Thursday, July 14, 2016

Caroline | Five Months

Happy 5 months to my sweet baby girl. My heart becomes so much more full with every month that passes. You are our world and it is crazy to think how much our lives have changed for the better over these five months. 

Here are a few little things about you from your fifth month:

Nicknames: Little Bit, Sweet Girl, Rollie Polie

Weight: 14 lbs

Height: Around 24 inches

Looks:  You eyes seem to be staying a bight shade of blue. They look just like your daddy's. Your hair has slowly stopped falling out leaving you with a few strands of light brown hair with a baby mullet full of dark hair in the back. 

Personality: Such a sweet and smiling girl. My favorite part of the day is getting you from your crib when you wake up. You greet me with the biggest grin that takes over your whole body. You love being around others and will reach out to new faces with a big smile. You are happiest playing with mom and dad. Laughs are saved for special occasions and you do not give them out easily. Still your giggle is the best ever. 

Eating: You eat 3.5 oz of breastmilk or formula every 3 hours during the day. We backed down from 4oz to help with spit up. At night, you wake up around 11, 1 and 4 for a bottle. 

Sleeping: I aim for three naps a day but that is just not happening lately. Sleeping at night has hit a regression as well. I was hoping to bypass the sleep regression as you already wake up 3 times a night on average. After going to sleep around 7:30, you take a bottle at 10, 1 and 4. Now you are up for the day at 7. There is quite a difference from night to night and we are still slowly working on dropping the 1am feeding. 

Wearing: Getting so much use of of 3 month clothes. You are in size two diapers. 

Favorite Things: Chewing on anything and everything you can. It seems you prefer clothing and burp cloths since they are always nearby. You love when your grandpa makes funny faces and giggle up a storm at his antics. You light up when a new face comes in a room. You smile even bigger if you recognize the face. 

Least Favorite Things: Naps are a huge struggle as you become more aware of the wold around you. You fight going to sleep as you would much rather play with mom during the day.

Big things happening within your fifth month:
 - You can transfer items from left to right hand. - You can reach and grab items you want. - You celebrated you first Independence Day. - Enjoyed your first vacation to Topsail Island. - You can sit up on your own for several seconds before sliding down. - You have such a variety in the sounds you make from coos, gurgling, shrieking, laughing even making a growling like noise. You have started saying sounds like mmmm. - You have started to notice Charlie and will reach out to his back or tail when he is nearby. You have grabbed an ear a few times which startled Charlie quite a bit. Thankfully, Charlie is very mellow around you and doesn't seem to mind. He is such a great watchdog and always the first to the rescue when you start to cry. 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Scenes from Vacation

This past week we packed our tiny car to the brim and headed to the beach. I have been vacationing with my family at Topsail Beach since I was a kid. When I met Joe, he happily joined in our family tradition. This year we added another new recruit to our family trip which I hope to continue each year. 

Going on vacation is not quite like it used to be with a baby. Gone are the days of relaxing in the sun for hours with a drink and a good book. It's replaced with seeing the world through new eyes curious about all the activities going on around them. Vacationing with Caroline made me truly appreciate how lucky I was to grow up here. Topsail Island is such a beautiful and family friendly beach.  Caroline experienced a lot of first on this trip- boat rides, beach time, swimming in the sound and meeting new friends. 

Both Caroline and Chloe in their life jackets. 

Play time with Grandpa at the cottage. 

Caroline also celebrated her first 4th of July. It is always fun to be on the island on the 4th. You can see fireworks from all around. Little miss slept right through them so she missed most of the excitement.

We spent many mornings out on the boat or on the island. Then went back to the cottage for lunch and naps. Evenings were spent enjoying sunsets on the porch and playing board games after Caroline went to bed.  

One night we took the whole family to bingo hosted by the local historic society. I had very low expectations for this night because it was way past Caroline's bedtime. However, she did great! I wore her in a wrap and she slept for the majority of the night. We took a few breaks to walk around and eat when she became fussy. Then she would fall right back to sleep. No one in our group one anything but we still had a great time!

We wrapped up vacation on Saturday with a birthday dinner in Wilmington at one of my favorite restaurants Indochine followed by a movie. Celebrating my 29th birthday was a great way to wrap up the week. This restaurant has been a favorite since high school and never disappoints. It is not a hidden gem like it once was though. The word has got out about the amazing food and substantial portions. The restaurant was packed with locals and vacationers. It is strange to think that we are now just one of the tourists. The meal was amazing as was the company. I am thankful that my parents are always willing to watch Caroline for date night. We had a great time just the two us enjoying drinks and reminincing before heading back home. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I have been at a loss when it comes to blog posts lately. I thought I would do a fun little survey to mix things up and hopefully I can get the creative juices rolling soon. 

1. What brings you the greatest joy? Sweet Caroline smiles. My favorite time of the day is going into her room when she wakes up from her naps. She greets me with the biggest grin and sweet squeal. 

2. What are your vices? Spending far too much time on Facebook. A nightly craving for dessert.
3. What is on your nightstand? Right now we are sleeping in the guest bedroom so the only thing on the nighstand is my phone charger. 

4. Do you have a secret talent? Nope. I always wished that I could roll my tongue.

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Clothes. I love a nice dress that I can wear year after year. 

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? Something that pushes them past their comfort zone. For me, that was running a marathon. 

7. What makes you laugh? My husband, Caroline, a good GIF or TV sitcom. My recent netflix favorite has been 30 Rock. 

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have quite a large foot size for my 5'2" frame. Size 8.5

9. What is on your bucket list?  I checked off a lot over the past three years. Running a marathon, visiting the Mediterranean and becoming a mom. Next up, I would love to take Caroline to Disney World. I also have a dream of visiting Holland where my great grandparents lived.

10. What is on your feet right now?  A blanket. 

11. How did you make your first dollar? I worked as a lifeguard for three years at a local pool.  

12. What superstition do you believe in? I don't believe any any superstitions. 

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? My Lilly sundresses, I love how they make me feel dressed up in a second.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Engagement and wedding rings. Not sure if that's a gift but I'm counting it. Joe also got me a beautiful ring with Caroline's birthstone for Mother's Day. 

15. What is on your liquor shelf? We have a butlers pantry which I store all of our glasses and liquor. Right now it is fully stocked with a variety of spirits- St. Germain, Gentlemen Jack, Cointreau,    Lemonchello and several bottles of wine. 

16. What is on your kitchen counter? Boon grass drying rack, bottles, formula, fresh flowers and half a watermelon

17. What would you never leave home without? Keys, phone, mascara and lipgloss. My current favorite is Bene balm in Rose. 

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