Friday Fun Facts: Emilee 45 Weeks!

Why does 45 weeks sound so much older than 44? 7 weeks until the big O-N-E. But I'm actually not too sad. I remember when Luke turned one I thought he was "so big" but now looking at Emilee, I think she's still such a baby. And looking back at when Luke was 1, he was also still just a baby. Maybe whatever age Luke is will always seem "big" to me because he's my first. And when E reaches that exact age it will always seem not that "big" because she's the baby of the family and Luke will always be older... 

New Milestones: E is saying dada in context now. She asked for him Monday morning when I went to get her up for the day. We have a first words picture book that Luke loved as a baby so I've been reading it to Em almost daily. I point out all the objects and tell her what they are. Well yesterday I asked Em, "where's the baby?" And she looked at the page for a minute, found the baby with her eyes, and then put her fat little hand right on top of the picture of the baby! I was SO proud! 

Milestones I think she is close to: Possibly pointing - see above. 

Sleeping: A couple of nights where she was waking up 45 minutes after falling asleep. I blame it on her invisible teeth. 

Foods: We recently tried cantaloupe, which she loved. She also had her first meal out at a restaurant. She shared some of brother's hamburger and mom and dad's pizza at BJ's.

Favorite activity/toy: E LOVES books! Her favorite activity is to go over to our book shelf in the family room and pull each and every one down. She then will turn the pages herself on the sturdier board books. She will sit and let me read to her for a good 10 minutes or so. So different from Luke! He had no interest in books and no time to sit still to let me read to him. 

Best part about being a mom:  I love seeing my kids learn. When E pointed to the baby, it was just as awesome as the first day Luke did it. Just because I've been there, done that with one kid doesn't make it any less special with the second. It's awesome when they hit milestones. 

This week we: attempted our first ponytail... I think it was a success! 

We also discovered brother's stash of cars and trucks! Good thing she has a birthday coming up soon - she needs some princess toys!

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Friday Fun Facts: Emilee 44 weeks!

Another Friday, another week of FF. It's hard to believe I started crafting for her first birthday party. Yes, it's a sickness, I know. But this is my last first birthday I get to plan PLUS she's a girl. I told Chris he can pretty much throw all words like "low-key, small, and budget" out of the window. It's like a sweet sixteen... but she's only one. Haha.  

New Milestones: Nothing new to report here.  

Milestones I think she is close to: Standing up, walking, more than 2 teeth... I sound like a broken record. Please Em, just pick one of these things and do them so I have something new to brag about. 

Sleeping: Sleep has been rough since we've been fighting a cold the past week. And we've fostered a small habit at bedtime. E will wake up anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour in and cry. I would just go in and rock her back to sleep. Bad idea. Girlfriend's got me wrapped around her finger. So this past week we had to institute a little cry it out. It was only one night and only for 35 minutes. But I almost died. I don't know how any parent could last much longer. Thankfully it only took one night of "it's bedtime, we mean business, we aren't coming back in." No more wake ups. 

Foods: E's new favorite food - garbanzo beans! I think she would eat the whole can if I let her. 

Favorite activity/toy:  Em is all girl and loves to look at her self in our closet mirrors. She stands up and "talks" to the baby standing in the mirror. It's hilarious! 

Best part about being a mom:  Em is so cute she makes my teeth hurt. It's good we aren't having anymore because I don't think a third could be any more cute than E already is. She's definitely my favorite daughter. ;-) 

This week we: had play date with all our friends. It's been SO long since the wolf pack was all together so it was extra fun. 

We were at the grocery store yesterday and a lady commented how cute Em was and then started talking to her. I told Em, "say hi" and with no hesitation, she says clear as day, "HI." I was shocked! And was so was the lady! I've been trying to get her to say it ever since with no such luck. But still cute regardless.

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Emilee 10 Months!

Double-digits! It's hard to believe that in just 8 short weeks E will be ONE! Girlfriend was ALL smiles on Friday when I was snapping her pictures. She has been fighting a small cold so I didn't know how she would do but she was a total ham! Luke was with daddy at Knott's so Em and I had the day to ourselves. We had the best time taking her pics and playing around. I had to laugh a little because I used to think ONE child was SO hard. Now? It's a breeze!

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To My Sweet Emmy Grace,

8 more weeks and you will be ONE. Time sure does fly when you're having fun. And that's definitely what you are - FUN. You are the happiest baby I know. I thought your brother was an easy/happy baby and that it didn't get much easier. I was wrong. You smile and laugh and squeal - every day with you is a new adventure! The only time you fuss is if you are hurt or we aren't paying enough attention to you. Typical girl.

You started waving two days ago. I think you've actually been waving for awhile now but I didn't realize it was waving. You lift both hands up high and shake them vigorously - it's adorable! You also shake your head and say "na." You can say mama, dada, ya, and ba. I haven't counted a "first word" officially yet though.

You are zooming around the house crawling still and getting more brave standing. You can let go and stand for a few seconds by yourself and I saw you go from squatting to standing not holding onto anything. I still think you will be crawling by your first birthday. 

