Thursday, June 22, 2017

An update on the Cutler crew.

Maxson is super adorbs. He is 4 1/2. An awesome helper with Easton, always making Easton laugh, soothing him when he cries, carrying him places when he feels Easton is begin forgotten (up the stairs, cue head shake). He's always telling Easton he's such a cute baby and playing with him, I love their interaction. He loves the game memory, definitely his favorite right now, and he legitimately beats me like every time. He's been bomb.com at swimming recently. All the month of May we practiced swimming with the boys at the rec center and then in June swim lessons started. What a dramatic improvement. He can get from point A to B to problem swimming under water. He needs to work on bigger arms and to keep kicking his legs while he tries to take a breath! He pretty much refused and still does refuse to do any back exercises with me but will do them just fantastically for his teachers. He's all things sports and fun and courage. Soccer was his jam and he absolutely rocked it. Top scorer on his team and never stopped running after the ball and being aggressive. He has a "writing" book I got him (Preschool workbook that's nearly 400 pages, awesome!) and he loves to do it. His word articulation is improving. He is willing to practice a little more with me and not get so intensely frustrated and I'm proud of him. His biggest stumbling blocks are th, l, s, and r. R is the only one he kind of truly can't say well yet, the other sounds he can do when he slows the word down and thinks about it, he just doesn't when talking normally ha. He never takes naps anymore, just a movie in the afternoon. He's a very goal and end result oriented little boy. The follow through on doing something you told him is very important. He loves picture lists and marking everything off and going through all the steps. He loves to look at the calendar to see what day it is and what is coming up in our events. He can be so tenderhearted to his brothers at times. He has an innate protective personality and is so very friendly with the twins, playing with them, teaching them, being "on their team", it's really sweet to watch them. I love him to death and tell him all the time how much I love him and how proud I am of him, because I really really am.

Bryson is hilarious. I feel like he is the one who starts the giggle fests with his brothers and can start the other 2 laughing in an instant. His peeing his pants plague is finally coming to a close I think. He went through a good month long or more phase of just continual peeing his pants when we were at home but is finally getting over it. Mark my words, Bryson is going to be my ultra mole-y child. Like Scott status I bet. He was born with the one just under his right eye and now at 2 1/2 years old has at least 5 I have noticed, poor thing. Bryson especially often comes and squeezes in the rocking chair with me while I nurse Easton. Bryson is the child who sleeps in the longest by 10-30 min. It's interesting, they're all in the same room but they don't wake each other up when they wake up. When Bryson gets super excited he jumps up and down on two feet like teenage girls do at boy band concerts, he has so much excitement for life at times.

Quinn is obsessed with milk. Like super obsessed and gets super mad if you try putting it in a cup. I know there are worse things but I'm still not a fan of it. Quinn is awesome at his strider bike. He cruises on that thing like no ones business. He has declared the pink one to be his. I would say Quinn is more of the emotional one of the two. He probably gets put in time out more for excessive crying, ha. He does this funny thing where he sticks out his bottom jaw, elongates his face as much as possible and with a frowny face talks to you, so funny. Quinn has this darling way of questioning new things, his nose and eyes get all scrunchy as he asks all these questions so unsure of it all, so so cute. Quinn especially loves to tell people "I'm not happy with you!" when he's mad about something or someone. It's adorable. That's what I say to them when I'm super upset so it's cute that he uses it too and I know he means it when he says it but things he says it about is just funny and cute and small.

Together the twins are in the WHY phase. Like I hear why probably close to 1000 times a day, I really think I'm serious. You can count on them saying why over a certain subject at least 4 times until they are satisfied. They are both obsessed with their "nuh-nights", they're stuffed animals they go to bed with. They are obsessed with shoes, and all my friends know it. They makes a mess of Casey and my shoes all day everyday, so stinking annoying but adorable too. Grammy's house, friends house, anytime they can get their hands on adult shoes to wear they're stoked. I should take them each individually to a shoe store, ha. They are definitely clingy. Not fans of new places for sure and cling to my legs and beg and cry for me if i try to leave them. Still continually want me to hold them asking me to sit on the couch. They both maul Easton at various points in the day, they just love him but try to put their arm around him while he's on his tummy on the ground, ha. We're working on colors with them both and they're finally getting it consistently! So proud of them!

