Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jibber Jabber

Anyone who has been around Emory for more than 10 minutes in the past month, knows that this little boy is a motor mouth, just like his Mommy. Here is a little list of words that he has said...
- Layla
- Dog
- Duck
- Mama
- Dada
- Apple (He said this by accident today, but I was trying to get him to say it when we were reading his book)
- Yellow (said with Jen a few days ago)
- Book
- Juice
- Sippy
- We figured out today that "Ggggg" means balloon...that is the Polish in him I guess

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fleischman Olympics

We are half way through the 2010 Winter Olympics & I think I have watched a total of 5 uninterrupted minutes of them. I usually enjoy watching the Olympics, but since the last Olympics, life has changed a bit. So here are the Fleischman household Olympics...
- Meal time. Yes it is an Olympic sport in our household! Keeping a 1 year old, with an endless appetite satisfied is no easy feat. It starts with preparing the food, while Emory throws magnetic letters at us, eats Layla's food, swims in Layla's water, attempts to exit the kitchen via the boggy door, pushes the chairs around the kitchen, pulls tupperware out & maneuvers around/under the table. Next the meal must be Emory-proofed, aka ripped/sliced/chopped into bite size pieces. The most difficult portion of meal time is making sure to get him the food quicker than he can eat it, which is VERY fast! Finally, the clean up, which thankfully, Layla takes care of.
- Diaper changes. Changing the diaper of a baby who does not sit/stand still, with the exception of when he is sleeping, is next to impossible. Quite often it results in watching his cute little butt, scampering away to go play, which I can't help but adore!
- Play time. Emory has become a professional at making a mess with toys, but not playing with them. I think he has made it his personal daily goal to get every single toy to touch the floor. He very gracefully pulls all 8 bins off of his toy box, dumps the contents on the floor & then proceeds to go play with some inanimate object.
- Drawer emptying. Trying to put wash away has also become next to impossible. Emory enjoys taking all of the folded clothing off of the bed/out of the basket & throwing it on the floor. Occasionally, I manage to get the clothing into the drawer, to which he scoffs & rips the clothing right back out & onto the floor.
- Eye drops. Whatever medical professional decided that any child under the age of 6 would allow someone to put drops into their eyes, must have been smoking something. Emory had pink eye this week & I must put 2 drops into each eye 3 times/day. HA! I think maaaaaaaaybe I've gotten 1 drop in over the course of 3 days. Even as a 2-person job, it is impossible.
Needless to say, I don't think we would be winning any gold medals, unless they would give us one based off of pure effort!

Yay, You!

Cameron, being the sweet brother that he is, gave Emory some of his old books that he doesn't read anymore. Tonight, before bed, I picked one up (that was from Grancie & Grampy in 2005) & by the end, Mommy's face was covered in tears....

"Yay, you! You did it! You're done! You made it! You're through! Oh, what a great moment! Now what will you do? There are so many choices. The world is immense. Take a good look around and decide what makes sense. Some like to go fast. Some like to go slow. Some like to get going however they go. Some strive to be peaceful, and joyful, and wise. Some choose to just ponder the size of their thighs. So look north! And look south! Look ahead! Look behind! Stare in the mirror... Now. What do you find? Should you live where it's cold? Should you live where it's hot? Do you want to be terribly busy? Or not? Do you need lots of friends? Or only a few? Would you like to have friends with a new point of view? Is you mind moved by science? Or does art move your soul? Do you listen to rivers, or to great rock-and-roll? Do you long for adventure? Do you love to read maps? Would you rather stay home with your chocolate perhaps? You already have wit. You already have style. But now... But now... But now... BUT NOW... Hey! What's the hurry, anyhow? There are PLACES TO GET TO! And PROJECTS TO DO! PEOPLE TO TALK WITH and LUNCHES TO CHEW! But stopping a while is ok, too. And whatever you do - now or later, big or small, loud or quiet - whatever you do, don't worry. Just try it. Whatever you do, whether near or so far, I know you'll be great! You already are."

In those 32 short pages, Emory's entire, sweet life flashed before my eyes. He went from newborn to old man, just like that! Being a Mommy sometimes it is almost impossible to imagine my baby boy, as anything but that, a baby boy. I told him this morning that he will always be my baby boy, even though he is now considered a toddler. But no matter what, he has been great from the moment that he was born & I know he will always be! Emory Vaughan, I can't wait to see all of the greatness that you will show us in this next year of your wonderful life!

