well. well. well.

Looks like we have a big one month old on our hands. That’s four whole weeks of baby cuddles, interrupted sleep, and insurmountable laundry. I feel like you’ve been here forever, you just seamlessly fit in…but when I sit down and really think it feels like just yesterday I was emotionally crying over you being stuck in my belly.

Funny what changes in a month.

Your arrival into this world was casual. A sunday stroll after church casual. No matter how hard I tried to walk, spice, foot rub, or salad dressing you out early you refused to budge. And yet, as soon as we arrived at the hospital for your scheduled birthday the contractions started. Your casual attitude followed you outside le womb and you’re fairly laid back despite the wet dog nose sniffs, your well intentioned older sister, and daily dance parties.

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NICKNAMES |

Kenz. Kenzie kenz. k.

Kenz is what comes out of our mouths most often. It just feels right to most of us except lex who lovingly has deemed you her “Kenzie kenz”. I’ve reserved “K” for when I’m feeling especially lazy and 4 letters is three too many.

We’ll see what develops as your personality emerges. But so far “mouse” seems most fitting from the animal department because you literally squeak. When you eat, when you sleep, and when you play- baby squeak, squeak, squeak.

HEIGHT & WEIGHT |

We had your one month visit this morning and you are a growing girl! 7lbs 13oz and a smidge less than 21 inches! 

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SLEEP |

We’re getting into a sweet little groove of eat, play, sleep during the day. and at night you’re up for just one middle of the night feeding. which officially makes you awe-to the-some.

You love nothing more than a good snooze via cuddle sesh. It has me jonsing to pull you into bed with us nightly because you promise me 4 hour stretches if we’re “cuddling”. Instead we’re holding fast and strong on the crib front… For at the first half of the night. After your middle of the night eats we play it fast n loose and you sometimes end up back in our room.

EATS |

Milk. You love yourself a long, lazy nursing sesh. Probably because cuddling seems to be your jam. We toss one bottle at you a day because its my life mission to make sure you’re good at bottles and you handle it like a BOSS.

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LOVES |

Cuddles. Lots and lots of cuddles. You’re happiest when being snuggled, or cheek to cheek during playtime.

Voices. So far your favs seem to be mine (duh. you had to hear me yammering on for 9 long months), and your sisters. When your sister starts chatting you go stock still and just listen.

Baths. We put your tub the opposite way over the big tub and you and your sister are already sharing bath-time. Its hard to tell because you’re not exactly smiling to show enthusiasm yet, but you don’t seem to complain. so we’ll throw it in the “loves” category for now.

DISLOVES |

Diaper changes. You’re not much of a complainer except during diaper changes. I get it, cold air, wet wipes. I don’t blame you sister.

photoshoots. Which i shall change. Its a way of life around here. and i’ll start reading you this book as many times as needed until you shape up.

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Happy one month kenz. We love you and your sweet disposition a whole lot. Keep up the growing because I can tell smiles are on the horizon, and just like buddy the elf smiling is my favorite. Just promise me not to grow too fast- because I’m truly appreciating that one person in the house has zero opinion on their wardrobe.

 

 

  • I cannot believe you are already a month old Kenz!! I need you to stop for a little while so Tom and I can come love on you, k? :) I love that you’re a snuggler, but mom is right, you’re going to need to start taking photo cues from your sister. I mean, you’re already rocking a headband perfectly, so I can tell you’re a quick learner!

  • Oh she is just perfect, Erin! Such a little sweetheart :) Love these updates and I need to get my hand on that mom snaps book asap! ;)

  • karra

    love her so much!!! and I bet by next month she will LOVE pictures ;)

  • Jenny

    She’s such a cutie and rocking those headbands already! Yay for only waking once a night, loving to eat and cuddles! Sounds just about right for a 2nd child!

  • Has it really been a whole month??? Times flies!! She is just so adorable!!

