Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

First Word

Things have been so busy around here between relatives visiting (FUN) and lots of sickness (NOT FUN) I forgot to blog about Harper's big milestone.

Sam uttered his first word a week before his first birthday. We were sitting on the couch, Sam on my lap, and my dad walked by and Sam looked right at him and said "pa pa". If you know anything about the relationship my father and Sam have it makes perfect sense that was his first word.

Harper had her 9 month check up on February 12th. We were sitting in the waiting room and she dropped the toy I had given her to play with. Clear as day she looked down and said, "ut oh". Huh? I thought maybe it was a coincidence. I handed her the toy again, which she immediately dropped and said it again. So ...that is her first word!

Sam was so excited to hear her say it. He has been waiting and waiting for her to talk. Now he tells everyone, "ba ba is talking!" Oh, Sam still calls Harper ba ba- short for baby which was all he could say when we first brought her home. In fact, we all refer to her as ba ba still to this day... I wonder how long it will stick!

Her check up went well and I could tell the doctor she had just said her first word- in the waiting room!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


It is so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of every day with small children. I tend to forget the enormous-ness of being responsible for raising not one, but two, human beings. Every single little decision you make will affect them. How I react to them, how I respond to them, the time I spend with them and what I do in that time. I discuss big decisions with Russ, but it is the everyday of how I parent that will shape these beautiful children of ours into the people they will become. I, of course, acknowledge an innateness to them- things that may not change no matter what we do. Both of our children have the same personalities and temperament on the day the were born that they do now. I try every day to embrace who they are - their sameness and differences and adjust my parenting to meet their individual needs.

We are faced with a decision on what school program to put Sam in next year. I won't go into detail- but there are two very different programs- one is 3 days and one is 5 days a week. I have had so many different opinions but what it comes down to is my instinct as a mother- my gut feeling. I remember feeling when my children were born I had already known them forever. I know every inch of them better than I know myself sometimes. I will never know another person as well as I know them.

...And I know the decision we made is the right for our Sam.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Wow, what a couple months can do. Sam and Harper are at such great ages right now and are really playing together. They were entertaining each other and Russ and I caught each others eye and smiled- it is a nice break and fun to see them interacting so much. They spend most afternoons playing in their tent. Sam is already telling on Harper and bossing her around- it is so funny! He is also so protective and is always looking out for her and right there to comfort her if she cries. He is so sweet with her and she is all smiles when she sees him...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

9 Months Today

Pink socks, diaper covers and dresses decorate our house, never all quite put away before you wear them again. The days are so filled they fly by and then I realize it has been days, months since you were born. You have been out as long as you were in which doesn't seem possible to me. The changes in you since the first day we met amaze me.

You are so mobile and are pulling up to a stand. You love to feed yourself and have been eating all new types of finger foods. You just went down from 3 naps a day to two- which gives you more time to explore. You love playing with your brother and giggling in his tent. You are so determined and get frustrated when you can't accomplish something. I see so much of myself in you, I do.

The picture I decided to post captures so much of your personality to me. You look like such a big girl in this picture and so serious focusing on something out of the view of my camera.

Monday, February 2, 2009