Max is Three!

Max Robert Rude is three years old today!! I am so thankful and so happy to be his mom. He is such a great guy! Some of my favorite things about Max are:

  • His Kindness: He often shares his favorite toys with his sister, even when he isn’t asked. When she cries, he always wants to know why and tells her that it will be ok.
  • His Sense of Humor: Lately he has really started to comprehend when things are funny or a joke. He will say something and then follow up with, “Just joking, mama.”
  • His Love for His Family: He always wants to be with his family. He will say he wants to go places and then list the people he would like to join us. The way he says his sister’s name is “Gwen-it.” She is often included in this list.
  • His Bravery: He will go into dark basements, help me kill bugs, climb to the top of playgrounds, and likes to meet new friends. I admire him for this!
  • His Desire to Learn: He loves when we work on school work. He gets excited to learn new letters and will point them out throughout the day. He is also doing an AMAZING job MEMORIZING verses for the Awana program at church! He has said every verse so far and when he hears a past verse repeated during church or at Bible study, he will say, “That’s my verse!”
  • His Memory: He remembers everything! He likes to tell stories when we go through photo albums and will always remember where a missing toy is!

There are so many other things that I love about this little guy and even as I am typing different, fun stories are coming to mind. I meant to only include a couple pictures of the last three years, but I couldn’t choose between all of them! Here are some of my favorite moments of being Max’s mom!

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Max on his “birth” day. Those long fingers and sweet old man face had me falling in love the moment I meant him.

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One of my favorites. All his chunk on display.

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This boy still loves a good nap in mom and dad’s bed.

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This picture captures his personality so well. “Dump a bucket of cold water on my head. Its all good.”

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Displaying his “Max” face.

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His first purchase at Target!

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State fans.

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and Drake fans.

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Gwenyth at 1 Year

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We went to visit our awesome pediatrician, Dr. Secory, last week and got two thumbs up on our little Gwenyth!

Stats:

Height 30 1/4 in 85%

Weight 21lbs 68%

Head 47 1/2cm 97%

She is now able to eat anything under the sun (and probably would!) and can drink cow’s milk too! She is drinking that out of a sippy cup as she never did quite take to the bottle very well. We are down to two nursing sessions a day and hope to be completely weaned in a week or so. Gwenyth is still just rocking four teeth with no new ones in site. Makes for a very cute smile!!

Two days ago, G took her first steps! She still prefers to crawl, but can take about three very wobbly steps in succession. She enjoys standing and will just pop right up in the middle of the floor.

Trouble is coming! 😉

 

Our Little Gal is ONE!

We just put down our baby girl to sleep for the last time as a baby! She will be one tomorrow! Am I the only one who feels like even though I spend all day with my baby, that in this whole year, I still feel like I am just now getting to know her?

She is so sweet and understands so much of what is going on around her. She loves her daddy and has learned many things from him such as clapping and blowing raspberries. She will often dance (bouncing on her bottom) when she sees Jason walk in the door after a long day at work. She has quite the admirer in her daddy and melts his heart on a daily basis.

She loves her big brother and her kitty. Toodles, if allowed, chooses to sleep with G. I have woken up to G’s giggles at 2am, knowing she discovered that her precious feline friend is in her crib. Gwenyth wants to do what ever it is that Max is doing. She loves his shoes, toys, blankets, cups, and even underwear… :/ Max does a great job of tolerating his little sister getting into everything, even when she sits on his train tracks.

Gwenyth is now standing up by herself, even in the middle of the floor with nothing to hold on to. She has been creeping around on couches for quite sometime and I feel like walking will come any day now! She has her two front teeth, two bottom, and more coming in. Her two front teeth are big for her mouth and make her toothy, drooly grin absolutely irresistible. Her hair is so blonde and well, lets just say that it hasn’t quite filled in yet. 😉

There are so many more things I could say about Gwenyth Nancy. She is a joy and delight to our family. She loves me and lets me know it. When she is happy she makes sure everyone knows by shrieking and giggling. When she is sad or offended, she also lets others know. Jason and I lovingly refer to her as our little piglet because of her heavy breathing, squealing, and her healthy eating habits.

It has been such a wonderful year being the mom of two wonderful kids. I am truly a blessed woman to have such an amazing family. Two sweet kids and an outstanding, hardworking, loving husband. Thank you, Lord!

I was going to select a few of my favorite photos, but I couldn’t choose!

 

Gwenyth 9-10 Month Update

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Gwenyth turned 9 months back on May 1st. She went to see Dr. Secory and proved that she has been growing!

Stats:
Height- 28 1/4in, 76%
Weight- 19lbs 12oz, 76%
Head- 47, 99%

She can now eat anything (except for honey) and has been enjoying eating anything her big brother eats. We went to Pizza Ranch as a family the other day and she was in pizza heaven! She was so happy to be sitting in a big girl chair and eating peas, biscuit, potatoes, chicken, and pizza!

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She sleeps in her crib now and is doing so well. We used to hear from her about 5AM to eat, but lately she has been making it to 8:30 or even later! When I first bring her out in the morning, she will scan the room and look for her big brother. She gives him a big (toothless) grin and sometimes even giggles!

She is not yet crawling, but is so close! She has a super reach and can reach most anything by just rocking and scooting, so I am not sure if she is totally motivated to crawl.

Here is a sweet comparison of Max around 10 months and Gwenyth about the same age.

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Here are my little chunky babies in the tub around the same age. Look at Max’s chub!!! 🙂

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