Friday, October 31, 2014

Emmy’s 2nd Birthday Party

For Emmy’s birthday this year, we did it at a local pumpkin patch. My friend Sarah told me about it and I thought it was a great idea! The kids all had a blast and got to ride horses, camels and feed the animals. Emmy surprised me by riding the horses four times! She loved it! We hired Lindsay McDaniel to document the event and I am so glad we did! We killed two birds with one stone by getting her two year pictures and party pics all in one day! We love you, Lindsay!


She really had the best day! We were at the pumpkin patch from 9:30 – 1:30 and she wanted to stay longer! Sweet girl keeps talking about her birthday, too! I think she thinks she gets more than one a year! Happy birthday, precious girl!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 33 & 34

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How far along: 34 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I am going with 22. My home scale shows I am up 20 and the one at the doctor shows 24, so I will meet in the middle on this one.

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and dresses one size up.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: Same as last week. He definitely has times of day where he is most alert, but is still way more chill then Emmy.

Sleep: I wake up between 1-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. Some insomnia, some nights where I wake up excited that I slept 4 straight hours. Ha!

Cravings: Tootsie Rolls

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, back pain after a walk, but overall have felt fine!

Looking forward to: Getting his room set up. My mom has painted several furniture pieces for him, my father-in-law and friend put everything together, my mother-in-law helped with some bedding things, so it has been a labor of love around here. However, my mom and I began to sort things and I got overwhelmed and had to quit. Ha! We have some books from his shower on the shelf and some pictures hung, but I decided to start small and just begin washing things and putting those away instead of tackling all the clothes I have bought him and hand-me-downs all at once.

Best moments: Loved celebrating baby boy with the book shower! Also, my friends came in town from Houston and OKC and it was amazing because we stayed one night in a hotel!!! I highly recommend this for some down time. We were in our pjs watching girly shows by 8 p.m. Heaven! (My 21 year-old self would think I am ultra lame!)

Also, my sister-in-law had her baby today, so I am super excited for our little guys to be close friends (whether they want to or not Winking smile).

Big sister: When we asked her recently what she wanted to do with baby brother she said she wanted to kiss him and cuddle him! Heart-melter! My niece, Abby, who is five months old is currently in town and Emmy has been loving on her with lots of helping, hugging, holding and kissing. She has been fine with me holding her, so I hope that this translates to baby brother.  Ha!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Baby Boy Library Shower

I was so lucky this weekend to be showered with a library shower for baby boy! My sister, sister-in-law and sweet, wonderful friends Iris and Megan threw the most amazing shower! Every detail was just amazing and everywhere you looked! He now has a fully stocked library! We may have to have cards made Winking smile!

Aren’t the centerpieces just too cute??

His darling banner:

And the food!! All book-themed and, oh so cute!

Baby was so lucky to have friends come from Oklahoma City and Houston to fill his library! It was such a perfect day!! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bumpdate Weeks 31 & 32

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How far along: 32 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: 21 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Maternity and dresses one size up.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: I am starting to see a little pattern with his movements. He is definitely most alert around 10ish in the morning and moves the most then. He has had some days where he moves a ton at times, though, in the past two weeks.

Sleep: It has gotten a little better this past week. I have been able to go back to sleep when I get up to go to the bathroom (which is now twice a night).  The week before last I was up for at least an hour each night.

Cravings: Pumpkin anything! I also have a bit of a tootsie roll thing going on.

Symptoms: Same as previously. I also have had lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. Back aches. It helps to not carry Emmy…which I still do, but between the baby weight and Emmy, that is like 50 extra pounds I am hauling.

Looking forward to: Celebrating this baby with friends and family! Getting his room set up!

Best moments: We had an ultrasound this week and it is so fun to see him and know his position! He is head down and has his feet on my upper right side. He is a lot less under my rib then Emmy was. He is estimated to weigh about 4.4 pounds, which sounded huge to me. But I guess is in the median weight. The ultrasound tech also commented again on his hair!

Big sister: The baby will push his little foot out on my side and I have asked Emmy if she wants to feel his foot. She will try to look under my shirt and ask me to see it. Ha! We got her several big sister books for her birthday and she loves to read those, especially the book Mother’s Lap. (We also got her The New Baby and I’m A Big Sister, which she really likes as well.)

When asked what she wants to do when Baby Brother gets her, she will respond with “Take a Bath.” I guess she is excited about having him in her tub!

She will also sometime gently pat my stomach, which is sweet.

Question: So with Emmy we had a bassinet in our room that my sister let me borrow. The mattress of it had a plastic liner, so it would wake her up pretty easily and I really couldn’t sleep with her in here, so within 2 weeks she was in her own room. I am not sure how that will go this time, so I wanted to know what you all recommend for the baby sleeping in your room. I don’t particularly want to use the plastic sounding bassinet, and would prefer to keep the baby flat on his back because I don’t want to go with the weaning of the elevated Rock N Play. Soo…..what do you recommend? Different bassinet, pack n play, something I have never heard of?! Thanks for your help!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Emmy is 2!

First off – how is my precious little girl two???  I still remember her being born like it was yesterday (ahem, and probably always will). I have loved all of her little stages (ha – well mostly!) and I know I say this every time, but this is such a fun, fun age! My sweet girl has soooo much personality and each day I am amazed at how much she knows!

