Saturday, October 26, 2013

Emily is One!

Baby girl, I cannot believe you are 1 year old!!  Well, you have been 1 now for 17 days.  This blog is kind of late, but I wanted to make sure all your adorable photos could be in it.  It seems like you were just a tiny infant not too long ago, curled up on my chest and so new to the world.
Look at you, just about an hour after you were born:

Now you have grown into a sweet, smart, entertaining, loving, diva extraordinaire who is learning new things all the time.  I will admit that I got teary-eyed the day before your birthday, thinking about how fast the year has gone and hoping that future years don't go by so quickly.  I just want you to stay my and Daddy's little baby forever!  However, I thank God all the time for giving us a healthy, perfect daughter that we DO get to see having her first birthday...we really have to count our blessings when there are others who are not so fortunate.      

This month you:

Had your first ice cream truck experience!  You shared my chocolate malt cup and Daddy's frozen lemonade (you liked mine better, heehee)
Were lovingly dedicated to the Lord
Saw your first parade!  It was for fire-safety week, and it came right by our house!
New words/phrases you said: thank you, bless you, let's go, grandpa (and you're calling everything 'baby')
Stood alone without holding on to anything...but you are still so scared to try walking!
Love sharing food and toys with others...especially Katie, *sigh*
Have a couple more teeth
Love watching Doc McStuffins and The Lorax (that movie seriously puts you into a trance)
Took off your pants and diaper TWO times in the morning before I came in to get you!  Lil stinker!
Say "mmmmmm" after eating bites of foods you like
Make barking sounds whenever you see pictures of a dog
You're able to unlock our cell phones, and even made a phone call by yourself...April said you told her "hey" and everything, lol
You also pretend like several of your other toys are phones, holding them to your ear/neck and saying "hello"
Love playing with all your new toys, and riding in your new car from Mommy & Daddy
Had fun at your first b-day was Strawberry Shortcake themed, because you still love that TV show!  You played, ate the icing timidly off your cupcake, saw your friends, and opened some really cool presents!  You are one lucky girl!   :)

I'm sure there is probably some things I accidentally left out...there is just so much to remember with you, Emmy!  Never, EVER forget how much Daddy and I love you, and how much all of the rest of your family loves you.  You are the most special blessing in our lives and I am so happy that God chose me to be your Mommy.  I love you more than words can express!  Happy Birthday, sweet angel!   ~Mommy

Monday, September 9, 2013

Emily - 11 Months

Please, time, stop going by so fast...I am so sad that this will be the last month of my life where I won't have to say I have a something year old.   :'(    I am enjoying each new month with you, Emily, and love how much you are learning.  All of your "cute new things" are, well, just so darn cute!!

This month you:

Started dancing to music!  Your signature "shoulder shimmy" is way too cute
Are saying "uh-oh" a lot   :)
Copy some animal sounds (the lion is your favorite)
Are eating a lot more "regular" food off of our plates  (you LOVE banana pudding!)
Your second top tooth is coming in...and not looking great, I might add.  It looks like it's already cracked! Good thing we know a dentist at church...I will ask him to have a look at it on Sunday.  ;)
Copy me when I say "no-no" and point my finger...this is a naughty thing for you to do, but yet again, so funny and cute
You found out that you will have a baby SISTER!!  I hope you two will be life-long best friends.  <3
Suddenly hate wearing will yank on it until you scream because you're hurting your neck trying to pull it off...sigh.
You enjoy playing at the playground and trying to climb up the slide.  Your favorite is still the swing, though!

I love you, sweet Emmy Grace!  Here's to your last month before being a "something year old"!  
Love, Mommy

Friday, August 9, 2013

Emily - 10 Months

My sweet baby, you are 10 months old!  Where is the time going?!  I will say that you are becoming more of a mommy's girl every's probably because you hardly ever leave my side!  I will definitely cherish each moment that you reach out for me, or lay your little head on my chest, or give me a super-tight hug (your specialty!) because I know you won't be this little forever.

This month:

Your top tooth finally broke through!
You started shaking your head "no"
You love it when I pat my hand in front of your mouth while you say "ahhh" (making "Indian noises")...sometimes you even try to do it to yourself and it is so.cute.
You started self-feeding with finger foods
You love watching cartoons, like Strawberry Shortcake, Super Why, and Dinosaur Train
You absolutely love watching videos of smile so big and make happy noises   : )
You really don't like getting in the car seat anymore
You have started bouncing up and down to music
You will now pick up a comb and try to comb your own hair! (Instead of what you previously did: wave it around or stick it in your mouth, haha)
You celebrated Mommy's birthday!  (You got me an awesome present (with the help of Daddy) - a cotton candy maker!  Boy will we have fun with that!)
You are trying to say more words:  There is a picture of Grandma & Grandpa we look at and practice labeling every day, and you said "Amma...Pa..."  the other day by yourself!  Woo hoo!  You also repeated the word "apple" in one of your books.  My smart girl!

