Today is Friday, January 18, 2013, Emme's 3rd Birthday!

I cannot believe it has been three years since that sunny, cloudless bright blue sky Monday in January that I met Emme Camille. My love has grown to an unmeasurable, and possibly even unhealthy, amount.  My life is filled with Emme's energy.  I think 3 years ago my life was probably boring but I just didn't recognize it!  This morning Emme woke up to 12 pink heart helium ballon floating above her head, one for each month of the year. She was surprised, gasped and said, "mom mom, heart ba- looons mean I love you."
Emme weighs about 26 lbs, has 20 perfect "shiny" teeth and is taller than most children her age. Her pediatrician, Dr McCown, last February said she would probably grow to be about 5"4" but I still think there is a potential for her to be a 5'11" supermodel! :)  She has a great vocabulary, spells her name Emmmmmmmmme, know her colors, knows red means stop, green means go and yellow, slooooooooow down! She counts , knows her ABC's, sings, plays on phones and computers, and professes to wanting to become a "heart Doctor"...she did change it once to a princess but shortly went back to doctor (whew close one!)  Her favorite princess is a "pink one" or Rapunzel, I learned this the hard way at Christmas, "Not dat wonnnn".  She loves "da Boots" (Dora), Minnie Mouse, Doc Mcstuffins, all princesses, & is the most coordinated little one ever. She is great a kicking soccer balls, throwing any ball, doing flips, and dacncing to Yo Gabba Gabba, and not to my approval, Sublime and Gangnam Style.  She plays the guitar, runs realllllllly fast and jumps reallllllly high.  Emme never stops, she is FULL of energy from the time she wakes up (7-7:30) till I rub her belly or hair to sleep (8:30-9). Her favorite movie at this time is "Twinkle Toes", shes still wears bows in her hair every day, and eats her vegetables, slowly, but she does eat them  :) She loves "boo-berries" and "neenas", "hit dogs" and pizza, pink ice cream and cake, and has recently started eating eggs and toast for breakfast. She loves kitty cats and puppy dogs and says she wants to start playing soccer with her friends. She still needs improvement when it comes to sharing but we all could probably use some improvement in this area!
We have been to the Zoo more times than you could count, made owl crafts and thanksgiving place mats, we have had pool days in the backyard, saw Dora and Diego at the Mcwayne Center, celebrated Halloween at BJCC watching Disney on Ice as she was dressed as a white Kitty cat and Brother as a gray mouse. She rode a real train for the second time at brother's birthday in Calera in September, she has cheered for "War Eagle" as she sported her AU cheer uniforms during the Fall.  She met Aubie in December on the lawn of Sanford Hall on her first visit to Auburn University. Emme celebrated her great grandmother's 90th birthday in Clanton with her Granny, Audrey. Dr Cochran is Emme's favorite doctor and she will give him calls occasionally to tell him she is sick. She had her first virus January 02, 2013, she was pitiful.
I strive to be the best mommy I can be. Days I succeed, days I fail miserably. One thing has never faltered, my love for Emme, my first true love. My heart aches when I am away from Her even the shortest amount of time. She is my heart walking around on the outside of my body. I love her more than anyone else does or ever will for that matter, I can only hope that throughout her life many come close.

Emme, I love you so much my "baby girl princess Sophia" and I am so fortunate God paired us together. I am undeserving.
Thank you God for Emme, I will try to make you proud. Please always keep her safe in Your strong arms when I am too weak.

Happy 3rd Birthday Emme Camille, you will never know what joy and happiness you have brought into my life.  I hope I always have the ability to  make you happy and you will always love me. I need you and I need your love.

Mom Mom

Today EMME is TWO!!

Today is Wednesday, January 18, 2012,
        Emme's 2nd Birthday!

