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Time sure flies by because Abby is now five months old! At five months, Abby is 17 pounds, 8 ounces and is 25 ½ inches long. She continues to be in the 90th percentile in weight and is a healthy, growing baby! So one thing that happened within the past month is Abby got her first tooth! I officially recorded its arrival on March 4th and Abby plays with it constantly. She makes this funny face as she is sucking her tooth and feeling it out. I wonder what it must feel like for her – probably unusual, hence her curiosity in feeling this new object on her gum. It’s this really cute, little tooth and it looks like the one next to it will be coming soon! Luckily the tooth came out smoothly – no fever, no crankiness. I feel really lucky, especially because Emi was the same way. Let’s hope the rest of the teeth go as well!

The milestone that Emi hit at this point was rolling over and Abby has not done that yet. She can scoot herself around on her mat and be in a different position than when she first started, but Abby has not rolled yet. Hopefully it will be soon, but then again, Emi rolled just a handful of times and was over it. According to her pediatrician, it is because Abby is well-nourished. That comment made me laugh. Abby will do it soon.

Abby loves laying on the playmat and grabbing and swatting at all the objects hanging down. She continues to love the mirror and is fascinated with her own reflection. Abby’s favorite thing, though? She loves kicking her feet, especially against my hands. She thinks it is so funny and will laugh and kick harder. I still call it thunder feet and love that she laughs and smiles when she does it. Abby’s new thing is beating her arm and hand against my arm. This is her new way to signal that her diaper is dirty or if she needs to be fed. Prior to this she would either suck on my arm or rub her face on my chest. It makes me laugh when she sometimes pounds on her own chest. Abby is definitely utilizing her arms more and she is fascinated by them. Now she even likes to grip toys and enjoys examining the teether.

Super cute thing that Abby does? She sticks out her tongue. And she has perfected raising just one eyebrow.

I realize that with babies, it is all about give and take. Abby goes to sleep pretty late, anywhere between 10:30-11:30, but she either sleeps through the night or wakes up once and goes back to sleep. So I am willing to settle for that and even though I would like her to go to sleep earlier, I would not want to wake up 2-3 times a night. Yes, I still need to move Abby to her crib. Yes, she is still sleeping in our room. It will happen…eventually.

Hopefully the next update will include news that Abby rolled, but for now, I will leave this update with things to Abby likes: loves it when I sing The Wheels on the Bus, smiles when I sing my version of Splish Splash when Abby is taking a bath (Splish splash I was taking a bath…doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo…I was a splishing and a splashing, rubbing and a dubbing, wishing and a washing, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo), and also enjoys a made-up song that I also sang for Emi, titled Rubber Ducky (Rubber ducky, rubber ducky, how many duckies do you have?).

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The way I know Tess is different from other clients. I met Tess during her senior year in high school since I was her English 12 teacher. She immediately became friendly with me, probably because she saw how comfortable her other two friends, Simone and Sasha, were since I had the two of them during their sophomore year. The three of them, along with many in their class (Shout out to Shanna and Wilson!), made not only that particular class fun, but the entire school year memorable. So what did I learn about Tess from that one year? She’s a smart, straight-forward, no nonsense but fun kind of girl. I met Tess’ mom during Back-to-School night and we immediately hit it off. I could see where Tess got her spunk and personality from and I really loved how the two of them interacted as mother and daughter and could see how they are really close. Even after Tess graduated, we kept in touch and Tess was awesome enough to get me and my older daughter into Disneyland! She helped me countless times and that is just a small sliver to show what kind of person Tess is.

So when Tess told me she was getting married, I was more than happy to be there to capture her special day! It was not only a pleasure meeting Mark for the first time, but also capturing the love Tess and Mark share. From capturing their first dance together as husband and wife to their synchronized dance on the dance floor, it was a day dedicated to celebrating their love. In addition, I loved seeing Tess’ mom watch her daughter grow up, listening to Tess’ sister speak fondly of her, capture the maid of honor’s love for her friend and tear up as she reflected on their friendship and how important it is, and hear how special mothers are from Mark’s father. Friends and family joined together to celebrate this union to make Valentine’s Day Tess and Mark’s special day.

Congratulations, Tess and Mark! I wish the two of you a long and healthy marriage filled with laughter, love, fun, and friendship. I cannot wait to see your family grow in the near future!

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I love Emi with all my heart, but people were not joking about the terrible threes. Emi is opinionated, wants things her way, is very particular about where things go and belong (Don’t even get me started about having to clean up her toys at 4:45 a.m.!), and is testing the boundaries and limits with almost everyone (Okay, just really me, Taro, and Grandmama). One day Emi will ask me about the craziness with her three-year-old and I can just say, been there and did it all with you! But even amongst the craziness, Emi still is sweet, empathetic, and a silly goofball. Since she is still infiltrating my bed, Emi wakes up in the morning and gives me a kiss. When I got upset, she offered her sleeve to wipe away my tears (I wiped her tears with my sleeve when she was feeling sad.)…but now uses my sweater, back, sleeve, practically any part of my shirt to dry her eyes. So when Emi asks, I will tell her that the insanity of a three-year-old is balanced with the love and fun, especially if that particular three-year-old sings Uptown Funk or Play That Funky Music in the car seat. When it gets to Emi’s part she always says, “Ready?” and then we boogie down! Plus Emi’s cheesy smile wins us over or her “Give me a hug.”

So Emi is now in the three-year-old class at school and oh my, was…is that a difficult transition! Since I am home with Abby, I was worried she wouldn’t want to go to school, but Emi was fine leaving until she moved up. Now she has resorted back to, “Go back to sleep! I’m still tired!” However, Emi enjoys school once she is there, but it just isn’t the same (for now). She is learning a lot, though, and is starting to write with a pencil (tracing highlighted letters and lines) and doing work that requires matching. I’m sure the class will grow on her. Emi just doesn’t like change (or things to be out of place) so it will just be a matter of time and adjustment.

Emi’s former teachers, who we absolutely love!

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Emi in her current class with her new teacher at the Valentine’s Day party. Emi likes her new teachers and the love will grow!

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So since I promised to take Emi to Disneyland if she pooped in the potty, I followed through with getting a 3-day pass to Disneyland since they brought back the Southern California deal. We were able to go play in the snow at California Adventure (although Emi didn’t care for getting her hands wet), watch the Frozen show, go on Dumbo twice, go on the carousel, rocket ships, The Little Mermaid (twice and it is now Emi’s favorite ride), It’s a Small World, the rollercoaster at Toon Town, and Luigi’s Flying Tires. Emi has met Aurora and Cinderella, but was extremely frightened of characters like Pluto or Doc McStuffins. I don’t think she liked the non-human aspect to them. It was a lot of fun taking Emi, but we are unsure of when to go again. I am actually scared to bring Abby because of the whole measles thing and I cannot leave Abby at home since Disneyland is a whole day thing and Abby does not take the bottle at all right now.

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In addition to all of this, Emi was given her first camera from Grandmama and Grandpapa. She loves taking pictures, especially the ones that have silly frames or decorations on them. What is cool about the camera is that it is digital and I can load the photos on to my computer and share them with everyone.

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So even though Emi is going through the test-you-to-see-what-I-can-get-away-with-and-act-like-a-crazy-monkey-stomping-feet-fake-cry-and-it-has-to-be-my-way stage, she is still my #1 girl and I know…this stage will pass.

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