Holland |8 Months|

It’s birthday week over here. I know, it’s crazy and I’ve got all the feels about it. In honor of Holland turning 1 in a few days I’m going to crank out these last few months of her updates. Better late than never right? So, 8 Months… This is as of February 25, 2016

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You’re crawling, but usually it’s only when I walk away from you and you cry while you crawl because it’s all very upsetting to you. You also started cruising the furniture.

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You still think Kennedy and Reese are the. best. ever. 3 musketeers.

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Sleeping. Still about the same. Usually up 2 times to eat and go right back to sleep. You are actually worse about sleeping through the night than Reese even was, but I don’t mind for some reason. I still think it’s because you go down so easy for naps and bedtime and I know it’s not going to be a battle.

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You like to get tossed in the air, bounce in my lap, and swing on the swings. I always say you’re going to be my adventurous one.

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You pull up to stand all the time and it’s not always super convenient. Standing caused an issue at bathtime, so baths moved to the tub. You’re a wash and go kind of girl now and don’t seem to like playing in the big tub very much.

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You love the water table and being outside.

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You love food and you pretty much each whenever you can.

Happy 8 Months, Holland! I love you so much my sweet girl!

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Reese’s 3rd Birthday Q&A

I started this with Kennedy when she turned 3 so I started it with Reesey this year… er last year. She turned 3 in November. I’m sure you’ll note the common theme in her answers.

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Nicknames – Reesey, Reese Olivia, Reesey Pie

How old are you? Free (3)

What is your favorite color? purple

What is your favorite animal? horses

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What is your favorite book? Charlie the Ranch Dog

What is your favorite TV show? Sofia

What is your favorite movie? Flicka

What is your favorite song?  My God is SO Big

What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese

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What is your favorite drink? Hot Chocolate

What is your favorite breakfast food? Granola bar

What is your favorite snack? Fruit Snacks and Dunkin Donuts

What is your favorite outfit? Pajamas

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What is your favorite game? Gaston and the Beast (They play this with David and it’s some kind of Beauty and the Beast themed chase game)

What is your favorite toy? Horses

Who is your best friend? The girl that has the pony (She means Reesa from the petting zoo in town. They both like that their names are similar).

What is your favorite thing to do? Play horses

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What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play horses

What is your favorite holiday? trick or treating… Kennedy said this too.

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? horses

Where is your favorite place to go?  disney

What is your favorite restaurant? 5 guys

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Where do you want to go on vacation? Disney

What do you want to be when you grow up? A HORSE! We suggested maybe she can take care of horses…

What did you do on your birthday? Unfortunately, Reesey’s birthday was during David’s “unnamed employer Crisis of 2016” and it fell on a weekday so David wasn’t home. We pretended like her birthday was the following Saturday because David felt so bad that he wouldn’t be home. By November the girl’s missed him a lot and they got upset when we talked about him not being home so it was easier to not discuss him being gone for her birthday and luckily she’s young enough that she didn’t get it. That Saturday, Kennedy woke up early and woke Reese up so balloons were a no go. We did presents and hung out while they played with those for a while. That afternoon, we took the girls to the fair so now Reese thinks the fair comes for her birthday and plans to again next year.

I have to mention this because it’s one of those stories you’ll never forget… I asked Reese what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday. She was very specific and wanted a cake with purple frosting, topped with horses and sprinkles. The girls and I made a double layer round cake and we made some buttercream frosting to go with it because homemade is the way to go. I frosted it later and when I finished it I was going to put it in the fridge. I opened the door to the fridge and the cake flipped off the cake plate to the floor. It landed upside down of course. I had to laugh because what else do you do, right? Cry, maybe. So I did what any normal mom would do and took the bottom layer of the cake that didn’t hit the ground and stuck it back on the cake plate. I stuck candles in it, her number 3, and a bunch of horses and we sang happy birthday. I made her a new cake the next day.

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Kennedy Says |4th Birthday Edition|

I know I’m just posting this now, but I actually did this the day after her birthday and it’s been sitting as a draft post ever since so this is me continuing to catch up. AND I don’t necessarily agree with her answers, but I wrote down what her first response was.

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Nicknames – Kennedy and Kennedy Brooke

How old are you? four

What is your favorite color? red (same as last year)

What is your favorite animal? owl

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What is your favorite book? I Was So Mad

What is your favorite TV show?  Dinosaur Train

What is your favorite movie? Cinderella

What is your favorite song?  Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas) and I’ve Got a Dream (Rapunzel)

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What is your favorite food? Pizza

What is your favorite drink? Milk

What is your favorite breakfast food? Pancakes

What is your favorite snack? crackers

What is your favorite outfit? Anna dress

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What is your favorite game? Candyland

What is your favorite toy? blocks

Who is your best friend? Madeline and Riley

What is your favorite thing to do? Catching crabs and fishies at the beach

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What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in the tree

What is your favorite holiday? She said, “trick or treat”… Halloween

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Reindeer (This changes on the regular though). The only thing that’s a constant is yellow blankie and blue blankie.

