Words About Waverly

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waverly Lately

It's been way too long since I have done a Waverly update, so much has changed lately with my big girl & I really feel like she has matured so much in just the last few months alone.  Obviously bringing Avalon home has had something to do with it, Waverly just feels (and looks) older now compared to her, but even just one on one she seems so much more grown.   I think a lot of it is that I have given her a lot more independence now, partly because I don't always have the choice with another baby to take care of, but even more so because I noticed that she was thriving on a little more freedom.  She really is no longer a baby - though I will always call her that! - but such a little girl now, with her own (vibrant!) personality & a mind all of her own.


Without a doubt, my favorite part about Waverly right now is her imagination.  It blows my mind on a daily basis and I know I have never had a kid before so I have nothing to compare it to, but wow, she has a BIG one.  I've posted before about her "friends" (because they are a big part of our lives!), her current besties are Keely & Guys and we talk about them all day long.  They come with us everywhere, she tells us when they are upset or happy, when they have to leave for work (& where they work), and they have specific houses in our neighborhood.  Crazy!  I even walked out onto the porch the other week and she was literally laying on the ground with a float under her, she looked up and told me that her & Keely were swimming at the waterpark. :)

Some of her current favorites activities are doing crafts, singing and dancing, taking baths with lots of bubbles, playing tea party, dress-up or doing nails, playing blocks & "cooking" us dinner from either her kitchen or new BBQ grill outside.  She really can entertain herself for a while now, and wants to, we are definitely at that age where she will tell us to go away for a while or to "get out of her room!".  So funny.  Like most girls her age, her absolute favorite toys are her dolls, she loves them all so much & talks to them in the most high-pitched, sweetest little voice.  They all have names and she picks one to come with us anytime we leave the house.

Obviously the biggest milestone lately is Waverly's new status as a big sister, & she is a natural.  There is no one she loves more than Avalon & she spends so much of her day just talking to her little sister and making sure she is ok.  She hates when Avalon is sleeping (not always the best thing), and begs me to "wake my sister up" throughout the day.  We had recently noticed that Waverly was having a harder time going to her sitter or even out with my husband, and turns out that it was because she did not want to be away from Avalon.  She loves her so much, Waverly just has that caring part of her personality that goes perfectly with being the oldest child.

I have to mention it, because it's reality, not all aspects of this age are seamless or a dream.  Parts of these last few months have been the most challenging we have had yet, Waverly is opinionated, fierce, and as sassy as she has ever been.  She wants to do everything on her own now & gets so upset when she can't, and has a really hard time handling her emotions.  It can be really frustrating, for everyone, but just like everything else, we will work through it and laugh about it all one day.  Though I assure you, my husband was not laughing when he texted me to tell me that he would be leaving Waverly at the grocery store last week (& I really think he was serious, thankfully, they both came home!).


It's hard to keep this post from being 100 pages long, because I really could go on (& on!) about how much I love this little girl, and how much joy she brings to our lives.  She starts preschool next week, and as much as its hard to let her go, I know she is going to rock it and I am so excited for this new stage.

We love you to the moon, Waverly Maye, don't you ever forget it!
XO

Monday, August 31, 2015

32 Things

I turned 32 over the weekend (which is crazy!), we had such a fun time celebrating!  A morning walk on the beach & breakfast with my girls and the hubs, some alone time complete with a much-needed nail appointment, and dinner with my family.  We even snuck out for a couples date night with some friends, it was perfect!  In honor of my birthday, I thought it would be fun to share 32 things about me!  These are some of my favorite posts to read, I love seeing what I have in common with other bloggers, be sure to comment below if you can relate to any of my 32!

