Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Five Months

5 months.  

You are such a tiny little person, it’s hard to believe you are 5 months old.  I love it when other people hold you because I can look over and see what a little peanut you are.

You are still very social.  Full of smiles and even a few laughs (mostly for daddy).  You are very vocal and still like to chat.

You are getting really good at hand eye coordination.  You can scoot around on your belly a little to reach for things.  You roll over on your back with ease. Your favorite toy is your binky.  You love to hold and chew on it.

You are a pretty mellow baby.  Happy unless you are tired or hungry.  Your very favorite thing is probably taking baths.

You are rocking the 7pm bedtime, but you are waking a lot at night and very early so mom is tired.

Your brother’s still think you are the cutest thing and your dad and I agree.  We are so glad you are in our family.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Four Months

Baby Girl, you are so loved.  Four months with you now.  It seems longer and shorter at the same time.

You smile at everyone (if you are in the mood).  Your very favorite thing is to sit and have a one-on-one chat with someone (especially mama).

You love your hands.  You are constantly chewing on them and are beginning to grab things with them.

You are still sticking out your tongue a lot, a habit you've had since birth.  My shirts are always wet because you lick anything that gets close to your mouth.

You are always busy observing.  You still love to be outside.  You love to sit in the swing at the park, and to chill on our porch with us.

Bath-time is still a favorite as well.  I like to bring you in the shower with me, because you are always so happy, and it tires you out, so you take a good nap when we are done.

You love being held, but are content if you can see someone.  Your brothers are really stepping up, especially Asher.  He knows that he can give you your binky if you are sad, and lets me know if you are crying.

With two other kids to take care of I feel like the time flies by especially quickly, so I am trying to soak your baby-ness up the best I can.  Sometimes I feel guilty that you have less attention but then I see how much your brothers love you and I know you will have plenty of love and attention as you grow.

We love you Everest!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Three Months

Everest Rose Beckman, what a sweet 3 month old you are.  

Your very favorite thing is when anyone sits and talks to you.  You smile with your whole face and sometimes you talk back with little "ah"s and "goos".  Sometimes you will be fussy and someone will talk to you and you will smile and fuss at the same time because you can't resist smiling at someone who talks to you.

You have discovered chewing on your hands and it's hilarious how you try to stuff your whole hand in your mouth.

You still sleep a lot, and have started sleeping through the night a lot.  It's pretty awesome.

You are growing.  You fit in your three month clothing pretty perfectly now, and just have the perfect little baby body.  Your tummy is perfectly round, and your thighs and arms have the most perfect little rolls.  I can't resist kissing your cheeks!  I think your eyes are starting to turn brown.

You still don't like the car much, but you don't scream the instant you are put in your car seat anymore, and that has done wonders for mamas sanity when we go places. When you are hungry, tired, or cold, you let everyone know, but you are generally pretty easy to cheer up when you are sad. 

You are so aware of everything around you now, and can entertain yourself for awhile just looking at your surroundings.  Going outside is your favorite.

You love tummy time and are getting super strong. Which is fun for you.  You have rolled over from your belly to your back once, but generally you don't try because you are super content on your tummy.

We all love you so much.  Ephraim is so happy that you smile at him when he talks to you, and Asher just loves to kiss you and squish your cheeks.

So excited to see you keep growing!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kindergarten Ready

Tomorrow is this big kiddo's first day of Kindergarten.

He is smart, fun, friendly, silly, and all-around awesome.

He is excited for school.  He is most excited to learn how to read.  He's already taught himself how to read simple words by sounding them out, so he is more than ready.  He also wants to get better at writing lower-case letters.

He said that when he grows up he wants to be a cook.  He will make us healthy food and then treats after every meal.  This makes sense because he wants to be the biggest and the strongest.  He's excited that his school's playground has rings and monkey bars for him to grow his muscles so he can be an American Ninja Warrior.

His teacher is Ms. Hodges.  She seems really sweet.  When we got to meet the teacher night he immediately found a seat and got his paper and started writing his name.  He already knows what to do.

Ephraim is totally ready for school, but the rest of us are soaking up our last few days before everything changes!  Asher and Everest are going to miss their big brother (and me too!).  They both love him so much.  Asher is pretty much his shadow and Everest loves when he talks to her.  We are all going to have some adjusting to do.

