Sunday, September 18, 2016

A wedding celebration for Lucie and Michael

A little over a month ago when Emilia was a mere 3 weeks old, we attended a wedding celebration for our family friends Lucie and Michael. They have actually been married for 10 years but had never had a Church blessing so they decided to celebrate their 10 year by having a celebration. We weren't sure if we were going to make it but since I had an awesome birth and delivery and was feeling pretty good, we decided to go. I am so glad we went because we had an awesome time.

Before we left the house we of course took a picture :). First outing 3 weeks after having our baby girl, we were only gone for 4 hours but it felt great to get dressed up and be adults for a bit.
Car selfies are always in order though hubby is never into them :). I was totally feeling myself with my red on :)

The details of the wedding were absolutely beautiful. The colors, the decorations and all the little touches were so nice. The lighting was not the best so the pictures don't do the wedding any justice but it was beautiful.

My mom was the maid of honor and my brothers were also invited to the party. It is always so nice to party with my peeps
My brother and his wife
Hanging out with my brother J
First dance :) :)
The beautiful couple in their African attire. I love the style they picked
Hanging out with my mom and my brothers
Mother and daughter :) :)
Hanging out with the groom at the end of the night
We had a great time celebrating Lucie and Michael. I am so happy that we were able to make it out to celebrate their special day, thank goodness for electric breast pumps. I love weddings particularly when they are family weddings.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Emilia is 2 months

My baby girl turned 2 months old last Friday. It was another super fast month in our household. Emilia is now awake more and interacting with us. She now smiles on demand and we have so much fun making faces at her to get her to smile. She is also starting to have rolls all over her body and I am loving it. Her cheeks are so full just like her brothers were, we really only make one kind of child :).

I took a few pictures to celebrate her 2nd month of life and she was a total ham. She now smiles on demand and it is the cutest thing. I mean look at this beautiful happy baby smiling away :)

Emilia continues to be a great nurser and is growing like a weed just like her big brothers did before her. I am blessed with kids who are good on the boob and feed really well until of course they become toddlers. She was a beautiful 12lbs 11ozand 25in at her 2-month appointment. She almost doubled her birth weight and we are super proud of her

Half of her weight is in her cheeks I tell you :)

She is still not the best sleeper but we are getting a few more hours now. I gave in and took her to bed with me and we've been sleeping much longer stretches. I am such a happier more awake person since we made this move a few weeks ago, cospleeping works for us. I love sleeping next to this sweet face
When I took the pictures, Jbird and Bean were my assistant :). Every time Emilia made a sound they rushed to her to give her a kiss. I mean, how awesome are these big brothers. They melt my heart everyday with how sweet they are with our baby girl

This girl is so loved
We started tummy time and she was not loving it at first. We've turned it into a family affair and it's been better. The boys get on on the floor with her and pretend they are doing tummy time :).

On another note, we got her a pink mat for tummy time :). I am loving all the pink that has entered our house. Look at her holding her head up, those cheeks are really weighing her down :)
Check out Emilia watching Tennis with her daddy
Check her out hanging out with her big brother Tman
Love my people and the fact that baby girl is getting big enough to hang with us more
This girl looks exactly like her brothers did at this age I tell you. Without the bows and the girly stuff, she is like any of my boys. We really only make one kind of child and they are so beautiful :)
The second month was another one for the books. Baby girl is growing on target and we are so thankful for that. She is more awake everyday and wants to hang out with us more. We love every milestone that this girl is reaching and we are just so happy to have her here with us. Maternity leave is going really well and I am loving every moment I get to spend with my youngest babies. Happy 2 months baby girl, we love you to the moon and back.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fun in the Summertime - the Labor Day edition

We had such a great weekend celebration for Labor Day this year. On Saturday and Sunday we hung out at home with our cousins visiting from England and it was glorious. On Monday, we took the boys to a local Labor Day carnival and they had a ball. We were a bit nervous about taking all he kids out by ourselves but I am so glad we did because they had a ball and the outing was a great success.

You guys, 4 kids is hard work and taking those said 4 kids anywhere is like herding cats. This was the first time we took all 4 kids anywhere by ourselves. It always takes over an hour just to get ready and getting in and out of the car is like pulling teeth. I know it will get better and frankly I am a glass full kind of person so I will always focus on the positive of any situation but man, managing 4 young kids is a daunting task. I am glad that I have an awesome partner who does not get fazed :). We got this 4 kids business, can't wait to have a great routine going.

Before we left for the carnival, we bribed our biggest boy Tman and told him that if we had any issues we would leave right away but if everything went well they would all be getting cotton candy :). You guys, a promise of candy is always a sure bet; my kids might not have any teeth left in a few years but we will survive these hard years.

 Tman was so well behaved which translated into his brothers being well behaved too, bribery works every time. The boys had a ball while Emilia slept the entire time.

We of course got a family picture as soon as we got there. I love my family and I am excited for all the adventures that await us
We let the boys choose the activities they wanted to do and frankly they wanted to do everything :). We started with the throwing dart game. Bean was too young for this plus he has no aim so Tman and Jbird took care of business
Check out hubby helping Jbird

After throwing darts, we went for a few rides. The boys got on this awesome car ride where all 3 could fit in one row. They loved it so much they did it twice

Hubby was in charge of the boys while I managed Emilia

My boys were so happy

After that ride, we found a carousel ride and Tman and Jbird couldn't wait to get on it. Bean had to sit this one out because we didn't have enough hands but he didn't mind
Check out our baby girl sleeping away in the baby bjorn. This girl can sleep for hours if I am holding her but try putting her in her bassinet and it's another story :)
After the rides we walked around the place to see what else was there. Jbird asked to throw baseballs at the bottles. We didn't think he could do it but he sure surprised us.

Then the boys wanted to shoot water guns. We didn't think they would have great aim but after a few practice rounds, Tman was a pro. Jbird still needed help so hubby stepped in to help him
The race was intense :)
Tman giving tips to his brother
Bean asked to join his big brothers and we let him. He had so much fun with it with hubby's help. Check out Tman's happy smile, Jbird strong hold on the gun and Bean trying to get out of the stroller to join the crew. My boys are hilarious
 I love this picture of the boys getting ready for their race
After we were done racing, we then went back for more rides. Jbird did one by himself and absolutely loved it. I was nervous that he might not do so well alone but again, he totally surprised us.
My happy Jbird on his bike ride
 Then Tman decided to join him

Poor Bean was too small for that ride so we went back to the ride with the car but Bean decided that he was done. We let Tman and Jbird ride it and knew it was time to leave before any meltdown occurred
The boys did so well at the carnival, not a single meltdown. It was 2 hours of total fun in the sun at the carnival and for that we kept our promise and rewarded them with cotton candy of course.

Hubby with his boys enjoying their cotton candy
Me and all of my babies
As soon as we got home, we took a well deserved and absolutely glorious 2-hour nap. Our day out at the carnival was such a great success. I am excited for many more fun days with my crew and even more excited for our baby girl yo join in on the fun.