Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Emma's Novembers

Emmy,  This is our 5th November together and I couldn't be more proud to be your mommy.  I love you Mimi.


Love, Mama

Monday, November 21, 2011

Max - Month by Month

I can't even believe that my sweet baby boy is almost 17 months old.  It really blows my mind how fast time flies.    Max is the sweetest baby...and I'm so lucky to call him my son.  Some of his most recent words and phrases are "Jakie" (his Uncle Jake), "Mo Mum-Mums" (more num-nums), "Bo-Bo-Bo" (ho ho ho).  His favorite words are definitely still up, Emma, Elmo, Daddy, Mama, and Doggy.  He has started putting 2 and 3 word sentences together and my most favorite recent achievement of Max's is that he HUMS the song "Elmo's World". He is really mesmerized by music and if he is wound up a song can calm him down.  He is consitantly taking 10-12 steps at a time!  I love you Mr. McGhee.

Here's his picture timeline.

 Just a few days old.
 One Month
Two Months
 Three Months
 Four Months
 Five Months
 Six Months
 Seven Months
 Eight Months
 Nine Months
 Ten Months
 Eleven Months
 One Year!
 Thirteen Months
 Fourteen Months
 Fifteen Months
 Sixteen Months
 Seventeen Months

I love you sweet boy.  Please stop growing up so fast!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Look in to their EYES!

Dad - age 1.    
Max - age 1.

My father died very suddenly when I was 15.  It was tragic and unexpected.  The hardest thing for me is that my children will never know him. They will never know someone who influenced me and shaped me and helped me the person and mother I am today.  They will never experience his hands on type of love.  They will never get to walk along the rail road tracks with him in the fall, or fish with him in the summer.  They will never be able to hear his infectious laugh.  One of my biggest fears is that I will forget...I hope that I am able to keep him alive by teaching my children who he was and how he lived his life.  He had a spirit about him, he was happy, he was contagiously silly, he loved with all of his heart and I still miss him every day of my life.

Dad with my sister Anna (age 3) and me (age 7).

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change…
Courage to change the things I can
And Wisdom to know the difference…


Monday, November 15, 2010

My Review of Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat - Amour

Originally submitted at Toys R Us

This ultra-versatile Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat in Amour can be used rear-facing for infants from 5 to 30 pounds, and then forward-facing as a toddler seat for children 20 to 40 pounds. With a five-point, front-adjust harness, EPS, energy absorbing foam, removable head pillow, and a ha...

Weight Limit is a Problem.

By Emma's Mom from Madison, WI on 11/15/2010


3out of 5

Pros: Stylish, Easy to install, Easy to Clean

Cons: Difficult To Adjust, Weight limit

Best Uses: Infants

Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children

This carseat is awful cute and I think thats why I bought it. But now that my daughter is 37 lbs I need a new one!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Halloween in Pictures

 Emma, Max, and my cousins Nate and Caleb

 Emma Rose - 50's Sweetie!

Matt and I - Witch and Vampire

There's Nothing Better....

I'm not gonna lie.  They are some days where I wish I could go back to the pre-kid, care-free days.  When I didn't have to worry about anything to serious, and when everything was about me.  Where spontenaity was common, and it didn't matter what time I came home, because I had no one to come home to!

It's hard for me to talk to my childless friends at times, because they just don't get it.  They don't get that "No, I don't care that I never have any weekend plans", and "No, I don't care that I have to get up at 5:30 in the morning".  It's hard for them to even relate to me at all at times or even me to relate to them!

There is nothing better in the world than being a mama!  It's true.  There is nothing better than waking up to a baby cooing in his bed, and a little girl saying, "I love you". Yesterday, when I came home from working, even before I came in the door, Emma ran up to me and said, "Mama, I made you a present".  She brought to me what is now the best gift I have ever been given.  It's a key chain and she beaded every single bead by herself.  I couldn't be prouder or happier or luckier!

I can't believe my first baby is almost three years old!  Time has never gone by quicker, and I really wish it would slow down.  It seems like just yesterday when she was born!  Emma was the most 'challenging' baby that I have ever come in contact with in my life!  She cried about 60% of the day, refused to take a bottle, and would only sleep if mama was holding her.  This lasted about 9 months of her life.  Then she became a joyful, curious, opinionated, little toddler.  I remember waiting for her to take her first steps.  Month 12, 13 and 14 passed, and then finally at 15 months she RAN!  Thats pretty typical of Emma, even now.  Everything she does is with enthusiasm and energy.  If she is happy, she is HAPPY, and if she is sad or mad, you KNOW it.

Now, at 2 and 3/4 years old, Emma is fluent in English.  She speaks with the clairty of children several years older than her.  She is beginning to recognize letters and numbers.  She follows words with her finger when you are reading to her.  She can count to 30, and knows her entire alphabet.  She is the kindest and sweetest big sister to her brother, and affectionately calls him "Bubba".  When he is crying she brings him his "Nukkie", or says "Mama, he needs a Ba." She tells us she loves us countless times a day.  She worries about people. Matt's Mom had knee surgery last month, and she is constantly asking "How's you knee Nama", or "Be careful of you knee on the stairs, Nama."  She remembers things.  I'm beginning to realize that she's not a baby anymore and she's becoming a little girl!

I love you Emma.  I'm so proud of you and so lucky to be your Mama.  I'm so excited to continue to watch you learn and grow.

Monday, October 25, 2010

For Hannah Marie

Dear Hannah,

As a 27-year-old woman, I finally feel like I am beginning to know myself. There have been many, many joys and harships in life and these experiences are what have allowed me to finally accept and celebrate my assets and flaws, talents, struggles, strengths and weaknesses. 

As a step-mother to you, a 13-year-old girl,  I wish I could take this message and infuse it in your brain: JUST BE YOU. BE YOURSELF. YOU ARE WONDERFUL. YOU WILL STAND OUT.  I PROMISE!

I want you to know that the most beautiful women, are the most confident. But not falsely confident.  Not over the top.  Not vain.  Just confident.  The women that I appreciate most in life, are not neccesarily the ones with the perfect waistline, or the best dye-job, but instead those who laugh, loudly.  And sing at the top of their lungs.  Those who freely compliment others, genuinely.  The women who truly see the beauty in others and believe in the strength that is themselves.

I wish I knew how to help you get past all of the daily struggles that come with being 13.  I wish you knew that the only reason any one says anything nasty about someone else is because they have confidence issues themselves.  I wish there was a way to let you know that what seems important at 13, will not be important in the long run.  Let the cruel words of others roll off your back girl, because thats all they are, words.

Hannah, please don't give away your power. Don't let someone take something from you that you don't want to give, don't let someone make you feel some way that you don't want to feel, don't let someone push you to do something you don't want to do. We all have a power within us that tells our heart and soul what is right for each of us...don't give this power away.  Ever.

Hannah, I want you to know that as long as you are smiling you are beautiful. Clothes, make-up, hair do's don't make the girl. Smiles do!  You have no idea how fabulous you are. But you are. You are fabulous. And when you are true to yourself, you will grow. No, you will soar.

I love you girlie.