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Update : {Five Months}

My sweet baby girl, how can it be five months already? I know I say it time and again, but these updates are coming all too quickly. Time moves like quicksand. I barely have time to grasp one moment before it’s gone, slowly fading from my rearview mirror…

Sweet little one, we love so much! Do you know that? Do you know how much your big sister loves to play with you?

Baby Girl – {Five Month Update}

  • Saturday, December 17th was your first family Christmas. You wore the same adorable outfit as big sister did for her first Christmas! You were perfectly happy! This was your first visit with your Great-grandparents and they loved you! Great-grandma even holding you for a quick photo.
  • Christmas Eve was your first time at Church and you very well! I feed you and you slept through most of it.
  • Big sister helped you open your Christmas Eve gift – purple footy pajamas with a monkey on them.
  • Christmas Day was a lovely First Christmas for you! I placed you in your activity seat and big sister helped you open your gifts. Your favorite gift is a teething book, “Guess How Much I Love You” that Santa placed in your stocking!
  • Sing – your first movie on Christmas Day. We feed you before we left. I held you in the theater and you fell asleep about 20 minutes into it. Then you woke up for a short time. You fussed for a moment or two, so I feed you and you went right back to sleep. Your first movie was a success!
  • In the last two months you have been moving all over your play mat and often times moving off of it.
  • Wednesday, December 28th you cut your first two teeth, the bottom two front ones!
  • Saturday, December 31st at 1:00pm you rolled over for the first time from tummy to back! I was able to snap a photo after your second time rolling over, but you haven’t allowed me to capture it on video.
  • January 3rd at 9:30am was your first cloth diaper experience.
  • When I tickle your neck, you give a deep belly laugh! It’s too cute!

Monthly Stickers: {AppleEyeBabyShop}

Personalized Swaddle Blanket: {Audrey’s Bear}

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Update : {Three & Four Months}

Oh sweet little one of mine, I suppose these are the pitfalls of being a second child. Life got in the way… The holidays were busy from start to finish – packed full of holiday cheer. So here I sit, just now writing down some of your milestones from the past two months – as month 5 isn’t far behind.

But please know little one, it isn’t that you were thought of less. Quite the contrary! We were busy making memories and sharing memories with you! So many firsts for you this holiday season, for us as a family of four!  We love you!

Baby Girl – {Three Month Update}

  • October marks your first Halloween! You looked adorable in your ladybug costume!
  • Saturday, October 22nd was your first trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I wore you in the Solly Wrap and you loved it!
  • Sunday, October 30th was you first trip to Boo at the Zoo. We went in the later afternoon and got in right away. The weather was nice and you were as happy as can be for your first train ride!
  • Monday, October 31st we joined your big sister for your first trick-or-treating experience. The weather was surprisingly nice, as I pushed you through the neighborhood.
  • You have become quite the chatter box, as you consistently mumble throughout the day. You definitely want to be heard!

Baby Girl – {Four Month Update}

  • Saturday, November 19th were your first Christmas and 3 month photos. You were all smiles – a far cry from your newborn portraits!
  • Tuesday, November 22nd, you and I spent the morning at Tiny. You giggled and smiled as we bonded!
  • Wednesday, November 23rd, your first visit with Santa! You sat their without a care in the world!
  • Thursday, November 24th, was your first Thanksgiving. We left after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and headed to my parents home. You were in good spirits! Daddy had the task of put you and big sister to bed while I went Black Friday shopping. You slept beautifully!
  • You have found your hands! You love to look at them!
  • You nap off and on, on your play mat throughout the day.
  • My sweet baby, you are still an excellent sleeper. You typically sleep solid from 1am to 9am.
  • Saturday, November 26th, you spent the morning singing with grandma Sue while we took your big sister to a play.
  • Friday, December 2nd, you spent the evening cuddling with my parents while we took big sister to a holiday event!

Monthly Stickers: {AppleEyeBabyShop}

Personalized Swaddle Blanket: {Audrey’s Bear}

Christmas To-Do List : {Making Memories}

Our Christmas to do list usually starts before Thanksgiving. Gasp! Yes, we usually try to see Santa before Thanksgiving. My previous post shares are reasons behind visiting him before Thanksgiving.

The rest of our holiday activities usually kick off the first weekend in December, with a trip to Disney on Ice. My girl loves it! Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White! It may have something to do with the fact that, it was her birthday theme this past year. Nevertheless, it made this year the best Disney on Ice ever, because Snow White and the seven dwarves  made an appearance! Or as my daughter likes to call them – the 7 D’s!  She attended the show all decked out in her Snow White attire!

The rest of our weekends are usually spent doing different holiday activities – everything from pancake and pajama breakfast, to seeing Christmas plays, cookie decorating, and going to all the small town Christmas events.

My Pinterest searches are usually brimming with holiday cheer starting in July. I am always on the lookout for fresh new ideas and activities. There are always things I’d like to add, but of course that would mean doing away with a few others. Anyone else have that problem? You see so many cute suggestions or ideas, that it becomes hard to narrow down your holiday list?

One holiday activity I would love to add would be taking the girls on the Polar Express train ride. I think they would love it! Or even the possibility of attending the Polar Express pajama party at our theater. Of course that would mean giving up Disney on Ice. Decisions, decisions…

Another suggestion that came in this year from a fellow mama, was visiting Santa at the Macy’s in Chicago. She made it sound like it was the most magical experience ever – so of course it’s on my wish list for upcoming years. Anyone ever taken your child there? We’ve never been. It would definitely be a little bit of a journey with two little ones. But it just sounds like a truly wonderful experience.