  • Emily

    Happy One Month to Miss Kenz, she sure is a lil Beauty:)

  • Ahhh!!! I LOVE this post!! What a sweet and precious and wonderful little addition you have there. Gah, I love her!

  • okay i adore this…the style of your blog, your writing, and photos! she will cherish this cute post one day!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  • How is she one month old already? I seriously feel like yesterday you were about to have her! Time is flying already. She is just the sweetest little peanut! And am amazing little babe giving her mommy so much good sleep at night! Keep it up Kenz!

  • She sounds PERFECT!!! I would want to cuddle her all the time, too! I can’t believe she’s already a month old…she’ll be a professional model (like Lex) in no time. ;)

  • Sweet baby K!! I can’t believe she’s a month already! It’s crazy how the time flies once they are born!
    She sounds like an angel baby! And so snuggly! I hope I get a cuddle bug again the second time around. Toddlers ain’t got no time for cuddlin’ these days!

  • Awww, we call Kenley “K” too.. or “KK”, which really has no reason bc her initials are KD. And the mouse! I called Ashlynn ” Pippie” for the first few weeks of her life because she was a pipsqueak… in size (5lbs) and sound. Always squeaking! I miss that.

    She is just too cute, and so sweet. I don’t really miss babies, as in, want more, but this these updates make long for a moment of snuggling a little fresh smelling babe. As you know, it just goes by so fast (and blurry!)

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happy march!

the month of our little persons birthday, one dreaded time change, and springy spring.

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We had an awesome weekend. Friday we have a new tradition that involves heading to the local farmers market for an evening of fresh fruit, wood-fired pizza, and a little street dancing. Next weekend you’d better believe a walktail will be involved for me… And a “big sister mock-walktail” for lex.

Thanks to my sorority sister leslie for Lex’s new sippy. Learning the beauty of paint pens is just one sorority lesson that stays with you for life. But I know we’re in trouble if a personalized blind-fold shows up for Easter.

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For any newbies out there a walktail is the ultimate requirement for anyone with babes. It’s a traveling cocktail perfect for evening strolls (or afternoon ones depending on desperation level).

Saturday my old roommate and her fam came out for a little visit. They have a two week old- so kenz got her very  first play date while the big kids stayed busy playing princess dress up and having dance parties.

caution. newborn awkwardness coming your way.

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sunday we laid low and my sister came to visit. it so nice having an extra set of hands–especially when mike decides to spend all afternoon in the kitchen whipping up some potato-leek-bacon soup (i cant complain. it was delicious. then again anything with bacon is delicious). and our version of getting cray-cray was putting kenz in her very first pair of pants.

photobombing compliments of big sister who refuses to take her navy bow dress off.

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and today its back to week-day life. where its rainy and freezing (it dipped all the way down to 55!), and yet our toddler refuses to wear a sweater, pants, tights, or leg warmers. I tried so hard to convince her how awesome leg warmers were this morning before i sent her off to school in a flimsy dress, but she wasn’t buying it (this afternoon watching flashdance is on the agenda to convince her otherwise). according to lex “princesses dont wear tights. or pants. or belts. or leg warmers. and they always wear heels.”. the princess struggle is real my friends.

  • I do love me some newborn awkwardness. Also, walktails. YEP.

  • Ha – totally love a walk tail, already looking forward to one!! And lex’s sippy, only a sorority girl would know how to do that … I had a few in my day!! And they look SOOOO much alike, I love it!!

  • Marilyn

    So cute! You have beautiful girls! I love how the big sister portrays herself as a princess.. too adorable. And the baby…cuteness overload!

  • they are so cute! I feel you on refusing to wear real clothes! It been in negative digits here and I STILL have to convince Sydney that dresses aren’t appropriate. Lol

  • Love Lex rocking her Walktail! Leslie is SO GOOD!! That smirk Kenz is giving is telling – you’re in for trouble with both princesses!!

