So I’ve been kind of slacking on the kid updates lately. We had Mae’s one month check up, and I had planned on writing about where she was and what she was doing, but I never got around to it. Now we’ve passed her two month checkup, and still…no blogging from me. Poor, poor baby #3. But you know what…not really. Because guess who else hit a big number that I didn’t write about. Harp! He turned five and I said nothing. I’m just dropping the ball left and right, y’all.
Today, I’m biting the bullet and writing about all my kids. That’s right. ALL THREE. Em has a birthday in less than a month, so I figured why not knock all three out in one post? Let’s just be honest…you know I’m not going to blog again for another 2-3 months anyways. So yeah. All. Three.
THE OLDEST BABY:
Sigh. He’s so big. I still can’t believe he’s five. That went by way too fast. I keep thinking…two more of those, and he’ll be driving. What? It makes me a little sad. I often wonder how I’ll even get to the point where I can let go enough to let him drive. JESUS. Guess I’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
My little man is an absolute sweetheart. He always has been. I joke that he must be Benji as a child, because he certainly doesn’t take after me. He’s just way too sweet…and WAY too easy! Haha. He’s so generous. He loves giving gifts. If you’re close to us, chances are you’ve received one of his gifts. He’s always giving his stuff away to his friends AND my friends. I just love it! Sweet. Heart.
He’s still very mechanical minded. He loves taking things apart and seeing how they work. We actually had to hide Benji’s screwdriver recently because we walked into a room to find him unscrewing Mae’s carseat with it. Umm…yes. For real. His obsession with windmills, fans, motors, rotors, and turbines continues. I think we’re going on four years of that now. He actually asked me for a turbine for his birthday this year. His brain fascinates me. I can’t wait to see the things he will do when he grows older.
Some of his favorite foods at the moment are tacos, apples, pretzels, carrots, and cheese. He still, to this day, has not touched a condiment. He will NOT touch sauces, and it’s quite hilarious. He eats all day every day – I call him a garbage disposal – but somehow never gains any weight. It’s like magic. He’s been 40 lbs for about two years now and I can’t keep any pants on him because his waist is so small. I’ve been contemplating buying suspenders here recently because his butt is always out and about saying hi to folks. Harp likes to tell people he’s got “no gut, no butt” thanks to my Uncle David (it’s actually supposed to be “all gut, no butt” but we adapted it for Harp)! LOL.
THE MIDDLE BABY:
Now this little girl DOES take after me. If we ever thought Harper’s easy going and compliant nature was due to our awesome parenting skills, Emrist proved us wrong. LOL. She is super strong willed and stubborn. “Fierce” would actually be a good way of describing her, which is funny because that’s exactly what I prayed she’d be when she was in the womb. Well…I got what I asked for, and I love it! Yeah…parenting her isn’t always easy, but I think her passion and strong will are going to serve her well in the years to come and I’m excited about that. The biggest thing with her will be teaching her all the right and wrong places to direct that natural born stubbornness! 🙂
She is hilarious, and loves to make people laugh. She will be the class clown once she starts school…I can already tell. She feeds off of laughter. She is kind, compassionate, and very affectionate. When she addresses any of her family members, it is normally preceded by the word “my”. “My daddy, can you get me a cup?” Just like that. Even Harper, is “my Harper” to her. It’s adorable. She loves so deeply and is easy to love.
She’s a snuggler. She makes frequent requests throughout the day to sit on the couch and snuggle. At nap time, she wants to sleep with you, preferably holding your hand as she drifts away to sleepy land.
She’s very creative and has an active imagination. And once she is in character, she stays there…for a while! This has honestly been my favorite part of raising her. She loves to drape blankets across her shoulders, while pretending to be different superheros.
She is very adventurous with her eating. She’s adventurous in everything really, but especially in eating. She’ll try anything, which is really strange for a toddler! Her favorite foods are green pea straws (she calls them pea fries), apples, bananas, yogurt, and sheep cheese. Her allergies are mostly under control at the moment – thank heavens!
She’s still very short for her age. The last time we measured her, she was in the 7th percentile for height. We know several children who are a good deal younger than her, that are taller than her. This trait could be coming from my mom’s side of the family, but I’m planning to have her thyroid levels checked next month just to be sure nothing is going on with that, since it runs in my family.
THE LAST BABY:
God-willing, she’s our last. Not that I wouldn’t love another baby. I definitely would. But I never want to be pregnant, ever again! Just sayin’!
Okay. Enough about me. Let’s talk about this little doll. She was 9 lbs 3 oz and 20.5 inches at birth. At her two month check up, she was 12.12 lbs and 23.75 inches long. 90th percentile across the board, and her head size was actually in the 99th percentile. LOL. She’s following in Harp’s & Em’s footsteps, for sure! #waldropjug
So far, she has been an easy baby. She wakes up once at night and usually only cries if she is hungry or tired. She started sucking her thumb last week, and since that time, life with her has gotten even easier. During the day, she usually stays awake for 40-60 minutes at a time, and then naps for 2 hours afterwards. She puts herself to sleep, which is awesome. She’s taking about 3-4 ounces at each feeding. Harp and Em were super chunky by this age, but since Mae is so long, she doesn’t have very many rolls. She may be my first nonchunky baby. I’m going to have to feed her grease or something to change this 😉
She’s very smiley and talkative. I think she’ll be an early talker, just like her big sister. She’s already trying to copy and mimic the noises we make when we talk to her – that’s something Em started doing at about two months of age as well. She likes her playmat and has figured out how to roll over onto her side. She has also made the connection that if she kicks the poles on the mat, the toys will move around in the air, so there’s lots of kicking and flailing about from her when she’s on it.
She’s is an absolute joy. I can’t wait to see what kind of personality she will have. So far, she looks a lot like Em, but she acts just like Harp did at this age. I guess only time will tell us who she really is ❤