Emmy is One!

15 Jul

A year ago we welcomed Emmy Katherine into our family, and she’s made herself known from the first moment.

Emmy, 4 days new

Emmy, 4 days new

From the first hours of her life she has been opinionated, noisy, and impatient. As she’s grown she’s become silly and sweet and adorably chubby. If she doesn’t like something or doesn’t want to do something, you’ll know it. She’ll either smack you in the face as you try to comb her hair after bath or she’ll toss her entire meal on the floor.

She’ll also give you lots of kisses on your shoulder as you hold her and will lay her head on your shoulder and give you a bear hug with her little arms.
She screeches and giggles herself into hiccups.
She wiggles uncontrollably when her daddy enters the room, and no one can make her laugh like her big sis.
She loves her bink and her baba, carbs and meat. She loves cold water in her sippy and ice cream! (Second child, ya know.)

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And after her party on Sunday, we know she loves cake!

It’s been a crazy year, and I feel so complete with our family and our two amazing girls.

– Emmy has 2 teeth.
– Drinks 3 bottles a day, 5 oz each.
– Wears size 18-24 month clothes
– Sleeps her on her tummy with her bink
– Hates riding in the car for any amount of time
– Weighs 22-ish pounds
– Loves the water and blowing bubbles in the tub or pool
– Won’t eat fruit, except applesauce and fruit pouches (I think she’s weird about textures)
– Stands and cruises between furniture
– Hiccups after she giggles
– Waves bye bye
– Says Hi and Dada
– Sleeps from 7:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
– Takes 2 naps a day

So, how did we celebrate?

We woke her up Friday morning singing Happy Birthday to her. She had sprinkle pancakes for breakfast, then took treats to school with her friends. A trip to the zoo on Saturday and then Sunday was the big 1st birthday party. I did an ice cream shoppe theme and it turned out pretty cute. Here is the weekend in pictures:


morning snuggles with daddy

morning snuggles with daddy


fancy dress for school

fancy dress for school


my baby and I

my baby and I


Then the big party!


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she went cake crazy!

she went cake crazy!


Then big sis and her friends helped her open gifts.





and a family pic:

Love these people.

Love these people.


It’s amazing to think it’s been a whole year with our two girls, our family of 4. It goes by in a blink, but there were definitely lots of moments in the first few months where I wondered how the hell I was going to manage. Turns out you just keep getting up, doing your best and loving them and you’ll get there.

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Emmy Kate! We adore you and are so thankful you’re ours!!


Emmy Kate – 11 months

22 Jun

Well folks, one month until she’s one! These have been the fastest 11 months ever.

Em is silly, busy, sweet and sour, and once she makes her mind up, she’s gonna get what she wants!

She is still getting 3 bottles a day, 6 ounces each. She wakes up ready for that morning bottle and the second she sees you mixing it up, she is shaking her hand right along with you and immediately starts whining and trying to throw herself back into ‘drinking’ position — like that will make you go faster. If you’re not fast enough, there will be crying and tears. Don’t mess with that girl’s food!

She gets up around 6 a.m. and goes to bed around 7:30 p.m. She is still a picky eater, and she prefers carbs and meat over anything. She’s also doesn’t trust new food. If I put something new on her tray, she will squint/blink her eyes at me like she’s avoiding it. And don’t even try to put it in her mouth. It’s like she thinks I’d poison her!

She is starting to stand on her own and even will go from sitting to standing for a few seconds! It’s so hard to tell when she’ll get brave enough to walk, but she’s pretty close. She’s discovered stairs and the second she can get to them, she’ll start giggling and trying to climb them as fast as possible.

She’s wearing 18 month clothes, for the most part and her hair is getting so light with all the sun! She is definitely more fair-skinned than G and her skin turns pink if we don’t reapply sunscreen enough.

I just sent invites out for her Ice Cream Shoppe birthday party! I can’t believe it’s almost here!
Here are her 11 month pics!


















See ya in a month!

