Ruby’s Seventh and Eighth Months

Truth: This picture wasn’t actually taken the day you turned 7 months. You are a few days short of being 8 months. 
Truth: This picture wasn’t actually taken the day you turned 8 months. It was taken just 2 weeks after the first picture. Just enough time for there to be a noticeable difference between the two. Like different sheets. Okay, and maybe longer hair. 



Well, what do you know? Your mother has failed to keep up with these monthly posts. Unlike your sister, who was the only child for 3 1/2 years and never knew the affliction of her mother missing a monthly post, you are not the only child and I’m surprised I’m just now messing this up. Alas, before you turn 9 months, here are the details of your 7th and 8th months. 

Firsts: Puffs, yogurt melts, black eyed peas, water in a sippy cup (you are actually a pro at that), feeding yourself a bottle, sitting up with assistance


Favorite Toy/Activity: Playing on the floor with all of your toys, you love to chew on your toes, watching your brother and sister play and dance 

Mommy’s Favorite: You are such a happy baby!

Daddy’s Favorite: Daddy always says “Ditto” 

Lily’s Favorite: Your squealing and your chubby cheeks

Scott’s Favorite: He doesn’t like when you are napping, so he gets really excited to see you when you wake up. While you are asleep, he asks several times “I can go check on Wuby???”  

Milestones: You can roll belly to back and back to belly; you don’t mind being on your tummy and you actually sleep on your tummy most nights now; you are sitting up with assistance; you can eat real food, not just baby food; you can wave at yourself and clap 

Weight/Length: 18 lbs; 75% in height and weight 

Like Mommy: Your hair is getting lighter and showing signs of being curly 

Like Daddy: You are content and easily pleased 

Like Lily: Most mornings you wake up in a good mood and occasionally you will stay in bed and talk before we come to get you

Like Scott: Your smile, chunky cheeks, and hair

Best Memory: You were a flower girl in Aunt Katie’s wedding! 

Biggest Challenge: Still having some nasty diapers 

How We Spend the Day: You wake up around 6 or 6:30 and have 6 ounces of formula and a container of yogurt, you play until your mid-morning nap around 8 or 8:30, you sleep for about 1 1/2 hours, then you eat 6 oz around 10:30 and play until lunchtime, at noon you have a jar of food and play until 1 when you and your siblings take a nap, you wake up by 2:30 or 3 and have another 6 oz bottle, you play and have a cat nap around 5, you then have another jar of food while we eat dinner, you take your last bottle sometime between 7 and 7:30 and you are in bed by 8. 

Nicknames: Wuby Jeams and Miss Ruby 

Funniest Moment: You LOVE to take selfies! 

How We Celebrated: Daddy was out of town the month of April so we didn’t celebrate your 7th month, and your 8th month was in the middle of end of the year/birthdays/anniversary chaos so we didn’t celebrate that month either. I promise your 12 months will be a big deal! 

Coming Up: Summer break!!! 


First time to try out the swing outside 

Meeting your cousin Mav for the first time

 Dancing with Granddaddy at Aunt Katie and Uncle Zack’s wedding

He has a very special love for his Wuby Jeams 

When Daddy left for Dallas your feet did not touch the bottom of the exersaucer. By the time he came home, you could stand in the exersaucer. 

Your sweet brother rocking you to sleep.

You spent a lot of time with Nana and TBone while Daddy was away. They came up a few times to help out with yard work, errands I needed to run, and just letting me get some rest. 

Baby girl at your 6 month appointment, at 7 1/2 months old. You take all the shots like a champ! 

Swinging on the front porch in Mentone with Mom and Pop 

Playing at the neighbors house

You and your siblings took me out to eat for Mother’s Day 

Always so happy! 


Ruby’s Sixth Month

Miss Wuby Jeams, I just can’t believe that I’m writing your sixth month blog! How can that be? And that reminds me, I haven’t finished your birth story post. I have to get my act together!

Firsts: Celebrating Daddy’s birthday, eating more food (apples, sweet potatoes, pears, carrots, and you are NOT a fan of squash and avocado…yet), St. Patrick’s Day 


Favorite Toy/Activity: Playing on the floor with all of your toys; and you love to chew on your toes

Mommy’s Favorite: You are such a happy baby!

