Showing posts with label Babies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Babies. Show all posts

Where My Babies Slept (Nursery Tour)



T-minus 8 days until we close on our new house!  I wanted to show you the last corner of our first home before we leave it.

This room is one of the harder ones to leave.  It's gone through many transformations over the years, from blue airplanes, to pink and purple flower garden, to orange and turquoise ocean-themed, to coral and mint florals.  Each of my babies have slept in here at one point or another.  This is how it looks right now, how I decorated it for our last baby, Georgie.  It's hard to leave it, especially since she turns one year old in a couple weeks.  I labored over that quilt when my belly was so big I couldn't pick up the needle when I dropped it.  I rocked her when she was only as big as a loaf of bread, right in that chair.

The only thing missing is the rows of family photos that were on the wall right above the bookshelf - I took pictures of it before I took them down for showings, but I accidentally deleted the photos, so aside from one photo from my phone, you'll have to use your imagination.  Still, I'm glad I found time to snap a few more shots of this room amidst all the packing that is happening this week. I want to remember the place where each of my babies slept.






















 

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That's it, guys!  Our whole house, all the rooms in our first home.  We've had so many milestones here, so many good memories, and a few tears.  This house has been good to us, and the Lord saw us through it all and blessed us here.

Goodbye, First House.

You can click the button below to see the entire home tour.  Now, on to our next place!  I'll share "before" pictures of our new house in about a week or so!





Scrunchy Faces And Kisses - Georgie At Ten (And Eleven) Months



Shortly after Georgie turned ten months old, we figured out we were probably moving, and all the craziness that comes with that ensued!  By the time I had a minute to sit down and write her ten month post, it was really too late to share it.  So today we're combining her ten month and eleven month updates!  Thankfully I remembered to take her ten month photos though, so we can still compare!



Ten Months

This is such a fun age for Georgie!  She is so snuggly and loves me so much right now.  Her face just lights up every time she sees me, and it warms my heart.  She is still scoot-crawling, and she tries so hard to go fast, pushing herself with her right leg all the time.

Poor little thing is still teething, so her sleep hasn't been as great this month (though still pretty good).  It's so sad to see her cry and start to chew on her finger.  She still has those two little teeth in the front, and I'm waiting to see when the other sill pop through.

She does a scrunchy-face smile when she is really happy, and it is the cutest thing to me.  She has started to say "mama" and "dada" to me and Derek, so I think she is figuring out what those words actually mean!

Gwendolyn and Georgie look so much alike, and when I compare their baby pictures, it's almost like i"m looking at the same baby.  This month Georgie's hair has started to curl at the ends, just like Gwen's did as a baby.  She also likes to be turned upside down, just like Gwen.  If she is having a fussy moment, I'll just tip her backwards, and she immediately starts laughing!

My favorite thing right now is to give Georgie her bottle, because she tucks her little body against mine, like she's trying to get as close as possible.  I love it so much.  Georgie is such a delightful baby, and Derek and I have said multiple times this month how we wish she would never grow up.



Eleven Months

Georgie's personality is really starting to show, and she is just so funny!  This month her favorite thing to do is shake her head back and forth to make us laugh.  She also has started tilting from side to side to music - it's so cute to watch her little dance!

This month I really started to see the sister relationship between Clarice and Georgie grow.  They sit right across from each other in the car, and Clarice will often talk to Georgie or reach across the car to take her hand.  Georgie laughs almost as soon as Clarice notices her, and I can see her picking up some of Clarice's facial expressions and habits.  It's so cute!



One expression that I know she picked up from Clarice (because Clarice used to make the exact same face as a baby) is a funny scrunched-nose open-mouthed expression.  It kind of looks like a disgusted look, and I can't help but laugh every time she does it, which probably only encourages it!  She's cute when she does it, but I'm trying to train her out of it at the same time.

