Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Dear Lucy | 3 years + 4 months}

Dear Lucy,

You suddenly seem SO grown up to me lately. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that you're a big sister now. The moment your brother was born, it's like you aged 10 years and gained 30 pounds. Slow down, baby girl!!
You are little miss independent these days which is actually really helpful now that baby brother is here.  I'm often feeding him when you first wake up in the morning and since daddy has already left for work at that hour on most days, it's nice that you can go down and get a morning snack and your milk cup out of the fridge on your own. Then you'll come snuggle in bed with us while he finishes nursing. It's also super helpful that you can get yourself dressed in the morning (as long as I get the clothes out and ready for you).
You're also great at entertaining yourself when needed. You have such an awesome imagination and I just love listening to the games and stories you come up with as you're playing with your toys and dolls. You are always telling me which stuffed animals are the mommy's and which ones are the daddy's....and of course there are always babies, too. You also like to tell me that I need to pretend I'm the grandma. Too funny.
You have such a beautiful and adventurous spirit. You are a thrill seeker...just like your mama...and it makes me so happy. Kings Island (amusement park) is one of your favorite places in the world and you just love all of the rides there! You hit the magic height this year of 36" and you are now able to ride a lot more things than you could last year. You were extra excited that you were able to ride a "big" ride this year - the Scrambler! Since I was pregnant all summer, I couldn't ride anything with you. But I was finally able to go on the Scrambler with you when we went a couple of weeks ago and we had such a blast :)
The Beetlebugs are one of your favorite rides in the kiddie area. You just squeal with glee every time it zips you quickly around the corner!
You're pretty much just happy to ride anything...
 You're also super patient while waiting in the lines...makes me proud. 
The day we went was the first day of the special Trick or Treating event for kids. We haven't gotten your official costume yet for this year, but you were more than happy to wear your Sofia the First dress up outfit. You loved going around to all of the Trick or Treat stations and you especially loved the awesome (and huge!) petting zoo they had there.
You started a toddler ballet/tap dance class (called "Twinkle Toes") last week and you are so excited to go back for your second class later today. You look super adorable and grown up in your beautiful ballet outfit. I just can't get over it. My little ballerina beauty!
You are just as sassy as ever these days and your temper tantrums can be pretty epic (to say the least), but you are just the sweetest little thing most of the time. You are especially sweet with your baby brother. You love him to pieces and you always want to be around him and know what he is doing. You love singing to him and reading him stories and you love talking to him in this adorable and hilarious super high pitched voice. Elijah just loves watching you and you get so excited every time he flashes you his big, beautiful smile. I am obsessed with watching the two of you together. I am the luckiest mama in the whole world.
 You currently love:

-Your baby brother
-Reading and doing "school work"
-Drawing with pencils
-Playing games on the iPad
-Frozen, Brave, and Stuart Little
-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
-Watching ballerina videos on the computer
-Kings Island
-Playing outside as much as possible
-Bagels & cream cheese (it's all you every want for breakfast)
-Playing in the bathtub for as long as we'll let you
-Constantly asking"Why?"
You currently dislike:

-Being told it's time for bed...no matter how much warning we give you
-When I count to 3 while trying to get you to listen
-When we don't leave your bedroom door cracked enough at bedtime
-When you accidentally spill food on yourself
I just love you so much, my beautiful little ladybug girl. You are wild and crazy and exhausting sometimes, but you are also so incredibly sweet, thoughtful, smart, funny, creative, brave and so many other amazing things all wrapped up into one beautiful package. I just adore every inch of you from your head to your toes.

I love you to the moon and back...and back again.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{6 Weeks}

I am many days late with this 6 week update...but I wanted to go ahead and post it anyway. Life is crazy these days and often feels super hectic and chaotic...but I'll take it. Our days are also filled with plenty of fun and love and joyfulness. I can't believe that my baby boy is already 6 weeks old!! I also can't believe that I haven't written out my birth story yet. I keep saying that I just haven't found the time yet (which is very much true)...but I think it's even more that I haven't found the words yet. It was such a long and intense and incredible experience and I just want to give it justice. At some point (soon) I am just going to need to bite the bullet and put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and get it out there. 

