Harvey Adam, 16 Months

Dear Harvey,

IMG_6011How grown up you look all of a sudden! Your hair had started to lay down flat and look like a true mullet, so the day after you turned 16 months old you experienced your first haircut (I obviously took your monthly photo a few days late!). Honestly, we had gone there to try to fix your sister’s hair because she had chopped it herself with my sewing scissors on Mother’s Day, but they couldn’t do anything for her, so instead we got your hair cut. You’re such a little man now (and your hair is sticking straight up again – ha!).

Pre-haircut awesomeness :)
Pre-haircut awesomeness :) Your hair is always so soft and sticking out everywhere!

You still don’t have as many words as your sister did at this age (though you love when we read books to you), but you are very physical and adept at climbing and running and being a little hell raiser! You’ve definitely hit the age where tantrums have started, and it’s amazing how quickly you can flip the switch from completely upset to completely happy. Impressive, really. You don’t enjoy being told no, but your receptive language skills are obviously very good because you seem to understand the vast majority of what we say to you, whether or not you choose to listen to us. LOL

On a fun note, you and your sister both get along fantastically well still, and your Uncle Tommy moved into our house just a couple of days before you turned 16 months old. I can’t wait to see how much your relationship with him will grow over the course of this summer!

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Random Stats:

  • Length: not sure this month
  • Weight: 25#
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 10!
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: Mostly 12-18 month clothing
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-10:30 and 1:30-3), sleeping 8pm-6:30am

Favorite Things:

  • Giving kisses & blowing kisses
  • Climbing up the steps to turn the light switch on and off repeatedly
  • Being outside whenever possible
  • Being naked whenever possible
  • Destroying a newly cleaned living room
  • Running & squealing (usually Stella is pretending you’re the dragon and you chase her around and around and around!)

This month marked my 2nd Mother’s Day as a mother of two, and it isn’t lost on me how lucky we are to have you kids in our lives. We love you both so much!

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Marissa’s Baby Shower!

Yesterday I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for the most amazing woman. Since our husbands introduced us 5 1/2 years ago we have gotten closer and closer, and we are so grateful to have this couple in our lives! This coming June, Marissa is due to have a little girl (she’s actually due on Jaime’s birthday!), and I was so excited when she said yes to my offer to throw her a party.

After looking through baby shower invitations I decided to do a star theme, and I might have gone a little Pinterest crazy. I quite honestly spent more time planning this party than on all of the birthday parties I’ve thrown for my kids combined (which is not hard, because I tend to be a low key burgers & beer type of party-thrower), but it was so fun once I got into it! I tried to stick to colors that were already a part of the baby’s nursery so that decorations (like the baby clothes!) would all be fun little additions to her nursery after the party. It was a long day yesterday, but more importantly, it was a fun one, filled with so many of Marissa’s family & friends who love her dearly, just like me. What a fantastic day!

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The lovely guest of honor!
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This magnetic chalkboard wall is normally covered with Stella’s artwork and the kids’ chalk drawings, but I cleared it off and made it a part of the design for the party!
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Stars, stars (and bacon!) everywhere :)
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Stella found it to be quite amusing that I made a cake out of diapers, because “EWWW, gross Mama. We don’t eat diapers!”
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Baby girl clothes are so fun to buy <3
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Marissa’s sister-in-law and mother-in-law drove down from the front range just for the party (about a 5-6 hr drive). Riss was so happy there were able to make it!
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I have the most fantastic friends. Seriously.
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What an awesome group of women! We are all so lucky to have Marissa be the tie that brought us all together for this occasion.
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Miss Eira loved Marissa! I think the feeling was mutual. ;-)
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I love how women always congregate in the kitchen. :)
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The bigger kids amused themselves by playing in the guest room all day. When I walked in for something, they told me I had to be quiet, because Stella was the baby and they were taking care of her while she took a nap. LOL
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The last time we took a picture like this, it was Mary and I who were pregnant and Marissa who had the flat stomach! It’s so great to have her joining us on this parenting journey. :)
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Stella was in love with Eira
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Everyone brought a bead to add to her birthing bracelet. I *might* have cried the entire time that people strung their beads and shared love and well wishes with Marissa.
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Later that night, we joined Marissa and Ryan and his family for dinner at the local taco place. It was so much fun to get to spend some extra time with these amazing people! What a perfect day.

April 2015 Instagram Recap

Harvey Adam, 15 Months

Harv-Man!

IMG_5700You are the craziest little boy that ever lived, I swear! You love it when Daddy pretends to chase you and you run laps around the kitchen island, and if we stop you think tackling us is great fun as well. You are such a little ham and you know it! You’re constantly flashing us your big, goofy grin and laughing hysterically which cracks us ALL up!

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Even though you’re a very physical little boy, you also have a huge heart and love showing love. Your new favorite thing is to wave and exclaim “HI!” to everyone you see, and if you hear anyone saying goodbye, you immediately wave and blow kisses and yell “aiy.” You also blow us kisses when we say “I love you.” It’s pretty much the most adorable thing ever. <3 You’ll also give us kisses whenever we ask, which makes our hearts melt every single time!

