Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Whoo Hoo, a white Christmas.  I'm not sure why that always seems so exciting, but Liberty was thrilled.  On Christmas Eve my camera decided to stop working!  Thankfully I was able to pull some pics off my video camera.  This year we decided to keep things simple and Liberty only got a few presents.  Since she was only getting a few, I chose them very carefully.  Her "big" gift was a child-size cot.  She absolutely loved it!  Since all four of us sleep in the same room, it is quite crowded.  Liberty has been sleeping on a regular sized cot that took up a ton of room.  When Scott saw this on QVC a few weeks before Christmas I knew I had to get is for her!

The sleeping bag snaps to the cot so it doesn't slip off

Emory enjoying Liberty's cot

Another important part of Liberty's gifts were Barbie accessories.  She is very much into her Barbies right now and she needed new clothes as well as more Ken dolls or "Boy Barbies."  In the above picture you can see that Emory is playing with Liberty's new Ken doll or "John" as she has named him.  The pink tux is also new because her Ken doll did not have proper wedding attire :).

The final gift was a set of Lincoln logs.  Liberty loved these so much that after Christmas Scott and I decided to buy her another set.  She now has the Winter Woodland and the Frontier  Junction sets.  My dad got on eBay to see if we could find more and we stumbled on sets that have hundreds of pieces.  That's next on the list!  Soon she will be able to build an entire Lincoln Log city!

Lincoln logs

Emory only got one gift from us to open on Christmas day.  It was a shopping cart/highchair cover.  She really like playing with all of Liberty wrapping paper!  Plus, I was super excited that she was able to sit up by herself to open presents.  What a big girl!

Scott and I usually decide beforehand how many gifts we are going to get one another or at least decide on a price limit.  This year he refused to even hint at how much money he was spending or how many there would be.  He gave me at $50 limit for him and told me he wanted at least 5 gifts.  My gift arrived in the mail a few days before Christmas.  When Scott got home he was so excited that he let me open it immediately.  It was a Kindle!!!!  Needless to say, he broke all the rules this year and I am super excited about it.  I downloaded my first book, "My Life in France by Julia Child, right away.  I won't bother going into details about Scott's gifts because they were significantly less exciting than my Kindle. 

The girls watching Scott open one of his presents.  Liberty was just as excited to watch him open presents as she was about opening hers.

On the Monday after Christmas, my parents and my sister's family came to our house from Texas to do our extended family Christmas. It was a blast for Liberty to get to do the whole present thing all over again.  My parents, of course, overdid it and brought a ton of gifts!

Look at all those presents!

One of Liberty's big gifts from her Nana and Papa was a huge "walking doll."  She comes up to Liberty's shoulder and Liberty has named her Isabella.

Emory and her cousing Hannah (6 weeks)

We have had an absolute blast.  I baked tons and ate way too many sweets.  Even though the holidays are so fun, I am definitely ready to settle back into our routine.  I am also really looking forward to 2010!

Friday, December 18, 2009

G is for Goat

Jesus died for my sins

Wow!  I am a terrible blogger.  It has been several weeks since my last post.  I'm not going to bother catching up on what we have covered the last couple of weeks, I am just going to start back up with this weeks unit wrapup.

This week we studied the letter G, Goats, and farms.  We talked about how pople used to offer animal sacrafices to the Lord for their sins.  We then talked about how Jesus came to die for our sins and now we no longer have to sacrafice animals.  I thought it was a completely fitting lesson coming into the Christmas holiday.  I'm not sure Liberty is grasping the whole concept of sin and Jesus' sacrafice, but I know she is storing these things in her heart.

We did a few fun goat and farm crafts this week.  I must admit that most of these ideas were not mine.  I found a couple of really good websites with fun farm activities.  No need to recreate what someone else has already done so well :).

One of the crafts was an animal mother and their babies book.  Liberty learned what each baby animal was called and then practiced drawing each animal.  It was really fun.  I hate to admit that I didn't know some of the baby animal names and had to look them up!  We also made a goat out of a template and toilet paper roll.  This is super easy and if you have little ones they can participate too.  Both of these websites also have tons of other farm activities for PreK and K. 

I have been really bad about getting to the library that past couple of weeks as well.  I am blaming it on the holidays, although I'm not sure that is a good excuse. Thank God for the internet!  However, we did manage to read two books.  Check them out.

Liberty is also starting to read sentences with short vowel words.  It is so exciting.  She is getting better at recognizing some of the words without having to sound them out!

