Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May

Whew May! I’m tired just thinking about it. Well truth be told I am always tired so that doesn’t mean too much, but May was a busy month for sure! 
We celebrated Frances baptism on May 6. Her godparents are Forrest’s Uncle Tommy and my aunt fran, her name sake. After the ceremony at church we had the family back to our house to eat a light lunch. 


Frances wore the christening gown that Charlotte and I wore and her cap, blanket and shoes were made by momsie! 


Frances also started sleeping in her crib consistently for naps and by the end of the month was doing her long sleep stretch in the crib as well. We do dock a tot, swaddle, sound machine and projector. 



Charlotte also had a major milestone this month—she gave up her paci!! This was hard and bless Forrest because he had to deal with it. She would wake up in the night wanting it and would cry before nap and bed but it was time. She was receptive one night so he jumped atthe chance and once we started we couldn’t go back. Also at some point his spring, I think  in March, she stopped sitting in her booster seat and sits in a regular chair for meals. Charlotte also got to watch Henry baseball game. Shehad such fun cheering him on—their relationship is precious. 


I am really enjoying my days at home with the girls. I was nervous that I would feel cooped up but we have such a fun time together. I do enjoy my court days but nothing beats smiles and snuggles with these little ones! 


Frances turned 2 months old!! The time is passing much quicker with her than it did with Charlotte! 



Charlotte finished her year of 2k!! She has grown by leaps and bounds this year and is just so smart. She really loved having mrs Jill and mrs Cindy as teachers and we are grateful for all of their love!! She also really liked music with mrs katie and would come home singing her songs daily. 



We got to watch her sing in the end of the year program—so precious! 



The party moms and I put together a bubble and popsicle party for the kids end of the year celebration. It was super easy and the kids loved it!!! We were quite proud of ourselves. 



The biggest thing we dealt with this month was Charlotte’s ballet recital. I have been leery of this weekend since I signed her up for dance because the recital was in the middle of nap and Charlotte doesn’t miss her nap. Never in her life has she not taken one!! She typically sleeps from around 1:30-4:30 and the recital was at 2 each day, plus dress rehearsal at 3 in Friday. On Friday I just put her down early and woke her up early but Saturday was a different story. She slept in but was so tired by the end of the recital. She was crying and saying “mommy I want to take a nap now!!!”’ She ended up falling asleep on me right before the curtain call and I had to wake her to go back with her class. The next day we decided to leave right after she danced and miss the curtain call because she was just too sleepy. 
Despite the tiredness, she did great in the recital! She had no fear of the stage or the audience. She didn’t mind leaving me to go backstage with her class. She was so cute doing her dance and really loved watching the big girls too. She asked me why they were “dancing by themselves”—she thought it was sad! Sweet thing. She loved having family and friends come to watch her (other than mommy and daddy, mrs Jill, aunt Fran, rachel, Julie, trey, m, momsie)  We were really pleased with her year at ballet and can’t wait for next year to start! 





From the stage to the pool, she started swim lessons right after ballet ended. This was our second year with mr patrick and she did great. There were tears but by the end of the week she was so proud to show me what she had learned. 



We took our first trip as a family of four over Memorial Day weekend to my grandmothers house in Birmingham. It was so much fun to hang out with family and do some of our favorite activities while we were there. All four of us went to the zoo! I was quite proud of myself for taking Frances and was proud of her for sleeping g the whole time! Charlotte was so excited to feed the lorikeets again, even though she doesn’t look like it. She just wanted them to land on her arms so badly. 


Afterwards we went to lunch at olexas—yummy—before taking naps. Everyone approved! Frances was great at her first restaurant! 


That afternoon Andrew and Ashley cake and swam with the girls. Charlotte was thrilled and she showed off some of her new swimming moves. Frances wasn’t too sure about the pool—I think it was too cold for her. 




We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing at home. We were all a little worn out from the weekends activities. We did manage a great lunch at mama and papa Bs house and we took some nice golf cart rides in the evenings. Looking ahead to June, we hope to do a lot of vacationing, pooling, and sunning!! 



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Frances is 2 months old

This having two babies thing isn’t for the faint of heart! I feel like I’m always getting someone down for a nap or feeding one of them. I will say that recently I have started to feel slightly more comfortable and like I have a tiny bit of control. 
Frances is such a sweet baby. This month she started smiling and has the big open mouth smiles that will melt your heart! She of course smiled at my mom first, just like Charlotte did. She has also started to coo and just talks and talks. It is the sweetest sound and makes me so ready for her to laugh! She definitely experienced the week 8 wonder week recently. She stopped sleeping as well at night and was taking short naps and wanted me to hold her for most of them. I knew what was going on because Charlotte experienced them in the same way, but that doesn’t make them easy. You just have to suck it up and get through! She is starting to get control of her arms and legs and has been trying so hard to suck her thumb. She also likes kicking her feet in her sink bath and we practice sticking out our tounges in the mirror. She has a night time routine where I give her a sink bath and then she takes a bottle and goes to sleep. It seems to be working well. For naps she has started sleeping in her crib (she is in the rock and play in our room for nights). I swaddle her and our her in the dock a tot in the crib and she goes to sleep with her paci and watching her projector with the sound machine on. This is something Charlotte would never do I so I was determined (even though I ended up being reluctant to start) to let Frances learn to fall asleep on her own. I actually think it’s just something she is ok with doing and that Charlotte was not, not actually something I can take credit for. I can take credit for the cool sound machine projector that I found. I noticed she would stare at the tv and get sleepy eyed so I found a projector that puts a moving scene on her ceiling and she watches until she drifts off. I have to put the paci in a few times but otherwise she does pretty well during nap. 
She loves to look at the blinds just like Charlotte did and she really really loves to watch Charlotte! C will sing and dance and talk to her and she will just stare at her and smile. I can’t wait to watch these two sisters bond! Charlotte loves Frances so much and still wants to hold her and help with her. 





 
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