  • I can’t get over how much Kenz looks like Lex in that first picture! Total twins.
    Also, LOVE that Lex has her own walk tail cup! Get ready for some looks from neighbors while she walks down the street with that one lol.
    And my friend, I wish I knew you when Mason was a baby because I never even thought of the walk tail! Although I guess I could still apply that now… :)

  • karra

    I never knew the walktail thing.. totes on board with that one. In fact– pina colada’s are on the weekend agenda!

  • karra

    p.s our girls are a month tomorrow? whatttt?!

  • The farmers market sounds so fun! I would love that to be are weekly weekend tradition!
    It was chilly here in AZ yesterday as well and I was loving it! Totally refreshing to have cool weather for a day. And Mia LOVED the rain, ha ha!
    The newborn awkwardness… I LOVE it! Ah, life sounds so good for you right now! Yay!

  • Oh the princess struggle! It sound a lot like the frog/dinosaur/lion/the animal of the day struggle in my house!

  • I wanna go to a farmer’s market like that! We have one nearby, but definitely not as cool as yours sounds. And yeah…. princess struggle. I hate how my kid now has an opinion on what to wear! LOL

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Having a newborn makes me la-to the-zy. It’s like the ultimate reason to turn into a Gilmore Girl watching hermit. It’s been three whole blissful weeks of yoga pants, cuddles, and late night nursing sessions turned shopping sessions (sorry mike!). But now it’s time to break through the haze and actually step foot inside a grocery store, and maybe, just maybe, get back to le neglected blog.

ONE.

This week marked the start of what I hope is a nice long relationship with crib naps. Putting kenz down for the count in her crib guarantee’s lex some one on one time with me not being attached to a sleeping babe. Lex definitely isn’t complaining about getting back a smidge of “only child time”.  And kenz isnt complaining about “mermaid time”.

 

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TWO.

My love for summer rompers runs deep. Real deep. Kenz recently scored this, this, and this.  And now I’m just waiting for her to be big enough to wear them. Whoever said being a second child wasn’t fun in the fashion department was cray- cray because I learned a whole lot of “oh heck no’s”  thanks to Lex’s first year of un- fashionable life.

THREE.

Lex is rounding the corner into three quite quickly. So party prep is in full force round here. We’re going small (really small) because of kenz being so bitty-  but I want lex to feel special and celebrated- so her dream ARIEL party she shall get. Complete with this dress for party day (and every other day until the end of time). We don’t have food figured out, but the goodie bags are packed damnit.

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FOUR.

Our newest family member looks exactly like her older sister. I find myself calling poor kenz “lex” on a daily basis and I swear it’s not just “new mombrain”. They have the same face shape, nose, mouth, and even hair. They scream “sister! Sister!” Louder than Tia & Tamera.

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FIVE.

While at target yesterday BY MYSELF (a little slice of heaven) I spotted this dress. Which is a replica of Lex’s favorite dresses ON THE PLANET. She begs and pleads to wear her red or purple dreamcatcher dresses daily but gets shut down on school days due to the amount of paint and mud she comes home sporting. Thank you target for answering my toddlers wardrobe prayers and coming up with a school-solution I won’t cry when she ruins. I also scored “purple glitter heels”. Because lex refuses to wear anything on her feet she doesn’t deem princess heels. I’m raising a monster.

a monster who wants to lay down for every photo now (like her sister) and demands we take “one more picture! and then you get a treat!” when she’s in charge with her camera.

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  • MERMAID NAPS?! You ARE genius…. although I think Ariel had something do with that!! Pretty sure I stomp for glitter hells too… or maybe just glitter shoes. Can target make that dress in my size?!

  • Yay for more blogging!! You are hilarious and I always LOVE your posts!
    Holy cow! Kenz really does look like a mini Lex! You are the luckiest momma with the CUTEST girls! (Does it blow your mind that you have girlS?! S- as in plural? AH!)

  • oh my gosh! They look nearly identical! I love the theme that you are going with for Lex’s birthday! I can’t wait to see it!

