Tuesday, July 31, 2018


What a sweet month this was! Lazy days and lots of fun! Here is a look at the month in pictures! (C clearly loves her new karaoke machine) 

Frances started using the big girl tub! 

Forrest and Charlotte stayed at the pool until nearly 10pm on July 3 playing with friends and watching the fireworks! 

4th of July milk shake!! Yum!

Why hi g the fireworks as a family! Charlotte exclaimed “I love this day!” It was so sweet. 

Mom and M came and had lunch with us at the pool on the 5th! 

And on the 6th we packed up at 8pm and went to my grandmothers for a few days. Charlotte got lots of fun things when we arrived...

And Frances got to love on mimi while Charlotte played in the pool. 

We had a super fun play date with Harper! 

Frances ate her first cereal and Charlotte got to help feed her. They were both delighted. 

Frances was so good at eating cereal we moved quickly to bananas, apples, and sweet potatoes. 

We also tried her out in the jumpy...she wasn’t quite sure about it yet. 

Charlotte went to her last day of 2k! I was a little sad—3k makes it seem like she is so grown up.  

The 4 or us went to dinner and ice cream on Saturday night. We don’t often venture out with the 4 of us but the time worked out and we really had fun and Frances was so calm and interested in her surrounds. I’m anxious to start taking her more and more places! 

I got a new car!! It’s big but it’s so comfy!! 

We spent a fun Saturday at momsies. I am going to miss having her home when she starts back to school! I know the girls will miss seeing her so often. Charlotte is very attached to her and will cry for her often. It’s such a sweet relationship. 
Next month brings school and football and the downhill slide towards fall so you can bet we will be soaking up the last drops of summer as best we can. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

4 months with Frances

Our little critter is growing so quickly! She is the happiest, smiliest Little thing and just warms all of our hearts. She loves to babble and talk and will go on for a longtime just talking to us or even to herself. She has really nice conversations with the ceiling fan! She is always watching Charlotte and smiles so big when she sees her. I hope this means she will always look up to her big sister. Charlotte is still in love with her and always wants to hold her.

 In the past month Frances has hit some pretty big milestones! She learned to roll from tummy to back and the next day she went from back to front. She can even roll a complete 360 barrel roll but I think those are usually accidental. 

She has found her toes and likes to raise and lower her feet and stare at them. She is just about always chewing her hands which worries me that teeth are in our immediate future.

 She still loves standing up and now prefers her bumbo seat to the bouncer as she is more upright and can see better. When prooped on her back with pillows (like on the bed or couch) she can pull herself up to sitting position and of course promptly topples over. I have noticed her attempting to reach for things a time or two (or at least I think she was trying) but she really isn’t holding or grabbing things yet. We have transitioned her to the baby tub from a bath on the counter because she was rolling so much and boy does she like being in the water the whole time! She kicks her little feet and just grins the whole time! 

She is still on 3 naps a day and will be for the next few months I would imagine. She currently sleeps in a dock a tot in her crib for naps and we move it to the bassinet next to my side of the bed for light time. She still needs her paci and swaddle although hoping to break the swaddle habit soon since she can roll, although she hasn’t rolled in her sleep. 

At her check up she was 13 pounds 13 ounces and 26 inches long, which is lighter yet longer than Charlotte was atthat age. The doctor thinks her birth mark onthe back of her thigh is really a hemangioma so we are watching it but it shouldn’t cause any issues and will go away on its own. Otherwise she is just perfect. 

She also started cereal and baby food this month! I think Charlotte was more excited. When I called for her to come help me feed her she ran up screaming “cereal time it’s cereal time!” Frances loved food right away and was really great and eating so she moved to baby food after just a few days. 

First cereal 

First baby food-bananas! 

Happy baby, full tummy. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

June 2018

I’m so sad that June is over because it means one month of summer is already gone! Everything g in summer is so much sweeter. This June was a blast! The girls and I were at the beach for two solid weeks and forrest was able to come back and forth on weekends. It was a fabulous way to relax and unwind. Charlotte absolutely adores the beach. Now that we are home she will say she misses it and cry. It’s adorable. 

