Britt Monthly Summary: July

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Just like in Kye’s post, pretty much everything about Britt this month was covered in the weekly summary recaps I wrote! I still like to have a monthly post for each kid so I’m doing a little summary of the month for Britt here πŸ™‚

This month was a month of transition for Britt. She struggled some in June with attitude issues and ended up having her first long-term punishment. It’s hard to parent poor choices, but it’s even harder to parent the heart. Britt was sneaky and told some lies in regards to eating some donuts. It was a HUGE learning opportunity for her and a parenting moment that Zach and I took VERY seriously. We both agreed (after talking to Zach’s parents for insight!) that having a long term punishment of missing out on treats for two whole weeks (including two vacations during that time period) would help her understand that being sneaky is sinful and lying is wrong. We don’t just want our kids to do right to avoid getting in trouble, we want them to WANT to choose God’s path! This lesson was HUGE for Britt and it’s like it turned a switch for her and things really started clicking. She became more loving, more of a helper, and just had a happier overall outlook on things! Even during her time of “restriction”! SO proud of her and how well she handled the punishment and what she learned through that process!!!

Sad to be missing her treats!

Britt is such a phenomenal big sister. Nothing makes me prouder as a mama than seeing my kids in the older sibling role! I love the way Tess looks up to her and I know that Britt takes that responsibility seriously!

She tends to get pretty bossy with Tess and likes to play “mommy” πŸ˜‰ 

Tess doesn’t mind being babied!

A big area where Britt has grown is in her servant heart. She especially shines in the kitchen. She LOVES to help Mommy bake and cook and enjoys the entire process. I know we’ll have many great talks in the kitchen as she grows up πŸ™‚

On Tess’s birthday Britt woke up super sad and said she didn’t want Tess to be two because Tess is supposed to be the baby πŸ™‚

We had lots of girl time this month together. Nails, shopping, “panty party”, beach time. We soaked up our quality time together and Britt is old enough where it’s truly FUN. I’ve been envious of Zach for a few years now that Kye is old enough for them to have great memories of “guy time” together and now Britt is able to participate in the girl time fun I’ve been waiting for! Britt really shines one on one and I’m so thankful for the opportunities we had this month to spend that kind of time together!

Britt has always been my most active child but also my BEST sleeper. From birth girl just has loved her sleep! She is a DEEP sleeper and still will nap for 4 hours easily if I let her. I love sneaking in and watching her sleep and even holding her hand and cuddling her while she’s out πŸ™‚ 

Straight chill mode!

Playing dress up with Mommy’s shoes!

Videos:

Britt is SO full of life! She loves to laugh and have FUN and is always making everyone smile! I loved watching her at the beach…it’s truly her happy place

(girls trips in our future I’m sure!!!)

My sunshine! Now and forever!

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Britt Monthly Summary: July

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Summer was SO FUN around here!!! This month we stayed super busy and I also did weekly summer recap posts so there isn’t much to cover in the monthly ones (which I prefer!). 

Britt is now really loving sitting quietly and coloring and I’m hardcore loving it too! My little busy body has learned to enjoy the slower paced things in life! She colors SUPER hard when she colors too!

She also loves games (and Don’t Break the Ice is about the only “little kid” game Kye is still okay with playing!)

And, duh, every day she wanted to go swimming!

And she still loves her accessories!

And asks for pics of herself all the time now πŸ˜‰

Silly girl during bath time! 

I think my favorite memory of the summer with Britt was going to the beach together. She was SO happy there and was just in such a good mood the ENTIRE week. We didn’t have any discipline issues at all with her and it really helped renew my spirit. I struggle with Britt in that she’s very different than I am and it’s hard for me to understand her perspective on things. I pray about it a lot and have been focused on finding the best way to parent her specific needs. It did MY heart some good to have so much FUN with her. It helped remind me that I’m doing a good job and she’s a wonderful little girl and we will work through the issues that arise together! We saw a HUGE attitude shift in her overall on that trip and it has been a huge blessing for our family!

Britt This Month:

  • She’s very obsessed with Uncle Jordan and constantly says “he’s my favorite!”
  • Every time she wakes up she asks “is it tomorrow today?
  • Britt wants her bed just right and gets very upset if we mess it up. She sleeps with it fully made!
  • She is allowed to sleep with two friends since she stopped sucking her fingers but she never does it, she always picks two friends and has them on top of her bed not actually in her bed with her
  • Britt is a true middle child. I feel like we baby her in some ways and in others we expect too much of her for her age. It’s a balance to treat her like the 3 year old she is!
  • I find when I DO treat her like a big kid and expect things of her like I would a big kid, she rises to the occasion. I need to give her more responsibility as she can handle it and enjoys having it!
  • Even if we are just riding in the car somewhere she always asks to accessorize such as “what can I wear in my hair?!?!”
  • She’s really starting to bond and play with Tess more!
  • She loves to play “meow meow” all the time and especially loved it in the ocean at the beach. 
  • Even though it’s July she loves to talk about plans for her birthday party in Dec πŸ˜‰
  • She is hardcore about the “big kid club” and loves talking about how she’s part of it!
  • Britt is a high emotional needs child. She really requires undivided attention which is difficult when you have three children! I found that her behavior was so, so much better on our trip because she did get so much individualized attention and we were so busy the whole time with very little down time. Meeting her emotional needs leads to that better behavior for sure and it’s something I’m working on big time with her!

