And just like that, our Waverly Maye is in the DOUBLE digits!!!!  The girl who made me a mama is ten whole years, what a joy the last decade has been with her in it.  The older she gets the less I want to share about her here, but I always love to share favorite photos from the past year on each of the girls birthdays + Waverly of all my girls loves photos (especially of her) the most. 🙂

She is my daughter who reminds me the most of myself, both in looks + personality.  She is organized, a planner, always looking forward to the next thing + is a true performer, one of my favorite things as a mama is getting to watch her on stage.  This year she will start fifth grade, her last year before middle school, it’s so crazy how fast it goes but also just so special getting to watch them grow to what they are meant to be.

We celebrated her with a pool party with some of her dance + school friends this weekend, of course she double-checked a thousand times that I had it organized juuuust right. 😉

Happy TEN Waverly Maye, we looooooove you so!!!! XO

Sharing a few photos from the fourth, it was Delilah’s FIRST holiday, always a big deal for us around here!!  We had a really sweet weekend, lots of trips to the pool and grilling out at home — with a newborn + three other kids we are trying to keep it simple these days but also want to make it a special summer for our girls.  I think we managed just that + know it’s one we will remember forever. 🙂

A shout-out to our beloved neighborhood who always does it big for the Fourth, a parade in the morning followed by a day at the pool with games + tons of good food, and fireworks by one of our neighbors that night.  We are so thankful that our girls get to grow up here.

We hope you are having a happy + fun summer your way!! XO

Today our Avi girl turns SEVEN!!!!!  We were so excited to celebrate her this weekend with a brunch + sleepover with two of her sweet friends, a lot to manage with a newborn but worth it to give Avalon some well-deserved attention all of her own! 🙂

Avalon has been looking forward to turning seven for what feels like forever, she wanted a magic mixie, skateboard, new acro outfits, a pretend phone + gum.  Her birthday list is so very her, girly but also athletic and the biggest lover of sweets you have ever met.  She has always been our easiest kid from the day she was born seven years ago, she has definitely come into her own + has a sassy side these days, but also is still so incredibly sweet.  I have a motherhood one line a day book that I write my favorite moment from each day at night before bed, and always find myself writing something sweet that Avalon said, she just has that way about her.

Some favorite photos from the past year, her toothless smile will forever be a fave + those ringlet curls are one of the most special things about her.  She is a gem.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Avalon Elle, we adore you + hope your seventh birthday was just as special as you are! XO

We recently welcomed our fourth daughter, sweet Delilah June was born on May 14th at 9:45am.  We made it to 37 weeks (a major goal for us!), + tried for an induction, labor was very long and ended in a last minute c-section — it was scary at times but of course MORE than worth it to get to her.  She came out healthy, crying, and absolutely precious, looking so much like her big sisters and is a true miracle baby.

We are so incredibly thankful.

Delilah weighed 3 pounds + 12 ounces, she is a tiny little babe who is such a fighter!  She was on oxygen the first day but was completely breathing on her own by the second, and was in the NICU for 11 days pretty much just to grow.  Once she hit four pounds and was able to go in the car seat, we were able to be discharged the next day and it was the beeeeeest day ever!  Keeping it real, NICU life was so hard.  I prepared for the entire second half of my pregnancy for it, but that definitely did not make it any easier, emotionally it was incredibly hard to leave her each day and obviously logistically it was just as tough.  We made it though, and I know it’s part of her story and also feel like it gave me new perspective on truly how much of a miracle these babies are.  Nothing about this pregnancy or birth (or the days following it) was like any of my three before it, but in the end none of that really mattered.  Delilah is here + healthy + the gift of that will never be lost on me.

Some pictures from the NICU and the girls welcoming me home, they made a tough situation so much easier.

Thank you for all the messages + support since we have welcomed Delilah, and mostly for the prayers that I whole-heartedly believe helped get her here.  XO

All three girls had spring break last week, we couldn’t plan much or go far from home since I am still resting for the baby + have lots of doctor’s appointments to monitor her, but we tried to still make it special for them.  It was really good to have them home (and it made my days go by so much faster!), we were able to fit in some beach days + lots of time outside, my big girls also got to go to Busch Gardens with my husband — definitely the highlight of their week!  We ended the break with a really sweet Easter Sunday, it was such a good day with family and also noteworthy, it was Waverly’s last year believing in the Easter bunny.  So bittersweet, she had randomly seen the baskets when grabbing something from the attic the week before, so I ended up telling her + asking her to help me with the little girls for the years to come.  Hoping she keeps the secret!

In other news, I am THIRTY-FOUR weeks pregnant today!!  This milestone felt impossible a couple months ago + we are so thankful to have made it this far.  Our high-risk doctors felt comfortable setting a delivery date for thirty-seven weeks, we have known for a while that this would be the longest they would let us go (because of the risk of placenta failure increasing at this point with IUGR), it just seemed like a DREAM before.  We very well know things could change quickly, our baby girl is being monitored very closely + still small but consistently growing each week, as active as ever, and other than her size, looks perfect. Truly answered prayers!  This has been such a crazy journey, I am overall doing well and in a good mindset, but know I won’t be able to fully take a breathe of relief until she is here + in my arms.  Thank you for all the support, we definitely feel all of it!

Hope you had the best Easter + are enjoying spring weather your way!!! XO