Happy 5 Month, Emma Josephine!

Emma, dear, you are over 5 months old today!

Over the past few weeks you’ve been growing like a weed, turning pants into capris after one trip through the wash. You’re active. You roll across the room and scoot backwards across the floor, but not quite at a crawl. You push and pull and spin and turn to get a better view of mom and dad or a better grip on toys and textures. And oh, how you laugh! You laugh at belly kisses and repeat movements and squeaky smooches against those chubby cheeks. You are always moving, feeling, discovering.

You left one daycare and began another and, despite my fears, you didn’t spend a moment looking back. Crawling-confusion aside, you are always moving forward, teaching your mom to fear less and trust God more. At your new daycare, you claimed your title of easiest sleeper and took a bottle by yourself. You sit up tall, with a little help, and put your paci in your mouth.

You made your way to your first wedding dance floor and became grandpa’s favorite dance partner. You wooed momma’s high school friends and enchanted daddy’s coworkers.  You dined at dinner parties and lunch dates, dipping your hands in plates along the way. But when those hands reach up and your arm wraps tightly around our necks? We are hugged in happiness and joy!

Your dad and I would love to slow the clock with you and soak in every precious moment. We are living for the weekends and our hours uninterrupted. Our family of four. Full of love and time fast-moving.

Happy 5 month, Emma Josephine. You are a blessing to this family and a joy.

Happy 2 Month, Emma Josephine!

Happy 2 Month, Emma Josephine!

Emma, dear, you are now over 2 months old.

During this 2nd month of life, we have seen your personality shine. You have found a deep affection for mommy and impress her with your spit bubbles and smiles. You have the sweetest voice and you call to mom & dad with equal excitement and joy. You tell us stories. Sometimes they’re funny and sometimes they’re very serious but they are always captivating.

You are an expert traveler and love making the 2+ hour stretches north and east to see your grandparents. More than car rides though, you love being outside. You are your father’s daughter. Your stroller is your favorite mode of transportation, be it through workout classes with mom or walks with Winston.

You took your first bottle this month at a Whitecaps baseball game and you did it like a champ. You strolled through downtown and visited with friends. You outgrew your first outfits and grew into your 2nd pair of shoes.

Who knew we would continue to fall so deeply in love when our hearts are already so full? You are a delight and we love that when you smile, your eyes light up your whole face & ours.

Happy 2 month, Emma Josephine. You are a blessing to this family and a joy.

Happy 1 Month, Emma Josephine!

Happy 1 Month, Emma Josephine!

Emma, dear, you are 1 month old today.

During your first month of life, you have captured our hearts more than we could have imagined. You have shown incredible strength, lifting your head the day you were born and continuing to do so every day after. We knew you’d be strong at 10.1 lbs and 22 inches though! You like bath time and tummy time but neither as much as you like daddy time! He’s the first person you made eye contact with and you two have been batting eyes at each other ever since.

You’re in 3 month clothes, having skipped the newborn stage altogether. You enjoy getting dressed up but are perfectly happy in a sleeper both day and night. Your sleeping patterns have settled into cool 4 hour stretches under the moon and you’re becoming more and more alert with every rising sun.

You’ve strolled the neighborhood, been to your first Farmers’ Market, gone out for ice cream and more than one meal. You’ve taken in the sights at Frederik Meijer Gardens and passed your first doctor’s appointments with flying colors. You’ve been hugged and kissed by family and friends and warmly welcomed by coworkers and neighbors.

You are our precious child and we have enjoyed celebrating all of your milestones with you so far. How fast they’ve come and gone already!

Happy 1 month, Emma Josephine. You are a blessing to this family and a joy.