Poppy, the Past Three Months

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Dear Poppy,

Oh sweet baby girl. We are soaking you in as much as we possibly can! You are the absolute sweetest baby and we are all smitten. I can’t express how thankful we are that you made us a party of 5. You are so mellow and are happy to be along for the ride. You haven’t had a rough night since night two in the hospital which has made it easy to keep you in our room. Upstairs seems so far away, so we have kept you close. And I can count on my two hands the number of times we’ve had to bring you down from the crazy cry in these past three months. Your sister and brother smother you to pieces. They love holding you, giving you their toys, and making you smile. Basically, the last three months have been better than imagined!

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From the beginning you have been an excellent sleeper. Even on baby #3 I was the crazy mom that woke you to nurse the first few weeks until the pediatrician told me you were gaining weight like a champ and I should let you sleep. At your 2 weeks appointment you weighed 7lb 8oz and by one month you had gained almost two pounds (9lb 6oz). Around one month you were sleeping for two 4 hour stretches at night. You only wore your newborn clothes for a few weeks and moved into 0-3 months pretty quickly! You finally “woke up” around 9 days and we got to see your sweet eyes a little more. Some of my favorite memories from your first month are Chickadee she’ll get your diapers “because I’m the big sister” or she’ll cover you up in the blanket “because I’m the big sister.” She took her second promotion seriously. And Sprout to this day only refers to you as “my baby Poppy!” 

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By the time you were six weeks old you were sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night…I could fee you about 10:30 and you would make it to about 5:30, still a stretch, but some might call that sleeping through the night. By 8 weeks though you were sleeping 8 hours pretty consistently. Mom had to adjust a little bit, but once she saw you had gained 4.5 pounds since you were born she knew sleeping through the night wasn’t hurting you at all. At your two month appointment you weighed 11lb 7oz and were 23.25 inches long! Growing like a weed. I feel around the two month mark was also when you started to really “look” at us and study our faces. When you hear our voice you have started smiling and you have no idea what that does to a mama & daddy’s heart. If I knew how to type emojis I would give you all of the “heart eyes!” You began sucking on your fingers a lot to self soothe and I’ve been trying to get you to use a pacifier instead, you give in most of the time! You also rocked your first road trip over Labor Day. We went to Oneonta for the long weekend to visit Bebe & Pop. You were loved on by many and enjoyed lots of snuggles and a few lazy lake days. You can get used to those! 

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And now sweet girl you are three months old. Goodness, where does the time go. Those newborn snuggles are hard to give up, but your HUGE smile is a pretty close substitute. You are quite chatty these days as well. Lots of babbling and cooing and smiling. You are now sleeping about 10 hours at night pretty consistently and we have plans to move you up to your nursery soon. You took another road trip down to Fairhope, AL where all 5 of us bunked up in a hotel room at the Grand Hotel. You slept by the pool and got lots of compliments on how cute and chill you were. We then headed over to Bay Minette to visit with Nana & Paw Paw and also were able to spend a lot of time with your great grandmother, Nannie. You are a champ in the carseat and for that I am so grateful because we are on the go a good bit. You nap mostly in the swing and like watching the mobile. When you do get fussy you like being snuggled up next to me in the Ergo or laying in your daddy’s arms. We truly are all smitten with you. 

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We are so grateful that God saw us fit to be your parents. You are a delight, pure joy sweet girl. As our family grew so did our hearts and we are thankful that our love continues to multiply. We love your fiercely Poppy and pray that you love others like Jesus, just as your namesakes do/did!

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DIY Little Girl Bow Organizer

DIY Bow Organizer

THE BOWS! I don’t think I had any idea when Chickadee was born how the bows would take over. We have so many bows. I have several friends whose little ones won’t wear the bows, and I know there are pros and cons here :( I’m not sure how no bows would go over here, some things Chickadee and I compromise on (like not wanting to wear these cute mary janes I bought her for preschool and instead wanting to wear tennis shoes like all her friends, why does it start this soon?????) but not the bows. With her crazy beautiful curly hair we need to look like we try and maintain those locks and that is where the bows come in! As she has gotten bigger, so have the bows.

