Gracie at 9 Months

I really feel like I just had Gracie yesterday! It’s hard to believe she’s already 9 months old! Where does the time go? It flies even faster with the second.

I love looking back on these posts as the kids get older. Gracie is the sweetest, chillest, daintiest baby out there! She has an amazing smile and is such a snuggle bug. She sleeps like a rock and loves to eat! She is still so tiny so I feel like I can soak up her little baby moments even longer!

Age: 9 months
Weight: 15ish lbs. So tiny!
Teeth: Two bottom teeth are in. Top are starting to poke through!
Favorite Food: Everything! Girlfriend can eat. I just finished nursing (2 days ago actually) so she drinks Honest formula and eats any sort of veggie concoction I can think of. This week She has a mixture of carrot, yellow squash, zucchini, red pepper, apple and pear. I just make a big batch for the week. She also loves plain greek yogurt with cinnamon and a touch of applesauce!
Movement: She’s been crawling for a while now. She also does down dog and bear crawls. I feel like she’ll be walking by the time she’s 1 for sure! She’s not one to get into mischief yet. She loves to watch her brother run around like a mad man.
Favorite Activities: Eating, being held, swimming in the pool in her float, bath time, anything with Turner.
Favorite Toy: Wires, tags, hair ties, dirt, anything dangerous that she can find to eat. She will go straight for a wire rather than the 9 million toys she and Turner have. How are they just attracted to things like that!? But she does like those big legos and Turner’s trucks and cars too.
Sleep Schedule: Sleeps from 7:00pm to 6:30am. We finally dropped the 10:00 dream feed bottle about a month ago, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Favorite Things About Gracie: I love how she gets so excited when we walk into her room and dive bombs into her crib because she can’t even contain it. She has the cutest belly laugh ever. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it melts my heart! I also love how she shakes her arms up and down when she’s really excited. I love watching her grow right before my eyes!

Weekend Celebrations

This was quite a packed weekend! I used to be so good at planning ahead and making holidays and events really special. I feel like, between work and two kids, these things sneak up on me! I read some moms’ blogs and they seem so together. If it’s not on my calendar, I won’t remember. In fact, I have to put it on my calendar a week in advance so I remember to remember ;o) Lately, I feel like a chicken with my head cut off!

This past weekend Stewart and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary! The actual day is today, but we knew that Monday would be too busy to focus on us (and we were right). So, we celebrated on Saturday. My mom and stepdad came to babysit in the afternoon. I went out to get my hair cut (insert Mom Chop…it’s getting shorter and shorter with each child). Then we hit the town! 

We started the night at a little bar in Charleston called The Belmont. SO CUTE! It felt like we jumped back in time and walked into a speakeasy during the Prohibition Era. 

Stewart made dinner reservations at The McIntosh. So, after our drinks, we walked down the street to enjoy a fancy dinner together. I was impressed by his skills! It was a wonderful night of celebration. We laughed a lot and tried not to talk about work or our kids toooo much.

And then the next morning was Father’s Day! I’m embarrassed to say that I was painfully hung over by one martini and half a glass of wine. So I didn’t make him breakfast in bed. He may have even brought me coffee….ooops! But I rallied and whipped up some pancakes before church to start the day off right.

I can’t even put into words the kind of father Stew is…but I’ll try. He’s the kind of father who comes home from work and takes Turner to the park. The kind who plays hockey in the driveway with Turner while Gracie observes from her pack n play. The kind that runs around with Turner on the beach while Gracie and I sit and relax. The kind that gives Gracie her nighttime bottle so Mommy can have a break. He does all this because he truly wants to and not because he has to. He’s the most gentle and kind man that I’ve ever met. And the fact that he is Gracie’s example of what a husband and father should be makes me the happiest momma on earth!

So here’s to celebrating our love AND being parents all at the same time! Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there!

A Day at The Farm

Over the weekend, we took our dog, Ellie, and the kids to a friend’s farm (after failing miserable at our previous attempt for a family adventure). It was one of the most fun days we had in a while! They live about 45 minutes away, so we planned accordingly! We left early enough that Gracie would take her morning nap on the way to the farm. Turner was in heaven when we arrived! They had horses, a donkey, goats and cows! We had to feed and touch them all.

Our dog, Ellie, ran around like crazy with their little dog. It was so awesome to see her have that freedom! She’s such a huge dog, that she rarely gets to stretch her legs like that! She was tuckered out after about 20 minutes…



After a few hours of playing, we packed up to hit the road. But, before we left, we stopped at a local ice cream shop. You know, the kind that has old fashioned ice cream sodas in a pharmacy? That was the best part of the day!

