Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful

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 :)
 


 


Friday, November 15, 2013

23/24 weeks

Sorry I've been behind on the blogging lately. Between a sick husband, a baby working on teeth, crazy busy job, and just life in general, time has slipped away from us!
Today E is 5 1/2 months old and more fun each day.
 
I just realized that we didn't post any photos of Halloween!  There were tons of adorable options to dress E as this year, but we decided to make her a butterfly.  Be advised- we have a great family themed costume for next year ;)
We didn't do any true trick or treating, but we did visit each set of grandparents, and took some photos. She even "picked out" some candy at each house.


Halloween proved to be too much excitement for her. She fell asleep in the car from one grandparents to the next.
 

She is slowly getting use to her lovie. I don't typically give it to her at night, but sometimes when we are eating before bed I'll lay it across her stomach. This night in particular, I laid her in the crib and tried to take the lovie from her,but she wouldn't let it go! 
 

She sleeps like this all.the.time!  On her side, holding her own hand, and feet up on the edge of the crib. If it takes her a bit to fall asleep, she will play with her feet. Or remove her socks and play with her toes.
 
 
She has been able to hold her own bottle for quite a while now, but I still love to take pictures of her doing it- she seems so big!
 
 
Another great stride on the developmental front- she can sit up unassisted for a decent amount of time!  Granted, she is still a little wobbly sometimes, but on the whole, she is getting sturdier and sturdier each day. More importantly, she loves to stand!  I think we will have a early stander here. 
 
 
All smiles in her new walker
 
 
I've been wanting to try cloth diapers for quite a while, but until recently, her thighs weren't chubby enough!  Needless to say, we don't have that problem anymore, so we have slowly started to cloth diaper.  I've purchased a few online, and used some that my mom had made my sister and things have gone well so far.   
 
 
There are countless baby toys out there that people consider ' a necessity '.  We've tried to be selective with what we buy (due to both available space and cost!) and her walker that I purchased for a steal of a deal on Craigslist ($5- hollah!) currently doubles as an activity table.  we push the back of it up against a wall or the couch so it doesn't move when she pushes on it, and put the boppy around her in case she tips sideways.  Its worked great so far, she loves to sit and push the buttons, and when things make noise, it is an added incentive. 
 
 
She sleeps on her stomach more and more.  I think it is on accident sometimes, but she does it none-the-less. 
 
 We went to Cabelas as a family today- I think she looked the part :) 
 
 
Before E was born, we did research on how to acclimate a fur baby (our dog Copper) to a newborn baby to ensure that there weren't jealousy issues and that he wouldn't do something terrible.  Needless to say, he has been the best "big brother" we could've asked for, and the feelings are completely mutual- E loves him!  Copper will come up and lick E in the face and she just grins. She will pull his ears or poke him in the eye and he just sits patiently waiting for it to be over.  I can tell they will be the best of friends already :)  Don't worry, we always supervise their interactions.
 
 
We went to a craft fair a few weeks ago and gma got this adorable snowman hat for E!  she loves it!  Not only does she look adorable, but she loves the little tassel things and chews on them frequently 
 
We signed E up for the United Way's "Imagination Library" and her first book came in the mail recently!  The Little Engine that Could  Since B loves to read books with E, they immediately checked in out.  clearly it was a success :)
 
In more recent news, we started E on people food! Well, not really- I have pureed food for her a few times, and the verdict is still out.. We started with rice cereal (i'll post a video of that soon-hilarious) and then moved onto carrots, and just this morning we tried bananas.  I feel pretty strongly about making her food myself, so it will be fun to see what foods she likes/doesn't like and how the journey goes. 
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

5 months and a happy laugh

Our sweet E is 5 months old! She changes with each passing day and becomes more of a joy. At 5months, she:
Can sit on her own relatively unassisted. (She still gets very excited and tips over!)
Gives smiles very readily
Loves her hands and feet! She will play with her toes (or pull on her socks until she can access her toes) all the time. 
Drools like a fool! we think that she is working on the beginning stages of teething since she doesnt have any actual teeth buds yet (that we can tell).
Will chew on anything! Her hands, your fingers, my hair, any toy close enough to her face, etc. 
Fits solidly into 3-6mo clothing ('with the occasional 6 or 9mo pair of pants thrown in there)
Started rice cereal two days ago and wasn't a huge fan, but we are working on it!
She is still primarily bf, but has formula when needed. (A few outside factors have affected my supply, but now that we are working on eating rice cereal, we will see what happenes)
Still has no issues with regular blowouts. Girlfriend is regular like no ones business, and still has gas like a trucker! 

Here is our sweet girl at 5 months :)

Also, this video captures a brief glimpse of her laugh. Those of you with kids know how fickle a baby's sense of humor can be, so trying to capture her laugh has been difficult! 


Also, her sense of humor came out in full force in her bath tonight. Prior to taking this video, I had her sitting up in the end of her bathtub. True to form, she farted a few times, looked down and saw the air bubbles in the bath water and burst out laughing. Sometimes I feel like we have so many personality attributes of a son trapped in our daughters body :)