Headed to Church
Emerson's first Trunk or Treat....Taking her candy and running!
Height and Weight: We just went to Emerson's 15 month appointment yesterday, so we have an updated height and weight. Emerson weighs 18 lbs. 11 oz. and is 29.25 inches tall. She's in the 15th percentile for both height and weight. She continues to be our petite little girl, but the doctor is never concerned. At this point, it's basically like her "normal" and it would probably be a little more abnormal for her to jump up on the growth charts. As her mom, I always tend to worry about her weight, but seeing her really come into her own in the last few months, I know that she is happy, smart, and healthy! Emerson was happy as a clam the entire appointment until the doctor walked in and I think that's when she finally realized what was about to happen. Poor girl isn't a fan of the doctor! She screamed most of the appointment -- enough that I had to shout to talk to the doctor. And this was before the vaccines. Ha! Emerson had low iron at her 12 month check, so they rechecked it yesterday and she was back into the normal range which made me happy to see. She was very angry about the finger prick and kept holding her finger up until I took the band aid off. She also got 3 shots and cried a lot. Poor thing! All in all, Emerson is slowly but surely growing and gaining. We are very thankful for a healthy girl! Another minor concern we've had for a long time is Emerson's allergies. She constantly has a runny nose and sometimes puffy or watery eyes. As of right now, she is starting daily allergy meds (Zyrtec), so hopefully that helps. She's dealt with this basically since birth, but since it's never been anything specific and since it's never been too bad (just really annoying), there's not much else they can do for her at this point.
Emerson's first pair of jeans
Visit to the Museum of Aviation with friends
The pumpkin patch
Park fun with Daddy!
Emerson got to sit at the kid's table this Thanksgiving
Eating: Eating is another thing that's going really well! Poor Emerson was sick with all sorts of things right about her 1st birthday, so she just wasn't interested in eating at all. Thankfully, it's all passed now and she's a much better eater! Another big change since her last update is that she's now officially weaned and only drinks whole milk. I truly started weaning her right at 13 months after all the sickness had passed and it only took about 3 weeks for her to be fully weaned. It was very bittersweet for me, but I felt like it was time for both of us. While Emerson absolutely loved nursing (as did I), I know that the easy transition meant that it was time for us to be done. I am so very thankful I was able to nurse her for close to 14 months. Overall, Emerson eats really well! It's helpful having Grayson around because Emerson will almost always eat something if Grayson is eating it! Ha. She loves fruit like grapes and strawberries and is doing a lot better eating meat like chicken, hot dogs, meat balls, sausage and ham. She doesn't eat too many veggies, but does okay with them if they are in something else and she doesn't realize they are there. She recently devoured a stuffed pepper and we were excited to add that to the list of things she likes! Of course, Emerson is still a fan of any snack food or carb! The girl loves her bread. Peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, puffs, goldfish, rolls, cereal, pancakes, etc. are her jam! Emerson has also been eating more yogurt and raisins recently and her "guilty pleasure" is fruit snacks. She would eat way too many if I let her! Ha. She also takes a daily gummy vitamin that of course she's obsessed with and is always asking for more of. Emerson does like sweets and definitely recognizes them, but she will also eat regular food over sweets, just depends on her mood! Once in a while, we will split a bowl of ice cream while Grayson is off playing and it's a fun little treat and quality time for us girls. Emerson loves to drink watered down juice and whole milk! She wouldn't drink it until after I stopped breastfeeding, but now she's a fan of regular milk. I've really tried to get as much food and calories in her as I could over the past few months making sure she's staying on track. While she doesn't eat huge amounts at once, she definitely eats small amounts all throughout the day.
Getting her hair done
Wearing Grayson's old Christmas jammies
Clothing: While Emerson is petite, she is growing out of clothes and shoes left and right. She still wears a size 4 diaper and is also in a size 4 shoe. She can wear a few 9 month tops, but 9 month bottoms are too short. She fits in all 12 month clothing now! I've had to say goodbye to all her baby stuff and welcome to all the toddler stuff since she is now in all toddler clothing. It's not too sad though because it's adorable! Emerson is also officially in a big girl car seat and no longer in the carrier seat. She still hadn't met the height or weight restrictions for the baby car seat, but we got a good deal on a new big girl seat that she can use until she's out of a booster seat. It's so cute seeing her in it.
