Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Everett | Four Months

Age: 4 months [and 3 days]!

Weight: I waited for his 4 month well visit before posting so I would have an official weight (even though I didn't think his 2 month weight was so official).  The doctors office says he is coming in at a whopping 17lbs 4oz.  The home scale says: this is most likely true.

Likes: big sissy, ceiling fans, being swaddled for bedtime, chewing on his hand

Dislikes: cooperating for Daddy, being put down, teething toys, Hank barking

Milestones & Big Moments: The little stinker celebrated his first Halloweenie :)

...and somehow this is the best picture we got #secondkidproblems
Looking forward to: Everett's first Thanksgiving :)  We clearly have a lot to be thankful for this year!

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His little personality is starting to shine through.  He is, generally, a happy baby, but still quite serious. He loves being held.  He goes to sleep much easier for me than for B and he is a total mama's boy (cute now, probably not so cute in his later years).  We have started cereal and he eats from a spoon like a champ for Ms. Cheryl.  We will be starting other solids probably in the next couple weeks (although, he'll definitely get a taste or two of mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!). 

He is a big boy and very sturdy :)  He is very strong and his legs are so dang strong.  He sits up well and has really developed a love of his froggy chair and his bouncer so he can sit up and look around.  I have a feeling he will be an un-supported sitter soon. He has great head control and I generally carry him on my hip since he sits well.  I also have this sneaking suspicion that he will be an early walker given how strong he can kick. Who knows - I could be wrong but that's my current mama's intuition.     

Everett finally rolled over. I say finally because somehow the little miss accomplished this before 3 months. I know, I know, "comparison is the thief of joy" and they are different kids and different genders and they will reach milestones at different times. Yea, yea, I know.  Even with that knowledge, I can't help but compare them. It's so fun. I love looking back on Natalie's milestones and talking to her about them. She is Everett's biggest cheerleader when doing things and I love being able to include her in that extra way.  It clearly makes her feel so special that we remember when and how she did things as a baby.

I love Nat and Rhett together. They love each other so fiercely and Nat makes him smile like no one else can.  He looks for her as soon as he hears her voice and he is constantly fixated on her.  It's the sweetest.  I have a feeling they are going to cause some serious trouble together in the coming years so I'll cherish this time that he is still not mobile :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Natalie's 4th Birthday Party

I seriously cannot believe my sweet girl is four. I feel like the last four years have gone by in the blink of an eye. It's crazy how quickly time moves, even more so now with Everett.  Before I get all in my feels (again), I am excited to share a little bit about Nat's birthday party!

Natalie was consistent with her request for a unicorn party and what Mama's girl wants, Mama's girl gets. Actually, that's not true at all. What Mama's girl wants is taken under advisement and is given to her at Mama and Dad's discretion... I digress.  The little girl wanted a unicorn party and I was happy to deliver.

Birthday Girl's shirt is from Purple Possum

I was super thrilled with how the invitations to the party came out :)  While Etsy had a lot of really cute options, I was really pleased with the unicorn options available through Zazzle!  I loved it even more than Purple Possum had a matching shirt to the invites!

Something that I guess I didn't take into consideration when thinking about Natalie's birthday party is the fact that we have Everett. Getting a birthday party ready with a 3.5 month old around is a whole new challenge. While B and Nat went to get the balloons filled, I played a game of what will keep the baby the happiest the longest.  Spoiler alert: nothing. Apparently, nothing will keep him happy for very long at all.  Everett rotated between the baby carrier, the wrap, the bouncey chair, the rock n play and his crib.  He didn't last more than say 15 minutes in any one place. Woof.

Meanwhile, B sent me my favorite picture from party day. Nat's face says it all :)

All Natalie wanted was a pinata, pin the horn on the unicorn and to play outside with her friends.  Easy peasy.  However, she was so busy playing with her friends that we totally did not get around to the pin the horn on the unicorn game. [If any mamas out there need one, please let me know!]

I really love how the simple decorations (literally just a bunch of balloons and some well placed streamers) went a long way and Natalie was so happy with how it looked.  When she got home from picking up the foil balloons - she was in complete awe. She kept looking at the streamers and cupcakes and saying "Mama, is this ALL for me?!"  Melt, my heart.  Good gracious, I hope that sweet girl is always be so dang easy to please.

Unicorn cupcake toppers from Kb Paper Co.

Happy Birthday banner from ShopPaperDash
All in all, I think our big girl had a pretty good birthday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Natalie | Age Four

Something I love about this blog is being able to look back on events and remember the little details or funny things Natalie has said and done (and soon things Everett will say and do!). Last year I started doing a birthday interview so that I would have a time capsule of sorts to remember Natalie at each age. I could not wait to do one this year to hear the things this kid comes up with :)

How old are you? FOUR!

