Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving {2017}

Thanksgiving this year was full of me trying to instill the purpose of Thanksgiving in my 3 year old. I introduced her to to pilgrims and indians {Native Americans?}We read lots of Thanksgiving books and made lots of turkey and pilgrim crafts. I don't know how much of it she actually retained but that's okay! I'm Thankful for the opportunity to stay home with her and choose the things that get poured into her mind and spirit.

The night before Thanksgiving Reaghan stayed up a little past her bedtime with me and helped me make desserts. I'm so Thankful that she loves to be her mama's big helper and thankful for the way her smile lights up her face when I tell her we're going to have big girl time together.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

See Lilly Grow! {9 Months}

I'm a little over a week late in posting this! Grrrr... but better late than never! We had a fun October picking apples and pumpkins and dressing up for Harvest parties! Now we're headed into Thanksgiving and Christmas and I can't wait!

At her 9 month check up she weighed 18 pounds and 8 oz. 56th percentile for weight, 60th for head size and 75th for height which was surprising to me because she doesn't seem tall to me. She's a good 2 pounds heavier than her sister was at this age. She's wearing both 9 month and 12 month clothes depending on the brand.

Finally got her first tooth! Bottom left one poked through on Oct 24th, at 8 1/2 months. 

She's eating a lot more table foods now. She loves little pieces of anything I give her off of my plate, even chicken, ground turkey, eggs, bread. All the things! She loves little yogurt melts and puffs. Can eat an applesauce pouch faster than her big sissy. Still loves to nurse and thinks that acrobatics are a part of feeding. My milk supply has really dropped this past month with her eating more foods so my let down takes a while and she gets so distracted waiting for the milk to come! She pulls off a bajillion times because its taking too long for her which of course just means it takes even longer! Going to get some fenugreek tea this week to see if I can boost my supply a little bit. I definitely want to keep nursing until we reach 12 months at least. 

She is finally sleeping through the night 90% of the time. Goes to bed between 8 and 8:30 and usually sleeps until 7:30-8. Every once in a while she'll wake up and need me to get her paci for her, sometimes {like last night} she refuses to sleep unless she's fed again. With Reaghan it stressed me out if I was feeding my baby in the middle of the night at this age, but with Lilly... well, since most of the time she's sleeping through the night and since she literally will cry for hours unless I feed her, I just feed her so we can both go back to bed. If it starts happening regularly I'll stick to my guns and win the cry it out battle, but if its just every once in a while.... *shrugs* she'll eventually not feed at all and I'll miss it. I know now how fast it goes. She still takes 2-2.5 hour naps in the afternoon! Morning naps are usually little cat naps. Very flexible when out and about though and doesn't get fussy if she doesn't get her usual naps.

She likes her teething toys, especially when they are nice and cold. She likes to splash in the bath, bang on high chair trays and drum toys. She likes to give kisses to big sissy's baby dolls. Everything goes into her mouth, especially paper things! We have to watch her like a hawk! She likes rattles, and playing peek a boo. She still wants to play with whatever Reaghan is playing with and get into her doll house, kitchen set, puzzles and magazines. She also loves Piper's dog toys and dog dishes. I've caught her with a dog toy in her mouth so many times! *gag* 

She doesn't like to be read to, mostly because she doesn't like to sit still. She doesn't like when we wipe her face or try to teach her sign language. I'm trying to teach her more and please instead of screaming/screeching for more food, but she throws a fit every time I hold her hands to show her.  She doesn't like to be far from mommy... she crawls around behind me and pulls herself up on me as soon as I stop moving. Its endearing until its not because I keep having to bend down to peel her off of me or pick her up to move again! 

She's a cruising and crawling pro. All over the place all the time! She is moving all around in her little walker. She is starting to let go of the couch and stand on her own for a few seconds before falling back to her bum. She can wave "bye-bye" now. She likes to make growling sounds and say mama and dada, and nana... but honestly most of the time she just squeals and screams. She can point with her finger, but not at anything in particular. She gives kisses. She recognizes and responds to her name. She can't clap but likes to put her hands together and twist them back and forth. Her new thing is to share something or show me what she picks up. I love it, its adorable!

