We welcomed our third baby girl, Remerie Rue Brickner, into the world one week ago today — Monday, September 10th at 1:10pm!  Remie weighed 7 pounds & 10 ounces, is 20 inches long, and shocked us all with a head FULL of dark hair.  She is precious and perfect, we are all in heaven and just cannot get enough of her!

I ended up going nine days overdue, which kind of felt like ninety, but the labor and delivery was by far my easiest and my recovery has been as well!  I will share her birth story soon, but for now, we are just soaking every bit of her newborn sweetness in and cannot believe she is ours.  We really can’t decide who she looks like, and keep going back & forth between Waverly and Avalon, but mostly she looks like my husband’s baby pictures.  Neither of the girls had the dark hair (or near as much of it!), so it will be fun to see if it falls out or changes color.  Her little features are so dainty, and even though she is our biggest baby by a few ounces, she just seems so little.

Right as she was born last Monday, the weather forecast had Hurricane Florence headed straight our way so it turned a crazy week even crazier.  Schools were cancelled from Tuesday through Friday, and I was pretty sure I was leaving the hospital with our newborn and headed home for the first time as a family of five to a category four hurricane.  Thankfully it weakened, made a turn and ended up sparing us almost entirely which I was SO GRATEFUL for, but of course our thoughts are with those in North & South Carolina who did not get so lucky.  Having the girls off school and my husband home from work because of all the cancellations has been the best, we have been able to take long family walks, sleep in some, and adjust to having three kids.  So far, Remie is super laid-back and the girls absolutely adore her, so it’s been a really easy transition.  But of course the real fun starts tomorrow when my husband heads back to work and I have to get all three girls up, ready and out the door for school and doctor’s appointments.  Wish me luck!

Thank you all for your sweet messages and support over the past week, it means so much to all of us!  And to our sweet Remie Rue, we could not love you one bit more!!!!!  You are the best surprise of our lives and we could already never imagine a life without you in it.

I am fiiiiinally getting around to sharing some favorites from our family photo session taken back in November for our holiday cards!  We met our sweet friend Shawna for these, in one of our absolute favorite locations to explore in Virginia Beach, I love how they turned out and am so happy to have another set of beautiful memories to look back on.

Also keeping it real, the girls were not on their best picture-taking game this day.  Avalon fought a nap all afternoon and then finally fell asleep on the way there, so we had to wake her up and she was super grouchy (not like her at all) and clingy pretty much the entire time.  Waverly Maye, girlfriend was on her own agenda and still in the stage of practicing her own independence as a new kindergartener.  Our girls usually enjoy taking pictures and get pretty into it, so it was pretty frustrating that they weren’t the one day of the year we had holiday photos, yet such is motherhood.  Through the years I am learning more and more to embrace the good and the not so good, because somehow, I know I will miss it all one day.  And when you step back, all of it is beautiful in it’s own way.


The biggest thank you to Shawna Bielat Photography for capturing these, I have also linked my dress and the girls outfits below! XO

My DressWaverly’s DressGirls Hats

We are eight days into November but it kind of feels like eighty-four.  Waverly got sick for the third time this year already (hello, kindergarten!), and had to stay out of school for four days, we’ve been battling some time restraints on trying to complete some big projects at the house, and by far most importantly, my family has been focusing on the recovery of my grandfather since his heart surgery on Halloween day.   The surgery didn’t go quite as planned, and we had a few scary days afterwards, but I’ve never been happier to report anything (just about ever!!) than that he is finally awake and on the mend.  We are currently feeling like we witnessed a miracle and certainly have a lot to be thankful for this season.

  The girls have a couple days off school this week, and then it’s only one more full school week before one of our favorite weeks of the year — Thanksgiving!!!!  As a teacher, I have always loved this time of year so much, that half-day on Wednesday is full of so much excitement and anticipation for all the fun (and days off!) that are near.  I have to laugh this time around though, Waverly loves school so much that she gets sad on Sunday mornings when I tell her that the bus isn’t coming to pick her up for the second day in a row, so I know she is going to have a hard time with all the breaks over the next couple of months.  Oh sweet girl, how that will change one day.


