Our Remerie Rue is seven months old, still cute as ever + still always sucking on the same two fingers on her left hand. Love her to pieces!!!

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Our tiniest girl might also be our busiest girl. I am always thinking back to how often I felt her move in my belly — which was soooo much more than her big sisters — and it really is SO TRUE to how she is on the outside.  She is always moving, officially crawling now and can pull herself up all on her own!  She is happiest when she is getting into something, almost always something she shouldn’t, and is alwaysssss keeping me on my toes. 🙂 She’s also so incredibly sweet, her signature wide tight-lipped smile is still one of my favorite things ever and she said her first word this month, mama (!!!), and it still knocks me dead from the cuteness every time I hear it.

Her current favorite thing to do is probably to eat, which is kind of ironic since she also is super unpredictable about most foods.  This honestly has been a struggle, because she isn’t really into milk (or nursing often, she is too impatient and into what is going on around her) — or purees, so we have decided to go the baby-led weaning route with her.  Some foods she likes one day she hates the next, or vice-versa, so we just keep offering as much as possible and filling her up as much as we can!  So far she almost always likes avocado, broccoli, and would eat an entire can of Puffs if we let her.  Some of the time I feel lost on what to give her but know it is just a phase and we will get through it — it also is the best reminder that no matter how many kids you have, you will never, ever have it all figured out.

She is such a great nighttime sleeper, actually all three of our girls are, something we are SO THANKFUL for.  The big girls always get so excited to run her room in the morning to be the first to see her, they jump in her crib every time and start singing to her.  She loves them so much, and is totally in that phase of crying anytime she is with someone she isn’t 100% used to, so it’s always the sweetest to see her calm down when she seems them.  Also this month, TWO TEETH broke through!  So crazy that at our house right now, we have one girl losing them and one girl getting them.  This season of life is the craziest (and so exhausting) but also my forever favorite.

Happy seven months to our dark-haired, blue-eyed little beauty!!!!!!!!!!  We absolutely adore you.

PS — She is still our little lady, in 0-3 month clothes + in the 5th percentile.  Tiny but mighty. 🙂

 

Some of my favorite things about having girls: watching them play dress-up, dance parties, doing nails together, helping them put on “make-up”, and of course, MATCHING!!  I know it will not last forever, but for now both my big girls love to match mama and it really is the sweetest thing ever.  We recently partnered with Famous Footwear on matching spring shoes for Waverly + I, and we both were so excited about it!  I had her help me choose the pair that we ultimately got and she wanted these gold strappy ones, you know my gold runs deep and now hers does too.  The weather was so beautiful over the weekend and she wanted to wear hers the entire time, including on our fun outdoor date with her little sisters.

I know we will both get so much use out of these heading into both the spring + summer.  They are super comfy, soooo versatile, and we can throw them on quickly, something we always benefit from these days. 🙂  Famous Footwear has a ton of other options as well, both for mama, babe & more matching ones too!

Happy shopping and HAPPY weekend! XO

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Aaah, Easter baskets!!!  One of my favorite traditions to put together each year, I get way too excited about this sort of thing + plan to do this for my kids forever. 🙂  I usually do not have them done this early on, but I teamed up with one of the sweetest small shops on name tags for the girls and it got me motivated to get my act together.  Now to see if I can keep them hidden for the next few weeks!

Waverly + Avalon had baskets already, but I really wanted all three babes to have matching ones and I had these three that I had gotten them for Christmas during a big sale, so they worked perfectly.  They are a little expensive at regular price, but my girls love them and play with them all the time, plus they get bonus points for being super cute decor for their playroom as well.

Each year for Easter baskets, I like to stock up on some spring accessories, a fun tee, new pajamas or a bathing suit, and a book for each of them.  At this point we have soooo many books, but it’s the one thing I never ever feel guilty about buying more of, I plan to pass them down to each of my girls for their own kids to have one day.  I also like to pick one fun little “toy” for each babe, whatever they are currently into, Waverly got an LOL doll, Avalon Peppa Pig, and Remerie got a new teething toy.  I also added a new doll for Remie from our favorites Cuddle + Kind, the big girls each have one of their own on their beds so I wanted her to have one, too.  I will add a few pieces of candy for their eggs the night before, but they have SO MUCH candy during that time of year anyways, I like to keep it way light.

And the labels, they are so cute + so well-made!  I am super excited about these and plan to use them for other things through out the year as well.  They are from Chalk Designs by Me and you can still order to get them in time for Easter, all the way through April 9th.

Hoping this gives you a little inspiration for your own bunnies, HAPPY SPRING to you + yours! XO

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Our Remie Rue is SIX MONTHS OLD!!!  And a little over a week. 🙂  Posting late this time around, she has been sick with her 154th cold already and has not been herself, but we are finally on the mend and so happy about it!

Six months, always one of my favorite ages + we are loving it this time around too.  Remie girl is so much fun these days, into EVERYTHING and sitting up all on her own!  She is rocking back + forth on her belly, acting like she could crawl any minute (and able to scoot across the floor), this seems way earlier than both Waverly + Avalon but I guess that’s just how the third kid rolls.  She is always wanting to be in the mix with them and wants to be as close to them as possible, she just wants to keep up!  I of course want her to stay my baby forever, but also love thinking about the three of them doing all the things together and I am excited to see her be able to play with them more + more.

