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Friday, March 17, 2017

3.5 Years!

Aurora,

Oh my goodness, how you have grown! I look at pictures from just a year ago and you still looked like a baby/toddler. You still had your pacifier with you and I could see my baby. Now, you are such a little girl. It is truly amazing to watch you and listen to you. Daily I am amazed by what you say and do.

Right now, you have the most amazing imagination. You have created this whole other world that you share with me daily. You have created a palace, that lives between the human world and the unicorn world. You tell me that a boy who is so old (because he is 4) named Connor Lucas lives there and he takes care of your unicorns. Because, of course, you have many unicorn pets in a variety of colors and sizes! This world you have created has so many details to it that you share. And, my favorite part is that when you are happy with Daddy or I, you will tell us that we are on the list (to get into your palace) and if you are mad at us, we are off the list. I truly hope you keep this creative side of you as it is so wonderful!

You also are so clever and smart. Your teachers are constantly telling me how clever you are. The other day, one of the teachers who only works the afternoons, asked when you would be 5. I looked confused and then said she is only 3. He thought you were going to kindergarten next year as you were so ahead of your peers. Apparently, you decided to be the teacher and had all the kids sit down and you taught them science class. The teacher had to come over and tell the kids to run around because they had been sitting so long, listening to you! You then took that as a cue to turn your class into ballet class, so it was active! If you are already doing this at 3, I can't wait to see what you accomplish when you are older!

You have really gotten into dance lately as well. You love to listen to music and just get up and dance now. It is really cute, if we are eating out and you hear a song you like, you just get up and dance. I also hope you keep this and just dance! Your face just lights up and I can see how happy you are.

You have also become quite the fashion diva. You refuse to let us pick your clothes out. You have to do it and you usually prefer dresses over anything else. At the moment, your look, as Daddy describes it, is bag lady look. A lot of layers, crazy prints together, and all sorts of things! I love it and think it is hilarious and am just fine if you keep this your style!! Much better than  super short skirt and crop top!

You are also an amazing big sister. You are so sweet (usually!) to Orion and are always trying to take care of him. Each morning at daycare, you ask that I put him down so you can walk him to his class. You grab hold of his hand and you both walk down the hall and it truly is the sweetest thing. The teachers have told me that they normally don't let siblings stay in the classroom, but they let you, because you actually play with Orion. You try and hold his hand when we are driving, and calm him down when he is crying. We have been going through a lot of renovations at our house and you had to sleep in Orion's room a couple of nights. He is not sleeping through the night yet, so when he woke up, it woke you up, and you got up, patted him and tried to calm him down. I truly hope that you both are always this loving and close to one another. It is really special to watch!

Right now I am also loving bed time as usually it is a "mommy" night and I put you to bed. I know I should make this a faster process, but honestly, I love every second of it. We read one book (though you usually con me into more), sing one song (which you also con me into more), and then I pat your back for 5 minutes (which turns into 15), before you finally fall asleep (or I have been in your room for 30+ minutes and I say goodnight and leave). This is the time when you usually tell me your day and your stories of your palace and I love just snuggling with you as you fall asleep.

I am so proud to be your mommy and of all the things that you do! I just love watching you figure things out. I know I have used this word a ton, but you truly are amazing, my love!

As I say each night, I love you to the moon, to the stars, and to the planets, always and forever!

Mommy

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One year!

Orion,

A whole year old, I can't believe it. This year flew, as I knew it would. I still can't believe it as I can vividly remember going in to have the embryo transfer that created you, and then that positive test that confirmed you were going to be with us, and finding out you were a boy, and then heading to the hospital for the c--section, and of course, the moment they lifted you up and I saw you for the first time. All those moment all feel like just yesterday. And now, here you are, a one year old, who loves to run, smile, and babble away!

This has been such an amazing year, tough at times as you still haven't slept through the night, but amazing. You are our happy little dinosaur. We are constantly stopped when we are out because people come over to talk to you since you are waving and grinning at everyone. Your preschool even nominated you as President of the class, because they call your Mr. Personality. :)

This past month you had your last first holiday which was Halloween. You were the Beast. Your sister wanted to be Belle, so we all dressed the party. I know there will not be too many more years where we can do that, so since you didn't seem to have an opinion on the matter, you were the Beast and the most adorable Beast I have ever seen!

