everly | Everly Monthly | life

Everly at 5 Months

By on August 26, 2014

Oh Miss Everly! You are 5 months old. 
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You are probably the most smiley baby I have ever seen. You have this big mouth and when you smile it is probably the most precious thing ever! 
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You are obsessed with Ashlyn. You start kicking your legs, smiling and making noises whenever you see her. You also love your brother but you definitely favor Ashlyn. 
You are a Mama’s girl but give Daddy huge smiles. 
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You have gotten a lot better with being fussy and miserable when you eat. We had to change your formula again and you are now on Nutramigen. You are quite the expensive girl but whatever makes you happy and not miserable is what we will do! 
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You still don’t sleep through the night, you are up 3 times but we lowered the ounces for each bottle so I am hoping we can slowly knock those bottles out. You were down to two but you went back up so we never know if we can officially cut any out. 
You had your first night in your crib and did really well. I think we can get rid of your Rock N’ Play
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At your 4 month appointment you were 13.4 lbs and 25 inches. You wear 3-6 and 6 months clothes and are in size 2 diapers. You drink 4-5 ounce bottles about every 3 hours. You are close to sitting up and I swear you did two little scoots towards me in an army crawl but it didn’t happen again so we will just wait on that milestone! 
You love to play in your jumperoo which is nice since you aren’t the biggest fan of the bouncer. 
Your personality is very interesting. You are super sweet and smiley but then get pissed out of nowhere. Once you are done, you are done! You are very sensitive which is very similar to how I was as a baby (what my mom always told me) and I can see how you are a lot like me. It’s funny how personalities are so obvious so young. I can see it with each of you and you definitely give us a run for our money! We love you and can’t wait to see what next month brings!! 


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Adoption | Ashlyn | life

Ashlyn’s Adoption Finalization!

By on August 25, 2014

This past weekend we celebrated Ashlyn’s adoption finalization.
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We finalized her adoption on Wednesday and celebrated with family on Sunday.
It was so weird for it to finally be finalized. We have had to do so much to get to this point that it seemed so simple in that moment. 

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Everly’s Shirt / Ashlyn’s Shirt  / Headband

Our attorney called us on FaceTime and we were able to see the judge (we finalized in California but didn’t have to fly out for the hearing) and we had Ashlyn on our laps so she could be apart of it. 

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Headband / Chair

It took a total of 10 minutes and we were done. So simple.
It was 12 months and 12 days since we found out about our little princess and decided to adopt her. 
12 months and 12 days since we knew we would be a family of 5 and had no idea what all that would entail.
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I still think back on that day and how everything came together. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and getting to be her parents is the most incredible experience. She is the sweetest baby and we imagine our lives without her. 
She sure enjoyed her cake to celebrate officially becoming a Kania! 
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Frozen Dress Giveaway!!

By on August 23, 2014
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It’s Frozen frenzy over at our house and I am sure it is at yours too. Now you can win your very own Anna or Elsa dress from The Anchor & Bows Boutique!
One winner will get their choice of a beautiful Frozen dress. All U.S. residents can enter. Please make sure you Like both The Anchor & Bows Boutique’s Facebook page as well as mine.
If you do want a specific size don’t wait for the giveaway to end. The winner will have a choice of what is still available once the giveaway ends.  f your size or dress is no longer in stock you can still get the dress but it may take 3-6 weeks to get here.

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Baby Got Class!

By on August 21, 2014

I am pretty sure this is the best back to school song ever! I mean how can you not relate to these couple and how adorable are their kids? Check out how they took “Baby Got Back” and turned it into a hilarious back to school parody.

Want even more awesomeness by the Holderness family then you have to check out Christmas Jammies.

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Ashlyn | ashlyn monthly | life

Ashlyn at 10 Months

By on August 19, 2014

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You are 10 months old!
Since I have been a slacker and haven’t posted your other monthly updates here is what you have been up to the past couple of months…
You say Mama, Bop and occasionally Dada.
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You are super clingy to me and hate whenever I have to leave the room or even walk away from you for a few seconds.
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You hate taking naps.
You love to crawl around the house. You also can cruise on the furniture!

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You are a great eater.
You are obsessed with the dogs.
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Know your name (since about 7/8 months)
Last appointment at 9 months you were 28 inches, 21lbs.
You wear size  12 and 18 months clothes. 
Eat 3 meals a day and have 4 bottles. 
Sleep through the night and take two naps. 
You think Ace and Daddy are hilarious. 

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You love touching Everly’s head and stealing toys from her.
Miss Ashlyn you are such an incredible little girl. You still have the sweetest smile and the biggest most beautiful eyes. We love you so so much!!

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Facebook Fan Giveaway!!

