Holiday 2017 Roundup

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The latest and greatest from the Bakers...

my girls :)

Thanksgiving prep with Uncle Jefe. Yes, we braved Costco the day before Thanksgiving - we're crazy.

Girls day!

Twinning with Auntie Katinka!

Daddy's little helper

Thank you, Little Worm and Company! (Glad they're still making these so our girls could match.)

The girls and I headed up to Blue Ridge, GA with my mom for a night. I had never been before, but am now kind of obsessed! It was adorable.


Celebrating Whitney and her sweet baby girl, Anna, who is due later this month.

Gingerbread party at the Palestrini's!

Snow day is an understatement. We got 8 inches!

Esther is 1!

We officially have a fence - thank you Adam and Dave (and Aiden, of course).

This girl.

Aiden's Christmas party at school! She was being so silly and shy, but her teacher says she's doing great.

Morning story time. Sometimes I just watch these moments and my heart explodes thinking about how they will have each other for their whole lives.

Mom & Dad moved! Aiden was Uncle Mitch's special helper during the move.

Christmas Eve - making memories, amirite?

Precious one all ready for Christmas Eve church! It's the one time a year the entire family goes (read: no childcare). It was a circus keeping both kids calm for an hour, but we survived. And Emerson farted really loud during a prayer. Go girl. 

Putting out the reindeer food on Christmas Eve! Live footage of her checking it on Christmas morning here. So precious I could cry. 

We're making it a Christmas tradition to read the story of Christmas from the Bible first thing Christmas morning. Thank you to Adam's cousin, Erica, for the idea!


Merry Christmas! Santa brought me a cooperative family who puts up with matching pajamas. I grabbed a video of Aiden walking down on Christmas morning. She doesn't quite get it, but it still felt like magic to me. This Christmas season was SO MUCH FUN, I was so sad to see it go.

We celebrated Christmas morning with my family at our house.

Yes, we ALL matched. 

Thank you for the drum set, Grandma!

Cousin picture with Gigi.

Santa brought her an art table - hooray!

I babysat Sara Emily and Caroline when I was in high school and look at them now! Sara Emily is a junior in college and Caroline is a sophomore in high school (and driving!). #imold

I went to get Aiden from her nap at Nonna and Papa's new house and opened the door to a room covered in pills! She got into Nonna's sleeping pills. Poison control was so great. We spent a few hours under observation at the ER (she had to drink charcoal - bleh), but she was fine. I'm 99% sure she didn't actually eat any. Oy vey.

Cheering on the Dawgs! They made it all the way to the National Championship, but lost in OT. Sad ending, but great season!

This girl loves her feetsies!

Celebrating Alysa's 30th birthday at 8Arm. 

Hanging out with her other Gigi!

A rare moment of her sleeping peacefully.

The Hafertepes came to town and we were able to celebrate Maren's first birthday! We love them so much and wish they lived next door. 

She loves to sleep with her hands folded.

I came back from the bathroom to this. Morning jams with sissy!

A couple recent highlight reels:

Emerson: Four Months

Our sweet Emmie girl is already four months old! We had a much less exciting month than Aiden did at this age (it's when she had Kawasaki Disease), which we are very thankful for.

  • Still thanking God that she's such a chill baby (something I specifically prayed for). She has seemed like such an old soul since the day she was born. We love her so.
  • She is still smiley as can be, but no one can make her smile quite like her sister.
  • Aiden is still obsessed and has started using a baby voice when she talks to her - it's the cutest. "Emmmmiiieeee! Hiiiiiiii!"
  • We figured she was teething, because she's a drool monster and constantly has her hands in her mouth. Aiden had teeth by this age, but so far nada for Emerson.
  • If her hands aren't in her mouth, her feet are! If she could name a best friend, I'm pretty sure she would pick her feet over Aiden.
  • She is starting to be a chatty one! Forgot how adorable those baby noises are.
  • She has started reaching for faces, among other things.
  • Somehow she's already big enough to play in her bouncy chair and spend some time in her Bumbo.
  • Her hair is slowly growing in... BLONDE! Eeeek, I'm so excited!
  • She rolled form her belly to her back on 12/21 and is SO close to rolling from her back to her belly. it's kind of hilarious watching her try so hard.
  • She's not on a schedule yet, but typically takes about three naps a day. Sometimes they're 20 minutes long, sometimes they're 1.5 hours. We never know what we're going to get.
  • To get her to sleep, our go-tos are either walking with her in a dark room or holding her hand. Adorable and weird.
  • She's a terrible sleeper at night. As much as I'm thanking God she's so chill, I'm also asking him to teach her how to sleep at night. There is no rhyme or reason to her getting up. That paired with the couple times she slept 8+ hours in November, I'm going crazy!
  • Tonight, we're moving her to her crib. See above. We're all in desperate need of sleep. (Except Aiden, she's still my pro sleeper. Praying Emerson screaming in her crib next door won't wake her up.)
  • She's coming in strong at 14lbs 2 oz (41%), 25.25" (81%) with a noggin that's 16.5" (84%). Real talk, I've thought her head is MASSIVE (maybe because Aiden had a lot more dark hair at this point?). Anyway, the doctor said her head isn't even that big. Haha. 
Some video highlights from this month:
It was so hard picking a picture for this month, because she's just SO CUTE!! Here are some of my other faves from our photo shoot.