Videos:

Britt brings so much laughter and fun to our family and to everyone she meets! She has such a unique personality and is so smart and eager to learn new things. I’m so proud to be her mommy! I always tell her she is special because she’s my first daughter. I always wanted a little girl and I will never forget the moment they told me “it’s a girl” when she arrived and the joy I felt! 

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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: July

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Here is everything going on with Britt from July!

Daddy Date: Britt and Daddy had a special date night! I don’t know if it’s true for all families…but in ours we tend to hang out mostly with our same sex child. Zach and Kye do a lot of “guy stuff” together which means Britt and I get a lot of “girl time.” We have to make more of an effort to do things with our opposite sex child and I’m so glad we take the time to have dates with them! Britt and Daddy had a great time at Zaxbys!

Shopping Partner: When Kye had golf camp, Britt and I enjoyed a lot of time just the two of us. I knew I was going to be homebound once the baby came so I wanted to go and do as much as I could! We had fun hitting up Goodwill and Carters. My kids LOVE Carters because of the lego table. Britt did AWESOME playing all by herself with the legos while I shopped! She wanted pics of her “tower”

And she didn’t even fuss when it came time to clean up!

Her “prize” for good behavior was “riding” Mighty Mouse…

Now that Kye is upstairs we rarely all play in his room so one day while he was gone Britt and I went up there for a bit and she enjoyed playing in his bed with his books and toys πŸ™‚ 

Belly Twins: This month was my last month of pregnancy and my belly was MASSIVE. I couldn’t get over how far out my belly button went and I wanted to make sure to get a picture of my belly with Britts. She has the cutest little outie belly button and I wanted to capture our matching bellies πŸ˜‰

Painting Nails: I never have polish on my finger nails (always on my toes) so when I got my nails done this month Britt immediately noticed and wanted hers painted too. I’ve always avoided painting her nails but went for it. She LOVED it but whenever she went down for naps or night sleep she still sucks her fingers so the polish would get messed up. I fixed those beasts like 10 times in a few day period. I was glad when they all wore off!!!

Model: This month I also got several new pairs of Crocs in the mail, including some new boots for myself. As I was trying them all on Britt ran into her bedroom then came back out like this πŸ˜‰ Wearing her brothers old socks and rocking some of her boots haha!

Bible Class: This month was a big month for Britt at church. She finally moved up to the next Bible Class. She should have moved up when she turned two, back in Dec. But the teacher of the 18 month old class just LOVES Britt and Britt loves her and I love the way she teaches the kids. So none of us were in a hurry to move Britt from that class πŸ˜‰ It finally got to the point where Britt was pretty much teaching it and she’s a full year older than the other kids in there so we had to move her. She’s done great in her new class! It was SO sweet on the day we moved her…her old Bible Class teacher cried. It made me feel good to see that our baby is that loved! I promised her we’ll be sending another Parker baby her way soon haha!

Home Days: Just like in Kye’s post I mentioned the activities the kids did at home to stay busy while we waited for baby to come…here’s Britt enjoying the jumping stuffed animal game and the flicking beads one πŸ˜‰

First time ever playing “house”! πŸ™‚ 

Hairy: Zach and I are both decently hairy. Like I remember having to shave my arm pits when I was like 10. Poor Britt is following in those footsteps. Thankfully her body hair is all blonde but check out the hair on those legs!!!! (and the bumps and bruises…girl is tough haha)

Daddy Time: Zach is an AMAZING father and really, really went above and beyond this month with the kids so I could rest! 

Playing legos in the playroom

popcorn and movie time together

cuddled up reading stories!

Other Stuff with Britt This Month:


  • I always heard that little boys love poop jokes…Kye hasn’t ever talked about it!?! But Britt? She constantly jokes about tooting on people and about poop!!!
  • On July 14th she went to bed for the first time without her pull-up on over her panties! No accidents! Since then she’s only “wet the bed” twice!!!
  • She got in trouble and had to go sit on the couch. When it was time for her to get up she came to me on her own and said sorry!!! 
  • We went to Wild Adventures and Britt was going under the water and she came and told me that she was baptizing her hair πŸ˜‰
  • During naps I can hear her talking and singing. I will go in and ask if she’s okay and she says she’s just talking to her fingers haha. One day I walked in and asked if she was talking to her fingers and she said “no ma’am I’m talking to my thumbs”
  • Britt SHOCKED me this month at her counting skills!!!! Here’s a video of her counting to 30 completely on her own. I had no clue she could do this and she almost does it perfectly!!!

More pics of my beautiful girl!

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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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