Emory's 1st Birthday Party

On Saturday, 2/20/10, we had Emory's 1st birthday party! It was a rock-themed party, complete with music, music decorations, music cake & musical gifts! Before the party, we started the day with a cinnamon bun breakfast & spent time saving up some energy to entertain all of our guests! Thankfully, Grandma & Grandpa Sitko were her to help us get ready. Daddy always says that Mommy got many of her traits from Grandma Sitko & one trait that Mommy was proud to inherit, is the ability to throw a good party!
We had lots of great food...wraps, sandwiches, macaroni salad, stromboli, spinach dip, potato salad, chips, pretzels, veggies, fruit, & lots of sweets! We even had a cupcake cake made into a guitar! Emory's smash cake was a baby drum, complete with cookie drumsticks!
Emory was so lucky to be surrounded (and I don't use that term lightly in that we squeeze 55 people into our townhouse) by so many loved ones...Mommy, Daddy, Cameron, Layla, Grandma Sitko, Grandpa Sitko, Uncle PP, Grancie, Grampy, Uncle Rich, Aunt Lisa, Grandpa Fleischman, Grandma Fleischman, Uncle Sean, Denise, Great Uncle John, Helene, Colleen, John, Tommy, Great Aunt Joan, Great Uncle George, Katie, Eddie, Denise, Ella, Anna, Lena, Will, Mike, Michelle, Michael, Gianna, Ryan, Kylie, Great Aunt Julie, Missy, Christian, Amanda, Becky, Cesar, Jen, Brian, Kim, Chris, Tori, Christie, Jimmy, Stacy, Caleb, Mabel, Katie, Jeff & Greyson! Sooooo many people love our Emmy!
Emory had a yummy dinner of pb & fluff, pb&j, macaroni salad & finished it off with some yummy cake! He was hesitant to dig in at first, but then he went to town!
Emory got so many great gifts! He is all set for clothing for awhile & all of his books & toys will keep him very busy!
Emory also made a very special announcement at his party! He told everyone, by opening a gift from Mommy & Daddy that was a onsie that says "I am going to be a big brother!" Everyone was very excited for us...but the best comment was from Daddy's cousin, Mike, when he asked Daddy "Haven't you learned anything from us?!?" Mike & Michelle have 4 kids, which include twin babies!
Everyone had a great time celebrating with Emory & we can't thank everyone enough for all of their love & support for our beautiful baby boy :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday, Baby Boy! whole year has passed us by. I can't believe it. It has been the most incredible, happiest year of my entire life. The stars completely aligned & everything fell perfectly into, which make life dream-like & downs that remind us to appreciate all of the ups!
Emory Vaughan has made each & every one of us smile bigger each day & a laugh a little (or alot!) more each day. I remember the week leading up to his birth, as if it were yesterday. And I remember as clear as day, the whole day of his birth. I hope that I can carry those memories with me forever.
So what are you up to, Little Man???
- You can EAT!!!! You will polish off a whole sandwich, side of fruit & side of veggies at any given lunch/dinner
- You are totally off of bottles & now drink 2 cups of whole milk/day in a sippy
- You love to be destructive. You have more fun pulling his toys off of the shelf & throwing them on the floor, than playing with them
- You love to crawl on the sofa
- You will walk back & forth between 2 people if someone holds his hands
- You love playing in "your cabinet" in the kitchen with bowls/trays
- You sometimes scream as loud as you can when you see Cameron for the first time in a few days
- You want to try all of Mommy & Daddy's food. Some of the more odd foods include mushrooms, fish & tuna helper
- You can walk with your push toys
- You are still a climber
- You try to open any/all drawers & cabinets
- You started going to Jen's house for babysitting while Mommy & Daddy are at work
- You "read" your books out loud
- When you wake up in the morning, you stand up in your crib & look out into the hallway
- You pretend to talk on Mommy's cell phone
- You are still a peanut, at about 20 lbs
- People have suggested to Mommy & Daddy twice in the past month that you should be the next E*Trade baby
- You love V8 fruit/vegetable juice
- Mommy reads with you every night before bed
- You have many tricks, some of the most recent include showing how to blow out your candles & telling Layla to "Shhh!" when she barks & telling us what a wolf & a dog say
- You got your first case of pink eye...the day before your first birthday!
- You love sharing your toys with Layla, especially your finger puppets
- You think it is fun to play in Layla's water bowl & take her food out of her bowl. Sometimes you try to eat her food!
- You are doing very well in swimming lessons
- You like when someone goes in the bathroom & slides things under the door to you
- Daddy calls your Emory-pants
- Cameron sings songs about you, how you are the best baby brother & how much he loves you
- Cameron & you have fun playing with his wrestlers
- You still wear your "boo boo" brace for bed & have figured out how to stand in it
- Pulling on Layla's ears, collar & tags is entertaining to you
- You have given us 365 days of absolute pure joy, even on the saddest, hardest days

