baby by oakley


Friday, June 23, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! It's supposed to cool down a bit this weekend so that means lots of time outdoors without sweating like a P-I-G! This preggo is thankful for that!


Our sweet neighbors invited us to the lake on Wednesday night. They have an awesome boat and their daughter is one of G's little besties and we were so excited to get out there and relax a bit! Well, relax as much as you can with 6 little kids wanting to swim and jump off the boat and eat all the snacks.

The girls swam, Justin got up on the surfboard and I was just along for the ride. We really hit the jackpot when it comes to our neighborhood and the families that live around us. We're coming up on ONE year in our new home and we love it more every day. I'm so thankful that we get to do life with these people and have the girls growing up with some of the best kiddos around!

Surfing USA from Mackenzie Oakley on Vimeo.


As a result of a late night on the lake, Leighton slept in until 10 AM on Thursday morning. She was down for a nap by 12:30 and in bed before 8 PM. Homegirl can hang all day and night but we sure pay for it the next day! Gracyn wasn't too far behind her and was asleep by 8:45.


Since sharing a few updates on Baker I've had a few books recommended to me by some peeps. I went to the library and brought a few home and am currently reading Bloom by Kelle Hampton. SO GOOD. She's an excellent writer and I was crying and nodding along with her words from the beginning. I have a couple other memoirs written by moms of kiddos with Down syndrome that I plan on reading, too, and I'm on a waitlist for Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. A little self-help never hurt anyone, right?! ;)


We had an appointment with Baker's cardiologist yesterday along with a growth scan. My little boyfriend weighs 3 lb 3 oz and has enough hair that you can physically SEE it on the screen! I'm guessing it'll be dark like the girls' hair when they were born. His heart looks good, mainly meaning the 4 chambers are all a good size, there is no fluid built up around the muscle and there isn't any leakage or regurgitation. The doctor was happy to see there weren't any changes and so were we. My c-section is scheduled for August 23rd which means we're less than 9 weeks away from meeting this dude! Gah!


And since we're running out of time.... I need to get my act together and make a few more purchases for this guy.

First up, he needs a "coming home" outfit. The girls were born in the winter and each had a cute little ensemble consisting of a little sleeper and matching hat. Nothing major, but I still have those tiny outfits and love them. I'm sure it'll be 105 degrees the day we bring him home so I need something summery this time around. A romper? Justin hates "rompers" by the way - even though I tried explaining they're basically the same as onesies. Shorts and a bro-tank or sleeveless hoodie (YES PLEASE!)? So many options...

Every boy needs accessories, right?! Bibs, bandanas, hats, etc...

And he'll for sure need a pair of moccs as we enter into the Fall... My faves are Sweet N Swag but I'm having a hard time deciding on color. Denim? NavyCamo? Stone Gray? ALL OF THEM?!
Also, based on these selections Baker is a bit on the hipster side with way more style than I'll ever have.. ;)

Happy weekend!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#HomeByOakley Home Tour :: Leighton's Room

Leighton's room has slowly been transformed from baby nursery to Big Girl status these last few months! I didn't do a full "inspiration" post like I had done with Gracyn's room and Baker's nursery. As luck would have it, she's the second child and second girl so a lot of the stuff we used came from Gracyn's room at our old house. I did score a few new-to-us pieces (mostly from Goodwill because #onabudget...) to hang on her walls and brought the dollhouse up from the playroom to store some books and blankets. I still need to find a nightstand for her but other than that, I think this room is good to go! 

I am still so in love with the quilt we got for Gracyn a few years ago so I was more than ready to reuse it for Leighton's room since she was going to be using the double bed. Gracyn gave up her stool so Leighton could easily hop in {and out?} of bed. I'm happy to report that since moving to her big girl bed, she has yet to climb out and roam the house. I thought for sure we'd have to lock her in so I'm pleasantly surprised by this! 

I scored the turquoise mirror from Goodwill and the print is from The Tulle Box, a local KC shop. I have a habit of going into Goodwill every other week or so to see what I can find. Sometimes there is nothing worthy but other times I come home with random stuff and stockpile it while I figure out a use for it. This mirror, the flowers on L's wall above her bed and the white shelf all came from Goodwill. Nothing fancy by any means but they take up some wall space without having to spend a fortune!

I painted my old dresser and spray-painted the knobs coral to match the stool. It's not the best paint job since I used old leftover trim paint from the basement but it'll work for now!

We really talked up the whole "Big Girl Room" concept with Leighton and I think it paid off. She easily transitioned out of the crib and has actually started sleeping better in her new bed. Fingers crossed she stays put - unlike her sister who has a habit of ending up in our bed every night. I'm trying to convince G to head into Leighton's room instead of ours so we'll see if that starts happening or not. Sister slumber parties for the win, right?!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leighton :: 2.5 Years Old

Age: two and a half!

Stats: 30-ish pounds and over 3 feet tall

Clothes: Mostly 3T hand-me-downs from big sister

Favorite Foods: She used to be a great eater but Leighton tends to be pretty picky these days. Or only taking a few bites from each meal. She's much more of a snacker, I'd say. Her faves include go-gurt, string cheese, fruit snacks, goldfish, cereal with milk, veggie straws and any and all candy. And don't give her chips until she's eaten the rest of her lunch/dinner otherwise she'll ONLY eat chips. We spend many nights arguing with her to take another bite of the main dish or fruit/veggie before she can get any more chips

Favorite Toys: She doesn't seem to play independently as much as Gracyn did at this age - or at least that's just how I'm remembering things - but when she does wander off to go play, she's usually entertained by her baby dolls. Loves wrapping them up in blankets, having me put on their diapers just so she can promptly remove said diapers and feeding them. She likes to sit and color or use water color paints but only for a few minutes. And she still needs to be supervised with those otherwise she'll end up coloring on the counter or painting her arm.

Words: Her vocabulary has exploded. I need to jot things down and start a "Leighton Says..." series because she's starting to be quite the comedian. The best thing she says at the moment is, "so....okay." before she starts describing something or wanting you to do something. 

'So..okay. You come 'ere.." or "So...okay. Baby needs to eat!" before feeding her doll.

She will almost always answer a question with "I dunno..." before answering correctly. She knows her colors, for example, and if you ask her what color the strawberry is she'll reply, "I dunno, red?". Not sure where that came from!

She also thinks it's funny to say "Oh my gosh, look at her butt." from the movie Sing a few hundred times a day.

Overall, she's a sweetie. Leighton does have a mean side to her, though. Between the two of them, you'll most likely find her instigating fights, hitting, biting or pinching her older sister. She's in time-out several times a day, which really isn't effective since the behavior continues. Leighton also has a hard time listening, especially when we're outside and she wants to wander to the neighbors' yards trying to keep up with the big kids. She's definitely a handful at times, mostly for me since I"m home with her all the time. I am proud to say she's well-behaved for the most part when playing with others or at a friend's house.

She handled giving up her pacifier and switching to the big girl bed like a champ. We've started talking about potty training - purchased undies and everything, and even "tried" it one day last week but quickly decided she wasn't ready. She definitely knows when she's going or when she's all done but she has yet to tell us beforehand or actually go on the potty. We may try again later this summer or wait until after Baker is born. We'll see!

We love you, LL. You keep us on our toes and bring so much joy to our family. I can't wait to see you as a big sister!

A little side-by-side of the girls, both at 2.5 years old. So crazy to look back and realize how much they actually look alike!

Gracyn 2.5 Years Old