Aiden: Two and a Half

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Oh, Aidy. You're TWO AND A HALF! (Actually, you're now closer to THREE.) I honestly didn't think I'd write a half year post this year, but man have you grown up since turning two. Every time I look at you, I'm just in awe. What a gift you are. Some of my favorite things I want to remember:
  • You are so independent and want to do everything yourself.
  • You are the BEST big sister. Truly, more than I could have ever imagined. You have more patience with Emerson than your dad and I combined, and no one makes her smile like you do. 
  • You love to help out in the kitchen. Daddy built you a little stool so you can help us cook and bake. Of course, you would much rather us butt out of your experiments. :)
  • Your imagination is starting to show and I teared up a little bit today watching you pretend with your baby doll (her name is "baby"). 
  • You love to be outside and love bugs! On our walks, you really enjoy picking up all of the dead worms you can find.
  • Your chubby baby cheeks are gone and you now look like a kid. (I'm fighting back tears.)
  • I tell your daddy all the time that I can't imagine you getting any older. You're two and a half and I (of course) think you just couldn't possibly be smarter. 
  • Your vocabulary has exploded the past few months, and you're really starting to put some sentences together. Just as we imagined, you are HILARIOUS. For example, you accidentally locked yourself in your room after your nap today. When I came to rescue you, you said "Mommy, it's tricky!"
  • Daddy took you to your first baseball game at Lassiter last week, and I'm pretty sure it was the best day of his life. You had no interest in the game, but loved everything else going on! (And you ate 1.5 cheeseburgers....my girl.)
  • You love chips and salsa (yesss!) and any type of dip.
  • You LOVE your family. Not just us, but your extended family, too. You're especially fond of your best friend/cousin, Jude.
  • You give the best kisses.
  • You have the best laugh. Hands down. The BEST laugh.
  • I love seeing your heart for Jesus already. You always remind us if we forget to pray before a meal (or a snack), and you're already teaching Emerson how to pray (you get frustrated that she can't fold her hands, yet). Papabear died a few months ago, and you always remind us that he's with Jesus in Heaven. Melt my heart. 
  • You love Disney Princesses, and LOVE to sing along and dance. Current favorites: Frozen (Anna and Elsa), Mulan, Moana and Cinderella.
  • You could listen to "Let it Go" all day long and it still wouldn't be enough for you.
  • You really just love to sing and dance, period. It's the cutest thing in the whole wide world. You learn lots of songs at school and I love trying to piece together what they are.
  • You are potty trained! (ish) It only took you a couple days to catch on (most frustrating days of parenting, to date), and you're doing a great job. 
  • You love to tickle! It's adorable, except that I hate being tickled.
  • Lately, a red lion named Kelsey has been sleeping in your bed. But don't worry, she protects you... and sometimes pees the bed (apparently).
  • Some of my favorite little Aidy phrases...
    • "Mom, come onnnn." I had to fight back laughter the first time you said this, because it was with a 'tude.
    • "Toast ready!" When the toast pops up for breakfast in the morning.
    • Your macarena months of the year song.
    • "I tooted!"
    • "You got it girl"
Everyday you teach us something new. I'm glad you don't notice yet, because I would probably creep you out how much I just stare at you. You are unbelievable. You are going to be a FORCE and I pray you use it for God's glory, little one. I've said this since the day you were born, but my gosh - it is my greatest honor to be your mother.

Fun video clips:
Let it go!
Tickling Sissy
Tooty Fruity
First Pony Ride
Hi Ho! 
Worms!
More worms...















Emerson: Eight Months

Eight months! Phew, time is flying. We love this little human and finally like her, too! (Seriously, months 4-6 were pretty touch and go with her lack of sleep.)






