weight & height: 29 inches long and 20.4 pounds. You have had quite the growth spurt since last month and are now in the 90th percentile for weight and still at the top of the charts at 99th for height! eating & sleeping: Seeing how you've grown confirmed our suspicions of you going through a growth spurt because this past month your eating and sleeping have been all over the place! Most days you'll eat well, but lately the only place you want to sleep is either on mama's chest or in our bed, even waking up in the middle of the night wanting to cuddle in with me and dad. It's been a rough go for everyone as far as sleep goes, but mama's baby app told me that around this age you're recognizing more the relationships and distances of those around you, and it helps put things into perspective when you want to be extra close. exciting firsts/milestones: This past month you got the hang of rolling from your back to your tummy, and it's been pretty fun watching you find ways to roll and squirm around in order to get closer to things that you want (usually to mama). We took you to the beach twice this past month, and so you got to experience ocean and the sand for the first time and love them both! You're also getting better at sitting up on your own for short periods of time, although we still make sure to stay close by just in case you happen to topple over. things I love: Your favorite thing lately has been getting as much playtime and attention as possible, and Emery is hands down your favorite person to play with as long as she remembers to be gentle. You love bath time, and mama has a hard time keeping the splashing to a minimum because when you and Em are both in the bath splashing is the most fun thing that the two of you can do together! You've also really taken an interest in a few small toys and colorful books, and like being able to touch them to get a better feel for the bright colors. things I don't enjoy so much: As of right now you don't love sleeping in your own bed, and you hate feeling like you're being left out of the fun if you feel like you're too far away from anyone in the house. Teething has been a little rough for you this past month as well, but usually can be helped with extra milk and cuddles with mama. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: Sleep seems to be a pretty big topic this month, and with the lack of it mom & dad have basically tried to learn to appreciate as much of the sleep that we can whenever we can get it, even if it means working on a newborn-ish schedule again. We've also tried to be out-of-the-box thinkers when it comes to finding solutions to the sleep struggle, and have found that when we keep and optimistic mindset and continue to try new things to find what it is that will help you most, that things end up working out ok in due time.
Happy half birthday to our sweet little squish! The time is flying by SO quickly and we're working hard to soak in as many of the little moments as we can!
Whew! Since Kyle's graduation in May our lives have been running a million miles a minute, so before summer is completely gone I wanted to take a quick second and get a little life update written down, as well as share these cute family pictures we had done at the end of May before my kids grow up even more than they already have since these were taken. The photos were taken in downtown Salt Lake City by my sweet photographer friend Heidi, and as always it was so fun seeing her and getting to soak in some of her amazing talent while we were in Utah.
With how quickly summer has been going by, I've noticed that the kids have been growing just as fast and it's blowing my mind. Emery turned three at the end of June (pictures from her party here), decided she was ready to be toilet trained (and has done awesome with it since, great job Em and yay for gentle parenting/potty training!), went through another summer of swimming lessons, and still runs on about six times as much energy as the average human being. Since moving she still occasionally asks to go to her "black house" (our apartment in Louisville had a black front door) or to my parents' because Nan misses her 😂, and still asks for her bff Gus at least once a week, but is slowly starting to recognize our new space as her own and gets excited when she spots her "new house in Oregon" whenever we drive home from errands. I don't know of many three year olds that have as many houses as Em does, but I'm considering it a good thing that she has so many places that have truly felt like home to her.
Ashton is quickly approaching his half birthday, and has developed quite the adorable little personality. He loves to move and is constantly rolling, squirming around on the floor, and jumping on whatever he can. He's got two little teeth coming in and is constantly drooling and chewing on whatever he can get his hands on (or just on his hands), and is always quick to flash a flirty smile when you look his way. Ashton's favorite place to sleep is still on my chest or smack in the middle of mine and Kyle's bed, and out of all four of us Ash has been the one to take the longest to adjust to pacific time making earlier than normal morning feedings a fairly regular thing. He's obsessed with Emery, and brings so many smiles to all of us every day!