1 - I am born & raised in Virginia Beach, my parents live about fifteen minutes away from me, which (especially these days!), I am so thankful for.
2 - I was a cheerleader in both middle school & high school and did competition cheerleading on the side, so it was a pretty big part of my childhood.  My younger sister also competitively cheered (although she was way better than me), and now, Waverly is on the same team she was!  She just started last week & it's pretty much the cutest thing ever.
3 - I am the oldest of four, two brothers & one sister.  All of us still live in Virginia Beach, which is so fun, though one of my brothers is seriously considering moving to Denver in the next few months. We are so happy for him and just a little selfishly sad. 
4 - I am left-handed.
5 - My husband & I have only been on a plane together once, on our honeymoon to the Bahamas.  It was the most amazing trip and I remember promising ourselves so many times while we were there that we would take a big trip once a year from there on out.  Then we had kids. ;)  
6 - I watch reality tv more than anything else, my current favorites are the real housewives of any city & bachelor in paradise.  
7 - I am definitely a morning person, which works out well for being a mom, even on the couple of times Waverly has stayed at my parents I am up before 8.
8 - I was president of my sorority in college.  And though I could never (ever!) live like that again, college was so, so much fun.
9 - Twins run in my family, on both sides.  I always thought I would have twins, which I guess the verdict is still out on. Scary!
10 - I have a total sweet tooth, I eat ice cream almost every single night in bed before I go to sleep. Yet in both my pregnancies, I had a total aversion to ice cream & even the thought of it made me sick.  
11 - My mom always told me that once I had kids I would stop caring about my own wardrobe, & unfortunately, that did not happen.  I still want to shop for me, both the girls, the house ... shopping is definitely my weakness.
12 - My hair color is natural & although I like it now, I used to hate it when I was younger.  In my senior picture, it is completely dyed blonde.  
13 - I have issues (major ones) with staying at my house by myself.  Every single little noise freaks me out. A couple weeks ago my husband was working overnight & I woke up to a noise, I called him and wouldn't let him off the phone with me while he was driving to the house to make sure we were all ok.  So embarrassing.
14 - I have always wanted four kids.  I think that is still the plan, but we may have to talk again after three. 
15 - My grandparents (the girls great-grandparents) live about ten minutes away from me & we visit them all of the time.  They are watching both girls every other Friday this year, which I love so much!
16 - Giving gifts is one of my favorite things, I love thinking of thoughtful things to get people.  I also LOVE sending things in the mail, and color-coordinating it to make it look pretty when people open it up.
17 - Target.  Oh, Target!  Totally my happy place & Waverly's now too! :)  We go a couple times a week, at least, even though my husband always insists I should go somewhere else because it would be cheaper.
18 - I really try to be friendly to everyone, most of the sales associates at our mall know me & when we go, call Waverly by name.  Which is probably a sign we go too much.
19 - I love, love a planner & a list.  I always have a million lists written in way too many places (which probably defeats the purpose), but it just feels good.
20 - I really like grocery shopping but have recently decided that I hate to cook.  I really have to be in the mood & that hasn't happened in months.  Or maybe more.
21 -  My entire family is on a group text and we use it often, at least a couple times a week.
22 - I am so thankful for Amazon.  Specifially, Amazon Prime.  Like it's really the greatest thing ever (besides Target).
23 - School supply shopping was always one of my favorite parts of going back to school when I was a kid (that & the first day of school outfit), I was SO freaking excited to take Waverly for her school supplies (to Target) a couple weeks ago.
24 - I always thought I would have all boys, and was convinced both Waverly & Avalon were boys.  But I obviously adore having little girls, and as much as we would love a boy one day, we would love having all girls, too!  It drives me crazy when we are out & people ask, "are you going to try again to get that boy?".
25 - I love country music, yet I didn't start liking it until I went to college.  Now it's pretty much all I listen to.
26 - We hardly ever go to the movies & I can't even remember the last one I saw.  I am too much of a mover to sit that long.  
27 - Mexican food is my favorite, there's nothing quite like chips, salsa & a margarita!
28 - I majored in Fashion but I could never, ever design it.  I can't even sew a button.
29 - I love my phone (and social media) & hate it all at the same time.  Sometimes I wish we lived before people felt like they should be able to get in touch with you, all of the time.
30 - Floral prints are my favorite thing to wear, hands-down, anytime of the year.  
31 - I love my job but have about 100 other jobs I think I would love, too.  A fashion editor, stylist, & ultrasound technician to name a few.  I feel like people should be able to change careers every couple years, wouldn't that be fun?!
32 - I love being a mom.  It is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done, but by far the best.  I know a lot of moms get really sad as their kids grow & though it's definitely bittersweet, I mostly am ok with it.  I really love every stage (most parts!), and want to raise my kids to always stay close to their family, so I love that I get to keep them forever.

