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

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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Listening to her favorite song on the way to her first day of school.

Listening to her favorite song on the way to her first day of school.

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

Summer

I think my last post touched on the fact that Spring was finally here… Well here we are well into June and I’m finally getting around to posting again. With the warm weather, the girls are loving being outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s swimming, swinging, or exploring, we try to get out as much as we can!

Everly is loving the water these days! Give the girl a pool or a watering can and she’s as happy as can be.  We had a rainy Sunday and Everly decided to suit up in her snow boots and rain coat, and armed with Uncle Kyle and her princess umbrella, she was perfectly content heading out in the wet weather to search for puddles to jump in.  Besides adventuring in her big backyard, she’s looking forward to turning THREE in August and starting preschool later this summer!

Amelia is just the happiest, most joyful little soul.  She is constantly cracking up at her sister, or flashing these huge smiles when you catch her eye – she just makes my day!  She is so close to crawling and is always on the go.  The kid can clear the length of a room with a handful of body rolls, squealing with laughter the entire time.  Such a stinker!

We’re counting down the days til our family vacation in Destin next month!  We’ve been going to the same beach for the past three years and it’s definitely a family tradition that we plan on continuing each year with the girls.  Check out our pics from Destin 2012 and Destin 2011.  We can’t wait!

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Love,
E

The Girls. 30 Months and 3 Months.

One of my favorite things about this blog is logging on at night to look through my archives at some of my earliest posts, when Everly was just a wee little thing and I did a little monthly-or-so update on how she was growing.  Since it’s usually a rare occasion when I get the chance to write, I decided it’s probably best to do a little rundown of both girls.  So here we go…

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Dear Everly- it is the eve of your half birthday.  You turn 2 and a half tomorrow, and you are one of the most intelligent little ladies I know.  Your favorite things these days are your two bears – Elvis and Purple Bear – who accompany you pretty much anywhere and everywhere you go.  You love chocolate milk, dancing, Cinderella, and makeup!  You’re a pretty independent little girl, though you still love to sleep in Mommy’s bed any chance you can (I love it too) and you are such a proud big sister.  You have not shown an ounce of jealousy when it comes to Amelia, and you’re always kissing her and gushing over her every chance you get.  It’s all happening so fast, my little love, you grow up a little bit more each day.  You are the happiest person your Dad and I know, our Sunshine girl.

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Dear Amelia – it’s hard to imagine that you turn 3 months old this week.  You are 100% perfection; a bundle of sweetness that I thank my lucky stars for each and every day.  Your smiles are the best thing ever.  Sometimes I’ll be nursing you, and all the sudden, you’ll stop.  When I peek down at you, you’re just gazing up at me with the happiest, biggest smile I’ve ever seen.  It’s the best feeling ever.   When I’m having a rough day, I just think about that smile and all my worries fade away.  These days, you pretty much love two things – nursing and naked time!  It’s true.  When you’re cranky, sometimes we just strip you down, and all the sudden, you stop crying and start smiling.  Works like a charm every time. 🙂  And your big sister, of course.  You find her more interesting than any toy around.  I have a feeling you girls are going to be very close.

Love,
Your Very Proud Mama