Yes, she is ridiculously adorable, but Miss Emma Claire is not as innocent as she looks. She is wild, daring, adventurous, curious, mischievous, independent, loud, and silly. In the past week, some of the things she has done include (but are not limited to): throwing a cup of water into and all over Grayson's room, swinging from the chandelier in her room and pulling it from the ceiling, coloring on the kitchen floor, coloring on the kitchen table, coloring (with ball point pen) on the couch, biting Grayson's stomach and breaking the skin, putting a chair onto an ottoman and somehow sitting on it without toppling over, having her first accident after being potty trained for months, and pitching a royal fit in TJ Maxx and drawing the attention of every customer in the store. This little girl is wearing me out!!! I don't know what has gotten into her, but it seems like every time I turn my back she is getting into something else. I can only imagine what her teenage years will be like!
As much as I complain about her, I love this child so incredibly much. She is amazingly smart and helpful, can instantly make friends with every child at the park, makes us laugh all the time, talks non-stop, and can entertain herself for hours on end. She is such a girly girl but a tomboy at the same time. She knows how to whine like every other two year old on the planet, but is also so sweet, kind, and affectionate. She adores her big brother and I trust her completely with her baby brother. She's my only female alliance in our house and I don't know what I'd do without her. She makes me crazy many times a day, but she's my sweet EC and there's nothing I wouldn't do for her.
Now I need to go see what disaster she has created while I was writing this post! :)
Trying to catch up on posts--we've had a lot going on lately! Two weeks ago it SNOWED!!!! From what I've heard, this area hasn't gotten snow since 1989, so this was a huge deal. Grayson and EC got to see snow for the first time and it was so cute. We got about 2 inches but when we woke up it had already started to melt, and was gone by lunchtime. Unfortunately, we don't own heavy coats or mittens/gloves, so we didn't play outside for too long since the kiddos didn't like how cold their hands got. We did make a snowball and eat some snow cream though, and they are still talking about the snow almost daily. Yay for snow! :)
It seems like everybody is reading or has read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, but if you haven't read it I urge you to get your hands on a copy. It is most definitely one of the best books I have ever read, and I was SO sad when it was over. Does anybody else get down for a couple of days when you finish a really great book, or is it just me? Our book club is discussing it next week and I can hardly wait to hear what everybody else thought about it.
This week Grayson and I did a really cute, easy Valentine craft that I stole borrowed from my friend Angela, who got the idea from Skip to My Lou. We made adorable little butterfly Valentines for all twenty five of his classmates, and according to Grayson, they were a hit. :)
I printed the butterflies using the Skip to My Lou template, then cut them out while Grayson was napping. I stuck a lollypop into each butterfly, he glued heart-shaped confetti onto the butterflies, and we glued googley eyes to the lollypops. That's it! So easy, although by the end Grayson was pretty much over it and I ended up doing the last several myself. :)
Then I also stole borrowed a teacher gift idea from Angela. SO EASY! I bought bottles of hand sanitizer, peeled the labels off, used Goo Gone to get the sticky stuff off the bottles, stuck heart/Valentine scrapbook stickers on the bottles, and tied gift tags (cut from the same card stock I printed the butterflies onto) with pink ribbon to the necks of the bottles, and they were done! So easy, and a great gift for your favorite teachers!
Sweet Whitt turned 7 months old on the 2nd of February. I know I say this all the time, but I CANNOT believe that my baby is already this old. He was just born!! He's huge!!
My little 6 lb 7 oz boy is now 17 lb 6 oz and 27 inches long (at his 6 month appointment), the exact same size that his big brother was at the same age. This is so amazing to me, especially because they look exactly alike and have such a special bond.
He is almost sitting (still needs a little help with the Boppy), has his two bottom teeth, and is still learning to eat baby food. I'm loving the Babycook that my parents gave us and have had lots of fun making all of his food, although Whitt would be happy without it. :) He has a few little gross motor delays that Grayson also had, so we are in the process of setting up some early intervention and occupational therapy. No biggie, although I do wish this stuff was easier for him.
Best of all, though, my screaming, crying, colicky boy has turned into such a happy little baby. As long as his belly is full and he has a mommy, daddy, or brother (we're working on the sister thing) nearby, he is happy, happy, happy!
He is FINALLY sleeping through the night (7pm to 7am) and napping on a schedule---one long morning nap, one long afternoon nap, and one short late afternoon nap. Hallelujah!! :)
Sweet Whitt is my little love and I honestly feel lost without him. We do pretty much everything together, and I am so happy that God blessed us with him. It's hard to believe that he'll be crawling, walking, and turning one before we know it! Happy 7 months, my darling boy!