Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ford's First Day

Yesterday was a big day for the Hart family. Ford had his first day of Mother's Day Out Preschool! He will be going to a Christian school twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm. Knowing I would have another baby this fall, Jon and I decided last spring that it would be fun for Ford to get some 'big kid time' with other kiddos and I could get some one on one time with Lucy girl. I honestly don't feel guilty by the lack of one on one attention I have given Lucy because the only kiddo who gets spoiled with that is the first! Lucy gets so many added perks of being the second child that Ford never got (a built in playmate and a mama who isn't a nutcase....well most of the time). Tuesdays and Thursdays however, will allow me to do some things with her that I did with Ford (swim class, baby playdates, etc). Oh and running errands with one baby now seems like the easiest thing ever. So back to Ford's first day.... his teacher is an answered prayer. She is Peruvian and in their culture they are very affectionate and hands on, the perfect match for our tender hearted little Ford. She loves Jesus fiercely and is so committed to loving and shepherding these children (can we all just give preschool teachers a big high 2 year old drives me nuts, I can't imagine having 8!). They call it Mother's Day Out Preschool because 2 year olds are...well 2 year olds and they are like herding cats at time, but they also follow a fun curriculum where they study a color, letter, and number each week, a character trait each month, etc. This week they are learning about school and September's trait is kindness. I really look forward to getting into a rhythm this fall and getting to be super intentional with the time I have at home with Ford. He already loves school and didn't want to leave yesterday. I know this will be such a blessing for him, me, and Lucy girl.

Now excuse me while I go mourn the loss of my baby... look at this BIG boy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday Swingin'

Monday, I am not exactly happy to see you. This weekend was great and as always, I wish it was longer. It's hard to believe that today is the last day of August (!!!!). I feel like we are out of the peak of the blistering heat in Texas and we got to spend more time outside this weekend than we normally would in August (normal=you feel like your skin is going to melt off). I have to tell you my heart skips a beat when I think about cooler temps and fall weather. Okay I'm realizing this whole paragraph has been about weather but I am an old lady at heart, I love the weather! We've been sitting on our deck in the mornings and blowing bubbles with Ford and playing on his playset in the evenings. Lucy has absolute googly eyes over Ford and loves to be in on the action and watch him play. And he has no problem performing for her, "Watch baby! I go fast on slide! Look!". We had some company in town this weekend, Jon's buddy from college and my little brother, and Ford definitely entertained everyone. Love him. I am so excited for this fall season. Ford starts mother's da out preschool tomorrow (why am I emotional?!), the kiddos Halloween costumes are purchased, and I am ready to eat everything pumpkin. 

I have a slight obsession with baby carriers and recently got a Mamaway Ring Sling and finally tested it out this weekend for some backyard time. I loved wearing Lucy in a wrap (Solly, Baby More, and Moby) and wear her all the time in a structured carrier (I have the Ergo and LilleBaby) but I've always been intrigued by a ring sling. I haven't tried a hip carry with any of my other carriers but now I am obsessed with the ring sling side carry! Lucy is finally able to be carried on my hip (can you say game changer?!) and the Mamaway allows me to be hands free while still holding her. I remember seeing my friend Jessica wear her daughter who is Ford's age in a ring sling and kept saying, "I need one!". I ordered the anchor pattern because of Hebrews 6:19, "This hope is the anchor for my soul". Having my girlie so close to me in the sling just reminds me of how God holds me in the palm of His hand as His precious daughter. 

I used these videos to figure out how to use my ring sling. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lucy 4 months

Lucy Joy is 4 months old, someone hold me! I am kind of shocked 4 months have gone by and I consider each day we make it through a victory. Lucy is so sweet y'all. I can't even explain it. She just wants to love on you, smile at you, talk to you....we are in a honeymoon phase with her. She is happy, healthy, and has completely stolen our hearts. 4 months is such a fun phase because they are so interactive yet don't move anywhere (I am sure I will be singing a different tune when she is crawling and into everything in a few months).

  • We had her 4 month well check this morning and it went great! I didn't really have any questions and Lucy is hitting all of her milestones. She got 2 shots and 1 oral while brother got his flu shot. Note to self, don't bring two babies in for shots on your own... I was so sad but of course vaccinations are worth it! Lucy cried hard for about 5 seconds then was immediately soothed when I picked her up.
  • 14lbs 6oz, 56th %
  • 24.5 in 53rd %
  • They forgot to write down her head measurement but it was 96th%.... big brain!
  • Bedtime at 7:30pm and sleeps 11 hours straight. About 1/2 the time she wakes up in the morning and nurses and goes to sleep for another 2 hours but I love when she sleeps til 7am and is happy and ready to play! I am so grateful for a good sleeper.
  • Naps about 3 times a day, it is hard to navigate naps when we are on the go with big brother but Lucy will sleep anywhere and loves a good carseat nap. She is funny, she hates a paci 99% of the day except for nap and sucks ferociously on her Wubbanub and spits it out when she's asleep.
  • Nurses every 3 hours during the day and sleeps 11 hours straight without nursing at night. 
  • Takes 1 4oz formula bottle a day and sucks it down like a champ. She is pretty selective about when she eats...if she isn't hungry she cannot be talked into eating and gets angry if you try to feed her. 
  • I left her overnight for the first time this month (Jon watched the babes while I was at a retreat) and she did great! Jon did a few breastmilk bottles and a few formula bottles so we didn't hurt her tummy and she went right back to nursing when I got home. I don't know how exclusive pumpers do it... 
  • She has become very talkative this month! She loves to hear her own voice and she does this evil little squawk thing it's hilarious. Jon calls it growling but it's not "mean". I need to get it on video!
  • Belly laughs and smiles at the drop of a hat. She is not a crier and maybe cries once a day when she is hungry but all it takes is eye contact and she smiles. She is SO googly eyes for Ford too!
  • Loves her big brother. She definitely notices him these days and likes to watch him play. Ford gets under the playmat with her and hands her toys and plays with her in the Mamaroo and bouncer. He now does "baby talk" for her and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. I need to get it on camera
  • She opens her mouth when you go in for a kiss
  • We put her in the exersaucer for the first time this week and she really likes it! She still loves standing so she can be in her element when she's in there. I use a muslin blanket around her belly since she's still a little small.
  • Teething like a mad woman! She has her hands or toys in her mouth 90% of the day and loves when we rub her gums. She is a drool machine and I feel everyday for teeth but nothing yet. 
  • Wears 3-6 month outfits and 3 month jammies
  • Cloth diapered during the day and size 2 disposable diaper at night (I can't wait til she can wear an overnight diaper because she pees SO much at night and they make them starting at size 3).
  • Loves to watch the TV when it is on, especially football with daddy. 
  • Favorite toys are mini Sophie, Zoli teether, those plastic little rings to hook toys on the carseat, playmat
  • Loves her baths and chewing on wash cloths. We bathe both kids together and she is trying to sit up in her AngelCare bath seat lately. Ford is so cute and loves to pour water on her tummy and help wash her and hand her toys. 
  • We start swim lessons today with Lucy and I can't wait! We are doing a parent child "Water Babies" class at Emler Swim School and Ford will be in mother's day out so I get some time with my girl. 
  • Last night we put her in the highchair for the first time. We actually hate our Graco highchair but it is nice because it leans back and she can be in on the action. She hates laying down now and tries to sit up in her bouncer.
  • First walk in the stroller seat last night

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