Sharing some pictures from a few weeks back, when the weather was much warmer and pumpkin patches were still acceptable every weekend.  We have now moved on from sleeveless floral dresses to sweaters and boots and are LOVING IT! 

 

Happy November to you and yours!!!! XO

PS — You know we are BIG Hunter boots fans over here, there a few kids pairs currently on sale on their site, you can find them here!

When Waverly Maye was just over one month old, I took her to my school to see my students and co-workers for the first time since officially becoming a mom.  I will never forget, I woke up at four am so I could dry my hair and get myself ready before her next feeding, even though I hardly had any sleep the night before.  I so badly wanted to look like I had this whole mom thing figured out, and to come seamlessly strolling in with my sweet baby girl like I had done it forever.  Of course all of it backfired, three minutes into drying my hair (while it was still dark outside), she had a huge blowout and I spent the rest of the time until we had to leave cleaning her up and keeping her calm.  I did get to school, however I looked anything but put together, with no make-up on and covered in sweat from the August heat & my postpartum hormones.

I share this now, because four years later, I can’t help but laugh at that story, maybe even mostly at the fact that I can’t believe I thought I would have the “mom thing down” one month into it.  Honestly, some days I still don’t — and that’s ok.  One of the many things that motherhood has taught me is humility, and lately I have really been working on giving myself some grace, the grace I so deserve along with all the other mom warriors out there.  Our days are not always perfect.  My four-year old mini me tests me daily and I find myself googling “how to raise the strong-willed child” more than once a week.  My almost two-year old currently doesn’t like naps or any foods that don’t have sugar in them.  We don’t co-sleep and the thought of it actually scares me, by the time bedtime hits I need my space.  Motherhood is messy, it can be so freaking intimidating, exhausting, and scary.


Yet with all of that, it is (and no doubt will forever be) the greatest joy I have ever known.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother, but nothing could have prepared me for how happy it would make me or for the unconditional love I would have for my girls.  How did I get so lucky to be at the front row, watching every magical and frustrating moment of their little lives?!  How are they mine?  They are everything, two little people who fill my heart to the brim and who gave me the best role I’ve ever had.

Sharing some pictures from Mother’s Day weekend, it was such a good one with lots of relaxing and quality time with my family, and even a little alone time for a Target trip and pedicure!!!

Hope all the mamas you had the most wonderful Mother’s Day!!!!  Of course I have to send the HAPPIEST Mother’s Day to my own mama, the one who showed me what this thing is all about.
XO

Happy spring, friends!  I don’t know that there is any other season change I like more than winter to spring, by this point we are always dying for some fresh air, and of course we love pastels, floral, and all the Easter things!!!  Waverly & I both have our spring breaks in just a few weeks, and we are SO EXCITED!  Because of the snowstorm and random week off shortly after Christmas, pretty much all of our holidays since then became make-up days, so we are currently in desperate need of a week with no routine and no schedule.  It will be the perfect practice to hold us over until summer!

I thought I would round-up some of my favorite images from this winter, I sometimes wonder if I take too many pictures (ha!), but then putting these all together to look back on makes me so happy.  I am a true believer that looking at a picture can take you right back to the moment, and these all remind me of what a sweet, sweet season of life we are in!  I will always remember this as the winter that Waverly really “grew up”, from a toddler to a big girl, and that Avalon started talking and really came into her own as a toddler.  The girls bond is stronger than ever, they fight more than they did before but also make up just as quickly, and it’s in these past few months that I’ve really stepped back and let them do their thing.  Life with two kids has in some ways become harder (with two really on the move and opinionated), but in other ways easier, and as always, this stage of life is just flying by more than my heart can take.


See ya next year winter, thanks for being so good to us!!!
XO