I love you Emily!!  I am so lucky to be able to stay home with you every day, teaching you, loving on you, and watching you grow into this sweet, smart little girl.   : )

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Emily - 9 Months!

Emily, I cannot believe you are 9 months old today!  You are changing before our eyes and there's nothing we can do to keep you our tiny little baby girl anymore.  But you continue to amaze me all the time with new things you've learned, or how sweet you can be.

This month:

You started pulling up on everything and cruising furniture
I painted your little toenails hot pink...well only half of were trying to grab the polish and brush so I had to stop.   : (
Grandma & Grandpa came to visit you for a week and we all had so much fun!
You had your first 4th of July and saw your first fireworks at the base lake...they amazed you!
You got in the pool for the first time (you liked it only if you were sitting in Daddy's lap - it was too cold)   : )
You had your first carousel ride in the mall
You learned your 3rd word:  "Atie" (for Katie).  Grandma & Grandpa even heard you say "Katie" twice!
You're able to crawl all the way up the stairs
Your second bottom tooth came in, and one of your top teeth is starting to peek through
You tried a bunch of new foods: ice cream, hummus, turkey, pink lemonade, and loved them all! (But your FAVORITE new thing was licking a Fudgesicle!)
You love climbing up the back of the couch to see out of the side window like Katie; you make yourself so proud!
You learned how to make kissy sounds/faces to us
Your fine motor skills are improving from playing with a small-peg love the sounds!
You are obeying much more often when we say "No-no!"  (Mischief is still your middle name).
It is your goal to sneak in the laundry room and splash your hands in Katie's food/water bowls as many times as possible.  I usually catch you on the way in there, but a couple times I've been too late!
You are standing up in your crib & holding on to the bars when I come to get you up in the morning, and you ALWAYS give me the biggest hug!

I am so blessed to be able to watch your beautiful life unfold!
I love you, my sunshine!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Papaw's Birthday

My Papaw has not been with us for over 2 months now, and I miss him so much.  Today is his birthday, and he would've been 71 years old - definitely too young to be gone.  : (   Sadly, I never got around to writing a special birthday blog for him when he was around to see it, but I would still like to write one in his memory.

The picture above shows the one and only trip that Papaw got to spend time with my daughter.  He loved to hold her when she wasn't crying, haha.

If you had the pleasure of knowing my Papaw, then you know there were many different "sides" to him.  Rough and tough to those who he thought deserved it, and cuddly as a big teddy bear to his family, whom he loved dearly.

So here's to a Papaw who:

Threatened to kill and/or shoot every past boyfriend I had in the foot (including my husband, haha)
Always made me sit on his lap, no matter how old I got (and he always had to let me know that my baby butt used to fit in his hand, but not anymore)
Bought my Granny and my mom a dress for every occasion, even if they wanted pants, lol
Took me dress shopping at a young age and bought me 2 dresses, because I told him "Papaw, I love this dress you just bought me, but I REALLY love this dress over here!"   ; )
Chased me down the beach when I was a toddler
Never let me forget that I accidentally lost one of the diamond earrings he bought me when I was 2.
Always let someone know "What you NEED to do is..."
Took me and all of my cousins to Disney World
Grew the best tasting tomatoes ever
Referred to the Young and the Restless as the "Young and the Useless", but still watched it
Came outside to direct our parking up until he had trouble standing/walking
Made some delicious food!!!  Scallops, lamb chops, mmmmmm
Loved sitting in his disco light jacuzzi
Took us on countless trips to the beach in the RV...we had so much fun!
Listened to jazz music in the car on Sundays
Would always claim that "the midget did it" (My family will understand this one...)
Always told me I needed to buy darker lipstick because I looked half dead, lol
Would always answer the phone by saying "FBI" or "Sheriff's Office"
Enjoyed watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, Swamp People, Storage Wars, and any other redneck TV
Also enjoyed watching sports, NASCAR, and criminal investigation shows
Bought my brother and I all the pets we ever had growing up - first 2 hamsters, Jimmy and Trouble, who were not with us very long, haha, and then our dog SweetPea, who was an irreplacably special part of our lives for 13 years.
Would say "Listen to this..."  if you told him something he thought was funny, stupid, or unbelievable
Taught me to target shoot with his BB gun
Always ask me if I wanted to take his diabetes shots for him
Loved driving his Lincoln
Would strongly advise you on what to order at a restaurant
Told the best and funniest stories about his experiences when he owned his own motel at Myrtle Beach
Was a retired veteran in the US Army
Could talk to a stranger for hours
Would give you the shirt off his back

I could go on and on with all of these.  I truly have so many memories of my Papaw.  He and my Granny were always such an active part of my life and were always there for us if we needed anything.  He provided us with lots of love, fun, and advice.