We are eating table food for all 3 meals now and you love it. You're favorite things are meatloaf (both turkey and beef), cheese, black beans, blueberries, banana, and zucchini. You take 2 sippys a day and 2 bottles a day. Although we are taking away one more bottle starting next week. You can work a straw sip like a pro and I just recently started giving you a snack and some water after morning nap. 

You absolutely adore your big brother. No one can make you smile bigger or laugh harder. You watch every single move he makes when he's in the same room. You love playing with his blocks - especially the tiny ones you shouldn't have. Any chance you get you go crawling into his room to try and play. You love to climb all over daddy and have him fly you like an airplane after dinner at night. And your favorite thing to do with mommy is "shake your wiggles out." You love splashing in the bath (or pool) and you think it's funny to snort like a pig. 

Bedtime has been a struggle due to teeth, sickness, or reflux we aren't too sure. You no longer get a bedtime bottle and that seems to be going ok but you have been needing a few extra snuggles the past week. And you're my very last baby so I'm totally ok with it. Still only 2 teeth but those top teeth should be coming any day now... but I've also said "any day now" for months. You hair is getting so long and every where we go people comment on how pretty it is. Mommy is totally jealous of all the volume you have. 

I don't think it's possible but you get more cute with every day that passes. I love seeing your little personality develop and I can't wait to see what things interest you and what you have a passion for. You complete our family in every possible way. Daddy and I love you so much baby girl.


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No Friday Fun Facts today because someone turns 10 months old on Sunday. (Hold me!) PLUS, we have our East Coast family in town all week long so we are busy getting in lots of cousin time.

Chris' brother, his wife, and our niece flew in Wednesday from Virginia. The last time they were all here was 18 months ago! I was pregnant with E and didn't know it and Luke was only 20 months old! Crazy!

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Tabitha and Luke are exactly 6 months apart and while it seemed like a huge age gap when they were itsy bitsy, there is no difference now. Luke has been having the time of his life. Playing at grandma's house, community bath time, a trip to Knott's, and so much more planned for this weekend. I have a feeling we are going to have one little bummed out boy on our hands when they leave on Monday! Join the club buddy!

Jeff is getting ready for a 10 month deployment in August so we had an early 40th birthday party for him (He will turn 40 in November while he's deployed.) Uncle Bill, Aunt Clara, and Will came down for dinner. It was chaotic family fun!

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Hard to believe that we are going to be adding a 5th cousin next February. Yep, someone is pregnant and no, it's not me! My sis-in-law Jenn is having baby #2! She and Wes saw all the chaos fun that two kids is and just couldn't wait. I'm dying to know if baby #2 is a he or she.

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As you can see, Luke is grossly outnumbered, so a boy cousin would be nice. But then again, I don't think he would mind being the only boy. We will find out in a few short weeks!
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Happy 4th of July!

Another 4th come and gone. It's hard to believe that a year ago I was pregnant with Em, thinking about how we would have a 10 month old this year. And here she is. Crazy. Time flies when you're having fun!

We kept it pretty low-key this year. Chris and Luke cleaned up the backyard ALL morning in preparation for our family BBQ. Luke had a blast. I'm not joking when I say he loves to work. Especially if it's outside.

We had both sets of grandparents over for dinner and swimming. Luke is becoming a little fish! While he doesn't swim by himself just yet, he now loves the pool. Which I consider a victory in and of itself since we started the summer with him not even wanting to put his feet in the water.

It would be a miracle if both my kids smiled in the same picture. I'm already dreading our annual family pictures in the fall. Lord help us. So my only option is to post several. A few good ones of Em and a few good ones of Luke.

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After "the year of the beard" Chris decided to shave it off. We are still deciding if we like it better with the beard or without. And by "we" I mean me.

Chris did another trial run for an upcoming rib competition and I have to say I think we have some winners on our hands. My dad doesn't even like ribs and he licked them clean.

Speaking of my dad, not only is it America's birthday but it's Poppa's birthday too. America is a just bit older. ;-) (I'm totally gonna get flack for typing that.)

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We decided to forgo fireworks again this year since the kids are still little. The thought of keeping E up 2 hours past her bedtime is downright horrifying to me so maybe next year. But if we're being honest, it probably won't be for another 2 years until we head to the park again.

So Grandma and Bampa bought some fireworks so we could have our own little show while it was still light out. Yes, Luke's in his pajamas. What can I say? It was after bath. He did much better with the noise this year and LOVED holding the sparklers.

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I was worried the big fireworks would wake both the kids but they slept right through! Hooray! We're looking forward to enjoying the rest of the long weekend. We've been crazy busy so it's been nice to have a few lazy mornings at home. So far Summer 2014 has been good to us! 
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Friday Fun Facts: Emilee 42 Weeks!

First off, Happy 4th of July! I just realized this is Em's last first holiday. Unless you count Labor Day. Which I don't. But maybe I will now that I know this is the last first holiday in the Thomas house. So bittersweet. 

New Milestones:  E has successfully mastered how to use a straw. I practiced with her for a few minutes at dinner when we were in San Diego and she picked it right up. I was shocked! 

