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!! She’s also in a size 3 diaper but I think we will need to move up a size soon. 

I can’t believe I am starting to think about first birthday parties. Time is getting away from me! I at the same time want to bottle up her babyness and keep her that way forever (whenever I talk about her growing up Charlotte gets upset and says she wants her to stay her baby forever) and also I want her to keep growing so I can see what all she can do and who she is! I know what fun things are coming so part of me wants to hurry those things along. Right now I’m trying to just hold on to time for dear life and cherish every second with my sweet peas. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018


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. 

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