Saturday, December 20, 2014

Luke Arthur 21 months old!

I can't believe I will be starting to plan a two year birthday party for him! Where has the time gone?!

He started really speaking at 19 months old. Things I hear often are ....

"I sorry!"

"Thank you!"










"I want ____"

"night night"



"Super why!"


"Mickey mouse!"


" I ove you!"




He shakes his head yes and no!

Around strangers he wraps his arms around my legs! 

He absolutely loves to play with his brothers! Him and Drake especially seem to have a special bond!

In the past week I have become mommy rather than momma.

He adores his daddy. Loves to wrestle and sit in his lap!

He loves to read books recently which makes me proud!

He loves his Dr Seuss blanket he calls "night-night" There is no going to sleep without it!

He still sleeps with his white noise on at night. 

He naps for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. 

He is stubborn!! You cannot bribe him and try to get kisses for giving him a snack like we could the twins! Kisses are few, hugs are often.

He is certainly a momma's boy. He has me wrapped. I could kiss him all day.

His patience has gotten so much better the past two months! 

He loves Woody and Buzz! He also likes Mickey Mouse and Elmo! 

He enjoys watching Frozen and SuperWhy! He asks for Super Why often! He sings the songs and everything!

He dances ALL the time. It brings my heart such joy! Raising boys I wanted them to dance! I want them to be amazing husbands, and I think being willing to dance with the love of your life is important! They dance with me for now, but it will be their wife one day!

He is so mischievous! His smile and eyes are killer! He knows exactly what he is doing. He is a wanderer. He loves to explore. I know he will be my baby that leaves and goes far when he graduates. I can feel it when I hold him I swear. He is the one that will give me gray hair! 

I look at him and I see me. I see my eyes, my smile, and my heart. I see a baby that I knew I needed. He completed me in so many ways. I had my uneventful pregnancy, VBAC delivery, brought a baby home with me from the hospital, and breastfed for a year. Luke is compassionate. He says "I sorry!" And hugs us. He loves on his brothers. He adores his grandparents. 

He loves to watch movies, lay with momma, take selfies, play on a LeapPad, and draw! He does things the twins didn't do until much older. He does amazing on the LeapPad.

He is 29 lbs which blew me away! He will surpass his brothers at this rate. 

He fell out of his high chair and hurt his arm at one point.

He busted his chin and bit his tongue in the bath.

He is a hand full, but I wouldn't have it any other way! This little boy completed me in ways only He knew I needed! 

I am so blessed to say he is mine! 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Triple Diamond Leader in 4 Months ... Blessed.

I am a TRIPLE DIAMOND LEADER for ItWorks! I cannot even believe I can write that after joining just 4 months ago!!

The average income of a Triple Diamond is $105,000 a year. I made above average checks as a Double Diamond, so I can only imagine my income as a Triple Diamond. Can you say blessed?!

I am a teacher and my husband is a pipe fitter through the union. We make a good living and are able to provide for our 3 boys. Disney World trips were going to have to be planned well in advance and saved for, of course. Brandon and I understood our income was not going to change much throughout the rest of the time we are raising our babies. I can teach 20 years and I am never going to make over $60,000. I have the goal to become an Administrator after getting my kiddos through school, but that is in a very distant future. Brandon can earn more, but it will not be a dramatic change unless he follows in his grandfather's footsteps and tries to become a business agent at the Union Hall. Lots of "possibilities" for the distant future, but nothing that would be changing in the next decade. 

My second month at the rank of Double Diamond I made more than what Brandon and I earn together with our full time jobs. This was just 3 months into this amazing company! 

This company has given us the opportunity to sit down together and DREAM! When was the last time you could truly sit and dream with your husband? I felt like it brought us so much closer to see what we both saw in our future. I made my Dream Board when I was a Ruby, two weeks into the business. I passed my goals for Rank and had to update. I am now pushing for Presidential in 2014 and Ambassador by my 1 year Anniversary! My goal for Brandon is him to be Triple Diamond by my 1 year Anniversary as well! Lots of dreams and goals in the Olive house! Pay off ALL debt (Cars, NICU, Student Loans, Credit Card!) 3 large college savings account, Dream Car, Disney World trip, New York Vacation to visit family, stay home until Luke is in school, build a forever home, trailer for the lake house, purchase a RZR, create a scholarship at LPHS for a student wanting to be a math teacher, donate to the LPHS Musical, and give back as much as possible! Awesome goals, right?!

