Friday, December 16, 2016

FIVE.

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For weeks leading up to Molly's birthday I had this sad feeling and a knot in my stomach. I wasn't sure what was causing it until I realized it was the upcoming birthday, the big 5.

Something about five just feels so surreal and so concrete - no longer a baby at all - a full on kid. All traces of her babydom are gone. She is tall and thin and lanky, no more little rolls here and there (she never had many to begin with!), no more tiny little fingers and toes that struggle for dexterity, no half walk-half wobble. She pronounces her words, some of them very big words, with no sign of struggle. She runs fast, jumps high, chews gum, wears lip gloss, speaks some Spanish, has attitude (lots!), makes her own decisions, solves problems. And on and on. Five.

These last five years have gone by so extremely incredibly fast. We have hard, long days that seem to stretch on forever but the collection of days, weeks, years just flash by. Texts are sent on a regular basis to my best friend sharing pictures of our kids at age 1, 2, 3 with crying emojis. Where did all the time go?

But here we are. A teeny tiny little baby girl turned big loud 5 year old. And she is every bit of amazing.

I had this moment a few days ago where I was watching her play and I couldn't believe that she was mine. That I had created and subsequently nurtured this person into existence. Motherhood is a weird feeling sometimes.

I am trying to slow down, to hold on, to take advantage of this fleeting time where I am still her entire world. Where I can still solve all of her problems. Where I can fully protect her and shield her from the outside. This time where she will still give me kisses in public and loudly declare her love for me. This time where she says things like "You look really beautiful Mama" and "You are the best Mama in the world." This time where I can still pick her up and twirl her around the room ending in fits of laughter on the floor.

In not too many days she will be too big to hold, too big to twirl, too big for public affection. It makes me sad to think about it but its coming, I can feel it. So I am going to treasure this time with my FIVE year old and do my best to live our days as fully as possible.

I love you Molly Jean. My first born. My strong willed child. My fierce one. Happy Five.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Ellie: 15 Months

Its hard to believe its already been 3 months since your First birthday. Time is definitely not slowing down. You are getting more and more fun everyday as you get braver exploring this world around you. You have also started to show a bit of an attitude about certain things which is both funny and exhausting! 15months to 2 is my favorite age. Your personality really starts to show and you just become this little person. This summer is going to be a blast!

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Stats: 
22.5 lbs
32.5 inches tall
Teeth: 9 (5 top, 4 bottom)

Likes:
Playing with your shape sorter
Taking care of your baby dolls (kisses, feeding them bottles etc.)
Annoying your sister (hehe)
Being outside
Riding in your Cozy Coupe car
Jumping around in the back of Dad's truck

Dislikes:
When Mommy leaves
Falling/Crashing when exploring and climbing
Not being able to go outside
Being in the highchair to eat

Milestones/Firsts:
Walking and running
Saying "Ouch" - "Owww"
Waving bye on your own
Closed mouth kisses
First tantrum
First time in the pool

Words:
Dada
Mama
Owww
Dall - ball
And lots and lots of conversation we can't understand. ; )

Eating:
Eating has been hit or miss lately. She loves to snack but when it comes to eating a meal she doesn't like to sit still and eat for long. She goes through periods where she eats anything and everything and then days when she just doesn't eat much. She has whole milk 3 times a day still too. Her favorite foods are bananas, cinnamon toast, hot dog, grapes, blueberries, tomatoes, gerber crunchers, vanilla wafers.

Sleeping:
E is a great night sleeper. She goes to bed with usually no fuss around 7:45 and generally sleeps til about 7:30-7:45 the next morning. No complaints here! Her naps are a bit harder to pin down...she dropped to just 1 nap at around 10 months, bleh. And her naps only last about 1.5hrs. We are trying to figure out how to extend that because I can tell she needs a little more sleep during the day.

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We love you Ellie Belly...life is such a joy with you in it!