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Hudson: Three Years Old

26 May

Hudson, or Hud the Stud, turned three years old in late March. This one… he is quite the handful. He can be the sweetest thing and then one second later he makes you want to pull your hair out ๐Ÿ™‚ He is the ultimate daddy’s boy (although he is warming back up to mom), loves his sister and brother, and marches to his own drum.

Hud is quite the character. At times he is the sweetest and most loving little guy. He still likes to cuddle, give kisses, and wants to be with us all of the time. That said, I thought Kyler was hard at 3 but he has her beat. He loves to talk back, pushes the limits, throw tantrums and well, you know, act like a toddler. He spends more time in time out than I would like but I know it’s just a stage. We joke that he is like my dad because his mouth gets him in trouble quite a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

Hudson loves to dance, play with his toys (Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, Cars, Trains, Super Heroes, Barbies and Shopkins), and eat cookies. This kid and his dance moves are one of the funniest and best things to watch. He loves a good beat and gets into the music. He picked swimming back up and started soccer.ย He loves the Moana soundtrack and loves him some Maui. Star Wars are still his number one favorite, however, he has gotten into Ninja Turtles recently as well. He loves to play with Kyler’s Barbies and Shopkins which causes quite the fight sometimes. He is also obsessed with Legos and more importantly, the minifigures.

ย He is the real life cookie monster. His favorites are sugar cookies or golden Oreos but is finally coming around to chocolate. He was never the biggest fan but he is starting to eat it more and more. He still LOVES his broccoli, fried rice, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, waffles, pancakes, yogurt, and noodles.

He absolutely adores Kyler. While they fight at times, they are each others best friend. He is getting better at sharing his toys with her and they could just play for hours. We went through a rough patch around after the holidays where he was so mean to her but he is back to his loving self and they are getting along great again. I had no idea what to expect with Lincoln but he is amazing with him. He has never shown a side of jealousy and loves being a big brother. He likes to help when Lincoln cries and will give him his paci or sing him a song to get Linc to stop. It’s so sweet and adorable and I can’t wait to see how they interact when Lincoln gets a bit older.

Hud also likes Mickey Mouse, Maui, PJ Masks, Stormtroopers, Stormtroopers or and Stormtroopers. He is still into the Hulk and other superheroes and likes to watch their TV shows and movies. He has a good time at Disney but seems to be a bit more timid than his big sister. He will go on a roller coaster but he definitely not has fearless as she is. He loves to read books at night and some of his favorites are Don’t Push the Button, Dragons Love Tacos, and his dinosaur books.

He is moving up to pre-school this year (same school but more structure and uniforms) and looking forward to his progression. For a while, he was the oldest in his classroom and that was creating some behavioral problems ๐Ÿ™‚ Ya know, like taking your shoes off and throwing them at your teacher or hitting your friends. We really pushed for him to move up a class so instead of being the oldest, he is one of the younger ones and that has seem to help a lot. He can’t push them around now and things are much better.

Hudson is 33 pounds and 39 inches and a little beanpole. I have a feeling he is like Chris and will continue to gets taller without filling out! His 2t bathing suits are still slightly big haha. Other than that, he is wearing 3t shorts and shirts and size 10 shoes. He has been completely potty trained for a while now and is great using the potty.

We love you Hudson! You give us a run for our money but we wouldn’t want you any other way!

Hudson: Two Years Old

5 Apr

Hud the Stud is now two years old!

He is by definition, all boy and definitely a 2 year old toddler.

He is crazy, silly, rough, rambunctious, sweet, hot tempered, and all around a fun little guy to be around.

He is a TALKER. His vocab has really exploded in the last 6 months and he has quite a lot to say. Most of the time they are silly things or he is trying to boss us around (I want that, go get that, etc) so we have been working on our please and thank yous ๐Ÿ™‚ He loves to sing and dance, just like big sister. He has been practicing his independence lately and does not like our help with much. He has a pretty short fuse so he can get angry pretty quick. Right now, he loves to push, hit, and slap (or steal Kyler’s glasses) so he has been spending some QT in timeout. On the other hand, Kyler is pretty much his best friend. He adores her and everything she does. He is a copy cat so whatever she does, he isn’t far behind. Can be a good thing or a really bad thing ๐Ÿ™‚ They have the best time together and laugh a lot. They think they are so funny.

