Monday, April 28, 2014

Becca turns 4

I'm not sure why, but having a 4 year old makes everything seem different.  I guess at 4 you're no longer a toddler.  You're officially a kid.  Becca has brought so much to our lives.  She is an incredible little girl, and we have enjoyed watching her grow up.  Here's a look back at her year!
She found out she'd be a big sister!

Still sweet & innocent...

and sassy as ever!

She went to cheer camp...

and dance camp with all of her friends!

We went to the beach.

She was so excited to help open all of Walker's gifts!

This was the morning as we left for the hospital.  I'll never forget how excited she was!

This moment absolutely took my breath away.  Never has there been a little girl so excited to become a big sister.

She got to be in  a parade for the first time - the Okra Strut parade with Dance Dept.

She went deer hunting with Daddy for the first time!

She was Sleeping Beauty for Halloween.
At our church's Trunk or Treat, our family dressed up as members of the Duck Dynasty.  Hayes was Turtle Man.  And yes, they are still planning on getting married!

She began taking tap & ballet.

She actually 'got' Christmas!

Hayes and Becca had their 1st planned sleepover at our house.

We got to spend Christmas with my extended family in NC.

It snowed...a lot (for SC)

She gave lots of kisses & hugs to Bubby!

She had a mermaid themed 4th birthday party.  We got a bounce house, and all of her friends from Nat's, dance, church, and other places came over.  We had a great time.  Instead of getting presents for herself, she asked all of her friends to bring donations for Pets Inc.  We want to teach her that she doesn't 'need' everything she sees on tv.  We also want her to appreciate what she does have.  She really enjoyed seeing what all everyone brought for the dogs, and she really enjoyed taking the donations (minus the fact that she got bit by a dog while we were there).  I know I'll probably spend the rest of my life saying this, but I cannot believe how fast she's growing up.  I truly wish I had a pause button!  I try to soak in every sassy minute I spend with her.  I know it won't be like this forever.
In an attempt to help me capture who she is at 4, I decided to do an interview with her.  Here's what she had to say (verbatim and without any prompting!)
And to start you off, as I was explaining to Becca that I was going to ask her questions so I could type them on my blog, she asked what kind.  I told her it would be about things she liked.  She said, "Oh, like my favorite color and animal?  Anything I say you'll put on there?'
I told her yes, and she quickly followed it up with, "Except no bad words.  You won't type dumb on there because that's bad."

What's your favorite color?  PINK, BLUE, & GREEN
What's your favorite toy?  BARBIE DOLL, RACE CAR, AND A TRAIN
What's your favorite food?  CHEESE
What's your favorite thing to wear?  DRESSES & SKIRTS
What's your favorite animal?  A GIRAFFE
What's your favorite song?  SPEAK LIGHT (Speak Life by Toby Mac)
What's your favorite book?  Big Sister
Who's your best friend?  MARIANNE, HANNA, & HAYES
What's your favorite thing to do outside?  RIDE ON MY RED BIKE
What's your favorite stuffed animal?  CAMO
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A CHEERLEADER

7 months old

weight:  19 lbs 9 oz
height:  ??
diapers:  size 3
clothes:  12-18 months tops & 9-12 months pants
food:  he's eating all fruits & vegetables now.  He's not a big fan of green veggies, but we're working on that!  He's still only getting breastmilk, but he is no longer nursing.  He got to the point where he didn't like to nurse - I think mainly because he couldn't watch what was going on around him and because it took more effort.  I just recently stopped pumping as well since my milk supply decreased once he stopped nursing, but we've got a lot of frozen milk, so we'll see how long that lasts.
milestone:  he can totally sit up by himself!
word:  Mama!!!!  I was his 1st word!!!  He's also said Dada a few times.
sleeping:  ALL night.  He is ready for bed around 7 pm, and he sleeps until 6 or 7.  He still takes 2 naps a day, but those vary depending on our schedule.  He's pretty flexible.
And here's a look at what he's been up to:

At Sissy's 4th birthday party.
Getting lots of crazy hair

I finally got him a shopping cart cover.  He loves being able to see everything!

swinging at the new park in Irmo

Sissy even helped him go down the slide!

I cannot begin to explain the love I have for this little boy.  He fits in our family perfectly!  I love my family of 4!

6 months old

Here are some 6 months stats on our little big man!

weight:  18 lbs 13 oz (70th percentile)
height:  I can't remember, but I do know he was off the charts!  Dr. Geurkink's response was, "He obviously doesn't get that from mom or dad!"
clothes:  9-12 months (mostly)
diapers:  size 3
eye color:  hazel
hair:  getting a lot more, and it's still blonde with a little red
food:  breastmilk (5 oz. bottles) and we started some baby food.  He doesn't care much about it.  I was shocked - I thought he would love it, but he could care less.  At this point, we've only tried vegetables.
personality:  He is still the happiest baby in the world.  People comment on it all the time, and it makes me smile.  He lights up when he sees Daddy or me, but he really lights up when he sees Sissy:)  She's his favorite person.
milestone:  he can sit up by himself for a few seconds
Here are a few pictures from the month:
Using his bath seat FINALLY!

They LOVE taking baths together:)

First night in Bible Class!  Mrs. Monica was his teacher.

Evie didn't know what to think with him in there!

Showing off his big boy skills!