So, the part you really want to know, what did I do to get her quickly?!?!

I BELIEVED in the products and the business model immediately. I am passionate about what I do and I have been since the day I joined. I will talk to anyone and everyone about ItWorks. I started the same way EVERYONE starts, 0 DTs and 0 LCs. I watched Ashley Hughes', Lydia Diaz, and Mackenzie Schultz on YouTube videos. I stalked ItWorks leaders on Facebook. I read the compensation plan A MILLION times. I wanted to know as much as possible!! I posted to social media EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I messaged friends and family asking for their support, much more so the month I pushed for Triple. Become a product of the product! I wrapped the month I joined and posted those photos! This made people believe in our products when they saw the change in my body! I launched a TON of distributors. 4-5 nights a week I was launching these girls whether they joined through me or not. I memorized Ashley Hughes' story and I tell it at every party. Find any leader, know their story and be ready to talk about it at any time! Make people realize this could be THEIR life! I created a team page and made it a place of encouragement and collaboration. I want everything easily accessible for my team. Result pictures, motivational quotes, examples of messages I send to friends and family, what I send to someone interested in wraps, interested in becoming a distributor etc. I find they are willing to message people, but are unsure what to actually write. By me helping them with the message or post, they are more apt to send it!! I host training's every 2-3 weeks. I go over the Steps to Success, first goals in the company, the ways we earn money, tips on Blitzing, etc. I help friends and family become successful. I want this extra income for everyone that I love. I worked FAST! I built quickly and wanted everyone to know how important it was to join NOW. The quicker we build the more money we make. We are all flying through the ranks because the expectation is to build and promote FAST. I did not realize how imperative this would be until I hit higher ranks. It is IMPERATIVE to try and build with urgency. If you are not able to promote quickly, DO NOT QUIT!!!!! This company has the ability to CHANGE YOUR LIFE, but only if you stay working! If it takes you a year to hit Ruby, would it still be worth the extra $600 a month?! Absolutely!!

Don't say you do not have time, you have time. I teach 10 hours a day, I have 3 year old identical twin boys and an 18 month old baby boy, a husband, and a household! I promise you, YOU CAN FIND THE TIME TO GET A COMMA IN YOUR PAYCHECK! It is worth busting your behind for several months to have an income that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

I have an amazing support system. My husband has been the most patient man throughout this entire process. He may have called it a scam the day I joined, but with the amount of money going in the bank, he gave that up quickly. He has done dinner, baths, and bedtime with three precious boys by himself A LOT in the past 4 months. He does not complain. Laundry, dishes, cleaning has all been on the back burner and he has not complained ONCE. I am so truly blessed. 

My family is incredibly supportive! My sister in law and best friend, Lacey, joined immediately and has done everything with me since we joined. She is a Double Diamond and kicking butt!! My sister joined early on to help me fill a box for my Ruby chart! My in-laws and my parents have done anything and everything to be supportive of our efforts in this business. From being loyal customers to distributors. They are all very supportive and never make me feel like I am crazy for joining this Crazy Wrap Business!

My team is remarkable. They are positive, encouraging, collaborative, and embody One Team One Mission at its finest. I am so proud to be their upline leader. From brand new distributor to Double Diamond, they ALL want everyone to be successful. They do events together, go to each others launch parties, and constantly encourage one another! They write each other to answer questions ALL THE TIME on our wrap page. 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ItWorks Global Double Diamond in 60 days!

Since writing my last blog I hit Double Diamond in 60 days and I am 4 from Triple charted as of 90 days! I am still in shock by how quickly I have climbed the ranks. It is truly unbelievable.

I jumped in and did a 90 day push when I joined. Here are some of the things I feel truly made me successful!

