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About Kaylee

Just a lady in a happy marriage with a happy baby girl Ivy, you are the apple of my eye xoxo

Faye // 2 Months

August 14, 2017

Faye Ophelia is 2 months old! She’s still sweet as ever and I can’t get enough of her! She is so smiley and absolutely loves when her sister Ivy is around. She just listens to her and coos back as if they’re already talking all the girl talk :) It’s adorable!

Faye loves to be held! I love to baby wear and/or just lug her around on my hip. She really likes to face out so she can see everything, so alert all the time. And doing much better at holding her head up, still a little wobbly, but doing so well!

I feel like her looks have really changed this month! She still has her chub, so many rolls, but she’s looking so cute! Her eyes have gotten really blue and they’re sooo pretty! Leo still has his blue eyes and Ivy has green (like me), somehow John’s brown eyes didn’t end up on any of our kids!

Faye is soooo smiley! You just have to look at her and smile and she smiles right back. LOVE IT. She even giggled this month, her first giggle, and I about died! Then she got the hiccups, haha! I remember that with the other two! Too cute. 

She’s very easy going – only cries if she wants to be swaddled to go to sleep, if she’s hungry, or if Leo slams some toy into her (ugh). Faye has been such a good baby and definitely the easiest! She is sleeping one long stretch, about 6-7 hrs, then nurses and goes back to sleep for another 3-4. Doing so well at nights! She even made it from 9:30pm – 5:00am once this week! AMAAAAZING!

Love you Faye Ophelia! Our little baby girl, xoxo

 

 

Faye’s Birth Announcement

August 6, 2017

I LOVE Faye’s newborn lifestyle photos by Emily Mitton (see the session here!). She did such a good job capturing our family and how adorable little Faye is. I couldn’t wait to get it on a card to send to family and show her off :)

I chose Minted for her announcement because that’s always my number 1. Plus I love that they support independent artists, kind of like Etsy, and their designs are always my favorite. I decided on the “Gallery” birth announcement because I loved how simple and pretty it is! I substituted the font with the font from the “Signature” announcement and the card was complete!

– Faye Ophelia Koch’s Birth Announcement –



 

Ivy the Helper

August 3, 2017

Three kids basically means you have your hands full at all times. There’s always someone that needs something at all times of the day. Since having Faye, it’s been tough to keep up with things around the house, being a stay-at-home Mom has never been harder! Recently though, I’ve been noticing that Ivy is asking to help more and more, her intuition that Mom needs help has definitely kicked in (thankfully!).

I’ve been having her put her laundry away and make her bed for about 6 months now, but that’s really the only chore I have made her do, besides the obvious ones such as picking up toys and dressing herself. I feel like I’ve totally deprived her of helping out and being independent! Not that any child really likes chores, but Ivy totally does! I plan on taking full advantage of that until she’s a teenager and hating it!  I think it’s the feeling of being involved and doing what Mom does.

Ivy has recently asked to help dust and empty the dishwasher, she’s all of a sudden such a big girl and such a big help! I feel bad that I haven’t had her help with those things for months! It took her to ask to help instead of me encouraging her to be a big girl and help out around the house. #momfail. I love that she’s independent and I know that having chores around the house will make her feel involved. Time to encourage all of that!

I looked up some other chores on this site and this site that are age appropriate and I couldn’t believe all the ones that I could be making her do! We’ve been doing the no-brainers, like pick up toys, get yourself dressed, put clothes away, etc., but the ones I never would have thought about are helping set the table (WHY didn’t I think of this! DUH!), scrape your own plate into the garbage, water the plants, clean the windows, put away groceries (obvi she knows where the snacks go! Haha), etc. I am excited to get her to try out some other chores around the house! Here’s another site that has great ideas too! I’m considering doing a chore chart. Looks like a fabulous way to stay organized and to encourage them doing their chores on their own.

The thing I have to get over, is that I know it probably won’t be done exactly how I would do it (I tend to be particular about some things!), and it will take longer than if I do it myself, but what a great opportunity to teach!!! And for her to learn! And hello, 4 hands are better than 2! It will take patience on both of our parts for sure, but she is to the age where I want her to feel her worth around the house and take pride in learning and helping out. And she is antsy to help! Time to take advantage of that before it’s gone! :)

What are some chores you have your toddlers do?

Three.

July 28, 2017

Well, we’ve officially joined the “crazy club.” 1. Crazy to have three kids 2. Crazy: as in chaos crazy. Nevertheless, with all the craziness going on, I could definitely add a third crazy 3. Crazy in love! Not to quote Beyonce or anything, but this third kid suuuurely has my heart. Maybe it’s being the baby of the family, there sure is something ultra sweet about Faye that has completely filled up my heart.

