Sep 1, 2016

A Letter to my One-Year-Old Rory Lou

Rory love, you turned one year old yesterday.  It seems so cliche to say that this year has flown by, but it truly has.  How is it possible that I brought you into this world 365 days ago?  It seems like yesterday and then again, you are such a perfect fit in our family that it's almost impossible to remember what life looked like before you were in it.

If I'm being completely honest Roars, while I was pregnant with you, I wasn't sure that I could love another human as much as I love your sister.  It seemed impossible that my heart would be big enough for you both.  But it is.  It so is.  You are my sweet little mama's girl and you always have been.  All those doubts about my love for you were washed away once I saw your huge 9lb 2oz self on August 31, 2015.  In fact, I feel that I actually cherished your infancy much more than I did with Ryan because I knew how quickly it would be over.

You have the most infectious smile.  You have the longest and darkest eyelashes ever.  You have olive toned skin and red hair!  You have always been such a beauty.  Some say you favor Daddy's looks while others tell me you look like me.  I'm still not sure, but I think you are mix of us both.  You talk and babble but not nearly as often as your sister did/does.  But you are a sneaky one.  Always dashing off to things you shouldn't be doing when you think I'm not paying attention.  And when I catch you, you laugh at me!  You know it's a game and you love it.

I am so excited to see you learn and grow.  You are already trying so hard to keep up with your big sis.  I know you are both anxious to be able to run around together but I am fine with you taking your time.  I hope that always know how much I love you.  You bring me so much joy every day.  As you grow into toddlerhood and childhood and your teen years and into your young adult life, my hope is that you always come to me with your doubts, fears, joys, dreams, and prayers.  I am your mama and I always will be, but someday, I hope that I'm also your best friend.

Happy 1st birthday my sweet second born.  I love you to the moon and back.


Aug 26, 2016

Family Vacation -- Cabin on the Little Manistee

Where have I been?

Honestly, I couldn't even tell you.  We've been around but we've been caught up just doing life and somehow the blog has fallen by the wayside.  It's not that I haven't wanted to post, but things like my etsy shop have taken precedent or ya know, raising kids, keeping the house somewhat tidy, etc etc etc.  And then, I got so behind it felt like I couldn't just jump right back in.

But, here I go.

We recently got back from our Summer Family Vacation in Michigan!  I know, what the hell is in Michigan?  Well, my Dad's entire family is in Michigan and his parents own a beautiful cabin on the Little Manistee River near Irons, MI.  I went there a number of times while I was growing up, but it had been 13 years since I had had the opportunity to go.  My parents generously decided to fly not only my family out, but both of my sisters and my brother and his wife too so that we could enjoy a week together.

We had such an amazing week despite the fact that both of the girls ended up sick.  Rory ran a 103 degree fever for the first three days and Ryan followed with a similar fever the last few.  Seriously, it's always something right?  They literally had not been sick since we had traveled to California in February.  Honestly.  I had lots of help though and Josh and I still got to spend some time away from the kids.  Thanks fam!

As you can see by the photos, we kayaked, we went to the lake, we drank, we ate loads of ice-cream, we Josh fished, we hot tubbed, we drank, we ate ice-cream , we tubed down the river, we ate ice-cream (sensing a theme here?) , we made S'mores, we sat on the porch and drank coffee, we watched home videos galore of previous years at the cabin, and most importantly, we ate ice cream, we spent lots of time together.

There are three things I came away from the trip knowing.  One, my parents are the most amazing people.  They are always willing to give of themselves and continually make sacrifices for each and every one of us kids.  Two, my kids have the very best aunts and uncle I could ever ask for. My siblings (sister-in-law included) love to love on my kids.  Josh and I are basically non-existent to Ryan when they are around and that is a very great blessing.  And three,  Josh and I are going to have to work very hard to work off all the beer and ice-cream we consumed on this trip!

May 4, 2016

Rory: 8 Months

Rory Lou turned 8 months a few days ago.  I feel like this month she has really turned into a kid.  She is so interactive with everyone and while she is still my baby, she really is hardly a baby anymore.  It is exciting and sad at the same time.  We've officially entered the period of monthly picture taking where it has become increasingly difficult to get her to sit still.  I have to be super quick with the camera in order to catch her not trying to squirm out of the view finder.

Rory is now Miss Mobility.  She pulls to stand on basically everything.  This includes all of our furniture, sliding glass doors, the bathtub, my legs, Ryan's legs, curtains, the list goes on.  She has started to cruise around the couch and can pick things up off the floor from standing.  She looses her balance and falls more times per day than I can count and lately I go to bed each night and say prayers of thanks that I was able to keep her from seriously injuring herself for another day.  I'm joking.  Kind of.  She is so quick now crawling wise and it seems that I can literally take my eyes off her for 5 seconds and she's made it all the way across the room to the electrical cords or Ryan's snack on the coffee table or basically anything that I'd rather her not get into.  I forgot how stressful this stage can be!  On top of that, she's following in Ryan's footsteps with lovely breath-holding spells that result in her passing out.  Both times this has happened have been after falling and crying so hard while holding her breath.  It's oh so fun for me but I guess at least I've already gone through it with Ryan.  I suppose there are worse things in life. Sigh.

She will not sit still in the bathtub.  She won't lie still for diaper changes and I've all but given up on using the changing table.   She is never in one spot for long.  Basically, unless she's asleep or eating, she is on the move.  On top of that, she's quiet and so she surely gets herself into mischief!

She's been eating three meals a day and prefers pears and bananas but also likes avocado, chicken, and actual green beans.  She also loves yogurt but I have to limit it for constipation purposes.  She is nursing/taking breast milk bottles five times a day and doesn't wake at night to eat anymore at all.  She also still naps very well taking two 1-2 hour naps daily.

She's perfected the art of blowing raspberries as well as making an "Ohhh" face.  She still isn't too much of a talker but when she does make noises it's usually squeals of delight or screeching.  She still loves her pink lovey bunny, always prefers Mama over anyone else, hates getting her face wiped, and isn't much of a snuggler unless she's tired.

She adores Ryan.  She wants to do everything Ryan does and unfortunately for her, sometimes Ryan doesn't want her to be involved in her games.  Rory regularly crawls to wherever Ry is in the house and tries to do what she's doing.  It's pretty cute and pathetic, especially when Ryan just gets up and moves elsewhere.  But for the most part, they are best buds and have a real sister bond already.

I truly can't believe that Rory is 2/3 of the way through her first year.  It's just flying by and she'll be one before I know it.  I'm trying to enjoy every last moment of her infancy because she really is such a great baby and Ryan, Josh, and I love her so very much.