Elanor is 8 months old today. To this day she has got to be one of the sweetest babies alive.
One of her favorite activities is eating her feet. It never gets old watching a little one laying down with their feet stretched up to their mouth. Like most babes, she chews on almost anything she can get her hands on.
She has been sleeping through the night in her crib for a few months now. It has been so nice to have a little me time in the evenings. Of course that usually just means I veg and go to bed by 10. I can never seem to get enough rest these days.
She said her first word “Dada” this weekend. We were all 4 laying in our bed Saturday afternoon and Elanor started babbling and then just belted out Dada over and over again. It was such a sweet moment, and I’m so grateful that Stephen was there to witness it!
She hasn’t started crawling yet, which I am 100% okay with. Sarah was crawling at 6months, so I’m in no rush to have 2 little ones in the move.
She is scooting and rolling though. I will leave the room with her in one spot and come back to find her on the complete other side of the rug.
Sarah brings her toys all the time and finds her pacifier and delivers it, so I don’t think Elanor feels super motivated. Why move when you have your very own delivery service via big sister?!
Takes two-three naps a day.
Her nap length varies pretty much everyday. Sometimes she will nap 2 hours, other times only 30minutes. If she naps shorter she usually takes 1 extra nap throughout the day.
Her favorite toy is without a doubt watching Sarah. She will just sit and watch as Sarah jumps around or colors. She is usually content to just watch while chewing in a soft toy.
I think she is starting to experience a little separation anxiety. It isn’t often, but when she is extra sleepy or hungry she will let you know she wants me.
Elanor is still solely nursing. I am hoping she decides to eat some food soon (a break ever now and then would be nice), but I realize it’s completely up to her to accept the change.
To be so curious and grabby for our food she hasn’t done anything to make the addition to her diet. I suppose I will accept the no-cost food bill while it’s still available. Goodness knows Sarah the-bottomless-pit eats enough for the both of them!
I have no doubt Elanor will outgrow her sister. She is a great eater and has some cute chunky legs and the belly to match.
She and Sarah can share pants. What Sarah wears as leggings Elanor wears as pants. It definitely makes packing a lot easier.
The girls are able to take a bath together. Elanor has only wiped out once (so far), but she cheered up real quick when Sarah decided to splash around to make her smile. Elanor definitely gives Sarah her biggest and brightest laughs and grins!
Elanor still has her beautifully dark brown eyes. I can’t tell for sure, but I think she may have brown hair too. Sarah’s was brown in the beginning, so I won’t know for sure until her baby hair is all gone and her toddler hair thickens up. She also has incredibly olive skin. That is the first thing ppl say about her, how tan she is. She gets that blessing from the Wells/my dads side of the family.
She doesn’t have any teeth yet, but I think she may be getting a few soon because she’s been briefly waking up at night and wanting comforting. It’s nothing some rocking and soft singing cant solve.
Speaking of which, there are few things more incredible about hearing a man sing to his daughters. I think I may love it more than they do.
I can’t believe our second baby is already 8 months old! While I’m really looking forward to fall and Christmas(!!!!) that also makes me aware that our baby girl will be 1 years old! The time has truly flown by.
This past Saturday we threw my sister, and future niece, a baby shower. It was the first time I’ve done something with a theme and it was a wonderful success.
Miriah and Jeff are decorating baby Addison’s room grey and yellow with chevron print. We decided to follow their lead and do the same with the shower. Miriah is a high school english and debate teacher so I thought it would be fun to use chalkboards as the writing backdrops. I was beyond thrilled (and crazy relieved) that Miriah liked the combination.
This was the shower invitation (with a few details removed).
I got the invite off etsy & got them printed & mailed through winkflash.com
We arrived at the shower location early that morning to setup all the little details and prepare the food on sight.
Instead of doing games I decided to go the craft route. Miriah is crazy excited about dressing her little girl up in bows, so I decided to run with that knowledge. We had a bow making station and also a onesie decorating table. We made a few examples to place on the tables and everyone did a fantastic job letting their creative juices take over.
Here are the pictures I grabbed before and after the shower. I got a tad busy and didn’t get any pictures during the event, but thankfully my mom had a friend snap a few with my camera during the gift opening and of people at the crafting tables.
This was the first table when you walked in. My friend Sara did this at her wedding and I love seeing it on her wall every time I visit her home. I have been waiting for an occasion to use it and I loved how it turned out.
I got this tree off a google image search and then personalized it a bit
It says “Jeff loves Miriah” on the tree
One of the tables we setup.
Instead of giving advice (which is usually silly) I asked the fellow moms to give their favorite mothering tradition
For door prizes I made these Herb Jars with Starbucks gift cards
We had 4 in all & I really loved how they turned out.
Instead of people winning a prize for a game I would ask a Miriah-related question to get a winner:
1- Who shared the same birthday as Miriah’s due date?
2-Shared the same middle name as Addison & Miriah?
We set this up for the two little ones that were attending
(we printed letter sheets to color that spelled Addison’s name)
The onesie station.
