Doll Baby turned 6 months old on December 3. Boy has time flown during her "babyhood." She is still a bundle full of joy! She's gotten a lot more active this past month! I mean. A. LOT! lol! She is sitting up now. Rolling all over the place! Scooting some. If she wants something she finds a way to get it! Getting up on all fours like she's ready to just take off! Yikes! Momma's not ready for the crawling stage, especially with big brother always leaving little somethings on the floor. ;) I do think she will crawl soon though. The older two didn't crawl until around 9 mths. But, little miss has to keep up with the older two now! She gets so excited to see them. But, she also gets so aggravated by them too! And, she lets them know she's aggravated! haha! She's really coming into her own! If she is playing with something and you take it away she is not happy about it! A Spunky little Fowler! What do you know?! (hehe) Didn't expect anything less. All of our kids have a LOT of spunk! And we love it! :) Miss Judah Lou is weighing 17 lbs 5 ounces now. Chunk-a-Munk! love those rolls! She is around 26 inches (can't remember exactly). Bigger than 3/4 babies her age. She wears size 9 month clothes and I'm guessing size 2 shoes. She really hasn't worn many shoes yet. She wears size 3 diapers. During this past month she flew on an airplane for the first time. Rode in a bus for the first time. Went on a Disney Cruise for the first time! She's a world traveler already! ha! We sure do love miss Judah Lou. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Welp. It happened. My sweet "bunkin bo" (spicer's nickname as a baby). My first born. The one who made me a mother. Turned the big "5" years old last week! 5. Such a big number. So many things come with the age of 5. The main thing being "kindergarten." Eek! But, we will cross that bridge when we get there! Just want to take some time to share some things about my sweet Spicer Beth for now.
Spicer fits her name perfectly. She is the spice of life! She enjoys pretty much everything (except for maybe going to crossfit and waiting on mommy, hehe). Bless her. Jared and I are still new at the parenting thing when it comes to her. She's the first to deal with our parenting flaws. Spicer is such a great friend. She has so many good friends and she loves them so much. With that love sometimes comes hurt feelings but they always mend quickly. ;) Spicer loves God. She enjoys praying and going to church. She likes reading bible stories together. Everything she is, is because of Him. She recently asked me and Jared to buy some toys for the children of the world who do not have toys before we buy her toys. Jared said, well what if we run out of money before we can buy you toys?" She said, that's ok. Such a big thing for a girl who's only 5. Spicer loves her daddy. Anytime they get to go hang out just the two of them she's on cloud 9. Spicer loves her mommy. We enjoy our "girl" time together, especially mani's and pedi's! Spicer loves her brother. Axl and Spicer can fight like no other two kids I've ever seen but they can also love each other like no other two kids I've ever seen! and. The fighting has slowed down the older they get and the closer they get. they are best buds! Spicer loves her baby sister. Judah Lou could just sit and watch Spicer and Axl play for hours. Spicer loves to hold her. Sometimes big sis is a little ornery with little sis but they love each other so much. Spicer says Judah is the cutest little baby she's ever seen. Spicer loves her Ma, Nanny and Papaw. She just lights up when she's with them. She loves her aunts and uncles. She enjoys gymnastics and dance. Spicer is precious. ornery. quick whitted. spontaneous. imaginative. kind. loving. joyful. happy. smart. adventurous. strong. athletic. pretty. Spicer is Spicer and that's what I love most about her!
Recently Spicer has been asking questions about Salvation. The other night she said, "What's that "saving" thing?" You know, the thing they talk about at church. :) Praise God he is preparing her heart for choosing his free gift of salvation. I pray the Holy Spirit hovers over her and draws her heart toward him. We want her to choose Christ because that's her choice, not because that's what mommy and daddy want or because she thinks that's the right thing to do. We want it to be a genuine understanding of Christ's love for her and in return a genuine love for Christ. I pray the Holy Spirit leads Jared and I and gives discernment for what to share and when to share it with her young moldable heart. I love how God uses his Spirit to help us. Especially when we ourselves have absolutely no idea how we should answer. He gives us the words to say. Praise His name! We pray the Lord makes miss Spicer Beth a mighty warrior for him in this dark evil world we live. I pray she always has a close genuine relationship with Jesus. One where she knows he is her best friend. Where she knows he leads and guides her and trusts deeply in him. I pray she is a leader for Him. A leader and role model for Christ. At home. At church. At school. At gymnastics. And wherever this life takes her. To God be the glory!
