Introducing Beatrice Ruth

On the evening of May 10, we welcomed our second daughter, Beatrice Ruth. She arrived quite quickly! She is an incredibly laid-back baby…her little cries are so mild and quiet that they’re cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Several people have asked, after being around her for a while, if she ever cries at all! IMG_5474

Miriam is smitten with her sister and loves to hold her, touch her, give her kisses, pull on her hands and fingers, and press on her tummy (we’re working on those last two).


We call her both Beatrice and Bea (like Bee or the letter B) and just this last week finally got Miriam to start calling her Bea instead of just Baby.


Beatrice weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 20 inches long (there’s a bit of debate about that since MT claims he heard them say 21 inches at first…but the official records say 20 inches so we’re sticking with that).

She is definitely more of a “grunter” than a crier…there was a lot of grunting during her first weeks…it’s decreased a bit now but it definitely made us laugh a lot and wonder if she was just pooping ALL. THE. TIME. I guess that was just her preferred method of self-expression since she wasn’t as much of a crier.


We love her to pieces and of course think that every grunt, toot, poop, smile, and yelp is amazing.


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One Year

On June 19, Miriam turned one!

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MT was able to take off work and we enjoyed a nice, chill day with just our little family of three. In the morning, pre-nap, we went for a long walk to the park and through our neighborhood. Later, we headed to McAlister’s for lunch (MT did not believe that it was Miriam’s choice…but what I can say? She shares her mama’s taste in food and sweet tea ;)), then we got to enjoy our friend’s pool for a few hours before heading home for nap #2. We wrapped up with a delish dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house, since we were without cabinets and counter tops in our new kitchen {BIG house update coming soon!!}. We picked up some enormous cupcakes at CostCo on the way there so that she could have some form of cake to smash on her special day…she had no hesitation…went straight for that icing like she was a cake-eating pro. It was hilarious (and really messy).


All in all, it was a great laid-back day.


I tried not to set my expectations unreasonably high for what I/we will be able to do as a family to celebrate Miriam’s (and any future children’s) birthdays, but one thing that I would really like to try to establish as a tradition is writing each child a letter on their birthday and saving them to give to them when they turn 18. I think this could be a really good practice for me and a really sweet memento for her/them. So far, I’m 1 for 1!

Happy Birthday to the girl who made us parents! We love you so much.

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Ten Months

Miriam passed the 10-month mark almost two weeks ago!


At 10 months, she loves babbling, climbing on people, crawling all over the house, opening cabinets and drawers, cruising along the edge of the couch and coffee table, clapping, sticking her fingers in people’s mouths, grabbing noses, playing with paper, ripping paper, taking toys out of baskets, taking anything out of a container, pulling grass, trying to get into the bathroom trashcan, going on walks, pulling off her socks and shoes, and listening to music.

Miriam does not like praying before meals, waiting to eat clementines if she sees that they’re already peeled, having her diaper changed, and the sun in her eyes.

Favorite foods: broccoli, chicken, avocado, pineapple, clementines, banana, peas, corn, beans


I think it’s safe to say that she has some sort of minor allergic reaction to strawberries. The two times that she’s had them, she has had a rash afterwards on her chest/stomach area.

I can’t believe it’s already time to plan a one-year-old photo shoot and birthday party! Time flies when you’re interpreting a baby’s babbling. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love her and so thankful to God for entrusting MT and me with her care.

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Nine Months

Miriam turned nine months old last week…we don’t have official height/weight stats yet since our doctor’s appointment isn’t until next week. I think she weighs around 20 lbs., but we’ll just have to wait to find out for sure.


The last couple of days have been a little rough…baby girl has a bad diaper rash and a runny nose…she’s been extra clingy andย whinyย  Today, the only napping she did was in the jogging stroller on a walk. She did have time in her crib in the morning and afternoon but never would go to sleep. Sigh. I get stressed out on days like this, starting to worry that there’s something deep inside her that’s wrong and I can’t figure out…and also worry that she’s not getting enough sleep. Today was a lot better than it could have been, though. I made myself pause and enjoy the moments with her–even the clingy ones–trying to take mental pictures of what she’s like at this age and enjoy the fact that she’s following me around and wanting to be near me every minute, because we know that won’t last forever! I also made an effort to stop and praise God for His faithfulness and give thanks for her fun little personality, her health, etc. instead of wallowing in despairing thoughts (i.e., WHY ARE YOU STILL CRYING???).

It also didn’t hurt to listen to an episode of This American Life while folding laundry…this drowned out her on-and-off crying when I has first put her down for her afternoon nap.

All in all, she’s a blessing from our gracious Lord that we definitely don’t deserve. We’re looking forward to celebrating our first Easter as a family of three this weekend!


Some nine-month highlights:

Favorite things to do: crawl, clap, stick fingers in everyone’s months, pull up on furniture or people’s legs to stand, hold on to someone’s fingers or hands while standing, sway to music, bounce up and down while standing–pretty much anything that has to do with standing!