Daddy’s Favorite: Daddy always says “Ditto” 

Lily’s Favorite: Your squealing and your chubby cheeks

Scott’s Favorite: Giving you “tisses”. He says his kisses are only for you :).   

Milestones: You can roll from belly to back, although that’s because you hate to be on your belly. Still working on rolling from back to belly. You can grasp things and bring them to your mouth. Now that you are eating solids and taking one less bottle (4 a day), you are not spitting up very much and you are taking real naps! I think you’ll be sitting up soon, too. 

Weight/Length: 75% in weight (around 16 pounds), 50% in height

Like Mommy: You need your sleep! 

Like Daddy: You are a deep sleeper 

Like Lily: Most mornings you wake up in a good mood and occasionally you will stay in bed and talk before we come to get you

Like Scott: Your smile and chunky cheeks.

Best Memory: You’ve been waking up super early a few mornings a week and since you and your sister share a room, we put you in our bed to get you back to sleep (something we would have NEVER done with the first 2 kids, but hello…THIRD CHILD, do what you gotta do). It’s nice to have you in our quiet room early in the morning, assuming you go back to sleep 😉  

Biggest Challenge: Switching to solid foods has made some nasty diapers! 

How We Spend the Day: You wake up everyday between 6 and 7 and take 6 ounces. You take a mid-morning nap for about an hour and have another 6 ounces anytime between 9:30-10:30. You eat a jar of food around noon and take an early afternoon nap for about 1 1/2 hours. Then you eat another 6 ounces around 2:30 or 3 and I pick you up from school. You play at home until around 4:30 and take a cat nap while I cook dinner. You eat another jar of food around 5:30 and take your last 6 ounce bottle sometime after 7. You are in bed by 8 most nights. 

Nicknames: Wuby Jeams and Miss Ruby 

Funniest Moment: You have this raspy growl/laugh. We love it! 

How We Celebrated: You and Scott are on spring break, so you are hanging out with Daddy and big brother this week!

Coming Up: Aunt Katie and Uncle Zack’s wedding and your first Easter!!!


Ruby’s Fifth Month


Firsts: Valentine’s Day, spend the night with Grandma/night away from Mommy, bridal tea for Aunt Katie, eating from a spoon (bananas), snow day


Favorite Toy/Activity: You love to squeal and talk! You also love to lay on the floor and slobber all over anything you can bring to your mouth. 

Mommy’s Favorite: You are such a happy baby!

Daddy’s Favorite: Daddy always says “Ditto” 

Lily’s Favorite: Your squealing and your chubby cheeks

Scott’s Favorite: He is always wondering where you are. You are HIS baby and no one else’s. He still gets so excited to see you, just like he was when we brought you home from the hospital.  

Milestones: You can roll from belly to back, although that’s because you hate to be on your belly. Still working on rolling from back to belly. You can grasp things and bring them to your mouth. You tried solid food for the first time–bananas with rice cereal, formula, and water. 

Weight/Length: We’ll find out soon! We go to the doctor this week. 

Like Mommy: You’re naggy and needy and your voice can be shrill  (haha, that’s what Daddy says! He’s such a little stinker!) 

Like Daddy: You are a deep sleeper 

Like Lily: Most mornings you wake up in a good mood and occasionally you will stay in bed and talk before we come to get you

Like Scott: Your smile and chunky cheeks.

Best Memory: One Saturday morning you woke up too early so we brought you in to our room to get you back to sleep before you woke up your sister. Your brother heard us, and crawled in our bed too. Not long after, Lily joined us. So by 6:30 everyone was awake and in our bed. It was fun for a little while until everyone started falling apart from waking up too early. 

Biggest Challenge: You’ve had a cold for about a week now and the congestion and cough keep you awake at night…but we’re thankful it’s just a cold! 

