Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy First Birthday Harper!

Harper Kate. 365 days have come and gone since you joined our family. How is that possible?  All day long I’ve just been in disbelief that it’s been a year already. On one hand, it’s nearly impossible to imagine our family without you, yet on the other hand, it seems like yesterday that I was holding you, just hours old, in a sweet little swaddle.

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And now, unless you are sick or tired, you are typically squirming to get out of my arms and explore your world!

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Harper, you are fire and ice.  The happiest of babies and the crankiest of babies.  When you smile, you smile with your whole face and can light up a room.  When you are mad, there is NO question; you can throw a fit with the most terrible of a terrible two year old (WHAT do the twos hold for us??).  I am so excited to see what the Lord does with this personality of yours.  He can do GREAT things and I pray, more than anything, that you would do His will.  What a joy it is to be able to stay home and watch you become who He created you to be!

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You love to explore, but like to do it on your terms.  You will race out of sight to check out something new, but as soon as I come around the corner I’ll find you just sitting there waiting for me to come “catch” you.  You prefer to study something from all angles before deciding if it’s okay. 

You ADORE your big sister.  Although you’d prefer to play with whatever she’s playing with (and she would prefer whatever YOU are playing with), you just think she hung the moon.  No one can make you laugh like she can, and just the mention of her name can make you smile.  I know that there will be plenty of arguments and drama through the years, but I pray that the Lord would bond you two together forever and that you would always be the best of friends.  Having a sister is truly one of God’s GREATEST blessings (I should know!). 

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Watching the snow fall on your birthday :)

Your schedule is pretty similar to last month :

7:30a – wake up/nurse

8a – eat breakfast (usually some fruit and half of a blueberry waffle) and play

10/10:30a – Nap (sometimes you demand – and I do mean DEMAND – to nurse again before this nap, too)

11:30a/12p – wake up and eat lunch (cheese, crackers, peas – you love them frozen! – fruit and a fruit/veggie packet)

2:30p – nurse and down for nap

4:30p – wake up/snack and play until dinnertime

6p – dinner (some of whatever we are eating, a fruit/veggie packet, etc)

7p – bath and bedtime routine

8p – nurse/sleep

You occasionally wake up once in the night but are finally starting to sleep through the night more than you wake up! (*knock on wood*)

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Your doctor’s appointment went great this month!  You were not short on drama and screamed from the second I set you on the table, but you recovered quickly after your shots and were happy as a clam when we were checking out; even blowing kisses to the ladies at the front desk!  Here are your stats:

  • Height:  31.5” – 99% (tall girl!)
  • Weight: 23 lbs 10oz – 93%
  • Clothes: 18m-24m (I’m packing away all your 12m pjs this weekend because the sleeves are too short!)
  • Diapers: size 5

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You love your Little Gym class; are babbling dada (you LOVE when he gets home from work and start squealing Dada!!! over and over), “ba” for ball/balloon and “mama” when you’re mad; still crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything in sight, and cruising around holding onto anything you can;

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You won’t sit still for a story; love to play with balls and baby dolls; blow kisses all the time, but are not quite as social as your sister was at this age; HATE being strapped in anywhere (high chair, car seat, stroller); LOVE to throw food off your high chair (the only time I’ve wished we had a dog!) and a ride in your swing can cure just about any bad mood.

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Harper you are a JOY and I just can’t believe how lucky we are that God entrusted your sweet little life to US! It’s unreal to me to think that He loves you even more than we do…I just can’t fathom anyone loving you more!  I pray that you come to know that at a young age – God has big plans for you little one!  We love you more than you could ever imagine and always will!

love,

momma

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Harper’s 11 Month Pictures

This month was a little challenging (again) for a couple reasons.  One: Harper is just a challenge and doesn’t want to be still (read: nose-dives off the chair in her room if I get too far away) and two: I got a new camera (UPGRADE! woo hoo!) and have had a slight learning curve! Anyway, here they are!

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Clearly Harper really loves these basket pictures that we do. 

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Can’t believe next month will be the last month of these!!


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Monday, January 6, 2014

Harper: 11 Months

Three hundred and thirty four days old today sweet Harper.  Wow, these past 11 months have absolutely flown by and I cannot believe that next month we will be celebrating your first birthday!

This month we traveled out of town for the first time.  And probably the last time.  Until you’re at least 10.  To say it wasn’t an easy trip would be a huge understatement.  You have never liked the car (as evidenced by the crying you did at 2 days old when we left the hospital), but you brought it to a whole new level when we drove down to Austin for Christmas.  It’s a 4 hour drive and you screamed your little lungs out (to the point of throwing up) for 3 of those hours.  Fun times for all.  We tried everything; singing, sitting in the back with you, snacks, white noise, stopped to nurse/diaper change, loud music, quiet music, ignoring it… nothing worked.  I think it just comes down to the fact that you HATE being strapped down or contained in any way shape or form.  When we finally got there, it wasn’t much better.  You were over-stimulated, hardly eating, barely sleeping and cranky, cranky, cranky.  So much so that we left a day early (at bedtime in hopes of less screaming, more sleeping in the car).  So, that was your first Christmas!  Pretty sure you would have been much happier had we stayed home and given you a piece or two of tissue paper to play with. ;)

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You did manage to show us a lot of your sweeter side this month, though, too.  You have been giving kisses/hugs for a couple months now, but this month you really started doing it on your own, unprompted.  And it is the sweetest thing ever.  We were playing in the playroom the other day and you just crawled right up to me, pulled up on my shoulders, grabbed my face and gave me a big, slobbery kiss on my cheek, then put your head down on my shoulder (which is how you give hugs).  I think it’s your way of balancing out your extreme crankiness!