She still loves bath time, being held, and is constantly sucking on the same two fingers on her left hand (and it’s still the cutest thing ever!).  She LOVES rice cereal or oatmeal, it’s by far her favorite food, we have tried to give her all sorts of veggies + fruits but at least for now, she isn’t a fan of any of them. I also am still breastfeeding and pumping, along with supplementing about one bottle of formula a day, we decided to do this after she measured pretty small at her last well check-up.  Sleep is hit or miss, we had a string of rough nights when she was sick and she is not the best napper in the world, but usually is a really good nighttime sleeper and is already getting back there now that she is feeling better.  She also makes up for her lacks of naps by looking so freaking adorable when she does — she either cuddles up in the ball on her belly (like Avalon used to do!), sucks on her two little fingers, or puts her hands above her head in the sweetest little pose.

She is so happy, such a little sweetheart, and has this new smile with her little lips turned under that is just about the cutest thing ever.  She still has the most hair of all the girls at this age, it’s definitely lightening up though and I think it will even more as the weather warms up.  Her eyes are so blue, just like her big sisters, and she also is small for her age like they have always been too.  All these months later and I still cannot believe she is real and here and ours, that we are a family of five or that we have three little girls.  I am just so thankful.

Happiest half-birthday Remerie Rue, we love, love, LOVE you!

Also sharing Waverly + Avalon’s six month updates, so funny how similar all three girls sound at this age!

I remember dreading going back to work after having Avalon, I was working part-time (every other day during the school week) — but had no idea how I would balance raising two kids + my job as a teacher.  Fast forward to now, I am teaching, full-time, with a six + three year old, and a baby girl who turns six months this weekend.  And making it work.  It’s funny because I feel like as a mother, you always are certain that you are at the highest point of your crazy + it is impossible to handle one little bit more, but then you add another kid or another job or whatever, and of course, you do.  And then you look back at before + laugh that you ever thought you had a lot going on then.

I thought I would share some tips that have helped me since going back to work this time around, of course I am no expert at all but through trial + (lots of) error have learned some shortcuts to making life a little bit easier.

A solid routine.  I feel like this is SO IMPORTANT with kids in general, we literally would not survive during the school week without a good routine + we all really rely on it.  I will also be the first to admit that we are always open to switching things around though, especially as the girls grow and change — we recently added a short show before the big girls go to bed at night to help them unwind and it has made the biggest difference and way less stress in getting them to fall asleep.

Accept help.  It is important to me to be a hands on mom and I really want to do all the things, but I also have learned along the way that I physically cannot do all the things.  My husband + I divide almost everything up, pretty much year-round, but especially during the school months when I am working.  We are lucky to have a lot of family nearby, so if someone offers help or wants to take one of the girls to do something, we make it happen.  They get excited to have a change of scenery and it gives us a chance to have one-on-one time with one of the other kids.

Treat yourself.  Mornings can get pretty chaotic, my husband leaves for work super early (before the rest of us are even awake) so it’s just me getting all four of us girls ready.  We survive, some days it’s prettier than others 😉 — but regardless of the morning, I always go through the drive-through and get myself an iced coffee on the way to work to reward myself afterwards.  I look forward to it and it’s a few minutes of me time I get each day.

Take off for the special things.  I will never forget, when Waverly was just a few months old + I was back to work, an older woman told me to never feel bad about taking off for the things I wanted to be at with her, and it has stuck with me all these years later.  Anytime the girls have a class party, a doctor’s appointment I couldn’t make late enough in the day, or even just a lunch at school — I take the hour (or what I need) off.  I feel like I still stay connected with their teachers and know their little friends in class, which is really important for me — and I won’t ever apologize for making my family a priority above my work.

Laundry everyday.  I do a load of laundry a day during the summer too, but this is one chore I MUST keep up with every day or we will be swimming in clothes.  I wake up early to put a load in each morning, take five minutes to switch it over when I get home in the afternoons, and then fold/put away when the girls are watching a show each night.  I don’t know if it’s because we have girls, but the laundry is never, ever ending over here.

Making the most out of your time.  The one thing we always struggle with is having enough time on the weekends, to do everything we want to do just for fun, and everything we need to do to make the week happen (like cleaning and grocery shopping).  A couple of months ago we started doing dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant every Friday night, it’s right next door to Trader Joe’s so we do our grocery shopping afterwards.  It has been the best thing ever — we knock out shopping after margaritas (which happens to be so much more fun!), it’s always empty in the store which makes it way easier, and it is such a fun way to kick off the weekend.

Pick out the positives.  If you have been following here for a while you know that I have done it all (full-time, part-time, work from home, and then summers off), so I have experienced all the situations well-enough to know that no one is perfect and there are challenges and wonderful things within them all.  I used to really struggle with being a working mom when Waverly was little, and then again after I had Avalon, thinking that there was so much I was missing out on and wishing that I was in a different situation.  And then I was, and I quickly realized that the grass is not always greener.  I really believe that you have to find what works best for you + your family, own it, and find the positive in it.  Of course there are days that I wish I was able to be home during the school year more, but I really have made an effort to focus on what there is to be thankful for — my holidays, summers off + good hours, that I am able to provide for my girls and give them a good life, and not for nothing, that I am able to have some time off “momm-ing” while I am at school to be able to recharge and focus on them when I am home.  Whatever your situation is, find your happiness in it.  The older I get, the more I realize that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

Happiest weekend, friends! XO