I hope once we are through the Christmas season, I can get back on track and get more organized!

Liberty's Cheer Performance at Oklahoma Gold

These are the videos from Liberty's Cheer Recital last week.  I'm not completely thrilled about the song her coach chose, but Liberty looks so stinkin cute!  I haven't been thrilled with the gym we are currently at, so in January we are switching to a new gym.  I'm looking for a little more quality in the instruction.  Although, I'm not sure what Liberty will want to compete in when she is old enough, I must admit that I am steering her in the direction of cheer or powertumbling :).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I am so behind on blogging.  I am going to try to catch up over the next few days.  First on the list...Scott and I have decided to adopt.  We have been talking about it for years--ever since we found out Lilly had a genetic disease.  We never could commit and then God blessed us with Emory.  Now that we have her, Scott and I both know that we want more children.  The risk of having another sick child has weighed heavily on both of us.  Adoption eliminates the risk and allows us to grow our family.  We haven't decided whether or not we will have anymore biological children.  We both felt God led us to have Emory with some very special words of encouragement and we are open to that possibility again.  Right now we are just really excited about adopting the next member of our family.

The adoption process is very long and involved and given the extreme financial burden it could place on our family, we have decided to adopt through DHS.  The child that we adopt will be in the custody of the state of Oklahoma and all parental rights will have been terminated.  The state doesn't charge anything for adopting these kiddos but as you may know, it is very difficult to get a healthy infant.  Due to our prior experiences and the fact that we have two kids at home, we have opted not to do foster care.  This would probably speed the process up somewhat, but Scott and I both think it would be too difficult for us and for Liberty.  We would really like to get a healthy boy between the ages of 0-18 months and of any race.  This is our dream scenario, but we are obviously open other opportunities as they present themselves.

Before the state will even consider placing a child with us, there is a ton of paperwork and 27 hours of classes we have to attend.  So far, we have mailed the adoption application, background checks, and our Texas Child Abuse/Neglect registry checks.  So, the process is underway.  I hope by this time next year we will be welcoming our new little one.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

5 months olds

Wow!  This year has flown by and now Emory is 5 months old.  She is so much fun.  She is officially older than Lilly was when she first got sick.  It is a milestone I have been anxiously waiting for.  Even though she demostrates daily how different she is from her sister, I am always anxious for her to do things that Lilly couldn't do.  So, on to the things that make Emory special and wonderful.

She has recently discovered that if she puts her fingers in her mouth and blows that she can make lots of cute noises and bubbles.  She spends a great deal of the day amusing herself in this way.  She often stick her fingers, or in some cases her hands, so far into her mouth that she gags herself.  However, this doesn't seem to discourage her.

If her hands aren't in her mouth, she is diligently trying to place some other object in there.  As she gets her hands on something, it immediately gets shoved in her mouth.  Her hand/eye coordination is getting better every day.  She can usually grab whatever she is after.  She is still trying to master the art of actually holding onto things.

Emory and Hannah (her cousin)
My favorite accomplishment so far is her new ability to roll over.  I was really discouraged at her four month appointment when she was showing very few signs of wanting to roll over.  Her pediatrician told me to call her if she wasn't rolling over by 5 months because that could be an indication of a gross motor delay.  Needless to say, as 5 months drew closer I started to get a little panicky.  However, just days before the deadline, she managed to roll from her stomach to her back!  I am so proud of her.  Since we have been practicing, I actually managed to catch her rolling over for the first time on video.  (please try to ignore my very loud praises :))

My biggest problem with Emory is that there doesn't seem to be a diaper on the market that can contain her...umm...poo.  Just about every single day she has a major blowout that requires a complete change of clothing.  Unfortunately this often happens in stores and restaurants.  Scott has even began to question my ability to properly put on a diaper and has asked me to visit the website to ensure I am doing is correctly!  I guess I am going to start putting her in size 3 as soon as the 2s run out.

Emory loves Liberty.  She laughs at Liberty more than any other person.  It is so sweet.  They seem to have such a special connection.  I hope it will always be that way.

Just last week Emory got sick for the first time.  Thankfully, it isn't anything major.  It seems like an allergy.  Her has watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.  All that remains is a stuffy nose.  She never seems discouraged by the fact that she can't always breathe out of her nose.  She is such a good baby.

