Friday, October 21, 2016

Avery Kate | 10 Months

(Realized I never hit publish...two months after the fact...)

I'm probably going to go into mourning here in the next week or so over the fact that its already September and I have two, TWO, months until my baby girl is one year old. How in the world does it go by so fast? I am totally not motivated to plan a birthday party either.

At any rate, doodle bug is ten whole months old. She probably weighs about 17 lbs but I really don't know because she doesn't go back to the pediatrician until her 12mo appointment. I can tell you that she is still wearing size three diapers and 9 month clothing for the most part. Some 6 month still fits her. She still has beautiful blue eyes and almost strawberry blonde hair, we can't tell if its light brown or reddish tints. She very much looks like Landon did at this age and we are told frequently how much she resembles her brother. I am beginning to see some of myself in her- but not often. She doesn't have my coloring at all, so it will be interesting to watch her as she grows to see who she ends up looking like!

She is sleeping well, most nights from around 9-7:30am. I know 9 is a little late for babies, but y'all. We don't even eat dinner until 7:30 most nights and as hard as we try, it just doesn't happen any sooner. At night she loves to be held in her room, so most of the time John is the one that puts her to bed so they have a little quiet time together.  She sleeps with her pacifier and her bunny. She only uses her pacifier for sleep, the rest of the day we don't use it at all. This is a stark contrast from her brother, who was addicted to the pacifier and always had one close by during the day as well as at night.

She is eating really well and primary just eats table food. Whatever we are having I just cut into teeny tiny pieces and she self feeds very well. She loves just about everything so far, and doesn't have any aversions that I can tell. Shredded chicken, small bites of turkey, noodles, fruits, cooked carrots or beans, cheerios, and tiny pieces of grapes are some of her favorites. She is not excited about using  a sippy cup at all, and most of the time throws it on the floor sometime during her meal. She also begins throwing her food on the floor when she's finished eating. Josie loves this, mommy not so much.

She is BUSY and is always on the move crawling around the house. She recently found the stairs and climbed up to the second step. I was right there just watching her figure it out- but promptly told John we were buying a baby gate. She keeps us on our toes!

She talks and babbles CONSTANTLY and is rarely still or quiet. She still says "mama" "dada" bay-bee" "bye" and "hey" she also makes the same sounds consistently when she sees Landon or Josie, but we can't make out what she's saying.

She loves riding in her stroller, and its one of the few times of the day that she's actually quiet and still while awake. She also loves baths and most of the time we let her sit in the floor of the shower while one of us is in there. She hears the shower water turn on and starts high-tailing it towards the door! She loves sitting there and playing with toys. She also loves any of Landon's toys- which he doesn't love and I frequently here "AVVA-REEE" when he is frustrated that she is trying to get something he is playing with.



She is happy and busy and curious. She is independent but attached. Sassy but sweet, silly but serious. We love our sweet Avery girl!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Landon | First Day of Preschool 4/5yo

Last Monday, Landon had his last first day of preschool! This year he is in the M/W/F 4-5 year old class. He was a little confused when I told him he wouldn't be in the same class as last year, and would have a new teacher. But on the way in, we stopped to give his previous teacher a big hug and then he marched into his new room without any issues. He is really excited to have his best buddy Kolton in his class this year, so that definitely eased the transition for him.


He was excited to start school, but confused why baseball wasn't starting also. We signed him up for fall ball a couple weeks ago and he is more concerned about playing baseball than going to school, naturally! 


When I picked him up to ask him about his day he told him his favorite part was watching a tractor laying mulch on the playground and a huge dump truck came to deliver a load "of like ten thousand mulch!" I feel like they set the bar pretty high on the first day having a tractor AND a dump truck. Talk about a four year old boy in heaven! I just hope and pray that he continues to have a good year, learns a ton and is excited about school each day. 






Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Avery Kate | Nine Months

Nine months, sweet doodle bug. She turns ten months old in ten days and I'm just now posting this. I I always have great intentions of posting on time, and then it just doesn't happen- anyways...


She has changed so much this month and has definitely become wide open and on the go.


