Before Emery was born, I felt so sure of two things. The first was that my darker traits would most likely dominate in the making of our child, giving me a little "mini me" when I found out that we were having a girl. The second was that given Kyle's naturally analytical, more serious nature (as opposed to my somewhat flighty, loud crazy self) would assure me the position of being the "fun" parent. You know what I'm talking about; the parent that your baby is ALWAYS excited to see no matter what, the parent in the relationship that the baby will actively reach for and crawl to for playtime, and the parent who can virtually do no wrong in their child's eyes. The funny thing about pre-baby assumptions is that they're usually wrong, and these two assumptions of mine were no exception. Our daughter came out looking exactly like a miniature female version of Kyle, and although she likes me plenty, Kyle definitely takes the cake when it comes to the "fun parent" title. While pregnant I thought I'd be upset at loosing in the race of genes and affection from our daughter, but the second I actually saw Kyle become a father the day Emery was born, I knew without a doubt that I'd give the win to him any day of the week. With this year being Kyle's first "official" Father's Day, I thought that I'd indulge a little bit and let him (and all of you reading) in on a few things that Emery and I think make him such a wonderful dad. So, without any further adieu, here's our little list of love for our favorite guy. ❤️
5 Things Emery & I LOVE about Kyle (or Dada - still working on getting Em to say it)
A very happy Father's Day this weekend to all of the dads out there, and especially to our sweet Kyle. We love you dearly and really do think that you're the best!
weight & height: 22 pounds and 29 inches long. Wherever we go people comment on how I'm such a tall baby, so I guess that means I'm growing quickly! eating & sleeping: Solid foods are getting more and more fun for me, and I love being able to feed myself. Deli Turkey, string cheese, and different fruits are some of my favorite things to eat with my meals now, and I still love a lick of ice cream when mommy will let me have one. 😉I've also gotten a little bit better at staying in my crib at night, mommy and daddy got me a sound machine that helps to block out any fun going on outside and it seems to be helping me sleep at night without waking up. exciting firsts/milestones: Although I haven't started walking yet, I've slowly started being able to balance standing up on my own for a few seconds before falling down! I've also started walking along the furniture, and mommy and daddy are thinking that walking on my own has got to be just right around the corner! things I love: My absolute favorite thing in the world right now is playing with my friends and family members. This past month we got to spend a couple of weeks in Utah with family for Tia's wedding and I LOVED all of the time that I got to spend with my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents! Coming back home was just as fun though because it meant that I got to see H & S, along with all of my awesome dental school baby friends! I also love being outside and putting EVERYTHING in my mouth that I can, and I've recently found a new love of crawling around the house naked, and will constantly try to escape a diaper changing so that I can have the chance to be free. 😜 things I don't enjoy so much: For the longest time last month I didn't really enjoy wearing shoes very much, and until my nan practiced keeping them on with me in Utah I would kick them off every chance I could get! I also have started to really dislike being buckled into a grocery cart while out running errands, and much prefer being able to either sit in the big section of the cart, or crawl all over the front part, making mom constantly worried that I might fall out. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month I caught my very first stomach bug, and it was not very much fun at all. Anyone that knows my mommy knows that she is a HUGE germaphobe when it comes to anything throw-up related, so dealing with me being sick was REALLY hard on her nerves. Daddy was on the opposite end of the spectrum which was helpful while I was sick, but then ended up coming back to get him about a day later when he got sick too from giving me too many kisses and loves while I was contagious. Like with all challenges though, both mommy and daddy were able to grow a lot from the experience once it was all over. Daddy said that he learned that he's not completely invincible when it comes to baby sicknesses, and Mommy learned that there's only so many times that she can bleach and sanitize the house before it just becomes excessive, and that she really just needs to chill out and know that things like this are quickly passing and that everything in the end will be ok. 😅
Ah the 11 month mark!! I have to admit that it made me a little sad typing this up and realizing that we only have one of these updates left to do! Our baby girl is growing up so fast, and before we know it she'll be our little toddler and no longer a baby! As sad as it makes me to see this baby stage fade away, Kyle and I are absolutely loving every second of watching Emery grow and develop into her own little person. The best is truly always yet to come!
It was 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday, and as I heard my daughter's whines and cries of "mama" through the baby monitor I groaned and remembered the days when my only alarm clock on the weekends was sunlight through the curtains and my hungry stomach ready for breakfast. I nudged Kyle to see if he would get up and bring Emery into our room, and he made the joke that she was calling for me, and to be glad that she at least knows how to say my name (we're still working on the whole "dada" thing 😉 ). I rolled my eyes and then got out of bed to go get Emery, and couldn't help but smile when I opened the door to her bedroom and saw her immediately light up and start bouncing and squawking excitedly at my arrival to take her out of her crib. I brought her into bed with Kyle and I with hopes of having us all go back to sleep for a little bit longer, but quickly gave up on the idea once I realized that Emery was up and ready to party, and making it clear by bouncing and crawling over every surface of our bed. I thought again back to mine and Kyle's pre-baby days of sleeping in, but this time I smiled because I knew that the way that things are now bring so much more happiness than sleeping in late on a Sunday morning. Life as a mother brings SO many challenges, but the blessings that it carries far outweighs any sort of frustration or struggle encountered along the way.
