Monday, December 23, 2013

Santa Claus

After much prodding, nagging, reminding asking, we finally took E to see Santa yesterday.  I knew that the visit could either be great or a wreck with lots of tears, so going into it, I didn't want to go somewhere that we'd have to pay for the photos.  That eliminated just about every spot in town, with the exception of outdoor Santas, and given that it has been above zero very infrequently, we knew our options were limited. 
Last weekend, I heard he would be at Cabelas, and we had planned to go there, but something came up so we didn't make it.  Fast forward to Friday of this week, and we were out picking up some last minute gifts at the mall, and we got in line to see Santa.  I went ahead in line and looked at the photo packages, and the minimum one was $20!  I wasn't about to pay that (esp. if she was going to be screaming!) so we got out of line, and B talked me off my tear filled ledge and said that we'd find another Santa to take her to.  (yes, I teared up when I thought we wouldn't find a Santa to take her to for her first Christmas- don't judge me!)
Luckily, Gma D came through and saw that Santa would be at Harley Davidson on Sunday, so we got E ready in her Christmas dress and took her to see him.
With great trepidation, I watched as B gave E to Santa, and surprise surprise, she did great!  Not a tear in sight, and no wining what-so-ever!  The guy even took my email address and plans to email me the photos he took!  We will certainly be going back there next year :)


In other news, there was a tray of cider and cookies, and needless to say, B let E try one.  Yes, she loved it..

Look at those chubby cheeks!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oh the Joys..

Before having kids, the idea of being covered in another person's puke, sweat, drool, or any other bodily fluid was definitely not something I looked forward to.
Fast forward 6 1/2 months and my outlook has completely changed.  Now, not that I look forward to being spit up on, but I find it less repulsive now that I'm a mommy.  There are countless times that we've been spit up on, had a blowout on, or had her fallen asleep and have her wake up to discover a huge pool of drool and sweat on my shirt.
As gross as many of our prior experiences have been, I've had two experiences in the past 24 hours that rank up in the top.
Since starting on people food, E has had a few minor bouts with diaper rash (if you could call it that. its actually more of an inflammation/redness, but I digress) and we are actively looking for ways to treat/beat it in a quick manner.  I have heard that leaving her bear butt to the air helps, so we were trying this last night.  She was on a blanket so if she had any accidents, it would help catch some of it so we didn't have a disaster on the floor.  Surprisingly enough, she did great for the 45 minutes before bedtime, and when it came time to put her to bed, I thought we had made it successfully.  Little did I know what she had in store.
I picked her up and carried her on my hip to her room to get her jammies on, and right as we make it to the changing table I felt it.  Hot wetness slowly spreading across my stomach and down onto my pants.  My gut reaction was to pull her away from me, but I knew that if I did that, pee would spray all over her room, so I just held her until she finished. Once she did, I sat her on the changing table and promptly told her "that was gross! you just peed on mommy" and she looked right back at me and smiled!  I swear she knows what she is doing, and has such a mischievous spirit already! 

Don't mind my finger print covered mirror.. Emerson likes to "play" with her reflection.
  The second interaction came this morning as I was getting ready to head to work.  I had gotten both of us ready and was preparing to load her into the car seat when I heard/felt her spit up.  I heard it hit the ground (so I thought) and looked down on the tile floor expecting to see a puddle of yuck.  Surprisingly, I didn't.  I looked around and sure enough, there was a puddle, but not on the floor.  She had spit up a full ounce of formula into one of my shoes. That I had planned to wear that day.  Needless to say, I had a change of outfits, and my shoe is now sitting on the kitchen counter air drying.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 16, 2013