How We Spend the Day: You wake up everyday between 6 and 7 and take 6 ounces. You play and get ready for school. Once you are there you eat twice, playing and napping in between. You have a great time at school and are always happy when I pick you up. You have some wonderful ladies that take care of you while I’m at work. You are well-loved during the day for sure! I pick you up by 3 everyday and you usually take your 4th bottle sometime around 4 then take a late afternoon nap. It usually lasts about an hour. You wake up and play while we eat dinner, then you get a bath (on bath nights), take your last bottle around 7 and you’re in bed by 8 most nights. 

Nicknames: Wuby Jeams and Miss Ruby seem to be the ones that are sticking

Funniest Moment: When your brother claims you as his own and doesn’t allow anyone else to talk to you, call your name, kiss you, or give you any kind of attention. He LOVES you!!! (and, of course, we all do…but don’t tell him!) 

How We Celebrated: We went to church, had afternoon naps, and Mommy cooked a big Sunday dinner (that you weren’t able to eat, sorry!) 

Scott says “CHEESE Wuby Jeams!” 

Big brother loves to show off his tower building skills when you’re around. 

We’ve had a few days of warm weather! 

Trying bananas for the first time 

Playing in the tent with big sister and brother. Lily was blogging about her baby Marena (or something like that). 

Popsicles! 

We were invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Greens and several families that have adopted or are in the process of adopting from China. 

Feeding time with Granddaddy

Aunt Katie’s bridal tea 


Ruby’s Fourth Month


Firsts: Christmas, New Year’s, going to school, bath in an infant tub, meeting Daddy’s half-sister Casey, visit to the Space and Rocket Center


Favorite Toy/Activity: You can sit up now in your bumbo seat and this other seat we bought you. Both of them have a tray, so you can play with toys on the tray. You love to watch your sister and brother play and be loud and wild. You love your Violet Leap Frog dog that you got for Christmas. It stays in your crib and plays lullabies when you are going to sleep. 

Mommy’s Favorite: You are at the age that you have started to interact with others and it’s fun to talk, sing, and laugh with you 

Daddy’s Favorite: He says, “Me too” to Mommy’s answer. 

Lily’s Favorite: When the two of you talk to each other 

Scott’s Favorite: He loves to kiss you

Milestones: You haven’t rolled over yet but you can turn yourself around on your floor gym, sleeping 10 hours at night, eating cereal in your late afternoon bottle, sitting up in your bumbo, holding your held up really well

Weight/Length: Probably a little over 12, but I really have zero clue. We don’t go to your 4 month check up until after you turn 5 months. 

Like Mommy: Your big grin

Like Daddy: You are a deep sleeper 

Like Lily: Most mornings you wake up in a good mood and occasionally you will stay in bed and talk before we come to get you

Like Scott: I still think you favor him more than Lily. Your smile is definitely big like his was as a baby. 

Best Memory: Hearing you belly laugh for the first time. We were in your bedroom and Lily was doing cartwheels, flipping around, and falling on the floor. You thought it was the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. 

Biggest Challenge: Your eating habits have been really weird this month. You are taking 6 ounces at a time, but not at consistent intervals during the day. It was causing you to take your last bottle really early in the evening and wake up too early in the morning, so we started putting cereal in your late afternoon bottle to help hold you off longer before your last bottle. 

How We Spend the Day: You wake up everyday between 6 and 7 and take 6 ounces. You play and get ready for school. Once you are there you eat twice, playing and napping in between. You have a great time at school and are always happy when I pick you up. You have some wonderful ladies that take care of you while I’m at work. You are well-loved during the day for sure! I pick you up by 3 everyday and you usually take your 4th bottle sometime around 4 then take a late afternoon nap. It usually lasts about an hour. You wake up and play while we eat dinner, then you get a bath (on bath nights), take your last bottle around 7 and you’re in bed by 8 most nights. 

Nicknames: Wuby Jeams and Miss Ruby seem to be the ones that are sticking

Funniest Moment: Hearing you belly laugh for the first time! 

How We Celebrated: There were no big celebrations. It was cold and rainy outside, so we stayed in our warm house and did the normal stuff we always do in the afternoons after school.  

You and your BFF Marion at school. Her mommy works with your mommy! 

Christmas with the VKs 

Lily’s 6th birthday at Jack’s (birthday girl’s choice!)

Christmas in Mentone with TBone! 

