Monday, December 2, 2013

Some Stuff Sawyer Says…

Lately Sawyer has said some of the most hilarious things and I just want to make sure I right it down so that I can look back and remember :)

One day we were going over the really tall bridge that goes from Hwy 30 Westbound to 635 South and Sawyer yells out "Momma, we're so tall!!!" Then when we got off she said "Momma, now we're short!"

We went to visit a friend's baby and Sawyer said "That's McKenna's baby. Momma, I want one." I guess Dayton isn't little enough for her anymore, ha.

I eat Chips Ahoy cookies and Sawyer always refers to them as "Momma's cookies." No other food in the house is referred to as "Momma's" or "Daddy's," but she knows the cookies are serious business. ;)

Sawyer will open the fridge and say, "Ummm…How about a chocolate milk shake?!" She just recently started to talking to us like she's an adult using words like "umm" and "like" or phrases like "how about."

Lately she tells us things from her baby doll's perspective, "Momma, my baby wants me to drink some milk." or "My baby doesn't want me to go to sleep yet."

When we just mention giving Dayton a spanking (which we do not do yet) she says very vehemently "NO! Dayton's too little to get a spanking!!" She gets very protective of him.  I like it. Sometimes I pretend he needs a spanking just to get her worked up a little, ha ha.

Sawyer sings constantly and always combines all her favorite songs together: ABCs, Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, & Ring Around the Rosies. Her favorite song to dance to is The B-I-B-L-E.

She cracks me up on a daily basis! :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Officially Potty-Trained Toddler

Man oh man, have I been waiting on this!! Sawyer Grace is officially potty-trained and it feels so good!! It was more hard work for her Momma & Daddy than it was for her! Ha! Now she goes days without accidents and takes naps in big girl underwear and hasn't had any accidents during nap so far. She wears a diaper at night, but so far she gets up when she needs to use the potty and her diaper has been dry. We're just giving her a little while to adjust, but we're probably about to take the plunge and just put her in her big girl undies at night, too! She is super proud of them and prefers them anyway.
Sawyer wants to do everything herself in the bathroom from getting on the potty to washing and drying her hands. She is super independent and very proud of it. 
Good job, baby girl! We are so happy we don't have to spend $40 bucks a month on your diapers! ;)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

11 Months of Dayton

My baby is only 1 month away from turning 1. I truly can't believe it. If I think about it too much I will get sad, so I'll just dive right into the last month :)
This month he learned to:
say "ma ma" !!!
say "uh oh" - it's the cutest of his 3 words :)
waves (some of the time)
walking behind a push toy!! We are so close to full on walking!

6th tooth came in on top (now he has 4 on top and 2 on bottom)
first vacation (at the cabin in OK)
Trick-or-treating/Halloween! He dressed as Mickie Mouse :)

His favorite things this month:
Big Sister
his cousins!
Soothie paci
his sister's toys
being tickled
being thrown in the air

Things he hates this month:
his car seat
diaper rashes--the poor kid gets them often and they are horrible!! :(

His sizes this month:
9-12 months or 12 months
size 3 diapers
size 2 shoe

New places this month:
The cabin in Oklahoma!

Favorite pictures from this past month:
first costume :)
showing off his 6 new teeth!
first camping trip!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Little Gem

I am sitting down to write my second-to-last paper of my entire masters degree. I literally only have 3 classes left until graduation. I cannot believe it. I've been reflecting on the last 3 years a lot lately as I try to wrap my head around the thought of being done with school and being a certified counselor. It feels surreal.  The other day I had a client say, "Man, you've done a lot for your age!" When I thought about that statement it started to kind of click, "wow, I'm 27, I have 2 children, I taught 3 years of 6th grade, worked an internship at a psychiatric hospital, interned at a private practice, and now about to graduate with a job lined up and ready to go! It feels like a whirlwind!!!" 

I found something today that made me look back at the progression of my career…

During my first semester of student teaching at A&M (Fall 2007) I wrote down 10 goals that I wanted my students to learn from me or feel. It did not have a lot to do with the content I was teaching, it was more things like… Feel valued, worthwhile, and accepted by me. Feel heard by me. Feel safe in my classroom. Feel like they can come to me when they need help regarding school, friendships, and stuff at home.

I kept this piece of paper in my desk all 3 years that I taught and looked at it quite often. I kept it right on top of a stack of papers inside my top drawer. I probably saw that paper almost everyday. Right now its packed up in a box in the attic and it will come down if I ever decide to teach again. That's not out of the realm of future possibilities. I loved teaching, actually. It was pretty hard to give up that part of my life, but my babies are for sure worth it. 

