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!
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.