We had directions written out with stencils that I cut beforehand.
when people finished a onesie they hung them on the mantle to display them
I want to quickly note that I am a wife and mom of two little ones on a single income, and hosting a shower like this is quite possible, it just takes planning and bragain searching. I found the blank onesies for a great price at Ross & TJMaxx (cheaper than Target & Walmart). For the bow station we got felt pieces and bought flowers from the ribbon rolls, but only got 4-5 of each, which made for less than 1/8 of a yard of ribbon. We were surprised how much we saved doing that. Rather than buying pre-packaged flowers that cost between $3.99-$8 a package! Like I said, planning and searching is everything when it comes to a shower with craft tables (when on a budget).
Okay, back to the details…
Kelley made the perfect diaper cake which we used as a centerpiece!
(Those are a few of the onesies & bows made during the shower)
My youngest, Elanor, did a test run in a gift while we were setting up that morning
The food spread
I made the banner for the cake and I will just tell you – buy one off etsy, or commission a friend!
That thing took FOR-EV-ER!
It’s embaressing how long it took me. I was gonna do 2 rows but ran out of time.
Just in case you are curious, I made the banner out of paint strips & cut the triangles with a stencil I made
Miriah, how did I not get a picture of just you?! Party planner fail! Hopefully you snagged one and I don’t know it yet…
A print for Addison’s Nursery
(thank you internet for this free printable)
(you can see some of the completed onesies in the background here)
Thank You Cards are always a great present
When Miriah told us she was pregnant I made her a “Pregnancy Survival Kit”, so I followed that lead and my sis-in-law helped me make this bin.
A Hospital Survival Kit
(these gifts are a blast to make!)
Mom next to her sisters Patty & Diane
Wall Hangers that Miriah had been eyeing at Hobby Lobby
Her diaper bag filled with other fun goodies
Paige & Kaley made the trip over with our Biloxi family
Our awesome sis-in-law, Kelley!
The bow making station
with Mariah, Tina, & Kelley working hard
Sweet friends from church
Melissa, Dahlia, & Jordan
The onesie making table
Aunt Diane & Elanor
Aunt Patty with Elanor and her granddaughter, Kaley.
Just a few of the completed bows
(my favorite bow tutorials are here, here, here, and here )
The thumb print tree at the end of the shower
I forgot to get a group picture, and these are the only ones I got with the guest(s) of honor
This was one of my favorite gifts to my sister
(my friend Sara gave me this idea (and the same journal too!))
I keep a journal for both my daughters, and my sister is a great writer,
so I know one day Addison will get this back filled with a beautiful account of her life that she will cherish forever.
Well there you have it, a picture and information packed baby shower wrap up. My biggest love language is Acts of Service, and looking back while making this post I think this shower portrayed that pretty well. It was an absolute blast to see how everything came together.
We have less than 2 months until my newest little niece arrives and I can not wait to hold her in my arms.
We started off Memorial Day with a fun and exciting trip to the zoo. We had been once before when we went to Zoo Lights the night after Christmas, but had never gone during the day. During the drive Sarah kept saying “I’m gonna feed the andimals.” We were so excited to finally have a day full of Sarah being outside and having unlimited access to goats, chickens, birds, pigs and even peacocks with baby chicks running about. Do all zoo’s have a petting area? Probably do, this was just my second zoo visit in 29 years so I was surprised.
This is Sarah’s “Woooow” face. She made it A LOT!
She wanted to watch everyone else feed the animals
One proud girl with one proud dad
Sarah chased this goat all over the place. It was adorable.
Giraffes are crazy cool. Seeing them in person made me feel like I was in Jurassic Park for some reason.
Getting so big and brave
The weather was absolutely perfect!
We had a bit of fun at the kangaroo stop…
yep, this happened
and then THIS
neither of them look too happy with the situation
On the train with our sweet 6 month old
Sarah sitting with Aunt Kelley
I love this last photo!
I’m sure the pictures help show just what a fabulous time we had. My sister and her hubby Jeff came. As well as my mom and sis-in-law Kelley. Sarah was pretty much in Auntee heaven. Kelley is a huge animal lover so she knew all sorts of cool information. She also helped give Sarah the needed patience and encouragement to feed several different animals. The train ride was really awesome. It was only $3 per person and given that Sarah LOVES trains, and us adults appreciated the shade and wind, it was a fantastic deal! Elanor was a great baby the entire time. She is big enough now that we were able to just put her in the stroller and swap out kids when Sarah wanted a break from walking.
After we left the zoo we headed to my parents house. Dad fired up the grill and made his famous bbq chicken while mom whipped up a bunch of tasty sides. It was a delicious feast. Sarah played in the backyard and Stephen Elanor and I got to take a catnap. I actually think that is the first time the 3 of us have napped together… it was great!
There ya have it, a breakdown of our Memorial Weekend. It was a much needed time of relaxation. Tomorrow is Friday and I know this weekend, although pretty busy, can’t get here fast enough! We need a vacation. Or a vacation from vacation. Ya, you guys know what I’m talking about.