Saturday, March 21, 2015

8 Months

Height: 28.5 inches
Weight: 19.5 pounds

My sweet girl, what a fun month it has been watching you start to explore your surroundings! You are a girl on the move (and it's getting much more difficult to get your traditional, sitting monthly picture).

Although, I have to admit, I love these outtakes even more because they perfectly depict your spunky little personality. I could just eat you up. I seriously wish I could freeze time right now because it's such a fun stage! We even share the same excitement over a trip to Target (I hear you Izzy-girl, look at that empty aisle)!

You are an expert crawler and are also getting the hang of cruising around furniture. Just today, you figured out how to climb up stairs! There's no stopping you!

In other developmental news, you're starting to babble more. We hear da-da quite a bit, but you seem to call everyone that, so I don't think you've attached meaning to it yet (although I swear you say it every time you see daddy when he gets home from work). You also have just started to wave- it's not super coordinated, but we can totally tell what you're trying to do. I will have to get it on video before next month's post. You have also started to shriek at the top of your lungs as a form of communication. It's become a game that you and your brother play- you shriek and then he shrieks and then you both giggle (while I plug my ears). KG even joins in the fun sometimes and starts howling... (Have I mentioned that our house is a circus).

You started some finger foods this month, too, which you just love! I think peas are your favorite. You've also had some green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, cottage cheese, and various bits and pieces of anything soft that we're having for dinner. (You really liked my chicken pot pie). You still don't have any teeth, but you seem to be pretty proficient at gumming foods. You're also getting faster and more accurate delivering food from your hand to mouth (instead of grabbing a fistful and dropping most of what you picked up, you can now pick up a piece with your thumb and pointer finger and put it in your mouth). Meal time is filled with squeals of delight and lots of pounding on your tray for more!

Sleep has become somewhat more organized over the past month. It hard to get you into a solid routine because we're often out and about with your brother's various activities, but thankfully you sleep really well in the car. These days you go to bed around 8pm and sleep until 8am (when I usually have to wake you up so you can nurse before we bring Jax to preschool). Most nights you wake up once (around 2 or 3am) to eat and go right back to sleep, but sometimes you put up a fight. AND, every once in a while, you sleep a full 8-10 glorious hours in a row!! I'm hoping to see more and more nights like that in the near future- I feel like a new woman after getting a nice stretch of uninterrupted sleep. Your naps are getting a little longer now, too. You typically take two or three, 1-2 hours naps a day (depending on your previous night's sleep).

In other news, a new library opened in our little downtown area at the beginning of the month. It's awesome and has become a weekly activity for us!

The weather has slowly, but surely been getting nicer, which means we've been able to get out for more walks and trips to the park. You love riding in the stroller (probably because you have your own personal little entertainer standing right in front of you).

You've tried out the swing a few times, too, and had a blast!

You had your first trip to the Minnesota Zoo this month, as well. You loved watching the fish and the bears!

We even ventured out to the Arboretum one evening so Jax could run off some energy exploring in the woods (while I took pictures of you)... least I convinced him to join you for one.

He really is the best brother a girl could ask for. He loves you so, so much! He turned four this month and, in planning his birthday party, he wanted to make sure that you were invited. He even said that he would always invite you to his birthday parties- how sweet is that?! Gives me tears!

We are about to celebrate another first holiday with you- Easter! In preparation, we went to see the Easter bunny yesterday (and to celebrate the first day of Spring). I thought you would be terrified of him. Boy was I wrong!

Happy 8 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Monday, March 16, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 9-11

So, the past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. My hubby started a new job (with a new treacherous commute), we celebrated a 4th birthday (Jackson) and an 11th birthday (KG), among many other things. My husband's new job has brought some re-prioritizing of my time and our time as a family. I've come to realize that there are just not enough minutes in the day to commit to a full 365 photo project, without digging into our very limited family time. I've also decided that I will be cutting way back on the business side. That being said, photography is a passion of mine and I definitely will not stop shooting (or learning). Instead, I'm going to let the pressure of getting an amazing shot every day go and just take my camera out when the mood strikes or when there's a momentous occasion to capture (or when my son wants to play photoshoot- yes he actually asks to do that sometimes)! I'll be posting as time allows. As always, thanks for looking! Also, be sure to follow the circle around to see what my talented friends have in store this week.

I spy...

Birthday robot building...

Make a wish...

Pulling up to stand (and cruising and crawling)...

Our science experiment of the day...

Ranunculus make me happy...

Checking out the new library...

Happy 11th 77th birthday, old man...

Enjoying the spring air (during golden hour, of course)...

Next, be sure to see what beautiful photos the sweet and talented Indira, of Indira Klotzer Photography, has to share with us! I love her and her work!

Friday, March 6, 2015


Height: 44.5 inches (99%ile)
Weight: 48 pounds (99%ile)
  1. What is you name? Jackson
  2. How old are you? 4
  3. What is your favorite thing to do? play with my daddy every month and everyday... play tackle so I can get stronger
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor
  5. What is your favorite food? not salad- nope! I love, love, love chicken nuggets!
  6. Who do you like to spend time with? daddy... and Alex
  7. What do you do really well? count numbers and experiments
  8. What makes you laugh? when my dad do jokes on me
  9. What is the best time of the day? summer... not winter, nope!
  10. What are you afraid of? actually I'm not afraid of nothin'
  11. Who is your best friend? Laney
  12. What is your favorite show? Halloweeny shows
  13. What do you like to do with your family? play jokes at bedtime- put bugs in your bed
  14. What do you love to learn about? presidents and science stuff
  15. Where do you like to go? to the ocean- I want to live there someday, that's what I wish
  16. What is you favorite book? Corduroy
  17. What is your favorite color? orange
  18. What is your favorite song? Boogie (Stolen Dance by Milky Chance) and You Are My Sunshine
  19. If you had one wish, what would it be? I wish I been the president right now!
  20. What are you looking forward to the most this year? to go to the ocean
Happy Birthday, my handsome, sweet boy! You are the best! Now, I guess we better start planning that trip to the ocean...

Love you!