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Day 133-134: Bye Bye Binky!

I know you’re all shocked at the 2 day update, I am too. πŸ˜‚ But, this was a monumental day I needed to document for forever…Kensie got rid of her binkies!! (Pacifier, whatever.)

We’ve gone through many phases with them where we got her down to only having them at nap/bedtime and it slowly turned back into car rides and then basically, whenever.

The first time we talked about taking them away, she got her molars. Next time, we were moving houses and life was a mess. Then her baby sis was on the way and I just wasn’t fighting that fight…

KB’s pediatrician and dentist both said it was fine for another year, but Chris and I felt like she was ready and old enough to understand getting rid of them.

I read all the methods: cut them, cold turkey, etc etc….

Well we decided to go full bribe mode along with the cold turkey method.

We got her presents for both finishing up potty training (πŸ™„ I’ll save that for another post) and to get her to trade the binkies in. Homegirl LOVES her a good surprise.

SO, I got her a new Elsa Tutu & an Anna and Elsa babydoll that I knew she’d lose her mind over. πŸ€ͺ

K was in a really good mood when Chris brought her home from daycare Monday afternoon…and had a binky hanging out of her mouth. I don’t know why I chose that moment, but I went for it. I told her we had a really big surprise for her if she’d throw her binky in the trash. She immediately said, “okay. Here daddy. Throw in trash.” πŸ˜‚ We told her SHE had to do it. She did. We were a little shocked. Then I was like…shit. We gotta make this count. Go big or go home! I quickly said “go find the rest! They all have to go in the trash for the surprise!” …She did it.

We gave her a new Elsa tutu. She was excited for .2 seconds and then dropped it on the floor, burst into tears and goes “noooo!!! I want my bink binks!”

Internally I was in panic mode. Chris gave me the “yeah, we’re gonna have to do better” face.

I ran into the other room and got the Anna doll and gave it to her. She was PUMPED. A minute later…tears. “But I want Elsa! Please Elsa please?” I looked at Chris. Chris goes, “you’re gonna do it aren’t you. You’re going to give it to her.”

…bet your ass I am. We came this far. We can’t have a meltdown now! 🀣🀣🀣

We told her one more time that if she gets both dolls she never gets her binkies back and they stay in the trash. She said “deal”.

Well, it. Freaking. Worked!!!

“THANKKKK YOU!!! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!” <– I think she said this like 8273 times.

Our last concern was bedtime. I was sure that’s when the meltdown would come. But….NOPE!!! She asked for them and I reminded her of our deal and said she can take her babydolls to bed instead. She said okay and just went to sleep. 😯

She refused to pose with them, but they haven’t left her side since. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

They go to daycare every day and bed every night with her. And everything in between. πŸ˜†

I won’t lie. I felt (and still feel a little) guilty when she asks for her binky. I know it’s a comfort item for her, but I also know it’s a habit that we have to quit at some point. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I’m still shocked at how smoothly it went, but tonight marks night #3 and I think it’s safe to say we are in πŸ‘πŸΌ the πŸ‘πŸΌ clear πŸ‘πŸΌ!!!

Moral of the story? K is always down to be bribed with surprises…just make sure they’re good enough. πŸ˜‚

Day 123-132: Elle is 4 Months!

A little late on this chunkaroo’s 4 month post, but better late than never?

Going to start this one off like every other mom in the world would…with the solid line of “where does the time go? I can’t believe this little one is already 4 months old!”

Elle is weighing in one ounce less than her big sis did at this age, but 1.4 inches longer! I could tell by the onesies she hasn’t worn yet that already don’t fit her long torso. πŸ˜’

She’s teething like crazy and her doctor said her gum was swollen and it looks like another is about to pop through!

Leighton is a little Rollie pollie and can roll from her back to her tummy already! She loves her playmat, making squeaky noises, chewing her fingers, smiling and giving big, wet, opened mouth “kisses”.

Most of all, she loves her some KB!!!

β€œmommy I scare sister! RAWR!” πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

First piggy back ride πŸ˜‚

She can almost sit up and she’s mastered putting her binky in her mouth all on her own! Elle is super content and has officially outgrown screaming in the car. πŸ˜…

While the sound of her screaming is few and far between, if she does cry she won’t stop until she gets what she wants…which is usually milk.

And we still visit the Chiro ever other week!

Working on her selfie game πŸ˜†

Kensie aka Elsa is still a hilarious mess…she’s obsessed with make up and Elsa and her energy is enough to wear everyone around her out. πŸ€ͺ

β€œMommy look I’m workin out!”

We finally turned her car seat around and apparently it’s her new favorite place to nap.

