Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy Three Months Ella!!

October 23rd

Sweet Ella you are already THREE months old. 

Aunt Sis and I were just talking about how we feel like you were born three DAYS ago!  Time is going so fast and I am cherishing every moment with you sweet girl. Our poor family isn't getting to spend as much time with you as they did with Hadley because I just can't give you up!!! I know how fast time goes and I don't want to miss one second of it. 

You are still sleeping in our bedroom (because once again I just can't part ways with you!!) in your rock and play. You are starting to look a little cramped so we are going to move you to your room as soon as we get a monitor. 

You are waking up just once around 2 at night to nurse. Then I put you back in the RNP and you wake up again when your sister does around 7:30. I nurse you again and put you back to sleep until around 8:30 when I have to wake you up to take Hadley to school. This happens on MOnday Wednesday and Friday. On the rest of the days you get to sleep as long as you want! I hate waking you up

You are in size 2 diapers and size 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes. 

You are still nursing about every three hours and it's going great! It ranges anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes which can be a little hard to plan around sometimes but it has been working out ok so far. 

This month you picked up a pretty bad cold from your sister. It was so pitiful to hear you cough. Daddy and I took you to the dr because I was worried that your cough lasted for too long. They said you just had a little cold. We did get to see that you were gaining weight really well. I can't quite remember the number but it was over 12 pounds. 

You are still sleeping very often during the day but I see signs of a schedule forming. 

Our goals for this month us to get you on a schedule and move you to your room. I have so enjoyed this precious newborn time. You sleeping right next to me is the sweetest gift and I love to look over and see you in the middle of the night.

One major milestone you reached this month is rolling from your tummy to your back! We can't even put you on your tummy anymore without you immediately rolling to your back!! 

I love you sweet baby girl. You have truly brought so much joy to our lives and know you gave been such a blessing to others. I hope you remember that even when you were teeny tiny and not able to speak yet, that your smile and your presence truly blessed people. You already have such a gentle and loving heart. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you. I am so happy that I get to spend everyday right beside you teaching you about this crazy life. Your daddy and I love you more than you will ever know!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hadley's First Day of School!

September 2nd

Today was Hadley's very first day of school! 
She is in the ones class with 11 other little ones and 3 wonderful teachers. 

Charlie and I both were able to take her on her first day. I was so nervous for the days (weeks, months) leading up to it! I was worried about sending her to a school a couple mornings a week right after Ella was born would make her feel like we didn't want her around!! We had been talking about school
For a while, reading books about going to school and teaching her the teachers names. She was so excited to wear her backpack but had no idea what was coming. 

We woke up and made her a yummy big breakfast, dressed her in her school clothes and said a little prayer for a wonderful first day (for all of us)! 

When we first got there everyone was taking cute pictures on the steps... This was ours ☺️☺️

For the first couple of weeks, the parents are supposed to walk them into the school and stand at a gate in front of the classroom. The teacher comes over says hello to them and takes them from the parent and we are supposed to leave quickly and not linger. They called it the bandaid effect. I had Ella in the sling so Charlie carried her in. I gave her a hug and a kiss as we were walking up to the school. I was sooo nervous!!

We got to the classroom and mrs Mel saw Hadley and came to the gate. She was so so so sweet to Hadley as Charlie handed her over. We said we loved her and she turned and looked at is and started crying! We had to turn away and keep walking. It was sooo sad!! We got to the end of the hall and Charlie turned around and went back to look through a little window and look at her! He came back and said she was sitting in mrs Mel's lap and not crying!!! Yay!!!!

Charlie and I headed to chick fil a and then home. I did not shed one tear, but I felt like it!!! We watched tv and counted down the hours until we could pick her up!! Charlie ended up having to go to work so I went alone to pick her up.
To pick up, i went in the school and her teacher brought her out to me. Hadley was so so so tired but didn't cry and was happy to see me and Ella. The teacher said she did really well and was just sleepy. 
She sent us the pictures above and I LOVED seeing her happy (kinda??) at her new school. The rest of the day she talked about her teacher. I love her school so much and I hope she loves it just as much as I do!!!! She did tell me multiple times, "Haddie cried at school".  I hope she will be ok with going back in a few days!!! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ella is 2 months Old!!!

September 23, 2015

  Happy Two Months Sweet Ella!

You are still literally the happiest most calm baby. It's pretty crazy. You hardly ever cry and we have only had a handful of sleepless nights. So far you have been pretty easy which is such a blessing withHadley  in her "trying twos". :) 

You are in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothes. There are some newborn clothes that still fit but you are a little long so there is room in width but your running out of space in length!! 

Your sleeping is going awesome. We start bedtime at about 9. We change you into a onesie, make sure your monitor is on, swaddle you and then I'll feed you until you fall asleep. Then I will transfer you to the Rock and play and sometimes you wake up but fall back asleep pretty easily. 

You sleep for about 5-6 hours and wake up again around 3ish to nurse. Then you are right back asleep until around 7 when your sister wakes up.

You don't have scheduled nap times yet and pretty much sleep anytime, anywhere! After you are 3 months I'm going to try and start you on a more strict schedule and possibly transition you to your room.

