Baby Brooke: Two Months


Brooke recently hit the two-month mark. I love this time in a baby’s life because it’s when you begin to see the beginnings of their personality unfold. Brooke is very sweet. She cries less than she used to, is sleeping better, and slowly but surely her tummy troubles are easing. When David hit two months, he was sleeping 8-9 hours straight at night. Brooke isn’t quite there yet, but she generally does sleep at least 5-6 hours straight at night without waking to eat. There have been a couple nights when she’s slept 8 straight hours. Thankfully when she does wake to eat, she goes back to sleep very easily. Below are facts about Brooke at two months.

  • Brooke is beginning to smile. Occasionally we get to see her sweet smile when we look into her face and smile at her.
  • She loves to keep her hands up by her head.
  • Sometimes she’ll take a pacifier and sometimes she definitely is not interested in a pacifier.
  • She enjoys bath time and has never cried when we’ve bathed her.
  • She holds up her head fairly well for her age.
  • She is 2 ounces shy of 11 pounds.
  • She is in the 45th percentile for weight; 46th percentile for length; and 49th percentile for head circumference.
Love watching her sleep.
Crazy hair right after bath time.
Hands by her face; her favorite pose.


Little Mr. David is 18 months!


David hit his 18-month mark last week. He is full of happiness and energy. He loves to smile. I hope he maintains his happy demeanor throughout his life. It is so contagious. Everywhere we go people say to me, “he’s so happy!”


He absolutely loves cars. The picture above is a scene we see everyday. He enjoys lining up his toy cars and playing with them for hours. He often carries his cars from room to room. He doesn’t want to leave any behind when he goes into a new room haha.

He is constantly “talking” but doesn’t say many real words. When he’s hungry, he says “eat, eat, eat” (it sounds more like “eee, eee, eee”). When he sees me cleaning up, he says “een up” for “clean up.” He says “woof woof” anytime he sees a dog. When I point to the picture of Jesus in his room, he sometimes says “she-shush” for “Jesus.” When he’s tired, he’ll lay down his head and say “night, night.” Surprisingly, he has yet to say mama or dada when referring to me or John. He knows who we are though. For example, if you say to him, “where’s dad’s nose?”, he’ll go touch John’s nose.

He loves to open the pantry and pull out a cracker box (when I forget to close the baby lock on the pantry). He’s a pretty good eater and is willing to try most foods. He seems to love carrots, peanut butter, cheese, and apples.


He is a very caring big brother. He likes to pat Brooke when she’s laying down and bring her blankets and burp cloths. He’ll often walk over to her when she starts crying. He likes to pull out her hair bows and then immediately put them back on her head (see the picture below haha).


Today we had his 18-month visit with the pediatrician. He is in the 87th percentile for weight, the 83rd percentile for height, and the 94th percentile for head circumference. I love the front-row seat I have to watch him grow!

He started attending nursery at church (a Sunday school class for 18-months to 3-year-olds) on Easter Sunday. This is a picture of him after I picked him up from the class.

Baby Brooke: One Month

Brooke hit her one-month mark a couple weeks ago. I took the pictures in this post the day after she turned one month. She will be six weeks tomorrow, and while I want to focus this post on Brooke at one month, I will say this last week I feel like she’s become more alert and attentive. I love seeing her become more animated! Also, last night she slept for 8 hours straight (from 8:45 p.m to 4:45 a.m.).

Facts about Brooke at one-month:

  • She loves bath time and never cries during the process. (David always cried during bath time as a newborn. He did not like being naked).
  • She didn’t cry much during her first two weeks of life, except when she was hungry. She gave no other clues that she was hungry (like rooting). So when she was hungry, she cried loudly (still does, haha). When she ate, she acted like she was ravenous.
  • She was born with long hair and long fingernails.
  • She has big, blue eyes.
  • She doesn’t love being swaddled tightly (which David did love).

We’re so happy to have her as part of our family. While having a toddler and a newborn has taken my days to a new level of busy as I try to meet both of their needs, the transition from one child to two children has been easier for me than from no children to one child. I think part of that is because I haven’t had to deal with the same nursing challenges I had the first time around. I love watching both Brooke and David grow!

Welcome, Baby Brooke!

My friend took some amazing photos of Brooke at two weeks old. You can check out her work at

Our little miss Brooke Ann joined our family a little over a month ago. Her entrance into the world was speedy. I went to bed one night about 9:30 p.m. and woke up about 30 minutes later to what felt like could be a contraction. I started timing the contractions and woke John up about 10:45 p.m. My contractions were seven minutes apart, and I told him we may want to head to the hospital somewhat soon. We live about 45 minutes from the hospital. We got in the car about 11:15 p.m. At this point, my contractions were about five minutes apart and switched to two minutes apart while on the way to the hospital. The hospital staff took their time checking us in, and we weren’t officially admitted until 12:50 a.m. Because my contractions didn’t feel super intense, at first the staff didn’t realize how far along I was in the labor process. Less than an hour and a half after being admitted to the hospital (2:11 a.m.), sweet Brooke was in my arms. About 20 minutes before she was born, the pain was super intense. The epidural didn’t have time to kick in. John and I joked afterwards that while the pain was the worst of my life, that intense pain only lasted about 15 minutes, which really isn’t that bad (and for that I am super grateful!).


David meeting Brooke at the hospital.

We love this new addition to our family. She was born with thick, long dark brown hair. I love her hair because I can already stick bows in it. ┬áDuring her first couple weeks of life, she pretty much only cried when she was hungry. She didn’t give any other clues she was hungry. So, when she cried, it seemed like she was at the point of being ravenous. John says she takes after me because when I am hungry, I NEED to eat or a different side of my personality appears haha. Little Brooke had some mild tummy trouble which made us sad to watch. Thankfully mylicon drops have been a lifesaver.


David seems so big compared to Brooke. It’s amazing how small babies are when they’re born and how fast they grow in that first year of life. Because David is a tangible, daily reminder of how fast babies grow, I’m trying to soak in all the newborn cuddles I can.

Tired eyes but a happy heart.

John took off work for two weeks when Brooke was born. I was so grateful to have him home. He was a champ taking some late night shifts with Brooke during those early days. He saw the worst of her tummy troubles in the middle of the night.


My mom stayed with us for a month. We loved having her here. She and David are best buds. She kindly took a shift with Brooke each night to allow us more sleep. She also taught David new skills like how to climb down the stairs (previously, he only knew how to go up the stairs) and how to blow kisses (he’s still not the best at that haha).


While having a newborn brings a substantial amount of fatigue during those early days and weeks, they also bring a sweetness and joy that is unparalleled by anything else. Sometimes when things get hard due to lack of sleep and/or having a baby and a toddler crying at the same time, I remind myself that I wouldn’t want things any other way. I’m grateful to have two healthy kiddos who are thriving.


Some background regarding Brooke’s name… Brooke has the same middle name as both of her grandmas and her paternal great-grandma. Her first name is derived from the surname of her maternal ancestors from Holland. Her ancestors from Holland have the surname of Van Tussenbroek. The last part of the name (broek) sounds like “Brooke.”