Thursday, June 16, 2016

Harper: Nine Months

Sweet Harper, you are nine months old!

I can't believe how quickly time is passing!  I'm so thankful for summer break and the weeks I'll be able to spend at home with you and your sister.  I intend to soak up every minute!

Look at those thighs!! Sweet, squishy baby!
Nine Month Highlights
-You weigh 21 pounds and you're around 28 inches long. (I think.  You're a very wiggly little thing!)
-You wear mostly 6-9 month clothing, but you'll be moving to 12 months very soon.
-You wear size 3 diapers.
-You still love blowing raspberries...both when you're happy and when you're angry.  (Angry raspberries are hilarious.)
-You drink around 30 ounces of formula a day, and you have baby food for two meals.  We haven't found any baby food you don't like.
-You sleep around 12 hours a night and take several naps during the day...usually a longer one in the morning and then a few catnaps in the afternoon.  You still don't like to be held or rocked when you're just want to be put down and left alone.  This just kills me sometimes because there's nothing better than holding a sleepy/sleeping baby, but it makes bedtime so easy with you!
-We took you swimming for the first time on June 13 and you loved it!  You also love the splash pad.
-Your first tooth finally popped through on June 3.  It's a bottom tooth, and you'll only show it to us by accident.  If you know we're looking for it, you cover it with your tongue. 
-You're not crawling yet.  Last month I wrote that you were rolling to get to whatever you want, and that's still true.  You're a very fast roller!  Since this is so effective, I'm not sure you'll ever decide to crawl.  Ha!
-Jelly Cat (pictured below) is your best friend.  He goes everywhere, and is loved on and wrestled constantly.

Harper Shea, you continue to be an absolute joy.  You are the happiest, sweetest little thing.  You're so easygoing and fun!  We love you so much, sweet girl!

Friday, June 3, 2016


Aniston finished preschool!  It has been a year of big changes for her, and we're so proud of the growth she has made. 

The end of the year program was so cute!  The teachers did an amazing job teaching the students all the songs, and the kids were just precious.

They had fun days for the kids during the last week of school.  Monday was crazy sock day and field day.  I was able to go for a bit.  The events were cute to watch, and preschool tug-of-war may be one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

Tuesday was pajama and movie day.

Wednesday was water day and Thursday was their end of school celebration at Chuck E. Cheese.  B took off work to go to both of those things since I was administering the End of Grade tests.  I hated missing all the fun, but Aniston loved having her daddy with her!  

She has grown and changed so much over the last year!  I can't believe she'll be going to kindergarten next year!

B was in charge of taking the last day of school picture.  It isn't a great picture (Aniston isn't the most cooperative child when it comes to pictures!) and her teeth are blue from some sort of candy, but here it is for comparisons sake!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Harper: Seven and Eight Months

Harp!  You're eight months old!  You are growing, growing, growing, little one.  Your little personality is beginning to develop and shine.  You are giggly and happy and just the sweetest little thing.

 Seven Months

Seven Months

Over the past two months, you've changed so much.  You started sitting up on your own at seven months.  (You weren't in any hurry to do that...and your 95th percentile head certainly didn't help matters.  Any time your head would start to go one way, your little body would follow!) You're not crawling yet, but I believe you'll start soon.  Until then, you've realized that you're able to get what you want by rolling.  I have to admit, it's pretty effective.  You're constantly grabbing things you're not supposed to have, and you are not happy when we take them from you.

You love your sister SO much!  You watch her constantly, and often cry when she walks away or leaves the room.  You love having her attention, and you think it's hilarious when she hula hoops or dances.

Jelly Cat is your favorite stuffed animal.  You love bathtime.  You love going places, and you don't mind the car seat at all.  You're very content to be pushed in your stroller, and you love to people watch.  You are the most easygoing baby!

Honestly, the only thing you don't like lately is to have your diaper changed.     

You wear 6-9 month clothing, and size 3 diapers.  You weigh a little over 19 pounds.

Eight months

We celebrated Mother's Day this month.  For the longest time, I wondered if I would ever be able to celebrate that day myself.  After Aniston was born, Mother's Day was the sweetest holiday for me. And this year, I have two precious girls.  I thank God for you and your sister every day.  I am so incredibly blessed to be your mama!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Catching Up: April in Review

I constantly promise myself that I'll blog more often, but it just isn't happening right now.  We're much too busy living life to sit and write about it, and, while I miss blogging, that's not necessarily a bad thing. :)  So I'm writing when I can and cutting myself some slack when it comes to such things.  Harper's monthly posts are usually behind, and I still haven't finished and published Aniston's birthday post (she turned five in March), but it's all okay. 

It's the first week of May, and I'm not sure how that happened exactly, other than we're too caught up in the day-to-day living to realize how quickly time is passing.  April was busy, fun, and full of good things.

Aniston's preschool class visited the elementary school she'll be attending in August.  It was a bit overwhelming for me to realize that she's thisclose to starting kindergarten, but I'm trying to be okay with it.  At least we'll be in the same school for the next six years--that's definitely one of the perks of being a teacher.  They toured the kindergarten classrooms, ate lunch in the cafeteria, and played on the playground.