  • She never did go back to nursing after that nursing strike. I tried a few times to coax her back, but then decided NOPE. I don't think it was a coincidence that she's been a better sleeper and all around happier baby now that she's not nursing anymore. I really think she was just never satisfied with my breast milk. Isn't it funny how mom guilt works? First, I'm guilty that I had to stop nursing and feed her spray paint formula (Have you ever read the ingredients to formula? What am I feeding my child??). Then I'm guilty that I didn't switch her to formula sooner since she was clearly so miserable. Sigh. 
  • I was pumping twice a day for a few weeks, but was only getting about 4oz/day. Not even enough for a whole bottle! I decided to officially cut the cord on breast milk and we're all better for it. (Does ANYONE enjoy pumping?)
  • She's a pretty good eater! There are a few things she doesn't love, but for the most part she's easy. We're still keeping her on the basics - fruits and veggies. But I guess it's time to let her start trying real food.
  • I refused to let Aiden use pouches, because it creeps me out that I can't see inside and she could potentially be slurping down mold. (I'm pretty chill about most things, but for some reason that really creeped me out.) Aldi has see-through pouches, so I bought a few for Emmie. SCORE. She loves them and they're so dang easy.
  • She hates wearing a bib, so we go through a lot of Shout.
  • I learned how to steam sweet potatoes, so I successfully made my own baby food and felt like the best mom, EVER! Easiest win of all time. Wish I had Googled it sooner.
  • She has somewhere to go and she is quickly on her way. I know I've mentioned it a few times, but really - she doesn't stop. Ever. 
  • She always wants to be standing up (we're all just human jungle gyms to her) and cruising around the furniture. She recently found the stairs, so we had to put a gate up.
  • It's her life goal to pull up on her walker and stand on it. It makes her about 3 inches taller, but I'm pretty sure she feels like the tallest person in the universe. She's always so thrilled with herself.
  • She said "mama" on Mother's Day (all the heart eyes). It was a really cute moment. Adam and I were with her in the playroom while Aiden napped, and she was giving me a "hug" and said it. 
  • Her top two teeth are starting to pop through.
  • She loves to stick her tongue out and has started giving open mouth kisses.
  • She is still getting up twice a night, but it's basically heaven compared to her total meltdowns in the earlier months.
  • Her big sister continues to ADORE her and asks for her first thing every morning (and basically all day). I am so grateful for these sisters and pray they are best friends!
Crazy baby, you're the best! So thankful that you're ours.

Videos: Dancing bug
No chill
Tickles!

Emerson: Seven Months

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Well, this was a FUN month! Emerson is certainly keeping us on our toes, but finally in the best ways! No longer because she's fussy and screaming through the night, but more so because the girl does.not.stop.




  • She kicked off month seven by continuing to be a terrrrrible sleeper at night. I called the nurse hotline at our pediatrician more times than I'd like to admit, because she would wake up screaming at all hours of the night. They thought it was teething, but then one day - out of the blue - she went back to getting up every 3-4 hours to eat. No rhyme or reason and no more teeth. Even the doctor was confused. It's God, I tell ya. Many, many desperate prayers later, He answered.
  • She decided to go on a nursing strike. She's done this before (where she just refuses to nurse), but it's now been a couple weeks and she still has zero interest. At first I felt really guilty (mom guilt, leave me alone), but she has been sleeping so much better (only up once or twice a night!) and honestly seems much happier. I'm still pumping three times/day, but I'm not going to push the nursing thing since she clearly doesn't mind! (I'm also trying not to be sad about it. Can't believe our nursing days are already over. Sigh.)
  • She lost the Zippadeezip and is sleeping in just her jammies, like a big girl.
  • She's not a huge fan of her paci, but does use them as her lovey. She likes to have a handful of them in the crib with her when she sleeps.
  • She said "dada" on March 24. Aiden never babbled, so having this chatty little baby is pretty adorable! She hasn't said "mama", but think it's hilarious when I do.
  • As I mentioned, SHE DOESN'T STOP. Adam and I are a little nervous about how crazy this child is going to be. We had to lower her crib on April 2, because I walked in to find her sitting up in there one day and standing up the next!
  • She loves to pull up on everything (especially humans) and quickly figured out how to army crawl. On April 9 she was officially off on all fours. We have a crawler! 
  • Man, she's fast. And just like her big sister, she immediately makes a bee line for the dog bowls!
She's the cutest little nut I know, and I'm so proud that she's mine. We love you, Emers!

Emerson: Five and Six Months

Monday, March 19, 2018

FIVE MONTHS - FEB 18

Five months with this sweet pea! She's finally becoming a little person and man, is she cute.



