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Apr 17, 2017

motherhood // Willa at 2 months








Hard to believe our little sweetie has already been with us 2 months! Her birth still feels like it was yesterday and yet, it also feels like she's been with us all along. She has the sweetest, calmest way about her and her entrance into our family continues to be so smooth. Thankfully Navy absolutely adores her and fluctuates between wanted to kiss and hold her gently to sometimes not even noticing her at all. She happily plays on her own most of the time and then occasionally snaps out of what she's doing and says with all seriousness, 'me go check on baby Wawa'. So cute! Also, often when I'm nursing Willa, Navy will come beside me and just lean her head gently on Willa's. Nothing makes my heart burst more than seeing them together and watching them kindly and graciously laying the groundwork for their friendship.

Willa has totally woken up from her newborn slumber behaviourally. While she still sleeps a lot of the day (two 3+ hour naps in her beloved swing...same swing Navy looooved as a baby), she's giving us a lot of happy awake time too. She tracks us as we move in front of her, doles out the sweetest gummy smiles almost every time you try to get one out of her and she's even started giggling from time to time. And oh my goodness! When she giggles I swear the world stops turning and she is literally all I can see ♡ She coos a lot lately when on her play mat or while awake in her bassinet. Hearing her little voice joining in with the daily sounds of our household makes me so happy.

She and I are co-sleeping and have been since she was born. I absolutely loved co-sleeping with Navy and found it was magical in helping both her and I sleep in those early months. I've found the same to be true with Willa. She sleeps from 9/10 pm - 9 am most days. One 6 hour stint to start the night (which is pure bliss for her and I!), then two nursings between 3/4 am - 9 am. She loves a tight swaddle right now, and with it, sleeps so peacefully in the bed with us. I credit co-sleeping with helping me not feel like a zombie parent of a new born haha. By co-sleeping with both girls, I feel like I skip over that zombie, sleep deprived, parent of a new born stage. Of course, it's all still very tiring, but a good night's sleep with only gentle interruptions sure makes a big difference! And both girls seem to really love how comforting it is to fall asleep so close to me. Makes sense considering how much time they spent tucked safe in my belly. With Willa, if she is breathing fast or restless I just hold her close and very intentionally, breath slowly and calmly. Almost instantly, I can feel her body calm and relax into sleep. Just amazing!

She's was 50th percentile for height and weight up until a couple weeks ago. However, she continues to struggle with reflux of some sort, so her weight gain has slowed a little bit (15th percentile at last check). So we're working on that with our doctor to see if we can curb the reflux and keep her weight gain on track. Other than that, she is a super happy and healthy baby. Just like her sister, she calms easily and is easy going most of the time.

 I am SO grateful she's joined our little crew. 2016 and all the life changes it brought with it, was challenging, especially while pregnant and chasing around after a toddler. But she was sooooo incredibly worth it! She is the most amazing little soul and I'm overwhelmed with gratitude that she has joined our family.

*Wrote this forever ago and am just now realizing I never posted it! Little Willa is actually now nearly 6 montsh old! Can't believe it. Catching up on her monthly recaps over the coming days :)

Dec 31, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas this year was low key and very sweet. Ordinarily, I'm sooooo excited for Christmas well in advance of December. My birthday is November 2nd, and immediately after I'm usually everything Christmas all the time: christmas music, christmas decorations, christmas coffee drinks, christmas shopping, christmas parties, etc. Festive, festive, festive. But this year, I didn't feel it. I think it was probably adjusting to baby Willa joining our crew, recovering from pregnancy and still acclimating to our move that had me otherwise focused. Thankfully though, once our family christmas festivities started, I began to really feel grateful for the holidays and thoroughly enjoyed visiting and catching up with all our loved ones. Everyone was so overwhelmingly generous to the girls with their time, affection and of course, gifts. We couldn't be more thankful for our sweet families and how much they love us and our girls. We feel the exact same way about all of them.

Chad & Karly were in town from Vancouver. We were so happy to host them for a few nights while they were here. They are so helpful with the girls and really take the time to connect with them when they're here. It's obvious how much they love them and it does my heart so much good to see how much Navy loves them in return ♡
Uncle Chad holding baby Willa for the first time ♡
This is the hold the chiropractor has us doing to potentially help little Willa with her reflux. She seems to be MUCH happier in this position, so bless everyone's heart, over christmas this is the way she was held and and how she appears in virtually every photograph haha. 

