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Day 227-230: The real sleep update!

I was so pumped to hop on here tonight and tell you guys that the passes WORKED!

As you can see in the photo, she’s OUT with one pass left hanging! πŸ₯³

The trick all week seemed to be coming back in to turn her light on. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ After that, she’d go right to sleep…until tonight. πŸ™„

Tonight was back to screaming and yelling for me to come in her room; however, this one was different. I wasn’t worried that she was scared or really needed me – it was full on fake whining/yelling to get her way. πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ The good news is that it was much more short lived than it was last week – and I’ll still call 4/5 nights a win! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

This is what we call BEST πŸ‘πŸΌ LIFE πŸ‘πŸΌ

It was a big week for KB during her waking hours, too!

If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know Kensie has been in swim (which started as survival classes) since she was 8 months old. She always plays in our backyard in her princess dresses and rainboots, so Chris wanted to make sure if she fell in the pool in that outfit, she’d be okay.

After 3 days with Mrs. Heidi, we are feeling so confident that K is totally prepared if an accident were to happen. I was so impressed how long she was able to float in a heavy dress and boots full of water! πŸ’ͺ🏼

K even finished the week by begging to keep swimming and didn’t want her turn to be over. πŸ˜†

We are so thankful we found Swimsprouts and for the skills and passion Mrs. Heidi has for all of the babies she teaches life saving skills to every day!!

Elle starts her survival lessons in just a few weeks.

Taking notes πŸ˜†

Over the holidays K really hadn’t been to the gym much, so lately she’s been BEGGING to go. This week she’s been especially sweet to everyone, complete with running hugs to greet people. πŸ₯°

She also hopped in on a workout with me this week and it made me realize how much she’s grown!! I remember bringing this babe with me to the gym for the first time at just 5 weeks old…now 3+ years later I have a speedy little running buddy. ❀️

Of course Elle was there too, being her happy angelic self.

Gah this little babe is just the best. Random and off topic; but I planned to keep Leighton home for about a year. I thought it would be so easy to put her in daycare after that since I’ve been through it already. But, nope.

These girls are the freaking BEST together. ❀️❀️

HOW could I not want to spend my days with this little bundle of pure joy?! I know I’ve still got time and no hard deadline, but until she gets a solid vocabulary she’s pretty irresistible. πŸ˜†

Last but not least: THANK YOU to everyone who commented with tips/tricks/advice because several friends have benefitted from all of your potty training and sleep tactics!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

This must be what they meant when they say it takes a village!! #momsquad

Day 224-226

THANK you guys for all the tips, tricks and advice on getting K to fall asleep!

It’s been an easier 3 nights since I last blogged because one night I fell asleep in her bed and the other she spent at grandmas…πŸ˜‚ solid start.

Tonight though, is the night. We’ve got passes hung and once they’re gone, she can’t call us in her room anymore. 🀞🏼 I mean I guess she can, and I assume she will, but we won’t come. πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

When I explained them to her she already said “so you snuggle with me 4 times?” πŸ˜‚ ….gonna dodge that bullet with a 5 minute timer.

Of course my MIL found the CUTEST pass hanger!!

Not much to update on in sassland since we spent almost 2 days kid free while Chris and I celebrated my birthday with friends!

THANK YOU to everyone for all of the sweet texts, calls, hugs. Starbucks cards and for just taking the time out to say “happy birthday”! I felt so very loved!!

KB got me the best gift of all…Chris asked her what she wanted to get me and she said “a mommy shark so we can play together” (she has the baby shark). He asked 2 days in a row and she held strong, so I’m now the proud owner of Mommy Shark. πŸ˜‚

She’s the most thoughtful little bug. ❀️

So, so thankful to have our parents close enough and WILLING to give us a break every now and then! They love having them, K loves to visit them and they get time with their cousins – win/win!

So in short, K is still pooping in her pants (potty chart is not encouraging her πŸ™„) and L likes to clap, wave and drool. Thrilling, I know.