Easton is just the sweetest angel baby. Of course he cries and gets upset at times when he's more hungry than what i gave him or bored or tired but so often I'll be in the kitchen and after 20 minutes think "where's the baby!" no big deal, just scooting his way around watching everyone happy as can be. He finds so much entertainment in hose big brothers. When they're not around he does a lot more squawking for attention, ha. At 6 months old he can get from A to B just about whenever he wants. Just stick his bum in the air, pulls his feet up and then pushes off them. He's so darn adorable. Eating more solids food whenever I have time to remember. Loves chomping on veggies straws. Loves his pinkie, is a pretty great sleeper, 3-4 naps a day depending if he's in his car seat or not being lugged around all day, ha. Pretty great sleeper at night, often sleeps from 8-5, nurses once more and then goes back to sleep for an hour to hour and a half. We've had him cry it out a few times to get past the midnight and 3 am feeding. He never just did it naturally so much so sometime after 5months we did and am so happy that we did. Is always super happy and adorable in the mornings; batting at our faces, making all sorts of adorable sounds, and just being overall the best thing to wake up to. Everyone loves Easton oh so much! He's also super obsessed with me. I personally would say he gets the biggest smiles for me when someone else is holding him and he finally gets eye contact with me, ha.

Casey is doing great at work, continually improving and enjoying what he does. I love when he comes home with stories of the day. He's such a hard worked for our family, I admire him so much. He so very diligent at getting things done right away. A return in the mail? Boom he's at UPS. Insurance stuff? Boom he calls that second. Something on the house or cars or toys needs fixing. Boom it's done. Just today, he came home at lunch and mowed the lawn in his work clothes because it needed to be done, ha. I love spending time with him. Sometimes I still can't believe he's mine! And that my best friends says I'm his best friend too! Sounds corny, but it's the simplicity of knowing each other is the top human in their life, ha. He has softball once a week which he loves. Playing with a rough crowd of Wyoming high school friends but he does fabulous. He serves in the Elders quorum presidency and is so diligent at always going to everything he 's needed to be at. He always keeps our supply of night time cereal stocked and will always share the crappy but delicious foo the buys with me and never complains that I don't buy them for him, I just eat his stash. He's so loyal and helpful to his family members, I love it.

As for myself. The children and house seem to be my life and what consumes me all day everyday. The house is always a disaster and I feel like I'm always telling the kids "ok, let's clean up!" but it just get so messy so fast! I love making new and delicious dinners for the family but summer has consumed me with having fun outside and going places so that's kind of been put on the back burner. I try to take the kids to as many fun things I can in the summer as possible. Because our summers are short lived you've gotta go crazy when they come! Lakes, splash pads, pools, slip n slides, parks with friends, walks, it's a go go go kind of summer life! I've always wanted to be a "fun young mom" one with energy to play with their kids and be apart of the fun. So when we got to the lake I get in and play games (not as much as Casey, but I'm still like the only mom out there!), the slip n slide, I'm practically the only mom going down, ha, but I also have to be apart of all this fun stuff or my timid twins wouldn't do it at all. My children bring me so much joy, I LOVE their cuddles, I love the quiet moments I get with each of them. I love when I have the patience to be patient and explain them about life and disappointments and the earth around them and relationships and education I love watching them learn! I love being a mom. It's tough work but an overall awesome gig with the cutest kids ever. Beyond motherhood I've made some awesome friends here in Rock Springs, ones I can really connect with and relate to and get advice from. We're constantly texting to go do stuff together and date nights, it's nice to have your group. And I also organized a salad swap with friends. There's a total of 10 of us and it's the best ever. I get a fresh salad everyday for lunch from a friend but just make 10 for my friends on Monday and deliver them! I actually make an additional 5 to get extra salads for Casey too, ha.

I love this life of mine, these kids, that husband. It's far from perfect but it's wonderful and beautiful. There are times when we stand in a circle put our hands in and yell "1, 2, 3, go Cutlers!" it's a great time of life.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The start of swim lessons

We've put our kids in their first official swim lessons. BOOM. Max 4 1/2, twins 2 1/2 (i keep kind of telling the twins they're 3 because you're supposed to be 3 for swim lessons, sue me/guilty wide eyes look). They're all in the same class for 30 minutes.

For the past month we get a pass to the rec center and took the kids swimming twice a week to get them acclimated to the water and having fun with us. Max was hesitant at first with us but by the end of the 4 weeks, was swimming on his own for like 10 seconds under the water with arms, kicking, and taking breaths, he's a rock star. The dumb rec center made us keep floaties on the twins at all times because they're stupid like that (some dumb rule about non swimmers out numbering adults, that was only the first of our complaints). They were a little slower to feel totally free in the water, especially without their floaties, not fans of putting their faces in the water but still had lots of fun kicking splashing and jumping in.