Hudson EATS and eats A LOT! I never worry about that boy. He still doesn’t like veggies but that is the only struggle. At breakfast he can put more food down than me some days. He eats quick too. Sometimes you need to tell him to slow down but he is just so hungry he just goes. He loves yogurt, grapes, bananas, applesauce, shell noodles (aka mac and cheese), mashed potatoes, chicken veggie rice, pancakes, eggs, and crackers. He HATES peanut butter and chocolate. Weird kid, I know ๐Ÿ™‚

As I said, he is all boy. He loves to play sports, be outside, climb on things, tackle mom and dad, go swimming, trucks, cars, choo choo trains (his favorite thing right now), Mickey Mouse, Elmo and Cookie Monster. He is a fast runner and loves to take off so that can be fun at times. He thinks it’s pretty funny too. He is an okay sleeper. He cries before bed every single night (has been for a year) but usually settles down quickly. He has been waking up in the middle of the night but goes back to sleep for the most part. He also loves to wake up early. He is hard to get to take a nap so he has been known to skip naps and that is no good for anyone. This is one area I would love to see him get better at!

Hudson is a big boy. He is 30lbs (75% percentile) and 37.5″ (99% percentile). He is wearing 3T (2T bottoms), size 5 diaper and size 8-8.5 shoes. ย He sleeps in a full size bed and found out he could get out of bed within the first 5 minutes of getting his new bed. He is a strong little guy and is pretty coordinated for his age. His one kidney is still dilated but there is no reason to be alarmed and we will continue seeing the kidney doctor until he out grows it. He has pretty bad eczema on his skin that nothing seems to work so I am hoping he outgrows that too.

Hudson Alexander, you are exhausting, a monster, and the sweetest most fun little man around and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!

Hudson: 18 Months

29 Sep

Hud the Stud is 18 months ago. Sometimes I feel like it’s crazy he is that old but then other times I feel like he is older than he is. He is still my big sweetie….only difference now is that he is a toddler and has a bit of a temper. He is still a happy little guy but he has a mischievous side for sure. He loves to test us by putting his foot in the bog bowl, climbing the stairs, or runs the opposite way. He loves his big sister but then at times he pulls her hair and tries to slap her in the face. So sweet.

He is talking more and more but he can still be hard to understand at times. He loves to say no, call the doggies, ask for applesauce and a bunch of other words that are pretty darn cute. He LOVES his songs and sings a long to a lot of them. Kid loves to dance too. He loves bananas, applesauce, Mickey, Jake, Elmo, throw the football, swim, the dogs, Kyler, dinosaurs, and blocks. He hates getting his diaper changed, clothes changed, veggies, dinner in general, and riding in his car seat. He is in swim lessons now and I can’t wait until he can swim on his own. He loves it so we desperately needed to get him in lessons! He is doing pretty good with it so far!

He had his 18 month check-up this week and was 26.4 pounds and 35.5 inches tall.ย We finally got rid of the paci and he has done pretty well without it. I can’t believe we waited so long because we said we wouldn’t let our 2nd kid have it past 1. Oops.

Hudson is all boy. He loves to climb, throw, pull, destroy and destruct. He gets into EVERYTHING and you have to watch him like a hawk. It’s so fun seeing the differences between him and Kyler. While they are a lot alike in some regards, they definitely have their differences. He loves Chris! Always looking for dada ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 18 months to our sweet Hud! He is so much fun and is at such a fun age!

Hudson: Twelve Months/One Year/52 Weeks!

29 Mar

Happy Birthday Hudson!!!!! Hudson is 1 year old today!

As you know, Hudson continues to be my little sweetie…. and such a FLIRT! He makes eyes at all the girls and the smile he gets on his face is just ridiculous! I mean I can’t blame the ladies for loving him…. just look at him! โค He is all about moving right now. He doesn’t sit still for a minute. He climbs, crawls, pushes, smashes and throws just about everything and anything. He LOVES to play ball and that seems to be his favorite right about it. He is also start to “chase” us which he thinks is hilarious.

We tried mashed potatoes again the other day and he actually liked them! I think it was a texture thing and maybe he is over it? He still loves his steak, broccoli, yogurt, and applesauce. He gets by just fine with his 2 teeth. That, however, is about to change but 2 more teeth just broke through so I am thinking within the next month, he will have a few more.