  • TWINS! Holy cow….they are identical! And those rompers are too cute….do you think I could pull one off? I love that Lex’s party favors are packed – too funny! Who needs food when you have a hand kite?

  • Love the Ariel Party theme. I am just starting to plan for Elin’s party. Still unsure of a theme but it shall be some sort of princess.

  • oh my gosh the girls look SO much alike! Crazy!

    Also LOVE blumonet rompers! I have my eye on a few but the shipping to Canada is a little crazy! I agree about the second child thing, I look back on Scarlett’s first year of life and cringe LOL

  • Please, when was lex ever unfashionable? Maybe that one time she had a blow out at the doctor and wore a leopard onezie. That’s like the only time ever. And you totally have twins on your hands and I love it!!!!

  • I swear you must look into grocery delivery- it might just be my very favorite thing about living over here! I’m dreading those days where M comes home from nursery covered in paint so we’ve stocked up on clothes I don’t give a darn about! The girls look SO similar and those rompers are ADORABLE! Love love love the party favors. I might just need to copy you and check and see if they do Peppa bracelets! Can’t wait to see all of the party pics!

  • With Julie, not sure when Lex wasn’t the most fashionable baby ever?! Cute party details and they are ridic twins. I feel like A and K looked a decent amount alike, then didn’t, and now seeing them together they look like sister. Friends saying, K is making an A face, etc, type stuff. Will be fun to see as her hair actually grows in. Cute dress, though I always feel a bit bad when small shops get ripped off by the big guys, like one thing to be ripped off by another handmade less creative, but a giant corp just seems wrong :(

  • I have a massive summer romper problem as well. You should probably just sell me all of Kenz’s as she outgrows them because…yeah. Obsessed.

  • Oh my GOSH. Kenz is so cute! You have the best looking babies. I love all the rompers!

  • Serious twinsies! It’s crazy how much they look alike.

  • Twiiiiins!!!!! Omg!!! And love the rompers kenz has on the way!

  • LOVING the party details! Is that serious a goodie bag with a bracelet that you can take home and make? you, my friend, are a party planning genius!

  • jenny

    love love that dress you found for Lex at Target!! also that mermaid saddle for Kenz? so sweet. teach them young about mermaids and princesses! An Ariel party sounds so fun and those gift baskets look great!

  • Oh Man-the dream catcher look-alike?! So need to grab those for my girls! Also- Kenz is just as adorable as her big sis… You are in trouble with those beauties ;)

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i’d like to believe that we learned a thing or two from lex and are wiser in the “gear” department this time around. although i’m pretty sure most of the credit goes to all the bloggers and grammers who’ve been singing the praises of all these things. . . so here it is. my list of cant-live-without items for surviving life with a new babe. Which probably looks a whole lot like everyone else’s list of items. But it’s because all these things totally rock my socks.

newborn ess The solly wrap has been a complete and total necessity. It comes in handy big time while running errands– not only does kenz pass out in it- but it dissuades people from getting too close and personal with the newborn. Plus attempting to maneuver the car seat/shopping cart situation is a joke.

Nursing this time around has been going so much better than last time. But this mom knows the time will come when I need a longer than 3 hour break. In swoops the Comotomo Baby Bottle. I swear it’s just like a boob. We introduced it giving kenz one bottle a day while I pump and haven’t delt with pesky nipple confusion.

Nothing bugs kenz more than a diaper or outfit change. It’s the only time we hear her cry. So we’re all really really really loving anything kimono style. theseL’ovedbaby Kimono‘s are soft, cute, and easy-peasy because no over the head action is involved. The weather here is mild (to say the least) so we’ve been using just a onezie underHALO SleepSack‘s at night. Complete with bitty babybooties. Its the daily standard outfit of choice for kenz.