So come the first day of swim lessons, we'd been talking to them about it for weeks, everyone is very excited. Everyone gets in the pool and is super happy and excited. The twins are yelling "hi mommy and daddy!" proud to be showing off they're in swim lessons and then after about 7 minutes, THE TEARS. Mommy and daddy is all they wanted. They wanted out NOW. Bryson had to pee now (never peed) came back and then he had to poop no (never ended up pooping either) tears and more tears from the twins. Quinn stopped crying after about 10 minutes when he was doing an excercies with the teacher and realized he CAN blow bubbles and get the ring in the water! A big smile came across his face and he totally changed and was happy to do all the drills with her! But then they got out of the pool and it was back to tears when they had to jump to the teacher. So overall I'd say the twins cried for about 20 of the 30 minutes, ha. I was definitely doubting my putting them in swim lessons earlier than the age requirement, ugh, but I also know that this is often what happens with first time swim lessons,

And then there's Max, just a total rock star. Doing everything they ask so happy, big smiles, looking for us to wave to all the time. He's also 2 years older than the twins, ha, but he just did so so good.

So at home we give them skittles for how well they did: Max 8 (I just chose a larger random number) and then with the twins I enumerated all the things they DID do during swim lessons. They reassured me that next time they weren't going to cry and they loved swim lessons.



FAST FORWARD to the next swim lesson. Lots of talking before hand prepping them with teachers names, how fun it will be, how brave they will be, and how awesome it will all be, and that if no one cries we get ICE CREAM. Swim lessons come and BOOM all 3 are rockstars! No tears! No whining for mom and dad. Eager for their turns. Willing to do more in the lessons than they have for mom and dad. I was just so intensely proud of them all! They cheered each other on, they were just so awesome! Each time the teacher would take them for their part Casey and I would watch with excitement and see how awesome they did when asked to do each drill, so amazed at the difference from the last lesson!

At the end they went to jump off the diving board. Max got up no problem and just jumped! Quinn go up with excitement and slowly walked forward, half way forward realizing "um, actually not so sure about this" but then the lifeguard helped him forward and gently put him in the pool he did it! And then Bryson, again eager as the others, walked forward and halfway across the diving board was like "uh uh, I am NOT doing this! And you could see his little legs trembling and the fear fully overcome him, ha. He turned around and they let him jump off the edge, he was very proud of himself and so was I:)

Once swimming lessons got over we had a Cutler huddle to tell them how awesome they did and they were quick to remind me "they get ice cream!!!!!!" So ice cream we went! (actually we did stop at Cafe rio since no one had eaten dinner yet, ha) But they were so excited for their ice cream and were all so cute eating it.

Man I love these kids of mine!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Easton at 5 months

Easton at 5 months

-Definitely the earliest boy to sit! Right before 5 months he was like "mom, I got this".
-He loves mama. love love loves.
-We started some table foods right around 5m months with him, he's just so eager to eat! Always lunging forward at cups, plates, bowls, and spoons, so I just did it!
-Set up a crib in his own room, sleeps much better for naps. Had him cry a little more in the night since he was waking up every 3 hours or less! Got him through shaking off that first night time feeding, I need to just push through and get him completely off the next feeding too. It really does only take a couple nights, white noise in our room so we don't hear him and we can do anything!
-Everything in his mouth these days, really is loving the baby toys lately
-Loves the exersaucer, he can't get enough of it playing with all those toys
-He really loves Max, gets big big smiles when Max plays with him. The twins, a little less. He tenses up when they try to squeeze and hug and love him because they're just so rough!
-He's doing a new happy yell scream to just talk and make noise, it's adorable.
-Still taking him on all our dates because of nursing
-Rolling everywhere
-Hardcore inching forward with his little legs and bum in the air. When he wants something he goes after it!
-Staying asleep in his carseat when transferring him from the car to the house has decreased to an intensely low success level. If I can, I'll leave him in the car while we keep doing our thing (like leave him in the car with the door open while we play in the front yard or work in the garage right around him, also we live in Wyoming where it's gorgeous weather right now.)
-He sleeps like 10-6ish. He definitely has room to elongate his night time sleep, but 4th kid, we're not fighting it