Sunday, December 31, 2017

snowy day

 While the big kids go out in the snow to play, 

inside the sweet baby girl will stay.

Friday, December 29, 2017


We took a big step and bought Collin and Lauren their own tablets for Christmas.
They're thrilled, of course.

bright eyes

Oh, Caroline Paige.  You're a bright-eyed beauty and I can't get enough of you.

The open-mouthed smile is her reaction when I use my sing-song voice to say "Hi, sweet baby girl!"

I could eat you up, I love you so.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Caroline Paige :: 9 months

Our Caroline Paige is 9 months old!

Girlfriend is in the 97th percentile for height and weight!
height:  29.5 inches
weight:  23.5 pounds

Caroline loves being part of the action and has so much fun watching her siblings.  You know what she loves most?  When anyone uses their sing-song voice to chat with her, she gets so excited and flashes her huge smile.  She isn't short on attention, that's for sure.  Life as the baby of the family is pretty great for Caroline!

Big girl enjoys sitting in her highchair at mealtime and will eat any kind of pureed fruits or veggies.  Her favorite is the squeeze pouches, because then she can be a really big girl and feed herself.

This month has been big for Caroline's mobility.  She's been able to roll for months, but just this month she's started rolling all over the place.  She moves from a sitting position to her belly, and then she rolls and rolls.  She wishes she could scoot forward on her belly, but so far all her effort just moves her backwards.

Caroline loves standing.  She isn't able to stand on her own yet, but she's so happy when someone helps her.

Caroline continues to be a super sleeper.  She naps 10-noon and 2:30-3:30, and her nights are 8pm-8am.  She's still swaddled at naptime but does nights with no swaddle.  She always wakes up happy!

You add so much light and joy to our family and you're absolutely delightful, Caroline Paige!  We love you, sweet girl!

Monday, December 18, 2017

using my camera

I got a new camera for my birthday!! and I haven't had a lot of time to practice with it.  The 5 reasons I have for not practicing (see below) are the same 5 reasons it's time to get back into the habit of using my camera every day.  Goals.

Friday, December 8, 2017

busy babies

Christmas crafts

cozy baths

a little bit of baby hair!!

tall towers

and playing side-by-side




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

sick = snuggles

A stomach bug hit our family with a vengeance.  All seven of us down within a span of seven days.  Not pretty.

Buckets. Lots of screen time.

Lots of snuggles.

And then celebration as we came through it!

Monday, December 4, 2017

tree decorating

Collin and Lauren were very excited to have their own tiny trees in their bedrooms!

Everyone was excited to decorate the big tree in our living room.  Last year we hiked up by the cabin to get our tree.  Ryan and I each had a kiddo in a pack, plus I had Caroline in my belly, plus we ended up pulling Collin and Lauren on the sled almost the entire journey.  It was SO much work!

I joked that this year we should just go "tree hunting" in the Bomgaars parking lot, and that's exactly what we ended up doing.

I'm obviously a professional photographer with these photos of the five babies in front of the tree...

We're pretty happy with our sweet tree.