Thursday, March 1, 2018

Elsie is THREE!

I can't believe the little baby girl that made me a Mama is THREE!

She is sweet and very sassy. Quite the threenager. Everything is "I do it" in "two minutes".

Her favorite activities are watching TV (Daniel Tiger or Dora), coloring, and wearing dresses (the fancier the better).

In typical toddler fashion, she only eats what she wants, when she wants it. She's a big fan of ramen noodles, chicken nuggets, and french fries.

Lately, she hates taking a bath and also wearing socks.

She loves princesses, especially Belle. And she also loves to help cook or bake.

She loves school, most of the time.

She also loves her sister, most of the time, as long as she isn't taking her toys. But they frequently give each other hugs and wrestle to the ground. It's the beginning of a great friendship. Haha

Can't wait to see how Elsie grows and changes this coming year. She's an amazing, smart, fiercely independent little girl!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Gemma is ONE!

Wow. The first year definitely goes by faster with your second child. I can't believe it. It feels like yesterday I was impatiently waiting for Gemma to make her (week late) entrance to the world.

This little lady is the LIGHT of our lives. She is all smiles all (most) of the time.

She is drooling buckets. Still only 7 teeth though.

She took her first steps!! and spent all month practicing three or four steps at a time. She's really starting to walk more but not walking 100% of the time yet.

Her favorite toy is a random baby doll that cries that Elsie got at her first Christmas. Gemma loves it!

She started saying words! She can say Mama, Dada, hi, hey, out, and hot.

She's still waking at night usually once or twice. Every now and then she'll sleep through.

We made it a whole year breastfeeding!! So excited for us! Not sure when /how to stop. She has milk about 5 times a day. She absolutely does not like regular cows milk.

She eats mostly table foods with some puree pouches to get veggies in her.  She's getting a little more picky lately. Sometimes she'll eat everything you give her and other times she'll throw it in the floor one by one.

We celebrated Gemma's birthday back at the end of December with family in Ohio. However,we've been celebrating all month really and  she had a few gifts and a blueberry muffin on the eve of her birthday at home with me and Elsie.

I can't believe we have two toddlers! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Here's to 2018

What a year!

We waited and waited and then finally had our second baby girl!
We went to so so many doctors appointments for baby feet.
We packed and moved to a different country.
We went home for the first time in over three  years.
We stayed in hotels.
We moved in to a townhouse.
We went to more doctors appointments and were relieved!
The girls and I went to Myrtle Beach.
We went swimming, a lot.
Jay passed his board.
Gemma started crawling.
We vacationed in Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg, TN.
Elsie started 2 day 2's preschool.
We enjoyed Oktoberfest, on base in Virginia this time
The girls and I dressed up as cats for Halloween with our soldier.
Jay applied for a special work opportunity. TBD
We hosted Thanksgiving at our place with Jay's parents.
We finally found a church we love!
We had my mom here before Christmas.
And had Christmas at home before we headed off to Ohio to freeze and see more family before the new year!

What a year! (And those are just the big things)

Excited to see what 2018 holds for us!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Gemma's 9 Month Update

The past month has been BIG for little miss Gemma!

She got 4 more teeth, so now she has 6! It's making her look so much less like a baby. :(

She started wanting to eat regular food instead of baby food. She will legit get mad at me if I'm trying to feed her baby food but eating something else. She wants it!

She was pretty much sleeping through the night but for about two weeks now has been getting up at least twice. I'm thinking it's teething related.

She can drink from a straw/sippy!

She learned how to clap and does it all the time now.

Not walking yet but she crawls super fast. Everywhere. All.the.time. Haha and stands up next to

2 naps a day.

Her favorite things are : Bubble Guppies, trying to get in to the dog food/water, anything Elsie has, a very specific pacifier that has little bumps on it for teething, shoes of all sizes, and food.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Elsie Lately

"Da, da, da, da Binch!" (From The Grinch which we've watched a million times in a row)

Me: Elsie it's time to go night night
Elsie: In a minute

"Mom? Mommy? What are you doing?" X100000

"No baby! You can't hab it!"

"Darbie" for Barbie

"pood" for food

Anytime she gets a boo-boo is a Big. Deal. She repeatedly says "my boo-boo owie"

Her favorite movies lately: The Grinch, Mulan, Pocahontas

She won't wear any pants. No leggings. No shorts. Only skirts and dresses. (Insert eye roll here)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gemma's 7 Month Update

Baby girl is growing so fast! This past month she has reached so many milestones!

This past month Gemma:

-learned to crawl properly

-got her first tooth (and second, the bottom middle teeth)

-starting eating more solid foods, moved on to stage 2 baby foods, and learned how to pick up and chew baby puffs (She eats solids at breakfast about an hour after she wakes up and at dinner when we eat)

-had to have her crib lowered

-started pulling herself up to her knees and now pulls herself up all the way to stand

-got a new convertible car seat and stopped using the infant car seat

-and she got her bangs trimmed for the first time

Phew! Slow down kiddo.

Photo dump below

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gemma's 6 Months

What?! How in the world has it been six months since my littlest baby was brought in to this world?

Time. Just. Slow. Down.

Weight: 18.5 lbs (92%)

Height: 25.9 inches (60%)

Foods: She has tried all the "first" baby foods and loved most of them. Carrots were iffy. She also has had avocado and watermelon. This kid loves to eat. She wants to be eating when we are eating. She also sat in a highchair at a restaurant for the first time last weekend! SO crazy. She also eats puffs.

Still breastfeeding and loving it; no bottles. It's the easiest thing ever now that we are to this point and I hope to continue until she's at least a year. Fingers crossed we don't have any issues when she gets teeth haha.

Still sleeping with me but she takes pretty good naps in her crib during the day and even goes to sleep in her crib for an hour or two most nights before I bring her in bed with me. Some nights I get super lucky and she'll sleep in there until around 12:30. I have high hopes for getting her in her own bed full time. eventually. ha.

She isn't really crawling yet. She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks and rocks then flops forward, scotches forward, rolls over and over, and on and on until she gets where she wants hahaha. She's definitely mobile but I'm sure she'll figure out proper crawling any day now.

She loves her jumper and her walker. She will actually walk forward in it already. Trying to keep up with her sister.

Gemma absolutely loves her sister! She is always watching her and laughing at her. She loves when Elsie pays any sort of attention to her, at all. It's THE cutest! I can't wait for them to play together in the coming years. I hope they are the best of friends.

Baby girl is getting so big! It's equal parts exciting and sad how fast it's going by. I love seeing her little personality starting to shine through. Gemma is the happiest, smiliest baby ever! People even make a point of telling us how happy of a baby she is anywhere we go. We are blessed.