Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Emily Merritt - 3 Months

This sweet girl turned 3 months on Sunday!

She is such a sweet baby. 

This month she has really started to show her personality and reminds us so much of Ryan as a baby.

She loves books just like he did and will actually follow along with her eyes as we turn the pages.

She likes to sleep on her tummy and will scoot her little knees up so that her bottom pokes up. She also takes a few minutes to get comfortable before falling asleep, moving her head from side to side and wiggling her legs and arms around until they're just right for sleeping. It is the cutest.

She likes her paci when she's falling asleep but doesn't seem to want or need it otherwise.

She loves looking around and really likes being on her play mat and bug chair (play seat). If she's not being held, she likes to be able to see us. A people person already I think. ;)

Her hair sticks straight up just like Natalie's did, and Emily's sometimes comes together like a little point on top of her head. It is pretty cute. :)

She started rolling over this month, around 10 weeks! She has a strong little neck and whips her leg over to go from her belly to back.

She has crushed her sleeping and eating routine. On days when things get thrown off (because- life), she jumps right back into routine the next day and sleeps well at night.

She enjoys getting a bottle before bed around 7:30 and then likes to stay awake for about 30 minutes to get out her burps and look around before crashing for the night. Sweet love sleeps until 7:00 when I wake her up. On occasion she'll have a night where she needs me to give her a paci several times or help her get comfortable, and will occasionally be awake and ready to eat before 7:00 in the morning, but most nights she sleeps soundly, and most mornings I am waking her up to start her day.

She is a snuggler. She likes to be held upright with her head against our chests. If she has a tummy ache, holding her like this or wearing her in the Solly wrap while walking outside helps her calm down and feel better.

Her smiles and coos are the best. Her whole face lights up with her eyes catch ours, and her little coo almost sounds like a giggle.

We are so crazy about her and couldn't love her more.

We can't wait to watch you grow, Sweet Emily!

She had her first morning in Waumba Land at church this month and did great! Mr. Brian used to always hold Natalie like this too while she slept. :)

Our go-with-the-flow baby back there. :)


Monday, September 18, 2017

County Fair and a Life Update

Yesterday, we took our crew to their first fair!

Matt's always great about looking for fun activities to do on the weekends, so Sunday morning before we all got ready for church, he came across a post about the Gwinnett County Fair and we jumped at it!

My family grew up going to the Jersey Shore Boardwalk, and every summer when we were visiting my aunt and uncle, we would take at least one trip to the boardwalk to ride all of the rides. Those trips are some my favorite memories from childhood.

On our way into church, we called Nonna and Papa to see if they would want to meet us, and they said yes without hesitating. Love their willingness to do last-minute fun things with us!

Not sure what I was doing here?! But a sweet pic of Natalie and her Papa!

Big smiles for Nonna!

Sweet Natalie had about a two minute max window for a ride to start moving before she got upset- hah! Girlfriend inherited her mama's patience.

She was so serious on all of the rides! I have to say, unexpected sense of caution from this little lady. 😜

Sweet loves- soooo tired and hot! 😂

Not sure how I ended up with two.

Heyyyy from the top! The "Bun House" was Ryan's favorite!

First funnel cake was a hit!

We had such a good time and the kids did SO well when it was time to leave! We were super proud of them for ending so well and thankful for sweet Emily who just hung right along the whole time!

Quick Life Update:

Life lately.

You are fun and you are FULL.

There are so many times that I've sat down to share some highlights from our day-to-day, and then someone gets up early from nap, or wakes up early to start the day, or is up during the night making it hard to get myself up in time to write a post before the rest of our day starts.

But what I notice for sure is that we are definitely getting into a groove as a family of 5 and it feels so fun. I may not have "my time" back yet, or feel like I have great control of what our day-to-day will look like every day, but we are certainly figuring out routines, getting out the door faster, getting more stretches of everyone being asleep all night and at the same time during the day (an overlapping nap time, even when it's short, is a beautiful thing!), and most importantly just enjoying this stage.

Tomorrow marks 3 months since Sweet Emily joined our family. The fogs of change are clearing and our new normal is feeling really good.

I have a big goal this week to get 2 more posts out before we head to the beach for a week (we welcome all prayers for that car ride 😜). So hopefully you'll be hearing from me again real soon!

Thanks for all of the sweet words on Instagram and Facebook and here when I've taken the time to post! I look forward to being back into a blogging routine again hopefully one day real soon!