Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NMB 2015

After our trip to LBI, the kids and I headed to North Myrtle Beach with my family. This trip was a bit different and definitely more of a trip than vacation ;)  Justin had to stay home to work so it was just me and the kiddos.  My parents have a time share and it is a three bedroom condo.  It is perfect until you try to fit five adults and six kids! It creates chaos.  While the kiddos were all in a room, Kate slept in a pack n play in my parents room and I slept on the couch with the monitor next to me.

My brother has twins that will be four in November and a seven year old step son - add Kate to the mix and we have a group of crazy kids ;)

Thankfully there is a pool where we stay.  All the kids love the pool and it's a great way to burn some energy!

They also played some games and had races on the beach! (but only lasted about 10 min before one of the five had some sort of meltdown)

Can't leave out our family beach pics ~ minus Justin :(

Fredrick (4) and Payne (3) twins
Claire thought she was so BIG bc she got to hold Kate for the picture!  (with hands ready in back ground just in case!)
These two are going to be TROUBLE when the get older!

Coop and the Max Man

My boy!

Beautiful Bear bear!
Love :)
The whole crew.  Not easy getting smiles from everyone!

Friday, August 21, 2015

LBI 2015

Every year we go to the Jersey shore... Long Beach Island to be exact! This is one of our favorite trips we take.   Two of Justin's aunts and uncles have houses across from each other.  We pack in to one house and enjoy lots of family time!

The water was really cold while we were there but that didn't stop Max and Daddy! Max had so much fun he said it was "the best day ever!"

Claire preferred the Lagoon!
 We tried paddle boarding for the first time!

We had a cornhole tournament!

Went out to dinner!
And the trip wouldn't be complete without our annual Darcy/Fredrick photo shoot!

Fun cousin picture!
The Fredrick Family
Kate did great on the beach... spent most of her time in her tent!

Sad to leave and already looking forward to next year's trip!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kate ~ 3 months!

It's so hard to believe that Kate is already 3 (and a half) months!  She is seriously the best baby! She sleeps, plays, eats, and sleeps some more!  She only cries when she is hungry or tired.

We are behind on many post, but mostly because we have been away having fun at the beach.  Kate has already been to the beach twice!  First trip was to NJ (more on that later) and she did fabulous on the car ride up!

Sleep: If we are home and able, she will take about 3 naps a day and will usually nap 1.5-2.5 hrs!
Night time.... still working on getting more sleep.  She usually goes down around 8 and wakes up around 1am and 4:30ish.  I think she did a little better when she was having a bottle at night.

Eating: I am so happy that this is going well!  She has had only breast milk and has been, for the most part, exclusively breast feeding since we went to NJ.  I was soooo tired on that trip and only pumped twice.  Nursing is so much easier than having to pump and give bottle!  It also helps considering I was running out of freezer room. I have now donated milk twice, have plenty in our freezer and a large cooler full was taken to a friend's deep freezer!
During the day she usually goes 3-4 hours and at night, if I am lucky, I can get a 5 hour stretch.

I'm guessing she is around 12 lbs.  She is starting to be to long for her 3 month jammies.

She is very alert.  She has recently started grabbing her toys and toes!  Her hand is constantly in her mouth... so not ready for a teether!

She loves when we sing to her ~ especially The Wheels on the Bus!  Max and Claire are always around to provide entertainment ;)
She also loves her play mat and rocking chair.

OMG! Love this little girl so much! Really trying to soak up every single minute with her!  Love those sweet cheeks!!