Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oh, January

Oh, January you were a good one.

We started the year off with some pretty serious resolutions for these two girlies.

We took our first sister sink bath and it was a good time for all.


Got real excited about Bama winning a spot in the National Championship


Played dress up with this doll baby more times than I can count

Won another national championship and celebrate with friends and family.

Took many walks in our new Christmas ride.

had our first cold front and enjoyed it in all our fashionable glory.

 Celebrated five months with this chunky monkey and had our first taste of solids.


Little miss learned to sit up which took play time to a while new level.


We finished the last of our kitchen remodel projects.

potty trained, and officially marked that pooping on the potty resolution right off the list! check!

Enjoyed some park days and glorious weather.

and then dreamed of warmer days and pool swimming.

Oh January, you were a good one.  Filled with lots of fun times with these littles and this family of mine.  We are ready for you February, with all your pink and red and cheery hearts.

Monday, January 18, 2016

F I V E months of Jolie

Time is such a thief.  He we are five months with our little love nugget. 
Bringing more joy into our lives with each passing day.

No doctors appointment this month.  Her next appointment will be six months.
So measurements this month are home measurements.

Weight: 15lbs
Height: 24 inches
home measurements

Hair Color: sandy blonde
Eye Color: blue

Eating:  6 ounce bottles every three to four hours and an 8 oz before bed.  New this month is that we started solids.  Jolie has always suffered from bad constipation and the doctor recommended starting solids and walaaa whadda ya know...little bit is regular and suffering way less in that department.  We started with pears last week, and sweet potatoes this week.  She has totally loved both and took to it like a pro right away.

Sleep:  Still doing great in the crib.  Going down at 7 and waking usually once.  A couple of times sleeping 7 to 7 but mostly waking between 4 and 5 to eat and sleeping again until around 7ish.
We have been doing the crib for naps also this month and most naps last about an hour.  I remember that with Brynn I didn't get the super long several hour naps until she was able to wear herself out more crawling.  So, I guess we are on track.

Milestones: Rolling in both directions now and will actually roll and roll and roll from one side of the room to the other.

Grabbing at my face, which I just love.  The first time I was singing in the rocking chair putting her to bed when she reached up and kept petting my face. ugh, all the feels about this sweet love bug.

Coos and talking getting much louder along with deeper belly laughs.

and the big one is that little miss is sitting up.  Not totally like leave her alone and walk away but she has pretty much got it down, if she whips around too much or loses focus she will definitely topple over still, but she is definitely doing it for spans of time unassisted these days.

Firsts: mini cold.  Sissy got her second cold and it was heck keeping her and her little germy self away from you and thus you got a little runny nose but nothing major.  It did make me a little sad though, because Brynn never got sick until 27 months.

Likes: Being sang to, talked to....any and all attention, little ham.  Chewing on her wash cloth in the bath...and baths themselves also.  Loves splashing now.

watching sister and anything and everything she does.

Dislikes: getting hungry and the time between getting her diaper on and pajamas on after bath while she is waiting on that last bottle.  again...little porker ;)

Dearest Jolie,

You my dear are the light of my life.  I always knew I would love you, but oh my, I never imagined my heart was capable of this much love.

You are getting so much personality with each passing day.  Everyone who meets you or sees you always comments on just how happy you are.  Joy and happiness just radiates from you and I often find myself daydreaming of what you will be like as a little girl..your disposition, the sound of your sweet voice. At the end of each day I always find myself missing you and wishing I could go wake you up just to get some more kisses on those big sweet cheekies.

I cannot believe in one short month you will be half a year old, halfway to is that even possible.  I am definitely soaking up all your baby-ness.  Gosh, you are delicious.  In our quiet rocking time in the nursery I often find myself trying to imprint all of your tiny features in my mind.  How soft your cheeks are, your tiny little pout lips and how they separate just a tiny bit when you fall asleep, the smell of your head...the squishiness of your cheeks pressed on my shoulder, your sweet baby breath on my neck.  I know now, matter how much I study you, how many pictures or home videos I take...somehow one day you just can't remember anymore.  Oh how I wish there was some sort of magic to change that.

Miss the meantime we will just keep loving you more with each passing day my dear.
You are perfect.

Love you to the moon and back,
Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tossing the Paci

Brynn has loved her dear paci from the moment she was born.  It was love at first sight for her and this thing, from the get go in the hospital.  Although the beginning was difficult and caused quite the headache or two with her screaming for it at night when she was to young to put in back in on her own, it eventually was a saving grace.  Upset, teething, can't sleep, got a boo boo....the paci cured all. And our sweet angel slept through the night from 6 weeks on.  I don't think I could sing enough praises for this thing.  Hence, why I waited and waited to do the dreaded dead of taking it away.

