Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Here's our little bubberloo singing my favorite song in the world <3 p="">

sleeping like a big boy without he swaddle!
 (we've since have developed a bit of colic and have fully embraced our swaddle again) :-)
 5 S's-our nightly routine
swaddle+side+swaying+sucking+swooshing sounds=survival of colic
its a beast. 
but other than that, you are such a happy little guy! 
 we've been practicing naps in the crib. ok, well we've practiced one very short one :)
 You are a lover boy. 
You prefer to be held and are the most relaxed with physical touch. 
Daddy was rocking you on your side. You were fussy and tense and you just melted into a deep sleep when arms and legs dangling once he put his cheek to your face. So very snuggly. 
 and when you can't be held, we have to snuggle you up in a way that makes you feel like you are :-)
You are pure sweetness my love.
Just look at that face...  

Luca was admiring his baby brother the other day. I told Luca, "isn't he so delicious?" He said, "mommy he's a baby! don't eat him!" He's never been more frightened in his life hahaha. 

Oh and I don't know if you've heard, but Milo is a pretty popular thing now...

It's all the rage...
Everybody should have some :-)
wink wink ;-)


I came across this article the other day written by a mom for her children and it was just perfect. I modified it for my kids...

You gave me a strong, creative, spirited and sensitive little girl. You gave me a adventurous, curious, determined and tender hearted little boy. You gave me a new adventure with tiny little baby boy. They are a gift. You and I both know, this is a hard calling.
Please help me not to crush their determined spirit with all my rules and regulations.
You created them to color outside the lines, give me courage to let them.
Channel their determination into purpose. Turn their stubbornness into pliable willingness to say yes to you. Teach them to yield their steadfast spirit and help me to let go of what doesn't matter. 
I need help mothering:  Show me how to look past the attitude and see a pure heart. Lead me to look for the good and appreciate the crazy. Instead of controlling them, teach me to empower them. And instead of drawing a line in the sand and demanding my way, remind me that these kids are a whole lot like me.
Most of all, teach us all how to follow you.

There is no bigger, better, harder, complex, joyous, flustering, rewarding, exhausting, perplexing, adventurous or happier job I've ever had than being a mommy. It is all that and more. And I am feeling it. I'm so blessed and overjoyed and so wide eyed and fearful as to what I've gotten myself into lately. I mean, I wouldn't have it any other way, but 6 1/2 years into mommy hood and 3 kids later, I'm starting to wonder, hope and question that I'm good enough for such an important job! I am pretty experienced for Milo, but I'm extremely inexperienced for Ella. Everything stage she enters is a first for me! Kindergarten. Oi. It's going great, but Mama is struggling with the fact she doesn't have control over everything she sees, hears and does anymore. She's making her way into the world as her own little person. I want to follow her every footstep with blind folds, ear muffs and bubble wrap on hand to protect her at the appropriate times!
I worry that I will mess my kids up. I wonder how to handle certain situations. I question that I really know what I'm doing and I hope that I raise happy, well adjusted and secure kids who love God and have been equipped to handle this world. I want my kids to love me as much as I love my mommy and she loves her mommy! All of the sudden I feel the urgency to read some of those books that most parents read before they even have kids...or take parenting classes! I'll have to take the crash course because I need a lot of information. ASAP. Why didn't I read those books to be prepared?  When to shelter and when to be honest? When to let go and when to reign in? When to teach and when to let learn? When to tell the truth and when to LIE! hahaha

I'm comfortable with babies. I can nurture them, provide their basic needs, love them, kiss them, talk to them...boom. insta-success. But the older they get, the more interactions with the world they have. They develop personalities. Questions. Wills...strong ones :) They are influenced. They have opinions and ideas and awareness and energy galore! They are emotional (especially the girl) and so impressionable. And it's up to me to guide them, teach them, love them, model for them and lead them through this life. Wow. I need wisdom and experience that I can't possibly have without going through it first. Now that's an interesting concept. I'd like to have it a little more together for each child-but Luca is so different from Ella in personality and how he takes on the world! So he will need a modified version of what I learn from Ella! 
 side note: my middle man was super sick last week. It just broke my heart! It also made me realize how tough our Ella Bella is! She's the queen of ear infections and has never made half the fuss that this dude did this week ;-) Daddy also experienced another round of the dreaded man cold. Men :) They are more tender than we think.

So when life happens whether it be exploration, friends, school, siblings, discipline, responsibility, curiosity, etc. I find myself shaking my head back and forth with my finger on my cheek wondering what in the world I'm supposed to do with that. So I take parental action and hope at the end that it was the right one and I didn't give my kids one more reason to contact Dr. Phil someday.

At the end of the day, I know that no one on this earth loves them more than me (and their Daddy)...so there's that :) And that counts for something. And when I mess up, there is God's grace. I need to accept the fact that I don't always know what I'm doing and I WILL make mistakes but there is a big and mighty God that  loves my children more than me and chose me to be their mommy and will go before me to make lemonade out of my occasional lemon parenting skills :) I just need to accomplish one thing...teach them to love God and love others. Can't go wrong with that. He can protect them when I can't. He can teach them right when I teach them wrong. He can guide their path if I give them a wrong turn. Maybe it's not all up to me after all :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Personality for Dayz

Ella and Luca both have large personalities and I don't think Milo will be any different! He is 7 weeks old now and his favorite thing to do is...