  • DAILY posts to Facebook. A result photo from one of our products. This will get you more interest for loyal customers! A motivational quote from ItWorks Global FB page (They do Motivational Monday!) or I would search for motivational quotes on Pinterest. A lifestyle post, meaning post what ItWorks has done for me! It filled my tank with gas, bought new jeans, groceries, diapers, paid the care note, mortgage, dinner! Literally anything you could pay for with wrap cash or commission! This gets distributor interest! Everyone would love to have the extra money and when they se what it is paying for in your life, it will make it more real to them!

  • Enthusiasm and passion is contagious! They will want to join you if you are excited! Practice what you will say to people in the mirror! You need to truly believe in the products and the business.
  • Follow up!! Message people daily! Anyone who likes or comments on a photo! Someone you just really believe would love our products! Someone you know could rock the business! Get OUT of your comfort zone!! Send the messages, who cares if they say no?! I have had so many no's it is unreal! Now 3 months later, many of them are coming to me asking how to join or how to get product!
  • Ask your friends and family for their support! It will make a huge difference instead of waiting for them to come to you!! They love you, they want you to succeed!

  • Push that it is risk free! Sure you may suck, that is ok! I joined with the understanding I may suck, but what if I don't?! There will no fee or penalty for trying to change your life! Give it 3 months, 6 months, a year and see if you can make extra money with this business!

  • PARTIES! I get new distributors at every single party I launch, this is how we end up with so many parties! They are constant launch parties for new distributors. A typical launch party looks like this ...
  • Wrap People (Pictures, Wrap)
  • Presentation starts with introduction of myself and the DT
  • I talk about they expectations of someone who is wrapping. They need to drink one bottle of water by the end of the presentation and half their body weight each day for 3 days in ounces. I explain we are close to magic and if you do not drink the water you are throwing away $25! This is the ONE end of the deal you absolutely have to do to see a difference!
  • I talk about what the wrap does when placed on your body. It penetrates your skin and is able to break apart the fat toxins that cause bloat and cellulite. 1 wrap is a sample, 4 is a treatment, 12 is comparable to surgery.
  • I go over every area of the body the wrap can be placed with the Party Pad.
  • I talk about the big questions, is the loss lasting and do I wrap forever??! We have lasting results as long as you do not eat really badly really often! You do not have to diet, but you do have to be healthy. You will wrap until you are at your desired size.
  • I then go through the ENTIRE catalog with them! Every single product, every single party! I want them to know we offer way more than wraps! I tell them when I begin going through the catalog to think if they have any friends or family that could use any of these products. I interject personal stories throughout the products, like my mom using the facial for the first time. How greens have taken my headaches away for two months, and Cleanser cleaned my shower floor! Make it personal !!
  • After going through the catalog, I go through being a loyal customer. A loyal customer loves our products and wants them at a discounted rate and does not want to make extra money. I cover all the perks too! Perk points, 6 months, 12 months, completely customizable ordering options, easy to change your order!
  • I then go into becoming a distributor. I ask each person if they could think of 4 people in their life who would LOVE any of our products! That would earn them $120 in FREE PRODUCT! I talk about how I found this business through instagram. I put a lot of details into my story to make it relatable! I explain Ashley Hughes' story of joining with a goal to make an extra $500 and she hit this in just 23 days! She is now 18 months into this business and makes $15,000 a MONTH! I talk about my personal growth and income with this company. I talk about my skeptical husband who loves the comma in my paycheck. I talk about how I watched for a YEAR and thought ya right, no way.
  • I talk about the "golden age" of Network Marketing being less than 100,000 distributors. Can you imagine the first 100,000 Avon, MaryKay, and Scentsy distributors are now? No one even knew what a wax warmer was a decade ago! They now buy them at WalMart instead of a distributor. We are in the perfect business with the product of a lifetime! They pay us as distributors really well because they do not pay for advertising! WE ARE THEIR ADVERTISMENT! I wear my ItWorks shirt absolutely everywhere. I will talk to anyone about the products or business! I talk about how our products are not age dependent. Every age group can use our products! The results sell themselves so you do not have to be pushy! You are truly sharing with friends and family an amazing product and opportunity.
  • I go through what it is to be a distributor. Purchasing the $99 kit, mini booster for an additional $149, and the required 80 BV. Autoshipment IS SCARY TO PEOPLE! I do not push that they are able to turn it off, but I do want them to know they are not locked into it! If they have a rough month, they can turn it off. They should push to have it on every single month, but we will NOT kick you out. Other network marketing companies kick you out if you do not have a minimum sales amount each month, we do not do this. I go through the $10,000 GOOD bonus and how you attain it! I look at all the different pay ranks with them and explain Executive takes finding just 2 people to do this with you! Ruby takes having 5, and you do not have to find all 5!! Emerald 14, and Diamond taking 24 people! A mom, friend, cousin, sister, neighbor, hairdresser, etc.
  • I discuss that we will not promote if they do not promote! It is a team effort! We have a group Facebook page with videos, files, encouragement, important information, result photos, inspirational photos, etc. They will not have to search for everything on their own. This is a place where we collaborate and plan together for success!

