Emerson: Two and Three Months

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lookie there, I only made it one month doing these in a timely manner! Emerson is the sweetest little soul and we can't imagine life without her!

TWO MONTHS - November 18

  • She is so chill and I am so grateful. I remember not really being able to put Aiden down and thankfully Emmie is not that way (although I do love getting in those snuggles when I can).
  • Bright-eyed, just like her sister!
  • Loves to look at the fan.
  • Smiley as can be
  • Loves to stretch and grow - especially first thing in the morning when we unwrap her from her swaddle.
  • Speaking of... mornings are the best! She's so smiley and content.
  • Loves to look/be outside
  • Starting to chat with us
  • Teased us by sleeping through the night, but hasn't done it again since. She'll have some nights when she's up every 3 hours and some nights when she only wakes up once. Sigh.
  • She found her hands
  • Her hair is growing in... blonde!
  • Aiden says "honey relaxxxxx" if she's crying the car. Hilarious.
  • Aiden loves to give her (and steal her) pacis. (Or as Aiden says, "faffi")
  • She was a little fairy for her first Halloween, and oh so precious.
She's still coming in strong at 24.2" (96%) and 12 lbs 8.5 oz (72%). That big ole noggin is 16" (96%).

THREE MONTHS - December 18

  • The girl loves to smile and she smiles soooo big I think her jaw is going to pop off!
  • Still not sleeping through the night. She usually gets up once or twice, so not too terrible. BUT I KNOW SHE COULD DO IT IF SHE REALLY TRIED.
  • Meagan and Nathan let us borrow their Rock N Play for her to sleep in and she really loves it (except, see above). Plus it's not as clunky as the pack n play.
  • One night at dinner, Adam was holding her and she started laughing in her sleep. I almost died from the cuteness! The next day (11/29), she laughed while she was awake. Oh, baby giggles. The cutest.
  • She loves bath time and recently found her feet, which is adorable. Ugh babies, they're just so cute!
She is still such a chill, bright-eyed little baby. We love her so!!

Fall Fun

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Some highlights from Fall 2017. Enjoy!
(Also, it's taken me THIS long to realize I've been putting the captions above the pictures. That doesn't make much sense. Starting now, they'll go below. Cool update, huh?)

Celebrating Papabear's 94th birthday

Sleepy smiles before the real ones made their debut.

These three jokesters!

Fun at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with Nonna

Sweetest sister girls.

Emmie's first smile caught on camera. Can you even handle it?!

Fun at Big Springs Farm!

Hayride with Daddy

Toddlers. Sigh.

Farm Day at school! (Farmer or Tupac? Your guess.)

Aiden loves to "make", so I try to carve out time and a new recipe every once in awhile. This time, we made Coconut Banana Bread. It was delicious, except that I didn't cook it long enough. Oops.


Emerson: One Month

Friday, October 27, 2017

Well, here we are. Emerson is already one month old. I'm going to be honest, it didn't fly by. (In a good way!)

My dad bought Aiden the lamb she posed with every month and was so excited to buy this elephant for Baby Baker #2. Seriously, it was so cute. He did a lot of research trying to find the perfect one. I think he nailed it!

Some updates from month numero uno.
  • First things first, her sister is OBSESSED with her. Nothing could have prepared my heart for watching Aiden love on her sister. She gives her about 10,000 kisses a day and is such a great little helper.
  • We got sleepy smiles from Emerson in the hospital and our first official smile on October 15. I forgot how amazing that first smile is. So special.
  • She was super gassy in the hospital (they were STINKY), but was able to get it under control by the time we got home.
  • Her umbilical cord fell off on September 23, and Aiden was thrilled to be in charge of throwing it away. Haha
  • Like her sister, she was not a fan of the bassinet. We had her in bed with us for a few nights, but then moved her to the bassinet that's attached to the Pack n Play and she's been great in there.
  • Every once in awhile we get a four hour stretch at night, but for the most part she's up every 2-3 hours. I'm learning how to live in a constant state of exhaustion and am constantly asking God for grace and patience - because it's wearing very thin these days. 
  • She's a loud sleeper! I don't remember Aiden making so much noise, but Emerson sure does.
  • She really is a chill baby and seems so wise. I know that sounds dumb, but she really does. When she's awake she's very alert and loves to just take everything in. Aiden loves to say "Awake!" when she's awake.
  • She doesn't really cry, but sometimes it takes awhile to get her to sleep.
  • She loves to be swaddled - good thing Adam is a pro.
  • We get to use all of Aiden's clothes since they were both born in basically the same season. However, I had to pack away all the newborn stuff since she's such a chunker!
  • She wore newborn diapers for maybe a week before she grew out of them.
  • Speaking of chunker, here are some of her stats...
At 5 days...
Weight: 8 lbs 4.5 oz (half an ounce away from her birth weight!) - (80%)
Length: 21"- (97%)
Head: 14.25" - (95%)

At 16 days...
Weight: 9 lbs 9 oz - (87%)
Length: 22" - (99%)
Head: 14.75" - (97%)

At 1 month...
Weight: 10 lbs 12.5 oz - (85%)
Length: 22.75" - (98%)
Head: 15.25" - (98%)

Any bets on how long I keep up these monthly updates with baby #2? Sorry in advance, Emmie!

Family of Four

(Blogged while still in the new mom haze, but never got around to posting.)