He is still taking his time in walking. He cruises around really well and flies when he pushing something. He can walk pretty good holding onto one hand of ours so I think it will be pretty soon. I also think that when he does figure out the balance piece, he will be quick. Ugh, he gets into enough now, I am sure that is only going to get worse.

He LOVES to play ball right now. He has a pretty good arm too ๐Ÿ™‚ He also LOVES his big sister Kyler. He thinks she is so funny and has a good time messing around with her. Which he does… already. I think those 2 will be BFF and fight like cats and dogs all at the same time.

We head to the doctor for his 1 year check-up Friday but last time we checked he was right around 25 pounds. He also measured at 32.25 inches last time at the doctor so I will be eager to see if he has grown at all. He is wearing mostly 18-24 month clothes but can fit into a lot of 2T as well. His feet grew recently so we are in size 6’s now. Big guy!

I am so sad our monthly/weekly photos are over, however, I am not sure how much longer I could have kept this up. He does not cooperate at all and it is so hard to get a good picture!

Hudson, Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!!!! We love you!

Hudson: Eleven Months

1 Mar

My baby only has one more month of being a baby! How??? I say it every month but it’s so hard to wrap my head around. In one month, Hudson will technically be a toddler. Well they may say that but not to me. I have decided he will be my baby forever ๐Ÿ™‚ That may be hard to do considering the size of this guy. I mean look at him? He doesn’t look 11 months old.

Hudson is doing awesome. First and foremost, he is BUSY. Kyler was a very busy baby too but he is just different. All boyย that is for sure. He doesn’t like to stay still. Kyler would stop for a bit and analyze her toys, study them, etc.ย Not Hud. He picks it up, looks at it, smashes it a few times, and moves onto the next thing. He squeals and laughs and babbles and really just has a good time. He gets into everything… you can’t turn yourย back on him for a second. He is climbing small things and seems to know what I DON’T want him to play with and goes right for it.

He is so close to walking! In the past 2 weeks he has really gotten braver in that area. He stands now for 30 seconds at a time, lets go quite a bit, cruises around furniture, and has started walking small distances with one hand. As long as he doesn’t turn into a scaredy cat (like big sis), he should be walking in no time. It is going to be so weird to see him up and walking!

He is still eating like a horse. Nothing new on that front other than he has definitely plumped back out ๐Ÿ™‚ Those cheeks โค

He moved into a new classroom at school! While I am sad to see him leave his infant teachers, it will be good for him to be with the older kids. Other things he is up to; he has starting to wave! He loves to clap his hands and he has blown Chris a few kisses… none for me yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He LOVES to hold socks. Like it’s a weird thing he does but he LOVES them. He crawls around the house with them and gets so excited if he sees one.

Sweet Hudson, I can’t believe you will be one soon.

Hudson: Ten Months & 44 Weeks

31 Jan

10 months old…. already ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My little guy will be 1 year old in only 2 short months. How. Is. That. Possible.

A few big updates since last month…. we now have 2 teeth! They took forever to pop through but now they are coming in well. I have a feeling he is like Kyler and don’t really expect his top 12 teeth to come in anytime soon. I think she got her right after her first birthday?

He is also on all finger foods now!!! Woo hoo!! Honestly, it did not take that long… like maybe a couple of days. Probably helps that the kid LOVES to eat. So funny how boys are so different. At his big sis’ birthday he packed away a slice of pizza and a cup of yogurt for lunch. He will also eat half a quesadilla, a whole grilled cheese, and pretty much the same amount Kyler will eat. He LOVES chicken and steak and seemed to be really into the meat balls the other day. The only thing he hates is mashed potatoes. Maybe the texture? Next thing to work on is the sippy cup. Hopefully by next month we can start pushing that more instead of the bottle.

He is getting better with his standing. He still doesn’t cruise around furniture, however, the other day we discovered that he moved really well with the tall laundry basket. He pushes it along the hallway and had a great time doing that! I was pretty shocked that he did it so well because he doesn’t seem to have an interest in walking. So who knows! He gets around just fine with his crawling right now.

He is such a flirt!!! He really knows how to put the charm on and has a way with the ladies ๐Ÿ™‚ The other day at Disney, Snow White kissed his head and he was mesmerized! It was so funny/weird really. He was laughing and had this flirty smile. He later found a group of girls to flirt with in line so that kept him busy for a little bit.

