Wednesday, March 26, 2014

photo dump

I realize it has been a bit since we've done a photo update on the blog, but in our defense, we have had a case of the flu that wont go away, and I unexpectedly had to get a new phone (and in doing so, my photos are in cyberspace) so here is our life in pictures over the past few weeks. enjoy :) 
We went to her 9mo appointment (actually 9 1/2mo) and she is healthy as can be!  19.3lbs and 28 1/2 inches long/tall.  Everyone always comments on how petite she is, but in reality, she is just tall for her age! Looks like she will get her daddy's height :) 
She is getting closer every day to crawling!  She can push herself up like a champ, and over the weekend she learned to army crawl!  PS- see the Mohawk in her hair?  that is from Copper. We tell him to 'go say hi to Eme' and he'll go over and lick her :) too cute.
She is getting better at maneuvering herself out of odd positions, but still likes to practice yoga when she's crawling.  I'm going to start calling her yogi ;)
Copper is much more aware of Emerson now that she can scoot to him and pull his tail, grab his ears, smear her food on him "play with him".
We went for a walk/run to Walmart on one of the random sunny days that we've had and she played in her stroller like champ! she wasn't too sure about the hat at first, but a
all of her summer sun hats are packed away at the moment, so it was what we had to work with! **It was a gift from her Uncle Tyrel and says "I hunt for hugs". love it**
She will play with anything she can get her hands on!  Can you tell I caught her in the act?
And she LOVES the remote!  whenever she plays with it, I'm sure to take out the batteries because she can always find a way to change a setting and we can't get it back!
Standing like a champ  
You wouldn't know it, but we had the flu this past weekend, and these next few photos were taken during her sick time.  Thankfully she (and we!) are on the mend, but she is a trooper when she is sick.
She loves to play peek-a-boo and was having fun with the shower curtain while we were getting ready for her bath
She also loves the curtains in the living room. She is finally tall enough to reach them, and when she's positioned right, she will use her walker for support and play with the curtains.
She has slight hints of red hair coming out.. (she gets that from my side of the family)
She is still a champion eater and we haven't really found a food she doesn't like.  I had made tilapia the other night and she tried it and loved it. She even picked the pieces of fish over the cheese which is a HUGE deal for her. Girlfriend loves her cheese.
She is a very independent little girl, and loves to feed herself. I had made us both toast on one of our sick days, and you can see the small pieces that i'd torn up for her on the plate. BUT when I got up to make a cup of tea, she decided to take it into her own hands literally and eat the whole piece on her own.
She does this all the time!  if she hears or sees something she's not sure of, she will cock her head to the side and look at it.  If you do it to her from across the room, she will mimic and do it back.
We made chocolate chip cookies the other day, and needless to say, she thought she was a big help!  she ended up sticking her hand in the batter and eating some (before I added the eggs) and was a big fan. 
She also got to sample some cookies and loved those too! 
She has the abs of a champion.  We aren't sure where she learned this, but she sits like this all.the.time.  her feet are always a few inches off the ground, and she acts like its no big deal!
My flu hit a few days after Eme's did, and thankfully B was able to step in and play with her when I wasn't able to.  Needless to say, they unpacked her entire toy box out onto the floor, and she was happy as a clam.  B was also surprised at how many toys she actually has. 
thankfully we are on the mend and have ourselves and our awesome little baby back to play with. Her 10 month update will follow soon. (whaaaaat? 10 months?! I need to plan her bday party =/)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Some words

I remember when we first had Emerson, everything in the world was a blur.  I panicked about nearly everything, cried at the drop of a hat, and no matter what advice someone gave me, words of encouragement or speaking from experience, it seemed like things would never be manageable in my world again.  Cut to 9 months later, and while I still feel like I have a bunch of different balls in the air, looking back, it really wasn't as difficult as I originally thought.  Through the love and encouragement of my awesome husband, and the amazing mother figures in my life (my own, my MIL, my sister and SIL) and the support of other dear family members, I made it through. The list below are reminders to myself (and any other mom or want-to-be mom) of things I experienced.  It will serve as a good refresher when number two comes along. And no, that's not an announcement. Baby No.2 is not planned for a ways away.

