Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Family Field Trip

I'm not sure if it was the fact that we are all going a bit stir crazy, the cool temps and sunshine or all of the above, but yesterday we took a day trip to North Georgia to go apple picking and visit a pumpkin farm. Finn has actually been asking to go "pick apples off of trees" for awhile now and considering this is the very end of the season, we figured this was our only shot. Not to mention this is not an activity I can do solo, so we took our first field trip as a family of five. We loaded up the car in the morning and an hour later we were on our way north with all of the snacks and DVD's. Yes, the drive is only a little over an hour, but we knew we'd be going napless and I was not about to risk a ride home with all three of them screaming.

We got to the apple farm, and we let the big boys jump on this bouncy pillow thing that was most certainly one big staph infection waiting to happen but they loved it and I had to feed Jude.

Then we headed to the orchard. Dustin and I laugh at this often, because one of our favorite comedians jokes about how excited people get to pick fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, apples... "so tell me- how much money do I owe you to do your job for you?"

One child would've eaten a dozen apples and the other wanted all of the doughnuts.

 Then, we headed to Burt's Pumpkin Farm down the road for a tractor ride and a chance to see some really big pumpkins because let's be honest, we buy our real pumpkins from Trader Joe's for a third of the price. Nonetheless, the boys had fun and it made for some good photos. This was our second trip to Burt's. Our first was when Finn was 13 months old and I was newly pregnant with Ryder.

The progression of these pics makes me laugh. Finn wanted to sit at the top. Ryder had to follow him. Finn wanted to hug Ryder. Ryder wanted him to get off.

 We survived and made it home in time for dinner, baths and a 6:30 bedtime. Happy Fall, friends.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Our newest little gentleman, Jude Weldon, was born September 24 at 9:24AM-- yes, for those that love good even numbers that is 9:24 on 9.24. At 8.6lbs and 21in, he has been our biggest baby and just as loud as his brothers when they were born. With Ryder, I was in labor for 24hrs before a c-section was needed due to failure to progress and his heart rate dropping. As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Jude, we scheduled a c-section knowing we didn't want to add any more risk than necessary. With my history, I'm just happy to have a healthy baby in my arms at the end- no matter how he's born. Not to mention, knowing the date ahead of time makes it a lot easier to plan for out of town family to take care of our older two. Here are some pictures of our little guy over the last 10 days.

It's safe to say the big brothers are pretty obsessed with him. They ran into our room so excited to give him their presents. They wanted to jump right up on the bed and give him his paci. They ask to hold him all the time and can't get enough of "baby dude".

I remembered to bring my real camera to the hospital this time around AND remembered to actually take some pictures. Here's our sweet boy at just one day old.

And then some pictures I was able to take anytime my phone was in arm's reach.

Our first night home.
Watching golf with daddy.

And while the older brothers were in South Carolina, we met some family for lunch.

As always, we love when our big boys come home and I think the feeling is mutual.

Jude's first Clemson football Saturday.
First bottle from Nonna.
When you're the baby with two brothers.

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