The Boswell's

The Boswell's

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hudson Is 2 and Other News

Obviously, it's been a while since the last blog. Between our busy schedules, wrapping up school, being a mama to a toddler, and being pregnant, I had little time to sit down and blog. I was looking forward to summer thinking that would be the perfect opportunity to get caught up, however, things haven't slowed down one bit. We just got back from a trip to Clarksville which included a wedding, a play (Newsies), and lots of family time. This week Tucker is on vacation, and I have crammed several appointments into this week while I have him to help me. Wrangling a toddler when you are 8 months pregnant is not fun, friends. So we have Hudson's first dentist appointment, follow up ENT appointment (more about that soon), and 2 year well visit today and tomorrow. Not to mention my 35 week check up, too!

First, we will talk Hudson being 2! I'm not even sure when that happened...certainly in the blink of an eye. He loves Thomas the Train, so his theme was trains. We had his party at the Monkey Park in Opelika. The plan was to ride the Rocky Brook Rocket which is a train that runs around the park, however, 10 minutes into the train running there was a derailment. No joke. The train actually left the track with passengers aboard I might add. Thank goodness no one was hurt! There was cake, Popsicles, and plenty of things to do, so no one even missed the train. It was a full day, and Hudson was exhausted when it was over.

At 2, Hudson weighs about 31 pounds, wears a size 5 diaper, and sleeps in a big boy bed. We are slowly working on potty training. His bedtime is between 7:30 and 8, and he typically sleeps till 7-7:30. He is very independent and likes to do everything by himself. He's learned to take turns, but it's always "Huddy's turn!". He likes just about every food, except tomatoes. His favorites are fruit, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. When we weened him from the pacifier, he formed an attachment to a stuffed lamb. We named him Lambo and he goes with us just about everywhere. His favorite places are the lake and the backyard.


Happy Birthday, Hudson!

Earlier in May, Hudson had tubes put in his ears. It needed to happen much sooner, but we've had a bit of doctor drama. Basically, Hudson has had ongoing ear infections since before he was a year old. The doctor we were seeing just kept putting me off when I would express my concerns. He'd tell me "Well, he responds to antibiotics." or "He will soon grow out of them.". After having a nasty double ear infection in March, I decided enough was enough. The doctor referred us to an ENT. A week after seeing the ENT, we were in the hospital having the tube surgery. The ENT said there was a lot of fluid on both of Hudson's ears and the right ear was beginning to become infected again. Since the surgery, he hasn't had an issue. I so wish I had pushed harder to get the tubes sooner, but being a first time mom, I was trying to trust that what the doctor was telling me was what was best for my child. Now I know to trust that mother's intuition. Should Davis have the same issues with his ears, we will not be waiting that long.

Lambo and Hudson before surgery. 
The sweet nurses even put bandages on Lambo's ears.

Recovery time was very quick. Hudson was back to his normal self that afternoon. He went back to daycare and his regular routine the next day. I was so very proud of my brave little man! His mama on the other hand, wasn't so brave. I knew this was a routine surgery, but he was still my baby. I cried when they carried him back on the hospital bed, and then again when the doctor came out to tell us that everything went well. It probably only took 5 minutes, if that! We are so glad it's over, and we are hoping that Hudson won't have any more ear issues now. 

As you read earlier, I'm 35 weeks pregnant as of yesterday. I am scheduled to have Davis June 30th unless he decides to come earlier on his own. That leaves 4 weeks to prepare for his arrival. Seems like plenty of time, but I'm in the full throes of nesting, and infinity wouldn't be enough time right now. Technically, we are ready, but I have about a million little things that need to be done before he makes his debut. 

And while I'm thrilled to meet my new little guy, I'm also painfully aware that this is my last four weeks with Hudson. I have about a million worries, all unfounded of course. Did we decide to have a baby too soon? Did he get enough attention? How will he transition to being a big brother? Will he act out? Regress? Show signs of jealously? I could go on and on. The truth is, Hudson is a terrific kid and Tucker and I have done a bang up job raising him so far. I'm sure there will be ups and downs, but he's going to be a fantastic big brother and I can't wait to see him interact with and love Davis

So right now, I'm enjoying every minute with Hudson and giving him every bit of my undivided attention that I can. I know the next four weeks are going to breeze by, but deep down inside, I know we are ready and we can't wait to meet Davis! Can't believe we will soon be a family of four!!!