So there you have it, my 32 things!  And for fun, some pictures of our walk on the beach this weekend, growing old isn't so bad when you get to do it with your favorites. :)


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
XO

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Part-Time Position

As most of you know, I am a Fashion Marketing teacher at a high school & have been teaching for the last ten years.  I started the fall after I graduated college at the same school I am still at now.  My husband proposed to me in the school (on stage at one of my fashion shows), I planned my wedding there & had my students help on the actual day, and most recently, I grew my baby girls in my belly over two different school years.  My younger brother substituted down the hall from me, both my mom & sister have gone on numerous field trips, and my dad has built endless amount of props for all our events.  I have taught SO many amazing teenagers who I have made great relationships with & still talk to today, my job really is incredibly rewarding and I feel so very lucky to be able to teach something I am so passionate about at a place that I have literally grown up in myself.

With all of that being said, the last couple of years have (professionally) been challenging for me, mainly because of the obvious, precious time away from my growing little girl.  We have made it work but emotionally, it has been tough for me & keeping it real, the thought of leaving two kids five days a week has been haunting me ever since the beginning of my second pregnancy.  I really haven't shared much about it for a lot of reasons, I like to focus more on the positive (which I have a whole lot of!) & I know there are a lot of people who do the exact same thing that I do (and more).  Also, I know that the whole "working vs. SAHM mom" thing can be controversial and make people mad as hell.  The bottom line for me is that no situation is easy & the grass isn't always greener on the other side, even though it can sometimes feel that way.  Ultimately, you have to do what is best for you, your kids, & your family.  I am so, so, SO! thankful that we have found a situation that is best for us.

I will be going back to work next week as a part-time teacher, I will be working every other day, rotating between two & three day work weeks.  This truly is a dream come true for me, words really can't explain what a relief this is or how appreciative I am for the opportunity to be able to both stay home with my babies & to also stay teaching something that I love! :)  Yet this decision was certainly not one we came to easily.  Things will change around here, obviously financially, & also, taking a different contract with my school system affects whether or not I will have a job the following year.  I worked hard to get where I am both in my education and professionally, losing the job security I have is a hard pill to swallow.  Yet ultimately, the thought of later regretting not doing everything I could to get more time at home with them outweighed everything else.  I want to set the example for my girls that you can do whatever you put your mind to, this is something that I feel is right for our family right now & that I know I will make work.  I am so thankful to my principal & my husband for believing in me and supporting me enough to do just that!

I can't even believe that these two little girls are my new (part-time) bosses!  I love them so! :)

Bows
And because they are just too cute not to share, some photos from a birthday party we went to over the weekend.  Waverly had the best time at the farm, she is truly our outdoor girl! 

Bow, Overalls No Longer Available - Pants option for fallBoots
Thank you for always supporting our little family, please know that I truly am for ALL mothers, no matter what situation you are in.  I strongly believe that you have to do what makes you happy & what is best for your family, that obviously looks different for everyone.  And HAPPY halfway through the week! XO

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fall Blogger Exchange

Happy Tuesday, hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  The girls & I recently got to participate in a fun blogger exchange, one of our favorite parts about this community!  I love getting to know other bloggers & their little ones, & obviously, I love, love a good mail day. :)  


We were paired up with Alisha & her little cutie, Alex, you can find their blog here.  They sent us the sweetest package, with little treats for all three of us girls!  Waverly got the cutest toys, a matching game & puzzle, Avalon got a little outfit, and Alisha even was so thoughtful to send me a chalkboard & candle.  The biggest thank you to Alisha & Alex, we loved our fun fall gifts!


