Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rebecca's First Swim

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Rebecca's first swim was in my dad's pool the day after Mitchell's party! I hadn't really paid attention to the sizes of her swimming suits, and one swim diaper was definitely too small already. Good thing Aunt Lu had insisted on buying her this sweet swimsuit from Gap. I ordered a couple more from Target yesterday and have some questions for my fellow girl moms. Am I going to regret the one piece I ordered? Are there any two pieces that actually cover up the Huggies swim diaper or is that always going to be showing? And finally, how is my baby growing so fast that she needs the next size? Sigh.
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Dad got her this awesome float that will continue to get better the bigger she gets. She was interested in the toys, but not quite big enough to sit by herself. No big deal as there are always tons of adults around who want so supervise and hang out with Becca!
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We received these sunglasses as a gift from my Junior League friends, and they crack me up. I couldn't really tell what Rebecca thought about them, but she didn't try to pull them off! As for the pool, we think she liked it. She loves bath time and the feel of the water on her legs, and because she loves it outside, the pool seems like a good fit.
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The pool has a little bit of shade throughout the day, and we were able to create more by dragging one of the umbrellas close by. Perfect for a little baby too young for sunscreen and a mama who is pale 365 days of the year. As my mom says, she may have her dad's dark eyes, but she definitely has her mama's fair skin.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mitchell's Graduation Party

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Our trip to Indianapolis wasn't for Mitchell's graduation but for his poolside party and open house the next weekend. He's a well connected kid, and along with his friend Andy, they expected a lot of friends and family to come celebrate their graduation - like hundreds! Their graduating class was smaller than mine and it's kind of the school culture to go to lots and lots of open houses!

There was plenty of prep work to help with after we arrived, and I designed a few signs to add to the decoration. We made a huge wall of photos with twine, the little signs I printed, lots of 4x4 and 4x6 photos and tiny clothespins. It was awesome to see and lots of people stopped to admire it during the party.
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Mitchell is headed to the University of Miami in Ohio and his friend Andy will be at Xavier. Close to home, but not too close is probably what the boys would say! We have a couple friends in KC who went to Miami, and they loved it so much they were thrilled to hear Mitch is headed that way too.
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Rebecca looked adorable in her little shirt dress, but she was definitely hot at the party. I kept taking her back inside to cool off. She tried to go to sleep on her own, but she definitely knew she was missing out on the fun. I ended up wearing her while she slept and the party went on. She was too sad about all the fun, I guess!
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This was the first time my big stepbrothers and Gabby had met Rebecca, so I tried to get a photo with each of them. Cooper is doing a great job cuddling her up in that photo! And Mitch wanted to show her to some of his friends after she had already gone to bed. She's a pretty cute addition to the family.
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We had tons of chocolate chip cookies, my favorite cake from the local bakery, and two different food trucks! I managed to eat tacos without getting anything on my white pants and later sampled some delicious wood fired pizzas from the second food truck. They spaced the two food trucks out so that there was plenty of food for everyone who came to the open house. After the official party had ended, Mitch and Andy had friends stay and swim. A couple of the boys spent the night and slept in hammocks in the front yard. Lauren and I had a good laugh the next morning when we found them still tied in the trees! Oh to be 18 again.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rebecca Claire || Four Months

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Rebecca's been a Lynch for four months! We think she is just delightful, and our whole family agrees. You should watch a crowd of Lynches or Luhrses when she is in the room. Everything else pretty much stops and everyone talks to the baby. She's a darling first grand kid, and everyone is quite smitten.

I took these photos of Rebecca wearing the same 3-6 month white onesie from Gap as in her three month photos, and it might make it until July as well. At her appointment on Monday, Rebecca weighed 14 lb. 13.5 oz. and was 24.5" long. After a big dip in her weight when she was sick, Becca is back up on her curve. The 6 month clothes from Carter's are about to officially be too small, and rompers with their extra wiggle room are definitely our summertime friend. I had purchased too many pairs of pants as it's warm enough for bare legs all the time now!
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Becca's got some new tricks including rolling over from her back to her front. She's done it exactly three times - once when no one was looking, once for me and once for Kip. She is highly social and loves to watch the kids when we go to Kindermusik at church and in childcare while I work out at Bar Method. Her little voice is the cutest, and she grunts, squawks, coos and smiles when you talk to her. No giggling really, but I'm pretty sure she thinks we're funny based on her responses (though not really in a lot of these photos!).
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Our biggest adventure lately with Rebecca is with sleep. She's giving us 12 hours at night pretty regularly with two quick feeds, as long as we're not traveling, and then she gets thrown off a bit. And she's gotten better at getting herself back asleep overnight. But in the napping department, she's giving me a run for our money. Every day is really different, and everything that works at night doesn't seem to work during the day. The pediatrician told me Monday that it could be a couple more months till we get it all worked out, and the consensus between my pediatrician, husband and besties is that I should stop reading about baby sleep because it hasn't helped yet! Bedtime has definitely improved, and I'm thankful for how she sleeps at night so here's hoping naps are next. (I wrote this post during the rarest of rare one hour naps so my luck is probably used up for the week. OR we've turned a corner!)

