Remerie Rue is four months old, at this time last year we had just found out we were expecting and now here she is, healthy + adorable + as sweet as ever.

This month has been so much fun, with all the magic of her first Christmas and also just getting to see her personality more.  She has found her voice and uses it all the time (the cutest little screeching noise) + also her legs, she kicks them so fast when she is super excited!  She is always sucking her two fingers, it is SO ADORABLE and definitely one of my favorite things about her.

She continues to be really laid-back and thankfully doesn’t blink an eye when she has two sisters constantly in her face, wanting to dance around with her or make her their little baby doll. 🙂 She is definitely recognizing both of them now and it makes my heart the happiest.  They each have different relationships with her, Waverly loves to help dress her and likes to call her “her baby”, and Avalon talks to her in this high-pitched voice and is always wanting to look at the monitor in the morning to see if she is awake yet.  I hope they always all love each other as much as they do now.

She sleeps great at night (!!!) but naps are pretty non-consistent or reliable, which can be hard when the big girls want to do all the things and she is tired.  She is still breastfeeding (!!!), but we have hit some struggles with that + I have had to work really hard this time around to get my supply back up.  And most days I wish there were more hours to soak all her goodness in some more, because obviously she doesn’t get near the one-on-one attention that her big sisters did.  So it’s just like motherhood, there are the highest highs and some hard moments, but there is never a second I would change any of it.

Remerie Rue, you are such a dream and we love, love LOVE you so!!!  Happy four months sweetest girl.

XO

Happiest New Year to you and yours!!!  I always look forward to a fresh start and the return to some kind of routine after the holidays, but honestly this time around 2018 was hard to say goodbye to. It was one of the best years we have had in a really long time, SO MUCH HAPPENED — with the highlight being our sweet Remerie Rue and buying our second home.  My husband also started a new job, I made it through my first year at a new school, Waverly finished kindergarten and learned to swim, & Avalon loved her her first year of preschool and started riding a big girl bike with no training wheels.  There was a whole lot of change, and chaos, but also a whole lot of love.

We are headed into 2019 feeling endlessly grateful and looking forward to taking more time to settle & soak it all in.  We are ready to make all the memories with our growing girls, but also to give ourselves grace when we need a moment to step back from it all.  To continue to grow, to learn, and to be PRESENT — something I always think about this time of year and that is hard to always achieve, but is so important to me as a mother.

I love, love new beginnings and cannot wait to see what we have ahead in the new year!

THANK YOU for following along year after year, it means so much!  Happy 2019, we hope this year is the most magical and best yet! XO

PS — Waverly & Avalon’s dresses are from Pixie Lane and they are obsessed with them!!  Such cute clothes for an affordable price.

Our Remie Rue turned THREE MONTHS Monday, I have been thinking so much about the day she was born since — it seems like it was two minutes ago & absolutely forever ago all at the same time.

And look at her sweet face!!!!!  I could eat her.

Three months is definitely the sweet spot for Miss Remerie.  She has grown out of her reflux (!!!) which we found out when she got RSV last month and I stopped a couple doses and she showed none of the signs she had before.  She is also just more laid-back in general, she will sit in the bumbo or lay with toys in front of her completely content forever (or until one of her big sisters comes running over to pick her up) and is just the happiest little lady, always smiling. Even when gets upset, she is the first of my babies to be able to soothe herself this early, she will either suck her thumb or her two fingers and can even put herself to sleep this way.  Overall she is completely living up to the whole “third baby being the easiest” thing (for now) and I am thankful for that.