You still love pretty much every food we have given you. A few things like green beans, you haven't loved, but for the most part you eat it all :) You have started to really love bread and potatoes though, which makes me happy as those are my favorites! Your sister doesn't love potatoes, so I am happy I can share it with you!

You are now running all over the place and trying to climb EVERYTHING! You are keeping us on our toes for sure. You love to explore and wander and make lots of noise as well. You also really love birds. You get so excited watching all the birds outside. It is fun watching you take in the world.

You are also babbling up a storm and "talking" a lot more now. You can say Mama, Dada, Aurora (rora), ball, and more (the word more). The rest at the moment just sounds like babbling, I know you think you are saying things, and soon enough, that babble will turn into words.

Sleep - this is the one area that you just do not want to do. Between being sick and teeth coming in and us trying to get you to sleep, it just isn't happening. Right now you are up 2 times a night. I pray you start to sleep soon as I do worry about my sanity sometimes! :) I know you will get there and sleep when you decide you are ready.

I am so thankful for this amazing year with you. I love you more and more each day my little dinosaur. I look forward to watching you grow and become a toddler this coming year and see more of your personality come out.

Love always and forever,

Mommy

Friday, October 7, 2016

11 Months!

Orion,

How is it possible that you will be one in a month! Where did this year go! You are becoming such a big boy now. The biggest item this past month is that you are now WALKING! All month you worked up to it, you started to take a step here and there early on, but your first official steps where you took 3 in a row was on September 23. And you have taken more and more each day. Now you look like a little zombie when you walk as you hold your hands out in front of you. It is so cute!

You also love to eat ALL the things. You are our eater for sure. You have loved everything we have given you. We already have to get you kids meals, as you are eating so much at a time. You seem to really love bread in any form, so I think you will be like Mommy and a carbaholic :)

This month we also went Apple picking which was so fun! You loved looking through the trees and trying some apples. Now that you have 6 teeth, you are able to eat more things. Which these teeth all came in a flurry. It was rough for awhile while they came in, but you were great about it! I think more are on their way, so we will see how you handle it.

As also went to the beach this month and it was the first time you really played with the sand and saw the water. Last time you slept through it all in the carrier! You seemed to really love it, so I look forward to more trips as your sister loves it as well.

The one area we are still working on is your sleep. You still wake up a minimum of two times a night. I know you will sleep someday, I just keep praying it is sooner than later.

You are such a joy. This is what I hear constantly from the teachers at your school. Everyone comments on how happy you are. It makes me so happy to see your big grin and when you wave at everyone. And your laugh is such a sweet sound! I hope you keep this happy demeanor as it is infectious and just makes everyone around you happy as well!

You are also starting to say a few more words. Daddy and I swear we have heard you say: Ball, Aurora (rora), more, dog, and of course mama and dada. You are constantly babbling, so I know soon enough the babble will start to take on more words as well.

I love you always and forever!

Mommy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10 Months Old!

Orion,

Sorry, a bit late this month! But, better late than never, right? :)

This past month was the month of teeth! You went from almost no teeth to 4 teeth and two more on the way! It was a bit rough, but even when I could tell you were in pain, you kept that happy smile on your face (in between crying). I pray that after these two, you get a break, because it has been a tough month!

You are a mover and shaker! You get very cranky if you do not have the ability to run (or crawl). You are very quick with your crawling, but you also are taking more and more assisted steps. You are not as fast that way though, so you tend to switch back to crawling pretty fast. You are also a climber, I cannot turn away for a second, otherwise you are climbing up on something! I know the first steps are not far behind, and soon it will be running, and I will be chasing you and your sister everywhere!

You LOVE your food. You have eaten pretty much anything we give you. And you want more, more, more! I crack up at meal times all the time as you now like to bang on the tray and then wave your hand toward you as if saying, more, mama, more. And a few times, it sounds like you are even saying that! Your favorite at the moment though seems to be blueberries, and bread, you love bread. Anytime we give you something you like, you will drop whatever is in your hand, to pick it up. So, we have to slowly hand food over!

