Remi 8 month baby photo shoot

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I had every intention of doing a 6 month photo shoot for Remi like I did for Evelyn. Well I kept having to reschedule and bottom line is, it ended up being more of an 8 month shoot. (Full disclosure, Remi is like 11 months now). Which is still adorable. It happened right after I bought the kids Easter outfits and right before our Disney trip so we got some really adorable Mickey and Minnie shots (in a post coming your way soon) and Easter shots.

At 8 months Rem is a moving machine. He pulls himself up on everything and cruises from couch to table to chair. He loves playing with his sister who would rather play with ANYONE else. He loves jumping in his bouncer chair. And he finally has two cute little teeth!

These incredible photos were taken by Malae Tally Photo, my go-to photographer and BFF.

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{Baby Boy Update} 6 months old


So keeping up with monthly updates while having two kids is exponentially more difficult than when I had one. Just saying.

Movement


Remi boy turned 6 months old on Christmas! Chris was convinced that he would be crawling by then and while he isn’t full on crawling, he’s doing a kind of army crawl thing which gets him from point A to point B. He’ll be real crawling soon though. He gets on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth. He’s moving way more, way faster than Evelyn ever did.

  
He can totally sit up on his own like a champ.  When he doesn’t feel like army crawling he just rolls everywhere. Like seriously all over the floor! I think it’s time to start baby proofing!

Sleeping


Remington will sleep well for like a week and then the rest of the month he’ll be up 3 or 4 times. There really is no normal for him. I just put him in bed with me to nurse him though, so for the most part I don’t really have to wake up. We moved him out of our room and into his crib in Evelyn’s room a couple months ago. Evelyn does great at sleeping through his cries in the middle of the night.

He takes roughly three naps a day in varying length. Usually one of his naps is around the same time as Evelyn’s nap, so I get a small break from both kids (for like 30 minutes. At least it’s something).

Eating


6 months means starting solids! We started him on baby oatmeal and after a few eating sessions complete with full body shudders, he’s finally getting used to the taste and texture and just laps it up.

He reaches with his hands and head towards the spoon which makes for a messy experience but super cute all the same.

Play


 This little boy loves to coo and trill his lips. He will crack up if you tickle him or make faces at him. And seriously, his laugh is the cutest thing. He loves stealing Evelyn’s toys and she doesn’t love that so much. She’s already mastered the, “He’s touching me!”

I don’t think he has a favorite toy but without fail he will reach for an iphone if it’s anywhere near him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s figured out my passcode already.

 

{Baby Boy Update} 2 months old

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In an effort to stop saying the phrase, “I can’t believe my baby is already______months old” I’m going to jump right into this boy’s stats:

Weight: 12 lbs 8 oz 43%

Length: 25″ 98%

Head: 41.5′ 93%

His weight percentile has gone down a tad but he’s a tall little guy.

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^^Doesn’t he look huge in this pic??

I seriously love that he’s a little chunk though. I think it’s why he sleeps so well at night. And by ‘so well’ I mean he sleeps from about 10pm-6:00am which is seriously magical. If only he slept that well during the day.

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He’s such a little cuddle monkey and LOVES to be held which is fabulous until I need to go to the bathroom or shower or do any housework. The moby wrap has proven to be pretty useful but it does have it’s limitations.

At two months he’s started having lots more awake time which is full of smiles and kicking.

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When he naps during the day, the biggest trick is trying to figure out where he wants to sleep: the crib, bassinet, floor, swing, rocking chair, my bed..nobody knows. And there’s no constant factor. Its different every time. But one sure fire way to get him to sleep is a stroller ride.

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^^He super LOVES baths…maybe we should get him a boy towel haha

Remi hate hate HATES to be cold! We could be outside in 90 degree weather but if there is any amount of a breeze he wants to wrapped in a blanket.

So far having a baby boy isn’t too much different than having a baby girl. A baby is just a baby.

