Monday, September 6, 2010

I moved. . .

I know I don't blog much as offten [though I hope to change that]. . .

But I have moved:

Mostly because I wanted my url to reflect my blog name. But also because Word Press, so far, seems easier for me to customize. 

I will still be following y'all and reading via reader - So no worries you won't loose me! I've just moved where I am now blogging - I hope I don't loose you!

Stop by and say hi!

ETA: I see I lost my pictures in all my post. . . Which I am quiet bummed about. But I'll try & get the pictures from my latest post back up there!

Photography. . . And Emmersyn

Well, Emmersyn and I survived our first 5 days without daddy since she was born.  We had some rough days, but over all it was a good week.

I am really into photography & editing right now - Ever since I learned about photoshop actions. So I have been taking more pictures then normal, if that's possible!

Emmersyn and I started off September with a bang - We spent last Wednesday at Sea World. And we had an absolute blast. We took her to Sea World after daddy got home from deployment, when she was around 6 weeks old. So this was her first time since then and she had fun. We were there for 5 hours and she did great. Just her and I. We both had a wonderful day and my cup o' love was over full by the end of the day.
She ate better while we were there then she had been all week at home [and usually it's the opposite because she is so curious]. She also surprised me by falling asleep in her stroller and taking a good little nap there. I rock her for naps & bed time [so long as we aren't driving, obviously], so I was surprised. And very proud.

We got to meet Grover, The Cookie Monster & Zoey from Seasame Street and she loved them. It took a lot to just to get her to look at the camera for these pictures, especially when we met Cookie Monster.
We saw three shows: Shamu Rocks, Pets Rule, & Blue Horizons [the new dolphin show, which is awesome]. We also so penguins, sharks, massive fish. . . And did a lot of walking around. She ended up falling asleep in my arms about 10 minutes into the new dolphin show, which also surprised me. She just did amazing. We can't wait to go back again SOON! We have passes through December 2011 - And we'll deff be taking more advantage of them!

Emmersyn is officially 6 months now. I cannot believe that in the time it took us to get here, she'll be a year. The time has just flown. I looked back at some of her pictures from birth, and I cannot believe how tiny she was and how chubby she is now. If I get the time, I'll make a post with all her pictures over time.
She is sitting up amazingly well now. And boy is it a whole new world. I love it - As does she! Right before she started sitting up so well, she was in an inbetween stage where she wanted to move and not just sit and play on her belly, but couldn't figure out how. Now that she can sit up and play, she loves it. She can push herself up into a sitting position if she is leaned back on me - But not yet if she is flat on her back. And when she gets tired of sitting, she'll slowly topple over and roll to her belly to play.

She now has TWO teeth! I felt the second one today. I knew she was working on it, as last week she was fussy here and there, her nose has been running like crazy for the past week and a half, and last week she started eating much less. I actually ended up pulling her off solids to get as much milk in as possible since that is her main form of nutrition. She's eating better as of these past 2 days, so I am guessing it was because of her poor teeth.
Because she is sitting up so well and all the time now, we said good-bye to our level 1 Gymboree class last Thursday and this Thursday we are trying our first level 2 class. We were sad to leave our class, but we know our friends will be with us again shortly! I did something that's hard for me to do, and invited another mom and her son who started at the same time as us to Sea World. They didn't make it, but we did exchange numbers & email addresses and hope to get the babies together soon. Little J is a month younger then Emmersyn, so he's staying behind until he can sit up. We were sad to leave him!

Last week we failed at getting back on schedule, but we tried again today. It's much easier when daddy is home & we have to get up [before the sun wakes up] with him to take him into work. As much was waking up at 6:00am sucks - I really missed our schedule. It's better for both Emmersyn & myself. She took a good [hour & a half] nap at 10am, which is a PERFECT time. Not to mention, she hasn't napped that long in weeks now. . . And I got a lot done before he nap. If this keeps up, I want to start working out during her naps again!
As for me. . . Last week I started reading Eat, Pray, Love. And I got into it and love it so far. I don't get much time to read, so I am not too far into it. But I do enjoy it when I do get to throw myself into it. I also got rid of my glasses & got contacts again for the first time in years. So far, so good. Before I was young & dumb and was too lazy to take them out every night, so they just bothered me. But now I take care of them and I love not having to wear glasses! Not to mention, I have to wear make-up now because of the bags under my eyes that my glasses hid for me. And it is nice. . . It's nice to get myself ready and to feel pretty every day. 