We moved her to her room the week before I went back to work, and even though that was sad for me, I think it was the best thing for all of us.  She is sleeping way better now, and obviously so are we, and it also has brought a sense of normalcy and routine back that you just don’t have in those first couple of months.  The hour of quiet time at night after all three girls are asleep is also good for my soul, I just need it to recharge for the next day.  I have so much respect for those who co-sleep and it works for them, but it just isn’t for me and I am completely fine admitting that. 😉

Remie rolled over for the first time about a week ago (from her back to her belly!) and has done it sooooo many times since.  She is so strong for such a little thing!  She is SO CLOSE to laughing and I am pretty sure when she finally does, it will be either Waverly or Avalon who makes it happen because they always get the biggest smiles.  She is still in some newborn clothes but mostly 0-3, and wears a lot of hand-me-downs from the big girls, which is always so special to see.  She loves bath time and to nurse, she is taking a bottle pretty well while I am at work but most definitely prefers to breastfeed and it’s one of my favorite parts of the day also.

She is just such a dream and even though being outnumbered is definitely crazy, life with her in it is just so much better than before and I could never imagine it any other way.

We LOVE you, sweet Remie Rue — here’s to 12 beautiful weeks & soooooo many more ahead!  XO

PS – Looking at these pictures makes me realize how much I LOVE itty bitty tights for my first fall newborn, she seriously lives in them.  They are sooo much easier than socks which fall off all the time, I get all of hers from Little Light Feet and they are the best quality EVER!

It’s the most wooooonderful time of the year!!!!  Christmas is my favorite holiday (with the Fourth a close second, especially since I am a teacher & off during that time) — but there is just nothing quite like the pure magic in the air during the month of December.  We also found out we were pregnant with our sweet Remerie last Christmas day, so I think it will always hold an extra special place in my heart forever.

Seven days into December and I feel like we have already been so busy with all the (best!) things.  We went & picked out our tree, decorated gingerbread houses, visited Santa, hung holiday lights and have picked names for our Secret Santas with family.  Our elf also showed up December first and brought the girls breakfast, they LOVED it and were so excited about her.  This is one those things I know I will desperately miss when they are older, watching them whole heartedly believe in an elf or Santa (also the tooth fairy who came again over the weekend!) — it is just the best and one of my favorite things about being a parent.

Sharing some things we want to get into over the next few weeks before the big day hits, while also keeping it a little lighter than usual to give myself some grace in our first holiday season as a family of five!

1 — Bake cookies and deliver to family.

2 — Parents-only date for stocking stuffers & last-minute holiday gifts for the girls.

3 — Make chocolate-covered pretzels and drive around to look at lights while we eat them.

4 — Hot chocolate and holiday movie night.

5 — Christmastown, one of our very favorite traditions every year.

6 — Take donations to an animal shelter in honor of our sweet dog Bogger, who we had to put to sleep last December.

Number six just gives me all the feels, I know the girls will love this so much and I hope we can make it a new tradition in honor of him each year.  Hoping you are having the best start to December your way! XO

It’s officially the most WONDERFUL time of the year!!!  I love all the holidays, but Christmas is by far my favorite and we are so excited to do all the fun & festive things over the next few weeks.  But first, a quick Thanksgiving recap!

We had a half-day of school Wednesday and spent the rest of the day making the cutest edible teepees, starting to bring out the Christmas decorations and then celebrating making it through my first week back to work with margaritas & mexican!  It was so much fun doing something different before all the turkey, we decided it will be our new Thanksgiving Eve tradition.  Friday, we watched the parade with some fun cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and then stayed around the house until dinner at my grandparents and then dessert at my brother & sister-in-laws.  It was a lot of driving and Remie doesn’t love her car seat unless she is sleeping in it (and also isn’t used to being out late at night) so there were tears and some chaos from being off her schedule, but overall SUCH a fun day with family.  We have so much to be thankful for and at the very top of that list is our three healthy, happy little girls — every holiday I realize how we are truly creating their childhood memories, especially on days like these, and that really is such an incredible feeling.

PS — Last week before I headed back to work we bought a mini van & I chopped my hair!!!!!!  And I am LOVING both.  Three kids later and I am officially a mom, you guys!

Hope you had the best Thanksgiving ever! XO