Happy 1st Birthday Emma Claire!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
I am not sure how to tell if I am still dealing with jet lag or if I am tired from parenting three kids. Could be a bit of both.

The kids at breakfast.
Emma Claire seems to be settling in and slept through the night the last two nights. She is such an easy-going baby. I know I keep repeating it, but it is true. She wakes up with a smile, even if she is woken up early from a nap. She hasn't made a fuss about her car seat (and she has already clocked a few miles in it) and she seems content in her stroller.

Two things she has picked up since coming home---she throws kisses (usually at whomever and for whatever reason) and at night she likes to have me sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". She requests it by opening and shutting her hand like a twinkling star. It's really cute. She also likes to blow raspberries. A LOT. Chloe and Oliver think this is hysterical and encourage it. We had a 15 minutes raspberry blowing session tonight at dinner until I finally had to call it quits much to the children's displeasure--but the "spray"/spit was getting to be a bit much.

All three kids blowing raspberries.
Blowing raspberries---an Emma Claire favorite.
Today was Emma Claire's 1st birthday and we are so happy that she could be home so we could celebrate as a family.

The kids and I went to the toy store this morning and Chloe and Oliver selected gifts for Emma Claire. There was a lengthy discussion that she would not want a monster truck at 12 months old, but other than that sidetrack, we had a successful outing.

We also went to the park and Emma Claire got to go in the swings, which she appeared to really love as she giggled and giggled.

Tonight we had cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to Emma Claire. Nothing elaborate, just the five of us together.

Checking out the pink icing on her hand.

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