So, happy 5th birthday to our beautiful (inside and out) Spicer Beth! We love you our sweet daughter. You're our favorite 5 year old! ;)
My sweet baby girl Judah Lou turned 5 months old yesterday! 5 months already! Unbelievable! What a blessing these past 5 months have been. We are so thankful the Lord lead us to have a third child and blessed us with our precious Judah Lou. She brings so much joy and laughter to our family! We all adore her! At 5 months old she is wearing size 6-9 months. We mostly buy 9 month outfits now. She really doesn't wear shoes much but when she does its a size 1. Most of the hair on the top of her head has fallen out. It's growing back in blonde. She looks so much like Spicer and Axl it's not even funny! ha! I love all their similarities. :) She's still pretty easy going. However, now that she's getting older and more aware, she prefers that someone be in the same room as her. lol! She's use to having non stop entertainment with Spicer and Axl! She will still lay in bed and talk and play sometimes too though. :) She has had allergies the past couple of months so her sleep at night hasn't been as consistent. She still needs about 12 hours at night but she does wake up periodically and needs her passy or a pat on the bottom. ;) The past few nights she's been waking up, talking and rolling around for about an hour! Guess she needs some midnight entertainment. Momma doesn't, but i guess she does. Hehe! :) She wears size 3 diapers and probably weighs around 16 lbs. We praise Jesus for this little arrow we've added to our quiver. One that will be a warrior for his kingdom! :)
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! Psalm 127:4-5a
Our precious baby girl turned four months old on October 3. She is the sweetest little 4 month old around! Judah Lou has such an easy personality. As long as she's fed, not sleepy and has a dry diaper she's pretty much good to go! She smiles, coos, laughs and squeals all. the. time! Happy, Happy, Happy! That's her! I recently let spicer begin carrying her a while she walks some. Spicer absolutely loves that! She loves being a "little momma." And Judah Lou adores Spicer. Axl thinks he should be able to carry her around too, ha! We're not ready for that yet! He absolutely loves little Judah Lou and she loves big brother too. Judah Lou has been dealing with some allergies for the past few weeks which have turned into an ear infection. boo. :( She is currently taking her first round of antibiotic. I never would have known she had an ear infection. No fever. No fuss. And still eats like a champ. Think we caught it early. At her 4 month check-up she weighed 15 lbs 7 ounces and was 25 inches long. Dr. Jon said she's bigger than 4 out of 5 girls her age. She's a chunk! and I love it! We praise the Lord for our healthy happy baby girl Judah Lou! :) She truly is a blessing from Him.
We headed to Mt. Magazine a few weekends ago for a much needed get away! It's an easy go to for us. (we went to Branson this past weekend, hopefully I'll do a post about that soon. I've been behind on blogging and I'm hoping to do better.) We stayed in a cabin. LOVE! We only stayed one night this trip but it sure was a blessed time. We were able to check into our cabin around noon. Wow! That almost never happens. We enjoyed our afternoon at the cabin playing with the kiddos and resting. We then ate some dinner at the lodge and headed to the pool. Judah Lou got to get in the pool for the first time. She was pretty chill about it. lol! The next morning we roasted marshmallows on the outdoor grill (the fireplace inside was closed for the season, but when daddy makes a promise, he keeps that promise!)We took the kids for a wagon ride to the lodge for breakfast and then swam one more time! So fun. So relaxing. Much needed. It has been a busy summer for our family. We've added a third little blessing to our family which we've adjusted to this summer (3 little ones has been very busy, but we really have adjusted well) and daddy has been extra busy with mowing this year because of the unusually cool wet summer. So it was very nice to get some time away with our little family. We praise the Lord for His blessing and don't take a moment for granted.
