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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

He is Risen!

We had a wonderful trip to Birmingham. The girls could not have been more perfect for the car ride down! It was truly a miracle! I had such anxiety about being in the car that long, but it went great! We checked Mae out for Weeschool and hit the road with lunches packed and ready to go! 

We enjoyed the first few days at the Harbucks with Ryan's family and loved our time with cousins! 

Easter egg hunt time! 

We then headed to my parents side of the city and had another Easter Egg hunt with Mae's bestie Jane!

We had a wonderful Easter service at Church of the Highlands with my family and went to Inverness Country Club for lunch. Mae saw baby bunnies, baby chicks, and baby lambs!

Dad can't ever keep his eyes open, best I could get!

Every day I am reminded how blessed we are with these two little girls and the family God has given us. Easter was no different. So thankful for a God who prevails and shows us His love daily. I don't know how Jesus exactly got out of that tomb, but I am so thankful He did! 
He is Risen, He is Risen, indeed! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

This just happened...

I can't help but be so proud of my girl! She is going on 2 hours for her first time in a big girl bed napping! She helped me order Minnie Mouse sheets online this week (I caved, I figured it would help excite her for this big change!) She helped me take down the crib and put up the bed. She kept saying, " Mae's big girl bed" in a high pitched voice like me, ha! We read this book that a mom in Mae's class loaned me and I went for it! I laid her down and she reached for me looking scared. I then decided to lay down with her and tell her how proud I was of her. I then scooted to the edge of the bed as she was nodding off, and scooted out! Yay, Mae girl!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I must admit, I have a new addiction. Young Living Oils: Diffuser! Have you been around one? I fell in love the way it makes my house feel and smell! Love that it helps in so many other ways too! (prevent illness, helps sickness, calms, soothes, helps with sleep, helps with anxiety, etc.)

Enough Said...


We had a great, relaxing weekend as a family, including our Saturday morning breakfast out tradition, naps, take out, snuggles, a pedicure for me, church, and our neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

and that's a wrap! Leaving tomorrow for BAMA to celebrate the true meaning of Easter and be with family for Easter and my daddy's birthday! Cant wait! Maggie's first time in Alabama! He is Risen!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

2 months young

Time is going much quicker this go round with Maggie. I am trying to truly soak up each day and moment with her. Each sound, coo, snuggle, and more. She is the absolute sweetest, easy going baby. God knew I needed that this go round. (Excuse the pics from my phone. We took these right before bed time on her two month birthday and was trying to hurry and it's all we got! Red eye and all.)

Lots of fun things to remember this month. Ryan calls her bear cub and has since she was born. He says she looks like one. Not sure how to take that...

She loves her paci. I have a love hate relationship with it. I am contemplating getting rid of it when we un-swaddle her and just doing it all at once so she can find her fingers instead. That is what Mae did. I am totally ok with that because she always has them and we dont have to stop at a gas station or the hospital gift shop to buy her one. (yes, we have done both!)

 She is sleeping from 7:30-4ish. 8-9 hours. I am so thankful for that. Hoping to push her to 12 hours by 12 weeks soon. I know she can do it because she nurses for less than five minutes at that early morning feeding and goes right back down. So thankful for moms on call and again, an easy go with the flow baby.

She has a small bald spot on the back of her head from laying flat in her crib. She has been in her crib since night one and naps there as well.  She is nursing at 7:30, 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, and a bottle of breastmilk from daddy again at 7:30. She is still swaddled but we plan to un-swaddled by 12 weeks as the startle reflex goes away by then.

She holds her head up very well and has for a few weeks. Mae was good at this early on too.

She loves her sister and loves to be talked to. She carries on conversations in her own language and it's the sweetest. Her smile melts me.

She is kicking and flailing like crazy and really enjoying her play mat and bouncy seat with toys. Her left leg is always the one kicking the most. She gets after it!

We got all of her shots this week, boo!  She cried for a few seconds and was fine after that. I was flustered, sweating, and about to faint. No fever and no fussiness from her, maybe me, though! ha! Thank you, Jesus. She weighs 11 pounds and 12 oz.  She is in 50th percentile for weight and height. Smaller than her sister was. Her head is way smaller, 15th percent.

Happy 2 months Maggie girl!