Ivy Jean – 6 Month Update + Family Photos

May 26, 2017

Six months, where has time gone? Ivy Jean, you are the light of our lives. Our miracle girl. Your dad and I cannot believe how you have grown and changed. You amaze us every day, and being your parents has brought us a joy and a capacity for love we didn’t know possible. We understand more about our heavenly father because of you, and that is a true gift. When we see you, we see the impossible made possible and prayers answered. I cannot wait until you are old enough to explain just what your life means and the journey your dad and I took with God on the way to your birthday.

It has also been one of the hardest seasons of our lives as we learn to lay ourselves aside, stretch our patience, and see new sides of each other, both good and bad. You are so strong. Our little fighter, making your own way from the beginning and reminding me over and over that I am not in control. A lesson I probably need to learn over and over again, though I don’t like it any more today than I did yesterday.

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At 6 months you are 13 pounds and 9 ounces – exactly nine pounds over your preemie birth weight. At your 34 week adjusted percentiles, you measure in the 28th percentile for weight. You LOVE to stand and bounce. You are spunky. If toys do not do exactly what you want them to, you get mad. It is funny. And a little exhausting if I am being completely honest. You like it when I sing to you, a fact that boggles my mind a little. I hope you never realize how off-key I am. You smile when I wake you up and completely do me in.

Your laryngomalacia is better but not gone. Because of this you still struggle with acid reflex and pain and basically live in bibs. It’s hard for your dad and I to watch. Bottles usually still take 45 minutes to an hour. You take 6 ounces five times a day and still sleep like a champ. One of my favorite traits of yours. 🙂

We started solids foods at your 6 month mark. We decided it would be best to wait and give you a little time to grow. Your dad and I don’t claim to know what we are doing, but I think it was the right decision. You can sit up for a second by yourself and hold your head up so well (have for a while now) which made us think you were ready. You seem to love rice cereal! We are going to try veggies this week.

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We celebrated your 6 month mark with half a cake just the way Gamma did for me when I was little. This basically meant your dad and I high fived each other for surviving and ate cake. If the way you looked at it was any indication, I think you may love sweets as much as I do.

We love you, Ivy Jean Arnold. Thanks for making me a mama.

Thank you Randy Yeats Photography for capturing this special time in our lives.  6 month baby family photos Straight A Style Blog 6 month baby family photos Straight A Style Blog 6 month baby family photos Straight A Style Blog 6 month baby family photos Straight A Style Blog family photos Straight A Style Blog

My Dress – linking in a couple places because it is starting to sell out

Russ’s Outfit Details

Ivy’s Outfit Details – exact romper from Old Navy and sold out, linking similar options

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  • Reply Kayley Sayers June 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    This is a beautiful post to read xx

  • Reply Mary Murnane June 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    How did I miss this post?! I am all teared up as I type this. Little Ivy Jean is just precious!!! I am so happy for you and your husband and wish you nothing but blue skies and sunshine ahead. Enjoy every moment, even the tantrums 😉 It flies by!

    Your photos are stunning!


  • Reply Lola June 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Can’t believe she’s already six months old! Congrats! You all look simply adorable together, the pictures are just brilliant! 😀
    I wish you all the best!


  • Reply Whitney 'Nic' James May 31, 2017 at 10:35 am

    What a beautiful post. I am just so happy for you both! Praying that God continues to bless you and your precious family…xo!


  • Reply Gina Ciancio May 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful photography and you look stunning!! Congratulations on the first 6 months, your bub couldn’t look happier!

    Gina x

  • Reply Saida - She talks Glam May 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful beautiful post Amy, I can feel the happiness & love in every shot! So touching to read about the gifts life provides us with ♥ Hope she liked the veggies 😉 Sending you lots of love

    Saida | She talks Glam

  • Reply Melissa May 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    This has to be the sweetest post ever!! Your words literally touched me! I know how awful it is when your little one has acid reflux, I truly hope it comes to a pass.
    Thank you for linking up with Weekend Wear


  • Reply Julia Mazzucato May 29, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This is such a beautiful post and so lovely to read. These photos are gorgeous. Congratulations to you and Russ, I’m so happy for you guys! Ivy Jean is beautiful!
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply findyourownhope May 28, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Such lovely family photos <3 you are all gorgeous! Hope you are doing well!


  • Reply A Million Pinks May 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    gorgeous family!


  • Reply Kara Aragon May 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    What a beautiful family! Lovely photos!!!


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  • Reply Rosa Larissa Klara K. May 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    This is such a beautifil post Amy! Your little one really grew up so much and she is absolutely beautiful! Mine is 2 years now and I cannot believe how fast time past by. Now she is able to speak and share her thoughts and I love this sooooo much! I can listen to her forever 🙂
    Sending much love!
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

  • Reply Nevena Krstic May 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

    So beautiful!!! 🙂 xx


  • Reply style frontier May 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    such lovely photos! wishing you and your family the best!


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  • Reply Rumela Dey May 28, 2017 at 9:28 am

    What a lovely post such a beautiful family. Love all your pics.
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