Sunday, November 28, 2010


yesterday was extremely long, and pretty horrible, as far as progress goes. today is just a bit better, only just a bit. not giving up. not giving up.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

the potty training challenge has begun...

...wish us luck!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Just think of this as a silent movie...

...without the action, without the suspense...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for these two little Misters who were around our table this Thanksgiving.   Our quiet little family dinner turned into a loud, chaotic meal filled with tears, both kids missing some or all their clothes, and more #2 diapers than I care to count (we have some dirty diaper making machines!).  I am very thankful that no one was around to witness the madness, but still enjoyed Wyatt’s very first Thanksgiving all the same.  Round 2 tomorrow.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;  his love endures forever.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nana & Papaw came by to visit yesterday afternoon... Nana & Will had a mini-concert while watching MMClubhouse, and Wyatt was laid-back as usual...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

mister wilson’s special “will” day

Will has been asking for week’s “do I have to go to school today?”.  Sadly, the answer is always yes.  Even on Sat and Sun he asks, it’s pretty sad.  Chris is off work all week and had planned on having the boys at home all week.  But we decided to take Wyatt to school Monday so Will could have a special day.  Chris & Will went to the zoo where Will pronounced all the animals “shoee-stinky” and 90 minutes later they were done (good thing we have a membership….). 

To end Will’s special day we let him watch his very first movie.  Well, not really his first, but the first he actually sat thru.  We’ve tried Cars and Toy Story and he watches for a few minutes and then gives up.  After weeks of carrying around a Lion King book wanting to “talk about it” his love has grown for that little lion cub.  Then I found giant Lion King book (for a $1!) and he read all 96 pages to us over and over.  He talks about the lions being happy or sad or scared.  And about every 3rd page he starts with “one day…”.    So we figured it was time for the real movie.  Tonight we enjoyed a special Will only viewing.  He was beyond giddy and after every song he asked to watch more.  He sat thru the whole thing and somehow knew to cover his eyes during the scary parts (we meant to FF thru those parts but missed it).  He had a great day, hopefully, he won’t have any bad dreams tonight!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

another one down

I have now married off both cousins, and my wedding coordination days are officially over!  Just last year we were marrying off Renee and now it’s Nicole’s turn.  Nicole was a beautiful, beaming bride,  she absolutely glowed all day long!  She found the perfect guy (and then the perfect dress) and had a beautiful day to celebrate it all.  Congrats to you, Nicole (and Thomas)!!  And thank you for letting me part of your very special day.  I have had the pleasure of watching you grow up, for many years you were my shopping buddy, tubing partner and movie friend…. and you were always such a good sport and very patient!  It was an honor to try and return the favor, though you were a pretty laid-back bride!

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I’m feeling old now that my “little” cousins are growing up.  (Little by age only, both are definitely taller than me!)  And old is how I felt after the afternoon’s festivities, I came home and got in my PJ’s and crashed for the rest of the night and most of the day Sunday.  Apparently I don’t get out of the house enough.

I had big plans to take tons of pictures this time.  I even brought my camera bag with extra lenses.  I think I took about 4 good ones of the bride and a handful of Will later on.  I need to lower my expectations of taking pictures at family events, it just isn’t working.

I had hoped to get a picture of the 4 of us all dressed up and slightly coordinating, but  Will was wild on sugar with no nap in sight and Wyatt was passed out asleep in Poppy’s arms.  So once again an event with no pictures of Wyatt to prove he was there.  I have a feeling he’s going to be bothered by this later in life.

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Graham and Will quickly find each other at family events and immediately start running, jumping and screaming.  Thankfully there were some outside areas and no one even noticed them. Yes, Will has jeans on.  He had a diaper malfunction during the ceremony and had to change his pants.  This is happening a lot lately.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Head Dr.

Just got finished with Wyatt's check-up. No helmet needed. All we'll need to do for now is continue to exercise his neck each day, and do our best to have his head turned towards the right when he's sleeping. I'm sure it'll be quite the effort to do that, since he's so used to having his head turned the other way when sleeping.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

knock, knock


Will was talking to Papaw on the phone when he asked how Wyatt was…. Will answered “Navy with green stripes”, sounds like he was setting up a joke.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

catch them while you can….

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We’ve had a few sweet moments around here since that last post about Will being a bit green with envy.  Will will usually join Wyatt on his play mat and hang out with him for a bit.  Sometimes he talks to him when we’re not looking and will show him his toys.  But when Will decides he’s done sharing his space, he is done!  This picture was followed by “I not want him on my arm anymore'”.  And then there was today on the way to school where Will asked Chris to take Wyatt back home (of course, if Wyatt’s not in the car Will will immediately ask where he’s at). 