And Kens asks to hold her sister every day. ❀️
She told L to make a silly face πŸ˜†

I got the house (mostly) decorated for Valentines Day and Chris is not sure why I decorated so early. I’m not really sure what the appropriate timeline is but maybe I was having withdrawals from taking the Christmas decor down. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

…or maybe I just couldn’t resist all the new Hand & Hearth decor and felt the need to cover my house with it STAT. πŸ˜‚

Found the cutest PINK vase on CLEARANCE at Home Goods πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
And if we’re friends on social media…you now know about my garland obsession πŸ˜‰

Probably the latter.

Today we got to celebrate Addison’s 3rd birthday and Luke’s 1st birthday at the CUTEST Toy Story party by Encantos Orlando!

This week we’re finally back to “normal”, though I’m not even sure what that means for us anymore. πŸ€ͺ

But, here’s a super cute photo of Elle and a hilarious one that Chris took of K last year on my birthday that I found in my memories. Still the top photo of her life. 🀣🀣

✌🏼

Day 220-223: Go. To. SLEEP!

They talk about sleep regressions during the first year. 4 months. 7 months. (I made those exact ages up, but you get the jist, they’re a thing).

Is there one for 3 years and 2 months old?! Because LORTTTT I cannot take one more night of this child’s nighttime antics and drama.

K has had no problem sleeping in her own room in her big girl bed since we moved into our house in May. She does go through phases (more often than not) where she wakes up in the middle of the night…usually around 2a, and crawls into our bed.

I know she’ll grow out of that all too soon and for now, I’m completely ok with the few hours she comes and sleeps next to us.

But PUTTING her to bed?! I don’t know what happened. It used to be a simple read a story, say prayers, she lays down and we’re done with it.

It slowly progressed into a 10-15 min process of her “needing to pee” or “needing water” or “tuck me in”.

That transformed into “come snuggle with me” which quickly escalated to nights of 1+ hours of her crying, yelling and screaming. 😩

First night in a week without tears πŸ™„

It starts with ridiculous excuses then escalates to wanting me or daddy to come lay with her until she falls asleep. I wouldn’t mind if that was a 5 minute ordeal; but, if you lay in K’s bed with her she thinks it’s party time and getting her to hush and close her eyes is near impossible. She starts talking, asking 82994 questions, asking to read more books…it doesn’t end.

Here’s where I feel bad: she’s been saying she’s scared and full on sobbing.

I know she can work it with the best of them, but if she really is scared, I would feel so bad ignoring her and just letting her cry herself to sleep. On the flip side, I don’t want to get her into the habit of us sleeping in her bed every night…

The last 2 nights after about an hour of drama she asked for her light to be on. We turned it on and she went to sleep.

Do kids just randomly become scared of the dark one day?! I feel like it’s a legitimate fear because I, too, have been there; πŸ˜‚ I just don’t know where it’s all coming from.

Is this an age thing? Someone please tell me we’re normal and this will pass…sooner rather than later! 😩

A friend of mine suggested “monster spray” which we tried last night. It was a temporary fix, but she moved past it to still wanting one of us to lay with her.

Today she told me about a great idea to use passes. Her daughter would keep saying she had to potty, so they gave her “potty passes” and once she used them all she couldn’t get up and had to go to bed. She suggested giving her passes to call us in there. Once they’re gone she has to go to sleep.

Part of me is hopeful, the other part of me knows Kensie basically tosses any rules/games/tricks out the window when she’s determined enough. 🀣

If anyone has any other tips, tricks, or ways for my kid to go back to just GOING TO BED without losing her mind over it every night, please share!!

In other news, we had a busy but wonderful weekend with dear friends and family! We took a little road trip up to Jacksonville to celebrate Niall’s 2nd birthday!

From fishbowls to 3.5 kids. When did this happen, Keelin?! Lol
Aunt Awesome.

