Our Waverly Maye turned the big THREE over the weekend, we had the best time celebrating her with an ice cream party!  Waverly loves sweets, so we knew this theme would be perfect for her, we had the party in the late afternoon & only served desserts, but a ton of them.  Of course, the main attraction was the ice cream bar, we had vanilla, chocolate, & strawberry, an assortment of toppings, & both cups and dipped cones for people to choose from.  We also did a small candy bar in the colors of the party, rice krispy cones, pink fudge, marshmallows, fruit in waffle cones, cake balls, brownies, chocolate-covered pretzels, & lots of cookies.

So many sweets, in addition to the sweetest birthday girl, who absolutely loved it all! 🙂

This was the first year that Waverly really understood it was her birthday & that everyone was coming over to celebrate her, I absolutely loved waking her up Saturday morning to tell her it was her party day!  She was beyond excited, she must have asked me to repeat the list of names of everyone who was coming a million times, & pranced around the house all day long with the biggest smile on her face while we got things ready.  It was a ton of work (especially with a new baby in the mix), but so entirely worth it, she really had the best time & will be talking about her day for months to come.

After singing happy birthday (which she loved this year, after refusing to let us sing last year!), the kids all changed into their swimsuits & played in the slip’n’slide, little pools, trampoline & bounce houses we set up out front.  They loved it, all of those things are totally Waverly’s jam, so she was all about it & I hardly saw much of her. 😉  By the end of the night, we put one exhausted little lady to bed, before continuing her birthday celebration the next day with a trip to the waterpark & dinner with just the four of us.  Waverly had the best weekend, it really was the perfect celebration for our sweet, sweet girl.

Waverly Maye, we love you so much & can’t wait to continue to watch you grow!

Waverly’s Dress & Bow, Jadeite Cake Stand,
Teal Cake Stand & Gold Serving Trays, Target Previous Seasons

Lastly, the BIGGEST thank you to my mom, mother-in-law & sister-in-law for all their help with this party. I needed them more than ever this time, & as always, they were willing to do anything I needed to make it happen for the little lady we all adore so very much.

Happy week, friends!

Happy, happy birthday weekend to my first baby girl!  Part of me feels like it can’t even be possible that you have been here for three whole years, yet most of me can’t imagine what life was like without you.  THREE, you make it look good, little lady.
I get a little emotional every year around this time, not because I’m sad that you are growing too fast (even though you are!), but because it always makes me step back & truly realize how amazing you have made our lives since the day you were born.  It’s crazy how such a little person can do that.  Words can’t explain how much joy to bring to our home, how important you are to us, or how thankful we are for you.  Your spirited, infectious personality keeps us on our toes, it always has & these days, it does more than ever.  You are high-maintenance, we are sure of it, you are sassy, spunky, dramatic, and you don’t ever like to sit still.  Yet we wouldn’t change any of it, because it’s all part of YOU, the little girl who has stolen our hearts & who no doubt, is our biggest accomplishment.  You, Wave Maye, LOVE life, you take advantage of every moment & are teaching us to do the same.  You are smart, curious and adventurous, you are beyond funny, and you have the best imagination of anyone I have ever known.  You have a heart of gold & are sweet to everyone, always asking questions & wanting to help in any way.  And best of all, at the end of everyday, you want nothing more than a hug & a kiss, from us, your mama & daddy.  You have shown us the true meaning of unconditional love, & though I know it’s supposed to be the other way around, you have taught us more about life in the past three years than all of our years combined before you.
You drive us absolutely crazy, & at the same time, we are so crazy in love with you.  We cannot wait to celebrate you all weekend long!
And since we are in celebration mode, a fun giveaway!  Firmoo, a global online optical store, is giving one lucky reader a pair of glasses!  They have so many super cute options, glasses & sunglasses, they sent me a pair to review earlier this year & I loved them.  You can see the post here, I usually don’t wear glasses but it has been so fun to wear them every once in a while, they also have a variety of sunglasses as well!  Enter below, the giveaway will end next Thursday & the winner will be announced next Friday, July 31st. 
Happy weekend!

