Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Everett | Ten Months

Age: T.E.N. Months. Double digits.

Weight: (unofficially) 24.4 pounds. He is wearing 18M clothes and size 4 diapers.

Likes: bath time, eating, the play kitchen, the dogs water bowl, removing outlet covers and the kitchen floor vent cover, annoying Sissy, playing with Sissy, really anything involving Sissy.

Dislikes: diaper changes, being hungry, sleeping through the night, long car rides

Milestones & Big Moments: He is thisclose to walking, and I feel like I was just having concerns that he wasn't crawling yet. Whomp whomp.  He has mastered cruising around by holding onto furniture and things.  He will walk anywhere when holding onto my hands. He loves pushing around the activity table and occasionally gets brave enough to push the shopping cart and the little lion walker. And y'all, I am 100% not prepared for it.  

He is definitely more advanced in his motor skills than his verbal as he is still a fairly quiet child. He only really says hi, dada, yay and the occasional, very rare, elusive mama. (And I know that this is actually considered quite a bit, BUT I am doing that whole compare to Sissy thing and, by comparison, the kid is basically mute.)

We have more teeth. We officially have seven teeth with #8 coming in soon.

Looking forward to: Getting our pictures back from Liz of Hough Photography :)  We had them taken on Sunday and the previews are super dreamy. Liz had a sale on mini sessions and Everett's godmother, Kerri, got him the cutest picture worthy outfit so I figured it was a good reason to get some more pictures of the kiddos. I feel like I literally cannot have enough pictures of them. Clearly there are no #secondbabyprobs when it comes to his life being well documented.

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I cannot believe this little stinker has been around for 10 months.  I also cannot believe how fast 10 months have flown by. He is really starting to get a little personality and he is 100% a mama's boy and I love it.  Natalie has always been incredibly affectionate with me but the way Everett loves is completely different. It has been one of the most interesting things to watch unfold and grow.

Party planning for Everett's first birthday is in full effect.  I am so excited for the theme we have picked and to see it all come together. I have created and ordered his invitations. I have started work on his milestone board. We have scheduled his one year pictures with Liz. It is crazy to think how quickly it will all be here!

Overall, I am just really excited for our first full summer as a family of four.  B and I have been doing 710 house projects to really make our house feel more like home and as the weather has started to get nicer, we've been working more on the outside. I am excited to basically live outside with the kids for the next 4+ months so we needed the space to be more functional and fun. I can't wait to show some before and after pictures of that project!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Everett | Nine Months

Age: 9 months, 4 days. I was waiting to post so that I would have Everett's official pediatrician weight but then our internet has been down at home since Wednesday so I had to wait even longer. Whomp whomp. 

Weight: drum roll please, Mr. Chunk-a-monk is weighing in at 22 lbs 14 oz.  He is wearing size 12M clothes and size 4 diapers. [Fun fact: he weighs 3 ounces less than Natalie did at her 9M well visit and stands 1/2 an inch shorter.]

Likes: Sissy (still his favorite person), Puffs, Bath time, taking rides in Sissy's "van", his swing from Nanny and Farge. 

Dislikes: Diaper changes, not being able to walk, being hungry

Milestones & Big Moments: We hit the 38 weeks out mark. April 15th marked Everett being earth side as long as he was inside. It's so crazy to think about.

We have a crawler! For awhile there he was the king of the army crawl but he has finally figured it out and is constantly on the move!  

Everett also took his first dip in the pool and, just like his big sissy, he is a total water baby. He loved it!

This last month also brought a visit to the Easter bunny and Everett was a champ. Not a single tear!

Looking forward to: warmer weather and playing outside more often.

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We took our second trip to NJ with two kids for Easter weekend and B and I both agreed that it would be quite some time before we would be mentally prepared to do that again.  Traveling with two kids under five is hard - road tripping more than 2-2.5 hours away with two kids under five is downright brutal and exhausting. Everett did not do well on the car ride up and I ended up having to squeeze between to the two car seats for the majority of the drive to soothe him [hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had gotten a bigger car after my accident].  Then Natalie slept the last hour plus of the drive up and did not understand it was not morning when we got there, but rather 10:30pm and still time to sleep which made for a long night. Overall, once we got to NJ, it was a nice trip filled with lots of memories :)

I know I just talked about how hard the two kiddos thing is BUT, honestly, I think we are finally hitting our stride with this haha. It's still a lot of divide and conquer, which I don't see changing, but it's getting easier.  I am sure that is in large part due to Everett getting easier. He is eating more and more table food. He is getting better at independent play. He and Natalie are interacting and playing more. It's just starting to feel so good and so. much. easier. 

I have said a thousand times since Everett was born that our family is complete now.  Honestly, I felt this way mostly because the end of my pregnancy with Everett was so scary and so hard that I really wasn't sure if I could do it again mentally, but this last weekend I had this moment where it truly felt complete. [You were waiting for a pregnancy announcement or a we're trying again hint, weren't you - not happening.] We were sitting outside on a blanket on the deck, enjoying the perfect weather, having cocktails and the kids were playing together and it just felt so right. That whole having babies chapter of my life feels so done and my little family so whole. I had been waiting for that moment.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

the three best friends

WARNING: Picture heavy post coming your way :) 

My freshman year in college I met Danielle and Dee and we were fast friends. We lived together most of college. We celebrated 21st birthdays and mourned break-ups. We were in each others weddings and the two of them were the first to know when I was pregnant with Natalie. It's safe to say these gals are my tribe.

