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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sybil Jane :: Seven Months

Seven months, little lady!

I'm writing this post a little over a week late and so much has changed even in this past week. For instance all of a sudden you're in love with food! Yay!

Maybe I've written about my great dislike of the solid food transition? (Probably in your sisters posts too...). It's one of my least favorite things...for a few reasons, but the big two:

-we're finally in some type of rhythm and then BAM--added new thing to do.
-the mess. holy moly.

With you and E I was slow to get moving on the solid foods. "They'll eat when they're ready..." was my motto. E was so very ready early on, but every time I let you try something you were fine with it, but just didn't seem too interested. Then this week it's like all you want to do is try new foods and it's so exciting to you!

The fact that you're loving eating makes it a little bit easier of a transition :) No one in our home is a picky-eater and if you continue what you're doing, it doesn't seem like you'll be picky either!

Your favorites include avocados (Hazel has hated avocados since she was a baby! You and E love 'em!), sweet potatoes, peas, and carrots. Oh and eggs. Okay, maybe you're loving a lot of foods.

We moved all three of you girls into one room. Your dad and I have been incredibly surprised at how smooth the transition has been...lets just say it was not this smooth when we moved Hazel and E in one room. Ha! You've had a few weird nights this past month, but you're back to sleeping through the night. Thanks ;)

Your sisters are still so smitten with you. Loving on you all day long. Eleanor turns two (!) this month and I can tell she's developing more--mostly because of the way she interacts with you.

"G'morning Sybie!" is what she says (about 100 times) when you wake up. She's only woke you up once since all of you starting sharing a room. You're just so much fun to play with!

Really though, you're a sweet, sweet little babe. You're sitting up all on your own, you army crawl like it's your job (please just calm down with that), you're in the dog food, grabbing your sisters toys, and making us all take a deep breath and smile. You're doing a great job, kiddo.

Oh and we just had to lower your crib because you're pulling up. As your dad was lowering the crib and I was rocking you, Hazel came over to you and I said to her, "We have to lower Sybie's crib because she's getting so big. She's not going to be a little baby for much longer." Sweet Hazel said, "Mama she'll always be baby Sybil." My heart may have just melted all over the floor when she said that. We love you so much, little lady!

Some of my favorite things from this month:

-you pulling yourself up into a sitting position like a boss and surprising the heck out of me.
-watching you eat sweet potatoes
-rocking you and laughing because you are SO BIG!
-your first Thanksgiving! We drove down to VA to be with my side of the family :)
-just you in general--you make all our days brighter, sweet girl. i'm so grateful for you, sybil jane!

We love you SO much!



Friday, November 2, 2018

Sybil Jane :: Six Months

Sybie Girl, 

You're six months!

I think we're all starting to get into a bit of a rhythm and this structure-loving-mama is SO on board for some regular rhythms! Yay!

We just had your six-month visit and you're doing so great, little lady. Coming in at the 86th percentile for both height and weight--way to go, girl.

You're smiling, rolling, chewing on all the things, grabbing (and spilling) my coffee, and still loving the overwhelming amount of cuddles you get from all of us. You're one loved little girl ;)

Food wise you're on board with most things I give you--green beans, chicken, rice, carrots...we'll start to get more routine in giving you solid food this month...I always seem to drag my feet a bit with this transition. Maybe it's the messiness of babies starting to eat solid food, or how we are finally in a rhythm of a nursing/bottle schedule, or maybe it's my babies being old enough to eat solid food that makes my heart ache just a bit. Either way...I eventually get on board and seeing as your sisters will eat pretty much anything in sight I think you're going to adjust just fine. ;)

Thank you for going-with-the-flow--your personality is such a gift to me in this chaos of a season we're currently living. YOU are a gift and I'm so thankful to be your mama. Truly. I love you so much, little one!



Friday, September 28, 2018

Sybil Jane: Four + Five Month Update

Sweet Sybie,

I'm joining your four and five month update into one because I never carved out time in month four to sit down and write. Then I blinked and now you're five months.

Here we are.

It's becoming fall and you're keeping in rhythm with the transitions of the seasons. Like the weather becoming cooler and the leaves turning colors, so you are changing, growing.

I can feel you leaving the teeny-tiny baby stage like I can feel the crispness in the air.

Life continues to move, my babies continue to grow.

You're sleeping through the night (since month four! yay!) in your own room and that alone makes you feel older.

This month I don't have the desire to write about your sleep or eating habits (though both are truly amazing)...I'm finding the older you girls become the less I care about those things and the more I care about the small, daily things as simple as they may seem.

The way you giggle when Hazel jumps up and says, "Lets do this!"

How you snuggle down into my neck when I hug you goodnight and squeeze you an extra minute longer. Hoping somehow I'll be able to store up these moments to take them out when I need one for later.

How Eleanor says, "Mama! Mama! Holding hands Mama!" As she squeezes your tiny hand in her slightly bigger, tiny hand. You wide-eyed and laughing as she does this.

You have this calmness that is truly unique to you in our crazy crew. It may be all the stimulation from watching your sisters bop around like bouncy balls, or maybe it's just you and how God uniquely designed you as Sybil Jane.

It may just be a season. Maybe when you can walk and run and jump you'll be the one leading the sisters in gymnastics down the hallway, or maybe not.

In our current season your calmness is a beautiful and welcomed gift. Thank you, sweet girl. Thank you, Lord.

As I rocked you last night, I prayed for you and your sisters.

I prayed for me too.

I prayed you girls would grow up seeing a mama who knows her need for Jesus,

who has flaws and doesn't set perfection as the standard for herself or others,

who is proud of who she is and the body she has,

who takes risks, who fails, and then stands back up knowing her identity is found in Jesus and not in her failures or successes,

and who truly rests in the truth and grace of being fully accepted and fully loved just as she is.

I want these things things to be true for you and your sisters, and because I want that so much for y'all I know you need me to live them out--I need me to live this out!

I will try my best. I will fail, and then I'll try again.

But God is good and kind and loving. I believe He will give me the strength to be the woman He has called me to be.

I love you, Sybie girl. You are a gift to me and I am so grateful.

Oh, and you were 17 lbs (89th percentile) and 27 inches long (99th percentile) at your four month appointment. I gave you some carrots about a week ago--you liked them just fine. You're rolling over and like to stick out your tongue. You're still nursing and you take a bottle okay. You're an easygoing, sweet baby who makes us all smile like crazy. Future me will be glad I wrote that down. ;)

You're a dream of a baby and my heart bursts with gratitude. I love you, baby girl. So very much.