John is THREE months old!

Dearest Baby John,

Happy three months! You have been such a joy. I always call you my angel baby.  You are very sweet and patient, and almost always happy.  You fit into our family so very well. I'm so glad you came to us! Your brothers occasionally get a little jealous of all the attention you need, but they don't take it out on you.  There are some days I have to tell Jacob to get out of your face and give you some space for a few minutes, because there are times when all he wants to do is hug and kiss you.  Then, he'll catch me giving you a kiss and say, "You said he needs some space!" It is just really hard to not snuggle with you and kiss your big ol cheeks over and over! We love you and are absolutely smitten with you!

You are sleeping great at night. THANK YOU! I always feel like a better mom when I'm more rested.  We're still working on napping during the day.  You are certainly a Wilson--you like to know what's going on! And you want to be with mom or dad or brothers while you nap, too.  But every now and then you take a great nap in your bed, so there's hope! And since you're sleeping so well at night, I'm not too worried about it.

You started rolling over from your belly to your back this month.  You are pretty big, so I think when your head gets too heavy, you don't want to be on your belly anymore! One day, I was exercising while you had some tummy time, and I looked over and you were just rolling over. It surprised me, because you hadn't even tried before. You did it three more times after that, so I knew it wasn't just a fluke.  Some days you don't want to be on your belly at all, so you flip over as soon as I put you down.  The big boys think it is great! Other days, you find your belly comfy, so you hang out for a while!

You are a super smiley boy, and save your best smiles and little laughs for me! But, you have also started really smiling at your brothers and dad, too.  They're pretty funny! You have a great sad face, and since you are rarely sad, it works really well! But we much prefer those handsome smiles! You smile with your whole face, and your eyes just light up.  It makes me happy every single time.

You have started to discover your hands and feet.  I catch you just staring at them sometimes. One day, I thought you had fallen asleep on the floor because you were so still and quiet, but when I looked closer you were just staring at your hand with big eyes wide open. You're so cute.

We are just thrilled to have you in our family.  We love our baby John.  We love how you try to talk to us, how you smile at us, snuggle with us.  I couldn't even imagine what life with three boys was going to be like, but you've made it much much better than I was expecting.  Yes, sometimes our house is loud and messy and has some roughhousing (sorry sometimes your brothers hurt you), but I feel so grateful you've been thrown into the mix. You're a darling.  I look forward to seeing the boy you become, but of course, I don't want it to by too quickly.  I love the baby you are now.

Love you, angel baby John Hiram, forever and ever!


My helper for the photoshoot.

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Easter 2017

As told by pictures: 

Went to an egg hunt at Grandma's church, and they made these crafts.  Jacob was less than impressed. 

When I said that it was cool they got to hold a baby duck, Jacob said, "No it wasn't." 

Ethan liked it! 

Jacob did come back a second time, so he must have thought it was cooler than he let on. 
Ethan collected his 15 eggs very quickly! Then when they were allowed to get more, all he wanted to do was help his cousin Jenna find some!
She obviously didn't want me to photograph her. 

Jacob was IN to the egg hunt.  Even now he keeps saying, "I think I found the most eggs."
Boys with their Easter baskets. Lawn mowers are Ethan's very favorite thing in this world, so I caved and bought him a toy one. He hasn't stopped using it since. 
Big baby John with his first Easter basket.  Most of the stuff in it was actually for the big boys, too. ;-) 
All three of the boys have worn this on their first Easter.  It just didn't fit John as well. ;-) 

Because of Jesus Christ, we can be together forever! 

After church, the boys and Daddy dyed eggs. 

After our ham dinner (WHICH JACOB ATE! EASTER MIRACLE!), we made resurrection rolls, one of our favorite traditions. 

We love our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and know he lives! We're so grateful for his life, and atonement, and his resurrection.  It was a wonderful Easter, celebrating all of that. 

And in case you're wondering how Ethan liked his lawn mower, here are two recent pictures I've taken of him.  I can't really get a picture of him without it now. He wants to take it everywhere.  I really should find him one of those mowers without an engine so he could actually cut some grass since he's fake mowing our yard every day, anyway. 

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John is 2 Months Old!

Dear John,

You're two months old! This month did go by a little more slowly than your first, but still TOO FAST! It was a good month, baby John.  You're sleeping better and even more, you're smiling and interacting more, and you are just so darling.  My angel.  We love you!

This month you got to spend more time with your dad! He's now as smitten with you as your brothers and I are! You are really a good baby.  You're patient when I have to attend to your brothers first, you rarely cry, and only if you're tired or hungry, and you love to snuggle.  You help me slow down and appreciate this time in life.  I find myself some times during each day just staring at you, or talking to you.  And I'm glad to see your dad and brothers do the same.

