Gratitude

Six Months!

October 27, 2014

My goodness is time flying!  Cal turned six months old yesterday!  What a little sweet pea this kid is.

Calvin is busier than ever.  He’s rolling all over, jumping in his jumperoo like a maniac and has discovered just how loud he can squeal!  He is so easily distracted by anything right now.  It’s like everything in the world is new and he MUST explore it right away.  It’s completely mesmerizing to watch.  Watching him explore with his eyes and his hands is so foreign to us.  It never gets old.  You can practically see his brain operating on overdrive.

So far, he’s been a great eater, which is so thrilling to us!  He always frowns after the first bite, then  grabs the spoon out of your hand to shove it in his mouth.  We haven’t found anything yet that he won’t eat.  He loves it all…apples, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, pears, carrots..you name it!  All that eating he’s doing is showing too.  His cheeks, his thighs, his belly…so much chunk to kiss on!    As much as we anticipated him being a mini-Chad, it appears our Cal is turning into a Frey.  He’s looking more like my baby pictures every day.  His hair is darkening.  His eyes are looking more like mine in color.  The cheeks are alllll me.  Chad has high hopes for a basketball career with his six month stats.  He was well over the 90% in height and weight, not that it means much but Chad just hopes Cal gets the Frey height so Chad can fulfill his hoop dreams through Cal 🙂

The last couple days he has started this fake, uncomfortable laugh that is pretty funny.  I’m not sure what it means yet, but more than likely it’s his prelude into “PICK ME UP MOM!!!”.  It was so funny at his doctor appointment today watching him act like an animal.  He was grabbing at everything..the stethoscope, the paper on the exam table, the doctor’s face, the ear-looker-thing…all of it, he wanted ASAP.  He was a complete wild man.  Elena and I were giggling at him the whole time.

Both of these kids are all smiles.  I feel so fortunate that both of our kids are happy and easy going.  Now don’t get me wrong, they both can test Mom’s patience, but for the most part it’s all squeals and giggles around our house.  Calvin is really finding his voice.  There’s lots of ahhhhhhs, dadadadadas and eeeeeeeeeeks!  He instantly grins when you look at him, showing off his two new bottom teeth.  He still loves that thumb and his feet.  His favorite right now is jumping.  He does it all.the.time.  He’s pretty close to figuring out how to crawl.  He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks.  I’d say in the next month or so he should have forward movement figured out.  He can back himself up pretty easily but it’s tough coordinating everything to move forward!

He is bringing our house a new joy every day.  All of us love the spirit he brings, even Elena.  She loves listening to him babble and often babbles (or laughs) right back.  Even Pete doesn’t mind when Cal grabs his face or pulls on his floppy ears.  Chad and I continue to delight in every new discovery, and every new change in our sweet little guy.  Gosh, we love him so!

What a happy, happy six months it’s been.

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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