I love you and miss you Papaw!  We all wish you were here for us to have a birthday party for you, but we at least have the comfort of knowing we will see you again one day.

Love, Holly

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Emily - 8 Months

Emily, you are 8 months now and summer is here!  From now on, Mommy is going to stay home and be with you all day, every day.  That may be a difficult task at times, but I know that I won't have to miss spending time with you and I'll get to watch you learn & grow every day.  I am so excited!!

You sure had some pretty significant "firsts" this month!  Way to go baby!
This month:

You started CRAWLING!  uh oh...
You are trying to pull up on things
You even stood up a couple times on your own when we were barely bracing you!
Your first tooth FINALLY popped through!  It's on the bottom and still barely out there, but trust me...I found out the hard way it was there when you bit my chin, haha.
You got to spend a month with Nanny while she was here to watch you during the day
You had your first experience with bubbles!
You are getting into everything you aren't supposed to have...pulling DVDs off the shelf, picking up sneakers to chew on, yanking decorative strings off of our Pier 1 pillow grrr!, trying to stick your fingers into electric outlets (we had to baby-proof those), door stoppers, and more.
You unlocked the door to Katie's kennel and let her out after we had put her in there.  This was a very funny moment, as I think you pretty much conveyed to Katie that you two would be partners in crime.  : )
You want to play with anything that is NOT your toy, lol (cell phones, nail files, bottles, remotes, etc)
You accidentally turned the volume all the way up on the TV by holding down the button and completely freaked out.  It. was. hilarious.  You started throwing your body around and gasping over and over, haha.
You learned to clap, and it is so adorable!
You love me to sing the same songs to you with the motions that Grandma and Grandpa sang to me when I was a baby - Ride a Little Horsie, Patty Cake, Round and Round the Garden, There Was a Little Mousie
You finally started to sleep through the night again...cue the church choir "HALLELUJAH!"
You like to live dangerously by leaning over the edges of things as if you don't realize or care that you will fact, you would if I weren't holding you! This applies to all couches, chairs, and beds.
You like to stick your fingers up our nostrils....sigh....
You are still saying "mama" and "dada" very well, and unfortunately, yes, the "diva scream" is still around
You love rocking on your Tigger rocker!

I love you SO MUCH, Emily Grace!  I am so blessed to have the sweetest girl in the world!
~ Your Mommy

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Emily - 7 Months

Well, the time just keeps on flying baby are 7 months old now!  WOW!  This month you have really blossomed into the sweetest, funniest, most lovable baby I could've ever asked for.

This month you:

Got on your first bouncy house (with Mommy) weren't that thrilled
Have a new favorite food - pears!
Say "Dada" allllll the time.  You seriously can't stop saying Dada.  Even though you said "Mama" first...come on now!  Bring the "Mama" back!
Got to stay at home every day while Aunt Ashley and Madison watched you and played with you
Hung out on blankets in the front yard enjoying some nice warm weather
Went down the slide for the first time (with Mommy and Daddy)
Went to the Whiteman Family Fun Fair - you got your picture made with Sparky the Fire Dog & Smoky the Bear, AND you got the cutest balloon flower hat made for you!
Aren't quite crawling yet...but you get up on your hands & knees and rock.  It won't be long.  You can also scoot/pull yourself towards a toy.
Possibly got a little more hair to even out that mohawk!  : )
Are getting much better at navigating your walker around the house
Love banging toys against surfaces
Love to make squeaky noises with your hand by moving it up & down the outside of the dishwasher door

Only 1 more month baby girl, and Mommy will be home with you for good.  I cannot wait!!  We will have so much fun together!

I love you, Emily Grace!   ~Mommy

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Emily - 6 months!!

You've got to be kidding me...

You're already 6 months old?!  That's half of a year, Emmy!  Time is already flying.  You're growing to be the cutest, sweetest, funniest baby I could've ever asked for.  Sure, at times you show quite well how spoiled you during other times, I wish I could stay in that moment forever because you are so sweet.

