Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter! Hope you’re having fun searching for eggs, or indulging in my favorite tradition of eating all the chocolate-peanut butter or marshmallow candy. Diet starts tomorrow.

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Our Annual Ducky Photo Tradition

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We started doing these adorable ducky photos with Palmer when she was 5 or 6 months old. She couldn’t even sit up in the photos and hated tummy time so much that the only other option we had for posing her was plopping her down like a dead fish and sprinkling some quackers around her.

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We’ve come a long way since those days. Palmer was super excited to see the ducks. She was communicating to them in their language, “quack, quack,” as we approached them. Emmeline lost her mind for a second but quickly recovered after she felt the ducks soft little feathers. She was then super comfortable with the ducklings… maybe a little too comfortable. I think one little ducky’s life flashed before it’s eyes as Emmeline had it in a pretty serious choke hold. Thankfully, the photographer had an awesome duck handler who quickly intervened and removed said duck from the situation.

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Palmer and Emmeline weren’t the best models together. Neither was interested in looking at the camera. Em wanted to look at the ducks the entire time. Palmer wanted to stop photo shooting and just dance on the ground. Things came to a screeching halt when in the middle of Palmer and Emma’s shots, a duck pooped on Palmer… and she was not having it. She could not (and still has not to this day) gotten over the fact that a duck pooped on her pants. We cleaned her up and tried to resume shooting but the damage had been done. Palmer was literally side eyeing the baby ducks for the remainder of the session.

Even now, when she sees a duck in a book or photo or whatever, she said, “Ew. Duck poops. The duck pooped on my pants.”

This will be something she’ll discuss with her therapist years from now.

Manners

I feel like I’ve been so disconnected from life lately, well or maybe just in the thick of it. Have I mentioned how hard managing two kids is??!

Note to self: If you ever decide that a third child is a possibility, RE-READ THIS BLOG. 

I haven’t had a chance to really share about my little baby turned toddler then full grown adult. Maybe one of these days I’ll have a minute to really get into all the changes I’ve noticed but for right now, I wanted to share this amazing thing that happened lately: she is using some manners!

That’s right. A while back, we started forcing her to use full sentences before we would give her something. Example: If she wanted a string cheese, she needs to say, “Please can I have a string cheese”. Easy enough right? Well, it was a long process.

I’m proud to say that she has mastered it, and is currently schooling us in how to kindly ask for what we want (or what we don’t want). Anytime she’s holding something and “thinks” we want it, she’ll say, “Do you want —-? Say please.” And then makes us ask for the item, even if we don’t want it.

Another cute little thing that Palmer does is that every night at dinner, Erin asks her if she likes her food. Then he tells her, “make sure you tell Mommy thank you.” It’s always followed with a loud, “THANK YOU MOMMY!” It’s precious. I’ve never appreciated it more than last night when I was super stressed on my own as Erin is traveling right now.

We were running behind on our evening routine. It was after 7 and I was trying to put something together for dinner. I decided to cook up some turkey kielbasa. I quickly realized I didn’t have anything else to put on the side that would be quick so I asked Palmer if she wanted some strawberries. Of course she said yes. Fruit all day, erryday. So Palmer enjoyed a well-rounded meal of turkey kielbasa and strawberries. I felt ashamed and disappointed as I prepared her plate. What kind of meal was this? Welp, Palmer dove right in and my heart began to melt as she practically shouted from the rooftops, “YUMMY, YUMMY IN MY TUMMY! This is so delicious, Mommy. Thank you so much for this food.” Although still slightly embarrassed by the lazy meal I had prepared, I realized she didn’t care. She ate the whole plate and not a single crumb hit the floor (a true miracle in our home… especially when Palmer is sitting in her high chair).

For as incredibly crazy she is bouncing off the walls and throwing major tantrums every day, there are moments like this that remind me that *sometimes* we’re doing *something* right.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Hope everyone is having a fun St. Patricks Day!

We celebrated a little early at Erin’s parents house with a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Wednesday. It was DELICIOUS.

Erin took off the day today and we met up with a friend and her two little boys at this sort of sketchy park called Enchanted Island. I was a little nervous because the park isn’t in the greatest area but it actually wasn’t that bad. We bought an unlimited ride pass and Palmer got to enjoy a bunch of fun (sort of scary) rides. Their safety was questionable. The carousel went so fast that we had to hold onto the girls for dear life. The train was super fun though! We didn’t stay too long because, well, toddlers and heat don’t mix. Palmer passed out the minute she got into her carseat.

BTW… 2 posts today? Who am I??

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Emmeline – 7 Months

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Y’all… yesterday Emmeline turned seven months and I’m posting *on time*. It’s a Christmas miracle.