I created a Facebook group for my team that has the result photos, videos, motivational quotes, important information, etc. I also add them to my upline Ashley Hughes' page that has a TON of helpful information in one place. 

Host a monthly training to help distributors. I want this to be more often but with all the launch parties I'm doing I've only been able to do it once a month in September. Teach your team the Steps to Success!!! Make them understand by continually doing this your team grows exponentially!! If every person does this every month can you imagine after 3 months?! My goal Is to have 2 training a a month every month!!

I place all loyal customers and distributors to promote. I kept my first 4 loyal customers and first 3 distributors on my top line. Then I charted Ruby, Emerald, Diamond, Double, and now Triple Diamond. I have enrolled 47 loyal customers and moved all but 4! I've enrolled 37 distributors and I place them where I need them on my chart to promote! It has helped me promote fast and I'm bake to maintain rank on volume each month from Emerald up! I have Triple volume right now spread out well so I will be able to maintain Triple once I hit this month! 

Form relationships with your distributors! Stay positive even when it is hard! If you are negative, they will feed off it and be negative. Encourage them, celebrate all promotions, getting their 4 loyal customers in 30 days, getting 2 loyal customers and being fast start qualified, charting executive! Everything takes hardwork and needs to be celebrated! A person who feels appreciated will work harder and you want everyone working towards the same goal!! 

I have an amazing enroller, Ashley Hughes, who has guided me every step of the way! I emulate her actions as a leader and it has paid off!! I am so proud to be on her team!!! I plan to hit Triple in October making Ashley a Presidential !!! I plan to be Presidential by Conference hopefully making her an Ambassador !!!! If anyone deserves it, this woman does! Her training videos on YouTube are so helpful!!

Don't be discouraged!! Keep pushing every day for a new rank! With dedication and consistency you WILL be successful! Plant the seeds of curiosity, and they will bloom!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Officially an ItWorks DIAMOND in 30 days!

I cannot believe I even just wrote that as my title. It is completely surreal and I am still shocked 12 hours later. I got the $10,000 GOOD Bonus and an average commission check of $1,900. With my bonus my check will be around $2,400 minimum without other amazing bonus opportunities from being a leader in the company!

I joined ItWorks one month ago. I was able to hit Executive 4 days into the business, Ruby in 13 days, Emerald on day 31 and DIAMOND on day 31! Yes, I hit Emerald and Diamond the SAME day. The last day of the month. The last two hours of the last day of the month!

I have received countless messages and comments asking how I did it. I decided a blog would be easiest to explain what my month looked like here in Texas.

I am located right outside of Houston, Texas. This product was not known in my area except by a very select few that had recently gone to an ItWorks party. This helped a TON! It was an unsaturated market that exploded!

I am an 8th grade Math teacher. I have a very outgoing personality and never meet a stranger. I have always been a leader by nature. I was the head cheerleader throughout little league, junior high, and high school. I am blessed to have this personality trait. Being a teacher, I am used to speaking in front of people and I am not intimidated by this thankfully. 

