Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Connor Turns One!

Where did my baby's first year go? I know this is probably the lament of nearly every parent on the planet, and for good reason. While those first few months ticked by ever so slowly, the last half of his first year are a total blur. Adding to this blur is our move to a new house, we bought a new car, and I had to go to Paris for work for a few days! Exciting and exhausting all at once. But I don't want to miss posting about our little guy's big day and how overwhelmed with love we are for our budding toddler.

We threw a first birthday shindig at our house with family and friends. Connor loves a good party - he even brings his own solo cup!

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That hat didn't last too long.

"Let go of my hands, Dad! I want cake!"

Such a happy boy!

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A few days later on his actual birthday, we celebrated at home with more cake and lots of smiles.

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We love this little guy so much. He filled a gap in our family that I didn't even know existed until he was here. His laughs, his smiles, the way he tucks his little head into your chest when he's being shy or wants to cuddle, he's got us all wrapped around his little finger (just ask his big brother who was feeding him parts of his cinnamon roll, which he shares with no one!, on the way to school this morning).

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Happy Birthday to our happy boy!

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P.S. My favorite blooper shot from the chair photos. Showing his spunky side!

Stat update:
Height: 30" (58th percentile)
Weight: 21' (24th percentile)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

I'm not sure if this technically qualifies as the dog days of summer on the calendar, but I don't really have a better name for this blog post! We've finally hit some cool evenings/mornings, so I feel autumn inching closer.

Dan has dusted off his theatre skills for a (thankfully, local) production of Chicago, so the boys and I have gotten a LOT of solo quality time together recently. Yes, it's crazy and exhausting, but I'm reminded almost daily that amidst the chaos are the moments that make my heart full too. A few of these I get in photos, others I make do with memories.

Evan's silly faces.

Connor's post-bath curls.

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The incredible bond of brothers.

And my little reader cozied up with a book.

Then there are times I need to call in a relief pitcher (or two). So I took the boys to visit my parents this weekend for a couple of hours.

Connor had a ball exploring the back of his Papaw's truck.

And my mom got a picture with me in it! Hair isn't fixed and I'm exhausted, but I love it because my CJ is smiling.

New developments this month include holding his arms up to be held and playing patty cake.

And a comparison shot of my boys, at almost the exact same age. Love their slobbery kisses.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

11 Months

Having a five year gap between my children allowed for a certain amount of forgetfulness to seep in when it comes to the challenges of a mobile baby. To help illustrate exactly what I mean, a list of Connor's FAVORITE things:

1. Electrical outlets.
2. Wires.
3. The dog's water bowl.
4. The dog's mouth.
5. Flip flops.
6. Teeny tiny Legos.
7. China cabinet.
8. Toilet seats.
9. Trash cans.
10. Toilet paper roll.

My job as the mother of an 11 month old is really just to keep him from impending doom. All signs I suppose that he's growing up. Waaah!! On the positive, he's still a very happy little baby ...

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...and quite the little heart stealer.

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I love watching him experience all the new "firsts" of life. Like, first swing at the park.

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This was a fun day for everyone. We met up with a few friends and the older kids ran wild.

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Since last month, he's moved to a rear facing convertible seat in my car. I miss the infant bucket seat already because he slept like a champ in it. Dan still uses it in his car since he's still just barely within the size limits. I meant to take comparison photos from when we first brought him home from the hospital to now, but I forgot in those early days. I did find a few iPhone shots though. This is the progress from four days old to 10.5 months. Yikes!

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Everyone asks if he's walking yet. No, not yet. But he's pulling up on anything he can and loves to do the zombie walk while holding our hands. I'm ok with that. I can only imagine that list above is going to grow once he's on two feet.

Here we are, closing in on one year. Man that happened fast. I don't think I posted the chair photo for last month, so this is it - 10 months to 11 months.

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(a little under the weather here, but still smiling!)

Stat update thanks to a pedi sick visit: 21 lbs. 2 oz.

Friday, August 15, 2014

4H Fair

In my race to get caught up on photos and blogging, I managed to skip an entire set from my camera. The county fair rolls around a couple of weeks before school starts, so these are a little out of order, but better late than never. I had taken the day off and happened to drive past the county fairgrounds and saw the carnival rides. So I emailed the mom of one of Evan's friends and arranged to take the boys for a few hours of fun. They had such a blast! Looking back at these, it really makes me miss summer!

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Two buddies scoping the territory.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Evan: First Day of 1st Grade

I'm going to blink and he's going to be going off to college. But here we are again, another first day of school post!

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Evan was pretty excited after having met his new teacher and scoping out his new classroom and desk at his school's open house night. The school and classrooms were decked out in baseball themed rooms and hallways. For a boy who loves baseball, this was a pretty big hit!

I swore I wouldn't cry this year, you know, being a 1st grade parent and all. THEN, his Kindergarten teacher from last year came up to him for a reassuring hug and I found myself getting all weepy again. Today he told me he wanted to go to college to be a teacher; no doubt influenced by some of the great teachers he's had! Just don't grow up too quickly little man!