Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My sweet sweet muchkin

So I just have to sit down and write a quick note about last night.

We've got bedtime routines down pretty well these days. Ryan gets Scarlett ready, while I play with Ellie a bit, then I nurse Scarlett and get her down while he gets Ellie ready for bed and reads her as many bedtime stories as needed. Then I get her, she nurses (yes, we are still doing that!) and she goes to bed.

Last night was sweet overload. I came in and nursed her. He of course requested that I sing. Which I did. Just like every night. After awhile, I asked if she was ready for "tuckas" (I tuck her blanket in all around her). She told me "No, pray!" Of course, I forgot that step of the routine. So she laid her head on my shoulder and we prayed. "Cuddle." She wanted to cuddle more. Sweet baby girl! She snuggled into me soooo tight and I just held her and rocked her. Any time I tried to move my face away, she told me "NO. Cuddle." and pushed my cheek back against hers. This went on for at least a half hour.

Even though I didn't want to, I forced myself to get up after quite some time (and a couple texts from Ryan asking if I was OK) and tucked her in. When I told her she was snug as a bug in a rug, I got a happy smile and a "Thanks, Mama."

It doesn't get better than that.

Love. That. Girl. To. Pieces.

I am so lucky.

Friday, September 12, 2014

32 weeks

Dear Miss Scarlett,

Yay! We are back on the weekly letter train! I romise, I will try to be better. SOmetimes, being the Mommy of you awesome girlies just gets the best of me!

So what happened this week?

Well, Saturday was game day! The last ND-Michigan match up for the forseeable future, and you and your sister were READY!

We did a family run to West End, where you got doted on and your sister got donuts, and then we went grocery shopping. You get to sit in the cart like a big girl now, which you love. Although you do try to gra your sister's snack right out of her hand. I am sure you'll be eating your own goldfish soon enough!

Then it was home for naps and play time around the house. Since you are craling all over the place, you are also getting into EVERYTHING. Nothing is safe from your grasp, little one.

We ut you guys to bed and watched the game. Woooohoooo! Shut out! Go Irish!

The next day we did church like normal. You were fussy so you spent time with Dad in the hallway, then zonked in the car and stayed out for over an hour. I barely had time to feed you before I had to run out to practice.

You did get to come to the gym for a bit, which you enjoyed. I think you missed your cheer family too.

Sundays are hard on us all though, and you were VERY overtired by the time you got home. I don't like you being that upset and it was incredibly hard on me to hear your sniffles as I fed ou before bed too.

Monday was a much needed recoup day. We spent lots of time outside enjoying the swinset and the beautiful weather. I don't think we have many days this nice left!

Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment, so you went to see Grandma. You love watching Ellie blow bubbles. You give all sorts of belly laughs for that. And you are almost going from a crawling position to sitting. What? Slow down, little Squish!

Wednesday I had to meet with Janel and Lori at the gym, so you and your sister tagged along. You guys had a blast getting into mischief. Then, you hung out with Grandma while Ellie and I went to swim lessons. I think you enjoyed some 1-on-1 time without the blonde monster there.

Thursday I worked out and then we all came home and hung out at home. It was a dreary, nasty day. I don't know what happened to summer! Then when Daddy got home, we took off to the hospital since Great Grandpa Walt was in there due to some broken ribs. You guys were both dolls, and you especially hammed it up for him, giving him lots of belly laughs while he tickled your toes. To reward you guys for being so good, we hit the Chocolate cafe afterwards. Daddy even snuck you some cookie, while your sister chowed down.

Your sister proved again she has quite the memory, running through the cafe looking for the Easter bunny. Of course, the last time we were there with you guys was Easter, but I still can't believe she remembered that from April. She doesn't forget anything! You better be careful, squish!

The weather still stunk on Friday, so I worked out and then when Daddy got home, we headed to the Y again to go swim. You loved it and were so content floating around in the warm water. It was awesome to spent time swimming with my favorite little fishies!

So, Miss Scarlett, we are back to these updates, and I hope to continue being much more "on time". But I will say, whether I have time to sit down and blog or not, that I love every minute of being your Mommy. You are such a sweet girl, and so much fun.

I love you Squish!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Two months later...

Yes, we are still alive! Life has just been hectic, and blogging has taken a back seat. I am getting back on the wagon, though. I have a lot of posts in draft mode, and I'll be plugging along on even more in the next couple weeks.

In the meantime, I can just say the kids are exhausting. But they are the best!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The swingset

So, we've been going back and forth for a good 6 months now about swingsets. Build it vs. buy it. What do we want? Why are they like a billion dollars?

