Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby A {1 Month}

...and just like that, our littlest sweet baby is 1 month old.

Actually, she's 1.5 months old at this point, but let's just pretend I was on time with this blog post ;)

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Baby A {1 Month}

1 month old baby photo ideas; monthly baby photos

Baby Girl had a jam-packed, very exciting first month of life! She met lots of family and had a wonderful time getting comfy in her new life with Mommy, Daddy, and big sis!

{Stats}
Weight: At 2 weeks old, she was 7 lbs, 3oz, which she surpassed her birth weight of 6 lbs, 8 oz, by a few :) I can already tell she is not going to be in the 5th-20th percentile like E always was. Or at least I don't think so!
Height: 21" (19.5" at birth)

We did not have a checkup at 1 month so we're going off the 2 week stats :)

She still has blue eyes and dimples -- and is simply beautiful!



{Eating & Sleeping}

Baby A took to nursing a bit better than E did in the beginning and she's doing great with it. It took E a few months before we had our latch just right, but Baby A knew what she was doing from the moment she was born and was ready to eat right away! Now, she eats about 7-8 times a day.

And her sleeping is nothing to complain about. She wakes up once or twice per night to eat. In the first 2 or so weeks, it was a struggle just to wake her up to eat! She'll eat around 10-11pm, and then wake up around 4am to eat. Sometimes there is a waking in between, but that's hit or miss. Of course, I hope this pattern continues...cause it is wonderful for all of us.

Baby A at just 4 days new! She's already lost some of this hair.


We've been working on a schedule that works best for all of us, and so far both of our girls are doing great! We eat dinner around 6:30, I give both girls a bath around 7 and then we all put E to bed at 7:30. Some nights Daddy is home to help and of course the nights he's working, I am on my own! But we manage ;)

This is usually how it goes! I lay on the other side of Baby A to nurse her while reading a book to E, and shortly after, peace and quiettt! Note the 'usually.' As in, it doesn't ALWAYS go this smooth!


{What We've Done & Where We've Been}

In just her second week of life, Baby A took a day trip to St. Augustine to explore, and even an overnight trip at a beautiful resort on the beach in Palm Coast.



We've taken lots of walks around the neighborhood and trips to local restaurants and stores. Baby girl LOVES being in our Solly Wrap (which I highly recommend and will discuss in a future post!


We've had lazy days and cuddle days, play dates with friends, and football days to root on our Noles!



She went to her first pumpkin patch, and celebrated her first Halloween as the sweetest little Minnie Mouse!




Yes, it's been a jam-packed first month!!

{Misc.}

E took to being a big sister wonderfully. She learned to say her name right away, and loves singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' to Baby A. She is so in love with her and helps me a ton. Between getting diapers, wipes, throwing things away for me, singing to her sister, patting her nicely and telling her 'it's okay! it's okay!' (even if it is in the loudest voice possible!) and always letting me know when she is 'CRYING!' as if I can't hear it myself ;) She is sure to let every single person we meet or comes over know that she has a new baby sister, and won't stop until they acknowledge that. Ha, she is an amazing big sister. They are very lucky to have each other.





The first month with my little punkin' has truly been a blessing and I'm soaking up every moment now, while looking towards the future at everything I am excited about for our little family of four.

Being a mom just keeps getting better.



Happy 1 Month, Sweet Baby A!

3 weeks old

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our little Disney crew!

disney family costumes; mickey mouse clubhouse costumes; family costume ideas

Last year on E's first Halloween, we dressed up as Peter Pan, Hook & Tinkerbell,
and now on baby A's first Halloween, we're keeping a Disney family thing goin' --
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters ;)


Hope everyone has had a wonderful, safe, and chocolate filled day!

Happy Halloween to this little first timer Minnie Mouse :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Traditions

Isn't it funny how our lives change so frequently in a world that is constantly moving forward at the speed of freakin' lightning, yet so many of us still strive to maintain old traditions and favorite past times by pushing them onto our own children and continuing them in our grown-up life? While I love me some technology and am guilty of the fast-paced lifestyle at times, I REALLY, really love me some good ol' Fall traditions -- pumpkin picking, carving pumpkins, dressing up, fall festivals, trick or treating, and for the past couple years - Sloppy Joes and fall brews on Halloween evening. Yes, our lives change year to year, but keeping some activities and traditions constant throughout the years are what really stand out and make up the memories from our own childhood and will hopefully set the tone for our childrens' memories.






We love this time of year dearly.

The Florida fall weather may not be the ideal fall weather with gorgeous colored leaves and cold crisp winds blowing, but our fall evenings sure are beautiful nonetheless and we appreciate all the 70 degree, windows open kind of nights we get!







It warms my heart just thinking of past memories as well as the future memories we will hopefully create by bringing our children to pick out their favorite pumpkins to carve whatever their heart desires into. These days, we can still sway E's little mind, but soon it may be all about princessy girly pumpkins galore! And that's perfectly fine! As long as we're making those memories for them to look back on, that makes me happy.




She really loves to "wook! wook! wook at all the punkins!"