Anyway, at the end of each school year I gave my students a series of questions and told them they could keep it anonymous. I wanted them to let me know if I had made them feel heard, worthwhile, accepted, safe, etc. (I also asked things like "Did you ask for tutoring and/or receive extra help if you struggled…did you feel that enough technology was used in our classroom…stuff like that). I kept their answers and reflected on them many times. I really wanted them to have a good experience and hoped that the next year I could make it an even better one. 

Today I was going through my recently fixed laptop (I overloaded it with too much junk to the point that it wouldn't turn on, so we had to have a friend take the hard drive out and remove 25 gigabytes of pictures…Yes, I admit I am a pictureholic. I need help.), and I found a little gem. It's a picture of one of the papers that a student had written (2009 school year). I took a picture of it back then because it was so sweet and it made me smile. It had the same affect on me today as I read the answer to #10. "She could've been a counselor! :)" The question I asked the class was "Did you feel like you could talk to me about your problems with school, friends, and/or home?"
Man! It's like this girl could see into my future. When I read this today I just thought it was so neat that something I am doing 4 years later is something that a 12-year-old girl thought I'd be good at when I taught her in the 6th grade.

Of course her note on the back was the best part. "Mrs. Coats, you are my favorite teacher. When I'm 50 I believe I'll still remember you. You really are awesome. -Ale"

I tell you what, those kinds of notes and words of encouragement from a kid is THE BEST PART OF TEACHING. I know my teacher friends will agree. When it clicks with a student and you see that you were apart of helping them--it's all so worth it. And the best part is that, while confidential, I still get to experience that in counseling! I'll never be able to post a note from a client on the internet or show a friend, but helping a person out and getting to see that moment where they've just seen something in a new light is so exhilarating. I love it. In a lot of ways teaching is what has brought me to counseling and I couldn't be more grateful for that experience. 

Thank you, Ale, for your sweet words. They still make me smile today! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

2.5 Years of Little SG!

Sawyer Grace is halfway to 3 and I can't believe it. When did that happen? She is now 36" tall and weighs about 25 pounds. She is mostly 2T clothing and wears pullups during the day and size 3 diapers at night (same size diapers as Dayton since he was 7 months old)!

Most people say "they are so sweet with a spunky streak," but with Sawyer we think it's the opposite. This little girl's got sass and I'd say she's spunky with a sweet streak. ;)

She's super, super verbal and says almost anything and will repeat us constantly. I've already learned that I need to watch what I say...including the attitude in which I say it. She's super perceptive and will notice if I am in a bad mood or not happy.

Sawyer loves school and has lots of friends there! She does so well there. She loves to come home telling me all about her friends, her teachers, and the buggy rides she took! She also loves telling me about Stretch-n-Grow and songs and toys and games she plays. This month's shape is a circle and she has been drawing them like crazy at home. So fun to see her learning. Her teachers tell me all the time that she is so nice and sweet and friendly at school. I've asked them multiple times if they ever have to correct or discipline Sawyer and they've pretty much responded that she's I guess she's saving all of her fits and tantrums for us at home...and believe me, there are plenty! ;)

Sawyer has gotten more and more smitten with her little brother. She wants me to go get him as soon as she wakes up in the morning. She likes to play in the same room with him and wants to interact with him. She gives him hugs and kisses and tells him "good job, bubba!" when he does something she deems good. Ha ha!

I thought this would be a fun age to do an interview with Sawyer. The first time I tried asking her more than 3 questions in a row she ran away from pretending to be an airplane so I had to wait a while for a better attention span. ;)

Interview with Sawyer at 2.5 years old....

What's your name? "Sawyer"

How old are you? "I'm 2 years old. 2." (while holding up 2 fingers)

Where do you live? "Sawyer's at Rockwall"

What do you like to do with mommy? "don't know, momma, I don't know." When I explained to her what I meant she said "I play with Momma."

What do you like to do with daddy? "play with Daddy!"

What is bubba's name? "zero" (She got his name confused with his age) When I asked again she said: "Dayton!"

How old is Dayton? "zero" (and she makes a zero with her hand)

What do you like to do with Dayton? "I play Bubba"

What do you like to do at church? "play at church!"

What do you like to do at school? "play at school!"