She has also started "talking" a ton.  She makes little humming and sing-song sounds, and if you make the same noise back at her, she just lights up at the "conversation".  She has started to say "hi" and "bye", "Mama" and "Da".  Her "hi" sounds a lot like Gwen's baby "hi", with a little southern lilt to it, and when she says "Bah", she waves her little hand.  It's adorable!



Unfortunately I think our bottle-snuggle days may be coming to a gradual end, because Georgie is so wiggly now.  She wants to see everything!  Now when she gets her bottle, she prefers to look out at everything that's going on around her.  This makes me really sad, because I miss our snuggles!  Occasionally she'll still fall asleep on my lap, and when that happens, I don't put her down.

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Georgie Bea,

How you have grown and changed over the last two months!  You are growing into your own personality, and I love to see it, but it's bittersweet to see my little baby looking so grown up.  Still, I'm not completely sorry, because you are becoming even more fun.

I realized recently that when I kiss your little cheek, you make a kissing noise back to me.  You lean back, look me in the eye, and say "Mmmwah!".  The other day, you even gave me a "Mmmwah!", and then leaned in and pressed your little open mouth to my cheek.  You leaned back again and looked so proud of yourself for figuring out your first kiss!  It was such a present moment.  You made my day, little one.  I'm so blessed that you are mine!

Love Always,

Mama.




The Many Smiles Of Georgie - 8 Months Old



These month markers keep getting away from me - Georgie turned 8 months old two weeks ago!

Eating and Growth

This baby girl loves her solid foods.  Whenever we set her up to feed her, her arms and legs start flailing out of excitement, and when we have a puree on the spoon she almost dives at it if you don't give it to her fast enough.

I can't tell you how much she weighs at this point, since we missed our 6 month check-up (oops).  I'm going to take her in soon for a 9 month visit, and then I'll have an update.  We're in size 2 diapers (though we probably need size 3 soon, and she wears 6-9 month clothes right now.

Sleeping

The poor little thing has been sick this last week, and she had a couple nights when she woke up in the middle of the night.  It's so rare that she wakes up, I actually didn't mind it.  I brought her in bed with me and we got some snuggles in.

Since I never have anything interesting to say for this section, I'd like to just make a note that the key for Georgie seems to be this ancient space heater we have in her room.  Every night we turn it on after we lay her down.  It hums to life very noisily, and the filaments glow red.  It heats up the room pretty well for being an old heater.  It serves not just it's stated purpose, but also triples as a noise machine and night light.  We've been talking about replacing it for a long time, but I almost don't want to - it does so well at humming our babies to sleep.

Firsts

I'm not really sure we celebrated any firsts this month, other than Georgie's first Father's Day on the outside!  She is getting a little better at sitting up now.  She also stretches and kicks so intently when we place her on her stomach - she wants to crawl so badly, but can't quite figure it out!  We're still waiting on teeth, but I keep thinking it can't be long now.

Wait, wait, she had her first teething cookie!  And she loved it even more than her purees, which is saying something.



Personality

This girl.  Where to start.

I might have mentioned this last month, but her new thing is sticking out her tongue.  Whenever she's happy, out comes the tongue.  When she's concentrating, out comes the tongue.  It's her new thing, and I kind of love it.

She is the baby of a hundred smiles - meaning a hundred kinds of smiles.  She does a sweet smile - that's the default.  She gives a huge grin, dimples showing, and raises her eyebrows when she is happy to see you.  She smiles and shifts her lower jaw forward and tilts her head when she is trying to charm someone.  She smiles when she is crying and realizes that you're going to pick her up - it's a crying smile.  And my current favorite, when she is completely amused and about to laugh, she tucks her chin back into her neck, her eyes become these tiny slits, and it's like her entire face is one big smile.  I love the many happy faces of Georgie.



And of course there is the half-hearted, "where'd you go?", sort-of smile that happens when I pull out the big camera.  I have to be sneaky to capture a good one.

