2 months

Bear is two months old! And my goodness is he the sweetest… We are having the best time getting to know him and having him as our little brother :) Things here have settled down a bit, and we have a great routine going. Starting last Thursday he is sleeping through the night and it has been so great! He wakes up between 6 and 7 in the morning and then eats every 3ish hours from then on out, and goes down for the night around 8. We have definitely had less going on this month, but Bear has certainly been drug around his fair share… Football games, play dates, the pool and all our regular errands. He is so chill and I am so thankful for his laid back, content little personality! Here are some of my fav pics from our month!  

  The cutest little bear t-shirt from his great aunts :)   
  He loves to be worn!   


Dear Bear,
I love you. We all do! You are so cute… I love your nose, your tiny mouth, your balding head and your big gummy grin! You are so tolerant of the many sloppy kisses Hatcher gives you, and Maddox’s daily crazy loud concerts. Thank you for all the joy you have brought our family. You are the best, Bear! Can’t wait to see what the next month holds for you and our family… Love you baby boy! So so much 😘 Happy 2 months!  


Football season

“Oh my gosh it’s back again….” {sung in your best Backstreet Boys voice 😁}. 

But for real, football season has officially started again!! I did my first game {scrimmage} with the three kids Friday, and it went surprisingly well… There are a few “kinks” in my system I need to work out, but I think it’s going to be a fun season. The older boys really enjoy being up at the school, and love watching daddy coach! 

The beginning of a season is always kind of a hard transition for me… Just getting used to Justin being back at work so much {and especially football, because we’re coming off summer hours!}.. That on top of transitioning to three kids has had its challenges, but we are getting there! My attitude isn’t always the best, but ultimately I am thankful for how hard Justin works for our family and the passion he has for the kids at JMA. Here’s to a great season and some fun Friday nights under the lights! Go Trojans πŸ’›πŸˆπŸ’™

And here’s a look back at how our family has changed throughout the seasons… 

Season 1: I was pregnant with Maddox and don’t have any photos…. 

Season 2: Maddox was 6-9months old      I remember thinking just bringing him was a lot…. My how things have changed. Ha!

Season 3: Maddox 1.5, and I was pregnant with Hatcher       

Season 4: Maddox 2.5, and Hatcher 6-9 months      And season 5: Maddox 3.5, Hatcher 1.5 and Bear 1 month. 



Post partum cravings.Β 

I’ve had them after each kid.. After Maddox it was watermelon sour patch kids. Lindsey and Matt brought them to the hospital when I was in labor and for the next probably 3 months I ate waay more bags than I care to admit. After Hatcher, it was “ants on a log”. Celery with peanut butter and raisins. I ate it every day for weeks… Thankfully a little healthier than the sour patch :) 

This time it’s Pirate’s Booty. I’d had it before and liked it, but it wasn’t something I ever thought about really.. That and I had never seen it here in Milledgeville. When my mom was here though after Bear, she bought some at Kroger for the kids and I have bought it every time I’ve been to the store since… Cannot get enough!! And to make it even better, pair it with some peanut butter m&ms and its like out of this world good. 

It’s kind of weird because when I’m pregnant I have more food aversions than cravings… I honestly don’t really have cravings… Well besides pizza. But that doesn’t count because I always love pizza, I just indulge pretty much every time I want it pregnant 😳 These post partum cravings are no joke though!  

And now for some unrelated photos… because I’m not good at taking food photos, so I won’t even try…  

 Blurry Maddox at Claire’s in the mall trying on minion glasses.  

 And Hatcher helping with a little yard work at Justin’s parents house this weekend.


One month stats

Bear’s one month stats:

Weight: 10lbs 8.5oz {up exactly 3lbs from brith 😊}. 

Height: 20.5 inches 

Head: 15inches 

The doctor was happy with everything she saw and said he was perfectly healthy! I am so thankful for my children’s health and hope that it’s something I never take for granted! Thank you Jesus for our precious baby Bear! 

Weekend fun

Justin didn’t have to work, so we got a lot of daddy time and it was great :) It felt like our first “real life/normal” weekend since Bear has been here. I finally feel like myself again {after the c section and then a nasty cold that struck last week..} and we didn’t have any major plans! Saturday we woke up and Justin took the big boys up to the school with him to play in the sprinklers on the baseball field while Bear and I went and picked up breakfast!  

