Faye’s Baptism Weekend

October 17, 2017

What a WEEKEND! Whew! We’ve had family in town since last Thursday here to celebrate Faye’s baptism this past weekend. My sister Jillian was the last to depart just this morning, so we got a ton of sister and cousin time together! Ivy’s already missing her buddy.

The fun started on Thursday when my two sisters and her daughter flew in to visit. One sister lives in Portland, Oregon, and the other in Indianapolis, Indiana, so we only get to see each other 2-3 times a year, NOT ENOUGH! We all grew up here in Sioux Falls and our parents are still here, so it’s a lot of family time when we are able to get together. Love seeing the sisters and spending time together. Our brother, who lives near Aberdeen, even stopped for a quick visit on Friday! Everyone got to see Faye and all the cousins (and another boy due in Dec!) were together and rowdy as ever!

Faye’s baptism was on Saturday morning. She wore the same gown that Ivy and Leo wore, gifted by John’s Mom Betsy. It’s a beautiful white heirloom gown that I’m happy Faye fit in since she’s so big! My oldest sister is the godmother and John’s brother is the godfather. Happy to have such great siblings to fit the godparent role!

Baptism with Father Desmond

With the godparents

My big huge family! 

John’s family and Faye’s grandparents


The rest of the weekend we had lots of bottles of wine and just had fun spending time together! I put the phone down and really enjoyed time with each other. And probably because we were busy with 4 kids in the house! :)

Sistas!

Koch Kiddos with cousin Alexandra

All the cousins together! Jillian will be adding another boy – due Christmas day!

Happy Baptism Faye!


 

Faye // 4 Months

October 13, 2017

Faye is 4 months today! She’s growing so much and so fast! Just a happy lil chunker is what she is. She’s sooo sweet. Doesn’t make a peep all day. Love the lil girl.

Faye is LOVING her fingers. Totally going to be a finger sucker, just like Leo. She wants her left hand and leans her whole body left to get to her little fingers. Super cute, and I really love a self-soother, so I’m all good with that.

She is liking tummy time more and more. Her big ole head and body is tough for her to get up, but she’s trying hard! Not rolling over at all yet, but she’ll get that big body over sometime soon!

Sleeping has been a struggle this month. UMPH. I stopped swaddling her arms down in the sleep sac about 4 weeks ago, and I shouldn’t have! She was sleeping from about 7:30-4am when I was swaddling her, well once I stopped and went to just the sleep sac, she was waking up at 10, midnight, 4, ugh, all over the place! I tried a few different sleep sacs, then randomly she slept 12 hours one night, then all over again the next night! But now FINALLY, these last two weeks, we’ve gotten into a routine during the day – nap at 9am, and nap at 1pm (her naps are about 2-3 hours long), then bedtime at 630ish, and she’s been sleeping from 630pm – 430am. So that is MUCH better. I was always so scheduled with Ivy and Leo and I feel like that’s why they’re good sleepers. So I guess my whole attempt to free-style Faye just wasn’t really working! Glad we’re doing much better now. FEWF. Tough month.

Those little pursed lips. So cute.

Faye also LOVES her jumper, reaches for the toys, spins the rattle, jumps, jumps, jumps. Has so much fun it. Or she enjoys to lay with her toys and reach for her toes. LOVE that stage, the sucking and touching the toes is so cute!!

LOVE YOU FAYE OPHELIA!

 

 

Ivy’s Baby Doll 4th Birthday Party

October 3, 2017

Ivy is 4 years old! We celebrated her birthday this past weekend with our friends and family and had the best day! She chose a baby doll party for her theme, which is super cute because ever since Faye, she’s really gotten into her babies and her dolls. I decided on an “Oh Baby” theme (see inspiration post here) with balloons from our friend Ryan at Queen City Balloons (he’s the best!). I found an invitation to match that was originally for a baby shower, but I had her revamp it for Ivy’s party. The combo worked perfectly!

We had her friends bring their own doll to join in the fun, so we borrowed some extra high chairs and baby doll items so all the little girls had something to do with their dolls. It was adorable watching them play babies! :)

The party was a blast and we showered her with love, gifts, and lots of cake! Ivy got a ton of new clothes for her dolls, which is her favorite thing to do – dress them in new outfits! She was so excited about all her gifts!

skirt // shirt

cake from The Cake Lady // balloon tassel cake topper // candles // cake stand // candy jar

Look at all these kids!

