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. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Frances’s birth story

Better late than never right?! Here we go! When my pregnancy was confirmed with Frances and they told me her due date, I immediately began planning her induction date. She was due to be born at the end of spring break and well that just wasn’t going to work for me—my mom is a teacher and I knew I would need her help, so I was hoping I could have Frances the week before the break so I would benefit from moms whole week off. Finally it was time to schedule the induction and since everything was progressing well I scheduled it for the Thursday before spring break, which was 39 weeks. I was super excited about this induction because I had to be induced with Charlotte and the process was so easy! No pain, no rush to throw things in a bag to get to the hospital, no wondering if it was real labor or not (granted Charlotte’s induction was slightly an emergency but that is a different tale) just an easy scheduled delivery. I was making zero progress in the delivery department anyway so I never thought I wouldn’t make it to the appointed time. No sir! This delivery was going to go according to plan! Also, to throw a little added drama in the mix, my cousin was getting married on the 17th and my induction was the Thursday after. Was I worried? Not really. Aside from being huge I had no reason to think I would go into labor early. I was so excited to spend the wedding weekend with the family and to se Charlotte’s debut as a flower girl. I was going to getthe all clear from my doctor at my check up on Wednesday, pack us up on Thursday (Charlotte’s gorgeous wedding weekend wardrobe and my gigantic one that I had ordered specifically for the occasion), and head down to Birmingham to kick the weekend off at the bridesmaidsluncheon Friday morning. Alas, as they so often do, the baby had a different plan. 
On Wednesday the 14th I dropped Charlotte off at school and then went and packed up some things from my office. We had decided to close my office and for metotake a long leave so I could adjust to life with two little girls. I packed up some boxes and got some lamps in the car and did a few errands. I went to see the doctor at 1:30, and after checking me she said I hadn’t really made any progress since the week before so I should be good to go for the wedding. I text this to the bride and my aunt and went home and took a nap with Charlotte (whom mrs Jill had bright Home from school). Afterwards I got dinner ready and started to unpack our bathroom. (We started a bathroom reno in January and it still wasn’t finished but the drawers and cabinets finally had doors so I wanted up put everything back in them). When forrest got home and we sat down to dinner my lower back was hurting. I attributed this to the loading I did at my office and the bathroom organizing I had done that day. I remember messaging with a friend saying I hadn’t had any contrafions, unless of course this pain in my back was contrafions hahaha! I took two Tylenol and went on my merry way with the nighttime routine. 
Flash forward to 1:30 am—I wake up as I so often did in the night to use the bathroom. I was annoyed that my back was still hurting but Tylenol rarely worked for me so I wasn’t surprised. I rolled around trying to get comfortable, adjusting my legs and belly with pillows and piles of sheets and settled back down. And then I felt a sharp pain that made me jump. What the heck was that?! Am I in labor? Hahaha no silly you haven’t had any practice contractions haha. (The key to remember is that I was induced with Charlotte and never had to “go into labor”). By now I was awake so I got up and walked around so as to not wake up forrest and I was still hurting. At 2:30 I text the doctor, more for peace of mind rather than anything, and she surprisingly text back (as she was up with a teething baby). I told her I thought I might be having contractions but my tummy wasn’t hurting, just my back. She said lay down and drink some water and eat something. So I had some chocolate and peanut butter Cheerios. Then I text to say I was having this weird pain now that went around my back and squeezed in the front. She said the front squeeze was a contraction. I was like oh great a practice contraction. I have court at 8am and have to pack for this wedding I do not have time to be up all night with this nonsense. She said I needed to time them. So I started to type the time I felt the “front squeeze” into my phone. Lord have mercy they were every 5 minutes. I could predict them before they even came. Then they started to really hurt. I got out a puppy pad to sit on in case my water broke. I ever put one in the bed and tried to lay down thinking they would go away, but no. I would roll off the couch into a ball on the floor until they passed and then sit back up and tell myself they would stop. I wasn’t in labor. I had too much to do and I hadn’t even had any Braxton Hicks yet so these were not real. When they reached the 3 minute mark, I gave up. I text the doctor again and she said to go in. This was around 330 or so. I finished packing my bag and then packed Forrest’s. In between contractions I made a list for my mom about what she would need to pack for Charlotte for the wedding. I was so sad because I knew I was missing it. At 430 I woke forrest up. He immediately said “is it time?!” Mind you he had been dead asleep and we had never prepared for this moment so for all he knew the House was on fire, but he knew. I immediately started to cry—I wasn’t ready, I didn’t want to miss seeing Charlotte as a flower girl, and I was hurting. He called my mom and she came over and we started out the door about 5:20 to my car—that was loaded down with lamps and boxes from the office. By now I was really in pain. I couldnt y’all during the contractions and was squeezing the door handles. It was so hard to check in and fill out the forms because I was in such pain, but when the contraction stopped I was totally fine. Finally I got to a room and was begging for an epidural which they wouldn’t give me until the did my lab work. I refused any other medicine for about and hour until I was thrashing around the bed so badly I couldn’t take it. So they gave me some sort of medicine that help exactly 2 contractions and wore off in an hour. I was sobbing in her bed and saying “I want to go home” over and over. Finally blood was drawn and the crna arrived. I was hurting and moving so much I was afraid of the epidural because you have to be so still but they got it in. And it didn’t work. I ended up getting stuck 3 times before it worked and I was a hot mess. So they gave me a “narcotic block” and I was immediately drunk and I started to lose feeling in my hands and then my tongue. Once they adjusted me I was better. I couldn’t open my eyes much but I sat and listened to forrest and my sister talk—I have no idea when she got there to be honest. I progressed really quickly and when I was feeling like I wasn’t dying it was nice to sit and talk while we waited. I’m pretty sure my brother in law Davis who handled court for me came and brought forrest lunch  is that I’m thinking about it. I also told the nurse that I pushed for two hours with Charlotte and didn’t want to do that again and she said she would make sure Frances was ready to come out before the pushing started. Well not long after it was time to push! 

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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