In the first days after I joined I spent HOURS at night and during nap time reading the compensation plan. I looked at all the documents in esuite. I watched YouTube videos of how to get Ruby in 10 days. I am on two AMAZING leadership pages that both have hundreds of files! I read ALL of them. Literally! I researched and researched and researched! I found leaders on Facebook through distributors above me. I would go through their old posts from when they first started the business. I found posts from over a year ago that asked if you make 6 figures a MONTH comment your rank and how long it took you to hit this! There were TONS of comments and all of the people did it within 2 YEARS! Unbelievable!! I knew so much about this company that I knew I could be confident at parties when questions were asked!

I have a very supportive and always available leader. She never made me feel like I was insignificant. She made me feel like I was a priority. This woman is nearing Presidential Diamond! She is still mourning the loss of her precious baby boy that she lost just two short months ago. Ashley made me feel like I could go to her day or night for help! 

I found an event through ebrite for a One Team One Mission in Houston a week after I joined! It was two Presidential Diamonds speaking with their husbands there as well. 3 of us from my team went to this amazing opportunity! It was very motivating! They brought up double and triple diamonds! These women did this in less than 2 years as well!

I asked all of my family and friends for support. I was completely fine with them being skeptical. I was skeptical for a year before I joined! Thankfully, MANY were willing to try the wraps! I hosted my Launch Party and 3, yes THREE people came not including my sweet distributors who were there to support me. Two of the girls joined as Distributors, and the other joined as a loyal customer! I was not upset in the least at all the cancellations for my party! I wanted to keep pushing forward!

As distributors signed up I would offer to host their launch party. Even if they signed up with distributors under me, I still did their launch parties if they asked! I did 4 parties per week for THREE weeks. I was never home at bedtime for my 3 precious boys! Thankfully, I am on summer break and getting that time with them during the day and my husband and family was willing to step up!

I post DAILY to Facebook. I never thought I would be that person. A couple people complained, but with the money I am making I have to know that it is for the best for my family. I post results, something about the business, money I have made, etc. Any like or comment I would personally message them and ask if they were interested in the wraps or the business. I posted a photo of my wrap cash and got a TON of distributor interest!

I am a product of the product! I have lost significant inches from wrapping! This made people believe in the product! I posted my photo after 6 wraps and got nearly 90 likes! My friends and family are excited for me! They knew I believed in this!

I am passionate about these products and this business. I deposited $900 in wrap cash this month! Remember my party, 3 people ?!? Remember all those launch parties ?!? I could not hold another personal party! So, I sold them out of my home! Daily I was able to sell wraps. 

I was able to sign up 19 distributors this month. I have made $900 in Fast Start Bonuses. 

My sister in law and best friend, Lacey, joined with me! She is an Emerald in her first month! Lace has also become a product of the product! She has lost 14 pounds and 15 inches in 9 wraps and 3 weeks on ThermoFit! She is also eating clean! Lace is so motivating for continuing to wrap! She looks like a different person! We are all so proud of her for her journey and her business! She makes her self available for her team members, stays positive, and is willing to do anything!

My best friend Jackie joined with me too! She is now a Ruby in ONE month! She has been an incredible support system. She is a constant positive word in my ear about my leadership! This alone is so motivating!! Jackie has been getting family and friends to join her team!!

One of the girls who joined at my first launch party also hit Ruby this month!! She has been doing parties, has an amazing runner that joined her team immediately, and is continuing to bust butt!!

I had several girls need a space for their launch parties. So, I offered my home for their parties!

I hosted a training for any Distributors or potential distributors! When I decided to do this I had 6 distributors, a week later when we had the training I had 31. 20 people attended the training! I was SO excited!! I will continue to host it at least monthly, if not twice a month! This training was VERY motivating for my team and everyone left feeling like they understood more about the business! I highly recommend as your team grows having a training! I went through charts, tips and tricks, autoship, etc.

I have runners throughout my team! They are working so hard at getting loyals and distributors!

I only kept 5 loyal customers and placed the other 25 I got this month. I wanted to promote and I wanted my girls to promote! I also placed all my Distributors! I constantly had a chart out! 

I am 1 away from a full Double Diamond Chart !! 

