Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mae Stanley- Seven Months

She may be turning eight months in three days, but had to squeeze her seven month update in...

In the same outfit as her brothers at seven months <3
(Yes, she looks...and acts...just like Gaines)

Mae Stanley Facts

- Weight: We went to the dr due to an ear infection and she was just under 18lbs.
- Diaper Size: 3
- Clothing Size: 9-12 months
- Sleep: She still isn't an awesome napper. Some days are better than others. Her naps are at 9ish, 1ish, and a late afternoon catnap. She naps anywhere from 30 minutes to sometime 2 hours. If she only sleeps 30-45  minutes, I make her stay in her crib to an hour. Her late catnap is only 20-30 minutes. She is a FANTASTIC night sleeper (knock on wood.) She goes down between 6:00pm-7:00pm. She usually wakes between 5:00am-6:00am for an early breakfast and then goes back to sleep for two to three more hours. I am so thankful she sleeps well at night. If I had to pick, I would always choose night sleep!
- Eat: Loves food, especially feeding herself. The weird reactions have stopped. She likes everything except avocado (how is she my child?!) She goes 4 hours between nursing feedings most of the time. She likes water or breastmilk in a sippy cup too.
- She is sitting up. She randomly will tumble over sometimes, so I put the Boppy behind her and pillows all around her.
- First black eye....She was trying to crawl and face-planted. She can scoot backwards pretty good.
- Has the deepest laugh...cracks me up!
- Center of attention. Mae Stanley needs an audience 24/7.
- Most of her waking hours are spent on my left hip.
- Likes: Momma, Daddy, her brothers, attention, eating, being held, paper, baths, eating things she shouldn't, kicking Gaines
- Dislikes: When Momma is in the room and not holding her, being by herself, dirty diapers, nose being wipes

Thursday, May 11, 2017 one long post!

When we weren't baptizing Mae Stanley or celebrating Easter, we had many other nice moments worth documenting.

After Mae Stanley's baptism, my parents took the boys with them for some time on the farm. We always miss them, but Mae Stanley especially missed them. She was so excited when we saw them, and she spent the entire car ride leaning forward so she could see her brothers.

I also took the boys to get their first "non-mom" haircut.


It cost almost $50, and I couldn't tell a difference from when I do it. I think I will stick to cutting it myself for a little longer. (Yes, Gaines has two different shoes.)

Gaines was proud to wear Cousin Jake's Masters shirt

One Saturday I had to work at church for VBS. I could have brought the boys with me, but Brooks insisted on keeping them. He got them dressed and took them for a Guys' Hike. I love how close they are.

I can't...
He owns me and knows it

Woody takes his role of big brother very seriously. He loves to help and is very protective. He likes to help read Mae Stanley her bedtime story.

One Friday night, we took the kids to "Lemonade Days" which is the little fair that comes once a year to Dunwoody. The boys had such a great time, and I managed not to completely freak out on the Ferris Wheel when they kept leaning over the side.

Ha! Gaines's big ole head would whip around every corner.

When you are too little for all the rides...
(And yes, she clings to her Santa doll still in April)

Baseball has been such an unexpected blessing. Woody has loves the boys on his team, his coaches, and learning to play. I melted when I found him asleep with his baseball cap.

You guys, these boys! Melt!

Can we say heart eyes?!

That day we had Gaines's music performance and Woody invited me to be his special friend for Doughnut Day. I was so honored, until Woody admitted in the car that he wished he had invited Daddy. 

Of course Gaines makes sure he was in the front middle

He will kill me one day for this photo

But his driving skills are on point

She will ALWAYS feel loved!

We ended the month on a weekend trip to see my sister in Birmingham. We all had the best time. The boys are obsessed with Jake and quite intimidated by Hollon. It was great watching them play and getting quality time with them.

Both boys slept in Jake's room and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

But not quite as great as when Gaines got hit with pie!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easter 2017

The weekend before Easter, we took the kids to have their picture made with the Easter bunny. The boys were obviously thrilled, but Mae Stanley seemed a little concerned with the giant rabbit.

(I took a picture of a picture, so the proportions look a little off. Woody's legs aren't that short!)

That Sunday was Palm Sunday. Our church has the children follow a live donkey down the aisles of the church waving palm branches. The boys were thrilled to get their own branches.

Gaines especially enjoyed using his as a sword.

On to Easter weekend...we stayed in Atlanta this year. On Saturday, Woody had a baseball game and then it was on to our church's Easter Egg Hunt.

(Gaines trying to convince Woody to trade baskets)

Harvard Brothers Strategizing

Maybe next year Sister can get in on the action!

Give me all the Little House on the Prairie 
Also need to learn how to tie a bonnet bow

Easter Sunday! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

(I have no idea what the weird shadow on G's face is!)

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ 
Luke 24:6-7
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