Sibling Love
Lilly thinks everything Reaghan does is super funny. They love to make each other laugh, which is the best. Recently I've allowed Reaghan to get up in the morning to go to the bathroom instead of waiting for me to get her up and so if she hears Lilly up when she gets up she'll go into Lilly's room and play with her until I go and get them. She tosses all sorts of toys in to her crib and then stands on a stool looking into the crib and talking to her. *heart melt* She loves to put Lilly's hands together and teach her to pray.  

Special Events/Outings
We went on another vacation to the mountains last month. She did pretty good on the 4 hour car ride. We only had to stop once each way, which was great for both her and Reaghan. She dressed up as Curious George for her first Halloween/Harvest Festivals and was the cutest monkey ever. Went to the Pumpkin Patch for the first time. Had a special babysitting night with Uncle Noah while mommy and daddy took Reag to the Lion King. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brunch Date

My grandma, Aunt Linda and cousin Lindy are in town this week so on our "Kessler Tuesday" {the day of the week my siblings get together at my parent's house to hang out} we had a brunch date!

The Bee & The Biscuit is a new super cute brunch spot in the country {that's also sort of near the beach... welcome to coastal Va.!} that has been all the rage this past summer. It's an old house near a farm that was turned into a restaurant. Friends had been visiting and posting pictures of amazing latte's all summer long and I had been wanting to go so I'm glad we finally gave ourselves a reason to drive 25 minutes out to this place, and you know what? It was totally worth it.

I got what they called a Cinnamon Crunch Latte. This is the type of picture I saw on my facebook news feed all summer. I don't even really like coffee, but for some reason this just looked so good so I had to order one to see if it tasted as good as it looked. I'm so glad I did because it was a-maz-ing! I've never had a coffee so smooth and treat like! I can kind of drink a fancy Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha with pumps of caramel syrup in it but I never truly enjoy it. This? I S A V O R E D.

{Don't mind the gash in the middle of my forehead that I'm trying to cover up with makeup. My face had an unfortunate collision with a car door last week.}

I had the pleasure of sitting next to my beautiful Grandma during brunch and sharing our food while she told me a story about a man, a friend of hers, who embarrassed her when she was younger by coming in to the Sunday school class she was teaching and asking loudly "Is hoochie Cucci teaching today?" {For clarification, her last name is Ricucci - "Ri-koo-chee". :)} My grandma loves to share stories, and she loves to say "to make a long story short." as she fills you in on all the details of the story and I love to listen to her stories. <3

The sun was in Reaghan's eyes, but the sign was cute so we had to snap a couple pictures.

Now I just need to find a new reason to drive back out there for another Brunch date...

Any takers?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mercies in Motherhood

Have you ever had some mommy fails? I'm not talking about the "I forgot to feed my kid a vegetable today." or even the "I forgot to re-apply the sunscreen" fails. I mean the self fails. The "crap, I should not have said/done that" fails.

I've had 2 big ones recently and I just wanted to kick myself both times.

One was being a little overly frustrated trying to get Reaghan to dance class one time. We were running 5 minutes behind and I knew we'd get there right on time as it was, but on our way we encountered a school bus stopping to let kids off, every red light possible, the shortest light in the history of man that only let 5 cars through at a time right at 5pm, and drivers that thought it would be fun to go 5 under the speed limit. I kid you not, I thought I was going to lose it. Actually, I kind of did. I grumbled, I may have exclaimed loudly "Drive people, drive!" once or twice and I think I banged the steering wheel with my fist. If that doesn't paint a pretty picture of myself... yikes. Truth is you guys, that that's not the first time I've ever lost my patience like that. but now? I have 2 little girls in the back seat. One 3 year old in particular watching my every move and asking "Are you frustrated mommy?" *face palm*


Mom Fail.


Christ follower fail.

It's so hard sometimes to remember that everything I say to my sweet girls means nothing if I can't live it out in my own life. I can't speak to Reaghan about self control when I don't exhibit it in my own life.

I am so thankful for grace. Sometimes I sit too high on my self righteous horse thinking I've got it all together and then my wretchedness comes out. My sin. My ugliness. The things that sit deep in my heart... impatience, a short temper, selfishness... they come out in my actions sometimes and I hate it. Thank God that His mercies are new every morning, which is good because that's how often I need it. More, actually.