Amanda

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter

Easter was awesome this year! We went to the lake to celebrate with the whole family. We left headed to the lake Friday night. We were lucky that Tucker got off early, so we could do that. It's a bit of a hassle leaving on Friday night, but so enjoyable once we finally get there. And there is nothing like waking up at the lake!

Big Al picked up Prudence on Friday and brought her to the lake, because her daycare was closed for Good Friday. She was ready to see Hudson when he finally arrived Friday night. Saturday morning was lazy, and just how I like them. Shug and Big Al made waffles and we lounged around in our pajamas for a bit. Prudence and Hudson had a blast screeching and running up and down the halls. Emily and Andy joined us right after lunch.

When Hudson awoke from his nap we dyed Easter eggs. Both kiddos were very patient as we waited for our eggs to change colors. When the eggs were dyed and finally dried we headed outside for an Easter egg hunt. Both Prudence and Hudson loved hunting eggs. We hid a mixture of real eggs and plastic eggs filled with goodies. Hudson didn't quite understand the concept just yet. He knew the plastic eggs had treats inside, so when he found an egg, he wanted to open it right away instead of just putting it in his basket and waiting till the end to open his eggs. He also didn't understand why the real eggs didn't open. However, he did find one that had cracked, and of course, he had to investigate what was inside. He picked some of the middle of the egg out with his finger and said "Yum!". So I guess we like boiled eggs!

Sunday morning was a little hectic with three families all trying to get ready for church at the same time. To my surprise, we were all ready early and had time to take a few snaps of the kids in their Easter outfits before church. Those two are adorable! We attended Mymama's church and enjoyed a wonderful sermon by her pastor. Plus, Mymama got to show off her family! After church, we were joined by Kathie and Kate. We ate a delicious Sunday lunch, and prepared to go home.

 Going down the slide at the FUMC Easter egg hunt!
Head first! Hudson isn't scared of anything!

 Waiting patiently for the eggs to dry.


 I love the expression on Pru's face! 

 The kiddos were too busy playing in their baskets to take a picture!

 Yum!

 The Easter bunny came to visit!

 Andy, Emily, and Prudence

 Best friends!



 Hudson with his favorite ladies!

 Kathie and Kate

Family picture Easter Sunday

Easter is such a special time of year. A time for enjoying family, but also a time for remembering Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice. I'm so thankful for that sacrifice he made for me, and strive to remember the true meaning of Easter not only on this day, but every day of the year. 

Amanda

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy

That word sums up life at this moment. It's just happy! We've had so much going on the last few weeks, it has been hard to find the time to blog. At the moment, I'm stealing away a few minutes while Hudson is napping and Tucker is at the golf course. So let's get to it!

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 30. Tucker's parents offered to keep Hudson for us, so Tucker and I could enjoy a night out on the town. We had a delicious lunch at the lake (fried chicken and veggies, my fav!), then headed off to enjoy our night together. Little did I know that Tucker had planned a surprise birthday party for me! I had to throw a kink in the plan, of course. I decided I wanted to go shopping before dinner that night. I hardly ever have time just to go look and get the things I need. I even gave Tucker a speech in the car about how I didn't want to be rushed, how I never get to do this, blah, blah, blah.

We finally get to dinner; I chose Mikata (a Japanese steakhouse), which takes forever. Poor Tucker, he was doing the best he could to hurry the process up. After dinner he wanted to go home right away, and I was trying to think of other things I wanted to do. Tucker was on the verge of faking an illness, anything to get me home. When I walked through the door, I was truly surprised! I had no idea he was planning such a fun night. I felt horrible though when I realized everyone had been waiting on me for over an hour! I'm so thankful to Tucker for planning such a special night and to all my friends and family who waited for over an hour to wish me a happy birthday! It truly was a special night I will never forget!