Emmy Kate – 10 Months

4 Jun

Even though she’ll be 11 months in a week, I couldn’t let the 10 month update slip past!

Here are the pics of my crazy, crawling, always moving girl.



Getting her into the chair took about 10 tries.



All she wanted to do was crawl out, and fall on her face. (she didn’t, but it was close once.)



She looked everywhere but the camera.


I gave up on the solo shot and Georgia hopped in. That at least kept her on the chair. How cute are they?




When I finally let her down, she went for the nearest exit.


And then turned to taunt me with her cute chubby legs.

So beyond avoiding photos and trying to escape at all times, Emmy is a happy girl!
Here’s what else she’s doing:

  • Pulling up and cruising between pieces of furniture
  • Walking behind push-behind toys
  • Loves taking toys in and out of containers: buckets, boxes, the ark, ya know, the usual.
  • Won’t eat any fruit unless it’s pureed and room temperature. She loves those squeezy pouches of fruit.
  • Loves meat and carbs (don’t we all?)
  • Has 2 teeth – the lower bottom ones. Teething really bothers her: fevers, grouchy, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t eat = is a real treat
  • Loves her bink and babas. When you shake up her botttles in front of her, she also shakes her arm in preparation.
  • Her smile rocks. There is nothing better than sitting on the floor and her seeing you, breaking into a big grin and speed-crawling to you.
  • Her eyes and hair have lightened up even more. I think it’s safe to say we have a toe-head on our hands!

I can’t believe we’re a month or so away from her 1st birthday! I’ve booked the park near our house for the party and am excited to pull it all together!
Happy Summer, ya’ll!





Georgia is 4!

29 May

I’m not going to comment about not blogging except to say, I know. Life is crazy, and blogging is a distant 7 in my priorities.

On April 20th (yes, that long ago!) our big girl turned 4! It happened to fall on Easter Sunday so we celebrated with my family at my mom’s house and then the following Tuesday had a party with all of Georgia’s school friends, plus some other special friends. We had it at Pump it Up. The kids jumped, in the dark with glow sticks. It was awesome! Here are some pics.






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What is Georgia like as a 4 year old?

– She still loves books
– But I think she loves her baby sister more. She’s a fabulous big sister, even though I spend half of my waking hours telling her let her sister go, because she constantly has her trapped in a bear hug of some sort.
– She’s still sweet and mostly well behaved, though a crazy attitude has surfaced. I thought kids were supposed to get BETTER at 4, not crazier?
– She loves going to school, her friends, and her teachers. She even sits still so they can braid her hair like Elsa.
– Like every other kid her age, she’s obsessed with Frozen. And Planes. And riding her bike and scooter. She also loves dinosaurs and Spiderman. A well-rounded girl :)
– She is still a night owl and normally is in bed around 9, but not asleep until 11 or 11:30. She’s up around 6 or 6:30 a.m. and she can be a bear, but for the most part she’s pretty happy in the mornings.
– She is the queen of stalling. I need another hug, a drink, to have a flashlight, another book, I’m scared of the dark, my leg hurts, today at school this happened, etc etc etc. If stalling were an olympic sport, I’d put my money on her.
– She’s smart! Is doing great writing and is starting to sound out words.
– She hates having her hair brushed or touched.
– She won’t let you cut her hair.
– Loves candy and will use any little thing as an excuse to pick something out of our ‘treat bucket.’
– Loves movies and if a movie is on, good luck getting her attention.

It’s crazy to think soon she’ll be 5, and not long after that she’ll be off to Kindergarten! Time is flying and I love watching her turn into a little lady!

Emmy Kate – 9 Months (a bit late)

21 Apr

I know I’m a bit behind on Em’s 9 month update, and haven’t taken her 9 month pic yet….. But things have been busy with birthdays and Easter and finally getting some warmer weather!

Here’s a little update on Miss Emmy Kate.

