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For Max & Shirley

Since I am slow about actually getting pictures to people, I figured in the meantime I could just post some pictures of L with her cute hoodie outfit from M & S. She was having a great time posing for these! Thank you for loving my girls! We love you!

Visuals

Here are some pictures of the past few months. :) Enjoy!

Well Seasoned

After having my second child, things don’t seem to be as difficult, or new this time around. I have felt like I have a pretty good handle on how to take care of a tiny baby. However, since my big baby is not even three yet, there are still A LOT of things that I will have to learn. This Momma is not as “well seasoned” as she thought! For instance, potty training. Now, I had a skewed perception as what potty training would entail. I was told my entire life that I potty trained myself by the time I was two, so naturally, I assumed that my “smarter than I am first born” would have it down before her 18 month birthday. I was wrong, and that is okay. I attempted a few times to get her to use the big girl potty, but quickly realized that she just was not ready. Reading books about it and talking to her about it was what we decided to do instead. When she was ready, she would let us know.

It has been about two months now and she has been really great about being such a BIG girl! In fact, I was so focused on how to train her that I completely overlooked the fact that I would need to be trained as well! Not potty trained… remember, I mastered that before the big 2! :) Rather, I needed to train myself to get her to go potty before we leave the house. To remember to put a pull-up on her if I know we will be out and about and not close to a restroom. To remember to pack a change of clothes, just in case, in the diaper bag! So, you see, she has been doing a really great job! I, on the other hand, need some work! They need to make potty training books for Mommies that tell us about all these things! When it is time to potty train the second born, I am going to be SO prepared!!! Oh, and I guess I should invest in another set of sheets for the BIG girl bed!

Happenings

Well, it seems that the past few weeks have been super busy and they are only going to get even more busy as we approach the upcoming holidays. Since I have been behind (that’s an understatement) on updating the growth of the girls, here are some pictures to fill you in visually :) I am so amazed everyday how smart L is and lately she really seems to be just learning leaps and bounds. Little I is creeping around on the floor and will probably be full-on crawling any day now. She has her two bottom teeth just about to pop out and I feel like I am squeezing her into some of the clothes that L was able to wear for quite some time. She is in the 95% tile for height and 77th for weight. So, I am guessing she is going to be tall like her Daddy.

I promise to post some pictures of both girls in their costumes. I just didn’t have a good one of Little I. :)

Header Photo Credit

This picture that I am using as my header was taken by my friend, and very talented photographer, Angela Edwards.

The Dreaded List

This morning I realized something. I am not a morning person, but that is not what I realized. Even though I am not a morning person, that is when my mind is the clearest. The day is fresh and new, a clean slate so to speak. I believe, if I could drag myself out of bed before everyone else in my house, then that would be the ideal time for me to blog. I wish I could show you my mental list of “things to blog about.” I haven’t even attempted to write it down because I know I will feel even more overwhelmed about it than I already do now! I have had things set aside to blog about for MONTHS! At this point in time the list has gotten so out of control that I don’t even know where to begin. So, I figure I should start somewhere, anywhere. And it is not so much for you as it is for me. I say that, not to sound like a snoot, but because after all this time of bloglessness, is there really anyone who still reads this!? Well, that and because writing is therapeutic for me.

Over the last month or so, I have just been overloaded with ideas. Ideas about where I want my blog to go, things I want to do, share, say, etc. Of course, I need to work out a few things before I can just dive right in, but I am excited about it. Through reading other’s blogs I have been so encouraged, convicted, inspired, and so in awe. I will save some of those stories for a later post, but I will share because I feel like I have a lot to say. If I can be an encouragement to others, or inspire others through this blog then I would be selfish to hold in what I am thinking or feeling. It is refreshing to read something and think, “WOW! I am not the ONLY one struggling with that!” or “WOW! This person is being dragged through the muck and the mire and I was complaining about dirty diapers!” Can be very humbling at times.

What started out as moments of quiet when I began typing this post, have turned into interrupted moments of screaming, whining, crying, diapers, near disasters and all the likes that come with a 2 and a half year old and a 6 month old, so if my words have become a jumbled blob of confusion, hopefully that will be explanation enough.

So, I will joyfully attend to my gift, motherhood and I will return to this blog later. Even when times feel stressful, loud, and I haven’t had a wink of sleep, I choose to embrace these gifts called children because they are only going to be in my care for a short time and I want to soak it all in as much as I can.

Catching up…

I don’t have as much time a I would like to spend on editing the thousands of pictures I seem to take almost monthly. Recently I have had the chance to start getting caught up. Here are just a few of my recent favorites. Enjoy!

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