What is your favorite food? Donuts

What is your favorite toy? My Poppy toy [which she has not actually played with in months]

What is your favorite book? The book Everett gives me, the finding book [the Princess eye spy book]

What is your favorite movie? Moana, Moana, make way, make way

What is your favorite tv show? Super Why

Who is your best friend? Mama. [besides Mama] Ms. Kim!

Who is your best friend at Ms Cheryl's? Savannah  

What do you like to do for fun? Have birthday celebrates

What is your favorite game? Hide and seek. And tackle with my Daddy!

What is your favorite color? Pink!

What is your favorite song? My Little Pony and Trolls [the soundtrack from the Trolls movie and My Little Pony: songs from Ponyville]

What do you love to wear? My birthday girl shirt.

What makes you happy? Having sleepovers with my mama.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Fairy!

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Oh my sweet, Natalie Grace.  You have more self-confidence in your pinky than most people have in their entire body.  I hope you keep that, always. You are more sure of your wardrobe choices, no matter how ridiculous, at four than I am at thirty-one. Don't ever change. You are kind and compassionate and you love your brother so fiercely.  I hope you always care for him and look out for him the way you do now. You are so driven and motivated to learn. I hope you are always so eager for knowledge. You always work so hard to be better and do better in swim class. I hope you continue to always strive to be the best while remembering that not everything is a competition. You make Daddy and me so proud. We love you to the moon and back, big girl. Happy 4th Birthday.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

I have said it before and I will say it again, Halloween becomes the best holiday once you have kids. There is so much fun and magic in the day and thanks to Natalie (and now Everett too) I couldn't love it more.  My teammate, Jessica, is super into Halloween and when an office-wide email came out about dressing up, she jumped on this and next thing I know we've all agreed to be llamas.  I have never enjoyed dressing up. It makes me incredibly uncomfortable but I was not about to be the Debbie Downer on the team so my Halloween fun started much earlier in the day than I had expected.

the #SGFdreamteam
I snuck out of work 30 minutes early to avoid traffic heading home and I am so glad I did.  Michelle and Tim head to my house at my normal quitting time (4pm) and it took them 1.5 hours to get to the house when it only took me about 40 minutes to get home. I was happy to get home early so I could get some things straightened up around the house and get dinner started early.  The fact that Halloween fell on Taco Tuesday was an added bonus. I like to make little stuffed pepper jack-o-lanterns for dinner anyways BUT this year taco-lanterns happened and I felt like the most clever person on the planet. Nat and Tim aren't fans of stuffed peppers, but they love tacos so it ended up being alright and the kids actually ate dinner despite being unable to sit still.  

We attempted to get pictures of the kids before we went out but this was an epic fail. 

Nat wore her whole costume to Ms. Cheryl's but ditched the skirt at night

Poor Everett was the sweet little lion that I have ever seen :)

My favorite picture from last night. #hotmessexpress

Nat was so proud of her little lion brother
This year, we had planned for the guys to take the kiddos around so Michelle and I could drink wine hand out candy, but I got a text from Nat's little bestie's mom about possibly meeting up and decided it might be best if Michelle and I handled that.  It was chilly but not too bad so we bundled Everett up and he got to come with us.  He made it about a block before he was pass out patty. 

Love that I got to end my night with this little smiley guy :)

All in all, I think the kiddos had a pretty good Halloween :)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mama and Nat mini session

Over the last few months, I have been trying to come up with something special that I can do for Nat and me. Something super girly and super fun and just us girls since she has been totally killing this big sister thing.  Since I don't have a ton of pictures of me and Nat, I decided maybe a photo shoot with my girly girl would be a fun idea, so I called up our family friend and long-time family photographer, Monique, of M&M Photography to see if we could set up a session.  Then I took to Etsy to find us matching outfits - more specifically matching tulle skirts. [Bonus: her tutu will double as her birthday tutu which is perfect!]

We started our day with some repeat lab work for Ms. Natalie and then picked up Starbucks for our drive to the lake.  I had planned to send Everett to daycare and keep it just us girls, but Natalie wanted her brother to come. Talk about melting my mama heart.  As always, Natalie turned on the sass and we got some really fun pictures.

Brace yourself for an overshare of pictures and pink... #sorrynotsorry

Mo even got some pictures of my favorite sibling duo :)

Oh and this one of me and my littlest love :)

Have I ever told you how much I love working with Monique? She really is the best.  I know I have said this a million times before but seriously, if you live in the MD/DC area and you're looking for a really sweet and friendly, professional and talented photographer, you'd be silly not to call Monique!