You know we are always looking towards the next holiday around here, Valentines Day is just under a month away and we have already pulled out all the pink, red + heart-shaped things! I always get excited to help the girls make Valentines for their little friends, to bake cookies + make our favorite chocolate-covered pretzels, and to host a fun little Valentines playdate at our house (which we skipped last year due to the first trimester and moving, but are excited to bring back!). I feel like some holidays we are still trying to find our groove and pick traditions that work with little ones, but this is one that we have figured out and LOVE!
Of course with each holiday we always like to get new books, so I wanted to share some of the books currently on our shelf! These are adorable and I would recommend them all, with the disclaimer that Avalon refuses to read any of them because she will only read the same dang book EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. So hopefully someone will get use out of them, even if it’s not us. 😉
Happy shopping + happy halfway through the week!! XO
Remerie Rue is four months old, at this time last year we had just found out we were expecting and now here she is, healthy + adorable + as sweet as ever.
This month has been so much fun, with all the magic of her first Christmas and also just getting to see her personality more. She has found her voice and uses it all the time (the cutest little screeching noise) + also her legs, she kicks them so fast when she is super excited! She is always sucking her two fingers, it is SO ADORABLE and definitely one of my favorite things about her.
She continues to be really laid-back and thankfully doesn’t blink an eye when she has two sisters constantly in her face, wanting to dance around with her or make her their little baby doll. 🙂 She is definitely recognizing both of them now and it makes my heart the happiest. They each have different relationships with her, Waverly loves to help dress her and likes to call her “her baby”, and Avalon talks to her in this high-pitched voice and is always wanting to look at the monitor in the morning to see if she is awake yet. I hope they always all love each other as much as they do now.
She sleeps great at night (!!!) but naps are pretty non-consistent or reliable, which can be hard when the big girls want to do all the things and she is tired. She is still breastfeeding (!!!), but we have hit some struggles with that + I have had to work really hard this time around to get my supply back up. And most days I wish there were more hours to soak all her goodness in some more, because obviously she doesn’t get near the one-on-one attention that her big sisters did. So it’s just like motherhood, there are the highest highs and some hard moments, but there is never a second I would change any of it.
Remerie Rue, you are such a dream and we love, love LOVE you so!!! Happy four months sweetest girl.
New year, new products to love!!! Remerie is about to turn four months, and even though she is still too little for an actual high chair, I have been wanting to upgrade her to a bigger seat where she could be more at eye level with the rest of us. She is actually the first of all my babies to be content for a period of time without being held (probably because there is always so much going on around her!), but during meal times or when the girls are doing homework or coloring on the island, we always like to have her close! Previously we were using the Bumbo + she would sit on the counter, but she is moving around more now and I was starting to get nervous that she would flip herself right out.
We teamed up with Oribel to try one of their Cocoon High Chairs, which was perfect for her starting out this young since it literally grows with baby. There are soooo many options — three recline positions, six chair heights, a snack + drink holder, and a self-feeding tray. We started out the first couple of days just by reclining her, and then moved into sitting her up with the tray which she loved so much. We put her toys around her but mostly she just loved being higher up with her sisters, you have to zoom in on her sweet happy face in the first photo!!!
I LOVE the modern design, the neutral colors and the wheels on the bottom which make it super easy to move around our kitchen! I am the first to admit that some of the bright colored baby products in our house drive me a little crazy, but this high chair is so pretty I actually love keeping it out! We are super excited to use it in the months to come and watch our sweet Remie Rue grow into it.
The biggest thank you to Oribel for sending this over, all thoughts + opinions are completely my own! XO
Happiest New Year to you and yours!!! I always look forward to a fresh start and the return to some kind of routine after the holidays, but honestly this time around 2018 was hard to say goodbye to. It was one of the best years we have had in a really long time, SO MUCH HAPPENED — with the highlight being our sweet Remerie Rue and buying our second home. My husband also started a new job, I made it through my first year at a new school, Waverly finished kindergarten and learned to swim, & Avalon loved her her first year of preschool and started riding a big girl bike with no training wheels. There was a whole lot of change, and chaos, but also a whole lot of love.
We are headed into 2019 feeling endlessly grateful and looking forward to taking more time to settle & soak it all in. We are ready to make all the memories with our growing girls, but also to give ourselves grace when we need a moment to step back from it all. To continue to grow, to learn, and to be PRESENT — something I always think about this time of year and that is hard to always achieve, but is so important to me as a mother.
I love, love new beginnings and cannot wait to see what we have ahead in the new year!
THANK YOU for following along year after year, it means so much! Happy 2019, we hope this year is the most magical and best yet! XO
PS — Waverly & Avalon’s dresses are from Pixie Lane and they are obsessed with them!! Such cute clothes for an affordable price.
Merry few days after Christmas! This week always just feels kind of weird, I never know what day it is or really what we should do, everyone is pretty exhausted and equally sad that Christmas is over and happy to be able to get back into a routine again (or maybe that is just me?). Either way, of course I am SO EXCITED to have some time off work to be at home with my babes until the new year!
The girls had a very merry Christmas, they were spoiled with tons of toys and lots of family time with their favorite people. Waverly ended up getting sick Christmas Eve morning, which was the saddest thing ever, but thankfully she had a quick recovery and was back to her energetic self the next day. Avalon was soooo into believing in all the magic, she was so excited to watch the Santa Tracker to see where he was all day and for the first time in her entire life, she went to sleep immediately when we laid her down — because she was so worried that Santa would not come if she was awake. And sweet Remerie, just as precious as ever, smiling and cooing and not really knowing that it was different than any other day.
I never want to forget how cute Waverly & Avalon were throwing their reindeer food into the yard and setting out the cookies (always one of my favorite parts!), Waverly waiting until Avalon opened all her presents before her (she always does this), or watching all three girls in their matching Christmas pajamas sit on the floor looking at their toys together.
We hope you had the best holiday, happy almost 2019! XO