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2 months

DSCF4218 At two months, Amelia weighs about 11 1/2 lbs, close to double her birth weight. She mostly skipped over the 0-3 month size and is now in 3 month clothes. She is still doing a great job of eating and napping on a regular schedule and sleeping 5-6 hours at night between feedings.

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Some milestones Amelia has achieved this month are:

- smiling when someone talks to her - holding her head up while on her stomach - rolling from her belly to her back

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Elias enjoys watching her move and likes to point out her body parts. He also gives her unprompted kisses throughout the day. My heart fills with joy every time I see it.

the long winter

It has been a long winter here at the Metzger house. Last week, when it finally got a little bit warm, we opened the windows like it was spring and enjoyed the cold, but very refreshing, air. Elias abandoned his carrot for the snow outside the window.

We've not been able to play outside much because of the frigid temperatures. Last week when it was a bit warmer, we got out as much as we could. The snow was too deep to play in but we took some nice long walks and found a few puddles to splash in.

For reference, the snow piles at the end of the lane are as tall as me.

Saturday Fun

If you've been thinking of going to Bremen Bounce but haven't yet, you should drop what you're doing, find an open day, mark it on your calendar, and set a reminder. This. Place. Was. Awesome. The price was great. The fun was endless (or all ages). There weren't a ton of people. And most importantly, it broke the monotony of staying inside. We went with some friends who have kids around the same age as ours, which made it even more fun.

Playing with Flour

This has been a long winter for lots of people. Having a newborn in these temperatures means that we don't go outside during the day unless we're getting in the car. That means poor Elias is stuck in the house too with all of his toddler energy. Thankfully, Pinterest is full of new and exciting toddler activities that are quite easy to pull off without much planning. This was a super easy one. I gave Elias a bowl of flour, an empty bowl, and some things to scoop with. He had a blast. A lot of the flour ended up being digested by him, but hey, it's flour!

Amelia is one month!

I forgot how fast newborns change! In a month's time, we went from this ...

to this ...

Her cheeks have filled out, she's lost most of the dark hair on top of her head, she's into the next size of clothes, and she's tracking close objects. The days are flying by, but we're trying to soak up all the cute noises and funny faces before they're gone.

We have been so blessed by family and friends with diapers, clothes, and freezer meals. Our supply is dwindling, but there are still several meals in the freezer! One of these days, I'm going to have to remember how to cook again.

Amelia Grace

On January 4th, Amelia Grace surprised us by coming two days sooner than we had planned. She was scheduled to come via cesarean on the 6th, but I was pretty happy that my water broke early. We ended up staying in the hospital during most of the really cold and bad winter weather. After two hours of labor, Amelia was born by c-section at 6:40 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Compared to the long labor and emergency surgery I had with Elias, this was a breeze. The only complications I had were an allergic reaction to a medication, which was fixed by another medication, and some bleeding from my incision the day after the surgery because of a persistent cough. Aside from those two issues, my recovery has been pretty quick and pain free.

Amelia has been a good eater and sleeper from day one. At six days old, she had already regained and surpassed her birth weight.

Little bits of her personality are starting to show. She has very little patience when it comes to food. When she wants it, she wants it five minutes ago. Same with sleeping. When she's tired, she wants to be asleep instantly. She definitely gets these first two traits from me. She's pretty easy going when it comes to Elias being too rough with her. So far she's been poked in the eye, slapped in the head, pulled off my breast daily, had her pacifier yanked from her mouth only to have it pushed back in two seconds later, and been rolled on (Elias is normally pretty gentle with her, giving kisses and petting her head, but he is a little boy who has not yet learned a ton of self control so I can't be too hard on him).

Choosing the name Amelia Grace was both a difficult and extremely easy process. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, we decided her middle name would be Grace, after an older lady from Peter's home church who has been instrumental in his life. I absolutely love the biblical definition of grace: "the free and unmerited favor of God." What a beautiful reminder to Amelia and to us of God's everlasting and freely given love.

