13 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

Two days before you turned 13 months old, on Sunday May 22nd, a massive EF-5 tornado ripped through a the neighboring town of Joplin, Mo. That night your dad and I were watching the news and knew a tornado was on the ground, but no one could have predicted the devastation that this storm produced. It directly hit a hospital and ripped through 6 miles of homes and businesses. Even with a 26 minute warning these people had no chance. Stories poured in of people missing, including a story about a 16 month old boy named Skyuler Logsdon who was ripped from his mother’s arms. This story has haunted me since the second I learned that this little boy was missing. I prayed and prayed for the safe recovery of baby Skyuler, but sadly he was found not far from where his mother was found. His mother is in the hospital and will never hold her baby boy in her arms again. I think about how his mother laid in a hospital bed for days, not knowing where her baby was or if he was ok. I cannot imagine the sadness this mother is feeling over the loss of her son.
Emery Jack we are so very blessed to have you in our life. You are the light in our eyes. I thank God every day that I was picked to be your mommy, and I know you’re daddy feels the same way. You are the most precious little boy, full of life, you’re personality is shining through and it is brilliant. You’ve started dancing when we sing to you and you’re favorite thing right now is wrestling with daddy. (You love to carry around baby spoons, and if you ever figure out how to use utensils as weapons you’re dad and I are in trouble!)
This week we toured some schools for you to attend when we go back to work in August and when we looked at the room that you’d be in you went straight to the other babies and started playing and didn’t even look back at us to see if we were still around. It made me feel good that you felt secure and were able to go off on your own, but in the back of my head I was so sad that you were growing up so fast.
You’ve started sleeping a little longer during the nights, and even when you do wake up and I’m exhausted, I thank God that I have a baby to wake up for. I cherish every moment I have with you Emery, because any moment could be our last.
I love you to the MOON and back!
Love,
Mommy
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The Birthday Party!

Dear Emery Jack,

One week after your birthday, we celebrated with your birthday party on April 30th, 2011! There were lots of friends and family and we had so much fun. Originally we were supposed to have your birthday at the park so we could play outside and take rides in the wagon you love so much, but it looked like it was going to rain so we decided last minute to have it at home. Here are some photos of your birthday party and yes, I made all of the birthday treats myself!
Love,
Mommy
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Happy Birthday to my 1 year old!

Dear Emery Jack,

Picture first thing in the morning on your birthday!

Once again it’s late, but I didn’t want to take any time out on your birthday to sit and write anything down. I wanted to spend as much time with you soaking up the moment. Everything goes by so quickly and I cannot believe that my little baby is now a toddler! Happy Birthday to you my little munchkin, Mommy and Daddy LOVE you SO very much!

I cannot even begin to explain all of the changes that you’ve gone through over the past couple of days let alone an entire month. We’ll start by saying you now have 4 teeth!! I really wasn’t sure you would have any teeth by your first birthday, but now you have two on top and two on bottom! Did I mention that they work? 🙂 You haven’t gotten really bold with them yet, but you have clamped down on me a couple of times. (No hard feelings)
Sweetest little smile EVER!

They are the cutest teeth I’ve ever seen and every time you crack your smile they just shine 🙂 Although, I can see an orthodontist in your future. 🙁

You have been such a ham lately and talk and talk like you’re really trying to tell us something important. We’ll say something and you’ll respond and raise your little eyebrows, I have conversations with you all day long.
My amazing boy!

You now get to sit front facing in the car and you LOVE IT! You zone out watching the other cars, or the windshield wipers since it’s been raining nonstop for over a week. We were going to go to the zoo for your birthday, which was on Easter this year, but we were rained out and instead stayed home and had a mini celebration before the part on this coming Saturday.

Your Nanna, Papa, Giddy, Grandma Cookie, Papaw, and Uncle Jake were there and so were your cousins Maggie and Macee. You played and played, you love to follow Maggie and Macee around and I’m sure it has nothing to do with the giant lollipops they kept sticking in your mouth that they got from the Easter Bunny.

You also got your haircut and look so different. You look like a big kid now, no more wispy hair sticking out from under your hat. You have grown so much and it makes me feel slightly out of breath, because I know that all of our snuggles, and the fact that if anything happens to you , you come straight to mommy are not going to be like this for a whole lot longer. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Soon there will be huge changes in all of our lives, because I just got a job teaching third graders at an elementary school close by. We have all of the summer to pal around and as soon as August comes Mom and Dad go to work and you will be going to daycare for the first time in your tiny life. My heart is breaking. I am so thrilled to get to go back to teaching and get back into the swing of things, but it is very overshadowed by the thought of someone getting to spend more time with you than I do and that thought hurts my heart. I hope you know how much your mommy and daddy love you and that me going back to work is the best thing in the long run for all three of us.

