Britt Monthly Summary: February

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This post covers Britt’s month of February!

After her well-visit I finally remembered to measure her on our doorframe! I love that we have this so we can see how our children grow and the kids love to randomly stand against it throughout the year and see how they are measuring up to each other as well as to their past heights! Britt is def much taller than Kye was at her age!

Y’all I struggle so hard with how UGLY all gymnastics clothes are! They are so expensive so I try to find them all used so maybe I’m only seeing ugly ones because people don’t sell their cute ones or something? I literally just grab any leotard from the kids sales racks that I can find…in any size. It’s tricky bc Britt being so tall PLUS being SO skinny. I prefer the ones with shorts but they aren’t always easy to find either. Bless her. At least she thinks she looks awesome and that’s all that really matters πŸ˜‰

She got her evaluation this month and is really improving!

Swim skills are very important to our family. Having a pool in the backyard means it’s crucial that the kids have a solid skill set! Especially when I have all three kids every day of the summer wanting to swim and I’m mostly by myself while Z is at work! Kye is old enough now where we don’t feel he needs a refresher with swim but Britt is still young enough where I want her to have a few lessons just to make sure she’s set. She did three 30 min lessons at Tiny Bubbles and yall. I know she loves gymnastics but swimming? Swimming could totally and completely be HER SPORT. Child can hold her breath like no other and is lightning fast. Her first lesson Zach was home and took her and he texted me during it to tell me he couldn’t believe the speed of this child. We’ve talked to her about competitive swim. It starts at age 6 and to condition her for it we could do more lessons at Tiny Bubbles. We are a one sport per kid family though so she’d have to stop gymnastics. Right now we decided to keep going with gymnastics and work with her at home over the summer and then in the fall decide what she wants to do moving forward! 

Britt’s swim was at 1:00 which meant packed lunches by the pool!

Tess doesn’t always love watching haha

(naptime makes it tough!)

The kids earn Bible Bucks at church for having their bibles, prayer journals, memorizing verses etc. One of the ways to cash in your “bucks” is to have lunch with the head of the kids program…Mrs. Liz. Our kids ADORE Mrs. Liz and Britt saved up her bucks to go to lunch this month. She went to The Mill and got to bring her sweet friend, Nola, with her. The girls racked up and hit the jackpot on a game and won over 500 tickets. This pic cracks me up b/c the kid in the background is SO BITTER hahaha! 

Something we are starting to work on with Britt is her open mouth/tongue. She has THE biggest mouth and I seriously wonder if us getting her tongue clipped as a baby made it more difficult for her to keep her tongue in her mouth? She unconsciously has her mouth open and tongue hanging pretty often. As in like pretty much all the time if she’s not sleeping or talking or smiling. I know it’s something she’ll be self conscious of later in life if it is a natural thing she does. I don’t want to embarrass her or make it into a “thing” now either though. I’ve been ignoring it for the longest time but did decide that some gentle reminding may help. Rather than “Britt put your tongue in your mouth” I talked it over with her and our code is “Britt, be a lady.” It’s not lady-like to have your tongue flapping around so I feel like this is a gentle way to remind her and hopefully in time it’ll become habit πŸ™‚

Britt LOVED Valentine’s Day this year and especially loved making cards for all of our family!

She loves drawing and writing (dry erase boards are where it’s at)

This month was kid sale month for me so I stocked up on clothes for the kids. Kye doesn’t care much at all what I come home with (unless it’s something FSU or Star Wars of course) but Britt? She loves looking through every single item. She loves taking off the tags and talking about each thing in detail. These moments remind me of time spent with my mom. Zach always joked that Mom and I took a MILLION years on Christmas morning b/c we talked about each gift we opened in intense detail. Why we bought it. Where we found it. The story behind it. I can see Britt enjoying this with me as well πŸ™‚ 

Britt is a HARD colorer but she’s getting SO good at staying in the lines!!!

How adorable is this???