I had a friend/small shop owner pose the question in a Facebook group, "What is your favorite part about being a mom"? As different mamas posted their individual answers to the question, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of love that I could see each of these women had for their children. It also made me think long and hard about what specifically I love most about being a mom. There's obviously a million things that could be added to that list, but the more I thought about the question, the more I realized just how much value the knowledge of it's answer holds. So in honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I decided to sit and write a message to my one sweet daughter about my absolute favorite things about being her mom. I write the letter for her, in hopes that she'll one day look back and read about how much she's always been loved, but I also write for me, so that on those days when dreaded "mom guilt" steps in and I feel like I'm not doing nearly as well as I should be, I can look back and read and remember all of those most important things that bring me so much joy, and I feel like that will make all of the difference.
A very happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow mamas out there, whether you're a mom of two, ten, one, a mom-to-be, a mama with angel babies, grand-babies, and anything in between. I love you all dearly, and think that you're all amazing for all that you do. Enjoy your day for you!
weight & height: 21.4 pounds and 29 inches long. I had a bit of a growth spurt this last month and am getting so tall! eating & sleeping: I'm eating more and more solid foods now and have gotten to a point where I enjoy being able to pick food up with my fingers and put it in my mouth. I still love bananas, and veggie straws have become a new favorite snack along with my yogurt bites. Sleeping has been a little rough for us, the older I get the more extreme my FOMO (fear of missing out) becomes, so there's been several times that I've skipped naps or woken up in the middle of the night ready to party, just in case anyone else is ready to party too. 😉 I'm slowly learning that mom and dad really just sleep during the night though, and am working to get back into my regular sleep routine. exciting firsts/milestones: Shortly after learning to crawl, I decided to take things to the next level and have started standing myself up on things. I love being able to see everything that I can, and it seems like the taller I get the more I can see! things I love: Right now my favorite things in the entire world are crawling and exploring everything that I can, being outside, and screaming at the top of my lungs so that people can hear my voice. I especially love screaming in public places where my voice can echo and carry, and have had a few instances at the grocery store where friendly people will stop to say hi and let mommy know that they heard me from across the store. I also love bath time, reading books, clapping my hands, and opening and closing all of the doors and cupboards in the house. things I don't enjoy so much: Last month I noted that I don't really enjoy getting dressed or undressed, and since then I've expanded that to also not enjoying wearing my diaper. I don't know how to take it off yet (mommy says thank heavens for that) but whenever I'm getting my diaper changed I'll try to flip around and crawl away as fast as I can before mom or dad has a chance to put my diaper on. I also don't love being taken away from something that I'm exploring, and can pitch a pretty quick fit if mom and dad tell me I'm not allowed to get into something that I really want. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: If there's one thing that Mommy has learned so far, it's that as soon as she starts to think that she's got this parenting business down, that it's my job as a baby to put her in her place and help her realize that she still has SO much to learn. From teething, to sleeping & eating, to baby-proofing and everything in between, I'm sure to keep Mommy & Daddy on their toes. There's always something new to learn, but since that's part of what makes parenting so fun/exciting, I guess that is a-ok. 😉
Can you believe that we are already into the double-digit months?! I was working on Emery's baby book this last weekend (of course I procrastinated completing it until she's almost a year) and was just amazed at how quickly time really has flown by! Our baby girl will be a year before we know it, so I'm trying to do my best to soak in every second of her growth.
em's shirts, snail print shorts, snail print dress: c/o ahoy amigo (use code SIMPLYPETT to save)
raindrop bow: sapling + knots (use code SWEETEMERY to save) | hat+ denim shorts: target
blue gingham bow: saywer & sloane | floral headband: little ms kays | moccs: rad moccs
If there is one thing that could be "defined" as one of my character traits, it is that unless my livelihood depends on it, I will choose fun over work pretty much every single time. Some might consider this a flaw because when there's lots of fun to be had, a lot of the work (cough cough, housework, grocery shopping, blogging, etc....) tends to get pushed to the side. Although those things have most definitely taken a backseat this past month, as I go back and reflect on what I spent my month doing, I don't regret choosing fun one single bit. H (the little boy I nanny for those just checking in) got a new little sister, so while he gets to spend time with his mommy and new baby for a few months, for the first time really since Em's been born I've been able to really experience what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom to just my one sweet little girl. We've been incredibly busy - we went to Utah to visit family, pulled an all nighter for a year's worth of free pizza, tried frozen yogurt for the first time (for Emery at least... heaven knows I've had my fair share of the dessert 😜 ), had Emery's first Easter, go on walks several times a week and are constantly outside and on the go with friends and Kyle when he's free from school. With everything that's been going on, I've found that I have very little time for things like social media and just media in general, and I'm surprised at just how OK I feel about being a little bit detached from it all. For memories sake I've still taken/posted plenty of pictures (big Chatbooks fan over here), but it has been so cleansing to just take a step back from everything else and live life simply for the sake of enjoying it in that very moment just how it is, and to not have to worry about what everyone else in the social media world is doing. For the first time ever I feel like I've gained a better understanding of what #childhoodunplugged really means, and I have a higher motivation to expand that from Emery to myself and try to live my own life a little more "unplugged". Summertime is quickly coming, and along with the warmer weather and summer festivities is Emery's first birthday and the realization that my sweet little girl will soon be a toddler and no longer a baby. These years are so short, and everyday I want to do my best to make sure that I'm soaking them in as much as I possibly can. So expect to see more messy knees and hair, comfy summer clothes (these cute ones from Ahoy Amigo are literally perfect for babies/toddlers), and probably lots more pictures of things like ice cream and outside walks and playdates, and other "typical" life as we know it types of pictures/posts. Since those are a few of Emery's favorite things right now, I fully intend to enjoy them all with her and give her the best living-in-the-moment, "unplugged" summer & childhood that I can. ❤️
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.