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Entry 30 - November 15, 2010
Hectic, Busy, & Sometimes Crazy, But Loving Every Second!

FamilyWoah, time has certainly flown past since my last update. Things got a bit crazy for awhile there, settling into life as a family of four and trying to get Emma on some sort of routine. We're still working on that, but she has proven to be a bit easier in the sleep department than her brother. Will was an abysmal sleeper as a newborn and really gave me a run for my money with his sleep antics. Emma, on the other hand, started sleeping through the night at six weeks. She is a bit of a night owl, however, so it has taken some work to get her bedtime moved back before 9 PM. She also JUST started napping this last week without me holding her or waking up within 15 - 20 minutes of being set down and I had to use those precious minutes for "luxuries" like a shower or getting a load of laundry started. So I haven't had a lot of computer time, but we've certainly been busy and have had lots of fun with these past few months.

Birthday boyWill turned two back in August, which is still so hard for me to believe. His birthday was a weekend long celebration, starting with a ride on a choo choo and culminating with a family dinner and a digger cake. In the middle of that, we had a small kids birthday party, decorating cookies and going on a little kids' train ride.

EmmaSince turning two, I'd have to say that he has turned into the stereotypical toddler. He is challenging me daily with his "do it myself" and "no, no, no" attitude. We've been dealing with tantrums, hitting, and just general pushing of the limits. He also knows that I have moments (such as when I am nursing Emma) that it's harder for me to stop him from doing something, so we've been working on more ways for me to keep him entertained when I am tied to the couch.

WillDespite the occasional bouts of typical two year old shenanigans, he is still a wonderful little boy with the biggest heart. He speaks in complete sentences and can tell us exactly what he wants now. He sings entire songs and even makes up some! He knows his alphabet, can count to ten, and is starting to recognize letters. He melts my heart with his sweet kisses and hugs.

Will and EmmaEmma is a smiley baby who has just started laughing. It doesn't matter how many times a day she does it, when I hear that belly chuckle, I can't help but smile. She is still wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 and 3 month clothing. She just went through a growth spurt and was eating a ton, but her appetite is generally far less than her brother. We had a nursing strike last week, which I never experienced with Will. I was worried she was going to stop breastfeeding altogether, but things have evened out the past few days.

Life with two is definitely hectic, busy, and sometimes crazy! I don't think it has been as difficult as I was expecting, but it has still been a challenge. I am looking forward to continuing to grow and changes as family. One thing is for sure, life is never boring around here and it is filled with lots of love!

~ Katie

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