Kensie was the SWEETEST girl that day. She played so nicely with the other kids, shared, used her manners, and even displayed the most patience EVER while watching Niall open his presents.

Of course Elle was an angel babe, too.

The next day was another mini road trip to celebrate Chris’ Grandma’s 90th birthday!

Oldest and youngest! ❀️

L loves her Uncle Matt!

Leighton’s outfit is a KB hand me down but all of it is from Old Navy! After spending way too much money for some torn jeans on Etsy, I bought some old navy jeggings, found a handy YouTube tutorial, whipped out a blade and cut them myself. πŸ‘πŸΌ

As you can see in this post, I took way more photos of L than K this weekend. K was busy running around with her cousins and telling me no if I asked for a picture. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

…back when she let me take 82839 photos a day…

Leighton has been a happy clappin‘, waving, babbling, drooling little hunk of love as always. We are so gratefully soaking in these pre-talking/no attitude days. πŸ˜†

I know K won’t need us next to her to fall asleep forever, but I really hope these girls don’t grow out of wanting these morning snuggles any year soon!!

Day 218-219: Elle is 7 months!

Somehow, 7 months have come and gone!

Elle is our long, chunky bundle of pure love and smiles. I remember this age being my favorite with K and it’s true so far with L, too! She’s starting to show so much of her personality and while she can roll and army crawl her way across a room she isn’t completely mobile yet. πŸ˜…

Her bond with Kensie is the best part of it all. K was the first one to ever make L laugh and she’s still just as entertained by her today.

Kensie may be in the thick of the 3s as far as her attitude goes, but she is consistently the BEST big sister to Leighton.

She plays with her, shares with her, checks on her and is constantly giving her hugs and kisses and saying “hi my cutie girllll” πŸ˜‚

Leighton is still our little angel baby. She’s content in just about any situation, takes solid naps and only wakes briefly to eat at night. It’s the toddler I’m constantly exhausted from. πŸ˜‚

We’re still going to the chiropractor regularly and I still swear by it!! We went longer than usual without an appointment over the holidays and it shows in her temperament and sleep.

We’ve been taking K to Revival Chiropractic since she was 2 months old and L since she was 24 hours old and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Cuellar and their entire practice. If you have a baby and are having ANY issues, from eating to sleeping to sickness to “colic”…give them a call. They don’t hold a baby by the ankles and crack their back like people think. πŸ˜‚

I’m excited and thankful to watch this babe grow but I am already missing my “baby” and feeling like 7 months was lightyears ago. Luckily we have 12…yes, TWELVE, more babies joining our crew between now and June so I can get my baby fix without having to birth another one myself. πŸ˜‚ (Even though Kensie keeps asking if there’s another baby in my belly…πŸ™„ there’s NOT, to clarify).

Speaking of KB…I grabbed this magnetic potty chart off Amazon in hopes to get this child to poop on the potty!

We tried the treasure box thing but it sort of back fired. She was excited for about 5 seconds until she realized she couldn’t have EVERYTHING in the box at once and lost her mind. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I’m also going to attempt to use the chart to convince K to stay in her bed until her Hatch light comes on, too, but I won’t hold my breath on that one. She turned it on herself the other night and said “mommy! Look! It’s pink. I can get up now!”

So, thank you God, for sending me myself as a child. I feel every ounce of your payback.

I’d also like to blame her recent night time tantrums for me not posting L’s 7 month update on time (it was yesterday) because she now likes to yell and scream for at least 1 hour a night and tell us she’s scared and beg someone to sleep in her bed with her or let her sleep in our bed. She’s a persistent little sasshole. 🀬

I’m 2 night time tantrums away from actually reading this book to her.

And last but not least – Amazon, if you’re reading this…I’d like a job as your Head of Shipping Efficiency. If you don’t have that department already, I’ll gladly create it. If you do, fire all your management because the excessively large boxes you send tiny things in baffles me.

