Tuesday, August 30, 2011


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.


3. Bath buddies.
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.

The horror, the horror.

Mckenzie is my favorite one to watch. This girl... she's outta control.

9. Go 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. :)

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  1. As a formerly straight-haired momma, after two little girls I have a head full of wavy curls myself. Products always leave my hair too crunchy, so I finger comb my hair fresh out of the shower (leaving it pretty damp) and let it air dry. For whatever reason, the more I ignore it, the better it looks. Go figure!

    I love your blog -- two little girls are THE best :).

  2. love your blog and your girls are precious!I have a head full of straight/curly hair and the best thing that I have used so far is Moroccan Oil! I can not stand the cruchy wet hair look! I use the two curl creams and sometimes the oil if I have a lot of frizz. It's a wonderful product and it will not leave your hair feeling stiff and crunhy. I can dry my hair straight or let it curl away so I know the feeling. I have tried so many products and this, in my opinion is the best.

    Here is the link but you can buy it from most salons.


  3. Your girls are precious - and they do favor each other so much!

    Love that Porter and Ruthie's two first initials are the same, too. Definitely destined to be best friends.

    I can't sing the praises of that pump loud enough. I literally DID vacuum while pumping - and work and dry my hair and do anything else you can imagine. It's amazing and worth every penny. Hard to believe I'll be pulling that trusty ol' friend out in just a few months again.

    Love the new wavy 'do! And I'm a little jealous, as having one baby and expecting another has only changed my hair in a yucky way - popping in a handful of wiry grays! No fun at all. Enjoy those waves, mama!

  4. I had to do the dairy/soy free diet with Aydan and I am currently having to do it again with Addison. It is so much easier this time around now that I am used to it! I have found that Almond Breeze milk has no affect on baby whatsoever! It has been a life-saver for this cereal addict! I'm loving your waves!

  5. Love your random update from life!

  6. Ruthie is just as beautiful as Lael! Such a pretty family!

    It is so crazy that your hair developed some curl after her birth! I have had curly hair forever and am still learning tricks but these are the most important:
    1. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (curly hair tends to be dry so this is a must)
    2. Do not dry your hair with a towel- the terrycloth does something to the cuticles to make it frizzy- sounds crazy but I have found it to be true. I very lightly dry my hair with my husbands white undershirts - the cotton is so much softer.
    2. Curl creams work best for me and will leave your curls soft and not crunchy. I have to switch my curl creams every so often because my curls can't handle the same thing all the time. My favorite is Redken Ringlet 07.
    3. Always use a diffuser attachment- my favorite is the devacurl diffuser that looks like a hand. It looks really weird but dries the curls from the inside out and is the best thing. Oh, and NEVER touch your curls when you are dying your hair- it will only make them frizzy!!
    Sorry this was like a book, but I hope it helps!!!

  7. Aveda Be Curly is the best! No crunchy waves!

  8. Aveda makes a product that is the best one I've ever found for 'not wet looking' curls. I use the confixor gel- its super light almost like water because its mostly water. and their brilliant hairspray with locks out the humidity. that's how I beat the frizz- that hairspray is my saving grace even when I flat iron. ( I use the reg shampoo because its waay cheaper)

  9. Kelli, I think the picture of Lael with her face smooshed against the window is the cutest picture I have ever seen! I literally laughed for about 3 minutes, so hard that I started crying every time I glanced back at her precious face and tongue and eyes... Also, my hair did the exact same thing! I must need to have 2 more as well because the front of mine is straight, as is most of the outer layer. haha! Hope y'all are well! Your burp cloths are adorable!!

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  11. I'll third the Aveda products! Whether I diffuse my hair or let it dry naturally, the curls always look great and are never crunchy. :) I usually only use the confixor, though I know the Be Curly line is fab too.

  12. A friend recommended Strictly Curls lotion to me - available at CVS - love it! Not crunchy at all.

  13. i have that problem ... the wavy hair thing. paired with the fine hair thing. paired with the thinning hair thing because i'm almost forty. let me tell you. it sucks.

    i seem to recall my stylist telling me not to use pantene products, because they coat your hair with gunk or whatever. but she's all about the biolage, and i cannot get that crap out of my hair, which means it looks like i've not washed it in weeks when i use it. i was using neutrogena's clean volume, which is nice enough. but my hair was starting to get used to it, so, on a whim, i bought pantene's fine hair solutions flat to volume shampoo. so far i dig it. i've never seen my hair so glossy before. (probably due to the gunk that will build up. i'll tackle that when i get to it.)

    anyway. the best thing i could suggest is to give your hair time to dry naturally in the morning, without the use of styling products. neither the gels/mousses and whatnot nor the dryers/diffusers. my hair has its best curl when i let it be. and it will curl. just scrunch it with your hands every now and again.

    i realize this might be asking a lot. i don't have as much hair. but the only time i've loved the wave is when i've let it do its thing.

  14. oh! i forgot! i do use a detangler. also pantene. same product line.


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