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You and your sister are still the best of friends, and we try to do a dance party with you guys almost every night before bed. You guys love to dance! Sadly you’re not very coordinated when it comes to the rest of life, because you are CONSTANTLY falling and giving yourself new owies every day. Poor kid!

Current Words:

  • Mama
  • Nana
  • Da (dog)
  • Hot
  • Hi

Random Stats:

  • Length: 30.625″ (28%)
  • Weight: 23#3oz (57%)
  • Head Circumference: 18.625″ (65%)
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 8, with 2 more that are partially in. It’s been a hard month of teething for you :(
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: Starting to be mostly in 12-18 month clothing
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-11 and 1:30-3), sleeping 8pm-6:30am
  • Eating: Anything and everything
  • Praying: Before every meal. You love to fold your hands and “aa-aa-aa” along with us. :)

We love you so much, little man!

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Easter 2015

We had such a nice Easter weekend this year! It started with Saturday morning when we woke up early and made the kids colored buttermilk pancakes*. We may not be artists, but the kids loved it. :) We also ate some of the Easter eggs Stella had dyed with her Nana Joan earlier in the week!

After a lazy family morning together, we headed down to the park late morning for some fun on the swings and the slides, and then we did a big 5 mile family walk around town. Beautiful weather! We spent the afternoon playing at the house and hanging out as a fam.

Then on Sunday we got up early so the kids could look through the Easter baskets that the Easter Bunny had brought in the middle of the night. No candy included, and they were still stoked!

After that we headed over to the church for Easter breakfast where we were joined by some new friends of ours that just moved to town last fall. We may have gotten there 30 minutes early thanks to a faulty memory by yours truly (ugh), but the kids had fun having the run of the church and burning off some energy.

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After breakfast was the Easter egg hunt – the first either of them have done. They MAY have been the only kids in the hunt, and since they had hid enough eggs for a dozen kids to find 10 eggs each…. yeah, Stella got plenty of candy.

The egg hunt was followed by a great Easter church service, and after church we went back to our house for Easter lunch with Charlie’s parents and a bunch of our friends. The weather was perfect for hanging out on the back deck all afternoon, and we might have even ended up with some sunburns. Totally worth it. :)

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I love holidays that are low key and full of Faith, family, and friends!

*Word to the wise, blue food coloring causes NEON green diapers. Ahem.

March 2015 Video Recap

Better late than never, right? :) My computer’s hard drive crashed a couple of weeks back and I lost ALL of my documents and videos created since last August. Thank God I had already done the last few month’s video recaps and uploaded them to YouTube, and I still had my March videos on my iPhone. I may not have the originals anymore, but at least I have the monthly recaps!

 

March 2015 Instagram Recap

It’s always such a trip to watch the month progress through these pics…

Harvey 14, Months

Dear Harvey,
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Before I had kids, I was a big believer in nature vs. nurture and that all babies were born basically the same and we shaped them with our actions as a society. Well, I still believe that is partially true, but I also know how incredibly different you and your sister have been since the very beginning. You are just so typically BOY – constantly climbing and banging and throwing and tackling and yelling. It’s quite the scene!

IMG_1617Even though you and your sister are quite different, you two continue to be the best of buds. Stella is such a little caretaker over you, and the two of you have great fun together. Whether you’re jumping on the trampoline or reading a book together, you two are always having a blast!

A few things we want to remember from this past month:

  • You are still loving to grab a book (usually your “opposites” book) and back yourself into our laps to read.
  • Your verbal language skills have regressed (you usually just say “HOT” and blow on things, or Nana/Nono/Mama). However, you’ve started using sign language for “more” and “all done,” which is very helpful!
  • Even though you’re not talking much, your receptive language has exploded this past month, and you understand SO much of what we say. It’s quite impressive!
  • You sit on the potty from time to time – we are hoping you potty train as easily and early as your sister did.
  • You love to wave bye-bye and blow kisses to everyone now. It’s adorable. :)
  • You’re getting better with silverware (and we still think you’ll be a lefty!). You’re much better with forks than spoons though.
  • You still LOVE your blankies, and if you have one if your left hand, your right thumb is guaranteed to be in your mouth.
  • You are now tall enough and strong enough and coordinated enough to climb up onto your sister’s bed, the couch, etc. unassisted. You climb anything and everything you can!

IMG_1352Oh, and your hair is still nuts (partially laying down but often still sticking straight out in various directions), and everyone totally loves it.

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  • Length: TBD
  • Weight: 23.1#
  • Eye color: Very blue
  • Teeth: 3 on the top & 3 on the bottom, but they’re not symmetrical so it looks a little goofy!
  • Diapers: Size 4 disposables and 2 columns of snaps showing in your cloth diapers on the mid-rise
  • Clothes: 6-12 month, with a couple of 18m shirts thrown in
  • Sleep: Napping in 1-2 hr chunks, 2x/day (usually 9-11 and 1:30-3)
  • Eating: Nursing just 1x/day and eating solids like a beast
  • Nicknames: International Harvester, IH, Harv-Man

This has been a hard month for us as we approach the anniversary of the loss of your Auntie Jaime. It’s so sad to realize how few pictures we have of the two of you and how little time you two got together on this earth. It’s a good reminder to appreciate every day we do get together with those we love, and we love you so, so much.

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