So many things this month. First off, we have a crawler! Just a day before she hit 7 months, she took her first couple “steps” forward. Now, she’s moving all around. Her crawl is a little weird. One leg is kind of dragged along and she usually crawls forward a little, then sits. Speaking of sitting, last week she started sitting up on her own! She’s also trying to be a monster, pull up on her own (and sometimes trying to stand from crawling position), and cruise. It’s terrifying.

She’s also eating all sorts of new foods like carrots, pears, broccoli. She can put down some serious food. She gets rice cereal every night and a couple other feedings of fruits/veggies during the day. I feel like we are a little behind where we were with Palmer with introducing stuff but we’ll catch up. I also want to try and give her some puffs and see if we can improve her pincher grasp!

Everyone always comments on how she is the happiest baby, which is super surprising if you went back just a couple months and witnessed the constant crying. Maybe it’s the break of sun after all the rain. Her smile literally brightens up my day.

 

Monthly Update

Weight: 13 lbs, 6 oz (at home measurement)

Length: 25″ (at home measurement)

Diaper Size: 1 (I’m running out of 1s so I’m going to try a 2 on her to see if I can use those, or if I need to purchase more 1s)

Clothing Size: We are pretty much in a 3/6 mo zone. It really depends on the brand and style. Much like Palmer, I lean towards legging type pants because it fits a little bit better on their baby body. Now that it’s starting to warm up, I can break out all the 6 mo shorts I have from Palmer.

Health: Reflux is improving. She looks like she’s gaining some weight so that’s also positive. No recent reactions to any foods.

Sleep: Just transitioned her to the crib and it’s been pretty good going to bed anywhere between 7-9p and waking between 4-7a. If she gets up around 4, I just feed her and put her back down.

Diet: I’ve noticed her cutting down on nursing sessions during the day and it’s looking we’ve gotten into a groove of 5 a day (most likely because she dropped a MOTN session). We are doing 2-3 solids a day, with some snacks thrown in there if we are eating something she can eat.

Baby Gear Love: Omg… toys. So many toys. She is currently loving on toy keys, the Oball, an elephant teether/squeaky toy, blocks… anything she can get her hands on really.

Loves: Eating paper, crawling around/exploring, Tyson, playing with Palmer

Dislikes: Taking naps, being overtired

Milestones: Sitting herself up, crawling, being the cutest child ever.

Looking forward to: A possible word??! Mama or Dada would be nice 😉

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Let’s Play Summer

It’s been hot here… like really freaking hot. Low to mid 90s all week hot.

So because it’s been like a ball of fire outside, we decided to have a little fun in the sun with some sprinklers, baby pool, adorable bathing suits, and a ton of sunscreen (these children are translucent).

Palmer had the time of her life. She kept telling Erin, “Dad!! Let’s play summer!!” She loved splashing in the pool and drawing with chalk. Emmeline enjoyed being pushed in the swing and just being adorable in her bathing suit.

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Emmeline – Six Months

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I get ahead one month and then fall soooo far behind. To be fair, I was waiting to post something until after Emma’s 6 month checkup (which was last week), then I was being super slow with transferring photos… now here we are. It’s been almost a month and I’m just getting around to this thing.

Six months. Dang. I swear I just had this baby!

The past month has actually been pretty good. She’s been sleeping significantly better, eating, and happy most of the time. I’m sure there were some bad days in there too but I mean, she’s a tiny baby. Sometimes I feel like I expect too much from her.

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I kind of touched on the fact that we were introducing solids, which we have, but not much. Her checkup (and dirty diaper check) revealed that she is *finally* clear of blood in her stools. Our pediatrician was blown away that she had no issue. So I was cleared to add back in dairy (WHAT?!) and I can continue to enjoy it as long as she has no issues.

She’s a pretty sweet baby overall. She’s just super needy. I swear I’m having to hold her all the time, which makes it super hard to get anything done in my house. I sometimes just want to sit by myself without a child hanging on me. A mom can dream right?!

 

Monthly Update

Weight: 12 lbs, 2.75 oz (doctor measurement)

Length: 24.5 (doctor measurement)

Diaper Size: 1

Clothing Size: 3 mo onesies/pants (finally somewhat fitting the waistline), 6 mo jammies

Health: Reflux has picked back up so we decided to go back on the Zantac. Some minor GI issues but we’re dealing with it (I need a separate post for our GI appointments)

Sleep: Typically from 9pm-4am; feeding at 4; back asleep from 4:30-6:30.

Diet: Typically 5-6 BM feedings a day, 2 solids (some finger type food and rice cereal at night)

Baby Gear Love: Her high chair from Ikea. She LOVES it.

Loves: Being the cutest baby alive.

Dislikes: Being left alone – SO NEEDY.

Milestones: Eating more solids

Looking forward to: Maybe her being more vocal, not holding my breath on teeth.