One day (and it better be a looong time from now!), these girlies won't think it's so cool to head out to the pumpkin patch together, watch 'Hocus Pocus' and 'It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown' multiple times per week, and eat awesome fall meals together all the time. One day, they will be too cool for that (and will eventually come back to think it's fun again once their out of their 'cool' phase), so for now, it's pumpkin activity overload for us! They still think we're cool, fun, and awesome parents, ya know :)







As always, though, the best traditions are those we don't have to try too hard for. The ones that are just fun naturally, without pushing anything. Right now, for this little girl, picking the perfect pumpkin was BEYOND fun, and much too hard to pick just one!

Heavvvy!




Tonight we are off to the Spooktacular Halloween event at the zoo as a little Disney clan. Luckily, we still have a few years of that before it becomes embarrassing :) Last year, we were Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and this year we are characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. And to E, that makes us heroes in her book!

Continuing fall traditions, while incorporating fun new ones as we pick up activities our children love, will make up the memories that 20 years from now we will look back on and smile about. And if those traditions simply mean spending time as a little family without all the extras, I'm perfectly content with that too!

Memories and traditions are more about the people you spend them with than anything else, so spending time as a family, even while J works a crazy, crazy schedule, is what we will always strive for.



Oh how I love these people whom I am so lucky to be making memories with!



Happy Fall, Happy Tradition Making, Happy Pumpkin Picking - from our crew to yours!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing...

We are so thrilled to announce the birth of our second beautiful baby girl!

Our sweet baby was born on September 26, 2014 at 7:21am,
and for the past 3 weeks we have been loving and cuddling
all 6 pounds, 8 ounces of our newborn beauty!



We're enjoying life as a family of four and soaking up every moment of these wonderful newborn days.


Our girl at just 24 hours young :) --


The delivery went well and you can look for a birth story to follow in the near future :) For now, let's just enjoy fewer words and more photos of this sweet, calm and very sleepy baby girl!






















Baby girl has all of us wrapped around her finger -- including her big sister who is doing a wonderful job in her new role!



We are BEYOND thankful, of course, that the delivery went well and our beautiful girl is here safe in our arms!
Time to go cuddle with that little squishy babe now! ;)


Thursday, September 25, 2014

the one who made me a momma

Perhaps it's because I am reaching the end of my pregnancy - well let's be honest, that is the reason - I am feeling particular sappy these days!



The past few nap times and bed times, I've caught myself laying longer and longer in her bed with my sweet girl - the one who made me a momma for the very first time. I've caught myself just staring at her and thinking of how much she's grown already and how blessed our lives have been since she made us a family. And I've caught myself truly trying to soak up each and every quiet moment I have to just enjoy E & Mommy time with no distractions. I feel lucky to have the moments I do with her.





Very soon, we will have moments where we lay together as an even bigger family! E on one side of me and a teeny tiny beautiful girl in my other arm. I picture those moments and smile. I smile because I know another baby will make my heart even more happy, full, and so very thankful. I'll be filled with a love I couldn't even imagine at one point in time. And seeing E as a big sister will make my momma heart melt. How has 22 months passed since I gave birth to this beauty?!





It's the times when she's sleeping peacefully in her big girl bed and I'm laying beside her listening to the beach waves white noise, when I start to reminisce on the time she was born. I think of how my whole world changed in an instant and the love between Daddy and I grew even stronger. We'd watch our brand new newborn in disbelief that she was OURS and that we created that little beauty. We couldn't believe we were parents, and thanked our lucky stars that she was brought to us.





22 months later, we still cannot get over her and all her beauty - inside and out. The personality on this one can't even be described. She is freakin' hilarious, and I promise it's not just our mommy and daddy goggles on haha ;) She amazes us everyday and cracks us up multiple times each day. 22 months of pure, pure joy so far!





Daddy has his special bond with her that mommy can't replace, and the same goes for E & momma (I mean, she just loves me so much, what can I say?!)





While our moments as a family of three are coming to a close, the amazing chapter of 'family of four' is about to bombard us with more love, excitement, and insanely proud mommy and daddy moments of our babies. We know we'll gawk over the squirmy faces and sweet expressions our newborn makes and stare in disbelief that we created another little girl, and we know we'll grow even more proud of E while watching her love on her little sister.



In the excitement leading up to welcoming E's little sister, we've been soaking up the sun, fun, and start to the beautiful Fall weather that has just begun to grace us.





We've been preparing E for the arrival of her sister and she can't wait to meet her 'baby'. Soon all the belly kisses will be real baby kisses and we can't wait to see her eyes light up when she meets her.





I am so lucky for the special moments I have with her every day and cannot wait to share those moments with our newborn. I've been dreaming of the cuddles and love with her brand new little life for some time now and while I will miss her squirms in my belly, I'm so thrilled to have her squirm in my arms. Momma's heart is feeling full, happy, and sappy right now -- E has truly shown me how amazing being a Mommy is and it's the most wonderful feeling in the world to wake up to this face!



I love you, my little cupcake! Time to show all you have at being a big sister! But let's be honest, you'll always be my baby! You're the one who made me a momma, after all :)