If y’all never hear from me again, it’s because Jeff Bezos called and I’m now a millionaire. ✌🏼

Day 203-217: Elle’s 1st Christmas…& all the happenings in between!

What a SEASON.

These last few weeks have been full of family, friends, parties, laughter, love, way too many gifts for Kensie πŸ˜†, and too many memories to cover one by one…so here’s the highlights. πŸ€ͺ

There was bribing involved to get K to participate in this photo session.

We spent Christmas Eve with the Hall side of the family at B’s house! She hosted us all for our annual white elephant gift exchange and of course spoiled all the kiddos with thoughtful gifts and allll the love.

Elle and B 🎁❀️
The Halls!
Great Aunt Chrissie!

I’m obsessed with these little bloomers for L!! They’re from Spearmint Love and her bow is from Little Poppy Co!

We got back in town super late, but we tracked Santa on the NORAD website and K kept an eye out the whole drive back in case she saw his sleigh. She was really worried he was going to come before we got home and think we weren’t there and not leave her presents. πŸ˜‚ She also wanted to stay up so she could talk to him. We convinced her to leave him cookies and go to bed…

L just over here helping herself. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚
K is excited. L is still trying to steal cookies.

We had their adorable Christmas PJs made by my sweet friend that owns Monograms and Mimosas

Christmas morning was one for the books! This was the first year K (mostly) understood Santa and Christmas…though she kept confusing Santa and Jesus when “birthday” was mentioned. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Her “big” gift was quite literally, BIG. She has a few smaller houses that she plays with every single day, so we knew she’d LOVE a huge dollhouse!! (plus y’all know I love a good Amazon deal πŸ™ŒπŸΌ)

L was spoiled with alllll the things she could put in her mouth, and her favorite is the baby doll K got her. Not sure if y’all knew Cabbage Patch Dolls double as teethers, but it’s quite useful. 😜

We spent the morning playing with (and putting away because I can’t deal with clutter πŸ™ˆ) all the new goodies while Chris made us some yummy Christmas pancakes! Healthy, I know, but K loves them and any calories we can get her to consume is a win to us. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Also, she loves bacon. Like LOVES it. Which is so weird to me that this picky of an eater would touch a brown, less than pleasant looking piece of meat. Haha!!

My family came to town to spend the rest of Christmas Day with us and of course we had to take our annual matching PJ photo!

My brother and his wife were able to make it down from Colorado so we had the whole gang together for the first time in a year! It was also the first time they met Baby Elle!

We spent the day playing games, attempting to teach K how to ride her new balance bike from Gramma and Grampa and some of the crazies (not me) got in the pool. I mean I know it’s Florida and all…but that water was in the 60s when they jumped in. πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

The last of our Christmas visits included a drive up to Jax to see my Grandma and Aunt and they got to meet Leighton for the first time!

We rarely get to see each other and it was so special to see the girls play at my grandma’s house just like I did when I was little!

We spent the rest of our week making fun memories with the greatest friends! We took the kiddos to see the Johansen Lights and spent the day with one of my best friends who was in town from NC!

K wanted to go dance. Not pose.
These two melt my heart. They walked around holding hands the whole time. πŸ₯°

K’s new favorite photo face πŸ™„ and of course she got Ri guy to participate πŸ˜†

Love love love us some Aunt Casey!

We spent the last few days of the year celebrating our sweet friend’s Golden Birthday and closed it out with the wonderful Framily we’ve created! (Minus a few)

Happy Birthday to the freshest prince(ss) there is!!

And shoutout to Encantos Orlando for creating the perfect setting for her 90’s party with their amazing backdrop and party details!

L should be sleeping. But she was committed to partying.
New Years lovin…sorta. She loves him off camera πŸ˜‚

PHEW!! Anyone still here?! 🀣

I spent the extra free time purging the playroom (WHERE did all these toys come from?! πŸ˜–) organizing the pantry and all of the bathroom cabinets with baskets and containers and weird things that make MY OCD happy!

