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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1 Month Old

One month with this sweet baby.  It's crazy how time flies once they are out of your body!

She is still a tiny little thing, but she is packing some chub onto that petite frame.  At 3 weeks she was already over 8 lbs and I am sure she has gained more than 2 pounds since birth.

She still sleeps a lot, which is great with all the running around that we do.  She eats a lot, especially at night after the boys go to bed.  She gets a little fussy at this time.  It's like she knows that they are going to bed and it's finally her time to demand attention.

She is a noisy baby.  She is always grumbling, grunting, and squeaking.  I think she is going to be a vocal one.

Everest loves bath time.  No matter how fussy she is, once she gets in that warm water she is totally relaxed!  She does not like getting out into the cold air.  She also does not like diaper changes or getting dressed.

Everest has started to give me little smiles occasionally when she is content.  She loves to be snuggled and talked to.

Everest does not like to be put down...ever.  Haha, if she is sleepy she will sleep contently wherever you put her, but if she is not sleepy, then she is not happy unless she is being cuddled.

Her brothers love her, and she loves when they talk to her and give her kisses. She is a little less sure about being held by them, and sometimes Asher's attention is a little boisterous, but we are working at that.  They are so in love with her, and I have a feeling that she is going to feel the same way as she gets bigger.

We love you Everest!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

One Week Old

Everest is such a cuddly, sleepy newborn. She eats and sleeps and poops (A LOT!).  Basically, she is doing a great job at being a newborn.

Everest had a little bout with jaundice, but after one day and two nights on the lights was all clear.  Greatly assisted by her love of eating,  she gained 5 oz in one day during this time, and if I had to guess, I would say she is already past her birth weight at one week.

She likes her binky, being cuddled, and laying on her tummy.  She does not like diaper changes or clothing changes.

She is a little fussier at night, but generally sleeps pretty well swaddled in her bassinet.  She is a trooper and has already had quite an adventurous life, with a trip to the park, the pool, a petting zoo and a couple other places.

She is definitely a cutie, and we are pretty excited to have her in our family.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ephraim and Asher meet Everest

Since we were discharged by lunch on Sunday we decided to sneak over to Ephraim's recital dress rehearsal and surprise him, and let him meet little Everest.  He was so excited and loved how small she was.  He kept grabbing his friends and bring them over to see her, and telling everyone about how cute she was.

Once we got home, Asher was sleeping but when he woke up he came out to meet baby sister.  He was smitten and showered her with kisses, and soft touches.

Once Ephraim got home he wanted to hold baby sister.  We sat him down and let him hold baby sister.  Asher was in the kitchen, but once he realized what was going on he came running over to the couch and said, "MA baby sis-er."  They both love to hold her.  Asher is very much in love, and is working on holding back his enthusiasm and not literally smother her with his loving attention and curiosity.

Little Everest is going to be so spoiled by her loving older brothers.  She is a lucky girl.