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Monday, July 18, 2016

Oliver: 3 months

Size: 1 diapers (will be moving to size 2 as soon as the pack runs out) and 3 and some 3/6 month clothing.

Looks: Dad & Harlow.

Eyes: Blue. 

Hair: brown with lots of blonde.

Sleeping: PTL for longer stretches. Typically eating and/or asleep between 8/8:30 p.m. and then sleeping in the range of 3:30-5 a.m. IN HIS CRIB! He will still have a random off night where he wakes up every three hours.

Eating: every three hours and drinking around 4.5 oz. (during the day). Eight and nine hour stretches at night.

Milestones: Celebrated his first 4th of July. Sleeping in his crib. So smiley and laughing out loud! Loves to talk back when I talk to him. Hitting at toys while laying on his play mat or sitting in his bouncy seat. Does really well sitting in his bumbo seat. Does a fake cough.

Memorable Outings: Took our first 'family of four' vacation and went to Topsail and Emerald Isle beach. Went to Tangier for the 2nd time to celebrate the 4th of July.

Loves: Me (haha), when we clap his hands, the bath, sleeping with his hands up by his face, and his bouncy seat.

Hates: Being Hangry, when he's overly tired, and doesn't like sudden loud noises (often caused by big sis).

Words/Sounds: coos/agoo

Nicknames: Oli, Oli boy, my love. hungry hungry hippo.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Life with Two Kids

Life with two kids has definitely been easier than I thought. Don't get me wrong some days are rough and I feel like I've been through the ringer, but overall, it has been way easier going from 1 to 2 kids. Going from 0 to 1 was hard, really hard. My freedom was gone and I completely emptied myself for someone else. I loved this little girl like no other but I wasn't used to someone needing me all hours of the day. So when Oliver came along I knew what to expect. I was prepared for functioning on little sleep and I could tell myself that the demanding schedule of a newborn is only for a season. Because it truly does fly by. 

Harlow is a good kid -- like any almost 2 year old, she has her moments of meltdowns. But I love that she's so patient with me, easy to entertain, loves her little brother, and a great helper. She loves to get me diapers, throw them away, and put his bottle in the sink. I love to get her involved with Oliver so she doesn't feel left out -- plus she loves it. Whenever I'm nursing or feeding him a bottle and she wants to play, I'll usually direct her attention to books. She'll go grab one from the stack and bring it to me to read. She's really into counting, so her current favorite book is 10 Little Ladybugs.

Oliver is also a good baby, he basically fusses if he's hungry. He still has nights where he's up every 3 hours and I feel like I'm going to lose it. But he'll flash me the cutest smile and suddenly it doesn't matter if he's on his 3rd feeding of the night -- it's like he knows what I need. For the past week he has been sleeping longer stretches, so I moved him to his crib. It was hard but he has to get used to sleeping in his space. We did the same with Harlow and she's an amazing sleeper. 
I can't believe we're almost on month 3 of having 2 kids under 2.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

June Beach Trip

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary on June 24th and it convieniently ended up on a weekend. We wanted to celebrate out of town but knew it had to be pretty laid back with a 2 month old. So to the beach we went!

Topsail Beach:

Oliver's 1st time to the beach

Days 2 and 3 were spent at Emerald Isle:

Celebrating 10 years

We had such a good trip, I couldn't believe how good both kids were. Harlow loves anything that involves water so she was in her glory. And Oliver, well he just ate and slept haha.

DIY Shelf

You can find tutorials all over Pinterest for these easy to make floating shelves. I wanted one for my kitchen and Joe delivered! I got the piece of wood (came in a 6 ft piece and Joe cut it to 5 ft) and brackets from Home Depot and used my favorite stain: Minwax Special Walnut. So easy and fun to decorate with each season.