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around having my biggest boy be gone for most of the day.  I love this spunky boy, and I am going to miss him immensely on our daily outings.  I am excited to hear about the things he learns at school, and for all the friends he's going to make.
You got this baby boy!!! I am so excited to hear all about your first day.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Months

Oh this sweet girl.

She is squishy and cute. Her cheeks kill me, and so does her fuzzy hair.  She also has the longest tongue and loves to stick it out.

She is a smiley girl, especially when someone sits and talks to her.  She always wants to be held upright.  She is getting better head control and loves to push up on her legs.

She is my first to not like sleeping in the swaddle.  She does great sleeping on her stomach and only wakes up once a night most nights.  She may be my best sleeper yet.

She is definitely growing but still is my petite lady (at least compared to my boys.). It is fun to dress her up and put bows on her.

She loves bath time and showers. She loves being outside.  She loves being snuggled with a blanket and her binky.  She does not like being cold, and she really doesn't like her car seat.

We love having little Everest in our family.  Ephraim thinks she is the cutest thing ever and loves to talk to her.  Asher kisses her all the time and so do I.  I can't resist those cheeks.

We love you little Everest.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Everest's Blessing

Little Everest was blessed in church today.

As usual, we had so much support from our family and friends.

Also, Stephen's Mom came to visit and show her love the week before the blessing.

Stephen, his dad, my dad, Jonathan,  Zak, CJ, Ben, and Mark Cook were in the circle.  In her blessing she was given a name: Everest Rose Beckman.  She was counseled to look up to Ephraim, Asher,and especially her elder brother Jesus as an example.  She was told to seek exalted things especially eternal marriage and temple blessings.  She was also counseled to look to her mother as an example and serve a mission if her heart desires it.  She was blessed with the things Heavenly Father wants for her.

Here is the story of how we chose Everest's name:

As usual, we struggled settling on a name we both liked.  Right from the beginning I suggested Rose.  Stephen didn't love that one, but Ephraim did.  Ephraim really wanted to name the baby Rose and then Zelda Rose.  Stephen liked Zelda, and Samus best and I liked Paula and Naomi best.  We also discussed Evelyn, Ada, Dorothy, and Jean.  Neither of us were really sold on each other's favorites.

Once she was born I really pushed for Paula and Naomi.  I loved that she was such a tiny little thing and that Paula meant small or little.  A day passed and one of the only things holding us back from going home was selecting a name.  I really thought she would end up being Naomi Rose, but I came back from leaving the room for a minute and Stephen said, "What do you think about Everest?"  I kind of felt it was out of left field, and it took me a minute to wrap my head around it.  It kind of was inspired by Evelyn, but Stephen liked the symbolism of Mount Everest and how she would be able to do hard things if she set her mind to it.

As I thought about the inspiration behind it, it grew on me.  We kept Rose as the middle name because Ephraim loved it so much and it is Stephen's Grandma's name.

Our little Everest Rose.  She can do hard things and is so loved by her brothers, and that is what her name means to us. 

Five Years Old

I am seriously so in love with this little boy.  I am still trying to wrap my head around how my toddler turned into such a big kid!

He is one of the friendliest people I know.  He will talk to and play with anyone who he can recruit.  He loves to say hi to everyone we see.  In preschool he was given the "Mr. Goodbar" award for being such a good friend to everyone.

He has endless energy.  He loves to wrestle and run and play games.  His favorite games involve pretending to be Pokémon.  Everywhere we go he starts up a game of Pokémon or Zelda or Pokémon Zelda with anyone who will give him a chance.

He is a sweet brother.  Asher is a typical two-year-old who is sometimes hard to share and play with, but he always looks out for him and they love to chase each other.  Every night they cuddle together and sleep in the same bed.  He always checks in on his little sister and thinks she is the cutest thing.  He loves to show them off and tell everyone about his baby brother and baby sister.

He is super independent.  He likes to do everything himself, and sometimes he thinks he knows better than I do and tries to argue with me.

His favorite thing by far is Pokémon.  Anything Pokémon. He also likes Zelda and Minecraft and anything he can play with his daddy.  His favorite games involve sword fights and pretend Pokémon battles.

He is still a pretty picky eater.  Dinner is a battle pretty much everyday.  All he really wants to eat is waffles and pizza pockets.  And treats of course.

This next year will be a big one.  He is starting Kindergarten.   I am feeling sad that I won't have my main little buddy with me all the time anymore but he will do great.  I hope he brings his enthusiasm for life with him wherever he goes.

I love you Ephraim.  Thanks for being my boy.