The biggest difference is the fact that he’s baby number two. I spend most of my time oggling at Evelyn’s vocabulary and brilliance and there’s not much time left to stare at the angel that is my sleeping baby boy.

Evelyn is 2 years old!

I’ve noticed that time only goes fast  when you look back and realize how much has passed. I could have one day that lasts FOR-EV-ER and then look back and see how fast my kids have grown and realize that time has just flown by. How does that even make sense?

My little princess is two years old today! Two!!

It’s funny because I’ve been kind of thinking of her as two years old for 3 or 4 months now. The things she does already just seem so 2ish. In case you are wondering, she is an absolute genius. Although, admittedly, I may be a bit biased.

Sass:

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^^All ready for church!

This girl has a little attitude. But can you be surprised? Look at her mother. If she asks for something, say some chocolate (which btw is the cutest word to hear her say), and I say no she replies, rather loudly, “Want chocolate RIGHT NOW!”

“Right now” is one of her favorite phrases.

When she doesn’t want to do something or go somewhere, she just lays face down on the floor, hands by her side and grunts when you address her.

She already has a hang of the terrible two tantrums. I’ve been known to clap loudly when I want her to stop doing something. So when she wants something and I’ve said no or taken it away from her she’ll clap her hands and yell, “NO. MINE!” Yep she’s two alright.

TV:

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^^Oh look..it’s Dora on TV

Evelyn might watch a tad too much television but you know what? She has learned a lot of imagination skills from those shows.

The other day she put on this little light up ring and shouted, “SUPER EVIE!” Sometimes she puts her bibs on Pooh backwards and yells, “SUPER POOH!!”

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When we buckle up in the car she says, “seatbelts, so we can be safe.” Courtesy of Dora.

She also wants to go to a “Big big WATERFALL.” (I wish I could type the intonation..it’s hilarious.) and take a “Big boat.”–Dora again.

She sings the theme songs to Dora, the Backyardigans and Winnie the Pooh. We also watch the Piglet movie on a regular basis. Too much. So much.

Play:

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Like I mentioned, she loves to act out her tv shows. There’s this one cabinet in the kitchen and she always leans her head in and yells, “Bye Pooh. Bye Piglet. Bye Christopher Robin.” And so on until she’s been through all the characters. No idea what game she’s playing but I wonder what she sees in her little imagination filled head.

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^^the world is a playground. Literally

She frequently calls her Winnie the Pooh, “silly old bear.”

She loves to put her Backyardigan toys in her cardboard rocket ship and fly them around the house.

She also really enjoys putting all her toys to bed. She uses little wash cloths as blankets and tucks them in all over the house.

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I think her favorite toy is still her doll house. All her toys take turns playing in it. I overheard her the other day saying, “I have to ask you a question. How about…” And just repeated it over and over.

She also really loves putting Easter egg shell halves on her toy’s heads as party hats which is why I think she was so insistent on party hats for her birthday.

Being a big sister:

Evelyn pretty much wants nothing to do with her little brother. She acknowledges his existence now so that’s progress and she sometimes says, “Remi so cute!”

Whenever Chris or I are holding him she demands to be held. Often suggesting that we put Remi in his swing or bed or just put him down. Even if she is completely content doing something else, she wants to be held if Remi is being held and by the parent who is holding him.

His crying really stresses her out. So when he cries and I’m trying to console him, she wants to be held and when I can’t hold her she starts crying. And then the house is very loud. And then I start crying too because babies are hard.

Bath time:

Like a week ago Evelyn decided that baths are torture. She won’t even sit down. She screams so loud and straightens her whole body. It’s hard on both of us. I’ve started just giving her showers instead. She still screams but they go faster.

Food:

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Evelyn hardly eats. So when she says she wants something I give it to her before she has a chance to change her mind.

Some of her favorites are Mac and cheese, peanut butter toast or sandwich, pancakes, cheese on any form, peaches, bananas, graham crackers and yogurt raisins.