The pediatrician told us as long as it was gone by two we were fine.  So two was always the deadline.  Well,l once Brynn celebrated her second birthday we moved her to her big girl bed.  Then, I read that when making that big transition you should not do anything else like taking away the paci or potty training etc.  One thing at a time.  So, we waited.   Then, I read that when a new baby is here nothing should be changed for a looong time since it is such a big transition time for siblings.  So, we prolonged some more.  Google is really good at making me lose sleep.  Brynn had quite the hard time with sharing Steve and I and emotionally it was very difficult for her to not have our full attention 247 anymore.  It took a lot of adjusting and thus.. the paci became even more soothing to her.  Once just being used at nap and bedtime, now being used 247.  The obsession was real and I had a hard time keeping it from her.

Finally one day about a month ago now I woke up and told Steve that's it this thing has got to go! I started getting worried that this obsession would just build more, so just like that we made a plan.  All day we talked about how the next day would be a special day to say goodbye to the paci.  Brynn woke up that morning very excited about her "special" day!  We got dressed up and headed to target.  We started with cake pops and proceeded to the toy section.  Brynn had had her eye on this singing Elsa doll so that was the chosen toy.  She was very excited about her and pushed her around the whole store.  When we go home she gave her paci one last kiss and just like that tossed it into the trash while saying " I will very miss him!" It was at that point I wanted to just cry all the mommy tears ever thinking I just took away the last little thing that made my baby seem like a baby.  We went inside and everything was forgotten while she played the morning away with Elsa.

Enter nap time.  If I thought at that time it was going smoothly I was wronggg.  The poor girl cried for an hour and 45 mins hysterical until she finally passed out.  Then, upon waking up was even more upset screaming that she didn't like Elsa anymore and wanted her paci.  At this point I felt awful and wanted to cry some more myself...and actually did right along side her.  My heart broke for her and thinking that she had no idea why we just took this beloved thing of hers.  Telling her it will mess up her teeth obviously means nothing to a two year old.  Bed time was hard again, but when she woke up she was proud of herself and we made a big deal again.  By the second day it was even easier....and by the third day she has never asked about it again.

I am so proud of her and just like with most things when it comes to her I worried way more about how hard it would be than what it actually turned out to be.  Now onto finishing up this potty training business. ;)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas 2015

Christmas has come and gone and somehow this post got deleted...not quite sure how that happened.  Any who..

Christmas was bittersweet this year.  It was absolutely wonderful in that is was Christmas and it was our very first one with our sweet Jolie.  Something so sweet about a baby's first Christmas.  It was sad in that a week prior Steve's mother passed away.  He spent the week before Christmas up in Ohio with family while I stayed back with two sick babes battling a nasty cold.  It was a rough week to say the least.  Steve flew back Christmas Eve evening.   We were on our way to pick him up and finish some last minute shopping when I realized we had a flat tire.   By the time my dad rescued us and we got Steve it ended up being a late night.  We did not finish up shopping until around 8.  We scooped up some drive thru burgers and had a floor picnic while we watched Mickeys Once Upon A Christmas.

It was quite the odd feeling to not be with all our family on Christmas Eve having a big dinner, but instead fast food haha.  With Steve just flying in and my brother having to work we postponed our normal Christmas Eve dinner to a Christmas day dinner.  We quickly finished up dinner and hurried through the rest of the Christmas Eve traditions.  We put out Santa's cookies, milk and carrots for the reindeer.  We all dressed up in our matching pajamas which I just looved! We read "The Night Before Christmas" and then tucked these two love bugs in bed.  While visions of sugar plums danced through their little heads, daddy and I spent the rest of the night on the floor with wine wrapping up all the gifts.

Christmas morning was magical, which it always is when kids are involved.  Gosh, I wish I could have bottled up Brynn's excitement forever. She is just too precious for words and I wish I could replay her pure joy that morning over and over.  She opened all her gifts and then helped sister open hers.

After presents we lit the candles on Jesus' birthday cake and sang him Happy Birthday.  I can tell you this little girl was just fine having birthday cake for breakfast ;)
Afterwards we headed over to Uncle Troys for Christmas morning breakfast.  It was his first time hosting with his girlfriend Steph and it got an A+.  

The rest of the day was filled with toy playing and naps all around.

That evening we headed over to my moms for dinner and presents.  The girls got a new sweet ride from their grandparents and even Lilly got in on the action.

Brynn's highlight of the night was this Cinderella dress which she insisted on wearing right that instant for the rest of the night.  She loved helping each person open all of their gifts.  One thing that I absolutely love about this girl is how much she enjoys everyone else and their excitement and special time just as much as her own.  & poor little Jolie passed out right at 7 on the dot and slept through the whole night.  Girl knows her bedtime.

It was a great Christmas.  We certainly missed our family in Alabama.  It was our first Christmas without them and it wasn't quite the same.  We all felt like a part of us was missing, not to mention having an 84 degree Christmas isn't exactly festive feeling.  Hopefully next year we can all be together again.  

It was a wonderful first Christmas as a family of four.