Sunday, May 24, 2015

4 months young

As everyone always says...time is flying. But so much fun! This past month so much has happened! She enjoyed her first pool experience: 

She is a chunky monkey! We go to the doctor Tuesday for her well visit, but if I had to guess she is well over 14 lbs. She is in Size two diapers.

On May 1, rolled over from belly to back on a raised pillow. She is SUPER close to rolling from back to belly but just cant figure out her arm in the way. 

On April 26th. she had her first longest stretch of sleep ever: 730pm-645am

She first laughed in Birmingham with my dad on April 4 and her first cold was April 27 along with her sister. 

She grabbed first toy on May 4 and begin putting it into her mouth on May 18th. She is drooling like crazy and sucking on her hands constantly. I think she will get her first teeth super early like her sister did at 5 months. 

On May 5 she found thumb more consistently and rolled over on flat surface. 

She most recently has started to showing interest in holding on to the bottle. I haven't quite let go yet, but she usually has at least one hand clutched to it while she drinks that nighttime bottle of pumped milk. 

She is now starting to realize that I will ALWAYS come get her after she wakes up so she is waking up more happy and not crying lately. The best BEST part of the day is going in to get her and greeted with the BIGGEST smile ever. I noted in the last blog post how smiley she is and happy. She is quite possibly the easiest baby ever and is so go-with-the-flow. 

Maggie laughed with a voice may 9 as her daddy played with her. Melt my heart. 

Her first time in the church nursery was on Mother's Day May 10. They said she slept the entire time 
in her car seat and didn't make a peep. That's my girl. Mae's first time in the church nursery was Mother's Day too. I cried the entire time. But this time I held it together!

This past month we have had that evil 45 minute intruder after she takes a nap, where she wakes up fussy but eventually would go back to sleep most of the time. She also had a growth spurt last week waking up at 430ish starving. Thank the LORD that is over. 

Maggie LOVES watching her crazy sister and smiles at her all the time. Mae is so sweet to her and talks to her in a baby voice that is to die for. 

We love our Maggie girl! (even though you might think we dont after shots on Tuesday! eek!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

in other news...

this happened. 

5 inches gone! I feel like a new woman!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our Maggie Mae

Mae vs. Maggie: 

I have been slowly recording differences in my phone of how opposite Mae and Maggie have been in comparison to each other. I never ever want to compare them against each other and will always treat them each as their own person. However, I love seeing their unique personalities already drastically different from each other and wanted to document!

Here they are in the same outfit at approximately the same age. My sweet friend, Amy, gave us this outfit and we get to use it twice!

As you can tell in the picture, the first immediate thing to notice is how serious Mae was and how happy and outgoing Maggie is. I think Mae was always happy as well, but it took a song and dance to get her to smile. You just glance at Maggie and her face lights up with the biggest smile I have ever seen. 

Mae has a darker, olive complexion and so far Maggie's is pretty fair with light pink cheeks. 

Mae was born with a ton of dark hair and never lost any of it. Maggie had dark hair when she was born too, but it is slowly falling out and a really light color is coming in. Sometimes I think blonde like my side of the family had, but sometimes I see a little strawberry blonde, like I had as well. 

Mae started sucking her 2 fingers early on and Maggie is a thumb sucker. She sucks her right thumb only and sucks on her entire left hand at times. She hasn't quite figured out there is a thumb over there, too. 

Maggie spits up ALL the time, A LOT. Mae maybe spit up twice in her whole life. We did not use one burp cloth with her. Now, we use them ALL! 

A difference in birth stories is Mae was induced and we had a set date for her to come. She came a day late. With Maggie she came on her own and was a week early. 

In the hospital, one of the hardest times of me being a parent, was having Mae whisked away for some oxygen issues and being in the NICU for 24 hours. Once we got her back they would let her sleep at night in the nursery and they would take her away to bathe her and do certain newborn screening tests. With Maggie, she came and never left our side. They did all of her tests in the room with us, bathed her, and they didn't allow her to go in the nursery at night. 

Nursing did not go as well as I would have liked for Mae. I wasnt very informed on how to keep my milk production up, so I slowly lost my milk supple by 5 months. With Maggie, it is going great and I Plan to do it much longer than with Mae. It is so much easier this go-round. 

Mae has always been the best sleeper and Maggie is too. For that I am beyond thankful. When Mae goes down she does not fight it, goes easily, enjoys her bed and sleeps great. She is a light sleeper. Maggie fusses as she goes to sleep. Not for long, but just her way of drifting off. She is a much heavier sleeper! (I think it is because she is used to her loud sister from the beginning!)

So far those are the major difference I have seen in our girls. I love putting Maggie in Mae's clothes when she was a baby and thinking back of the sweet times of her in them, and now enjoying times with Maggie in them. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would have two girls, but I would not have it any other way. One true thing that both girls have in common is how much we adore and love them each! We are more than B.L.E.S.S.E.D!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

'Berry Pick'n

We spent the day with 6 other mommies and 11 kids, we tasted LOTS of strawberries and managed to pick a few! What a fun day!

We went along with the fruit theme and wore watermelons and cherries!

Have a BERRY good rest of the week!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Can't forget...

Mae is at such a fun age right now and makes us full on belly laugh every day. I wanted to record some things that I never ever want to forget...more for me than you I am sure, but just bare with me!

Mae loves sunglasses and hates the sun in her eyes. My sweet friend Jess and her mom, Mrs. Konie sent us these for the girls...we love them!

