Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blast from the past

And by past I'm talking 2 to 3 weeks ago.  When you take a bagillion pics daily ones from mere weeks ago get pushed way back in the camera roll.

The Thursday before Emerson's arrival Parker and I pampered ourselves with manis and pedis.  I don't know if I've ever mentioned this but I love having girls ;) If we try for a fourth I'll be rooting for a girl again (though I bet Kris will be on the other side :-P)

Triage! Last belly pic at 39w2d.

Yes, I was ordered to walk the halls of the hospital to get labor going but I wasn't about the trek around for hours without my delish Starbucks lemonade/tea beverage.

All smiles after I was finally permitted to sit my pregnant butt in a bed!

Now we'll flash forward to the present. This is how breakfast goes in our house now.  The girls have to move their chairs right next to Emerson. You know, since their white table is just SO far away.  Big girls are munching on one of our fave warm weather goodies--yogurt pops.  So simple to make.  Mix greek yogurt with honey and cut up fruit.  Add to popsicle molds.  Freeze. Get your kids psyched to have popsicles for breakfast.  Genius.

You better believe we're enjoying this pool every second we can.  Managing a pool with these little fishies plus a newborn is a skill I'm still trying to master but with each swim I'm fine tuning the best ways to enjoy our backyard vacation.

See the red inflatable? It's a motorized speed boat.  Motorized! Purchased at the place where all amazing things are born--Costco, of course.

Post pool snack and relaxation time.

Parker found giving Teagan bunny ears to be absolutely hilarious.

Best buds :)

Miss Teagan has by far been the most challenging kiddo since Emerson's arrival.  Tantrums, deliberate disobeying, and really just looking for trouble.  My oh my does this girl keep me on my toes! Now I know why T was such an easy baby and smiles all the make up for all her two year old shenanigans!

Parker is doing pretty good with the adjustment but can go from 0 to 60 on the emotional outburst scale.  And nighttime is pretty tough for her.  She cries, real tears of sadness, when I kiss her goodnight.  Literally wraps her arms and legs around my entire body so I can't leave.  Heartbreaking.  So we still try to get in a couple sleepovers a week.

Minnie needs to be properly restrained.  I'm running out of room in my Acadia.

Our Mother's Day tradition is to spend it at the zoo.  Even though the forecast showed a rainy day and even though it rained on the drive, I was not about to give up on our zoo trip.  Sure enough, the rain stopped and the day ended up being sunny and warm.  I should be a weather woman.

I never, ever carry cash including coins.  I honestly do not even know the pin to my debit card (I'm an AMEX/Amazon Chase girl for all the perks). This works for us until we see the fountain (why is this is thing to throw money in water?!).  Thankfully as we were unloading our car a dad was walking back to his car for coins and reminded us before we entered.  Thanks for the reminder and I actually had four coins on me.

Good thing because last time I forgot Parker asked me for my credit card to throw in ;)

This is what I get when I asked the girls to smile for the camera...

But when I bribe them with the playground they grin ear to ear.

Almost a darling shot.  Just cut out my weird friend to the right and me telling Kris to watch out behind him before he tripped trying to catch our cuteness.

Parker has deemed this location as our picture spot.  Of course, the area with uneven, jagged rocks which do not play with with an adventurous two year old.


Parker's picture obsession is below.  Stealing my phone and snapping away.  Not a bad shot of me and my little!

Speaking of pictures, look who got a selfie stick!

My ladies :)

Big sis is always making sure Emerson has toys to play with. And always makes sure she has a story to go along with it :)

That's all for today.  I'm looking forward to date night tomorrow with my big girls.  We're going to see Pinkalicious the musical! Shhhhh, it's a surprise.  Can't wait to see their little faces light up. Pinkalicious is adored in the S house!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Triple naps

Triple naps are a beautiful thing.  The big girls are sleeping in their beds while I enjoy little Emerson snuggles on our comfy leather recliner (thanks Costco).  Not many things sweeter than a sleepy baby.

I'm loving all this extra time home with the girls.  Life has slowed down since miss E's arrival and the big girls and I have been having fun finding new things to do, like making pink cookies with pink frosting.  Pinkalicious, a cute kiddo book, is a favorite in our house so we made these cookies in her honor.  Parker handed them out later that evening to all her neighbor friends.  

In addition to pink cookie making, we've also been experiencing another new thing called a SWIMMING POOL!

