Thursday, October 11, 2018

7 months of Frances


Our sweet girl is 7 months old! She seems so grown yet I love knowing that she is going to stay a sweet snuggly baby for a while longer! 



She loves eating real food! She eats roughly 4 times a day, starting with a 6oz bottle. Then she usually gets about 4 jars of baby food plus real food. She loves bananas and avocados, watermelon, toast, and she will pretty much try anything we give her at this point. Here she was loving broccoli like her big sister. Also notice her hair in this picture—it’s starting to grow! Her eyes are getting darker and her hair is actually getting lighter! 


She loves being read to and sung to. She has just started to turn the pages in the books we read to her. 


This toy in her hands is her “chew toy”. It goes everywhere she does. She chews so hard I have been convinced her teeth are coming but forrest doesn’t feel anything! She seeks content when she has it in her car seat and I like her to have that rather than her paci so she doesn’t fall asleep. 



This kk Th she has gotten her balance to sit up! If you sit her on the floor she will sit continuously without falling over. She has started to walk her hands toward toys but no crawling attempts from this position yet. She does sort of army call and drag herself to toys when on her tummy but not very well. She can scoot her knees under her but can’t get up on her hands yet. 
I’m wanting her to crawl to check off the milestone but really crawling makes life difficult on mommy so I don’t mind her being stationary right now. All in good time. 

Francie had her first trip to tuscaloosa! It was so hot but she was a trooper riding in her stroller. She got to see part of campus and the stadium and the new aopi house. 


A new long horn restaurant opened in town and Frances quite enjoyed the crusty bread and light fixtures in the ceiling. 

I pulled out some of the sitting toys and she was so excited!! She loved this little ball bounce game. Charlotte knows these were her toys but doesn’t seem possessive. She just wants to show Frances the correct way to play with them. 


We pulled this out and moms and she loved being able to stand and play! Her little feet just danced and she would light up so big while playing. 


She got to go to her first birthday party this month! We celebrated our sweet neighbor watts’ 5th birthday at the sport zone. Frances loved watching the other kids play and enjoyed eating a pizza crust. 



Frances has decided to fight her naps for the past week and rather than sit home and fret over it we have gone shopping and she also went to the nail salon for the first time. She was seemingly unimpressed. I don’t know what to do for her when she doesn’t want to nap and I can’t make her so we just roll with it. Since she sleeps well at night I really don’t want to complain! 
I also had to buy her new pajamas this month—9-12 months! She is gettting to tall!! 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September



What a fun month we had! We were clinging onto summer with all of our might! We started the month off at the beach. Charlotte loves the beach and so we decided we should take our first real trip with just the 4 of us. It was such a fun time together. We also got to see Uncle Tom and aunt paula for dinner one night. Frances got some time on the beach and in the pool and Charlotte got to have some fun time with daddy at the arcade. The only negative was the ride home—traffic was so awful! The girls handled it very well but we will never leave on Labor Day again! 




Charlotte and I got to go to the princess party at the bjcc. It was such a fun time fort he two of us! I was so proud of how Charlotte ha does herself, as there was some time the girls were to be away from their parents. She was so cute—scooting up to the front of the stage, wanting to be atthe front of the action. She danced with the princesses, got pictures, had her hand painted, and got some candy. She was in hog heaven!! 


That afternoon we went to momsies to visit with Roy and ann and watch the alabama game. We also got to go to dinner with them that night. Forrest went to the game but came and met us at the restaurant. 



Frances started eating solid foods this month. She loves banana, avocado, and bread. I can’t believe she is growing so quickly. Time has gone much faster this second time for sure. 


One Saturday we were thrilled to be invited to the lake by our friend Brett Sitz and his wife Kayla and their children. We got to spend time with friends from high school and enjoyed catching up and meeting their families. Charlotte was so brave and went tubing! I was so proud of her! She was smiling so big and kept wanting to go faster!! 




