Friday, July 22, 2016

5 Months

Five months old.  We're just cruising right along, the months just flying by.  I know the last half of the year will fly by and you'll be a year old before we know it.  I remember feeling the same guilt around this time with Barrett, that I didn't hold you enough and I regretted that I blinked and you are no longer a newborn.  This time around I've had the added guilt of trying to split my time between you and your brother.  I've said all along that splitting my time is the hardest thing about having two kids (well, that and getting everyone in and out of the car.)  Luckily you just go with the flow and don't seem to mind.  You get lots of cuddles too.  I've started letting myself just relax when we get home from work and I just hold you.  You usually take a nap but sometimes you don't.  I love that time of day.  You are the sweetest baby.  I know I say that every month but you really are.  You love your brother so much, you smile and laugh at him and your dad all the time.  You are definitely a Mama's girl and I'm perfectly okay with that!
  • You weighed 14.8llbs on the shipping scale at work.  You've haven't grown much this month and now I'm worried that all the clothes I've bought for Fall and Winter are going to be to big.
  • You are 26" long counting your hair.  This is not entirely accurate but it was the best I could get. 
  • You're still wearing size 6 months sleepers and 6 month dressy outfits.  We still wear the occasional 3-6 outfit (usually two pieces) and even a few 9m.
  • Size 3 diapers and you go through 5-6 per day. 
  • You sleep 12 hours at night in your crib!  It is amazing.  I was looking at Barrett's baby book and I don't think he did this until 7 or 8 months.  You are a champion sleeper.
  • You usually take a 1.5 hour nap in the morning and again in the afternoon and then another little cap nap before dinner. You usually just put yourself to sleep where ever you are.
  • You've been a little fussier at night when I try to put you down but most of the time we are able to just lay you in your crib and you go to sleep.
  • In the morning when you wake up you make the sweetest sounds and you're always so happy to see me.
  • You are still only taking breast milk.
  • We'll start food next month probably unless we think you're ready sooner.  Right now you don't seem interested.
  • You nurse every 4 hours for 15-20 minutes.  You take 5-6 ounces when you take a bottle.
  • You're rolling back to front.  You started that the day after you turned four months.
  • You like sitting up in your bumbo seat. 
  • You still very much suck your thumb and like your bunny.
  • You are squealing and talking more and more.  You love interacting with us.
  • Your smile is the best.  You will smile with your whole body sometimes.
  • You also are starting to really belly laugh. You've only done it a few times but it is the best.
  • We celebrated your first 4th of July and you loved the fireworks. 
  • Your hair is still dark and as you can see wild. 
  • Your eyes are still blue.
You have been such a joy to all of us.  Its so hard not to smile when you're around.  I find myself wanting to freeze time and daydreaming about the future all at the same time. You are just so sweet and happy.  We love you so much!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Life Lately

We've been relaxing and trying to stay cool around here lately.  It's usually this point in the summer that I start to be over it.  Everyone is kind of gearing up for back to school and it's so stinking hot.
I haven't been great at taking pictures lately, I haven't even gotten my big camera out of the bag in months.  I feel a little guilty that AveryAnn will pretty much only have cell phone pictures of her first few months. 
I have been able to catch some really sweet moments like this one though.  Barrett almost always gets in the floor and lays with AveryAnn while she's on a pallet. She adores him and I think the feeling is mutal.
He doesn't take naps often.  The timing just doesn't work most days.  I'm hoping this gets better when he goes to school in the fall.  Every now and then he'll fall asleep on the couch and this day was one of those times.  He didn't even finish his snack.
He has been so trying lately.  So all I really wanted was to go to WalMart alone but he cried so hard wanting to go with me, I had to let him tag along.  Then I feel bad because I know all he really wants is one on one time but it's so hard.  Then I feel bad because I feel like I blinked and AveryAnn is almost 5 months old and I feel like I'm missing her being a baby.
She's not a fan of tummy time. 
She is a fan of sucking her thumb.  Which I think is adorable (for now)
I finally got around to making her hospital door hanger into a bow holder.  Now we need more bows.
Cuddling again.
I can't get enough of those rolls.  She is just the happiest, smily-est, easiest baby.
This was after church yesterday.  She looked so sweet in this dress.  I was holding her and I couldn't help but think that she looked just like the daughter I always imagined myself having.  It was a little surreal.  She doesn't wear a ton of dresses because I just love bubbles so much so it was sweet to see her in this beautiful dress.  I tried to get a few pictures of her with my real camera but I wasn't successful.  So a phone picture will have to do.
That's just a little of what's been going on around here. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Independence Day