Waverly & I had the best time shopping for Alex, you can find what we got them here.  I've listed the rest of the participating blogs below, be sure to check them out, thanks for including us ladies! :)


One more PSA, my friend Jess just added tees & onesies to her shop, they are the cutest!!  We have been following her blog forever and have loved watching her sweet little girl, Sadie and her shop grow!  Congrats, Jess!

And lastly, a baby yawn & smile from our littlest!

PJs, Blanket, Doll
Wishing you all a very happy week!
XO

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fall Footwear

TGIF friends, I hope you all had a wonderful week!  It's been a crazy one our way, with two trips to the pediatrician in three days, the first time because both girls got pink-eye (helloooo two kids!), and the second to get some relief from Avalon's reflux, which seems to be getting worse.  Waverly used to be crazy shy around our doctor and not say a word, but now that we have seen her so much lately, they are pretty much besties.  She told her that Bogger (our dog) ate her bagel, that her newest baby doll's name was Debbie & that she needed a band-aid, and that we just left dance but the lights weren't on because her Miss Gita (her teacher) was taking a nap.

The lights part was true.  I got Waverly dressed in her tutu & leotard, packed both girls in the car and drove us all the way to dance, got them both out of their car seats and walked to the door - only to realize that the place was completely closed since the last day of summer dance class was last week.  Yep, we are very ready for the weekend (and thankfully, just in time, both girls eyes are back to normal & Avalon seems to be doing better, too!).

In other news, fall fashion!! :)  I love so many things about getting dressed in the fall, and my favorite part might just be bringing boots back!  I have such an obsession with booties, I would wear them year-round if I could.  I think they are such a great way to be stylish but comfortable at the same time.  I've found some of my favorites for this year (all under $100), as well as a wedge & flat for some versatility, if booties aren't your thing.
Vintage Booties, Cranberry Wedges, Fringe Bootie, Camel Fringe Bootie, Nude Flats, Grey Booties
Those fringe ones with hidden heel might just be my pick to add to my collection this year, how cute would they be with a floral dress before it gets really cold?!  I also love this hat, which could be paired with any of the shoes (or really, anything you put on!) all fall long.  Such a good price!

And since it's still way too hot here to wear anything fall-appropriate, we will just pretend with fringe & fall colors!  I can't even take Waverly's little pose in the top picture, I feel like I am looking into my future with (two) teenage daughters.


Happy, happy weekend!
XO

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sister Stuff

Now that we are ten weeks into this whole family of four thing (double digits!), I thought I would share a little update about the girls are doing together.  Or mainly, how Waverly is reacting to having a little sister!  She is the one with most of the emotions around here, & also, Avalon doesn't know any different, reality to her is life with a crazy little lady around all of the time. ;)

More than anything, my main concern while pregnant was how Waverly would do with such a huge transition.  Obviously being outnumbered, lack of sleep, double the crazy - all of that crossed my mind (& was scary!), but my biggest worry was that bringing a new baby home would completely turn Waverly's world upside down.  If you have read my blog long enough, I'm sure you have an idea of her demeanor, Waverly is as spunky & sassy as they come, and she loves attention!  While it can be challenging, we love that about her, she is so much fun, so full of life, and there is no doubt in my mind that her vibrant personality will take her very far one day.  Yet those are also all of the things that worried me when thinking about her little sister joining us (you know, forever!), another little person who would also get lots of attention & who we would love just as much as we love her.

So far, Waverly has truly amazed me, in just the time since Avalon was born I have watched her grow & mature so very much, there is no one she adores more than her little sister.  From the very moment she met her in the hospital, Waverly has been so interested in Avalon, wanting to know everything about her and to love on her as much as possible.  I was worried that the excitement would fade after a couple of weeks, but it definitely hasn't, in fact I think her love for her grows stronger all the time.  Avalon is the first person she asks for in the morning, she never turns down the opportunity to hold her, & she begs me to wake her up every time she is napping.  The minute Avalon's eyes open she yells, "Mom, she is up!", so excited, and if she cries for even two seconds, Waverly runs to her and wants to help immediately.  Overall, she has taken to the big sister role seamlessly, & it melts my heart on a daily basis.

