Baby Brooke: Four Months


Brooke reached the four-month milestone last week. I love babies at four months. They are still cuddly and their personalities also beam. Below are facts about Brooke at four months.

  • Brooke loves to smile. She is especially smiley when you look her in the eye.
  • She sleeps in a swaddler that keeps her arms up since she loves having her hands by her face. We nixed the traditional swaddler last month.
  • She loves talking to herself.
  • At her four-month doctor appointments, she measured in at the exact same height and weight as David at four months (24.5 inches and 15.1 pounds).
  • She just barely rolled over from her back to her stomach for the first time.
  • She likes sleeping on her side.
  • And the biggest news of the month (for me personally): She started sleeping through the night fully! We put her down at about 7 p.m. and she sleeps until 7:30/8 a.m. I do wake her up to give her a bottle before I go to bed around 9 or 10 p.m.
  • She takes two naps a day. One in the morning around 9:30 a.m. and then again around 1 p.m.







Brooke’s Blessing Weekend


In our faith, a baby is given a blessing shortly after they are born. Brooke was given a blessing by her dad on Father’s Day. It was extra special because both my dad and John’s dad came to town for this special day. ┬áThe blessing took place during our congregation’s Sunday worship service. Afterwards, friends and family gathered at our home for a brunch. I’m disappointed that I didn’t think to get a picture of the whole group who came for this special event. Below is a picture of our family on this day.


Brooke was blessed in the very same dress that I was blessed in as a baby. I hope to continue to pass this dress down through the generations.


We were so grateful that my dad and John’s parents were able to come to town for this event. We had a fun weekend that included going to the Air and Space Museum for the annual “Innovations in Flight” day with our parents and my brother and sister. We got to explore lots of different types of planes.




My sister, my dad, Brooke, David, and I also went on a hike. The weather was amazingly beautiful. My sister carried Brooke in a baby carrier, and Brooke cried for over half the hike haha. The next two pictures I grabbed from my sister’s Instagram.


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It was a great weekend and we’re so grateful! While everyone was in town, Brooke officially began sleeping through the night. Previously, she would wake up between 3 and 5 a.m. for a “snack.” Below are pictures of the grandparents who came to visit. We missed Grandma Kathy but we’re grateful we got to see her for a whole month earlier this year.



Baby Brooke: Three Months


Our precious Brooke recently hit her three-month mark. I love her sweetness and her cuddly nature. Below are fun facts about Brooke at three months.

  • She’s pretty quiet overall, but if you look her in the eyes and talk directly to her, she gets the biggest smile and will make the cutest cooing noises like she’s sharing her life story with you.
  • She is generally a great napper. She takes a short nap in the morning about an hour after she wakes up and then takes a nap after lunch time (around 1:30 p.m.) and will sleep for about 3 hours.
  • She goes to bed around 7/7:30 p.m. I wake her up to feed her about 9/10 p.m. She wakes up at 4/5 a.m. to eat 1-2 ounces and then will sleep until 8/9 a.m
  • She eats four times a day: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9/10 p.m. and will wake up for a “snack” at 4/5 a.m.
  • She smiles every morning when I get her up.
  • I rock her for a few minutes each night when she goes down to bed, and it’s one of my favorite moments each day.
  • She’s fairly easy going, but every so often her tummy troubles pop up and make her a bit fussy. Thankfully the tummy troubles occur much less often than they did when she was first born.







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.


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.”

Family of Four

It’s about 5:40 a.m. I’m laying on the floor of our baby girl’s nursery as I type this on my phone. John made a make-shift bed on the floor here in the nursery and stayed in here from midnight to 5:30 a.m. so I could get some rest. I just came in, woke him, and sent him to our room so he could get some real rest.

I’ll write more about the birth of our sweet baby girl later but wanted to record just a few things here.

I’m so grateful for John’s support and my mom’s support. My mom came into town a week ago today and will be with us for three more weeks.

Last night, as we were putting David to bed, he could hear the baby crying. He wanted to get out of his crib and go to her. So my mom brought her in the room and he instantly cheered up. Right after we put him down, I gave the baby a bath and then brought her into the nursery to lotion her and put on her pjs. David could hear her crying through the wall (her changing table is right on the other side of the wall where David’s crib is in his bedroom). He started “singing” almost like he was trying to soothe her. It was adorable! When we brought her home, he was busy playing with cars (his favorite thing). At one point, he brought a car over to the baby and placed it in her car seat where she was sitting. It was so cute.

I am so thankful for this sweet family of mine. It’s crazy and exciting to think that we’re a family of four!

Waiting for Baby #2

I figured I would do a quick post on pregnancy number 2. I’m not one for taking monthly “bump” pictures or recording all the details of my pregnancy, but I figured I’d post a few things. We are less than three weeks from baby girl’s due date. My mom gets here a week from today and will stay with us for a month.

This pregnancy has been very different than my first. Thankfully both have been low-risk with no complications. The side effects of pregnancy are what have been different. The first time around, I got severe headaches during the first trimester. This time, I rarely got a headache, although I felt more nauseous during the first trimester. During my third trimester with David, I would wake up with painful leg cramps in the middle of the night. This time, that has only happened once. I did increase my potassium intake this time around to help combat that side effect, which wasn’t a problem since I love bananas! During the third trimester of this pregnancy, the funny side effect I’m experiencing is a near constant tingling of the fingertips of my right hand. Thankfully, it’s not painful and very manageable.

We’re excited for baby girl to arrive. We’ve switched David to his new bedroom, and added some pink touches to the nursery. I’m waiting for a new floor lamp to arrive, and once that does, I’ll take some pictures and post them up. The preparation this time around has been loads easier since we just had a baby 16 months ago. We even have leftover newborn diapers from last time haha.

Truthfully, I think I’m more excited than I was last time. I didn’t really know what to expect when David was born, and I think I felt more anxious. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a mom. Now that I am a mom and get to have a front-row seat watching David grow and develop, I’m excited to experience this again and watch the two of them grow together. David brings so much joy to our lives, and I look forward to that joy increasing.

I did take one bump picture when I was nearly 7 months, just so I’d have it.


David Update: Walking and Words

Out for a walk on a warm day this week.

I want to write an update on Christmas (all my family was here, which was wonderful!), but first I want to write an update on David. In November, David began taking a few steps at a time. And in December, he started walking. Now he loves walking!

For a long time, he’s made lots of sounds/said words including mama and dada. But he didn’t know what any of them meant; he just kind of said them. His first official intentional word was “dog.” We have a stuffed toy dog that we gave him for his birthday. A few weeks ago, I handed it to him and he said “dog.” Recently, we were watching “Polar Express,” and when the dogs in the movie started barking, David started saying “woof, woof.” It’s pretty cute. He also says “eat” sometimes when he’s hungry, and I ask him if he wants to eat.