In case you're wondering, we made it to dance class just fine. 8 minutes late, but it was fine. Because its a 3-4 year old ballet class, not the Nut Cracker. I lost my cool over being late to a 3 year old's dance class. *face palm again*

So much responsibility in raising this little ballerina. It's scary sometimes. Scary and humbling realizing how much influence I will have in her life. I know there are daily opportunities to show her how to live a Godly, virtuous life... but also daily opportunities to show her how much her mommy needs Jesus, and how much she needs Jesus too. My prayer isn't just that I would never lose my patience in front of her again{because I'm sure I will no matter how hard I try} but I think its that when I do fail, I would be humble enough to apologize and share with her my need for a savior - share with her His unending mercies for us when we do fail.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
They are new every morning;
Great is His faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Big Girl Dates

Last weekend we took Reaghan to see her first play! A couple years ago I probably would've said it would be a little ridiculous to take a 3 year old to a play. Even as I type that I think it sounds crazy, a 3 years old at a Broadway "type" play?! But I'm so glad we went. Reaghan and her cousin Brooklyn are really into Lion King right now, it is one of their favorite movies, So when we saw through our zoo membership that the Hurrah Players {a family theater group based in Hampton Roads}were putting on this play and we could get a discount on tickets with our zoo passes, we thought it would be fun to take them!

We've been trying to have special "big girl dates" with Reaghan every now and then since Lilly was born. Usually it is a daddy daughter date somewhere... sometimes its spending special one on one time with mommy to do nails or crafts... more recently I took her to the movies just the two of us and we had a fun little girls night! Anyways, this was an extra special big girl date because it was with mommy AND daddy while Lilly stayed home with Uncle Noah. :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apple Orchard {2017}

We took our annual fall trip to the mountains to pick apples this past week! It is definitely a trip I look forward to every year and this year was our first time with Lilly. Every time I go on vacation I remember how un-vacation like it is with little kids, BUT at the same time, how much fun it is. I mean, what did I do on this trip before I had babies to take care of??? Yes it would be more relaxing if it were just Mark and I, but it would seem a little meaningless...

We both took more time off of work this year. Usually we only go up for a long weekend, but we stayed for 5 days this time. There is always so much to do, we are busy every day!

Saturday: Our week this year fell earlier in October than usual so we were up there for our favorite craft festival - Dayton Days. I bought homemade bibs, a cute dance bag for Reag for Christmas, and bows! We ate fried apple pies and funnel cakes! Kind of bummed that it was 80 degrees out and we didn't have crisp, chilly air.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

See Lilly Grow {8 months}

I love my little 8 month old. She is fun and feisty and fearless. She's our go with the flow girl. I'm a little in denial that its been 8 months since she was born, but I'm super excited for this new season. We had a fun first summer with her and now we're heading into fall and the holidays! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Moana Birthday Party

As I mentioned in my last post about all that Reaghan loves at 3 years of age, she L O V E S Moana.

Have you seen it? Reaghan was hooked after the first time she watched it and I actually enjoy it too. Which if you know me isn't that surprising because I love me some Disney movies. We listen to the songs on repeat pretty regularly and are actually headed to our local Zoo tomorrow evening because they are showing Moana on their outside screen! SO of course Reaghan's birthday had to have a Moana theme.

Do you do themed birthdays? We've kept Reaghan's parties family only up to this point, and probably will until she's 5 or so, but we still enjoy having a little theme to go along with it. Someone was selling some pretty intense Moana decorations on our facebook yard sale site (complete with a boat made out of pallets that had a sail!) that were super adorable but I realized that would be going overboard a bit. We did buy some Moana balloons, plates and napkins and then just used some dollar tree table cloths and streamers and a bouquet of carnations from the grocery store. A friend made some killer cupcakes and I had fun creating a super easy Moana cake. (That looked better than it tasted... thank goodness for the baker friends cupcakes!) I think its fun to see Reaghan excited about the decorations that we put up for her birthday. I love that it makes her day special and memorable. She is still enjoying her Moana balloons almost 2 weeks later so it was worth the money spent. : )

Our 3 year old excited for her party! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

See Reaghan Grow! {3 years}

How is this girl 3 years old?!

Our Reaghan Eileen had her birthday last weekend! We had a fun, family "Moana" party {that I'll share in a different post} on her birthday and she loved it. We had been marking off the days on her calendar that led up to her birthday and it was cute to see the anticipation building in her little mind.