Elijah is such a supreme joy in our lives. These past 6 weeks have just gone so quickly and I am trying to soak up each and every moment as they come. 
The kiddos and I spent last weekend at my parents house in Cincinnati. The weather was absolutely beautiful and of course we took advantage by having a little photo session outside. I laid Elijah on the blanket to get his 6 week pictures and Lucy jumped in and started loving on her baby brother...which she does as often as possible. Be still my heart. I just love these babies so much. 
I absolutely love that my parents have such playful spirits. Lucy just loves being with them SO much.
 My papa was kind enough to snap this picture of Elijah and I. At first I told him "no thanks" because I wasn't feeling too pretty that day...but then I remembered how important it is to be on the other side of the camera with my children. It turns out...I really love this photo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

{I have kids}

That's right. I have kids. Plural. It's really just starting to hit me now. I have kids!! Seriously though, I am so completely obsessed with watching these two together. Lucy is just so incredibly sweet with him and he just fixates on her whenever she is talking or singing to him. She loves to give him the sweetest little kisses on his nose and loves to hug him ever so gently. She is so proud to be a big sister and emphatically announces to all we meet that his name is Elijah and he is her baby brother. So incredibly sweet! 

I have kids...and I'm completely obsessed with them :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

{Dear Elijah | One Month}

Dear Elijah,

I still cannot believe that I have a little boy! I always wondered what in the world I would do with a boy if I had one- I honestly worried a little bit about it. But now that you're here, I just cannot imagine what we ever did without you. I have loved you since the moment I found out that you were growing in my belly, and I fall more deeply in love with you with each passing day. I love the little noises you make when you are sleeping. I love the way you stare into my eyes while I am swaying you in my arms. I love all of the silly facial expressions you make while you're looking around and checking out the world. I love the way you curl up in a perfect little ball on my chest as if you're remembering what it was like to be in the womb. I love your random little smiles - especially the ones that happen while you're nursing (and I don't care if it's just gas).
We've been going to the pediatrician's office for weekly weight checks and last week you were only 6lbs 2oz (1 oz under your birth weight). We went for another check a couple of days ago and you were up to 6lbs 10 1/2oz! I seriously could have cried when I looked at the scale- I was so happy. I've just been so worried about making sure you get what you need, but it looks like everything we've been doing is working- thank god. So for now, we will just keep doing what we're doing (nursing, pumping, supplementing with the pumped milk from a bottle). It looks like the next step will be going to a dentist in 2 weeks that will clip your posterior tongue tie. You papa and I are going to do a little more research to make sure that this is something we really want to do, but the pediatrician thinks that you will really benefit from it, and that it will make a huge difference with the nursing. I really hope that's the case because I may not last much longer otherwise- it sure has been tough on your mama. I'm not ready to give up just yet, though!
You are starting to be awake more now during the day, and you are also waking up more during the night - but that's okay with me. You're a growing little boy! You are such a calm baby, unless you are really hungry or gassy. You are also definitely not a huge fan of the car seat. Your big sister was the same way. You love to snuggle and you really love when I wear you in the moby wrap or the sakura bloom sling.
You are such a joy in our lives, little man and while I am in no hurry to watch you grow up, I can't wait to see how your little personality changes and shines from month to month.

I love you with all my heart.

Love, Mama

Monday, September 1, 2014

{Poppy Porr's Pond}

We were invited to spend another Labor Day weekend at Poppy Porr's Pond with friends and we had such a blast. We were originally were only going to go from Saturday to Sunday, but we decided to drive out on Friday evening so we could spend a little more time there. We arrived around 7:15pm and spent a few hours just hanging outside by the water with friends before bedtime. Lucy and Zach (and the dog) decided to tent camp that night while Elijah and I slept in a bedroom in the house. I was a little skeptical that Lucy would actually stay in the tent, but she ended up loving it. (warning: terrible iPhone photo)
More friends and kiddos ended up coming on Saturday and we spent the day fishing, paddle boating, playing and catching up. We just love our Rootdown family so much and treasure the rare occasions that we are all together. 
We knew there would be some big storms rolling in on Saturday night, so Zach slept in the bedroom with Elijah and I and Lucy had a slumber party with the girls down in the living room. She was super excited about that part :)

We hung out for awhile on Sunday before packing up and heading home that afternoon. It was such a beautiful weekend and we can't wait until we can go back out again....