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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