With that being said, I certainly don't want to come off like we are living in a dream world over here, while I have been pleasantly surprised by the girls, we have our issues just like everyone else.  When Avalon was just a couple weeks old, our friend & photographer came over for some family pictures at our house, and it was pretty much a disaster.  It was the first time Waverly showed signs of jealousy, probably because she was used to Brooke being all about her and she had to share the attention.  She hit Avalon a couple of times, it really upset me (& my post-partum hormones), the day ended up in tears from everyone and my first beer in ten months.  I was convinced I was going to have to be Avalon's bodyguard from there on out, and that I had most likely ruined Waverly's happy little world.  Thankfully though, she woke up the next morning completely normal & hasn't acted that way since.  

The biggest issue that remains, by far, is that Waverly is so in love with Avalon that she wants to be on her all of the time.  Literally.  Waverly has always been big on touch, she shows her feelings (& how much she loves someone!), by smothering them, and that's definitely the case with her little sister.  She gets right in her face to talk to her, she likes to grab her hands and feet, and almost always, she wants to kiss her over, over, and over again.  Though we have gone over it so many times, she still doesn't quite understand what gentle is, and even if she does, the reality is that she is three & sometimes she just can't quite contain herself .  Some days I feel like I have to ask her to move away from Avalon so many times that we don't have many happy moments left, which makes me sad because I feel horrible disciplining her for loving her sister so much.  Yet ultimately, if that is the biggest problem we have, I will gladly take it.  Just like every other part of parenthood, it's just a phase, one that we will get through together.  Every day seems to get better, before long, Avalon will be running after her big sister begging for her attention & I will look back on this time laughing, I'm sure of it.


So there you have it, ten weeks in with two little ladies! :)  Lots of ups & a couple downs, but we are so in love with them both and couldn't feel luckier to call them ours.  Please share your own thoughts, feelings or experiences below, I am all ears! 
XO

Monday, August 17, 2015

Scenes from Our Weekend

First, I would like to give a shout-out to good old mother nature, who has given us the absolute best weather lately.  We are used to pretty seasonal temps in July & then steaming hot Augusts around here, it seem this year it's the other way around and we are not complaining.  It's been so nice that it's almost made me forget that I was dreaming of fall a few weeks ago.  Almost.

We took advantage & spent most of our weekend outside, my little brother turned the big 2-9 so we celebrated with some food and drinks on the beach while watching the sunset.  We don't usually get out during the evenings much, especially lately, Avalon can get pretty fussy so I don't like to make it worse by putting her in the car seat (any other moms feel like you turn into a pumpkin when it gets dark?!).  Yet she shocked us all & was happier than ever, and we even stayed way later than we planned, almost 9:00.  We get wild.

My Overalls, Waverly's Headband
Part of my husband's birthday present was a day fishing trip with his friend.  Probably lame, but after a long week with both girls on my own, I'm usually desperate for his help by the time the time the weekend hits & like to keep him at arm's length. ;)  So it was back to the beach for us girls, we met my mom, brother and sister which I was thankful for, especially since Waverly has recently decided that she can swim all on her own.  Apparently floats are for two-year olds, she wants nothing to do with the one we have been using for the last two summers, the one that kept her above water & also kept my sanity intact.  So despite a few major meltdowns because I wouldn't let her take a couple laps around the ocean on her own (how dare I?), it was a really fun, successful summer day.

Solly Wrap
Other highlights of the weekend include a five-year old birthday complete with a slip-n-slide, a trip to the coffee shop for just me & my computer (something I have been trying to do once a week, just to give myself a little time to unwind, I totally recommend it!), and my favorite, Waverly telling me "Mom, she is just gorgeous!", about Avalon, maybe 100 times.

And now, it's Monday.

Sleeper & Sheets
Hope you had a great weekend!
XO