By on August 16, 2014
Welcome to the Facebook Fan Giveaway!!
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Organized by: Everything Mommyhood We have come together to bring you a giveaway for $100 Cash or Target Gift Card, YOUR CHOICE! We love our fans and try to show our appreciation, so we have teamed up with 10 bloggers to offer our readers a chance to win this great prize. Us bloggers have put together our own money because we LOVE you and want to show you how much you are appreciated! Now for the giveaway!One winner will receive a $100 Cash via PayPal or $100 Target Gift Card.Open Worldwide, age 18+. One entrant per household/IP address. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 8/26/2014 at 11:59pm CST.
  Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. If winner is located outside of the U.S. they will be given $100 US Dollars paid via PayPal. Everything Mommyhood is responsible for prize fulfillment. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions, please email everythingmommyhood@gmail.com.

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Friday Finds: Old Navy Love & Music

By on August 15, 2014

I am going to post about my favorites from Old Navy because right now they have jeans on sale for $10 for kids and $19 for adults! They also have Super Cash where you can earn $10 for every $25 you spend! With school starting here on Monday this is the perfect time to go back to school shopping!
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Glitter Heart Tunic / Leopard Print Jeans / Gold Heart Dress / Hoodie Rock Star Bodysuit / Run DMC Tee  / Boys Gray Skinnies / Blondie Tee / Rockstar Distressed Skinnies

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Ace | life

Back to School!

By on August 12, 2014

Who is ready for school to start? 

I have mixed emotions about it. 
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In one way I am so ready for Ace to get back in school, back on a schedule and back to being around his friends everyday. He loves his school, friends and teachers. He does so well there and learns so much. He gets all his energy out and has time for himself away from the babies which I feel is important. 

On the other hand I am going to miss having him home all day. I am going to miss the ease of being able to go somewhere randomly during the week. 
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I think that going back to school for him will actually be really good for the babies though. Everly is very sensitive to commotion. She seems to get overwhelmed easily and I am very much the same way. When things are overly loud and chaotic I just don’t want to be around it, I like when things are calm and chill and she definitely takes after me in that way. Ashlyn is pretty easy going but needs a lot of attention from me. She has become very attached to me and gets really upset if I even walk into the kitchen. With Ace being in school I can give more one on one time to each of the girls in a more quiet atmosphere. 

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I feel like summer completely flew by and we had a lot of fun but we are definitely welcoming Fall. 
I can’t wait to see all the new things Ace will learn and new friends he will make. 

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So long Summer! 
Is your little one heading to school? If so what grade?

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life | Party

Paris Theme Baby Shower

By on August 5, 2014

This past Sunday was my sister’s baby shower.  She had mentioned having a Paris theme to her daughter, Valentina’s, nursery and I was so excited. It was the perfect theme for a baby shower as well!
I, of course, eyed Pinterest for any and all Paris theme parties, showers and decor.  I knew I wanted to make it a super girly shower because out of the two of us she has always been the griller one. She lives for pink!
Just to give you an idea, this was her cake for her 30th birthday party.
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So back to the shower. Here is my set up for when people walk in. I got the tutu from Zulily and the dress form and large Paris picture from Hobby Lobby. The little pink ballet shoes were a gift for my girls from my cousin and the Paris box is from Michael’s. It matched the picture perfectly.
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I had mine and Ashley’s baby clothes lined up by the front door. I failed here because I didn’t have enough clothes pins to hold them all so this was my sad little solution, ha!

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The favors I forgot to set out, epic fail! I made chocolate covered oreos and saw them as I was putting things away in the fridge. Yeah, total waste of time but at least they were pretty!
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Ashley’s friend Alexis made this adorable diaper bouquet.  This was the diaper raffle table. If you ever throw someone a shower always do a raffle. This helps them load up on diapers and it’s an easy “game”.
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This was the food table. Alexis made the Valentina banner and set up the lanterns. The Paris canvas Branden and I found at Home Goods and the Eiffel tower is from Hobby Lobby. Pink Lanterns are from Party City. 
Food included croissants to make sandwiches (turkey, ham & cheese), fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries), crackers (I forgot to put the brie cheese out to go with it, aye!), waldorf salad, quiches, and I think that was everything.
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Beautiful diaper cake was made by Alexis. This girl has major talent!
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Another one of Alexis’ creations.
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I got this little Guess Valentina’s Statistics poster at Party City. I wanted to make a cute little calendar and frame it but with me being in the hospital it was not happening. This was easier and it had a blank spot where we got to guess if Valentina will have back hair or not! Weird? You bet but it wouldn’t be mine and Ashley’s weird sense of humor if it wasn’t up there.
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