Everyone was happy and exhausted after a sweaty, slobber-filled morning! I’d say we finally got our adventure! And, as you can imagine, the drive home was a quiet one!

 

Toddler Foodie Favs

Hey, Friends! I’ve been working on a post for some food ideas for toddlers! I love perusing Pinterest for food ideas for the kids. At the same time, it makes me feel like I suck at life, because who honestly has time to make these fancy colorful meals for their toddlers! Most days, lunch is a peanut butter and banana sandwich with a smoothie and various sides for Turner AND me. But occasionally, I’ll have the time and/or energy to make him a nice meal! I also have been making Gracie’s baby food, with the exception of moving week, when I bought a few jars of baby food. I actually saved the glass jars because it’s quite convenient to make a batch of baby food, fill the jars, and keep them in the fridge to grab and go (story of my life)! I’ll be posting those soon! Here are some toddler meal ideas to share.

Toddler Meals:

*Graham crackers with peanut butter, berries, yogurt with cinnamon, and a homemade Chocolate Bar.

*Chips and guacamole, berries, peanut butter and banana sandwich, a spoonful of almond butter (per Turner’s request).

*Crackers and beet hummus (from Whole Foods), re-fried black bean and cheese quesadilla, berries

*Peanut butter and banana sandwich with tons of berries.

These are just a few of our favorite things! I’ll be posting our favorite “Ice Cream” Sandwich shortly. Share some of your favorites! We’re always looking for new foodie ideas. Have a wonderful weekend!

Summer Shenanigans

The sun is hot, watermelon is a staple, and clothing is optional (at least for the kids). We’ve been enjoying every inch of our new house. Gracie is officially on the move….almost to the point where I wonder if she will be attempting to stand up soon! Turner and I have been cooking up a storm, coming up with lots of summertime goodies to share with you all on the blog! Keep an eye out for that one!

We are soaking up as much summer fun as we can get these days. We are S’mores making, porch sitting, sprinkler chasing, sun-bathing fiends! It’s truly our favorite time of year!

There’s nothing better than hot summer days, except when they involve shirtless babies!

Have a great week!

We’re In The New House!

Happy Memorial Day, Friends! It’s been a crazy few weeks kicking off the busy season at work, training interns, and moving! We’re pretty settled now, so I’m finally able to sit down and plug away at my “To-Do” list! On the top of my list is writing a post about our new house!

We’ve been here for just about 2 weeks. Packing and moving was madness, and I was even organized! There’s just no way to avoid stress when you move with two kids! My mom watched the kids a bunch during the packing and moving process, which saved us. After we moved into the new house, she came over and watched them for 2 days straight and Stew and I worked for 10 hours straight each day to get unpacked! It was exhausting, but felt so good to be able to sit down and relax after getting unpacked!

My favorite things about this house are the porches and the master bathroom. When I took my first bath here, it seriously felt like I was in a spa. I didn’t want to get out! Here are a few house shots….

Yesterday we had our first barbecue! The whole family came over to celebrate Memorial Day. It felt good to host again. That’s one of my favorite things to do, and we were living out of boxes for a while so it feels like it’s been forever! We attempted to get a picture of the kids in their festive garb….we managed to get one shot out of about 20

I look forward to sharing lots of memories in our new house! But for now, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

 

 

Gracie at 7 Months

I was planning on doing a 6 month post after Gracie’s doctor visit, but here we are a month later and I’m just getting around to it! I love looking back on Turner’s milestones as a baby and I know I’ll love to have Gracie’s too! Better late than never, right?

Age: 7 months
Weight: 14 lbs at her 6 month visit (10th percentile)
Height: I can’t remember! Second child problems. I do remember it was 40th percentile though! 
Teeth: Two bottom teeth
Favorite Food: Sweet potato, apple, and avocado puree.
Movement: She gets up on all fours and starts rocking. She’s getting close!
Favorite Activities: She loves sitting in her pack n’ play with her toys. She also loves watching Ellie (the dog). She adores playing with Turner.
Favorite Toy: She likes things that make noise and that she can chew! She especially loves toys that Turner shares with her…cars, trucks, backhoes, etc. She doesn’t discriminate.
Sleep Schedule: Sleeps from 7:00pm to 6am (with a dream feed bottle at 10).
Favorite Music: Mommy and Turner singing

Balancing Act

The peak season of our rental business is about to hit, so we are going to get very busy all at once! Since I work from home, it’s not a regular 9 to 5 job. It’s not like I can come home at the end of the day and leave work behind. Instead, I fall into the bad habit of checking my email, answering the phone, and texting at all hours of the day. I’m such a multi-tasker that I find that I’m not fully present wherever I am. I used to be way worse, but I’ve started to set some healthy boundaries! I have set hours that I work in my office, answer calls, return calls, etc. That way I’m there while I’m working and there while I’m with my gang (at least in theory)!

