1. First things first.
I am so incredibly happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Dooley family! Little Porter Reece came home last week to our dear friends and proud parents, Rod and Jewitte through the gift of adoption. He is such an incredible blessing, and it's so neat that, unbeknownst to any of us, Porter was growing in the womb at the same time Ruthie was. They are 2 months and 1 day apart in age!
I think "sweet cheeks" is a perfect nickname for this little boo boo.
2. My birthday boy!
We celebrated Trey's 28th birthday on August 20th! This man blesses me daily. I still can't figure out why God let me marry him. I'm certainly undeserving.
Boy, does he love those girls. His gentle nature and tender heart makes him such an amazing girl dad. The Lord has given our daughters such a gift in giving them Trey as their father.
Love my babies' daddy. :)
The picture below is one frame prior to Ruthie getting clocked in the head by the table. Still workin' on the neck control. :)
Reminds me of a famous Kelli quote. I was holding my baby sister when she was first born. My mom told me to hold her head up, so it wouldn't fall.
I said, "Momma! It's not gonna fall- it's hooked on!" :)
Okay, take two of blowing out candles. Good 'ol passy makes everything better.
A couple of weeks ago Jess and the boys came for the week, and it was so great. I can't believe this is the only picture I got the whole time they were here. You can imagine it was a tad hectic.
4. " You better stop making that face or else it's gonna stick like that!"
5. Two peas in a pod.
After I took this picture of Ruthie I realized that I had one of Lael that looked very similar, and they're about the same age. They definitely have their own looks, but sometimes when I look at Ruthie it's like deja vu- almost like looking at Lael as a baby all over again.
6. Drowning out our sorrows.
Trey and I have endured some car rides where both girls have had melt downs in unison for a significant amount of time. And when I say significant, I mean 5 minutes. Doesn't sound like that long? Oh, it is. Trey and I decided that if you just turn up the radio really loud you can drown it out. :)
Then I look back there and she's doing this...
... and I forget about my previous urges to pull my hair out.
7. You could hang a picture on that thing.
So, check out Lael's little newborn foot. You see the pinky toe? Probably the longest pinky toe I've ever seen on a baby. That sucker is like a hook!
Ruthie girl takes after her big sis.
8. Terrifying tots.
Have you ever watched Toddlers and Tiaras?? If not, please do so at your earliest convenience. You will have to close your own gaping mouth. I've never seen anything like it. Even Trey indulges me and watches it just for pure entertainment. There's a "full glitz", "ultimate grand supreme" pageant world out there that I have no clue about. I'm glad.
Mckenzie is my favorite one to watch. This girl... she's outta control.
big small or go home.
In honor of the next to last day of National Breastfeeding Month I thought I would make a strong recommendation for a lil' thing that has changed my milkin' momma life. If you're in the market for a pump, this is the one to get. You can be wireless and hands free all at the same time, AND it times how long you've been pumping so you don't have to keep watching the clock!
I don't want to vacuum my house while pumping milk, but if I really wanted to I could!
10. One of my greatest challenges thus far.
While we're on the subject of breast feeding, I am now on a dairy and soy free diet.
Let me be frank. It is not fun. We can't really go out to eat, and I have to be super paranoid about everything little thing that enters my mouth. When we have gone out to eat I have to be that annoying customer who bugs the manager about the specific ingredients that are in a certain dish. It's humbling.
If you didn't know, milk, and soy especially, are in ev.ery.thin.g.
Why am I on this diet? Well, our doctor suspects that Ruthie's little system is dairy and soy protein intolerant. Microscopic blood was found in her stool and an intolerance to one or both of these things is usually the culprit.
Breast feeding is such a blessing. I would say that nursing times with my babies have been some of the sweetest moments of my life. Not only is breast feeding best, it's the ultimate bonding experience. I'm not really willing to give that up just because of this road block. If I CAN do it, I WILL do it. I won't go down without a fight.
And because my bff and I can't do much of anything without doing it together, she is also on the diet. Yep, Thomas is dairy/soy protein intolerant, also. Jess did this diet with Benson as well, and if it wasn't for her and her research, ideas, and recipes I don't know what I would have done. She's a seasoned pro at keeping dairy and soy out of her diet. If you are breast feeding a MSPI (milk/soy protein intolerant) baby, go visit her blog in the works for great eating options!
11. Momma's new do.
Not long after I had Lael I started noticing that there were some crinkles starting to form in my hair in the back. I figured it would go away or stop growing like that eventually, but it didn't. It started getting wavy in other places, too, and so I began to use a flat iron to smooth it out. Something I have never had to do. Ever. Once I became pregnant with Ruthie I hoped that maybe it would start to grow straight again. Well, it didn't, so naturally the waviness kept growing out. So, today we have this:
I tell ya, it's just the darndest thing.
I got a much needed hair cut last week and my stylist taught me how to embrace the wave when I want to. I still have a lot to learn, and any and all tips from you wavy/curly headed girls out there is much appreciated! I bought a hairdryer with a diffuser, mousse, curl creme and hairspray. I don't like for my waves to be hard and crunchy and I feel like the mouse has a tendency to make it that way, so if you have a recommendation for a product that can give texture without stiffness, please do tell!!
The wave started in the back after Lael's birth, and then after Ruthie was born I started seeing some wavy hairs growing in the front. Notice how the sides close to my face aren't quite as wavy?...
Well, Trey and I decided that I need to give birth to at least two more children so that the hair on both sides of my head will match the rest. :)