I love it.
We missed having daddy around - But we had a GREAT week together.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Love Meter

My love meter is simply over flowing right now.
Emmersyn and I had a mommy daughter day at Sea World. We seriously spent 5 hours there. Just her and I. She did amazing.
We had a great day. My love meter is over flowing.
I am feeling extremely blessed right now. Today is a day I will never forget - And I'll make sure she doesn't forget it, either. I have a ton of pictures to show her and keep those memories alive.
I am exhausted, need to clean and shower and then go to bed. Tomorrow is a less busy day. I'll update on the past couple days sometime then. With a lot of pictures from today. Above is my favorite.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BabyLegs Giveaway!!

Fall is coming!
Do you have a little one to keep warm?
Or even a toddler?
These are great for crawlers who have nothing but carpet to crawl on!
The Paper Mama is giving away a BabyLegs Grab Bag!!! 
Emmersyn has a few pairs of BabyLegs and I love them. If we had more money, she would have even MORE then the few she has. They're super adorable. And addicting!!
Head on over to her blog to enter her GIVEAWAY for your change to win.
BabyLegs are for little girls and boys!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 1 Down!

Emmersyn is finally down for the night - So I can finally get around to this.

Today was a success. However, spending a day without daddy isn't unusual for us. Every 6 days he has duty, where he is on the ship over night. Duty last 24 hours - But if it ends on a week day, he still has to work that full day. So he's gone for a day & a half at times. I realized last night after he left, that this is the 1st time I will be alone with the baby for longer then that amount of time since she was 2 & 3 weeks old.
My mom spent Emmersyn's 1st 6 days of life with me. After that, I was completely on my own until DH got home when Emmersyn was 3 weeks and 1 day old. And to be honest, I loved those 2 weeks we had together where it was just her and I. They are amazing. I enjoyed our mommy/daughter time greatly. As I knew that when daddy got home, life would be much crazier and busier. And boy has it! I feel like we've been going non-stop since he got home at the end of March!

Thankfully, Emmersyn isn't young enough to really be affected by her daddy being gone - But I know that she will be thrilled to see him when he gets home!

I decided that we are going to make the best of our mommy/daughter days together. Even if her nose is running like a fountain, and she is working on her 2nd tooth (which is why her nose is running like crazy). She is still my beautiful, amazing and happy baby. She won't let a simple runny nose, or a new tooth bother her! And neither will mommy. . .
So today - Today we shopped! What's better then a mommy/daughter shopping day? I know I love shopping with MY mommy!

Babies-R-Us made bank off me today!
I ordered my Ergo Baby Carrier- Which I am totally stoked about. We used the Moby Wrap a lot as she was younger and not so heavy. And I haven't worn her much since about 2-3 months because she got to be too heavy for it + it is a lot of material. I decided I would get myself an Ergo with my Birthday money. So I did just that - Finally! I got the Galaxy Grey one. I think it's so cute, and this way I can use it with baby number 2 when the time comes! I cannot wait to test it out - I've heard good things about it!

My MIL said she would buy the baby gates we need when I mentioned that we have to get them (she asked if there's any expensive things we need). So we headed into the Babies-R-Us store for those. . . And I got Emmersyn her first Christmas present. It's the bath time letters and numbers (I am too lazy to look it up). She's only going to get a few toys (picked out already) from us, some puzzles and books and maybe some outfits. MIL has got her a lot of clothes already and will get some toys. And my parents. . . I dunno what they plan on getting her (they don't have anything in mind yet) but my mom said they aren't doing much this year since she'll be so young. Which is fine and understandable.
I cannot believe I am thinking//talking about Christmas - And SHOPPING for Christmas!

Right next to our BRU is Target. Yes, it is very dangerous to have both of them just steps away from each other. I needed bread so we headed into Target. . . I got my bread. As well as some Baby Mum Mums and Biter Biscuits for Emmersyn. And I picked up Eat Pray Love for me. I've never been much of a reader - But it is something relaxing and I figured with DH gone, I might as well try it out. And I've heard good things about this book + it isn't too terribly long. So we'll see how it goes.