She weighs 16 lb 14 oz  and is 28 inches long. Long and lean just like Landon was at this age. Surprisingly, she weighs about a pound less than he did at nine months old. She's wearing 6-9 month clothes and size three diapers. She still has blonde hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. This month, we noticed she has developed a birth mark on her left elbow! Its a very light, oval shaped spot.

She is sleeping well, most nights from about 8:30 or 9 to 8am. We try to start bedtime around 8:30, but its just hard in the summer when we are on the go and normally still doing things at that time. She's turning into more of a snuggly baby, and loves to be held before she goes to sleep. After her last bottle, we take her to her room, change her and then sit in the dark with her there until she dozes off. John and I both have really enjoyed that time with her and having a few minutes at the end of the day with just our baby girl.

Milestone wise- she is trying to pull up on things, she is crawling like an alligator on her belly, and she is talking a lot! I'm not sure if she will every crawl on all fours because she really scoots around quickly on her belly to get where she needs to go. Most of the time, that means she's following Josie around the house or getting into something she shouldn't be. She says Mama, Dada, Bye bye (with a wave), and baby. The pediatrician told us she is advanced with her speech, so I'm sure she will talk my ears off the rest of our lives. :)

She loves her brother and her puppy, she loves Landon's toys, riding in the stroller, books, and bath time. She also loves snuggling her jellycat bunny.

She is wide open, busy, and curious. She is always, always up to something and keeps us on our toes. I have a feeling thats going to continue the rest of our lives!

Happy Nine Months Avery!





Our Journey with Positional Plagiocephaly

Now that our journey with Avery's positional plagiocephaly has passed, and I wanted to take a minute and write down our experience with wearing a helmet and my thoughts overall on the process. Positional Plagiocephaly is the long medical term for when a baby has a flat area or asymmetrical head. I've had several friends with babies message me or talk to me about their concerns about their baby's head and what happened with Avery- so if this can help anyone out there, then I'm all for it.



I guess Avery's story begins at birth when it comes to the shape of her head. She was delivered with the assistance of a vacuum, and from the get go she had an odd shaped head. Her left side protruded more and wasn't as round as her right side. If you know anything about positional plagiocephaly, then you know that doctors will tell you its from laying your baby on the same side or back of their head for prolonged periods causing a flat spot. And while that may be true, I am just not convinced that its the sole reason that Avery had a flat spot. Her head was oddly shaped from day one, and I feel like no matter how much tummy time I did or time spent off the back of her head, it just didn't correct itself.

Another thing that I think may have contributed is the fact that she slept in her swing in our room for three months. Landon was in his crib at four weeks old, and when he slept he turned his head to the side. Avery slept in her swing and was on the back of her head all night long. During the day, I followed the tummy time guidelines and held her in her Solly wrap a lot to try and keep her off the back of her head. It just wouldn't correct itself.

Avery's flat spot was directly on the back, her head was wider at the back than the front. After monitoring it and seeing if it would correct itself for four months, our pediatrician referred us to a plastic surgeon at Brenner Children's Hospital to have her head evaluated for positional plagiocephaly. We met with the plastic surgeon, did some scans on her head, and it was advised that Avery wear a cranial prosthesis, or helmet, to help correct her flat area.

Let's be honest, no one wants their child to be anything less than perfect. No one wants them to have to wear glasses, or braces, or anything else cosmetic that may draw attention to them. No one wants their baby to be sick or in the hospital. I know that wearing a helmet is not the end of the world, and I also know that if this is the worse we face with Avery we are incredibly lucky, but that doesn't mean I wasn't disappointed when we found out that she needed a helmet. I took it personally, that I didn't do my job at home to prevent or correct this quick enough. After all, I was the one at home with her all day and the one who was more responsible for tummy time. I worried about her discomfort and sleeping with the helmet. At the time she was a terrible sleeper and we didn't need this thing to make matters worse for us.

Honestly, the last thing I was concerned about was what other people thought- I couldn't care less if they ask questions or look at her. Helmets are more common now, but you'd be surprised how many people still asked us why she wore it or what was wrong with her. The other thing that made me a little sad that she had to wear this was that I wouldn't be able to snuggle her or kiss her head like I previously had. Now, this big ol helmet was in the way.