CHRISTMAS AT DADS

Mom holding baby Willa and Chad holding his furbaby Lady Nacho, on the 23rd at my Dad's place. 
Nanny & the girls
Dad with Navy & Willa.
Navy got to be Santa at our family Christmas exchange with Auntie Brooke, and had the time of her life doing so. So fun to remember how much I loved doing this as a kid and now my baby girl is assuming the role. Cue the waterworks and talk of full circles. 
Willa and Daddy sharing a little moment. She had such a hard day that day, but when Ryan arrived from work he seemed to have the magic touch. So so grateful for his help that night and always ♡
Navy and Auntie Miranda. Can't wait for her and Tyrone's wedding this summer!
Lil' Willa with Nanny, Brooke & Tyrone

CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE BAUMS
Navy enjoying the rocking horses at Grandma & Papa's!
Cousin Brock being more and more of a toddler these days. He and Navy are only 8 months apart! So special to have cousins so close in age ♡
Goofy cousin Hunter. At 3.5 he's the sweetest older cousin to Navy, always playing with her so gently and kindly. Also gets the biggest belly laughs out of her. Love these boys so much. 
Grandma & Baby Willa ♡ And would you look at little Willa's festive outfit?! Thanks Nanny! It fit her just in time. 
Auntie Tara with the magic touch.
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Hunter taking Navy for rides on the vintage Radio Flyer around Grandma & Papa's house...otherwise known as the Grandkids' happy place :) 
We all couldn't believe how much little Willa looks like Ryan as a baby! And here I thought she was my little mini haha. 
Happy girl with that juicy double chin! So precious ♡
Grandkids getting measured on the wall with Grandma.
It truly was a winter wonderland at the Baum's on Christmas day. Such gorgeous snow and the sunset was just spectacular. It was pretty chilly but the kiddies got out to enjoy it for a bit. Caught Navy gazing at Ryan as he came outside in this picture. Love how much she loves & connects with her daddy ♡
Cousin Hunter walking with his arm around Navy. I mean, what a little gentleman! 
Brocky...little heart crusher. 
Papa taking the kiddos out for a tractor ride. Navy wasn't super keen to try on Christmas Day but I have a feeling she'll be very excited to try it next time. She always takes a moment to warm up to new things ♡
Papa in his element. 
Beautiful boys. 
Baby Willa in her matching Jammies to the rest of the cousins. Thanks Grandma & Papa for the adorable gifts!
It was the greatest gift, having Willa here for Christmas this year ♡♡♡
Hard to get her to look towards the camera but we did our darnedest haha. Such a little cute ♡
Navy with her staticky hair and gem stone stickers all over her face 😂. This was the best pic we could get with both of them together in matching jams, and I will forever love it. So perfectly imperfect ♡

Dec 19, 2016

Seeing things clearly

Both of the girls are asleep right now and I feel like jumping from one task to the next, knowing there's so much to do, so little time and this brief moment where my hand's aren't full and I might actually be able to make some progress. I've got this opportunity to really focus, but it's rarity has me almost frozen in response. So instead of tackling a task uninterrupted, I find myself scrolling through pictures from the last two months and feeling all the feelings. While doing so, I stumbled upon these three pictures from the first 3 days little Willa was in our world. And my goodness, seeing them just makes my heart burst! I mean honestly, what else matters besides this? These two girls. Ryan. Lincoln. My sweet little family. My whole heart and my greatest adventure. I'm feeling such clarity tonight towards what really, really matters thanks to these photos. Sometimes it just takes a quiet minute of neglecting the to-do list to realize the real to-do's, the ones we'll actually remember and the ones that will matter in the long run, are being done so very well indeed.

Me and my girls when little Willa was 3 days old.
Willa, Ryan and I the day she was born.
I will forever love this picture. My sweet friend Crystal took it of Navy while they were out on a walk the morning Willa was born. Her beloved bunny, her crossed little hands, her sweet innocent face, it all just makes my heart ache with love for her.  This was such a big day for her, the day she became a big sister. And she has been a magnificent one in every way.

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