You finally got to meet Uncle Gus!

Christmas in Mentone with Aunt Sandra

Christmas in Mentone with Uncle Ben 

ALL the lovies! 

Matching PJs with Aunt Sandra!

Matching PJs with Uncle Cleveland! 
Girl talk with Casey

Christmas Eve in our matching PJs!

Your family is crazy on ALL sides! 

Christmas in Mentone with Nana


Scott is 2 1/2!

Oh Michael Scott,

My favorite little boy ever. You are two and a half today and in my favorite stage of toddlerhood. You are becoming your own little person and it is just the funnest thing.  There is something very special between you and me. I imagine it’s the same special bond your daddy has with your sisters. I love being a boy mom. Lily can probably be a witness to this, but I think I do better at toddler boy things than I did with toddler girl things. Cars, trains, and planes are my jam. Dolls and dress up? Not so much. You’re my only boy and that makes me very sad sometimes. I just want to soak up every bit of this stage you are in because I won’t get to do it again with another little VK boy in the future. I don’t want your toddler years to pass. Just stay two forever, k? I know, I know, there is much more to look forward to as you get older, but right now, today, in this very moment, I want you to stay two. Because you’re fun. You’re joyful. You’re silly. You’re kind. You’re loving. You’re just the greatest toddler boy I know. Being your mom is a wonderful blessing and I love watching you be every bit of a two year old boy. 
Favorite Toy: Hands down, the “bayan” wins any contest as being your favorite toy. You load it up with anything small enough to to fit inside and drive it all over the house. Also, anything that moves: cars, trains, planes, trucks, tractors, etc. 
Favorite Activity: Parking all those things that move. You went through a phase where you had to park at least 20 of your cars before we did anything or went anywhere. You also love to watercolor and kick the soccer ball. 
Favorite Movie: You don’t have a favorite movie yet, but some that you like to watch are Toy Story, The Incredibles, and the fire truck movie that came with a book you have   
Favorite Show: Paw Patrol and Miles from Tomorrowland
Favorite Chore: Feeding Sanibel
Favorite Song: Wheels on the Bus
Favorite Food: “choc chips in bolt” (chocolate chips in a bowl), clementines, bananas, “feevees” (squeezies)
Favorite Bible Story/Verse: You love anything with Baby Jesus
Best Friends: Parker, Noelle, Samuel, Silas, Emmi, Ryan, and Nathaniel 
What You Want to Be When You Grow Up: I asked you and you pouted at me and said “NO I WANT JUICE!!” so I don’t think I’m going to get an answer from you on this one. 
Make Believe Friends: You don’t have any yet 
Funny Moment: You overheard your daddy say “dadgummit” during an Auburn game one Saturday and you instantly knew it was something he shouldn’t have said. So what did you do? Started saying it of course. No matter how many times we said “no” you insisted on saying the phrase. The phrase became “no dummit” for you and we began ignoring you every time you said it, hoping that would do the trick. One day your daddy wasn’t at the house and you asked me where he was. I said, “He went to buy a new gun.” You said, “He buy more dummits?” So now you think “dummits” are guns. 
Our favorites about you right now: 
1) You love to tell secrets then laugh about it
2) You love to lay on the couch with “tovers” and watch a show
3) “Bird poop” is your default answer. What’s in your diaper? Bird poop. What’s that smell? Bird poop. What’s on your shirt? Bird poop. What are you eating? Bird poop. What are you playing with? Bird poop. What does Ruby have? Bird poop. 
4) Speaking of Ruby, you adore her and you help Mommy and Daddy take good care of her from getting her paci or a burp cloth when we need it, to laying on her mat with her and keeping her happy. 
5) Parking and counting cars. You are obsessed with counting things, especially all the cars you line up perfectly. 
6) “Don’t weave Mommy!” how can I not love to hear this?
7) Two words we love to hear you say: “sweebs” and “feevees” (sleeves and squeezies)
8) Weeyay (your name for Lily) 
9) Whenever we ask you to do something, you always insist on doing something else “hirs” (first). 
10) When you are ugly to your sisters, you are the sweetest little thing when you finally come around to apologizing. 
11) You love to be a helper. You jump at any chance to help when we need it. You will even fight Lily for the chance to help us. 
12) When you ask all of your questions with a falsetto voice. It cracks us up. 
13) When it starts to get dark outside, you say, “Is it dark tonight?”
14) When you say “Whateber”
15) If you don’t want to do something, you say it’s “too hebby” (too heavy). 
I had a really hard time choosing which pictures to include.