She knows her ABC's, colors, animals, and can now communicate what she wants to us. She has a fantastic memory. Her facial expressions kill me! And she is obsessed with shoes...putting them on, taking them off, and choosing her own to put on each day! 

Her happy place...outside. She loves to be outside any time she can. 

I love playing dress up with her. She is really getting good at smiling for the camera and being my little model. She has more clothes and fashion sense then I do!

Her favorite part of the day is saying "Up, here!" and getting the counter to help me cook. 

She has the sweetest spirit and loves to please her mommy and daddy. She LOVES to be tickled, loves her some Mickey Mouse (only show she will sit and watch) and just recently found a love for "Let it Go" (Frozen movie) since our recent trip to Birmingham. 

She is obsessed with being a big sister and loves her sister something special. It is the sweetest relationship. I am so glad she has the sister I never have had. She talks to her in her mama voice and it melts me. 

She loves to play dress up and have a 'ponty-tail', She has memorized the entire "Brown Bear Brown Bear, what do you see?" book and loves to read it to us. 

She loves any and all kinds of art and crafts. She can count to 14 and has decided she doesn't love Eli, our dog, anymore. 

This past weekend we got her her first baseballs and bat. She loves to watch any sports with her daddy, especially golf. She has her own miniature golf ball and her and daddy play golf, lots!

Every day when she wakes up from the night or her nap, she knocks on the wall to let me know she is up. Hysterical. She can NOT stand to have her teeth brushed and has been fighting it for the longest. 

Bubbles are her favorite past time. Bubble bath, bubble machine, blowing bubbles. She loves her scooter, baby doll strollers(all 3 of them), and going on walks where SHE gets to walk. 

She has a new hate for riding in the stroller, especially the one her mama just spent way too much money on for her and her sister to ride together. She loves to feed the ducks and go to our neighborhood playground.

Her belly gets SO big after she eats...on the note, she is a pretty good eater considering she is a two year old. She eats pretty healthy when mommy is around. She loves music, dancing, and singing. She really enjoys school, her friends at school, and her teacher. 

We can NOT get enough of her and I am sure she tires of all of our kisses. We give her millions a day. Our heart could explode for her and her sister. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

3 down...

Yesterday was Maggie's 3 month mini birthday. We are loving every day with our sweet new addition and she could not have fit into our little family any more perfectly. People immediately say she looks like her sister, but honestly they do not favor as of now. They each have their own look.

No doctors appt. this month, which means NO shots! Whew! If I had to guess she is 12.5 lbs. or closer to 13. 

She is still exclusively nursing. It is going great and very convenient easy for me this go round. She nurses 4 times a day and gets a night time pumped bottle still from daddy. Usually around 6 ounces. She can burp like a grown man. Daddy is proud. 

As mentioned before, she is continuing to sleep through the night, plus NO swaddle and NO paci! It is been life changing for us all! So proud of her! 

She is still a major spit-upper, unlike her sister. She spits up atleast 2 times after each feeding. We try to keep her as still as we can, but it is hard when big sister is around!

She is napping wonderful, as she always has. She goes down awake, fusses for less than a minute usually or none at all and is out! 

She has found her thumb, and it is the cutest thing I have ever seen, might I add. I am so thankful that helps her self soothe, and I know one day we will have to break her of it, but if she is like her sister, it won't be too hard. 

She loves being outside. Whether in the driveway in her bouncy seat, going on walks, or just sitting on the front porch. Vitamin D does a sister good. Her mama, too. 

This week was the first time for me to hit the gym again. Maggie went in the nursery both times and they said she was an absolute angel. I put her in there asleep in her car-seat, but of course when I would pick her up she was in someones arms giving some snuggles out. I don't blame them. She is super good at snuggling. 

She loves riding in the car, but hear me now, if you dare stop at a stop sign or red light, she acts like a limb is falling off. As soon as the car starts going again, she is good to go. 

She loves to laugh, coo, and smile at us. She is easy to please and a go-with-the-flow baby. Praise the Lord! She has the sweetest, softest little voice and loves to hear herself talk. We have some great conversations. 

She loves the bouncy seat and her play mat. Sadly, she gets placed there a few times a day so I can tend to her sister. I am really trying to have some one on one time with each girl, so thankfully they have both learned to have some alone time while I am with the other. 

On that note, while Mae is at school, I steal extra snuggles. I am a schedule-nazi normally, but I use those school days for me to 'screw the schedule' and snuggle my girl! We have lunch dates with daddy and make sure she feels like she is the only child for a few hours! She loves it deep down, I know I do. 

Maggie's besties right now are baby Aly Wilken (5 weeks apart) 
and baby Luke Gentile (1 week apart). 

When the TV is on (not very often when daddy isnt home, but when he is, it stays on pretty regularly...insert sad face) we catch Maggie gazed at the lights and sounds coming from that big rectangle. I think she is going to like Mickey like her sister. 

Her cry is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. It is not loud, it is sweet and soft and innocent. It melts me. I have only seen real tears a handful of times. 

These adorable glasses, my bestie from high school and her sweet mama sent these for the girls. Maggie did not BUDGE with them on and loved not having the sun in her eyes. Hilarious. 

We love you sweet Maggie girl! We can not imagine our family without you in it and you definitely complete our little family. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This girl...

slept through the night this week from 7:30-6:00!!!! So proud of our girl! She has been sleeping 8 hours since she was 4 weeks old but pushed through this week! We started sleep training on Tuesday and by Thursday night she was good to go! Rolls and all!

Speaking of sleep, Mae is doing fabulous in her new big girl bed and tells everyone about it and new Minnie Sheets!