I ended up creating a team page of my own since we were growing so fast! We have grown so quickly to over 40 distributors. I have posted TONS of photos for the business and results. I have written answers to all the questions I knew I had those first weeks. 

I am always available for my loyal customers and distributors. Whether by phone call, text, or Facebook. 

I blitzed 3 times this month. I intend to make it a larger part of my business in the coming months to stay successful. 

I have booked a booth in August at a vendor event that I am really excited about!

I immediately ordered a shirt, blitz cards, catalogs, business cards, etc. I was ALL IN from the beginning. There was no waiting to see if it was going to work out, this WAS GOING TO WORK OUT! I brought extra catalogs to all my girls' launch parties for people to look at and take home if needed.

I have an AMAZING team. They are all positive on their progress! They are so incredible! They wanted me to promote and were willing to do whatever they had to for this to happen! I cannot say enough about this team. They are near and dear to my heart!

My success is from an amazing team, consistent Facebook posts, supportive family, positive outlook, and dedication! 

If you want to join my team you can JOIN at

You can also find me on Facebook under Ashley Kelly Olive

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why I joined ItWorks Global

Over a year ago I found a woman on Instagram through the identical twins hashtag. Her name is also Ashley, she has identical twin boys, and she posted a photo of a gender reveal with a box of blue balloons. They were blessed with a third little boy with the same age gap as my three boys. I was shocked that our lives mirrored each other so much. 

Over the past year I have watched Ashley's post about her precious boys and her business. I was very skeptical of the business. She posted that her and her husband were 25 year old stay at home parents. Ashley shared her story about what this business has done for her. She could not afford $2 wipes when she found out she was pregnant with her third. She decided to join ItWorks with the goal of making an extra $600 a month. She hit that goal 23 days into the business. Ashley was incredibly successful at building her business! A year later she is ranked as a Triple Diamond and making over $10,000 PER MONTH. They are building their dream home. Her husband has joined her in the ItWorks business. They are such an inspiration. Tragically, less than two month ago they lost their precious Miloh at 5 months old to SIDS. My heart aches for them and I cry as if I've actually met this couple. It is amazing how Social Media can connect people. The month after Miloh passed away they did not work a single day and they were able to still make a 5 figure pay check. What an amazing company. You can wear Orange to support Miloh and #hugsforhughes 

I messaged Ashley and said I wanted to join ItWorks. She asked me some questions, sent me information, sent me a video, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this! I joined without telling anyone, even my husband. 

Within hours I let family and close friends know that I had joined this company. I completely understood being skeptical but I needed everyone to be supportive. I had been skeptical for over a year. The support was overwhelming! Within hours 3 people joined as Distributors! My sister in law, a best friend, and a friend from high school! The loyal customers started joining and more distributors as the days went on! I was shocked how quickly it grew. Ashley was a wealth of knowledge and answered no less than a hundred questions those first couple days! 

13 days into the business I hit Ruby. This is an average monthly income of $600. I knew I could keep pushing and hit Diamond! Diamond is $2,000 a month, but if you do it in 90 days you get a $10,000 bonus. I was charted Diamond in 3 weeks! For me to officially hit Diamond my team needs some more orders. I have no doubt it will happen within the 90 days and I will get the bonus. The entire team above me is so supportive of me. They truly believe our team will be the next team to hit Diamond! I am Ashley's fasting growing team EVER! How amazing is that?! I cannot wait to hit Diamond to help her hit Presidential Diamond which is $20,000 PER month! In 3 weeks I've made $1300 and spent $350. I am blown away by the endless amounts of money to be earned and how much the products can change your life! I wore a dress yesterday I haven't worn since before the twins! Wrapping my tummy and love handles has made quite the difference!

The products sell themselves. The results are amazing. Not only the wraps, but so many other products. I am excited to see life changing results and life changing incomes for my team and loyal customers! 

The company makes the process so simple there is no way to not be successful. They send you a goals/dream chart to fill out. I didn't do it until I was about to hit Ruby. When I sat down and truly thought about what I would do with any extra money it was motivating. I have so many goals that I had put in the back of my mind while in the midst of raising three young boys. 

