November & Me | 2017

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loving.  Watching Sloane learning and absorb everything she sees.

needing. A gift idea to Forest from the girls….

wanting. The girls – specifically Peyton since she’s old enough now – to understand the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

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Thanksgiving | 2017

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew.  We cooked a feast for at least 20 and are still eating the leftovers but it was such a good day with all of us together.  This was our first Thanksgiving since my mom passed away at the beginning of the year and not a second went by that I didn’t wish she was here to hug, to hear her laugh, and to have her hold the grandbabies.  Although we all felt like a piece of heart was missing, we ate, we laughed and we were all together.  That is what I’m thankful for.

I also started a new tradition – starting with a plate of 5 kernels of (pop)corn and reading a short story about thanksgiving.

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Family Pictures | in our own backyard

We did family pictures in our own backyard this year.  Both girls were sick, it was cold outside and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to load everyone in the car to drive to a pretty park when our own backyard had a few colorful leaves and our favorite spots to sit.  As I was picking my favorite ones I realized we didn’t any of just the girls together and we didn’t get any of just me and Forest.  But the ones we did get are precious and I can’t wait to get some printed for our walls and add them to our Christmas card.

These are a few of my favorites.  And if you scroll far enough you’ll get to see a few outtakes!

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Sloane | five months

We blinked and you’re five months old, sugar bear!  You’re a great baby and we love everything about you!

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LIKES

  • Her hands!
  • Sitting (with support) so she can see everything
  • Naps in the swing + looooong naps in your crib
  • When Peyton sings to her
  • Funny noises
  • Talking/jabbering

DISKLIKES

  • Tummy time
  • Having her hair washed/rinsed
  • New people talking to her

FIRSTS

  • Rolled over belly to back
  • Apple picking
  • Trip to the pumpkin patch
  • Vacation to Rachele’s in VA
  • Halloween (She was Pooh & Peyton was Piglet)
  • Taste of baby cereal

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • I’m still eating dairy free and the inconsolable crying/screaming has only happened a few times and it was during our trip to visit Rachele (I think she was done being in the car).
  • Sleep has been mostly terrible still.  She slept great in the crib the first few nights but she still wakes up a lot during the night.  Forest (what a great man he is) makes a pallet with couch cushions on the floor in her room because I will inevitably end up in her room around 2:00 am.
  • She’s napping 30-45 minutes at a time in the swing every 2 hours.  And recently started falling asleep on her own, in her crib for a 1-3 hour afternoon nap.  It’s been heavenly!
  • Sloane rolled over (belly to back) for the first (and second) time the day before Halloween.  She’s only rolled over a handful of times since then but we’re getting somewhere.
  • Playtime with Peyton is still hit or miss.  Peyton is still learning to be gentle and to share her toys but it’s progress and I can see them being good friends as they can play more together.
  • Sloane is extra giggly when she’s starting to get sleepy.  The smallest noise or sound will send her into a fit of giggles.
  • Sloane is all about blowing raspberries still!  And screeching.  And attempting both at the same time.  
  • And she still likes being in the exer-saucer/jumper.  She’s still figuring out her arms but she likes to throw them all over the place and hit the piano or other things attached.
  • We got to celebrate Sloane’s first Halloween!  You can read about all the fall things we did in this post.  We had a 3-6 month Winne the Pooh onesie that we squeeeeeeezed Sloane into and I made a Piglet costume for Peyton.  
  • Which reminds me that Sloane had her first trips to apple picking and pumpkin picking.  Which you can also read about in this post.
  • We traveled to Rachele’s house in VA for a long weekend getaway.  She enjoyed a visit to Bold Rock Brewery, a long walk to the park and watching us skip rocks, And Sloane slept all.night.long the three nights we were there.  There must be something 
  • And our little girl tried baby cereal for the first time on her 5 month birthday!  More of it was on her chin than in her belly by the time we were done but we’ll keep trying!

You are absolutely precious, Sloane!  We love you so much!

 

 

All the FALL things

We had such a fun time picking apples and pumpkins this year.  When we find a place we like we tend to stick with them year after year so it’s no surprise that we decided on Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ for our apples and Cheesequake Farms in Old Bridge, NJ for our pumpkins.

Peyton had so much fun picking apples this year.  She was running up and down the rows of trees and begging for another bite of apple.  She wasn’t the biggest fan of picking the apples herself but she most definitely enjoyed eating them!  Sloane fell asleep facing forward in the carrier just as we were paying, I couldn’t believe it but I guess when you’re tired, you’re tired! Forest made homemade apple cider later in the week with the apples we picked and it was absolutely delicious.  He did a great job!

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