2 Months

It is too hot to manage and this 2 month old isn’t having the best day ever. He got his vaccinations and he was not at all happy about it.

Sad face

Big Moments

-First smile and attempts at a giggle!
-Sticking his tongue out at us
-Reaches for our fingers
-Tracks items from way across the room
-Very strong and can stand up on his feet if you pull him up by the hands. The doctor was impressed
-He knows his Daddy. Jon peaked in at him and I said “It’s Daddy!” and his eyes went straight to Jon. We tested it twice and he did exactly the same thing


-Being held! He is very fond of being around people. He sleeps best when someone is holding him.
-Tickle time with Daddy
-Listening to Mommy sing
-Visiting family in Crossville. He gives them big grins already
-Playing with his big brother
-And eating, of course
-The helium balloons we still have from his Welcome to the World party

Smiley face


-His car seat
-Being put down
-Being cold
-Loud noises
-Air moving on his skin
-His swaddle

Sleepy Face


-We’ve gone on a couple picnics with him and he seems to enjoy them well enough.
-His first smile was in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant in Crossville. I was getting him out of his car seat and he gave me a stunning smile. I was thrilled. Unfortunately Jon missed it because it was over so fast. But since then he’s smiled a bunch of times.
-We took Ellison to a car show and Robbie made the rounds with us. He mostly slept through it.
-He did not have the best time with his vaccinations. His legs got really sore and he ran a little fever afterward. And his pacifier got left behind in the parking lot, so I drove back to get it after we got home.
-I’m taking about an hour to myself in the evenings now, so he’s getting extra quality Daddy and Ellison time. He seems to really love it.
-There have been lots of wonderful moments with all of us as a family. Unfortunately it gets hard to remember them with the lack of sleep and trying to keep two babies happy. But we’re having a good time.

Nom, Nom

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Red Like Roses, part 2

Nothing else has ever quite captured the pain like this song does.

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Are cardboard boxes saving babies in Finland

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1 Month

Time flies when you’re having fun. And it also flies when you’re not getting nearly enough sleep!


Big Moments

-Rolling over, tummy to back (and very nearly back to tummy!)
-Better head control, though it’s not consistent yet
-Tracking things with his eyes
-Supporting his weight on his legs (the doctor said he is almost like a 3 month old in this regard. He’s very, very strong)
-Trying to mimic facial expressions


-Being held constantly
-Sleeping on someone’s chest
-Warm showers if I’m in there holding him
-Finger puppet shows



-The fan blowing on him
-Being put down
-Being hungry
-Not being able to see someone next to him/being alone


-He has a little growl noise he makes when he eats that is completely adorable.
-He has specific grunts and noises he makes to communicate with us. Very different from Ellison’s chirps.
-He weighed in at 8 lbs and 10 oz at his 1 month checkup and 21″ long. He is underweight, so we are feeding more and we’ll have a weight check on the 26th to be sure he is gaining OK.
-He’s already traveled around quite a bit. We had a picnic on Mother’s Day, and we went out to a restaurant to celebrate his Memaw and Pa’s birthdays. He also made a trip to the aquarium in the Smokies and slept through the entire thing.
-He hates being put in his car seat, but after he’s in there he passes out almost instantly.
-When I brought him home and changed his first diaper he very nearly got me in the face with a stream of pee. Luckily my work at Tiger Haven taught me to be a fast dodger when pee is coming at my face.
-He sleeps through most events. He likes it when I put him in the sling and carry him, he falls asleep snuggled against my chest.
-Sometimes we go on family walks with Jon pushing Ellison in the stroller and me carrying Robbie in the sling. I usually walk Professor and Jon gets KiKi. It’s a fun little outing for us.
-He seems to be trying to pay attention to the books when we do nightly story time.


And there you have Mr. Robert West Monk-Bell after 1 month on the planet. Or as much as I can remember with my sleep deprivation!


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Enter Robbie

Born April 15, 2015 at 8lbs and 7 oz, 20.75″ long. He looks a lot like his big brother. I was in labor about 8 and a half hours after starting spontaneously about 4:30 AM. I progressed rapidly and hit 8 cm dilated before they could give me an epidural. It was pretty painful! But we didn’t have any problems after the pain eased off and he got here after 35 minutes of pushing. Way easier than the 37 hours of labor with Ellison!

We’re all thrilled with him. He’s a cutie and his big brother is over the moon to have “Wobbie” here. He’s healthy and seems pretty happy, so what more could we ask for? We feel very blessed.

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Creep – Vintage Postmodern Jukebox Radiohead Cover ft. Haley Reinhart

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Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat

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The waiting game

We’re expecting our second son any day now and the waiting is driving me nuts! I’m tired of being pregnant and more than ready to meet this little person who keeps kicking me.

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Minimalism – For a More Full Life

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Go to here

Watch this. You won’t be sorry. This is one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever listened to.

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