The only time he's not happy is when he has a little gas, in which he likes to hang :)
 But he's mostly smiles!

And you know why his hair is so greasy in these pics?
 Because Mama can't keep her hands out of his fuzzy wuzzy little head full of hair.
 No worries though because it poofs right back out after a bath!
 Just like little baby duck feathers :)
 Luca is Milo's biggest fan. He is surprisingly gentle with the babe and is so nurturing. 
Luca is telling him all about it and Milo is just soaking it all in!
 Mama's boys!
 Ella had a program at school on Friday. She sang about Martin Luther King! 
Ella sang her little heart out...
while Luca and his friend proudly watched their big sisters! These two will be in kindergarten together as well!
After the assembly, Luca went to a friends birthday party at the zoo! We had free reign on the carousel and then free passes to the zoo! It was chilly, but we were literally the only people there and it was so nice. Mike bonded with a monkey and read every single sign to learn about the animals and it was at that point that I realized I've never been to the zoo with Mike. :)
 Milo's first trip to the zoo! He was so excited he slept the whole time :)
Mommy and an owl!...

long day at the zoo wore Milo out!
 And on Saturday I literally laid on the couch all day with the baby dude. He just laid on my chest and smiled at me, then he'd nap and repeat. Ella and Luca were worn out from the week as well so they just played with each other in their pjs and rested. Can't think of a better way to spend a chilly winter Saturday!

 Here's my little princess Elsa wanna be letting it all go on the couch :) I can't wait until I can catch her singing to herself rockstar style in the mirror some day. :) Oh you know you've done it! Every little girl does it! Frozen on instagram liked my video so now she's waiting for them to invite her to be on the disney channel. 

 This is what bedtime looks like at the Reading's these days:
Ella dressed to the nines, even for bed...
Luca off somewhere not brushing his teeth or going potty...
and a sleepy mommy with a bright eyed baby ready to party!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mostly Milo

Ella and Luca are still here and better than ever! The blog at this point with a constantly growing and changing newborn is mostly Milo! I just ordered our blog book from 2013 and feel so happy to have all of these moments documented in a little book I can pull out at anytime. 

Milo wins the sleepy baby award...
 Peek a boo! I see tiny tootsies!

 There is truly nothing better than snuggling a squishy sleepy newborn baby. It soothes the soul. 
 I think this picture is so cute...Milo's fuzzy wuzzy head and his seriously unamused face. It's all pretty adorable...if only we could crop our Mike's hairy leg haha.
 Rocking the baby legs. 
His skinny legs have chunked up just enough to wear them!
 ok mommy hold me now...
 early morning snuggles! Milo has been sleeping pretty good at night. Some nights he still eats every 3 hours but we are sneaking in some 4 hour stretches and even have had a couple 5 and 6 hour stretches on nights where we give him a bedtime bottle instead of nursing.

 right after eating he is almost comatose. so cute. 
 Mike and I are figuring out how to still spend some QT together with 3 kids including a newborn. On Tuesday morning, Ella and Luca were both at school so he took me (and Milo) out to a little breakfast date! This is an adorable little cafe just a couple blocks down from our house. Milo slept and we got to eat delicious food and just talk! What is funny is that we felt like we were on a vacation being out for an hour or so with "just" a newborn. We laughed at how frantic we were after we had Ella and how hard we thought it was to go anywhere. Perspective :) 
 and getting out of the house for a morning date means I actually did my make up and hair which means I had to take a selfie. Most pictures of me these days are from the neck down haha. 
I found this picture the other day. A friend posted it on facebook. You know why I love it? Because this is where Mike proposed! Seeing this picture just took me back. It seems like a lifetime ago...not because it's actually been that long, but because we've lived a lot of life in a short period of time! Its been a whirlwind of an adventure from the moment I said YES! I just didn't have a clue what God had in store for me from that moment forward. How could I have known? I could only imagine. Looking back on this picture takes me back to the beginning which makes me remember how far we've come and what all we've been through and I feel so blessed. It's a beautiful life I have with Michael P ;)

 We've had a few really hard days with gas/reflux...not sure which one or maybe both. I've taken dairy from my diet and it seems to be helping. This day in particular, he didn't want to be anywhere but in his mama's arms. That's usually where he is most days anyway! But I actually had some things to get done on this day so I had a good balance of this...
and this :) 
 We got so tickled this night because our usual snuggly baby that likes to be closely cradled and swaddled wanted none of it that night. He wanted this! He just looked at Mike and around the room totally happy as long as he was dangling!
 Sleepy guy in his standard sleeping position. Right arm tucked in and left arm by face...
 Ella is into all things mermaid these days. Mermaid barbies, mermaid movies...and she even becomes a mermaid in the bathtub! It's amazing. Here she is using her tutu as mermaid fins and flopping around the living room floor. I love her creativity and imagination. She's absolutely magical.
 funny Pippa...spooning with Mike in the middle of the night :)
 and here we are on a cloudy Sunday morning! Milo was up more than usual last night and I'm fighting a cold so we are staying back from church. He's catching up on some zzzz's and I'm taking it easy.
Milo you were 6 weeks old yesterday!
We love you more everyday!
Such a serious little guy <3 p="">