He is still our sweet and happy go lucky boy. We are SO blessed as he has such a sweet temperament. He is a bit needy in the since that he doesn’t like to do too many things independently. Typical boy ๐Ÿ™‚ ย If we are in the room, he has to crawl over to us and climb/pull himself up to us. If you walk away or ignore him he starts to cry. When he crawls up me, he loves to give me hugs and snuggles so I love it!

He plays really well with most of his toys now. He loves to play with Kyler. Sometimes he can be a bit rough and likes to smack, pull, grab etc. I have to tell him nice hands a lot…. which in turn makes him do it more. He thinks its funny, we (meaning Kyler and I) do not.

Hudson is an early riser which I am not. He tends to wake up between 5am-6am which is not fun. If it’s on the earlier side, we can typically put his paci back in and he will go back to sleep. Some mornings he won’t go back down which means he comes into our bed and we try to squeeze another 30 minutes of sleep. Pretty hard to do when he is crawling on you, grabbing our face, and smacking you. Nice way to wake up ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 10 months Hud!!!!

Hudson: Nine Months

29 Dec

My sweet Hud is 9 months old!! I cannot believe that I will start planning a 1st birthday in the next month or so.

He is still growing like a weed planted in Miracle Gro. He went to the doctors on Christmas Eve with pink eye and turned out he had an ear infection to. Since he was already there, they decided to just go ahead and give him his 9 month check up. He is 22 pounds, putting him in the 87% percentile for weight and 30 5/8 inches tall, putting him in the 100%+ percentile again. He is the same height at many kids that are older than him (which isn’t shocking considering Chris is so tall) but still funny none the less. People are always shocked to hear he isn’t one yet. You definitely feel like you should be able just put him down and watch him walk away. He is still wearing size 4 diapers and 12-18 month clothes for the most part. Depending on the cut and style, he can still wear some 12 month clothes but we mainly buy him 18 month+ now. He even wears some 2T pjs, however, I must say they run super small. He is wearing size 5 shoes, which by the way, we are trying to get better at wearing. He likes to curl up his toes when I put them on but he is still more and more used to it.

He is still my little eater! He still takes 4 bottles a day, although I think in the next month we will drop the first bottle in the morning. He has 3 meals a day of purred food but we are now offering him finger foods along with it. The other day he had some of Kyler’s chicken and he ate it right up. He even had prime rib on Christmas Eve! The only thing I have found that he absolutely refused is mashed potatoes. SO WEIRD! He gags on them and shakes his head no. I don’t know if it’s the texture or taste but it’s just weird. His bottom gums are super swollen right now so I know some teeth are about to make their appearance which will help with all those finger foods. He loves Cheerios now! He can put away quite a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ He isn’t the best with sippy cups we are are working on it!

Well it may have taken him a while for him to crawl but man, once he started he hasn’t slowed down. He gets into everything! He pulls himself up on to everything and anything and has no fear. He holds onto things with one hand. It’s funny because when you put him down he just takes off. Definitely on a mission.

He finally started saying mama after only saying dada for a while. The other day, he picked up a ball and held it up to show me and said ba! I think he starting to get it!

He is such a good baby. He is just so relaxed and happy most of the time. He is so sweet and loves to snuggle. He is very ticklish, just like mom and big sis. He will go to pretty much anyone with no fuss. Hudson smiles and laughs a lot and is a lot of fun to be around. He loves bath time but hates getting changed! He just screams when you try to put clothes on him. Probably because he has to sit still! He has pretty sensitive skin right now. I just switched his soap to a even milder soap and have been using some lotion on his legs to try and help with the little bumps (I think eczema).

Happy 9 Months sweet boy!!!!!

Hudson: 35 Weeks/Eight Months

30 Nov

Hudson turned 35 weeks/8 months yesterday! He is still happy as can be. Yesterday, he took a few “crawls” and is starting to get his coordination between his legs and his arms. Fun times ahead!!!

We are starting to introduce more and more finger foods. Today, he had scrambled egg yolks and did okay with that. He didn’t mind the taste but he is still figuring out the textures. He loves yogurt melts and Happy Baby Rice Cakes. He has slowed down on his milk intake which is fine by me!

