Weekend Round Up

Another week has come and gone! Here is what we have been up too…

 

 

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Emersyn turned 6 months old! She is adorable, chubby, and the life of the party. I will do a 6 month update soon… but here is a sneak peak of her pictures! She also started trying solids… which she loved.

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Randsom upgraded to a big boy bed. I was worried about the transition at first, but he as adjusted without a problem. I guess that is one of the perks to keeping him in a crib until he was 3! haha Also, his bedding is my favorite. I think I’m more obsessed with it than he is.

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My stroller got a serious upgrade- I’m so excited about these stroller liners by DimplesMonkey on Etsy! They are beautiful, double sided, and machine washable. Perfect for when Emersyn has a blow out while on a walk… ask me about that one.

 

I hope you all had a great week, and are enjoying your weekend!

Mommy Little

 

Little Adventures: Family Photos 2016

We had some family photos taken a few weeks ago. I am so happy with how they turned out, especially the ones of the kids. I still can’t believe they turned out as well as they did, because both of the kids were SO tired. It was past their bedtimes and Emma was not into it. But I’m so thankful we had them done and I can’t wait to print them and get them hanging in the house!

Here are a few of my favorites, enjoy!

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Weekend Roundup

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Happy weekend everyone!

Yesterday I was looking through all my photos deciding what to post on Instagram (a very tedious and important task, obviously) and realized I take a lot of pictures. Sadly, not all of them are crisp and clear so I don’t feel like I can share them on Instagram. Does that make me crazy? Probably, but it also game me an idea. I’m going to start posting a Weekend Roundup! It will be a post of all the pictures that I’ve taken that week that might not be the best quality, but still make my heart happy. Feel free to join in the fun and share your photos and share your post in the comments so I can check them out as well!

Lets get started!

 

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This cutie is getting so big, and we love the pick bunny that was gifted to her from a close family friend! Look at that smile. Look at those dimples!

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I have a picture of Randsom playing on this mat when he was a baby. It makes my heart hurt thinking of how big he is, but I also love seeing the comparison.

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Camo shorts and a camo cup. Notice how he is now taller than the door handles… I can’t.

 

 

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I love her little squishy face during our early morning snuggle sessions.

 

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This was his last ride in the Jeep. We sold Grants Wrangler for a more family friendly car. Both Grant and Randsom were sad about it, this picture was taken before he knew it wouldn’t be coming back home with us.

 

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This is what my mornings look like now. Usually up too early for my liking, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, and I look forward to seeing your photos!

Blessings,
Mommy Little

 

 

The Best Books For Toddlers

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My little man is going to be three (gasp) next month, and throughout his short life I have worked hard to cultivate a love of reading. This means I have consistently read to him before naps and bedtime for 3 years. I am so happy to report that he loves it! I even find him “reading” books on his own every morning while he waits for me to come and get him up in the morning.

During this stage of life, I am reading 3 books before nap and 2 or 3 before bedtime. That is a lot of books! If you are a parent you know that reading children’s books is a lot less fun for you than for your child. Here are a few that I have enjoyed reading to my son, and that he loves to listen to!

 527298_10152009205900512_1239344062_nThe Little Blue Truck
We have loved The Little Blue Truck since Randsom was 1, and I haven’t gotten tired of reading it yet! The story teaches children the importance of being a good friend and treating everyone with kindness. The illustrations are colorful and cute, and my son loves making the animal sounds with me.

(Bonus) The Author also has a book called Little Blur Truck in the City, which is equally wonderful!

 

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The Big Red Barn
Apparently this is a classic bedtime story that I somehow missed out on as a child. I love that The Big Red Barn book has great illustrations and the flow of the story just seems to have a calming effect which is perfect for before bedtime. I can’t really explain it, but I feel so relaxed reading this book.

 

 

 

 

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King Jack And The Dragon
King Jack and the Dragon took a little time to grow on me, but it is now a favorite and my son asks for this one constantly. I love how the story reinforces the use of imagination, and teaches kids that it’s OK to be afraid. The art is also unique compared to other children’s books, which is fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I seriously love ALL the books that I have read by this author. They rhyme and make reading aloud so easy and fun. The Bear Snores On took a while for my son to enjoy because it is a longer story (for a toddler anyway) but he loves them now. Our collection of “bear” books has grown and we read one almost every day!

 

 

 

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Little Owls Night
We pick up this book over Christmas, I was desperate for way to entertain my son the plane ride and thought a new book would occupy him. I was wrong of course, never expect a toddler to want to read a book on a plane. Ever. But once the plane ride was over and we where home, we started reading and enjoying this book. It’s about a little owl and his night-time adventure. It is another book that is easy for mom to read aloud and my son seems to love the unique animals in the story.

 

 

 

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Bonus Favorite: Blah Blah Black Sheep
I am calling this a bonus book because my son is obsessed with Blah Blah Black Sheep, but it’s not my favorite to read. I swear I read this book everyday for a year when we first got it. It’s a very short story about a sheep not fitting in and teaching children that being unique is a good thing. Overall a good message and story, but not as fun for mama!