One of our regular traditions is to go back to my husband’s hometown and attend their Christmas festivities. Unfortunately with the weather being unpredictable, it meant we were unable to attend this year.  We were all a little bummed… Luckily with my list of ideas we were able to do a few activities in place of our travel plans.

We had a Polar Express movie night. Complete with cookie making and hot chocolate!  I didn’t want to make it too complicated. So we just used the premade sheets of cookie dough and the packets of hot chocolate mix. We had the best time! ! I hope to make this a yearly tradition!

Our second activity (making a Gingerbread House) was fun, but won’t be winning us any awards! The house completely fell apart before it was even half way decorated, but my girl had a blast! Especially eating all the decorations. My friend Kelly, said we need to purchase the pre-made houses! Thanks Kelly! I will definitely do that next year!

What are some of your favorite Christmas activities? Do you find it hard to pick and choose which ones to do each year?

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SweetHoney Clothing + {A Giveaway}

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

*This is a sponsored posted by Smallwood Home. All opinions are my own.*

I love being a girl mama, especially when it comes to dressing them! There is nothing better than donning them in frilly dresses and elaborate hair accessories. So when I was presented with the opportunity to review dresses from SweetHoney Clothing, I practically jumped at the chance!

I love companies created by parents for parents! Josh and Holly Smallwood, the creators of Smallwood Home, are some of those amazing parents! It was their love for God and family that gave life to this little dream of theirs. On love and faith they worked side by side, making this little dream flourish into a successful business.

A business that creates all kinds of amazing goodies; everything from home decor, to clothing, and accessories. Smallwood Home has something for everyone! For me, that something is,

{SweetHoney Clothing}

 Why do I love their clothing, you ask!?

Beauty

My oldest proclaimed that her dress was a “princess dress” the second she put it on and I couldn’t agree more! The carefully chosen dress patterns have a sweet and simplistic vintage feel to them. The attention to detail – such as; the trim added to the bottom of each ruffle and around the collar, gives each dress that added frilly touch!

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

Quality

While the dresses do have a delicate feel to them, it is easy to see that quality was at the forefront when it came to constructing these beauties! Quality was put to the test as my preschooler moved full speed ahead throughout the day. With the delicate feel of the dress I was more than a little nervous it would rip before the day was through. On the contrary! The dress has not only held up through multiple wears, but it is still in pristine condition! SweetHoney Clothing really knows how to make quality items for our busy little bees!

Comfort & Fit

No one understands comfort more than a toddler. That’s why I feel her initial reaction most accurately depicts the comfort level of the dress.

“Mommy it’s not itchy. Oh it’s soft and cozy! It’s my princess dress!”

As any parent knows, you can’t argue with the logic of a toddler. Especially when it comes to clothing or you will never leave the house!

My oldest is wearing a size 3T Whim & Wander Tiny Dancer in Scarlet. She has always been petite. Her age has always corresponded with her size of clothing. So, the 3T fits perfectly!

My 3 month old infant on the other hand is currently in 90% for height and weight. She is currently in a size 6m for clothing. Unfortunately that size was unavailable, so I hoped the 12m in Whim & Wander Juliet in Scarlet would fit. I was nervous it would be too big around the collar and under the arms. But to my surprise, it fit perfectly, with plenty of room to grow!

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

Twirl Factor

For my daughter, this is by far the most important aspect of any good dress! Luckily, for her, SweetHoney Clothing created this dress with the perfect amount of twirl!

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

If you haven’t, I hope you take this opportunity to check out SweetHoney Clothing!

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Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

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3 Reasons Your Kids Should Visit Santa Early

Visiting Santa can be a stressful experience, whether you have 1, 2, or 3+ children. With three years of Santa visits under my belt and a fourth underway, I have definitely learned a thing or two. So, I have come up with three reasons you should visit Santa early!

3 Reasons For Visiting Santa Early

1. No Lines

Time got away from me last year and I ended up taking my daughter to see Santa the week of Christmas. I had hoped going on a weekday morning would be less crowded – wrong! The line was incredibly long despite the day and time. I circled back a few times, hoping it would thin out between errands. Eventually, I relented and got in line.

Like many young children, it takes my daughter a while to warm up to the big guy in the red suit. I was fortunate enough that they still took there time with each child, despite the amount of people in line. Although, it would have been much easier if there had not been such a long line. We will definitely be avoiding a long line this year!

2. No Surprises

My mother often recalls one of my visits with Santa where he asked me, “What I wanted Christmas.” To which I replied with something my mother had never heard me say before – “Oopsie Daisy Baby Doll.” It was 1980 something and little did my mother realize, it would be the hot item. She ended up having to pay for her brother to ship the doll from another state, because of course, Santa had to come through!

My mother learned two things that year :

  1. Visit Santa early, because no matter how much you prep a child, they could say anything.
  2. In order to avoid any surprises, we were to ask Santa for two items and he would bring one.
3. Cost

We typically see the Mall Santa. Expensive, I know! But there is one thing I have learned, If you go early, you get more bang for your buck. Last year I purchased one photograph that cost me the same price I would have paid a week prior and I would have received more photographs. If you wait until the week of Christmas there is a price/package change. The originally package will end up costing more money.

Are you ready for a visit with Santa? Are your kids nervous or excited to see the big guy?

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