Oh how I love my three little blessings, Spicer Beth, Axl Joe and Judah Lou! And I love the little bedtime routine our family has settled into. Each night Jared takes care of getting the two big kids their shower/bath. I take care of bathing little miss Judah Lou. Judah Lou goes to bed first. I feed her a couple ounces of formula and while she is still awake lay her in her bed. She safely drifts off to sleep. Then I will do some kitchen clean up and get ready for bed. By this time, Spicer and Axl are ready for their nightly "cuddle time." I absolutely love this! We sit on the couch and watch a show for 5-10 minutes all snuggled together. Lately the show has been "Full House." Axl usually sits on my left and Spicer to my right. They both like for me to have my arm around them. Awh! Melt momma's heart. Daddy usually sits by Axl for a few minutes and Spicer for a few. After our cozy cuddle session we head to bed. Axl likes to turn the t.v. and light off. (He's getting so big!) We head to their room. They get in bed with daddy in between. He reads them a bible story from their bible story book. Prays with them. And then he heads to bed. I then tuck them both in (I usually have to get Axl back in bed a few times ;). Spicer loves to be completely wrapped up in her sheet. She's been really particular about it being over her shoulders! Axl wraps his self up in his "blanket" which I think he's been calling "baby." lol! I then pray with them again (Spicer has to have me pray.) She always wants me to pray for her tummy to feel good (She's had me do this since she had a stomach virus last January, it was pretty rough for her because she's never had one before). And sometimes she asks for me to pray for her to have dreams about her and her friends playing. So, so sweet. I always pray that they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and love others as their self. We end our evening with hugs and kisses. I say, "Have a good night-night, I love you." And then they say it back. Spicer always has me say "k" i.e. ok, after she's said "I love you" to me to let her know I heard her. :) The "k" part has been pretty funny at times. Now, Axl thinks you say "k" as part of night-night. He'll say, "k, k, k!" LOL! The boy is hilarious! I absolutely love and cherish these precious times with my 3 little kiddos. They are growing so quickly and I want to cherish every stage of growth. I want to enjoy them and have enjoyed them with each step of life! I don't want to forget these everyday "mundane" things. I will treasure them always! To God be the Glory!
My little Judah Lou is 3 months old today! She the happiest little baby and we are so thankful God blessed us with her. Spicer and axl absolutely adore her! As soon as she enters a room they are in they have to give her some lovin! It's so precious! Judah Lou loves her some baby talk and loves all the attention she gets from everyone! When you look at her she flashes that big dimply smile and melts your heart! She has started giggling some and it's the sweetest little sound your ears ever did hear. :) Little miss is still a great sleeper. She's been sleeping about 12 hrs a night for a couple of weeks now! Ptl! We don't have another check-up until 4 mths, so I'm not sure on height and weight. She wears size 3-6mths and 6 mth clothes. Just a healthy growing girl! Thank you Jesus for our precious little Judah Lou!
My little Spicer Beth sure does love to play 'house.' If we are having a day at home she pretty much plays house off and on all day. ;) Her little imagination amazes me. It's like she is totally in her own little world. For example, the other day I heard her yelling at her kids to get up out of bed. I said, spicer why are you yelling? Mommy doesn't yell at you to wake you up. She said, but mommy, I've been trying to get them to wake up and come down stairs to eat their breakfast for a while now and they just won't get up! Lol! Love her!a Another part of house involves changing her babies and kids clothes. She usually has anywhere from 3-6 kids! She's running a big family! She takes full advantage of having a baby sister by helping herself to any of Judah Lou's outfits for her babies! I absolutely love it! Sometimes axl joins in and he just imitates whatever she does. Or she may make him her husband or one of her kids. :) some of my favorite childhood memories are from times of me and my sister playing "house." So I just absolutely love watching my little girl enjoy it so much! To God be the Glory!
