29 Week Highlights

29 Week Highlights

Oh Remi girl, you’re so fun. Mama and daddy just laugh at you while you giggle and squeal. We love spending our evenings with you.

She LOVES dinner time.  When we’re home, she gets down to diaper and feeds herself. It’s a HUGE mess, but I want her to explore, learn and enjoy meal times.

One day to daycare, she wore this camo ballerina outfit that Daddy’s family bought for us. 

Along with learning to handle the spoon, she’s learning new textures. We gave her a 1/3 of a banana and she CHOWED DOWN one evening. It was a little slippery, but sister ate almost the whole thing!

She’s SO happy in the mornings! We like to take pics to send to daddy on days that he works. 

We got some Ergo snuggles after work one day while on a walk.  She loves to snuggle and eventually passed out.

Saturday morning snuggles in the big bed are mama’s favorites. And it helps that she’s freaking adorable.

I noticed a tooth peeking through her gums, so I wanted to capture her toothless smile. It’s blurry and dark, but I love how happy that sweet cheeks is!

Pippy and Remi BFFs

I just love life with this little girl. The hard times are so worth it when I see the highlights. Yes, there are hard times.  Nights when she fusses and won’t fall asleep.  Poopy diaper blowouts. Naps that don’t come easy. But I don’t want to remember that. I want to remember her laughs and smiles and our fun.


Week 28 Highlights

Week 28 Highlights

This week was monumental- Remi started daycare!

But she adapted so quickly and has been loving it. Here are some of the highlights!

Hanson Day is in a month, so we celebrated with Remi wearing her Hanson onesie to daycare.

Her teachers send me pics, and I love how happy she is there!

Eating is going GREAT. She has loved everything we’ve given her. She does prefer to feed herself, which is messy, but I know we are fostering independence and skills. We can handle a little mess.

We had our first cookout of the year. We brought the activity seat outside for Remi to play while we cooked out and ate. She loved it. And she loved her fun new pineapple hat. 

So that was our fun week! We are so blessed to have such a happy, easy baby!


Weekend Recap: Friends, Food and Fun!

Weekend Recap: Friends, Food and Fun!

We had a busy weekend this week! So much so that I’m doing a weekend recap!

It started Friday evening with some fun time with my life group. I LOVE these ladies. We really do life together. Learn, pray, cry, laugh, hold babies, have garage sales….we do it all.

We got together for tacos, an escape room, and Mexican ice cream!

There’s a DELISH place that makes the best ice cream and popsicles. I got a spicy mango popsicle, it packed a punch!

Tyler and Nancy were home with Remi and they had an adventurous night. She was getting red spots and they were worried. I wasn’t paying attention to my phone in the escape room (sorry, babe!) and they decided to bring her to urgent care before it closed. Turns out she had bug bites from their walk earlier that evening- so we were thankful she was fine.

Saturday Tyler had the day off, so we spent the day together. Tyler let me sleep in and got up and played with Remi and got her first nap in before I got up (do you hear the hallelujah chorus?! It was so great to sleep in!)

Sweet girl was SO fun. I set her down to blow my nose and Hairspray the Musical was on TV. She was squealing at the screen and wouldn’t take her eyes off of it. She loved it!

The weather wasn’t awesome, so we decided to take a little road trip instead of being cooped up all day. So we drove to a neat little dive restaurant about an hour away that Ty and I had been to before.

Remi slept the whole way there, so she was happy when we arrived. We had a wonderful meal and enjoyed just lingering.

And Remi was all smiles! Love that sweet grin that she’s been doing lately.

Me and my girl.

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We spent the rest of Saturday at mom’s catching up on Quantico because we no longer have ABC (Thanks, Dish. Get your agreements together).

Sunday, we went to life group and then headed up the hill to NWA.

Nancy kept Remi after church and mom and I had a DELICIOUS brunch. (This weekend was full of good food!) We had mimosas and crab cakes and yummy cajun food.

And ya’ll…beignets for dessert. So good. So so good.

We went to the Walton Arts Center after brunch to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It was our first play that wasn’t a musical. It was so great. It’s the inside look at what living with autism might be like. It was eye opening, emotional and beautiful. So wonderful.

I’m thankful for all the fun and for people who love on my girl when I have plans. Because sometimes mama needs to play, too.


Dropping your baby off at daycare

Dropping your baby off at daycare

Back when I was 25 or so weeks pregnant, we toured daycare facilities.  We went one afternoon after work and hit our “top 3” (based on location, mostly) without prior notice.  I liked the idea that we would just show up and see how things were.

One place was nice, but seemed too stuffy.  Too political.  A little too fancy.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the beautiful murals on the walls and the fancy music class and the baby sign language. But it wasn’t the right fit.

Another place felt all wrong from the start.  The workers were a little too lax (wearing pajamas!! and it wasn’t a pajama day) and I just wasn’t at ease.

But then, in true Goldie Locks fashion, we found the one that was just right.  We ended up at a place where Tyler actually went as a child. The same woman still runs it, and several of the same workers are there (yes, 25+ years later!). It’s not new with all the bells and whistles. But it’s clean and the kids looked loved. I felt at ease. I actually cried when we left because I realized these would be the people to care for our sweet baby.

Fast forward to her arrival. We continued to just drop in a few times and I always found the kids to be clean and happy and the teachers attentive. I felt great about our choice. I loved that I saw the teachers playing with the kids, doing silly dances. I love that an older lady makes all their food from scratch every day.

And then the first day came. I still felt a peace about her going. Remi was ready. She reaches out for other kiddos, she loves watching them play in the nursery at church. But it was a little hard.

Walking her in, handing her to a “stranger” (yes, I had met the teacher before, but ya know. She wasn’t family), and then driving away. I cried. I prayed that they would form a bond and that the teachers would care for her and figure her out quickly.


Then the most amazing thing happened.  The sweet teachers (there are 4 different ones in her room) all sent me texts and pictures on the first day, reassuring me that she was doing great. They helped me know that we made the right choice.

And you know what? Nothing was sweeter than the smile I got when I picked her up.