That one time with the milkshake


A few weeks ago, our niece (aka the milkshake) came to visit for the weekend. Solo. At 6 months old, she had her first sleepover at our house.

Just like any other time something big is happening, the older kids were on a need-to-know basis and didn’t know she was coming to visit until Mr. Serious walked into the house with her. (He wins uncle of the year, for sure. He went to the Atlanta airport where my sister and brother-in-law had a 40 minute layover, got a gate pass and went and picked her up!)

It was something we agreed to over a year ago. Before the milkshake was born and before B was a thought. We knew it would be crazy, but we made it work. Yeah, these cousins definitely don’t look the same right now!

B and L

{It’s funny, we joke that our girls with their red hair and super light skin will never look like any of their cousins. I think this proves it! Also, B looks huge here, but she’s a couple pounds smaller than her milkshake cousin!}

I think it’s safe to say that she had way more kid attention than she’s ever had before…and a lot more volume, too. Pretty much every time I had to say something to one of the girls, she jumped. What can I say, it’s loud here!

babysitting L

I think we did pretty good with her. We kept her on a {modified} schedule and she slept really well (I know my sister doesn’t believe me, but she really did!).

Sometimes, it was a little hard to keep that schedule. It meant nursing B, then quickly heating up a bottle and feeding the milkshake. There were moments where I realized I was getting a small glimpse of what it might be like to have twins (and yes, I was in my pajamas at mid-day!)

B and L

While I was giving her a bottle, I looked down and saw her holding B’s foot. So stinking cute!

B and L

We didn’t leave the house in the car because we realized we can’t fit 5 carseats and boosters in either of our vans at the same time, but we did go for a walk with everybody

a walk for 5

{Sidenote: the milkshake is wearing my little pink jacket from when I was a baby. It’s been worn by me and all of my girls except B!}

Before her last bottle and nap and my sister coming to stay with us, she got some more time with E. E was surprisingly good with her and kept asking where she was!

B and L

This was the last picture I sent my sister before she got to see her milkshake again. While she was here, she used some of my pumped breastmilk. I joked with my sister that it had something extra special in it to make her sleep! See…she totally passed out while having her bottle. 

milk drunk

It was a crazy 48 hours, but very fun for all of us. I’m glad the girls got to all spend time together with their cousins. I’m trying to figure out how I can get my 4…or maybe even 3 to Houston for a couple days to stay with their cousin and aunt and uncle. Somehow, I think it’s not quite a fair trade!

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  1. grandma pat says:

    cute cute cute pictures. I know the 2 bigs loved the visit. Can’t wait for Universal.

  2. Awe, such sweet pictures. We can’t thank y’all enough! I’m SO glad she slept good for the weekend. We will happily take 3 of the 4! They would be perfect little angels for us. If not in Houston then in Orlando and you and Mr. Serious can go on some rides and a little date!

  3. That’s definitley not a fair trade, but I betcha she’d be happy to do it. Glad everything worked out for the weekend with the baby. You just never know at that age.

  4. I don’t think they even have a family resemblance! It looks like the cousins had a great time getting to spend time together.

  5. I just LOVE that one of her holding her cousins foot…

  6. Lol! You are definitely brave to have two babies that small! I feel the same when I watch my niece or nephews!

  7. What a cute bunch of kids! I always tell my sister that her son equals my 3 kids, so it is an even trade off, lol. Just because he’s so rotten.
    Glad it went well – looks like she had a ton of fun visiting!

  8. That is beautiful! My son is an only child so visiting his cousins often is super important.

  9. Awww! I love that you guys had your niece over like that – I bet her mom and dad were super happy to have a little alone time! I was raised with my cousins living down the street and my daughter was raised the same. Seeing cousins is so much fun, even if it’s only for 48 hours!

  10. sweet pics and yes, I would have never gotten out of my pj’s with all these kids and def would have my hair in a bun!

  11. Boy if that wasn’t a test of mom skills, I don’t know what was. Bravo to pulling through! All the cuteness is killing me, especially that foot grab!

  12. How adorable is she?! So glad you had a great time! You’re a good sister. 🙂

  13. So cute!! I only have one boy to keep up with. I can’t imagine having another child (his age) staying overnight with us!

  14. Jennifer Marie says:

    Wow you and all those girls. You are one tough momma!

  15. OMG your family is just too cute. So glad that you got to have time with your whole family. You have such beautiful children.

  16. She is TOO CUTE! I bet you enjoyed having that beautiful smile around. I love how you passed now you beloved jacket to the different generations 🙂

  17. That is truly a wonderful experience you got there. Having kids playing with their cousins seems a very good idea. I hope we, too, can have quality time with our relatives if only they live near to us.

  18. Looks like you had a fun afternoon. I enjoyed the pictures and hearing about your day. Cute kids too! 🙂

  19. You are amazing! Truly. I cannot believe you of all people kept another child. I love the pictures. All the kiddos are absolutely beautiful.

  20. Funn, and what cuties!!! Besides being a mom, being an aunt is just awesome! I have several nieces and nephews and they really almost feel like they’re your own. <3

  21. You are amazing for handling such a large group of kids with a smile!

  22. How sweet that your kids had some bonding time with their cousin. I bet it was a little crazy with two little ones. Looks like ya’ll had a great time.

  23. Oh, how cute! It is so fun to see cousins enjoying time with each other!

  24. so sweet! looks like the cousins really had a fun time playing together!

  25. I’m sure you had your hands very full with those two bundles of cuteness, but I bet it was a lot of fun! It’s great that they got to spend quality time with their cousin!

  26. That must have been an amazing time. How adorable is her holding her cousin’s foot while she’s drinking. And that walk must have been fun 🙂

  27. Awe, what a great weekend and so awesome that you got to steal your niece for a few days.

  28. They are so cute. And how awesome are you for doing that and still keeping a sane smile on your face 🙂

  29. Oh man what a full house of cuties you had there! I would be a it overwhelmed myself!

  30. The milkshake is a cutie! Love that she and your girls all wore your pink baby jacket!

  31. Eliz Frank says:

    I don’t know how you do/did it! But they kids played nicely and welcomed the baby into their home… Now that is familial love.

  32. Sounds like a fun 48 hours! I loved spending time with my cousins when I was younger, and still do. I’m sure your family will be talking about the visit for weeks to come.

  33. I bet you got some interesting looks on the walk. What a sweetie you are for keeping her overnight. All the kids are beautifuL!

  34. Not sure how you do it but you’re surely super mom. I can’t ever picture myself having twins or anything close to it so having two babies that close in age would drive me nuts. The babies are such cuties though and you have a very beautiful family.

  35. Amy Orvin says:

    What a great looking family here. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures.

  36. Wow, that sounds like a very challenging but very fun 2 days! The pics are super cute. I love the one of your niece holding your daughter’s foot, how sweet is that!!

  37. love the cousin time!

    but really love seeing that our favorite pjs pants are still around!!

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