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    Oaklee Shae | 2 Months

    I can’t believe baby Oaklee has been apart of our lives for two months (as of the 13th). Wow, time flies three times as fast with two kids now. I can’t believe how much she has changed in just a month!

    Oaklee Shae turned two months yesterday, but had her two month check up a week ago. She weighed 13lbs 8oz (95%), 22.8in (77%) and head circumference was 39.7cm (93%). So by how a week later, she’s about 14lbs and probably 23in! I make big, healthy, chunky babies and I love it! This butterball is just about busting out of 3 month clothes and is onto size 2 diapers.

    Her pediatrician couldn’t believe Shae had gained almost 5lbs in just 5 weeks and was so impressed. Oaklee is a breastfeeding champ! So proud of her and myself. Besides that, everything went really well. She didn’t cry or make a fuss during the little physical aspect. Poor baby was super upset during her vaccines and puked up the live virus. But as soon as it was over and I got her dressed, she went right to sleep and slept a majority of the rest of the day.

    Baby Oaklee has been smiling so much now. She loves when you put your face in front of hers and talk to her. She gets so happy and excited. One of her favorite things to look at is a light above my moms kitchen island. She thinks it’s so cool. Her hands are her favorite toy, she still enjoys tummy time, and has found her voice and makes the cutest coo noises.

    This sweet girl really is the SWEETEST. I thought Everlee was an easy baby… Oaklee is easier (somehow?). She is so laid back and doesn’t make a fuss about anything. No preference in who holds her, takes a bottle when we need her too, can be swaddled and put in her dockatot wide awake and she will go to sleep all on her own 75% of the time. Usually goes down for the night sometime between 7:30-8:30pm, wakes up once between 2-4 and then gets up for the day at 6:30 or 7. She also doesn’t have to be nursed to sleep or comfort nurse all the time like her big sister needed.

    LOVES: being held, being talked too, baths, napping on someone’s chest, nursing, being in a ring sling.

    HATES: being idle in her car seat, being cradled and pacifiers.

    We aren’t really on much of a schedule. We are staying with family until we head to Alaska and it’s a little hard to maintain a schedule when every day differs so much. Thankfully, this sweet girl is very adaptable. She amazes me so much. She wakes up every day around 6:30/7am and from there I try to lay her down after being awake for an hour. If I catch her yawning, go swaddle her and lay her down, half the time she will go right to sleep on her own. It blows my mind because while Everlee was a great sleeper, she almost always had to be nursed to sleep. After we put Everlee to bed for the evening, we work on getting Oaklee down for the night. Sometimes that requires me nursing her into a coma and sometimes it requires dad just laying her down one or two times before she is finally out cold and sleeps for 6-7 hours. After that feeding she gets up about 3 hours later and is usually up for the day from there. She really is so easy.

    Oaklee is still nursing about every 2 hours on the dot. I try not to go before that two hour mark if I can help it because she is known to projectile vomit every.where if she gets too full. She eats super fast and is full within a few minutes of nursing. The bottle has been going great too for the few times she’s had one. It is a huge relief knowing she will take a bottle! I’m not really pumping but if I’m engorged I will use my hakkaa or pump. There isn’t really any desire for me to pump because we will be flying to Alaska at the end of the month and I don’t want a huge supply of milk to worry about transporting.

    I’m in love with the cooing, smiling, talking stage. She locks eyes with you and just smiles so big or makes the sweetest little sounds. She’s mostly soft spoken and kind of dainty but gets super excited and worked up at times and cracks us up. Grandma Tonya calls her “beak” because she’s so curious and always poking her little head up with wide eyes peaking around. You will think she’s dead asleep while holding her and you look down and there she is wide eyed staring at you. Everlee is our little wild child and I think Oaklee is going to be the softer, laid back, curious one.

    Still loves baths. She could sit in the bath for hours and be happy. Still content with tummy time. I’m not exaggerating when I say she never cries. She will holler to let us know she’s awake from her nap or maybe if she’s starting to get tired. But she’s so easily content and happy. It takes no effort at all to fix the problem. I’m not quite sure what Shae and I did to deserve such an easy baby, but we could take a dozen more of you miss Oaklee Shae!

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    One month difference!

    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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    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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    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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    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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    What’s in my Hospital Bag for Baby #2

    Considering I am 39 weeks, I figured I better round up my hospital bags and finish packing! I will have a few last minute things to grab on the way out, but we are ready to go now. I’m really crossing my fingers that this baby girl will come any day now. My first daughter, Everlee, was 11 days late and honestly it was far from fun. I have cut A LOT out to my hospital bags compared to what they were stuffed with my first baby. This time around, I know I won’t need nearly as much stuff. I am packing three bags: one for me, one for Shae and one for baby.

    For Me:

    PinkBlush Delivery Robe: This is the same robe I had when Everlee was born, but it’s amazing. It’s so soft and comfortable and makes it so easy to breastfeed. I think every mom deserves one of these!

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    39 Week Bumpdate | Baby #2

    How far along: 39 weeks and feeling it!!

    Baby is the size of a: A pumpkin. Makes sense because my stomach is the size of a pumpkin.

    Weight gain: 27lbs as of last week, but have an appointment on Tuesday morning to get an exact amount.

    Maternity clothes: Yes. What I miss being pregnant in the summer was being able to put on a dress and calling it a day. It’s so cold right now that I’m so uncomfortable trying to bundle up!

    Sleep: I have been sleeping like crap the last few days because I’ve been miserable and sick. I’ve been napping during the day when Everlee naps but nights are not fun.

    Gender: GIRL! 

    Movement: At the beginning of the week I felt like she was hardly moving, but she’s been pretty active the last few days.

    Best moment this week: It hasn’t been the greatest week because I’ve been sick, but I would say spending one last weekend together as a family of 3.

    Looking forward to: Going into labor!

    Food cravings: All I’ve wanted is sprite for my sore throat and also pop tarts have sounded good all week.

    Anything make you sick or queasy: Nope.  

    Labor signs: Unfortunately no, and it’s a little discouraging.

    What I miss: Being able to take medicine when I am sick!

    Symptoms: Super out of breath, Braxton Hicks that go into my back, exhausted.

    Belly button in or out: I would say we have reached the point where it is completely flat.

    Wedding rings on or off: On!

    Mood: Miserable. I hate to complain but being sick is really kicking my ass!

    37 Week Bumpdate | Baby #2

    How far along: 37 weeks! I am no longer considered “pre-term” and she is free to come whenever she wants. Come on baby girl!

    Baby is the size of a: A honeydew melon. She is weighing over 6lbs and around 19in long!

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