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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Myrtle Beach 2017

In June we went to Myrtle Beach with my mom, her boyfriend, and my grandma. The girls and I had a really great time! (Jay didn't get to go this year.)

We stayed in a two bedroom condo/apartment. Elsie had her own room which was really nice!

Every day when Gemma and I woke up and went to the apartment next door and had coffee with everyone while Elsie was still sleeping. By the time she got up and ate breakfast it was time to get down to the beach. We tried to go down there around9am everyday so we could get a few hours in before lunch and naptime. We went back up to the rooms to have lunch (hotdogs, sandwiches, etc) and put Elsie down for a nap. Most days my grandma would listen on the baby monitor for Elsie while the rest of us went back down to the beach or pool for awhile. By the time Elsie woke up we were pretty much done with the beach for the day. We'd either go back to the pool or do something else.

Elsie warmed up to the beach by the end of the week but definitely preferred the pool. 

For dinner we went out to eat. Grandma only went with us once. One day we fed Elsie then went out to a nice Italian place after Elsie went to bed while grandma watched her. She did okay at the restaurants when we took her with us though, thank god for netflix! Gemma usually slept in her carseat through dinner.

Overall it was a really nice time! I wasn't sure how much I'd get to relax without Jay there to help but it turned out okay. Hopefully we can all go again next year!

Here's some pictures:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Elsie Lately

Things Elsie says:

"peas" and "tank you"- anytime she wants or is given something, not sure how but she's super polite

"boom"- for a fist bump haha. She has to have a hug, kiss, high five, and a boom before nap and bedtime, and she tries to do it several times if it keeps me from leaving.

"No! I not!"- so sassy

She still calls Gemma "baby" but does it in the cutest high pitched little mama voice

"da-yee"- for daddy

One time she came up to me outside yelling "Mom! Dog ship" I'm sure you can figure that out  haha oops. But she always had to point out when the dog has pooped by telling "Poop!"

We recently went to the beach and when she says beach it sounds an awful lot like another certain B word

"nolk" milk

"coy"-car (most of her Rs are said as Ys)

She still sleeps with "Momo" (Elmo) but  also likes to take "Nana" (Anna from Frozen) and "Tata" (Elsa) to sleep with her

Which brings me to how she says her name...she doesn't really often, but when I get her to say it, it sounds like "Ta-tee"

That's all I can think of for now. This will be fun to read through someday.