Every single day K tells us (and everyone) that it’s her birthday and that Elsa and Anna are her best friends and they’re coming over to play with her. πŸ™„ They ARE coming to her party, but we never told her that. Since she “met” them at a friend’s party, she’s been convinced of all of this ever since. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I’m hoping she chills out once her real birthday is over because if I have to deal with one more meltdown over her wearing the same damn Tutu 4 days in a row, I might lose my mind. 🀣

There’s a reason God makes them so dang cute!!! ❀️

Day 111-122

It’s been a whirlwind of a week (and a half). We took a little vacay for Chris’ birthday so the girls got some QT with Gramma last weekend!

Don’t worry, nothing changed while we were gone.

She’s still REALLY good at make up. πŸ˜‚

Gramma made sure the girls were decked out in Packers gear on Sunday, K got to show off her skills at gymnastics and L got to show off her new giggle and corner tooth! 🦷

And the splash pad was their hot spot πŸ™‚

Kensie was a little indifferent about us being gone and FaceTime was hit or miss with the moods. She’d either chat nonstop and be really excited or cry and say she wanted us to come home; however, the second we hang up she stops, acts like nothing is wrong and goes back to playing. πŸ™„

5 seconds later…showing Gramma β€œmy rainbow!”

And all week it has still been “her” rainbow and she kept telling me “mommy! Look! It’s gone. My rainbow is GONE!” (Que the drama…)

At least the little chunk was ALWAYS happy to see us.

While it was a great trip, we were both excited to get back home to the babes.

This last week flew by as we juggled getting back into our routine (whatever that is πŸ˜‚), squeezing in some extra family time and dealing with Kensie’s ever changing threenager attitude. 😣

Make up tutorials coming soon.

Leighton’s tooth is still working it’s way up and she has been NOMMING on her hands.

While I was picking up some last minute things for our trip, I found this awesome teething glove at Target!! Not only is it super cute, but it’s obviously brilliant!

While we’re on the product train, I also got K a new bow holder for our favorite Little Poppy Co. Bows!!!

A friend of mine found this on Etsy and I love how simple it is!! It is SO hard to find cute bow holders that are big enough. I think this one might do the trick. πŸ˜†

I linked her shop here and she can customize the size and colors for you!

…and if anyone knows where I can sell 500+ bows once the girls are done with them, let me know. πŸ˜‚

Until next time…

We out ✌🏼

Day 100-110

Life has been a little crazy this last week and a half and now I’m so far behind that I don’t even know where to start with these updates!

K spent a few days with her Grandma B last week and she had a blast!

She’s currently obsessed with Elsa, make up and nail polish.
πŸ‘€ elsa balloon…

She is still loving Gymnastics though sometimes she runs out of the activity they’re on to go back to the “bouncy bouncy” πŸ˜‚ she always crushes this circuit though!

KB started soccer as well…which is the the other thing she actually asked to do; yet, she spent the majority of the time wanting to go “play in mommy’s car”. πŸ™„

Some of the photos I took look like she is such a great listener and participant.

The reality was K and Addison prefer to just be on a play date without having to listen to any rules. πŸ˜‚

They’re the sweetest though

Kensie is making her way into full on Threenager mode and the last week involved the melt down of a life time. Full on kicking and screaming and losing her MIND.

BUT the journey has some sweet and entertaining moments, too.

2 going on 16 πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
Never passes up a photo op if she gets to β€œhold” Elle

Seriously the BEST big sis. Always has the sweetest hugs, kisses and snuggles for β€œsister”

Now for the nice quiet one…πŸ˜†

Elle babe is growing so fast and I’m so grateful for the one on one time I get with her because K tends to take all the attention when she’s around. πŸ˜‚

All it takes is a little “hi!” for her sweet face to light up with a smile.

She’s ALMOST started to giggle, too! L loves to babble and talk and make noises and squeak. She is such a TROOPER and while I don’t think she’s had a consistent schedule for more than 2 days in a row with everything we have going on, L always goes with the flow.

We took both the girls to the UCF game over the weekend and it was L’s first (and probably last for at least a year πŸ˜‚) football game!!

L was an angel the whole time – it was K who brought the sass…shocking. πŸ˜‚ She did finally get out of the stroller to play with her best bud, Levi!!

These 2 are so freaking adorable together I cannot handle it!!!

So many people commented how brave we were to bring both the girls to the game but the reality is we have the best group of friends so we never have to do it alone!

With all the craziness we constantly have going on I have to say I am SO thankful for this tribe we constantly have around us. Our framily is seriously the best and always helping with (and spoiling πŸ˜†) the girls & loves them like their own. I’m so thankful they get to grow up with this amazing crew!