This is such a fun age! Her excitement and love for life is contagious and so super sweet. She ran around with her friends like a crazy person and loved being surrounded by all her loved ones. She had so much fun with all the little girl and doll gifts she received!

Rounded the Koch clan for a quick pic! Leo in his own world with his new truck, haha

So we decided to join him :)

Ivy, you bring us so much happiness. Your sweet personality and spunky behavior gives us so much joy and laughter. You are such a little mommy bird and I can always rely on you to be the responsible one! We love you so much and I hope your hugs are always this big and full of love! Happy Birthday our little big four year old. xoxo.

sneakers // jeans // shirt

Ivy Turns 4!

October 1, 2017

Happy Birthday today Ivy! 4 years old! Our first born spunky little girl. Can’t believe you’re 4! It’s gone by so fast! You’ve grown up to be such a spunky girl and are so sweet! We love you so much!

balloon by queen city balloons

Ivy the FOUR year old:
Her favorite thing might be to talk. MAN she can talk. And talk. And talk. We like to try to tell her to ‘rest her mouth,’ but that really doesn’t stop her for more than a few seconds. She even talks in her sleep sometimes. Her favorite word is probably, “why?” because she asks me approximately 629 why questions a day. She is completely curious and wants to know about everything. 

She absolutely LOVE barbies and dolls. She always wants me to braid their hair and she loves to change their clothes and outfits and shoes. Ivy is totally obsessed with KidsTube and could watch other little girls play with their barbies and dolls all day if I let her. She likes to act like the girls in the videos she watches and plays barbies and dolls just like them. I even catch her saying some things like they say in the videos, it’s hilarious. YouTube star might be in her future. Although she says she wants to be a dentist.

Ivy loves to dress herself and she’s got her own thing going on. She really loves to wear mismatched shoes and all she ever wants to wear is a dress. She doesn’t even own a pair of shorts. But she has plenty of tutus and skirts and about a million bows. She will try to put them in herself and they end up in the back of her head, makes me chuckle each time :)

She is a total pleaser and rule follower. Ivy is always trying to do the right thing. She really doesn’t ever want to be in trouble and she is really well behaved most of the time. I can’t even remember the last time she got in trouble. She seems so grown up lately and it’s scaring me how big of a responsible girl she’s become.

Ivy is such a good big sister. Again, a total pleaser. I can always count on her to help with Faye or Leo when I need her to. She asks to hug (she even says, “huggie Faye?!” In her baby talk) or hold Faye about 24 times a day, and she loves to squeeze Faye’s cheeks and I always catch her holding Faye’s little hand, pretty much adorable. She really looks after Leo too, always making sure he’s behaving and doing the right thing or helping him. Although she LOVES to try to tell him what to do and I can tell Leo is bothered by her half the time :) Nevertheless, a really good big sister.

Her favorite food is chicken strips and “white noodles,” AKA fettuccini alfredo and she eats Captain Crunch Berries almost every morning for breakfast.

She wants to be Pocahontas for Halloween, even though she’s never even seen the movie

She’s spunky and sweet and we love the little big girl you’ve become Ivy! Happy 4th Birthday IVY!!

 

Oh Baby! Baby Doll Birthday Inspiration

September 27, 2017

Ivy turns 4 this weekend and she picked a baby doll party to have fun with her friends! She’s totally into Barbies, like, obsessed, but ever since having Faye, she’s gotten more into her dolls, so it was a perfect choice for her!

I’m going with an “Oh Baby” balloon theme and tons of cute little girly things that I love too! I found the perfect invitation that goes along with it and balloons to match. I’ve rounded up the rest of the items that I found for inspiration and I can’t wait to celebrate her and see how it all comes together!


invitation // oh baby balloons // candles // cake topper // salon chair // stroller // bottle // doll // doll clothes // crib // high chair


Ivy is getting more into the real version of dolls instead of the little baby dolls. The All-American and Our Generation brand from Target are so awesome! LOVE those dolls! So realistic. She really loves to dress the dolls 10 million times over and over so the outfits will be a hit with her! She also asks me to braid or do their hair ALL the time so the salon will be hilarious to watch her!

We included on the invitation for all of her friends to bring a doll to join in the fun, so all the doll accessories will be put to use with everyones little babies. I’m borrowing some extras from friends too bc, well, sharing… :) Haha.

Anxious to celebrate Ivy and see all the little girls play with their dolls! Can’t believe she’s almost 4!


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