Pre-pool on Easter weekend.  Big tree was cut down (along with another one) and the swingset was later moved.  The branches were burned and beer was consumed.  Neighbors and kids gathered.  It's our new annual Easter tradition :-P

Talk about a deep hole! Construction started the day after we brought Emerson home from the hospital.  Just missed the opportunity for a water birth.

The "dirt" in our backyard is actually sand.  I don't get it.  What I do get is that the kids had a blast playing in it until it was used to level out the surrounding area.

Neighborhood queens of the mountain!

Why hello shiny expensive oversized bathtub. The day this monstrosity was delivered we were out and about.  Thankfully our neighbors mother was over and took pictures of the pool being craned OVER OUR HOUSE.  The picture is insane.  I must get it from her.

Water was delivered on Wednesday at a balmy 55 degrees.  Now thanks to our heater we're at a comfortable 86 degrees!

I thought the excitement would mask the cold water temps so I got the girls ready for their first swim.  Epic fail.  Parker cried because it was that cold.

You can't tell, but Parker is losing her freaking mind right now.

Today though with warm pool temps and even warmer weather? The girls (and I!) had a blast.  Absolute blast.  Managing swim time with a newborn is tricky, especially since the pool is still under construction.  The ground needs to settle before the patio and fence can be installed.  Until then, we're working with an orange fence practically on top of the pool's perimeter and that pesky, messy sand.  Not ideal for lounging and relaxing poolside with a newborn while the big girls swim.  But this morning Emerson took her long morning nap and the girls and I took a long swim.  Great success.  Pool time round two coming up later on today!

Thumbs up for swimming in our own backyard!

Yesterday we had gorgeous weather once again and spent a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors.  Even baby Emerson.

The weather was so nice and the girls have been so great for the most part with the transition to a family of five that we took them on a great adventure.  Parking lot fair! I sat out on all the rides with E so Parker made sure to wave, blow kisses, and tell me what a great mommy I am :)

Emerson's first fair at 11 days old.  I don't remember seeing an entry for this monumental event in her baby book.

Pure joy.

Parker refused to go on this thing last year so I was shocked when she was all about it this time.  Had a blast of course.

Afterwards we walked to the other side of the parking lot and grabbed some Burger King ice cream cones.  I did not expect the $1 cones to be as large as my children.  Parker did not expect a restaurant to be named King instead of Queen.

And last but not least, I will leave you with the pretty, direct from Hawaii flower arrangement sent to me from my coworkers.  Nice, bright, and certainly unique!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Naps are so pre-Emerson

I'd like to dedicate this post to my big girls in honor of their recent joint decision to immediately cease all and any naps and then behave like crazed lunatics from about 7pm until early bedtime.  It's been fun. Emerson is learning from the best.

I will out-scream all of you.

Don't believe this picture. Emerson is actually an angel in the car seat.  After about a two minute freak out she calmed down and has been fine ever since.

 The no-napping effect is strong even in the morning, at least for Parker.  Emerson is sleeping fine.  Mama is sleeping fine.  Teagan is not sleeping fine but she is a rare breed of always happy no matter what (generally speaking . The terrible twos have been rough for all parties involved).  Parker is not sleeping fine and will let you know it.  Poor thing.  But we had to get up and go to Emerson's well visit (five days old here!).  Girl perked right up when she got into her car seat in "the trunk."  It's the little things ;) 

So if you can't tell, we have our hands full.  Literally.

The girls are great helpers though all around, especially when it came to Emerson's first bath.  Don't mind the fact that Teagan took it upon herself to wash her sandy feet off in E's bath before E had a chance to get in, even though we told that little Teagan to keep her sandy toes outta there. T was sandy as could be from all the dirt/sand dug up for our pool.  But she made up for her mischievousness and having to start the bath all over again by cleaning her baby up as gentle as could be.

Baby torture comes in the form of a whale tub.

Kris doesn't typically sport visors.  Somehow, somewhere Parker found this old thing and it started a whole pretend play of Daddy needing to wear it for his baseball game.  Kids. 

The big girls also showed off their helping skills when it came to Emerson's first bottle.  I am determined to make sure this girl takes a bottle early on.  I'm breastfeeding, but knowing that she can take a bottle is comforting.  The girls didn't have any luck getting Emerson to take it but Kris, the superstar of convincing newborns of the power of the bottle, was victorious.  Poor Parker was upset that she wasn't able to feed Emerson but Daddy was...cue tears.  Maybe, hopefully, next time.

Off to bed now, that is if I can get this sleepy baby off of my chest :)