Hey guys! It’s been a few weeks but we are still alive and surviving. It’s been chaotic to put it lightly, so here’s a little update for ya!
ONE: First and foremost, we are completely moved out of our house at Fort Lewis, WA! All of our stuff is on its way to Alaska. I cannot believe we will be moving there in just a few weeks. The girls did surprisingly well while the movers were there, but so glad it’s over and done with. It made for a long couple days, especially when we had to sit on the floor the last day with nothing in our house. Fun times.
TWO: Easter was sad not having Shae home, but we celebrated the day a day early on Saturday at my moms. My heart is so full knowing these two sweet girls are all mine. Anyway, hope you all had an amazing Easter weekend.
THREE: Someone pinch me and tell me this isn’t real life. How is my tiny newborn already looking like a 4 month old!! She’s so dang chunky and round and CUTE. She is so perfect and laid back. I don’t know how we got so lucky with such easy babies.
FOUR: Shae and I took the girls to Trojan Park before he had to head back to Fort Lewis to finish cleaning base. We stopped and got subway sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks and had a little picnic on the grass while we watched other people fish. It was such a beautiful day! Everlee wasn’t feeling the greatest but she was happy to get some fresh air.
FIVE: Since I am officially over 6 weeks postpartum, I am cleared to start working out. While I haven’t actually started working out, I’ve been going on walks with the girls and my mom! Oaklee absolutely loves being in a ring sling and instantly puts her to sleep. Look at this precious face. I die.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Everlee is now 20 months old, and is still eating pretty similarly to how she was eating in our last post. But I figured I would share anyway!
Breakfast: We still eat breakfast around 8am. This will vary depending on when she wakes up for the day, but it is pretty standard that she is up between 7:30-8am. One thing about this girl is that she likes to eat very first thing. I swear as soon as I get her out of her crib she is saying “mmmm good!” because she knows what is coming. It is hilarious but also if I don’t have breakfast ready before she wakes up, it can cause for a meltdown! Today she ate a scrambled egg, raspberries and a kodiak pancake with peanut butter.
Happy Friday, friends! And Happy March! It is baby month! I’ve been really productive this week, and now that it’s the end of the week, I am completely exhausted. Also, I woke up with a sore throat so that puts a huge damper on things too.
ONE: On Saturday, Shae and I had the ultimate day of dates. We spent the entire day out and about and had the best time! The morning started off with him getting a haircut and me going to Target for a few things. Once he was done, we went to Mod Pizza and grabbed a quick lunch before our appointment to get pedicures. This was Shae’s first ever pedicure and he said it was “life-changing.” Haha! After pedicures, we then headed to Walmart to see what the huge Baby Sale was all about. It was truthfully incredibly disappointing, but we got a few things for the girls. The Upside was playing at 2:30, so we hurried over and caught a movie. We loved this movie! Definitely recommend seeing it! The movie got over around 5pm so it was perfect to go to dinner. One of our favorite places to eat when we lived in North Carolina was Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill, so I found us a Mongolian grill! It was so delicious!
ONE: I hadn’t uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel in over a month, but finally got one up! I really want to get back into filming again but to be completely honest, sitting at my computer has been so uncomfortable. I’ve strictly been blogging from my phone which has been a challenge, but editing videos takes WAY more time. Anyway, if you’d like to see what we were up to on Valentine’s Day, go check out our video here!
I woke up bright and early on Valentine’s Day so I could make my two Valentines a special breakfast. Unfortunately, I was up until 2am the night before unable to sleep, so I didn’t get up quite as early as I planned. Shae went to the gym extra early so he could come home and help me, even though I insisted he didn’t need too. I made heart shaped French toast served with blueberries! A huge craving I’ve been having is french toast, and last year I made heart shaped pancakes, so I decided to switch things up.