Finding a first name that we both liked was much harder. Our only filter going into the search was that it needed to start with a vowel. Peter loved the name Amelia right from the beginning. It took me a few months, but I soon came to love it as well. Now that there is a little person to go with it, Amelia seems like such an obvious choice. It means "industrious leader." My prayer is that she will be a strong leader for God and have a heart that is tender towards people so she can be a daily example of Christ to her world.

Summer 2013

Since Elias' birthday, I've hardly blogged at all! But life was still happening regardless of everyone knowing about it. Here is a picture review of our summer. Eating breakfast with bunny

One of the first times feeding himself with a spoon, though I'm not sure where the spoon went in this picture

Sensory play with pinto beans. This was a hit for the entire month of June!

Hanging out with family

Announcing our new addition, coming January 2014

Visiting the Elkhart County Fair

Finally buying a piano for our home!

Best entertainment ever!

Playing in the sink while mommy makes dinner

First time playing with playdoh

This has become an evening tradition ... singing and playing the piano with daddy. Melts my heart every time

Visiting the zoo with good friends

Decorating the back step with chalk

Painting!

A few weeks ago, I decided to try some painting with Elias. I made my own paint, since I knew he would end up eating it. I simply mixed flour and water until I got the consistency I wanted, then added food coloring. The result was somewhat 3-D - it has a nice bumpy texture and has as much sensory value dried as it did wet. So much excitement!

First time eating the paint. There were many more times to follow.

Ditching the paintbrush. I think he enjoyed using his fingers more than a brush.

This was after his final taste of the paint. He was ready to be done at this point.

And the bathtub makes everything better :)

Elias is 1!

A few hours old

One year old

Elias turned one on April 10th! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. When he was born, that was probably the number one thing people told us, "It will go by so fast." As new parents we didn't realize just how fast that would be.

We love you Elias and are so proud of how much you've learned and grown in your first year on earth. Our prayer is that you would continue to grow and learn, especially about your Heavenly Father who loves you more than mommy or daddy ever could.

11 months!

Elias is getting really good at standing up. He likes to practice on his dresser.

Baby gates have become essential since he's now crawling at high speeds and climbing stairs.

He still loves to try new food and is now basically eating everything we eat.

It's always fun when Tomass comes over to play.

Every once in a while I can keep something on his head long enough to take a picture. He's becoming very picky about things touching him lately. He'll even push my hands off if I'm trying to steady him or just keep track of him.

We both spent about two weeks being sick. This was one of several colds we've gotten this winter. Hopefully, with spring so close, we'll be done with all that.

Plants are intriguing, as are strings. He will turn around in circles, dragging a string behind him for 10+ minutes.

Elias recently discovered he has a tongue! And it's long!

Stomach sleeping has become a thing in the last two weeks. These pictures were taken while we were in Texas. Being outside all day tuckered him out!

10 months!

One of Elias' favorite things to do right now is hold clothes pins, spatulas, and spoons. He crawls around, hitting everything and turning the clothes pin around in his hands. He also combs his hair with it.

Oh, and yes. I did say that he's crawling! He's getting quite fast and seems to be enjoying his independence. He's also discovering stairs, but can't get up them by himself yet.

Standing up (especially in the bathtub) and cruising around are two other things that occupy his waking moments.

And let's not forget about food. He has a ravenous appetite and will eat anything except avocados and tea.

Anything that moves around in circles is fun: steering wheels, tops, his exersaucer, balls ...

Bath time always produces lots of giggles.

9 months!

Somehow, my baby is 9 months old! This last month has brought many new things. Elias now has his own room, which we all think is awesome. So far, he's only had one night since we've moved in to our new house where he's actually slept all night in his room, but we'll get there. He is also becoming rather mobile! Although he can't crawl yet, he can scootch on his belly and bottom, go from a sitting to crawling position, and pull himself up to an almost standing position. He also loves to walk and run while holding onto our fingers. Often when he's sitting on my lap, he'll reach for my fingers and then scoot off of my knees onto floor. When the time comes that he can walk on his own, he's going to be a hard one to catch. He loves to play, talk, and mimic others. Today, I caught him trying to whistle like me.

