Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Meant to be.




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Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Point Five

Dear Henry,

Last week was your half birthday, making you officially one and a half! We celebrated with a giant sink full of ice cream and a bunch of your friends. I have seen so many changes in you in the past few weeks. In short-- you are amazing. Let's recap:

It constantly appears that you are on sort of mission. Opening and closing doors, dumping out boxes of toys, moving the dog food piece by piece into the cupcake tin (among other undisclosed places, I'm sure... including your diaper.)

On your half birthday last week, you reached a couple of milestones: pooping in the bathtub and drawing on the walls.

You have 11 teeth at the moment with three more on their way. Everyday you are more and more talkative.

Current word list: Dada, Mom (always said louder than the rest of your words, as if you were 7 year old trying to get my attention "MOM!") Hi, Dog (anything even remotely resembling a dog) Cheese, Fish, All done, This, Up, Hat and Hot. You still sign for more and when you are hungry or thirsty.

At your 1.5 year check up you were:
28.1lbs (91%ile)
33.25in (78%ile)
49cm-head circ (89%)
You also hugged the nurse after she gave you a shot. Sort of like you were saying, "I know this is tough for you, too."

So you have a big head and chubby everything which is exactly how I like it.

You know where you belly and tootsies are, and occasional, your nose. You thump your chest when you see a gorilla or monkey and you can howl like wolf.

Two days ago you amazed me by showing me where all these little pieces go in a peekaboo puzzle.

You are obsessed with King and Sparty. You share all of your meals with them and constantly bring them pieces of dog food throughout the day, when you aren't trying to sneak a bite yourself.

Your favorite food changes every day, so it's hard to keep up-- though cheese, PB&J and green beans have been pretty constant.

At naptime and bedtime you bring me book after book after book and then want "up" on my lap so I can read to you. And I love, love these moments.

Everywhere we go, you attract little girls. At the library yesterday you had a cute little brunette following you around, you'd get really close to her, say "Hi" and grin, and make her giggle. You are lucky you are cute, young man.

You can stomp, spin and just sort of got the hang of jumping.

You love your Daddy.

Bathtime is your favorite.

You love being tickled until you are out of breathe. Then you take a few deep breathes and run back for more.

You take things very seriously, but that when I catch your eye, you've always got a little half grin waiting for me.

I am SO enjoying watching you as a toddler, it's amazing how much you learn every day!

I love you so much Henry. There are so many of these little moments I want to remember, you make me smile and laugh every single day. Stay amazing. Smoochie. Smoochie. Smoochie.

xoxo,
Mama


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordless, Old Soul

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Iced, Iced Coffee

I often plan my errands in such a route that I just happen to pass a Dunkin' Donuts. One of my favorite things in life is an Iced Carmel Latte Lite. Yum.
But little things like this certainly add up, so I've recently taking to creating my own Iced "Lattes" at home to get me through the day. I'm one of those weird people who likes their coffee cold and their tea hot.

Are you ready for the secret?

Coffee Ice Cubes. This way, if you lose track of your drink for an hour or so, it doesn't get all watered down. Bonus points if you add a little milk to your coffee cubes, to keep your proportions accurate.

It's simple. I just have a designated coffee cube tray in my freezer, and fill it with some of the left over coffee from my husband's morning brew.

Fill an adult sippy cup (see picture) with coffee cubes, halfway with coffee (I try not do use any that's piping hot!) halfway with milk and top off with a bit of your favorite creamer. Lately I've been in love with International Delight's Sweet Cream.


Feel free to find your perfect balance and enjoy!


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The Pajama Correlation

There's a lot of research out there on children and parenting... scientific, behavioral, etc. A LOT of it, and much of it is pretty interesting, like this morality study on babies. But in my short time as the mother of a toddler, there are a lot of things I've observed that I haven't seen any formal research on, so I'd just like to take a moment to point these observations out.

Like the tendency of my son to want "up" and a hug the moment I sit down to pee (98% of the time.)

Or the positive correlation between how adorable my son's pajamas are, and the length of time he stays in them.

Or how, behaviorally if you have only one child, and two giant dogs, your son will naturally assume he is canine.

Like I said, just some casual scientific observations.

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