More miscellaneous facts...
  1. She still loves to sleep with her fuzzy blankie although she is much less fussy about it than last month
  2. She still has blue eyes
  3. She weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 pounds
  4. She has virtually no hair and what little she does have is dark blond
  5. She still smiles and laughs more than any other baby I have ever known
  6. She has discovered her feet.
  7. She is so close to being able to sit unassisted.

She is truly amazing.  Scott and I always talk about how very special she is.  I am so thankful for God's goodness and for His sweet words of encouragement.  We are so so so in love with her!

Monday, November 23, 2009

D is for Dinosaur!

"Big and small, God made them all."

Dionosuars!  How could this unit not be fun!  When we started this unit I was a little worried about how I would explain creation vs evolution to a 5 year old and I had a slight panic moment.  However, my worries were completely unfounded since it never occurs to Liberty that there is any other way for creatures to exist if God did not create them!  Since this was not an issue, I decided to avoid evolution all together.  Instead of using an encyclopedia or other mainstream science resource to study the different dinosaurs I bought a book called Dinosaurs by Design by Duane Gish.  It is SO good and there are a ton of dinosaur picutures and descriptions.  We also read What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by Jon Morris and Ken Ham.  This book focuses primarily on The Flood and creation research rather than information on individual dinosaurs.  It is also very good.

We also took a field trip to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman.  I had never been but I knew they had dinosaur exhibit.  I was really impressed.  For such a small museum, it was really well done.  The exibit included a giant Apatosaurus, the largest Pentaceratops skull on record, and a Saurophaganax.  Liberty loved it.


Apatosaurus (this picture doesn't do justice to its actual size)

Pentaceratops (Guiness Record holder for the largest dino skull ever found)

There is also a hands-on area of the museum that includes a dinosaurs dig.  Unlike the dinosaur digs that Liberty has done in the past where bones are basically thrown into a sandbox, these bones were buried in a mixture of sand and wax to create a more realistic excavation site.  This was Liberty's favorite part although she gave up pretty quickly!

Liberty digging for dinosaurs

For fun I baked the girls dinosaurs and letter D shaped cookies.  A few months ago I bought a collection of 101 cookie cutters at Wal-mart for $10!  I was really excited to get them out.  Liberty also used them with her playdoh.

There is a great dinosaur lapbook at homeschool share as well.  We added a small flip book of dinosaurs from our trip to the museum.  I also wanted Liberty to get some extra handwriting practice so I created a fun dino handwriting worksheet.

I felt like we were super busy with this unit, but it was so much fun!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Oklahoma Territorial Museum

Yesterday I took Liberty to the Oklahoma Territorial Museum to learn a little about the history of Oklahoma and to celebrate Oklahoma becoming a state on November 16, 1907.  The museum is primarily dedicated to what life was like in the Oklahoma territories before statehood.  If I had been more prepared, Liberty and I would have spent more time this week exploring Oklahoma history.  I was completely unaware of our State's birthday until a couple of days before.  I guess that will go on the calendar for next year :).  Nonetheless, we enjoyed spending the morning at the museum.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Halloween 2009

I LOVE getting the girls dressed up!  This year Liberty decided she wanted to be a cheerleader...again.  I decided to dress Emory as a cheerleader as well.  Of course, if my girls were going to be dressed as cheerleaders, they had to be cheering for OU!  Scott is a Texas fan and hates OU (I really think its primarily to get on my nerves.)  He is such a good sport though and watches all the games with me--even if he does cheer for the other team :(.  So, Liberty was dressed as an OU cheerleader, but all night she was telling everyone she was a Texas fan.  She always says "We like the Longhorns."  Its so cute I don't even mind.  Here are the pics from Storybook Forrest and the fall festival at Village Baptist.

U is for Us

God made us Wonderful!

This unit Liberty focused on the letter U.  Each week we are giving special attention to one letter while continuing to work on other reading a writing skills.  This unit took us a little longer than normal because we went to a little vacation in the middle (just one of the more brilliant things about homeschool--we can come and go as we please!)

Liberty is really getting good at reading and spelling three letter, short vowel words.  I have to admit I was blown away by how quickly she is picking it up.  I can ask her to spell just about any three letter, short vowel word and she can do it no problem.  For some reason, it is easier for her to spell words I say then for her to read them herself when they are already written down.  I know it will click soon.  During this unit I decided to make Liberty some short vowel cards she could practice with.  Each card has a picture and Liberty matches the correct word with the picture.  She loves doing these more interactive activities.