Snuggling with my sweet 12 week old baby girl this afternoon. There are many chores that need to be done but for now they can wait. Time is fleeting and for this moment, I choose snuggles with this blessing. :)
Little miss Judah Lou turned 2 months old on Saturday. She is the sweetest little baby! We sure do love our little Lou Lou! :) Here's the latest news about her: she sleeps 8-10 hrs each night (ptl), wears 3 month clothes, is a big smiler and baby talker, she prefers to sleep on her belly but mommy is working to get her to like her back (belly sleeping makes momma a bit nervous) for now she sleeps on her belly to fall asleep then I put her in her carseat to sleep at night, she takes naps on her belly or in her carseat. :)
I'm not sure how much she weighs. She has a check-up this wk so we will find out for sure then. I'm guessing around 11 or 12 lbs though! She's a chunky little gal! Judah Lou has brought more love and joy into a family that was already overflowing with it! We praise The Lord for His blessings! To God be the glory! Thank you Jesus for our little Lou Lou may she grow to love you with all her heart, soul, mind and strength!
I normally reserve this blog for posts about family memories. But, today I just have to vent! I have a confession to make. I am NOT a good housekeeper! It is probably one of the hardest things for me to do. It just doesn't come naturally to me. I can make lists, plan times, follow Pinterest tips and schedules and it still seems almost impossible for me to keep a clean house! At the end of the day I reflect on my cleaning duties and usually it consisted of cleaning the kitchen a few times, folding, hanging and putting away laundry and picking up after the kiddos and their many messes (especially axls! I've never cleaned up so much poop in my life! Lol!) So, what's a mom of three littles four and under to do? Will my house ever be clean again? Will all my organizing and home making projects ever get accomplished? I just don't know... I just don't know! I want so badly to be a good house keeper!
Life with three is blessed and "BUSY!" I've had several people ask, "so what's it like with three?" Some of these peeps are just curious and some are considering a third child and want to know if it's doable. Well, I think the two "B's" say it all! Blessed. The bible speaks of children being a blessing from the Lord. And that, they most definitely are. Our three, bring so much joy to our lives each day. There are times that I'm honestly overwhelmed by the Lord and his blessing on our family with these three children. The blessing comes from the joy they bring, the fun we have but also from the lessons we learn. God has taught me so much through my children. Motherhood is not for the weary. Being a home "manager" is not for the weak, especially for this woman! Homemaking has never came easy for me. I always new I wanted to be a "stay at home mom," but didn't really know what all that would entail! lol! So that brings me to the second "b." Busy. I'm one busy little bee each day now that we have 3 little ones 4 and under. I feel like my day starts and ends before I can even blink! It's been starting around 4:30 or 5:00 lately and ending around 10:00-12:00. My sweet baby is a great sleeper! Ptl! But at 6 weeks old a great sleeper sleeps 6-8 hours each night. Momma still has many chores to accomplish before I can get some sleep! lol! Throughout my day I feed Judah Lou 5-6 times, get the big kids breakfast, lunch and dinner, play with the big kids (either at home or park), give Judah Lou some tummy/play time, run errands, give all my kiddos snuggle and love time, clean up after each meal, get snacks/juice/milk etc. all the while trying to keep up with laundry (for a family of 5) and our house neat and tidy! It can be overwhelming at times (if I'm not leaning on the Lord). All you mommy's out there know what I'm talking about! It's a big job! and just like my sweet husband said the other night, "A mother's work is never done," as I was adding a load of laundry to the dryer around 9 pm! He's absolutely right! Some days I feel like I haven't accomplished one thing, even though I haven't stopped for a moment that day. But no matter what, on those days, I know I have accomplished something. My kids are loved! They know this and feel it! They know daddy and I love them, but most importantly they know our sweet Savior Jesus loves them. And that's the most important thing of all! So to all my peeps who want to know what life is like with three, there you have it. It most certainly is blessed! And yes, it's very, very busy (at this stage) but, it's all so very very worth it! I'm 100% thankful the Lord called me to be mommy to these three precious children. I pray I point them toward Him each and every day. To God be the Glory!