Emery Jack, I love you to the MOON and back!
Love,
Mommy
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11 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

Look, I’m actually on time and given the past couple of days we’ve had this is a MIRACLE! You’ve been really working on getting some teeth and this has caused some sleeping “issues”. Needless to say, you haven’t been sleeping through the night. Whoever coined the phrase, “Sleeping like a baby” to mean that you slept very peaceful should be shot. 🙂
I cannot even begin to tell you all of the accomplishments that you’ve made this past month. We have seen you grow so much and we are so very proud of you.
You’ve learned to clap. You’re sweet little chubby hands are so cute, you were sitting on the floor watching Sesame Street and something made you excited and you just started clapping. Yes, you missed a few times and almost fell over in the process, but you are a seasoned pro at this now!
You also had your first SLEEP ALL NIGHT! I was SO excited! Of course I didn’t sleep all night, I kept waking up at your normal hours wondering what you were doing in there… You slept from 10 that night to 9 a.m the following morning. I should have known it was too good to last because that was your first and only time you’ve slept through the night.
Another HUGE deal was walking this month! You started by taking small steps away from the couch and then falling down, then it turned into walking from couch to couch, then you started walking to people, then just the other night you were playing in your room and your dad and I were in the living room all of a sudden HERE YOU CAME! You walked out of the bedroom and into the living room like it was no big deal! Occasionally you’ll stop walking so that you can clap for yourself, it’s sort of like the chewing gum and walking…. Sometimes we can’t do both. 🙂
You had your first trip to the zoo this month with Daddy and I, you also had your first ride in the wagon. You looked like such a big boy, you LOVED the wagon! You also loved watching daddy feed the goats at the petting zoo, it was pretty silly.
Books have always fascinated you, but lately you’ve really been interested in them. You’ll sit in your room and look at all of your books, just piles and piles of books around you. A couple of nights ago you picked up a book, brought it to your dad, and sat on his lap so he could read it to you. You did the same to me last night.
This morning you crawled into my lap and just sat with me. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I make sure to be in the moment. I love the way your hair smells, the little dimples in your hands, the way your lips purse together when you’re studying something. I am the luckiest momma in the world!
I love you Emery Jack, to the Mooooooon and back!
Love,
Momma
(Pictures of your picnic to the park with mom and dad)
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10 Months.

Dear Emery Jack,

It’s crazy how the time flies! You are 10 months old now and I cannot believe that we’ve made it this far! Your dad and I always say things like, “Where did the little baby go?” It seems like only a little bit ago we were saying, “When do you think he’ll get on those knees and crawl?” Now we’re saying things like, “Emery Jack, get your fingers out of the VCR!” This is something that just recently has peaked your interest 🙂
You are a very independent baby and you want to do everything you have your mind set at. We walk with you everywhere until our backs are breaking, you have decided recently that you want to hold onto fingers and walk. EVERYWHERE! If for some reason you cannot get ahold of our hands, or if we hide them behind our backs you go into meltdown mode. You seem to be Very Dramatic. Maybe you’ll be an Actor? The other day you were so upset at me for telling you No that you cried so hard I thought you were going to throw up. You were gagging yourself in between blood curdling screams….
A couple days ago we took family pictures and had to cancel them mid-way through because you decided you didn’t want to have pictures taken right then, you wanted to sit on the photographers lap. You definitely do not know a stranger, you smile at everyone that looks your way and lift your arms up to them. I’ve had to many times tell strangers, that they need to leave you in the cart while shopping at Wal-Mart. You’re just that irresistible.
I love you.
Love,
Mommy
*Here are some of the sneek peaks before you turned into a pumpkin. 🙂
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9 Months.

