Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Card Shoot!

We had our little family/Elise's 5 month photo shoot a couple weeks back. Little Miss E did not want any part of it. And that is slightly my fault...the start time got pushed back a bit and went right into her nap time. I guess that is the good and bad thing about being so good on her schedule! I left feeling very sad that she wasn't her smiling, happy, bubbly baby self. I mean this kid is always smiling and the one time we "need" her to smile....well, she doesn't. 
But leave it to Hannah....she still rocked this photo shoot!
(You can check out her blog post about it here.)
We got so many good ones and I mean soooo many!! 
We went to The Factory in Franklin and I am sooo happy we did. There are so many colors and textures and lighting, it was just fabulous!!

So here are just a few of my favorites.... :) 
And yes, our Christmas card is one of these pretty little gems! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you Hannah! We absolutely love them!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

E is 5 whole Months!

Big girl is 5 months!!
Almost half a year old...craziness!!

Month 5, was (as with every month) better than the last. 
You are growing like a weed, little one. And Daddy and I love every single second of it. 
Your little big personality is showing through more and more with every single day! 

With one face you look just like your Momma and within seconds you raise that sweet little eyebrow and are immediately transformed into your Daddy! 

You are such a happy baby and we thank the big man above for it every single day.

Weighing in at 14.8 pounds you are in size 2 diapers and we are officially a Huggies family now. Bless your heart, those Pampers just couldn't hold you. You were waking up wet every single morning! So we tried Huggies and they worked much better, they didn't fix it, but definitely better. Your Nana had the suggested to go ahead try the nighttime diapers, but they start at size 3. We went ahead and tried, and thank goodness - it worked! You are happy dry little monkey! :)

You are now in 3-6 and 6 months clothes. And you have some cute 6 months stuff, sister! I officially packed up all the newborn, 0-3, and some 3 months stuff last weekend. It is hard to believe you were ever that small! And I am so sad you can't wear some of those precious little outfits anymore! They are just too cute!
You can almost sit up on your own.You pretty much just lean over to hold yourself up, but it won't be long! In the meantime, you love your bumbo!
And if you aren't sitting you love standing & using those strong leg muscles!

Your favorite toys include:
Sophie, your cell phone, your little red ring teether, your exersaucer -specifically the butterfly on it as it fits perfectly in your mouth, you Hoppy (squeaky mirror cow thing), your keys, your teething ring and Patsy the Puppy.

You are starting to change your schedule on us as you are not sleeping as much as you used to. 
Here is your typical day:
6:30 am - you start waking and playing and talking in your crib
6:45 am - get you up and dressed 
7:00 am - 7 ounces of formula 
and then it is off to school or Mimi and Papa's
8 or 8:30 am - nap time (typically around an hour and half)
play for a bit
10:30 am - 6 1/2 ounces of formula
play time!
12:00 pm - nap time (also around and hour and half)
1:30 pm - 6 1/2 ounces of formula
play time!!
3:00 pm - nap time, (again hour, hour and half)
4:30 pm - 6 1/2 ounces
more play time!!
6:00 pm - down for a catnap (typically 45 minutes)
6:45-7 pm - up to start bed time routine (bath, prayers, etc)
7:30 pm - bedtime bottle, 7 1/2 ounces
Then sleepy time!
Each nap time is getting shorter and shorter, pretty soon we will get closer to less naps. We will wait until we officially start you on solids for that. Speaking of solids, we did your first go at cereal...and to no surprise, you loved it!  
you all will appreciate this video...God love my husband... HA!
and this one, just because that sweet smile is so precious!
How precious are you?!
We have done more cereal a handful of times, but no meal replacements yet. We have decided to start with something called Baby Lead Weaning, which means we will start with FOR REAL solids at 6 months or when you start sitting up all by yourself, whichever comes first.  And I have a feeling it will be the latter! :)
(any other moms out there do BLW? thoughts, tips, advice?)

You belly laugh all the time, and it is without a doubt my most favorite thing in the WHOLE world!
But just about every time I get my camera up you freeze know, how do you always know?! :) 
Here is a pretty cute one though...
You are still loving your exersaucer, but I think you want a little more movement. I do believe a door jumper is in our very near future!

As with most babies, you want to put everything in your mouth. Everything.
Every single toy you have...
Your hands...
My hands...
Your feet....
Your bathtub...
Your exersaucer...
You have also realized that you can squeal, which turns into blowing bubbles with your mouth, which turns into drool everywhere...and I love it!
Here is a video of you squealing and playing in your crib, which you do quite a bit! 
You loooove your crib (we we really love)!

So here are the firsts this month:

First Cereal - October 24
First Halloween! - October 31

First time in a grocery cart - November 16

First day to play hookie (so fun!) and go to Loveless Cafe with Momma and Daddy - November 16

First time you reached out for me (when I picked you up at school) - Novemeber 14
(Ya'll, that was like the best day ever! I may have cried....)

First holiday photoshoot! - November 18
(you worn out afterwards)

First Thanksgiving/First trip to your Great Grandma Reba's house! - November 22

First refrigerator art from school! - November 19

First School Picture - October 26
A few of my favorite things this month....
You are pretty good at holding your bottle, you can do it when it's just don't every time. You do more when it is half gone.
You will sleep on my chest again. Oh how I missed this. You have done this several times and I eat up every second of it!!
You had another play date with some of your best girl friends and we finally remembered to get a picture! 

We took you to Greenhills Mall and you absolutely LOVED all the pretty lights! 

You had some really special moments too...
Couldn't you just die?

We got to play dress up with all of your winter gear since it has been extra cold here in Nashville. 
Month number 5 was a fun one little Doodle Bug! You are so much fun and we love every single second of you! As a matter of fact, your Daddy and I text almost daily how much we miss you when we are at work...

...sad/cheesy, I know. 
We love you Monkey, and are very much looking forward to Month number 6! :)
Love, Momma & Daddy

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

And the winner is...

....wait for it....


Happy shopping Allison!! You will receive in e-mail shortly!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I have another fun giveaway coming up next week, so be sure to check back! :)

Happy Turkey Day everyone!!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Today is the last day.... enter my giveaway!!
You know you want to win and shop with 50 free dollars from Shabby Apple!! :) 
Find that perfect holiday dress for an upcoming holiday party....
Or a gift for a someone...
Or a gift for a precious little girl in your life!
I was going to close the giveaway at 5pm today...but I am going to extend that until 10pm. 
So be sure to get your entries in and I will announce the winner tomorrow!! :) 
Go here to enter!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sweet Little Adelyn!

So I am not a photographer by any means, but I do love a good picture. 
Aaand I think if any of you know me or my blog you are completely aware of this. :)
Poor little Lisey is going to think the back of my iPhone is her best friend, ha!

Anyway, The Hubs got me a big girl camera for Christmas a few years back and I have been slowly teaching myself how to use it. And while I have only touched the tip of the iceberg, I have learned a few tricks.
I was beyond flattered and honored when my dear friend Dawn asked me to help with pics for Little Miss Adelyn, aka "Addie"'s one year pics!

So, again, I am not nor do I claim to be a photog...but I am proud of what my little camera can do! :)
But I mean, look at my subject?!?!
And I will say, trying to corral a 1 year old is tough work....Elise doesn't go anywhere - which makes our little photo shoots easy, now I know what our future looks like! HA! :) 

 With her pretty pretty momma!
 Happy Birthday Miss Adelyn!! I cannot believe you are whole year old already!!

And please go and check out/enter my giveaway for Shabby Apple, I know you want to win! Go, shop, enter, enter, enter!! :)