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Where is your favorite place to go?  beach

What is your favorite restaurant? Chef Mickey’s

Where do you want to go on vacation? Disney

What do you want to be when you grow up?  a bulcanologist (volcanologist)

What did you do on your birthday?  She woke up to balloons all over her room and we could hear her saying “oh man, oh man”  “I love this”  “this is amazing” and then we ate Minnie pancakes.  We asked if she wanted Dunkin Donuts, but she said no. We went to the splash pad for a while before we went to her doctor appointment where we found out both girls had strep.  Happy Birthday!  We played at home the rest of the day and they rested on the couch.  We took them to 5 Guys for dinner (where Kennedy asked to go), but neither of them were very hungry.  We got her a cupcake from Small Cakes and then went home to eat the cake she helped bake earlier in the day.  That weekend we went to the beach and planned to go to the Jacksonville Zoo, but we postponed that because of them having strep and her not being in the best mood.

Holland |7 Months|

Almost caught up! This is as of 1.25.17 and… there are some sneak peaks of her nursery. I’ve got 1 more thing to do in there and then I’ll finally post that up.

This month…

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She’s pulling up to stand. I don’t know if she’s shorter than the girls were at this age, but she’s not tall enough yet to pull up on a lot of the things I for sure remember Reesey pulling up on. She easily pulls up if she has your fingers to hang onto though.

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She isn’t full on crawling yet. She scoots forwards and backwards, rocks on her knees and gets the first few movements in before dropping to her belly.

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Sleep is decent. I woke up one morning and you had rolled onto your belly in the marshmallow suit so that was the end of that. You are now in a sleep sack and you sleep on your belly.

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You were having issues finding your paci when you started sleeping on your belly so I scattered pacis all over your crib hoping you’d find one. I think that just made you mad and the glow-in-the-dark ones freaked you out so I just stuck with the paci clipped to your sleep sack and let you figure it out.

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I always sing “How Much Is That Doggy In the Window” when I change your diaper and you love it. Changing you is definitely a battle now as you just roll all over the place.

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Nursing is even harder than changing you. You refuse a cover and have a serious case of FOMO(fear of missing out). If I actually want you to eat anything we have to sit in your room, in the dark, by ourselves. Even that isn’t perfect, but if we don’t do that you are on and off the whole time and we both end up covered in milk. Not my favorite.

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You are so chill and calm, but you are finding your voice and getting louder.

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I moved the height on your bouncer and you jump all around in there.

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Still only 2 teeth, but you bit me. Again, not my favorite.

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You started swinging in the blue swing at the house and you get the biggest smile. The girls love to push you.

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You are a foodie. It’s insane the amount of food you eat and how well you eat. One of the only times you get fussy is if we eat something and don’t share with you.

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You love books and it reminds me so much of Kennedy as a baby. We lay on the floor and read all the time. You kick you feet and squeal and I love it.

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That’s about it. Happy 7 months, Holland!!! I love you so much!

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Holland |6 Months|

6 months… almost caught up! This is as of 12/25/16

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Sitting is no longer cool enough… you want to move.

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You love to stand

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You were very clear about your desire to eat some real food so you got to start baby led weaning a little earlier than Kennedy and Reese did. You have been all in right from the start and you still haven’t met a food you didn’t like.

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At your 6 month appointment you were
-14 pounds 8 ounces (20th percentile)
-26 inches long

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You still love bath time and we still have you in the kitchen sink. It’s so easy, but the time is limited now that you’re sitting so well and getting more mobile.

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You were working on your 2 bottom teeth. 1 cut right before Christmas.

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Sleep was decent except for the teeth cutting. 2 times a night seems to be the norm. I’m ok with that.

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You and Kennedy… sweetest. thing. ever.

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You got to take your first ride in the blue swing

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I love you so much, my sweet baby girl. Happy 6 Months, Holland!

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Holland |5 Months|

This month… 5 months. So this is up to November 25, 2016.

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You roll both ways, but you very rarely roll from your belly to your back.

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You perfected sitting and you seriously never fall over. I kept the boppy around you for another week or so and realized you really didn’t need it.

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Whatever the yoga pose is where you push your butt up in the air and make a triangle… you do that.

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You had your first Halloween. I was going to dress you up, but then I decided it wasn’t really worth it since I’d just be wearing you in the Solly. There’s always next year. You did get to go to a few pumpkin patches and you may have christened a pumpkin with spit up.

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You love watching Kennedy and Reese play and I can’t wait until you get to play right along with them.

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You grab at EVERYTHING and you are a major pincher and hair puller.

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You love to stand

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You love your feet and toes and you put them in your mouth all the time.

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Naps started getting better. Usually 2 longer naps about 1.5 hours and a short 30 minute nap. You still wake up a few times a night to eat.

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You are getting better at putting your paci in yourself. I watch you on the monitor practicing taking it out and putting it back in until you fall asleep.

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You had your first Thanksgiving and you slept through dinner.

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You’re still the sweetest, happiest little baby and I love you so, so much!

Happy 5 Months, Holland Taylor!