This is THE toy of the year! The “bayan”

Dancing with Lily at Granny Rosie’s house on Christmas

You love to build towers and think it’s hysterical when they fall. 

Mean muggin’ 

You think she’s pretty awesome

Speaking of awesome…

That time Mary took Joseph, baby Jesus, and the wise men to the store in her bayan to buy more “chickens and meat”. 

Headed to your first day of school with cars in your hand, of course. You look thrilled. 

Christmas parade!

The curls, the blue eyes, and the blue tongue. LOVE!

Uncle Ben took you for a ride in Uncle LaDaryl’s Jeep (you have a thing for Jeeps and can spot them anywhere) 

Your first hair cut. The chair was “too hebby” and you refused to sit in it, even in Daddy’s lap. We played a Disney show on the phone while the hairdresser crawled around on the floor to trim your curls. 

All the cars lined up and ready for a good night’s sleep

So overjoyed about Ruby!
It’s inevitable, you are going to grow, change, and get older. It’s okay. I’ll love whatever stage you are in because I love you. One thing that you must not change is your kindness. Keep it up. That is a characteristic this world needs. 
I pray that you will begin to understand sin, see your own, and recognize your need for Jesus. He’s your only hope! I pray for you to have a heart that loves Jesus and desires to make Him known among the nations. I pray you will be strong and courageous and dare to do great things. 
Keep on being your silly, fun-loving self. It’s the only way you will survive in our crazy family anyway. 
We love you, Scott!  

Ruby’s Third Month

Wuby Jeams,
I just can’t believe you are already three months old. When your sister was born, those first three months were the longest months of my life and I thought I would never survive the newborn/new mother fog. I guess I know what I’m doing now…at least a little more than I did six years ago.

Firsts: Thanksgiving, birthday party for your great-grandparents, Christmas parade (except you stayed in the warm house with Debbie while she fed you a bottle), Galaxy of Lights, Sunday at Mommy and Daddy’s church where they met, baby shower for Mav, making a Gingerbread house with your brother and sister


Favorite Toy/Activity: You still love your floor gym and your bouncy seat. You aren’t quite ready for the exersaucer or bumbo seat yet so there isn’t much else for you to do for entertainment. 

Mommy’s Favorite: hearing you coo and talk to people and toys

Daddy’s Favorite: same as Mommy’s

Lily’s Favorite: talking to you

Scott’s Favorite: He loves to hold you, although he can’t do it on his own yet. He still talks to you in a high pitched voice when he sees you. “Hey Ruby!” 

Milestones: You are officially sleeping through the night. You were at two months, but I wasn’t sure if it would stick so I didn’t get my hopes up. You consistently take your last bottle anywhere between 9-11 and sleep until 7. You eat every four hours, taking five 5 oz bottles at a time. This is the longest stretch you have gone without a growth spurt or having to change up your bottles. You are in size 1 diapers. You enjoy tummy time a little more than before and are working on building those neck and back muscles! You rarely need help going to sleep. You have discovered your thumb, and while I prefer the paci and offer it to you often, I’m okay with you being able to soothe yourself to sleep. 

Weight/Length: Probably a little over 11 pounds

Like Mommy: Your big grin

Like Daddy: You are a deep sleeper 

Like Lily: Most mornings you wake up in a good mood and occasionally you will stay in bed and talk before we come to get you

Like Scott: I still think you favor him more than Lily. Your smile is definitely big like his was as a baby. 

Best Memory: Thanksgiving! 

Biggest Challenge: You share a room with your sister, so it’s been a challenge trying to figure out nap times and bed times. But it really hasn’t been a big problem since you can sleep through most things. 

