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Sunday, October 5, 2008

jammies, fruit snacks and pumpkins oh my!

I'm back! Our internet was down all last week and we've been so busy lately, so I've been a major blog slacker. Today I was able to catch up on reading everyone's blogs...I've missed hearing about what's going on in everyone's lives!! The girls are growing up fast and changing so much...here's what's new with them:

Claire will be four months old on Thursday. She really is the sweetest baby that I've ever seen. She's all smiles and giggles and loves her big sisters so much. She tries "talking" to us all of the time and Emma loves to try and decipher what she thinks Claire is saying. Last week, she started sucking her thumb which is way too cute. She's rolling over a little bit from her back to her belly. She LOVES to be on her tummy...I let her sleep on it at night because she's so cozy like that (and she sleeps for 12 hours, so I'm afraid to rock the boat!).

Madeline is in full swing of her terrible two's. As sweet and easy going as she is, she's learning to have an opinion about things and knows when she wants her way. Lately, she wants to eat fruit snacks for every meal and she only wants to wear "jammies". She throws a fit whenever I try to dress her, screaming "I wear jammiessssssssss!". So much for the loads of money I have spent at baby Gap over the years :) She wants to be just like Emma and imitates everything she does. She LOVES going to dance class...her favorite part is when they do the "pokey pokey"! I think she knows every kid's song ever created and sings constantly all day long. She is doing a good job going on the potty, but mostly only when she remembers that it will get her an M&M.

Emma, like her mommy is obsessed with holidays!! For a month now, she has been decorating our house and obsessing over Halloween. Every day she arranges the Halloween decorations in new and different ways and begs to go to the store to buy more. She's even started watching a few Martha Stewart episodes on pumpkin carving...no lie! She still can't settle on a Halloween costume..some days she wants to be Little Red Riding Hood with Daddy as the Big Bad Wolf and other days she only wants to be anything that involves the color pink. I think that she's hitting a growth spurt, because after a lifelong battle of trying to shove food down her throat she now eats 2 or 3 peanut butter sandwiches for lunch!! She's really getting a lot more grown up every day and I can tell a big difference in her emotional needs...it's like right now she's trying to figure out the world around her and she really needs to know that she is safe and secure. It's crazy to watch a person go from a little baby to a little girl and I know it's only going to get harder and harder the older she gets. When I look at her and think about the responsibility of raising her I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. I'm going to need a lot of grace to raise three girls...especially when they are all teenagers :)


Sweet Treats and Baby Feet said...

The girls are so beautiful! Claire looke like a mix of both of you...sounds like you guys are doing really well. Emma is my dream of a girly girl:) I can't wait to see what Brookie is like!

jbattjer said...

Wow Ali.. lot's going on with you! Your girls are beautiful! After having Lila I can't imagine having 2 more (although I'd love it!). It is quite a responsiblity, but you are doing a great job I'm sure!

The Neal Family said...

time for an update ali!!!!!!!!!!! :) i can't even comprehend how busy you must be. how does on juggle three girls! ah