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.


Baby’s First Easter

Baby’s First Easter

We had an eventful Easter!

On Saturday, we had a wedding shower to attend, so it was one last opportunity to wear the cute bunny outfit.  She was so sweet with her rosy cheeks that I had a little photo shoot. 🙂

I mean, I can’t even with the cuteness.

Saturday evening, we dyed eggs with the cousins.  Remi didn’t do any dyeing, but she sure did watch! We gave her a hardboiled egg to play with, and of course, it went right for the mouth.

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Easter morning, she got her Easter basket. She was all “What is this?”

She’s getting too big! She got this book like 50% out of the basket then I helped. She was so excited about it!

She got two books and two little rompers.

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She spent the morning at my mom’s since I had to sing in the choir and Tyler worked. Then they brought her to the second service.  I didn’t get to see her in her cute Easter dress until after! So sweet! img_3028

We spent most of the afternoon getting her to nap and then her sleeping for a couple hours – so she missed the egg hunt.  But I know next year she’ll be all up in there!


Week 27 Highlights

Week 27 Highlights

Oh Remi, you had a FULL week this week!

We started with the weekend. We started sleep coaching and were focused on naps. But she napped like a CHAMP at Daddy’s friend’s house on Saturday.  Ty took the day off, so we spent the day with friends. She slept amazingly in the Ergo on and off all day.

And she looked like a Diva out in the sun.

Sunday was a different story. I had to sing in all three church services, so she was “off” and we ended up leaving after I sang to go home and nap.

Monday evening, we all surprised Tyler’s grandpa for his birthday by showing up to the singing.

He was SO excited to see his girl. He’s smitten.

She loved the live music! Mama even got in on the action and sang some Patsy Cline songs with the band.

She’s still eating great!  She hasn’t loved a couple of foods (I mean, she eats them, but not with the crazy voracity of some others), but she CHOWED DOWN on some blueberries. I put them in the mesh feeder and she crushed them to a pulp. (It’s a great distraction while I cook! Win, win!)

Monday, Grammy took her to the library for story time, and I took an early lunch and joined them.  Even though it’s geared for 2 and under, she was a bit small for the stories and songs (lots of hand movements and stuch).  However, girlfriend was enamored with the bubbles.  She was thinking “Toys just keep falling from the sky!”

The rest of the week was full of early bedtimes (hello sleep coaching!). She’s doing great though. It’s NOT a cry-it-out-method – in fact, it’s very responsive to her needs. But it’s teaching her self-soothing skills.  She’s so alert and active that sleep comes difficult to her. It takes her a long time to settle and naps were a struggle. But she’s improving SO quickly. She’s a smart kiddo, she’s shown us that before, so I know she will figure out this sleep thing fast.