The thing i get the most comments on is my covered goods nursing cover. Not because ive actually used it for nursing (i much prefer to nurse at home), but as a car seat cover. It screams “dont touch my baby!” to the preschool crowd upon drop off & pick up.

This traveling play pad gets used daily throughout the house. Its soft, comfortable, and has handles for easy carting throughout the house. Because a certain big sister doesnt stay in the same room for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Lastly the Levana Oma is a movement monitor. It clips onto the babes diaper and monitors their breathing. If it detects they’re not breathing it gently vibrates, if that doesnt work an alarm sounds. We haven’t gotten to use this much since kenz’s belly button JUST fell off. but it gives me peace of mind for naps/sleeps when shes by her lonesome in her crib.

So there you have it. The things we couldn’t have lived without the past 3 weeks of kenz’s existence.

 

  • I’m dying over the kimono… and it will look amazing with her twinzie headbands, provided I ever get this dang gift in the mail. The playpad looks so comfy, I want one to nap on under my desk… all this little girl stuff… it’s too much for my heart. So sweet.

  • So intrigued by that monitor….let me know how you feel after using it for a few weeks!

  • A traveling play mat?! That is AWESOME! It has only been a few years since O was a baby but they have all sorts of cool thing now that we didn’t have then!

  • karra

    we’re pretty much living in our solly around here and we whipped out our bottles the other day, too. Love that traveling pad! We need one for downstairs!

  • Kristi

    Love your blog! You have a beautiful family. I have a 2.5 year old little girl and I look forward to your posts!

  • Haha, yes, I have pinned and bought everything mentioned multiple times by bloggers – your list looks just like mine, so I am glad they are officially tried and true by someone I know. :) I love that travel mat…just added it to my registry! ;)

  • Saving this for a later date!! I never wore Mia as a babe, except for hiking, so I’m super excited to experience it with our next babe! And I’ll definitely be looking into those bottles as well!

  • Love these items. I never did one of those baby monitor – not because I wasn’t a paranoid freak, but because I was a paranoid freak and I think that thing would have freaked me out even more. I’ve heard horror stories about the Angel Care monitor going off all hours of the night and giving people major anxiety and stress. I’m already a disaster! Love the kimono onesie and the booties! This makes me want a newborn all over again!

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now that we’ve been home for a hot second we’re finally starting to settle into “real life” as a family of four. and real life is looking a little something like this:

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dress/headbands/blanket

Just kidding!

i would love to say life is constant smiles and unicorns and sunshine. but in all reality its been a big adjustment for all of us. now that i’m mended enough to handle both ladies i sent mike back to work so i could start figuring out how to juggle both girls schedules and needs. i’m an eager beaver for life to get back to our new normal. even if that normal has mike chanting things like “lets go girls!”. which has me penning a letter of angst to shania twain.

kenz has been pretty good so far. i dare say that because she’s a whopping two weeks old and i’m still not entirely sure what we have in store. but nursing has been magically & wonderfully better this time around (I credit my binge watching Gilmore girls). and at two weeks she’s up to 7lbs AND has grown an inch. and although we still arent back to birth weight– any weight gain has us cheering and cheersing (ive missed margaritas!).

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lex. dear sweet lex. who’s life got flip turned upside down. she loves her “kenzie kenz” something fierce. . . what she doesnt love is that her reign of 100% attention for three years has come to a close. she’s adjusting mostly like a champ, and her “acting out for attention” has gone as far as attempts of using her pacifier outside of bedtime (she’s such a rebel!). But i do think she’s saddened by the fact that I didn’t pop out a two year old ready and willing to play princesses and dress up.

I wasn’t sure about nursing in front of my chatty three year old. And fear not- lex has not disappointed.

“Daddy. What is that?”
“It’s my nipple lex. Everyone has nipples”.
“No daddy. I have little boobs and mommy has big ones”.

Fair enough.

And while I wanted to avoid pumping in front of her at all costs- it just so happened she busted in on me and my pump but instead of being horrified she declared-

“Mommy! Your boobs are dancing!”.

i can only imagine what she’s been telling her teachers.

