Monday, April 6, 2015

Emmy Two and a Half

Emmy turned two and a half this week! Her little personality is just developing and she cracks me up. (She is also two and a half and there are the challenges that come with a very vocal and opinionated 2.5 year old ;), but we will focus on the positive here!)

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These past six months we have tried to keep her life as normal as possible with her new baby brother making his debut. We kept her in her crib and did not start potty training or taking away her “momo” (pacifier). I wanted to make sure the transition wasn’t any harder on her than it already was going to be and I am glad we didn’t push anything.

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I just love that Emmy can talk to me now. Her conversations when we eat together are just my favorite.  She says and does some of the funniest things. The child also has the memory of an elephant. She remembers EVERYTHING. Even things from months ago and will randomly bring it up. For example, we were talking about her friend McCord being in the hospital and she said, “Oh, where you get pizza.” (And that is what she remembers about her baby brother being born – that she had pizza at the hospital. Haaaaa!)

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She also has started to mimic everything Tommy and I do. This could be potentially mortifying at some point, but is mostly funny! She has put my mom and mil in the “calming area,” asked if she can make me a turkey wrap, goes “shopping” at Target and LOVES to pretend to put us to bed. She does our whole night time ritual of reading a book, telling a story (hers are hilarious) and putting us to sleep. Her favorite game to play is “monster,” which is basically hide and go seek with lots of yelling when you are found. She hides in the same spots every time and is sometimes in plain view. She also loves to ride the trike that we borrowed from Liam and McCord and go on walks.  She still loves babies and is obsessed with the doll house at Julie’s. It is the first thing she goes to play with when I drop her off. She also loves to drink “copy” with me.

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Her vocabulary is really great and I can understand about 99.5% of what she says.  It cracks me up when she uses big words. They just seem so cute coming out of her mouth!

Emmy’s bedtime is around 8 and she will sleep until between 6:30 and 7:30. 

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Emmy’s favorite show was Bubble Guppies until Tautm had her Peppa Pig 3rd birthday party and now she will watch nothing else!

We are making potty training progress. She can now tell us if she needs to sit on the potty and will go #2.  We aren’t quite there with #1, but I am going to wait until after we go on vacation this summer to really try to potty train her unless she wants to do it herself before then. A road trip and public restrooms with a newly potty trained toddler doesn’t sound that fun.

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We are down to her last pacifier. She has bitten holes in all of her other ones, so I am hoping that we can wean her from it soon. Wishful thinking…probably.

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Emmy is a great eater. Her favorite food is pizza, but she will eat almost all veggies and every fruit. She also loves fruit candy (fruit snacks), ice cream and apple sauce. Those are her go-to sweets.  She loves to go to Chick-fil-a because she wants the apple juice and has taken a liking to Arby’s Roast Beef sandwiches and the cheddar chips. 

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Emmy weighs 28.8 pounds and I am not sure of her height. She is wearing 2t and 3t clothes.

She is such a sweet big sister to her brother and loves to hug him and help. I think she will have so much fun with him when he can really interact with her.  She did have a rough transition a few weeks after his arrival where she threw the most epic fits I have ever experienced.  Also, in the 12 weeks I was off on maternity leave, she came down with two stomach viruses and a heck of a cold. So trying to keep her from touching her brother probably didn’t help with the transition either.  She has always been really great with him…her acting out was more towards me.

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She also has such a wonderful imagination. I love to watch her play. The picture above is the Polar Express (was obsessed!). Today she pushed her friend {imaginary} Jack on the swing. I wish I had the creativity she has! She also LOVES playing with her cousins! All of them! Nothing makes her happier than playing with her sweet friends.

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We just love our sweet and sassy girl!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Holden 4 Months

My sweet baby boy is already 4 months old! He is still such a sweet, happy baby and is always smiling!  He loves to sit and observe and sometimes you even forget he is there because he is just so quiet.  He loves to walk with me in his Bjorn and see the world, but is content to just lay on his back and look up at his play mat, too.  His whole face lights up if anyone interacts with him and he smiles so big if you pretend to have him kiss your face. He also got a kick out of me doing arm curls with him yesterday.  Ha!

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Holden is still eating about every three hours during the day. He takes a 6 ounce bottle at Julie’s and will go down to bed between 6:30 – 8:30, depending on how the day has gone.  He sleeps the hardest when he has been at Miss Julie’s. You think the toddler in our home would wear him out too. ;)

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This month Holden slept through the night for four nights in a row. And he hasn’t done it again since J. I am blaming this on a four month sleep regression, but mama is TIRED. Last night I was up at 11, 1, 3, 5, and 7:30 just calming him down with pats and putting his paci back in.  I have tried to let him cry for a few minutes to see if he will put himself back to bed and that doesn’t work either. Le sigh. Luckily, I know this is just a phase (ha --- I hope at least)!  We have to use a new swaddle each night because he stretches it so much that he will bust out of it if it isn’t super tight.  I have a feeling getting rid of the swaddle will be fun (written in my sarcasm font).

