Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fashion Friday: Mommy's Favorite Jammies

Here they both are, wearing my favorite hot pink velvet pjs.

emma pinkkendall pink

Emma (top) is only 6 weeks old, whereas Kendall (bottom) is 13 weeks, but oh well. At least I have a photo of each of them!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Let's Talk About It: Love

One of my favorite things about Emma's age is the random acts of love I get on a daily basis. As hard as she plays, she is also quite the lover. Giving kisses and hugs comes very naturally to her. I especially love it when she gives Kendall that intense look of love where she just wants to squeeze her to death. She grits her teeth together and hugs her tight -- sometimes too tight! -- saying, "I love you so much!"

This past week, she did two things that really melted my heart:

  • I am washing dishes and she is nicely playing with her doll house and "peoples." Out of nowhere, she comes up to me and says, "Mom, you are my best friend" and gives my leg a big squeeze.

  • We are sitting at the table, finishing lunch, and she says to me, "Mommy, I love Jesus so much."

    Could I be any prouder?
  • Friday, January 25, 2008

    Fashion Friday: True Joy hearing your daughter giggle at you for the first time.


    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    Let's Talk About It Tuesday: Close Enough

    Emma blows me away daily with all that she says correctly -- she even gets her pronouns correct most of the time -- but there are some things that I refuse to correct her on, simply because I am not ready for my baby to grow up.

    A few examples...

    "Hold You!" -- Her way of asking me to hold her, although she has corrected herself a few times lately :(

    "Applepines" -- Pineapples! This one just makes me smile all day.

    "Bapes" -- Grapes. This has become a family favorite.

    "Momiter" -- Monitor. As in the one that tells us Kendall has woken up from her fifth 10-minute nap of the day.

    And then there are the times when Jeff and I just look at each other in disbelief that we are holding complete conversations with our very opinionated 2 year old.

    One example from this week...

    E: "Mommy, I want to watch TV."

    M: "You already watched Mickey Mouse this morning."

    E: "How 'bout a little bit TV?"

    M: "Why don't you sit next to Daddy and watch football?"

    E: "No, Mommy. That's not a great idea."

    Friday, January 18, 2008

    Fashion Friday: Not So Casual Friday

    My little career women... :o)


    One is definitely a happier worker than the other...



    *I made the Friday deadline with 12 minutes to spare!*

    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    Let's Talk About It...

    So my little Emma is quite the talker. No surprise there. But one of my favorite things lately is when we sit down for lunch or for a potty break and she says, "Mommy, let's talk about it."

    That is her adorable way of starting a conversation. I then say, "What do you want to talk about?" The usual responses include Noah, Adam & Eve, Mary, or Einsteins. I am then required to tell specified story with the opening phrase, "One day..."

    In honor of this cute little quirk, I think I'm going to start Let's Talk About It Tuesdays. Yes, I realize it is Thursday (and most of you won't read this until Friday), but I have been sick all week and well, I'm a little behind.

    Anyway, this will be my way of sharing (and remembering) all of the funny things Emma says as she becomes her own little person.

    Here are a few of the latest:

  • She is done with lunch and wants her fruit, but I am nursing Kendall and inform her she is going to have to wait a few minutes. She then slams her hand on the table and exclaims, "This is ridiculous!"

  • I am sad that she has peed a little bit in her pull-up diaper (a whole other story). In an effort to make me happy, she looks at me lovingly, strokes my cheek and softly says, "Happy New Year, Mommy."

  • It is a busy Saturday morning in the Bonnema home -- Emma and Kendall are both crying -- so Jeff suggests I stay upstairs and feed Kendall while he brings Emma downstairs. Emma agrees and says, "Mommy, just sit on the bed and relax, chill out, and don't talk anymore." This is word for word by the way!

    Oh yes, this is going to be fun...
  • Tuesday, January 08, 2008

    10 Weeks too fast...


    My Sweet Kendall,

    Let me start off this letter by apologizing that this letter is so very late. As a second child, I was so determined to treat you the same as Emma, but I am human. I have been trying to write something for the last 2 weeks, but being a mom of two is hard work. The good news is that Emma never got a 10 week and 4 day letter, so you can't say you aren't getting some special treatment of your own! ;)

    These last 2 months have certainly been different than expected. We had a little bit of a rough start, but that didn't seem to bother you at all. You were quite a trooper and thoroughly enjoyed every ounce of alone time with your Mommy those first 11 days. As hard as that first week and a half was, I am extremely grateful that we got to know each other in a way most moms don't ever get to know their second baby. God definitely turned a bad situation into a very good bonding time for us.

    hospital 1

    Since we've been home, you share a lot of your Mommy time with big sister Emma, but we still have our moments alone. You are the cuddler I prayed for, especially at night. There have only been a handful of nights you haven't slept with me for at least a few hours, and to be honest, I am enjoying every minute. I admit that I don't want it to go on forever -- I miss your Daddy after all! -- but for now, I know all too well how quickly you grow up. You also like your sling, which has been a lifesaver for me. It's the only way I can take care of both you and your sister!

    the girls

    Speaking of your sister, you are very accepting of her and her sometimes "rough love." Emma truly loves you so much that she doesn't understand that squeezing you as hard as possible and laying on top of you to give you a hug might hurt a little. But you tolerate it, and you always seem to smile when she is around.


    You have been smiling since you were 6 weeks old, revealing the adorable little dimple on your right cheek. I admit that I always wanted my children to have dimples, and I got one! It only makes your cute little face that much cuter! I simply have to smile at you or say your name, and your whole face lights up. This, of course, makes my face light up too!




    Already you are showing me your personality. You are VERY sensitive and have a very sad cry when you haven't been held for a while or when a noise is too loud or too harsh. I accidentally scared you once, and you cried for what felt like forever! You like to be talked to and would rather hold onto my finger than suck on a binkie. You love warm baths, and you enjoy your diaper changes a lot. I think touch might be your love language!


    Unfortunately, you have been given the same yucky tummy as your sister, so Mommy is on a pretty strict nursing diet. In addition to dairy and soy, I am also staying away from gluten, corn, egg, peanut and tomato. That leaves little to eat for now, but I'm hoping that changes as you and your tummy mature.

    You do, however, like to nurse much more than your sister ever did. Most of the time, we have nice, relaxing feedings that are pretty textbook. I am really enjoying every minute...which is why the diet is so worth it. You are so worth it!

    You also seem to have a pretty bad case of silent reflux, so you have a hard time sleeping on your back. Until your medication starts helping, you sleep in your swing or on Mommy (and sometimes Daddy). It's a good thing your sister taught me how to sleep sitting straight up!



    While you seem to be more calm than your sister in many ways, you have been rolling over since 6 weeks and have a grasp to be reckoned with. You love to use your hands, and in the past week, you seem to have discovered them. I often catch you with fists clenched tight in the air, or you are grabbing or holding on to something -- especially my hair.

    roll over

    It has been so much fun watching you develop these past few months, but it is going way too fast. I am trying to savor every moment, remembering that you will be 2 years old before I know it.

    Miss Kendall, words can't express how much I love you. You are my little sweetheart, and God has carved a very special place for you in my heart. I am more complete now that you are a part of my life.