My mom kept telling me that Brooke looks just like I did as a baby but I didn’t believe it until I got an email from her with these pictures. I guess I am technically the one that started the spiky hair trend.
Did I ever tell you that my sister prayed that I was a girl every day throughout my mom’s whole entire pregnancy? She knew that we would be best friends and I guess she had enough of having 3 brothers and no sisters. Isn’t that the coolest carpet color ever?
Please tell me that you had a Cabbage Patch Doll at one point in your life. They should be worth millions now.
Today is Brooke’s Birthday, THREE WEEKS (feel free to wish her a happy 3 week bday in the comments because it is kind of a big deal). She is already changing so much, for example she is staying awake longer (which I love) and it feels like every day she is a little bigger. She is even big enough for her first pair of leggings.
Throughout my whole pregnancy I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to do this whole mom thing. I was worried I would lose her (judging by the fact I lose everything in my possession) or go crazy with sleep deprivation. So far I have made it three whole weeks and I have never been happier. It is amazing how we adapt to our new situations. It felt like the second she was born I turned into a mom and all of those months of worrying that I couldn’t do it were a waste of time. I don’t really know why I am talking about all of this but it was on my mind today about how happy I am to be Brooke’s mom. Life has never been better.
I promise I won’t be cheesy for at least another week okay:)
If you have kids, how old are they?\
Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
Happy birthday, Spiky Jr.!! She has gotten so big. That’s all you. Keep up the good work, Mama!
I have 4…..12, 11,8 and 6 and seeing cute little Brooke I miss having a 3 week old.
Happy 3 weeks Brooke! My mom sent me pictures of when I was a baby after I had my baby (he’s almost a year old, yikes!) and we look so much a like, even though he’s a boy. I feel the same way you do, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it but after he was born, I knew it was meant to be :)
omg! cabbage patch babies!!! i think i had 2… does the one, 2nd from the left have stiff hair? more of a ‘darker’ appearance?! i totally had that one! lol my niece loves the dolls! im pretty sure mine are worth nothing these days, too much abuse!
Happy 3 weeks in this world, Spiky, Jr.!!
How cute!!! Oh my goodness you do have matching hair do’s!! I love seeing all your pictures…so precious. I have 2 boys ages 7 & 4 soon to be 8 & 5 on september 24 and september 25!!
Oh yeah HAPPY 3 Week BIRTHDAY!!!!
I had a cabbage patch kid & her name was Adora, I think. I don’t know what ever happened to her. My son is 12! When I look back at his pictures, I can’t believe how quickly he grew up and changed. I miss my little kid, but looking forward to 18 ;-)
Abby @ Change of Pace
Happy three weeks, Spiky Junior! So sweet.
I had a ton of cabbage patches, including the water ones and the ones with the pulled hair so it grows!
I don’t have a human baby, but for now our dog Harold is our baby!
Lil spiky is so cute! I can really see the resemblance between your sister and her kids! She totally matches them.
I have 13 month old twins. But when they were 3 weeks old I was very sleep deprived! Now that they sleep 11 hours a night I am human again :)
I can’t believe you have the same hair!! And I’ve seen her change so much. Unbelievable that its only 3 weeks. I know it’s really early and I’m dropping a hint on running strollers. Get a Bob. Its worth the money. I didn’t and I’ve been through 4 InStep strollers. I’m just saying…
I have 3 kids, they are 7, 4 & 3. Yes, they are close ;) (don’t do it)
My little Brooky Bear is 3 months :) Isn’t it crazy how you don’t know how you will be able to function with so little sleep but this sweet little baby just makes it all worth it and possible!? One of my friends was just saying how it must be a gift of motherhood and I totally believe it. Love her little outfit!
Happy 3week birthday Brooke! Her hair is awesome! I have 3 boys ages 5,3 & 1. They are the best thing that has ever happened to me, I love being their mom more than anything in the world. I so miss the baby stage and want to have another soon! Take care and snuggle her as much as you want, it goes too fast!
Well, if she isn’t the spitting image of you! So much fun. We have so many natural instincts that we don’t even realize until we hold that baby in our arms. Isn’t it incredible? It always amazes me how I just know exactly what my kids need- I know just how to take care of them in their own special way. (I’m probably getting a bit of help from the Big Man up there…) Being a mom is THE. BEST.
Janae – I have a 2.5 and 4.5 year old. Carson looks like me and my daughter Brooklyn (youngest) looks like my husband and my mom! :-) I live in Redwood City and also a family photographer just kind of on the side as a fun thing (see FB page) If you want some photos of your darling family on a student budget, I’m your friend. :-) life is dreamy with one, just don’t stack another one on there for a bit l! :-)
Yo Momma Runs
You and your baby are definitely hair twins! My kids are 9, 7, 3 and 3 (twinners).