I’ve been a slacker with photos lately (and knowing where my phone is in general) but I managed to snap some photos of these gems. 😊

I’ve got to get on a better schedule with these posts – the more days I missed the harder it was to start. Maybe I should go back to daily…πŸ€“

OH MY GOODNESS…I don’t know how I almost forgot this one. It’s the highlight video of the week. K is obsessed with this babydoll…

Who is apparently her brother, named George. πŸ€¨πŸ˜‚

Day 96-99

Y’all remember my post about baby fever and wanting 10 more?

Well this post is the opposite of that.

I told Chris the other night that we are DONE. πŸ™…πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

The background to that statement was that sweet little Elle was screaming her freaking face off and nothing we did could calm her down. (I’m aware babies do this, but it was a first for her). See below…

No, she didn’t get her eyebrows waxed.

Then there was Kensie. Oh LORDDD Kensie.

This is the face of mischief.

I told her to get off of a cooler she was standing on and her response, as she looked me dead in the eyes with a straight face was,

β€œNo. I’m NOT listening to you!”

I am not sure where she learned it but she’s bout to unlearn it REAL fast or this “threenager” may not see 3. πŸ™„

And then there’s the Epic Elsa Meltdown of 2019. This started because UPS rang the doorbell, and Kensie was legitimately upset that it wasn’t Elsa. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€£

Back to chunk chunk (aka Elle)…she puked all over herself right before bedtime. I gave her a bath. All nice and clean. New PJs. Pick her up. Puked again. All over both of us.

Basically, I quit. It had been πŸ‘πŸΌ a πŸ‘πŸΌ day πŸ‘πŸΌ!

They’re lucky they’re cute. And, I don’t fault Leighton for her drama. I only fault the large one. 😜

The next day L had another semi meltdown and I’ve noticed she’s been munching on her fists more and more. Then….I saw it.

A TOOTH?! A freaking TOOTH!!!

No wonder this poor nugget was losing her mind! I honestly thought she was way too young to be teething once I noticed the fist munching and drooling, but apparently I was wrong. K didn’t get a tooth until 10ish months. L obviously has the competitive gene. πŸ˜†

That smileeeee ❀️❀️❀️

This past week was slightly exhausting with all the “hurricane but no hurricane” uncertainty and trying to keep this kiddo entertained all day – but in between the moments of chaos and drama, Kens was a little angel that just wanted to snuggle and sit with me and hold and kiss her sister.

…and this is why we keep them.

Day 87-95: Elle is 3 months old!

Not going to lie…barely knew what day it was today and wasn’t sure the last time I’d updated the blog πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

We had a jam packed week followed by this blur of a weekend (yes, it’s Wednesday and it’s still the weekend) as we all “hurry up and wait” on the world’s slowest hurricane!

I cannot believe this sweet babe is 3 months old already!!! She’s full of smiles, snuggles and wiggles!

Officially stuffed animal size
Shopping makes me this happy too, Elle babe!
Cannot leave this child unattended πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
Best face to wake up to πŸ₯°

She makes the sweetest little squeaky noises and snores in her sleep. 🀣 Leighton is still the chilllest, best sleeping baby and great at occupying herself; though she prefers to be held and knows just the right smile with these chunky cheeks gets her picked up by anyone and everyone.

Brunch so hard πŸ₯‚

Elle likes to kick her legs, roll around and babble and squeal. She spends a solid hour a day on her play mat smiling at herself in the mirror. πŸ˜‚

She’s still not much of a pacifier baby which is weird to me since K was obsessed from the womb. She’s a great self soother and only uses it to go back to sleep at night or when she’s fighting a nap. She’s also started sucking on her hands lately and practically gags herself nomming on her fist. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

The most exciting news and development is she’s gained enough coordination to put her binky back in her mouth while we’re in the car. πŸ‘πŸΌ

She still isn’t a huge fan of riding in the car but she’s gotten much better! If she’s not having it, there’s no calming her down. πŸ˜…

While she keeps growing way too quickly and many things are changing, some never will…

Blowout Queen

KB is still our little wild child. The energy never ends! She’s got an obsession with painting and says “how about paint?” Every. Single. Day. Usually before 7a which is always a hard no. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Kensie has been BEGGING for a necklace & earrings and full disclosure: I used it to bribe her; but, my master plan sorta backfired and she ended up with a necklace & a “make up” kit. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Her latest hobby is asking anyone and everyone if she can do their make up. It’s quite the experience…😜

Has her momma’s shopping habits πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
The lipgloss obsession is another level
πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

There’s not a day this kid doesn’t have us laughing at something and she doesn’t spare any entertainment for babysitters either. Our friend Sarah sent us this photo of Kens breastfeeding her babydoll and told her it was “on her nipple” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I mean, at least it’s accurate. πŸ˜†

She loves to play “ring-around the rosey” and clearly still wears her Anna and Elsa dresses at every opportunity.

