Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day Trip To Newport, RI

For me, one of the best parts about living in New England is how accessible the area is. In less than a few hours (by car), you can reach Cape Cod, the shores of Rhode Island, Maine, the mountains in NH and VT, and pretty coastal towns along the CT shore.

Newport has always been one of my favorite escapes. Kyle and I have been taking trips there for years and even got married there (find those posts here, here, and here)!  We tend to always go to the same stops when we head there, but next trip, I'm determined to branch out of my comfort zone (the new Gurney's hotel looks AMAZING) and we kinda sorta did a little on this trip

Our first stop was the Cliff Walk, somewhere I've always wanted to go, but never have. We couldn't walk the full thing though as it's not all accessible with a stroller but the first part was so gorgeous and I can't wait to walk it in its entirety.

Next stop was downtown for lunch and window shopping. We walked up and down Thames Street and obviously had to stop at the new Kiel James Patrick store (do you follow along with him and his wife on Instagram too?!). It is completely gorgeous inside with an old school classic New England feel. I especially loved the changing rooms. Kyle walked out with this and I have my eye on this (wasn't in store yet so may have to just buy it online).

Then we headed to Clarke Cooke House for lunch, our favorite restaurant on Bowen's Wharf. The girls behaved amazingly and were hamming it up for all of the waitstaff!

Once we finished lunch, we walked around the wharf a little bit then packed the girls to head to our favorite spot, Castle Hill Inn, where we got married almost 2.5 years ago! We love love love going there and try to do so as frequently as we can manage. It was so special to bring the girls there - I love that it's a place we are able to go visit time and time again. We were lucky enough to snag two adirondack chairs on The Lawn and grabbed a blanket from the Inn for the girls to play on (not that they really stayed on it...HA).

I love being able to travel around with the girls and can't wait to go back to Newport soon. It's truly such a lovely place and cannot recommend it enough. Any places that you love to go to there?? I'm always open to recommendations!

Xo, MacKenzie

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Charley and Maddy: Baby Gap Dresses

I couldn't help but snap a few (ok, more than a few!) pictures of the girls wearing these adorable one pieces  I found at Baby Gap Factory a few weeks back! I mean, I'm a sucker for anything pink, but with the ruffle straps and silver shimmer detail, I couldn't pass them up. Plus, the fact that they have a built in onesie that snaps close is a major plus. 

Grammy snuggles are the best snuggles

Charley in the background of this picture kills me! 

The squinty eye + the dimple + the curl = <3 <3 <3

Those teeth, though!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, MacKenzie 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

9 Months with Charley & Maddy

When I first started writing this post, it was titled "6 months with Charley & Maddy" ... oops! Seriously, I feel like I say this ALL of the time, but really, where does time go?

I'm not even sure where to begin. My babies don't even seem like babies anymore. I still remember them as my sub-4 lb NICU nuggets! Now they are 15+lbs, tall as weeds, rolling everywhere, pretty much crawling, and constantly babbling and laughing. Their twin language has started and it's pretty much the cutest dang thing I've ever seen. 

Overall, I've gotta say that I am loving this age. They are developing their own personalities and are so interactive (with each other and with Kyle and I). I love getting big smiles, hugs, and endless giggles from my girlies! I also love that they are sitting up on their own. This milestone was definitely a game changer for me. It's also very interesting to see how these two are progressing and developing differently. Typically, Charley is 2-3 weeks behind Maddy in almost everything. I feel like she's letting Maddy do all the hard work and then just decides one day to do it, as well!

Let's just dive right in shall we! Here are some fun facts and updates about our girls...

