Friday, May 27, 2016

13 Weeks

MC is thirteen weeks old tomorrow! Getting so big! I was looking back at some old pictures of Evans as a baby, and MC is already wearing some of the things Evans wore around 6 months. HA!

Mae Caroline 3 months 

Evans around 6 months

Definitely my chunky baby. 

This week I started giving her bottles more. I have a lot of trips coming up and I hate being stressed out about milk supply and will there be enough, etc. 

I'm still nursing when I can, but I'm pumping and giving formula here and there as well. No big deal. She is taking to the formula just fine :) Actually, she's draining 5-6 ounces a feed. Evans was my snacker- 3-4 ounces until she was probably 6 months old. I think the most Evans ever wanted was around 5 ounces. Crazy MC has already hit that appetite.... 

Sleep is going well still! She has been consistently sleeping through the night all week long. Hooray! I'm hoping the 3-5am wake up is over. She seems to be happy when she wakes up, but definitely ready to eat. She's started rolling to her side here and there so it's time to ditch the swaddle. Today is the first nap I've tried without it, and she surprisingly went right to sleep. We'll see how long she actually sleeps for- if it's a real nap or a short nap (a SNAP as we call them).  Still nervous to go unswaddled at night....  but I don't want her rolling over either.. yikes.

The weather has been beautiful lately after the monsoon we had last week... so yesterday we strolled to pick up Evans from school. I can't wait to use the double stroller we have. I don't think MC can ride in it until she's sitting up well. Although, I've read online people use it at 3 months but I'm not sure how? Any ideas? It's the baby trend expedition double stroller. 

We stopped at the marina for drinks and snacks. Gotta love summertime! I love that we can walk to Booter's school, to the marina, see the river, see the boats, and come on home. It's a wonderful thing! 

Happy 13 weeks big girl! 

Monday, May 23, 2016

12 Weeks

12 (and 3 days) weeks old!

The most hilarious baby selfie ever. 

Lots of smiles and coos this week! Mae Caroline - made of sunshine. 

Still loves her nightly bath. She is probably getting too big for the sink these days. Time for the big girl tub. 

Being entertained by Evans. 

She is getting so long! Wearing 9 month footed jammies now. 

MC continues to tolerate big sister.... :)

And she loves to be outside! 

D-ma was here this weekend keeping the girls while I enjoyed a girls' weekend for my cousin Ali's Bachelorette on Tybee Island. My mom said they were really good and MC took a bottle no problem. Hooray! 

Her schedule has not changed. She continues to be a great napper and sleeper. At night she will usually go from 6pm-7am, occasionally waking around 5am for a quick feed and then back to bed. I'll take it, especially considering Big Sister has been waking up recently... arg. 

She's got a few nicknames. Evans had and continues to have many. We call her "Scoot" and "MC" a good bit. Occasionally Mae-C. Evans calls her "Mae Calorine" or "Miss Calorine". 

Happy 12 weeks, Mae Caroline! We love you.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Outdoor Spaces :: Design Plans

Am I being impatient if I'm checking the status of our permit everyday to build out this screened porch? HA! In the meantime, I'm looking at the budget and scheming up the design plans. Furniture we need, things we can repurpose, and the look and function we want for the two spaces. 

For the screened porch, we plan to use it as extended living space. Evans can color and draw to her hearts content and play with her bigger toys like the clubhouse and kitchen. It'll also be home to her bike, car, and stroller when not in use. 

The furniture: couch, two chairs, ottomans, and a coffee table. There may be room for a smaller cocktail table as well, but we won't need that right away. 

Accessories: punches of aqua and turquoise through pillows and paint, white string lights, lanterns, and POSSIBLY a few planters... although I tend to kill anything green. 

For the stamped concrete patio, we plan to use the space for grilling and dining, and possibly a little lounging (who am I kidding, with two small girls is there ever time for lounging?).  

The furniture: dining table, chairs, large rectangular umbrella, and two chaise lounges. 
My in-laws have a few bar stools they are no longer using and have graciously let us have them- so we will use those at the bar area! 

They look similar to this one: 

The construction: stamped concrete patio in ashlar slate (funny the pattern is called that as Ashlar is one of my nicknames- ha), bar height counter and cooking prep surfaces. 

So excited to see this plan executed! To be continued...