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
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. 😉
The countdown is on, one more week until Halloween and we cannot wait to celebrate our first official holiday as a family of five!! Sharing some pictures of our October today, as well as five things I never want to forget about October 2018 – like usual, it went WAY TOO FAST.
I took all three girls to three different pumpkin patches. One trip lasted all of fifteen minutes and we barely made it out alive, another ended with me nursing in the front seat of my car while the big girls entertained themselves by jumping over the seats in the back, and the last one was so hot we were all sweating (including Remie). Expectations are low with three kids but we made all the memories and I am calling it a win.
Avalon’s first field trip was this month and it was just about the cutest thing ever. It is so much fun seeing her make little friends and getting to experience being in big girl school just like Waverly. Lately she is so silly (and getting her own spunk as well) but her personality is just so big and she is so much fun to be around.
Waverly is settling into first grade and absolutely loving it! This month she had picture day and was so excited about it, I also took her two little sisters to come eat lunch with her at school and she was so proud. She keeps a photo of her, Avalon & Remie in her bookbag — she will forever be the child that keeps us on our toes but she truly is the BEST big sister ever.
We have been seeing Remerie’s personality more & more the past few weeks, she is using her voice and smiling more all of the time. The big girls get so excited when she smiles or makes eye contact with each of them, they also argue over who gets to hold her throughout the day. She is definitely sooooo very loved and will never know what quiet is.
This month we got our mantle up just in time for the holidays, my husband made it out of wood from a tree that actually fell in our neighborhood. It really is hard getting house projects done with three kids and jobs and everything else, but I remind myself all the time that one day our kids will be grown and gone and we will have all the time in the world for projects and then … we will be sad. For now, soaking these little girls in while we can.
Hope you are having the best October! XO