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Genevieve Morgan | Eight Months Old

Genevieve has turned into such a big girl this past month! The cuddly baby days are gone and we now have a big baby on the move! She started crawling and pulling up on things last week. The crib was lowered and we have moved a few things she likes to crawl after. She is so happy to be mobile. There is no sitting still anymore! She is so sweet and happy most of the time. She is a dream girl as long as she is with her people. Nothing much ever upsets her besides being left alone…so that doesn’t happen much. 😉

Weight: On our little home scale Genevieve weighed 17.4 lbs. She seems so much longer and leaner to me these days. (Here’s Elle’s update at the same age.  It’s funny that everything I put down about her personality is EXACTLY the same! ha!)

Clothes: We pulled out all Elle’s old Spring things! I love this season! I’m loving her in creamy whites and florals. She still fits in some 6 month outfits but most are 6-12 month dresses and rompers.

Sleep: Overall Evie is a wonderful sleeper. Things haven’t been so great the last week with another bout of teething starting up, but usually she has two solid naps and sleeps 11-12 hours at night. However, the past week teething has been so bad and we haven’t slept much at all. Here’s hoping those top teeth pop through soon!

Eating: No one has ever accused these girls if not liking to eat! She can chew most table food now. I started making my own squeeze packs of foods, and I actually love making the different combinations. So far she loves the ones with banana, avocado, spinach and pear best. Sweet potato is another favorite, just like E at this age. She is doing really well with picking up her own food on the table. She will even snatch something off my plate if I’m not careful!

Mood: She has been so fun this past month. We are seeing more and more personality. She is very easy-going as long as she’s with me. We are starting to do better when she’s away from me at the church nursery and with babysitters. I am still by far her favorite though. She smiles and starts reaching for me whenever she sees me, even if she was happy! Haha! It makes her so happy to watch Elle play and always looks for her in the morning if she’s not up yet. (Elle also says, “Where’s Genevieve?” as soon as she wakes up too. So sweet!) Evie gets very into whatever has captured her attention and is NOT happy if you try to take it away. She definitely has favorite toys already! She will intently play with one toy for quite a while.

Loves/Doesn’t love: She LOVES moving around now! There isn’t much she can’t get into now. She’s not very fond of being trapped either. She is reveling in her new freedom. And I love that she is enjoying her new independence. I think this is helping her be a bit less clingy to me. Elle was always so independent, but I think Evie will need a bit more encouragement to take off on her own. I had hoped to wean soonish, but I don’t think she’s ready. Table food is going great but she loves to be near me always. She definitely loves having me comfort her, so I’m happy to cater to what is best for her. I’m sure she’ll spread her wings when she’s ready. She loves food, and will make a smacking noise and watch your mouth if she sees us chewing. Ha! She still LOVES music. It seems to highly effect her moods. We often turn something on when she’s fussy and she will (almost instantly) stop crying. She loves her sister. It is so sweet watching heir bond grow. They really love to play together now. She still loves her sling. I’m fairly certain she would stay in it all day if my back could take it. We’ve moved to the big girl seat on the stroller instead of the car seat and she LOVES it. We go on walks almost every day now that the weather is nice.

Things I want to remember: She has the cutest little, soft sing-song voice. She does this sweet “ahhh” sound. I love that she will caress my hair when she’s close to me. She smiles when she watches Elle ride her tricycle around the neighborhood. She has this cute little obsession with knocking over her wooden blocks. Jonathan or I will build a little tower, get her attention and she will get he biggest smile, often fling the toy she had to come crawl over and knock it down. It’s so cute. We also took her to the park to swing with Elle for the first time the other day. She loved it. It brings me so much joy to watch her gain independence and experience things. This is such a fun stage. This quiet, sweet dream girl has our hearts. I also can’t get over just how beautiful she is these days! Her darling little pout, deep blue eyes and rosy brown hair has me so in love. So far she seems to have a smaller torso and longer legs like me. Hands down she smiles like Jonathan and has his eyebrows and toes. We love you precious girl!

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas was so sweet this year! It’s hard to believe how much has changed. We had just found out that we were having another GIRL around Christmas last year. It felt like life was in an upheaval. It was beautiful for me to understand the reality of the Prince of Peace we celebrate in a deeper way this year. Our morning was pretty simple, with simple gifts (some are even old handmedowns -eek!) but the kids will never know unless they read this one day – and I doubt they will care! My mom always did such an amazing job making everything about Christmas morning so magical, and I love trying to do the same for my girls with the presentation of things.

Her joy is my joy!

Evie wore this astronaut helmet we gave to Elle because she didn’t like it – oops!

Playing the piano we gave to Elle her first Christmas, and refitting it to Evie now!

I have such a great helpers! Ha!

