Brooks George: 2 months

Hey Brooksie Boy, 
Two months old & we are smitten as ever! You are really such a great baby. You don't fuss often. You sleep well in the carseat when we are out and you sleep well in your bed when we are home. You have an awesome receding hair line. Your gummy smiles are about the best thing I've ever seen and every moment I have while you are awake I smile and talk like a crazy person trying to see those wonderful smiles. You've had a cold the past week or so, nothing crazy but lots of mucus which has resulted in lots of gagging & spitting up- not so fun. But no fevers and the doctor confirmed your lungs are clear. 

Our schedule usually looks something like this: 
8am: Wake up & Nurse 
8:45-10:30am: Nap #1
10:30: Nurse (then go pick up Josh from school) 
11:15-1pm: Nap #2

1pm: (put siblings down for rest) Nurse
2-4pm: Nap #3
4pm: Nurse
Help mom make dinner, hang out, nap in the swing, whatever the day brings :)
7pm: Nurse then sleep
10:30: Dream Feed
11pm-5isham: Sleep {Hallelujah!}
Nurse then back to bed till 8am
Start the day all over again!
Yay for eating & sleeping!


This month we eased back into "real life." Scheduling, small group, going into work, just all sorts of life. In all honestly, it has gone much smoother than I thought it would. I think we all just do what have to do- everybody has to eat, everybody has to sleep, mommy & daddy have work, joshie has school, there is church and family and friends- somehow it all gets done. Most days I'm exhausted but so very thankful. You bring us so much joy & we are so thankful you have joined this crazy life of ours!

2 Months Stats: 
Height- 23.75in, 34%
Weight- 10.10lbs, 11%
Clothes- Growing out of Newborn
Diapers- Size 1 


we love you more & more everyday! 
love,
your momma & daddy


Kennedy Maren: 2 years

Kennedy Maren, 

Happy 2nd Birthday! 
My baby girl you are getting so big and we love you so much! 

At two years old some of your favorites include: 
your bunny 
Minnie Mouse
Paw Patrol 
your brother Joshua
being with your momma all the time 
breakfast foods 
reading ALLLLLL the books
doing everything your brothers are doing 
dancing
listening to "your song" on my phone - Say the Word by Hillsong United
your boots (really all shoes) 
laughing with your Kma
pretend talking on the phone to your Opa
reading with your Grandma Mary & Grandpa George
friends- Ruthie, Audra & Grace



Girl, you make us laugh all day. You have the deepest little voice. The way you say "yeaaaaa" and "no" are pretty much my favorite. You are slow to wake up and most days take about a 2 hour nap. Your hair is so cute & curly. You don't have a problem getting it done every day. If your brothers are jumping, you are jumping. If you brothers are wrestling, you are wrestling. You are very tough and are learning how to speak up for yourself. You are extremely opinionated and have a pretty strong will. You know what you want and you have learned to cry or repeat yourself until you get what you want. You love babies and are pretty smitten with your brother. I was a little concerned as to how you would react to his addition to our family, but for the most part, as long as you can be close to me you are happy. You often sit on my lap while I nurse and always close for diaper changes and getting Brooks out of his bed. We call you Baby (Brooks is "New Baby" or "Baby Brooks"), Sissy, and Kennedy Girl. 
You also pretty much potty trained yourself at 21 months old. One day you started grabbing at your diaper, the next day you were grabbing at your diaper and saying "no, no, no" so I asked you if you wanted to go to the bathroom. You ran upstairs and pooped on the froggy potty. For the month of December were just wore underwear at home and by the first of the year you were wearing undies 100% of the time, even during nap time. We still have some accidents when we forget to take you or if you get to distracted to sit, but I would definitely say you potty training yourself before the baby came was a big blessing! 

2 year old Stats: 
Height- 31 inches, 98%
Weight- 29.3lbs, 83%
Clothing- Growing into 4t 

Kennedy, we love you girl! We love your opinions, smile and laughter. We love the way your love your bunny, blankie, kitty and puppy when you sleep. We love your passionate pursuit of what you want and the way you love your brothers and friends. We are certain you will do great things one day. 
We pray that smile continues to light up every room you walk in and that you never lose your zest for  life. We are so incredibly thankful you are our daughter! 
We love you more & more every day! 
love, 
your momma & daddy 



Brooks George: 1 month


Brooks George,
You've been a part of our family for ONE MONTH! We've been a family of SIX for one whole month! In all honesty, things have gone much smoother than I thought they would. You are very good baby. You eat, sleep and fill your diaper just like a newborn baby is supposed to. We were so very surprised when you made your entrance into the world 16 days before your due date! We are truly just in love with you! 



