Juliette: 9 Months Old

I was always so good about updating Josie’s photo each month and talking about milestones she’s reached. But second child syndrome is a real thing ya’ll. I do take photos of her on my phone and it’s a quick snap and then back to my daily grind. Life is busy being a SAHM of two little girls all the while tackling it alone sometimes.

Each month (since the last time I posted), she’s grown so much. She’s moved into her own room, fully decorated (shabby chic like her sister). She sleeps 12 hours every night without waking to eat or be changed since she was 3 months old. She is just like Josie and loves her sleep. It really was like my routine finally fell into place and she understood night vs. day so well. But she does wake up at 6am on the dot every single day. Needless to say my “morning time” is gone for now but I know I’ll have that back again one day. We went through the same with Josie.

We call her Butterball. Because she’s such a cute little chunk! She eats a lot of food! A ton of baby food. In fact, she’ll probably eat just about anything you give her. Which is a huge relief considering Josie’s food allergies and how picky she is. I started feeding Juliette at 3 months old. She was so interested in what I was eating that I gave her a taste and her mouth hasn’t shut since. Some say that’s too early. Some say wait until after a year and give them only breast milk. You never want to start a debate with me over this because most likely you’ll lose. Josie has been such a challenge to feed since birth and discovering all her food allergies made me realize I don’t want to put Juliette through the same path. The longer you wait, the more likely they are to develop those allergies. This isn’t BS people, do your research. I did. It’s evidence based ya’ll. And just look at her…she’s thriving and a happy, healthy baby who sleeps all.night.long!!!

Anyway, having two kids is hard. And having the time to gather my emotions and thoughts just isn’t allowed. Because by the time I reach that moment, my head hits the pillow and the last thing I want to do is pull out my computer and write. This blog started because of Josie and my pregnancy with her. Yet it developed into a therapeutic way for me to release thoughts, emotions and share stories of our little growing family. I never thought I’d get this deep into it. Or even share the stories I’ve shared. But I know that those out there reading need to hear some of the things that are said.

There’s something about having your own children that makes you realize how hard your life was growing up. It brings all these thoughts, emotions and painful experiences to light that you really wish didn’t. As I strive to be the best mom to Juliette (and Josie), I realize Josie had ALL of me then (which is why we had so many posts and pictures) and Juliette is now getting all of me but what’s left of me now goes back to Josie. Rather then capturing the moments and writing about them, I’m too busy raising these girls and figuring myself out. Being a mom is hard. It is the hardest, most rewarding job on this Earth. Nothing can make you stronger. 

She sucks on her bottom lip. She has since she learned how to soothe herself to sleep. And she reaches for her blanket and calms herself. It’s so precious. I want to remember all these things and more. Life is too short. And time flies. And before I know it, the end of the day is here and I’m utterly exhausted. I wish I could write the words in my mind most days without taking the “time” to do it. Because I want Juliette to know that I treasured her life and milestones just as much as I did Josie’s even though I didn’t have the time to record and write them all down.

I love this little butterball. My Double Divas. My sassy girls. They are my mini best friends for life. Thank you God for making me their mother.

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