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

Somehow I will have a four and seven year old before this year is over, where has the time gone?!  I always feel like the girls are so big, but then I look back at a photo from a few months before and + see how little they were and how much they have already changed since then, and realize that they really are still little.  So I am just trying to fully embrace the days with tiny humans in our home, this crazy season of life that is exhausting and wonderful all at the same time.  And trying my best to take the time to document it along the way, I LOVE looking back at old update posts of the girls and also am starting to share the posts with them, too — Waverly especially is so into seeing old photos and hearing stories of when she was “younger”. 🙂

Waverly Maye, six years + two months.  My mini me, she definitely looks the most like me of all three girls and in a lot of ways reminds so much of myself, too.  She feels all the feels, all of the time, is either 110% happy and acting like an absolute angel or the complete opposite.  She is so intuitive, she picks up on what she can get away with really quickly and will alwaysssss test her limits.  She also is such a lover, she just loves people in general and her happiness is contagious, I love going to visit her at school and seeing how she literally knows everyone’s name.  She is always excited about something, the next holiday or even just the weather, and gets so into spirit days at school and dressing up festive for pretty much anything.  Dancing is her favorite, she will perform all day long if you let her and she loves being the center of attention.  Her favorite colors are pink, purple and gold, her great-grandfather’s potatoes are her favorite food, she loves to write in journals, is a hoarder of all the things, and she was BORN TO BE A BIG SISTER.  I have said it forever, she drives me crazy, but I also am beyond crazy in love with her.

Avalon Elle, three years & nine months.  The sweetest child you will ever meet in your entire life — she is also sensitive, a little shy, so silly, and totally has the same sass her big sister does (she just ONLY shows it at home with us, her teachers would never believe this).  Three has definitely been harder than two was, but she is generally just an easy child in general and is so much fun to be around.  She loves Peppa Pig, balls, the color blue, sweets, and doesn’t love to sleep — she gave up naps the minute she turned three and is almost always talking to herself (in the sweetest little voice) way after Waverly is sound asleep in their room. She is all about being “cozy” and will beg to be in pajamas + slippers the minute we walk into the house, and gives everything “a kiss + a hug”, even her t-shirts before they go into the laundry. 😉  She is the sweetest big sister to Remerie, I never worried about her transitioning at all, I knew she would just adore her + it’s just been the cutest thing ever to watch.  She’s just the best and if I could keep her bottled up this age forever, I definitely would.

They argue all of the time but also are the best of friends, I try to remind them how lucky they are to have each other (and Remerie, who will be running around with them in no time), sisterhood is just SO SPECIAL.  Happiest half-birthday (a little late) to my darling girls, I love you forever + ever. XO

 

 

And just like that, another holiday in the books!!!  I took off Valentine’s Day this year, Remerie’s monthly well-check ended up being that day + I wanted to be able to go to Avalon’s class party, so it worked out to get both done and be able to spend the entire holiday with the girls.  I am such a planner, so I thought I would share a little insight into how I was planning for the day to go down:

Heart-shaped pancakes for the girls before school.  Drive Waverly to school, then Avalon — with both their class Valentines in their backpacks which we had addressed the weekend before.  Run a couple errands with Remie, go to Avalon’s class party at 10:30 + then grab lunch before Remie’s appointment at 1pm.  Go home and relax for a bit before picking up Waverly at 3:10 and getting ready for a fun festive family dinner for Valentine’s Day.

And here is how the day actually went down:

Absolutely zero time for festive pancakes, Remie was fussy from the 100th cold she has gotten (big sisters) + I barely had enough time to put cream cheese on half-toasted bagels before getting us out the door.  Got both girls to school, only to find out that Avalon’s class party was only for kids, no parents.  Apparently I missed that email.  Made it to one of the errands I planned on, in between pumping twice to keep up with my milk supply + feeding Remie a bottle.  Rushed to get Avalon and decided on forgetting lunch and doing a fro-yo date instead, because it would take less time and we needed to get to the doctor for Remie.  Got to the doctor just in time to find out that there was a mix-up in the schedule and we really didn’t have an appointment that day.  They ended up fitting us in at the end of the day so I went home, got Waverly, + rushed back to the doctor, by the time we got out it was dark and we made it home for a quick dinner with the family.  Also worth noting, when I was cleaning up from the day, I found Avalon’s addressed class Valentines STILL IN HER BAG.

All this to say, our day did not go as planned.  It was messy, imperfect and stressful — but also full of love.  That night, Waverly said “Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday”, Avalon was the happiest “free” year old ever on one giant sugar high, and Remerie, our little surprise baby that we announced last Valentine’s Day, forever a dream come true.

And a few favorite photos from our February.

Hope your day was special and full of lots of love!!! XO

Our Remie girl is FIVE MONTHS, one month away from her half-birthday and she’s just as cute as ever!  Her blue eyes are definitely here to stay (all three of our girls have them!) — and it seems her olive skin + darker hair is also, which is still so crazy to us.  I cannot even take her sweet little face and could stare at her all day long.

She has had all the milestones this month!!!  She is babbling, laughing, reaching for everything, and can roll back + forth both ways.  She is suuuper close to sitting up on her own, and even though I don’t want to rush anything (especially with baby number three), I am excited for her to be able to because she is over laying down.  She likes to be up and able to see everything to be right in the mix, being close to her big sisters makes her the happiest.  Some of her other current favorite things: bath time, her feet, being held, and by far her favorite, sucking on her two fingers.  She reaches for them immediately when she is upset + it almost always calms her down.

She is the first of our babies who likes rice cereal, she is actually ALL ABOUT IT.  She will reach for the spoon and makes little noises that she wants more, it’s crazy how much she can eat at one time!  She is still exclusively on my breastmilk, though this time around has been the hardest to keep up with.  She gets impatient when my milk doesn’t let down fast enough, so unless it is the middle of the night or morning when I am super full, she refuses and would rather take a bottle.  I am pumping around the clock to keep up with the demand, which is honestly physically + mentally exhausting, but we are making it work and it is important to me to push through it.  I’m hoping that adding fruits + veggies over the next few weeks will help, and also reminding myself that moms are rock stars and that my body can do it!!!  I exclusively breastfed both big girls until their first birthday and hoping that will be the case for Remerie.

I remember thinking that she was the most active of all our babies in my belly, and that is all making sense now.  She is a mover, always grabbing things + kicking her feet, never really still.  She can go all day without too much rest, happy as can be, + then around 6pm is over it and snuggles in with her two tiny fingers to sleep all night long.  It’s funny because I have always heard stories that my husband was just like that as a baby + we think she looks so much like his baby pictures, too.

HAPPY FIVE MONTHS Remerie Rue, thank you for being ours.

PS — My blogging has been updated a ton since then, but a look at Waverly + Avalon‘s five month updates.  I have loved being able to look back and see the similarities/differences in our girls, I hope they will love them one day just as much!