Hope: 7 months

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hope turned 7 months old on August 16! Nothing gets past our detail-oriented baby who loves trying to figure out how things work (especially the buckles on her shoes). She loves looking in the mirror, sitting all by herself, and any accessories mom and dad might be wearing, like glasses or jewelry. She started solids this month and enjoys sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans so far. She's starting to get the hang of her sippy cup and feels like such a big kid sitting in high chairs when we go out! She graduated to size 2 diapers and wears mostly 6 month clothes. Her eyes are still blue and her hair is getting lighter - and she's still toothless. She's started "waving" hi and bye - the cutest. Hope made the big move to Mobile two weeks ago and can't wait to get all of her stuff out of storage soon!! Life is fun with our sweet Hope! But time really, really needs to slow down. 

Practicing standing, with daddy's help

Holding court with her sisters

Put to lunch in Columbia 

Kicking back with a good book

Pattern mixing! 

Last play date with her little bestie in Columbia at the library. 

It wasn't long ago that you despised bath time, little girl! 

First time in a high chair out in a restaurant

Penny and Hope <3

Last day in Columbia, saying goodbye to my coworkers and acting how momma felt :(

Moving day - empty house! Bittersweet! 

On the trip to Mobile - playing at a pit stop

First day as an Alabama resident

First time in the cart at Publix, mommy's favorite place

Red white and blue for the Olympics! 

All dressed up for church 
First solids: sweet potatoes! 

Pajama day! 

Daddy is the best playmate

Mommy and her mini! 

Wear. All. The. Seersucker. 

Getting a handle on that sippy cup

Cool breeze! 

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! 

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