Tucker and I also celebrated five years of marriage a few days ago. So much has happened in just five short years. It feels like just yesterday we were saying our vows to one another. We've come a long way in those five years! I am so very lucky to have Tucker to be my partner in life. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us. I know if we keep God at the center of our marriage our love will get us through anything.

Tucker's grandparents watched Hudson so we could enjoy another night out together. Tucker planned a nice dinner for us at Amsterdam Cafe. Afterwards we had dessert at Bruster's. Another one of my favs!

Switching gears, Hudson transitioned from the crib to a big boy bed. We did not convert the crib to a toddler bed. Instead, we moved Hudson to the room across from the nursery. That room was a guest bedroom that had Tucker's furniture he grew up with when he was a boy. I was a little concerned about Hudson sleeping on a queen size bed, but after talking with a few friends we decided to go with it. I was told that they only spend a very short amount of time in the toddler bed anyway, and that it really wasn't worth the investment.

We fixed his new big boy room up and spent several nights playing in there to get Hudson used to his new room. The first night in the big boy bed, he cried for about 15 minutes. The next two nights, he quit crying before Tucker and I reached the bottom stair. He's been sleeping there ever since! I think he likes the extra room he has, and it has to be more comfortable than the crib. The second night, I was a little upset. He transitioned so easily, so I knew he must have been ready, but I couldn't help feel like we were pushing him. And then I felt guilty, because I knew we wouldn't be pushing so much if it weren't for a new baby on the way. I told Tucker that this baby would sleep in the crib till he's five! Ha! I'm not ready to say this is the last baby, but if it is, I'm really going to struggle with him growing up so fast!

And finally, we have decided on a name for baby Boswell number two...Davis Tucker Boswell. The nursery will now be his room. We are just about finished with his room. We just have a few more finishing touches. The theme is the same-trains. Poor Davis, he's already receiving Hudson's hand-me-downs. Tucker and I just didn't see the point in buying new bedding, etc. Not to say that Davis, won't have his own things, but we are hoping that he can wear a lot of Hudson's baby clothes. Hudson was born in May and Davis is due July 7. So seasonally they should be fine. Hudson was a big baby (9 pounds 1 oz) and grew like a football player, so I am concerned if Davis is smaller. Whatever the case may be, we will make it work.

So this pretty much catches every one up! I will be counting down the days to Spring Break...only 5 more work days! Whoo-hoo! Hudson and I will be spending that week working on potty training! Wish us luck!

Have a great week!

Amanda

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Boy Times Two

This blog is about 2 weeks past due. Tucker and I are happy to announce that baby Boswell number 2 is a BOY!!! We are over the moon thrilled to be having another boy! Not that a girl would've been disappointing; we would have been happy no matter what God blessed us with, but we know boys. This mama can down, set, hut hut, bones it, and throw like nobody's business.

I was so excited that Tucker got to go with me to the gender ultrasound. If you remember, he didn't get to come with me for Hudson's gender ultrasound. We decided to make a day out of it! I took the afternoon off from work, and Tucker took the day off. He played golf that morning, and I met him so we could do lunch at one of my favorites, Chicken Salad Chick. Yum! From there we headed to our appointment.

During lunch we made our final predictions. Tucker predicted boy and I predicted girl. Totally opposite from when we were pregnant with Hudson. We discussed names for each gender. For a boy, we decided on Davis Tucker and for a girl, Sarah Tucker. I felt pretty confident that it was a girl, because my pregnancy has been somewhat different from Hudson. I was so surprised when the sweet ultrasound tech announced it was a boy. When she made the announcement, Tucker and I immediately held hands and smiled at each other. Tucker was beaming with pride and excitement. Two BOYS!

Our hearts are full! That's really all I can say. God has blessed us again, and we are overjoyed to say the least. We can't wait to meet little Davis!

Amanda

Saturday, February 14, 2015

First Haircut

About a month ago, Tucker and I took Hudson to get his first haircut. Tucker and I had been discussing it for over a month, and I have to admit I was not ready. A discussion was one thing, but acting on it was another. So one Saturday morning last month, Tucker announced that he was getting his haircut, and he was taking Hudson to get one with him. It all happened so fast, I had little time to protest.