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We started with these cute bow headbands, then graduated to the 3 inch bows, and now she is rocking the almost 5 inch…thank you Amazon for offering these in bulk! (affiliate link)

Chicken Wire Frame

For a while all the bows were in a big basket, but it just wasn’t working. So I grabbed an empty frame at Goodwill (this opening is about 12″ x 18′) and some chicken wire at Home Depot. Then I whipped up this DIY Bow Organizer in less than 30 minutes. Here is a little how to:

After wiping down the frame, I gave the front a quick coat of white paint. I wasn’t perfect and if anyone asks I am going for the distressed farmhouse look :). Then I unrolled the chicken wire to be 3 inches wider and longer than my 12×18 frame opening and cut it with wire cutters. Finally using one of my favorite tools, a staple gun, I attached the chicken wire to the back of the frame. EASY. PEASY. Finally I clipped on the bows and hung it on the wall. 

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I’ve been training Chickadee and she knows to look at the colors in her clothes and then find a bow that matches. She really does love them. I often ask if she wants me to pull her hair back with a ponytail instead and 9 times out of 10 she says she would rather have a bow. Mission accomplished!

Meet Poppy!

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Our sweet baby girl made us a #partyoffive on July 7, 2017. Poppy is here and snuggled up on my chest as I write this post. Newborn snuggles are one of my favorite things in the world! She is currently the sweetest, most laid back little baby! She was born at 7:42pm, weighed 7 pounds and was 20.75 inches long. She is currently being smothered by her big brother and big sister and we are all soaking in her newness! Praise the Lord for a healthy delivery and baby girl, we are forever grateful! 

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Thanks for sticking around! I promise to be back soon with more recipes, kid activities and hopefully tips for successfully parenting 3 littles 3 and under. We are embracing the chaos and enjoying the journey!

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Sprout’s Birth Story

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Seeing as we are less than three weeks, maybe even only a few days, away from meeting our precious baby #3, Poppy, I thought now might be a good time to write up Sprout’s birth story. I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth of both Chickadee and Sprout and how God watched over us during their unexpected deliveries and those first few beautiful hours and days in the hospital as He grew our family. You can read about Chickadee’s birth story here. Adding Sprout was a little bit more crazy but just as wonderful!

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Sprout, was such an amazing surprise in so many ways. We found, a little unexpectedly, in September of 2014 when his sister was just 10 months old that his small life had begun. I was nursing and while I knew it was possible to become pregnant, I just didn’t think it was likely. It was exciting and overwhelming, but we knew God’s hand was on his life from the beginning. As if things were not already about to get crazy for us with two well under two years old, we also moved into our new house when I was 33 weeks pregnant.

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We knew I was at risk for preterm labor, but since your sister was born at 37.5 weeks, we thought we had some time to get settled. However, around 34.5 weeks I thought I was having contractions in my back. The doctors ran some non-stress tests and assured me from what they could tell all was well and he was still happy and baking. You surprised them too!

The next day, April 10th we went to bed praying my back pain would cease. I said to III that we needed to come up with a plan for Chickadee (we have no family in town) in case Sprout decided to come earlier than expected. He said we would figure it out the next day. Well….around 12:30am he decided he was ready & my water broke on the way back from the bathroom! This led to the most intense contractions that seemed to never stop. We called several friends and finally Katie, from our small group, picked up (it was the middle of the night :/). She headed over to sit at the house with Chickadee until aunt Rachel (she was the closest!) could get here from Alabama. III packed a bag of the most random things, luckily the camera made it, and as soon as Katie pulled in we headed to the hospital excited and nervous to meet our newest little one! Honestly the contractions were so intense that I was convinced I was going to give birth in the car on the way to the hospital, but thankfully we made it in plenty of time.

I continued to battle pretty bad contractions (med-free) until they were ready to begin the c-section (he was breech like his sister) around 4:30am. As they were prepping me for surgery, his heart rate dropped to 50bpm and everything became very urgent.

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The doctors began to move very quickly and Sprout was born within minutes at 5:06am. We were ecstatic to learn we had a healthy baby BOY! Sprout is named after his great grandfather, grandfather, & daddy. There were some concerns with baby boy being 5+ weeks early. However, we were at ease once we knew his lungs were strong & he was a good size for less than 35 weeks. He weighed in at 5lbs 13oz and was 19.5 inches long. He did have to make a precautionary trip to the NICU due to his earliness. I wasn’t able to see him for almost 12 hours and it was heart wrenching. Luckily, lots of family had made it to Atlanta and he was surrounded by his daddy, grandparents, and aunts & uncle getting lots of love.

