Saturday, February 13, 2016

happy valentines day!

We celebrated Love Day a day early this year because we are leaving on a little getaway tomorrow (just Steve & I & one cute third wheel of a baby!)  This is my favorite holiday so I tend to go a little all out.  (Pretty sure I baked more heart goodies and did more crafts with the girls than I did at Christmas time!)  

Steve has gotten the girls really into Star Wars this year so they had Star Wars themed Valentine's Day goodies this morning.  I have to say - never thought I'd be shopping in the boy toy section in Target!  I love those girls & their excitement for all sorts of different things. The other day, the girls were playing with their light sabers while in Disney princess dresses.  They requested me to be Darth Vader - which I must say is a welcome change since I usually have to be the wicked witch when playing pretend with them.

This morning we headed to get donuts in our jammies (which the girls thought was just the greatest & most hilarious thing ever) It was beautiful weather so we played with their new chalk in the front yard & blew bubbles.  We made a huge sugar cookie for Steve (my friend gave me the YUMMIEST recipe - thanks Heather!) & we ended the night with heart shaped pizza (straight from Papa Murphys).  

I took these photos for my Valentine's Day Mini Sessions promo I did a few weeks ago & they are probably some of my favorite images of the girls ever.  So much LOVE for these girls of mine!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ella's three month studio photos.

One of the main reasons I wanted to open a photography business a few years ago was so I can take pictures of my kids whenever I want. I'm lucky enough to have my studio inside my own home, so I literally have no excuses to not photograph my girls often.  The big girls have to be bribed, but this sweet baby... she could do this all day. ;)

These were taken when Ella was three months and I realized I didn't post them on here.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ella Rose - Four Months!

Today is Ella's four month birthday.  The only thing that softens that blow a bit is the fact that 4-5 months is my favorite age ever.  It's such a squishy, smiley, cuddly age -- and they don't crawl yet!  I'm just eating it all up.  

Those teeny tiny thigh rolls are the reason for my existence I swear.  Gah!

This month was a lot like last month.  No new crazy milestones over here.  We're on the same routine of eating, awake an hour, and then nap.  She now wants to nurse to go down for naps - so she eats a LOT during the day.  Thankfully she's a quick little eater - never more than ten minutes and she's out for the count.  

Speaking of sleep, she no longer sleeps through the night.  Since I got the stomach flu last month, from that day forward she gets up once a night. I think my milk supply might have gotten lower - but it might have just been coincidence.  Luckily she just has a quick snack and then she goes right back to sleep.  I still really can't complain too much in the sleep department.  The baby LOVES her sleep.

She weighs a hair over 12 lbs.  (10th percentile) I've never had a baby this tiny. (Kate was 14 lbs at this age!) Whenever a stranger asks how old she is, they always say, "What! I thought she was two months!"  She's a petite little thing - which is hilarious because she eats like a piggy. :)
I finally dug out her 3-6 month clothes but she doesn't wear any of them yet.  0-3 for life, baby!  She's also in size 1 diapers now.

She loves "standing up" while holding our hands and will just smile and squeal away the whole time. 

She's starting to actually play with her bouncer/play mat toys.  

Her personality is still so happy & chill.  But wouldn't you be if you had four naps a day and were completely obsessed over in between them?  This baby is constantly mauled by her adoring sisters (and her mama, too!)  Every time she wakes up from a nap it's like Christmas morning over here.  Needless to say - we are head over heels for this girl! She's starting to really recognize all of us and gets so happy whenever she sees us.  

Well, we do have SOME complaints. We STILL haven't gotten a good belly laugh out of her yet.  She's more of a giggler/squealer.  Maybe this month!  Baby belly laughs are like music to my ears.
Also, she doesn't love her car seat still.  
She can get fussy if her routine is thrown off (like at church on Sundays).  We try to stick to her routine so everyone is happy!

I left her for a whole hour last week finally.  Aubrey had a Kindergarten information meeting & I really wanted to have all my attention on it & not be distracted so I left her with my mom.  Apparently she woke up from her nap STARVING so I texted my mom to try giving her some formula.  Ha!  That was a big joke.  Ella likes her meals locally grown and straight from the source.  

She is starting to lose chunks of hair when I wash it.  She still has a pretty impressive bald spot in the back -- but still has plenty of chocolatey locks leftover. I wonder if her hair will stay dark brown or lighten up like both her sisters did.  

It's amazing how although this is our third go around with babies, I really do forget how sweet and fun each baby stage is.  Ella is just about as sweet as they come & I feel beyond blessed to be her mom.  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

life update!