Becca got a couple new nicknames this month, and one appears to be catching. I like to say "Becca, Becca, Becca bear!" and I heard Kip saying it last night too! Aunt Lu called her Bex once or twice on our trip to Indy, and I still love that cute nickname from The Royal We. Kip and I both still call her "nugget," and it's still an even split between Rebecca and Becca. Using both names may be pretty common until she's old enough to declare a preference of her own.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy First Father's Day Kip!

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Kip came home early the other day from work so that he could be here while our AC was getting fixed (yep, as hot as it sounds), and so that Becca and I could go meet a friend for dinner. After visiting with the AC repairman for a bit, he disappeared. Rebecca and I went looking for him and found him a few feet off the ground in the tree in the front yard! He had decided to get a little bit of overdue pruning done on the pecan tree - overdue in Kip's eyes because I surely couldn't tell the difference. Rebecca and I watched a bit before I went back in and grabbed the camera for some action shots and then took these shots with Rebecca after he got back down.

It is no surprise to anyone who has met Kip that he is a fantastic daddy to Rebecca. He's a natural with children, and kids are definitely drawn to him. Pretty sure whenever I'm with my friend Erica's 2-year-old Maddie I spend most of my time answering questions about where Kip is and what he is doing. Erica said the other day Maddie was talking to Kip on her play phone! When we went to the Royals game on Friday night, Kip was barely sitting in his chair before the third grader next to him struck up a conversation about all things life and baseball. Kids love the guy.

He's exceptionally patient with Rebecca and encouraging as we try to figure out feeding and sleeping. He does not worry ("Would it help?" he says) and is super sweet with our little nugget. She's had her days of needing mama most, but he adjusts better to her phases than I do. Kip wears her in the Ergo, reads her stories and is the bath time resident expert. They walk around outside a lot, and I know he can't wait to teach her all the things he knows. She's a very lucky little girl.

Happy Father's Day to Kip and all our dads! We are definitely doing it up right with dads this year, spending last weekend with my dad in Indy and this weekend with Kip's dad Keith in Manhattan.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Spencer & Rebecca || Becca's First Flights

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Rebecca, Lauren and I spent the second weekend of June in Indianapolis celebrating Mitchell's high school graduation. Yes, I know, I can hardly believe it myself! He turned 19 last Tuesday and is off to Miami of Ohio next year, but more on that later. Rebecca's first flight went pretty well! I wore her in the Ergo, convinced her to nurse as much as I could, and she even slept a little bit. Coming home was another story...

While we were in Indy, we helped with some party preparations, enjoyed the party and then relaxed for the next couple days. On Saturday, Spencer was  playing video games in the sunroom and wanted me to bring him Becca for some morning cuddles. You can't see her little dimple in these photos, but Spencer's classic Luhrs dimples are definitely visible. He's also sporting brand new braces that he was adjusting to while we were visiting.
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Rebecca's sitting is still a skill in development, but she was happy to lean into Spencer while I grabbed some photos. She makes this adorable cooing sound that sounds like "Hi!" so Spencer and I discussed first words. He was a bit surprised to learn that she doesn't have a first word yet and won't for a bit longer. For the record, we asked his mom and his first word was "Daddy."
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It's definitely baby romper season and this one fits so nicely. She's outgrowing a onesie every single day, but this romper has room for a few more weeks of fun. It's the softest thing she owns!

We really enjoyed our time in Indy, and Rebecca slept pretty well for being in a new place. When we flew home on Monday, we were on our own as Lauren stayed behind to do depositions. I had practiced how I would do without her help while we were going out, so I felt pretty confident. But boy did we struggle a bit more on the way home! As Dad dropped me off, I poked her in the eye loading her in the Ergo. She screamed a bit, but it didn't really start watering until we were in the air. We sat on the tarmac for an extra 30 minutes which was hot and tricky because she already wanted to eat making takeoff a bit harder on her ears. About halfway through our quick 75 minute flight home, Rebecca had a huge blowout of her diaper all over everything. She made a spectacular mess.

I really couldn't decide what to do, so I ended up just staying put. I was in the window seat, and I wasn't sure how I was going to manage to get out past the two businessmen with my backpack, Ergo and baby to try to change her. And I could tell it was going to be a mess! God bless the two men sitting next to me who carried on like there wasn't a smelly 14 lb. situation in their row. She cried a bit coming down, and I tried the best I could with nursing and a pacifier to help her little ears adjust. After we landed, I loaded her in the Ergo and grabbed my suitcase before Kip helped me get everything cleaned up. She slept all the way home after not sleeping at all on the flight. We ended up going to urgent care that evening to get her eye checked (it was literally fine by the next morning!), and life went on. I could definitely laugh about her accident by the next day. She's a baby, and that's what babies do, sometimes at really inconvenient times.