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Blakely's Five Month Update



FIVE Months baby girl! You are an absolute joy in our life and though I wish you were little forever I am having the best time of my life watching you grow. You are so laid back and absolutely LOVE watching your brother. I can tell it is going to be your life goal to keep you with him and all of his shenanigans. 

You are such a big girl now. You are sitting up with some help and are rolling all over the room. I can't take my eyes off of you for more than a few seconds before you are on the other side of your tummy time blanket. You are cooing and oohing when other people talk to you and your big belly laughs are our absolute favorite.

You tried your first few bites of baby food this month. You initially pushed it out with your tongue. I figured you weren't quite ready and got up to put it back in the refrigerator. Girlfriend would NOT have it. You lost your mind when you saw me walk away with it. I sat back down and you finish the entire jar. Food is life. 


Five Month Stats:

Weight: 16 lbs 3 oz
Length: **Need to find the milestone sheet! 

Favorites:
Anything for teething
We are STILL waiting on these teeth to come in from all the drooling that you are doing.
Baby food: Pears and squash are crowd pleasers
Sitting up
"Talking"
When we help you stand
Car rides
The Beach

Dislikes
Applesauce
The first five minutes of nap time...serious FOMO issues.
Drooling



We can't believe you have been with us for almost half a year. You are the most precious little girl and we love you to the moon and back! 

4th of July and 4 months for Blakely


Red, white and blue and everything cute! Blakely turned four months on July 6th! I feel like she is officially out of the infant/new born stage. It has such a different experience from one kid to the  next, but I am quickly learning parenting is all about being "on your toes".



4 Month Updates

Weight: Around 12 lbs
Length: Not sure. We didn't have a wellness visit this month.

Likes:
rolling over (like a pro) tummy to back
**We are still working on back to belly
NAPS
Mealtime
Being held and walked around
Her dumbo rattle
Bath time
Watching Mama get ready in the morning

Dislikes
Being left alone... anywhere
Loud noises
Any type of dirty type





We spent the Fourth of the July hanging in our neighborhood. We participated in the neighborhood parade, did side walk chalk and had a good run through the water hose. (Totally 90s summer holiday!) We bought a huge blow up water slide/pool combo and the kids have LOVED it! 


Summer is quickly wrapping up and though we are excited for the cooler weather we are going to miss all things water, sun and fun! 




Brady's 3rd Birthday


Happy 3rd birthday to our big boy! This year has been a really big growing season for Brady. He has weathered a big move and reno, transitioned to a full sized bed (from a crib), ditched his paci, welcomed a new sibling, is 96.5% potty trained, and has full conversations with just about everyone. 

When I take a step back and look at this really huge picture that is his world I quickly realize his handful of tantrums each week are somewhat warranted. Brady is loud and wild and fast, but he also has a tender heart for his baby sister and ALL animals. We have loved watching him grow this year and are so amazed by how smart he has become. 

Here are the year 3 stats:

Weight: 27 lbs, 12% percentile
Height: 36 inches exactly

Mama's Fav: His long eye lashes and dark brown eyes
Daddy's Fav: Brady's silly personality



Likes:
All things truck, especially monster trucks
Swimming
Animals
Puzzles
Hide and go seek
Monkey and Lamby

Dislikes:
Naps
Loud noises
Storms
Tomatoes


Happy 3rd Birthday bubba. The best is yet to come!




3 Months of Baby Blake


Still can't believe my little girl is THREE MONTHS old. Two is a definite game changer. If I thought Brady's first year went by fast then Blakely's first year is racing at lightening speed. This has definitely been my favorite month so far. She has quite the personality coming out. Some of our favorite milestones have been:

Sleeping a solid 10-12 hours at night
(**People keep asking how we did this so early, but I think we are all just TIRED people in this house.) 
Smiling & Laughing
I can literally look at her and she will start laughing and cooing back! 
Sitting in her bumbo for small periods of time
Blake can find her own paci and attempts to stick it in her mouth
We are starting to cut 1-2 teeth in the front. LOTS AND LOTS of drool


