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: 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. ❤️
weight & height: 20.6 pounds and 27 (ish) inches long. According to these numbers not much has changed since last month, but we've heard that the growing slows down a bit the older I get so we'll take it! eating & sleeping: I'm still going to bed around 8 at night and will usually sleep until about 8:30 the next morning. Along with my two bottom teeth, I also have a total of 4 new teeth coming in up top, so lately I've loved trying more solid foods in addition to my regular baby food and milk. My favorite "solid" treats so far are the Happy Baby yogis (freeze-dried yogurt and fruit snacks) but puffs are a close second. exciting firsts/milestones: Along with my four new top teeth coming through, this past month I reached a really big milestone by starting to crawl! On the morning of March 12th, Daddy was playing toys with me and was setting up a tower from my stackable cups. I thought that it needed to be knocked over, so I pushed myself up and crawled right over to it to knock it down! Since that morning I've gotten really fast at it and am constantly crawling and trying to find new things to explore! things I love: Since learning how to crawl, I've really loved getting into everything that I can. This includes garbage cans, electrical cords, the "on" button on Daddy's xbox, and the shelves on the entertainment center. Mommy says that I've been working really hard to help her see all the places in her house that she thought were baby proof that actually aren't. 😉 I also love playing with toys, talking and playing with people (as always) and anything that lights up and/or makes sounds. I've also learned how to clap my hands, and love doing that whenever I feel like it's appropriate. things I don't enjoy so much: Overall I'm a pretty content baby, but one thing lately that I haven't loved very much is having to get clothes put on. Whether it be my outfit for the day or my pajamas for bedtime, I'll squiggle and squirm as much as possible and try to get away from Mom before she's able to get the clothes over my head. I also don't care for wearing socks or shoes, and will usually kick them off of my feet within two minutes of them being put on. At this stage of baby life, I've found that a diaper and bow is really all I need, and I'm still trying to get Mommy and Daddy on board with my mindset. 😜 mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month my friend H got a new baby sister, so while he spends time with her and his mommy, me and my Mommy have had the chance to have a lot more one-on-one time together. Daddy also had his spring break from school, so on top of getting more time with Mommy we also had the chance to spend more time with Daddy as well. It's not so much a lesson this month, but Mommy and Daddy both have talked this month about just how much they appreciate the family time that we've been able to have together, and just how much we want to make sure that we don't waste a single second of it. ❤️
weight & height: 20.4 pounds and 27.5 inches long. Since we didn't have an appointment this month those are just good guesses, but the one thing we are certain about is that I'm growing fast! eating & sleeping: I really love baby food and have enjoyed every single one that mommy has given to me! I also tried a teething wafer this month as my first real "solid" food and wasn't too crazy about the texture; I made a face every time I tried to take a bite of it so that Mom & Dad would know exactly how I felt about it. Sleeping is going well; I'm officially moved into my flat bed and I love that it gives me more room to stretch out. Sometimes I'll wake up because teething is rough business, but as soon as I get my pacifier I go right back to sleep! I also started going to bed a little bit earlier this month, which Mommy & Daddy seem to like because it means that they get a little more free time and can get to bed a little earlier too! exciting firsts/milestones: This past month all of that teething pain finally paid off and my bottom two teeth finally popped through! I'm still getting used to having them in my mouth and have become quite the drool bug from trying to chew on everything I can get my hands on, and I'm constantly giving a crooked little smile to try to show them off. things I love: There are very few things that don't make this list right now, but if I had to narrow it down to a favorite five, I'd say that my most favorite things would include reading books (especially before bedtime), playing pat-a-cake with mommy, growling, playing outside, and my #1 favorite thing continues to be playing, talking, and laughing with my friends. Since I'm extremely sociable, I tend to make friends pretty much wherever I go! 😉 things I don't enjoy so much: Right now my least favorite thing is getting things taken away from me while I'm playing with them, especially people's cell phones. I've gotten quite good at throwing what Mommy calls a "big girl tantrum" whenever it happens, and Mommy & Daddy are continuing to try and figure out a way to make electronics less enticing (with so far no success). I've also become really empathetic of my friend's sad emotions, so if I happen to see H or another baby start to cry, then there's a pretty good chance that I'll start crying too. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month Mommy had a lot of big plans to do lots of fun things and then takes lots of pretty pictures of all the fun things and then write about all of them on her blog. We had lots of fun adventures and did all of the fun things, and time and time again Mommy found herself in a situation where she got so caught up in having fun that she either forgot to take pictures completely, or maybe got a couple with the cell phone but none with her big camera. She found though that as nice as it is to have nice pictures of adventures, that the adventures themselves are the most important part, and that as long as everyone is having fun, it will always be ok to be more present than perfect or pretty. ❤️
Thank you so much for reading our little monthly update on Emery! We're at the tail end of these now, and it's a bittersweet feeling knowing that I'm already thinking about her first birthday party and realizing that I'm very soon going to have a very mobile baby/toddler!
As always, so much love to you all!
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.