In just a few hours, it will have been exactly TWO years since Emme Camille Baker made
her debute into this world.  She is so very independent, smart, and absolutely stunning. She
has continued to change so much over the past 6 months. She is looking more like a beautiful
little girl versus beautiful little baby. She weighs 25.5 lbs.
Where to begin with the milesones she has achieved! She potty trained sucessfully at 19 months,
she has elvolved to putting together 3-4 word senteces. The first I remember was Christmas 
at Mama Jo's and she said "Thank you Hunter". Her Thank yous sound so sweet, "Tank ewe 
mom mom." She insists on feeding herself and Cheerios can get a little messy and yogurt in 
her hair is common.  She is not eating as heathy as I'd like, at some point "fish soup" became 
an "enemy" and french fries became favored.  Shhhhhh, her nightly gummy surprise is actually 
a vitamin.  She loves her "snack snacks" and  fortunately fresh fruit is still a favorite.  She still 
loves her whole milk and drinks about 24 oz per day and 8 oz of "juice juice".  We struggle 
nightly with the ever so tempting ninny but she does get better every day.
Emme is very dramatic and antimated. She plays hard but always wants someone to play 
with her. She loves attention! She is very social and quick to offer a "Hiiieee" or "byyyy-eee" 
to those we encounter outside of family and friends.  She LOVES Elmo, Jake and the 
Neverland Pirates, bubbles, slides, still fond of playing ball, dancing in tutus, & SHOES! 
Emme welcomed her baby brother to her life Sept 09, got her forward facing carseat, visited
PCB, FL for Pirate Weekend, was a Sheep for Halloween, rode on a REAL train in Calera, AL
to a pumpkin patch, went to Disney on Ice for Mia's Birthday, attended cousin Mollies birthday
and rode a horse, began to recognize "Ho Ho", got her first car a black Mercedes 450GL,
celebrated New Years at home snuggled with Mom mom and brother, now we are anticipating
her birthday party Sunday, January 22 at Painted by U in Hoover!
Emme I once wondered how to fit you into MY life, how we should have matching bikini's for
the pool while we read celebrity magazines, in 2 years I have realized that I fit into YOUR life.
Now I'd happily wear matching Elmo swimsuits and read Highlights.  I love you more than a
word could ever express, my heart aches each second I am away from you. You are my world. 
I hope I remember each moment of your life, from the more memorable such as your first black
eye in December, you are a toughhhh cookie, to the more routine such as brushing your teeth 
with your Elmo toothbrush at night, or hearing that sweet, "night night mom mom" as I hold you 
in your spot on the couch.  You are and always will be my perfect love.

I Heart you Emme Camille Baker, on your second birthday as I sit here and listen to you repeat "e E E eee eee" and have a Candy Land game board on your head,
I know we were meant to be together.

Today Emme is 19 months old!

Today is Thursday, August 18, 2011,
Emme's 19 month old birthday!

Emme weighs 23lbs and 32” tall. She is in the 20th percentile weight, and 90th percentile height! She currently has 12 teeth, 2 top molars, 2 bottom molars, 4 front top, 4 front bottom she is currently cutting FOUR more (cuspids)!

Emme is walking, running, jumping, FALLING more than ever! She is very confident in her abilities and does not mind a “bop-bop” along the way. She dances (fancy feet), sings and enjoys the different movements she sees on her television programs. She loves learning with Blue’s Clues and Super Why but dancing with The Wiggles and Yo Gabba Gabba. “Everybody clap” was her first wiggle dance she learned complete motions and sounds! She colors daily with her crayons and is very good at making lines. She is taking care of babies like a good mom mom giving them their bottles, and taking them for stroller rides. She rocks on her butterfly, jumps on her bouncy seat and is very energetic! She also enjoys dressing up and watching videos of herself, I have no clue where she gets that from! ;)

Emm is talking more than ever. Not everything is easily understood but she will quickly insists you follow her as she points to what she is speaking of! She refers to me as mom mom, and mia as “me”. Vocabulary consists of thank you, byeieee, hello, me, mom mom, papa, sponge bob (seriously), No, Ba Ba (bottle), nack nack (snack), , .She understands lot of words and the mechanics of the cell phone and television remote! She will repeat words you say ie Blue, red, ect but isn’t quite getting the association yet. She knows animals sounds such as cow, kitty cat, dog, and road runner, Meep Meep!  She sings row row row (your boat), and her ABC’s, which sounds more like “A E C E”, and counts the number 2 and 8, fabulously! Her sweet kisses she completes with puckered lips and the “muahhh” sound.

