Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Julia {7 months}

Baby girl made some serious strides in month seven.  She's now sitting independently.  This marks the beginning of my favorite baby stage: park it and play.  I love when a babe is big enough to sit but too little to crawl.  As long as Jules has eyes on one of our family members she's perfectly content to study and slobber all over one of her many toys strewn about the house.  I know crawling is in our near future which means baby gates are in our new future.  Baby gates do nothing for the feng shui of a home... but I digress.

In addition to sitting pretty Julia has taken a liking to food.  Surprising no one, Jules is a machine when it comes to downing her daily banana and organic pouch.  I'd written last month that I was taking the baby led weaning route this time because the thought of pureeing every little thing felt too inconvenient, but after Julia pretty much threw down every morsel of food in protest I got out my food processor and made her some traditional baby food which I (or her overly eager siblings) painstakingly spoon into her mouth.  Queen prefers to be fed and I prefer not to have a hangry baby.

Julia also decided to drop her middle of the night feeding.  When I woke up the first morning after an uninterrupted night of sleep I first panicked and made sure she was still breathing but after I confirmed that all was well I threw my hands up in praise.  I feel like I can conquer the world - or at least our laundry - when I get a full eight hours of rest.  Productivity has increased and, dare I say, my overall attitude is sunnier?  Sleeping thru the night FOREVER.  

The final milestone this month was the roll.  Julia was rolling a couple of months ago but she currently is using it as a means of transportation.  I will lay her down, step our of the room and return a minute later to find her stuck against a wall, unable to roll any further.  She's fast.  I'm in trouble once she takes off on her hands and knees!

She's getting more and more vocal and will "sing" along to the car radio or babble back and forth with Lakin and Bennett.  We're seeing more and more of her personality and we're simply smitten with this easy going, smiley little babe.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wardrobe Malfunction

Lady kitten is looking so beautiful these days and I had to snap a photo of her in a swimsuit because she's just so dang delicious in spandex.  But don't look too closely, J is having a wardrobe malfunction.  Perhaps it's time to size up on the baby swimwear?  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I cannot even.

You guys, neither one of them slows down.  Ever.  And they both fell asleep on a slow Sunday afternoon with the company of a good book.  Filed under: Moments I never wish to forget.  Also, #theswimsuit

Monday, August 3, 2015

Destin 2015

Amazingly enough, Chris and I have never done a family vacation with just our immediate family.  Our trips usually include another family or Chris' parents.  After such a full and eventful Spring, we were looking for a way to relax and celebrate the year's accomplishments.  Chris' family traveled to Destin as an annual trip when the boys were in middle and high school and the memories and stories (oh, the stories) were enough to help us take the plunge and book a trip to Destin for our own family.
We stayed on the San Destin resort and the beach was perfectly manicured and combed and left all of our feet as soft as a baby's bottom.  The Florida water was perfectly blue and we had clear skies and sun the entire trip.

While bringing your three dependent children to the beach is a bit of work, it was totally worth the trouble, sweat and extra energy to hear the sound of the surf and watch your children marvel in the beauty and wonder that is the ocean.  We spent our mornings at the beach, a little time resting and napping in our condo in the afternoon followed by some pool swimming and then out to eat each night.

To save money (and calories) we cooked breakfast in room and packed PB & J everyday for the beach (Bennett's dream come true).  In the morning, Chris or I would take our chairs and umbrella out to the beach and stake claim on a spot.  By the time we would get the troops sunscreened up and out there (8:00 AM most days) the beach was already filling up.  Destin in July is a busy time, but the crowds weren't too bothersome.  The traffic at dinner time... well, that is a different story.

 Egg sammies every morning.

 This kid and her water fascination.  She was in heaven all week.

 Bennett was a little irritated with the mess of the sand but once he got over the fact that it was everywhere he was able to enjoy moving it (with the help of his dump truck) all over our beach area.

 Julia in the ocean!  She loved the water and underneath the water was kicking up a storm.

 Nap time Cheese Its and lounging for the boss.

"C-rull," or cereal, is Bennett's first love.

 Her first glimpse of the beach!
 Za on the beach.  Delicious, minus the sand.

 Our room view.  We were a three minute walk to the water.  Perfect for a quick escape with the little ones.
 Checked out a little Destin restaurant, Chipotle.  Ever heard of it?

 Beachin' will wear one out.

 Here Baby, sleep on the towel over here.

 That time Sonic blew Lakin's mind.
 A naked Julia after one of her famous blow outs.
 A hereditary rite of passage?  Lakin stuck in a bike rack.  Flash backs to her dad and uncle getting limbs stuck in railings as well.
 We went to the library and checked out books to read in the car, those books snuck their way onto the beach one day.  I can't blame her, oceanside is my favorite way to read too.

We're counting this trip as a success!  We can't wait to begin making travel a tradition for our little family just like it was for Chris' growing up.