  • Both girls are eating solids (mostly baby food still, but we've been slowly introducing real foods too). So far, fruits are definitely their favorite, as is ice cream, which their dada secretly fed them without me knowing HA. Those puff snacks have become a recent favorite as have cheerios! They girls are down to about 2-3 9oz bottles a day and we're working on drinking water out of sippy cups (we bought these and love them as starters). Charley has definitely got it down but Maddy is still working on it (loves water, just isn't into the sippy cup -- she actually tries to drink out of real cups haha).  
  • They both are sleeping through the night (hallelujah!) except for when they're feeling under the weather and most recently, when they are teething. We used this book to sleep train and it was easy to follow and worked like a charm! I can't recommend it enough or really just sleep training in general. As a new mama, you quickly learn how you can run on zero sleep, but it's important to remember it doesn't have to be like that forever!
  • Charley loves her pacifier (we're big fans of the Wubanubs) and Maddy doesn't actually use hers, but rather uses it as a teething toy and gnaws on the stuffed animal part. She has gone through at least 6 or 7 since she was born and Charley is only on her second!
  • Speaking of teeth, Maddy has her two bottom teeth, one of her top teeth just came through, and the other top tooth is just breaking through! Charley's first bottom tooth is in and the second is breaking through. I will admit that the teething phase has not been my favorite. Maddy went through it first and I think I blacked out during it, because now Charley is going through it and this mama is hurting. Their schedules are so thrown off, they don't eat well, definitely don't sleep, the drool is OUT OF CONTROL, and they are just in pain and there's not a lot you can do to help (except give them a little Tylenol and basically anything to chew on). 
  • Both girls are learning to clap, love to listen to music, and Charley loves to shake her booty to "Shake it off!" It's pretty much the cutest thing ever.
  • Maddy is sooo close to crawling and literally tries to stand up on her own. She ends up in a downward dog position because she doesn't have the strength or coordination to lift her torso up - it's pretty hysterical haha Charley is just starting to get up on all fours but really just rocks back and forth, as well as pushing herself backwards. She doesn't seem to be in a rush though and is perfectly content watching her sister try to crawl. Charley also loves to balance on her belly, lift all fours in the air, and kick her legs and wave her arms around. She looks like a fish out of water!
  • Maddy just learned how to clap and Charley really just flails her arms around in the air (the coordination isn't there yet but she's close!). Maddy also is in the early stages of pulling up on everything (lord help me); I think it's time to lower those cribs!
  • EVERYTHING goes in their mouths, guys. Like literally everything: car seat straps, toys, clothes, empty bottles, the remote, my phone, blankets, etc. They also think our bodies are meant to be gnawed on.... I repeatedly ask Maddy to stop trying to chew on my knee haha They love to walk around in these walkers and I can't tell you how many times I have found them over by the coffee table, gnawing on the glass top (which reminds me, I really need to get a new coffee table!). On the agenda for next weekend is baby proofing everythinggggg.
  • Both girls love to stand up (with our assistance) and you can tell they just want to get walkin'! Charley has actually taken a few steps while holding onto our hands for support!
  • They laugh with and at each other constantly (I think it's how they communicate)!! As soon as they lock eyes on each other, they both start laughing and squealing (insert heart emojis!). Maddy's laugh is more high-pitched than Charley's, but don't let that fool you. Charley has QUITE the voice and when she is upset, she will tell you LOUD and clear. When she cries/screams, the octave her voice reaches is out of this world and her tongue literally vibrates (like in cartoons!). Girl means business hahah 
  • They are trying to talk but no actual words have been said yet, unless you count "da da da da" which of course Kyle does... I'm constantly trying to get them to say "mama" but I've had no luck haha 

I think my favorite thing as of late is how they LOVE to be with each other. They love to play together and are always laughing and smiling at each other. As soon as we put them down in their own cribs at bed time, they both immediately flip over to find each other on the other side of the changing table, which sits between their cribs. At daycare, they are constantly looking around the room for the other if they are not in each other's direct line of sight. On the flip side of that, there are already girl fights starting haha Maddy takes all of Charley's toys (Charley is starting to take them back) and then Charley cries (she's my sensitive one, for sure!). 

Love my girlies so much and truly cannot imagine life without them. Life with them is the greatest.

Also, their outfits are from Lilly Pulitzer and can be found here.

Xo, MacKenzie