Friday, April 29, 2016

Nine Weeks

Nine weeks (tomorrow)! This girl is sweet, sweet, sweet. 

This week Gigi and Granddaddy came for a visit! So, Hubs and I went on a date night which was SO nice. On the way to dinner we caught the most beautiful rainbow over the marsh on Isle of Hope. Sometimes I pinch myself that we get to live in such a beautiful place. Savannah, we love you!

Speaking of outdoors, the weather has been amazing and the pollen is finally going away. The sand gnats are still out, but they should be gone soon as the weather goes from pleasant to OMGHOT with 100% humidity :) Big Sis has been loving all this outdoor time! MC likes to sit outside in her little bounce chair as Evans digs. And digs. And digs. She's almost found China. 

Evans likes to show her babies to "her baby". MC gives the biggest smiles!

Daddy was gone this week for several days, but we survived! Kudos to all single parents. I do not know how you get it all done, much respect. My little alarm clocks woke up earlier and went to bed later while Daddy was away. Of course. 

On Tuesday, we went to visit my bestie Ash and her baby Emma Reese. Cuteness overload...They look like they are dancing, ha! 

Emma Reese & Mae Caroline are 3 months apart. Destined to be best friends like their mamas!

More dancing...

Oh, the trouble they'll get in one day... :)

This week we also had her two month check up and shots. Shots are the worst, aren't they! So glad they aren't remembered. 

Her stats... she's wearing size 3-6 months and 6 months and size 1 diapers. 

She was a trooper and handled the shots like a big girl. Of course there were tears, and lots of sleeping afterwards, but she's on the mend. Thankful for my sweet girl.

By bath time she was back to her usual smiling self!

Evans likes to "tickle" Mae Caroline. "ahhhh gooch gooch gooch!" Evans is the only one laughing. Mae Caroline usually looks at me like "really??" 

Her schedule is about the same. Eats around 7:30, 10:30, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30. Sleeps at night from about 7:45pm-7:00 am. Takes 3 good naps during the day, and sometimes will take a cat nap before bath time. 

Mae Caroline is definitely my "easy" baby. She's very content doing just about anything. I've never really heard her cry hard (except for during the shots!). She likes to coo and smile and loves new faces. 

So thankful for this life. Happy 9 weeks little MC!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yard Work

I loved our yard at the old house. LOVED it. It had really mature landscaping and beautiful grass. Hubs worked really hard to keep that yard looking good and I was so proud of it. When we bought the rental house, I had big plans for the yard... Honey Do List grew and grew :)

This is where we started. We had several trees taken out when we first bought the house last summer. We talked about building on a front porch eventually, but honestly we aren't sure we will do that at this point, so landscaping was a must. 

I've blogged about it, but we started by adding a large picket fence so the kiddos can play and I won't get a head full of gray hair trying to keep them out of the street. We bought the paint for the fence on Saturday, and I'm hoping Hubby will have time to start spraying it this weekend! We've been waiting for the wood to cure and also the pollen to go away. 

We also added larger flower beds out front to add some depth to the house. It's a ranch house, so naturally it's going to feel somewhat flat. Adding interesting architecture (like a front porch or stoop) helps, but if you don't have that in the budget ( we don't right now ), look to the great outdoors. 

I decided to go with a few plants I know I can't kill from previous experience- knockout roses and loropetalum. We also had day lilies from Mark's grandmother's garden and planted those. They will hopefully be blooming next summer! 

I wanted to go ahead and extend the beds to the sidewalk since the grass really wasn't growing well (or at all) under this tree. 

I decided to plant guacamole hostas here. I'm having to spray them every day to keep the deer, rabbits, and snails from destroying them. They are not that low maintenance. Any tips on caring for them would be greatly appreciated! 

They are worth the extra care though because I do think they are pretty! 

On the side yard I'd like to plant aspidistra (well, after pulling all these weeds of course!).

Aspidistra is everywhere down here. I think it feels so coastal. 

And then there's this side of the house... we took out two trees over here and it left the chimney kind of bare. I need to plant a few shrubs over here so it's not so naked :)

And along this fence line, I plan to do my favorite- hydrangeas. 

I am enjoying yard work more and more, but you won't see me cutting the grass any time soon... 

The other exterior update we are planning right now is the front railing. It is beginning to rust at the bottom, and I've wanted to change the iron railing to something more updated. My dad said it'd be fairly simple to replace it with either wood or vinyl. I think it will dramatically change the look of the front steps. I chose wood- even though it's more upkeep than vinyl. I just think it'll look much better on this house. 

So, Hubs and Dad are going to replace the railing next time my dad's in town. Can't wait! It should look similar to this one:

I also plan to paint the brick steps the same gray as our shutters, whenever I get around to it... which who knows when that may be! 

Progress not perfection right?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Eight Weeks

Eight weeks (tomorrow)! This is a bit of a photo-dump post, but it was a great week! 

Saturday night, I got to attend a GROWN UP function! Woo. Since Hubby was leaving early Sunday, he decided to stay home with the girls, and I went to my cousin Ali's couples shower out on Burnside Island. GORGEOUS views at the Rock's house. Next home we buy? One day? HA. 

Cousin love... and somehow I didn't get a picture with the bride-to-be. 

Of course, Evans ended up waking up freaking out that Mommy wasn't home, but Daddy got her back in bed and asleep after a minor meltdown (for both of them??!). Little one took her bottle just fine, but then ended up spitting it all over herself. Which meant that Daddy had to change her clothes... and her swaddle... and he isn't a swaddler, y'all. So, needless to say, when I got home at 9:30 MC was still awake. :) 

No worries, I fed her again and off to dreamland she went. 
What can I say, they are a couple of Mama's girls right now! 

Papa came in town this week to help me get a few things done around the house. The girls didn't mind a bit! 

Evans came down with an ear infection, but after a few rounds of amoxicillin she's feeling herself again. She even "helped" with some yard work this week. 

While little Mae-Baby hung out in the shade.... She loves the outdoors. I love this time of year, and really can't wait to have our screen porch finished! 

Big Sister is MISS PRISS these days... oh, and covered in dirt. 

Onto schedule- I think this girl is finally on a consistent night time routine! Woot!

Bath time starts around 7:00 and bedtime is about 7:30. 

And I'm excited to say she's been sleeping through the night for a week now! AMEN SISTA! She usually sleeps from 7:30 or 8:00 pm to around 7:00 or 7:30 am. JOY TO THE WORLD. 

It's amazing how different babies, even sisters, can be. Evans didn't sleep through the night until 16 weeks, and even then it wasn't in her crib. Their personalities may be different, but they sure look a like :)

"Sisters.... sisters.... there were never such devoted sisters..."

I can tell MC is gaining weight and getting long. She is now wearing SIX MONTHS CLOTHES! How is this possible? Evans was such a squirt (she was long and lean until about a year old). Mae-Baby is getting chunky. And she might be even longer than her big sis was. 

I'm sure glad we don't have to carry them inside of us once they are this big :)

This week the girls got a couple of goodies in the mail. Evans got new big girl bed sheets... "Look Mommy, dat bird wearin' a hat! Gotta hat on it!"

And MC got new luggage. I'm obsessed with this mermaid print from PB KIDS! Adorable. 

Mae-Baby has given us tons of smiles this week and lots of coos. Be still my heart! 

I also made some time to take a few pictures of her with my good camera. 

I'm hoping to get some good pictures of the girls together this weekend. We'll see- a photographer I am NOT. But, when the subject is cute, how can you really fail? 

Happy 8 weeks little one! We sure love you!