Dear Emery Jack,

You’re beginning to see a pattern by now, I’m never on time with these blog posts, but that’s because I’m always trying to be on time with all the other tasks at hand. I cannot BELIEVE that you have now been out longer than you were in! Huge milestones. I dreamed of what it would be like when you reached this age and were able to interact with us, but never thought it would be as amazing as it is.
We love you more every single day!! You’ve started waving which is the sweetest thing ever. It happened at Wal-Mart with the customers, even though we had been trying and trying for weeks to get you to move that chubby little arm. 🙂
You have definitely become Mr. Independent, and throw fits if you do not get to feed yourself. I’m worried though, because you do not get much into your mouth, it’s normally all down the walls or all over the floor. Yesterday you shoved oatmeal up your nose then it shot out like an oatmeal rocket when you sneezed. You’ve also attempted to give kisses and it’s a sloppy, drooly mess, but we LOVE them.
Instead of getting scared when daddy comes around the corner playing with you, you chase daddy. You are such a silly little guy. At night when it’s close to bedtime you are the goofiest little guy and throw your arms up and fall backwards onto your back. We think you might need a helmet if this continues on, It doesn’t seem to bother you though. 🙂
You are finally able to have “graduates” baby food like corn snacks and cookies and it makes me a little sad, where is my tiny baby?
Right now daddy is making you lunch and asking you what you might want, you have such a wonderful daddy. He has been able to be home with us for two days, SNOWED IN! You’ve made it through your first REAL snow storm, the “Storm of the Century” is what they’re calling it. We’ve had so much snow, and every morning, first thing, we go to the window to see the Winter Wonderland, and you sneeze because it’s so bright. I love you.
Love,
Mama
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8 Months, a little late…

Dear Emery Jack,

As you can tell I am writing this month a little late, because once again your 8 month birthday landed on another holiday. We are playing catch up and have just begun to get you back on a normal (for us) sleep schedule.
You are becoming such a big boy and we are really starting to see that little personality shining through. You are such a silly boy, you love to play and laugh with and AT us. We would do anything in the world to make you laugh and don’t mind that we look like complete idiots.
The holidays went well. We spend the 23rd with your Nana, Papa, and Giddy Cochrane. It was so nice to see all three babies together for Christmas. You weren’t sure what to do with all the packages being thrown your direction since for the past month we had been telling you “NO” anytime you got near them. We helped you open your gifts, and it was no surprise that you were more into the wrapping paper and how it tasted, than the actual gifts themselves. You ended up with one of Macee’s Christmas gifts because when she opened it up it scared her to death and she hurled it across the room, it turns out that Rex from Toy Story 3 isn’t Macee’s cup of tea. You, on the other hand, LOVE him and smile every time you hear him roar.
Christmas Eve was spent at home watching The Godfather, ask your dad, and I may have thrown in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The old version, because it’s the best.
Christmas Morning you opened your gifts under our Christmas tree and your Dad and I laughed because what kid wouldn’t love opening clothes, shoes, socks, and books? Your grandparents had got you so many toys that we thought we would take the practical route this Christmas. *However we cannot wait for next Christmas when we definitely will have fun things under the tree for you.
After we opened your gifts we loaded you up so we could celebrate with your Nana Cookie, Papaw, and Uncle Jake. We also got to see the Jennings’ from Texas and Uncle Matt, and Uncle Daron. You got LOADS of stuff to bring home and play play play all night long.
You have just started babbling and this should probably be on your next letter, but I’m so excited about it I have to add it in. We hear Dada, baba, yaya…and you’ve even made attempts at the “Mmama” sound 🙂 I know right now you’re just trying these on for size, but I cannot wait until you know who you’re talking to. It melts my heart to see how big you’ve gotten.
And I cannot believe that you’ve almost been out as long as you were in.
I love you as big as the WORLD, and twice n’ twice as much.
Love,
Mama
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7 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