Some of my goals include;

Pay off Bedrest/NICU
Pay off Student Loans
Pay off furniture 
Have a scholarship at LPHS for someone who wants to become a math teacher
Purchase a trailer for our Lake Trips
Build our Dream Home
Have 3 large college savings accounts
Take more Vacations {Disney World}

Some of these goals may never be attained, but to sit down and genuinely think about the things you would love to do was empowering. 

So, if you've seen my posts and wondered why I joined with the company that sells Crazy Wrap Things, this is why! 

To Ashley, there will never be enough words to thank you for introducing this company to me! You are such an inspiration to me, and I feel so blessed that I joined with YOU! Always in my prayers ❤️

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

An amazing 3 year and 15 month appointment...

When I initially called to schedule this appointment I was told there were no shots associated with the 3 year appointment, but Luke would get some at this appointment. I said I wanted an appointment for all 3 boys. They told me this was not protocol due to the amount of paperwork it would require and the chance you cancel it leaves 3 open appointment times. They wanted me to schedule the twins separately. For example they told me to come in the morning for their appointment, then the afternoon for Luke. I asked to speak with my nurse or the Pediatrician. I was really upset by this. I felt like I was being discriminated against for having 3 kids!! If I can handle bringing all 3 boys, you should be able to see them. They said they understood and would see all 3 boys. I was so happy they were willing to see us because I was upset enough to change pediatrician's.

Fast forward to the actual day of the appointment... It is storming. Like completely pouring outside and thunder like you've never heard. The boys are sound asleep and I'm going to have to wake them. So, I call the pediatrician's office and tell them I don't think I can safely unload all 3 boys in this storm. They tell me they lost power a few minutes prior and completely understood. They wanted me to call them when I arrived and they would come down stairs to help unload my boys. Seriously?! How amazing is that??? 

I wake all 3 boys and get them dressed. I run and load Luke while the boys wait in the garage. Then I load the twins. When we arrive the rain STOPPED completely. I was able to unload them all and bring them in. When we get back to the room they bring in 2 nurses to help get all the weight, height, and Luke's head circumference. They were so kind to my boys and talked about Spider-Man when they seemed nervous. 

The twins are always nervous at the doctors office. She says it is a twin thing. They see what happens to the other which makes them more dramatic. This was the first appointment that they stayed talkative! Drake warmed up immediately which isn't typical for him. He kept reassuring Hunter that they were just getting a check up and everything was fine. When Dr. Amy came in Hunter got very visibly nervous. He had tears in his eyes. Drake took his hand and told him he was right there and wasn't going anywhere. Drake said he would get his exam first. They were side by side and held hands during their exams. The entire time Drake saying kind and encouraging words to Hunter. He told him he was okay, he was not going anywhere, he was doing a good job, and how proud he was of him. I had tears in my eyes and couldn't even focus on what the Dr. was saying while I watched this precious moment. 

Over the past year Hunter has randomly complained that his back hurts. I brought it up to Dr. Amy and she decided to put a referral in for a bone doctor at Texas Children's Hospital to be sure it is nothing major. I had a voicemail from the hospital to schedule an appointment when I got in the car. It was that fast! 

Luke had his check up next and the twins told him he would be fine! He did great, but we decided to do his shots at 18 months. He seems to have caught the stomach virus going around and has a runny nose. You either get shots at 15 months or 18 months, so we will just delay them. Developmentally he needed 5 words which he does. His vocabulary has exploded in the past month. 

When the two nurses came in to give Drake and Hunter each one shot the boys were not happy. They got their shots at exactly the same time and the nurses were amazing! They took the boys to get Spider-man stickers and walked them through the middle of the office. My boys experience was amazing!! They cried for not even 10 seconds and were ready for the stickers. 

It was now pouring outside when it was time to leave. One of the women in the office grabbed her umbrella and said she would walk down and stand with the boys while I brought the car around. 

I have always loved my pediatrician. I get in anytime I need to, I have spoken to the nurse at least one hundred times over the past three years. Today made me love them even more! I feel so truly blessed that we have such amazing people to take care of our boys health!

Luke at 15 months...