Lights of my life – what a sweet year! Here are a few from Christmas Eve too.

This last photo is the best ever! lol!

Genevieve Morgan | SIX MONTHS OLD

It is hard to believe our darling girl is six months old! What a sweet girl. Her little smile is my favorite. It’s hard not to compare Evie with Elle, but I love doing it so that I can see the nuances of who Evie is as a person. Even in babyhood, my experiences with them are very different. Elle would smile very easily, at almost everything…but Evie shows her smile, freely but intentionally. She smiles at you. She doesn’t just grab for anything, but one thing that captures her attention. It is such a joy to watch her grow into herself. Before I put her down in her crib, I always hold her a few extra minutes every night. Babyhood just goes by so quickly. I’m sure she’ll be my darling, gentle, sweet soul for a long time to come, but her tiny little self feels like such a treasure. And so I treasure her deeply. I think maybe what I feel about her is just part of who God has made her to be. I’m nearly blinded and in awe of Elle’s brightness, beauty and intelligence. With Evie, I just want to pull her close and simply “be” with her. She makes me want to slow down and be at peace. She feels like the last kiss of Spring, inviting you to savor the mild, sweet days before the brightness and bustle of Summer. There I go being all wordy and poetic again…I can’t help it really.

Weight: At her 6 month appointment on the 20th she was 16.8 lbs and 26.5 inches long. Elle was a bit bigger at the same age.

Clothes: Goodness, I love dressing this girl! I’m sure it’s weird of me to dress my girls in things that feel like them to me, but I’ve always used apparel as an avenue of self expression…I’m having fun expressing them. We’re still rocking 3-6 with some 6-12 that I can’t help but put on her already. L’OVED BABY onesies are my favorite. They are so soft and sweet. I’m dying for Spring so I can pull out some precious little handmedown outfits just waiting for us in the closet!

Sleep: Genevieve is still doing wonderfully with sleep – minus her bouts with teething when it’s bad! We’re getting into a 2 nap stride for our days with a cat nap or two. She is ready to hit the hay around 9:30-10 am. She isn’t super great about going to bed before 8 PM, mostly because she likes to cuddle on me at night. Ha! I also love how she cuddles her stuffed bunny at night. She sleeps in a little ball or with her legs curled under her. (Elle is sprawled out with no covers, ever – ha!) She loves to have her Christy Nockles lullabies playing in the background, and is a very quiet sleeper.

Eating: We’ve started solids with Evie…and she loves it! Her puffs, sweet potatoes, banana, pears and cereal are favorites. Her bottom two teeth have broke through, so I’m sure we’ll be doing more and more table food soon.

Mood: This girl is downright precious. She is quiet, easy going and loves being around her people. She has this adorable, funny little cackle-laugh. It’s almost like she doesn’t mean to laugh, but she can help it in certain moments. She laughs the loudest for her sister, but of course we all laugh the most at Elle! She has been hurting quite a bit with teething woes, but even in the days of crying-all-day she would try her best to be smiling and happy when she wasn’t in pain. She’s just so sweet.

Loves/Doesn’t love: She doesn’t love her teeth hurting. Insert sad face. She isn’t fond of loud noises – aka, when Elle squeals suddenly…which happens all the time…joy. She doesn’t like being startled. She also doesn’t like you taking away the toy she was focused on, or when she is focused on me and I walk out of the room. Haha! Heaven forbid I ever do that! Evie LOVES me wearing her in the sling. I’m convinced she’d stay there all day if I let her. (Elle always hated carriers! Ha!) She is most content viewing life and enjoying looking at things on my hip. She loves getting her diaper changed. She loves the bath, but instead of splashing, she likes the washcloths and is mesmerized by the water coming from the black faucet. She also LOVES drinking water from regular cups. It’s hilarious to watch! She lights up whenever we talk to her, especially “Evie, say Dada!” She gives us the biggest smile and tries to hard to make “ah ah” sounds.

Things I want to remember: She has this elegant way of moving her hands, as silly as that sounds. She moves her wrists like a little ballerina. She is so gentle in general. When I hold her she will often caress my face or arm. She also has a death grip! It’s hard to pry anything from her little fists. Chewing on her toes is a favorite activity, as one of the images below depict. She can roll just about everywhere and has been able to do that for at least 2 months. She sits up very well now too. She can go to hands and knees, so whenever she decides she feels like crawling, I think she’s ready. Her demeanor is very contented. She can be persuaded to do just about anything as long as she’s with us. she will nap anywhere, eat at any time, stay sweet and quiet if we go out for hours just chilling on my hip. I can’t emphasize just how much sweetness is wrapped up in her little body enough! She’s angelic. I love how long her hair is getting as well. It’s so much longer and thicker than when I took these photos!

We adore you sweetheart!