All that shopping wore little miss out! So we came home and she napped while I washed bottles and got some things cleaned up. Of course, what I cleaned up is now wrecked again. Hah. We spent the night in, just relaxing and talking to each other.
Emmersyn is starting to make new sounds. . . One which consist of "Dada". She first said it in her super tired babble on Saturday now. DH and I were laying in the bed with her in her pack-n-play next to the bed just listening to her babble/waiting to see if she fell asleep. And she said it. He was thrilled. I figured it was coming. She's said it randomly since then. It's great and I know he just loves it!

Her first tooth (bottom left) is all the way through and every day it comes out more and more. It's starting to get noticeable when she smiles, but only if you're looking for it. And I am 99% sure that her 2nd tooth will be popping through soon, too. Since she has a [clear] runny nose. I am thinking her 1st 'cold' a few weeks ago wasn't really a cold, but rather teething. Since a week/week and a half later, the 1st tooth popped through. And now she has a runny nose again. Eeep!
Her sitting up is getting better every day. I think next week we may move up to our level 2 Gymboree class. . . We'll see what they say when we go to class tomorrow. I can now put her down and steady her, and she'll sit up and play for a bit. . . And then she kinda slowly falls and gets onto her tummy.

Ahh - When did she get so big?!
Over all - Day 1 of missing daddy was a success. I did fail at trying to get us back on our morning routine. . . But lets face it, 6:30 is too early for this mommah! Emmersyn thought so, too, as she went back to sleep around 8am and we slept until almost 10. Hopefully tomorrow she'll wake up between 7-7:30 and I can attempt to get my bottom out of bed and get moving!
Does anybody know if there is a weekly/bi-weekly meal planning Meme's floating around in blogger world yet?

Since getting into meal planning [the 1st 2 weeks were a success!] I am interested in sharing my meals/recipes & finding new ones. I am all of a sudden into cooking/trying new meals. I don't know what it is - But I like it!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mommy & Me Monday

It's been a while since I've joined the fun of Mommy & Me Monday. . . But DH is gone for the week [thanks Navy] and I figured now is the best time to [attempt] to get back on some sort of schedule for Em and I.
Even though it isn't the best picture of me, I still love it. . . Emmersyn is actually looking at the camera/kind of smiling. Have I mentioned before how much she loves her daddy? Don't worry though, she loves her mommah just as much. <3
This little one is seriously the light of my life. And I cannot believe how fast these past 6 months have gone by!! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Happenings of Emmersyn

It's been a while since I've posted anything of importance. . . A lot has happened in these past few weeks with my little princess - I don't know where to start.
When we got home from our vacation, Emmersyn learned how to actually JUMP in her jumperoo. . . Rather then sway back & broth, side to side. And oh my does she love it. We were also able to remove the pillow from under her feet and she just gets more air. She would jump in that thing all day long if we let her!
Eating. . . This kid can eat. We're now up to 3 'meals' a day plus anywhere from (5-7) 6oz bottles a day. Unbelievable. She will easily eat a full stage 1 container of food and 15 minutes later, chug 6oz.

And she *loves* her food. To this day she's had:
Sweet Potato
The only thing she wasn't so sure about was the alvocado. So we'll try that again in a couple days.
She is also REALLY holding her own bottle now. She's been able to do it for some time now - But was just lazy. But now I can plop her on the floor in her boppy pillow & give her her bottle and she'll grab onto it and suck it down. Of course, we're still working on perfecting it. And we're still working on picking it up by herself once she drops it, but we'll be there soon. She's a smart little chunker!
Speaking of being chunky. . . When she was sick last week, I took her to the Dr on Monday to make sure it was nothing bad - She sounded horrible when she was breathing [turned out to just be a cold]. Yeah, the kid weighed in at 17lbs! That was 2lbs gained in a month - Which honestly shocked me. She's growing up way too fast!!
After 2 weeks of not going - We went back to Gymboree last Tuesday. We were so happy to be back and to see all our friends. And they all just loved Em and loved all her new rolls. I am sad to say, though, that we will be moving up to level 2 next month & leaving our friends behind. . . Until they catch up to us. She's coming up on 6 months - And she's working on perfecting her sitting up. Once she is sitting up perfectly - We'll move on up.