As far as the family goes, we've been having a summer of transition and suitcases, going from Louisville to Utah in May to hang out with family for a couple of months (thank heavens for my incredible parents for giving us somewhere to live for that long), then from Utah to Oregon to finally start putting some roots down in our new home state! I'd love to say that we're completely settled in and unpacked, but Kyle not starting work until the end of August has made us extremely laid back when it comes to getting things up, and our house still has yet to have any sort of decor, shelves, etc. on the walls and we're still waiting on getting quite a few furniture items bought. We got all of the basics unpacked, and since then have been soaking in the first real summer "break" Kyle has had since before dental school by exploring bits of Oregon and making/planning trips down to California to visit family and friends. Oregon is absolutely beautiful and everyone here is so nice, making us excited to settle down more and find a sense of community and friends as we're here a little longer. I am really excited for our house to start feeling more like a home, but am definitely enjoying the time that we're all having together as a family and know that the unpacking will happen in it's own slow-paced timeframe. With two high energy kiddos keeping us busy during the day, I'm considering it a win if we can get even one box done a day. 😉
This summer has been equal parts exciting and exhausting. Moving with two kids is freaking hard and it'll probably take us three years to get everything unpacked, but I feel SO lucky to have Kyle around to help get it all done. We miss our dental school friends fiercely, but are ecstatic to be done with school and to be getting on into a "regular life" routine. I'm still having to remind myself on a regular basis that this is our real life now, probably because we're still technically waiting for our "regular" to begin, but it's weird thinking that we don't have to go back to dental school and that once Kyle starts working that will be our new norm. It's still an adjustment, but we're really looking forward to all that's ahead and are learning more than ever to enjoy the little things, and all the time with each other now that we finally have it. 💛
weight & height: 27 inches and 18.5 pounds. You haven't gotten any longer but have gained two pounds in the past month, putting you in the 80th percentile for weight and 89th for height. We finally found a formula that doesn't upset your stomach and it looks like the positive change is paying off with healthy growth! eating & sleeping: You're still on a full-formula diet and doing well with it! You love your milk and will even ask for it using sign-language occasionally when you're hungry. As far as sleep goes, you're still not fully adapted to the different timezones that we've put you in, but typically will still sleep well through the night and for now are just a bit of an early bird. exciting firsts/milestones: This month has been BIG as far as firsts go for you! You've started rolling over regularly from your tummy to your back (and are so close to rolling back to tummy!), had your first road trip (from Utah to Oregon), and surprised us all when on your five-month mark exactly you cut your first tooth! We were all a little surprised that it came so early on since Em didn't get any teeth until closer to 8 months, but are excited to see you growing so well! things I love: Your favorite thing to do right now is to play with people, and Emery is your favorite person to be close to when you're in that playful mood. Silly sounds make you laugh like crazy, and you've recently learned how to blow raspberries with your mouth and think it's a pretty neat trick. You love chewing on your hands, blankets, or pretty much anything that you can get into your mouth (except a pacifier). You love rides in the stroller outside, and still love being held and cuddled to sleep, specifically with Mama. things I don't enjoy so much: During your first road trip from Utah to our new home in Oregon, you were much less of your easy-going self as usual and were pretty upset for some decent stretches of the drive, making us wonder if you don't care much for long drives. You were also cutting your tooth at the same time though and we just didn't realize it, so it could be that you just really don't like teething. We've got a couple more summer trips coming up soon, and I suppose will find out which one it was! mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month I feel like you've come really far with learning how to communicate what it is that you're needing and/or wanting from us, and it's been really exciting watching that growth and working on ourselves to be really in-tune to your cues so that we can all better communicate together. Things seem to go so much more smoothly when we are able to watch and listen to these cues, and it all just makes us so excited for everything that's to come as you continue to learn and grow!
weight & height: About 16.5 pounds and 27 inches long. eating & sleeping: Eating for almost the first time is going really well, we finally found a formula that doesn't seem to upset your tummy, and even though you still spit up a bit more than the average baby are back to being our happy babe during meal times! With sleep you do really well and go about 10 ish hour stretches at night, but switching over to Utah time has thrown you off a little bit, making it so that you've made an odd habit of waking up consistently between 5:30 and 6AM every morning, but then falling right back asleep the second you're cuddled into mommy's spot on the bed. We can't really figure out why it's become a habit, but since the overall stretch of sleep is good we're not complaining too much about it! exciting firsts/milestones: This past month has been a big one for you containing a lot of firsts, some of which some kiddos probably don't experience until they're much older but such is life I suppose! This past month along with your first ever cross-country move had the chance to have your first ever plane ride as we said good-bye to Louisville and moved to Utah before heading up to Oregon. Since getting to Utah, you've also had your first haircut (you still have that sweet little fohawk, we just trimmed the top to even it up a bit), and met two of your three living great-grandparents along with aunts, uncles, and cousins. things I love: Your curious personality has really shined through this past month, and that means that you love being upright and held outwards so that you can see all of the things happening around you. You've discovered your feet this past month as well and constantly have a hold on them. You still love people, attention, and funny noises, and Emery along with Nan can always get you to smile and laugh, and luckily for mama you still LOVE being cuddled, and your favorite place to nap is right on mommy's chest with a fistful of my hair in your hand. things I don't enjoy so much: As you've gotten older we've noticed that you have a bit of the same fomo as big sister, making it so that if you feel like you're being left out of the fun or are too far away from a party of people you'll make it known that you want to be in where all the fun is at! We also learned once getting to Utah that you don't like to be the least bit cool or cold while sleeping, and adding a sleep-sack to your bedtime routine has been a must to help you sleep comfortably in Nan & Papa's usually cool basement. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: Life this past month has been nothing short of crazy since we're all technically homeless and living out of suitcases and amongst grandparents and a constant flow of cousins (bless Nan & Papa for basically having a real-life "Full House" situation currently 😂), but to try and counteract the craziness we've tried really hard to keep as much of a "regular" routine for you, Emery, and ourselves as possible. Obviously because of our circumstances it doesn't always work out as planned, but we're hoping that by trying to keep things in somewhat of a regular flow that it will help the overall transition from Kentucky to Utah and eventually to Oregon go a little bit smoother for everyone, and allow us all to find a little bit of calm in what can sometimes feel like a constant stream of chaos.