Technology is still his favorite. Remote controls, cellphones, computers, the iPad, mouse ... you name it. If it has lights or makes noise and is black or silver, he wants it.

At the doctor's today, he was 18.1 lbs and 27 1/2 inches long. He hasn't grown too much since his 6 month visit, but that doesn't surprise me. I expect him to be rather petite at least through elementary school.

Elias is becoming more expressive as well.

Some of his newly discovered skills are opening and closing things (books, cupboards, boxes, baby wipes containers), turning the lights off (he can push the switch down but hasn't figured out how to pull it up yet), tearing paper (this was a hit over Christmas), and flirting with girls (particularly his aunts). He is a champion at sitting up and can almost get there from laying down by himself.

Thanksgiving Challenge, 29 & 30

November 29, 2012 I'm thankful for the excitement little children have over everyday things - it refreshes my day.

November 30, 2012

I'm thankful for a God who knows way more than I do about my life. I'm thankful that he can see the future and knows what will happen tomorrow. I'm thankful for his unfailing love, even when I doubt and forget all that he has done for me. I'm thankful that his love for me is unconditional and will never end.

Thanksgiving Challenge, 21-28

Ironically enough, I got really behind on the Thanksgiving Challenge over Thanksgiving. I did purposefully think each day about something I was thankful for, but actually getting them written down never happened. So here's a super thanks-filled post. November 21, 2012

I'm thankful for a day off from my job at Perley.

November 22, 2012

I'm thankful that we were able to have a Thanksgiving meal with both of our families. We were uncomfortably full, but it was still fun.

November 23, 2012

I'm thankful for the long nap I was able to take in the morning after a long night with Elias.

November 24, 2012

I'm thankful that even though Michigan lost, we were able to watch the game with like minded fans.

November 25, 2012

I'm thankful for safe travels on the busiest travel day of the year.

November 26, 2012

I'm thankful for how hard Peter has been working to build up his photography business. He often comes home from work and goes right to work taking or editing photos.

November 27, 2012

I'm thankful that we were both awake enough tonight to hang out and talk like prebaby days.

November 28, 2012

I'm thankful for another early bedtime.

Thanksgiving Challenge

November 19, 2012 I'm thankful for spontaneous dates with Peter :)

November 20, 2012

I'm thankful that I get to teach little children about the love of God each week. I loved how intent and captivated they were today as I told them the story of God parting the waters of the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross to the other side.

Seven Months!

He's such a happy little guy!

Sitting up pretty well.

He still falls over on occasion ...

but it usually doesn't hurt.

If only lamb twirling were a thing.

Tags are his new favorite thing. He finds them on every single toy.

Love this face and the leg pose.

Looking at each other in the mirror.

So much drool!

Thanksgiving Challenge, 15, 16, 17, 18

My have I been getting behind. November 15, 2012

I'm thankful for our Growth Group that meets weekly to discuss different passages in Exodus. I really appreciate the wisdom, insight, and fellowship.

November 16, 2012

I'm thankful for relaxed evenings with friends.

November 17, 2012

I'm thankful for my church family that is so focused on helping other people. Many of us gathered together this morning to pack Thanksgiving boxes for families in need in our community.

November 18, 2012

Today I'm thankful that our diet is over!

Thanksgiving Challenge, 14

I am thankful that, despite being sick, Elias is still his joyful self. I was able to get groceries this morning and he didn't make a peep except to giggle. I'm also thankful for the unusually long nap he's taking at the moment. Since being sick, he's been needing extra mommy time, which is great. Except for the laundry mountain (as Peter affectionately called it this morning) that should have been tackled a few days ago. Because of this nap, load #1 is in the washer, supper is in the crockpot, groceries are put away, and I was able to squeeze a shower in. This is the most productive I've been all week!