I think all of us can tell how happy you are, you dont need to tell us! :) Happy 3 week bday, Brooke!!! Keep growing!!
Christina @ The Athletarian
Happy 3 week birthday, Brooke!!! She really does look just like you did! I don’t have any human babies but Princeton is 4 months! Almost the same age as Brooke:)
Becky @ TheBexFactor.com
I’m due at the end of the month and I have the same worries. I feel stressed to the max right now about everything and worry that even less sleep and caring for another person is going to make me go insane. You give me hope!
Benson is 4 alreday and my baby nash is 2! Crazy how time flies. Glad your loving the whole mom thing!
Hey! My apartment has that brown carpet! i’m looking at it right now.
LOL. That’s hilarious. And a little scary.
deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKE! I love your hair and all of your many looks.
Janae you are so sweet and such a great Mom. It is wonderful to see how happy you are – such a wonderful blessing. And just you wait, it keeps getting better and better if you can believe that!
I have the most amazing, sweet, loving, happy, perfect 20 month old daughter. And I am 10 weeks pregnant with #2!
awww! Happy birthday brooke! My little guy joined me in the bald baby department and is turning 6 months on saturday!! Seeing all the pink and cute flowers on your girl’s clothes makes me want a little girl to dress!
So sweet! So happy for you! 7, 5, 3
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Awwwr happy 3 weeks Lil’ Brooke :) She’s seriously the sweetest thing ever, and that’s way too cute that she has the same spikey hair as you.
Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
I think that it’s the women who will make good mothers who doubt themselves through their first pregnancy. It means that you actually care about whether or not you’re competent or loving, etc.
She’s a lucky gal, as are you. Happy 3 week birthday, Brooke!! And here’s to many more!
Happy Birthday, Brooke, you sweet baby girl…I have three amazing sons 20, 18, 16.
24, 21, 19 and 17.
My first son was adopted and even though we didn’t get to start to love on him until he was 6 days old when we picked him up. I can absolutely remember those feeling of protection and motherhood come on pretty strong. It was like one moment I was overwhelmed with this newborn and the next moment it felt natural with so much love! I think I maybe lost my mind briefly when I brought my youngest home and I had a 2, 4 and 6 year old. I don’t know how I did it, but they turned out pretty great!
lauren @ sassy molassy
I love the spikey hair! Also, would love to hear more about mommyhood and how things are going.
How can she already be 3 weeks old?! Happy 3 week bday Brooke! Don’t grow up too quickly :) I have a 3.5 and 8.5 year old. My oldest is almost as tall as me and our feet are almost the same size! Now that is just craziness. And my younger one, it still feels like we just brought her home from the hospital, so you can imagine our daily confusion at how big she is ;)
Ahhhh you were the cutest baby!!! Brooke is your twin!!!! I am over the moon happy for you and billy!!!!!
Melissa @ runscootsrun
Happy 3 weeks Brooke! You two are splitting images for when you were a baby too! No babies for me yet…just 2 felines, lol.
I have one daughter and she is 4 (going on 16).
I really treasure the memories of those days when I was on maternity leave with her. We would take walks and naps, just the two of us. Enjoy it!
Cait @ Beyond Bananas
Can’t believe its been 3 weeks! I think Brooke looks just like you wen you were a baby (aside from the hair).
I have 22 kids.. none of which I birthed..but I spend 8.5 hours a day with them and consider them all my own :)
Happy 3 week birthday Brooke! You share your birthday with my daughter Poppy, who was 8 this time! You also share your birthday with Madonna. You are in good company!
PS.. my daughter had spiky hair too, just like yours :)
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
I can’t believe how big she is!! And I love that picture I you and your sister! It’s good to know you just fall into the mom roll, I think many women are afraid they will be awful at it!
You’re doing great! I have 3…ages 12, 10 and 9. I promise, the excitement and fun never goes away!!
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
i love that you love her so much! kids are worthy of this level of excitement! A true BLESSING!
You are supposed to be cheesy, until you have your own kids, you don’t understand it. Mine is 5.
Grace @ Eat Sweat Sing
No kids for me…. Yet! ;) Happy 3 week bday to that sweet baby!! She really looks just like you! :)
Brooke looks just like you and your sister’s little ones look just like her in that picture! I actually still have my favorite cabbage patch doll. She lives with the baby furniture and toys I’m saving for when I have kids.
There is no worry quite like a momma’s worry! When I was pregnant with my son, I worried the entire time ( I have a history of miscarriages). He is now a healthy, active two and a half year old! Every time he looks at me I am reminded of what a miracle he is.
You are a great momma!