Britt is SO thoughtful. She gives of things very freely and expresses a lot of appreciation when others give to her. She came home from her lunch date with Mrs. Liz and told me she spent 200 of her tickets (her and her friend split the 500 tickets so they each at 250) on this bracelet. And that she bought it for me. How sweet is that?

When I went on my Solo Disney trip Amanda and Ashley came to pick me up and met the kids and Amanda has daughters as well who also love Disney. She brought along some of their Disney clothing they no longer wear. When they dropped me off when we got home Britt came out wearing one of the dresses because she wanted Ms. Amanda to know how much she liked it. For a 5 year old to think of that completely on her own? This girl is such a light! It made me very proud!

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Britt Monthly Summary: February

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This is Britt’s summary from Feb!

Every year Zach takes the girls on a special date around V-Day and usually that’s the same time that our town has a Father/Daughter Dance nice. This year I saw on FB where a local hotel was hosting a princess themed dinner prior to one of the dances. I talked to Zach about having him take the girls as their date night but he wasn’t feeling it (spoiler alert: good call on his part) so I talked to him about taking Britt as a date night for her and I. I love anything princess as does she! 

I had recently picked up this ADORABLE dress at a local kids consignment sale for only $8 (Does ANYONE know where I can buy another one? The tag inside says “fushi wen” but I can’t find anything with that name online! I really would love to get more of these type of dresses and also get a coordinating one for Tess for the girls to wear together at Disney!) and she was THRILLED about wearing it! 

It was a very cheap dinner and it showed. It was buffet and pretty much terrible. I knew right when we walked in that Zach would be SO HAPPY he didn’t have to eat that food haha! It was cute seeing the dads there with their daughters for the dance but it made me SO SAD that so many of them were straight up ignoring their kids the entire meal and were on their phones. πŸ™

Elsa had to have a seat too πŸ™‚

We were there right when it started and even beat the princesses there. I about DIED when they all walked in. All of the girls were very sweet and pretty…but there was a BIG lack for effort in their princess attires. A little bit more effort would have made a HUGE difference. Like try to style your hair a little bit like the princess you are representing…and when you are standing in front of kids don’t talk about how tomorrow night you want to switch which princess you are dressed like. I realized in that moment that no one does Disney characters like Disney. Oh and did you know Tiana had a daughter? Because we met her too and I had to create an entire storyline for Britt about it (sidenote but Tiana does have an ADORABLE child right?!). 

I’m SO thankful that Britt is young enough where our experience didn’t affect her belief in “Disney magic.” But I did immediately text Robyn b/c they had planned for LL to go and I KNOW it would have bothered her to see “princesses” so out of character. It was a one time event for us. I’ve seen pics from years prior and the princesses were MUCH more on point than this year but I still won’t take the risk. We were in and out in like 30 min and decided to take the party over to The Mix to fill up on froyo πŸ˜‰

Who needs a Father/Daughter dance when you have a dance floor and froyo?

I love that Britt LOVES some picture taking!

This month Britt started swim. Tess had her survival lessons for 5 weeks (4 days a week) so Britt had 5 30 min lessons on Mondays. It worked out well because she doesn’t have school on Monday and she was able to swim before Tess to help Tess be less fearful. Britt is a little FISH! Girl loves loves loves to swim and is really good at it. If she continues to enjoy it I def think she has potential in the world of swimming. She can hold her breath FOREVER and has a swimmers build for sure!

The big kids now are doing chores (thanks Dave Ramsey!). Britt really loved doing them at first and took very little prompting from me. As the newness is wearing off, she’s less and less into it. I think Disney was a good motivator and she LOVED having all that money to spend but once we got back she lost that motivation! 