We were then referred to an orthotics and prosthetics place that had her helmet customized to her head size and shape. We learned how to care and clean for it and the rules of wearing her helmet. Twenty three hours a day, for three to six months. We knew her plagiocephaly wasn't severe, so we were optimistic that we would be on the three month end of the time frame instead of the six month end. That would put her getting it off in July and we'd have one good month of the summer without worrying about the heat or sweat.

I would say the helmet was definitely more of an adjustment for John and me than it was for Avery. She really didn't seem to mind wearing it, it didn't affect her sleep. She never fussed when we were taking it on and off. We only and one hiccup early on when we went in and she had the beginnings of a small pressure spot on the back of her head, but it cleared up quickly and we never had any issues going forward. I can't stress the importance of cleaning it regularly and making sure its not causing any red spots on your baby's head.


We went to the beach while Avery was still wearing her helmet, and it definitely affected our week simply because she couldn't be on the beach for very long with us. We are a family that goes out right after breakfast and doesn't come back in until it is time for supper. Now, we had to watch the clock to make sure she didn't have it off for too long and take her back inside, bathe her and put it back on. The prosthetic people did tell us not to let it ruin our vacation, that she could leave it off for longer than an hour a day while we were there, but under no circumstances could the helmet be worn on the beach. We didn't want to risk any sand getting inside the helmet and irritating her skin or causing any issues. We left it off for max about three hours during the day, and then took her back inside the house. No, it didn't ruin our vacation- but it was definitely more of an inconvenience.

We were so incredibly excited when we were told that she could stop wearing it after only two months. She had really big growth spurts and showed a ton of progress, which we are so thankful for. Looking back, the two months flew by. Going for check ups every two weeks helps it pass quicker, and if we had to wear it longer we would have just kept on trucking knowing that it was the best thing for Avery. She has tons of summers going forward to swim and be outside, just a few months this summer really isn't much in the grand scheme of things.

I think as a parent, its best to keep it in perspective. Things could be so much worse. She could have a serious health issue versus just a cosmetic one. We consider ourselves blessed that her health is perfect, and now her noggin is too!









Oak Island 2016

I have been meaning this summer to sit down and write more on this blog of mine. More than just the monthly updates on Avery and what she's up to, at least. It really has been an incredibly busy summer though and sitting at this computer has been the farthest thing from my mind.

At the beginning of June we went to the beach with my family for a week. We love Oak Island, NC and its simplicity, its no secret that we love Southport- and we really just jump at any chance we get to be near the coast. We've been going there so long that it feels like a second home! Our week was full of great weather, lots of boogey boarding for Landon and lots of just hanging on the beach soaking in some sun and salt air.

I was super thankful to have my parents and sister and brother in law there to help us with our kids. Two kids on vacation really isn't a vacation for parents, so we were incredibly lucky to have them there to hand her off or ask my mom to walk with her on the beach while we relaxed for a few minutes.  Avery still had her helmet at that point and could only be on the beach for a couple hours a day. Not to mention, she is super fair skinned and we kept her safely in the shade the majority of the time. She was only in the sun for a few pictures, cooling off in the surf. I kind of hate that her first beach trip was clouded by dealing with her helmet, but over all she did amazing and by the end of the week wasn't so freaked out by the sand or water!

Landon grew to love the water even more than he already did. Aunt Becky and Uncle Tommy gave him a boogie board for Christmas, and they probably win the award for most loved gift ever. He would boogie board all day, everyday if we'd let him! I really enjoyed watching him play and be so fearless in the water. He is a go getter, will try anything, and simply loves life. It was such a  blessing to sit on the shoreline and watch him that week. He teaches me daily what it means to live freely, live whole, and be completely in the moment. That little boy is the happiest, and it is such an honor and gift to be his mama.




















Our first vacation as a family of four, in the books!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Avery Kate | 8 Months


Little girl turned eight months old last week. I kind of dread these monthly posts at this point because its just a countdown to her first birthday, and I'm really not ready for her to become less baby and more toddler!

This past month has been fun- she's been the sweetest, most content baby. She is full of personality, on the verge of so many big milestones, and is just a happy baby. She is in size three diapers, and six month clothes. I'm slowly pulling some nine month things out of her closet though to start wearing! She still eats about six ounces every three hours or so, and is still sleeping through the night, yay!

