Puppy Love

Puppy love people.  It’s for realz in ‘dis house.  Everly is smitten with both of her Pup-Pup’s, but we caught her snuggling up to Roxy, our seven year-old red Boston. Have you met our Boston’s before?  If not, head over here for a few pics.  Roxy is infinitely envious of Everly because:

A. She gets a bath every night and gets to take her sweet time in there & play.

B.  She’s allowed to poop in the house (in a diaper, of course).

C.  Rubber animal-shaped teething toys that squeak (need I say more?).

and D.  It’s pretty evident that Everly is numero uno to Marty & I.

Anyway, Evie is just crazy about these furballs and we caught these two being exceptionally cute on Saturday morning.  Here’s a few pics – hope you enjoy!

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Our Laid Back Saturday

Hi there,

Hope you all enjoyed your Saturday! We sure did, even though it was pretty quiet and relaxed in comparison to the usual.  It was here and gone before we knew it, but we definitely took the every second to enjoy our little one and some time out of work-mode.

We cleaned house a bit and then did some errand running and ” bumming ” as we like to refer to it.  After a couple of stops, we ended up at The Mud House, our absolute favorite coffeehouse, and had a nice little impromptu lunch date with just us three.  We both had some pretty spectacular sammies – I had this amazing goat cheese sandwich with carmelized onions and orange marmalade, and Papa had (of course) house-made sausage with a pickled cucumber relish. Nom!  Besides trying to gnaw my face off with her new chompers, Everly was very well-behaved, so she got to pick out a purdy new party dress at the store afterward.

Later that night, Mart & I decided to make dinner together instead of going out.  We roasted a chicken, stuffed with fresh orange, lemon, garlic, and rosemary and made some pretty tasty sweet potato fries.  Nothing elaborate but it made our house smell sooooo good and it was delicious!

The rest of the night was spent hanging out in PJ’s, watching cable and folding baby laundry and cloth diapers.  There may or may not have been chocolate ice cream involved. We were exhausted after it all and ended up getting to bed pretty early that night and waking up refreshed (yes!) on Sunday.  It may not have been the most exciting weekend, but really, these are the types of weekends that I like the best.

How was your weekend?  Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you and your loves did.

Love,
E

6 Months Old

6.months.old.

My baby girl is half a year old and growing up before our very eyes.  It’s exciting to think that in just six more months, we’ll be dressing her up in a fancy party dress and letting her smash a big, decorated birthday cupcake into her fingers and face.   Here’s a little update on all things Everly, and what we’ve learned since meeting her six months ago.

Age: 6 Months and 2 Weeks

Weight/Height: 20 lbs. and 3 ounces.  Whopper!  She’s pretty much topping the charts for height and weight at about the 98th percentile.  At only 6 months old, she’s wearing 12 month size clothes comfortably.

Choppers: Evie’s been phenomenal with teething and is already sportin’ four hippo chompers!  One on the bottom and the other three on top.  We’ve started lightly brushing her teeth and gums every night before her bath, using a small finger toothbrush and water, in the hopes that we’ll start good habits early.

Nursing: I am still breastfeeding Everly and happy to report that we have not had to supplement with formula at all.  Breastfeeding has definitely required quite a bit of dedication but it has been worth every second.  All in all, it’s been critical in establishing a fantastic bond with Everly, and something I am so glad that I was able to commit to.  And no, I’m not really planning on stopping anytime soon.

Development: Put Everly down on her back and she flips to her belly immediately.  This girl is ready to move!  She loves bouncing up and down when we hold her and especially when her  Daddy plays records at night.  I feel like she’ll be crawling before we know it… time to baby-proof!

Personality: Happiest baby in town.  I truly mean this.  She wakes up with sparkles in her eyes and giggles when we kiss her.   The kid is as cool as a cucumber.

Things that make her happy: Her pup-pups, Roxy & Leyla, seeing her pretty reflection in the mirror, bath time, naked time!, when she gets to fly around our living room (with Daddy as the pilot)…  pretty much everything makes this kid smile, and her parents too.

Quirks: When Evie is a sleepyhead, I cuddle her up in my lap on the Boppy pillow.  When she’s all snuggly and has her favorite binky, she’ll rub my shirt on her face and nose and coo until she falls asleep.  This is how she falls asleep every night, and one of my favorite things about her.  Her little sounds are the best!

Dear Everly

The first day of February brought with it a huge blizzard complete with freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow. I was all set to work from home when I got word that our St. Louis office was going to be closed due to the winter storm, which meant good things for Miss Everly and I.

We both stayed in pajamas for most of the day and played with toys, read books, took silly pictures, and even baked chocolate chip cookies. Everly wore cloth diapers the whole day and I didn’t even have to look at my breast pump one time. We snuggled on the couch and she drifted off to sleep in my arms. I can’t tell you how good it felt for my little girl to fall asleep on me and to feel her soft breath and little coos in my ear, and even better, to see the look of surprise and happiness on her face when she awoke and realized her Mom was there and had been with her the whole time she was asleep.

It was nice pretending to be a Stay-at-Home Mama for the day, and as much as I’m dreaming about the sunny days of Spring, I wouldn’t mind the occasional snow day once and a while.

Love,
E

Dear Everly

Dear Evie,

It’s so hard to believe that you’re nearly six months old.  We are loving every second of life with you right now.  Your infectious laugh echos through the halls of our house and  fills it with your happy energy. Those hands that used to fumble are now focused and much more precise.  Your movements are calculated and your eyes wander about, exploring your space and studying everything that comes into your view.  It’s amazing watching you grow.

These days we’re propping you up, helping you to sit and find your balance, and watching your eyes grow big when you realize that you’re doing it on your own.  Your arms are always reaching out to touch anything that comes into view, and you carefully and fearlessly examine everything that you are exposed to.  It is truly life-altering to watch this and to know that we are playing a key role in these discoveries.

I hope you never lose that adventurous spirit that you’ve been blessed with.  Keep reaching for the stars, little one.  Your Dad and I will always be lifting you up as high as we can to get to them.

Love,
Your Mama