What color do you like? "red and blue"

So as you can see, the common theme is playing. :) She hasn't gotten the art of answering questions down yet, but she sure can talk a lot without being prompted. Ha ha! I love my big 2 1/2 year old.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

10 Months of Dayton

I love this stage! Dayton is a bundle of energy, but still winds down to cuddle when he is sleepy. This month Dayton had his first big bout of sickness. A mysterious virus that gave him 5 straight days of 103 degree fever. I was so happy when it finally broke and he was back to his normal, happy-go-lucky self!
Here's the latest on my little man…
This month he learned to...
"dance" to music - it's super cute :)
say "da da" !!!! so fun!

2nd tooth came in on bottom
3rd, 4th, & 5th teeth come in on top

His favorite things this month:
his Soothie parcis
being tickled
jumping in the Johnny Jump Up and Jumperoo

Things he hates this month:
being buckled into the car seat
diaper rash

His sizes this month:
6-9 months
some 9-12 months
size 3 diapers

New places this month:
Gentle Zoo in Forney
Conrad's 1st Birthday Party at the Kirby's House

Favorite pictures from this past month:
cutie was hard to take pictures of this month--he was all over the place!
He loves the shower mat for some reason!
a little blurry, but a funny picture of him at playschool about to jump into the ball pit!
Klyde Warren Park picnic & splash pad day! :)
In Mimi & Poppy's treehouse with the cousins!
the morning he woke up with no fever after 5 days of 103 degrees!!
I was so happy I took a picture. :)
They love their chairs!
Messy, messy eater
I just love the overall-ed booty :)
Fun at the Gentle Zoo!
He loves his sister, especially when she's feeding him ;)
He's all boy for sure!!

10 months is such a fun age!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

9 Months of Dayton

9 whole months with my sweet baby boy! This month has been the biggest yet! This boy loves to do things in spurts.
Dayton's Measurements:
Birth: 7 lbs. 6.2 oz., 20" long, 13" head, 13" chest
6 days old: 7 lbs. 2.5 oz., 20 1/2" long
2 weeks old: 7 lbs. 14.5 oz., 20 1/2" long, 14" head
1 month old: 9 lbs. 6 oz., 21 1/2" long, 15 1/2" head
2 months old: 12 lbs. 1.5 oz., 23 1/4" long, 15 3/4" head
4 months old: 14 lbs. 5.5 oz., 24 3/4" long, 16 1/2" head
6 months old: 16 lbs. 7.5 oz., 26 1/4" long, 17 1/4" head
9 months old: 18 lbs. 9.5 oz., 28" long, 17 1/2" head

20th percentile for weight, 40th percentile for height, 30th percentile for head

This month he learned to...
PULL UP to sitting and standing (had to lower his mattress)!
Hold his own bottle...he did that like twice, ha ha

Got his first tooth!!
Overnight at G-Momma's House!

His favorite thing this month:
Momma :)
pull up toys
big sister
the wagon
Soothie pacis
ice cream

Things he hates this month:
the car seat
diaper rashes

His sizes this month:
6-9 months
a few 9-12 month things
size 3 diapers

New places he has been this month:
Dart Train to Mockingbird Station
Twisted Root
Playschool (Mother's Day Out)
Lake Pointe Church

Important events this month:
First day of Playschool :)
First overnight at G-Momma's

Favorite pictures from this past month:
Here he is crawling for the very first time!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering 9/11

I was 15 and sitting in biology when I first heard about the twin towers. We were actually listening to the radio when the second tower was hit and heard the terror in the radio announcers voice and I also saw it on my teacher's face. That is forever etched into my memory. So is the patriotism that followed in the next few weeks and months. Flags everywhere.

Tonight while I was on the highway about to go over the lake in Rockwall, I passed many people standing out in the heat holding American flags and waving proudly to all of us driving by. These people reminded me of the pride I felt after 9/11 when America seemed to suddenly burst into red, white, and blue and 'God Bless Americas.' I pride myself in being patriotic (so much so, that I tear up when certain songs play during a 4th of July fireworks display). Looking back, I think 9/11 is what shaped my patriotism. I'll never forget working at Chick-fil-A when 2 policewomen ordered and their meal rang up to $9.11. One of the women looked at her partner when she saw the total and said, "Oh wow. Let's take a moment." And they did. They stood right there in front of me with their heads bowed. I admired their respect. 

I'll also never forget people ordering "freedom fries" instead of waffle fries. Haha. That was a bit funnier to me, but I appreciated the sentiment.  Some of those things seem silly, but I'm sure we all have similar moments that we remember happening after 9/11. 