Milestones I think she is close to: Our upper gums are very bulgy and I can feel her two front teeth right underneath them. Now to just get them to break through! 

Sleeping: E was a champ last weekend in San Diego. I was worried about her going to bed this week since we moved her bedtime bottle up to dinner starting Monday night, but she put her thumb in her mouth and went right to sleep. I think mommy had a harder time with it than E did. Random fact: E only sucks her right thumb. At least I've only seen her suck the right one. It's downright adorable. But probably won't be when she's 5. Thankfully she only does it when she's tired or hungry. 

Foods: We have one more day of breakfast puree and then it's 3 meals a day of table food. I'm on a mission to use up every last cube of baby food in my fridge. I've only got a little bit left! We tried strawberries this week and E gobbled them right up! 

Favorite activity/toy:  Sophie has become a recent favorite again - probably due to those top teeth coming in. Pretty much anything E can chew on... including mom's fingers. Ouch! 

Best part about being a mom:  It's so fun to see her personality develop. And man, does she have one! She's observant and chill when she wants to be and yet loud and fierce when she needs to be (like when brother is up in her face). 

This week we: took our first family vacation. We also moved bedtime bottle to dinner and made it a sippy. So E gets 2 bottles and 2 sippys a day. I have a feeling bottles aren't going to be around too much longer as she much prefers the sippy cup. 

And since it's the 4th, nothing says 'Merica like a red-headed baby in some red, white, and blue...

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2nd Annual Family "Vacation"

If you know me then you know my feelings about vacation-ing with small children. I don't. If my kids are with me, it isn't a vacation. It's "traveling with kids" or a "trip," or my favorite, "parenting in a different location." Because let's face it, I'm going to do exactly what I do at home, just somewhere else.

We took Luke to San Diego last year for a night. It was our first overnight trip as a family and was completely and utterly exhausting. But also tons of fun. It turns out I was totally exhausted because I was also 5 months pregnant. I was expecting the worst again this year and it turns out it wasn't that bad. Sure, I was tired. But the fun totally outweighed the little tiredness I experienced Sunday/Monday morning.

We had so much fun we decided to make it an annual trip. We like to do "big" vacations every other year and since our kids are still little those big trips involve zero children. But San Diego for a night or two every year is totally do-able. And since we are done having babies, this year was the hardest in terms of littles running around. Hard to believe it, but Em will be almost 2 this time next year. Wahhhhhh!

Chris and I were really looking forward to this past weekend. Not for the relaxing part (because there wasn't any) but more for the "making memories" part. Luke is 3 now and thanks to my good friend, Les, I am well aware that that is the age when children can remember things on their own. And I have a feeling Luke will definitely remember this trip.

He was so excited to go to "Sandy Eggo" and couldn't wait to hit the road Saturday morning. We left in our swimsuits so we could head straight to the pool if our room wasn't ready. Which it wasn't. But we were prepared!

Luke had a BLAST at the pool. He went down the water slide with dad, hung out at the "stand up pool" aka beach entry pool and well, just lounged around like such a big kid.

Auntie Jenn and Olivia met us for the day while Uncle Wes worked. The babies loved splashing in the water!

Grandma and Bampa offered to stay with the girls while they napped in the room so Jenn, Chris, and I could all enjoy the pool some more with Luke. Chris and I decided to let Luke skip his nap and when we came up to the room at 3pm, he asked, "Is it time for a nap now?" When we told him he missed nap because he was playing at the pool, he exclaimed, "But I need a nap because I'm tired!" Totally his mom's child. He laid right down and slept for 45 minutes straight! Which also lets me know that he isn't ready to drop nap any time soon.

After nap we had dinner at a fun pizza place in Pacific Beach and then came back to the hotel to roast "smars" as Luke calls them.

Both kids went to bed about an hour late which isn't too bad. I'm a stickler for sleep and schedules so vacation definitely throws a wrench in all that. But Luke did awesome and Em was such a trooper. I think we did a good job of keeping their routines in tact, but also being a bit flexible since we were away from home.

Sunday we woke up early and headed out to the zoo. Grandma and Bampa stayed behind so Emilee could get one good nap in for the day. (Notice a theme here? Must take grandparents on every family vacation from here on out!)

The three of us walked around and saw monkeys, gorillas, orangutans, and hippos. Uncle Wes, Aunt Jenn, Olivia, Bampa, Grandma, and Em met up with us about an hour later. Once everyone was at the zoo, Luke was adamant about riding the zoo bus. And out of everything we did and saw Sunday his favorite part was riding the bus. Silly kid.

We had lunch with the elephants and right around 1pm (aka nap time) both kids had kind of had it so we decided to head out. I had hoped they would nap the whole way home (yah right) but they did both snooze a bit.

All 4 of us were in bed early Sunday night. I know what it feels like to be nice and comfy in your own bed so I'm sure the kids felt the same way. It was the best kind of tired.

All in all, it was a great trip and I've still got the "our trip is over" blues. I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat. Several times throughout the trip I teared up just thinking about how much fun Luke was having. I'm already counting the days until we go back next year!
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