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A New Day

I woke up today with a whole new outlook...a positive one. I was so worried but once I saw BF2's (Baby Fleischman 2) sweet little head, body, arms & legs on the screen yesterday, my worries dissipated. Today was a wonderful day. I spent my free moments daydreaming about beautiful Emory & what beautiful BF2 will be like. I am picturing a big baby girl with very dark hair & dark eyes. Life is perfect...absolutely perfect & I hope & pray that it stays that way!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


We had our first doctor's appointment for Baby Fleischman #2 today & it was a huge success! We saw Dr. Davis & she is super nice, although she did fail to recognize that Emory was breech when I was 39 weeks pregnant! I forgive her. We went into the room where I found out that Emory was breech for my check-up. She asked how I was feeling & then proceeded to tell me all about our birthing options for about 5 minutes. I did NOT CARE about our birthing options! All I wanted was proof positive that we had a healthy, growing baby inside of me! She then did an ultrasound & found a perfectly healthy, growing baby! We saw the heartbeat & saw the baby moving all over. It looked like he/she was clapping. We could clearly see the head, 2 arms & 2 legs. WHAT A RELIEF! We told Cameron tonight & he was so excited. He was asking Matt if he was dreaming. He is the best & sweetest older sibling that we could ask for for our babies. So, as of today, we are officially a family of 6 (Layla counts too!) & we couldn't be happier. I will scan the ultrasound picture & put it on here at a later date.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

Matt made an interesting observation a few days ago. When I got off the phone with my Dad, I said "I love you," as I always do. I don't know how or when it started, but I have ALWAYS been very open with telling my parents & those that I love, that I do in fact love them. It is something that without really teaching me to do, my parents taught me to do and in turn it is something that without really teaching him to do, we are teaching Emory (and Cameron). I have no clue how many times a day I tell Emory that I love him, but I know most days it is well into the 20's. I just can't tell him & show him enough. I kiss him more than I have ever kissed anyone in his short 51 weeks here on this earth & I intend to continue to do so as long as he will have my kisses. I actually put him down in his crib tonight for bed & had to pick him up right after I put him down, for one more kiss on his sweet little cheek.
This morning Emory woke up & snuggled with Mommy for almost 30 minutes! I think that was his Valentine's day gift to me. Then he had his first funfetti cupcake for Valentine's Day breakfast. I think that may become a tradition. He loved his cupcake & even denied yogurt while he was chowing down on it! After his morning nap, Mommy & Daddy gave him his Valentine card & gift. He loves his book!
Emory hopes that everyone has a very nice Valentine's Day & if he could say it to you, he would....I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blizzard of 2010...take 2!

Well, 3 days after the last blizzard, we got hit again! Mommy, Daddy, Emory & Layla decided to take a walk to check it all out. Mommy used to do the same thing when she was a kid & loves those memories. Emory was a trooper & had fun watching everything from the safety & warmth of his stroller.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pregnancy Cravings

This baby has been way different than Emory in the cravings department! No cole slaw & orange juice this time around. I can't get enough Burger King onion rings, yogurt (specifically at night) & dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I have not given into the cravings (as often) as I did with Emory, in hopes of minimal weight gain this time around. I am not even up a pound yet, which is fab in my book!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby Mountain Climber

I decided tonight that I think Emory is going to be a mountain climber when he grows up. At the tender age of 11.5 months, he has decided that it is incredibly fun to pull all of the blankets (there are usually 4) & all of the pillows (up to 6) off of the sofa & throws them the onto the floor. He then proceeds to climb all over them, for no apparent reason, other than that it is fun. He will also climb over whoever may be in his way on the floor, be it Mommy, Daddy, Cameron, or even Layla...he just goes right up & over. He will on occasion try to climb up the bean bag chair, but it usually proves to be a but too difficult for our little beginner.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