You love riding in the car and have only had one little freak out but we figured out that it was because the air was blowing directly on you and you don't like to be cold!!

At your two month checkup you weighed 12 pounds 1 ounce and in the 70th percentile. You are 23.5 inches long and in the 90th percentile for height. 

You are nursing every three hours during the day and since the thrush cleared up, it has been going great. Which is such a relief!!  You nurse anywhere from 10-30 minutes. 

We are so in love with you and you have brought us so so so much joy. We are so blessed to have such a sweet calm happy little baby girl!!! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Second Birthday Hadley!!

August 30, 2015

Today, you turned TWO!!!!!!!!!!  

We had such a fun day starting with singing you happy Birthday in your crib! You were sooo excited and had the biggest smile on your face. 

Then we decided to have Waffle Time on the beach!! It was so pretty and so fun to be at the beach in the morning for breakfast. You loved seeing the waves and putting your feet in. You normally run straight for the waves but today you had fun being the sand and walking with daddy.

Daddy took you to see a fisherman and you loved seeing him with all of his gear! You also got to see a "really big boat"! So you loved that too! 

We left the beach when it started to rain a little and headed for the park. As soon as we arrived it stopped raining and we got to play. You went down a "really big slide" and loved it! You also really enjoyed watching the trucks go by and picking up "really big pinecones"! 

We then headed to Grammy and Dats so they could give you your birthday presents. You got some cute clothes, bitty baby accessories and  and adorable pink kitchen playset that was fully loaded with play food! You LOVED it!!! 

It was then time for lunch!! We went to your fav, Pine Lakes! You had so much fun as the birthday girl and all eyes were on you! We even brought another cake so we could sing happy birthday and celebrate! 

After nap we headed to nana and buddy's for a yummy dinner and MORE presents!! They surprised you with a whole room in their house that is just for you and Ella when she gets older! 

It has a grocery store, double doll stroller, basketball goal and even a princess four wheeler that you call your motorcycle!! ☺️

We had so much fun playing in your new room! After dinner we had ANOTHER cake that had Spider-Man, memo and Cookie Monster on it!! It was AWESOME and you loved it. 

We came home and rocked you extra long on the night of your second birthday. We had a fun filled busy long day and it was son nice to rock, read and pray with you. You and your sister are the greatest gifts God could give your daddy and u. We are so blessed to have you in our life and you make us better people. We had so much fun with you today and are so. So proud of you and ALWAYS will be no matter what. 

Some quick stats about you on your second birthday!!

You weigh 26 pounds (45%)
You are 34 inches tall (70%)
You are in size 4 diapers with a little bit of interest in using the potty.
You wear size 18-24 month clothes and 2T.
You can say a million different words and are starting you form pretty long sentences. 
You say, "Hold you", "Rock you", "help you" when you want any of those things. It's pretty much my fav thing!
You sleep from 7-7 and take a 2 hour nap from 12-2. 

We are so in love with you! Happy happy birthday sweet girl!

Hadley's Second Birthday Party

August 29,  2015

The day before Hadley turned 2 we had a "Bubbles and Brunch" birthday party at Grammys house. It was sooo much fun and a day I will always smile thinking about.

We started off the party with breakfast foods and of course doughnuts!  Hadley is OBSESSED with doughnuts so i knew they had to make an appearance at her 2nd bday.  I had a doughnut cake made from charleston and Hadley got a little doughnut tower of her very own. I think it was a hit! 

Ella and Hadley had matching "bubble" dresses that were so cute. When Hadley saw Ella all dressed up she looked at her and said "Ella pretty!!!"! She is the cutest! Then when Hadley put on her matching dress she was patting it saying "Ella" and smiling so big. I love the way Hadley's loves Ella! 

After some yummy doughnut time, we had a quick wardrobe change to the cutest shirt aunt Liney got and headed out to the bubbles!!!

There was a bubble refill station, a bubble wrap dance party, a giant bubble pool, a "bubble" ball pit, a water table with bubble bath inside, and her teepee complete with Spider-Man, a shark, and choo choo train!!  All of the kids had so much fun and the adults had fun watching!!

Our families, Lillian, Decklan and Davis, Wils and Elle, Caroline Page, and Caroline all came with their families and had so much fun. I loved seeing Hadley play with all of the other kids and it actually made feel a lot more excited about school starting this week. 

One of the funniest moments of he party was when Charlie was putting Hadley inside a bubble and she plopped down and started trying to swim in the little pool of bubble mixture! It was sooooo funny. She stood up, was soaking wet and took off running to the next fun thing to play with. Eventually we had to empty the bubble pool and fill it with regular water so Hadley could play!

Wils and Elle took over the bubble wrap dance floor and did some pretty amazing dancing and singing to frozen songs! It was the cutest thing to watch!!  The ball pit was also a huge hit and they all loved belly flopping in!!

Hadley played and played soooo hard and had the best day. My heart grew a little bit when everyone was singing her Happy Birthday and she had the biggest smile on her face. She even (almost) blew out the birthday candles on her own. It was such a fun day and I wish we could do it all over again and have so much fun!