Saturday, November 24, 2012


A few of my favorite shots from our fun family Thanksgiving...

Always love piling into the golf cart to go feed the fish

They ran and jumped into a huge pile of leaves for over an hour. They had a blast!

Annie melting down, and Lucy about to drop Stella. I did end up actually getting a decent pic of the three of them after this.

The whole crew

SO thankful for such a wonderful family!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Late as usual

Well, I'm a month late on Annie's 18 month post, and Stella was 1 month old on Sunday so I'm a few days late on hers too...but I'm always late, so you aren't surprised by this.

Here they are, better late than never:

Annie 18 months

Stella 1 month

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stella is 1 month!

One month has come and gone for Stella! Time flies when you're having fun...or sleeping, eating, and pooping nonstop.

I am honestly very surprised at how easily Stella is transitioned into our little family. She is on a schedule, yes, but she goes with the flow and really has settled into our routine perfectly. She doesn't protest when she has to wait for her meal a little longer than usual...and she's perfectly content to sleep in our arms, in her bassinet, or her crib. 

So far the only place she really doesn't like is her carseat, and that isn't even every time. On Saturday we ventured out as a family of five to walk around and have lunch, and she slept in her carseat the entire time and never made a peep. Other times...there are lots of peeps :)

Stella at 2 weeks:

Stella at 1 month:

Trying to talk to me while I take her picture...

She has grown so fast and is very noticeably bigger than even just a week ago. I'm pretty sure she went through a growth spurt at the beginning of last week...its hard to tell because I have to wake her up for every feeding except for maybe one or two. In one week she outgrew newborn diapers AND newborn clothes. I am hurting for some winter clothes because Annie and Lucy were born in warm months, so if you have some hand me downs send them my way and I'll pay you for shipping :)

She is quite a sleepy head. In the past few days she has really become more alert and I don't have to work as hard to keep her awake while she eats. After she nurses she looks around for a little bit, then goes back to sleep. She is only waking up once in the middle of the night to nurse, then goes back to sleep until about 7 or 7:30 am.

Even though she sleeps a lot, she is holding her head up really well. I haven't really done much tummy time with her but when I do, she does this:

So far she is my easiest baby (at least as far as sleeping and eating goes...but that's all she does right now) She is a great nurser. She is a spitter though and goes through several outfits a day. Lucy was the same way so I'm used to smelling like baby puke all day :)

She still has some dark brown hair and her eyes are dark blue. She has pretty olive skin and people are always commenting on how pretty her complexion is. She reminds me a lot of Lucy as a newborn...except Lucy was shiny bald.

She is very tolerant and patient. Kisses and pats and noises and shouts and (accidental) rough hands from her sisters don't bother her at all. She turns her head to their voices when she hears them in the room. She obviously loves her sisters already. She calms to my voice and touch the quickest though.

She HATES her bath. Also hates when I change her clothes. Other than that, she really doesn't cry much.

Much happier after the bath was over :)

It's so hard to believe that she wasn't in our lives just one month ago. She has fit into our family so perfectly that I know she was made for us :) It feels like she has always been a part of our family. I am so thankful to be Stella's mama!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Silly Faces of Lucy

Lucy being silly and insisting I take her picture so she can look at herself and laugh....please excuse the PBJ all over her face :)

And one of Annie just for kicks...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stella's birth announcement

Since I'm on "maternity leave" and not bringing in any income, and Christmas is right around the corner and well, because poor Stella is our third and we're too cheap to order/mail birth is what Stella's would look like :) I'm actually ordering one to frame and one to put in her little memory box that I've made for each one of the girls. Don't tell her they didn't actually get mailed out, ok?

Joyful Monogram Girl Birth Announcement
Personalized cards for babies, Valentines, Easter and Mother's Day.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Pickin Pumpkins

We went to Whitley Farms this year to pick our pumpkins and enjoy a little fall festivity. Usually we got to Uncle Bob's, but unless you pay per person you don't get to do anything other than get a pumpkin, so we wanted to support our local farm! Whitley Farms donated a CSA to us the summer Annie was born, which was amazing! They are growing by leaps and bounds and we enjoy every visit there.

The girls got to plant strawberry plants for next season, roamed the gardens, chose some pumpkins to take home, plus they had lots of yummy treats and cider and coffee for us to enjoy. We had a lot of fun and can't wait to go back. P.S. their jams and salsas are UHmazing.

 Annie found hers!

Then she got lost.... 

Lucy with her two pumpkins 

Watching the cows (bulls??) eat hay :) 

My three girls! Annie can't stop touching Stella for one minute... 

I wanted a picture of Mark with them too but they were over pictures by this point 

After Lucy picked her pumpkin she got to paint it!

Good work Whitley Farms! Happy Fall Ya'll!