What she’s doing:

  • Crawling (which I showed you a few weeks ago)
  • Pulling up – ON EVERYTHING. This is new, as Georgia wasn’t in a big hurry to pull up, but last night Em even cruised behind a push toy. I’m afraid she’ll be walking soon!
  • Talking a lot more
  • Doing “So big!”
  • Clapping
  • I can see the top of ONE tooth coming in on the bottom. Finally!

What she’s eating:

  • Everything! But no really,
  • Greek yogurt
  • Noodles
  • Meatballs/ham balls
  • pears
  • watermelon
  • cheese
  • peas
  • and lots more stuff at school. She’s pretty much eating everything we eat, though she is a picky little thing. If she hasn’t seen it before, she looks at it VERY wary. Like I’m gonna trick her! Ok, I might.


For Christmas, we gave my mom a photography session, and this last weekend we took the photos. We got super lucky with a beautiful day and a local photographer (and friend!) took the pics for us.

They. Are. Fabulous. If you’re ever in northern Iowa, Paige Baade is so great to work with! We bribed the kids with pizza if they were good. Success!



Our family of 4


Our 9 month old

10014332_650747671662712_5622928562567509129_oThe whole fam!


And she’s off!

9 Apr

For weeks, Emmy has been crawling backwards and turning in circles. Georgia did the same thing at this age, but Monday and Tuesday this week, she has started going forward.

And it’s official! She’s crawling!



Emmy -crawling from Kelly Eagle on Vimeo.

Holy Crap. Here we go.

Quiet Moments

7 Apr

As you can imagine, life with an almost 4 year old (2 weeks!) and an almost 9-month old (5 days!) is busy, noisy and dirty :)

The other Friday night, G was at an event at her school so we were spending time with Em and she fell asleep. On me. This hasn’t happened in MONTHS and probably won’t for a long time. So I took advantage.

My baby is getting so big! My last baby.



How sweet is her little face?

Tearing up just looking at this pic again.
My heart is full.


Emmy Kate – 8 months

12 Mar

Another month has gone by!

This month has brought a lot of exciting things for our baby girl!

  • Eating lots of of table food: bread, noodles, cooked fruits and veggies, scrambled eggs and toast, and of course puffs and some pureed foods
  • Sleeping about 12 hours a night
  • Trying to go from sitting to a crawling position
  • Not crawling yet, but lots of rocking
  • Constantly grabs at her feet

Wanna see some pics?










and I happened to get pictures of BOTH girls, too.





Ari got in there and gave some kisses. The look on Georgia’s face says it all!


Sister Love


And then…not so much.


Also, Emmy is really into pulling hair. :)

It’s crazy to think we’re closer to Emmy being 1 than a newborn anymore! And yes, I’ve already thought about her party, but until then I’m going to enjoy my chunky monkey.

Goodbye Boobie Light

7 Mar

I don’t think anyone likes boob lights. Seriously. Why do they put these in homes?

I hate boob lights so much, but we’ve lived with this one for almost 4 years.

Asking yourself what a boobie light is?



BOOB. BOOB. BOOB. You’ll never be able to look at those lights the same again.

Tonight the boob went bye bye.



So much better!

I’ve seen lights like this ALL over the place. Pottery Barn. Ballard Designs. But I’m waaaaay too cheap for those places. I found this one on overstock.com.

For $80 (with a coupon code). See it here. Just can’t beat it!

Losing My Mind

7 Mar

It’s pretty obvious life has been busy. I’ve told you. I’ve been blogged less and I have about 10 half-finished projects in my house. Well, I think the last 10 days has cemented the fact that with kids, multiple kids, you really do lose your damn mind.

I mixed up dates, forgot a baptism, which led to us driving to my mom’s and back in blizzards both ways, went to work with two different colored shoes (both for my right feet), and a handful of other things. Seriously. That is SO not me.

With all of it, I think I’ve been surprisingly calm. Annoyed, but calmer than I would’ve imagined.

And you know why? These two faces.

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Of course it’s been annoying. Of course it’s so out of character, but no one got hurt (well,…. that’s a story for another day), and it really didn’t ruin much.

I guess that means I’ve gotten mature in my old age? Damn.




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