I love the fourth of July.  I love Summer time holidays. I love grilled burgers, watermelon and American flags.  I love spending the day by the water and watching the fireworks light up the night sky.  I love it all!
We snuck out of the office a little early Friday afternoon and went to the zoo.  We saw the monkeys and elephants before we called it a hot day and headed home.  Barrett wouldn't let AveryAnn ride in the stroller and she was too hot in the carrier so we threw in the towel and headed home.  (Thankful for a zoo membership so we can go, spend and hour and not feel guilty.  It's already paid for itself several times over and we're only half way through the year.)
I bought a used bumbo for AveryAnn and she's a fan for short periods of time. 
Saturday brought another coordinating outfit before heading to the Moore's house for a day by the pool!  We're going to be so sad when they move and don't have a pool anymore.  But we're excited they're moving closer to us!
Jeremy made the boys so me frozen strawberry lemonade, they pretty much thought it was the coolest thing ever.
This girl will sleep anywhere.  She was so good all day long.  She's just the best baby ever.
Sunday we put on another matching red, white and blue outfit and headed to the lake for the day.  Barrett  had a blast swimming and throwing rocks.  It was a fun day.  We headed back home in time to go to the fireworks at the high school.  This is the first year they've done this and it was so much fun!

This is a terrible picture but you get the idea!

This girl loved the fireworks, Barrett did not.

He was all smiles until they started.

His first shoulder ride.  We were walking by their high school and it made me all emotional.  I know the years will fly by and it'll be no time until we're making that same trek on Friday nights for football games!

We had no plans for Monday and it worked out perfectly.  We were able to get some things done and take naps and just relax.  The boys went to Patrick's parents house for the afternoon to visit.  AveryAnn and I stayed home and did laundry.

I had to get a picture of my little firecracker on her first fourth of July.  We love a good long weekend but Tuesday, man Tuesday was a doozie.  I've never been happier to see Patrick walk in the door from work. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

3 Year Check up

Last Monday we had Barrett's 3 year check up.  Only 6 months late.  Barrett's half birthday was this past Saturday so I thought I would go ahead and get his 3 year update posted, you know, only six months after his third birthday.  I'm thinking his half birthday is going to become his birthday for celebration purposes over the next year. 
This has been a big year.  We've had so much fun.  Your vocabulary has quadrupled.  You know your numbers, colors and animals.  We're still working on letter recognition but I'm sure you'll have it in no time. 
At the doctor you weighed 36lbs and were 36.5" tall.  You're finally potty training.  It hasn't been as bad as I anticipated.  You've had very few accidents but I'm so proud of you.  I'm adding a few pictures of the year.  Some days I'm sad you're growing so fast but it's fun watching you learn new things.  Plus you're still so cuddly and I love that you'll crawl up in my lap and watch a movie with me.
You started sleeping in a big boy bed about a month before you turned 3.  You've done so good so far.  You still need one of us to lay with you to fall asleep but we're slowly working on this.

You got a goldfish as a favor at a birthday party.  (well you actually got 3 but we're down to 1).  You were so excited!

Daddy leased some land to hunt this year and you love going to the property with him.

We went to Alabama's homecoming game and had the best time.  I loved getting to do that with you.  Hopefully it'll be something we get to do every year!

Your first trip to the emergency room.  You busted your chin and we were afraid it needed to be stitched up but it didn't.

Your last night as a two year old.

Your birthday playdate with Jackson and Santa.

You became a big brother!  You were unsure of the arrangement at first but you have warmed up and it is so special watching you love your sister.  I hope yall are always best friends.

Oh these boots.  You're love for these boots has rivaled the love for your bear.  You wore them everyday for about 8 months.  You still wear them occasionally but it's really hot these days so you've moved on to your sandals.

You're a little dramatic and still throw fits.  It's usually because you don't get enough sleep or you're hungry but it still happens.

We got a kitten.  You sit and play with Meow every afternoon.  It's really sweet.

Oh the bunny mask!

You love popsicles and having fun!

I took this picture for AveryAnn's 4 month update post.  You almost always want to get in on her monthly pictures. You're so sweet.  You are so proud of her. Anytime we're out you make sure everyone sees her and they don't miss her.  One of my favorite times this happened was at church.  I went up for communion, you were walking up for a blessing and I had AveryAnn in my arms, Deacon Tim gave you a blessing and as soon as you said Amen you pointed to my arms and said "don't forget sister". My eyes filled with tears, it was the sweetest moment.  Even Deacon Tim was taken back by how sweet it was.  I hope you always look out for her in this scary world. 
I'm so proud of you!  We are looking forward to seeing you continue grow and learn even though it's sometimes bittersweet! We love you so much!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Four Months