Favorite foods: avocado, quinoa, broccoli, egg yolk, green beans, chicken…she seems to prefer vegetables to fruits so far–awesome!

Solids eating schedule: Lunch around 12, Dinner around 5:30. Sometimes a snack of Cheerios or puffs at some point during the day. Time for us to move to three meals a day…I did a casual “breakfast” of dry Cheerios this morning…I guess that’s a start.

Nursing schedule: Most days, four times/day: first thing in the morning (7 a.m.), before morning nap (9 a.m.), before afternoon nap (3:30ish), and before bed (7 p.m.). Trying to start cutting this down to three times/day in the next few weeks. Probably will drop the mid-morning one if I’m adding solid food breakfast into the mix…but I’m afraid of negatively affecting her morning nap. Nursing is a nice way of calming her down and helping her get sleepy…it’s kind of a crutch. ๐Ÿ˜›

Newest skill: holding and drinking from a sippy cup on her own (two days ago)


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Eight Months

Miriam passed the eight month mark two days ago. We are two-thirds through her first year! She is at such a fun age. We can play peek-a-boo, have ABBA dance parties, sing together, look at books, make each other laugh…


And, she takes fairly regular naps! Let the heavens rejoice!


At eight months, she

  • takes two naps/day of 1-2 hours each
  • sleeps about 11 hours–usually uninterrupted–at night
  • nurses four times/day: first thing in the morning, before morning nap, mid-afternoon, and before bed
  • eats twice/day: lunch and dinner {but does NOT really care for baby food}
  • claps her hands
  • tries to “sing” along with music or with people when they sing

Today, due to the snow and sleet happening all day, we did not leave the house AT ALL. I don’t know when the last time was that we didn’t at least go out for a short walk. I knew that we would probably have to sit tight today to see how the storm went, and I was a little worried that I would lose my mind, but we did ok. I read quite a bit of Jane Eyre while Miriam napped, worked on Bible study, did an inventory of her 12-month size clothing, did some filing, laundry, and other exciting household tasks ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I got used to the idea, it was actually a nice change of pace having nowhere to go and just watching the first flakes, then the sleet, then more flakes fall outside all day long. And then, around 3:30, I heard a weird quasi-cracking sound, and looked out the front door to see this:


Yikes. That’s gonna take a few minutes to take care of this weekend.

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A Thankful November

Has anyone else noticed people on Facebook listing something different they’re thankful for each day in November leading up to Thanksgiving? I think it’s fun. I read about a similar homey craft activity on Young House Love two years agoย and ever since, I wanted to try it for myself.

I got to try it today while Miriam took a nap…and I discovered, wait, confirmed, that Martha Stewart, I am not. But it was still fun. And I only cut myself with the Xacto knife once!

It’s a glass jar that now has “thanks” etched on it. As you can see, it’s not so pretty as the YHL version. I tried to fix some spots in the “a” and the “k” and it only made it worse ๐Ÿ˜›

I tried to tell myself that its imperfections just add to its charm…that’s what Michelle Farmer always used to tell us while we made cards at her house, right Michelle? ๐Ÿ™‚

I also cut up some 4-inch squares of Thanksgiving-esque scrapbooking paper (as suggested by YHL) for MT and I to use to write down what we’re thankful for each day from now until Thanksgiving. We’ll pop them into the jar and then read them together at the end of the month or after Thanksgiving. Hopefully this can become a fun annual tradition!

In other news, today was election day. I get so excited for this day…it feels festive. I guess it’s the poli sci major coming out in me. I have my electoral map all ready to color in as the results are announced tonight state by state. It was fun taking Miriam to vote with me…3 out of 4 poll workers who commented on her pumpkin hat, etc., mentioned how cute “he” was…oh well. I guess that’s what happens when you dress your daughter in a brown onesie and jeans.



Happy Election Day and Happy November!


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Welcome Abigail!

The newest member of our extended family arrived early on Saturday morning.

Meet Abigail Michaela.

She was so tiny!! She weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. Was 20 inches long. Felt light as a feather when I held her. How was Miriam ever this little? Abi is already at home and Aaron is getting used to having a little sister. So far, she’s survived ๐Ÿ™‚

I realize that my own child looks somewhat squished and uncomfortable in this photo, but she was thrilled, I can assure you.ย 

Here’s the happy little family of four:

MT and I got to introduce Miriam to her cousin:

Lots of photo opps were happening in that little hospital room. Upon stepping out into the hall for some fresh air, I noticed there must have been some new parents who were LOTR fans across the hall…their son’s middle name was Rohan. “Warriors of Rohan, will you ride with me??” But I digress…

Let’s wrap up this lovefest with a photo of the grandparents and lil’ Abi. Grandma and Grandpa are nothing if not devoted Cardinals fans…

Congrats Grace and Michael!!

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