I think this is how the story of most brothers begins…..


this little light of mine

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For at least a year Will has been obsessed with flashlights (and for those of you that know Chris’s dad…..he did not influence Will’s love of the flashlight).  A few weeks back when we bunkered down in the basement during the tornado warning we could not find any of our flashlights because someone had them all stashed away with his toys.  Anyway, Will is forever holding a flashlight but the last week or so he decided it was necessary for reading books.  He shined that purple light on every book he read.  He and Chris were reading about Li0n King the other day and Will closed the book and turned to Chris, light in hand, and demanded he open his mouth so he could check for lions and tigers.  Will was disappointed not to find any animals in there.  Maybe next time.2010-11-08 (21)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

4 month checkup {Wyatt}

Wyatt had his 4 month check-up Friday.  He weighed in at 17lb 1oz and measured 27inches long.  His height and head measurements put him in the 97% or as the doctor put it, he is measuring what an average 7.5 month old baby would.  I guess as the OB said, we just grow large babies.  Wyatt got 3 shots, he was not a fan.  Though he didn’t cry long he was pretty cranky the rest of the day (thanks Aunt Karen for loving on him all day, even if he was cranky).  The only concern the doctor had was his flat head.  The way Wyatt was wedged at the end of my pregnancy made his neck muscles on one side very short, making him favor one side over the other.  We tried stretching his neck the last few months and while he has gained great movement right to left his head is still very flat from all these weeks/months in one spot.  SO we thought we’d add another specialist to our list and will see him on Friday to see if he thinks Wyatt needs extra help.  Hopefully he will say that it’s not as bad as it looks.  Worse case scenario he might have to wear a helmet……obviously. we’re praying it doesn’t come to that.  Other than that, Wyatt is perfect and right on track!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

running on fumes...

last night was rough on everyone. both wyatt and will had trouble sleeping through the night. will was waking up every 30 minutes or so, talking crazy things in his semi-sleepless state, and wyatt woke up around 2am crying at the top of his lungs.
this of course meant that julie and i were both awake for the better part of the night, taking care of them and doing whatever it took to get them back to sleep.
i managed to get about 4 scattered hours of sleep, and julie got less than that.
from what we can tell, will isn't sick, and we're still unsure of what brought this sleeplessness on. julie's thinking it might be some sort of sensory overload after getting together with my family for dad's birthday last night. will's not yet used to 24 people in a small room talking non-stop. maybe his little mind was still trying to catch up with all the conversations several hours after getting home?!?
wyatt's was most likely brought on by the big G: gas pains. we slightly increased his dosage of reflux meds friday night, and for the past couple days he's had more bouts of fussiness than normal. let's just say his fussiness reached its ultimate peak last night. (one of the main side effects of the reflux meds is gassiness. needless to say, we'll be reducing the dosage amt to what it was before friday.) the only thing that calmed him down and got him back to sleep was wrapping him up as snug as i could, and holding him tightly until he drifted off.
when both of them woke up (or rather, got out of bed) this morning, they eventually came around to feeling somewhat normal again. they never had high temps, so they were able to go to daycare.
the day's not over yet, but we have yet to receive a call, which i guess is a good thing. i'm ready for the end of the day, which means we'll be a little bit closer to the pillow....

Friday, November 12, 2010

cards, cards, which will I choose???

Have you heard?  I’ve recently become quite addicted to sales, big ole discounts, free shipping, etc.  So when I read about free Christmas cards from Shutterfly for bloggers  it didn’t take much to convince me to be a part of it (go here if you are a blogger and want to participate). I have ordered many things from them and have always loved their products.  I recently finished my pregnancy journal/album and ordered it from Shutterfly. By far my favorite photo book I’ve made!
Christmas is quickly approaching and I’ve started thinking about pictures and cards but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I do know that  getting all 4 of us in an intentional, color-coordinating shot is extremely unlikely.  And getting a shot of Will & Wyatt together is probably even less likely.  So I will probably have to use separate pictures of the 2 of them.  I need a card designed to show 2 pictures, maybe 3 if I get really lucky.  Thankfully I have many card options to choose from HERE.
I’ve spent a few days looking at the 2010 card options from Shutterfly and have narrowed it down to a few favorites. 
I LOVE Modern Merry Squares and it meets all my requirements.

I guess I have a thing for square designs, this Classic Red Square would be perfect if I end up using pictures from through out the year rather than just one photo session.  (Many Memories would work too)

Good Blessings might be the front-runner.  I love that it is a Christian card and the verse on the card (especially for us this year) and I love that there is another picture inside.  Hopefully I can get enough pictures.

