Monday, August 14, 2017

5 months old

How we are almost half a year into her life is completely beyond me.

at five months Ruth....

can scoot/turn sideways in her crib and sometimes even pulls a complete 180... but is nowhere near rolling over. We produce chunky, slow moving babies and I am COMPLETELY ok with that! 

is starting to reach for and play with toys, so sweet.

engages (?) very easily. You really only have to glance her way and she lights up with a huge smile! She makes me feel like a million bucks every day.

still has auburnish hair!!

is vocal and can be quite loud when she fancies it. Often times I'll look back, thinking she's crying, only to discover a wide grin behind her screeches. It's hilarious! Just testing out those vocal chords and ever so pleased with herself.

in the same line, sometimes she actually is crying and all she wants is for you to look at her. As soon as you do she immediately starts laughing! lol. A social creature, this one. 

loves her sisters and they love her! They often beat me to her crib when she cries, so excited to get her up!

is starting to get a little distracted while nursing....grrr

is still gunning after that pictured below.

has started grabbing my face for big, wet, slightly violent kisses and I LOVE IT! All my girls have done this (probably all babies do it) and it's one of my favorite parts of babyhood. 

has tried (with various levels of success) avocados, peaches, chicken and wheat farina. Her favorite is wheat farina, which is basically cream of wheat. She LOVES it. I've never done any kind of cereal with my other girls but apparently it's high in iron and we're really trying to avoid those iron supplements this time around. Yucky.

is sooooo ticklish. Especially on her collarbone, armpits and ribs. Every night we have a little giggle fest and I look forward to it all day! 

Is really good at falling asleep on her own. She usually sleeps around 4-6 hours during the day and 10.5-12 hours at night. 

loves looking at herself in the mirror, which is not at all surprising considering the extreme cuteness of her reflection. 

is getting quite sturdy sitting on my hip which is so nice. She's my chubby little appendage and I love it. 

^^this photo is so hilarious to me^^

This stage of babyhood is so exhausting and magical and completely delicious. Ruth and I are a package deal and I wouldn't have it any other way! I find myself often musing about how sad I'll be when this phase is over (then I have to remind myself that it will also come with more sleep and less worry). It feels like it'll be right around the corner with her being my third and I just want to soak in every minute of it. You're magical baby Ruth! We love you so much little darling.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Ruth Elanor Marcum. You stop growing up right this instant!

at four months old Ruth...

retains quite a bit of auburn hair and gets asked often, while out and about at the store with her mom, if she is in fact a red head. To which I respond...I don't know. But I kind of hope so!

is soooooo chunky! We have dubbed her our "chub a lub", or "chubby chubby monkey". She's so buttery and delicious I want to chew on her all day long.

has lovely denim blue eyes. The bluest of the three, I should think.

is SO smiley! Any face she catches in her peripheral gets a huge squinty-eyed, chubby-cheeked grin from her and it's contagious. My cheeks get quite a work out every day smiling back at her, it feels like my wedding day all over again ;)

is an adept hair-grabber and often has a chunk of mine hidden in her fists.

in the same line of thought, she's started chuckling and full-on belly laughing and it' I can see why J.M. Barrie said a fairy was born every time a baby laughs....I'm a believer, it's completely magical. She's started to get quite ticklish on her belly, arm pits and neck rolls (I can't come out and call it a it hasn't yet seen daylight) and can often be seen receiving raspberries from Clara or I as a result. It's the stuff of dreams, we're the luckiest.

loves to suck on her fist and often finds her thumb...much to my chagrin. She very obviously finds the binky insulting in these cases but I'm determined to dissuade her. I'll keep you updated on further developments.

continues to be a great little nurser and dives in at any given opportunity.

loves her mommy and stops crying as soon as she catches sight of me. I don't even need to pick her up (of course...if I don't pick her up within a couple minutes of seeing me she'll continue, but you know.) I don't remember the other girls doing this, but it's so sweet. 

gets lots of cuddles and attention from her sisters. The sibling love is real and it makes my heart so happy.

is really strong and can sit quite snugly on my hip now.

loves looking and smiling at herself in the mirror and we end of doing the multiple times throughout our days.

Ruth darling, you are such a delight of a baby. I told your daddy the other day that I truly love each moment of being your mom. I look forward to getting you out of your crib every morning and miss you when you sleep. You are a blessing to every person in this family and spread joy wherever you go! We love you little chub.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Our Last Playdate

Alas, Janessa has moved to Texas! Happy for her family, sad for us. We had our last playdate the week she left. We let the girls go to town in the backyard and play together for the last time :( 
Janessa and I, funnily enough, met through this blog when we were both pregnant with Clara and Penelope (they're less than a week apart in age). We were living in Boston and she had just moved to Fresno, as luck would have it we ended up moving back here and we were able to become real life friends! So crazy. Clara insisted on giving Penelope her little felt giraffe to remember her by and we waved them off with sad faces and heartfelt hugs.
We'll visit you someday Janessa! Promise! Enjoy Texas!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Online Shopping Roundup: Baby Girls!!!

One of my besties is having her very first girl and requested a roundup of all my favorite girl things (bows especially)! I started getting into it and realized it might be easier to do it in blog post I've had a couple of other similar requests and also....the list is sort of long. 
SO here is my list of tried and true girl things! All my favorites! These brands/shops I've used through all of my girls and are things that are both cute and long-lasting! I hope this is helpful for at least someone, but it was also kind of nice to chronicle and remember for myself :)


Hold the Confetti (4 inch hair bow alligator clips)

Modern Piggy


Briar Handmade

Queenie's Kids

Rain People BC




Knit hats:

Sweet KM


Baby Gap


Mini Boden

Old Navy

Nordstrom Rack

Bathing Suits:

Hanna Andersson



Mini Melissa

Hunter Wellies

Freshly Picked (I always try to get a pair on her cyber Monday deals!)