So we settled for getting a Step 2 plastic play "castle" this summer. Ellie seemed to like that just fine. We actually picked up another similar plastic play structure at a friends' garage sale.

But then, the week before the BIG birthday party, Ryan was looking through some stuff of Craigslist and came across an ad for a used Rainbow playset. And it looked AWESOME. Big, spiral enclosed slide, 4 swing areas, another slide, etc. So even though it was still expensive used, we decided to take a look.

Well, Ellie fell in love. And so did we. So the weekend of the party, Ryan, with the help of both Grandpas, set out to transport this behemoth of a swingset.

So, over 2 days, it got torn down, loaded on a trailer, and reconstructed in our back yard. 

Ellie "helped" and/or watched wistfully out the window...

But, after all was said and done, and after Ryan got one heck of a sunburn...we are all loving the swingset. And now, after having it a couple weeks, I can say we've already gotten more play time on this one than the other one did all summer. Ellie LOVES it (Scarlett too, actually)

Plus, it was a big hit at the party. Now if we could just get the neighbors to stop referring to our yard as "Edwardsburg Disneyland"...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dear Ellie,

Dear Ellie,

You are 2 today, sweet princess! It is so hard to believe. Time really does go so fast. You are not a little baby anymore. You are a spirited, funny, smart little girl who has me laughing about a million times and day, and sometimes wanting to pull my hair out too!

Sometimes when I am rocking you to sleep, and you remind me that I need to start singing, I think back to sitting in that same rocking chair with you when you were a tiny little one. I remember how your face would twitch into a smile as you fell asleep. And I wonder how my little baby bird grew up so fast. But the coolest thing is, as much as I miss tiny Ellie, I just love toddler Ellie so much that it isn't even funny. The conversations you have, how you have tea parties, and tickle fights and rock your baby dolls to sleep...those things are just so amazing to see. So while I sometimes wish you wouldn't grow up so fast, I also wouldn't exactly wish to keep you little.

Every day I still feel incredibly overwhelmed and blessed that I get to be your Mom. You bring so much joy to everyone around you, and your Dad and I could just not be more proud. Of course, I can also throw in that you are the world's best big sister...most of the time.

I hope you always stay as curious as you are now. I hope you never lose the imagination that dreams up dragons outside your window. I hope you keep your Dad's memory, so you remind me 3 months later that we saw a frog on THAT window. I hope you continue to care about others, just like you care about me and bring me my pretend coffee to drink. I hope you stay fearless. Or at least mostly fearless. My poor heart can't take your fearlessness sometimes. And I hope you always keep the energy to go down the slide again. Or two more times. Or five more times.

You are one amazing little girl, Miss Ellorie Mae Mason. And I love you to pieces. Happy birthday, princess!

I love you,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ellie the flower girl!

So Miss Ellie made her flower girl debut at Mandy's wedding this weekend.

Let me tell you, we were NOT sure how this was going to go. I mean come on, she's not even 2 yet. And you want her to walk down the aisle?

Thankfully Aunt Mandy was super-cool about everything. She didn't really care if she made it down the aisle. Or not. Or walked down the aisle and pulled her dress up over her head. No big deal either way.

Of course WE cared a little more. So both Ryan and I had a stash of white jelly beans. JUST in case.

The weekend started out with the rehearsal. Ellie did awesome walking down the aisle with the other flower girl, Maysie. 

Okay, but one thing I didn't prep myself for. Catholic wedding. Holy water.And we're not just talking a little fountain. NOPE. Kiddie pool sized. See it behind them in the pic? Oy. So yes, I spent most of the time trying to keep Ellie out of that. Keep this in mind for later.

So, after the rehearsal, we headed to a cute little restaurant for dinner. Dinner was AWESOME. And Ellie got cupcakes. And Uncle Ryan taught her to eat cupcakes frosting first. Greeeeeeat.

The next day, we got up and headed to IHOP for some breakfast. Mandy should be thankful that we cleaned up her strawberry pancake explosion.

Then it was time to get ready for the wedding. We had to be ready to go at noon for a 2pm wedding. Yup, right in the middle of nap time. This was going to be just a bundle of fun...

Ellie handled it like a champ though. Look how beautiful she looked

Sigh. Pretty girl. She was completely delirious, though, and the church had fun hallways and ramps so she was pretty much a wild woman running all over. And tackling her fellow flower girl. Oh, bean...

She did make Aunt Mandy's day though. She kept following around calling her "Pwincess". The first time she saw her was so cute. She was in awe of the pwincess.

