Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dedication

May 31 we had such a special day. We dedicated our sweet Margaret Ryan, back to the Lord. The service was super sweet and we were so thankful for close friends and family to be there.

I went with a lavender theme from the invitations down to the decor. Maggie wore the same outfit her sister did at her own dedication.




After the service we had everyone to our house to celebrate. I served baked ziti, salad, garlic bread, and a beautiful cake made by Suarez in Myers Park. 











The day could not have gone any better and we are so thankful God gifted us this sweet baby girl. We look forward to guiding her heart to the Lord and teaching her about grace, faith, and love. To God be the Glory!

Cinco

5 months has come and gone! We can't love this girl more than we already do! It is amazing how your heart grows with each child in such a different way! Lots has happened this month:



Still in size 2 diapers, but not for much longer. She has to be well into 15 lbs. I am guessing since we have not been to the doc this month! 

She has learned a new trick where she shakes her head back and forth and her and her sister think its hilarious! She also is really close to sitting up on her own. She can stand great with help and has a strong leg support.


On May 25, she held her own bottle. 

On May 31, we dedicated this sweet cheeks back to the Lord. Such a special day. (More to come on that!)

She learned to blow bubbles on May 27th and learned to roll from her back to tummy consistently. On June 6th, we all had a rough night because she forgot she could roll back from tummy to back. She has learned now for the most part. We invested in a breathable bumper (from a sweet neighbor) and that has helped with her legs and arms getting stuck when she rolls. 


She had her second cold June 2nd, which lead to her first ER trip. Poor baby. 

Maggie used to fuss when we would lay her down for naps and bedtime, but we gave her a pink silky lovey and it has been a lifesaver! She snuggles with it immediately and sucks her thumb and is asleep in no time! 


We started a new schedule at 4 and a half months. Went from feeding every 3 hours to every 4. Maggie seems to like it much better, sleep much better, and spit up a little less. Mommy really likes one less feeding a day! 

We had our first beach trip last week and she did awesome! She loved being out on the beach with her towel and took some good naps! Mae would never do this at her age! Again, I reiterate she is the easiest baby on the planet. 


She loves her sister and smiles and laughs at her a lot, even though the random hits and accidents hurting her! Daddy can get her to laugh a good bit, too! 


She is currently going through some kind of growth spurt. I dont know if we both are dehydrated in this heat, or if she is just growing! But I have had to give her more milk than normal and she is waking up earlier than her normal 7-7:30 time in the morning starving. This too shall pass. I secretly enjoy the quiet, alone time with her. Just me and my littlest, 


Maggie girl, we love you with all of our heart and soul and are forever blessed to have you complete our little family! Thank you for always putting a smile on our face and making hard days so much easier just by being here! We love you to the moon and back x 100!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Back to Jax

As many of you know I was born in Jacksonville, FL, lived there for 7 years, have spent most of my holidays there, all of my extended family lives there, and we were married there. So it has a special place in my heart. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to introduce Jax to my youngest little nugget, Maggie. We had a blast with my parents, minus the ER trip (mommy over reacted with a cold):

Kelly Johnson and Kelly Mae were two peas in a pod, as always:



Maggie had a bad cold and I wont mention what they had to do to her, or I might cry again, but she is healthy and fine now!



We had potty breaks with a view:


We had matching wet bathing suit contests:


Me and my girls:


We did lots of strolls:


Mae enjoyed her first hotdog WITH a bun...devoured it!


I got a LITTLE r&r...as much as you can get chasing around the two nuggets.


Maggie got lots of loving from my aunt Cindy, Great Grandma, cousin Daniel and Aiden, and friends Beth and Cameron. 


Dad and I had an early father's day breakfast:


Maggie's favorite nap spot, my arms in swing on the back porch:


Having another hot dog her K-Pa sent with her on our way home. 


Lots of swimming:


You could find me here when my parents each took a kid:


Our boat captain:


Did I mentioned we swam alot???



We had a great trip! The girls loved getting some special time with my parents, as did I! I left with two tired girls, a full tank of gas from my dad, and he also snuck some spending money for me to go shopping on my own and buy for ME! I think he got a slight sense of how crazy (but fun) life is! We are so blessed!

Before I go, I have to document Mae's funny sayings from our trip...she had us all in tears we were laughing so hard:

My mom flew up here to drive down with us to Florida, and was driving and said nicely, "Move over buddy" as she was trying to switch lanes. Mae yelled "MOVE OVER BUDDY!"

Yesterday, in the car, Maggie was fussing. Mae said, "Mommy, turn Maggie OFF!"

Mae pointed to Maggie's nipples and said, "Maggie boo-boo's"

When Maggie gets really upset and is crying, Mae will say: "HUSH Maggie! It's ok Maggie, It's ok Maggie"

I love HGTV and is really the only TV I ever watch if the TV is on...this morning while it was on Mae looked up at the TV while playing and said "I like it, I like it" referring to a house being shown. 

On the car ride down to FL, I was asking Mae what sounds animals make. I went through every animal I could think of and said, "what sound does mommy make?". Without a seconds pause, she said "I love you" 

Melt my heart. 



Summer Lovin'

Summer lovin' is happening so fast and we are having a blast! (Grease theme here ;) Here is life lately:

Lots of walks:

We have one officially potty trained!


Using every tool possible to keep her cool:


Spying on celebrities, particularly Phil Mickelson:


Having a day date at the golf course:



Sleeping and snuggling:


a lot...


Popsicles in our new panties: 


and enjoying the terrible two's: 


and terrific twos:


I love not having a schedule and not having to be anywhere to spend these wonderful days with my girls! 

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!)