After hearing from so many people what an absolute game-changer having a second baby is, I feel like I prepared myself for the absolute worst pretty much throughout my entire pregnancy.  I have to say though, I have been pleasantly surprised, so far, so good!  We are all alive, happy, & not nearly as sleep deprived or emotionally exhausted that I thought we would be.  We have our moments, but overall, I am loving life as a family of four & sometimes think we could even handle a whole team of kids. 😉
And then both girls got sick this past weekend, & keeping it real, it kind of rocked our world.  Waverly got it first, she woke up Friday morning coughing and so congested, she was just miserable.  We tried to take it easy but really, that’s not our strong point.  I know Waverly gets it from me, but she just tried to push through it & it turned her into a monster.  By Saturday morning, she was in tears, kicking and screaming (I think it was over a pair of shoes?), basically a complete hot mess.  I’m going to blame on her not feeling well, though I’m sure her upcoming “three-nager” status had something to do with it, too.  She was upstairs for a much-needed nap by 9:30am.  Avalon would not be put down, she just couldn’t get comfortable or happy, which is so unlike her.  Turns out she had it too, her little nose was so stuffed up & it broke.my.heart.  She got so congested that she coughed & threw up all of what she ate on herself, me, & Waverly’s bed.  Waverly sat there in shock, then called down to my husband & said “daddy, something has happened up here”, and now has been telling everyone that “baby sissy threwed up”.
We obviously felt horrible for them, there is nothing worse than a sick baby (except for two), & no doubt, I would have rather been sick myself.  It was a tough couple of days for all of us, with more stressful moments than I can count or care to remember.  Yet the good news, great news, is that we have two healthy girls.  Two girls who still, in between all the crazy moments, gave us the sweetest smiles, snuggles, and who want nothing else but us at the end of the day.

The girls are feeling much better, we have gotten out for some much needed sunshine & fresh air this week, so good for the soul! 🙂

I usually try to focus more on the positive, but like everyone else, life isn’t perfect.  Yet so, so full, I know these are the days, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Now that we are six weeks into life with Avalon Elle, I thought I would share some of the things we are loving this time around, the products that we have found most helpful for our second baby girl & that truly, we would have a hard time making it without!  I was obsessed with reading lists like these with Waverly, & though this time I definitely feel like I know a little more, I am always looking for new products to make life a little bit easier.  Here are our current favorites! 🙂
Solly Wrap:  I decided to order the solly wrap during this pregnancy, even though I already had both the moby & the ergo, mainly because of the amazing reviews.  I have to say, I am SO glad I did, we absolutely love it & use it every single day, throughout the day.  I loved wearing Waverly too, but I definitely prefer the solly to the other two wraps, it is super easy to use, plus soft & comfortable, and it’s thin enough to just throw in the diaper bag.  I love that I can have both my hands to play with Waverly & also love having Avalon so close, all the time, she definitely loves it just as much!
Wubbanub:  We are definitely not above using a pacifier for soothing & comfort, we weren’t with Waverly and we definitely aren’t with Avalon. 😉  Both girls have preferred with wubbanubbs to all other pacifiers, they are so soft & (though Avalon can’t quite do it yet), big enough for them to get a grip on.  Plus they come with the sweetest animals, the lamb is our favorite!
Honest Diapers:  We did not use honest with Waverly, but I have some friends who used them & love them.  So far, I am definitely a fan, they have the cutest prints ever and it’s obviously a major plus that they don’t use harsh chemicals.  We also use the honest lotions, they are definitely some of the best!
Covered Goods:  I got this a few months before I had Avalon as an additional nursing cover, & it has actually been the only cover I have used since she was born!  I love it so much, it’s beyond soft & I love the print.  It also can be used as a car seat cover, which is super convenient!  This has quickly become one of my favorite products, I don’t know how I lived without it before!
Aidan & Anais Blankets:  I remember thinking these were so overpriced before I had Waverly, & now, three years later, we have so many & they are absolutely our favorite swaddle blankets.  They are the best quality, plus breathable & lightweight, and they keep their shape even after washing them a million times.  Waverly still uses hers every night & they make the best baby burrito for Avalon. 😉
Rock-n-Play:  Avalon has a little bit of reflux, so this is what she sleeps in every night, nothing else stands a chance!  This is what makes her happiest during the day too, we also have the momaroo, but if I am honest, we are 0 for 2 on our babies liking it.  I’m sure it is a coincidence, I have heard many people who swear by it, but our girls definitely prefer this swing or the rock-n-play. 
Zip-Front Onesies:  Even after just three years, I forgot how much easier it is to have the zip-front onesies rather than the button ones.  My husband does most of the late night diaper changes & then hands Avalon back to me to feed her, and he would agree that they are just so much easier.  Every minute counts!
What are some of your favorite products for your newborn?  Is there anything I missed & that I should be looking into?  And what is a newborn post without a baby picture?!  Our sweet, sleeping Avalon Elle, someone give me ten more of her. 🙂
Headband & One-Piece