Britt is SO stinking skinny! Girl cannot keep pants on her to save her life! She was still wearing some 18 months sizes pants. No joke. I finally said enough is enough. Her little sister is needing a size 18 months now and it’s time to move up the pants sizes…even if it means plumber pants for a little while. I couldn’t handle the overwhelming amount of sizes in her closet! I was over it! She needs to get a little booty so they won’t fall down πŸ˜‰

When Kye was smaller he LOVED to scare me after bath time with his bath towel. It makes my heart happy that Britt now loves to do the very same thing πŸ™‚

Britt and Kye play pretty well together. She is pretty patient with his bossiness and he’s pretty patient with her as well. He wants her so badly to learn the things he’s learning in school and bless her heart for trying!

Britt is tough when it comes to meal time. Child LOVES something one day and then can’t STAND it the next. She eats very little and would LIVE off junk food if we let her. I’m pretty positive she gets all the food issues from me as I remember being a kid and my mom packing me peanut butter crackers everywhere we went b/c it’s the only thing I’d eat. Britt went through this big phase where she loathed eggs then one day I ate a hard boiled egg and Britt declared she now LOVES them haha

One thing Britt always loves? Going through the car wash!

Her hair grows SO FAST and is SO LONG!

I mentioned in her 4 year well visit post that I asked about her bellybutton. For years they’ve thought it’s a hernia but now say it’s just an outie! 

Queen of the POUT

More about Britt:

  • We let her try drinking from a cup with no lid or straw for a few days but she’s DEF not ready for that step yet!
  • We also reintroduced a booster seat to try to help her do better eating over her plate. The mess this girl makes while eating is CRAZY
  • Britt loves Valentine’s Day! She said it’s a day all about kissing and she told everyone that Kye was her Valentine!
  • She also said EVERYONE is her Valentine except one person. I asked who and she said SATAN
  • SO glad that Britt is finally wiping herself 100% of the time!
  • She’s doing awesome getting herself dressed as well
  • She moved up to a size 9 shoes this month
  • Her height is that for a size 5T and weight is for a 3T. 
  • She told me she wants her hair cut as short as mine! I’m totally okay with that but I think she’d miss being able to braid it!
  • Her hair has a section in the back that gets SO snarly. I tried putting it in a pony at night and it seems to help some…any other tricks?
  • She likes to talk in an eco where she will repeat the last word she says and will fade out while saying it over and over

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Britt brings such laughter and joy (and the sweetest kisses!) to my life every day! So blessed she’s mine!

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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Britt Monthly Summary: February

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Britt is really embracing being 3 and already talks about how she’s “almost 4.” She is a girl who is in a rush to grow up and I wish she’d SLOW DOWN!!!

I feel like sometimes Britt gets a little lost in the shuffle, which is a common thing with middle children. It’s easy to one minute think she’s “a baby” and the next look at her and think she is a “big girl.” I’m trying to be a lot more intentional with my parenting with Britt!

This month I really started having her contribute more to the household. We expect Kye to pitch in but this is one of those areas that we often think “Britt is too little.” Um, She’s 3. She can help! And she LOVES helping and is a GREAT helper too!

Girl LOVES to bake!

On the days that Britt doesn’t have school she really, really loves to just sit in her bed and read. By herself and also with me! I have to limit the amount of books we will read or I can get sucked into sitting there all morning with her. She LOVES to read and finds books to be so fun! She’s at that age where she likes to read the same thing over and over again which can get a little boring for mama!

When it comes to school Britt always tells me all she does is eat snack and play outside. I KNOW she does more than that but she doesn’t seem to talk a lot about other activities at school. I know she’s for sure doing lots of crafts though because 1) she comes home with artwork all the time and 2) she’s started to enjoy drawing and coloring a lot at home. She is able to draw straight lines and circles and draws lots of small little marks. She also likes to color. Just color and color and basically cover up the whole page with the colors! 

