Mother’s Day 2014

All my mama wanted for mother’s day was a picture of her, her babies, and their babies.

Mother's generation picture

You can only get Dylan to smile for so long…

Mother's generation picture

Grandma with her grandpups.

Mother's generation picture

We made cards for Evelyn’s grandmas.

Mother's Day Craft

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Even though she literally had no idea what was going on, she seemed to have fun being the human stamp.

Mother's Day Craft

Mother's Day Craft

Being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever been.  I’m looking forward to many more years of messy paint projects, crafts, and other Mother’s Day festivities.

Two Two Two Fast!

Evelyn Faye is 2 months.  This age is so much fun.  Evelyn is absolutely enjoyable.  Her temperament is cheerful and charming.  She has captivated our hearts.  Every minute with her is most excellent.

We had to put away her newborn clothes because her tiny body outgrew them.  Many Kenz-tears were shed.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

For awhile, 3 month clothes were too big, but newborn clothes were small.  The generic 0-3 onesies fit pretty well, so I got creative with them.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

This is how we spent Valentine’s day.  Sewing, Great Mouse Detective, and sleeping.  Aaron was pretty sore from his car accident, so he rested up.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

We were sad to say goodbye to the Scion.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

This little number was on Valentine’s day.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

The puppies like Evelyn heaps more these days.

Evelyn Faye is 2 monthsAnd Buster is sweet on the Boppy.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Every once in awhile we put peanut butter on Evelyn’s tummy to facilitate the dog-Evelyn (and Heidi) relationship.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Papa Crowder calls Evelyn a clothes horse.  She definitely has an abundance of outfits.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn loves her car seat.  I tell her it’s like a Disneyland ride.  It makes me think she’ll love Disneyland in June.  Time will tell!

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

We underwent using diapers from The Honest Co. this month.  We love them!  They are eco friendly,  and extra gentle on Ev’s bum.  Did I mention they are extra absorbent and flexible?!  We haven’t had any blow outs since switching.  And they’re pretty dang adorable.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Speaking of blowouts…

It was a Sunday morning.  Seconds after taking this picture, Evelyn was still sitting there, propped up on Aaron.  When she had the most massive blowout.  There was poop all over Aaron, and all over our bed.  Poop everywhere.  It got in her hair.  I don’t know how.  But it was a hot mess.  Needless to say, we did not make it to church this day.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn got to meet cousin Felix who came six weeks early, and was born 4 days after her.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

We went to Aunt Kami’s PTA school so they could practice pediatric physical therapy.  It was really neat to watch the reflexes and exercises they do with a 2 month old.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

One of our biggest discoveries is how much Evelyn loves taking baths and showers with us.  It must be a combination of the skin to skin and the warm water.  In the bath, we use Lush all natural bath bombs.  The aroma always calms Evelyn down and sends her into a nice little slumber.  It’s adorable.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn is the most beautiful sleeper.  I could watch her sleep for hours.  I also think she looks the most like me when she’s asleep.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn and Aaron are a napping team unlike anything else.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

The most unusual things calm Evelyn down when she is fussy.

Nyan Cat will stop her crying instantly.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

She also loves to “swim.”

Evelyn loves her baby gym.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

She has an incredibly strong neck and back.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

It is boggling how rapidly she is growing.  It’s like she changes right before my eyes.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

 

When she is awake, she doesn’t like to hold still.  Aaron nicknamed her Wiggly Jo.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

I love taking her on adventures with me during the day.  Of course, we frequent our favorite store, where she’s always a crowd favorite.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

And sometimes the middle of the night warrants a selfie.

Evelyn Faye is 2 months

I love every minute with Evelyn.  She is a miracle in our lives, and quite the dish!

My oh my, ONE MONTH flew by!

It’s unbelievable how quickly the first month of Evelyn Faye’s life has passed.  I wanted to do a photo dump and talk a little bit about our experiences the first month as first time parents.

Sleeping.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn, you are an AMAZING sleeper.  You take after your mum.  However, you are particular about how you fall asleep at night.  We have a heating pad under a receiving blanket in the bassinet, and we warm it up before we put you in.  We turn it off after we lay you down, so you don’t cook 🙂  We also have a sound system set up right under your bassinet.  We play “Sounds of the Womb” which is basically white noise with a heart beat.  As long as we stick to your routine: Change you, bed time lotion, swaddle, feed you, heat/sound, you sleep GREAT.  Most nights you sleep in 4 hour blocks, and sometimes you even sleep 6!

Evelyn Faye

How we spend our days.

Evelyn Faye

I love spending every day with you Evelyn Faye.  We don’t leave the house very often, but when we do, it’s a real treat.  I spend most of my time nursing or pumping, which leaves the rest of the time for cuddles.  You take pretty good naps, which is when I do house chores and blogging.  Your company is delightful.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn Faye (7)

Music.

Evelyn Faye (2)

You LOVE music.  I sing you camp songs every day, and you love it.  You love the soft spiritual ones, and you love the fun and peppy ones.  The sound of the guitar is mystical to you.  Your eyes get so wide.  You have a musical seahorse stuffed animal that makes water sounds with lullabies.  We play it every time we change you on the changing table.  It is so calming to you.  You love when daddy plays dubstep while coding.  Mommy doesn’t love it… but you do!

Daddy time.

Evelyn Faye (4)

Daddy is very territorial of you.  When he is home, you are all his.  He has a hard time sharing you!  You are his pride and joy.  He never sets you down.  Most nights he holds you into the wee morning hours, just because he wants to bond with you as much as possible.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn Faye (18)

Evelyn Faye (13)

He loves to hold you at eye level, and make you dance while listening to Weezer.  You are so alert while you have daddy dance lessons.  He also loves to squish faces with you.

Evelyn Faye (1)

Puppies.

Evelyn Faye

Evelyn Faye (17)

They still aren’t sure about you.  They like to sniff you.  Most of the time they ignore you.  At least they don’t hate you!  We put peanut butter on your feet and let Indy and Buster lick it off.  You seemed really confused by what was going on!  I’m convinced that one day they will finally accept you and cuddle you.

Fashion.

Evelyn Faye

This is your custom made onesie from Marlene.  She whipped this up for you during my baby shower.  Aren’t we grateful for the crafty people in ours lives?  🙂

Every day with you is a fashion show.  You are cutter than one million buttons.  You are much better dressed than your mother.

Evelyn Faye

You are in a phase right now where newborn clothes are too small for you, but 3 month clothes are too big.  You fit pretty well into generic 0-3 onesies, but those are boring.  So I’ve taken it upon myself to spice them up.  Here are a few I’ve made so far, but I’m working on a bunch more.

Evelyn Faye (5)

Tummy time.

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At first you HATED tummy time.  You would just scream until you fell asleep.

Evelyn Faye (14)Until we figured out tummy time on the Boppy.  And you’ve never loved anything more.  You’ll do tummy time for hours this way.  Your head, neck and back are getting so strong.  You’ll hold your neck up for quite awhile.  It is adorable.

Evelyn FayeAnd when you’re done with tummy time, we turn you around on the Boppy to lounge, and you are the happiest little camper.

Evelyn Faye (12)

Evelyn Faye

Going out. Evelyn Faye

We’ve just barely been brave enough to start taking you out.  Occasionally we take you when we go out to eat, and you sleep in your carseat with the cover on.  Recently we took you bowling with some friends, and you did SO WELL.  You didn’t fuss, and you loved being passed around.  When the cosmic lights came on, you were so alert.

Evelyn Faye

 

These 7 weeks have been a dream come true for us.  You are so much fun.  You change and grow every day.  I love being your mom.  You have brought so much joy to our family.