And lastly, the HAPPIEST birthday week to my first baby (who is forever my baby, right?!), Waverly Maye!  We love you so much & can’t wait to celebrate you all week long!

Happy, happy Friday!  First, I wanted to thank you all so very much for your sweet comments on Avalon’s nursery.  For those who asked, here is the link to the first pallet wall my husband did in our living room about a year ago.  For both walls, all of the wood was completely free, found either on craig’s list or literally on the side of the road.  I can vividly remember driving around Virginia Beach this winter, me with my growing belly & Waverly in the car seat, searching for wood that someone didn’t want anymore.  We are all about free, it leaves room to spend money in other places, so it’s the best project ever! 🙂

In other news, Avalon is getting more alert by the day, plus her smiles are getting more frequent & intentional, we all can’t get enough!  She is happiest in the mornings, we all love to see who can get her to smile the biggest, especially Waverly.  And speaking of Waverly, just when I thought they looked alike before, I am convinced they are getting more similar all of the time.  Their newborn pictures are seriously identical, we have twins three years apart!

Swaddle Blanket & Headband
Along with Avalon’s longer awake times have come some serious “hold me or I will scream my head off” moments, apparently the girls personalities aren’t as different as we thought.  Along with her pure sweetness, Avalon definitely has some spunk to her, which truly is one of the many things we love about Waverly so we are rolling with it. 😉  She is not afraid to let us know what she thinks, we have quickly learned that girlfriend likes to be held & does not like the car seat.  As far as the being held thing, I am so thankful for my solly wrap, I have been wearing her so much & really love having her close all of the time just as much as she does.  From having Waverly, I know how fast this whole thing goes so I am just soaking it in while I can.  The car seat is an entirely different story, she hates it so much that I’m thinking the cars a few miles away can hear her.  I feel so bad for her (& seriously consider never leaving the house again), but just keep remembering that this is just a phase, especially when I look at Waverly (who did the exact same thing!) one car seat over staring at her like she is crazy. I have decided that’s one of the things that makes having a second easier, the first time around you feel like tough things like that are going to last forever, where as now I know different. 
Thankfully. 🙂

We celebrated my mom’s birthday this week, Waverly & I baked cupcakes, went to the waterpark with her, and we are having a family dinner tonight!  We are really so, so thankful for her, I’m sure others can relate, but being a mom myself has made me realize how lucky I am & how much she really has has done for me my entire life.  I couldn’t have made it through these first weeks with both girls without her, as someone with two extra hands to help, but also as emotional support whenever I have needed it.   I am so glad that these ladies get to grow up with a Glamma like her.

For the record, I feel really bad now about all those times that I was a hormonal hot mess of a high school girl, someone please remind me of this when I have TWO girls in high school at the same time. OMG.

And lastly, an outtake from our pictures for Glamma!  This picture cracks me up, Avalon started getting upset & Waverly just sighed, put her hand on her head to console her, & started to eat her cupcake.  Waverly, I don’t blame you & yes Avalon, you have already mastered the bottom lip pout, I will give you whatever you want, forever, whenever you do it.

Enjoy your weekend!