23 lbs 12 oz       63rd percentile 
31 inches           37th percentile
18.75 in head circumference 71st percentile 

Drake at 3 years old...

30 lbs 14 oz.   35th percentile 
36.5 inches    18th percentile

Hunter at 3 years old...

29 lbs            16th percentile
36.5 inches.   18th percentile 

The twins are projected to be 5 foot 8 inches, just like their daddy! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Luke 15 months

Drake and Hunter had a blog every month the first two years of their lives. I am struggling to write as often with 3 kids 3 and under! Luke is incredibly active and into everything at all times! So, I am trying to get better, but it is pretty busy around here!

Luke started saying more words at 14 months old. His vocabulary includes...

Daddy (Favorite Word!)
CiCi for Aunt Lacey
Momma (said least often)
Buzz (buzz lightyear)
Cheese (when taking pictures)
No and shakes head
Ya and shakes head

He gives high five, plays peek a boo, pat a cake, knows his nose and mouth, Bellybutton, waves, gives kisses, gives hugs, and pats your back while he hugs. 

He is very happy and rarely cries. He more screams when he is mad about something.

He can crawl up the boys bunk beds, but hasn't managed to get on the top bunk yet.

He loves to watch tv! Movies, cartoons, anything! His attention span is unreal! He will watch nearly an entire Disney movie!

This child can eat. And eat. And eat some more! He loves to eat! We haven't found any food he dislikes.

He adores his brothers. The love between them is undeniable. He wrestles, screams at them, laughs with or at them, and loves to play with them. They are great playing with him!

If anyone lays down on their belly you can bet Luke is going to come sit on your back and try to ride!

He loves to play hide and seek under blankets! We say "Where's Luke?" 

He loves Sheriff Callie and Frozen. 

Luke is into EVERYTHING!!! Nothing like Drake and Hunter at this age! He takes the trash out of the trash can, throws any and all laundry in his site, grabs trash as you sweep, takes DVDs out of entertainment center, grabs things off tables and throws it. He is going non-stop! Picks up toys and throws them over his shoulder! A one man tornado!

He loves his bath and easily goes to sleep! He still takes an afternoon nap that is typically 2-3 hours. He sleeps 12-13 hours a night with bedtime at 7. I still turn on the white noise machine to keep the twins from waking him. 

He has turned into my blanky baby! He loves his blanket I had made with his custom Dr. Seuss crib bedding. The first thing he does in the mornings is throw it out of his crib. This makes him able to carry it around the house!

Luke has a raspy voice. He is finally jabbering and really has a ton to say! I could listen to him jabber all day long! His smile is contagious! He is very ticklish and giggles often. He has quite a Buddha belly! 

He wears 12 and 18 months clothes!

We just moved up to size 5 pampers!

He is wearing size 5 shoes, and truly may need a 6. He has big feet!

We stopped Breastfeeding completely at 13 months. I went to nurse him and he turned his head. We were able to do it gradually so I had absolutely no issues drying up after a year of nursing!! We made my goal of a year and I am so glad we didn't have a hard time weaning! He transitioned to milk perfectly!

Luke does not like to be held often. He is constantly on the go!! He climbs on the coffee table, the train table, etc. He is active that is for sure! He is finally in the stage that he walks up and puts his arms up to be held! He has never done that in the past! I love love love it! 

When he pouts it is his entire face! It is heartbreaking when he does it.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Drake and Hunter's Toy Story 3rd Birthday Party

Drake and Hunter found a new fascination with Toy Story since Christmas. So, I decided this would be the perfect theme. Hunter is more fascinated with Woody and being a Cowboy, and Drake prefers Buzz Lightyear. 

Their birthday kind of snuck up on me after Luke's first birthday celebration. I was late getting out invitations, which upset me. I hate being late about anything. I ordered most of the stuff from Birthday Express and Amazon. I picked up some last minute things from Party City. 

The birthday turned out perfect! The cakes and cupcakes were absolutely adorable. They tasted amazing which makes them even better! Their shirts were super cute! The Toy Story theme and so many things to go with it. It was easy to decorate and get gift ideas for people.