Our science topic this week was "Us."  We did a basic overview of our bodies and then focused on the five senses.  I love to do lapbooks whenever we can.  It's a great way to introduce new material and I really feel like Liberty gets more out of it because she is actually creating something in the process.  I couldn't find a lapbook I liked, so for this unit I created my own.  For my first lapbook, I thought it turned out good. 

My favorite part was adding the smells.  Liberty also thought this was really fun.  I wish I could think of a way to make the smells last longer, unfortunately they fade.  Does anyone remember the scratch and sniff stickers that were so popular in the late 80s.  I had a ton when I was a kid.  I thought about using something like that, but I didn't have the slightest idea where to find them.

We read several different books for this unit.  My favorite was "The Listening Walk" by Paul Showers.  It is so good.  After reading it, Liberty wanted to go on a listening walk.  The only problem was, she wanted to do more talking than listening :).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Four Months Old

This post is a little late because we were out of town, but our Emory is four months old!  I say it every month, but I can't believe it!  Time is flying by SO fast.  She is currently at one of my favorite baby ages--the phase where they are fully becoming aware of their surroundings and developing appropriate responses.  Her little personality is really coming through now.

My favorite thing about this month is that she has started making all kinds of new sounds.  Its like she has discovered that the sounds coming out of her mouth are actually hers!  She is exploring her full range and talking up a storm.  She has also started laughing more.  I never know what is going to make her laugh, but fake sneezes seem to be a consistent favorite!  This video of her talking is too cute (if you are reading this on facebook, you have to go to my blog to see it--too cute!)

She is still waking up at least once a night to eat, depending on what time I feed her before we go to bed.  She is now able to go 8 hours without eating, although she rarely does :).  Our chunky monkey now weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 pounds.  I will know for sure on Monday when I take her for her 4 month WCC.

In between feeding she is sleeping fairly well.  She no longer needs to be swaddled.  However, she has developed quite an attachment to her pink and white blankie.  She thinks she needs it to both take naps and sleep at night.  She grabs it with both of her hands and rubs it on her little face until she falls asleep.  It is possibly the most adorable thing I have ever seen.  The only problem she seems to have sleeping is when her binkie falls out of her mouth.  Sometimes it doesn't bother her and other times it wakes her up and I have to give it back to her.  Its really annoying when it happens.

Until yesterday she has shown no interest in rolling over.  However, yesterday she started rolling onto her side, so I expect she will be rolling over in the next few weeks.  I also learned yesterday that I can no longer leave her unattened on the furniture.  Even though she is not rolling over, she is strong enough to kick herself to the edge of the couch and push herself off.  Or, in this particular instance, do a complete backflip and land on her face!

She doesn't appear to be getting any more hair.  It is now completely blond and virtually translucent.  You have to look closely to see that she has any at all except for this one particularly long piece that sticks straight up on top.

I have also discovered that she has very elfish-like ears.  They stick out only on the top, which make them look more enormous than they actually are.  Aparently this is genetic because her Great Great Grandfather has the exact same ears.

She is also developing better hand/eye coordination and can sometimes grab objects she sees.  This skill is still being developed and she is only successful a fraction of the time.

She is now big enough and has enough coordination and head control to play in her exersaucer and other similar toys.  She still really loves to swing.  I am going to have to find her a bigger swing since she is quickly approaching the weight limit on her infant swing.

She still likes to nurse every 3 hours or so.  I am trying to stretch that to 31/2 hours whenever possible.  She definitely isnt lacking in the calorie department.  I have decided to wait until she is 6 months to start solid foods.  So far she doesn't seem to mind :).

She still doesn't seem to mind when other people want to hold her although her Mommy is still her favorite person.  She still loves to be talked to and will smile and giggle at just about anyone.  She continues to be one of the best babies I have ever known.  She rarely cries and is so easy to please and entertain.

We are all still so captivated by her.  Liberty always whispers in Emory's ear that she loves her more than anyone else in the whole world--more than Mommy loves her and more than Daddy loves her.  We are so blessed to have her and we are all so in love with her.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Free Printables!

I have added a new link to my blog so I can share some of the material I have created for Liberty.  Just click on the links under Printables to view and print the material.  Please print all you want.  If you post any of the projects or material on your blog, please link back here so others can enjoy as well.  I will continue to add things as I create them.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

T is for Turtle

I don't quit; I persevere.

This has been my favorite unit to date.  For this unit, Liberty focused on the letter T and learned all about Turtles.  As an introduction to turtles we read the book All about Turtles by Jim Arnosky.  Then, Liberty and I put together a lapbook with tons of fun turtle facts.

