May 19, 2018 | In her first day at home…you forget how expressive a tiny human can be!
May 18, 2018 | We get to go HOME! What a difference it is to leave the hospital after just a few days…and not have to come back. It was so NICE! My parents brought E over (I asked them to keep Mosby for awhile longer) and of course I snagged a few images…we are officially a family of four!
May 17, 2018 | So with M arriving on 5/16 (instead of 5/15), and it being a bit rougher than planned, E had to wait to come up until Thursday morning. I actually managed a shower the night before, but I didn’t get a chance to really clean-up before my parents/sister/niece all were at the mommy-baby room door! But we knew we wanted to tell E the gender first, before anyone else knew. Despite the whole world saying it was a boy, E always told me that it was a girl. CLEESA was the name…sorry, overruled…! So I had her come over and hug me, and I whispered in her ear “it’s a GIRL!” and she lit-up so bright saying “It’s what I was hoping for!” and instantly wanted to hold her and give an elephant-toy gift to her. It’s true that your heart completely explodes. I just cannot describe watching E love her baby sister in such a pure, honest way. Then M’s gift to E was a new toddler camera…which E adored and started taking pictures of everything/everyone. I snuggled her so much (because I truly missed her over those few days) and it was just perfect…even if I could barely walk. I still managed to grab my camera for some photos, plus A and D snapped some too… 🙂
May 5, 2018 | Hobbling around towards the end of this pregnancy means we are limited a bit on the weekend activities…which is fine, and D has been just INCREDIBLE taking over a lot of the things that E needs. One of the things I really wanted to take her to do was a ride on this pump-track at a local park. I’ve seen kids on it, and while there may be some steep hills I had a feeling she would just love it. WOW did she ever! There were some spills, but not once did it stop her/cause tears…she wanted to keep going, and managed to get faster with each lap. That sweaty-face took a quick snack break, and then she was back at it! It was the longest I’ve seen her “balance” (in the gaps between hills) and she was really sad to leave. But I know we will go back this Summer sometime!
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March 20, 2018 | We knew we wanted to get E involved in some REAL swim lessons — all of our Summer lake-time makes this a big priority. After looking at some really expensive options, I noticed a new place going in near our Target, and immediately called/got into their schedule. I am amazed how easily she just goes in ready to do whatever is going to happen…barely even looked back at us! Coach Anna is braver than I (being in charge of four toddlers that can’t swim inside a pool), but we can already see her learning some great things. It’s pretty cool!
March 5, 2018 | I began bartering some photography work with my local yoga studio…and of course the first day they need photos is Mommy-Day (Monday). But they told me to just bring her along, and it would be totally fine…so I did! She wanted to be IN the photos, and just a part of all the happenings. It was pretty cute…especially her photo-bomb peeking under the curtain! I was even roped into posing for some pre-natal poses…but I love that I have some of her doing yoga with me!
Fast-forward to that night…and we take our eyes off of her for a few minutes and I catch her with scissors behind the kitchen table. Glad I caught her when I did, and the damage was minimal. We think she was influenced by a trip to the barber with Papa the previous Friday…but it’s a right of passage anyways…??? Crazy kid!
February 12, 2018 | Her first official school V-Day party means…actual Valentines! I thought I was so smart and ahead of the game when I grabbed this set for $3 in the Target dollar bin early-Jan. Unicorns and glitter, with no food-allergy worries! That is, until 2 days before the party I’m putting them together with the class list and realize I’m SHORT. I know for a fact there are no additional sets at the store, so I proceed with MAKING a few extra. They are 3-4 yrs old, so I can still get away with it! Luckily I had extra dinos on hand that were for her party prizes…ha! And Dollar Tree had an insane number of balloons/stuffed animals so E got a little surprise from us too… 🙂
I was also doing a lot of party-prepping during this time. I’m much slower-moving/low-energy these days so I started all of this stuff super-early too. Just working on the pieces here & there, and realizing that the simple games I had planned were going to require much more work than I anticipated! Pulled a lot of these from Snapchat/IG-Stories — and by setting up slowly, E would run into the house every night asking me what ELSE was setup for her party!! 🙂