We just returned home from a wonderful one week trip to Texas where we celebrated Christmas with Robin’s family and introduced Foster to several good friends! Please scroll down to make sure you see all of the recent posts. I think I’m finally caught up!
Here’s a picture of Foster, our BIG 2 MONTH OLD!!!
As if we hadn’t already had a ton of fun our Texas road trip, we made one last stop in Allen, TX to play with the Rowe girls. The Rowes are also our good friends from Baylor- the other couple that we went to the Beach with last summer! They have two adorable girls: Emerson (3 years old), and Hayden (14 months.) Emma and Emerson love playing together and this time was no exception. Unfortunately, Scott had to work so we didn’t get to see him- we’ll catch him next time.
Jessica fixed an awesome lunch for us and then the girls played for about an hour before we had to get back on the road. Thanks Jessica, Emmy, and Hayden for hosting us for lunch- we had a great time and wish we could have stayed longer!
Jessica meeting Foster with Hayden looking on:
Emma and Emmy eating lunch:
Emma unwrapping a gift for Foster:
The girls had so much fun reading together on the couch!
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we celebrated Christmas with Robin’s side of the family on January 16th so that we could ALL be together, including our newest niece, Lylah. After meeting Lylah and having a pizza dinner, we all settled in for some gift giving. Things were SO different this year. With 3 new babies born within the last 5 months, things were slightly hectic! I have a feeling that from here on out, each year will only get crazier!
Emma posing next to our gifts- yes, we had a lot of gifts to open!
Robin posing with the Taggie blanket that his GrandMom made for Foster:
Foster posing with a few of his gifts!:
Pops and Gigi on ‘baby duty’ as we opened gifts!
Emma got a fun new game called “Puppy Bingo”- she loves to play it!
Foster sleeping on Pops… again!
Crystal and Zane- he was so sleepy by the time we got around to opening gifts:
Tommy posing with the cowboy hat that we gave Zane:
Emma opening her very cool digital camera from Pops and Gigi- now she can take pictures like mommy!:
Zane posing in his cowboy hat:
Robin, Craig, and Foster:
Christmas with 3 young babies was SO exhausting. This pictures speaks for itself. Busted Robin!
Our newest niece, Lylah Belle, was born on January 6th with a full head of the most beautiful auburn red hair you’ve ever seen. I didn’t get a picture of Craig, Fallon, and Lylah together but here are a few of Lylah!
Lylah loved gazing at her Uncle Robin:
Gigi and Lylah:
Pops and Lylah- notice she is asleep on his shoulder:
Crystal, Gigi, Lylah, Robin, and Emma:
All 4 cousins from youngest to oldest: Lylah (10 days), Foster (2 months), Zane (4 1/2 months), and Emma (3 years):
Lylah and Foster:
Lylah is already beating up on the boys!
It is safe to say that Pops and Gigis’ “Cups Overfloweth!”
On our way to Dripping Springs we made a quick pit stop in Waco to see our good friends, the Kreys. (Disclaimer: to my other good friends in Waco (Kylie and Meg), please know that I would have loved to have been able to see you all and your beautiful babies too, but we had such a short amount of time, it just wasn’t possible. We do plan to come to Homecoming this year and I would LOVE to see you all!!!)
Conner and Robin have been best friends since forever ago and Kathy and I became good friends in college. Since marriage, we have taken several very fun vacations together including a ski trip to Colorado, a trip to New York, and our most recent beach trip to Galveston.
Conner and Kathy have the most precious twin boys, Oliver and Elliott, who are 3 1/2 year old. They are so adorable and were so sweet to Emma. They even let her play with their cars.
By the way, Kathy is a super talented photographer. She took the beach pictures that play on the slideshow at the top of our blog. She recently started a photography business in the Waco , Austin, and DFW areas. Please visit her site here to see her work. I highly recommend her.
Conner and Foster:
Elliott kissing Foster:
Oliver, Emma, and Elliott:
Adding Foster to the picture…
Robin and Conner exchanging a ‘dap’:
We just returned from a week long trip to Texas for our Christmas with the Curry side of the family… we definitely win the record for celebrating Christmas the farthest away from December 25th… only 3 weeks late! BUT, we have a very good excuse. We were waiting for Robin’s brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Fallon, to have their baby girl.
So, we started the trip by traveling to Arlington to stay with his parents for a couple of nights before traveling to Dripping Springs, TX (outside of Austin) where Craig and Fallon just moved.
Foster in his carseat. He was a really good traveler- he slept most of the trip. I sat in the back seat between Emma and Foster because I wanted to be available if Foster needed me. Emma and I ended up having a great time reading books and playing stickers.
Pops has the ‘magic touch’ with all of the grandchildren. After holding them for about 2 minutes on his shoulder, they fall into a deep deep sleep!
3 of the grandkids: Foster, Zane, and Emma
Foster and Zane
I’m not sure what Foster and Zane are doing here during tummy time but it looks like they are arm wrestling!
Foster was really fussy on this trip. Within the past couple of weeks, I think he’s developed reflux. :( He cries a lot after feedings and does not like to be laid down at all. Pops and Gigi were very helpful and calming fussy Foster.
Here is Gigi giving Foster a sweet kiss.
Robin, Pops, and Gigi gazing at Foster
Tommy and Emma making brownies- he’s such a fun uncle!
Foster has really started to enjoy bath time which makes it more fun for me too! He loves the feel of the water on his body and he just coos and smiles through the entire bath. Yes, I sometimes give him baths in the sink, it’s just so convenient for now while he still fits. :) Here are a few pictures from bath time last week.
The best part of the bath is at the end when I get to wrap him up in a towel and snuggle. I’m totally busted here… I occasionally use one of Emma’s pink baby towels to dry him off. I just grab whatever is clean. Poor guy.
When I tell people that Emma is dramatic, they seem very confused. Apparently, Emma is only dramatic at home with her mommy and daddy. :)
So… just to show you all a taste of what we see, here are a few pictures from a couple of weeks ago at dinner time when we were requiring her to eat just “two more bites.”
Daddy had just said to her, “Don’t smile Emma, whatever you do, DON’T smile.”
Is this the cutest pouty face you’ve ever seen or what?
It is really uncanny how much Foster reminds me of Emma. Sometimes I look at him and think that he IS Emma. Robin agrees with me. From the minute Foster was born Robin and I both said that they were spitting images of each other. Some friends and family members don’t see it though. Here are a few pictures for comparison. I had difficulty finding exact poses which would make it easier to see. Can you tell who is who??? Of course, you might be able to tell by the clothes they are wearing or the bow in their hair! Putting these pictures side by side helped me realize their differences. They have different shaped heads and one had more hair than the other. :)
Foster at 1 day old: Emma at 1 day old:
Foster smiling with tongue out: Emma smiling with tongue sticking out:
Foster sleeping with left arm up: Emma sleeping with left arm up:
Foster at 6 weeks: Emma at 6 weeks:
What do you think???
I’m not sure how some moms survive the laundry piles with more than two kids!??? I seem to be drowning in laundry with only two kids! In this picture below, Foster is literally drowning laundry. (Can you find him behind the clothes???) Don’t worry, he wasn’t harmed in this picture. I like to sing to him and smile at him while I fold the laundry. It’s some special bonding time.
Foster has really started smiling and cooing this past week. I am eating it up! He sticks his tongue out just like Emma used to do!