Sleep:

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^^Remi likes to sleep in our bed too I guess

Evelyn still takes one nap in the afternoon for about 2 ish hours. She usually sleeps through the night but just recently has started getting up a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s bad dreams or what.

In the morning she comes into our room and says, “Hi momma! Want breakfast.” And sometimes when she’s confused she says, “want lunch” but frequently she just climbs in bed with us and watches YouTube until Chris and I feel like waking up.

She’s still sleeping with her dummy (pacifier) but she doesn’t get it when she’s awake. And she can’t go to bed without her ‘bee’ (blanket).

Talking:

Evelyn repeats EVERYTHING! And remembers EVERYTHING! Simple phrases that I say like, “that’s fine” or “sure” she copies all over the place and it cracks me up that she remembers it.

Sometimes when she asks me if she can do something and I ignore her she just answers for me, “that’s fine” and then goes ahead and does it. And I love it when uses ‘just.’ What are you doing Evelyn? “Just playing.” Let’s put your blanket away. “Blanket just come too.”

She likes to put H in front of her A words..H-again, or H-a boat, H-a toy, etc. And she mixes up you and me. She’ll say “help me” if she wants to help you do something or “Hold you” if she wants you to pick her up. It makes sense when you think about it. When she says that I’ll say, “You want to help me?” or “You want me to hold you?”

Chris taught her to say, “Best Mama Ever!” and she does it randomly without prompting and it makes me feel like a million bucks! She also says “I love you” and “I missed you so much” without being prompted. It’s weird to think that she has her own thoughts and ideas. AH! She was an infant like yesterday!

She’s got such nice manners and always says, “thanks, please, bless you and sorry”. Okay, maybe not always but frequently. She’ll close cabinets or drawers for me and she says, “thanks for closing.”

The funniest thing she does, and I have no idea where she got it cause she’s never seen this movie, is “Dun dun DUN!!” Just like this:

Little smarty pants:

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The highest I’ve heard Evelyn count is to 15 unprompted.  She can recognize numbers 1-9.

She knows all her colors names and usually remembers which color is which. Yellow and orange get mixed up sometimes.

She knows some letters and sort of sings her ABCs and can recognize a few letters. This little girl LOVES being read to. She likes me to re-read the same page over and over and then tries to remember it and recite it herself.

She also knows all her shapes and loves to do her shape ball.

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I wish I could make time slow down. My little girl is growing and learning so fast I can hardly keep up with all the new things she does before she learns something new.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of Evelyn videos and your daily fix of miss #evelyndeon. Just search @bossyjocie_

22 Month Milestones

Oh Miss Evelyn Deon, you amaze me every single day.

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For real this girl is a total sponge, constantly learning new words and phrases and songs…SHE’S SINGING SONGS! Sometimes I just stare at her and think about how she used to be inside me like this other little one I’m growing and look how far she’s come since then? How is she growing up so dang fast?!

I figured it’s about time I do an update on all her cool tricks since soon I’ll have a baby and probably be taking a bit of a blogging break. Plus, I want to remember how fun she is being right now. I think this might be my favorite age so far. But I’ve said that about most of the ages so…

Food

It is so hard to get Evelyn to eat. Like anything. Her memory is growing, so she’s aware that sugary goodness exists in the world and frequently in our house so if she’s offered food it better be covered in sugar, or cheese, or she wants nothing to do with it.

It also really helps if you make her food, put it on her Hello Kitty plate with her Hello Kitty fork and then start to eat it yourself. Then she’ll want it…at least a couple bites. Or anything on your plate, as long as she gets to sit in your lap while she eats it.

A typical day includes pancakes, mac and cheese or hot dogs, a cheese stick, goldfish, and whatever we’re having for dinner. I’m such a good mom…always the healthiest food. Or at least the most convenient to prepare at a million months pregnant.