Probably partial because I like to nap on the Nugget when K wakes me up too early, but this is easily my favorite corner of the playroom. πŸ₯° Name pillows are from this adorable Etsy shop and the “babe cave” pillow is from Hobby Lobby!

So grateful for each and every one of you that read and follow along on our journey! While it’s still a little strange for me when people ask “how are you?!” and as I start to talk they say “I know! I read your blog!” (Many times it’s people I don’t expect…) and it truly means so much to me. We have such a huge family & “framily” and I love being able to use this outlet to stay connected with friends and family that we don’t get to see every day all while creating an awesome website of memories for the girls to look back on when they’re older!

Because how else do I record K’s obsession with Tutus, Elsa and sticking her tongue out for photos? πŸ˜›

Monogrammed Top Marley Lilly β€’ Sparkle Leggings Target

While OF COURSE I’ll still be sharing a ton about the girls, I’m also going to start sharing other things I love!! This is something that’s been on my mind for the last 2-3 months and I have no idea why I didn’t just start then πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

It’s no secret I love to shop πŸ˜‚, decorate & host! So many of the things I love I find from other blogs I read or because someone else has recommended them to me…so I should obviously pay it forward. πŸ˜‰

If there’s anything you think I should share here that I don’t already, let me hear it!

Happy 2020!!! πŸ’₯

We’ll be back tomorrow with Leighton’s 7 MONTH update! 😭

195-202: Ohio Vacation & Elle’s first flight!

Leighton’s first time on an airplane was a breeze which was the perfect start to our weekend full of making the best memories.

Fact: if you put on a bow, PJs are acceptable at all times of the day.
Doing what she does best. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Of course in between her naps L had to talk to everyone on the plane.

It included lots of jumping and dino screeches.

Kensie was good, too, which was the real wild card here. πŸ˜‚

Aside from the fact that she didn’t doze off until 5 minutes before we landed.

We flew to Ohio to visit some of our best friends that moved from Florida a few months ago. If you follow our blog or you’re friends with me on social media, you know KB was SO PUMPED to see her best friend Henley. She still talks about her every day and even asks to get extra snacks to bring for her every time we leave the house.

Watching these 2 together again was the greatest. They played, they fought, they hugged and they lived their best lives! πŸ‘πŸΌ

Fake sleeping. Obviously. This would never be real life. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Uncle Will spoiled us with a suite to the hockey game!!!
And Chris was our breakfast chef for the weekend.

On Friday, the guys went to the hunting cabin and the girls went to see Santa!!

We’ve taken Kensie and Henley together for a Santa photo each year and usually we get a solid photo of them screaming. This year they both talked to Santa but had no interest in sitting with him. Fair trade.

Kensie didn’t cry until we had to walk away and she was extremely confused as to why Santa didn’t hand her the rainbow and paw patrol box she just asked him for. πŸ˜‚ Y’all, she thought he was basically a server at a restaurant. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Shout out to the real Santa, Amazon Prime, for having those exact things delivered to our door before we even returned from the trip. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜…

Of course Leighton wasn’t phased. She even laid her head on his fuzzy jacket. πŸ₯°

We also planned the timing of this trip so that we could meet Henley’s new baby sister, Devyn!

L greeted her future Bestie with a headbutt. *No babies were harmed in the making of this photo. πŸ˜‚

It was so special to have all 4 girls together for a long weekend and get to celebrate Christmas with this crew!!

Thanks to Mommers and Papa (Henley’s grandparents) we even got a parent’s night out!! We hit up a cool Christmas pop up bar and had dinner in peace. πŸ‘πŸΌ

On our last morning, we woke up to the most gorgeous snowfall!

It was the best weekend and we were all so sad to go back home πŸ˜ͺ

This week we are back to our usual craziness, with 3 parties to host and Christmas shopping galore!! πŸŽ„

Each year we run a Holiday Accountability Challenge at the gym where current and new members donate money so we can buy tons of toys and donate them to a toy drive! This year we donated to Baby DJ which benefits local families in need.