Nature scavenger hunt with our MOPS friends
Loves hanging out on the counters
Loves riding in the car at the grocery store!
Loves riding her tricycle
Mood: Emerson is definitely a typical girl....moody! I would describe her as sweet, sassy, spunky, silly, smart, super active, loving, feisty, sensitive and a little daredevil. While she can be very sensitive if you hurt her feelings or if she falls and gets hurt, she will also fend for herself and is starting to stick up for herself more and more. She isn't the best about sharing with other kids and will kind of yell at them and pull the toy away from them if she thinks they are trying to get it from her. We've also had to get on her about trying to hit Grayson or about throwing toys out of anger. There have already been a few times that Emerson has had to say sorry and give Grayson a hug. There are also many, many times where she will not want to give Grayson a toy and then we will ask her to share with him and she will sweetly go over and hand it to him. She's so funny because she has that feisty side, but she also loves to hug and kiss and is ridiculously cuddly and loving. She has become really goofy and silly lately. She is everything I wanted in a daughter and more! Emerson still gets so excited when Daddy walks in the door or when she sees Daddy's car. She starts yelling, "Dada!" until he comes and picks her up. It's truly a toss up if she's a Mama's girl or a Daddy's girl...we are definitely her favorite people! And Grayson...for the most part. ;) Emerson does so much better about going into the nursery every Sunday and overall is much better about being left with someone who isn't mommy. Emerson is so much more adventurous, outgoing, and independent than she's ever been. While she still loves her mama, it's rare when she wants to be carried. She will dart the opposite direction as me if she thinks I'm trying to pick her up because she wants to do it all herself. She has her own ideas of how she wants things to do these days! She also insists on walking up and down the stairs like a big girl (no crawling, using the hand rail). I see her so desperately wanting to keep up with big brother and wanting to do exactly what he does.She's very curious and likes to touch and feel everything, but she's also more reserved at the same time. Emerson's personality just keeps growing and I feel like she's really come into her own the last few months. She is such a fun and happy girl usually giggling and smiling and full of life.
Emerson loves her cousins!
Painting pumpkins with friends!
Halloween: We had a really fun fall season! We went to a few fall festivals, painted and carved pumpkins, visited a nursing home in costumes, got free donuts and scary pancakes, our church had a Trunk or Treat, and both kids had a blast dressing up! We even went on Grayson's first field trip as a family to the farm.We enjoyed fall to the fullest this year!
Trip to Texas: Our family took a trip to Texas for my cousin's wedding in October. It ended up being a really fun time and we were able to extend it into a vacation in New Mexico. Grayson was the ring bearer in the wedding and we had a blast watching him. He did a great job and the wedding weekend was really fun. It was great to catch up with family and people we haven't seen in years. After the wedding, we spent a few days in New Mexico with our little family of four exploring and spending quality time together. That area of the country was beautiful and it was so fun seeing it with our kids. Our lives are so busy and hectic which made this trip even more special. The kids did really great traveling and were so excited to ride the airplane.
Mommy Update: While there are times that having two toddlers is challenging, I am really loving this season of life. They are both a little less needy and so much fun! We get to do so many fun things like go to the library for Story Time, play dates with friends, the park, museums and family get-togethers and I love that they are aware of what's going on and can now participate and get excited with me. They play with other kids and with each other more than ever and they even have little friends now that they get excited about seeing. Whether it's going somewhere fun or just having a dance party in the living room, these two are such a blast together. This season is so rewarding after the last season being much more challenging. I feel like I'm in a really good place and I'm really loving life with Josh and my two wild littles. I'm so thankful to be able to stay home with them and enjoy these little and big moments with them every day. I'm so excited to go into this holiday season with them being a little older and understanding what's going on. It's really fun getting to see the joy on their faces and introducing them to all these special traditions.
Wearing her Ninja Turtle shell
The way she looks at him <3 b="">3>