Max & Emilia Moments (and a whole lot of rambles).
I know I know I know, it has been forever since I did a kid update!
Sometimes I get weird and feel like I’m oversharing. I mean, I obviously overshare most of my own life, but then I don’t know if I should with the kids!
At the same time, I love having these updates and rambles as my own personal diary-like memories. So here we are.
This is what’s new with the little loves of my life!
Emilia… oh my gosh. Where do I start. This little adorable chunk of love is hilarious.
I mean, she is HILARIOUS.
Yes, I know I am super bias and that she is 15 months old – so most people would not find her hilarious. But she is so funny. And the funniest thing is that SHE thinks she is so funny. I swear, she has the best, funniest personality ever. The child is 99% of the time laughing, giggling, smiling and trying to be funny.
One of the ways I can describe how funny she is? She loves to joke. I remember at this age thinking that Max was so funny, and he was. But it was different! Max is super logical, almost to the point where you try to tell him a joke and he asks you how it could happen. Ha! It’s super cute.
Emilia, however, thinks everything is super hilarious and funny herself and loves to tease.
Emilia eats EVERYTHING. It is insane. Well, I say that right now as she has been eating everything since she started eating, but this week, threw all of her cucumber, tomatoes and avocado on the floor, and last night, hid her broccoli under her diaper. I’m hoping it’s just her teeth. Ha!
Lots of you still ask what I feed her, but she just eats what we eat. She has oatmeal in the mornings, tons of blueberries and oranges, then maybe a little waffle (I love the earth’s best blueberry waffles for her!) if she’s still hungry. She adores yogurt and every fruit, peanut or almond butter toast, cheese – everything. I do tend to prep a quick lunch/dinner idea for her on Sundays, just in case we eat late or I have to feed her before Eddie gets home. This week, I prepped chickpea pasta with marinara and broccoli with parmesan. She had that tonight along with cubed avocado and then had a ton of strawberries.
She still sleeps at least 12 hours a night and it blows my mind. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I also think it’s karma since Max still doesn’t like sleep.
We stopped nursing in December, right before Christmas. Her call, not mine. While nursing was easy with her, she just never cared about it. She never nursed for comfort and didn’t even really nurse to sleep. So crazy and so different from Max. Just like with Max, when we stopped nursing, I got the grossest sickness for two weeks. It was definitely hormonal and it really mimicked the first few months of pregnancy. I still don’t know anyone personally who this has happened to, so thank god for the internet!
Emilia took a few steps in November, right around when she turned one, and then walked a bit on Max’s birthday in December. It seemed like come January, she was running. The child climbs on everything. I swear she is going to give me a heart attack. We escaped Max’s early years without a baby gate, but they are fully up in the house now!
She is just the most pleasant, easy-going, wild child, strong willed baby. She still doesn’t like to cuddle. She went through three days of insane separation anxiety at night – and even then she still didn’t cuddle! She just stood in her crib and screamed at me. She wanted me to stand in the room while she slept. We overcame it with peek-a-boo! Seriously, it works.
She is absolutely obsessed with Max. I mean, obsessed. She thinks he is the world. I’ve shared it on Instagram a few times, but seriously every.single.day she and Max push these little cars around and around the kitchen island. Every day.
Speaking of Max, trying to get a picture of a four year old is impossible. Every time we ask him to smile, he looks at us like this, or with a goofy smile, or with a funny smile. All of our pictures resemble something like this.
Max is so strong willed, stubborn, fiercely independent and crazy bright, which I swear he gets from Eddie. He is SO curious and has a memory like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
But my favorite part is that at the end of the day, he still wants me to cuddle and hold him like he is two months old. It’s amazing. Just this morning we cuddled and talked for a good 15 minutes and he loves be held, snuggled and cuddled, which I guess we can attribute to the time I basically held him for four months straight. Oops.
He’s also a four year old, so we’ve spent the majority of the last year with him negotiating, pushing boundaries and occasionally acting as a tyrant.
Mama can I have a yogurt please?
Sure, Max, here is your yogurt.
MAMA! NO! WHY ARE YOU GIVING ME YOGURT?! I DON’T LIKE YOGURT! I want toast!
In exciting news, Max has actually been in school all year. It came as a huge surprise to us and ended up being a last minute decision – like, seriously, I called the school two weeks before and asked if there was room. Eddie and I had felt so strongly on him starting school at four, doing preschool for one year then heading to kindergarten. That was our plan. He was super social and we already did different activities a few days a week.
Then in the late summer, I started to notice that… he was bored? If that makes sense. Even with stuff we’d do here and his activities, he just seemed to want to do more.
It’s been the best thing ever – we walked in the first day and he never looked back! He only goes a few hours two days a week (that’s enough for me because I kind of want to spend every waking minute with him) but he lovvvvves it. And now, next year he will know his friends for another year of preschool.
Some of his favorite things include reading tons of books, watching super monsters, the Grinch and the nightmare before Christmas (ugh!), eating pizza, building legos, painting, doing all sorts of art and doing anything and everything outside.