 

 

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my book list for toddlers, and found something you’ve never heard of! What are some of your favorite books to read to your kiddos? We are ALWAYS on the hunt for new books in this house.

Blessings,

Mommy Little

Emersyn Claire: 2 Months

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That was such a fast month for us!

Emma is now 2 months old and she is changing more everyday. She is now 12lbs 9oz and 23 and 1/2 inches long, what a growth spurt! I love watching her little personality shine through. This month she started smiling, she loves when people talk to her and look her in the eyes, that is how you get the biggest smiles out of that lady. We also heard her giggle for the first time yesterday, and it made my mommy heart so happy!

She is sleeping a good 6 hour stretch at the beginning of each night, which is great for mama! She also takes at least one 3 hour nap a day, which is great when I can line it up with Randsom’s nap/quiet time.

She loves her brother and enjoys when he talks and sings to her. She also tried a bottle for the first time, and took it like a pro! Which is such a relief because Randsom never took one and it made going out for a few hours very difficult.

Other things she enjoys are: bubble baths, her pacifier, and being held like a big girl so she can see what is going on!

 

 

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Blessings!

Mommy Little

Emersyn Claire: Birth Story

Well guys, I’m finally doing it! Here is Emersyns birth story. Hopefully I remember the details so I can look back on this next time baby fever hits and calm myself. Ha.

I found out pretty early on in my pregnancy with Emma that I would have to have a repeat c-section due to hospital procedures in the small town where we live. I was not very thrilled, but I accepted it and moved on. My amazing mom and sister came in to town on April 1st. I was so glad that they were able to come and help with Randsom while I was in the hospital- especially because Grant was preparing for finals at school. They were honestly lifesavers!

On April 5th, My husband and I left for the hospital at 4:45 AM. My c-section was scheduled for 7am but I had to check in at 5. It was crazy early and I hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before. It was so bitter sweet putting Randsom to bed, knowing it was the last time he would be my only baby.
They put me in the very back room in the birthing center because they knew I would be staying several days. The nurse came in and put in my IV (took 3 tries, and I had bruises for several days. Ouch). After a quick check on the baby, we were left to wait until surgery time. I’ll admit was was scared. I dreaded the spinal since I found out that I’d be having another Csection.

Finally 7 am rolled around and they had me walk down to the surgery area. Grant waited outside and put on his fancy “scrubs” while they took me in to get me prepped. I was more scared this time than I was with Randsom. I think I had been so worried about Randsom that I never had time to think about what was happening to me. This time around, I was much more aware of what was happening. I cried when they set me up on the table- but I’m going to blame pregnancy hormones and lack of sleep for that ;). Thankfully it only took one stick this time for me to get numb. And Grant was back by my side soon after that.

One thing I didn’t expect was that it would take longer this time. I guess they cut out all the previous scar tissue before they take baby out. It was hard just laying there for so long not knowing why it was taking longer than it did the first time. Finally I felt the tell tale tugging and pulling. Emersyn came out crying and all I remember after that was my doctor saying “looks like you birthed another toddler”! We had joked my whole pregnancy about how I have big babies.¬†They brought her over and I was able to give her a kiss and take a picture. Then they wisked her off to get checked out and cleaned up. Grant went with Emersyn while I got stitched up. I just remember it took a long time and I was feeling very light headed.

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When they were done, the wheeled me back to my room to rest. I was able to snuggle and feed Emersyn, it was such a sweet time. Later that afternoon, my mom and sister brought Randsom to meet his new  little sister. I think he was a little overwhelmed by everything, but he did hold her and give her a kiss.

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I ended up having to stay at the hospital 5 days. I always struggle with anemia, even when I’m not pregnant, but I lost a lost of blood during surgery and at two days post partum I was still dizzy and light headed even laying down. I ended up needing two blood transfusions just to get back up to an acceptable range to leave the hospital. It was not fun, I needed a new IV (which was even worse than the first because both my arms were all bruised) and I couldn’t move while it was being done. Thankfully Grant was able to help bring me Emma during feelings when he was there, and the nurses I had were so kind and helpful!

I was so glad when we were finally allowed to go home!

Emersyn is healthy and adorable. I am truly blessed to have her as my daughter and I would go through surgery/birth a million more time just to have her if I had to.

 

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Blessings!

Mommy Little

 

Emersyn Claire: 1 Month

Yes. It has been 1 month with our beautiful Emersyn, and I have yet to post her birth story. I promise I will get around to it eventually. For now lets talk about her first month of life.

Weight: 9lbs 5oz

Height: 22 inches

Sleep: She sleeps for a good 4 hour stretch starting around 10, and then wakes every 2 hours to eat after that during the night. She is napping well during the day, usually in her bouncer.

Nursing: This has been a struggle. I produce way to much milk and have a really fast let down, so she has had trouble with reflux and staying latched. We are working on it.

Randsom loves her to death, and will run to her side as soon as she starts crying. Usually he tries to comfort her by singing twinkle little star, and it melts my heart every time. Its been a tough month adjusting to two kids, but so fun.

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