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!

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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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they’re eating!

The girls are 6 big ol months!!!!! I’m way behind on their 6th month post & pictures, but lets not be judgy…..
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 It’s honestly been so much fun watching the girls grow and learn! I have a lot of favorite milestones they’ve hit recently, but my favorite eating! The girls love to eat and it’s fun for me, too, because I make their food!! I’m not completely against jar food, but I’d prefer to make their food myself. I know exactly what’s in it, I get to season it as I’d like, and it ends up being a lot less expensive than buying the jarred food!! mangoThe Baby Bullet is so stinking cute!!! And, the little containers are adorable. It’s easy to use and works fairly quickly! … and, it’s cute! The only downside to the Baby Bullet is that you aren’t able to make a lot of food at once. I cut one mango to puree and I doubt I would have been able to add another full mango to the blender. For now it works great because the girls aren’t eating that much, but once their bellies and appetites grow, I’m going to have to use my blender for their food!!

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The girls have had avocado, pears, and mango!! I also tried the Gerber Rice Cereal but I nixed it because it’s pretty pointless. I plan to add more veggies…. kale, carrots, spinach, and green beans are at the top of my list. I hate peas, but they’ll help move their little systems along, so hopefully they’ll like them!!

You can tell that the girls understand eating because they are so into our meals…. They watch us eat and even grab our spoons and forks! It’s hilarious!!!

My hope is that if I introduce a wide variety of foods to the girls early, they’ll have a wide palate and won’t only eat those favorite kid foods like chicken (in it’s various forms) and burgers. Even though I love hamburgers! lol.

I’m looking forward to having a freezer full of frozen foods for the girls to enjoy. Makes my mama heart happy that they love what I’ve prepared for them so far! Kinda makes me feel something like an award winning baby chef! lol.. I get rave reviews from two tiny diners!!!

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