Nothing makes me more sentimental than thinking about my first born growing up. Gahhh, it gets me every time. Google photos made a video today that put together all the videos we've taken of Reaghan since her second birthday until now and I couldn't believe how much she's grown. I was proud of myself for watching the whole video without crying, I could feel the tears coming on but I held them at bay!

Here are some stats on our big girl in her 3rd year, some of the milestones she reached this past year, some of her favorite things and some things that make her unique:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

See Lilly Grow! {7 Months}

The 3rd of the month has come and gone and with it another month of Lilly growing and learning and loving life. We spent her 7 month birthday shopping together at the new Premium Outlets together as a family. She does a lot of things that we will definitely hold over her head when she's older ;) but she brings so much joy to our family. We love watching her personality develop and seeing a baby reach milestones and discover new things never gets old!

No official stats this month but I don't think she's grown a ton sine last month. She's still fitting in most of the same clothes. 6 months and 6-9 months. A few 9 month things seem to be a little long for her. She's definitely got some rolls on her though!

This sweet baby has been in good health for most of her sweet life so far. I am so grateful.

This girl L.O.V.E.'s to eat. She eats anything I am willing to give her. She's eating a variety of baby foods. Mashed avocado, mashed banana's and apple sauce are a couple of her favorites. She's tasted peanut butter a few times with out reactions. She loves to "chew" on baby teething wafers and graham crackers. She can't quite figure out how to pick up the little puff snacks and get it in to her mouth but she's working on it. She's also working on her technique for using a sippy cup. She's figured out how to suck out of a baby food pouch and a straw. If she see's anyone eating anything, she wants to try it! She doesn't even make sour faces when tasting pickles or lemons. I admit I'm a little more relaxed about letting her taste things like cake and ice cream than I was with Reaghan. Not that I'm letting her eat it every day, but a taste here and there isn't going to hurt her.

She's had an awful sleep regression this last month. She waked up every night sometime around 3-4am and cries and cries until I feed her. Currently the plan is let her fuss for 10 minutes, go in pat her back and give her her paci and walk out. Unfortunately this cycle can go on for over an hour and I usually end up feeding her because once she's fed she goes right back to sleep and even sleeps in past 8. Soooo I'm conflicted on whether to teach her that she can make it through the night without eating or give in and feed her for the sake of sleep but thereby perpetuating her wanting to eat at night. *sigh* Sometimes she doesn't nap in the morning... which is a little bit challenging because I can't put her down before 1:30 so she sleeps for Mark while I'm at work. If she doesn't nap by a certain time in the a.m. I can't put her down at all until 1:30 and she can get pretty fussy when that happens. Her afternoon naps are always long though, 2 hours minimum.

She likes to play with all of big sissy's toys. She likes to be tickled and loves peek-a-boo. She likes to watch "baby bum" on youtube. She loves bath time. She loves people and loves to smile. She has the most adorable expressions. She loves to touch people's faces. Loves to grab for anything and everything thats within her reach. Likes to watch Piper run around.

She doesn't like to sit still. She doesn't like to fall asleep if there is a lot going on because she's a little socialite. She doesn't like to be told no, like when she keeps trying to climb out of her tub seat and I make her sit still! 

She's been working on crawling for the last several weeks and finally put it together on Labor Day! She'll also roll herself around to get where she wants to go. She can go from her belly to sitting all on her own. She responds to her name. She is finally riding quietly in the car now that I put her car seat in the middle close to Reaghan, she actually falls asleep now! She isn't babbling any real words or sounds yet. She basically just likes to shriek and squeal.

Sibling Love
Reaghan is not a fan when Lilly tries to get her puzzles or put her toys in her mouth. She likes to decide what toys Lilly can play with. She is a big help to me when I ask her to "keep Lilly company" while I do a quick chore. One day this month we were out back playing and I had put Lilly in the swing,.. I walked away to get something and a few moments later heard laughing, I turned around to see Reaghan pushing Lilly in the swing and they were giggling to each other. It was precious.

Special Events/Outings
She napped through a solar eclipse! Came to see sissy at VBS a couple nights and also stayed home and bonded with daddy on other nights, She no longer screams for him while I'm in the shower or at work. haha We went to Grammies first MACU volleyball game and Aunt Sara's first volleyball game of her senior year. Lilly loved both and was very vocal for both. She visited the Zoo for the first time and was a content little baby in the stroller.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dance Class

We are entering uncharted territory this fall with Reaghan...