Aniston also had her kindergarten screening this month.  Be still my heart.  How can it be time for kindergarten already?

Aniston had a couple of sleepovers with grandparents last month, and B and I enjoyed some time with just Harper.  That doesn't happen for Harper often (second child problems), and she loved having our undivided attention.

We also had a date night with just Aniston.  We took her to Kobe's, a Japanese hibachi restaurant.  It was her first experience there, and she was fascinated with the whole thing--except the fire.  When the chef started a large fire on the hibachi grill, Aniston dove under the table.  It was hilarious!  I've never seen her move that fast before, and we, with the chef's help, had to coax her back into her seat by promising that there would be no more fire.  Bless her.

And, of course, there has been lots of playing.  The older Harper gets, the more opportunities the girls have to play together.  It's the sweetest thing to watch them!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Break

Spring Break has absolutely flown by!  That doesn't surprise me, though, because most weeks around here do fly by.  Why would this one be any different?

Our break was busy: I cleaned and organized the master closet (which was a big project I had been wanting to tackle for a while), Harper had a well check, Aniston had a hair appointment, we met friends for lunch, I spent an afternoon shopping (without the girls).  We went to an egg hunt and celebrated Easter with both sides of our family.  We celebrated Aniston's birthday on March 25, and my birthday on April 1.  B and I had a rare date night on Saturday--dinner at Maggiano's and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory.  Yesterday, we went to a fun birthday party with a carnival theme, and Aniston had the best time and won three fish--Mooney, Corny, and Radish.  I have no idea how she came up with those names.  Bless.

 Harper and her cousin Lucas.  Harper is only one day older than Lucas!

Aniston and her cousin Thomas

 Sweet sisters.  This picture cracks me up. 

Having fun at Caroline's carnival party!

It was a really great week, and I hate to see it end!  Spring break always makes me look forward to summer!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Harper: Six Months

 Oh, Harper.  You are six months old!  SIX MONTHS.  That's half a year, sweet girl.  How in the world did this happen so quickly?!  You are growing and changing by the minute, and I just want time to slow down--for both you and your sister. 

You weigh a little over 17 pounds, and are around 26 inches long.  (Your six month well check is on April 29.)  You're wearing mostly 3-6 month clothing.  You have a few 6-9 month things you can wear, but most of the pants are too long still.  You wear size 2 diapers. 

You rolled over for the first time this week (on March 14), and, of course, you were with Papa when you did.  He was so excited!  You rolled from back to front, and you've done so a few times for your daddy, but not for me yet.  You are able to sit up with assistance, but not by yourself yet.  You love to be up and looking around.  You hate to be rocked to sleep, and often won't go to sleep until we put you down by yourself. 

You love baby food, and have tried lots this month.  Green beans are your least favorite, and you like sweet potatoes the best.  You drink six ounces of formula every three hours--and you still like to stay on a very strict schedule with that! 

You are the happiest little thing.  You make a noise that's kind of like a laugh, but you haven't really laughed yet.  You love to babble, and you love when people talk to you.  You love watching Aniston, and keep a close eye on what she's doing. 

You are such a blessing, Harper Shea!  Happy half birthday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harper: Five Months

Harper Shea, you are five months old!  How can it be that in one month we will be celebrating your half birthday?!

You are the happiest baby, and so much fun.  You squeal and smile constantly.  You think it's hilarious to blow raspberries, and, because of this, you have to wear a bib all the time.  (I pulled the bib off of you mere seconds before I snapped this picture, and you wasted no time getting your shirt wet with those crazy bubbles of yours!)  

We see more of your personality emerging by the day.  You're often silly, and always so very sweet.  You're developing preferences for certain toys (you love playing with a giraffe car seat toy the most right now) and stuffed animals (your Jelly Cat is your favorite with his long tail for grabbing and his soft ears which are perfect for biting).  You love anything soft, and you love to press something soft against your cheek, especially when you're sleepy.  

You are growing!  At your well check on Jan. 29, you weighed 15 pounds 3 ounces and were 24.5 inches long.  You're just slightly above average for weight and head circumference.  You wear size 2 diapers, and 3-6 month clothing.  You have the chunkiest little thighs with the sweetest rolls.  You have squishy cheeks and a round belly and you are just the most precious thing to hold--which is good, because being held is what you love most. 

The pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to introduce baby food this month and you love it!  So far, you've had oatmeal and sweet potatoes, and you'd like to have more than we give you.  You've been interested in food for a while now, watching closely as we eat and often swiping at forks and plates when opportunities arise.

You love to grab your feet, and you entertain yourself at night by raising your legs as high as you can and then dropping them to the mattress.  This makes a loud noise, and you think it's so funny.  You haven't laughed or rolled over yet, but you're so close to both of those milestones.  You love to sit up straight when you're on someone's lap.  You seem to be in a hurry to be independent.  I think that comes from watching Aniston and being so eager to do what she does.  You watch her all the time.  She loves you so much, and she's the sweetest big sister to you.  The two of you are going to be wonderful friends as you grow up.

You are a constant source of joy, sweet girl, and I'm so blessed to be your mama!