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DEAR LIAM // 1 MONTH

We’ve made it through 1 month with this little nugget! I can’t believe how much I love and know him already. He is still waking up every 2-3 hours to eat but we did have a 4 hour stretch the other night so I’m hopeful! With Jack I let him naturally fall into a schedule and routine and I will probably do the same with Liam. I think there’s a little less stress that way but I do envy Mamas that set a schedule right away and have their babies sleeping through the night!

Liam overall is a sweet little guy who loves being swaddled, mornings, his play mat, his nuk (when he can keep it in his mouth!!), and being talked to. He gets so still when you talk to him and it’s probably the best thing ever when he coos and smiles back! He is a good eater just like his brother was which leaves me sore often but I am thankful to be able to nurse him exclusively so far. I’m sure I will have to supplement eventually when he starts daycare.

If Liam is crying or upset it’s usually because he wants to go to sleep or he’s not being paid attention to (aka in the car or when I’m helping his brother!). He really does like to be where the action is even though he can’t take part. He is a squirmer and D calls him Houdini because he always seems to get out of his swaddle. The best days are when we get to nap together and I’m trying to cherish this time because I know it will be a blur when I look back on it.

And an outtake! haha

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He is so sweet!! (Just like you said) :) I hope that you guys are doing well and that transitioning from 1 to 2 has gone well. You will definitely need to do a special post with tips about bringing home baby #2. I know I’m a little nervous about bringing the new baby into the picture, and at times it can even seem overwhelming when I think about trying to divide my attention accordingly. Praying for you as you are still recovering and adjusting. -XO, Melissa

PS, I still need to email you back! Sorry!!

What an adorable little guy! And look at all that beautiful dark hair! I’m glad to hear it’s going well!

STYLE TO SUPPORT A CAUSE!

I’m teaming up with Stella & Dot, New Life Family Services, and my girl’s bible study to share some style inspiration today!

My friend Sara is hosting an online Stella & Dot trunk show to sponsor our friend Hilary as she participates in the Walk & Run for Life on Saturday in hopes of raising $10,000 to support New Life Family Services, a MN based nonprofit designed to help empower women in their pregnancy and parenting journey by providing free services, resources and the support of caring professionals. Sara is donating ALL her commission towards New Life Family Services, which means when you shop you are also helping women and supporting our community!

When I heard Sara and Hilary were supporting each other in this way, I loved the idea of using my blog to share daily style to further promote the cause! Not only do the six of us support each other on a weekly basis as we navigate the adventure of parenting toddlers and newborns, but now we can do that in a greater and bigger way as we support mothers in our community who may feel they have no support and no options. Mamas who need to know that we care. This is our way of doing that and it goes to show that we can all use what talents and influence we have to impact others in non-traditional ways. It’s so fun watching it happen amongst my friends. Mamas are one of the strongest forces in the world, and I love working together to support other mothers in this way.

I’m wearing… Jackie link bracelet, Amelie sparkle bracelet in peach, & On the mark necklace.

Hilary’s wearing… Rory necklace, Somervell necklace in gold, Christina link bracelet & renegade bracelet.

Autumn’s wearing… Silver elodie, How does she do it purse in red ikat.

Sara’s wearing… Engravable necklace, Foundation bracelet, Love bracelet, & Guilded arrow bracelet.

Laura’s wearing… Capri cotton wrap, How does she do it purse in navy stripe, & Renegade bracelet.

Hannah’s wearing… Interlock cross necklace, Sahara pendant, & Renegade bracelet.

And all of us! Go here to order the Stella & Dot pieces or email Sara at sarajmurphy@hotmail.com. And go here to support the Walk for Life and be sure to watch Hilary’s inspiring video!

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MORE OR LESS

More… afternoons in the pool. Less… screen time.

More… picnics in the park. Less… laundry.

More… morning cuddles in jammies. Less… feeling guilty about it.

More… naps with Liam. Less… worrying about the dishes.

More… moments. Less… to dos.

More… playdates. Less… isolation.

More… deep breaths. Less… frustration.

More… grace. Less… judgement.

More… smiles. Less… stress.

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Love this Kelly!

More is always better when your list looks like that. Hope you are adjusting to being a family of four. Congratulations again on your new addition. He is absolutely adorable

kellyhicks

Thank you Megan! Adjusting is the key word :) But we are good!!

Oh I love this! Music to a new momma’s ears.
:)

Olivia

Amen!!!

Meredith N

Totally. Thanks for the reminder!

Good list. Adorable baby!

WELCOME HOME LIAM

I finally found the time (and motivation!) to sit down and write my first official blog post since bringing Liam home. I think I picked up my “real” camera just once and these are the shots I got one morning. How sweet is Jack with him? He seems to love his baby brother, at least so far!

Liam is now 11 days old and had his 2nd checkup this morning. He now weighs 9 lbs 6 ounces so is now past his birth weight. Good job little big man! He seems pretty laid back so far but has definitely had his fussy times too – usually during feeding time. Even though I breastfed with Jack, it’s still been a learning process for both Liam and I. Although I will say it has been a lot easier this time around. I used to cry every time before Jack would feed from the soreness and pain. It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve done but I’m so glad we stuck it out because this time has been much easier.

Luckily since Liam was born, I’ve had a lot of help between D and my Mom. Next week though will be all me with both boys. Jack isn’t going to daycare while I’m on maternity leave so this will be a huge transition for all of us – going from full-time working Mama to full-time stay-at-home Mama to 2 (well until August when I go back to work). Lots of grace will be required of myself and the boys:)I’ll have to refer back to this list many times! While I feel overwhelmed by it all, I’m hoping and praying to make the summer fun and memorable. Hopefully I will find time to document a lot of it on here too. I know they don’t stay little long!

Here’s some reminders to myself from my IG friends during this overwhelming, wonderful, terrifying time:

  • Recite the Lord’s prayer.
  • Lower expectations.
  • Breathe.
  • Forget yesterday’s troubles. Start each day fresh.
  • Remember it gets easier.
  • Soak up every precious moment.

Keep them coming friends:)

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Mary

Oh my! Love it it’s the best! You’re officially the greatest mom ! Congrats(again)! I’m super happy for you and your family! Good job Kelly your boys are gorgeous!

Olivia

They are both so precious Kelly!!

ownn Kelly, your boys are so gorgeous, I’m so glad for you and for all your family. Congrats and God bless you all

You are a GREAT mommy, don’t forget that one :) Sometimes I am harder on myself than anyone else is. Both of those boys are beautiful! Congratulations!

LIAM PATRICK IS HERE!

If you follow me on instagram or facebook this is old news but Liam Patrick has arrived! 9 pounds 0 ounces, 21.5 inches long and a full head of hair! We are at home now and all loving him up. Jack so far loves to touch, hold, and talk about “Baby Liam”. I’ll share more pictures soon!!

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Congratulations on your precious baby boy!

Samantha

Congratulations…what a little (and handsome) blessing!

Mary

Congrats Hicks family!!! He’s perfect

Lara Hammond

Congratulations, Kelly!! I am so happy for the FOUR of you :)

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