Sunday, November 15, 2015

Amelia 3 years: Sweet, Sassy, Sensitive, Shiny!

I'm not sure where the past 3 years have gone. My little baby girl with the round cheeks and half moon eyes has grown in to a spirited 3 year old girl. 

For starters, she's 28.6 lbs & 37.35 inches. Still tall and skinny. That's likely to never change. 

She communicates very well, loves to sing, and says all of her letters except 'Y'. So she frequently asks for 'Logurt', likes to do 'Loga', and loves 'Lellow'. 
She used to call Rapunzel, 'Ra-pretzel', but she's outgrowing those cute phrases. 
 Although, last week Mima's eyes were itching, and she offered to get her some raindrops (eye drops) to help her feel better. 

It has been absolutely delightful to watch her turn in to a big sister. She loves sweet Macy fiercely. (So much so that I ask her to give Macy some space daily). 

When I bathe Macy, Millie and her 'bitty baby' are right next us.She's a nuturing shadow. 

 Once I caught her 'nursing' bitty baby underneath my cover. 
She tells me all of the time that she wants to be a mommy. And then I melt a little .... 

 Amelia's biggest developmental milestone in the last 6 months is most certainly her potty training! It took her several weeks of being 'scared' and sitting on the potty, but once she got the courage to try, she has excelled! She's still wearing pull ups at night (but this is completely because I don't want to have one more thing to wake me!) I'm so proud of how hard she worked to potty train, and I'm equally glad to only have 1 in diapers!

 She might have been scared to use the potty, but usually she has a lot of courage to try new things. This tickles me, because she's shy when it comes to meeting new people. (I think I'm married to her brave, shy, reserved, courageus influence.)

Amelia loves shiny acessories, tutus, 'princess' dresses, and crowns. She wore an upside down crown for about 6 weeks straight.

There was a little girl who had a princess crown, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very very good. When she was bad, she was horrid (fortunately usually just for her parents ;) ). She's  quite sensitive which makes her hard to discipline. She'll often lose her mind over tiny little things, and I've been known to quickly lose my patience with her screaming. We are working through it, though ;)

 This fall she's enrolled in ballet, and she frequently practices her pointing & flexing, curtsies, and 'releves'. The ballet studio has one way mirrors, and so I can watch how intently she listens to her teacher, Miss Katey. I'm sure we'll be doing more ballet in the future!

 She loves all things princess, and her birthday party had a Sophia the First theme. 
Mima and Papa Cooper took her to get this Cinderella Build-a-Bear, too.

 Birthday Princess.

 She got princess & my little ponies for her birthday. They were all very specifically placed here!

 She loves to wear her hair in braids, and I love that she wants me to play with her hair. It's very fine & silky so the braids don't hold well... but they are cute for the first 10-15 minutes!

 She got a Frozen bike for her birthday from her Daddy. (She already rides a bike better than Owen.... sshhh don't tell him that he isn't winning this competition!)

I love our family of 5! My dearest Amelia, you are a precious member and we are so in love with who God created you to be. You still have those beautiful half moon eyes, and now they are full of even more sparkle and curiosity.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Macy 3, 4, & 5 months: Rolling Rock

Well here we are at 5 months catching up on the last few months... but alas, our little girl is just transforming by the day. I best get going on her goings on. 

I went back to work when Miss Macy was 2.5 months, and that first month of being back at work without her was brutal. She was well cared for by the best of caregivers (both Mimas), but her nights were sort of horrendous (or so I remember through a foggy haze!). She was still up every 2 hours back then, but she made up for it in the day with her delightful disposition. She n.e.v.e.r cries. Instead she just smiles, giggles, coos and goos. She had her first vacation/trip to 'the lake', and she was quite the trooper in the car, on the boat, at the swimming pool. Love this flexible baby!

She was all dressed up here for a little shopping date with mommy!

Matching sisters at church!

Our little mover and shaker started to roll from from front to back early on in month 3.

My heart.

She worked all month long to get this octopus, and finally she did! You can tell she's proud. 
She loves this little play mat (even still!)

Caught her mid-kick here! Super excited to be 3 months! August 23, 2015.

At four months she continued to roll along. 
She weighed in at 12lb 14oz (25%) and is 24.25 inches long (25-50%).

No matter how old she gets, I'll always love to watch her sleep.
She's my only child to have ever fallen asleep at a Cardinal game.
Again, I LOVE how flexible and easy she is in so many settings!

Little Angel.

She is so so loved by her big brother and sister who share very well!

God really treated us to a special gift by adding this sweet girl to our family! Happy 4 months Macy! September 23, 2015.
We baptized her in September (separate post coming soon). 

Macy's 5th month has been even better still. 
 She's napping almost 95% of the time in her crib (yay!). She's starting to get on a nap schedule, and she's been old enough to cry it out a little at night. This means she is sleeping a bit better at night, only waking 2-3 times. I love when sleep schedules start to formalize. It does crunch the time you can be out of the house, but it's so much easier to anticipate a baby's needs!

GOOOO Tigers!!!

She's rolling back to front and preferring to sleep on her tummy. If she was my first, I would flip her over every time I found her this way. Now I know that she's strong enough to get herself there and must be ok! And I've also learned to never wake a sleeping baby. 

She no longer stays where she's put. Somehow got all of the way off the mat. I know that this is just the begining of a mobile baby. I'm NOT ready for that!

5 months. October 23, 2015. 
She giggles and giggles and smiles and giggles. She loves to chew on crinkle toys, have books read to her, watch her big brother and sister, and listen to songs.