Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lucy Joy 15 Months

Lucy Joy! I cannot believe we are at your first big milestone past 1 year old. Baby hood is behind you and we are fully immersed in toddler hood (the good, the bad, the ugly). I felt like a did a good job of savoring the first months with you because I knew how quickly it flew by but now I feel like I blinked and you're a walking, talking, sassy, little thing. Your personality is SO much different than your brothers and we are enjoying watching you develop into your own little lady. You are tiny but tough. Sweet but oh so sassy and opinionated. I am seeing a lot of what I assume I was like as a little girl in you and it makes me smile (and also get gray hairs hehe). Jon and I look at you and seriously get our breath taken away because you are just such a flawless, beautiful little girl... I know we will blink and you'll be 15 and fending off all the boys. We love your strong and girly personality Lucy girl!







  • 2lb 8oz (55th %), 30.75" (58th %), Head 47.3 cm (88th %)
  • Lucy was a champ at her well check today and is healthy and thriving. She had a double ear infection 2 weeks ago and it is healed. She showed off for the doctor by pointing to body parts and saying their names. She got 2 shots and cried for a few seconds (okay screamed her head off) and then was fine with snacks and stickers. 
  • Lucy girl started walking about 13.5 months old. She barely took any practice steps and just went for it. Now at 15 months she is basically running. It's not weird to see her running circles around the house holding the most random things (Ford's underwear, anyone's shoes, embroidery thread, essential oils, play food).
  • Sleeps 7p-7a, sometimes later. I tried to drop her to 1 nap right after 14 months and it was going good for a week and then she got a double ear infection and we went back to 2 naps and now we are just going with the flow. She naps for a total of 2-3 hours, sometimes 1 nap if we have stuff going on, sometimes 2 if we are home. She sleeps with 2 soft baby dolls, 2 loveys, a small blanket, her pillow, and a giraffe. And usually brings a random piece of play food or a dinosaur with her to bed. 
  • She still has the tiniest little newborn feet ever. Wears 0-6 month shoes, some size 2 fit her (Toms and Natives). She wears mostly 12 month clothing... 12 month onesies, 9 and 12 month rompers, 12 and 18 month shorts (cloth diaper booty!). 
  • Lots of talking! Her most popular words are: more, dada, mama, banana, ball, goggles, book, shoes, Ernie, uh oh, dog, all done, basketball, different body parts. She has full conversations of baby talk and it's hilarious, she definitely tries to reason with us. She uses correct facial expressions and mannerisms. She is going to be the kiddo who tries to sweeten her way out of things. 
  • She answers questions, yes and no. Most things are no. 
  • She knows most of her body parts... eyes, ears, hair, mouth, teeth, nose, belly, toes. She loves pointing them out on other people and saying them. 
  • She isn't the best eater...in fact she is so darn picky. She likes about 10 things total and eats those well, but refuses to try anything new. The only fruit she likes is bananas and could live on cheese and carbs... couldn't we all. She drinks a lot of whole milk and eats meats pretty well (depending on the day and her attitude). Lately I've been giving her peanut butter on a spoon for lunch because she refuses everything else. Hey it's protein! 
  • She loves books but is very picky about what we read. I will try reading 8 different books before she decides she likes one. Right now she's into Goodnight Moon and A You're Adorable.
  • She is a dancing machine! She dances every time she hears music and will dance on command.
  • She started singing in the past month and it's adorable. We sing a special song before bed called Bye Oh Bye Oh Baby and she says "byeeee byeeeeee".
  • Her favorite toy right now is dinosaurs. We have dinosaur magnets and she walks around all day holding them and saying "RAWWRRR". We got Ford a dinosaur set "from Lucy" for his birthday in a few weeks, I know they will both love them.
  • She is obsessed with the play kitchen upstairs and will play for an hour by herself. She is busy going from the food to the fridge to the grill to the shopping cart. 
  • Jumps on our kiddie trampoline with a handle bar
  • She is a shoe girl, she loves shoes of all kind. I keep a basket for kids shoes in our room and I can put her in front of it while I get ready and she plays for a solid amount of time. 
  • I started doing her hair in pony tails everyday right after she turned 1. Her hair is SO long, even though it may not look like it in pictures. When it is wet it goes down her back and it's so long in the front but I don't want to cut bangs. She is really good when we do her hair with a comb and loves her bows. 
  • We went to her first movie at a theater last week (with the exception of a few last summer when she was a newborn). Let's just say we won't be taking this lady to a movie for awhile. She loved the popcorn but was up, down and into everything. 
  • She and Ford are so adorable together. They play together really well and get each other laughing. She is still pretty darn sassy to him and pinches/swats him occasionally which really hurts his feelings... she is fiesty y'all.
  • We go to the pool multiple times a week and she has a ball. I love going to this one pool that has a covered, zero depth baby pool with a ledge that she can play in. She hates her floatie but has no fear so I have to watch her like a hawk. I think she will be full on swimming next summer. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hello old friend

