Brantley might be extremely rough playing, but one day that roughness is going to turn into a fierceness to fight for justice, protect his family, and defend himself/his beliefs in a world that is trying to make him conform. Right now Brantley is so loud running all through the house, but one day that loudness will be a voice that will command attention, lead others, and speak up for those with no voice. Right now he has more energy than I can keep up with, but one day this energy will be the drive he needs to accomplish his goals and pursue his dreams. Right now Brantley gets pee all over the toilet, but one day....well let's be honest, he will always get pee on the toilet! Boys are definitely an adventure, but it's one I will gladly embark on to raise men that will influence our world.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This is hard...I mean challenging

Being a wife, mom of two, and a teacher is hard.....I mean challenging. My students would get on to me if they heard me say something was hard. Whenever they say that something is hard I tell them to say challenging instead. I explain that when you describe something as hard you are telling your brain that you won't be able to do it. But when they describe something as challenging you are creating an opportunity for yourself to grow and learn a new way to do something. It is pretty funny because I will hear kids getting on to other students when they say something is hard and correct them.

So back to what I was saying...being a wife, mom of two, and a teacher is hard challenging.Especially since Austin is not sleeping through the night yet and I am one exhausted momma!! I am trying to learn the balance of it all and most of the time feel like I fail in one of the areas. My priorities are this: God, husband, kids, job. Sorry teaching career, but my family will always come before you. Plus when I get home I don't even have time to work on lessons until both the boys are in bed, and this girl definitely does not want to stay up late because like I mentioned before, I am getting up with a handsome baby in the middle of the night. And ask anyone who knows me I REALLY love my sleep so I will take all I can get right now. Thankfully I have been able to get most of my work done at school. I would rather stay later at school to get caught up than have to sacrifice anytime with my family right now. When I was on maternity leave I remember how overwhelmed I was at being a mom of two and balancing my attention and love. But as I look back, that was a cake walk compared to throwing a full time job into the mix.

It has been two months since I have returned to work and I am still learning. I am learning how to handle a three year old who is pouting because I can't play with him because the baby is crying, learning how to handle a little one yelling "Mommy I have to go poopy!" right when I have just started feeding the baby, learning how to handle getting asked to do something extra at work when I really want to say no because I am not sure where I will fit it in to my day, and learning how to put my husband before the kids when one of them literally cannot survive without me. But as I tell my students, challenges bring opportunity for growth so it is time for me to start growing!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time to blog again...

WOW! It has been extremely long since I have years. I honestly just kind of forgot about my blog. Well things have definitely changed in the Franks Family. Brantley is now 3 years old which I cannot believe! We have a new addition to our family....little Austin who was born August 21st. Adjust to the life of working full time and raising two children has been challenging, exhausting, and wonderful. I can't imagine our life without Austin. He has been a fabulous addition to our family. And Brantley has adjusted SO well to his little brother! I prayed and prayed that his transition to life as a brother would be smooth and God has truly answered that prayer. Just this morning in the car on the way to the babysitter Brantley said, "I like Austin. I like my little brother." Music to my ears!

Another new thing going on in our life is that we are putting our house on the market. Jason and I have tossed this idea around for about a year now. I was overwhelmed with the idea at first because let's just say that at the end of the day, cleaning and straightening up the house is the last thing I want to do. But I am going to suck it up and just do it! It will be worth it. We don't like the location we live in and never have for the four years we have been in our house. We are definitely ready for a change. Plus Jason currently has to drive an hour each way to work so we would really like to be in the middle of our jobs. We have an idea of where we want to go but still are not 100%. We are taking this process one day at a time and praying our house sells quickly!