 We got our back yard fenced in last week (Finally!!! It’s been something we’ve wanted to do since we built the house!) so we played outside at our house a bunch too!  Here’s a pic of the fence! We are so happy with it and love having it for the boys… And Dexter! 

Water table fun!  

 Saturday night we went to Justins parents house to swim and grill out. The kids love swimming over there! 

   Maddox loves the slide! We couldnt really tell what Hatcher thought 😊
Sunday we did church and hung out with some neighborhood friends  

  “You guys are matching and so cute… Look here and say cheese………” #fail #reallife
Such a great weekend with all my boys :) 

One month already?Β 

Time is so weird as a parent… It feels like days {and nights!} will never end some times! The monotony of the day to day tasks can be killer. Yet, at the same time, you turn around and your oldest is 3.5 and it’s like what the heck?! That’s my experience at least. All that to say, the last month with Bear has flown by!! I really can’t believe it’s already been a month. For as down and out as I was those first 10 or so days after the c section we’ve actually done quite a bit! Road trips to Atlanta for Gigi’s 60th birthday, and the beach for Mill’s family vacation! A stop in Savannah to meet my sisters little boy, Nelson, church a few times and lots of visitors here! I am so overwhelmed with all the love and support we have felt from friends and family, and am so thankful for our precious Bear! Here are a some {or a lot!} of photos from our first month! 

   Barrett Brooks Mills — July 2, 5:24pm, 7lbs 8oz, 19.5in 😍
 So in love πŸ’™πŸ»   

 So serious

  Brotherly love   First time at church
  Gigi’s birthday party! 

    First bath 
 Our first moments together😍

  Cousin Nels  
     Being a month old sure is exhausting!  

I got a lot of stares when we’re out shopping! 

Dear Bear, 
We love you so much and think you are the perfect addition to our little family! Your brothers LOVE you.. A little too much at times {sorry!} and are so happy to have you as their little brother Bear. You have been such a good, laid back baby so far! You rode really well in the car, slept wherever we put you at the beach, and have generally been pretty go with the flow so far. Right now you are eating every 3 hours during the day and going anywhere from 4-7 hours at night. So on a typical day you eat at 7, 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 and then one time in the night anywhere between 2 and 5… (you’ve only made it to 5 two nights so far, but they were wonderful!!!!) it’s usually more like 3ish and then we start back over at 7 or so. I’m not sure how much you weigh, but you are definitely growing like a little weed! You have graduated to size 1 diapers and most of your 0-3 month clothes no longer swallow you up. You can still wear a lot of your newborn stuff too, but I am not really ok with how fast you’re growing! I am relishing every single one of these newborn days, knowing just how fast they go… I love you sweet boy. Happy one month!!  


Bear’s nursery.Β 

We’ve talked about using Bear as a nick name for Barrett since we picked the name, so I wanted to incorporate some bear things in his room. I didn’t want it to be over the top, or too theme-y though… I looked around on Pinterest and Etsy, decided on a few items and got to work :) 

I had this really awesome wood that I had bought at Lowes a long time ago and decided to use it for a simple white bear silhouette. I LOVE the way it turned out. I think it’s my favorite thing in his room :) It was a little harder than I anticipated, but definitely worth it!  

One of the other things I made was this little bear. 

   I don’t know much about water colors, but thought I’d at least try before buying it on Etsy. Mine wasn’t quite as cute as the etsy one, but I still liked it and I only had to pay a few bucks for the paint! Much cheaper! 

The yarn garland was a gift from my sister and I just love it! Thanks Sarah!  

 This wooden sign over the crib with his name on it is a piece of a palette I’ve been hanging on to for a while now. I knew I’d be able to find a good use for it :)  

 The initial flags over the window came from a shop I follow on Instagram, the printed palette. I had some flags with Hatcher’s initials in the same spot, loved them and really wanted some with B’s too. Hatchers were a gift from my sister in law and I couldn’t re-purchase the same ones, so I had to get these! I wasn’t sure I’d like them as much, but I am really happy with them! 

Pretty much everything else is leftovers from Hatcher’s room or things I stole from other parts of the house…. Minus the few B’s I got from Hobby Lobby :)

I’m so happy with the room and even more happy Bear is here to enjoy it! Since we got home from the beach he has been sleeping (like a champ, I might add!!) in his crib and it just makes me so happy…. Did I mention I am happy?! πŸ˜‰ 



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