 

Meeting your brothers and sister did not happen until we got home from the hospital because Kennedy and Joshua were not feeling very well. Right when you got home Joshua said, "Why is it so red?" So funny! He loves you as his brother but is not very interested in your baby ways. When we were at the hospital, Kma asked Joshua what your nickname should be, without missing a beat Josh replied "Brooks-schnauzer!" He claimed that for a few days and finally told us it was from the movie "Beethoven." Asher is so in very love! He wants to hold you and rub his cheek on your soft head all the time. He is quick to try and calm you when you are sad and loves to help me and be close to you at all times. Kennedy loves you. She likes to help Momma change your diaper and pump/get you a bottle. When I am holding you, she often holds one of her babies and always wants to know where you are. 


Like most boy babies born at 37 weeks you had a little trouble figuring out the nursing thing and gaining weight but were never fussy. We had to do a couple extra weight checks with the pediatrician and some extra feedings, but by your one month appointment the doctor was pleased with your weight gain. And even though you are gaining weight, you are still by far our smallest baby. Our little peanut! 


One Month Stats: 
Height- 21.5in, 34%
Weight- 8lbs 13oz, 12%
Newborn Clothes
Size 1 Diapers 


You are a champ at sleeping swaddled in your room. You are doing great sleeping at night and I usually feed you at 10:30pm and then again around 2-3am then around 7am. Yahoo for sleep! Right away you were a talker - lots of grunting and noises - but very little crying.  Early on you cried and cried every time you were in the car, but now you are doing much better. We often call you Baby Brooks, Brooksie, and Mr. Brooks. We are so very thankful you have completed this family. We've enjoyed the time to focus on us six and watch lots of fun movies ;) This past month has just been grace upon grace. Even though we dealt with some sickness, having Daddy home for 2 whole weeks and me being able to talk off 6 weeks of work has been such a blessing. We can't wait to see your smiles and hear your laugh. We are praying for you grow strong in the Lord and love Him with your whole heart. 

We love more & more every day! 
Love, 
your Momma 




Joshua Manuel: 4.5 years

Joshie, my Joshie, I love you my Joshie.
Today, marks 4 1/2 years of Joshua Manuel Pollard. It's incredibly hard to believe that you will be turning 5 years old this year! FIVE seems so old to me. Five is big kid. Five is school and no longer being a baby. I'm equally parts terrified and excited to see what FIVE will bring.

But here today, at four & a half, you are my Joshie. I still hold you and kiss you every chance I get because I just don't know how much longer I'll be about to do that. You weigh 44 pounds & most 5T clothes are too small for you.

You love to dance & sing & be the life of the party. Goodness, your dancing is probably one of the best parts of our lives right now. You love your family. You and Asher are growing into the best of friends and it is so much fun. Kennedy thinks you hung the moon and stars and you are always first to make her laugh. You love to have WRESLEMANIA, play/shovel in the snow, and go to church/youth stuff with Daddy. You often are a great help to your Momma. You're doing great at school and know how to write your name all by yourself. You love to draw and write notes in a little notebook I got you for Easter. You are also really fond of drawing all over your body.

As Kma put it, your favorite word is probably "actually" because you "actually" always know the right way! You are still a big fan of sticking to the plan. Recently we've been dealing with some talking back/ disrespect issues - this parenting thing is no joke! And as the oldest, you have the privilege of going through everything first.

At 4.5 years old, some of your favorites include:
  • wearing little booty shorts/ boxer briefs to bed (no matter what the temperature) because that's what Daddy wears
  • playing "Mom/Son" "Dog/Owner" etc with your brother
  • being outside in the snow 
  • Legos
  • Shows- any NEW show, Despicable Me, Garfield, Inspector Gadget, Croods, Scooby Doo
  • Food- noodles, apples, fried eggs
  • Toys- Blue Monkey, Beary, your "secret spy" wallet, cars, fort building 
  • Friends- Asher, Lily, Caleb, Jocelyn (via Facetime) Eliya 
Joshua, I really just enjoy being your Momma. Sure, there are hard days and days when you just don't stop talking and days when it seems really difficult to chose obedience. But I love spending time with you. I love watching you love on your brother & sister. I love watching you "perform." I love watching you be a friend and loving on others. I love how you stick up for your family. I love how much you care about what you are wearing & how it often includes a dress shirt and tie. I love watching your draw and write and color. It is such a privilegde to be your mom. There are so many things I am praying for you my son, but mostly I pray that you chose to live a life that glorifies the Name above Names, the King, the Almighty, our Everlasting Father, Jesus Christ!

we love you more and more every day! 
love,
your momma

things I don't want to forget: April 2016

man, these are the days. the days that are so difficult. the days that are so wonderful. the days that make me want to pull my hair out. the days i want to cry with thankfulness. the days where i feel like i have nothing left to give by the time the sun sets. the days i just want to squeeze them and hold them because i do know soon it will be over- all the squeezing and holding. the days i feel like i just might lose my mind. the days i don't want to forget.
everyday there are moments, moments i don't want to forget. so as Kennedy takes her morning nap & Manny, Joshua & Asher are outside shoveling and planning in the snow i will take a moment to pause & remember...

