Monday, December 28, 2009


2 Month photo shoot. So precious. I just love her.

Sweet sober girl.

Smiley girl.

Just checking things out with her big blue eyes.

You are 2 months today. Wow, how time flies. You are sleeping 6 hours at night. You go from about 11pm - 5am. Then right back to bed after nursing until 8am. You are reaching for your toys and mama. You also love to nurse and nurse approxiately at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, 11pm and 5am. During the day you have awake time after your feedings for about 45 minutes and then take a nap until your next feeding (so 4 naps per day). You nap in your Moses basket for most of your naps, I usually hold you for your nap during Averie and Baylor's naps. It's our time together.

Your favorite things to “do” during awake time are play in your pack-n-play and look in your mirror. Relaxing in your bouncy seat. You especially love lying in your crib and watching your mobile. That can actually calm you down when you are cranky or when you don't want to be held. You love being naked and having your diaper changed and you rarely cry during baths. I love watching your facial expressions and love it when you "talk" to me. You coo and smile at me A LOT!

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Christmas Eve

Christmas morning.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Happy in the tub.

Not so happy...

How she prefers to bathe. Sitting up!

She looks so funny all wet and with slicked hair!

So... things are going pretty well these days. We are definitely keeping busy, especially with Christmas shopping and wrapping. Woa, some days I am completely overwhelmed. Mostly with my house getting disorganized and cluttered. I start projects, sometimes a few different things get started and I never get finished with something when I start so it sits around as clutter...

Colbie is a lot of fun. She is on a good schedule, eating every 2.5 to 3 hours. At about 8pm the last 3 nights she has fallen asleep. She then gets a feeding before I go to sleep, usually by 11pm. After that feeding I let her go 5 hours, which she usually does.
ok, typing with 1 hand is getting tiring... more to come.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Colbie did awesome today at her 6 week pics. Or as I call them her 5 week 6 day pics... technically. To see the rest of the photo session click here use my email and averiebaylor as the password. Enjoy!

Look at those cheeks and lips! Ha!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Colbie is 1 month today!

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Baylor putting a hook on a bulb.

Hanging bulbs.

Colbie hanging out in her bouncy seat.

Having fun!

Sober girl!

We decorated our tree and got out the Christmas goodies Friday evening. It was a mess, but fun! The kids got into checking out all of the decorations and Christmas books and fun stuff they haven't seen in a year! We also went to the lights at the zoo and dinner Friday evening too. We finished up decorating and cleaning Saturday during the day. A very festive week!

The Toledo Zoo's Lights!!

Averie loves butterflies these days.

Big, beautiful, colorful tree!

How Colbie spent her time at the zoo.

Averie and Baylor in front of the fountain.

Averie and the gorilla.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


(handmade t-shirt by Mimi!)
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Sweet girl is 3 weeks old today! Unbelievable. She is so sweet. She does her usual routine during the day - wakes around 8am (with or without me stirring her), eats then has awake time. After awake time which is usually spent with everyone at the breakfast table... once she gets fussy or sleepy she goes down for a nap (she naps either in her pack-n-play or bassinet or in someones arms). After naptime she wakes to eat, which usually ends up being about 3 hours from her last meal! And the cycle happens all day long in the same order. She also has been eating around 7:30pm, which works well with the kids bedtime. We are typically getting the big kids ready for bed by then and I can nurse her while they get jammies on and books picked out. And by the time she is done eating, the kids are ready for bed and I can put Colbie in her crib to get the big kids down and then get Colbie ready for bed. It works out well because she hangs out with me in the living room and can still settle down for bed out there with the tv on and everything. Eventually she will be too easily distracted and will have to go to bed in her bed at a regular time, but until then we enjoy her being with us as night.

Averie has become a little mama. She always wants to check on Colbie, and calls her a sweet girl or baby butterfly. She holds her several times a day and is always so sweet to her. I can also count on her to fetch things for me, breastpads, burp cloths, the boppy... anything! She is also able to entertain herself when I am busy. She plays alone (and with Baylor), does art projects (she says alot, "mama, I am going to go do art!"), organizes games with Baylor and sets up and plays blocks, little people or with the Dr. set. She is amazing. And getting her and Baylor together, they sometimes can entertain each other for hours. They role play, school, play mail, Dr., do art, dress up and so many other things. Just last night, I don't think we heard from them for an hour and a half (of course they were in our sight on the porch just playing away). They also rarely argue and never have had a physical fight. They might make each other upset and have a hard time communicating sometimes, but typically are able to figure it out. It is very amazing and I am so lucky to have such wonderful big sibs for Colbie to watch and learn from.

Baylor absolutely loves his sister. He loves her from more of a distance than Averie. He is super sweet with her...he touches her soft hair and cheek, holds her hand, talks to her and loves on her, but it is random and more so when no one else is close by. He has taken more of a quiet approach to everything when Colbie is involved, but when he is playing and Colbie isn't close by he is every bit a BOY! He is noisy, wild, playful and excited. He has been running around a lot, with more energy then I remember from before having Colbie. I suppose that could be normal, taking out some of his big brother uncertainties by being wild, active and kind of channeling his energy into that. But regardless, he is doing amazing. He is still a great listener (when he turns his ears up and can hear me... haha). He is also a helper. He will sit with me and keep me company when I am feeding Colbie. He also is the first to snuggle me when I am not holding or feeding Colbie. So I guess he isn't holding her against me too much. I love how he plays so well and gets so into the activities that he and Averie come up with. Their play goes from one activity to another... it is so neat to watch. They will be playing art, make mail, deliver it, head to school and play dress up all in a logical order! It is so amazing (and can make for quite a messy house...) to watch them play and transition from one activity to another. I love it! And have learned to step in and encourage them to pick up before moving too far into another activity. Because once everything is out, it is extremely difficult for them to clean up everything, it just becomes too overwhelming. And I can't blame them. If they only have to clean one area at a time, it is manageable.

Well, I guess all I can say is that I am incredibly happy and thankful for everything I have. Totally blessed. And in love with my family! Now to work on baptism plans and announcements...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Served Averie fresh milk for 1 year, 2 months and 5 days! Served Baylor fresh milk for 1 year, 6 months, 1 week and 5 days! Served Colbie fresh milk for 1 year, 3 months exactly!