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He has newly discovered his feet and he hasn’t quite worked them into his mouth yet, but he sure is trying. His other favorite toy to suck on is his fist! I have tried to give him other toys, but his hands seem to be his favorite. He also likes that mesh ball that he can easily grip and bring up to his mouth.

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He is now in size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes. I am not sure of his weight, but I would estimate he weighs about 15 or 16 pounds.

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He is also the most spit uppiest baby I have ever seen. We have to put a bib on him almost all the time to contain the spit up (and drool).

Case in point:

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Fun things Holden has done this month:

- A zoo trip (I also had to crack up – I am pretty modest so breastfeeding in public makes me mildly uncomfortable, but I had to on this particular day. It was a Thursday in the middle of the week, so there weren’t that many people there.  I chose a secluded picnic table and wore my cover and all of a sudden out of nowhere, it was like a pack of wolves descended upon me. Allison and Tommy were watching from a distance and were hysterically laughing when a group of, I kid you not, 30 children and their parents decided to have a picnic right.next.to.me. It seriously reminded me of vultures to a carcass. I did find the humor in it as my sister is texting me and Tommy is cackling like a hyena. Ha!)

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- The aquarium

- An Easter egg hunt

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- Krispy Kreme

- His first bath with big sister! She loved “helping.”

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- A Tulsa roughnecks game

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A few new nicknames (and Emmy saying them is just adorable):

- Bubby Boo

- Brother Bear

- Georgie/Georgie Pig (for Peppa’s little brother) – guess what is going to be in his Easter basket? Ha!

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We couldn’t ask for a more special and precious baby boy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Holden Three Months

This little joy is already three months old!

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He is seriously the sweetest, happiest baby. My prayers were answered :). His personality is just so sweet. When he sees his mama he always smiles and lets out coos, but will share them with anyone who talks to him!

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Milestones:

1- About 4 days before he turned three months old he rolled from tummy to back.

2- He has started to giggle! He loves for me to play peekaboo with him and the other day I bounced him on my knee to the tune of Shake it Off and that was absolutely hilarious.

3- He started at Miss Julie’s when I went back to work. He has only been two days, but did great!

4- A side effect of Miss Julie’s was a great night’s sleep of nine hours! Yay!

5- Rolls from side to side on his back, but still not back to tummy.

6- Has found his hand…and likes to eat it!

7- Started to bop the animals on his play mat. Though, it may not be intentional.

7- Sitting up in his bumbo (not sure this is a milestone)!

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He still eats roughly every 2.5 – 4 hours in the day (between 5 – 6 ounces) and will go up to 9 hours at night, but usually is hungry at about hour 6. Emmy was consistently sleeping through the night at this point, so he would be the most perfect baby if he was, but we will get there, I am sure.  He does need a pacifier popped back in during the night, too, so I am still not getting great sleep. (Not complaining…just documenting.)

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Baby boy is getting big! He is outgrowing his 3 month pajamas, but still wearing 3 month clothes. We need to move to size 2 diapers, but I still have about 60 size ones left and I am not about to waste those.

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I so miss having our alone time together while Emmy goes to Julie’s now that I am back at work. However, he stays up until about 9 at night, so I am still able to get some cuddles and alone time in. I got home from work on Tuesday and Tommy was holding him while he was sleeping. He gave him to me and when he woke up, I swear he just lit up because he knew it was me holding him.  (Have I mentioned he is the sweetest???)

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Holden has also started interacting with his cousin Luke and Rosalie at Julie’s. Rosalie is 9 days older than him and Luke is 5 weeks. It will be so fun to see them interact more!

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Also, who knew little boys were so fun to dress? I love buying for him a little too much! I will have to do some outfit posts because he has so many cute things that he will outgrow soon! I just want him to stay this sweet and little forever! Waaah!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A few winners

Since I am well-versed in all things food (can’t.stop.eating), I thought I would share my top three winners in the popcorn and chocolate chip category since I have tried practically every one.

Cheese popcorn:

Great amount of cheddar and a crispy popcorn. The others are “meh” in comparison.

Kettle Corn:

You guys, this stuff is amazing. I am addicted. It is the perfect amount of sweet and salty and is the perfect snack. It is equivalent (if not better) than anything you would get at a street fair. I also like to pair mine with a few chocolate chips sprinkled in. (I told you I have issues.) I have tried several other brands, but nothing compares to this one!

Chocolate chips:

My go-to sweet snack is a little handful of chocolate chips. I have tried them all – Ghiradelli, Sprouts brand, target’s brand, etc., but keep coming back to those. They don’t have a chalky taste at all and truly are the creamiest. Granted, I am not using these typically for baking, so don’t take that into account. I am just talking about straight from the bag taste.

I am always on the lookout for new snacks, so let me know your favorites!

 
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