Today Jared and I took the "big kids" to the alma waterpark. It was so much fun! Both spicer and axl went down the big kid slides and Jared and I did too! ;) they loved jumping off the diving board too! It was great to have some focused time with them. :) so very very thankful for fun times with my sweet family.
Our precious baby girl turned 1 month old on Wednesday July 3. I can't believe it's already been a month since she was born. She is such a great baby! We are trying to do the eat, wake, sleep pattern with her each day. She does pretty good with it, or is getting better! lol! The girl loves her sleep so it's sometimes hard to keep her awake after eating. She has slept through 2 baths! Unbelievable! She smiles now and I love that. Her first smile was around 3 weeks old and it was at her daddy! :) She will smile spontaneously and in response to our smiles. Just precious. She has a little dimple on her left cheek. So cute! She loves big brother and big sister. If they are around she really listens to hear them. Her eyes get so big and bright! They love her too! I'm so thankful for this! She still has a head full of hair but I think some of it is beginning to fall out. Still wears newborn clothes but can wear some 0-3 months. She is beginning to outgrow some newborn jammies. (tear) My MIL weighed her the other day on her scale (so who knows how exact that is) but she said she weighs around 9-10lbs. We won't have another check-up until she is 2 months old so we won't have an exact weight until then. I'm sure she is somewhere around that weight. She is really chunking up, as all our babies do! lol! and I love it! She is eating about 4 ounces every 3 hours during the day. At night her last feeding is usually around 8:30, then she usually wants a couple more ounces about an hour later and then sleeps until 2. I feed her at 2 and then she usually eats again around 6 and then 9. She has gotten better about going to back to sleep after the 2:00 feeding but sometimes wants to stay awake! yikes! The past 2 nights she has gone right back to sleep so I'm hoping our days and nights are getting less confusing to her. :) During her first month she has been to target and walmart twice, her doctor twice, my doctor twice, the park a few times, swimming at Ma's house (but she didn't get in, just watched the big kids), a couple different restaurants, church and Mt. Magazine for a weekend getaway. :) Needless to say, I've felt great so we've kept going with life as usual! We are so thankful for our healthy happy little 1 month old Judah Lou! Praise be to God!
Introducing Judah Lou! She was born June 3, 2013 at 12:56 am. She weighed 6lbs 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She is 12 days old today and has fit right into the Fowler family! God has blessed us with a very smooth transition from 2 to 3 children. I'm so very thankful. Spicer Beth and Axl absolutely adore her and daddy and I do too! We are now the "Fowler Five!" Thank you Jesus for the blessing of adding another member to our family. We give you all the praise and glory! :)
We took the kiddos to the Old Fort Days Rodeo this week. This has become an annual tradition for our family. We started going when SB was just 18 months old and haven't missed a year since. We love it! The kids love it! It's just good ol' family fun. :) This year Axl was old enough to really take it all in and take it all in is exactly what he did! The boy is a little cowboy at heart! He loves animals. I mean LOVES them! He loved having his cowboy gear on too. He'd point to the cowboys and grab his hat. Just so proud to have the same thing as them. We really enjoyed watching him this year. He trotted around that rodeo like he owned the joint! ha! He's a hoot! Of course, Spicer Beth loved it! Her favorite part was watching the kids dance competition. Pretty sure she wants me to sign her up for that next year! She also enjoyed her smoothie! :) I wore my high heel cowgirl boots out there for my girl. I haven't worn heels since before getting pregnant. But did it for my girl! I survived! PTL! There was a point I thought Jared may have to try and carry me out of there or get a front-end loader to get me out of there! lol! We've really had fun with the "big" jokes this pregnancy! ha!