Lapbooking is one of my favorite ways to introduce new information.  It gives Liberty a creative way to organize all the facts about our current unit in one place.  Plus, it can be used over and over again.  This lapbook is from Homeschool Share.  Check it out here.

Liberty's verse this week was about perseverance.  There are just some verses that she latches on to better than others and this was one of them.  Earlier this week Liberty bought a new dress and needed new shoes to match.  We shopped all day and couldn't find the perfect shoes.  At the last store I told her we would just have to try again another day.  She said, "Mom, I'm not going to give up.  I'm going to persevere!"  It was so cute.  It took me a while to convince her that I was exhuasted and we would have to "persevere" another day!

Paper plate turtle

The best part of this unit was that Liberty started reading three letter words.  We are combining short vowel sounds with the consanants we have already learned.  I am so excited about Liberty learning to read!  It is definitely one of the things I have looked forward to the most.  We also did a vowel lapbook for this unit.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Doing something right

We were in the car this weekend headed to Texas, and on the way there Scott and I got into a theological discussion on how people got into Heaven before Jesus died for our sins. I said something along the lines of "How did Abraham, Moses, and Elijah get into Heaven?" Liberty chimed in from the back seat, "Mom, Elijah went to Heaven on a chariot of fire!" I wish I could truly illustrate how she said it. It was like she was saying, "Duh, this is a stupid conversation, the answer seems pretty obvious to me--definitely a chariot of fire."

Scott and I just looked at each other and laughed. Scott said, "We must be doing something right!" We are so blessed. Liberty never fails to surprise us with her insight and maturity!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

N is for Nest

"God takes good care of me"

This unit Liberty studied the letter N.  She learned about several different types of animal homes and then we focused on Nest.  In the same way a baby bird's parents care for it while it is in the nest, God also cares for us.  We attempted to make a bird nest out of spaghetti noodles and chocolate, but it was a complete disaster!  I'm sure it would have worked fine if I had been prepared and had all the ingredients.  Rule #1--always be prepared!  Nevertheless, Liberty had fun making her own nest along with several other nest projects.

Bird nest in a tree

This week we read several books about bird nests and various other animal homes.  My favorite was "A house for hermit crab" by Eric Carle.

After reading this book, Liberty made a book of her own called "A house for..."  She thought of several different animal homes and illustrated them in this book.

She has been working so hard on her handwriting.  Even though the curriculum only has her practice once a week, I make her do at least one handwriting page a day.  She has improved SO much in just a few weeks.  This is her letter N for this week.  It's her newest letter, so she has some improving to do, however, the difference between today and Monday is significant.

I get her handwriting pages from  It's a great place to make your own handwriting worksheets.

Check out the carousel at the bottom of the page to view all the books we have read!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Liberty Can Tie Her Shoe

From Liberty Tying her shoe

Liberty has finally mastered tying her shoe. She has been working on it for months with sporadic success. Now, she finally has it down and can do it correctly each time. It isn't very pretty yet, but she will have it perfect in no time. At the end of the video she gives a shout-out to some of her family members. So funny!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slowly but surely

I can already tell I am going to have a hard time keeping up with this blog!  Liberty is continuing to love "doing school" and is really learning a lot.  Even though I raced through the first 3 weeks of lessons to move on to something more challenging, it is still a little slow for Liberty.  I am trying very hard to be patient and remember that it's not a race.  Even though Liberty knows a lot of the material we are covering now, it is still extremely valuable.

I am especially enjoying the Bible lessons.  Each week Liberty has "words to remember."  They are basically simplified Bible verses.  She is so great a remembering and understanding what these verses mean.  My absolute favorite has been this week as we have learned about the fruit of the Spirit.  She latched right on to the one about self-control.  Liberty has a problem, like a lot of young children, with self-control.  Primarily this occurs in the form of tantrums or yelling at us when she doesn't get her way.  She is now working on controlling her emotions and outbursts :).

She seems to be struggling the most with handwriting.  This is my fault, I'm sure, since I encouraged her to write at such a young age.  She has been able to write all her upper case letters for quite sometime and most of her lower case letters.  The problem is that she has her own way of forming the letters which isn't always the correct way.  She is having relearn how to correctly form the letters, which sometimes frustrates her.  I also think her handwriting is terrible, but I know it will improve with more practice.  At this point I am just trying to make sure she is not being overly sloppy!