I’m sure life will change 100x between now and next week. But for now, well for now I’m soaking in the sleepy newborn stage and hoping the babe doesn’t wake up too quickly.

 

  • “Mommy, your boobs are dancing” Oh, Lex. I got a good laugh out of that one. Great to hear nursing is going better this time around. I hope you ladies continue to adjust well to all of the new life changes.

    Our Little Miracles

  • They dance? Pretty sure Lex is officially smarter than me. Oh sweet Sir. I can hear him already. But what about Tuck? Poor Tuck. Always lumped in with the girls.

  • Lex is such a cutie pie! What a funny girl :) She gets it from her momma, I think!

  • Awww, sweet Lex. She is such a sweetie and man, did I laugh at those comments! Thinking of you!

  • Mike and his shania “let’s go girls” seriously made me laugh out loud. Hilarious!!! You’re a rock star. Go mama go.

  • oh my gosh! I love the pictures. You seriously have some gorgeous little babes! I am glad that you guys are getting into the swing of things though. I have heard that the transition can be hard.

  • Oh my gosh I am dying laughing and Lexs’ antics!! Haha dancing boobs. Glad things are going well and you are all adjusting to being a family of four!

  • I’ve been wondering how you guys have been doing! I’m so happy to hear that it’s going well and that Lex is adjusting pretty well and has been…learning a lot LOL. I do kinda wish I was a fly on the wall at her school just to hear what she tells her teachers. They must be loving it! I can’t wait to see the way they interact as Kenz gets older. In a few short months (or like 9), Kenz will be able to sit and Lex can play alllllllll day with her and all the princesses and your mama heart will explode!

  • Cutie pies! And Lexi sounds hilarious!

  • Cracking. Up. Sounds like you’ve totally got this mommy of 2 thang. And hey if nursing was not so bad the first go around, we’d be strangers. Thinking of you 4 and hoping the sleeping K and hilarious Lex comments continue!

  • So cute! Mac LOVED helping me get my pump ready. I’d let him hook me up and turn the pump on. He thought that was the coolest thing ever. :)

  • Your girls are so sweet! I love their matching headbands! I’m glad you seem to be adjusting to your new life! So sweet!

  • Loved reading this, I feel like it’s my future!!! So glad you guys are adjusting, and nursing well! And omg, Waverly is already so interested in my boobs I can only imagine what’s going to go down!

  • it’s a rollercoaster!! Wait ’til she starts nursing her dolls. A used to do that, but I doubt she even remembers me nursing K and it’s only been 4 months. I would let A turn my pump on since she was so interested in the buttons, so it was my way from keeping her from touching them while I was actually using it

  • Haha! Wait until Lex starts nursing all her stuffed animals at play dates! My daughters both frequently pull up their shirts to feed their babies–so comfortable in front of male guests, ha!

  • Oh Lex! You’re synopsis has me cracking up. And Kenz’ little legs! I could eat them up so! K has the same sheets. :) Keep up the great work mama! I can’t believe you have the energy to post and snap pics, but so happy that you do!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  • Oh, Lex….sweet girl! I am glad that things seem normal, so far!! Keep those boobs dancing, and for goodness sakes, let Lex have her paci outside of bed. If that’s the worst thing she does in her life, you’ll be just fine!!! :) xoxo

  • Oh what a sweet photo of those two! So happy to hear you’re adjusting as well as you can just 2 weeks in. :) Yay for easier BF and if all Lex does is try to get extra pacifier time i’d say she’s a rock star! :) Keep the cute photos coming!

  • Oh, we are so much alike! I was SO ready to be used to our new normal the day we brought Mia home from the hospital… you can imagine how frustrated I was when it took longer than a day, HA!
    Kenz sounds like a dream baby! And Lex sounds like she’s handling all the changes like a dream! Soooooo awesome!

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