Friday, April 13, 2018

A Day in the Life

We are growing up around here and it feels GOOD! 

Feed times, nap times, and bed times have a little flex to them these days, and new skills like Natalie pottying, Ryan and Natalie getting in their car seats and half-buckling solo, and Emily feeding herself the bottle have opened up a little "chill" in our day-to-day routines.

We are soaking up the days of our kiddos being little, but we are so welcoming these independent milestones!

Yesterday, I decided to document our day. I haven't done this once since Emily was born, and Sweet Love is about to be 10 months old! 

So here's a look at our Wednesday- it was an impromptu day of fun! And you see that word impromptu there? That's a word we haven't use a whole lot these last 10 months- so yay for growing up and the ability to have some impromptu fun! ;)

This sweet guy woke up first (his norm) but the girls slept in until 7:30, so we had a whole hour to hang just the two of us! We snuggled and watched a show and worked on a little workbook that Ryan likes to do from time to time. This sweet guy is going to be FOUR in a few months and is seeming so grown up lately!

We did our normal eat breakfast and get ready routine once the girls were up, and then we piled in the car to take Ryan to school like we usually do on Thursdays. My plan was to take the girls to the zoo after we dropped Ryan off, but as we were in carpool line, I started thinking that I really wanted him to get to go too. So we made an impromptu decision to get out of carpool line and ALL head to the zoo! Side note, I ran the plan by Ryan and sweet guy gave a hesitant, "ummm..." (like, is that okay?) and then let out the cutest low giggle.
WOO-HOO!!! We're coming for you zoo!

Getting ready to walk in!
We met Aunt Dre and Reynolds and Aunt Steph, Ryder and Baby Jude there. These kiddos are funny!

Ryan was not quite tall enough for the big kangaroo- ha!
Train ride!
Natalie figuring out what the boys were doing with their tongues
Emily's first train ride!
Looks like she figured out the tongue thing- ha!
Feeding the flamingos
And standing like them too
Bye flamingos!
Sweet buddies hugging each other bye

When we got home, everybody napped and then Mimi came over to hang! We went of a walk/scooter ride through the neighborhood and then we met Matt and Papa at Mellow Mushroom for dinner!

Visiting the lion (or "Wine-O" as Natalie calls it) outside of Mellow Mushroom
Trying to pick her up to see the teeth- ha!
The kids got balloons to play with after dinner.
Natalie wasn't too sure about hers

We were out til 8:00- oh my! ;) When we got home, it was bath and bed and Matt and I crashed soon after. Friday nights, we shoot for a date night in, so tonight we're going to eat dinner on the porch after the kids go down and then head down to the hot tub for a bit!



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Emily Merritt- 9 Months

I am still on a blogging break, but want to keep our "memory book" going! So here's a look at Emily's last month.

Emily is 3 months away from ONE already and somehow gets more and more fun by the day.

She loves playing with Ryan and Natalie and already tries so hard to keep up with them! She started crawling over things and pulling up this month, and I would not be surprised if she decided to walk early just so she can keep up with her siblings!

She laughs and smiles at them constantly and loves to be with them.

And speaking of loving being with someone, she is CRAZY about her daddy! As a matter of fact, she has started crying (crying!) when he passes her back to me! The other night, I was giving her a bottle before bed when Matt came in to kiss her goodnight. The second he turned around to walk back out of the room, she started bawling. And the second he walked back over to her, she stopped. So we switched bedtime routines, and I went with the big kids while Matt finished putting Emily down. It's so cute, I'm almost not offended. ;)

Her favorite things currently are swinging at the park, bouncing in her jumpy seat, being outside, babbling, playing toys next to Ryan and Natalie, and being on the bed or in the crib with them.

When we're all playing on the floor together, she will crawl over Ryan and Natalie's legs to get places (even if she has a clear path in a different direction), and they think it is so funny!

Natalie calls her, "Nigh-Nigh" and Ryan calls her, "Em-i-we" and both say her name with the cutest giggle whenever she crawls on them.

Now all three of them are taking baths together in our big bathtub every night, and Emily gets so excited every night to get in the tub with them. They are so cute too to make sure she has toys or space or that the water doesn't get too high (Ryan is super concerned about the water height, sweet love).

Poor girl had her first cold/virus this month. It lasted for about 3 days while my mom happened to be visiting with us when Matt was out of town. The two of them got the sweetest snuggle time as Emily slept a lot and just wanted to be held when she was sleeping during the day. I was so glad my mom was here and loved that they got that sweet bonding time while I hung with Ryan and Natalie!

Sick snuggles, but still the sweetest

Poor girl broke out into a rash after her fever broke, but was back to her happy self once the fever passed!

We are counting down the days to consistent warmer weather so that we can be outside every day and let Emily learn how to do even more fun things at the park! Before long, she'll be running around with Ryan and Natalie. We just can't even believe how fast time is going. We're soaking it in as best we can!

Here's a photo recap from our month:

When one has to potty at Chick-fil-a

Meeting Miss Cindy at our favorite Mexican restaurant!



Sweet 3rd baby feeding herself dinner in the cart while I oversee Ryan and Natalie's (mainly Natalie's) eating, hah!

Girls only bath! Natalie was washing Emily :)

Those two bottom teeth are my favorite


Happy 9 months, Emily! We love you!