Jenn @ RunItMyWay
Brooke really does look so much like you at that age!! I also can’t believe how much your sister’s kids resemble her when she was young (except Curly!) I can really see her son in the young picture of her and her older daughter too!
Happy Birthday Brooke!
My kids are 14 and 10. My son just started high school yesterday and I can’t believe how fast it has gone! Continue to enjoy every moment!
Courtney @ CardioQueen
This post is so sweet! We all knew you’d be awesome at it, but I admit I have the same worries and am no where near being pregnant! I totally hope that I’m a cool mom like you in those early weeks, too….not going crazy with dark circles yelling “Why won’t he/she stop crying!!!???” haha
Happy 3 week birthday, Brooke!
My baby just started high school and will turn 14 next month. Enjoy every minute because it truly does go by too fast.
Three kids: 14/12/8
If they would stay so tiny I would have 20. Unfortunately they grow.
:) Happy 3 weeks Brooke!
I have 2 girls. One is 11, and the youngest is 5. Both were surprises and unexpected. Happy surprises! My oldest apparently prayed nightly for a baby sister for 6 months..and wahla, there she was in August. :)
Kari @ Running Ricig
Those leggings are so freaking cute!!
I think we all knew you’d be a great mom! You guys are going to have so much fun together.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKE!! I am so happy you are falling into the mom thing with ease. I knew you would be a great mom :)
I don’t have any kids, but hoping to get a dog as soon as we leave the city- haha.
Spiky Jr. is adorable! Of course I had cabbage patch dolls growing up and our baby, due in 3 weeks, already has one too. They have a soft version for younger ones. Happy to carry on the CPD tradition!
Happy Birthday Brooke! You should re-create that picture of you and your sister with your oldest niece and Brooke, as your oldest niece looks exactly like your sister in that picture!! My boys are 18 and 13. My 18-year old prayed every night for a baby boy (at that time I kind of wanted a girl so we could have one of each, but I guess God thought the prayers of a 4-year old trumped mine – now I can’t imagine NOT having two boys).
OH my gosh! I cannot believe how much Curly looks just like your sister did when she was younger!
Happy 3 weeks to Brooke!
I have an 8.5 week old little girl and it really is amazing how we can adapt to new situations especially when we have to.
I love reading your HRG posts. I’m sure motherhood isn’t always sunshine and rainbows but I love that you have such a positive outlook and seriously reading your posts puts me ina better mood and I look forward to them everyday. I only wish I had found your blog sooner! :)
Happy 3 weeks Spikey.
I have twins – age 14 (boy girl) The INSTANT they were born- I turned into MOM, and it all comes natural and you just know what you are supposed to do.
You are doing a GREAT job.
Happy 3 weeks!!
I have one 21 month old little boy…we’re coming up on 24 months awfully fast (and then I cant stop saying how old he is in months and go to years instead :p)
HAPPY 3 WEEKS BROOKE!! Your a great new Mommy Janae :-D!
We totally had that exact same brown carpet growing up!!! Ahh, the 80’s…
I have 5 kids, ages 9, 7, 5, 3 (turning 4 on Oct. 1st), and 2. It’s a crazy house!!
Happy 3 week birthday Brooke!! And your mom aint a kiddin she looks just like you when you were a baby – wow! Love those little leggings btw, way too cute! I have a boy so I never got to enjoy all the cute girly clothes :(
Aw Brooke makes me have baby fever!! I have one, he turned 3 on Sunday!
Happy 3 weeks Birthday!
My son is 6. and it’s true when they say time flies. That’s for sure. :)
Happy 3-week Birthday Brooke! I’m so glad you’re making your mom so happy.
I love your cheesy-ness. It’s always so nice to hear how much people love the ones they’re with, and how happy they are.
I have 2- 13 year old girls, 11 year old boy, almost 6 year old girl and a 2.5 year old boy. I love reading your stories about Brooke and how much you love being a first time mother…..enjoy it, the more you have it is never quite the same as the first time. The love is the same but it is just different. Brooke is so lucky.
Happy birthday Brooke ;) and I’m glad to hear the cheesy because if gives me hope I will be ok when I have kids someday haha. You’re such a good mom! And congrats again on the new title :)
I had so many cabbage patch dolls. I loved them! My parents had that shag green carpet when I was growing up.
Happy 3 week birthday Brooke!! I totally had Cabbage Patch Dolls. In fact my parents just moved from my childhood home (closer to us) and I found them and my mom and husband had the audacity to suggest I get rid of them. No way! I said the same thing as you, they have to be worth a lot of money by now! haha!
I would never believe you that she looked just like you because I see so much of Billy in her but she really does look like you as a baby, especially the hair! So cute. You have such a precious family.
She so looks like you! Happy 3 weeks to her :) Loved cabbage dolls and I’m pretty sure there are still some in my parents attic..