  • We moved her to her crib on January 18, which was neat. She tried to kill us from lack of sleep this month. Literally, KILL US. We tried her in her swaddle, but she rolled over and gave us a heart attack. We tried the Merlin suit, but she rolled over in that, too. We tried using nothing, she screamed. We tried letting her cry it out, she screamed herself hoarse. LOTS OF SCREAMING. Man, it was rough. We finally settled on the Zipadeezip and although it didn't work in the beginning, it's what's working now! 
  • After weeks of no sleep and literally almost LOSING it, she finally popped her first tooth on Valentine's Day! I cried, because I felt like "this must be why she wasn't sleeping!" I was RIGHT! Starting that night, she has done much better. Still up every 3 hours to eat and has some screaming fits, but overall totally manageable. And the best part, she's a much happier camper. 
  • We typically put her down around 7pm and she's up around 9pm, 1am and 5am - then up around 6:30am. We tried to put her on a "schedule-ish". She goes down for a nap around 10am, again a couple hours after she wakes up from that one and a little cat nap a couple hours after she wakes up from that one. It's meh at best. 
  • Her second tooth popped through about a week after the first. Now she's got her two bottom toofers!
  • She is trying to get SOMEWHERE. She's a roly poly and trying to push herself up to crawl.
  • Started sitting up unassisted right after Valentine's Day. 
  • Loves the forward facing Baby Bjorn, but is not a fan of facing inward. (Can you blame her for not wanting to stare at my chest?)
  • She has this adorable scrunchy smile and also this funny laugh/cry. A lot of times we don't know if she's laughing or crying! (But obviously we figure it out pretty quickly...)
SIX MONTHS - MARCH 18

Half a year! How are we here?



  • She's just not a good sleeper at night. I'm leaving it at that. We thought she was teething again and that's why she was doing so poorly - but so far no more teeth. She will put herself to sleep or naps and initially at night, but she's just up ALL. THE. TIME at night. Man, it's tough.
  • She does pretty well with naps, though! They're not predictable - sometimes it's 30 minutes in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, sometimes it's vice versa, sometimes it's an hour three times a day. We never know, but we'll take it. 
  • She does this goose honk when she's tired, which Aiden also used to do!
  • As if her lack of night time sleep patterns aren't irritating enough, now she refuses to nurse in the night sometimes. YAY. I kind of think she's just over me, but I refuse to stop nursing.
  • Speaking of which, we did start supplementing with one bottle of formula a day a couple weeks ago (and sometimes at night when she's hungry but won't nurse).
  • We also started her on food on March 4, because she just seemed ready. She was! She loves everything about eating (sitting in her highchair, the spoon, the EXCITEMENT) - except sometimes not the actual food. We started with avocado, and that was a meh. So far she loves green beans, sweet potatoes and Mum Mums.
  • As much as I complain about her sleeping, for the most part she's actually a very happy baby!! 
  • She loves to pretend to walk while Daddy is holding her up.
  • She is trying so hard to crawl and can scoot her little booty all over the place.
  • She gives the best little hugs and has given a few open mouth kisses. Sometimes when I come home after not seeing her for awhile she flips out and tries to eat my face - it's pretty cute.
  • She started pulling up on March 15. I remember because she pulled up on my suitcase while I was packing for her first big trip.
  • Which leads us to... her first airplane ride! We headed out to Fort Worth to celebrate Mamabear and Papabear's memorial and took Emerson with us. She did pretty well on the flights. We LOVED having the one-on-one time with her! It sounds terrible, but it was so fun to really get to know her for a few days - without Aiden taking up some of our attention. 
  • She is still obsessed with Aiden, and the feeling is so mutual! While we were gone, we would FaceTime Aiden and she would always instantly ask for Emmie. Rude.
  • Thanks to the recommendation from Kalyn, she loves The Happy Song
  • Coming in hot at 15lbs 15.5oz (45%) and 27" tall (86%). Noggin holding strong at 17.25" (87%).
Video highlights from this month:
Oh, Emers. You are a joy and we love learning more and more about you!

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.


Santa!


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!


THAT SMILE, Y'ALL.


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:
 
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