Sunday, October 31, 2010

Go Ravens!

We all sported our purple last week and were excited for a Ravens victory...but really, couldn't they win just one game the easy way? Maybe the week off will get us ready for the rest of the season!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kisses for Mommy

Will is already giving kisses! (sort of) He has done this on more than one occassion, and both Daddy and Emma have enjoyed some of his sweet baby kisses too.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

An update on Will

Whew! Its been a while since we got any new pictures up on here! Things have been pretty busy as we are still adjusting to life with a new person in the family :-)
Speaking of Will...
Little man working out during some tummy time!

And practicing for rolling over - Will can really rock back and forth already. At his 2 week weigh in Will was up to 7 pounds, 13 ounces, but you'd never know it with how gappy those pants are!
Hi! Back again soon with more pictures!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ten tiny fingers...

and ten tiny toes...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Out as a family of four

Martin is back to work today, but we loved having him home for a whole week! We took advantage of the time together and the mild weather to get out of the house a number of times.
We went to the playground on Monday and Emma had a blast climbing all around and going down the slides. Will slept in the stroller the whole time. Really he fell asleep before we even got him in the car, so its quite possible that he didn't even realize he had left the house!

Yesterday we headed up to Costco in the morning. Emma loves the samples, and again, Will did a great job sleeping the whole time. They sat next to each other in the cart and Emma reached in to hold Will's hand a few times.

We are looking forward to the weekend and some more great family time!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One week check-up

Yesterday was Will's one week visit to the pediatrician's. He looks great and is already growing...he weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces! He is in the 25th percentile for weight, which is where Emma has always been, but the 65th percentile for height (19 1/2 inches).

He also seems to be strong already - we've found him curled up on his side a few times already!

Will also had a great night of sleeping last night. It seems like he's really settling into a routine, which is great...except for the spit-up. Its a wonder the kid has gained any weight, let alone 10 oz with how much of his feedings can roll out!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Newborns sleep a ton, so we've got a ton of sleeping photos of Will already! A few of his favorite ways to sleep include
wide open mouth:

cute and cozy:
and sweet smiles!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Will!

William Paul Dunphy was born on Wednesday morning at 11:31am. He weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20 inches long! He beat his due date by 4 days, and so Emma is exactly 21 months older than him.
Will greeted the world with quite a pouty face.

But Daddy was watching over him, and that made everything better.

Just 30 minutes old...

Will is named after all 4 of our grandfathers: William King, William Koons, Paul Hartman, and Charles Dunphy. We thought this was a great way to pay tribute to the men in our families.

One of our first new family pictures. Emma loves Will and is so generous with hugs and kisses for him. She loves holding him (of course) too, and is doing a really great job of being gentle with him. She is adjusting well to having him around!

We got home from the hospital Thursday evening and got one more picture together before Emma went up to bed. She was pretty tired in this one, but she had a wonderful greeting for us when we arrived home with Will.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pre-baby photo shoot

Last week we had a fun family evening taking pictures before the newest Dunphy arrives! We enjoyed pizza outside, and then had fun posing for some photos.
Emma loves to give the baby hugs and kisses!
She also has become an even bigger ham for the camera. She would ask for us to take another picture of her after every one!

And she loves to say 'cheese' for pictures!

Martin did a great job as photographer, and I had a lot of fun being the subject!

A family picture

I love this one!

We can't wait for our little man to arrive! One week to go!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Loving the cooler weather

I am the last person to complain to about the cold and rainy weather. For the first time in months I am not sweating because of the oppressive heat!

Emma must think she's getting to play dress-up. She wore her mittens and coat around the house for a good 30 minutes after coming home from our walk yesterday!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Who made the stars?

When we got in the car to go home from our small group on Friday, Emma loved pointing at the stars, even on the drive home. I guess she hasn't seen a lot of stars since been lighter at night because of summer. While we drove home we asked her if she knew who made the stars, and we told her it was Jesus. She didn't seem to get it, which was not too surprising.

At breakfast the next morning we asked her who made the stars. She looked back at us and said, "Jesus!"

We love how she already loves to learn about Jesus!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tot School: Letter B and Letter C

Emma is 20.5 months old
Tot School

Last week we focused our Tot School activities on the letter B. Emma really enjoyed coloring with sidewalk chalk again. I wrote B on the sidewalk and tried to draw a few pictures of things that start with B.

Emma had fun coloring a picture of a banana (which she says sometimes, "manana").

Another new word for Emma was bus. She had called buses trucks up until this week, but now she is quite adept at pointing out every bus we see when we are out (and enjoys looking out her bedroom window for them).

We had a lot of fun reading some special B books from the library. The Boy on the Bus and The Bridge is Up were both great books (and helped Emma with recognizing buses in real life). Emma has a great bzzzz noise now that usually involves a ton of spit!

We also read a couple of books about boats, which is another one of Emma's new words!

One of her favorite activities this week was bubbles. Emma had fun trying to catch them, and asked to play bubbles several other times.

We've been pretty busy this week, so our C activities have been less elaborate. Emma has enjoyed her special books again, especially Caps for Sale. She loves to do hand motions along with the peddler and the monkeys!

Emma also had Daddy read her Cinderella. We were impressed that she stayed focused for the whole book and really seemed to enjoy it.

We had fun singing songs about choo-choos (even though they are technically trains!) along to Laurie Berkner -- I've been working on the railroad and Little Red Caboose.

Emma also got her first taste of really helping me to cook! We made sugar cookies for some friends who were coming over, and Emma loved to help. She sat on the counter and wore her apron.

She helped me to add the ingredients (see her chubby hand in there?) and she and Daddy decorated the cookies! She also was a smart little cookie by reaching up on the counter and getting a second helping off the cooling rack by herself!

A very unplanned part of Tot School this week was helping Mommy clean! I did not encourage her at all; in fact, I was planning on her just reading some books while I cleaned, but Emma really wanted to help. She is all about sweeping (we had to move the broom).
And she loved to vacuum too! She pushed the vacuum back and forth across the carpet, and then while I vacuumed she pushed the canister around the room behind me!
A favorite activity that we had not done for a few weeks has been playing with beads (beads is a new word now too!). She's been playing with them in her high chair while Martin helps me with dinner many nights, but she asked for them several times this week too. I don't think we even had them out for B week, but she has had a blast!

Little cutie also had a great time at our church retreat last weekend. We spent the afternoon/evening on Friday and the morning/afternoon on Saturday at Willow Valley in Lancaster. Emma slept in a queen bed and did a great job (she even talked in her sleep). We didn't even bring a sippy cup along for her; she's been drinking out of a regular cup for a week now! We also had a great time on the "water playground"...Emma loved that she could walk around in the water, and could not get enough of the waterslide.

She's still quite obsessed with shoes...

We are looking forward to letter D week next week!