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    Oaklee Shae | 1 month old

    Not even sure how we are even at this point. ONE MONTH?! Oaklee is doing amazing. She grew out of newborn clothes and newborn diapers by 2 weeks old. I couldn’t believe it! It’s funny how I always imagined myself having tiny little babies and I was blessed with two big girls. Haha!

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    Five on Friday

    Hey guys! It’s Friday which means Shae has left, which also means I’m traveling down to my moms for the weekend. I hope you all had a great week!

    ONE: Update on the first house we put an offer on – we pulled that offer. We got a call late that evening that another offer was put on that house probably meaning we would have to pay over asking price, lose out on closing costs, lose out on everything we put in the contract. While this house was absolutely beautiful, we didn’t love it enough to compete for it. Instead we put in an offer on our second choice house, which was 20k cheaper, newer and immaculately taken care of. It is a lot smaller but a perfect house for our family. And best of all, they accepted our offer! We’ve been super proactive and busy with inspections, sending in a butt load of paperwork, etc. but we should be closing in May, and we seriously could not be more excited. It is such a cute house and is in a gated community. I will share more pictures here soon!

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    Surviving Two Under Two

    We are now four weeks into surviving being a family of four! Shae got three weeks off this time around which was seriously amazing and helpful. Mostly, it really helped with Everlee adjusting to the transition of mom not being at her beck and call all day. This was also a hard transition for me and gave me a lot of mom guilt, but doing much better now! While it has been pretty smooth, there have been some harder days and nights. Some days I can’t put the baby down and Everlee needs me, some days I have both girls crying, some nights I can’t get Oaklee down for anything, some nights I put her in bed with me out of desperation. But I will say, the exhausting moments don’t seem so terrible when we are all snuggled up on the couch. My heart could hurt it is so full!

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    Five on Friday

    Hey everyone! I hope you all had an amazing week. We are still adjusting to life with a toddler (21 months) and 3 week old. The days seem long but the weeks are flying by!

    ONE: Baby Oaklee had her first bath over the weekend and she LOVED it. I was expecting screaming like her sister did with her first bath, but she did amazing! She could have been in there for hours if we let her. Also, newborn hack: puppy pads! They are amazing for diaper changes. I always have a few in my diaper bag for on the go and we use them at home too. You never know when they are going to poop or pee and they have saved us so much laundry!

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    Fresh 48

    We got our Fresh 48 pictures back a couple days ago and wanted to make a post to share some of our favorites! We decided to go with this type of session rather than newborn pictures this time around because I really wanted some photos of all of us. Also because they are so fresh and real! Oaklee wasn’t even 24 hours old when they were taken and I’m just really happy we decided on them!

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    Five on Friday

    Hi guys!

    ONE: We took our first family (of four) outing on Saturday. It was my grandpa’s 70th birthday party and it was about an hour away. I was a little nervous for the drive, but both girls did amazing! We had an amazing steak dinner and it was great to get out of the house.

    TWO: We got back out Fresh 48 pictures and I am in LOVE. They turned out amazing! I will be making a post of most of our pictures soon! My heart is so full. 💗

    THREE: Oaklee had her two week appointment on Wednesday. It went really well! Our big girl is up to 9lbs 7oz and has put on over a pound from her birth weight (8lbs 4oz). She did amazing and only cried for her newborn screening.

    FOUR: We drove down to my moms yesterday for the weekend. We are finally having a little celebration for Miss Oaklee and are hosting a Sip & See for everyone to come sip mimosas and meet our sweet girl!

    FIVE: We got great news today! Our home loan was pre-approved so our next step is picking out houses to schedule tours of from our realtor! We have three we really like thus far so hopefully we have some great luck with one of them!

    Five on Friday

    I feel like I’m finally in a place where I can start blogging again. I needed a little break adjusting to life with 2 under 2, a newborn, recovering from giving birth, etc. I kind of wanted to do a little recap of everything that has gone on over the last two weeks. So let’s jump in!

    ONE: As you may know, I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl Oaklee Shae Atkins on March 13th. You can read her birth story here. I wanted to let you guys know how we (I) picked her name! We were kind of set between Elise (Ellie for short) or Oaklee. We were still keeping our options open. And we were also leaning towards Leanne for a middle name after his mom! Everlee’s middle name Diamond comes from my side of the family, so we decided we would pick something from Shae’s side for this baby girl. Well, Shae was so hoping we would have a boy and I figured that if we didn’t, that it would be so special to have our daughter named after him. I loved how Oaklee Shae sounded and wanted to keep it a surprise for him for after we delivered her. But, he wasn’t having it. He wanted to know right then and there. So I told him and he was sold. He loved it so much!

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    Oaklee Shae | Birth Story

    If you didn’t already know, we welcomed baby girl Oaklee Shae Atkins to the world on March 13, 2019 at 6:54pm.

    To be honest, this story goes nothing how I envisioned. If you haven’t read my first daughters birth story, I was induced at 41 weeks and 3 days with her. It was pretty standard – show up, get induced, have baby. This time around, I was so hoping I would go into spontaneous labor on my own. I had always heard that your second baby comes way faster than your first and it’s a lot easier on you as well. Dead. Wrong.

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    40 Week Bumpdate | Baby #2

    How far along: 40 weeks! Happy due date to me!

    Baby is the size of a: A small pumpkin. 

    Weight gain: 27lbs as far as I know but I’m going to round up to 30. Haha! My appointment is tomorrow.

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    Five on Friday

    Happy Friday, guys! I’m still pretty miserable with this awful cold and have been having contractions off and on since late last night. So let’s hope this weekend brings us a baby! Shae’s mom, step and sister will be over later today for a bbq rib dinner and we are so excited!

    ONE: On Saturday, Shae’s mom and little sister were supposed to come visit but his sister woke up really sick! Shae and I weren’t feeling too great either but since it was such a beautiful day, and our last weekend as a family of three, we decided to try and make the most of the day. We went to the store and bought some couch pillows, last minute things for the hospital and ended up leaving with 4 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!

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