Shutterfly actually had several Christian Christmas cards and there were several I really liked in addition to this one.  Check them out HERE.
Did you know they even have some that have space for you to write a brief Christmas letter?  I’m not brief so that would never work for me but I love the idea, maybe someone will send us one.
After pouring over all those cards I am ready to start planning the photo shoot.  Who knows, maybe we’ll find some time this weekend to get outside and get started!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day and many thanks to our favorite vets…..thank you.


Chris’s dad:

1965 10b Charlie

My Dad:

PVT Stan Gunkel at Home, Aug 1968

My Grandpa (Dad’s dad)

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My Papaw (Mom’s dad)

1945 Everette & Dot

Yep, we're still adopting from China

On the walk into work yesterday morning I was asked if we're still adopting from China...

Yes, we're still adopting, and have absolutely zero plans to withdraw. The wait has been extremely tough on us, and continues to be.

Each and every month it seems that the amount of children placed-per-month is decreasing. But its still moving forward, however, and so are we.

One of these days/years, our two boys will have a little sister to watch out for...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


As usual Will’s Sunday afternoons are packed full of playtime.  He does as many things as possible before leaving Poppy’s house.   Will found a giant pile of leaves in front of the garage and had a grand old time with playing them.  Running thru them, throwing them up in the air and rolling around in them.  2010-11 Nov1

But Will’s current favorite thing is to ride his “gator”.  This was a $2 find at a consignment sale, every penny well spent!  Will is not currently into things with pedals so this is the perfect size.  He loves to ride it down the hill over and over and over.  Once he picks up enough speed he throws his feet out and just grins as he coasts down the hill and lands in the dirt.  2010-11 Nov2

All of this fun makes nap time very easy!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

the dreaded words

DSC04781It has finally happened, the words I have dreaded the most, the words that I thought were an urban myth (not having siblings and all…..).  The words “He touched me” were uttered in our house for the very first time.  They were plain as day.  I should correct myself, Will specifically said “He can’t touch me” but the sentiment is the same.  We were sitting in bed yesterday morning, Wyatt finishing his bottle, kicking his legs all around and Will drinking his milk watching George or Clifford when Wyatt’s tiny toe barely grazed Will’s arm and then “He can’t touch me!!”. 

It’s going to be a long 18 years!


first day


Wyatt had his first day of daycare yesterday.  Apparently he had a good day because he came home wearing the same outfit we sent him in, that alone is noteworthy!  Granted, he refused to eat most of the day, but that’s just something he’s going thru right now.  Otherwise it was a mostly successful day. 


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Wyatt {4 months}

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Wyatt is 4 months old now.  He is really starting to notice things now and is on the brink of learning so many new things.

His 4 month check-up is Friday.  But last week at the GI doctor he weighed 17lb 6oz.  He was still 24 inches.  He has moved up to size 3 diapers.  And is wearing some 6-9 months clothes.  3-6 still fits but just barely.  He’s even worn a few 6-12 things that fit perfectly.  I hope he slows down, otherwise he will be handing up clothes to Will rather than handing them down!  (I know once he starts crawling and walking he will slim way down….)

Still LOVES the bouncy seat.  He has a few toys that dangle in front of him and in the last week or so he’s been reaching for them. His hand/eye coordination is starting to kick in. He’s also started holding on to this giraffe blanket thing and playing with it.  We’ll see if that becomes a keeper.  He still is not a fan of the swing. I think he’s only sat in it for 10-15 minutes this month.  We will probably pack it up if he doesn’t start liking it in the next few weeks.

We’ve started reading books this month.  (Rather, we have been specifically reading to him, rather than him tagging along for Will’s books.)  We started with Will’s favorites – Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  He seemed to enjoy them both and kicked along furiously as I read the rhymes.

Still eating 4oz every 3 hours.  Sometimes 4 hours.  His reflux has gotten worse the last week or so.  Almost as bad as the first of Oct when it was the worst.   We keep changing bottles, meds and thickeners in hopes of finding the perfect solution.  I do think we are on the right formula, thank goodness for that mystery solved.

Wyatt’s starting to go to bed earlier and earlier every night.  Will did the same thing.  Right now he’s going to sleep between 7-8.  I have noticed the earlier we put him to bed the later he sleeps (Will did the same thing).  Of course, now that I’m back to work and he’s in daycare we need him up earlier.  Oh well.  At least he’s still sleeping 10-12 hours each night.  Maybe once a week he’ll wake up and need to be changed or need his pacifier, otherwise he has been pretty low-maintenance at night (thank you Lord!).  He’s still mostly a cat-napper, 30-60 minutes usually.  Maybe it’s a reflux/MSPI thing, Will wasn’t a good napper either.  I have a feeling daycare will get him on a schedule fairly soon and maybe he’ll sleep for longer stretches. 

