Long Overdue Beach Pics

It’s been a while.  6 months since my last post to be exact.  A lot has happened since then.  But rather than explain it all, here are some long over due pictures documenting our wonderful summer.  I traveled to New York on business,we went back to our home away from home (the beach!), Everly turned four, and Milly enjoyed her first trip to Urgent Care for stitches.  Life is moving WAY too fast these days…

And yes, perhaps our biggest news is that the littlest Buehler will be here February 2015. :)  We just can’t believe we’re going to be a family of five.  Everly has been holding some very serious big sister training sessions for Milly and we are all so excited to meet #3.

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Moments to Freeze in Time


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Most nights our house echoes with the banter of two teeny girls playing with toys, bare feet padding down the hardwood floors, each chasing after the other one and usually trying to retrieve a toy that one sister has claimed.  Two tiny hands lock on the toy and before I know it, both of them are red-faced and trying to pull it away from the other one, high-pitched squeals and eyes welling up with tears.  Sometimes there is even hair pulling (Milly, that would be all you) and there is almost always crying involved.

Usually, it ends with me just taking the toy or giving Everly the same rundown she’s been hearing since Milly could take stuff: “She’s just a baby.  She doesn’t know how to share yet.  Just give it to her.  Be a big girl.”  And she does, reluctantly, and I wonder if it’s wrong, what I’m doing.

Some days I break up more fights than I can count, and I wonder if you both know, amid all the drama, just how sacred your sisterhood really is.

Tonight, as I was putting Everly to bed, she brought up the beach and how she is excited to go back this summer.  We talked about going into the ocean on the big pink raft with Ganny, eating popsicles by the pool, and how much fun we were going to have.  I mentioned her pink floatie and how important it was for us to be safe by the water this year.

“Mommy. I don’t want Milly to go by the water,” she said, her voice taking a serious tone.  Thinking she was already not wanting to share the ocean with her little sis, I explained that Milly was going to swim with us this year.

“I just don’t want anything bad to happen to her,” her voice cracked softly.  “I’m just worried about her and I know she’s gonna fall in the water, and I just don’t want anything bad to happen to her!”  Before I could say anything else, she burst into tears and hugged me tightly, tears streaming down her face.  I shushed her and held her close as she calmed down, explaining that she was a good big sister, and that it’s OK to be worried about Mil but that she was going to be OK, and that we should always watch out for her.

Trying to keep from laughing out loud or bursting into tears myself, this was one of those moments where I just thought: “Freeze this moment right now.  Never forget this.”

Dear Everly & Amelia, I am sure there are many more arguments with each other in your futures, but my only wish is that you never stop looking out for each other, and that you always remember, that even at 3 1/2 and 16 months old, you were each other’s world.

Love,
Your Mom

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Can we flash back to November for a sec?  Because the holidays got the best of me and I totally forgot to post pics from Milly’s first birthday party!  Totally guilty, but yes, rewind to 11.09.13.  It was an unusually warm and sunny day and we were so happy to open our house up and invite our nearest and dearest to join us for some BBQ, cupcakes, and good old birthday fun.

The night before the party, Marty and I stayed up late putting together a birthday banner for Milly and a sweet little photo collage of some of our favorite pictures since Milly’s birth.  The girls were SO excited to wake up that Saturday morning to a house full of decorations and balloons.  Milly got plenty of presents and was honestly more excited about the wrapping paper and bows!  It was such a good day, and I must say, age ONE is quite fun… :)

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And Then She Was One…

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Dear Amelia,

I can’t believe it has really been a whole year since you’ve joined our family.  An entire year since we brought your tiny self home from the hospital swaddled in the cold November to meet a very excited Big Sister and two very curious pups.  We’ve rocked, shushed, kissed, snuggled, giggled, cried, had many sleepless nights, and smiled our way through 365 days of Amelia June, and life honestly has never been better.

In those early morning hours, sunlit afternoons, and late nights, I’ve found in you, a new best friend, a new reason to smile, to say yes, and to be my absolute best self each and every day.  Your fierce heart and fiery spirit are what makes you so special, and my wish is that you will always hold onto that spark!  Your Dad and I know that like your sister, you have such a purpose here, and that you will do wonderful things on this Earth.

On the day we brought you home, you peered up to your Big Sister with such intrigue and haven’t stopped since.  She loves you so much, and it makes me so proud and happy that you entered this world with a best friend for life.   Happy birthday, little princess; I hope all your wishes come true.  We love you so, Milly.