Her favorite part of her lessons usually include any of the activities that require her to make something.  She especially loves to make books.  She recently made a book called "A Tree is Nice."  I was so impressed with her illustrations.  After she was finished with all the drawings, she told me what to write next to each picture.  It is so cute.

I am really looking forward to the day she can read.  Scott and I love reading and I hope that she will too!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Three months old

Emory continues to captivate our hearts more and more every day.  She seems to have a double portion of everthing that is good about having a baby.  God continues to show us His goodness and Emory is definitely one of His best examples :-)!

Emory's personality is beginning to emerge more and more and she is beyond the happiest little thing I have ever seen.  Her smiles abound day and night.  Her little mouth will stretch into the widest grin possible when anyone approaches to talk to her.  Sometimes I catch her smiling when no one else is around.  She is perfectly content with herself and doesn't need others around to show off her gorgeous grin--she is more than pleased with herself :).

Her most recent achievement is her giggle.  She isn't quite laughing but has the most adorable little giggle.  I never know what is going to excite her beyond a smile and into the giggle.  It's fairly random and the same activities or sounds doesn't neccessarily produce a giggle every time.  Scott and Liberty were the first to make her happy enough to giggle for the first time.  Needless to say, I am horribly jealous that I missed it! Nonetheless, I have been able to produce that sweet sound several times with various sounds and faces :).

At this point, she is still content to have just about anyone holding her.  However, she definitely prefers her mommy over everyone else.  She rarely cries except when she is tired.  If I let her get over-tired, she will throw a huge tantrum which includes her screaming this horribly high pitched scream that should only come from a child who is hurt!  Thankfully I don't have to deal with it very often because it is very difficult to hear.

When she gets tired she has started rubbing her eyes.  It is SO cute.  My other girls didn't do this.  If I give her a soft blanket, she will rub it on her face until she falls asleep.  Again, I have never had a "blanket baby" and I just love watching her comfort herself.

She still needs to be swaddled at night and will sleep between 5-7 hours at a time.  Her nightime routine is the cutest.  I take her to bed between 9-10 and swaddle her and lay her in her bassinet.  She doesn't go right to sleep, but lays awake for 10-15 minutes before finally dosing off.  It's so sweet to watch her lay there so happily before she drifts off to sleep.  She usually wakes sometime between 2-4 to eat.  After she eats, she goes right back to sleep.

She can now hold her head relatively steady for an extended period of time.  This so much fun because she can take in so much more of her surroundings.  She can also sit upright while being supported, which makes her look like such a big girl!

Her favorite thing is still her swing.  She can sit in that thing forever!  She loves to take naps in her swing, but she will also just sit there swinging while she is wide awake.  I am dreading the day when she is too heavy and that day is rapidly approaching!  She is well over 14 pounds now, though I'm not sure exactly how much she weighs.

She hasn't shown any interest in rolling over yet.  When I put her on her tummy, she cries.  When I lay her on her back, she just looks around with her little legs in the air and sucks on her fingers.  She has just recently discovered that she can intentionally put her fingers in her mouth instead of them just happening into her mouth as her arms fly wildly about.  Since this discovery, she rarely takes them out of her mouth and usually then only to pull her blanket up to her face.  Consequently, she is drooling more than ever.  I have even wondered if she is beginning to teethe because there is such and excess of drool!  Liberty got her first teeth at 4 months, so that guess may not be too far off.

To my amazement, she still hasn't lost any of her hair--not that there was much to begin with.  However, it is considerably lighter than it was when she was born.  It is now a very light brown/blond color rather than dark brown.  My guess is that it will look a lot like Liberty's hair does.

She is now is size 2 diapers.  Scott told me that keeping her in small diapers does not actually keep her small.  So, I reluctantly decided he was right and put her in a bigger size.  She has completely outgtrown most of her 0-3 clothes and is on to 3-6.  In some cases, she can fit into 6-9.  While it usually fits around her chubby little tummy, it is usually too long.  She is still rather short and fat :).  She is still eating every 3-4 hours during the day.  She is so funny because she doesn't really cry when its time to eat.  I feed her because I feel like she should eat.  Maybe I'm just not waiting until she gets hungry...

We are enjoying her so much.  She continues to amaze me with all she can do and her incredible personality.  I feel like I missed so much with my other two babies.  I don't think I was in awe of them like I am with Emory.  I obviouly know the reason for these intense feelings.  I didn't know what I was missing then.  I wish I had paid more attention with Liberty and Lilly and truly soaked up every unique detail.  We are so incredibly blessed to have Emory and we are so very much in love with her!