Oh my word. It feels so foreign to be coming to Blogger to type a blog post considering I basically went radio silent. I don't really have an explanation why I haven't blogged in a while except to say I'm really enjoying life. Not that I didn't enjoy life when I was avidly publishing blog posts, but I don't really have the urge to write and I don't want to write meaningless words just to get a post up. Ford has been out of preschool and I've thoroughly enjoyed having him around more often (yes I may be a minority of parent feeling this way but I do and I'm owning it... who knows how long before he drives me nuts!). We've been sleeping in, taking it easy, spending so many days at the pool, playing with daddy, going out to eat as a family, living in our media room, and just soaking in the time as a family of 4. A lot has been happening on the adoption front but we have not been matched yet. I want to write about what's been happening and how God has been stretching me to gain His full trust but I just can't seem to find the right words. I know they will come. I also feel like our baby is close. If you could continue to pray for our birth mom and our sweet baby, we would greatly appreciate that. It's a funny season of life, waiting for our baby. It's not at all like waiting for a pregnancy to end and for the birth of biological babies. There is so much unknown which is scary and exciting. Will we have a baby by the end of the summer? Will we have a baby at Christmas? God knows and I am not letting anxiety or worry or timing steal my joy.


If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that Ernie gave us quite the scare 2 weeks ago. He contracted a severe (and possibly fatal) bacterial infection that kept him in the hospital for 5 days. Luckily we caught it early and he is young enough (5.5) that he beat it. Lots of IVs, antibiotics, medications, and sweet little visits with Ernie. I opened up on Instgram that the past few years I haven't been the biggest fan of Ernie (he is stubborn, disobedient, and obsessed with me) but this was such a humbling experience where God showed me how much He loves me, despite my disobedience. I am loving having him around more than ever, our family did not seem complete without him those 5 days!

I highly recommend Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialist for any pet emergency you may have. We realized he was very sick on a Sunday (Father's Day) and our normal vet wasn't open. They are a 24/7 hospital and have such kind and attentive doctor's and staff. 


Homeward bound!





Jenna's Asian Kitchen in Austin... so stinking good!




So bare with me while I figure out my goal for this little space. I have lots of ideas and thoughts in my head but I can't seem to get them written down. I plan on writing about our week at the lake with my sister and her kiddos (so fun!), our adoption, new recipes I've been trying, updates on the kiddos (Lucy is 14 months whoa!) and more. Right now I am binge watching Orange Is The New Black and planning a day date for me and Jon this weekend. I hope y'all have a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend!






Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Memorial Day at the Lake

Sigh, why can't all weekends be 3 days long. Think about how much happier and more productive we'd be during the 4 week days if we had 3 days of rest to look forward to? We had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend spent at my parents lakehouse on Lake LBJ in Kingsland, TX. They actually rent it out throughout the year and here is the link to the rental site if you are interested in a beachy getaway. I'm sure you can tell from pictures (if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat... @ruthiehart1 on both) that the place is an absolute Oasis. A few rainstorms didn't stop us from having one heck of a weekend. My little family slept surprisingly really well in a 10 by 10 room together and we ate, drank, swam, boated, played games, and relaxed for 3 days. If you know Ford then you'd know he is a super safe kid so we've been hyping up swimming at the lake and driving papa's boat. I basically had to push him into the water because he was nervous and he ended up having the time of his life swimming, collecting shells, making mudpies and having fun with his cousin Embry. I think we have a fish on our hands this summer (a super safe one though). I forced him on a wave runner ride with me (don't judge, I knew he wasn't going to go on it willingly and he cried the whole time despite me staying idle and never putting on the gas). He did absolutely LOVE sitting on my dad's lap and driving the boat, it was too cute. We are going back in a week and a half to stay for 6 days and we are all really looking forward to the R&R! We did a huge shrimp boil one night... shrimp, crab legs, sausage, potatoes, corn, asparagus... to die for! Another hit of the weekend was drinking summer beer... and thus being in bed by 10pm ha. Now some pictures for ya friends.





















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