Love,
Mom, Dad, and Everly

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Dear Everly,

These days, your imagination has been running wild and we have been just smitten with your little three-year-old ways.  Our pediatrician told us at your 3-year old checkup that this would happen and she was correct – right around  your 3rd birthday your creativity has been blossoming and your Dad and I love watching you become so inspired by things.  A few recent examples:

1.  Every night we head into the bedroom, you spot Roxy by the bed and exclaim: “Look!  There’s the crocodile!”  You have also been very fond of decking Roxy out in your headbands, which she happily obliges.

2.  Sitting on my lap tonight, I hugged you tight and looked into your big eyes and said, “What happened?  You used to be my baby and now here you are, such a big girl,” to which you matter-of-factly replied, “It’s because I like to eat bananas.”  Duh.

3.  You are always finding make-believe animals here and there.  Tonight it was a snake in between the couch and end table.  “Look Mommy!  It’s a pink snake!  But it’s a nice pink snake, don’t worry Mommy.  He’s just a little hungry.”

Even in your when throwing a tantrum, you never fail to make your Dad or I crack a smile in a heated moment when trying to discipline you.  But we love it.  It’s what makes you, you, and seeing the way your little mind processes this world means everything to us.  You are our sunshine girl, always.  I hope you continue to tune into this wonderful creative side of yours and always keep that spark alive.

Love,
Mom

A Party Fit for a Princess

Everly’s third birthday was simple and perfect – we celebrated with just our closest family and friends at my parents house on her actual birthday, which happened to fall on a Saturday.  We kept the day easy with pizza, beer, and princess cake (of course) and the kid couldn’t have been happier.

That morning after breakfast and a few presents, I treated Everly to her very first manicure and pedicure at this little kids’ salon at the mall.  It was the silliest thing ever but she just LOVED every second of it, and I can’t say I blame her.  She picked out pink for her tootsies and sparkly red for her fingers, and giggled during her leg and foot massage.  She also had her hair pulled up into a little braid, chose a pink glitter heart for her cheek, and picked out Cupcake-scented perfume.  It was adorable seeing her so happy getting dolled up before her party.

Amelia decided to start walking that day, so Everly politely let her steal the spotlight for a bit, only to take center stage as soon as she put on her new roller skates and had Kyle take her for a few spins around the house.  After opening presents and eating plenty of cake and ice cream, the sky cleared up and both girls ended up in the pool with Gobble (pictured, yes).  We finished the day with a chicken sighting in the backyard (one of the neighbor’s escaped the coop and Everly helped in the rescue efforts).  It was a perfect day for a third birthday party, fit for a little princess.

Love,
E

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3 Years and 9 Months

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Someone needs to tell these girls to S L O W it down with the growing already, because clearly they are not listening to my pleas.  I feel like I just brought a teeny, swaddled Everly home from the hospital, blinked, and then I was bringing an even teenier, swaddled Amelia home to join us.  We just had our 3 year and 9-month checkup with our pediatrician and as expected, everyone is doing fantastic.

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At 9 months, Amelia weighs about 19 lbs 9 oz (68th percentile), and measures 2 ft 5 inches (93rd percentile).  She’ll be tall just like Mom and Big Sis.  She still has those sparkling blue eyes and the softest, golden hair.  We started calling her Milma (compliments of Gobble) or Milly.  She has her two bottom teeth and she’s been working on her top two teeth this week – any day now!  And…

We officially have a walker!  Amelia started walking about a week before she turned 9-months – which is crazy!  And like a true sister, she decided to start walking at her sister’s 3rd birthday party in an attempt to steal her thunder.

Lately, this kid LOVES her food and sometimes eats her older sister under the table.  We started pureed foods at 6 months and I’m pretty sure by 8 months we were exclusively on regular food – she’s  such a little foodie!  She likes pretty much anything – her favorites are blueberries, bananas, noodles, toast, corn, and anything Everly seems to be snacking on.  Speaking of her sister, these two girls are all about playing with each other lately.  When they’re both  awake, our house is filled with the squeals of two giggly girls, just as I always suspected it would be.

At 3 years old, Everly is super imaginative and playful.  A her 3 year checkup, she weighed 36 lbs and measured 3 ft, 3 inches tall.  She started preschool this week and has really been doing wonderful and thriving.  I have to admit I was nervous about starting her in a school setting so early, especially since she has never been in daycare, but after this week, I know I made the right decision.  Everly comes home refreshed and content and has so much to tell us about.

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We are so happy and proud of her!  She loves listening to reggae in her Daddy’s car – her favorite is “A Message to You Rudy” by the Specials.  Some of her other favorites are going to the park, playing dress up, taking care of her bears, getting her nails painted, baking anything, and going to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt (she seriously asks us every night).  Oh and her little sister, she won’t go to bed without giving her a big kiss, and usually asks for her first thing when she wakes up.  These girls are my heart.

Love,
E