You've really started sleeping well at night. Thank you! You've been going down around 8:30-9 and sleeping to 5 or 6 or even sometimes 7.  Occasionally you wake up once before then and settle back down quickly.  You even slept in your own room once while your big brothers were out of town.  I'm a littler nervous to try it when your brothers are home because one of them (cough...Ethan...cough) is LOUD and takes a while to fall asleep. I'm worried he'll keep you up.  He's also a light sleeper, and I'm afraid of waking him in the middle of the night.  I know just have to bite the bullet and try it soon.  I'm sure you prefer your crib to the pack and play (now in my closet) anyway!

During the day, you have a hard time sleeping any where besides my arms or the car.  We're working on it.  A lot of times it is because I am busy with your brothers and don't have time to help you get into a good deep sleep, and we are also always taking someone somewhere or picking them up, etc. But again, we're working on getting into a good groove.  In the meantime, like I said, I'm enjoying having to slow down sometimes and just hold you.  You're an angel! I'll keep saying it!

You're still nursing well, maybe sometimes too fast?  You're growing. And my back is hurting! You're heavy! :-) You're just a big boy.  And you already have some fantastic rolls and I love it.  But my favorite thing about you is your smile! You've really started smiling and talking! I love the cooing.  You talk like you actually think you're saying something, and usually you are so very happy.  I love it.  And the fans and TV stands are no longer getting more smiles out of you than me.  I win! It is fun to watch the big boys try to get you to smile, too.  When they are successful, and Jacob is more often than Ethan I think because E is a little too rough, it lights up their world.  They get so excited.  They sure love you, and I hope you three will always be the best of friends.

We sure love you, sweet boy.  We're lucky, and so very grateful to have you.  I hope you always know that. It's great to be your mother.  You'll always be my baby John.

Love you forever,

How he felt about my taking pictures instead of feeding him.

*I'll add his two month stats after his appointment next week (if I remember)*

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Kindergarten Registration for Jacob!

We recently registered Jacob boy for kindergarten! Can't believe he's growing up so fast. Jacob and mom made a little date of the event.  We registered him, took a tour of the school and a bus (his favorite part), and grabbed dinner at his requested Wendy's.  It was a good night, even though he wasn't feeling great.  He was very nervous at school, but is so looking forward to riding the school bus. Since he wasn't feeling so hot, he ate one bite of a chicken nugget, and then shared a frosty with me. He's getting big!

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Jacob's 5th Birthday Party

Jacob wanted to have his extended family over and pizza for his fifth birthday, so that's what we did! He always has the best time with his cousins and loves his aunts and uncles and grandparents.  I'm so glad we live close to a lot of family!

We kept his actual birthday low-key.  He wanted to take a long bath and wear pajamas for dinner, so we let him.  He got to pick out a treat at the grocery store, and chose snickerdoodles.  We sang to him (and he was thrilled!), and then he got to open his birthday card that came in the mail from Mimi, his package from Nana and Grandpa Burt, and his present from us.

When the five dollar bills came pouring out! 
Action figures from Nana and Grandpa!

PUtting together his new bike! 
This was how I found him the next morning.  He still is working on riding it now, three months later. 

The next Saturday we had family over.  He had a really good day.  Bryan kept taking pictures of my pregnant self, and I was over it!

Happy birthday, Jacob boy!

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John's Blessing Day

In our church, babies are blessed and officially given a name by their fathers.  It is similar to a christening or dedication that other churches do.  We blessed our angel John on Sunday, March 26.  It was a rainy day, and pictures didn't go so well, and the Cats lost, but it was still a beautiful blessing and day.

Some bullet points of his blessing:

  • to live a healthy life
  • to be watched over and protected
  • to be able to form a testimony and have sure knowledge of Christ
  • to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
  • to use that gift as a source of inspiration, guidance, and comfort
  • to share that gift with others
  • to live his life in tune with the Spirit to know the will of God
  • to bless others
  • to be a worthy priesthood holder
  • to serve a mission and have success for himself and others
  • to be sealed, have a righteous family, and to be a good, worthy and strong father and husband
He was given the name John Hiram Wilson.  John means Jehovah has been gracious, and I certainly feel that in receiving our darling angel John! Hiram means exalted brother, and our John's brothers certainly treat him as such.  It just seems like such a fitting name for baby John!

Here are some photos!

I have the most sensitive eyes, so if I wasn't wearing sunglasses, I can assure you it wasn't as bright as my big boys acted.  Jacob was also sick, so was acting like a big drama queen.
Jenna kept looking at me as I ran back before the timer went off.  I guess I need to invest in a remote! 
Photobomb by Jacob! 
Our little family!

We ran out of time for photos before church, and John is sometimes grumpy in the afternoons, so this was how all the photos turned out that day.  I decided therefore to take some pictures of him in his outfit the following day. :-) 

His grin! 
His blanket was made by our dear friend, Pam Guedel.  She has made each of our boys one, and they are some of my favorite gifts. 

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