We've signed her up for dance class! We are entering into the world of organized activities with our kids. The world where you have to get them to a certain place every week, buy them certain items to participate in said activity and cheer them on as they grow and learn. All summer we were talking about signing her up for something this fall and we were trying to decide between soccer and dance. She loves to run and kick the ball (a girl after her mama's own heart!) but soccer meant games every Saturday... usually early games... SO we totally made a selfish decision and chose dance instead! haha We figure we have YEARS ahead of us of getting up early on Saturday mornings for sporting events so why not postpone it at least another year? Lucky for us, Reaghan is also really into wearing tutu's, twirling around, and doing anything that makes her feel like a princess. (This part of her is definitely not after her mama, but I'm completely on board with loving and promoting all princess activities in this house.)

Choosing dance worked out for us in the end because my sister in law also wanted to sign her little girl up for dance so now Reaghan will be taking taking ballet and tap with her cousin Brooklyn every Thursday night.

Their studio had an open house last week so we took the girls to meet their teacher and get fitted for their ballet and tap shoes.

A couple days before I had found adorable leotards and dance shirts on sale at Old Navy so of course I had to get them for her. (Also those sandals were on sale for $5! I wish I had a pair.)

Unfortunately at the open house I learned that they can only wear black leotards and pink tights to class, but they can wear any kind of tutu or skirt over it. *face palm* so I returned all of the leotards back to Old Navy. First lesson of putting your children in organized activities - don't buy anything until you know for sure what the need! haha

Reaghan has a very timid personality so I'm eager to see how she does and I think this will be a good opportunity for her to grow. She'll be in the class by herself while I sit in the waiting area and she doesn't have much experience with that since she stays home with me. I think having Brooklyn there with her will help her be less nervous.

On the way home from the open house we stopped and got ourselves a little end of summer treat.
Reaghan experienced m&m blizzards for the first time this year and she loves them!

Classes officially start on September 14th so I'll let you know how it goes!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

See Lilly Grow! {6 Months}

Lilly Pop is 6 months old!! How has 1/2 a year gone by since she joined our family? Some days life with 2 littles is tiring, frustrating and overwhelming. I don't think I've gone to bed before midnight since Lilly was born. Some days we run like a well oiled machine and everyone naps and sleeps through the night and eats nutritious meals at appropriate times. 

 Lilly has definitely given us a run for our money in lots of areas. She's needy and fussy. She spits up every hour of her life all over us and the house. She can make your ears ring with her screams when she gets mad and I don't even remember what a quiet car ride is like. BUT her smile is the sweetest, her laugh is contagious and her cuddles are so soothing. I believe that she's going to grow up to feel things deeply. Her emotions will run deep and I'm willing to bet that so will her will. (I mean, she has persisted in screaming in the car for the last 6 months, she won't quit!)

She had her 6 months check up and weighed 16 pounds 13 oz. She was 60th percentile for weight but only 37th for height! Short and stocky : ) She wears size 3 diapers and is in 6 month and 6-9 month clothes.  

She took her first trip to Urgent Care one Friday night for.... wait for it... absolutely nothing. Whomp whomp whomp... I thought maybe she had an ear infection because she had had a cold and after her little cold disappeared she got unusually fussy and didn't sleep for 5 days straight! Tylenol wasn't making much of a difference so I was afraid something else was going on...  I sat with her at an Urgent Care for 2 hours where she screamed her head off while they flushed her ears to see the ear drum better only to tell us they looked fine. *face palm* Apparently she was just on a sleeping strike. **I looked back at Reaghan's 6 month update and apparently she had the same sleeping strike around this time too! Next time I'll remember that not sleeping/fussiness around this time is just a growth spurt and I won't go to the Doctors. haha**

She is eating solid foods! She was totally unimpressed with rice cereal. She was really excited to taste it but you could tell she was underwhelmed once she ate it haha. She was way more into sweet potatoes a week later. So far she has had sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, green beans and peas. Loves the potatoes and carrots, tolerates green beans and squash but actually gags on the peas and refuses to eat them. It's hilarious! I'm going to keep making her eat them because I don't want another eater like Reaghan! She's getting solid foods every night for dinner and I'm trying to work in lunches for her too, but sometimes I just forget! Breastfeeding is more spread out now, usually every 4 hours now.

