Thursday, May 29, 2014


Lottie has started to smile at us. She has several smiles, including a big open mouth smile with squinty eyes, a mischievous smirk, and a sweet grin. It is hard to catch her smiles, but we have a few. Her smiles are so precious and make our hearts melt.

And finally a video. Please excuse the unflattering angle - Lottie gets distracted by the phone and camera, so you have to keep it off to the side.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Auntie Carrie is here!!! - Part I

I am so excited to have Carrie here. The last time she visited, Lottie and I looked like this:

Ever since Charlotte arrived, I have been dying to introduce her to her Auntie Carrie and to share with my best friend the greatest thing I have ever done. Carrie arrived on Wednesday to spend 6 days with Lottie and me. We are so excited to have so many days together! Lottie and I picked Carrie up at the airport Wednesday at noon, and we ran errands to Michael's (for crafting supplies) and bought Lottie her first floppy hat before heading home to plan our week and talk, talk, talk. Thursday we headed to the Biltmore to see the house and the Biltmore Blooms. This was Lottie's first all-day outing, and she was amazing. We have such an easy baby. We left at 10 am and arrived home at 10 pm. She didn't fuss the entire day. She slept in the stroller, let us carry her around and take pictures, and feed her wherever. We had a great time in our sundresses and big floppy hats.

Big Floppy Hat
(she really didn't mind her hat, but it took a minute to get used to it)

Walking around the gardens with a stroller

Sleeping during a walk through the gardens

Lottie & Me by some huge peonies

Lottie & Auntie Carrie in the gardens

Biltmore House

On the veranda

Us girls after enjoying some milkshakes outside the Biltmore House

Lottie with her Auntie Carrie
(I think she looks like a little girl here instead of a baby in her hat and dress)

Friday, we ate brunch at Mon Ami, a French cafe with delicious crepes. Afterwards, we played and bathed Lottie, napped, and recuperated from Thursday. For dinner, we went out with Chris for sushi, a special request of Carrie's. 

On Saturday, we were supposed to go pick strawberries, but through some brainlessness on my part, we ended up at the wrong farm. We decided we would rather stick to our plan of exploring Greenville rather than head to the correct farm for the strawberries, so we had lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe and walked Main Street. Greenville is a great city with a recently renovated downtown. They have a beautiful park with a suspension bridge that spans a waterfall. We walked all over, got bubble tea, and fed ducklings. Lottie kept up just fine. She can hang with the big girls.

In the stroller again

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly Pictures Outtakes

It takes about 10-20 pictures to get 1 good weekly photo of a newborn. Some of the attempts are pretty hilarious, so I thought I would share some from each week.
Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 9 

Week 8

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1