LIKES
Bath Time
BIG BIG Hair Bows
(**Okay.... that is mama speaking.)
Kisses
Being able to sit up
Looking in the mirror
Car rides
The Swimming Pool

Dislikes
Being awake between the hours of 5 pm and 7 pm
***We are true to the bewitching hours
Startling noises
Being left in one spot too long


                  

We have been ultra busy this month and with Big Brother's birthday just around the corner we have lots of updates to share soon. It is going to be an exciting summer and we can't wait to share




Blakely's Newborns


Be still my heart. Blakely has made us a family of four for three months now. And even though I am three months behind on posting these I am kinda glad I waited. It has been so fun going back through and seeing how much she has truly changed in just a few short weeks.  There are about 500 more of these to go through, but I picked a few of my absolute favorites to share. Thank you sweet girl for choosing us as your family! 



















As always THANK YOU to our dear friend Kristin at Kristin Dustman Photography! 


2 Months of BAE

I won't even say how fast this month has gone. Because woah, when did I go from pregnant to a mom of two? That kinda just happened. Blakely has been the absolute best this month. She just had her big two month check-up and even our doctor couldn't get over how much she had grown. Blake has hit some of my favorite milestones like smiling and reacting to our eye contact. She has even started "talking back" as we interact with her. 

                 

2 Month Stats:
Weight: 11 lbs 9 oz.
Height: 22 inches

She went from the 15% to the 50% in just 4 weeks! I know that might not seem like that big of a deal, but when you spent 12 months in physical therapy and monthly visits to a neurologist because your first child fell off the chart at 3 months, this is HUGE. Like literally huge! Hearing our doctor rave over how healthy she was made me tear up as I left the office. Okay... ok so maybe I am still a little postpartum hormonal, but whatevs.


Likes
Skin to skin
Bathtime
Light-up seahorse 
Paci
Lots of milk 
Cuddling
Watching activity around her

Dislikes
Being alone other than to sleep
Being in one place too long






                                      

I can already tell Blakely is going to have quite the personality as she matures. She already has so  many traits that remind me of myself. She loves interacting with others and is constantly alert and aware of what's happening around her. I can't wait to watch this little social butterfly bloom! 




We love you baby bae!

Easter and Spring Break 2017

                  

Let's be real for a minute. Spring break, single, in your early twenties is a whole different ball game when you are on spring break, married with two kids, in your late twenties. There are still lots of belly laughs, tears, and throw up, but it's a different kinda fun. Brady is in this super great phase where he is experiencing new things all the time. It is so fun to watch him live and learn. Each year the beach becomes easier and easier for him. Last year I remember a lot of crying due to sand in the eyes or mouth... or butt! This year he and Addy plopped right down and played for a solid 3 hours. It was HEAVEN. 


Miss. Girlfriend did great to! She is still in her sleepy phase and was super chill the entire time. She would wake up to nurse and then go right back to sleep under the umbrella. Naps are no better taken that on the beach. Charleston isn't really home anymore now that we have been in Charlotte for almost SIX years. But I think it makes it that much more enjoyable when I go back. I see new things and recreate some of my favorite moments with my own babies.






The rest of our spring break was spent at the pool of the super cute plantation b&b we stayed at, compliments of my awesome sister. There were lots of fruity drinks and Mexican food.  Saturday we headed home just in time to throw the kids easter baskets together. Ugh. I see all of these super cute Pinterest baskets and all I can think of is "more junk to fill our house with." So this year we went extremely minimalistic and did bubbles and eggs. I also threw in a few easter themed books and stuffed animals we had lying around the house. 


This kid thought it was Christmas morning. It made me realize it wasn't so much about the "stuff" he was getting, but rather the anticipation of something new to find. That being said... HECK YES... I will be reusing Easter, Valentine's Day, and 4th of July treats from here on out. Ain't no shame on this mama's conscience.



After an amazing church service we headed to a church picnic. Later we had our Easter dinner at Brian's parents. It was such a fun week and boy was I thrown to the wolves the next day when Brian returned to work after SIX weeks home. We are making due though and two weeks into the domesticated mom world we have found our footing. We can't wait to plan our next adventure with some big trips coming up this summer!