He is loving the pacifier. Or his fist if he can’t find the paci.  It looks like Wyatt is going to be hooked on one or the other.  He is still smiley and noisy all the time.  I think he’s going to be a loud toddler.

Wyatt’s been to church several times this month, he’s done really good in there.  He starts daycare officially tomorrow, I hope he adjusts okay. 

This month he had his first Halloween and first costume.  He went out to dinner a few times, and survived.  And Mommy survived an outing with both boys alone.  That alone is noteworthy! (I realize there are tons of Mom’s who do that everyday, I’ve just been too chicken to attempt it.)

Next month lots of firsts with the holidays approaching!

Month 4~

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

pj’s kind of day


We ALL stayed in our pj’s all day today.  We had big plans for the day but I woke up feeling not so great.  Wyatt quickly proceeded to show us he wasn’t feeling so great either.  And last night Will woke up every few hours.  I think Chris felt okay, I slept a lot today so I’m not really sure how he felt, but obviously well enough since he kept both boys pretty quiet for most of the day. 

Wyatt showed off his snowman pj’s tonight.  Bless his heart, he’s about to bust out of them.  When I bought them I never dreamed he wouldn’t be able to wear them at Christmas.  This is probably the first and last time he’ll be able to fit in them.

And just because I find this funny…..Will said “I’m going to pet him just like this”.


Enjoy your extra hour of sleep.   Who wants to bet Will wakes up at 5:00 Sunday?  Should of let him spend the night with Poppy.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Liquid Gold Update!

Just found out today that insurance is most likely going to cover 80% of Wyatt's future formula expenses!!! It's been quite a long ordeal to get this far, but I think we're just about there!!! I'll be sure and post an update when all is said and done. This is HUGE!!!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

workin’ 9-5 (rather 8-5, who works 9-5?)

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Thursday I trade-in this cutie and all of his spit-up to go back to work.  I will miss him, but not the spit-up.  No worries, they both will be waiting on me at 5:00!

I could write for weeks about his reflux and formula issues. It is not better or worse, it’s just constant.  And it is SO frustrating for all of us.  And I am worried about not being with him all day to see how he’s doing with his meds and bottles, that will be hard.

I’m not excited or sad about going back to work, it’s just what I have to do right now.  I will miss all the time with him and miss surprising Will at school by picking him up early.  Will and I went on a lot of adventures the last few months (mostly to the store, but he thinks it’s fun so who am I to argue).  Here’s to the next phase….

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

giggle giggle

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Wyatt is on the verge of being a regular chuckler (as in laugh, not upchuck, that he does plenty of already).  Twice last week he started laughing.  The first time was when Will was waving a giant sunflower in his face.  And then he did again the next day with Aunt Karen stopped by for a visit and was talking to him.  The tell-tale sign that it was a laugh, he had the hiccups immediately after.  For almost 18 months Will would always get the hiccups after laughing.  Not sure if it’s a reflux thing or if it’s normal (refluxers tend to get the hiccups more than normal). 

Speaking of laughing, Will is a great laugher.  And he’s starting to crack up when he’s watching cartoons.  It’s neat to watch him put the pieces of the story together and find it funny.  He also cracked up when Wyatt sneezed the other day.  It caught us off guard and Will was rolling.  I think he’s going to have a pretty good sense of humor. 

If you’re happy and you know it…..


Will wasn’t exactly singing to Wyatt, but we happened to catch him climbing up in the kitchen chair to get near Wyatt in his bouncy seat before dinner.  He quietly said “I’m making him happy” and was gently bouncing his seat.  This came after a week or more of Will having some serious green with envy moments in regards to Wyatt.  It was a very sweet, un-prompted moment. Baby steps….

I’m pretty sure happiness will be short-term, probably should add this book to my wishlist.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

Monday, November 01, 2010

sing a little song

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Will had a Fall program tonight at school.  He sang a song about 5 little pumpkins and Jesus Loves Me.  He did the hand motions to both songs (he was one of the few that did all the motions), he sang excitedly but didn’t lunge for the microphone and he clapped for himself when they finished. We were very proud of him tonight.  We won’t talk about how he adamantly insisted that he was not going back to school tonight and how he definitely wasn’t going to sing.

I think Will had more fun "feeding" the kids than he did trick-or-treating...