Other than that one week of waking every hour for no apparent reason. (She must've been going through a growth spurt or something) she is sleeping through the night! Yay for more sleep! Bed time is usually between 8:30-9 and she wakes up between 6-7. Most morning she eats and then falls right back to sleep for another hour or 2!

Her teething toys, especially the little rubber banana and corn toothbrush. Likes toys that make sound. Laughs at her big sissy when she jumps around. Still loves to be held and entertained, likes it when you talk to her! She will be content as long as someone is holding her. She does like her exersaucer now and that buys me about 10 minutes to get things done. Enjoys bath time with big sissy. Likes to give big open mouth kisses all over peoples face. Blows raspberries on my shoulders. Easily smiles at anyone that talks to her.  

The car saga continues.... I think its slowly improving. Like instead of screaming 99.9% of the time we get in the car its only 89.5% of the time and sometimes only 2/3's of the ride. She doesn't like to be alone! She throws a fit when I walk through a room and don't pick her up. I try to be sneaky sometimes so she can't see me. She doesn't like being in the ergo carrier anymore because she can't see and she's too little to face out yet. (SO I'm back to online grocery shopping.) 

She is growing so fast! This past month she started pushing herself up into a little baby plank position on her arms and toes and now she can get herself into a quadruped position and rock back and forth. She hasn't figured out how to move her arms yet so she either flops forward or scoots herself backwards. She finally figured out the sitting up thing just days before turning 6 months, but I still have to be within arms reach of her because she's not great at it. Eating solid foods like I said before. I haven't tried sitting her up by herself in a cart or restaurant high chair yet but at home she sits in her high chair for dinner now and had her first time sitting in her big girl stroller seat. Starting to babble ma-ma-ma sometimes!

Sibling Love
My favorite thing is to listen to Reaghan talk to Lilly. When she's fussing she'll say "Oh whats the matter my sweet love?" If Lilly is being silly and grabbing her hair Reaghan will say "No no sweet girwl." If she spits up she says "Ugh! You are da spit up queen!"  hahaha it reminds me that she is listening to everything I say ;) Reaghan is so proud that Lilly laughs at her when she jumps around. She says "My sister likes it when I go cwazy." She loves to wear matching clothes with Lilly. She never gets mad at her, even if Lilly accidentally hurts her by grabbing her hair or pinching her.

Is it just me, or is Lilly's head the same size as Reaghans?! haha

Special Outings/Events
We visited the farm for cousin Brooklyn's birthday. Had a beach day with family where a crab crawled up on her head while she was sleeping on a towel under the umbrella! (thankfully she had a hat on!) Visited the water park for the first time with big sissy and friends. Enjoyed pool days at Grammie and Pop Pops in her float.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

See Lilly Grow {5 Months}

Her official 5 month birthday was on July 3rd, but close enough right?

I'm still taken aback every once in a while when I look down and I've got two healthy, beautiful girls hanging out with me. That I have the sweet blessing of calling these girls my daughters. Lilly Jean continues to grow in personality and complexity. Her likes and dislikes seem to ebb and flow, all except for her need for her mommy, and she really, really, really wants to be a big girl like her sister! We love her big, bald, beautiful head and her squishy little thighs. We love her quick smile and blue eyes. We don't love her ability to leave your ears ringing when she is upset or her constant spit up.
Find out more about Lilly Jean's 5th month below!

I stepped on the scale with her a couple of days ago and she is just over 16 pounds. She seems a lot heftier than she actually is! Her 2 month old cousin is catching up to her quick weighing in at 13 pounds. But she does love to eat and fits pretty easily into 6 month clothes.

So thankful that we haven't had any sicknesses so far (other than her first month)! I have given her Tylenol on 2 or 3 occasions due to some unexplained fussiness, so she has possibly had some teething or just growing discomforts. But that doesn't even count. 

She usually goes 2 1/2-3 hours between feedings, leaning more towards the 3 hour mark. She watches me intently when I am eating. I think she's figured out there's more to this eating thing than just milk! I wanted to wait until she was at least 5 months before I introduced anything to her to give her belly some more time to mature. Now that she is 5 months I almost feel bad not feeding her food because she so obviously wants to check it out. I bought her some Rice Cereal today so I'll probably introduce it to her this week.

