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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ivy Three Months


Beach tree

Christmas card

Christmas card pictures and Ivy in light in her halo

Johanna is 11

Christmas PJ's

Tree Farm

Christmas is coming

I love taking pictures on my bed.  The light is something I've missed so much! We had wonderful light when we lived in Springboro.  I'm definitely taking advantage of it here! Ivy still has grey blue eyes and I just love her little baby pieces.   

Christmas is creeping up on us. 
The Christmas parade was a highlight for sure! The kids got more candy at the parade than they did on Halloween! No joke.  Never mind that it was THE only rainy night we had in six weeks.  The kids took off their shoes and jumped in the puddles soaking wet, while Ivy and I hid under the umbrella Chip held for us.   Making new memories.

Christmas in the living room

Our baby's first Christmas.

Of course it was going to be special.  I just needed to capture a tiny piece of it.  A piece of her and a piece of them with her.  It was also our first Christmas in Florida.  We didn't bring much with us from Ohio, so we had to decorate with new things and buy a real Christmas tree from the Publix tree lot.  The kids were sad we didn't have our ornaments from home so I promised we would get them to Florida for next Christmas.  

Our Florida rental house was unfurnished. We had to purchase all of the necessities when we moved in.  While I love all the fresh new things, the kids miss our old stuff in Ohio.  Bren was able to bring us a few things from home when he came in November.  So, this furry rug is straight from our Ohio living room.   

The girls dresses are all so special.  I can't help it.  I care about dresses.  Dresses make me nostalgic and emotional. I don't keep them forever and if they get messed up, we shake it off.  But, the pictures...they stay.  And the memories, those are seared in my heart. 

On that note let me just say, Georgia was pinching Shi behind his back which made him cry and the baby was so tired and just wanted to sleep and not be messed with, but for ONE split second everything was calm.  I got my perfect picture in the midst of the ever loving chaos. 

Johanna is only a few weeks from turning eleven years old.  I'm not even sure how that is possible.  We are wading in unchartered waters and I'm not sure I'm doing the best job.  Hopefully, we can make it through this without me screwing it all up too badly.  She's so interesting and so quirky.  I just want to also make sure she is empathetic and productive.  This is our daily struggle.  But she is one of a kind! She is taking the move like a CHAMP.  She started school with some hurdles to overcome and she is handling it like a BOSS.  We are so proud of her.

Our emotional butterfly Georgia.  Of course she loves school! She begs for us to come eat lunch with her everyday.  I've figured out that is her love language...food and quality time.

Shiloh misses his playroom in Ohio and talks about it like its Disney World.  I hope it's not a let down when we go back in March.  The playroom mostly consists of McDonald's Happy Meal toys and stuffed animals we didn't have room to pack, but to him...it's Nirvana.

I shed a tear when I put this dress on this beautiful girl.  As I type this now, I'm crying again.  She is a dream.  One I didn't even dare to ask for but can't believe it's real.  I had my nails done the other day and the woman said, "You have four kids? Oh, so she was an accident cause you already had enough!"  I responded "Nope.  We WANTED her!"

I wanted her before I even knew her.  I lied when I said we don't keep dresses forever.  I boxed up this dress she is wearing and we are keeping it forever.  We can't keep her tiny forever, but dammit I can keep that tiny baby dress forever.

How can four humans cause so much chaos, and make us blissfully happy and fulfilled all at the same time?  What a blessed life we live.

Two Months with Ivy

5 weeks old! She is obsessed with bottles and if she is awake, she wants one in her mouth.  Her happy time is right when she wakes up in the morning.  When she sleeps, she is moving and grunting constantly.  She flings her arms up in the air and then lets them drop with dead weight, right in her face...or mine. It's actually my favorite thing she does right now.  That soft, heavy baby arm flopped right on my face in the night.

6 weeks old and smiling like crazy! Just not for pictures ha.  She is staying awake for sunset now and just sits there watching all the action.  She sleeps on Daddy's chest until midnight each night.  She HATES the car but we trick her and give her a bottle so she doesn't scream.  Momma is constantly saying "Give baby space." because her siblings love her so! We adore our "Little, Little", "Little Pretty", "Little Bitty".

7 weeks and nothing lights up this girls face like a ceiling fan.  She slept in her own bed for a whole three hours last night!  She loves being swaddled up tight.  She loves watching action! She is the center of attention wherever we go.

8 weeks old and we discovered the SWING.  It is a magical invention.  It's her favorite place to be and sleep, even though I still make her get in bed with me.  Sometimes I just stare at her perfect little fingers and lips and lashes and pray so hard I never forget any of her little parts.

Two whole months with our Ivy girl.  It went by in a blur! A very happy blur.  All I remember is the happy anyway and I guess that's all that matters.  I think it's my old age but everything about ALL of this just makes me cry.  I guess cause I know it all goes by so fast.  You just don't really grasp it when you are young.  All the phases are gone in a blink.  The good phases and the hard ones.  And what a privilege it is to watch this miraculous journey.  

Girls go to School

The girls started their new school the beginning of November.  This was really kinda sorta the plan all along.  They were very excited to have friends and field trips and gym and music and art.  Shi, Ivy, and me are very excited to hang out all day.  Of course there were some adjustment challenges! Getting out the door in the morning feels like an impossible task.  The girls almost always forget something or leave something on the counter.  They are wearing uniforms, and for these dress loving ladies, pants are a foreign concept.  They BOTH put their uniform pants on backwards.  Zipped and buttoned. I'm not even sure I knew that was POSSIBLE.  I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.  Georgia is still trying to leave the house in backward khaki's a few times a month.  

The very first day the girls were in school I wanted to take pictures (with my new found freedom).  Ivy was still so tiny and her happy awake times were very quick.  

When you are in the thick of it, you think you will remember all the sweet little details and how small they were.  But they change SO QUICKLY! You can hardly catch your breath!

There isn't anything sweeter than your baby loving your other baby.  
He is not sure about giving up his baby status but he loves her to pieces.

I love her grey blue eyes.  I know Shiloh's were much more blue than this so I expect hers will turn brown.  I want to capture her sweet little newborn eyes while I can.  I wish I had pictures of the big girls when they were this age.  The momma brain just can't hold all the things.  I'm so so thankful I have these...

Shi says and does the most hilarious things.  He is all ways making us laugh.  He HATES when we laugh.  We have tried to explain that we think it's cute, that's why we are laughing.  He doesn't buy it.  He thinks all laughing is laughing AT him and that we are all big meanies.  Which in the end, just makes us laugh and the cycle starts all over again.

One Month With Ivy

One week on this earth.  She hasn't slept a single minute in her bassinet.  She had her very first bottle on this day after she screamed and screamed and Momma couldn't think of anything else to do.  She promptly fell right to sleep.

2 weeks old and she lost her umbilical cord! 
She slept in her bassinet by herself for 2 hours and 40 minutes.  She LOVES formula.

3 weeks old and she only opens her eyes to eat.  She never gets put down! She has a very short awake time in the morning when she will give us tiny sweet smiles.  We made it to our Florida house and she already loves the beach.  When she gets sad we walk her near the water and the waves calm her down.

4 weeks old and she loves to look at her toys.  
She lays on her play mat and loves the music.  
She looks right in our eyes while we feed her.  

Our first month with our Ivy Belle was perfection.  Sure, she sleeps with her momma every night but who doesn't need a snuggly baby to cuddle at night?! She is so sweet and so precious and we love every minute with her.

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