Getting so big girl!

And the developments keep rolling on in!! Mommy’ heart is so full watching you grow and change and also a little sad to see you leaving babyhood behind! 😢

Four days ago (July 17) you started to stand, unassisted, for short periods of time and it was the cutest thing ever!! You would squeal with delight at yourself every time you successfully stood up and you would place your hands up over your head or behind your head, Ya know, to really show off! 

Then, on Sunday (July 19) I discovered that your top left tooth had broken through! You are now the proud owner of three teeth! 😁

  
No wonder you’d been chewing on your hands and been a little fussy at night!

Then tonight…you did something incredible!!!! My sweet baby girl, YOU TOOK YOUR FIRST STEPS!!!! Are you kidding me?! I caught a quick video of you about to take some steps and then when you actually took your first steps I mistakenly only took a snapshot. I’m so mad at myself!!! I know you’ll do it again, so I will do my best to capture it, but for now, this video and one picture of you walking will have to do. You are so big girl right now!!!

 

Look at that face!!!! So happy. So proud. My heart is bursting!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 

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11 Months

Happiest 11 months to my precious girl! I’m not going to lie, I’m having a slight panick attack that you’re closing in on your first birthday. I know I say it all the time, but how can this be?! I was JUST in labor with you a few days ago and brought your tiny little self home from the hospital like yesterday, right?? 😩

Your personality continues to emerge as such an independent, easy going and joy filled baby!  And when you put your mind to something, woah watch out because you’re going to succeed! 

Your sissy puts a giant smile on your face and you adore your dada. In fact, da! and dada!!! are your favorite words ❤️. You love to give daddy so many kisses! It’s the cutest. Also, your laugh is infectious and when you start giggling and then laughing we all can’t help but to laugh too! You truly are a JOY!

Weight: 18lbs

Height: 28.5 inches

Head: 18.5 inches

Newest developments:

  • Kisses!!! Kisses for everyone on demand 😘
  • Cruising with the help of anything you can slide around on the floor. 
  • Climbing stairs AND getting down. 
  • Screaming when your sissy takes a toy so mommy will come to your rescue 😜
  • You love when we hold your hands so you can walk. It makes you smile so big and laugh!
  • TEETHING!!! You still have only two teeth but you’ve been sticking your fingers in your mouth to chew lately. I think more are coming in. 

I love you baby girl!!!

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
      
     
   

  

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10 Months

Happy 10 months my precious jewel!!! You are so loved and developing so quickly! It’s so crazy to me how fast you’ve turned into this little person with a bright and joyous personality! Only two more months until your birthday….ahhhh!

I’m really enjoying being home with you as I watch you grow and develop. Every day you have a new trick and it just simply amazed me!

   
 Weight: 20lbs

Length: 28.5 inches

Head: 18 inches

Newest Developments:

  • You love to walk while I’m holding your hands. You’re even getting daring and doing it one handed. 
  • Pulling up on everything!!!
  • Chewing with your two bottom teeth. 😆
  • Imitation! Your imitation has gotten even more complex and your will copy anything we do. It’s so cute!!
  • You really really really love food and will eat anything we let you put in your mouth!
  • Kissing!! You give kisses when I ask you for them. This is my favorite right now. It’s the sweetest thing in the whole world to get such sweet sloppy kisses from you! 😘😍

Happy 10 months my baby!

   
  

                         

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Reflections of an honest mom

I’m awake. It’s way past my bedtime, but I can’t sleep. Both of you girls are here next to me in bed, breathing slow, rhythmic, deep sleep breathes. I’m reflecting tonight and looking back at pictures of you, sparkle, when you were the jewel’s age. I’m in tears. Where did the time go? Who is this preschool aged girl that has somehow replaced my firstborn? Why does it seem like a lifetime ago, and why is there such a disconnect in my brain between that baby and the young girl you are now? It’s like I blinked and you grew up. My memories are failing me, but thank goodness I’ve taken so many pictures. They bring back those treasured moments. 