As I wrote a lot in the first year of Emilia’s life, the adjustment to two is still kicking my butt. Still! HAHAHA. Like am I ever going to get used to it? It’s just really hard, which I hate to say because I have it easy, and get to make my own schedule, and have friends with more kids, and don’t feel like I deserve to say it is hard. But it.is.hard.
At the same time, I am obsessed with it. I can’t believe how much I love these kids and how much I want to be with them. I very rarely feel sad about opportunities I turn down to stay with them, things I miss out on so I can spend time with them. They are the BEST.
It is basically the dream I did not know I wanted.
21 Comments on “Max & Emilia Moments (and a whole lot of rambles).”
Soooo happy you posted a baby things update!! Your kids are so delightful, and it’s been amazing as such a long-time reader and fan of yours to watch your journey as a mom :)
A Kids Update…Yay!! Thank you :)
Finally a baby update!!! It’s been too long! They are so freaking cute, I love to see how much they’ve grown. They look like they love each other so much! Also I basically started tearing up when you said it’s the dream you didn’t know you wanted.
Love these updates, always!!! You rock, Mama!
Oh that last line😭😭😭. It’s my EXACT feeling too! I didn’t know I needed it so bad❤️
Also my 2nd is 3 and she’s STILL HILARIOUS and it is the greatest pure joy I’ve ever know😂😂
Love these updates!
I am glad you are sharing about the transition from 1 to 2 kids. I love them both so much and the adjustment is kicking my butt. I appreciate hearing I am not the only one.
Same same! I had my second in October and I am like what.is.this.life? It’s not even comparable to one (at least for me). And I actually think each kid on their own isn’t that high-needs, no special circumstances here. It’s just regular hard!
My kid is 2.5 and just cracks me up all the time! My brother said that he is the funny kid in the family! He’s always saying, ‘I’m just kidding, mommy!’ LOLOL! He is also a terror and will destroy our house if we let him. We have SOOO many gates in our house! It’s ridiculous, but needed with this one! He still climbs on and under everything!
Thank you for sharing that you turn things down to spend more time with them! I feel crazy for not wanting to head out on a girl’s night because I’d rather spend it with my daughter! I know I need time with my friends, but this stage (she’s 3) is just the best and I love every minute with her! :)
Of course you can say it is hard! I have a 4 year old and a 6 month old. It for sure is hard and I always appreciate when people can say it is amazing/wonderful/joyful/exciting but also tiring and hard. It can be all the things!
I am so happy to see your little cherubs!
The hair is coming in so cute! Preschool is the best thing for them, I had dealt with my kids being bored and socializing with other kids is good. I have something funny to tell you. When Charlotte started when she was 3.
I would get calls from the teachers that she was hugging the other kids …..that’s not allowed in preschool…can you believe that? She still hags everyone …at 13!
What a nice and touching post on your kids! I felt like a proud grandma (mamie is French) for a second! They are super cute and you are obviously a super mom too. Did you ever consider taking a dog? Just poped in my mind… It’s a wonderful companion for kids. Adopting maybe? Fostering? I know, your plate is full… Keep make us part of your life, it’s like we belong to your family…
I love these updates! They’re my favorite! I have an almost 16 month old who still has very little hair so it’s reassuring to see Emilia has the same amount that my Zoe does. I’m so excited for barrettes and pigtails!
YAY! I heart these updates and check for them all the time :) Thank you for sharing! Your kids are absolutely adorable and seem like a total blast!!
insert all the heart-eye emojis!!! love love love!
I like to read your baby updates. Your daughter and my son were born on the same day in 2017. So its cool to see how our 15 month old’s compare. You are very lucky you have a good sleeper, my son will barely sleep 10 hours a night. Hello 4:40 almost every morning. I keep praying this is just a phase, he will sleep longer. ugh!. Thanks for sharing.
So I basically bawl my eyes out everytime I read your baby updates. Your daughter’s cheeks are so full and rosy and I just can’t. Those big, bright eyes! How do you get anything done!? And Max has always been one of the cutest children I’ve ever seen. We’re grateful to all that you share with your invisible internet friends but it’s cool to not do it very often as this is their lives as well. Everyone should aim to live their dreams, and I’m so happy for you! Take care!
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I’m so late seeing your kiddo’s post! Seriously ..your kids are beautiful…I laugh everytime I look at the pics of your little girl. I had twins (30 years ago!) , but I remember well the baby days and loved every minute. My little granddaughter is 15 months old too and we are wild about her and her antics. She is such a tease too and just cracks us up. As for Max, he’s a mama’s boy and my son was too. I think it’s a boy thing. I don’t know as I didn’t have any older kids to compare him to, but he was the snuggler, where my daughter was so independent, but funny as heck. Miss that part of my life now. So, yes, treasure every minute, because it is gone in a flash! Can’t believe how big Max is getting . A very handsome little man. You are doing a great job, mama. 😊
I see more of you than Eddie in Emilia, and Eddie all over Max.. Max does have the darker lashes, or so it appears, but so adorable!!! Congrats, and be darn sure you have a good supply of track shoes, youre gonna need em, with two.. I had one, and thought Id lose it!! He was SUCH a blend of his father and me..poor kid.. Congrats on two wonderful wee ones!