Emme has a VERY strong personality. She is very independent, strong willed, determined, intelligent, social and polite, until she doesn’t get her way then WHEW, she can be VERY loud! She is a very loving soul. Still snuggles with me every night and enjoys me holding her while we both sleep. She is better than any teddy bear in the world! When she wakes in the morning she nurses (YES STILL!) and interlocks our fingers as we hold hands. I love my early mornings with her.

She is eating, somewhat. Her good eating habits have GREATLY diminished. It is so difficult getting her to eat, vegetable are virtually impossible to get her to eat. She is still good on her fresh fruits, oatmeal and yogurt but “meals” are torturous. I really want her to be a healthly eater but she just will not eat. She has about 20 oz of organic whole milk daily, 6 oz juice, 6 oz water and whatever we can get her to eat! Also she is excelling in potty training!  Although everything is "poopoo" she is voicing, acknowleding, and going to potty with and without being prompted and daily getting better!!

Over the past 7 months we celebrated her first birthday January 22, 2011 at treat yourself yogurt joined by family and friends. It was a “hot pink, gum balls, sweet shoppe” theme complete with a 3-tier cake. It was a beautiful event! We visited the Easter bunny at Brookwood mall and got smiling pics in her pink and Navy blue sailor outfit. Went on her first airplane ride April 15, 2011 to San Marco Beach, FL (rough start with a 5 hr flight delay!), touched the sand and ocean for the first time, HATED IT, but enjoyed pushing the elevator buttons! Went to Doo Dah Day, May 21, 2011, beautiful day picnic style and caught candy and balls during her first parade. May 23rd, 2011 she enjoyed her first peek at her new brother via ultrasound. Many trips to the Birmingham Zoo, played under the water sprinklers, rode the Merri-go-Round and train while enjoying the New addition of Out of Africa. Enjoyed her first baseball game in Ashland, AL on May 28, 2011. She was Tanner Denney’s number 1 fan COMPLETE with a team color matching number 17 jersey! In June we celebrated Ava Kates birthday with family at the Zoo and then the at home soiree! She enjoyed having her picture drawn by the cartiure artist and enjoying dreamcake cupcakes! July brought our first family vacation! We journey to Point Clear, AL on historic Mobile bay. We enjoyed tea time, a live firing of a cannon, walking a boardwalk on july 3 complete with fireworks, and her second beach trip to Gulf Shores Beach. She actually enjoyed this beach trip which was awesome. We ended the trip with a tour of the USS Alabama, H-O-T, but we got matching captain hats! We got fun 18 month pictures made in her july 4th outfit and her Summer strawberry dress. We visited the McWane Childrens Museum and got sick. Sad her first sickness “Hand Foot Mouth” rash, she was never fussy but looked as though she has a serve case of Chicken Pox. 10 days and it was gone with the exception of small “scars” that should be gone in 6 months! Her first playhouse from backyard adventure was delivered July 28th, assembled INDOORS, it’s very large! Family trip to Cleveland, GA on July 3oth to Babyland Cabbage Patch Hospital, she adopted a little girl with brown eyes, auburn brown hair and a pacifier, Emmie Camille born July 30th 2011. She later dined at my favorite restaurant, Bahama Breeze- she loved her strawberry mango drink! Although this is just a highlight of her outing over the past few months emme has been a pleasure to experience different places, people, and things. I love going with her, rarely have gone anywhere without her and wouldn’t change a thing!

Emme, I HEART you my BEAUTIFUL baby girl with every cell in my body! You are a challenge, a pleasure, an adventure, a little bitty squishy bundle of JOY! I LOVE everything about you from your big brown eyes to your sharp little toenails. You are my most favorite person in this entire world and I hope to always be your as well. I never want to go a day without seeing your perfect little face, I LOVE YOU MY SWEET BABY EMME CAMILLE WITH ALL THAT I AM AND ALL THAT I HAVE!