Baby girl, today you're four months old!  You are the easiest, happiest baby in the world.  I'm sure of it.  I might be a bit biased but you are a really easy, happy baby.  You are almost always smiling or "talking". If you're not smiling you're sleeping.  You put yourself to sleep almost anywhere.  You fuss a minute but then you're snoozing. We are all just head over heels for you!
  • You weighed 14lbs 8 oz at the doctor this week. (65th percentile) I think your weight gain has slowed down some.
  • You were 24.5 inches long (25th percentile)
  • Your head circumference was 16.5 inches.
  • You're wearing 3-6, 6 and some 9 month clothes.
  • Size 3 diaper
  • You eat every 4 hours for 15-20 minutes.  You've put yourself on a pretty good schedule.  You usually eat around 7:30, 11:30, 3:30 and 6:30.
  • You take around 5oz in a bottle when you take one.
  • You're sleeping 12 hours at night.  We usually put you in your bed around 7:00 and you go right to sleep. 
  • You started sleeping in your crib this month.  You've done great. 
  • Your hair is still dark and wild. It will lay down after your bath but I wouldn't call it flat.
  • Your eyes are still blue.  I think they're going to change but I really hope not.
  • You're getting better at tummy time.  You would much rather be on your back.
  • You're not rolling yet but you're so close to rolling back to tummy.
  • You still love your bunny and you've added your elephant to the mix too. 
  • You like to sit up more than lay down these days.  I think you'll be sitting on your own soon.  I think that was my favorite stage with Barrett.
  • You suck your thumb to go to sleep.  It so sweet.
  • You found your feet this month and you're always reaching for them.
  • You went on your first vacation this month.  We went to the beach and stayed with Tony & Carla.  You did so great traveling and on the beach.  We can't wait to take you and your brother on the big vacation we've got planned for the fall.
We're all pretty crazy about you baby!  You are the perfect addition to our family!  The time is just flying by.  I love seeing you grow and grow.  I love dressing you up every day.  You're like my real, live baby doll.  You are just a joy to be around each day.  You do so great at work.  You play and nap and pretty much entertain yourself.  I'm sad sometimes that your newborn days are long gone but then your smile or try to sit up and I'm quickly reminded that there is still so much fun to be had together. 
Love you baby girl!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

First Beach Trip

The weekend before Father's Day, Patrick and I loaded up the car and headed to crash with some of our best friends.  Tony and Carla moved to Pensacola last Fall and we've been trying to nail down a weekend to go see them ever since and it finally worked out! They kept saying they were so excited for us to come but I was a little nervous to take both kids and take over their home for 3 days.  I don't know why I was worried, it couldn't have gone any better!  They were awesome and couldn't have been more gracious hosts.  We so enjoyed our time with them and we were so sad when it was time to leave! (Hopefully they felt the same way)
(all these photos are from my phone because I didn't need one more thing to carry to the beach.  I'm kicking myself for not at least getting some good ones of the kids on my good camera but oh well, next time)
Patrick doesn't have any vacation time so we loaded up and headed out as soon as he got off work Friday afternoon.  Some of us were very happy, one toddler wasn't so sure about the situation.
We arrived around 11:45.  Our kids couldn't have traveled any better.  They both slept the first half and we stopped to eat around 9:00.  I changed AveryAnn and she slept the rest of the trip.  Barrett was awake for the rest of the trip but he played his iPad and was so good.  We were so excited to finally get there and we stayed up way to late talking and catching up. 
We slept in Saturday, Carla made a big breakfast and we took our time getting ready to head to the beach.
We got there right after lunch and it was beautiful.  Barrett was pretty excited.  He'd been asking everyday if we were going to the beach and we were finally there.  It took him a little while to warm up.  He loved the water but only if you were right there with him. 
This princess is just the best baby.  I fed her right before we went to the beach and she just passed out as soon as we got her little tent set up.  She slept until it was time to eat again and then she went back to sleep.  She fussed a little while I was out in the water with Barrett but I came back up and she went back to sleep in my arms.
Beach naps are the best.
We left the beach and headed back to the house to clean up.  Tony grilled shrimp and we had the best time sitting around talking and laughing. 
The late night finally caught up with this little fellow.  We called it an early night and all headed to bed.
It just so happened that John and Hope ended up being about 4 miles from us so Sunday we loaded up and headed to their condo to sit on the beach with them.  When we planned our tip we had no idea they were going to be there.  I was so excited to get the girls together on their first beach trip.
Barrett was warming up to the water.  I think if we'd stayed another day he we wouldn't have been able to keep him out.
Sunday was overcast and there was a fantastic breeze blowing.  It was perfect!
Oreos on the beach.  I think the snacks might have been his favorite part.
I mean does it get any cuter!  I'm head over heels in love with this smocked swimsuit and monogrammed bonnet. My little southern belle.
Barrett was monitoring the girls.  They were holding hands and it was so sweet.
I wanted to get a great family picture on the beach of us all clean and dressed cute but when it came down to it I didn't want to leave the beach to get cleaned up so this one will have to do.

Loved getting to love on my sweet niece.  Carla took this one and Hope took one just like it on me with AveryAnn, I need to add it too.

Seriously can't get enough!

The boys.  Patrick always puts his sunglasses on his hat when he's not wearing them so Barrett does the same and it's so cute!
I told them I wouldn't post this on social media, we were looking like beach bums but I love it so much I had to add it here.  We had the best time!  It was so good for my soul to get to catch up and spend so much time with them!  We can't wait to do it again!