I'm thankful to these people who decided to sweat outside today and hold flags over the highway so I could be reminded to be thankful that God allowed me to be born in America. 

God bless America!

Friday, August 23, 2013

8 Months of Dayton

This little sweetie pie is already 3/4 of his way to being a year old! I say it every month, but I really can't believe it. :)
This month he learned to…
get up on all fours and rock back and forth
sometimes there's even 1 little crawl in there. He's so close!

1st tooth starting to pop through - can't see it, but you can feel it with your finger!!
time to stay with Mathis & Ginni for the day!
time to stay at Natalie's for the day

His favorite things this month:
Momma :)
baby food

Things he hates this month:
when he first gets buckled in the car seat
diaper rashes…seriously.

His sizes this month:
6-9 months
9 month pjs
size 3 diapers (same as sister, haha)

New places he has been this month:
Mathis' house
Natalie's house
El Fenix

Important events this month:
Mathis' 1st birthday and party! We had fun!
Pappa Ronnie's birthday
Pappa Donnie's birthday

Sunday, August 11, 2013

7 Months of Dayton

Dayton is an easy, laid-back baby boy at 7 months old. He is very happy and laughs a ton! He loves to roll around and grab toys and is super content to do this for a solid hour while I fold clothes or do another chore with him in the room. He is always well-behaved in the nursery at church and with Ashlee, our babysitter, which makes me feel much more at ease thinking of putting him in Mother's Day Out two days a week starting August 27th! He'll be 8 months at that point!
This month he learned to…
sit up great unsupported! *my favorite accomplishment so far

4th of July!
First time to meet Memaw Horton - his 93-year-old great, great grandmother!
Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A!

His favorite things this month:
momma, no doubt ;)
Soothie paci

Things he hates this month:
Ear infections! Poor kid can't catch a break from those darn things!
sometimes he hates when we first put him in the car seat

His sizes this month:
6-9 months
Size 3 diapers - he & Sawyer wear the same size - how funny is that!?

New places he has been this month:
Cotton Patch Cafe
ASI to watch Sawyer's gymnastics

Important events this month:
For his first 4th of July we went to my Momma Sheila's and swam, fished, pet the horses, and had homemade ice-cream! That night we went to Harry Meyers Park in Rockwall to watch the fireworks! It was a great day!

Favorite pictures this month:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

6 Months of Dayton

My poor neglected blog. I have had zero time. I really shouldn't even be blogging now because there's ALWAYS homework to be done, but both kids are napping and I am already 2 monthly posts behind…
Dayton's Measurements:
Birth: 7 lbs. 6.2 oz., 20" long, 13" head, 13" chest
6 days old: 7 lbs. 2.5 oz., 20 1/2" long
2 weeks old: 7 lbs. 14.5 oz., 20 1/2" long, 14" head
1 month old: 9 lbs. 6 oz., 21 1/2" long, 15 1/2" head
2 months old: 12 lbs. 1.5 oz., 23 1/4" long, 15 3/4" head
4 months old: 14 lbs. 5.5 oz., 24 3/4" long, 16 1/2" head 
6 months old: 16 lbs. 7.5 oz., 26 1/4" long, 17 1/4" head

Dayton is middle of the road regarding measurements…his weight was 30th percentile, height was 50th percentile, and his head was 60th percentile! So we have a tall, thin, big-headed boy, just like his daddy! ;) 

6 month old cutie!
This month he learned to…
rolled onto tummy in his crib
his 1st unswaddled night was May 22nd - he did well!
1st formula - June 18th (2 days from turning 6 months old)

time to swim! (Memorial Day)
Father's Day
being babysat by Ashlee

His favorite things this month:
Momma, no doubt
paci still
ice cube pops
playing with toys while he sits up!
his babysitter Ashlee :)

Things he hates this month:
sometimes the car seat - he's actually really happy most of the time!

His sizes this month:
6 months
size 2 diapers

New places he has been this month:
story time at the Library!
The Galleria

Important events this month:
We celebrated Father's Day - Casey's 3rd Father's Day as a Father but the 1st one with Dayton!
we made him a few gifts and also bought him a few gifts :)

Favorite pictures from this month!
Memorial Day Cuteness
1st swim
Dayton & Ally ;)
1st time in exersaucer!
Fell asleep like this…so funny.
pretty as a little girl :)
Daddy's little Longhorn

What a fun half year it has been!!