Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Emerson Turns Three!

My baby girl is no longer a baby. She is such a grown up little girl, and this photo shoot made it apparent to me. 

Having a new baby has taught me to hang onto every single moment. I've been going through baby photos of Stone and Emerson to compare them to Knox (hello triplets). And it's sad, because I feel like I don't remember those days of Stone and Emerson being infants. I'm so glad I have this blog to look back on pictures, memories, and stories. 

Knox has taught me to hang onto every moment with each chid of mine. I'm sure a couple years from now, it will be hard to remember what Emerson was like as a three year old. But I hope I forever remember every single stage. So here goes:

*3 ft 2 in/34 pounds 
*She has the perfect amount of sass
*She continues to stick up for herself
*She loves our new dog, but is not afraid to swat him if he nips at her or jumps on her. She's totally in control with that relationship (Stone may be a different story!).
*She continues to LOVE animals (hence the new puppy we got).
*She is our song bird. She is ALWAYS singing. Especially in the car. She loves my Zumba music (even though most of it is in Spanish), and asks me to play it.
*She is always twirling around in circles
*She is OBSESSED with Dora. She has seen every single episode on Netflix MULTIPLE times. And she has learned all the Spanish that Dora uses. She even uses it.
*She still loves her baby brother, and always still asks to hold him.
*She is still a daddy's girl (but she loves me, too!)--and she tells us ON THE HOUR (literally) that she loves us.

She is EXACTLY the little girl I have always wanted. 

I love the following face. This is her surprised/embarrassed face. We went out to dinner for her birthday, and when they sang Happy Birthday, this was the EXACT face she made the entire time, while she stared at each server singing.

Okay, I did not stretch those eyes!! My kids all have anime eyes. I love them.

As I mentioned, she is obsessed with Dora. So we had a Dora Ballerina party, and it was a hit. Emerson was in heaven.

This was her invitation:

Her party favors:

Since Dora is a little Latina, I thought I'd do a salsa bar for the moms:

Cliff made an INCREDIBLE map for the party. If you're not familiar with Dora, in every episode, she has some sort of "problem" and solves it by going to/through 3 different places. Here is the map (it was a tri fold).

It all started with "River Blue Tile" where the kids played Pin the Tail on Swiper (a Dora character).

Then they moved to the Ballet Living Room, where they danced with Dora. We choreographed a dance for Dora to do certain moves with a game online, and the girls followed her. I think this was Emerson's favorite part.

 Then we moved to the Front Yard Mountain, where we had a Dora pinata.

Then, we had cake and ice cream (and other treats):

 And opened presents:

She had a fabulous time. I don't think we could have had a better theme for her party this year. She LOVES Dora, and she LOVES dancing. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

{Knox Sterling} 4 Month Stats

I can't believe this little guy is moving onto solids already! 

He had his 4 month check up this past week, and he's one healthy baby coming in at 16.6 pounds (75th percentile), and measuring 27 inches (96th percentile).  The night of his check up, we started rice cereal, and may have thrown in a small dash of sweet potatoes. He wasn't too sure what to think of it at first, but he sure seemed to enjoy it after the initial shock.

Some things about this sweet boy now:

*We've got a roller! Apparently he rolled for Cliff a month ago (multiple times), but it wasn't until this past week that he really became a roller. He'll rarely stay on his back now if I put him down. 
*He is the cuddliest baby. Cheek to cheek contact puts him out in an instant. If I lay down with him, and snuggle him, again, he's out in an instant. If he gets fussy (which is rare!), a quick cuddle to my chest calms him. If I lay down next to him, he rolls into me, until his face is close to me.
*I can get him to smile on command pretty much at any given moment, and Cliff can get him to laugh on command. He is SO happy.
*He honestly (and really...HONESTLY) never fusses! He fusses if he's hungry, and sometimes when he has a dirty diaper. 
*As cheesy as this sounds, I feel like he reads me and understands me. For instance, he is such a good eater, and when he's hungry, he's HUNGRY, and that's when he gets fussy. But if I have something I NEED to get done (like get Stone's lunch made and send him out the door with Cliff), I'll say, "Just give me a minute, and I'll be right there!," and he just sits there patiently waiting, trusting that I'll get to him as soon as I can. I feel like he knows when I'm frustrated with something, and he just sits there smiling and coo-ing. He never gives me a hard time! Oh how I wish this attitude could last forever.
*We don't take this sweet boy for granted. I think mommies with easy babies can sometimes take for granted that blessing. I don't know if it was his big ordeal a couple months ago, but I cherish every single moment with him. Every noise, every smile, every feeding, every cuddle, every cry. There is NOTHING about this boy that I take for granted. I soak up every little thing he has to offer me.
*Knox makes me want to be a better mother. Since he is so easy, and so happy, I feel like I need to up my game and give him reason to be such an awesome baby. Does that make sense? I love him.
*I have conflicting feelings on how time has passed these last 4 months. One moment, it feels like I just gave birth yesterday. Another moment, I feel like this little guy has been with us forever. We've already been through so much with him, and he was the PERFECT addition to this family. We are all in love with this little guy.

We {heart} our trampoline!

After some yucky sickness, Stone and Emerson are 100%, and finally, this week, we had some beautiful skies and temperatures that allowed plenty of time to jump, jump, jump. It started to rain again for a couple days, cleared up, and now it's raining again. But when the rain stops, I know where my kids are headed. And I love it just as much as them. My house stays cleaner {fewer toys and messes to clean up since they are outside}. AND they have the chance to burn all their energy up...and we all know how much energy these two have.

Look at her smile as she is flipping....pure joy!