Kennedy | 5 Months

5 months old? How did this happen? How did we make it to this point? There have so many times that I thought we’d never survive the early newborn days and yet it seems unbelievable that it’s already been 5 months since our little princess joined our family.

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It’s funny to me how different Kennedy is from her brother. I know they are 2 different people, but they really couldn’t be more opposite. When Maverick was little, he was easy-going. He would sleep anywhere, loved to eat & was just so happy. Kennedy on the other hand is a little more particular.

When she’s tired, she’s screaming, but she can’t sleep just anywhere. She needs to be in her room, with her white noise machine & preferably held with a pacifier or nursing. When it comes time to eat, she can’t have any distractions– no TV, no brother running around & definitely no talking. Sometimes she even gets really picky and likes to have her feet positioned just so on top of my arm. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. Girl just knows what she likes and really, I can’t blame her.

Overall she is a happy baby. She wakes up smiling in the morning and as long as she isn’t overly tired or hungry, she’s happy to play. If she had her pick though, she’d prefer to be held and walked around so she can take in the world around her.

This month Kennedy has really started teething though. It’s obvious she is cutting her 2 bottom teeth, as they are just below the gums, but haven’t broken through yet. Poor girl has all the classic teething symptoms too–constant drool, diarrhea, fussiness & chewing on everything. I have given her Tylenol a couple of times, but it hasn’t seemed to help much. Her favorite forms of relief are her pacifier and sucking on receiving blankets.

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Weight: 13 lbs. 7 oz.

Height: Unknown

Currently Wearing: 3-6 months clothes–if the outfit has feet, like her pajamas it has to be 6 months, otherwise they are too short. I think she might be taller than her brother!

Hair Color: Dark brown & getting thicker

Eye Color: Dark brown and eyelashes for days

Likes: Chewing on her hands, her Daddy (he is her favorite!), sucking on receiving blankets, playing in her Exersaucer, playing with Daddy & brother & being walked around so she can see the world

Dislikes: Naps, being left alone, tummy time, getting dressed & teething

Milestones: Kennedy can roll from her belly to back, with a little bit of help, but she hasn’t mastered back to belly yet–probably because she HATES being her on belly. She will put weight on her feet if you stand her up & she is reaching and grabbing for anything in sight. We have started to implement the “Baby Radius” at the dinner table because she isn’t afraid to grab food or utensils right off the plate. She has also started to grab at Maverick’s ears if he is close enough and it’s creating quite an issue because he wants to do it back to her. She loves to coo and is trying hard to sit up. If you lay her down & she doesn’t want to be laid down she will lift her head & legs up, making a little V and try to get up herself.

Favorite Food(s): Mommy’s milk still

Sleeping: I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted in my whole life. Kennedy is the worst sleeper…EVER! We’ve done every sleep training, self-soothing, comforting technique we can find. We’ve rocked, walked, bounced, swung & drove her. She’s been swaddled, partially swaddled and not swaddled. We’ve purchased blackout curtains & white noise machines. You name it, we’ve tried it. She goes to bed every night at 7 PM, only to wake up again within a couple of hours and from there she’s up every hour to two hours until her day starts at 7 AM. Naps–if we can even get her down for one–are considered a success if she sleeps for an hour. I’m praying this gets better soon. It has to, right? Because Kennedy, momma is so very tired.

Favorite Mommy Moment: When she wakes up in the morning, she plays in her crib until I come in to get her. As soon as Kennedy sees me, she flaps her arms really big and has the best smile & when I pick her up, she reaches out & grabs my face like she’s trying to give me a hug. She usually ends up pulling my hair, but it’s still the best moment of my day. It’s as if she is saying, “Good morning Mommy” and I love it! She’s so happy when she wakes up.

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Happy 5 Months, Miss Kennedy Joy! We love you xoxo

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Kennedy | 3 Months

It’s been a week and half since Kennedy turned 3 months old and every day I’m continually amazed at how much she is growing and changing.

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It is obvious she is feeling 100 times better since having her lip & tongue ties released and her little personality is finally starting to show through. As much as it pains me to admit it, Kennedy is my mini-me. She is feisty, loud & she knows exactly what she wants, when she wants it and how she wants it. She’s particular in how she gets put to sleep, how she nurses & how she’s held.

Kennedy is also starting to coo and smile, although she’s yet to smile for the camera. She’s most likely to flash her toothless grin when she’s being talked to and when she is nursing. It’s my absolute favorite when she unlatches in the middle of a feeding simply to coo and smile at me before re-latching. It melts my heart every single time.

She also adores her brother. She watches Maverick all the time and if he isn’t in the room, she’s scanning the area for his voice. Maverick has been so sweet to her. He brings her toys, blankets & is always wanting to give her hugs & kisses. She’s trying so hard to roll over and reach for toys and I think it’s because she’s itching to be able to play with him.

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Weight: 12 lbs. 12 oz.