Happy beach face!!! 

The first weekend we were there, forrest did an over night fishing trip and had such success! We will be eating fish for months and I’m so happy about it. 

While he was on the boat, my sister spent the weekend with us as did the urbinas.  Charlotte was so sad when they all left. She said “we have no friends! Who is going to play with us?!” (I guess I am not as fun?!) 

When we are at the beach with my mom we are lazy and slow. It’s nice! We stay in and eat in the condo, don’t stress about being on the beach every second, and just decompress. Since Frances with with us this year his was such a nice pace to adopt! 
Forrest came back on Tuesday evening so he could attend the gulf coast dental conference. Charlotte and I attended the events with him and Mom stayed in with Frances. We got to see lots of friends and have lots of fun! 

Pool party at the conference hotel

Dinner at the gulf afterwards. I want to remember that while we were there, a mom handed Charlotte a shovel that her baby had been playing with. The baby started to cry and Charlotte handed it back but the mom said that they were leaving. The baby continued to cry as they left and it upset Charlotte so badly. She cried too and said she wanted the baby to have the shovel. She has the sweetest little heart. I hope she is always this caring. 

The next night all of us went to the wharf for dinner. Yummy yummy! Frances was such a good girl and loved taking in the sights. Forrest and Charlotte were also successful at getting me on the Ferris wheel! 

A quick pause to see if you noticed that Charlotte and Frances matched that night. Matching them has been such fun for me as silly as it sounds. It’s just a sweet little thing I get to do for them while they are little so I’m going to cherish it while it lasts. 

The next night we went to the young dentists reception and got to visit with Paige and Susan (or Paige-n and Susan as Charlotte called them). Charlotte also got to meet the interim dean of the dental school. 

Before the party, aunt Paula and Uncle Tom and Uncle toms brother and sister in law came by for dinner. They brought Charlotte a snow cone maker which pretty much delighted her socks off. I think she ate one every day, sometimes two! They are always so sweet to make the effort and take the time to see us whenever we are nearby. 

The next night we went to the presidents banquet. There was a band so naturally Charlotte thought it was a wedding and wanted to dance!!

The next day daddy had to leave so we had a little fun before he hit the road. We tried out playa, a new restaurant and also the yard milkshake shop. 

The shake was fabulous but the place was kind of grungy. I don’t think we will be going back. 

Don’t think we forgot about baby sister on this trip! She learned to laugh and almost mastered rolling back to front! It was a big time for her too! 

There was a tidal pool in front of our condo which was perfect for Charlotte. She could play without worrying about waves (ok she doesn’t worry about them, I do). She loved playing and hunting for shells in an ocean that was just her size. I thought her floating was pretty hilarious. 

Frances’ first time on the beach! She didn’t seemed keyed up about it one way or the other. I hope she will be a beach loving gal like her mom and sister by next year!

While sister was napping, Charlotte got to go on lots of adventures with daddy! Here they are at OWA amusement park (or music park to charlotte) and the arcade! 

My brother and sister in law came the second weekend and all of us went to dinner at salt, a restaurant that replaced our favorite cafe grazie. Afterwards we went to the flora bama for a little dancing and grown up fun! 

The next day we headed home and none of us were thrilled, although we were looking forward to our own beds and the familiarity of our routine. Plus, the next day we got to celebrate daddy and papa b on Father’s Day!

Other fun things this month included:
Charlotte going back to school and Frances first visit to daddy’s office...

Play date with rachel and baby becca 

Dinner at highlands with friends and a trip in a limo for mommy and daddy!

Burger night at the club with the girls 

Smith and bailey 5 year celebration luau

Play date with Harper! 

And a mommy and Charlotte date to see Peter Pan with lily and her mommy. Charlotte had a ball! She danced in the aisle nearly the whole show and was thrilled to meet the characters afterwards. Peter Pan gave her some pixie dust and he had to make sure it wasn’t real—she didn’t want to fly! Precious! 

See what fun?! Here’s hoping July is just as exciting! We only get 18 summers with these sweet babies and I hope they are all jam packed with fun and adventure! 

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