Tuesday, November 24

Merritt Miscellany

Sometimes I just take pictures of her. Hopefully in 18 years, when she's picking out a baby picture for some graduation related activity, she'll be happy that these are all here. Assuming people still use computers and hard drives and jpgs. This all may be in vain.

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She likes looking at the bright windows (like most babies do) and she has chubby cheeks that are super soft and squishy.

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She was beginning to fall asleep and making such content, sweet faces in these... she was so tired, and happy to have a full belly and a view of her number one fan (me).

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Thursday, November 19

"Pumpkin Patch" 2015

Well, we went to the pumpkin patch on the corner by our house again, and it was silly. It was slightly drizzly--and we waited until October 30th to actually go. We're kind of phoning it in left and right currently.

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Part of me has given up a bit on getting the boys to behave like I'd want for pictures... I didn't bother getting them in cute clothes--and Keaton's hair is a mess. They all wanted to be silly on the pumpkins, and so I let them.

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For some reason, the main activity we did at the pumpkin patch was roughhousing. I don't know why.

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And then I suggested my new favorite photo-op--Sol holding all the boys.

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And here's proof that our littlest pumpkin was present. She was.

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All of my pumpkins! I can't believe I'm so lucky to have all those little people around.

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We ran into one of my friends in town who is a photographer and I sweet talked her into taking a picture of us--Finley is being a zombie in the first one, which he thinks is hilarious. Oh, to be six.

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And because it's fun... here are the last six years of pumpkin patch-ing.

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Wednesday, November 18

Merritt || Two Months

Two months! Hooray!!

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Month two has been spent eating as much as she can and getting chubby. We don't expect the chub to last, but for the time being, she's 12 pounds, 5 ounces, 23 inches long and her head is 39 cm. All of that is right around the 75th percentile. She's starting to outgrow her 3 month clothes but is still too little for her 6 month stuff.

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Her sleep is still erratic--three times she's slept almost eight hours, but most of the time its somewhere between 3 and 5. More often towards the 3 side. Typical Scott baby. I've been letting her sleep on her belly since she has pretty good head control. She does nap really well during the day--so I'll try not to complain about the sleep too much or I'll jinx myself! (I really like these pictures where she's mushing her face around.)

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She's easy to make happy--she's just a content little girl. We flew to KC a few days after she turned two months and she was a gem. She slept all but about ten minutes of the flight and was just cuddly and sweet. Sigh.

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She sometimes sucks on her hand and sometimes lets us give her a pacifier--not sure what all of that will amount to. But it's something. She's still a bit withholding of her smiles--but if we work we can get a few! Keaton continues to be her number one fan--he was crying in these pictures because he didn't get to hold her.

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As soon as I moved her over to Keaton, he was thrilled. I'm kind of excited to see what kind of hair she ends up with. Those boys all have great hair.

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Monday, November 16

Star Wars Halloween

Wellll.... I did my best. It was dark and rainy by the time we made it out to trick or treat. I had really big intentions of sticking everyone back in their costumes so we could get a good picture of everyone, but we literally have not all been home when it was both light and not raining. SO. They were all so cute--so I really do want to try to get a picture sometime!

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We were obviously THE STAR WARS. Keaton was the sweetest Ewok and wore that little hat a long time. Finley was (predictably) Luke Skywalker and we kind of tricked Braden into being Han Solo by implying that he was the same person as "Guy Dangerous" the character in Temple Run... good parenting. Merritt and I were Princess Leia and Sol was Darth Vader. You can't tell--but my dress has an awesome hood with Princess Leia buns! And Merritt's hat is adorable as well.

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We had a great time--a few friends came over for mummy hot dogs and soup. And a special Halloween brownie monstrosity. We love our community in Beaumont!

Thursday, November 12

Merritt with Flowers on her Head

These pictures were taken over a month ago--when you could sneak around a sleeping baby and take precious pictures of her and she wouldn't wake up. And when a pretty, summery blue dress was still acceptable. Temperature wise, it's probably still acceptable, but we're all pretending it's fall here, even though that means we're hot and sweaty in the afternoons.

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I mean she looks like an absolute angel, doesn't she? I just want to kiss her all the time. So I do.

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I'm still obsessed with this little flower crown from her sip and see. I had to sneak in a few pictures of it before it's too small. I'm guessing it is too small now. Tear. Tiny baby stop growing!

