Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Aubrey!

Our sweet muffin turned 3 on March 16th. We had a fun family gathering for her. My parents and Ryan's Mom and Wayne were all there. It was so fun to have both girls in our arms that day. I had envisioned how fun that day would be when I was pregnant, but it was even better than I imagined.

Aubrey is super creative and very inquisitive. She has known her ABCs for a long time now. She also points out colors and numbers. She continues to correct us when we are driving and not going the normal route we take. I can't believe she remembers how to get places, as I STILL get lost.

Her favorite things to do are playing outside, finding snails, telling me the snails are broken (after she steps on them while my back is turned), she loves playing with bubbles, and she has mastered the computer in many ways in the past few months.

Ryan once asked me if I had let Aubrey use the laptop...she had found it closed on my nightstand, opened it, and was searching the favorites bar for the saved websites I have for her. If you haven't found or, they are great! She loves playing matching games and word games on the laptop. I am totally stunned at her abilities.

With all these vast changes, we are continuing to notice that she still has a hard time in social settings, or when there is too much noise. It really throws her for a loop emotionally. She becomes very quiet and even withdrawn around people (and kids) she knows. We press on and hope she will find a way to feel comfortable in new (and familiar) settings with time.

Amber is now 3 months old! It has been very eye-opening to see the differences in our two girls. Having another child 24/7, it becomes very apparent that they are two different personalities and we love that! Amber continues to be very chill. She doesn't like it when big sister is crying and may start crying herself at times, but for the most part she seems unbothered by all the commotion of having an very active big sis. She will sleep through just about anything and calms very quickly.

Amber's nickname is Sis. Little sis, little miss, sweet sis...etc. :) She is very smiley and loves to make eye contact and respond to people talking to her. She can be calmed with a pacifier rather quickly. She takes a while to get to full blown wailing. We have maybe heard that 5 times. She usually just cries out in a "Hey, I'm over here!" kinda way. She loves sitting up with us at the dinner table on one of our laps (We have to get a softer highchair soon!).

Its been really challenging at times keeping Aubrey busy while I feed Amber, but it has been a great learning experience that I wouldn't change for anything! Let's just say I have a truckload of sympathy for moms with 2 kids, now. :) Wonder what 3 kids will bring? That's not an announcement, either!

Ryan's job is going well. I continue to admire his hardwork and dedication to his clients. I am also so grateful for all the time he spends in the Elder's Quorum Presidency. It truly blesses my life to see him serving others so willingly. Good example to me.

I am continuing to learn patience. For myself, my girls and towards others. It is a long journey for me and a very necessary one. I am so thankful for the knowledge that Heavenly Father will never give you more than you can handle. That does not mean things will be easy, but you will be strengthened to meet your challenges. Whatever they may be.

Love you all!!


Levi and Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Aubrey! Amber is adorable! Going from 1 kid to 2 is tough. Ezra is 9 months old and we are still figuring it out day by day. People tell me that the transition from 1 to 2 is way tougher than 2 to 3 kids. I guess chaos is simply chaos no matter how many more kids you add to it :) You have a beautiful family! Glad to hear see you guys are doing so well!

Jonah struggled with social issues for awhile, too. He wouldn't talk to or interact very well with kids and clammed up completely if any adult talked to him. As he has grown, it has gotten easier. He's not quite a social butterfly, but his skills are improving as I get him out socializing more. Perhaps it's because they are first children; without any other kids in the house, I think it takes longer to learn how to socialize and be around other kids. Just a thought!

Cadle Clan said...

Happy Birthday, Aubrey!!!