Now, walking down the aisle. All was well, until about 5 minutes before she was set to go. She was getting a little rambunctious, so the ring bearer tried to "help" by showing her how to splash in the holy water pool. Oh. My. Goodness. Kiss. Of. Death. So of course she wanted to climb in. And splash. And make a mess. Of course, I had successfully kept her from this for hours and then 5 minues before THE WALK it all gets screwed up. So of course in protest, she starts running down the hallway. Oy. Aunt Janel was able to get her refocused though, and she walked down the aisle like a pro. 

We hung out in the back while the ceremony was going on. But both kids did great.

 After the ceremony and church pics, we went over to a local park for pics. Ellie-no-nap snoozed in the car...


Poor tired baby. Needless to say, she was not in a great mood for pics. Luckily, they didn't really need us, so we attempted to take a couple of our own. She was NOT cooperative. BUT, as luck would have it, we managed to get THE pic.

Love this one. It reminds me of Cinderella running from the ball. Perfect.

The reception was fun. E did not appreciate waiting for dinner. Shocker. But she did love to dance. And go up and down the huge staircase. But the best part of the night? Ellie asked Ryan to dance with her during the Bride/daddy dance. Ugh, yeah. Tears everywhere.

But then, more dancing shenanigans. Delirious flowergirls are super funny!

 All in all, a great wedding experience. Congrats again Mandy and Brian!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

20 weeks! Still catching up...

Dear Scarlett,

Well I am still trying to catch up! You and your sister keep me a little busy these days, and so I am getting a bit behind on your letters. In good news, though, even though I stink about writing about all the fun we are having, we are STILL having so much fun that I cannot stand it. You and your sister are the best!

So, let's start with Saturday, the 14th. It was a hot day, and we decided to check one thing off our summer bucket list...strawberry picking! You spent most of the time just checking things out from the beco, but your sister had a blast. Grandma and Grandpa Mason kept one strawberry in each hand for her! I thought she was going to turn into a strawberry! Don't worry, Smoosh, I am sure you will be joining her next year!

After that, we went up to the lake to rinse Miss Ellie off. Dad and Ellie played in the water and you and I cuddled on the deck. You enjoyed the fresh air! You two snoozed a little in the car, then it was off to a couple graduation parties. You were quite the charmer as usual, giving your big, drooly grins to anyone who as holding you!

Sunday was Father's day, so we got the opportunity to celebrate the fact that you and Ellie have the BEST dad! I love watching him with you, he is just smitten over you girls! 

Monday we decided to hit the park. Of course your sister loved burning off some energy (and seeing a train even!) You were pretty content as usual and happy to be cuddled and talk to, and just take in everything around you. In the afternoon we played outside at home. Daddy moved my swing up by Ellie's playhouse so we can relax in that while Ellie is climbing and sliding. You two like cuddling in it together, too. 

Tuesday we decided to go strawberry picking AGAIN, since we pretty much had already polished off the strawberries we picked on Saturday. I guess Ellie takes after Mommy and Daddy in being strawberry monsters. There was a nice breeze so you snoozed in your carseat. I was able to pick some berries so that we actually have some to freeze, and your sister, of course was happy as a clam to eat more berries! 

After that, you guys headed back to Grandma's while I headed to the gym for practice. Grandma and Grandpa wore you guys out, because you both took great naps.

Wednesday you were up a bit early. No problem, that just means that I got some sweet cuddle time before your sister got up. You are so happy in the mornings, my little Squish! I love you. Your happy little smile starts my day off right!

We had some errands to run, then it was back home for nap time. Well, except storms rolled through and the power went out. Arg. Not good when we have a toddler who depends on her noise machines and a baby who depends on her swing. So suffice it to say it was a bit of a long afternoon for us all. 

Thursday we headed to the breastfeeding coalition meeting. We took Ellie too, which was quite an adventure. She wanted to be a good big sister and play with ALL of the babies. We got you weighed and you are still perfectly on track, hovering around that 50th percentile point at 14lbs 11oz. 

You also started playing with the exersaucer after I dug it out for you. You love it! Now if I could just get your sister to stop trying to climb in. She can climb in, but not out...which is pretty hysterical to us both....

Friday I ad to go to Chicago, so you spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa. I know that they love spending time with you and your sister, but I have to tell you. I miss you so much when I'm not with you. You two really are my sunshine. I was very glad to get home even after a LOOOOOONG day and cuddle with my favorite girlies.

So that is week 20, princess! More to come as I get back on track...

I love you,