She has two teeth, has learned to clap and wave, and is just about to crawl. She's trying her hardest to get on all fours, but just hasn't done it yet. She moves EVERYWHERE though by army crawling and rolling.

Her favorite toys are anything that isn't hers- any cars or blocks of Landon's. She loves riding in her stroller, she loves going in the pool, and she loves watching her big brother an all his crazy antics. He still gets the best giggles and smiles out of her!


She has finally decided solid foods aren't that bad, and will eat almost anything I offer her. She definitely has a preference for sweets, can you blame her? Foods she's tried and seems to like are avocado, banana, apples, pears, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I need to make more foods that aren't sweet so she learns to like them also- but I'm just happy that she's finally eating after three months of trying.

How can we forget the biggest milestone of this month...she is helmet free!!! The week of July 4th we went for a follow up appointment, and they were pleased with her progress and results and told us she was ready to call it quits. We were super lucky that she only had to wear it for two months- these hot summer days were hard on her, and hard on us having to keep her inside mostly. We are so happy that she did so well with it, and beyond thankful that those days are behind us. Bring on the bows! She has quite a head of hair now also!


We love our Avery girl, and the joy she brings to our family. Her infectious little grin and silly giggle. We love that she is happy and easy going and I love that she's such a mama's girl. I never dreamed of having a daughter, but God sure knew what He was doing when He gave us sweet Avery.





Avery Katie | 8 Months


Little girl turned eight months old last week. I kind of dread these monthly posts at this point because its just a countdown to her first birthday, and I'm really not ready for her to become less baby and more toddler!

This past month has been fun- she's been the sweetest, most content baby. She is full of personality, on the verge of so many big milestones, and is just a happy baby. She is in size three diapers, and six month clothes. I'm slowly pulling some nine month things out of her closet though to start wearing! She still eats about six ounces every three hours or so, and is still sleeping through the night, yay!

She has two teeth, has learned to clap and wave, and is just about to crawl. She's trying her hardest to get on all fours, but just hasn't done it yet. She moves EVERYWHERE though by army crawling and rolling.

Her favorite toys are anything that isn't hers- any cars or blocks of Landon's. She loves riding in her stroller, she loves going in the pool, and she loves watching her big brother an all his crazy antics. He still gets the best giggles and smiles out of her!


She has finally decided solid foods aren't that bad, and will eat almost anything I offer her. She definitely has a preference for sweets, can you blame her? Foods she's tried and seems to like are avocado, banana, apples, pears, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I need to make more foods that aren't sweet so she learns to like them also- but I'm just happy that she's finally eating after three months of trying.

How can we forget the biggest milestone of this month...she is helmet free!!! The week of July 4th we went for a follow up appointment, and they were pleased with her progress and results and told us she was ready to call it quits. We were super lucky that she only had to wear it for two months- these hot summer days were hard on her, and hard on us having to keep her inside mostly. We are so happy that she did so well with it, and beyond thankful that those days are behind us. Bring on the bows! She has quite a head of hair now also!


We love our Avery girl, and the joy she brings to our family. Her infectious little grin and silly giggle. We love that she is happy and easy going and I love that she's such a mama's girl. I never dreamed of having a daughter, but God sure knew what He was doing when He gave us sweet Avery.





Saturday, June 25, 2016

Avery Kate | Seven Months

Avery turned seven months old the day before we left for vacation, and in the chaos of trying to pack for a family of four to go to the beach, I just didn't have it in me to write out her monthly post or take pictures. This month has been such a big month for her though, that I still wanted to jot down some of her milestones and I took a few pictures of her one night at the beach.



At seven months old she probably weighs about 16.5 lbs, but we won't have another weight until we go to her nine month well check. She's wearing 3-6 month clothing still, and size 2 diapers. She still has blonde hair and blue eyes and soft pale skin. I'm pretty sure she will need to buy stock in sunscreen throughout her life, lol!

She is still taking a 5-6 ounce bottle every three hours like clockwork. She does really well with her bottles and I love that she's predictable with her schedule now so that I can plan for the day. We are still working on solids. She really isn't great with them and still spits most of her food out. I've tried oatmeal, apples, avocado, sweet potato, and pear. Pears seem to be the winner for her and were the food that she finally (just this week!) started actually opening her mouth for more of. Sweet potato seems to be her least favorite, which is interesting because Landon could live off of "orange potatoes." We're making some progress, but I can't believe its been almost two months of solids and she still hasn't really gained any interest. We will get there!