Today is Tuesday, January 18, 2011,

It is here, my baby girl is 1!  I have enjoyed this adventure of getting to know my little Emme better
than anyone else in this world.  I love her immensely and am probably a little too over protective
but there is no where else I'd rather be than with her. (Maybe we'd be napping together! haha)
She is growing, learning, and loving more than ever.  She has perfected the word mom, and still
if I am out of her sight more than 3 seconds you will hear it. She is also officially a walker. I try
to hold back the gasps as she treks across the living room narrowly avoiding the toy obstacles
in her way.  She is very proud of herself and I am very proud of her as well. We both clap for her
often!  She also has perfected turning the lights off in rooms via the light switch, we celebrated this
accomplishment nightly and her grin is so big as I "Yeaaaa Emme" her. 

She has reached the stage of throwing every thing down repeatedly, which is a developmental
milestone, so we are on track.  Still putting EVERYTHING she finds in her mouth BUT fortunately
she will open her mouth if I ask with my palm extended beneath her chin.  She still has 4 beautiful
teeth and possibly teething, I think I see the swollen gums and know sometimes she is having a
not so fun day!

She is still eating well.  Shhhh, but she did get to try her Mia's chicken dressing, which she loved!
I am still doing the organic fruits and vegetable but also realistically allowing her to try new foods
in moderation.  Her favorite food at this time is definitely blueberry and apple & sweet potato
yogurt, and loves her apple juice in her sippy cup. I started a few days ago introducing 1oz of cow's
milk just to start weaning from mommy's milk.  We will figure out what is best for us and go from

Over the last month we celebrated her first Christmas. Christmas eve was perfect complete with
her painting her own angel ornament for the tree, riding in the neighborhood looking at colorful
lights, reading Twas the Night before Christmas, and wearing her little red pj's with eBc embroidered
on the chest.  She awoke the next morning to find her Butterfly Rocker, drum, pillowpet, basket filled
with books, play cookies, wooden pizza, and cooking utensils, Minney Mouse and a light up lion toy.
ALSO it was Alabama's first White Christmas!  We enjoyed the afternoon at home because she did
not feel up to traveling!  New Year's eve was spent snoozing with our company, Mia.  LeAnn and
Ryan stopped by just before midnight to say Happy New Year!

Also Emme was a good luck fan for our Auburn University Tigers. On January 10, 2011, AU beat
OR ducks in Glendale, AZ in the BCS Championship to become 2010 BCS NATIONAL
CHAMPIONS!  We celebrated at home watching the game as she wore her little AU cheer uniform
and shook her orange and blue pompom!

We are gearing up for her first birthday celebration at Treat-Yourself-Yogurt at Lee Branch on
Saturday, January 22, 2011.  More details to come!

Emme I love every moment I spend with you and I couldn't be happier than when you "cook" me the
same hot dog every morning in your new kitchen, or when you give me your open mouth kisses
randomly, or when you hold my hand for no reason at all,  or when you roll over in bed at night just
to rest your head on mine, or the way that you start bouncing up and down in my arms when I come
in from work, or the way you rush to me from across the room when you realize it has been at least
three minutes since you have touched me, or the way you splash in your bath and try to eat the soap,
or how you are working on your "cheese" smile or your fake smile depending on your mood, the way
you practice your be be's, and mom's when you first wake up just to make sure you haven't forgotten,
or the way you buzz your lips with your index finger and then try to teach me the proper way to do it,
or the way you wave good-bye, and how perfectly you clap your hands, or the way your little eyes
squint to show me those four little teeth I love so much.  You are perfect to me.  I remember the first
time I looked up the meaning to your middle name, Camille, it said "perfect" and I knew it was meant
to be!

Right now, I am exactly 3 hours shy of seeing you one year ago and I couldn't be more happy with
you being my little girl, I hope I never disappoint you and want you to know that I will always love you,
with my entire heart, I promise.


Emme is 11 months old today!!

Today is Saturday, December 18, 2010,
   Emme's 11 month birthday!!

Emme is 11 months old today, probably the biggest milestone she has single handedly or footedly
accomplished is walking!  She takes about five steps unassisted and normally does a shaky plop
on her bottom.  On November 30th, I was talking to mother and said, "well she just took two
steps."  And uneventful as it may sound thats how it happened.  After that, I got her to take steps
to me from the sofa.  Each day she has become more brave and ventured out more.