Sleep

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She is finally in her big girl bed! We figured that we might as well make the transfer when we moved her to her new room upstairs so we could make all the changes at once. The first few days were fabulous! She stayed in her bed and went right to sleep. But after that something changed.

She suddenly realized that she wasn’t in a crib and could get out of bed if she wanted which usually includes coming out of her room to find me. Either that or she gets up and climbs into her car where she’ll sit crying with her blanket and sippy cup. (Speaking of sippy cup, she usually just likes to hold it as she goes to sleep. Not necessarily drink out of it…)

I’ve resorted to locking her door so she can’t get out but she gets so sad and cries when I leave the room saying, “Mama stay. Mama lay down. Song again.” It breaks my heart. But usually by the time I’m gone she’s already asleep.

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The best part of her not being in a crib is that when she wakes up in the morning she comes and gets in bed with us and watches a show on our phones while we sleep for another hour or so. It’s wonderful.

Play

This kid has got an imagination on her! When she’s not begging to watch TV (Winnie the Pooh, Dora, Daniel Tiger, Little Einsteins, Backyardigans) she’s playing with her stuffed animals and toys. We’ve got a few empty cardboard boxes that she decorated with markers and she uses them as sail boats or rocket ships and gives her friends rides. Sometimes she puts them to sleep in her bed or the bottom drawer of her dresser complete with a wash cloth as a blanket. I also find them ‘sleeping’ all over the house.

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Occasionally I find them sitting in her booster chair at the table, presumably waiting for food or lined up on the couch ‘watching’ TV.

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Playing outside is like the best thing ever and she’ll go from swing to trampoline to slide over and over again. She also likes to walk up the little mound of earth at the foot of the trees and run down them. To her, I’m sure they seem like mountains.

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{Baby Girl Update} 18 month milestones

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I know, I say this with every monthly update I do, but I cannot believe how fast Evelyn grows and develops. She learns new things on daily basis and mimics everything we say. It’s adorable but also a little scary. Time to be careful about what we say, not that we use bad language but you never know what she could pick up.

18 month stats:

Weight: 21 lbs 29 %

Height: 32 in 44 %

Head:48 in 94 %

Eat:

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When we can’t get her to eat Chris has developed this trick of having her smell the food, the lick it and then eventually try a bite. Or there is the classic airplane bite. She loves that so much that she fed Chris an airplane bite the other day, complete with sound effects.Her eating is still a mystery to me. She’ll go a week eating mixed veggies for lunch and loving every last one and then one day she will throw the plate on the floor and demand something else. But since her vocabulary is still limited, that something else is usually, “cookie.”

Sleep:

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^^Just napping with the cat

She’s been sleeping through the night for a while now. Nothing much has changed in that department. She takes one 2 hour nap a day. Not long enough to get anything done but it’s a nice little break for me to reset.

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{Baby Girl Update} 16 month milestones

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^^Yes, she is eating a brownie after she climbed on the table to retrieve it

I haven’t done an update on my precious baby in forever! A lot has changed since she turned one. For instance, since her cake smash she is sugar crazed. It’s all she wants. It’s not a good sign for the future.

Since August she’s started running and jumping and dancing and singing and talking. It’s crazy how fast babies develop! I can’t even believe it. It was only a year ago that she was an immobile, drooling infant. Look at her now:

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Food:

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This little girl eats everything she can get her hands on. Even if she found it under the couch… But if she can get her hands on it, she will eat anything covered in sugar. Go figure. Chris is the candy addict in our house and if she hears him rattle anything that even sounds like a candy wrapper her hand is out and she is asking for some.

Other than sugar, she loves yogurt and scrambled eggs or anything that either of her parents are eating.

 

Play:

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All Evelyn wanted for Christmas were cars. She LOVES pushing them around. But her favorite car is her cozy coupe that she can get in and drive herself.