She's still taking a morning and afternoon nap, usually about 2 hours each, and is still sleeping through the night (whoohoo!). Bedtime for her is usually between 8-9pm and she wakes up between 7-8am. She has started wanting to snuggle for  a few minutes before we lay her down, which I don't complain about. Overall she is far less snuggly than Landon was or is. Landon is my child who asks to crawl up on the couch every night to snuggle before bedtime. Maybe we can convert Avery, right?

This month she learned to sit up independently. I by no means want to rush her growing up, but I love this milestone. Life gets just a little bit easier when you can actually sit your baby somewhere and know they aren't going to fall over! She also loves that she can sit on the floor and play with Landon and her cousins now. She loves those kids so much! I'm soaking in that she isn't fully mobile, but it won't be long before she's crawling. She's already trying to inchworm or army crawl to get what she wants on the floor, and she rolls like a champ. Always on the go!

She's learned to clap and is still babbling up a storm and making all kinds of funny noises. She loves baths and riding in her stroller, and any toy of Landon's. It is not uncommon to find her with one of his little trucks in her hand. She also loves plastic measuring spoons, strange toy I know, but ours have rubber handles and she loves chewing on them! That is definitely something that's different with second baby versus first. With Landon, we had all these baby toys laying around, and with our second she plays with brother's toys and kitchen measuring spoons! Whatever works!

She loves the pool and never fusses when we take her in with us. She splashes and watches Landon play and seems very content. Hopefully we can have another baby that loves the water!


The best part of this month is that we got the news thats she will only have to wear her helmet another week. July 1st we are set to go in, have our final scans, and hopefully never have to put that thing on her noggin again! It really hasn't been awful, but I cannot wait until we can go to the pool and not have to watch the clock to make sure she hasn't had it off too long, or worry about her being hot when its one hundred degrees outside. Life will certainly be a little easier without her helmet. And I can't wait to put bows on her head again! I bought all these bows when I was pregnant and they've been sitting in her dresser- time to pull them out again! I plan on writing a post on our experience with her helmet at some point.


Over all, our girl is happy and content and silly, but she lets you know when she's not happy. She is chatty and noisy and loves people. She lights up when someone talks to her and always has a smile on her face. She's busy- and is always moving and on the go and I'm sure it won't be long before she is crawling. She's a mama's girl, which I love, but lights up when daddy and Landon and Josie are around. We love her abundantly, and are so thankful she's part of our family!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Avery | Six Months

I know each month's post starts with the same ol "I can't believe you are __ months old, each month is flying by" sentiments. But seriously. She's six months old this time. Six months is so very different and so much more emotional for me than any previous month. We are officially on the downhill to her first birthday and I find myself just hanging on for dear life wanting it all to slow down just a little bit so I can soak her in even more at this age.


This past month as been pretty eventful for her. We've had a lot of milestones and a lot of changes, and she has handled them all like a champ. She's resilient and easy and doesn't seem to mind when something isn't the same as it was yesterday. We've settled into a pretty predictable schedule and she's simply just a happy, chunky, sweet little girl.


At six months old she weighs 15 pounds 13 ounces and is 26 1/4 inches long. She is wearing six month clothes and is in size two diapers. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and looks nothing like her mama.

In the past month, we've really fallen into a schedule and she seems so content, rarely cries, and is sleeping really well now (hallelujah!!). She's eating every three hours still and is solely on bottles. She is taking 5-6 ounces each time. I started solids with her a little over a week ago and we haven't made much progress with them. I've tried oatmeal and avocado and she just can't figure out what to do with them! She holds it in her mouth and eventually it falls out. Hopefully she'll catch on soon! I've read a lot about the baby led weaning method also and wonder if that might be a good fit to let her self feed and explore food on her own versus me feeding her pureed foods. Maybe we'll give it a try?