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Her schedule is up around 7 (if we are lucky…she usually starts stirring around 6:30 on average). She will play in her bed for about an hour, though, before she starts calling me to come get her.  She still sleeps in her crib and in a sleep sack because crazy girl is a climber!  She takes a nap around 1-3:30 and goes down for the night at about 8. 

She loves:

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Music – Her favorite song in the world is Old McDonald. I downloaded a bunch of songs to my phone and that is one way I motivate (bribe) her to get in the car some days! When it is over she will tell me “nother song!”

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Baby dolls – She loves to play with her babies and get out the diaper thing that I keep all of her supplies in and pretend to change their diapers. She even uses the nose Frida!!! I crack up! Her favorite dolls are named Tiny Baby (which are the cheap circo babies from Target that are, well, tiny).  She likes to sleep with them even. All of her other dolls are named Baby Abby after her cousin.

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Shopping cart – Baby girl LOVES to go shopping with her “cedit cards,” which are Tommy’s hotel room keys.  She pushes that shopping cart all around with her purse on her shoulder and her baby dolls in the cart. She will usually stop by my closet to put on a pair of my shoes too. She has a great little imagination! She will put the credit cards between slots in the furniture to run them. Ha!

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She is also very into puzzles and books. Her favorite phrase for a while was “Emmy do it.” So she would have to read the books to us. Now she will cuddle back up and let me read to her again. Her favorite books are Llama Llama wakey wake, Snuggle Puppy, Ladybug Girl, The Belly Button Book, Bubble Guppies lift the flap and really, any book you put in front of her. 

She also spends a lot of time in her play kitchen! (So this is also basically a toy round-up).

Oh, the girl looooves the show Bubble Guppies. I haven’t introduced any other shows because this one is the one which her heart desires! She will get so excited to watch it.  (I sometimes also use this as an opportunity to dress her if I haven’t already.) I limit it to one show a day and the days we work, she usually won’t catch one unless I need something to entertain her while I make dinner, but usually she wants to get the step stool and help me. She loves to crack the eggs on the counter and stir.  It makes cooking a little longer, but she is so proud of herself and I am thinking if I play my cards right maybe by age  9 she will be cooking for us.

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Another favorite is pajamas. Girl loves herself some pajamas. Probably because this is where most of the character clothes are in her life.  She is harder and harder to get dressed in the morning because she has an opinion on clothes.  A strong opinion.  I have taken to dressing her as soon as she wakes up in her crib because she won’t (can’t) run away. Another funny thing about her pajamas is that she will get super upset if they don’t hit the floor. She does not like a capri pant.

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She is showing interest in potty training but doesn’t have the concept fully yet. As soon as she is done going to the bathroom in her diaper, she will tell us she needs to go potty, but the business will already have been done.  We got her a potty chair and some pull-ups, but I those are more because she knows the other kids at Miss Julie’s have them and she is so proud.  I am definitely going to take her cues on this one, so I am not rushing it. 

One milestone is that we finally got rid of the bottle at bedtime sometime in July or August.  She didn’t have it for two nights and we decided to just stop.  I will say going to bed is a wayyyy bigger challenge now. I used to wave the bottle and she would rush to her room. Now it is a series of toddler negotiations and sometimes just picking her up and taking her to her room while she goes completely limp (or as Tommy and Julie call it – boneless), which is met with tears and lots of dramatics.  Our nighttime routine is a bath (most nights), milk, brushing her teeth, reading and then I rock her and sing her some songs.  She will be well-versed in Christmas tunes by December.

Emmy has a great vocabulary and talks all the time.  She is now up to five-word sentences that mainly go “I want a____, mommy.” The other day in her crib she was saying, “I want mommy, mommy!” Ha! She can identify most colors and shapes (well, the basic ones…). One really cute thing she does when she sees the cross shape in a Tupperware shape sorter we have is that she calls it Jesus.  As far as other milestones, she can count to about 8.  She does know about to the number three in German, since my mother-in-law works with her in German when she can. Emmy has been known to tell her “no” when she speaks to her in German. Ha!! Little stinker.

Her current favorite phrase is “What’s that, mommy?” I love her inquisitive spirit and hear this question no less than 200 times a day.  I do indulge her, but sometimes ask her to tell me what she sees since I know she knows the answer.

Emmy does have her fair share of toddler behavior – running away, not listening, telling me no, fit-throwing and taking a swing at mommy. We have instituted a “calming area” and it works about 25% of the time.  She is able to sit in the calming area and read a book until she calms down. I definitely need to read up more on this area of discipline because almost every time I have her calm down, she wants me to hold her.  Not sure how effective that is.  She responds decently well to the two options technique of parenting.  Granted, one option totally sucks and is undesirable, and she knows that. (For example, her options during her bath are to wash her hair under the faucet (which she prefers when it comes down to it) or me use a bucket on her head to get the soap out.)

We love our little girl and I cannot believe how much she has grown and matured over the past three months since I last posted about her! She has become so much more independent and is just so much fun to be around. I love having a special day each week to spend with her to do something fun just the two of us and she is just the light of my life (obviously)!

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