It's been a while since my last update, but no news is good news! We've had a busy holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's have flown by. Lots of celebrations, so many gifts, and plenty of sickness to go around! We planned to visit the Neal's in St. Louis mid-December, but had to delay the trip when Bennett and I got sick. We both had strep throat, and Bennett had a double ear infection. Luckily, we were under control by Christmas. We spent Christmas eve with my extended family, had a perfect Christmas morning at home, Christmas day with my immediate family, and then the day after Christmas travelled to St. Louis to spend time with Andrew's family. We were glad to see all the family for Christmas, but we were worn out after all of that!
The fun is not over because Matthew's third birthday party is tomorrow! We are just having a small family pizza party, and Matthew is most excited about his Cars 2 ice cream cake! He's also taking a treat to school Monday, which is his actual birthday. Matthew is growing up so quickly, learning new things every day. He is always coming up with new clever ways to get into trouble, but he is getting better about cleaning up after himself! He's also doing very well with potty training and wearing underwear full-time during the day now. We just use an overnight while he sleeps. Matthew still loves to take care of his baby brother! Whenever Bennett cries, Matthew calls for me and says "Mama, Bennett's crying. He needs you to take care for him". He also hugs him and holds him to try to make him feel better any time he cries. Bennett turned 7 months old today! He is sitting independently, smiles and coos all the time, imitates the words "hi" and "boo", eats solids once or twice a day, and he got his first tooth Christmas day! Both boys are happy and doing great!