A typical day in the life of Avery looks something like this:

7-7:30, wake up and eat
9-10:30ish AM nap
10:30-11 eat
1:30-2 eat and down for PM nap
2-4:30 PM nap
4:30 eat
7:30-8 eat
8:00 bath
8:30 bedtime

After five long months of awful sleep and inconsistent naps, I ordered the Moms on Call book series, and we quickly got on track and Avery has been sleeping through the night for the past few weeks. I knew most of what they recommended, but it was good to re-read and also learn their other tips! We stopped holding Avery to get her to go to sleep and instead laid her down in her crib,  and would comfort her without picking her back up. After a couple nights, she caught on and is able to put herself to sleep without issue. We use a sound machine, pacifier and she has a seahorse that plays music which she loves (not a Moms on Call recommendation, but it works for us). Those first nights I let her fuss, but never let her truly cry it out. I always went in before she got too upset and helped her settle back down. I can't just close the door and listen to my baby cry!


At the end of April she was fitted for her helmet and has been wearing it for 23 hours a day since then. It is estimated that she will need it for 3-6 months. We are praying its closer to three months. Call me crazy- but I already see a change in her head shape and its a little more rounded at the back than it previously was. She seems unfazed by her helmet. Her sleep hasn't been affected and she doesn't cry when we take it on or off. I think it is more of an adjustment for us parents because it requires cleaning and skin checks and I am more mindful of keeping her cool now that the weather has started warming up. She's a hot natured baby, so the summer months should be interesting for us!

Milestone wise- She can roll from back to tummy and also tummy to back. I frequently find her on her stomach in the morning when I go to get her out of the crib. She seems to sleep on her side most of the time. She is babbling up a storm and making all kinds of letter sounds and loves to hear her voice. She isn't afraid of being noisy! I'm sure once she really learns to talk she'll never stop!


She loves Landon and he gets the best laughs out of her. She lights up when she sees him! He loves her too and is always asking where she is or what she's doing. He loves to sit next to her and snuggle her in bed. Avery also loves baths, which I'm praying will mean she will love the pool! She loves cruising in her stroller. She loves her seahorse, octopus toy, bunny, and of all things- she really loves the blue plastic cup that we use in the tub to rinse her off! Something about that cup makes her so happy!

This month we made our first trip as a family of four to Greenville, NC for our annual baseball weekend with my side of the family. She traveled really well- but let me tell ya, I forgot how involved it can be traveling with a baby! I pack light- but our car was still full. Going to the beach for a week this summer should be interesting!

We love our girl- we love the smiles and giggles she gives and the joy she brings to our family.

Happy Six Months, Sweet Avery Kate!







Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Baseball.

Most of my childhood memories take place on a ball field. The house I grew up in was only a block away from the high school and I remember walking down to the field on warm summer evenings with my dad to watch the boys play in the American Legion league. On nights we couldn't walk down and watch, I layed in bed and fell asleep with the windows open listening to the announcers and hearing the game from a distance. From early on, I fell in love with the atmosphere of a ball park. The smells, the hum of the lights over a night game, the crack of the bats and pops of a ball perfectly hitting a glove. There are few things in life that make me feel more content and at ease than being at a ballpark. In some odd way, it feels like home.

I started playing softball in elementary school and fell in love with the game. It soon became a year-round passion of mine- one year I played on four different teams, some at the same time. My dad faithfully carted me to and from every practice and game and tournament and was right there cheering me on and coaching the teams I was with. Tournaments became part of our norm and I regularly turned down hanging out with friends with the same excuse of "I can't, my team has a tournament this weekend."

My team was a group of girls, none of which I went to school with, but who became some of my best friends. Mainly because we all shared the same love of the game and would rather be playing out hearts out on the field than at the mall shopping. We started on Friday nights, Saturday we sometimes played upwards of 4-5 games, and ended the tournament with a couple games on Sunday, hopefully clenching victory. We were sweaty, and tired, and had some pretty incredible tan lines from our uniforms- but we loved every single second of it. Life on the ball field shaped my childhood, molded me into the person I am, and taught me more about team work, confidence, and hard work than anything else I knew.



This past February, we got a call from a friend of John's that baseball sign ups were getting ready to start. Kids in our area have to be four before they can play- and Landon just made the cut off to play this spring. I think John and I were more excited for Landon to play than anything, and we jumped at the chance for him to be on a familiar face's team.

