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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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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First Year of Preschool

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If seeing her finish 2K is any indication, we are going to be a mess when she graduates kindergarten and goodness I can’t either fathom high school or college…

Chickadee wrapped up her first year of preschool this year. We debated a lot whether to go ahead and send her at 2 (almost 3) and I am so glad we did. She absolutely LOVED it. Jumped out of the car EVERYDAY ready to go! She made friends, gained even more independence, practiced being respectful to both her peers and teachers, and transformed from a toddler to a little girl.

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At their end of they year program they sang “This Little Light of Mine.” Chickadee didn’t move her mouth for a single word, but she did participate in the hand motions, so we will take what we can get! The teachers handed out diplomas and gave a short little speech about each child. I loved how personal it all was. They said Chickadee is the most detail oriented child they’d ever seen. She was always the last to finish art projects because she took her time and wanted it just right. The said she was always kind to everyone and loved playing with the other girls, but could keep up with the boys too. All words that warm a mama’s heart. It’s funny they said she was detailed oriented, not at all surprising. The same was said about me as a child. She has a crazy memory and it’s because she is so perceptive I think…sometimes I wish she was a little more forgetful :) More than anything though we loved hearing she is kind and caring and we pray that her heart for Jesus becomes even more prevalent as the years go by!

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We are thankful for her first year and how she was loved on by her teachers and supported by the church that houses the preschool.

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She is already looking forward to August and her new class as well as hearing about her old Bunny class from her little brother who follows her footsteps into 2K when preschool starts back in a few short months.

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For now we are soaking in these summer days, practicing the new skills she learned, and counting down the days until baby sister arrives!

 

We Planted a Garden

Gardening Success from a black thumb

We planted a garden. I must admit I’m not really the gardening type, probably because I have a black thumb. However, III grew up on 11 acres and has grown a pepper or two in his day. I knew the kids would be all over it, and so of course I was in. III used some 6×6’s leftover from the play set install that he used to create a garden bed of sorts. He tilled and weeded the dirt and added fertilizer. Then we headed to Home Depot to pick up some plants. We settled on tomatoes, okra, jalapenos, bell peppers, strawberries and some herbs (oregano & basil).

I found the cutest gardening tools in Target’s Dollar section and the kids were ready to go! 

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They helped III plant and they help me water every day.

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It is incredible how fast those plants are growing. There are lots of little green tomatoes taking shape and the peppers are starting to blooms along with the okra. Check out this bad boy…just waiting for him to turn yellow.

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The kids are obsessed with looking for new blooms and we all can’t wait to eat from the garden. The herbs are doing great and we’ve already used them several times with dinner.

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So whether you have a spot in your backyard or you want to grow a planter/pot garden on your porch, I’m here to tell you, you can do it! Give it a go! And even if it fails, your kids will have fun!