Sleep - elusive sleep. You almost got to sleeping through the night, and then the teething started and that ruined everything. So, hopefully, once the teeth are in and you have a break from that, we can get back on track with sleep, and maybe even sleep through the night?!!

You are a happy boy and love to wave at everyone walking by! You are mister personality. Everyone comments on how happy you are and your big smile. Now, you have started to do this little booty dance, which is just too cute!

I love you always and forever my little dinosaur!

Mommy

Monday, September 19, 2016

3 Years Old!

Aurora,

I can't believe it, but somehow you are now 3 years old! I still vividly remember leaving for the hospital to have you as if it was yesterday, and now I look at your smiling, mischievous face and don't know how the time went so fast!

You are such a clever girl. I know that we are going to be in big trouble when you are older! You are already a master manipulator and are a pro and finding ways to get what you want. Just the other day, we told you that you couldn't bring a toy into the car. You took that and said ok. Then 5 minutes later, you said that you needed to bring the toy because Orion was crying and this would make him happy. So, clever, but we saw through you! Sometimes, we give in, like when you ask for another story at bedtime. Which you also found a work around. I would tell you, only two books tonight. I would read two books and turn off the light, you then ask for one more story, but with my voice. Clever girl again! :) I love watching how you find these ways around and watching your mind work.

I LOVE that you love to read. It makes me so happy seeing you sitting with a book looking through it. You are getting better at pointing out different letters. You tell us the all time that you can't read yet and are sad about it. So, we are working on it and I bet by the time you are 4, you will have some words down :) You also love going to the library and the bookstore, which are the best stores, so we go often. I love watching you choose your books, you like a wide variety so it is fun. I can't wait to start sharing some of my favorite books with you! :)

You are very verbal. So many people comment to us on how verbal you are. You crack me up with your stories that you tell, and especially all your hand movements! You are very expressive! At the moment, you are very big into putting your hands on your hips, which looks hilarious. You also tend to be a bit of a nark at school telling the teachers anytime someone doesn't listen. Which, on one hand I am happy you are following the rules, but I do worry for the future as kids don't tend to like being told on! We will see how this unfolds! You can now count to 20, say the alphabet, and sing lots of songs! You love to sing and dance. We just signed you up for dance and I can't wait to watch you!

It seems you have gotten my palate for food and therefore really hate vegetables. We try and try, but you refuse. I can't really blame you as I don't like them either, but I eat them or your benefit, so hopefully you will eat them soon. You are also the slowest eater ever! I thought I was slow, but you are like a bird just pecking at your food. Most meals, we have to remind you multiple times to keep eating, please eat, just one more bite, so on and so forth. We will see if this is just a phase or not!

One of the very exciting things you did this year was master the potty! Yay! We put you in pull ups early in the year and you did great with it! We could have switched you out earlier, but we had a big vacation and were worried so we kept you in pull ups a bit longer. But, once you made the switch to underwear, you went all in and declared you were a big girl and have rarely had an accident. Only two that I can think of and both times you were very distracted and knew you needed to go, but didn't want to leave what you were doing. You also have had only one at night time, which is also amazing. We are so proud!

You also have quite the fashion sense! I am not sure where it came from as it wasn't me! You love shoes and picking out your dresses and socks. You are very opinionated and your clothing choice each morning is one area you like to assert your self. We just let you wear whatever you choose as I don't care if you match or not, but you usually do and are really good at choosing outfits. Dresses are your favorite as you love to look pretty you say.

This year for your birthday, you were very lucky and had 3 parties. You said it was because you were turning 3, and I told you this year only! You first celebrated in your preschool class with Popsicle and you got a book for a present. You loved everyone singing and of course getting to have a Popsicle! Then, we took you to Disneyland for your birthday and you had Uncle Justin visit as well as Auntie Liz and Grandma and Grandpa! You were so excited! You rode Autopia with Uncle Justin and then a lot of rides with Auntie Liz! And then on your actual birthday, we had a party at the Library Park and had Rapunzel come and visit. You were in heaven. When she walked up, your face just lit up and you were in awe that she was there. It was so worth it for that right there!

