Thanksgiving week is always one of my very favorite of the whole year. All of the excitement of the holidays and all the fun that is to come, the decorations are out and you can feel the magic in the air, I just can never get enough!
This time around is a little bittersweet, I left Remerie for the first time and headed back to work Monday morning. Other than a few days in August right before I had her, I hadn’t been to work since last June — between summer break & then maternity leave I was off for almost FIVE months! Getting back into the routine will definitely take time and be an adjustment, for all of us, but I promised myself during my pregnancy and over Remie’s first few months that I wouldn’t worry or stress about it. I spent a lot of Avalon’s pregnancy upset just thinking about leaving her and after some work changes during her first year, I learned (the hard way) that being a teacher really was the best job for me and overall the best situation for our family. And that truly, no matter if I am a stay at home mom, part-time or full-time working mom — my bond with them and the kind of mom I can be to them is exactly the same. My girls live in a beautiful neighborhood and will go to great schools, they can do dance and the other fun activities that they want to without us having to stress about it. I always want them to know that part of the reason we have that is because I worked hard for it — FOR THEM. I know every family and situation is different and I support ALL moms in what they choose to do (because truly, I have done it all and no situation is easier than another), but ultimately this is what we found works best for us. I also of course am forever grateful for the schedule I have, and part of what gets me through is definitely counting down the days to our next break. Only one half day left until my very first one!
And some pictures! We are sooooo ready for all the red & green festiveness, but November is pretty, too.
Happy, HAPPY Thanksgiving to you & yours! XO
So excited to share some favorites from Remerie’s newborn pictures we took about a month ago, she has already changed so much since then (and also no longer likes to be swaddled!) — so of course I am so grateful to have these moments to look back on forever. I love how Waverly & Avalon’s love for their little sister shows so much in these, life as a family of five is crazy and in no way seamless or easy, but we have never had to worry about either of them being jealous or not absolutely adoring Remie. She fits in so perfectly, it was always meant to be.
Some things I never want to forget about Remie during her first weeks of life, her bright blue eyes, so alert even at such a young age, her smiles (that started almost immediately after she was born!), and how much her sweet little face looks just like her daddy’s newborn photos. We love you so much, Remerie Rue!
All photos are by Shawna Bielat, as always we are so thankful for her capturing our little family! XO
Our Remie girl turned two months over the weekend, a whole nine weeks of life with her in it and we are just head over heels in love. It’s not the easiest keeping up with these monthly updates these days, but they are important to me and I want her to have them to look back on just like her big sisters, so here it is — an update on our two month Remie Rue!
This month has been crazy, we started off by putting Remerie on Zantac after lots of signs of reflux (spitting up, hiccups, arching her back, & just seeming uncomfortable at times). This seemed to help, mainly with her being content a lot more! I have friends with babies who had reflux and also read a lot about it, hers was definitely a really mild case and I know it could be a whole lot worse, but was happy to give her some comfort and also to get our breastfeeding back on track. Then she got sick and was diagnosed with RSV last week, so we have been battling that — both Waverly & Avalon had colds (tis’ the season!) the couple weeks before so she definitely got it from them, who definitely got it from school! We were told it could last up to three weeks so we are certainly hoping that is not the case, it’s so sad to watch your babies not feel well, especially when they are so little and cannot understand.
Even with all that, Remerie is SUCH a happy baby and mostly laid-back! She smiles all the time, even at the nurses who were swabbing her to test and clearing out her nose with a huge machine. Her big sisters definitely get the biggest smiles though, she loves to watch them and loves when they hold and talk to her. She is by far the happiest in the morning, and her favorite time of day is her bath which she LOVES!! This month she started sitting in the bumbo and also found her hands, she loves to suck on her fingers to soothe herself — it’s really precious and she is the first of all three of our girls to do this. Sleep is hit or miss, some nights she sleeps through the night and then others is up every few hours, and there really is no way to predict it. Avalon was a unicorn baby & was sleeping 8-10 hours at this point so I am trying my best not to compare it to that, and also soaking in the late night nursing sessions which really are the only quiet moments of our day. 😉
Two months in and we still really are not sure who she looks like! The big girls really resembled each other as babies but Remie does not really look like either of them, I will never get over her olive skin (SO different than mine!). Her hair is lightening up a bit and she most definitely has the bright blue eyes like Waverly, Avalon & my husband. She is just such a doll baby and we are in no rush at all, but I am so excited to see her grow!