Part of me hates that this blog has just become a dumping ground for milestone, birthday, & holidays posts.  My goal is try to stop on by more often on here & just give life updates and include pictures.  No staged pretty pictures, no rhyme or reason, just the latest happenings of what's been going on in our family.  Life goes by too fast and I want to remember it!  So I'll apologize in advance (if anyone even still reads this thing besides a handful of family members) for the blurry, bad lighting phone pictures, & jumbled words.

My Aubrey girl!  Not sure why her and her dad look so serious  - they are about to partake in the most delicious dessert in the world. ;)  Aubrey turns five in a little over a month.  I have a "Kindergarten Information Night" to attend next week & enrollment for school is the day after.  I know it's been said over and over, but the baby/toddler/little kid years really do fly by so. dang. fast.  I'm a little sad about her starting school this year, but I'm also excited for this next stage of mommy hood.  Packing lunches, helping with school projects, and volunteering in classrooms sounds right up my alley and I'm looking forward to it.  Part of me feels guilty sometimes that she didn't go to preschool, but then when I see how bright she is and how much she has learned just at home with me, I know she will be just fine.  I truly feel like I have gotten to experience her first five years right by her side, and that makes me feel really thankful. I haven't missed a thing & I just love the little person she is becoming!!

Steve has always been so excited for Aubrey to be old enough to be on his basketball league.  Her first game was a total doozy, she got hurt and cried on my lap for the majority of the game.  Last night was her second game, which went a little better, but after half a quarter of playing she said she needed to "rest" which turned into the rest of the game.  She's a sensitive little thing & I'm not so sure this sport is for her quite yet, but we'll keep trying!  She sure looks cute and tiny in that huge uniform.  (Steve's number was also 30 in high school. Proud dad!)

Aubrey is a daddy's girl through and through, but she loves to do all the girly stuff with me, which you know I eat right up.  She loves to paint nails, have "spa dates", & go shopping. I know we have lots of little dates in our future & I look forward to them all!  Having a daughter is the best.  (Not that I can compare it to anything else! Ha!)

This sweet little babe, I tell you what.  We are enjoying her so much.  If I could guarantee all future babies would be as amazing and dreamy as her, I swear I would have ten kids. (I love in the above left photo how she is puffing her chest out and "flexing"!)  Now, here's a bunch of pictures on my phone of Ella that I want to keep but didn't quite make the Instagram cut. 

 Already in the Bumbo stage!

We ended up getting the stomach flu a while back (Just Steve, me, & Kate) and my milk supply has gone down a lot. Ella nurses WAYYY more often now.  I have yet to try the Fenugreek/Mother's milk tea tricks to boost supply.  Anything else I should know about? The stomach flu always takes a huge toll on my body because I'm already underweight.  Adding a nursing baby on top of it has really had me feeling like Skeletor! Give me all the cheeseburgers!

 I know every mom thinks their baby is a special snowflake & the cutest in the world...but it feels pretty good to be right about it.  Ha!  I'm just kidding.  But seriously.  

Sometimes I'll save the girls' screen time when I know Ella is going down for a nap, just so I can hold her the whole time.  It's one of my favorite things to do with my babies. 

How did we not have one of these contraptions with our other babies?  She loves the thing.

Ella and I had a little hair appointment date the other day. (my hair takes three hours!) 

Since having number three the girls have really had to rely on each other for entertainment, and I love finding them after feedings/putting Ella down for naps giggling & playing together.  Their new thing is Aubrey "reading" to Kate and playing teacher.  

These girls (especially Kate) live for play doh!  They will spend a good hour creating all sorts of masterpieces.  The stuff takes forever to clean up and gets all over the place, but it's so worth it for that hour of peace. ;)

My handsome date a few weeks ago.  Yes, that's Ella's car seat in the stroller next to him.  Yes, we still have yet to leave the baby.  But if you met her you wouldn't blame me!  I miss the kid even when she's napping a room away. 

This picture was just from today.  I've never had kids that just nap around the house wherever they fall asleep.  Its very rare that they nap at all, but when it's up against their big sister during Pocahontas?  It's just too cute to not take a picture.  Love that she's in her Snow White play dress.  She is ALWAYS in dress up clothes.  

I started back up my photography business this month & I've been enjoying getting back to it!  I'm only doing one session a week this year, which is just the perfect amount to give me a little something to look forward to during the week.  It's been fun using my new studio with actual clients and not just poor Ella who has quite a bit of photoshoots in there with mom. :)

Phew, that was an earful!  Life gets so busy so I'm hoping to check in here a little more often to update.  It's been rainy & pretty uneventful around here, but I'm finding the days where we are home all day with nowhere to be are always my favorite.  
Til next time!!