This past week, we had some really fun quality time with the kids! The weather was beautiful so I tried to get some much needed outdoor time! Turner loves to eat on the porch, so we try to have lunch and snacks outside as much as possible! We even busted out the watermelon for the first time this year using our nifty Mesh Food Feeder! It’s officially summer over here :o)

We even hit the beach a few times during the week! The first afternoon, I was feeling adventurous and attempted to pack up our supper and have a picnic. Nightmare. In my mind it turned out very differently! You know that time after nap and before bedtime? Everyone starts melting down right around the same time. Add some wind and sand to the mix and you have yourself a regular ol’ circus. The rest of our beach trips were way better. We went prepared with plenty of toys and towels.

These days are such a balancing act. I feel like I’m balancing work, moving, being a wife, being a mom, and making sure I have special time with Turner and Gracie separately! No one ever said parenting was easy, but it sure is rewarding! I hope you have a great week!

Hell Week

What a week! As I mentioned earlier, Gracie got her first tooth a few days ago. It seemed to come out of nowhere! Just when I thought we were in the clear, along came tooth number two. So, apparently she IS bothered by new teeth. Thankfully she’s not waking up in the middle of the night (as I write this I’m afraid that I’ll completely jinx myself), but her naps are about 5 seconds long, and falling asleep at night is like having a newborn all over again! I even found myself walking her in the stroller to get her to fall asleep for a quick nap this afternoon! I mean, look at those tired eyes! Just give in, girlfriend.

Babies are such a roller coaster ride. Right when you think you’re livin’ the dream, a tooth, a growth spurt, or something else Dr. Google came up with, rears its ugly head and interrupts your routine!

To add more excitement to the mix, we’re selling our house, and the buyers scheduled their appraisal, inspection and CL-100 during this past week of hell. I knew we had to be gone during the inspection, so I planned accordingly. The house was beautiful, lavender essential oil filled the air, and we left the house to give the buyers some space.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the memo that the buyers would also be attending the CL-100 on Friday morning (because who comes to the termite inspection!?). I didn’t even think anyone would be in the house! So there we were, beds unmade, dirty diapers on the floor, me in my pajamas and slippers, and Gracie whaling in her crib as she attempted to get out of yet another nap, when a caravan of people rolled up. Turner and I scrambled to clean up the toys. I ran upstairs to make the beds, pick up Turner’s underwear on the floor, throw away the diapers, and grab Gracie. Off we went, in the rain, to walk around Trader Joe’s (still in my slippers…shit).

Today was a much needed day of rest. We spent the day together as a family, walking around the Farmer’s Market, chowing down on some lunch, and playing at the park.

Right when I think I’m at my edge, God sends me a little reminder that I’m so blessed and that I can handle anything that comes my way! That reminder comes in the form of two sweet smiles that make it all worthwhile!

 

Gracie Has A Tooth!

It’s been crazy over here, as you can imagine! We’re getting ready to move in the next few weeks AND gearing up for the busy season with our rental business. So when Gracie seemed to be a little fussy lately, I didn’t really think it was anything major. She just seemed to want to be held more and her naps were a little shorter than usual. I checked her gums a few times but didn’t see anything! So I assumed it was a growth spurt, or maybe from transitioning to no swaddle at night (more on that another day).

The past two nights she woke up around 4am crying. That was really unusual because she’s been sleeping through the night since she was about 5 weeks old. I had to nurse her to get her back to sleep. Luckily she fell right back to sleep until about 7am. Once you’re used to sleeping, it’s SO hard to be woken up by a cry in the middle of the night! But I know it’s temporary!

Yesterday, I was holding her up in the air and her mouth was wide open, laughing, and I noticed her bottom tooth had come through!! I was shocked. I mean, I thought she’d be WAY more irritable. I was so excited for this big milestone. My babies are growing up so fast! I can’t even believe it!

If there’s anything I’ve learned from the past few weeks of being non-stop, it’s to take time to be present with my family! My to-do list will always be there, but my baby’s first tooth only happens once!