I still can't believe how different Emerson looks than Aiden! For starters, she was born 2lbs and 2oz heavier than Aiden! But keeping in the Baker tradition, Emerson's head is in the 97%. Good Lord, I birth huge headed babies.

It's hard to believe we're officially a family of four. And we have two girls! Oh, my heart melts thinking of these sisters.

We had to spend an extra day in the hospital since my water was broken for so long and they ran blood tests on Emerson and I (all came back clear!). Most people want to get the heck out of there, but Adam and I loved it. We have such great memories there with Aiden - our first days as a family of three - and were honestly really excited to be back in the hospital.

Breastfeeding got off to an interesting start. Aiden latched on right after birth and I never had to really learn anything. Emerson also latched on, but she had a really shallow latch which lead to painful nips. We eventually got the hang of it, but those days of nursing through recovery - OUCH.

Leading up to Emerson's arrival, I would get pretty emotional thinking of Aiden coming up to the hospital to meet our newest addition. When the moment finally came, I actually held it together. Probably because it was so chaotic in that room. I kind of wanted to scream. Aiden was really shy at first, but finally started warming up. Thanks to my mom for capturing this sweet video and some really great pictures.

We headed home on Wednesday, September 20 (Happy Birthday, Jude!) and were officially on our own with TWO babies. The first couple of weeks were very emotional for me. Lots of guilt and sadness thinking of how different our life was going to be. Aiden will no longer be the center of our world. Emmie won't get the same, all-on-you attention that Aiden got. Aiden will never remember being our only child. It was rough. But I know God is in control and as long as we remain faithful parents - looking to Him for guidance - He will equip the called.

Physically, that first week of recovery seemed to go a lot better than with Aiden! But, I guess that was just the Motrin doing it's job because I totally overdid it and basically spent all of week two in bed.

After those first couple of weeks, we've gotten into the swing of things and are really enjoying this new dynamic. I'll leave you with some pictures of those squishy newborn days!

All the heart eyes for this girl dad!

Meeting Papabear! Emerson's middle name, Charlotte, is for my dear Mamabear who passed away in July. Papabear loves calling Emerson "Charlotte" :)

Headed home

Aiden has been obsessed since day one. Sisters! 

Matching Bla Bla dolls. We love you Aunties Anna, Natalie and Dominica!

Our first day without Daddy! (Boo for dad's only getting one week off. Well, boo for all baby leave in America, but I won't get into that.)

Matching jammies! I saved so much money this pregnancy since I didn't buy any clothes, but now that's all gonna go to matching outfits. I can't even!

Isn't this the best? Thank you to Allison for the adorable shirt/onesie!

Daddy and his girls (!!) on game day!

Update: Our toddler still throws tantrums.

First picture post-hospital with my girls.

Emmie's first doctor's appointment! Aiden wore this same outfit to her first doctor's appointment. And yes, I am going to dress them in the same outfits for each milestone as long as I'm able.

Aiden is 2

Thursday, October 5, 2017

We have a two year old! I know I've said this since her one month update, but truly - HOW?! She is everything. I don't know how we ever lived without her! Here are a couple of my favorite pictures and updates of her lately...

  • She does a fake sneeze that makes me want to die of adorableness.
  • She has the best laugh and run (I'm not biased.)
  • She's hilarious and makes us laugh constantly.
  • I caught her climbing out of her crib, so we moved her to her big girl bed/room on July 1. She had a couple rough nights, but now loves it! We have a gate at her door to keep her from going exploring in the middle of the night. 
  • When I was pregnant, she would lift up her shirt, point to her tummy and say 'bee bee!'
  • If you asked where the baby was, she pointed to my tummy.
  • If you asked if she's having a brother or sister, she always said sister. (From the mouths of babes, I tell ya!)
  • Watching her with her baby sister is more than my heart can handle. She loves Emmie so much! 
  • She also really loves stealing Emerson's pacis and hiding so she can use them. Little stinker.
  • Since she's two, she's really mastering the temper tantrum. It's kind of hilarious. She will just throw herself on the floor silently and look up to make sure you're noticing her.
  • Her favorite color is "PINK!" She's currently learning her colors - before everything was either BLUE! or PINK!
  • She loves to sing. Her current favorites are: ABCs, Skidamarink, Row Row Row Your Boat, Open Shut Them
  • High five to Adam who has been teaching her the alphabet during bathtime. She's getting so good at it!
  • She hasn't found a movie she doesn't love. Trolls (Poppy!), Sing, Moana, The Secret Life of Pets, Cinderella...
  • She loves to color and "write". She's constantly asking us to write her name, and she can spell it on her own.
  • I have to say I was getting kind of concerned about her speech. She talks all the time, but I'm pretty sure anyone other than family would have NO idea what she's saying. She's not the best annunciator. But her pediatrician (and Adam) wasn't concerned, so neither am I!
  • She says 'Huh' instead of 'Yes', a trick she learned from Jude but hasn't grown out of. I'm trying to just soak in her adorable voice and babbling while it lasts, because I know it won't!
  • As of her two year appointment, she's 35.75" tall (91%), weighs 26.9 lbs (68%) and her noggin comes in at the 89% at 19.25"
We celebrated her birthday with a Bubble Guppies party on Sunday, August 20! She is so very loved.

A couple videos from her big day!
Happy Birthday! (She loves watching this one and will say "Happy to Aidy!")

We love you, little lamb! What an honor it is to be your parents!