Friday, November 6, 2015

Ella Rose - Month One

 Dear Ella,

Somehow it's been one whole month since you came into our family.  This past month has been incredible, soul-stretching, humbling & life changing.  You have been the most amazing little baby & it seems way too good to be true that we get to keep you forever.  

Even though it's only been two weeks since I've written about you, you have already changed so much!  You are alert so much more during the day.  You prefer napping on me or in your wrap.  You love to nurse and will sometimes stop & smile while eating.  It melts my heart each & every time.  You get up a couple times a night, and are sometimes hard to get back to sleep.  You will stare into Daddy's eyes the longest.  You smile for him the most, too.  You love your baths and take them often because your hair gets greasy from me petting your fluffy haired head all the time.  I can't really help it.  You've started making these tiny cooing noises that are painfully cute.  Basically, we think everything you do is ridiculously adorable.  

While I'm certainly no pro (nor will I ever be no matter how many babies I have), things are so much more calm and relaxed with you than they were with your sisters.  I don't worry if you're eating enough.  I don't stress out & get (too)  frustrated when you're crying and I can't get you to stop.  I don't frantically google things like "when will my baby poop?!" We know all too well that all these hard little stages eventually come to an end - & then we will miss them!

The only thing I really worry about with you is that time will go too quickly & you will grow up before my heart can take it.  Sometimes I wish my desire for these moments with you to last longer was stronger than the hands of time.

While we are in this heavenly (yet exhausting) newborn stage that I love so much & will be sad to see go, there truly is nothing more that I want than for you to keep growing strong & healthy.  I can't wait to get to know you and see what you will be like.  Will you be sensitive & sweet like Aubrey?  Or feisty & hilarious like Kate?  I already love whatever you turn out to be.  

  (Finally got a tiny smile on camera)

Happy one month baby girl.  We are enjoying every second of your sweet presence. 

pumpkin patch.

When Ella was two weeks old we finally decided to brave the outside world and go to the pumpkin patch as a family.  The first outing with a new baby is always daunting, but everything went just fine and the girls had a ton of fun. (Minus leaving with a huge wet spot on my shirt after a feeding …oops.  Thank goodness for plaid!)  I didn't get a ton of pictures (no time for such things with three kids!) but got a few for the memory book.  

My tall little girls!

The train ride was the big girl's highlight.

Angel baby.  

Heck yes we are all matching ;)  Love these girls more than words.

And our first of many pictures as a family of five!

Monday, November 2, 2015

sugar cookie day.

A few days before Halloween, the girls & I made Halloween sugar cookies & decorated them during one of Ella's naps.  Can I just say that making sugar cookies from scratch is the messiest possible activity you can do with two little girls?!  The mess was worth it and they had a blast - but me oh my.  I'm still cleaning up flour!

Kate's method of decorating: 1) Frost cookie.  2) Lick off frosting. 3) Repeat. 4) Add a pound of sprinkles.  

Those cute bums in sweatpants… I just love it.

our halloween.

Halloween came so fast to me this year, too fast!  I love Fall & this holiday so much and I usually have more plans to do fun things with the girls, but with a newborn in the house this year I didn't get to as much as I would have liked.  Regardless, the girls had a blast with the few festive activities we did get to do, and they even got to go trick or treating at three different events.  Needless to say we have a LOT of candy in the house.  (Why do little kids always choose the Dum Dum suckers though?  So lame!) 

I knew I wasn't going to have time or feel like going all out with costumes & doing a family theme, so I handed the girls the Chasing Fireflies catalog (my favorite place to get costumes!) & they got to pick what they wanted to be.  Aubrey was immediately drawn to her pirate costume because it's HOT pink, her favorite color.  Kate went back and forth between a unicorn & Alice in Wonderland.  Seconds after purchasing the Alice costume, she sobbed hat she wanted to be a unicorn.  Two year olds!  Thankfully she forgot all about it & when it came in the mail she was excited about it again.  I think they looked pretty darn cute.  Nothing beats the cuteness of kids in costumes to me!

There is a serious shortage in costumes for newborns out in the world.  I thought it would be cute to have Ella be Cinderella, since it's sorta kinda her namesake, so I found this little Cinderella onesie on Ebay.  At the last minute I got the idea of having Steve be Prince Charming & the rest is history… he was totally up for it and as proud as ever toting his baby princess around.  He'll be the only man in her life for a looooong looooong time.  

Just Ella being the cutest thing ever.  Swoon!

Me and my super original costume.  

This baby is never left alone.  She is so loved by her sisters (especially Kate who is OBSESSED with her) & is constantly entertained.  

My three Halloween kitties in their jammies.  I just love pictures with all THREE of my baby girls in them!  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ella's Newborn Pictures

I've been excited to take my OWN baby's newborn pictures since the day I decided to open a photography business.  Because I'm an idiot and wanted to make sure she was nice and sleepy for them, I took them at five days old/postpartum.  I was dying of pain the entire time but it was all worth it!  Even at only 2.5 weeks old she has already changed so much so I'm glad I have these.  Now how will I ever decide on which ones to print?!