Sadly, we lost our sweet sonny boy this month. He had liver cancer and we are all just so sad. Charlotte wanted to know how he got to heaven, who took him, and if she was going to haveto go. It’s so hard to explain these things to her and I always worry that I am messing it up. 


We celebrated papa b’s birthday! Theo girls just love him and he is always so sweet and attentive to them. I love that he and mama b keep Frances on Tuesday for me while I’m at court. They just love their time together. 



The 4 of us went to tuscaloosa the weekend of the Texas a&m game. We got to stay at dr bucks fabulous house for the weekend which was so nice! It was the first time the 4 of us bunked in one room and I was concerned but the girls did great! It was so hot so forrest went to the game while I stayed with our napping girls. We did get to stroll around campus a little and visit the new aopi house. We also got to watch the elephant stomp, which Charlotte loved, although the rain meant that big al had to miss out. On the way out of town we stopped and introduced the girls to our favorite, the waysider!


Forrest and I rounded out the month at the bengals/falcons game in Atlanta. Dre Kirkpatrick got us tickets and we were thrilled to watch him play and to get a fun parents day out. It was the longest I had left Frances but she and Charlotte were in good hands with mrs jill. The game was awesome and the atmosphere was so fun! I hope we will be able to go to more nfl games in the future!
Now that October is here we are slowing accepting that it’s fall (although it’s still hot). The nights are starting earlier, it’s cooler in the mornings, we are pretty set in our school routine. And speaking of that routine, I want to write it so I don’t forget where we were at this point in our lives. On Monday’s and Wednesday’s  I’m home with the girls, and so Frances and I take Charlotte to school at 9 and pick her up at 1. In between I usually do housework and frances plays and takes a nap. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I have court at the city at 8, so forrest takes Charlotte to early care before he starts work at 830. The baileys keep Frances on Tuesday’s and mrs Gail keeps her on Thursday. Frances and I go get her still. On Fridays both girls are home and I love our “lazy stay home” days together, as Charlotte says. On Tuesday’s Charlotte has ballet at 430 so my mom comes and stays with Frances and forrest and o have been trying to have a date night afterwards. On Wednesday’s forrest gets done at 4 and we try to do something fun together, like goingto eat or to the store. Saturday’s are of course dependent on football now and on Sunday’s typically Forrest and Charlotte go to church while I stay with a napping Frances. Then we all meet up at the baileys for lunch. After a nap at home we go to momsies for dinner. This may not super exciting but this is our life right now and I never want to forget the sweet simplicity of it. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Half a year!

We have had our Frances for 6 months! Half of a year! I could not say this when Charlotte was a baby but for some reason Frances’s first her has flown by! She is the happiest sweetest little girl! I love when I go into her room after she wakes up and she is just smiling her big toothless grin. 



I can’t wait until she is big enough to hug and cuddle because I know she will be great at it! This month she has traded in her raspberry blowing for squealing when she is tired or upset. She always wants to be in the action! She loves her jumper and exersaucer and I can’t leaver her in the swing or bouncy seat because she can pull herself over and try to flip out! 




She is getting her balance while sitting and can reach and grab for toys. 



Actually, she is teaching and grabbing for everything! Hair, glasses, food, anything she can get her hands on! Then of course she puts things right in her mouth. I’m waiting on the teeth because she is chewing her hands and gnawing on everything! 



She has been eating 3-4 jars of baby food every day and we are going to try baby led weaning as she is so interested in our food. We have let her gum a few items and she was so happy so we want to take it a step further.






 She also this month has quit nursing. All of a sudden she just wouldn’t do it anymore. I don’t know if it was because she wasn’t getting full or if she didn’t like being still and not being able to see but she simply refuses. Cries and screams actually. I pump twice a day and don’t get very much and so I’m about to have to break into the frozen stored milk. I still want her to get breast milk for as long as possible so I will do what I need to do for as long as I can. She still loves her big sister and Charlotte loves her. She got upset the other day when I said that Frances was growing up and she said “but mommy I want her to stay my baby forever!”! It just broke my heart! 