Fast forward thirteen years and we all managed to have babies within 6 months of each other. If I didn't know better, I would think there was a pregnancy pact involved.  We got the kiddos together last August for their first play date and it was so fun to see Danielle and Dee as moms.  Obviously, they are total naturals :)

Easter weekend we were in NJ visiting B's family and we were able to get the kiddos together again and it was crazy to see how much they had all grown :)  It was also so good for my soul to see Danielle and Dee.

Danielle/JJ, Dee/Layla, Me/Everett

the boys' faces in this picture just kill me :)

I am so so lucky that Natalie and Everett get to grow up with tiny besties in NJ and I am beyond lucky to have such amazing best friends there too :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter Baskets 2018

Y'all, I don't mean to toot my own horn but ummm honk honk. I really LOVED how the kiddos Easter baskets turned out this year.  

I have always loved putting together Nat's basket but this year was even more fun.  I loved doing matching his and hers baskets. 

I found the baskets in the $ spot last year and I snagged them since we knew we were having a boy. I also snagged the eggs and fluff on post Easter Target clearance last year (something I will do again this year #sorrynotsorry).

Carter's sent me an email a few weeks back and the picture showed matching dinosaur pajamas. It sparked the idea of putting matching pjs in the kiddos baskets.  This is something I really hope I will be able to keep up!  [Read: Natalie please stop growing so fast so I can actually find matching pajamas.]  Natalie is really into reading and it is something that I hope Everett will love too. I really love the 5 minute bedtime story books so I picked up his and hers versions for the baskets. I got both of the kiddos some little toys, Everett got teethers and sensory toys while Natalie got some additions to her (already too large) My Little Pony collection. And what is an Easter basket without something to munch on?!  Poor Everett got the short end of the stick with Puffs and Teething cookies (and a chocolate bunny for mom - those cute little bunnies are just too festive not to put in there) while big sissy got a chocolate bunny, Sweedish Fish (her current favorite), Skittles, M&Ms and cotton candy. 

Honestly though, the stars of the baskets are really the Cuddle + Kind bunnies: Chloe and Benedict.  

I absolutely adore these heirloom quality dolls.  They are super soft and cuddly and 100% hand knit.  I also really love the mission behind Cuddle + Kind.  For every doll purchased, they will provide 10 meals to a variety of organizations, including Children's Hunger Fund which provides meals to children in the USA. So while the dolls are on the pricier end of things, I absolutely think they are 1000% worth every penny.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Nat's Travel Bag

We have been back from Florida for a few weeks now and I am just finally getting around to sharing this post that I started soon after our trip.  Clearly, I have been in my own little la-la-land.  I keep saying that I am going to get it together and be more than an occasional blogger but then life happens and I slack off big time.  I reeeally am going to try to be better and there is no better time to start than now!

Natalie is a total rock star when it comes to traveling and, especially, plane rides. I actually really enjoy flying with her (even if she has developed motion sickness during the end of a flight). It is just so much more fun than car rides (and not just because she typically throws up in my car). I learn so much about her. She can be flexible and patient. She is a good listener and attentive to her brother. She is a big helper and so polite to everyone. She is a dream to go through TSA check-points with and I'm not even being sarcastic. She truly navigates the airport well, almost confidently, like she has wanderlust.

To prepare for our trips, I like to put together a Natalie travel kit. I typically use a bag she already has or her old diaper bag and fill it with coloring books, crayons, snacks, movies and the portable DVD player.  However, since Nat is a big girl and has her very own ticket, and this is our first time traveling with Everett, I wanted to do something extra special for her. I knew Everett would need a little more attention (and my mama anxiety might be running a tad high) so anything I could do to make Nat feel extra special to level the playing field was ideal.  I found the ultimate princess backpack on clearance at Target for $10.99 [all the praise hands] and filled it with little fun things to help entertain her on the plane.

Much to the happiness of my unicorn obsessed 4 year old, Target $ spot before Valentine's Day was filled with unicorn gems which I scooped up for the trip.  I also found My Little Pony figures for $2.99/each at Wegmans that made a lovely addition to the bag (and she ended up playing with them A LOT while we were in Florida).  Megan, owner of Willow Crowns, posted in her instagram stories these really great headphones her daughter uses when they fly. I shot her a DM and found out she got them at Target. A quick trip to the Motherland found me Shopkins headphones on clearance for $14.99 [add in another praise hands emoji here]. I threw in some colored pencils, crayons and a couple coloring books and we were set.  I was really excited for how the bag came together!

What I did not anticipate was that the little miss would be so obsessed with a recent purchase of the My Little Pony movie soundtrack that the only thing she cared about in the bag was her headphones.

She rocked out the entire flight, down and back, and was the perfect little traveler while on the plane... even if we did experience some motion sickness at the end of both flights.