Party planning, shopping (and couponing πŸ˜‰) crew!
And of course the best shopping partner of them all, the cutest β€œEllef” in town πŸ˜†

Last but not least…I know I skipped out on the 12 days of K mas this year, but my moody sasshole would have made the experience less than enjoyable. πŸ˜‚ I do have something else up my sleeve for y’all…

Day 182-194

It’s been an eventful 10 days with the Hall clan and the littlest member of the crew had her half birthday! πŸ₯³

The evolution of trying to take her photo…

The chunk is 1inch longer and 1lb heavier than K was at her age…and let me tell ya, a 1 inch difference in baby clothes is a WHOLE size. πŸ˜†

Leighton LOVES her big sis. She lights up when I show her videos of her if she’s at daycare and constantly giggles watching K play.

She saves her biggest smiles for daddy and even reaches for him when he gets home!

Elle has sucked on an apple and a strawberry and gets pissed when you take them away. She even had mashed sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving & it was a hit! She growled for more. πŸ˜‚

Then we gave her peas and oatmeal. Her face was less than pleasant when she tasted the peas but she kept going in for more. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
But she was mainly interested in eating the spoon. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

L is the happiest morning babe and chatters until you’re come pick her up. When she sees you, she gives you the sweetest smile and reaches up with her little nub arms that are stuck in her swaddle. πŸ˜‚

She’s trying REAL hard to crawl but manages to roll, scoot and army crawl her way around until she figures out the whole “knee bend” part.

When I was pregnant with K I pictured having a brown hair, green eyed baby. The vision was right…just wrong kid. πŸ˜† I still love my brown eyed blondie of course.

Even when she refuses to let me fix her hair πŸ™„

I participated in No Sugar November with the gym and it was AMAZING not only for me, but for L!! 10 days in, she started eating so quickly and only waking once a night since my milk had so many more nutrients for her! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

I cannot believe how quickly time is going by with this babblin’, smilin’ happy little babe. 😒

Thanksgiving was EXTRA special this year. My entire family from Wisconsin was able to come to Florida and not only did we get to host dinner for both sides of our family, but we were able to get everyone together so that my Grandpa could baptize the girls!

Full house, full bellies and full hearts ❀️❀️
Gramps! (Their great grandpa)
B, Papa and Sarah

We spent the long weekend hanging at the pool, cooking out (because, Florida), playing games and drank our way through the Disney Springs Trail of Trees.πŸ˜†πŸŽ„

Thaysgiving 2019!

My Wisconsin family was amused by our β€œsnoap” πŸ˜‚ ❄️

This is us πŸ€ͺ

Kensie has been…Kensie. πŸ˜‚ She likes to wear tutus, jewelry and heels everywhere she goes and have meltdowns when she doesn’t get her way. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

But also…SHE POOPED ON THE POTTY THIS WEEKEND and I’m not sure who was more proud – us or her. 🀣🀣

She’s perfected her mean mug and her attitude grows by the day. I’m just over here praying it means she’ll be a strong independent woman who takes shit from no one. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

K is consistently the BEST big sister and had her first babysitting gig yesterday while I got ready. I even gave her a quarter for her piggy bank. Deal was off if she made Leighton cry though. πŸ˜‚

We closed out our weekend decorating Christmas cookies with B and the girls’ cousins!

Leighton didn’t get to shove everything on the table into her mouth like she’d hoped, but I think she got enough attention to make up for it. πŸ˜†

This week we will be taking our first flight ✈️ as a family of 4! 😳 I think the girls will both do great (knock on wood) – I’m far more concerned with the amount of crap we have to pack. πŸ˜‚

It will be so worth it though, because Kensie hasn’t stopped asking to go on a plane to see Henley for months…so, Merry Christmas kiddo! πŸŽ„