Tucker and I hadn't even agreed on where we would take him. My choice was to go to the beauty shop where I get my hair done. Of course, Tucker was having none of that. He wanted Hudson to get his hair cut at a barber shop. Being that Tucker would be the one taking him more often, I sided with Tucker on this one. Hudson had his first haircut at University Barber Shop on South College Street. The same place his daddy gets his hair cut:)

He did pretty good considering it was his first time. He wouldn't sit in the chair by himself, so he sat in Tucker's lap. He wasn't crazy about the sweet lady cutting his hair, and he certainly didn't like her touching him,so we had to distract him with Elmo on my phone. We had a few hiccups, and he didn't get enough taken off the top, but it was done. Finally. And believe it or not, I didn't cry...then.

Before and After

It hit me as we were walking down to Toomer's. My baby looked so much like a little boy with his new big boy haircut. The tears hit and didn't stop till we were nearly home. This was a big milestone, and one where I felt like I didn't have much time to prepare myself emotionally. But in all honesty, if Tucker had not surprised me with it, I don't think I would have ever been ready. It truly needed to be done, and it looks so much better now.

Amanda



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adventures in Potty Training

So a few weeks ago, Hudson started alerting me that he had a dirty diaper. He would come to me and say "Mommy, I poop.". I thought it was great that he was showing interest so soon. He's only 20 months, and I had heard boys can be more difficult to potty train, so I wasn't expecting his sudden interest in the potty. After about a week of this, I went to Target and bought the Royal Flush potty. It's hideous and super cheesy, but it's also a potty, and there wasn't a lot to choose from. Besides, Hudson likes it,so I guess it doesn't really matter that it doesn't match the decor of the bathroom. :)

We spent the first week just kind of getting used to the idea of the potty. We aren't really pushing it too much unless he expresses interest. I don't want to push too soon, and he decide he doesn't want to use the potty. Basically, he would say "Potty!", and I'd take him. There wasn't much action the first week. Just a lot of sitting, reading books, and watching Elmo. Last Sunday night, we went through the potty routine, but this time the potty started singing! (It does that when there's some action.) Of course, Tucker and I acted completely nuts. We were so excited that he actually went!

In our excitement, fifteen minutes later, we were at the potty again. I could tell Hudson had to go. Before I had time to get the diaper off, he had peed on my leg and all over the bathroom floor. At this point, I'm yelling for Tucker to help me clean up. I'm trying to clean myself up while Tucker is trying to clean the floor. In the meantime, Hudson is running around naked. At some point during all this, I turn around to see Hudson pushing, and I knew exactly what was about to happen. I went to grab him hoping we would make it to the potty in time. On the way there, I step in something. I look down to see that I've stepped in poop. Apparently, Hudson went on the floor while we were cleaning up.

Once again, I'm yelling for Tucker who had just finished cleaning the bathroom floor. All we could do at that point was laugh. Tucker took Hudson up to get a bath, and I cleaned up downstairs. We tried using the potty on and off this week, but I have to admit, I was a little gun shy after the events of the weekend. So needless to say, I didn't push it. This week we plan to try again, and we are armed with Pull Ups. Our plan is to wear Pull Ups in the afternoons and on the weekends. I fully expect that accidents will happen, but hopefully using the Pull Ups will make things easier. Any advice you have to give on the topic, will be greatly appreciated! Wish us luck!

Amanda

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pru Turns 2!

Last weekend, we traveled to Calera to celebrate Prudence turning two years old. It's hard to believe it has been two years since that spunky, fun, and beautiful girl blessed our lives. It is such a blessing to be her aunt and watch her grow. She's going to do great things, that girl!

The party theme was Mickey Mouse, one of Pru's favorite shows on TV.  Emily did a great job preparing and decorating for the party. It truly was like stepping into Mickey's Clubhouse. Emily had the most precious dress made for Prudence to match the party theme. Of course, Prudence got more presents than she knew what to do with. One being a kitchen and another a 1,000 piece tea set. I kid, but there were at least 50 pieces!


 Daddy and Hudson riding the wagon down the hill! 

 Singing "Happy Birthday"

 Blowing out the candle!



Happy birthday, sweet P! 
I can't believe you're two already!
Love you much,
Aunt Manda