The never ending hurricane/holiday weekend has probably been K’s fave since it’s been nonstop days of hanging with friends and family!

And of course she’s loving all the extra time with her “baby sisterrr”.

She walked in on our photo shoot and refused to move πŸ™„

Watching these girls together makes me a little less sad at how quickly L is growing and more excited to watch these 2 together as she grows! πŸ₯°

Day 80-86

Little miss Elle is 12 weeks today!!! I guess a decent amount has changed in the last week… one being that she can no longer be left unsupervised.

Homegirl was passed out and I went to shower. She was silent when I got out so I assumed she was still asleep and proceeded to get ready. Then, I walked out to this…

Ha!!! She was kicking her legs up and down and about flipped off the couch. πŸ™ˆ (She didn’t…even though I took a photo before rescuing her.)

I seriously don’t know how we got so lucky with such an angel baby…but it makes me terrified to have another. It’s sure to be the terror of the group. 😳

L is so calm and content and LOVES to smile and squeak! placeholder://

She has 2 cries: one when she’s hungry and one when she’s overtired. You can tell the difference because her being tired is the only time she’ll accept a pacifier. She hangs and chats and will put herself to sleep as long as she’s cozy enough.

Leighton also loves the TV and it just may be how we get her to roll from her back to her front. πŸ˜‚

As an update on her name, I’ve been calling her “Leighton love” or “chunk chunk”…hopefully the latter fades before she’s in high school.

#bestlife
Not entertained by my jokes

We’ve still been making our routine weekly visits to the Chiro and I think it plays a huge role in how content L is and how great she sleeps!! (Thank ya Jesus!!!) We really haven’t experienced the “4th trimester” madness like we did with K! (Kensie didn’t start at Chiro until she was 2 months old and screaming her brains out consistently.)

Plus, she clearly loves Dr. C!

As for K…ohhh lawdy. She’s K. πŸ˜‚

The thought of updating you guys on her entire last week is about as exhausting as her energy levels.

Her newest favorite activity request is painting and y’all know her love for Elsa has not faded.

The paper on the floor is for paint, not pee, just to clarify πŸ˜†

This is Kensie’s Elsa balloon.

This is Kensie crying because her balloon got popped by our fan.

Her love was taken to a whole new level because she was invited to an Elsa birthday party and the “real” Elsa came!!!

Every morning since, Kensie has discussed how Elsa is coming over to play. She’s also been requesting that I invite Sven, Olaf and Christoph. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ She even painted them all an individual picture to give them. Now that she thinks they’re real people, the questions won’t end. I’m running out of excuses as to why they can’t come play with her every day. LOL!!! She’s going to be severely disappointed at her birthday party when a reindeer and snowman don’t come through the front door. Hahahahah! πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

These sweet girls and their love for dress up πŸ₯°

Kensie is still loving gymnastics, gets super excited to go, AND participates…so we officially quit dance. I won’t lie, I’m relieved. I thought she’d LOVE dance and I wasn’t cut out to be a dance mom. πŸ˜… hahah!!

And I get way too excited about doing her hair. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

K becomes a better big sis by the day and has the funnest imagination. She gets so excited when L wakes up (or when she WAKES her up πŸ™„) and loves when L smiles or babbles. Kens will say “mommy! She’s talking to me!!! I’m gonna give her a hug. I kiss her! Awww seeesssterrr!!!” …and my heart melts.

As far as postpartum at 12 weeks, I’m slowly getting back into my fitness groove. Workouts have been such a mental test for me. Of course they’re physical as well and I’m working to build my strength and stamina back; however, for so long I scaled and modified that getting back the mindset of β€œkeep going. Nothing is wrong, you’re just giving up” has been harder than upping the weights!

We did a 35:00 workout last week and, WOOF. I wanted to quit SO badly.

I moved slowly.

I took way longer breaks than I ever do.

I kept giving myself reasons I should probably stop after “x” amount of rounds or 25 or 30 min in…

BUT, I realized it was the scaling mentality I put myself in from being pregnant and that I had no reason to stop other than being a quitter. So, I didn’t quit. And, that was my mom win for the week!!!

You can just enjoy Kensie’s gym craziness of showing her muscles πŸ’ͺ🏼 and shaking her butt πŸ‘, because I rarely remember to take any sort of photos or videos of my workouts. πŸ˜†

(And we have the most amazing people that spoil the mess out of K and play with her at the gym..of course her Emmy is always one of them! ❀️)