You know that song "SCHOOOOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!"? Well that's our life now, except for that for literally the first time in our lives (yes, even married life) school is out for FOREVVVVERRRR!! On May 11th 2019 Kyle graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry and officially (finally) became Dr. Kyle Michael Pett, D.M.D. Life since then has been a whirlwind of events between saying good bye to Louisville and our friends there and moving out to Utah to prepare for our new lives in Oregon, but I wanted to make sure that all of the pictures from graduation and a few thoughts from the day were documented here so that we can remember the day despite how crazy life has been (and I'm sure will continue to be) since.
The whole week leading up to graduation was filled with fun events to celebrate all of the soon-to-be graduates, and I'm so glad that they had those events because actual graduation day was SO busy and chaotic and it was near impossible to see all of the people and friends that we wanted to, so it was nice being able to see them the week before and wish them all well before graduation craziness hit and we all went our separate ways! There was a fancy senior dinner & dance that Kyle and I had planned on attending but missed thanks to a puking toddler (talk about timing... but still thanking the heavens above that she wasn't sick on actual graduation or moving day), but we were able to still make it to the senior brunch that was thrown the morning before graduation, and thanks to the mother of our sweet amazing friends watching Em & Ashton for us were able to attend it baby free! During the brunch they had a little awards ceremony and it was so fun to see several of the students that we know personally receive the special recognition! It was during the brunch that I got hit with a huge wave of nostalgia and really just appreciated that we (and especially Kyle) have had soooo many amazing people to go through this journey with. Now that it's over I can openly admit that there are times that dental school is really freaking hard and just plain sucks, but having great people to go through the experience along side you and understand your same struggles and frustrations literally makes a world of difference. If there's anyone out there reading this that Kyle and/or I have met throughout the past four years of dental school, know that we are so grateful for you and your friendship! We will never forget the amazing people that we've come to know and love through this experience!! ❤️❤️❤️
Once the big day of actual graduation was upon us, things moved so quickly that I honestly had a hard time capturing as many mental or pictorial details of the day as I wanted to, so me trying to scrape my memory for some of the highlights will have to do. The ceremony was held in a gorgeous old theatre in downtown Louisville; by the time we made it to the theatre it was already pretty filled up with supporting friends and family of the grads, but we were still able to get a seat up in the balcony which ended up giving us a really great view of the stage and was a bit less crowded which ended up being perfect for the sake of our kids not causing a scene. Thanks to Kyle's parents helping to keep Emery & Ashton entertained I was able to actually watch most of the ceremony which was greatly appreciated. During the actual procession of the graduates, they announced each students name as "Doctor" so and so, and then officially got "hooded" as a dentist by either a professor of theirs or by a dentist family member. Kyle was hooded by his two "group leader" professors that have helped to guide and mentor him through his past two years of clinical work, and it was so neat seeing him be hooded by dentists that I know have had such a big positive impact on his life and his progression as a dentist. I kept having so many flashbacks to the school's white coat ceremony that started this whole journey, and couldn't help but feel emotional and just so dang proud and excited for each new doctor that crossed the stage. The weight of that purple velvet hood suddenly felt so much more real, and it really dawned on us that this is real life now. No more school, just a giant degree and a new official title that all of these students have been working so hard to earn.
I brought my camera to the graduation but because of the chaos didn't really get a chance to use it much to get any pictures (the above pictures of Kyle were taken graciously by my girlfriend sitting close to the stage) and even though I'm so stinking sad that we weren't able to really get any "quality" pictures at the event, I'm still glad that we were able to snag a few quick iPhone pictures with family and a few friends that we ran into outside once the ceremony was done. There are SO many people missing from these pictures that I wish were here, but once again just know that even the not pictured are still so so special and appreciated!
I can't even count how many times I've cried over this journey being finished and having to say goodbye to Louisville and so many people that we love so dearly (I blame post-baby hormones) but being able to see Kyle accomplish the dream and goal that he's been working towards since before I even met him is such a special experience that I will forever cherish. I remember when Kyle and I were still newly(ish) dating, he was talking to me about dental school and all of his plans with it (at this point he hadn't taken the DAT or applied yet) and told me that one of his aunt's (who happens to be married to a dentist) told him that whomever he married would have to be insanely selfless and supportive because dental school was extremely challenging. I don't know how well I've always lived up to that role, but do feel so incredibly grateful that Kyle trusted me enough back then to let me join him on this crazy dental school journey. We have both grown so much since then, and I am SO proud of Kyle, grateful for the experiences that dental school gave to us both, and am crazy excited for all of the adventures ahead.
Cheers to Kyle and to all of ULSD's Class of 2019, YOU DID IT!
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