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Later that night I was finally able to hold him in my arms, and sweet boy my heart grew even bigger. Sprout is such a gift and we are so thankful for how God watched over all of us that day. Our NICU stay was short as Sprout made great progress really quickly. The nurses were great, very encouraging, and loved on him when we couldn’t be there ourselves. He was able to come home a week to the day after he was born. We are so blessed by our little man, and we know that God has had his hand on him from the beginning.

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His is still so smiley, expressive, and loves to snuggle. God has worked in his life already and blessed us to the fullest these past two years! We pray that one day our Sprout will move mountains for the Lord. We love you baby boy!

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Sprout is TWO!

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Sprout,

Our sweet sweet boy! I cannot believe you are two. It seems like just yesterday we were moving into our house and you decided to show up before we could get settled, 5.5 weeks early! It was a crazy but amazing time and every day with you since has brought us all so much JOY! 

You have grown leaps and bounds in the last year. For starters you are extremely verbal, you have been talking for a while now and a lot of it is in full sentences. My favorite is your dialogue with Chickadee. I love sending her in your room when yall are both awake after nap time and listening to you both chat back and forth on the monitor. 

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Speaking of Chickadee, you love her dearly. You have really become the best of friends and watching yall interact is the sweetest (most of the time)! You want to do anything she is doing and because of that have become quite brave on the playground, going down the big slides and climbing rock walls. You miss her so much when she is at preschool, and ask for “More Chickadee” as she gets out of the car. Yall read together, play trains, set up tea parties, play in the sand table, and love running down the sidewalk on our evening walks. We pray the two of you are always close, encourage one another, and point each other to Jesus!

We have been soaking up so much new information in the past 6 months. From colors and shapes to a few numbers and letters. But your current obsession is Thomas the Tank Engine. Nothing would make you happier than driving your trains around the tracks on the train table all morning and then reading about Thomas all afternoon! In your Easter basket you received a set of Thomas alphabet cards and in less than 2 days you knew EVERY engine’s name. It’s good to see if the interest is there you soak up that knowledge quickly! My new tactic (not that I’m in a huge rush) is teaching numbers by using the numbers on the engines and letters by spelling the engine names. Whatever works, right?

Sprout is TWO

 I mentioned you love reading about Thomas, but really you love books in general. I hear multiple times a day “Read this book, please.” Some of your favorite are Steam Train Dream Train, Franklin, Owl at Home, Little Blue Truck, Llama Llama, Where do Diggers Sleep at Night and Brown Bear Brown Bear. We pray you always have a love for reading, imagination, and learning. 

You are still sleeping in your crib, taking one nap a day for about 1.5-2 hours. At night you are in bed around 7:30 and wake up about 7:00am. You have really become a good sleeper after a rough start! You love to snuggle and and give kisses and hugs. You are SUPER friendly to everyone and seem to have your dad’s outgoing personality. Since finding out you were going to be a BIG brother this summer you have been my constant doctor buddy…and you’ve handled our weekly visits like a champ. Everyone at the office LOVES you and always ask where you are if for some reason you are not with me. 

At church you love going to see Dottie and Nina (Anita) and and talk about them all the way home. For a while when we would ask you “Who love you?” You would say “Jesus, so much! And Dottie and Nina). We are thankful for all of those who are pouring the love of Jesus into your heart.

A few “stats:” At your two year old appointment you weighed 27.5 pounds and were 34.5 inches tall which put you around the 50% percentile in both, so you are finally “evening” out. You were 24 months or 2T in tops, but still an 18m in pants/shorts (you can thank Daddy for your short legs!). The doctor mentioned potty training, but you are not interested and tell me you want to go in your diaper. You are still working on your last set of molars and will head to the dentist for the first time in the middle of May. Your favorite foods are spaghetti, meatballs, nachos, smoothies, fruit and ice cream, but for the most part there is very little you turn down. 

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We continue to pray over you each night that God will use you to move mountains for Him. And I believe he is beginning to do that with your contagious smile. We are looking forward to watching you become a big brother and give that endless love to both your sisters. You are our JOY sweet boy and we thank God for every moment we get to be your mama and daddy. We pray for the day you root Jesus deep in your heart and live for Him. We love you!

And if anyone wants to take a trip down memory lane to when Chickadee was TWO, check out this old post!