We celebrated Thanksgiving at sisters with Emme's newest cousin Mollie Caroline, born November
23, 2010.  She dined on pureed Turkey, carrots and sweet potatos.  We followed Thanksgiving
with the Iron Bowl on Friday where Auburn defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa giving us a perfect
season and sending us on to the SEC championship and ultimately to the BCS NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP game in January.  Emme just may be AU's newest good luck fan!

We had a doctor appointment on December 06 for Em's first sick visit.  She weighted 19lbs 2ozs.
Her cough was dismissed as a cold. 

Being Christmas season we have encountered a few of Santa's helpers.  On December 11, 2010
we had "breakfast with Santa" at the Zoo.  It was burrrrrr chilly!  Emme dined on oatmeal.  She
was very confused by this furry man I had let hold her.  She looked at me as to say, "Okay, I
will sit here if you think I should but I am not certain you are using your best judgement."  After
her gave her a stuffed giraffe with a Christmas scarf, her mood elevated quickly!  We strolled
around the fridged zoo all bundled up and she went to sleep.  Our next encounter was for our
Santa photo's.  WE GOT OUR FIRST PUBLIC SMILE PHOTO...then the photographer
deleted it in hope of something better.  Little did she know that wasn't going to happen, we
managed to get the same expression as in most of the photos, "I will sit here and stare at you, and
you can take all the photos you like."  :)  So far the Christmas tree has been safe outside the
perimeter of her living room compound but gifts have yet to be place there!  She is ready for
new toys and Christmas but I am sure most of all she is just ready to play with Ava Kate!

Lots of talking more Be-be's, Ma-ma's, Doy, Doy, Doy, Pa-pa's, and putting all those together
making sentences or trying to tell stories!  She is so funny!  Her new thing is blowing raspberries
on Mommy's tummy!  She keeps going and going till she out of breath!  I laugh each time and
she loves it.  Everything is still going in her mouth, which I REALLY hope she outgrows soon!

Emme is getting taller, more beautiful, a little more rotten, more loving, as needy as always, as
clumsy as ever, very quick to mimick, more inquisitive (if that is possible), the best waver and
clapper ever!  Still have four teeth but I think we may be getting a new one soon!

Emme, I HEART you x's infinity & am so impressed by your abilities, intelligence, and most of all your sweet open mouth kisses and loving hugs...although one day maybe you will learn hugs do not have involve pulling hair!  :)

Emme is 10 months old today!!

Today is Thursday, November 18, 2010, 
  Emme's 10 month birthday!

Emme Camille Baker is 10 months old today!  She weighs 57lbs...or so she feels! She is getting to
be a big baby...literally!  She has 4 teeth, two top, two bottom, and a head full of thick hair.
She is so beautiful and I love to just stare at her and touch her perfect little face.

She continues to show strong signs of her personality.  She is very inquisitive, she likes getting her
way, she is a little sneaky, very attached to her mommy, very talkative...at home.  :) She also
listens well to what I ask of her. She doesn't always agree but understands "na na na".  This phrase
is heard often as she attempts to escape her living room fortress or climb the armoire mountain via
bouncy seat!  Looking around the living room now it looks more "booby trapped" vs "baby proofed"!

Emm is still eating her homemade organic fruit & veggies...yellow squash is a favorite and beets grew
on her after a few weeks but VERY messy!  Last Dr. appointment she was given the green light
for finger foods and yogurt.  I doubt he meant frozen yogurt but we have had this as a treat a few
times and needless to say, it's a hit!

Her conversations consists of alot of syllables put together is a sweet high pitched almost singing voice.
She can easily follow it with lower pitched almost gurgles and clicking sounds.  She gargles milk, yes, I have told her she will get choked, she still continues.  I am refered to as Ma MAH and let me leave her sight and you will surely hear it followed by squealing!  She is very vocal!