In addition to all the smiling, Georgie is so into her baby toys right now.  She will sit there and study a plastic ball for an hour.  She especially likes soft stuffed animals or baby dolls.  I think she is particularly attached to the bunny we take her monthly photos with, and I would like to buy her one that I can let her completely destroy (after 5 kids, I know what happens to the "lovey" stuffed animal or blanket).

She is such an incredibly easygoing baby, the section on her smiling pretty much covers it.  She is social and starting to explore her surroundings more (as much as she can until she starts crawling).  I love her to bits.



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Georgie Bea,

I think it's safe to say that you are a momma's girl right now.  You like to be held by other people too, but whenever I walk close enough, you'll lunge into my arms, then turn and give a triumphant grin to the person you just abandoned.  I find it incredibly cute and amusing - the people you leave feel slightly insulted, but you're so adorable they can't stay mad.  When I feed you a bottle right now, you tuck your little head into the space under my shoulder and turn into me, trying to get as close to me as you can manage without dropping your bottle.  You laugh when I kiss your little cheek, and you love the made-up songs I sing you.  You chew my chin and slobber all over my face if I give you a chance - which I do, because I know these are your baby kisses.  You are my precious girl, and I love every minute of the day I get holding you.  

Stop growing so fast, will you?  

I love you so much, Baby Girl.

Love, 

Mama

Lots Of Firsts - Georgie At Seven Months


Georgie Bea is seven months old, and this post is late!  Whoops.  I'm blaming vacation (even though it was a month ago).

Growth And Eating

We are solidly into size 2 diapers and 6-9 month clothes, though I still make some smaller sizes work as well.  Her feet are big enough for shoes now, but since it's summer I rarely put shoes on her.  She looks adorable in her baby swimsuit (I will share pictures on Instagram soon).

Georgie has really filled out over the last couple months, and I love her chubby little cheeks!  We started food purees this month, and she loves them.  She often lurches toward the spoon if I don't bring it to her mouth fast enough.

She is still cuddly and sweet when I feed her a bottle, and she snuggles into my and reaches up to touch my face.  I love that she still does this, even though we are no longer nursing.  She can almost hold her own bottle now, but I try not to let her too often when we are at home, because I want to enjoy her baby snuggles.



Sleeping

No change, she's still amazing.  She does have a harder time when I first lay her down lately, but she's usually still asleep within 15 minutes.

Firsts

We went on Georgie's first family vacation this month!  Maybe I'll get around to posting about it before the summer is over.  She had her first plane flight, and did wonderfully on the plane.  She met her Uncle Jeff and Aunt Rae for the first time.  She saw the ocean for the first time (even though she won't remember it).

We also started solids for the first time (which she loved)!



Personality

Georgie hates water, and always gives me this desperate, betrayed look when I put her in the bathtub.  She hates getting sprayed with the sunscreen.  Aside from those two things she has generally been an abnormally happy baby.  It's not hard to get her to smile!  She also has the cutest little baby laugh (I know, I say that about all my babies).

Of course, as we've passed the 7 month mark her teething has gotten a little more aggressive, and she has had some days where she just gets upset whenever I put her down and wants to be held all day.  Whenever I pick her up she immediately gives this triumphant grin and pats my shoulder, and I have a vague feeling that I've just been played.  Still, I usually just try to accommodate - she'll be crawling soon, and then who knows if she'll want me to hold her?



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Georgie Bea, 

How you've grown this month!  You are starting to look like an "older" baby.  The happiest place for you to be is resting on my hip, and you grin at everyone who looks at you.  I love your sweet smile and dimples, you charm people wherever we go!  Even the people on the plane couldn't get irritated that they were sitting by a baby because you were so darn cute.  I love how your eyes follow me around when I'm not holding you, and you lean toward me with your little raised eyebrows whenever you catch my eye.  I'm still your favorite, and you can be attached to my hip for as long as you want, Baby Girl.  I love you more than all the stars in the sky.