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{Baby Girl Update} 1 Year Old

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I seriously cannot believe an entire year has gone by since Evelyn was born. (She can’t believe it either…just check out that 12 month picture^^.) I’m honestly amazed at how fast the time flew and how I can’t actually remember the pain of child birth or recovery. I read blog posts and journal entries from that time and I vaguely remember that there was pain but that’s the extent of it.

What I do know is that I am so lucky to get to be the mother of this incredible girl. She is so smart and full of life and attitude. It’s a little scary how much attitude she has.

In honor of my little 1 year old, take a trip with me down memory lane with this video:

And if you want more memories, check out some of these past blog posts:

Announcement, Gender RevealWeek 29I’m Not Pregnant AnymoreThe Birth Story6 month photos.

So what’s a one year old like?

  • She’s gotten a little braver about walking. She can take 8-10 steps before she face plants in a fit of giggle. She also loves to hold my fingers to walk around or to push her walker because it’s a little faster than trying it on her own.
  • She goes back and forth between wanting food and not eating anything. It’s a little hard and I find myself stressing over what to feed her. We think she has a milk allergy so it’s been strictly almond milk, which she loves.
  • As far as her “tricks” go: she waves bye bye, she gives open mouth kisses but also makes the kissy sound by popping her lips, she gives loves to everything from a sock she finds on the floor to her teddy bears. She’ll put whatever she’s giving loves to up to her cheek and say, “Ohhh”.
  • When she drops or throws something on the floor she says her version of Uh-Oh, “Uh-Uhm”. She’s figured out how to pull my shirt open and ask for milk…that’s gotta stop. She plays peek a boo by putting one hand in the center of her face and staring at you with a huge grin.
  • She loves her swing and bouncing on the trampoline. She climbs up on EVERYTHING and loves to dance whenever there is music playing.
  • She’s down to two naps a day and is FINALLY sleeping through the night. (Thank Goodness!)
  • She loves the bath and could seriously spend like 30 minutes in there, no problem.
  • She says mama, and dada and something that sounds like “cat” whenever she sees our kitten, Oatmeal.

I’m so in love with this cuddly girl and I swear that I love her more and more everyday. She is the light of my world and even though she’s stressful sometimes, I wouldn’t trade my life with her for anything in the world.

{Baby Girl Update} 11 months old

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As Evelyn gets older I keep thinking about what I was doing last year at this time. I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since I was preparing for her birth. Doing my last minute shopping, setting up her bassinet, packing my birth center bag. And now she’s almost a year old. It’s like once she started becoming more mobile time fast forwarded. I swear it was only yesterday that she rolled from back to front for the first time and now all she wants to do is walk everywhere (holding onto someone’s finger). I know time is going to continue to get faster, the older she gets and I just hate it. Does anyone have advice on how to slow down and enjoy every little moment?

It’s the weirdest struggle between wanting her to play quietly by herself so I can do the dishes and wanting to wake her up from a nap so I can just cuddle her.

She turns 11 months on Monday!

Baby stats:

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she eats everything except milk and peanut butter. She loves feeding herself and loves strawberries the most. I still nurse her a few times a day before naps but it’s more for comfort than anything else. She’s starting to get the hang of her sippy cup but doesn’t want a bottle. Ever.

Sleep-

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Naps have been total madness. Some days it takes the better part of an hour to put her to sleep and then she wakes up after 20 minutes. Other times I lay her down and she’s asleep before her head is on the mattress. At night she sleeps 8p-8a and wakes up once usually around 5a to nurse. I’m about done with that early morning feeding.

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she has two on top, three on bottom, and it looks like one more coming in on the bottom.

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{Baby Girl Update} 9 months in, 9 months out

Evelyn has officially been outside of my body for the same length of time that she was inside my body. (Does that sound gross or what?)

Here’s a little update on the life of a 9 months old baby:

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Eating:

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She loves peaches, pears, peas, graham crackers and those little dissolvable baby puffs. She likes to bounce when she eats so feeding her is similar to an impossible-to-win carnival game. And she’s been experimenting with drinking water. She still nurses before bedtime and naps.

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