seven whole months

7mths3“Come here, sissy!!”

I’m a taaaad late, just taking our monthly pictures and getting their stats posted… but! here we are!
This is the best chair picture I got today. Definitely the perfect depiction of their relationship…. they love being close, but they’re also very grabby. So, when they’re playing they’ll be doing lots of crying and laughing and crying and laughing. When you put them down on the floor, they’ll automatically scoot to each other and begin grabbing for pacifiers, arms, legs, hair, whatever they can get to. They love holding hands and will reach out whenever they’re near each other. It’s the cutest thing in the world.7mths2

So far they are:
Rolling over.
Scooting.
Wearing size 3 Cruisers. (no more Snugglers!!!)
Eating spinach, carrots, mangos, pears, cinnamon apples, green beans.
Reaching out to be held.
Hiding their face in my chest when someone says “hello”!
Babbling lots of sounds… b’s, g’s, d’s.
Holding their own bottles semi-consistently.
Drinking from sippy cups.
They love to listen while you read.
Exploring (meaning eating your computer screen, pulling wipes out of containers, eating papers, etc.)
Lo has been the only babe to fall off the bed or couch! 7mths

Laying on the chalkboard just doesn’t work anymore…. they’re rolling over and pushing up from the floor, so we just sat up and played on bellies instead!! Six months and seven, so far, have been the most fun and exciting! They’re just doing so. dang. much!! My friends told me that the 6-9 months stage was her favorite because babies learn to do much during that stage and so far she’s right!! It’s so exciting to watch the girls work hard to meet new milestones, it’s been so sweet & quite funny to watch them realize each other and seek each other out. Until a couple of months ago, I think mainly felt for each other. Now, they’re able to go after each other. party

Love this life we’re creating together.
Love experiencing life with them.
Love being by their side as they learn and grow.
I carry them, but in so many ways they carry me, too.

Happy 7 months, girls!
Mama loves you!

OH…. Have you heard Little Toy Guns by Carrie Underwood?!?!?! Such an amazing song and resonates with me so hard. I can (and do) listen on repeat!!
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firsties

parkSo y’all know I like to make up words…. firsties is one of my newer favorites.
I literally just made it up as I was titling this post.

Today, was one of the girls’ firsts. We (my daughter, nieces, and I) got out of the house and burned some cals at a jogging trail and playground. The park had the baby swings so the the little girls were able to play along- it was big, silly deal for me. It was soooo stinking cute to hear them laugh out loud and squeal as Aliya and Ari pushed them back and forth. park4 park3My nieces have spent a month every summer with us for the past 5 years and it is a dream come true to finally watch my girls play with my sister’s girls. This whole mothering experience has been so special and each of their firsts are so incredibly special to me.

Mothering is fun for me. It’s enjoyable and exciting…. there’s a lot of learning on the fly, trusting your gut, and doing more than you thought you ever could. There are so many opportunities for togetherness on so many different levels along this journey of motherhood.This space is full of beautiful, strong women who are creative, versatile, brilliant, and witty. Women who are courageous, thoughtful, kind, compassionate. Women who are all able to do at least one thing that another cannot. This space has the propensity to become a breeding ground for envy, jealously, malice, and hate but the more and more I come in contact with women with pure hearts, the more I believe that we women mama well together. We understand each other better than our men can, we experience many of the same things, and we are each other’s biggest support systems. While we stand shoulder to shoulder with women who we look up to and are inspired by, we have to remember that not one of us is perfect. Not one of us should judge our capabilities to mother our children by how another mama mothers. Not one of us should strive to mother perfectly, just very, very well. Using our gifts and talents and leaning on the gifts of others when we need to, while sharing our gifts with another we needed. Mothering as uniquely as we were created, without all of the comparisons and jealousies, we’re able to live much more graciously and enjoy our children with much more freedom.tmgraphicI write over at ThriveMoms.com twice a month and when you click here, you can read a bit about how I’m learning to  mother graciously rather than perfectly. Let me know what you think!

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fantastic, feisty, & five months fab!

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset“Hey, sister!! We’re 5 mths!!”

These last five months have been so joyous in some ways and very difficult in others. Lots of growing and choosing. Lots of struggling and rejoicing. They are for sure worth celebrating regardless of what else is going on in our world. Worth fawning over. Worth working our hardest for.

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They are doing some pretty exciting things these days…… I kinda chatted over here about what they are doing but since then, they’ve been doing better with holding their bottles and it almost seems as if they’re ready to get moving! Their little bodies will get all excited and their legs and arms will move but it’s so funny because they aren’t going anywhere!

I’ve been allowing them to taste little foods here and there. I’m not quite ready to give them real food yet, but I want to begin shaping their little palates. They’ve tasted cucumber, plum, and carrots. Logan seems to really enjoy new foods – she’ll hold your hand/food to her mouth and scream cry if you take it away. Rhyann….. she’s not too thrilled. Introducing foods to them will be interesting – especially if this pattern carries on. 5mthsa

…. and, they’ve begun crying tears. Real Deal tears.
MY GOSH…. I never thought tears would make my heart break. Watching these girls grow is my greatest joy….. They cause my heart to soar.

Logan is still the happiness baby on the planet. She’s laughing, squealing, and making the cutest faces more and more. She literally wakes up with the happiest of faces. And, the girl loves music and will bounce and babble along with it!
Rhyann is becoming such a ham. Laughing more without so much work and babbling tons and tons. She has made the strangest, most hilarious sounds ever!! She’s hilarious. And, I love her personality.

Both of them are the best babies…. easy. Quiet for the most part and they’re easy to take anywhere and everywhere.
They’re also the best errand running buddies. They just ride and hang out…. they’re so easy.
IMG_7255The last five months have been full of nurturing and stillness for most of the time…..
the next five will be so very different.

I can’t wait to do the teaching and chasing, the hand holding, and just watching them become more independent.
They’ll become more themselves, more of me, more of their dad.
They’ll do more watching, more imitating.

And, I cannot freaking wait.

Month 5… bring it.

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