15 December 2014

Life Lately

The last few weeks have been filled with our usual routine: preschool days for L, gymnastics one morning a week, afternoon walks with George (to burn off puppy energy, and to keep me sane in the afternoon hours before dinner!), and many snuggles with baby Emmalee.  They have also been filled with Christmas activities: cookie baking day, putting up decorations, shopping for gifts, and planning some fun things to do in the next few weeks.  We are looking forward to L's Christmas program at preschool, a girl's Tea time, an observation day at gymnastics, wrapping gifts, looking at Christmas lights, and Daddy coming for a visit - he arrives in a week, and we can't wait!  Here are a few photos from the last week: 
morning walks // sweet girl // a boy and his pup
funny Evie // coffee & Christmas lights & movies // sleeping beauty
afternoon snuggles // Sunday morning coffee // cookie baking day
park adventures with my clan // afternoon walks on the adventure trail // smiles!

10 December 2014

Emmalee Grace - 1 month

Our Emmalee Grace is already a month old!  She is such a sweetheart, and is still pretty laidback.  She likes to sleep in, stare at the fan, and be carried around.  She weighs between 10 and 11 pounds now, and is wearing 0-3 and 3 month size clothes.  That's what happens when you have a 9lb 9oz newborn - they don't really ever wear newborn clothes!  She has just started smiling at me in the last few days, and it makes my day every time it happens!  She does not really appreciate bathtime, sleeps 4-6 hour stretches at night, and loves it when her siblings talk to her.  The other day Ezra asked if she would have to go back (where?  I have no idea...) when she was Evie's age.  I think he was making sure we wouldn't "get rid" of Emma - no idea why he asked, but I assured him we wouldn't be sending her back  ever!  I think we all agree she's a definite keeper!

02 December 2014

Newborn snuggles & sentimental moments.

Hello, my name is Kaylee, and I can't stop taking pictures of our sweet new baby - I have way too many sleeping newborn pictures.  But hey - she's only this little once, and so I'll keep snapping away.  I don't want to forget the way her little body squishes into my shoulder, or the way she breathes loudly while she naps, or the way she furrows her little brow when she's awake.  Maybe it's because I know she's the last baby I will birth, or maybe it's the postpartum hormones making me all sappy, but I have been overly sentimental about the little moments, wanting to soak them all up, holding them close to my heart.  

The last few weeks have been good.  It's definitely been an adjustment, as we navigate what it looks like to have 4 kiddos, especially as we live here with my parents and Max is away.  There are so many layers to this transition, and it keeps life around here interesting and full of adventure!  Eliana, Ezra & Evie are doing good.  They are still in love with baby Emmalee.  Ezra adores her, and is constantly wanting to hug and kiss her, or rock her, or help me get things for her.  Evie is very observant when it comes to Emmalee - she always notices fussiness or spit-up, and loves to "help" me change her or dress her.  Eliana is very proud of Emmalee, and loves showing her off to her teachers or people we meet.  She doesn't like to see me change Emmalee - Eliana says it's gross (she's become quite the little dramatic diva!), but she LOVES picking out outfits each day, to dress Emmalee in! 
Emmalee is still pretty laidback, except during bath time or while getting dressed/changed!  She has been sleeping really well - giving me a 4-5 hour stretch each night, and then going back to sleep for a few more hours!  She had her first bath last week, and was not a fan.  She basically cries through the entire bath, until she is dressed and bundled back up!  She has a few times a day where she is awake and alert - and those times have grown a bit over the last few weeks.  It's been fun seeing her wake up a bit more, and watch us more!  I can't wait for some smiles to show up!  She also has a fussy time, usually for an hour or two each evening.  She loves being held and carried, and has been a good car traveler so far.  It's crazy that she is already 3 weeks old - I feel like we were just going to the hospital to be induced, so excited to meet her!  
We were invited to a family friend's house for Thanksgiving, and had a great time.  They love on and spoil my kiddos, who LOVE going over there for dinners!  The day after Thanksgiving, my mom pulled out some Christmas decorations.  I made hot cocoa for the kids, we cranked up the Christmas music, and the house got decorated a bit for the season.  It feels much more festive around here now!  My cousin, Alison, and her husband, Nick, also came to visit over the weekend.  It was so fun having them here.  The kids loved having them here, begging them to play and read books and go to the park.
Max is doing well at school.  He started his second course, and is getting into his routine again.  He will get to come back here in a few weeks, for a short Christmas break.  Then he only has a few months until he is done there!  I am looking forward to being back together as a family, and having our own place again.  It's been such a blessing being here with my parents, and they have been such an unbelievably huge help to me, but it will still be good to have our own space again.  Until then, I am trying my best to soak up these newborn snuggles, appreciate the time we have with my family, and get in the festive Christmas mood - because I know these days will be gone before I know it, and I will miss the little moments that fill them up.  

28 November 2014

Emmalee Grace - Newborn Photos

We took some photographs of Emmalee the first week she was with us.  They are not professional or overly polished, but rather they are simple and organic.  I wanted to get some of her with each of her siblings, a few of her sweet little newborn face, and a handful of her with Daddy in his Dress Blues - seeing as she was born on the Marine Corps birthday!  I love how they turned out, and can't wait to print a few to frame in our new house!  

25 November 2014

Daddy's Class Break.

It was such a blessing that Max happened to have a break in classes the first few weeks of November.  When he originally started his training, we were not even sure if he would be able to come home once baby Emma was born, so to have him here for her birth and the first few weeks of her life were really special!  We spent most of his time here hanging out, getting to know Emmalee, and adjusting to life as a family of six!  He chauffeured L to preschool in the mornings, took Ezra out on a Daddy-son adventure, and requested an early Thanksgiving meal.

It was so good for all of us to have him around - I know the kids miss him when he is gone, and to have some solid time with Daddy was needed.  We dropped him off at the airport a few days ago, and as we drove away, L & Ezra had such long faces, and told me how they missed him already, and questioned why he always had to go away.  Cue the postpartum-hormonal tears from this mama...  

It's not easy being away from him, and we miss him a lot, but we are so proud of what he does, and are eagerly looking forward to his Christmas break in a few weeks!
Emmalee @ 1-week // Dairy Queen treats // happy Daddy frying a turkey
early morning snuggles // family selfie // late night snoozing