Enough gushing. Really. Okay what you really want to know… How IS IT with three?

Someone asks me this almost every day with the same look on their face expecting me to say how hard it is and how tired I am and how much work it is, everything you’d expect if you had three kids, and all most of those things are true, but they’re missing one key thing about all of the 3 kid business – that BABIES SLEEP. Praise the Lord! This is the only way I’m surviving right now!

Faye has been such a good sleeper! She made it 7 straight hours at night for two nights in a row this week! WHOOP! Otherwise, she’s usually around 6. Then she just wakes up to eat quick, chug-a-lug, then right back to bed for another 3-4. So again, THANK GOD for sleepy babies! Plus during the day, she hangs out and has Ivy in her face every second for an hour, then back to sleep. Hallelujah. During her naps is where we get things done!

This has given me enough energy to make it through the day to keep up with these rascals. I’m NOT good at staying home, I get antsy, the kids get antsy, we just have to either get outside, or go somewhere. Faye’s mellow personality has allowed us to keep doing the things we love to do – pool or park day all day errry day! Or the zoo to run these kids wild from animal to animal. Basically anything to maximize our time away from the house and get these kids to use up their energy.

Oh. And popsicles. YAAAAAS. They’ve saved me keeping Ivy and Leo entertained! I need 15 minutes to nurse… POPSICLES. I need 15 minutes to shower… POPSICLES. I need 10 minutes to change because I got breastmilk or spit up everywhere… POPSICLES. I need 30 minutes to cook dinner… TWO POPSICLES. Haha, okay maybe not that extreme! But popsicles have saved me this summer! (I could also replace ‘popsicles’ with ‘ipad’ to be honest! Judge the way you want!)

Mostly, three kids has been about a new routine.

New routines, like, I might just have to throw a kid in their bed without a book because I’m trying to get three kids to bed at the same time. I might just have to clean that mess up later because I have to go nurse. I might just have to get fast food on the way home because it’s easier. I might just have to neglect a kid a little because another kid is screaming. All the things that give you SERIOUS Mom guilt. Your attention is divided amongst another child and it’s tough on everyone. It’s really hard to put Faye down because I just want to hooooooold her and snuggle my baaaaaby, but I try to use her naps to the fullest and take that time to be present with Ivy and Leo. Then her hour awake time before she falls aleep again is when Ivy and I get to play with her, because Leo has NO interest whatsoever #boys

Thankfully kids are resilient and change as we change, after those first few temper tantrums, of course, but eventually they get it.

So, how is it with three? Two to three is definitely harder. I swear, Leo’s had more meltdowns this last month than his whole life. Everything takes so much longer, especially with nursing before we go anywhere. Ivy is curious and asks a million questions in my space and Faye’s all day. Routines get all messed up as we start new ones. I have serious Mom guilt on and off all day as one of the kids is always getting neglected. BUT we’re getting the hang of it. And choosing to be positive and trying to be easy going really does generate a good mood amongst everybody! We’re just going with the flow here and trying to survive.

My goal with three is just to embrace all of it. The minute I realized we need new routines and everything won’t be perfect, was the minute I knew I would be okay, WE would be okay. Nothing is right, nothing is perfect, it’s basically a shit show, but I’m going to embrace the shit (pun intended… baby poop diapers, MY GOD) and try be as stress-free as possible and just love on these little kids and enjoy this chaos as much as I can! Our last little baby, gotta hold her as much as possible! And frankly, it doesn’t last forever! These kids grow up too fast!

 

Faye // 1 month

July 13, 2017

Faye is 1 month old! Whew that went by fast! She’s been such a good baby, sleeping and eating, awake and snuggling and smiling, then sleeping and eating again. John asked me which baby has been the easiest, and I would have to say her! Although Leo was really easy too, she just seems so calm and good. Thank goodness for our third! Fewf.

Faye has been awake more and more and she started cooing and smiling this week, ADOOOORABLE. I love how they try to talk to you, it’s so cute! I love when they’re in milk coma asleep and crack a smile, pretty much the best :)

Ivy is still obsessing over her! She loves to pet Faye’s hair, haha, and is always asking to hug her. Pretty sweet sister. Leo, well, just lets me know when she’s crying, ha.

Faye is such a big baby! Spent two days in newborn diapers (10 lbs 3 oz at birth!) and has been rocking the size 1, although those seem to hardly fit her too! Thankfully I didn’t have too many newborn size outfits because she wouldn’t have fit in them! I’m anxious for her next appt to see how much she weighs now. She eats like a champ!

Faye has been making it 5.5 hrs at night, thank goodness for one long stretch of sleep!

Happy one month little darling! We love you!

Month stickers from Lucy Darling Shop