28 weeks

The weeks keep flying by faster and faster, and I have less and less time to blog!  As per usual, here is a photo dump of our last few weeks with Little Ms.  
Since she can sit now, the view at bath time is slightly different.  And we have taken to adding toys to her bath as well, so she can do more than spray everything in the bathroom with water splash around.  We got these foam letters from a friend for her baby shower, and as it turns out, not only do they stick to the shower walls, they also stick to E!  
She still loves to roll from back to front, even when eating!  She does this all the time, and is actually able to drink out of the bottle on her side (if it is full enough..)
She is still short enough to sit in her bumbo chair underneath the upper cupboards and help me cook, but not for much longer!
Gma D found this jumper on a local 'for sale' page for a steal of  a deal, and while it took E a little while to figure out what to do (she just swung back and forth at first!), but jumps like a pro now :)
While she is still a full-time tummy sleeper, she has started to assume the typical 'butt in the air' baby sleep position.
She is still too stubborn to roll from belly to back, so she frequently assumes the 'superman' position and will raise her legs and arms off the ground and flail them around.  
She will do it occasionally though, and my photos of her end up like this:
We are in full swing Christmas mode at our house, and she helped me decorate the tree.  Granted, a ton of those little balls fell off the ornament, and she was covered in glitter no matter how many times I bathed her, she loved it none the less!
She also got a hold of my Christmas ornaments and decided to take it upon herself to "help" me unwrap some of them.
She likes to lay like this on her boppy.  Not sure why, but she seems to enjoy the view. 
Since she LOVES any lights what-so-ever, we decided to take a few cute photos for our Christmas cards.
After a few minutes of fussing one night, she got strangely quiet so I went to check on her and found her asleep like this.  She is slowly becoming attached to her lovie :)
It is unseasonably warm the past few days (justifiably so after we had a week's worth of sub zero temperatures!) so we took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a walk last night.  She rode in the stroller facing out like a big girl and LOVED it!
We celebrated my birthday last week (the big 26!) and went up to Hill City and played tourist for a few hours and then ended with dinner at the Alpine Inn.  We let E taste a baked potato, dry toast and *cough* icecream, whipped cream and an apple from apple pie *cough*  and she loved it all! 
We also took advantage of an awesome deal by one of our local photographers, and had some Christmas photos of E taken and as usual, they all turned out great!  Here are two we ordered: 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6 months!!

 Our sweet baby is 6 months old!  She's been in our lives for 1/2 a year already and it is so crazy to think that amount of time has gone by!  I know I say this each monthly update, but she is more fun with each passing day! 
She has such a unique personality developing, and it is fun to see different traits beginning to emerge.  She is stubborn and tries so hard to be independent.  She gets impatient easily and wants to try things for herself. She has such a loving spirit and gives us hugs regularly (as best as a 6 mo old can!). She knows who all her family members are, and loves them all.  She is still apprehensive of strangers, but will allow them to hold her if we are near-by.  She is incredibly observant and loves to watch tv (football especially!), any bright lights, the ceiling fan or just people watch. 

Here she is at 6 months.  Each month she is realizing more and more that the chair is a glider and moves back and forth with a little motion.  She gradually gets the chair rocking (with a huge grin on her face!) and then promptly tips over from the motion.  Silly girl.

At 6 months she:
Can sit up unassisted.  She still tips over occasionally, but much less so than in weeks past.  She seems to love the new view of the world.

Is completely bottle fed.
This was an upsetting development for me, but in the end my supply wasn't cutting it, so we made the transition to be entirely formula fed and she is doing great!

Is now eating people food (sort of).
We started with oatmeal cereal after her 4 month appointment, and that was fairly short lived and thankfully uneventful.  Since then, she has tried carrots, acorn squash, bananas, sweet potatoes and pears.  Needless to say, she LOVES the fruits, and doesn't care too much for the veggies yet.  I make her food myself (I have a Baby Brezza system) and it has worked out great for us so far.


LOVES Mum Mum rice husks.
This is one food that she likes to 'eat' herself.  She holds onto it and usually makes it in her mouth.  More often than not though, it ends up stuck to her face/cheek/chest/lap/the table.  She loves to be independend though and is getting better at it each day!

Can stand! (with assistance)
In addition to the new view she enjoys from sitting, she has started to stand while holding onto furniture.  She hasn't figured out how to move from side to side by shuffling her feet, but she loves banging on the couch while holding onto it.

Is able to roll from back to front!
This development came over the course of a single day, and now she does it all the time!  she knows how, but still hasn't mastered rolling back over from her tummy, but we figure it is just a matter of time :)

Prefers to sleep on her stomach. 
We put her on her side or back to sleep, and once she has settled down, we glance at the monitor and she is sound asleep on her stomach.  Not being able to roll cosistently from belly to back does pose a problem though, she often gets stuck like this and cries in frustration.  Not an ideal wake-up call in the middle of the night. :/


Has started to sleep through the night!!!
This is a HUGE development for us!  Yes, some babies are born with great sleep patterns, and while E was a easy baby for the most part on the sleep front (no colic), we had our struggles.  In the past few weeks, she's slept through the night 3 times!  On the nights she doesn't sleep straight through, she still usually wakes once to eat and then is back to sleep.  Blessed! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Emerson's dedication

Today we had Emerson dedicated at church.  We've always believed that she is a beautiful gift from God, and today we wanted to acknowledge that.  She is a gift that we don't deserve, but we promised before our family and church that we would do our best to bring her up in a Godly way, and give her good examples of Godly people to follow.  Having our family there to support us was great, and it was such a special moment.