Since that day, we've lived on the ball field once again. My role has changed from the player on the field to the mom on the bleachers cheering on the team and holding my breath every time he gets up to bat just praying he gets a good hit. I laugh at him playing in the dirt, watching the "big boys" on the opposite field play more than watching his own game, and running the bases like he's a lifeguard on Baywatch. Those familiar sounds and smells and sights are all still there, and I couldn't love it more.

More than anything, I want Landon to just have fun. To enjoy the game, and to learn and improve with each at bat and each practice. The day it stops being fun is the day that he doesn't need to play anymore (and hopefully that day doesn't come for a really long time). I want him to learn that hard work pays off, that practice helps you improve, that playing for a team is one of the best things ever. That sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose and it really doesn't matter either way- you still hold your head high and try harder next time. That it doesn't always go your way, and how to handle it when it doesn't. How to be a good loser, and a good winner. To support others, cheer them on, and be excited for them when they have a big game or do something great.

That said, we are having an absolute blast in our first season of baseball. Landon loves it, gets excited about going to practices and games, and can often be seen in the yard with his tee, ball and bat practicing himself. He loves running and hitting- and its pretty good at both! He's currently playing center field, which means there's a lot of daydreaming, picking grass and doing anything other than paying attention to the game. He gets a long well with his team mates and is learning a lot. And he is pretty dang cute in his uniform.





These days, they are the sweet spot of parenting, the sweet spot of motherhood. It's busy, yes. But it is so fun. Yesterday was our anniversary and we spent it cheering on our four year old. He had two great hits and scored two runs!  I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be.



Last photo courtesy of my dad.

Avery Kate | Five Months

I swore I'd keep up with these monthly posts with our second baby. I swore she wouldn't be given the short end because mommy was busy, and life was chaotic. So, although it is a few weeks late- I am keeping my promise, holding true to what I set out to do, and keeping up with our monthly updates on sweet, Sassy Molassey.



Five months, approximately 14.5 lbs. Size two diapers, 3-6 month clothes, 6 month sleepers.

Avery is eating every 3 hours still, and still nursing! I have had continual issues while nursing though from blocked ducts, or a small bout of mastitis (we think)...so we will see how much longer we can make it! She does great though, and I have loved that I've been able to nurse longer than I did with Landon.

Unfortunately, while she's great at eating, she stinks at sleeping. Avery is still up multiple times a night, and thinks she is starving at every moment. I'm exhausted with it. I'm the first to admit that we have been more slack with sleep training than we were with Landon. He was in his crib and sleeping six hour stretches by four weeks old. Avery was in our room with us and in her swing until 4 months old. I have finally bit the bullet and decided to move her from our room to her own and start working with her on sleeping in the crib. Some nights she makes it all night in there, and others I end up caving and bringing her to our room to sleep with us. She loves for me to hold her, and the second I put her back in her crib those little eyes pop open and she tells me "you're not going anywhere, lady." Funny how a five month old can tell you these things. :) So, all that to say, I'm exhausted- and we need help. Its time to get super serious about sleeping in this household. Mama needs more than four hours a night!



This month we found out that our sweet girl will have to wear a helmet for 3-6 months. I've tried my hardest to keep her off the back of her head, to do more tummy time, and to sit her in the bumbo seat versus laying her down on her back. Nothing has really seemed to help her head round out in the back. I was definitely bummed when we found out- no one wants their baby to be anything less than perfect. No one wants to have to deal with things like this. But I am continually reminded how blessed we are that she is strong and healthy and if a helmet is the biggest "health issue" we have to deal with- we are incredibly lucky. Say a prayer for us that she sleeps well, and adjusts well to this thing being on her head!


Loves- baby girl LOVES her brother more than anything in this world. He is the only one who can get her to belly laugh and giggle as hard as she does. She lights up when he walks in the room and constantly watches what he is doing. And he loves her equally. It really is the sweetest bond, and I just hope it continues! She also still loves her teething toys, her stroller, and being held. She's a snuggly baby and just wants to be around her people.


Her personality is growing each and everyday and it is such a sweet, content personality. She is curious and serious, and always takes in her surroundings. But she is so happy and smiles all the time! We love our sweet doodle and can't imagine our little family without her in it!

Happy Five Months, Avery Kate!!

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