Kennedy standing on her tip toes staring out the window into the big backyard. 

the time i was about to walk out the door for work, opened Kennedy's door, where all the kids where planning only to discover the boys had smeared a half a jar of aquaphor onto their heads. how Sarah showered them & washed their hair three times with shampoo- didn't come out. how i tried baking soda, corn starch, and 3 blue dawn washings- didn't come out. i'll let you know how this one turns out... 

the way Joshua sings & dances. 

Asher cuddles after nap time. 

the time Joshua drew all over his entire body with sharpie: i was working downstairs during Kennedy & Asher's nap time and Joshua was watching tv upstairs. i heard him open the back door so after a few minutes i came up stairs to see he was at the fence talking to our neighbor Mark. he turned around and their was a sharpie "mask" all over his face and Mark thought it was o so funny. we came inside to shower & found sharpie on every inch of his body. it took weeks to come out of his belly button. 




Kennedy's sweet kisses & cuddles when she is feeling a bit shy. her little personality is coming out more and more and she is just hilarious. she loves to get at her brothers. she is letting her opinion be known. she tries to blow her own nose, on her own terms. she's got the best laugh. 

these are the days. the crazy. the hard. the beautiful.


Kennedy Maren: 12 months, 1 year

 Kennedy Girl! 
You are one year old! We are just as smitten with you. Everything about you, I want to remember forever and just love!
At one year old... 
Height: 24lbs, 95%
Weight: 30.9in, 95%
Size Diaper: 5 
Size Clothing: 18months
Favorite Toy: your lovey bunny 
Favorite Food: probably beef stew 
Favorite Time of Day: right after lunch 
Favorite Past Time: being held by Momma all the time! 
Nap times: usually 9-11am & 1-3ishpm 
Bed time: 7pm 
Dislikes: getting dressed, being separated from Mom, most sweet food
 Words: UH OH, bye, (sometimes) hello


 Your funny little personality just keeps coming out more and more. You do this funny like squish face when you think are funny or want to make me laugh. You think it is hilarious to just lean backwards; sometimes onto one of your brothers, sometimes against someone's legs, and sometimes just onto the floor. You only suck your thumb when you have your bunny and are about to fall asleep. You hate getting dressed but are very good about getting your hair done. You are officially a walker now! Still a little wobbly but you now choose to walk over crawl.

To celebrate your first birthday... 
On your actual birthday--- Kma took you, me & your brothers out to breakfast, we had a few friends over for a brunch/lunch play date, and then when Daddy got home ate dinner, went on a walk, and came home to have cupcake! The next Saturday, we had family and a few friends over for a BUNNY BIRTHDAY! Per the usual you wanted to be held by Momma the whole time, but I didn't mind. You also had the perfect birthday dress thanks to Auntie Karla! 

Kennedy Maren, you are a dream come true. We are so very thankful for you. You are the perfect sister to your brothers and the perfect daughter to me & your daddy. 

we love you more & more everyday!
love,
your momma & daddy 


Kennedy Maren: 11 months

O Kennedy Girl, you are 11 months old! I might just be tearing up right now thinking about how you are, so soon, not going to be my baby. I mean, you'll always be my baby. But goodness, you are just growing up so much! 
We are seeing more and more of your personality every day & it is just wonderful. You've got the very normal almost-1 year old- attached- to- momma thing going on. You stand up, cruise, and/or try to take a few steps all the time. You love being with your brothers. You have the funniest curious/mischievous smile that just makes me swell.
You are by far our worst teether. But to give you some credit you gained 4 teeth this month, in the strangest order- middle left and the one next to it & then a few days later middle right and the one next it it. You are definitely the typical cranky, not sleeping, want to be held teething baby. So we've put you to bed extra early and I've spent a lot of time with you on my hip.
 
 Your favorite foods are still anything savory, but you are warming up to a couple fruits including apples and blueberries. You don't eat a ton when your teeth hurt, I think. You still only drink about 6oz of formula, made very warm. You enjoy baths and hanging out in the ergo, but are starting to refuse to fall asleep in the ergo or really any where besides your crib/ pack n play that's in our room. You are fiercely attached your bunny, I'm pretty sure you can't sleep without it. 
This month was pretty much full of lots of snow & cold plus a few warm, sunshine days. I left you for the first time when I went to Tennessee to celebrate Kaci's birthday. You got to stay with Kma & I'm sure you loved all the spoiling and cuddles! It was so nice to be away, but I have happy to have you back in my arms! 

My beautiful girl, 
Thank you for your sweet smiles and all that bunny love. You surprise us with your little funny ways. We are all smitten with you and just can't imagine our days without you. 
We love you more and more every day!
love, your momma