How We Spend the Day: You wake up every morning at 7 and have a 5 oz bottle. You play, nap, and eat again at 11. You eat every four hours. You still take several cat naps during the day instead of a couple of long naps, but that’s due to you having to conform to everyone else’s schedule. When you aren’t sleeping, you are playing on your floor gym, in your bouncy seat, laying on the bed in your sister or brother’s room (because they love your company), or sitting with mommy and daddy and talking. You take your last bottle somewhere between 9-11 and sleep until the next morning. 

Nicknames: Wuby Jeams, Miss Ruby, and Ruby Sue (from Christmas Vacation-you can thank your uncles for that one)

Funniest Moment: When Uncle Ben drew fake eyebrows on your forehead with a black marker 

How We Celebrated: Mommy had plans so Daddy got Zaxby’s for dinner and got you and your siblings in bed. I know that’s not necessarily celebrating, but that’s what our day held the day you turned three months!  

Daddy with some of his cousins at his grandparents’ 80th birthday party

Aunt Kim finally got to hold you! 

Your great-grandparents holding some of their great-grandchildren and their first great great grandchild, Lilly Ann! 

Napping at your cousin Maverick’s baby shower

He adores you! 

Gingerbread house making with the siblings! 

This lady right here is a treasure! We go to Debbie’s house most years for the Christmas parade. Mommy teaches with her. She offered to keep you in her warm house while the rest of us walked a block away to enjoy the parade. 

Lily feeds you anytime she gets a chance! 

Lily made Indian feathers for everyone at Thanksgiving. You are busy practicing your Indian chant. 

Post-turkey nap with Granddaddy

Your Thanksgiving feast was no different from all the other meals you eat

Another post-turkey nap

He’s proud of his shenanigans

A close-up of your awesome new eyebrows

Happy Thanksgiving from these three turkeys!

Looking lovely in your new monogrammed gown

Talking with Daddy before bedtime
Three months got here fast! Your fourth month will be eventful with your first Christmas, NYE, and going to school. We love you, Ruby! 


Lily is SIX!!!

Lily, you are six! Wow! That means in four years you will be 10 and in 10 years you will be driving.

I looked back to read about your 5th birthday and apparently I never wrote anything. Sorry! I guess our Disney trip will have to make up for the fact that I didn’t record your 5th year. It was full of Disney princesses and more Disney princesses.

I think I can say you are officially out of the older preschool phase and moving into your true kid years. You have interests and hobbies and friends and like to just play in your room by yourself (or with your brother when you don’t have a choice because he thinks you are the bomb dot com).

I think the best and most important milestone of your life happened on May 2, 2015. You became a Christian! We believe the Lord had been working on your heart for a while leading up to this point. While we were in the car driving home from Uncle Ben’s college graduation you initiated a conversation with us and after a long conversation, and one that only a 5 year old would be able to have with the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you decided to obey and follow Him! We haven’t made a huge deal about this publicly because we want to make sure this is a genuine heart transformation. We are already seeing evidence of a repentant heart and that is giving us confirmation that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you.

You started kindergarten this year and although you’ve already been in school since K3, school is the real deal now. You have homework, you’re establishing friendships, and you’re learning to read! You’ve always loved books and you especially love them now that you can read the words! You also love to draw and create things.

Favorite Toy/Activity: Barbie Dream House (which is actually the Barbie Glam Getaway House) and playing school

Favorite Movie: Tangled

Favorite Show: Sofia the First

Favorite Chore: Cleaning the bathrooms (you are going to wish you had never said those words)

Favorite Song: Shut Up and Dance, 12 Days of Christmas

Favorite Food: Donuts

Favorite Bible story/verse: Baby Jesus, Luke 2:11 and Psalm 100

Best Friends: Emma and Noah

What you want to be when you grow: a teacher or a dentist

Hobbies: Dance

Make Believe Friends: Chelsea and Dirt

Your Favorite Memory: playdates with Emma

Just as I’ve said for six years now, you are a pure joy to have in our family. You are funny, smart, creative, kind, a great friend, helpful, compassionate, and completely beautiful inside and out. We love you and pray you will continue to heed God’s voice and follow His perfect plan for your life. You will always be our baby girl, even when you’re “87 and wrinkly”. Here’s to another year, Lily!