Sep 1

Five: Happy Birthday Harlan!

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Tonight I tucked Harlan in bed for the last time as a four year old. As I was kissing her to sleep she whispered in my ear, “Mommy tomorrow I will wake up and I won’t be your baby anymore.” I want to roll up in a ball and immediately start crying, but I just kissed her on the head and said, “Happy Almost Birthday Baby Girl.”

She’s right. She’s not my baby anymore. She really hasn’t been my baby for a long time. Harlan is such a big kid in so many ways. She’s responsible, always looking out for others, and is so great to have a conversation with. Those “baby days” with her seem so distant.

Tonight over dinner we were talking about what I was doing five years ago tonight. That this was the night before I became a mother. As we looked over photos of her newborn days, a huge rush of emotions came over me. How is it possible that time can pass so quickly and all of those long days of crying, changing diapers, and not sleeping, now seem like such a blur.

This year feels like much of the same. It was a big year for Harlan and one of many changes, but throughout it all, Har took it as a new learning experience and looked forward to everything that was on the horizon.

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Late last summer, Harlan found out that she was going to become a big sister for the second time. She was so excited to welcome another baby into the family. As much of a support as I tried to be during my pregnancy, she supported me ten fold.

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She had her first hair cut this year. Going to the salon and being pampered was like a dream for her.

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I’ve watched an incredible bond form between these two. Harlan is such a little mommy to her Macks. She rushes in my room in the morning just so she can come and give him a hug and a kiss. If he’s upset, she will do whatever she can to make him happy again. With more responsibility of being big sister (x2) she has surpassed my expectations more than I ever thought. Avery and Macks are so lucky to have her as their big sister.

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Moving out of the city and into the suburbs was such an easy transition for her. She didn’t even skip a beat. And now that kindergarten is officially underway, she’s even more excited for this new chapter.

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A year of change, a year of happiness, a year of pure joy. Happy Birthday, Harlan. Five years ago you came into my life and brought me into this journey of motherhood. You may not look or act like a baby, but know that in my heart, you will always be my baby girl. I love you.

 

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Aug 27

My Dearest Harlan on Your First Day of Kindergarten

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My Dearest Daughter,

Tonight I tucked you into bed for the last time as a preschooler. Tomorrow you will officially start kindergarten. In the blink of an eye, you have gone from the tiny baby that I held in my arms to a little girl that I love to wrap my arms around.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in the past five years. You are the little girl that started me on this path of motherhood. I’ll admit that I was scared at first. Scared of what kind of mom I would be.

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Aug 26

Macks: Month 6

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This is a little late, but MacKay’s been off of work for the past two weeks, so I’ve been trying to limit my time on the computer to that we can spend time together as a family.

I know I say this every month, but I cannot believe how fast this year is passing. Macks is officially closer to being one year old than he is to being born (does anyone else think of it that way?) He’s rolling like crazy, putting his feet directly on the ground to lift his butt up and scoot backwards (just like he’s doing in this photo,) and he’s on the verge of crawling (crazy scary.)

We’ve officially moved him into his own room and he’s sleeping there for both naps and at night. Month six brought better sleep than before and he’s been sleeping through the night most of the time. He’s definitely on a more predictable schedule now which is nice for planning our days together.

We visited our new pediatrician this month here in Connecticut. As you can see from the photo, it looks like Macks lost two ounces from last month. We aren’t sure if that is completely accurate or if it is because of the difference in scales from our old pediatrician to now. He’s in the 10th percentile for weight and the 50th for both height and head (although he didn’t grow in height this month either.) The doctor doesn’t seem worried, but we will go back for a weight check next month to compare his weight on their scale.

Although he’s not gaining weight, he’s meeting all of his milestones and is thriving, which I am grateful for!

{Month One :: Month Two :: Month Three :: Month Four :: Month Five}

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Aug 18

Back to School with Boden

The girls are starting school soon, which means that it’s time for a new back to school wardrobe. Check out their picks from Boden and enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card! Pin It

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Aug 11

Doing What’s Easy

Macks’ weight is starting to drop in the charts, but thankfully we’ve found a doctor who trusts the way I’ve chosen to feed him.

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Aug 4

World Breastfeeding Week: Looking Back

Tweet This week is World Breastfeeding Week and while I feel that it is completely up to you on how you choose to feed your child, I am very lucky to have been able to breastfeed all three of my children. I never thought that I’d be so proud to celebrate this week, but I’ve… View Article

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