Everly’s Tenth Month

Well Evy will be 11 months old in 14 days…. it’s better late than never I guess! This month was a blur because of the holidays and being PREGNANT and having my sister and her family move in! What a season! It’s a fun season and we’re so thankful for it. I’m 14 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 and that is still hard to wrap my mind around. I think it will begin to feel real when I start to feel him or her kicking!!

So this month was full of holidays! Technically all of the Christmas pictures will be in her 11 month post since they were past the 18th. The other thing I’ve been thinking about is that we need to start thinking about her first BIRTHDAY!!! My goodness!!! ONE YEAR?! I can’t even think about it. She’s already so grown up! I can’t stand it!

When I think back to her tenth month of life and all that was going on, these are the things that I want to remember:

  • She currently does this fake laugh that is forceful and hilarious! Her shoulders go up, she tenses up her whole body and she laughs like an old woman! It’s the funniest thing!
  • She’s doing better with her solid finger food!! If we let her, she would live on mandarin oranges and Mimi’s chicken salad!
  • The winter months have made her poor little face break out but it’s getting better!
  • This month we hired a sleep coach. Basically, when most babies learn to self-soothe and put themselves to sleep around 4-5 months, we had a baby in a permanent hip harness. Needless to say, we babied her and did ANYTHING we could to get her to sleep in that thing! Then at 9 months, she was out of the harness and we realized that she desperately needed to retrain herself to go to bed without us and without nursing to sleep. It’s so humbling because I remember listening to Baby Wise before she was born thinking “Oh we’ve got this!! We’re not going to rock her to sleep and make her dependent on us to go down” and then we find out about her hip and all of our plans went out the window! You do what ya gotta do! She was sleeping 7ish hours a night but WOULD not nap and so I felt like we needed some help! Hiring Becca from Little Z Sleeps was the best decision! Evy has been sleeping 12 hours a night for three weeks now. Yep. She has learned to go down for naps almost instantly BUT we’re still working on those naps being longer than 30-45 mins. It’s a work in progress but we’re so thankful!
  • She’s crawling and standing and walking up and down the couch… she’s also falling and busting her lip and hitting her head.
  • She learned her first round of sign language this month!!! She knows “More”, “All Done” and “water”!!
  • We found a sippy cup that makes her love drinking water which is great since she’s not nursing as much!
  • She’s still trying to EAT her books but is actually getting better about reading them!
  • She just recently started “singing” along with us and it’s the sweetest little sound!
  • She’s a squirmer on the changing table!
  • She LOVES to wave bye to people… even if they aren’t leaving.
  • She loves that her cousin lives underneath her and that they get to play so much!!
  • This is the month where taking portraits of the two of them together, smiling is almost impossible! … But also hilarious!
  • She’s wearing 9-12month clothes and is quickly outgrowing the length of her pants!
  • She seems so petite all of sudden! Where did my chunky  baby go?!
  • She loves to tear up paper and tissues!
  • She also loves to DANCE! Michael plays music throughout the house every single day and she bounces to the beats!


Thanksgiving at the Alsops and she got to see her WAGON for the first time! I think she likes it! 

Love this picture of her and Aunt Sarah! 


Wet kisses!

Thanksgiving with my family! 

We were missing three of our crew! 

I love these so much! 

I wore those pearls on our wedding day and she LOVES playing with them! 

Just checking out the dirty floor with grandaddy! 

Her first REAL SNOW! 


Daddy was here a lot helping us finish up the basement apartment before Emy and Joe and Micah moved in! 

Helping daddy with the dishes! 

Annnnd she’s not too excited about the baby YET! haha 

She’s on the MOVE! 

Playing in the loft in our room! 

She looks terrified! 

We tried so hard….

It just wasn’t happening…



Close enough! 

This is for all of you out there that don’t think that she takes bad pictures… think again. Isn’t this pleasant? A framer for sure!

Her great nanny!

Again… we tried. 


That sweet face….

She wasn’t in the best mood this day! 

Ok maybe she was! 


That’s her old lady fake laugh on the left! 

And I can’t forget our beautiful portraits by Annamarie! I’m so THANKFUL to have pictures with my little family before I started to REALLY show!!! 

xoxo, Katelyn
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  1. Linda Morrow reply

    She exudes joy just like you do! Thanks for sharing all your triumphs and struggles being a mom and a business owner. I have 6-year old twin girls and it’s been quite the journey trying to balance it all.

  2. Lauren Blair reply

    Katelyn: What a blessed little family you have. SO STINKIN CUTE! I have followed your blog for YEARS and also gave birth to my first child on 1-30-17. I’m grateful to you for sharing your pregnancy, birth, health scares (we’ve had them as well) raising a one year old AND being a working mom. Its encouraging to see you (and Emily) work through this first year with such transparency and grace. I love getting on each week/month (and daily on IG) to get a little pick-me-up if I’m feeling defeated or tired as a new momma. Seeing that someone is going along with the same struggles, triumphs and PURE JOY is water to my soul! And my goodness, it’s enjoyable to see your cute kids!! They’re ADORABLE!! The Alsop family is killing it and I want to just say THANK YOU for sharing your life!

  3. Rebekah Carter reply

    So many adorable pictures of her. She just gets cuter & cuter.

  4. Jesi reply

    I love these!! She is getting so big and she is going to be a big sister!! That’s so exciting!!
    We bought my daughter a kids camelback bottle for her to drink water with. She LOVED it, it didn’t spill,and it taught her how to use a straw!! I loved it!

  5. Linda reply

    I love these! I’ve been following you for quite some time, but as soon as you had Evy, I felt like I could relate to you so much more! My daughter is almost 18 months now! These photos of Evy are BEAUTIFUL! My parents are deaf (I’m hearing), so we’ve been teaching Lily sign language, and it’s amazing to see her communicate with us and tell us what she needs now! She has more signs than words! Pretty soon Evy will be picking up signs really fast I bet!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Teresa reply

    I just love all the pictures of your sweet family. Evy is a doll! How wonderful that Evy and her cousin are so close in age. Congratulations on #2!!

  7. Charlotte reply

    Katelyn, you and your sweet little family are such an inspiration to me both professionally and personally. You are always a joy to watch and give me the motivation and confidence I need. Congratulations on the new baby! Many blessings!

  8. Ashley Ziegler reply

    I love that first picture of her in the wagon with her arm in the air… so cute!!!

  9. Karen reply

    Your room has a LOFT?!??!? Have we seen pix of this before? Inquiring minds want to know :)

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