19.10.17

CLARA FOUR MONTHS


How did we get here, guys. 4 months in a blink. This girl, though. She is just so wonderful. Fits in our family so perfectly, like there was always a spot there for her, just waiting.

So, let's get the details for this month, shall we.

Sleep:
She usually goes down between 7:30-8, maybe 8:30 if she is fighting it. Most of the time her first wake-up is between 4:30-4:45. She has given us a couple of 5-5:30 wake-ups, which are very nice. She will eat and then go back down very easy. She is usually up for the day between 7-8:30. Officially in her crib and loving it, too. Her naps though are terrible. I don't even know where to begin. If she was staying asleep, she would be on a 3 nap schedule at this point. But, I usually give up after a while and end up putting her in the carrier, so that I can play with Grayson or get outside. I'm afraid we  will have to do a bit of the cry it out with her during the day, but we shall see. She loves to sleep on me, which is nice, but I don't want her to get too used to that. Such a tricky situation. If she does go down for a nap, it usually last about 30 minutes.

Firsts this month:
-The drool stage is here. So. Much. Drool. So she will have a couple different bibs on throughout the day.
-So close to rolling back to belly. She will definitely have it by next month.
-Grabs toys and puts it directly in her mouth.
-Has her hands or fingers in her mouth at all times.
-Pushes up with her arms while doing tummy time. She will wiggle all the way around in a circle while on her tummy
-LOVES Grayson and basically anything he is doing or saying. They are interacting so much and it seriously melts my heart.
-Talking and squealing like crazy.

Other things worth noting:
-She still has her big blue eyes.
-Is looking more and more like Daddy.
-This girl has more blowouts than I can keep track. She had a major one leaving church on Sunday and of course was wearing a white dress (face palm) but somehow didn't ruin the dress.
-If she is sitting up, she is always leaning forward, never just content.
-It's been such a fun month to see Grayson and Clara interact with each other. I'm so looking forward to the coming months and see their relationship grow.
-6 months, 6-9 months is a little big.
-Moving a lot in her crib while sleeping.






Grayson at 4 Months

9.10.17

SEPTEMBER



















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September when the mornings are chilly, the afternoons feel like Summer and the days start getting shorter. Everyone is begging for some cooler temperatures, but man, most of September was just down right hot, even humid some days. We were busy, too. We started off with our first family vacation of four. We finished our fence, thanks to my brother-in-law. We enjoyed some cooler mornings on our deck reading and playing. Most of the time I was putting pants on the kids, only to change them in to shorts in the afternoon. I enjoyed trying a new hobby that I am getting pretty decent at if I do say so myself- homemade bread making! I'm anxious to try sourdough in the coming months. This has been a fun month to see Grayson and Clara interact. I know we are just at the tip of it, too. I am so excited for the coming months of watching these two together.

Hoping we get some cooler temperatures and some pretty leaves on the trees soon! We need to jump in a leaf pile for pete sake. :)

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MOTHERHOOD RIGHT NOW: LIFE WITH TWO

Motherhood right now is a constant stream of flowing back and forth between both kids. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful stream to be in. I am very slowly learning that motherhood is my cross I am carrying. The boo boos, bath time, tantrums, rocking a baby back forth all day long, the dirt, the trucks, the diaper changes- all the good and the bad. It's my cross.

I haven't found adding another baby to the mix has necessarily been hard, but there are hard moments. How do I give attention to both of them when they need me?  I found out very quickly that when both were upset or needed something at the same time, I would have to 'pick' between the two. That really tore me apart. I found myself wondering how can I help them both? Can I grow more hands? A lot of the time I was having to help Clara first since she is still so little and I can't let her cry for that long. That was an adjustment for Grayson as well.

Grayson has taken to Clara from the start. He is anxiously awaiting the day where she is really playing with him. We have found it comforting for him to hear stories from when he was the baby. It helps him in some way. The first words out of his mouth in the morning are, "Clara's awake??" He is constantly laying next to her, helping her do tummy time, showing her his trucks. He really loves her and it has been such a joy for both Will and I to see them interact. She lights up when he comes in the room. Of course, being 2, there have been hard moments. We are working through toddler emotions here and sometimes those can be big. So, we have found he does best with having a little one on one time with us + some extra affection.

It has been such a joy to a Mom for a second time. Although my days are busy with these two, I have found myself slowing down and not doing as many activities because I want to enjoy time with them. I have been more intentional about several aspects of my life since Clara was born so that I don't feel stretched thin between being a Wife and a Mom. I also have given myself a lot more grace this time around than I did with Grayson.

I truly feel so blessed.







4.10.17

CLARA AT THREE MONTHS




 


I wanted to snap a few pictures of Clara at three months to have. I had to remind myself that I had done the same for Grayson. So, while big brother finished up his nap, I had a little one on one time. She was actually giving me a lot of smiles, but once the camera got in front of my face I couldn't crack her. ;) Some days she really feels like a dream. I have to pinch myself. 
 

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