One Year of Miss Everly

July 30, 2013 | 7:10am | 9lbs 1oz | 21 inches long

One year ago today, I became a Mommy of two. I will never forgot putting Maxton to bed, the night before my C-section. Overcome with tears as I closed his bedroom door, knowing the next time I saw him, our lives would be so much different, in an incredible way. Wondering if I would be bringing him home a little brother, or a little sister. Wondering if my heart would be able to love another child the same way I loved Maxton, and how there would be room in my heart for this to happen.

Let me tell you, as I lay on the operating table, listening to my OB walk me through the surgery, listening to her every word waiting to meet that little person “I see big shoulders and big cheeks. Here we go…It’s a…girl!” As she held her up for me to see, my heart swelled and I was overcome with love for my daughter.

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That beautiful little chubby face. I couldn’t wait for Maxton to meet her. Even though he had no idea what it would really mean to have a baby sister, I knew he would love her just as much.

In the past year…

– You have made us a family of four

– You have given your big brother a forever-friend

– You have put a strain on our bank account with all of the cute clothing and accessories out there :p

– You have made us laugh every day

– You have shown me that it is possible to survive an entire year, without sleeping through the night once

One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

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Ten Months

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Eleven Months

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Twelve Months

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It’s amazing how much a child grows and changes before your eyes in their first year…Here’s a couple more from today.

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I have so much more to share with you. We had her Birthday Party, or should I say, “Tea Party” this past weekend, and we did her cake smash today. Stay tuned for those!

At twelve months…

– She is just shy of 24 pounds, and is 30 inches tall

– She is crawling, cruising along furniture, and can stand on her own. Just waiting for her to take her first few steps!

– She can say Mama, Dada, Bah (ball), Beebee (baby), Na-na (banana), no-no (obviously no, no), fan & isat (what’s that). She also babbles a lot in between!

– She loves to get into whatever her big brother is doing, she loves bubble guppies, all of her dolls, and the little kitchen

– She still does not sleep through the night

– She loves scrambled eggs, mortadella and raspberries

– She has eight teeth, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I saw a molar any day now

– She likes to wave, play peek-a-boo, dance, blow kisses, clap and point

– She loves animals and goes crazy when a commercial with a dog or cat comes on

– I am squeezing her into the few size four diapers we have left

Oh sweet girl, where did the time go…You are growing up so quickly, if only I could slow time.

We love you so much!

Happy 1st Birthday, Everly! xo

Strawberry Jam Anyone?

A couple of weeks ago we took the kids strawberry picking. In previous years, we seemed to miss the picking window for them, but paid more attention this year. Maxton had a blast picking; and by picking I mean eating. There was a lot of: “Mama, this looks like a good one.” as he popped it in his mouth.

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There are so many things to do with fresh strawberries. We saved a bunch for the kids to eat, and I decided to turn the rest into strawberry jam. I searched Pinterest to find a decent recipe, and came across one from Intimate Weddings. It’s a fantastic recipe and the jam turned out A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Ingredients

Mason Jars & Lids

6.5 cups of strawberries

3 cups of white sugar

1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice

1. Boil your mason jars and lids in a large pot. Keep them in the pot on low heat until they are needed.

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2. Pour strawberries into large pot on medium-low heat. Mash strawberries until desired consistency is reached, and allow them to simmer. (I like having a few good-sized chunks of strawberries in my jam.)

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3. Stir in your sugar and lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice through a strainer before adding it to the pot. Bring to a boil.

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4. Stir the jam often while skimming the foam off of the top. I alternated stirring and skimming every few minutes. Boil for approximately 30-40min (My first batch came out thicker and was closer to 40min. Be sure to not over-thicken.), or until desired consistency is reached.

5. Remove jars from boiling water and fill jar to marking below the top of the jar. Do not overfill or under fill or they will not seal properly. Ensure the lids are on securely! Place back into pot of boiling water to seal jars. 10-15 min will do it, make sure lids are covered by at least one inch of water.

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Mmm! We are already on our second jar of jam over here.

Next up: raspberry jam!

Eleven Months of Everly

Here we are, one month away from her first birthday (July 30). I have no idea how that happened – but I am very emotional these days when thinking about it. It feels like I was just changing this tiny little baby, and now I have to pin her down to change her diaper and dress her…

It feels as though she has grown and changed the most in the past month. She is becoming a little person with her voice, actions, movements and everything in between.

– She walks around the ottoman or table, and has even let go for a few seconds before falling on her bum.

– She has eight teeth and is working on a couple of molars. I haven’t checked in the last few days, so one may have already broken gum.

– She says Mama and Dada, “ma” for Maxton, “bah” for ball, “fan” obviously for fan, and will say “beebee” for her new baby doll. There is also a lot of babbling in between. “Dobi dobi”, “dis”, “da” “gah” (that was Maxton’s favourite for a LONG time. You can read about that here), etc. Sometimes she needs to shout to make sure she is heard over her ever-so-vocal big brother.

– She loves to climb the stairs

– She can wave and clap on demand, and when we say “How big is Everly?”, she reaches her arms up over her head “soooo big”, we say.

– She loves to crawl around and get into whatever Maxton is doing – which often results in a lot of “No Ethovey, that’s mine!” *push*

– She dances from side to side and shakes her head when you ask her to dance – it’s very cute.

– She LOVES her baby, lamb (lambie) and any stuffed animal. She squeezes them tight until she starts to shake. So adorable.

– The whole sleep training thing was a disaster – the technique we used for Maxton didn’t work on her because 1. She is a human firecracker 2. He was only six months, and therefore not as wise at that age.  She is slightly better – a good night I’m only up twice in a 11-12 hour period; last night was four times. She has never once in her entire life slept 10 + hours straight (fun fact for all of you who think getting up once a night is a pain in the butt). She still naps twice a day.

– She is quite the little chubster, and I am trying to use up the size four diapers I have left

– She is obsessed with the movie Frozen, and the TV show Bubble Guppies – she LOVES both (thanks to Maxton’s obsession with them). She will even take the convertor (remote) and point it to the TV. I imagine she is asking for us to put one of the two on. How quickly they pick up on things, and at such a young age…

– She loves other babies and animals. She starts chirping and yelling whenever she sees either

So here is my little cupcake at eleven months…

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I could just eat her up.

I am in the middle of planning her first birthday party, and will be posting along the way.

Happy 11 Months, Everly. xo