Emme had her first Halloween at her Aunt Kerri's.  She was a plump little Strawberry! Me, Emm,
AK (Strawberry Shortcake), Sister and Mia ("grand-marme") went around Round Forest to Trick-
or-Treat.  Meme enjoyed a peach sucker and a teddy graham cookie.  We also visited her Great
Grandmother, Granny and her Great Aunt Ginger...we had to carry in her costume because she
through being a strawberry!  We also went to her first Disney on Ice~Princess' on Ice.  I always
remember going up the BIG steps at the BJCC so I wanted to make sure we went in this entrance
because it was so exciting going to the circus climbing what seemed like thousands of steps.  I think
Emme was more surprised and amazed by the number of people in the coliseum vs the actual show!
She made it through the first half and slept the second half even through the pyrotechnic finale.

Still no walking just longer periods of free standing and lots of bouncing and jumping.  She also
recognized her first toy in Target, Pillow Pets~which she sees advertise on her fave channel SproutTv.
I allowed her to pick out one, she chose Panda Bear, she already had Monkey at home.  She also
has a ball pit  which she enjoys climbing through and throwing balls. She is enjoying her books more,
and still enjoys emptying containers and pulling ALL dvds out of armoire. She is also sitting in carts,
(only with cart cover!) and high chairs when out.  Still not that great of a "rider" in the car, hopefully
this will get better once she is allowed to face forward, which I HEARD may change from age 1 to
age 2!

Emme, you make me so happy when I see those 4 little teeth smile at me, you do your "fake" cry,
which I am sure you picked up from you and I playing, "You the mommy, I'm the baby", the cutest
ever squinty faces you make, when you play quietly alone on your quilt, when you raise your eyebrows
in response to my questions when you are nursing, when you kiss me back with your open mouth, and
when you wake up whispering "ba ba" while practicing waving your little hands.

Emme, I HEART you in the morning, I HEART you in the night, I HEART you when it's
raining, I HEART you in the sunlight, I HEART you when it's warm, I HEART you when
it's cold, I HEART you when you're young, and I promise I'll HEART you when you're old!

Emme is 9 months old today!!

Today is Monday, October 18, 2010,
  Emme's 9 month birthday!
My meme is nine months old, 27 inches, and 17lbs 12 ozs.  She got her first bottom left
(her left) tooth Sept 21st, the second days later, and now we have the top left here
coming in strong! She is talking so much, many baba's, mama's, and papa's with a few
hi's and hey's occasionally mixed in.  She is a speed crawler, a very talented pull-up'er,
and can balance for about 5 seconds without holding onto anything. She is VERY mobile
to say the least.  Emme is very curious and rarely misses anything, she has way a way to
rapidly whip her head around to make certain!  She laughs mainly when tickled under the
arms and smiles mostly to those she loves.  She still loves the babbling raspberries and
puts EVERYTHING she finds in her mouth.  She hears na-na-na often and isn't always
happy about it. Whew she can squeeze her little fist and grunt and growl~totally unlike her
mommy. ;)

We went to the Zoo again this month, went to the pumpkin patch, shopping for winter
clothes, park trips, had Christmas photos made in a cotton field in 85 degree heat but
cool yogurt afterward...well, emme had pears, Halloween photos, & rode the zoo train.

Emm is continuing to eat homemade, organic fruits and vegetables, rice cereal and oatmeal.
She secretly had her first popsicle, compliments of cousin Ava Kate on October 17, 2010.
She is a fan of zucchini, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes but no so much cauliflower or lentils!

She's playing her piano, climbing on bounce seat, riding her colorful car, playing with boxes,
bowls and pans.  Since she's teething everything is a potential "chew toy".  The couch is a
favorite form of entertainment, constantly pulling up and plopping down.  The Wiggles are still
a fave, as well as, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We watch Auburn Football together, every
Saturday, WAR EAGLE!

Meme, I hope I never forget your perfect grin, the way you feel in my arms, snuggling with you
Saturday mornings while bargaining for 5 more minutes in bed, seeing your excitement when
I walk in from work, feeling you pull my hair as you nurse to sleep and your sweet kisses. I
love you and I will do everything in my power to keep you happy, safe and always feeling all
the love I have to offer.

Emme, you are my heart and my happiness.