We love to love you, Remerie Rue — there is not a day that goes by that I am not forever THANKFUL for you! XO
We finally have entirely finished one room in our new home, sweet Remie Rue’s nursery!!! This space was so much fun to decorate and probably the easiest of all the rooms for me to put together, kids rooms are just the best and always end up being my favorite of all.
My inspiration for the entire room came from this wallpaper from Shop B Darling. With it being our third baby girl, I decided to completely embrace all things feminine and sweet — and the wallpaper just did that for me! I had been wanting to try wallpaper forever and loved it just as much as I thought I would, it was super easy to put up and transformed the entire room in one afternoon. I am already thinking of the next place I want to put some up!
Since the print was pretty large & busy, I wanted to keep everything else light and basic. We bought another of the Ikea dressers that we already have two of (they are seriously the best ever and so affordable!), and got a new crib that will convert to a twin bed when she is older. I also had been hoarding the prettiest swing forever and just could not find a place to put it, and loved how it looked in this space! The very last piece was added was her name sign, while most everything was finished before she arrived, I left a space for it since I knew I wanted to have one there but we didn’t know what her name would be. When it came in the mail last week it was so perfect and just the final touch to make the sweetest nursery for our Remie girl, I hope she grows to love her little space as much as we do!
Sign & Garland C/O The Modern Mill — Changing Pad Cover — Sheets — Dresser — Wallpaper C/O Shop B Darling — Baskets C/O Lorena Canals — Rug C/O Lorena Canals — Stool — Swing — Bookshelves — Sign C/O Opal Plus Olive — Glider — Crib
*Bow holder & basket on the dresser are from TJMaxx.
Happiest NOVEMBER!!! Remie’s first holiday has come & gone, I can hardly believe it! We had such a fun week celebrating Halloween before the day even came — Waverly’s Monster Mash at her new school, costume day at dance for both the big girls, pumpkin painting, and we took our whole zoo to the Boo Zoo, one of our favorite traditions. We are running on little sleep right now and I was honestly exhausted by Wednesday, but if you know me, you know I live for this stuff and this year was no different. I absolutely loved celebrating with all of our little girls and it’s still just so crazy to me that we have three kids to experience all the magic of the holidays with.
Wednesday, I got the girls ready in their best fall colors and like usual, we walked Waverly to school. Avalon, Remie and I spent the morning making chili in the crock pot and cupcakes for later that night, and then went to Waverly’s school for her Halloween party. The girls costumes were all store-bought (easiest EVER!!), but I loved them so much and also how coordinated they were even though we found them at separate stores! Waverly was a garden fairy, Avalon a deer, and Remerie the sweetest little baby fox.
Trick or treating was adorable, watching Waverly & Avalon go from house to house SO EXCITED about it all was just the best. Halloween night will always be one of my favorite nights as a parent and even though I don’t want Remie to grow too fast, it’s so fun to think about all three of them running around together in the next couple of years to come!
And lastly, funny story. Remie wore her fox costume to the Boo Zoo on Sunday, we came home and of course it was chaotic and I didn’t think to look for it again until a little while before we went Trick or Treating Wednesday night. And it was gone!!! We searched the house, it was no where to be found, so apparently we lost it at the Boo Zoo. Seriously, who loses their kids first Halloween costume? It’s both hilarious and so fitting to our life right now with three kids. Feeling lucky I am OCD and took pictures early AND for this candy corn costume I kept from Waverly’s first Halloween.
If anyone sees a baby fox, send them my way. They may just have found our costume. 😉