Hope: 6 months

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy half birthday to our little girl! I'm in total disbelief that Hope was born six whole months ago: time is passing much too quickly. 

Hope is such a smiley, happy baby! Her month included helping daddy celebrate his first Father's Day, taking her first trip to Edisto Beach, and spending her first Fourth of July on the beach. She loves to eat rice cereal for fun, sit and play in her Bumbo seat, and recently tried out the jumper. Her favorite toy is her singing cow (whose songs are perpetually stuck in our heads). She babbles all the time, drools constantly and can just about sit unassisted. She's decided that naps more than 45 minutes aren't cool and she'd like to wake up most nights to see what's going on at 4am! She's busy packing up her room for our upcoming move to Mobile and likes FaceTiming with daddy while he looks at houses. 

Highlights from the last month: 

At her 5 month weight check: 11 pounds, 8 ounces (right on our goal!)

In front of our current front door - this house will only be ours for a few more weeks! Bittersweet! 

With daddy on his first Father's Day

Trying rice cereal for the first time - and loving it!! 

This smile! Swoon! 

The Bumbo: her favorite spot these days. 

Daddy taking a turn feeding Hope. 

Precious moments! 

Baby friends! 

Real life matches the smocking = too perfect for words! 

First beach trip: Edisto Beach, SC

Bathing beauty! 

Made in the shade on the beach! 

First time feeling her toes in the sand (4th of July)

Happy Independence Day!  

Family beach pictures at Edisto - this is my absolute favorite! 

Helping mommy and daddy celebrate 5 years of marriage on July 9!

Trying out the jumper for the first time (more interested in the toys than in jumping!)

Smart and sassy! 

Hope is just too much: too much happiness, too much cuteness, too much joy. These six months have been hard at times, but worth every hard moment x 1,000; they have also held the single most joyful moments of my life and being a mommy has been even better than I could have imagined. 

So blessed Hope is ours! 

Hope: 5 months

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Five months. Already. Incredible. 

This month, Hope spent a few weeks in Okeechobee where she spent lots of time getting loved on by family and friends, took her first dips in the pool and became a pro at lounging poolside in her stroller. She's become a bit of a professional road tripper, also taking a round-trip to Mobile, AL! She has mastered rolling over and now prefers to sleep on her belly with her knees tucked under her (so stinking cute). She's become super vocal and sounds like a baby dinosaur when she shreaks with delight at the sound of her own voice! Hope always seems to have something in her mouth - usually her thumb, fingers or all of the above - and all the drool makes us think a tooth isn't too far away. She enjoys her Bumbo seat and being outside, and experienced her first boat ride. Her little giggle is to die for, and her smile keeps getting bigger and bigger. Hope, you are a delight. 

Road trip to Chobee!

Just a snapshot of those who got to love on her while in Okeechobee. 

She's adjusted well to her boots and bar - after the first few rough nights.

Water baby!

Hope and my bestie's baby girl, who has a baby doll named Baby Hope :)

Memorial Day! 

Getting love from Uncle Louie and Waylon. 

Feet are so much fun!

Getting accustomed to the poolside life in Florida. 

Mom and daughter side-by-side: same wool rug, 31 years apart! 

Bumbo fun time! Looking so grown up. 

In Mobile, where she went on a job interview with mom and dad for daddy's new job!

Dinner out in Mobile.

First boat ride - NOT a fan of life jackets! 

Favorite outfit! 

Getting her BNB on before bed. Even daddy's a pro at putting them on now! 

My little five month old! 

Hope: 4 months

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Four months! I am in denial that my baby is one third of a year old. Life with Hope just keeps getting sweeter and I couldn't be more proud of this strong, brave girl for all she's gone through in four short months! 

This month, she rolled over twice (purely by accident), stayed in the church nursery for the first time and helped me celebrate my first Mother's Day. She took her first big road trip, to St. Louis and back to see one of the world's best club foot doctors - and visited NC, TN, KY and IL along the way. While in St. Louis, she attended her first MLB game, learned how beer is made at the Budweiser brewery and became a pro at eating out. And she has REALLY had her last cast (for real this time) for her foot treatment and is back in her boots and bar, which she hates but I know she'll get used to it. 

She's started having separation anxiety when mama walks out of the room - not as cute as it sounds! The "45 minute intruder" keeps most naps short and sweet but she's still sleeping well at night, even though I reintroduced a 2am feeding to aide in weight gain (yep, I WAKE a sleeping baby every night. Craziness). She loves to stroll in the stroller, cuddle in the mornings and play with anything. 

And her smile: oh, that smile. We love her so much. 

 Strolling as a family! 

She had a Sip and See in Alex's hometown and got to go sans cast and boots and bar! 

My sweet baby! 

Showing off her first set of boots and bar (BnB) before we got recasted in St. Louis. 

Second round of casting, cast #1 (#9 overall)

Sightseeing in our free time! 

First zoo trip at the St. Louis Zoo. 

It's a baby, in a brewery! 

First baseball game: Nationals at Cardinals

We had a lot of time to kill in the hotel for nearly 2 weeks 

Cast #2 (#10 overall) 

Little cheetah 

Strolling the streets of St. Louis became our nightly ritual.


Cast #3 (#11 overall) and prayerfully her last cast ever!! 

Back in Columbia...
My first Mother's Day with the girl who made me a mama! 

She has enough hair for a bow now! First ponytail! 

Sweet baby!

First trip to the cabin in NC

Two generations of friends in Greenville 

It's cast removal day! Pretty happy about it! 

Free feet! Fully corrected! Now on to conquer BNB :) 

We are so proud of you, Hope. You're such a strong little girl! 

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