Last month I wrote about a recent crib aversion phase that she was having and thankfully that was short lived. She is officially sleeping in her room in her crib. She is going to bed around 8:30 but still waking up once during the night. I try to get her to fall back asleep without eating. Sometimes she's good with just getting the paci, other times she's not going to be satisfied until she gets some more in her belly. She is taking a 1-2 hour morning nap and a 2-3 hour afternoon nap! Can I get an amen?! She's getting so smart too... usually if she wakes up I try to sneak in without her seeing me and stealthily stick her paci back in her mouth, but she knows where the door is now so as soon as she wakes up she pops her little head up and looks over her shoulder to the door! (She sleeps on her belly now that she can roll over.) Sometimes with her little face smooshed against the rails looking through the slats! It makes me laugh every time, which is good when I'm feeling less than happy about getting up at 3am. She flashes her precious smile as soon as she sees me or Reaghan in the morning.

Her mommy. A lot. I tell her all the time how flattered I am by it but that her daddy loves her just as much as I do! haha She likes to be part of the action. Wherever we are she wants to be there too, and she doesn't just want to see us she wants to be involved. She wants to be talked to or held! She's recently taken a liking to her swing and she's started hanging out a little bit in her exersaucer. Loves to grunt and squeal and kick her legs when she is excited. She likes to grab everything that's in her reach including faces and hair. She likes to put everything in her mouth. She likes to suck and chew on her fingers and sometimes gets her thumb in there. She likes her pool float and the outside baby swing. Daddy recently introduced the Baby Bum YouTube show to her out of desperation and she loves it!

Still with the car. Ugh. A friend suggested that it might be car sickness because she usually doesn't fuss about being in her seat until it is clicked into the car and we pull out of the driveway. I looked it up and unfortunately there's not much that can be done about it if it is carsickness. She doesn't get sick in the car anymore than usual, but it could still be nauseating for her. I feel bad if that's the case because there's nothing I can do about it. Sometimes we dread going places because we know we'll have to listen to screaming. She doesn't like it when mommy goes to take a shower and she has to hangout with daddy for all of 15 minutes - enter Baby Bum ; ) 

She can roll from back to belly and belly to back like a pro! She thought 1 in the morning was a great time to practice those skills last night while she talked and fussed. It was adorable, but also not because of the whole 1 a.m. thing. She is getting much better at using her hands to grab objects and bring them to her mouth. Sometimes she can find her paci and put it back in her mouth herself which is hilarious for some reason. She is JUST getting the hang of sitting up but still not able to do it on her own yet. She does fine sitting in her Bumbo seat though. She can scoot herself off of her play mat so quickly, I'm not even sure how she does it. I have to watch her very closely on changing tables, beds and even in her little bouncy and Bumbo seats because she's strong and if she wants to get out she can arch that chunky little bum right out of something.

Sibling Love
She thinks its hilarious when I'm holding her and she looks down to see Reaghan jumping and dancing. Laughs when Reaghan "roars" at her. Will listen to Reaghan read her books. Reaghan is always on high alert for spit up as soon as she hears Lilly burp. She is a big helper and will get spit up rags and bibs for me all day long and wipe up spit up on the floor for me... even if she mimics my frustration about it with some groaning! Reaghan always asks "Can I see my baby sister?" and always calls her "Baby Yilly" She likes to hold her but will tell me "I'm all done" or "I think she's too heavy for me right now" when she gets tired of sitting with her. She loves to talk about being a big sissy and I love watching her be a big sissy.

Special Outings/Events
We celebrated daddy's birthday and Father's day. Daddy just got a new picture for his desk at work from the girls. She spent 2 nights away from mommy when I went with Mark on his work trip up to Northern Va. That was hard! 1 night for our anniversary was tough, 2 nights was a long time to be away. I had to to pump so much milk for her to have enough and I was so worried that it wasn't going to be, thankfully what I had was exactly the right amount. We had Baby Dedication Day at church. She celebrated her first 4th of July and slept right through the fireworks snuggled against mommy in the ergo carrier with headphones over her ears. :)

P.S. she's wearing the same 4th of July clothes that Reag wore at 9 months old ; )