HAPPY THREE WEEKS!!! I don’t have any children of my own but I do have two nephews & a niece. When my first nephew was born, I would invite the neighbors over on a weekly/monthly basis to celebrate his birthdays with ice cream & cookies :) That birthday only comes once! Why not celebrate it ;) ;)
I like when you’re cheesy, hehe. I think anyone who meets Brooke would melt and turn into a puddle of “aww you’re so cute!” and “I love your adorable spikey hair!”
happy 3 week b-day baby brooke! i bet you will be even prettier at 4 weeks :)
Jaeme + Randy
Oh my gosh she does look like you! I have to agree, being a mom is the best thing ever and I don’t even care about my lack of sleep :).
Happy 3week birthday Brooke! She’s a cutie, and I’m so happy things are going well for you. I have three kids. An 8 year old boy, 5 year old girl, and 3 month old baby boy. Babies are hardworking, but there is nothing better than snuggling my babies.
she looks JUST like you!!! whoa. also, CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS! omg i had so many of those! I still do :) I could never ever get rid of those. I remember, they always had really bad names, though, so I always renamed them. My favorite was a little one I called Molly Beth, and I literally took her EVERYWHERE with me. AH, memories.
and I don’t have any babies of my own, yet, but I want at least 3. at least ;)
My kiddos are 18,15,13 & 11-BGGB. Talk about mama worry, I just sent my oldest to college! Everyday I have to remind myself that we can do this!!
Happy Birthday Brooke! And Congrats and making it three weeks Mommy!
Happy Birthday Spiky, Jr! Your mom is right – she looks exactly like your baby photos! So cute!
Happy 3-weeks pretty angel! She’s too cute and I see the resemblance. I did have a red-head cabbage patch doll and I named her Linda. :-)
Our baby girl is 14-months old. She loves going through my bag (I can’t find my wallet today) while I like playing with her kitchen set. :-) Babies are so much fun.
Aw cute pictures. You look just alike.
Happy 3 week Birthday Brooke :)
happy 3 week bday, brooke :) so sweet. and i love the comparison in baby photos! too cute. i love that you got all cheesy on us and shared those concerns you had during your pregnancy, and how they were all-for-not. because i have those same concerns myself for if/when we ever have kids. i always dig how genuine and real you are in your blog posts!
Thanks so much for including that last little paragraph, Janae! I really needed to read that today. I’m due in 2 months and I’m just having one of those days when I’ve convinced myself that I will be a bad parent. I read what you wrote and instantly felt so much better. Happy 3 weeks to Brooke!
You’re an AMAZING mom!! Congrats to being so fabulous for three whole weeks. The first few weeks are the hardest adjustment, so clearly you’re a pro!!
My little boy is 6 months old! And you are right, being a mom is the BEST.
Happy 3 Week Birthday Spiky Jr!!!!
I have a 16 month old daughter (it only gets better!!!) and I’m due next Friday with my second little princess!
Happy 3-week birthday, Brooke! My brother had hair like that when he was a baby. My family called it “sticky-uppy hair”. Too cute :)
YAYYY! Baby pictures of you :) & YES, wow….Brooke DOES look so much like you!! I thought she looked more like Billy until I saw these. She’s a little Janae Jr….or should I say Spiky Jr. ;)
Happy 3 weeks! I was so excited when my daughter started being awake more. My sweet Ella is now 14 months old! It goes so so fast.
Ah, 3 weeks! I miss the baby days. I’ve got three of my own…a 10 year old boy and 4 year old twin girls.
Happy 3-week birthday!!
This is a little late, but happy 3 weeks Brooke! You are so cute! :) Glad you are so happy! :) How do you like your new place?
“I don’t really know why I am talking about all of this but it was on my mind today about how happy I am to be Brooke’s mom. Life has never been better. ”
…so sweet <3
I'm so happy for you! The picture of you with the cabbage patch dolls made me laugh :)
Yay for 3 weeks! How much does she weigh now? You should post her stats – she seems like she is getting so much bigger, but still tiny! Love that though…they grow up too fast!
Happy 3 week birthday Brooke! And you’re not cheesy at all Janae. I appreciate your honesty and celebrate your joy! :-)
Lena @Fit on the Rocks
Your photo with the Cabbage Patch dolls is way cuter than mine! I think I was scared of it, and was bawling my eyes out. Oh, and Happy 3-week Birthday, Brooke!
Happy 3 week Birthday Brooke!!
I think most of us feel like that in the beginning… it’s such an overwhelming thought- to be a mother. But once the time arrives, it comes so naturally. I’m sure you’re doing an amazing job and Brooke is so lucky to have you for her Mommy!
I have one daughter, age 9 years. Cherish every moment and record all that you can…time really flies. :)