Thursday, March 25, 2010

Elle est bavarde

Dear Blog,

Juniper gets cuter every day. True, she's been fussy, but still she's fun to be around when she's in a happy mood. And can she ever gab! There are about 30 photos on this post. Why? Because I couldn't narrow them down at all. Some are a bit grainy or blurry, but it doesn't take away from her cuteness.

And April, I posted a couple videos so you can see more of her in 'real life.'

Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock








My Favorite!



This would have been a good Olan Mills shot.



















Is she trying to make a posed cute face for the camera?

Not quite tall enough

video
She loves tagging along with Grandma



I give her naked time so she can move her legs since her diaper can be constricting and after a few minutes she scooted right off the diaper. She's starting to become mobile.


















































Good Night!

video

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Power of Prayer

Dear Blog,

The other day I had misplaced an important paper. It had been sitting on the counter top by the keys and wallets and I had seen it sitting there every day for a week. So when the day came that I needed it and couldn't find it I was unnerved. I had no recollection of moving it or touching it. Heath said he didn't touch it and he would know not to throw it away. I checked every place it could be about twenty times but soon we had to leave for the evening and I gave up the search (it was replaceable, don't worry).




About an hour after we left I was still being bothered by it. Heath could tell and suggested that we say a prayer. I responded by saying that I actually thought about doing that but felt stupid. I thought about those kids who, in the their short talks at church, say that one time they lost their toy and they prayed and found it. It's cute and all but I couldn't put that in my talk. Heath then says, "I did that once when I was a kid. I lost a stuffed animal and couldn't find it so I said a prayer. But I already knew where it was."

Huh...?????

Yeah, that's what I thought. What on earth is he talking about?

"You mean you already knew where it was. Why did you pray?"

"I wanted to see if prayer worked."

I still don't see the logic behind this one but, once again, I got a good laugh.




Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Mushy Mother Moment

Dear Blog,

I came across this video on Ohdeedoh. I thought it was going to be a tragic story that would pull at my heart strings. It isn't about a tragedy yet it pulled at me nonetheless. If you have already seen this video maybe it will be a good reminder.




I always hear people say to enjoy your baby now because they grow up so fast. I believe them so I honestly try to step back and enjoy the moment each time I find myself daydreaming about the future. Katrina (the woman in the video) wrote this so well that I feel I know exactly how she feels, though I'm only at the very beginning of motherhood. I sometimes can't believe that I am now the adult raising a family. My young life has gone by so fast and each year seems to go by faster than the last. So I can only imagine that time will continue to speed up (my previous post is a good example) and Juniper will be where I am now before I know it.

With that being said, I think I will now go watch Juniper sleep just to be sure I don't miss her teenage years.

Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock

Monday, March 15, 2010

Upgrade

Dear Blog,

I think it's time Juniper starts sleeping in a crib, don't you?



And yes, her bassinet is in our bathroom. Why not utilize the fan for white noise and complete darkness during the day?

Sincerely,
Mommy Wilcock
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Friday, March 12, 2010

A Change in the Line

Dear Blog,

No man has ever treated me as kindly as Heath and I have never felt so much love from a single person as he. I don't know how I got so lucky. One day I asked him where he learned to treat women (i.e. his wife) so well and he said from his father. Then I asked where his father learned and he said his grandpa. Heath told me that his great grandfather wasn't so kind to his wife and would yell. So his son, or Heath's grandpa, said he would never treat his wife that way and he didn't so I'm told (I think this is quite extraordinary because many times I find people that say they will never do "x" like their parents but often fall into the same path. I'm talking about ethical issues here, not just certain characteristics). Because grandpa decided to change, his son followed his example followed by Heath following his father's example. And there you have it. I have a very loving and understanding husband. And I owe it all to Grandpa Wilcock.

Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock

P.S. I realize that Heath's character is already very kind and loving but I don't think it would be at the caliber it is today if it weren't for the way he was raised.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Mystery of the Cranky Baby

Dear Blog,
The past 2 weeks, Juniper has been a bit rough. I was happy with her waking up just once a night but it has turned to 3 times a night!!! And I can't just rock her back to sleep. No, she wants to eat and get a diaper change at each waking. She's reverted back to being a newborn. shucks! Also, she's always preferred us to be standing and rocking while being held but could stand it if we were sitting. Now it's as though there a button that ticks her off as soon as our bums hit the couch.

A couple days ago, we were in the car and Juni was screaming. She was dry, fed, and just woke up from a nap. What the...! I dropped her pacifier on the ground before we left so I couldn't appease her with that. So, I just stuck in my finger. It worked as it should but she didn't want to suck, she wanted to chew.

Juniper excitedly chewing on her lower lip


These pictures actually capture that her eyes are blue!





Ooooh! She's teething......already?!? She'll attack anything that gets close enough to her mouth.




Monique, the lovely lady I lived with while in Paris, sent Juniper a cute little dress


But before we could unwrap it June pulled it in close to chew.
She had a death grip on that thing. We found it very amusing and adorable!


Yes, she's teething. And she's been quite the little pest. But all in all, knowing what the problem is makes it much easier to be patient when she's been crying all day.



She resembles me in this photo. Love her expression.



Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock

Thursday, March 4, 2010

To Judge by Book by its Cover

Dear Blog,

A few months ago, Heath and I were talking about our little collection literature and that it is probably a good indicator of what we do and are interested in. We thought anyones book collection kind of tells its own story of who they are. So, if you want to get to know us better, take a look.



Books, books, books!




If you want people to know you better then show them what you read.

Perhaps the saying is true, that you can't judge a book by its cover, but perhaps its true that you can suppose (a nicer word than judge) a person's character by their book collection.

Do you feel like you know us better?
In other news, I realized that Juniper rarely has tummy time because she doesn't enjoy it. But I must make her do it more often so she can build strength. She just grunts and screams the whole time. See below (her mouth is open, now imagine a scream coming out of it).

Aaaahh...much better



Sincerely,
Emily Wilcock
Cheese!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3 Months and Counting!

Dear Blog,

Juniper turned 3 months on March 1. Can you believe it? All I have to do is do what I just did 3 more times and she'll be one year old! Naturally, there will be variations to what I just did as she grows and develops. I'm taking an online developmental psychology class and it is fun to see what she's doing now and will do that goes along with what I'm learning. I hope I'm doing alright in raising a well attached child. I hope I find the right blend of discipline and letting her roam free. I hope my instincts lead me the right way.


A nice amateur side-by-side profile and face shot

She loves to ride on daddy's shoulders





June can now (slowly) grab for an object within her reach and she is now pulling out her pacifier. Sometimes she gets lucky and pops it back in her mouth again. She likes flying like Superman and is starting to tolerate tummy time for a bit longer. She gabs a lot and I could listen to her talk all day long. It's the best sound. If I'm waiting for a bottle to warm up and she won't stop crying we take a visit to mr. mirror where she instantly starts to smile at her reflection. Seeing her grow every day is such fun and it really doesn't get old. She is absolutely adorable!!! I love her!!!

Ready for church (I know it's blurry but I love the look she's giving)


Oh! And if you didn't know, I chopped off my hair (in January)



Sincerely,
Mommy Wilcock