S i x months… of you smiling with the brightest gummy grin while your body does the happiest wiggle. You’re back scoochin’ around, starting to roll, and always pulling those tiny slobbery fists towards your mouth. We’re are all absolutely obsessed with you, baby girl!

Lately, my heart slows down and aches when I realize how much she’s grown! View Post

Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s been a quiet week for us so far. This mama caught the flu, and in between the fevers + sore throat I’ve been doing a bang-up job at keeping things lazy as can be. I’m pretty good at being lazy when need be, if I’m being honest 😉 . But the quietness never lasts for long with my bubbly crew. These 4 kids keep things wild and fresh. They were the cutest maniacs, driving their strollers around our local, outdoor mall. I’m glad the baby was in my bassinet and not their’s! They were a riot, loving every second of it. Breathing it all in. But I started to have a hard time balancing my need to control the situation versus letting them just. be. kids. They’d get a bit too far for comfort or would bump into oncoming shoppers and I’d raise my mean mama voice to grip control. Me feeling like they were driving me crazy might be more of a reflection of me than it is of them. They’re all 5 and under and their ability for self-control is fairly low on the scale, especially when measured against my own. And so I’m working on that today. Controlling less, guiding more. View Post

Oh, sweet girl! That’s what your name must be to me because that’s what I always seem to gently squeal to you when I see you. I’m over the moon for you. I just went clothes shopping for you but unfortunately after you tried the outfits on I’ll need to return half of everything since you’re well into 6-9 month clothes! You’re a long string bean! The pediatrician said you’re tall just like your cute sisters.

The days of laying on your back while watching the ceiling fan spin are long gone. With so many exciting things going on in that brain of yours you can’t help but want interaction and play. Oftentimes you’re in my arms or snug in a wrap on my hip. That wrap has saved our bacon too many times. Savannah started school and we’re all missing her. I think she’s your favorite, <but my lips are sealed about it 😉 >. While the twins are napping, you and I will go out in our culdesac, my feet are buried in the tall green grass and you’ll lounge and nurse away while we wait for Savannah’s school bus to arrive. Once you spot her face your face brightens up like never before. It’s made my heart swell so much this week. And remembering that makes my stomach turn into a giant knot. It’s all going by way too fast. I’m having this feeling that I’ll want to keep you home until you HAVE to leave for school for Kinder. Savannah came home from the first day of school asking to get her ears pierced while telling me after the 2nd day of school that the kids in her class said they’ll be her best friend if she brings them money. Hm. Needless to say we’re all missing her, especially you. I just started rolling you on to your belly more often. Only your feet seem to know how to move. And they kick and flail so fast and furious. It makes me smile every time. Your poor knees are going to take a beating. You’re still nursing every few hours while sleeping 10-11 hours each night. Your day time naps have been a bit off, I’m just not home enough to be consistent with that. Once you started sleeping all night I just didn’t care about how long and well you napped. If you’re ever struggling to sleep, you sure do love the swing and that’s where you’ll go (a few times each week). We stopped having you swaddled a few weeks ago and since you pulled a long 2 hour nap the first try, we haven’t looked back. I’m real tired most of the time. It doesn’t help that your daddy and I fall asleep around midnight (or later) every night. We’re talking or working and before we know it’s far too late into the evening. There’s lots of exciting things going on with his orthodontic practice that he’ll be building from the ground up. And sweet girl, you’re our perfect caboose. We love you.

We found the cutest GoBabyGo leggings, socks, and tights that’ll be perfect as she’s entering the crawling phase. I’ve snagged almost every color! The non-slip rubber pads on the knees make the leggings last through all the fun moving + rolling this sweet girl will be doing. I especially love the wide ribbed waist. I can’t tell you how many leggings and tights my girls have gone through and the tight, skinny waist band is the first thing to start bothering them. 

Little girlfrand turned a whoppin’ 5 months old! My cute friend Emily from Olive Rae Handmade came over to whip up a new floral number! I found this romper at a thrift store and couldn’t resist. I loved the mustard, white, grey, and black colors. Emily used preserved English Ivy with black berries, preserved gardenias, and dried yellow strawflowers. And it turned out so stinking cute! Emily and I got done with it and was like, “Wow! That was the easiest number we’ve done.” The #4 from last month wasn’t as simple. After the 50th picture we realized the “4” looked terribly skewed and off. haha. Happy 5 months, baby Avery!