He is so much fun now! I think he will get into a lot when he is really up and moving. He has been scooting over to me and pulling himself up on my fingers for a couple weeks now. He loves to watch crazy Kyler scream and run around the house. Only a matter of time before he joins her! We are spending more time on the floor now and less time in the bouncer so I think we will be retiring that soon. He just wanted to be on his belly all day (to practice his crawling). He is really starting to love bath time now. He likes to splash around and chew on the toys.

He was a sick little guy this past month. He had RSV and then about 2 weeks later caught a nasty cold. Here is to a healthy month! Happy 8 months sweet boy!

Hudson: Seven Months

29 Oct

Hudson turned 7 months old today!!

This kid is just so much fun. He is honestly one of the sweetest and happiest little guys I have ever met and I am not saying that because he is mine. He is happy go lucky and is content just playing with toys and smiling at people. Speaking of his toys, he is getting more and more active. He loves his toys now and his favorite is the Vtech Learn and Discover Driver. He also loves anything with sound and lights so we have plenty to keep him busy.

He is OBSESSED with jumping in the bouncer now too. He just sits there, laughs and just jumps away. Great for when we are getting dinner ready.

He is still a big and healthy boy! He is wearing mainly 12-18 month shirts and still in the 6-12 or 12 month pants. His feet are just silly big and is just about outgrown most of his 4 shoes and starting to wear some 5s. We threw through the size 3 diaper stage and had to move into 4s. The kid was having blowouts and coming home with new clothes every day thus the new size.

We dropped a bottle, however, we upped the ounces in the others so he is getting about the same. He definitely loves his solids so I think as he gets older he will start to cut more and more milk out. He is an early bird though. He wakes me up at 5am to eat so I am going to see if I can start pushing him back a half hour just to give me a break.ย At 6 months we started giving him 3 meals a day and he is doing great. For breakfast, it always consists of a fruit and grain and then gets his veggies for lunch and dinner. He is eating chicken and turkey but he isn’t the biggest fan. Now that he is eating so much, I am trying to make more food to save on some money. He is getting much better at puffs and the texture so I think we will try small cut up bananas with cheerio dust soon. I think he will love it!

He is getting SO close tor crawling. I think within the next couple of weeks he will get it. He is always practicing and you can tell he just wants to go. I can’t believe we will have a crawling baby again!

He is starting to babble more and more. He loves the D sounds so we constantly hear dada but that is about it. He still has that nice high pitch scream to him but it’s mainly when he is happy. He is laughing a lot more now, especially when we make funny sounds or tickle him.

Hudson, you are quite the charmer! Happy 7 months cutie!

Hudson: Six Months

29 Sep

Wow. 6 Months already. I swear I just wrote his 5 month update like 4 days ago. These past 6 months have gone by much faster than my first 6 months with Kyler. While he is so much fun now, I am a bit sad that his sweet snuggly newborn days are long over.

Hudson loves his food. So much so that we added lunch to his day starting today. We had our check-up with the doctor and she said go for it. If he wants to eat more, give him more food. Chris and I joke (half-serious) that this boy is going to eat us out of house and home when he is older. He loves his fruits but tolerates the veggies. He really isn’t a fan of the green ones but oh well, gotta eat em! I do need to get better at making food myself, but, I am not going to stress about it. If I have time, great, if not, oh well. He is still drinking 5 times a day, however, we may adjust him to 4 depending on how he does with 3 meals a day. I would say he is getting about 28-30 ounces a day currently.

He is sleeping much better than the last update, however, he still wakes up about 1-3 times a night. Nothing bag, just wants his paci put back in. He is getting better reaching for it himself so hopefully this will get even better in the next few weeks. He is definitely not the sound sleeper his big sis is. He wakes up easily and is harder to get down for naps.

He is sitting up so well by himself now. He still topples over but I know that will change in the next couple of weeks. He is pushing up to his knees now so I have a feeling the rocking (and then the crawling) will be next! He has recently discovered that his jumper actually jumps so he is having a great time doing that.

He smiles all. the. time. I mean it. The kid will smile at anyone or anything. So happy go lucky. He is so photogenic too! A camera comes out and he is all smiles.

Here is a look back

One Month:

Two Months:

Three Months:

Four Months:

Five Months:

Six Months:

Happy half birthday little man! We love you!!!!

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