It has taken me a bit to be able to sit down and write out your seven month letter because of the holidays, and now that you’re resting quietly in your room I have found time to sit for a moment. I cannot believe the changes you have made is such a short amount of time. It amazes me every day, because I see something new.
Mom and dad went on a date night and you got to stay with your Aunt Stori for the evening. The entire night I kept getting out my phone to text and make sure you were alright, I was worried that you would wake up and notice that Mommy and Daddy were gone and you would be upset. Apparently you don’t need us as much as we need you 🙂 You did fantastic, even though you had your 6 month shots that day *4 shots* Aunt Stori said that when you got tired you just laid your head on her chest and fell asleep. Dad and I just laughed at each other, because we then realized how much you had us wrapped around your chubby little fingers. You never just go to sleep without a fight for us.
On November 13, the day after my birthday, you got up on your knees for the very first time. I remember it very clearly! You were in the bedroom with your dad because I was vacuuming, and you’ve just recently become terrified of the vacuum, and as soon as I was done I heard your dad yelling, “Come here and see this!” You’re still not crawling, but you’re attempting it! You get your knees under you and start to move your legs, but haven’t mastered the movement of the hands yet, so you go flying forward and do a belly flop.
You have also recently been sitting in a high chair at restaurants instead of the carseat, and you’ve been sitting in the front of the shopping cart. You look so tiny riding in the cart, but you just sit there smiling, because you’re becoming a big boy. 😉
You are army crawling all over the floor and you can really get going if something peaks your interest! Your favorite thing right now is the IPad. You love to look at the fish pond and make the water move and makes sounds using your hands. That’s ok with dad and I only you try and buy things, so you need to be watched very closely.
You just had your first Thanksgiving and you spent Thanksgiving day at your Grandma and Grandpa Jennings. You had your first ever table food, Mashed Potatoes. You loved it. We left that night to come home, because you have been battling a cold that turns your sweet little disposition, sour.
On Saturday we celebrated Thanksgiving at your Nana and Papa Cochrane’s house. We played Wii Fit, and Zumba danced. You got to see your Grandpa Rex recovering from his second knee replacement and you made his day by smiling.
We put up your very first Christmas Tree and it was a chore! It’s 9ft. tall and we had to stand on chairs to put up the ornaments. You seem to love it though because it’s the first thing you army crawl to in the mornings. You even pull off certain ornaments every time. A red and blue jingle bell. I’m pretty sure you’re in the holiday spirit. I cannot wait to put packages under the tree.
All my love,
Momma
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6 Months

Dear Emery Jack,

I cannot believe that this Saturday you will be 6 months old! You are growing so fast and even though I’m so excited for all the things to come, I am going to miss my tiny baby. I’ve been going through lots of pictures lately and stumbled upon some videos that we took of you when we brought you home from the hospital, I can’t even believe it’s you. You’re so tiny in the videos and almost always have your eyes closed with the hiccups.
The things you have been doing since last month is amazing. Every morning we wake up we feel like we have a new baby! Your hand coordination has become a lot better. You can find something on the floor now and grab it with success and bring it straight to your mouth. You are very fascinated by your hands and always have them in your mouth. When you get excited or think something is funny your right hand goes straight to the open mouth, I love this.
In the bathtub you like for me to pour water over your hands and you try to catch it, it’s a game we’ve grown to love.
One of the biggest accomplishments you’ve made this month is sleeping in your own room. I have to say I honestly think this was harder on me than it was on you. I would lay in bed crying when you were upset and your daddy kept telling me that it was ok and how I was a good mom, but it was very hard to believe it at that moment. It did get better though and right now you’ve been sleeping in your own bed for almost a month! When you get sleepy you hummm yourself to sleep and your daddy and I love to hear you do this.
You are really getting good at rolling all over the floor and more than once this week I have had to remove you from under your swing because you get stuck. You’ve also started sitting up without having to be held, you still need someone around because you still take the occasional nose dive, but it’s progress!
You’re eating three meals a day in your highchair now and LOVE it! All three of us sit at the table when daddy gets home and have dinner together, something that I’ve really grown to love. You’re a big fan of mac n’ cheese, you can thank me for that.
You attended your first parade on October 9th and went to a pumpkin patch. I was worried that the parade with all the noise would scare you, but you loved it. Maybe you’ll be a band nerd like your mommy? You got to pick our your first pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and I think if you could you would have brought them all home, you get this from your Nana, who bought you your first pumpkin.
I am so proud of you Emery and I cannot wait for what is in store for our family. You are such a lucky little guy, your mommy and daddy love you very very much.
Love,
Ma
(At the parade with Nana) (Your first pumpkin)
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A mother’s work is never done…

Well I hate to be lumped into that category of “the girl who tells everything she’s done from point a to z”, but….. OY!

We were gone this weekend for three days and coming home Sunday was nice, but stressful. There are so many things to be done that I walked in and went straight to work, no resting for me. I made dinner and picked up around the house then my wonderful son summoned me…
Since yesterday was so crazy Emery has been in a funk all morning and I finally got him to sleep with the vacuum cleaner, Crazy, but it works. I ordered a phone from Best Buy, but it is on back order when they said it would be shipped in 3 days. I’ve been on the phone 5 times with them today, back and forth. Right now I’m chatting online with Colby about Best Buy, and I’m also on hold with AT&T and have been for over 35 minutes now…..Oh a person, “Hello Angela!”
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