Here she said she wrote her name..the little lines say “B R I T T” can’t you tell? πŸ˜‰

I breastfeed Tess in front of my kids. I don’t ever really talk a lot about it. I just say I’m feeding Tess and that she drinks milk. I’ve told them that God made mommies special because we can have babies in our bellies and we can make milk to feed them. That’s about as much info as they have! Britt will ask me if Tess has switched sides yet and she will also say “Tess wants to eat you Mommy” if Tess is fussy. It’s cute to see that she picks up on things as I found her in the hallway with her shirt lifted up and her stuffed dog on her chest. She said she was feeding her puppy πŸ™‚

We have had our fare share of meal issues with Britt. She just doesn’t really like to EAT. Even though she doesn’t enjoy meal times, she is still a more adventurous eater than Kye was at this age. They both will eat what we tell them to eat, but Britt actually enjoys a more variety of foods. When I make things for them and am trying to please them both, I have to think more about what Kye enjoys rather than what Britt enjoys because a lot of the stuff she likes he doesn’t. Her most favorite meal is still quesadillas! 

Britt truly lives her life to keep up with Kye. Anything he can do, she wants to be able to do. Which is bad in some areas, but great in others. Kye took AGES to want to swing on his own and really in just the past few months has gotten the hang of it. Britt wants to be able to swing like Kye and practices every chance she gets!

I think one of my favorite qualities Britt has is that she is an awesome cuddler! I bet if we did co-sleep she would be a great kid for it as she is just so sweet! She loves physical touch and is always wanting to hold my hand or rub my hair, just be close to me in general. She still says “I wanna hold you” alllll the time. I guess my hip baby still is a hip baby πŸ˜‰ 

She also gives AWESOME hugs! To everyone, including her friends!

This month was Olive’s 3rd birthday. It’s so crazy to me that we have 7 kids now between the Megows and Parkers! I remember so vividly when Stevie, the oldest, was born and now the youngest of the bunch is 3! We had a great time at Seth’s house with the kids celebrating Olive’s Birthday. I love that our kids are all buddies!

Britt’s favorite thing to do is to “play bounce.” The kids each have a hopper ball and bounce around the house non-stop. It’s a GREAT way to get some energy out and they have so much fun doing it! Look at those sweaty, rosy cheeks!

Britt and Kye bicker a good bit but she still ADORES him. She is slowly starting to show more interest in Tess but if I had to say how the three of them work it’d be that Kye favors Tess and Britt favors Kye. He gets pretty annoyed by Britt and I’m reading every article that comes my way about siblings and raising them to be friends haha! I try to just let them work things out and often they play pretty well together now. As she’s getting older she’s better able to understand his ways of playing and I think within this year they will have a better play relationship!

She always wants to hug and love on her big brother!

Other Stuff From This Month:

  • She really wants Zeke to sleep with her but finally started asking for Sadie to sleep with her instead. It works out GREAT! Sadie is super old (16 years) so she just sleeps all the time anyway and she will stay in Britts bed all night. Which Zach loves because it means she’s not in our bed πŸ˜‰
  • She now can recognize most letters of the alphabet 
  • At night we now let her stay up a little later to play a game. So we do prayers as a family and Zach reads the big kids a story (while I’m nursing Tess) then the three of them play a game together before Britt goes to bed. She’s typically in bed by 7:30
  • Sometimes she’s not sleeping at naps or she will fall asleep super late into the nap. I always wake her by 5 if she doesn’t wake on her own. 
  • FINALLY she’s eating neater and not using a bib!!! YAYYYYY
  • Britt started swim this month (post to come!) and she LOVED getting to do all the things Kye does in the pool and especially loved having “homework” to work on!
  • She says “holy schnikes” haha
  • Britt is going to have to probably always work on her temper. She gets red and gets SO mad I can physically SEE it in her. I know she needs to have appropriate outlets for it so I tell her when she’s mad to go to her room and punch her pillow. 

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So far I really like having a 3 year old! I feel like Britt has really grown up a lot. She can reason with me better and we are able to communicate so much better with each other! There are still those tough parenting moments with her, but I think that’s just part of parenting! Overall she is turning into such a fun, happy girl! 

Proof that she can still be grouchy πŸ˜‰

And pouty πŸ˜‰

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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