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Monday, October 26

Merritt's Newborn Pictures

Our favorite photographer and my dear friend, Jenn, came by when Merritt was about a week old to take some newborn photos and some of our family of SIX! There's lots of photos that kind of speak for themselves... so there may not be a ton of words. The most important words are: Jenn is crazy talented and my kids are crazy cute. I may be biased on both accounts.

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When Finley stops being so busy being a knucklehead, he's really a cute kid.

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And Keaton's basically cute all the time.

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I die over these photos of my FOUR kids. FOUR! Dolls.

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Braden is just a hoot around her--he says really funny things too. We were around another baby girl Merritt's age and he saw her laying down and said, "Does Merritt have a silly face?" Because he knew it wasn't Merritt's face--but assumed it was still Merritt. He also can't ever call her she--recently he told someone, "This is my baby Merritt. He's a she." We correct him so often... he knows that she is the right word but just can't seem to work it in there.

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Minus one point for me holding her in a weird way--plus a million points for everyone else looking like a superstar.

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We've never done a mushy newborn shoot before, and I'm in love with these pictures of my sweet husband being in love with our little girl! Seriously.

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I'm getting them screen printed on t-shirts to wear every day. And printing them poster size for her college dorm room. I think she'll like it and will probably help her get lots of boyfriends.

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Also special--me with the little girl I didn't think I'd ever have. We think maybe she looks like me, but I think people might just be humoring me in telling me that. She does snort a lot... which is something I do.

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I'm now realizing that both she and I are wearing clothes that we borrowed--I've since upped my baby girl game quite a bit!

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So many sweet details I don't want to forget--her long fingers and toes (perfect for playing the piano or pickpocketing, according to Lorelai Gilmore), her perfect lips, and folded over, floppy ear courtesy of being smashed in my belly.

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Ugh. In love. I'm going to go back and stare at her face some more before she turns eighteen and leaves me forever. Having a girl last might be a problem...

Thursday, October 22

Merritt || One Month

I can't believe she's been around for a month! And that a month ago I had all boys and didn't really even dream of having a girl. I think I've come to terms with the loss of my identity as a boy mom--it helps that this girl is the absolute sweetest. Except for maybe Keaton. He's so sweet.

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I'm not sure if it's because we're veteran parents or if it's her temperament--but she really is an easy baby. She's rarely fussy, and when she is its remedied by picking her up or feeding her. She's the best.

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She's still sleeps a lot--she hasn't really gotten in a nap routine yet. Wearing her in the Solly wrap almost always knocks her out and car rides normally do as well. She normally sleeps for a 4-5 hour stretch at night, and then 2-3 hour ones. She's sleeping in a bassinet beside our bed for as long as we can keep her there--her last stretch of sleeping is normally with us.

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Merritt is doing well nursing too. She's pretty efficient and eats every 2-3 hours. She does tend to cluster feed in the evening, but I won't complain about her filling up if it means she'll sleep a bit longer at night!

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World's strongest baby! Gun show! We think her eyes might be blue to stay and she has pretty much the same dearth of hair of her brothers. She's got some cheeks but they'll probably only stick around for another month or so.

Happy one month Merritt! I just realized that her name rhymes with carrot. I think we'll still keep it.

Monday, October 19

Merritt + Braden

It took me awhile to get used to pink things--and I feel like I've embraced it now. But that doesn't mean I don't still love navy! We painted a wall in our master bedroom a few weeks before Merritt was born--navy stripes in glossy and matte. I love them. And I love this little blue floral cardigan!

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I ordered a handful of headbands--a few pink, but also, navy, gray, aqua and white.

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Basically all I want to do is put her in different outfits and take pictures of her all day. And she can't even smile yet. We're in trouble when she starts smiling--I think the picture below is a fluke.

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While Braden isn't quite as obsessed with her as Keaton is, he really does love her. He likes to hold her for a bit and give her kisses.  He exclusively uses male pronouns with her--we're working on reminding him that because Merritt is a girl, we say SHE. And HER.

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With my siblings, the first and third look similar and the second and fourth look similar. If that happens here, I'll be delighted. I've always though Braden would be such a pretty girl--with the curls and the eyelashes and the round cheeks. Sigh.

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