Emelyn – 15 Months Old

Our baby girl is 15 months old, wow …

She’s such an independent, strong-willed, stubborn, determined, smart, dramatic, precious little girl.

At 15 months old, she still nurses quite often, we have no plans to stop in the next few months, though I do plan to have her weaned by age 2.  Neither of us are ready to give it up yet :-)  She is slowly beginning to eat more and more table food.  I give her 3 meals a day but its difficult to get her to eat because she refuses to let us feed her, so every meal I have to figure out how to give it to her by either cutting it up into tiny pieces or finding something else she can eat herself.  She actually does pretty well with a fork, too.

She’s still not talking much, but understands a ton and communicates in her own way.  She says “mama” and “dada” but everything else is just pointing or other gestures (she rubs her tummy when she wants to bathe or gets a bowl out when she wants a snack).  She understands almost everything you ask her to do, though and you don’t even have to simplify it.  She loves to clean up and help.  The other day at my moms, when she was finished eating, she picked up her plate and carried it to the sink, trying to reach up and put it in.  Then she came back for her cup, then for Hayden’s plate and cup.

We are working on body parts and right now she points to her belly, nose, tongue and sometimes her eyes or ears.  She loves to scribble with crayons and actually holds it the right way, I was amazed when I saw her do that!  She doesn’t have much interest in toys but will sometimes sit down with a doll and play.  She likes books, especially the ones that you can touch different textures.  She’s very determined and will continue to try something until she does it.  She walks around with my car keys, trying to fit them in locks.  Unfortunately, she’s also obsessed with cords of any kind … she tries to plug usb cords into my computer, the power cord, anything she can find.  She listens pretty well, strangely enough, but she’s also extremely stubborn.  The last couple of weeks, she’s started climbing on everything and has figured out how to get on top of my desk.  She’s a daredevil and will sometimes throw herself back off the couch, expecting that someone will catch her (thankfully, we always have!)

She’s very stingy with kisses and often teases us, pretending like she’s going to give us one and turning away at the last second.  She doesn’t like to be held or cuddled unless its on her own terms.  When she does give hugs, she pats us on the back while she’s hugging us.

Just this second, she found an empty cup and brought it in to the kitchen, putting it in the sink without anyone asking her to!

So that’s Emelyn at 15 months – our sweet, stubborn, breast-feeding, non-eating, clean little-big girl!

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Black and Gold Super Bowl!!!

We had so much fun at the Saints game on Sunday.  I wasn’t originally supposed to go, Michael was going with Wade with our season tickets, but I really wanted to. Kelly and I decided to go together, so Wade found us some seats near him, just higher up.  We tailgated all afternoon before the game and had a blast.  The game was amazing, so much fun.  I lost my voice from screaming so much and of course, when we won, it was just unbelievable.  I was so glad that I was able to be at that game!  The Dome erupted and everyone was hugging and crying.  I started snapping pictures of all the people around us because it was just so emotional… you can see it on everyone’s faces.  Simply amazing!

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Houston Children’s Museum

A couple of weeks ago, Wade had to travel to Houston on business, the first time since Emelyn was born.  As we’ve done in the past, we decided to take a ride with him (I desperately wanted an Ikea trip LOL).  The first day we were there, I took the kids to the Children’s Museum, which has been remodeled since the last time we went.  This museum is amazing, its 3 floors now and has so many cool things for kids to do!  There’s an entire city area with different businesses where kids can work and earn “paychecks” and a bank to cash them and get a debit card.  Then  you can use your money in the restaurant or the grocery store … its really neat!  I can’t wait to take Hayden back when he’s a little older and can understand more of the exhibits!

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