Love Always,

Mama


Large Family Q&A - 5 Kids Under 7



People are curious about large families.  Curious enough to ask awkward questions of strangers (I speak from experience).  I don't blame them - I am even curious about families that are bigger than mine!

With five kids, I suppose we officially fall into the "large family" category, so I had a little fun with it recently and did a video with some common questions people seem to have about big families.  Now you don't have to ask me awkward questions, because I answered them for you here!  Watch the video (or scroll down for the short answers!).





1. How many children do you have? 
Five!


2. What are their ages? 

7, 5, 3, 2, 4 months.


3. What is your family structure? 
They're all our biological children.


4. How old were you when you had your first baby? 

Twenty-two, and I'd recommend young motherhood when possible. I got all five of my babies in before I turned 30!


5. Were they all planned by you and your spouse, or do you leave it up to God? 

We had to try a bit for the first two, and the last three were surprises (sort-of).


6. What is your favorite reaction to telling someone how many children you have? 
My favorite reaction is when someone tells me how blessed I am, because that's how I feel!


7. How do you usually handle negative comments? 
Um...I don't really notice negative reactions most of the time. One of the benefits of being non-observant. Still looking for a good one-liner for the (thankfully very few) times we get a negative comment.


8. What does it cost to feed your large family? 

Well, our monthly grocery budget is currently $650, but most of the kids are pretty little and don't eat terribly much. It'll probably go up in the next few years.


9. Do you plan to have more children?  
I believe we're done, but hey, I'll never say never! Derek and I have talked about leaving adoption open as a possibility if the Lord calls us that way.


10. What is your family vehicle? 

Minivan, baby!


11. Do you ever eat out?  
Not very often, and if we do, it's usually fast food.


12. How much milk do you go through in a week? 
Two gallons? We probably could go through more, but we drink water more often than milk.


13. How many rolls of toilet paper do you go through each day? 
I don't even know!


14. What is your favorite go to meal? 
Burritos or some sort of noodles.


15. How do you spend one on one time with each of your children? 
I usually take one of them with me for the beginning-of-the-month grocery shopping trip, though we still need to get back into that since Georgie has been born. Homeschooling is also giving me some one-on-one time with the older kids while we do their work, and I totally count that. We bond over math.


16. How do you manage the clutter? 
We do pick-up times at designated times of the day, but let's just say I've become a lot more laid back about messes.


17. Do you homeschool, private school or public school? 
Homeschool!


18. How do you manage the chaos? 
By getting used to it?


19. What do you do IF you get free time? 
Blogging, dabbling in doing these videos, and reading.


20. What is your #1 tip for other large family moms?  

I don't know! I don't think I'm far enough in to give advice. Someone give me some tips!



If you have a large family, feel free to grab the questions and let me know where you answered so I can check it out!


Georgiana On The Inside


It's hard sometimes, looking back on a pregnancy and knowing it was probably your last.  My fifth pregnancy seemed a little surreal from the start, when I was surprised by the news of it, and as my belly started to get bigger, and as she kicked her little feet against my belly.  I had a hard time believing that I was really getting to do this again, grow a little life one more time.  I tried to hang on to all the details so I could remember every second, but it all went by way too fast.

I am so grateful for the accessibility of pictures now, because as I hold my beautiful, squirming, dark-haired Georgiana Bea, I can still look back at these maternity pictures too and remember that she used to be so tiny, tucked away in my belly.  This same little girl who I will get to know better and better, who I get to watch grow on the outside now - she is the same little one who grew my belly for nine months, the same one who I saw flickering on an ultrasound when she was no bigger than an aspen leaf, the same little one who turned that second line pink.

What a miracle life is, and I am so thankful that the Lord worked it out so that we could have a part in it, from shaking hands holding a pregnancy test to tiny hands holding my finger to everything the future holds for my little girl.























Thanks to my dear friend, Danae, for taking our maternity pictures again!  I was so excited we got to do it in the fall this time.  Dream maternity session during my favorite season?  Check.

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