This month you:

Had your first St. Patrick's Day
Celebrated your first Easter
Flew 4 more times to go be with family in NC after Papaw's passing...he loved you very much!
Started sitting up by yourself most of the time! (Sometimes you unexpectedly fall over so we still have to stay close by!)
Ate baby oatmeal, mashed bananas, and had sweet potatoes ONE and ONLY ONE time - you were up alll night with the worst gas ever.
Got at least 3 sips of sweet tea...this was definitely against my rules, but someone, ...cough, cough, Grandpa...didn't care.
Are teething so bad!  I don't see or feel any teeth yet, but you're drooling like crazy, chewing on everything and then screaming, and you love chewing on cold or textured objects. 
Laughed so hard when Daddy pretended to be sleeping/snoring and then he woke up really fast.
Got to pet a real bunny!
Said "mamama" 3 times and also started saying other new sounds...but no "dada" yet...mwahahaha!
Can pick up your paci and put it in your mouth by yourself
Got in a real swing for the first time and you loved it!
Have perfected your "diva scream" when you don't get your way
Are still growing like a weed...and your cheeks are unstoppable
Love to practice standing up/walking with our help
Put both hands on my face and pull my chin, cheek, nose, etc. into your mouth to suck on
Are still best friends with two love to love on each other :)

You've been learning so many things that I'm afraid I've left something off the list!  I am so proud of you already, my smart little girl!

I love you more every single day!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Emily - 5 Months

My baby girl is 5 months old today!  And just look at ya -

You have grown soooo much!

This morning, I tried to get a cute photo of you at the bowling alley...

You were not impressed.  And then...

You got so tired from your morning of fun that you ended up passing out right there on the bowling alley couch.

You sure give us a lot of smiles, laughs, and wonderful memories!

This month you:

Had your first Valentine's Day  <3
Made your first craft - footprint heart Valentine cards for your family
Started shrieking at the top of your lungs, making funny lip noises, and breathing in & out really hard when you get excited.
Improved your motor & coordination skills - you are now able to reach out and pull musical toys.
Got sick for the first time with an upper respiratory infection.  :'(   But you were still happy and we wouldn't have even known you were sick were it not for the sound of congestion I heard when you breathed.
Pulled my hair allllll the time - OUCH!  (and sometimes my earrings, too!)
Saw a BLIZZARD!  The last snow you felt/saw was tiny compared to this one.  Of course you're still little and you were also sick, so I didn't take you out in the snow, but I let you look outside at it from the open door while you were bundled up.  : )
Started sleeping face down with your little booty straight up in the air.  I sing to you "Booty in the sky, booty in the sky"  haha
Became BFF's with Katie - you reach out for her when she's near, pet her fur, and touch her wet nose.  She loves to lick your hands and feet, which always makes you smile and giggle.
Became more attached to me - there was one time you started crying when someone else held you because you wanted me to hold you.
Cry when we lay you down upstairs in the early evening - but when I show you a diaper and tell you it's only to change your diaper, you smile really big and stop are so smart!!
Started getting a bit...uhhh...bigger...haha.  You used to only wear clothes that were true to your size until this month.
Started blowing raspberries on my neck and arms!  heehee

I love you so much, my sweet Emmy Grace!   Can't wait to see what next month brings!
Love, Mommy

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Emily - 4 Months

Guess what Emmy? 

What Mom?

You're 4 months old today!
Get outta town!!!
Guess what else?  To celebrate, we're going shopping at the mall!
Haha.  You are so much fun, Emily, with all your silly expressions.  Go on and read what other fun you've had this month.

This month you:

Tried your first bite of baby oatmeal - and hated it
Started going to Cait while Mommy had to go back to work - you love going there!
Started rolling over!
Sat through your first Superbowl - (the Ravens won)
Started picking up and shaking toys
Loved sleeping on your side - you roll that way on your own
Are making tons of funny noises! (shrieks, squeals, etc.)
Smiled at Katie
Made a loud "AAAAAHHH" noise every time we blow a raspberry on your stomach
Are drooling like it's your job
Loved trying to stand up on Mommy's lap
Started bringing toys to your mouth
Went to the mall for the 1st time - and loved it  (today!)
Laughed for the first time!!!  (today! - and at what? you may was after getting a dry diaper, because of course that is soooo funny, lol)

Keep being your funny, cute, and sweet self, Emmy.  I think you're the most wonderful baby in the world!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Emily - 3 Months

Sweet baby girl, you are 3 months old now!!!  My arms can sure tell a difference from carrying your ever-increasing weight around.  ;) 

This has probably been your most eventful month yet!  This month you:

Began sleeping through the night (1st time was 12/11 - Mommy & Daddy's anniversary!)
Went on FOUR airplane rides!!
Set foot in 2 new places - Chicago, IL and NC
Met TONS of family and friends in NC
Had your very first Christmas!  Yay!
Had your very first New Years Eve - you did not stay up to watch the ball drop, but we kissed ya anyways!  ;)
Saw snow for the first even touched it in Mommy's hand!
Started smiling at yourself in the mirror
Loved making sounds at us, especially the "k" sound
Started blowing spit bubbles and drooling like crazy!
Started trying to sit up with help (us pulling on your hands)
Smiled so big mostly every time you saw Mommy or Daddy   :)

I love you SO much, my Emmy girl.  :)  I can't imagine my life without you in it.  Can't wait to see what next month brings!