The dress she is wearing had great family memories too, I wore it for my dedication, and my mom wore it for hers. It was such a cool thing to be able to have Emerson wear it, and we hope to preserve it so if she has a daughter one day, she can use it too.

We love her so much and know how blessed we are to be her parents.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I have tried to write this post countless times, and each time, it seems that my words are never good enough to accurately describe just how thankful I truly am.  We live such an amazing life, chock full of so many amazing people, details, events, things, and trying to put it into words is difficult.  God has blessed us with so many amazing things, and while we thank Him everyday for those, words are never enough for how grateful we are.
So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, i've made a short list of the things i am the most thankful for.  If you are thankful for someone in your life, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.

I am thankful for my husband. 
Without him, i wouldn't be the woman and wife I am today.  He challenges me on a daily basis to be the best I can be.  He is my unconditional supporter and my biggest cheerleader in life.  He loves me unconditionally, even when I dont deserve it, and accepts me for who I am, inspite of all my faults.  He is the best father i can imagine for our daughter, and words can't describe how much he means to me.  Going through this journey we call 'life' has been a rollercoaster, and I couldn't imagine a better partner to go through it with.


I am thankful for my daughter.
You never know true love at first sight until you have a child.  From the minute she was born, we were hooked on her, and would sacrifice absolutely anything for her.  She is the constant joy in our day, and the amazing hope that we have for the future.  Knowing that she came from us, and that we share a bond that nothing will ever break, is an amazing feeling.  We are incredibly blessed to have this beautiful person in our lives and thank God for her everyday.

I am thankful for my family.
I grew up in such a close knit family, and i count it as an incredible blessing.  Sure, we have had our struggles and our fair share of fights, but without the love and support of my parents and my siblings, i wouldn't be where I am today.  They taught me the importance of so many things: faith, self confidence, hard work, love, respect and happiness.  They have been a constant safety net in this crazy world, and without their support, I don't know where'd I'd be today. 


I am thankful for my in-laws.
Yes you read that right.  God has not only blessed me with an amazing husband, but also with a great set of in-laws.  By marrying into their family, i gained a second set of parents, and a few younger siblings (which i never thought i'd have!).  They have welcomed me with open arms and accepted me as another daughter, and for that, I will always be thankful.

I am thankful for our dog Copper.
This may seem silly to some, but he was our first pet together, our first 'responsible' endeavor as a married couple and a true member of our family.  Before we had Emerson, Copper was our first 'child', and brought so much joy to our lives.  He is a great running buddy, a constant source of entertainment, and a fantastic hunting partner for Brandon.  He has been such a wonderful addition to our family, and truly loves us, and loves Emerson.  I cant wait for Emerson to be a bit older and be able to play with him and enjoy him as much as we do.


I am thankful for my struggles.
In the grand scheme of things, the struggles we face on a daily basis may appear minor, but the hard times that we go through (both individually and as a family unit) help make us stronger.  From military deployments, sicknesses, death, fights and mistakes, the trials that we go through help us learn to rely on eachother and trust that we are loved and cared for.  Knowing that I have a family that will surround us with love and support in good times and bad is something I will forever be grateful for.
I hope you are able to find something to be thankful for, not only during this time of year, but all year long.
From our family to yours -- Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Halloween! (a month late)

SO.. life caught up with us, and I'm way behind on posting for Halloween!  Like i said before, we had a ton of adorable options to dress Emerson up as for her first Halloween, but in the end, decided on something warm and comfrotable, and the result was a butterfuly!  The costume had a ton of padding so she was nice and toasty for showing off at grandparent's houses her trick-or-treating  :)  Yes, she is too little to walk on her own, but when hovered over presented with the bowl of candy, she'd select a piece or two!
The excitement proved to be too much for her, and she fell asleep from one grandparent's house to the next.
In other family firsts, we carved pumpkins this year!  i'm not sure why we only ended up with two, but its the thought that counts, right?  E didnt seem to sure of the innards of the pumpkin, but we had fun as a family carving them :)