Sunday, August 24, 2014

Preslee is 4 Months Old

I mean I can hardly stand this adorable 4 month cuteness up above!  Seriously!  I feel like this last month has just FLOWN by! Sweet Preslee Ray turned 4 months old yesterday.  I know I say it all the time, but I wish that time could just pause for just a minute or two longer to let me soak up this baby time.  The "infant" time just flew by & now here are are at the full blown "baby" phase!  So crazy!  But to say that I feel incredibly blessed would be a huge understatement.

Darling Little Ray:

- I have loved, loved, loved the way that you have been interacting this month.  You are so much fun! You will respond to the noises we make and the toys we give you.  One of my favorite things was that for about 3 weeks you would laugh every time I undressed you.  You just thought it was the funniest thing when I would pull your little arms out of your clothes and pull your shirt or dress off of your head.  It made my smile and laugh to see you get such a kick out of it.  I'm sad to say that this phase has already left, but so grateful for the sweet memories that I will cherish of you giggling as I changed you.
- You are still loving to be held and cuddled.  It seems this month you have noticed more when you are in your bouncer or on a pallet as opposed to in someones arms & sometimes you will let us know when you just need to be held.  I especially love sneaking in a nap here and there with you cuddled up in my arms.  So sweet.
- You are still sleeping great.  Going to bed sometime around 9:30-10:30 and us getting you up sometime between 7:00- 7:45 for your first feeding.  You catch cat naps throughout the day, but will generally take a longer nap when your big sisters go down for their nap. Right now you are napping in the bouncer or on a pallet on the floor in Mommy's room, or on Mommy's chest.  I think we'll soon try to do at least one nap in your crib before too long.
- I'm not sure how big you are at this point.  We go to the doctor on Tuesday and so we'll find out your stats then. I'm going to guess you are about 14 pounds  & 26 inches long.  We'll see though!
- Speaking of size, you are still in your 0-3 month clothing, but I think this week I'll be packing those clothes up and getting down your 3-6 month clothes.  You are getting bigger!
- You are still throwing up after almost every feeding.  Sometimes it's just a little spit up here and there, but more often than not, someone ends up wearing your throw up-- normally it's me followed y you in a close second.  We originally thought that you throwing up was connected to me eating dairy, but even after cutting dairy out you still throw up more than your sisters ever did.  But it does seem like you throw up even more after I have dairy.  So, we are not sure.  I'm still avoiding dairy so I don't wear your vomit, but I'm just not so sure it's actually doing much good.
- You are still eating 6 times a day-- every 3 hours.  I think you could go longer, and I could drop you to 5 feedings a day, but I just selfishly don't want to do that yet and you seem perfectly content and ready to eat after 3 hours.
- I love your BIG open mouth smiles!  When you get SUPER happy you just smile with your whole face & your mouth is wide open with your eyes just glistening!
- You have started facial recognition this month and sometimes when someone is holding you that you are less familiar with you will cry and get fussy (maybe just scared), and then when I get you you'll stop.  Talk about melting my heart! (You will also get excited to see Daddy too! It's fun to watch you just gawk over him!)  I love that sometimes it just takes me holding you to stop crying.  I know as life progresses and things happen to upset you it won't be as simple as just holding you in my arms.
- This past few weeks you have definitely preferred to be sitting up looking around as opposed to being held like a baby in a laying position.  You are ready to check out the world around you & not just look at the person holding you.
- This month you have starting sitting in your Bumbo chair for short amounts of time.  Not too long because your neck isn't strong enough to hold you up for much past 10 minutes or so.
- Your eyes seem to currently be a dark blue but more grey color.  Wonder what color they will eventually be!
- You are really starting to laugh and smile at your big sisters.  You love to watch them play & you love it when they interact with you, but what you don't love is when they hold you.  Typically you will get fussy within a minute or so of one of your big sisters holding you.  It is cute how you do enjoy watching them though.

My precious Preslee Ray, I do with I could bottle a little of this time up and come back to it just to be reminding of all your sweet little baby softness.  You are gentle and very much an observer.  I love to watch you watching the world.  You are a true Ray of light in my world, and I pray that you can be a light in this world for our King Jesus.  I pray that you will always know how much I love you, but most importantly who that great love flows from... our Lord.  I will always love you sweet girl.  Thanks for lighting up my life! I love you so much! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love Them!

So probably every mother would tell you how much they love their kids.  But really, I LOVE my girls.  They are the most precious, amazing gifts from God and every day I feel blessed that HE entrusted these sweet little souls to me.  

How did Kennedie get so big??

And my Sawyer girl-- that laugh! I love it!

And of course my baby..... 

Here's an attempt from a month or so ago.  I really wanted one picture of all of us girls.  This was as close as we got...

Hey, 3 out of 4 isn't bad! 


Thank you Lord for these precious little souls.  They melt my heart and teach me more about your love and grace every day.  May they learn of your great love, know that love, feel that love, and share that love with others.  Amen. 

One More...

I found another picture to compare.  Unfortunately I never got a picture of Kennedie in this outfit when she was a baby.  I'm not sure if she even wore it, because Mom may have found it after she was too big for it.  None the less, here is Sawyer & Preslee wearing one of my baby outfits:

I think the girls look so much alike here.  The coloring on the pictures is different, but Sawyer is on the left and Preslee is on the right.  Both super adorable if I do say so myself!

"Pessy Ray"

It was a given that Kennedie was going to be a good big sister.  She is absolutely awesome with Sawyer.  They are best friends.

But I was wondering how Sawyer would do.  You know, transitioning from being the baby to the big sister.

She's doing pretty great.

Talk about an incredible big sister!  I guess she did learn from the best though.....

Sawyer loves her "Pessy Ray" so much, and my heart melts every time I see them together.......

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Just for fun-- here are some of the girls in the same outfits around the same age....

Do you know which one is which?  Same dress, same age......???  It's in their birth order- Kennedie, Sawyer Sue, Preslee Ray.  I think that each of them have similar characteristics, but I think Preslee definitely favors Kennedie here.

Okay here we go again in a dress that I wore when I was little.....
What do you think? I didn't do as good on this one as far as keeping the background & bows the same..... It's Sawyer, Preslee, Kennedie.

Next one is from when each of the girls were barely able to sit in the Bumbo.  I love this outfit.  It's one of my favorites.  All of my girls have worn it & worn it quit a bit.  It's one of my go to rompers.  I just love the fun colors!
Guesses?  Look at those sweet little faces.  So precious.  From left to right..... Sawyer, Preslee, Kennedie.

And now the best one yet.  This is so awesome because it's a little red dress from when I was a baby, & even better- there is a picture of me in it too.  This dress has seen some years!
It makes me so happy to see this because I love the idea of 4 girls.  Yes, that's right- 4!  (No, I am not pregnant.)  Praying that another little girl will one day get to wear this red dress.

So who do you think looks like who?  It's a shame I don't have a picture of Lantz in the little red dress as a baby! Ha!

This was all just for fun!  Thanks for playing!