Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ellie - 7 Months

Dear Baby Girl,
It's July 18.  You are sleeping upstairs in your pack and play, surrounded by about 10 lovey blankets.  Big bro, Andrew is sleeping too, in the next room over.  It's really an epic accomplishment getting you two down for a nap at the same time!  So here I am, writing your 7 month blog post.  I have about 45 minutes before one of your sweet voices beckons me to come relieve you from your napping posts.  In that 45 minutes, I must complete this blog post, throw in a load of laundry, clean the playroom, write a few emails, call the bank, call Mimi (it's her birthday!), load the car with 3 goodwill bags, and maybe brush my hair for the first time today.  As you can see, the brushing of hair will be last priority.  So I better get to writing this blog post.  I now have 42 minutes. 
Oh, and I forgot to mention.  You're currently 8 months, almost 9 months old.  Yep.  That's just life right now.  We are a little bit behind.  I did, however, take these pictures at 7 months old.  So there's a small victory we can celebrate!
Ok....7 months. 
Let's take a look atcha.
Ellie - you are such a curious little cat.  Your eyes are constantly following whoever is in the room - and you are scooting around as fast as you can to find an object to put in your mouth. 
This month we took you to the lake for the first time!  Your Daddy couldn't wait to show you kiddos his favorite childhood place - and you ended up being a big fan of the lake too!  Well, more so the $6 inflatable baby pool we had on the edge of the lake!  Baby steps ;)
The water is your best friend, and you could sit in it and play with it all day long.  You got to go on your first boat ride!  Big brother Andrew was captain, and I've never seen him smile so big as he did behind the wheel that day :)
This month you also:
Took a road trip to Nashville!
Met Uncle David, Aunt Christina, Laila and Maddie
Met Miss Aubrey, Mr. Matt and kiddos
Celebrated birthdays of cousins and friends
Took lots of naps with Mama
Swam with Gigi
Helped Mama with laundry
And spent lots and lots of time "playing" in the playroom with big brother
The two pictures above are great examples of 2 of your new favorite hobbies:
Putting things in your mouth & reaching for any object you can!  You're kinda a pro at both already :)

Knock knock...who's there?
July 19th.
Yep. Someone's little voice beckoned me before I could finish the post!
And here I am another day later, another nap time later...and I'm typing just as furiously as my manicure-needing fingers can possibly go. 
Ok where were we...

Things you love: 
Finally drinking out of a sippy cup
"Scooting" across the floor with 2 arms! 
Your exersaucer
Aden and Anais security blankets (we have 6!)
Bananas, applesauce, and green beans
Looking at other babies and kiddos  
Things you don't love: 
Diaper rashes
Sleeping through the night
(there have been a few times, but not consistently)

16lbs 4oz 
27 inches long 
Sleep: 2 naps a day (you dropped one!); 12 hours (+ 1 feed) in the night.

Happy 7 months little love!  You are our favorite little squish!
Now it's time for this Mama to get a little workout in eat an entire bag of cookies without judgment or tiny sticky hands reaching in.... before you two littles wake up!  ;)


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Lately - Parties, Parks, and Fave Products

Summer is officially in full force, and when I say full force, I really mean full heat!  Is it sweltering where you are too?  I went outside yesterday and my sunglasses and phone completely fogged up.  Yuck!  Thankfully, we have a lake trip and a beach trip in the next couple of weeks to hopefully cool us down!

We've been staying completely busy over the last few weeks, and it's been a blast!
Dinners with friends, outdoor parties, swim lessons, vacation bible school, birthday celebrations, and much more!  Here's a little snippet of some of our summer festivities!

{rooftop pizza with some of our favorite friends!}

{the most perfect "welcome home" party for our friends who recently adopted!  this night was one for the books!}

{party prepping!}

{an outdoor lawn birthday party - how amazing is this backyard?}

{we finally visited the epic "tree top" playground at our local park - it is awesome!}

{Andrew started swim lessons - and has LOVED it!}

{I took a quick trip to Nashville - and loved every minute of it!  Especially QT with one of my besties and her fam, meeting new babies, and seeing family!}

And I have to mention my new favorite baby product that I have been using every day for the past couple of months.  This Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover has not left our side!

It's a nursing cover....

A car seat cover....

A grocery cart cover....

A high chair cover....

An all-around perfect blanket for getting every job done.  If you're expecting a baby, already have a bundle of joy, or just received a baby shower invitation, you must click out of this blog (it's OK, I understand), and click on this link to get one of these amazing (and comfortable and cute!) covers.  They have tons of prints too! You will not be disappointed.  Promise.

Hope y'all are having a great week, and gearing up for an even better weekend!

{huge thanks to Covered Goods for sending my cover to review!}
{huge HUGS and PRAYERS to everyone affected by the tragedies in our country over the last week.  I am heartbroken and I am lifting you all up.}

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Ellie - 6 Months

Dear Baby Girl, 
I don't really know how it's possible, but our love for you grows more and more every month!  Each new smile, each new coo or giggle.  A milestone reached, or a new skill achieved.  The more you interact with us, the more we fall in love with every teeny bit of you!  Your personality is shining and blossoming, and I can't wait to wake up each morning
(preferably after the sun comes up) to see what new ways you will wrap us around your tiny fingers.  You are truly a delight and joy, and have been the sweetest and most wonderful baby!  

This month, you celebrated Mother's day with me!  It was the most special day!  What an honor and privilege it is to be your mother.  I can't wait for the bond between us to grow and grow as you get older.  The relationship between your "Mimi" and I is one that I've always cherished and one that I hold so close to my heart. 
 I dream of the memories and experiences you and I will have together :)

You also visited the Zoo with friends and family, took a lot of walks in this gorgeous spring weather, were carried all over the city in the search of our new house, tried new foods (sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, and green beans), and got your first exersaucer, which you love! 

At six months, you are reaching for everything, pulling Mama's hair, putting anything and everything into your mouth, and you have begun to scoot!  You do a one-arm body drag, which is quite hilarious to watch.  You'll be crawling in no time!  

Things you love: 
"Scooting" across the floor  
Your Rock N' Play (still!)
Tummy and neck tickles, especially from Daddy
Mirrors and other babies! 
Bathtime and getting your hair washed

Things you don't love: 
The pack and play 
Sleeping through the night (you stopped this month!) 

15lbs 10oz 
26 inches long 
Sleep: 3 naps a day.  12 hours (and 1 feed) in the night. 

We love you so much sweet girl!
(And so does your big brother, who insisted on being a part of this photo shoot!) 

Happy 6 months!

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