I am excited, sad & nervous. I am excited to see what more we can do. . . She's in between being a level 1 and a level 2 right now. Some of the things we've done in our class since getting back, she's just past that. For example: We're using our blankets as props for the week. One exercise we do is lay our babies in the middle of the blanket & then grab the top corners and pull our babies to a sitting position, supporting their heads & necks with our blankets. Yeah - Em is past that. . . Not to mention, too heavy! So I just pull her up by her arms. Another one is putting them close to the edge of their blankets, and rolling them to their side - And eventually over to their belly. I barely lift the blanket, and of course Em is flopped over to her belly. So I am excited to get into a new class to see what new things we'll learn & do!

I am sad because well - She's growing up WAY too fast!! And we'll be leaving our friends behind. I was just getting really comfortable with the moms in our class. And I've actually become friends with another lady & her little boy, who started the same day we did. Little J, though, is a month & 2 days younger then Emmersyn - So they won't move up for a while still. She did tell me to let her know what day we decided to go so she can join our class, so that makes me happy. I am also sad because it just goes to 1 class a week with 3 days of free play we can go to. I'll miss having 2 classes a week!
And I am just as nervous as I was when we 1st joined Gymboree. Hoping I fit in with the class and the other moms. Jumping into a class with moms & babies that already know each other, ect. . . And now, instead of being one of the ones with an older baby in class - I'll have one of the youngest babies in class. We'll be fine and Emmersyn will love it, I am sure. Not to mention we'll still have our awesome Tuesday teacher!
She is still such a happy baby. She's always smiling, talking and squealing. She still has no interest in laughing - And it makes me sad. Let's not lie here - It worries me that she isn't laughing yet & she is a week and a half away from 6 months. She CAN laugh - We have heard it before. But it's been soooo hit & miss. It worries me. 
She seems to be on track with everything else, though. She rolls back to belly all the time still. She knows how to roll belly to back, though she never does that, either. We're just about sitting up fully, ect. . . But I want her to laugh!

I think the best news I have to share has to be: Her reflux has gotten SO, SO, SOOOOOO much better in just these last 2 weeks. She still spits up, but it's so rare now compared to before. Normally it's if she's on her belly right after eating. Some days she'll have a bad day - But our bad days now, were our good days when her spitting up was bad. It's amazing. I can take her out without a bib. I've walked around a store without a spit up cloth before. It's awesome. And I love that we can see all her cute little outfits now!

In some more exciting news - DH and I can see her 2 bottom teeth just waiting to pop through! And I think I can feel a little tip of one. She's such a trooper, you'd have no idea she's got teeth trying to make their way through her gums. Aside from the drool. . . And the fact that EVERYTHING that touches her hand goes to her mouth (which could have nothing to do with teething, but in our case does). I looked in her mouth yesterday and was SHOCKED to see white in her gums. I had to show DH and he saw it, too. So I'm not crazy. And now I've been feeling her gums like crazy! LOL. It won't be long now before our gummy smiles go away.

We are so off our schedule that I had got her on, and it's driving me nuts. But there is no way to get her on one until Will goes back to the ship. These past 2 weeks he's been going to school for his job. . . He doesn't start until 8am and most days is done by 11pm. So there's just no way to get her back on a schedule. We're working on her naps, though, being longer then 30 minutes. We can get an hour out of her now, which is nice. And sometimes after Gymboree, I'll get close to 2 hours!

I just turned 22 a week ago. I don't feel any older then I did. Though I can't believe I am 22 with a 5.5 month old. Wasn't I just 18 and getting married? Yes, we got married young. 

Hubby sent me out to shop. . . And then I got a pedicure on my Birthday. We tried to have a BBQ the day after - And that failed massively. I was bummed, so the next day we went to PF Changs for dinner. Over all, it wasn't the best Birthday I've had. But I got to spend it with my husband & daughter - So I can't complain! [DH has only been here for 1 other Birthday in the 4 years he's been in the Navy]

That's really all that we have going on around here. Nothing too exciting. Just a kiddo who is growing up way to fast for her mommies liking!!!

Swidget 1.0