The girls are wonderful! Of course by now we have become accustomed to having two little girls. The difference basically adds up to an extra person to bathe and feed which is completely counter balanced with the joy that Micah brings. Peyton is absolutely in love with her and frequently tells me and Kris, "I love Micah more than anyone." Which I take in stride, knowing that I have the fabulous job of making sure Peyton always loves Micah that much! Micah is now 4 months old and a beefy 15 lbs. She is such a pleasant baby and has blessed us by sleeping through the night. Peyton did not sleep through the night until she was 10 months old, so I am completely convinced this is God's little gift to us, a consolation prize for the previous sleepless nights. :) Micah is very strong and enjoys standing in her exersaucer while Peyton loudly attempts to teach her how to play with every toy attached to the thing. Peyton makes me smile when I hear her telling Micah the ways of the world. (How to talk, what to do when someone is mean to you, How Jesus died on the cross for us, "and you too Micah" she says) I cannot believe my heart can carry so much love for those two baby girls. It's the most incredible feeling yet so heart wrenching to have your soul out there in the world, out of your body, trusting others to take the best care of it.
On another note, I cannot believe that Christmas time is here again. Peyton loved helping me decorate so much that we ended up with two trees in the Living Room and one little tree in her room. It is so much fun to celebrate the season with children. Their little faces are just too precious. We have adopted an elf like many families I know. Peyton named him Elvis Snowflake Glitter. His job is to hang around the house all day getting juicy information on Peyton's behavior for Santa. Then at night Elvis jets off to the North Pole and gives Santa the skinny. Then he returns to the house and sits in a different spot. So far I have only forgotten to move the stinkn' thing once, which I quickly made up a cover story. I am looking forward to my 2 weeks off of work to enjoy Christmas movies, ice skating and pajama days with my little ladies.
Below is a picture of me with the girls at the Pink Palace Museum. I surprised Peyton by bringing her there to watch Santa Clause land in a helicopter! Afterwards we looked at the beautiful trees and decorations set up inside and had the girls' picture taken with Santa too.
Kris had track practice that morning but my Mom was kind enough to assist me with the outing. It's always easier with an extra pair of hands!
So, today while I was extremely bored at work, I began reminiscing. I was thinking about a much younger Peyton. She has grown up so much in the last several months and it makes me terribly sad. It is exciting to have another baby to relive all of the fun, chubby legged (hers, not mine) experiences I had with Peyton. I know Peyton is going to be such an incredible big sister. I cannot wait for the fun ahead!
This is a picture of Peyton at ONE year old. Look at those chubby arms...just want to squeeze her!
I was blessed to have two very special ladies throw me a baby shower to celebrate Micah Rose this past Saturday. Stacey and Angie hosted such a beautiful shower. I was very appreciative of our friends who were able to attend and the sweet gifts.
Peyton was very helpful and opened each of Micah's gifts. She is so excited about being a big sister. She reminds me often that she will be doing most of the work and she will let me know if she needs any help.
Yesterday was a day of celebration times 2. It was Kathy's (munner) birthday and it was our 8th wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that Kris and I have been married for EIGHT years. After a long day of working summer school I decided a night at home would be much better than going to dinner. But, we did get a cake for Munner's birthday. When it was time to put candles on the cake we realized we were completely out of the bulk pack of birthday candles that are probably older than me. Kris decided to get creative by shoving a hot pink marker into the top of the cake. Peyton led us in a birthday song and then helped Munner blow out her marker. All in all, a good day. While everyone was eating I asked Peyton why people get married. She said, "Because they like eachother. Because they love eachother. Because they think the other person is a good person." That sums it up for me.
Peyton is now old enough to move into the Pre-K classroom. She is super pumped about this change of scenery but momma is super anxious. I have always been a little nutty when it pertains to my little girl. But the thought of her moving upstairs at school, away from the baby classes and close to the big kids, makes me nervous. Peyton, on the other hand, spent several hours last night squeeling about Pre-K and how proud she is of herself. Kris and I cannot believe it is already time for our baby to go to Pre-K. It is really annoying when people tell you how fast time flies with your children, but it is SO TRUE. It feels like just yesterday that I was chasing her around the house to video tape her crawling. As you can see, I am now 32 weeks pregnant. I am really beginning to slow down and the 100 degree Memphis temps have become my enemy. I am looking forward to late July and this sweet baby girl's arrival.
Okay, as usual it has been months since I posted. Sorry to the few family members who check this thing regularly. Well, we have been extremely busy lately. We have a contract on a beautiful house that the three of us love. We are supposed to close on the house on June 23rd. We are very excited since this is something we have looked forward to for a long while. Also, baby Micah will be here in the next 8 weeks! Peyton has become quite annoyed with the long wait. She speaks to Micah daily and always wants to hug and kiss my belly. So basically in 8 weeks we have to move and have a baby. I of course am completely rational and not at all stressed by this...right. Kris just wrapped up the track season and his kids were pretty successful. Of course in true Kris Harman fashion he is looking forward to next season already. At the track banquet, several of the Seniors had some pretty incredible things to say about Kris which made my pregnant and hormonal self tear up a little. Awkward. One of the kids referred to Kris as a "second father." It was an awesome time but I am happy the season is over so that Peyton and I can have Kris to ourselves for a bit. On that note, in the last 48 hours Kris has taken Peyton to a water park, two regular parks, swimming, played in the sprinklers, practiced baseball and had several restaurant trips. This is what happens while I work summer school folks.
Well, we are now 16, nearly 17 weeks pregnant! The three of us are so excited. Lastnight, Peyton put her face by my belly and used my bellybutton as a microphone and shouted, "I love you baby, please come soon!" We find out on March 9th if we are expecting a boy or a girl. I am just looking forward to seeing that sweet baby on the ultrasound screen!
Okay, as usual I have taken a long break between posts. So, time to catch up... First, as most of you should know, we are pregnant with baby #2 and due on August 3rd. Peyton is super excited and has made it clear that she wants a girl. Kris and I have no preference, just healthy and happy! We are preparing to buy a new home within the next six months. We are so excited because we have worked really hard to make it happen. Peyton refers to this as, "Moving Up." We also both graduated in December with our Masters degrees. So, all in all things are great! And of course ther's P. Peyton has become quite the comedian. She is constantly using her quick witt to keep her out of trouble, make others laugh, or steal attention from random passers by. For instance, Kris and Peyton went sledding when it snowed and of course I dressed her in multiple layers of mismatched clothing. She saw her Dad, looked in the mirror and said, with a huff, "Dad, we look like EDDiots!" After we finished laughing we told her that was not a nice word. It reminds me of when she was two and saw it had snowed a large amount during nap time. Her response, "HOLY CRAP! It snowed!" She is great! I hope we have another hot mess just like her, eventhough she did use a large packing box to throw all of her toys in, closed it tight and claimed she had cleaned her room yesterday. These are things I am willing to deal with because I get the funny everyday.