Monday, September 8, 2014

Caroline Grace {4 months}

Caroline Grace,

What a big month we've had, filled with lots of "firsts"! Every day you surprise us with new tricks from your first roll to first giggle, it has been so much fun watching you grow. You are so curious and love watching me cook, put my makeup on, fold the laundry and more from your Bumbo seat. Your personality shines so brightly now, you are the happiest little thing and your smiles have a way of drawing everyone around you to you. You are the light in our little family's life.

This month you also celebrated your first day of school, first football game day (go Gators and go Buckeyes!) and first rice cereal meal. You're growing up too fast and I just want to freeze time because this stage is so fun. You become more and more beautiful to me every day and I think you are head to toe perfection.You make my mama heart so happy!

I can't wait for the day you start reaching for us to pick you up. And even though you didn't sleep at all this month, we love you so!



Four Month Highlights:
  • You are over 11 pounds, maybe even 12 - still a petite little thing.
  • You learned how to roll from your back to your belly (for a couple weeks you were getting stuck on your side, unable to get over your arm) and now you are unstoppable, a little rolling machine. If I walk away for a minute I come back to find you several feet away from your activity mat.
  • Speaking of activity mat, we have so much fun watching you play now. You've become so interested in all of the little hanging animals and we love watching you babble to them and grab and shake them.
  • There is still nothing you hate more than being in your car seat, well maybe sleep, but you definitely pitch the biggest tantrum the second you see us getting your car seat ready.
  • We took advantage of your sleep regression and went ahead and transitioned you from your swaddle to your sleep sack and you love the new freedom. Free arms and legs combined with your rolling tricks mean we now find you in hilarious positions every morning.
  • Oh, the giggle! We have to get you really worked up to hear it but once you start we all can't stop laughing. You have the sweetest little giggle and your eyes get all squinty like your mamas when you laugh. This is one of my favorite, most treasured milestones. 
  • We tried out some Earth's Best Organic rice cereal and you hated it.
  • You are starting to take a paci now (you prefer the wubanub), are exclusively on formula and love mirrors.
  • Your month long vacation with the Grandma's came to an end this month and you now attend daycare. It's still a transition for all of us but we're slowly getting the hang of things.
Your first week of daycare was really tough for all of us. Although we absolutely love your teachers, have lots of friends with babies in the same school and know this is going to be really good for you, it's been an extremely hard transition for you and I. I'm still trying to find the balance of being a good mom and a good employee and I feel like no matter what I'm failing at one of them (or sometimes both) each day. Daddy drops you off and I am thankful that I get to be the one to pick you up, squeeze you and read your report cards. You only have one other baby in your class right now but there are six more on the way. Selfishly, I'm thankful it's just two of you for now so you get lots of attention (which your teachers say you need). Your teachers send us pictures of you all day and sometimes they make me happy to see you playing and other times I get really upset that I'm not the one there with you. Being a working mom is harder than anything I've ever experienced but I know things will get easier (hopefully)!
and of course, a video of the new rolling trick...



  1. What a cute, tiny little bit! We started daycare last week too- what lucky babes we have to have gone 4 whole months with family care! An baby giggles are the most eart melting thing in the world!!! Happy 4 months Caroline!

  2. she is the cutest! i love all of her sweet little bows :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. So cute and sweet! Being a working mom is so hard and tricky, but you will definitely get the hang of it!

  4. She is so expressive!! Love the picture of her sitting up next to your laptop with the coffee cup!! So sweet!!

  5. Love her little grins, so precious!! Glad her daycare is so great about sending you photos and letting you know she is doing well, it must be hard but so good to see that at the same time. And you're really making me sad about the fact I can't put a big Florida Gator colored bow on my kid next season! haha

  6. She is so adorable! I just want to squeeze her cute cheeks! :) I can imagine daycare is super rough on you but that's great they're so good about keeping you updated. And she is too cute in her Gators gear!

    <3, Pamela

  7. She is precious! Loving the updates! I know how hard it is to be a working mom (did it for the first 7 months of my son's life), but don't worry - it DEFINITELY gets easier. As a mom, you will always fight the feelings of being pulled between work and motherhood. Unfortunately, that part doesn't change. But, you are a doing a great job, Mama and your sweet Caroline is one very loved little girl!:)

  8. So adorable, gal. She is just perfect and I'm starting to see more of you in her now!! Your pictures are beautiful. I'm praying for you as you transition into daycare. Brody just started 2 mornings a week (he's 14 months now) and I can't even believe how hard that is. And I know thats not even close to as hard as it is to bring your 4 month old to school! On another note, were you a KD at Florida?? I didn't know that.

  9. She's darling!! Hope the days get easier and everyone gets more sleep this month. The 4 month sleep regression took us all by surprise when my daughter went through it. Love all of her dresses and great accessories.

  10. She is so crazy cute! My little one has stopped sleeping as well - it's so difficult when you have to wake up and still get out the door in the morning. And you are doing an amazing job - even if you don't feel like. Remember to be nice to yourself!! And congrats to your husband (from the last post)!

  11. love the little bows :)
    I've heard about the 4 month sleep regression. I've got a couple months still but I'm not looking forward to it! My little guy is such a good sleeper right now I dont want that to end haha
    I would be loving that there are only two babies in daycare at first also :)

  12. So cute! What daycare? Brad drops off and I pick up too. :-)

  13. Love that shes already wearing a sorority pin! #legacy!

  14. She is too adorable! Love that giggly picture! :) I think the working mom thing probably doesn't get easier, you just kind of get used to it. And when they get a little bigger, you feel like they need that interaction with other kids so I guess that does make it easier. And it is so cool that they send you pictures during the day!

  15. She's so precious! I love that sweet beautiful girl and I haven't even met her yet! You're doing awesome, mama! xo

  16. So happy for the adorable update! She is absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!! xoxo

  17. How precious are y'all! Gorgeous family!

  18. She is just so beautiful my friend. I am so sorry about the daycare but know that she is in good hands, and you are still working hard for your family. You can be very proud that you are juggling both x

  19. Where do you order all her bows? So cute! My little missy just turned 3 months and unfortantly she has a big head like daddy! I had bought some cute baby ones from Target and they are now leaving marks. Girlfriend has no hair so she is in need of some new bows!


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