Dear New Mom:
-You will still look about 4 months pregnant during the first few weeks of recovery, but enjoy the fact that you get to wear maternity clothes for a little longer.  Going back to the world of buttoned and zippered pants is a huge bummer. And nothing fits the same as it did before.
- Get use to showering in a 2 or 3 day rotation.  Shower one day, "do" your hair the next, and a ponytail or braid the 3rd day. Or a hat.
- Make-up is a luxury that you will soon forget how to apply.
- A trip to Wal-Mart or Target alone will be the best "vacation" you will get in the first few months of your baby's life.
- It is ok to cry.  Your world has turned upside down/inside out/etc. and will never be the same again. the adjustment is the hardest learning curve you will ever experience, and sometimes crying helps you embrace the turns on the new journey.
- Lean on those around you to support you.  If you are fortunate to have family or friends nearby, lean on them when you need it, and embrace their support even when you don't.  You can't make it alone, and be sure to cherish those that are brave enough to stick with you as you figure out your crazy.
- Those times at the beginning when you first hold that squishy, ridiculously bendy, brand new little person, don't worry that you'll break them.  They were crammed in your belly for the past nine months and can bend in some crazy ways.
- You will not sleep regularly for months. maybe years. Learn to rock the dark circles under your eyes with pride.
- Your hearing will become supersonic, and you will be able to hear your baby sigh contentedly in the middle of the night. from another room. with both doors closed.
- Enjoy those small milestones, they are what will get you through one hard day to the next. their first smile. first laugh. first time they roll over. first steps.
- It can get exhausting and sweaty sleeping in the rocking chair, but relish in those moments when your baby sleeps on your chest. They can quickly grow out of it, and may not want to snuggle anymore.
- Cherish those middle of the night nursing sessions, because when your baby decides that they'd rather have a bottle than nurse, you will miss them.
-The sound of a newborn crying will cause inexplicable panic, because when a person that small makes a sound that loud.. it is terrifying.
-You will never in your life care more a bout another person's poop than when you're a mom.  Yes, even a lack of poop will cause constant worry and multiple phone calls to the doctor.
- As disgusting as it may be, find ways to laugh at gross things. When you get covered with poop from an unexpected blowout- laugh. When you get a shoe full of spit up as you're walking out the door- laugh.
- You will be covered in more poop, puke, spit up and other bodily fluid than you ever thought possible. And wont think twice about it.
- If someone offers to help in anyway, take them up on it!  Whether it is prepping a meal, doing a grocery run or cleaning your kitchen- take them up on it!
- It really will get better. I remember someone telling me that early on, and I asked them through tearful eyes "When? When will it get better?" To tell you the truth, I can't actually remember when it did get better. I just woke up one day and realized that it was.
- Remember to laugh. Sometimes it is the only way to keep from crying.
- Take pictures. LOTS of pictures.  They really are only little for so long, and while the memories are ingrained in your mind, having photos of them in the newborn stage is such an awesome reminder of how far you have come.
- Go outside.  The fresh air is great for both of you, and getting a walk around the block will do wonders for your spirit.
- Pray.  God alone knows your deepest thoughts and fears as a parent, and can comfort you in your times of need like no-one else.
- Love and protect that baby with everything you are.  Yes, it is incredibly difficult trying to navigate how to take care of another person, let alone yourself, but it is worth the struggle. 
- Persevere.  It is incredible difficult, and you may want to give up, but push through because those days that things finally click for you, it is an amazing thing.  It isn't difficult forever.  Its not a cake walk either, but pushing through those tough times make the awesome times so much more worth it.

Being a parent has been the most challenging thing I've ever done, but by far the most rewarding.  I've cried countless tears, but smiled bigger smiles in these 9 short months than I ever thought I would.  I know that struggles will continue to pop up, but in addition to those, milestones will happen as well. There are too many awesome things to think about in our future, and I couldn't be more excited for them :)


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

9 months

Our sweet girl is 9 months already! I know I say this, but she really is becoming more and more fun each day.  Watching her discover the world around her is so cool, and seeing her learn and grow is such an amazing blessing. 
At 9 months she:
Is still a really good sleeper (with some exceptions!) and wakes up in such a great mood. we usually sit and play in her crib for a bit after she wakes up and she is all smiles.
Will play with anything! A few nights ago, I was trying to make dinner and B had to get to class, so he set her on the floor with a jicama (a vegetable we got in our Bountiful Basket)and she was totally content!  Other random toys she loves: fruit snack wrappers, empty plastic water bottles and socks.
Is still a great eater.  We haven't given her any meats yet, but she loves just about every fruit or veggie she has tried.  She got to try asparagus the other night and it was a huge hit.
She also tried cucumber and liked that she got to hold it/feed herself, but wasn't a huge fan of the texture.
Is getting better at standing each day, and loves to look in our full length mirror and 'play' with her friend.  (insert obvious comment here about how we need to give her a brother/sister..)
Finally has enough hair for a clip-in bow!  Her hair is still very fine so it is unlikely that we will put them in her hair consistently, but hey, it matters to know it can be done, right?
Is still working on crawling, and while she isn't there yet, she has mastered rolling all over the place to get what she wants.  sometimes she gets stuck and is not impressed.
Other times, she seems not to mind it!
Even though she can't crawl yet, she has recently started doing this:
Loves to play a game we call "fake nap". she will be playing one minute, and the next look at us with a smile and lay her head down on the floor. she will lay like that for a few seconds, pop back up and keep playing. Silly girl.
Is still a HUGE fan of bath time.  
  It is so crazy to think that in just 3 months she will be a year old!  While we've had incredible challenges up to this point, being her parents has been an absolute blast. :)