Today we woke up to about 18 inches of snow. I immediately took Emory to the back door & he simply smiled, then started laughing & banging on the back door. I think he wanted me to take him out in his sled right then & there. We started our day, while Daddy slept in, with some homemade blueberry pancakes. The boys loved them & I loved making them for them. We played & hung out until Daddy got up. After Emory's nap, we headed out into the snow. Emory did the typical, angry cry once he was all bundled up in jammies, socks, boots, snow suit, 2 pairs of mittens, 3 hats & a scarf. Once we got outside, he was in his glory. We took him for a walk around the block in his sled & then played in the backyard for awhile. Eventually, he had enough & we came back inside.


Anxious...that is the only word to describe how I am feeling right now. I hit 8 weeks of pregnancy on Wednesday & I absolutely cannot wait until Tuesday 2/16/10. That is when we have our first pregnancy appointment. I really want everything to be perfect & I want (and want Matt to see) our perfect, healthy baby in his/her first ultrasound. I want to hear that perfect little swish.swish.swish.swish of a healthy baby's heart beat. That day will not come soon enough. Every night when Emory & I say his prayers, we thank God for our family, our friends, our beautiful days & we ask for a healthy, happy baby in Mommy's tummy who will be just as amazingly wonderful as he is.
Matt seems to be the optimist in this. He keeps telling me that everything will be fine & I want with my whole heart to believe him, but I need the proof, the proof on the screen in front of me on 2/16. Matt is anxious....anxious to tell Cameron. In the past few weeks, Cameron keeps mentioning about "When Kirsten has another baby..." But no one has told him, maybe he just has a sense about it. When I picked him up from school the other day, he said "Kirsten, I have a name for a baby girl, when you have another baby. Velvet." A few days later, he suggested the name "Autumn." When we've asked him if/when we have another baby, if he would like another brother or a sister, and he always says that he wants another brother...but he hasn't given any boy name suggestions.
So, we wait....10 more days. 10 more days & hopefully my heart will be full of joy in seeing & hearing our next beautiful son or daughter. It blows my mind to think that someone else can be as amazing as my baby Emory...
And we wait, and we wait, and we wait

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Mommy & Daddy have been getting very good use out of the video camera!

Monday, February 1, 2010

We Made It!

Well, Em, we made it through our first day back at school/at the babysitter. You did great! I woke you up around 6:20 & you were groggy at first, but very quickly you woke up & gave Mommy some fabulous smiles. Daddy always says that we are lucky that you are like me (cheerful) in the morning & not like him (grumpy). We chatted a little bit while I got you changed & then we were out the door. I think you were confused b/c it was still dark out. I held you soft little hand most of the way as I drove to Jen's house. At one point you were rubbing my thumb with your finger. I think you knew that Mommy was feeling a little upset & you were doing what you could to make me feel better. I dropped you off at Jen's at 7:00 & you were a very good boy, you didn't cry at all. Something about dropping you off with Jen just felt right. I think it is that you get to start your day off in the warmth of a home, instead of in the chaos of lots of other kids. Mommy cried a little bit on the way to work, but I quickly started to think about the fact that I was already a few minutes closer to being done work & coming back to pick you up. Everyone welcomed Mommy back to work so warmly. I loved showing off your pictures (I hung up about 6 big ones of them in my office). Some of the new kids saw your picture & said how cute you are & I said "Of course...he is the cutest baby that you will ever see!" Which is obviously true!!! Around 9:30 Mommy checked in on you with Jen & she even sent Mommy a picture message of you eating your morning snack. You looked so cute & it was so nice to see what you were up to. Thankfully, after that the rest of the day went pretty quickly. I came & picked you up right at 3 & you had just woken up. It felt so amazing to hug & kiss you after not seeing you all day. We had a nice night when we got home & had dinner together with Daddy & Cameron & played a little bit. Thanks for being such a good baby b/c when you are a good boy, it makes it so much easier for Mommy to leave you & know that you will have a happy day, even if I am not there for some of it. I love you, Pumpkin. Time to go re-snuggle you in your crib & time for me to go to bed! Those stupid teenagers are more tiring than you are!