Thursday, May 23, 2013

18 Months:

H is now closer to two than one. This concept is a little mind blowing for me. The first year had many challenges and lots of sleep deprivation. In a lot of ways, his first year of  life dragged on and time moved pretty slowly. After the year mark, the crying is less and the sleep is more. We genuinely have fun together now that he is able to walk, run, say a few words, and has much more of his personality. The past six months have flown by!

At 18 months Henry:
- Weighs 24 pound, 33 inches tall
- Says dada, joosh (juice), kruck (truck), allll (ball), oook (book)
- Still loves to eat. some favorites are cherry tomatoes, yogurt, cheerios with milk, cheese sticks, strawberries, and grapes. And loves juice, shown by the fact that it is one of his only words.
- Takes one nap a day from about 12:45 - 2:00. Wakes up at 7:00 most days. In bed at night around 6:30.
- Still loves his books, paci, bikes, and touching every rock that he passes on the road.
- Has a determined and focused attitude toward life. Not easy to distract or redirect once he has his mind set on something. Still  pretty serious and apprehensive in unknown settings. He is most comfortable and most silly when he is tired, at home, and with Dad.
- Some new favorites are cups of ice water from Sonic, his plastic golf clubs, pretending to fall asleep, and watching kids go off the blob in the creek.
- Biggest challenges: teething (yes we are still teething. does it ever end?), diaper changes and car seat time, the constant need to move and how frustrated he gets when he has to sit still, not knowing how to come when called, the fits when he does not get what he wants.
- Greatest joys: hearing him say 'dada' as we walk around camp looking for Dad, watching him try to make us laugh, seeing him run towards us when we pick him up from nursery or come home from being away, checking on him as he is sleeping so sweetly before we head to bed, seeing the world through his little eyes, his laugh and bright smile.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day 2013:

We had a wonderful Mother's Day! I woke up to find a cute boy sitting in his high chair, a plate of breakfast, hot coffee, freshly picked wild flowers, and a card from Henry.

In our family growing up we always had KFC for Mother's Day lunch. So we decided to carry on the tradition so we picked up KFC and headed to the park. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to beat the crowd so the park was pretty empty.

We came back home and Henry gave me the best gift...a 3 hour nap! I think it was maybe one of his first naps his entire life that last longer than 2 hours.

Doug built me some stands for our front loading washer and dryer for my gift. Super practical, but it was exactly what I wanted.

We had such a beautiful day. Celebrating our mom's and also celebrating the sweet gift of motherhood that I have been blessed with. I am forever grateful to be called mom.

Monday, May 13, 2013

5 Years:

Breakfast at the 24 Diner in Austin, TX

We celebrated our five year anniversary back in April with our trip to Austin, but this past weekend was the actual day. We spent the day with Brad, Jeanette, and Anson. Time spent watching two cute boys playing, eating meals together, and good conversations  We also helped two of our staff members at their wedding. It was pretty special to attend a wedding here at camp on our actual anniversary. Weddings are such great reminders of the vows that we have made each other many years ago. And for dinner we enjoyed grilled hamburgers while watching a Thunder basketball game. Not your typical anniversary, but it was such a great (busy) day.

Year Five Highlights: Our first getaway to Austin, a trip to Williamsburg, VA to visit family, Bon Iver Concert, watching the Olympics with summer staff, some great friend's weddings, the continual process of becoming Henry's parents together, a Thanksgiving spent with just our little family, Henry's 1st birthday, the Tulsa Run, and Christmas with BOTH of our families.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Change and Growth:

Someone is getting bigger and older by the day. Of course this is a good thing. But it really  has been crazy to watch the development take place from 12 months to 17 months. He is a totally different kid. He climbs on the couch with his books and flips the pages all by himself. He eats his snacks and a lot of meals unassisted. His hair has grown. A lot. Especially in the back of his head. It is much more difficult to get a picture of him because he is pretty sure he needs to be grabbing the camera instead of letting me take his picture.

There are still challenges. But they are so different from what they use to be. We can actually drink a cup of coffee in the morning now without him throwing a fit wanting to hold our coffee mugs. He can entertain himself much longer than he use to. I do not have to constantly hold him, in fact he runs away most of the times when I do try to hold him. He sleeps at night. All night. If he is crying, we know exactly why he is crying and we can usually make it stop. He knows what a lot of our words our means and at times will actually listen to them.