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