Am I failing you? I think this often. You are such a sweet, kind, funny, inquisitive, creative and innocent child. And I yelled at you today. You didn’t even do anything wrong. You just wanted and needed me. And I was tired and I yelled. I messed up today. It’s been weighing heavy on my heart because you are my light. You are my everything and I was wrong today. I never want to break your spirit or darken your innocence. Looking back at pictures tonight, I’m reminded of how lucky and blessed I am to have you. I need to do better. 

I’ve been at home with you girls for almost 5 months now and I’m really enjoying it. Yet, I applied for a job today. What am I thinking? How could I ever leave you girls now that I know the joys (and the trials) of being home with you full time and knowing everything about both of you and being the one to witness your growth and all your discoveries?

The truth is, there’s a part of me that longs to go back to work, to find fulfillment in a career outside the home. There’s a part of me that feels like maybe I’m not doing enough, that there is no “prestige” in raising my two beautiful daughters and that I need to be out in the work force contributing somehow. And then the guilt of those thoughts slaps me hard in the face when I look at you two. How could there be anything more prestigious, more righteous, more upstanding than devoting my life to ensuring that my children are loved, supported and cultivated in a way that could bring so much goodness into the world. It is an investment in this world’s future. What could be more prestigious than that? Nothing. Honestly, nothing. Then why did I apply for that job?? What a torn heart I have about it all. I wish I could have/do both. 

Laying here in the dark and my heart is aching for you girls. The love I feel for you both is so strong and overpowering that it sometimes physically hurts. It’s a love I had never experienced before you both entered this world. It’s all consuming and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You are my reasons. My bests. My Everythings.  

I will do better tomorrow. I promise. 

I hope one day you know the love I feel for you both. 

All of my soul, I love you. 

Mommy Em. ❤️ 

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We have a tooth!…Finally

It only took 9 months and 1 week ha!!! Your bottom left tooth broke through today! You bit me today and I felt it! 😳 No more buying okay?? 😆

I can’t believe your gummy smile is coming to an end. I’m not ready! Why are you growing so fast?!?! 😭

I can see that the second bottom tooth is no far behind either. Sigh. My baby is getting teeth, wah!

I tried to get a good picture, but that proved to be nearly impossible. Enjoy these attempts though!

   
   

I love you baby girl!!! 

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9 Months

My most precious little jewel, happy 9 months baby girl!!! It is crazy to me that you’re 3/4 of the way through your first year of life! What?? You continue to be such an incredible joy and I seriously cannot imagine my life without you. You have brought so much happiness to this family. How did we ever survive without you?! At 9 months, we are finally in our new home in Colorado and you are settling in nicely. It’s crazy how many different places you’ve moved in your life already! My little traveler 😉. 

  • Weight: 18lbs 3oz
  • Height: 28 inches
  • Head: 17.75 inches

Newest Developments

  • Crawling is much more efficient and you’re getting pretty fast!
  • You can stand holding onto furniture, unassisted
  • You are trying so hard to pull yourself up all on your own
  • Stranger anxiety is in full effect and you scream and cry if anyone other than mama or dada try to hold you or pick you up 😳. 
  • You can say three words; dads, dog, and mama
  • You JUST started doing the cutest thing where you will shoot your arms straight up over your head when we say “reach for the sky!” 😍
  • Your sissy is still your favorite person, but you have learned that if she takes a to from you, all you have to do is cry a little and mama will come to the rescue 😜. 
  • You absolutely adore food and will eat anything I put in front of you. 
  • STILL NO TEETH!!!😍

   
 

   
  

  

             

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

I love you my jewel!!! I love you so much I might burst! Happy 9 months 😍❤️ 

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I’m a crawler!!!

Baby girl!!! Two days ago, you got it!! You are officially crawling love. You have taken a few crawling steps before this video, but nothing like what Daddy caught! It’s so amazing to watch you try and try and master new skills. I’m so excited for you. This opens up a whole new world for you!!! Great work babes! 

And we move into our new house in Colorado in 4 days little one, so you’ll have plenty of space to explore! 😍

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