Graaaaaaacie Girl

Through all the change that’s been going on around us lately, there has been one constant, shining, bright spot. One place I can always go for a little break in the day’s hectic pace.

My Itty Bitty.


All of us are going through a little bit of an adjustment period after the move. I’m adjusting to being back at work, which is exhausting. Chris is adjusting to being a homeowner again, which means he’s fixing everything that isn’t working yet around the house (incidentally, everything is breaking – the dishwasher, the dish disposal, the dryer, the TV in our bedroom, the pool pump, the lawn mower…ahhh, the joys of homeownership…). Bean’s having a hard time adjusting to living in our new house and keeps waking up in the middle of the night, crying, and asking to go home.

All of this means our house has been a little out of sorts this week. We’re happy and we’re excited, but we’re adjusting.

But Gracie?


Girlfriend hasn’t missed a beat. Whether she’s at daycare or in her new room or hanging out in the kitchen in her Bumbo while I cook, Gracie is just about the happiest little thing around here.


And she’s hitting all kinds of milestones in the middle of all this chaos. Last week she rolled over for the first time and hasn’t stopped since. She’s just about to be able to roll over from back to front now. For as mushy as her little fat rolls are, Gracie Girl has some ab strength in that belly.


She also started eating rice cereal last week and this week we started baby food, too. I gave her pears first and I seriously thought she was going to stand up and shout, “WELL HOT DAMN!” She ate that stuff right up! Tonight we tried peas for the first time and that wasn’t quite so popular. I ended up mixing it with the pears, though, and she ate it all.


More than those milestones though, Gracie is really blossoming into such a fun, happy, squealy baby. She’s able to entertain herself a lot more now (thank goodness!) and so she just goes where we go and rolls around, laughing, and cooing and babbling until someone comes over to play with her.


It really amazes me how powerful babies are sometimes. No matter how chaotic things get, how hectic my schedule becomes, how bad our moods are, or how tired we are at the end of the day, none of us can resist laughing back at big, gummy, chunky, happy Gracie Girl. She’s good for all our souls.


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25 Thoughts to “Graaaaaaacie Girl”

  1. I love gracie’s smile. I want to just kiss those chubby little cheeks. She’s such a doll.

  2. Aww I love this post. My girl has just started squealing, she still scares herself when she does it. I hope she stays just as happy like Gracie has.

  3. She is so stinkin’ cute. And I honestly can’t remember if I posted a comment in your before and after house pictures post (and I’m too tired to look) but your house looks awesome. I’m glad Gracie is happy, and I feel for Bean (and for you). Hopefully, he adjusts quickly. 🙂

  4. She IS good for the soul…those pictures make me smile! 🙂 What a little chunkamonka. So glad at least she is adjusting well! Everyone else will catch up eventually.

  5. Amy

    Aww, Gracie-girl :)There’s nothing like a sweet baby to help re-center you in moments of chaos– the pictures of her are just precious!

  6. Courtney Sloane

    Oh my goodness! Your Gracie-Girl is too stinkin’ cute. 🙂 Those cheeks! That smile! Those bright eyes! So adorable…

  7. it seems like yesterday you were preg with the little lady begging her to come out. i cant believe how time flies and how much beautiful-er (or more beautiful!) she gets each day…sorry english teacher. forgive me for my poor grammar and made up words!

  8. Tressa

    She is a doll!!!! Those pictures make me smile too! I hope Bean man starts to sleep better and get comfortable in his new home. You have a lovely home and he just needs time. He’s a doll too 😉

  9. Amanda

    She has got the sweetest gummysmile! I’m so glad you, Chris, and Bean have her as your little bit of constant sunshine right now. As for Bean, I felt a little pang of sadness when I read that he was having a hard time at night. I’m sure he will feel at home very soon 🙂

  10. Bec

    Oh poor Beaner…he wants to “go home.” Too precious.

  11. Ella

    What a gorgeous happy girl 🙂

  12. Oh my gosh, Bean waking up crying that he wants to go home just about broke my heart! Poor little guy. Hope he figures it out soon.

  13. Girls bring music to our lives.
    It sounds like you have adjusted to two children very well. I am especially happy to note there has been no mention of “tummy time” this go- around. That has seemed to throw your entire generation into turmoil. Kind of like ours when they told us not to feed our babies food until they were 6 months old. Luckily, we just listened to our grandmothers instead. lol

  14. I love that last line. Babies are good for the soul. There isn’t anything that my little man’s laughs can’t make better. Even if he laughs right after puking on me, it still makes it better.

  15. Gracious that is one beautiful baby. I want one! 🙂

  16. Aw, look at that smile! What a sweetheart!

  17. Gracie is so cute! I’m glad to see she’s not so cranky now! hehe I remember when Moose couldn’t sit up yet. It’s so much easier to entertain him now that he’s crawling. But harder on me! lol Also, poor Bean. That is so sad he keeps wanting to go home. I can relate. We recently moved to another state, and several nights I have cried to my husband that I want to go home, too. But I am adjusting!

  18. Christina

    My little girl is about 2 weeks behind yours and as hectic as it is being a full-time working mom with a nearly 3 YO and baby B, I can ALWAYS breath a deep relaxing breath when I hear her cooing at me and kicking her legs simply because I walk into her line of sight. Babies are the best! And Gracie is totally adorbs.

  19. Contagious! Thrilled about your new place too 🙂 Also, I love the idea of mixing in the veggies. I will need to try that in the future. Thanks!

  20. I gave her pears first and I seriously thought she was going to stand up and shout, “WELL HOT DAMN!”
    That might be one of my top five favorite blog lines ever.

  21. That smile! I’m glad that she is able to adjust. I didn’t even consider how little Bean man would take the move…how is he adjusting? What do you do when he wakes up crying??

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