Height: Unknown

Currently Wearing: 3 month clothes

Hair Color: Dark brown

Eye Color: Light brown 

Likes: Sitting up, naps on Momma, being carried in her Tula, watching Maverick play, nursing & baths

Dislikes: The carseat, being left alone, naps in her crib, wet diapers & being too cold or too hot

Milestones: Bringing her hands to her mouth, cooing, smiling, trying to roll over, kicking her feet & tracking objects and/or people with her eyes

Favorite food(s): Momma’s milk

Sleeping: Inconsistently naps throughout the day if in the car or being held, goes to bed between 8-8:30 PM and wakes up at 1 AM, 4 AM, 5 AM and finally at 7 AM. In other words, not the best sleeper.

Favorite Mommy Moment: While nursing, she unlatches to coo and smile at me. Sometimes she will hold a 5-minute long “conversation” with me before re-latching to finish eating. It’s the best thing in the whole world.

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Happy 3 months, Kennedy! Momma loves you xoxo

Pregnancy Update | 25 Weeks

This week marks my 25th week of pregnancy with Baby Brack #2! I don’t know what’s scarier — the fact that 25 weeks have already passed or that I only have 15 more weeks to go before I’m a mom of two kids, 2 years old & under!!

Either way, I’m getting excited for Baby Girl’s arrival. The nursery is painted, the crib is picked out and the chair & ottoman for her room got ordered last weekend (thanks, Mom)!

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PS Ignore the bad selfie, I’m working on getting a camera tripod, but the high-chair & my iPhone are my best options for the time being 🙂

How far along: 25 weeks + 1 day

Size of baby: About the size of a head of cauliflower

Weight gain: More like weight loss! I’ve actually lost weight this pregnancy and while the doctor is slightly concerned, I’m not. I tried explaining that I went from a desk job to being a full-time toddler wrangler (AKA stay-at-home mom) and that’s probably why I’m not packing on the pounds. But she wants to see some increase on the scale at my next visit, so I’m doing my best to indulge in all things cookies, ice cream & chocolate.

Pregnancy symptoms: During Maverick’s pregnancy, I had heartburn from the first trimester up until he was born. Like the Old Wive’s tale says, he was born with a FULL head of hair. Fortunately with Baby Girl I hadn’t had any heartburn until this week and it’s back with a vengeance. It usually starts between 8:30-9 PM and it’s so bad that if I lay down, I feel like I might vomit. I told Shawn that she better come out with a full ponytail because this is vicious.

Other than that, I’ve had some minor cramping, but nothing concerning. It’s likely because I’m not a good pregnant person and insist on doing the same things I would do while not pregnant (i.e., stand on a 6-foot ladder to help paint our master bedroom).

Kick Count: Minor movements during the day, but she’s super active in the evenings & at night. Shawn & my Mom have felt her move and she’s kicked Maverick a few times while I was rocking him to sleep, but he didn’t seem to notice.

Food cravings/aversions: I crave all things sweet, especially cookie dough & ice cream and still have quite an aversion to chicken. Yuck!

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m starting to get the lower back pain and I did have 1 or 2 Braxton Hicks contractions a few weeks ago, but it really has been an easy 25 weeks. Let’s hope the next 15 weeks are smooth sailing too!

Nursery Inspiration

Baby Brack #2 is due to make her arrival in early February 2017, but with the holidays quickly approaching, we are trying to get a jumpstart on the nursery before the calendar gets hectic. Our plan is to start painting this weekend and then over the next few months slowly acquire the furniture & decor.

Here’s what I’m dreaming up for our little princess:

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Room color: As much as I love the color pink, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of painting her room that color (and I think Shawn was relieved), so we found the perfect shade of light purple–Violet Cache from the HGTV Collection by Sherwin-Williams.

Dresser & Crib: We are purchasing the exact same dresser & crib set that Maverick currently has. While I wish Maverick was out of his crib, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, so moving it into the baby’s room isn’t an option. Our plan is to eventually get the toddler rail for Maverick’s crib and then when Baby #2 is ready, we’ll move the rail we already have to her bed and Maverick’s bed can either become a day bed or a full-size bed. Plus, both kids will then have dressers they can grow up with.

Crib bedding: I searched forever and finally found crib bedding that I like. I wanted her room to be simple, yet sophisticated and I love the damask print, so it was a perfect fit. Plus, it matches the paint color exactly! 

Lamp: When I was registering I stumbled across this cute little lamp and couldn’t resist. I love having a small light in the kid’s rooms for late night feedings or 3 AM diaper changes. It gives me enough brightness to see what I’m doing, but doesn’t wake them up as much as the overhead light does.

Monogram: Maverick has his name spelled out above his crib. I painted & decorated the letters and they are adorable, but were an absolute nightmare to hang up. I knew Shawn would kill me if I had him hang another name on the wall, so I found this adorable monogram that can be personalized with her initials. I think it would be perfect above her crib and way easier for Dad to hang.

Artwork: One of my favorite sayings is, “Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.” It embodies so much of what I want for my daughter, so I was super excited when I found it here–and in purple!

Glider: No nursery is complete without a comfortable glider & ottoman. For Maverick, we reused an old rocker that my mom sewed new cushions for and he still loves it! I didn’t want to take it away from him, plus it would be a tight squeeze for 2 kids during our nightly story time, so I’m hoping to find something a little bigger for Baby #2’s room. Plus, I figured if we get it in gray we can move it to other parts of the house once the kiddos outgrow it.

I can’t wait to get started on the decorating! Wish us luck on our painting this weekend!