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You are into everything and want to be doing everything and more that your big sister is doing (and in an ironic twist, she wants to do everything YOU are doing and will crawl around on the floor pretending she can’t walk just so she can be like YOU!). 

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We had some friends over for dinner this month and you had such a fun time with the big kids.  (In the picture below, Avery is actually 6 months older than you, but you’d never know it based on size since you weigh more than she does!)

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We saw Santa this month. You were not a fan of both the line & wait to see him, nor the big guy himself.  Maybe next year.  But probably not.

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And we also had a fun “second Christmas” with daddy’s side of the family when they came to visit.  You and your sister were both spoiled beyond belief (with attention and toys!) by everyone this year – I think it’s safe to say you are two loved little girls!

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You are still taking two naps a day (around 10 and 2:30) and they both usually last 1.5-2 hours.  Bedtime is between 7:30/8 and you start your day around 7:30/8 (with usually one wake-up at night…occasionally more, occasionally none).  You are a great napper and a not-so-great nighttime sleeper, but I know we’ll get there eventually! 
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You still love your blueberries.  You eat 3 meals a day + snacks and nurse 5 times a day (typically).  You definitely prefer fruit over vegetables (really, who doesn’t?), but will usually eat a little of whatever we put in front of you.  And there’s NO questioning when you’re done because if I’m not quick enough to remove it, all the food in front of you is thrown to the floor.  We need to work on our table manners a little. ;) 

You’re babbling, crawling, pulling up, cruising on furniture, taking steps while holding onto our fingers and doing everything you can to keep up with your big sister.  Momma is exhausted by bedtime, that’s for sure! 

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No doctor’s appointment, so I don’t have your official stats, but here are our guesses:

  • Height: 30in
  • Weight: 23 lbs
  • Clothes: 18-24m for the most part. Some 12-18month and even a couple 2T tops!
  • Diapers: Size 4 but you could probably move to size 5. 

Still no teeth!  I love your little gummy smile and I think I’ll be sad to see it go!  IMG_7650

Harper, even on the most exhausting days, I wouldn’t change a minute of my time with you.  (ok, well maybe if I could figure out how to stop the screaming I might…).  I love you, love you, love you pumpkin! 

love,

Momma


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday Hadley!

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In the blink of an eye, three years have come and gone.  My tiny, helpless little baby has turned into a sweet, thoughtful, beautiful little girl and is growing up so very quickly! 

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I’ve seen a lot of those birthday survey’s floating around and decided this would be a great year to start that tradition!  I’ll (hopefully) use this same survey to ask her the same questions every year on her birthday.  Without further adieu, here is the first edition of the annual Birthday Survey!

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Hadley Ann, You are the sweetest, most thoughtful three year old (really you’re sweeter and more thoughtful than most adults) I know!  What a blessing it is to be your momma!  It is such a sweet privilege to stay home with you and watch you grow and discover the world around you.  You have such a kind, tender heart; are an amazing big sister; and are a rule follower – to a T!

You’ve had so many milestones in the past year it’s hard to recount them all!  You’re in your big girl bed – 8p-8a most nights and still nap once a day for 2-3 hours.  For the most part, you’re a pretty good eater (for a three year old).  You definitely prefer the usual kid-foods (your favs are grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, pizza, mac&cheese, spaghetti, fruit, waffles, green beans and occasionally carrots and peas), but will try anything we ask you to try (and every now and then surprise us by liking something new!). 

We’re working on the potty training thing (4 days in today) and you are doing really well.  I’m not holding my breath, but I think we’re on the right track!

We finally kicked the paci-habit back in September and never looked back.  I thought it would never happen, but you surprised me by handling it like a big girl and after your prize (a Doc McStuffins doctor kit) you never looked back! 

Daddy and I are so proud of who you are becoming and we couldn’t love you more!  I just pray that you would come to know how much more the Lord loves you! 

Happy third birthday sweet pea!  I can’t wait to watch you grow and celebrate all your birthdays to come!!

Love,

Momma

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry & Bright

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

I love seeing everyone's Christmas cards so I'm sharing ours with y'all today! I hope everyone has a merry and bright Christmas!







Sorry if the format of this looks off...I'm posting from my phone. :)

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Halloween/October 2013–Harper’s first Halloween

October was a busy month for us (as it usually is) and came with a lot of first for Harper!  Her first time to the pumpkin patch…

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Hadley is an old pro at feeding these goats!  This was her third time here.

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It’s slightly harder to take pictures of two kids than it is with one.

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We also went to the state fair!  This was Hadley’s third time there as well and Harper’s first!  This is one of our favorite things to do in Dallas. 

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Harper’s first Halloween was a hit!  At the last minute I found a scarecrow costume for her, but it looked a little boyish, so we stuck a giant sunflower on the hat. ;) I had found Hadley’s Dorothy costume over a year ago on a clearance rack and had to snag it.  I’m so glad I did, it fit her perfectly and she looked so adorable!  We went trick-or-treating with our good friends, the Walthers, again.  Hadley and Brynn have the best time together, and their little sisters had a pretty good time, too!

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I mean… is that not the sweetest thing ever?  Next to this one from last year, of course… I can’t believe how much they’ve grown!

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