Frances has also decided she doesn’t need an evening nap. This is sort of a mess because it means she is awake 3-4 hours at night. She gets fussy but we usually go on a golf cart ride and she is just fine. During the day she usually stays up for 2-3 hour increments and sometimes will fight her naps but I have learned to put her in the swing and let her chill when this happens and she does fine. This isn’t always ideal but we are used to it and so is she so I’m not super worried. 


Frances was a brave girl at her check up! She layed still and quiet for the doctor to examine her and he said she is just perfect. She weighs 15 pounds 9 ounces and was 26 inches long, and she is in the 50 percentile for both categories. She is growing up to be such a sweet little critter and we can’t wait to see how she is going to grow and change in the next few month! 





Monday, September 10, 2018

August

Summer is over and we are so sad! We have squeezed every last drop of fun out of this 2018 summer and I think we did it quite well! 


All 4 of us went to the August first Friday. It was nice to stroll and be out of the house for a bit. Charlotte of course loved the popsicles. 


That same weekend we went to a wedding for one of Forrest’s assistants. Charlotte had a big time although was sad she didn’t catch the bouquet. The bride brought her a special rose and that made her feel much better about the situation. 




We had a girls day at Mimi’s! Charlotte got to swim with Mary rose and we all got to meet our newest cousin Macey! It was a hectic day but a sweet one. I even managed an emergency potty stop for Charlotte all by myself! 




Charlotte had her 3k open house and meet the teacher day. She had been worried about going to 3k all summer but you wouldn’t have known it from her behavior that day! She went right on in and played excitedly with her friends. Her teachers are mrs Abbie and mrs Billie, who was my teachers aid in kindergarten! 


That evening we hosted a pool party for Charlotte’s classmates. They had a blast! I hope we will can continue to do this each year! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Frances is 5 months

Well this month flew by just like the others and like they say, babies don’t keep! Miss Frances has changed so much in the past couple of weeks! She is reaching and grabbing for things and putting them in her mouth.



 She is also started to reach for books when we are reading to “turn” the pages. I have noticed her turning to us when we call her name but I am not sure if she recognizes it or if she just turns because she hears our voices. She has been rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy but she is working on rolling from back to tummy towards her right—before she was only rolling left. She can also scoot around on her belly (sort of like a watch hand) to get something she wants. She also loves to blow raspberries and it is pretty adorable except when she is eating. Speaking of eating, she loves it! Other than green beans she has liked all the foods she has tried (apples, bananas, pears, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots). 

(Her feelings on green beans) 

When she wakes up (which lates has been around 9:30), she nurses and then eats some baby food. After her morning nap she will nurse (although this month she has sometimes gone on a nursing strike) and then I will top her off with formula. Usually she just has a “liquid lunch” for that feeding because most of her nutrients should come from the milk. Then after nap 2 she has more milk and a little food. Then after nap 3 she will have milk, food mixed with cereal, and then I top her up with some formula before bed. This has been pretty much her schedule for a while, although at 19 weeks she went off the rails for a while and only wanted to take 2 naps and to stay awake longer. After about a week she settled back down and so we will be working on a new schedule since Charlotte starts back to school. She still sleeps in her dock a tot with paci but during her crazy week she decided she no longer wantd to be swaddled, which was great since she needed to drop it anyway. She just sleeps in feetie pajamas and that seems to work for her. 



She still absolutely loves when you sing to her and enjoys baths and watching Charlotte play. Her face lights up when Charlotte talks and plays with her—it’s the sweetest! 



Frances does not like to be out of the loop and prefers to be upright so she really likes the jumpy and the exersaucer. 




We are sad that Charlotte is starting back to school. I have so enjoyed my days with these sweet girls and I know Frances will be wondering where big sister is! 




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July













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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. 


 
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