I love you my amazing, bright, beautiful, clever girl! I can't wait to see what this year brings us. I know it will be an amazing adventure as everyday is an adventure with you! :)

I love you to the moon, the stars, and the planets, always and forever!

Mommy

Saturday, August 6, 2016

9 Months!

Orion,

Oh, my happy boy, you bring such joy to our lives! It feels like you have always been a part of our family and yet, I also feel like I just found out I was pregnant with you! ❤

You are an adventurer. You want to go and look at everything. You are on the move at all times! You have mastered crawling, pulling yourself up, and walking along things. You love to climb on anything you can, especially things you shouldn't. We have already had to lower your crib to the lowest level because you were climbing so much!

You also love to eat! Anything you can get your hands on, you want to eat it. One day, I found a leaf in your hand that you were happy to attempt to eat. You are very fast, so we have to watch you like a hawk as you find things we can't even see! So far, you have loved everything we have given you. You are for sure not the picky eater of the family!

You finally got two teeth this month! Your bottom two teeth came in a day apart from each other. Teething was rough was for you, but you made it through. You just need a few more to come in and then a wholenew world of food can be introduced!

Sleep... Oh sleep... you still do not sleep through the night. We got really close and you were doing only one wake up at night, but then your teeth came in. Now we are back to 2-3 wakeup per night. I know you will sleep someday and then I will moss the time with just you and I rocking, but today, I want sleep :)

You make each day better. I am constantly told by the teachers at daycare how awesome you are and happy you are. I love picking you up and seeing that big grin of yours! And I swear you have said Mama, but no one else has heard it, so we won't count it just yet, but when you do, it will be amazing.

Love you always and forever my little dinosaur ❤❤

Mommy

Friday, July 8, 2016

8 Months!

Orion,

These months are flying by so quickly! So quick in fact, that I missed writing about month 7!

You are an absolute joy! I hear this from everyone, including random strangers that we see when we are out. Everyone loves the joy that just pours out of you. Even when you are sad, you still have a bit of a smile on your face. You are just my happy boy and I love it. My favorite though is that now you light up when you see me after I have been away at work. It is the best! Though, you also have now started to cry when I walk away, which is just heartbreaking!

You are also quite the mover and shaker. You are a pro at the army crawl and are SO fast! You have done a real crawl a couple times, but the army crawl works for you, so you seem content with that. You are also a climber. Anything you see, you try and climb up and over. This also has lead to you standing while holding things as well, and occasionally, when we hold your hands, you take a couple steps. Just testing it out, I think we still have a couple months before you actually take a step, but we will see!

You LOVE food! You have loved pretty much everything we have given to you. And you get upset with us if we do not feed it to you fast enough! We are trying to find more things you can feed yourself as well, as you enjoy that. You don't have any teeth yet though, so it is had to find things soft enough to give you. You do love the teething biscuits that we give you and the bananas and avocado. I keep waiting for your teeth to pop through as you act like they are coming, by gnawing on everything, but so far still just a cute gummy smile :)

You are still not sleeping through the night. We are working on this. At this point, I would just be happy with one wake up a night instead of the 2-3 times! Though, your schedule did get a little crazy due to our vacation, so we are working on getting back to it!

This past month you had a big adventure! We went on a family vacation to go to Auntie Liz's wedding and then to Disney world! It was your first time on a plane and you did really well. You just wanted to see everything and check out everyone. I was really impressed. You also LOVED meeting all the characters at Disney World. You gave them the biggest grins, it was so sweet to watch you interact with them, though you did try and eat Aladdin and Mickey's fingers! They thought it was hilarious! It looks like you are going to be a good traveler like your sister, which makes me excited for the family adventures that await us!

You also had another holiday occur, which was the 4th of July. This was a special one, because last 4th of July was when we found out that you were a boy! It was so crazy to think that a whole year has passed now since we found that out. It was so much fun playing in the pool (which you loved) and then seeing the fireworks (which you also loved) and just enjoying being together as a family.

I love you my happy dinosaur so much! You bring such a joy to our lives that I didn't know until you arrived was missing. I am so happy and feel so blessed that I get to be your Mommy.

Love you always and forever!!