Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Zoo Trip: Party of 4

Hey! Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today as I share some photos from our recent trip to our local zoo. This was one of the first adventures we went on as a family during my husband's seasonal lay-off from work last month and it's one that I've been dreaming about for a while, now.

It was so special for us to be back at the zoo this year as a family of 4 for the very first time. This was something I'd always imagined for us. This first visit was special to us in many ways but watching Piper "show her sister around" for the first time was definitely the best. After all, we use to push Piper around the zoo in that very same stroller. It is so, so sweet to think about and witness.

I imagined what zoo visits might look like this year, with an infant added to the family, and I must say that this is even better than I could have imagined.

Feeling like our family is complete is something I've longed for so long and it's the little moments like these that really help it all sink in for me. God is so faithful!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Delaney Jane: Four Months

This update has been the first one that has been hard for me to write. I can't believe Delaney is already 4 months old (as of 2 weeks ago)! This past month has been a really fun time! My husband was home with us for most of it due to a seasonal lay-off from work. That made this month extra special. That is a lot of time that we will never get back and I'm so glad that he was here with us for it.

Delaney is growing perfectly, weighing in at 15.7lbs at her 4 month appointment. She measured 24 inches, putting her in the 34th percentile. Much different than her sister who was constantly on the high end of the charts.

Delaney turned 4 months old on Easter. This past month, she found her feet and has been playing with them anytime she can! She loves grabbing whatever is set out in front of her, too. Of course, whatever she grabs immediately goes to her mouth for further examination. She loves going on nightly stroller rides during our family walks. She almost always falls asleep for a little nap during that time. 

Speaking of naps, I kept track of an entire day in Laney's life recently. Here's a general outline of her schedule, currently.

4 month schedule (varies daily)

5:00am - wake up & feed

5:30am - back to sleep

7:00am - wake for the day

7:30am - feeding

8:45am - nap

9:45am - wake

10:30am - feeding

11:30am - nap

1:30pm - wake

1:45pm - feeding

3:00pm - nap

3:30pm - wake

4:45pm - feeding

6:00pm - nap during our family walk (sometimes this nap doesn't happen & bedtime happens earlier instead)

7:00pm - wake

7:30pm - feeding

8:00pm - sleep for the night

Delaney is such a good sleeper so far! She usually sleeps most of the night, only waking in the middle of the night a few times a week otherwise she will go as long as 4/5am.

When Laney is excited, she does a little penguin dance, as we call it, where she flaps her arms at her sides and wiggles with excitement! We love watching her little personality develop with each passing month! She is such a sweet, happy baby!

Here are some pictures from the past month with Delaney Jane.

Delaney helps make our family feel complete. We're already wondering how we lived without her in our lives.

We love watching her grow!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

First Date Night in 6 Months

Hey! Thanks for stopping by today. I was hoping to have Delaney's 4 month update finished but it's just not quite ready yet. What I am coming to find is that delaying the post isn't seeming to slow down time as I'd hope. She just keeps growing more and more each day! Hopefully I'll have an update to share with you, soon.

I don't have a whole lot to share today but I did promise I'd have a post up. So, I will just reminisce about the awesome weekend we had! On Friday evening, my friend invited me out to a dinner last minute and I was so happy I was able to say yes! It was a great night!

On Saturday, my husband and I got our first real date night out since welcoming our second baby into our family. With our first baby, we went out for our first date night out after only a few weeks. This time was much different with various COVID restrictions and our own safety precautions throughout the past few months. 

For this date night, we put our girls down to sleep at normal time and were out the door by 8:30pm. My mom stayed back to watch the monitors. Nick and I went shopping and out for a drink and an appetizer. We were home around 11pm and the girls stayed asleep the entire time we were gone. Bonus: they slept through the night, too.

It felt so good to be out, again. It had been nearly 6 months since our last real date night out! We did get creative with different date night's "in" during the past 6 months but still, I hope we'll never have to go that long without a date night "out", again! Either way, it was worth the wait.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Our Easter 2021 + First Swim with Delaney

So, Easter was well over a week ago but I'm just now getting around to sharing some pictures from that day. Delaney also turned 4 months old on Easter and so that update will be coming soon, too.

We attended Easter service the evening before Easter which worked out really well with the kids. We visited my dad's family for the first time in over 4 months. A day before that we were able to color Easter eggs with Nick's mom and stepdad. That was all really special. 

The next day, we had a slow Easter morning at home, followed by a visit at my mom's house that afternoon. It was a great Easter! We were happy to be able to visit with family - we only asked for masks to be worn when holding Delaney, other than that it was a fairly normal holiday and we were so grateful for that.

The week after Easter was unseasonably warm and we soaked up every bit of it! We did our Spring planting, we got out to the playground, we took nightly family walks and grilled our dinner every night. We also took our first trip back to the YMCA to go swimming for the first time with Delaney! I am so happy we reinstated our membership this month!

This is such a special season. We are soaking it all up!

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your day and expect another update from me on Wednesday!