"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete." John 15:11

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Philip Funnies V

Philip: Can we go outside and play in the water table?
Me: We don't have enough time right now. Maybe after [your nap].
Philip knowing what I meant by saying "after": Noooo! But it's summertime!

Another maneuver to try to weasel out of naptime:
Philip: Is the sun up?
Me: Yes.
Philip: We no sleep when the sun is up. We no nap today.

After spending his whole hour rest time calling out for me to come get him, I go into his room.
Philip: I'm not sleeping real well.

Another time when he was supposed to be napping: "I'm waking my eyes up, Mommy!"

At bathtime:
Me: I'm going to get you all clean first and then when I am done you can play with your toys while I bathe Julia.
Philip: That is going to be amazing!

One day I was working on a painting project and Philip wanted to paint too. After unsuccessfully trying to teach him how to wash his paintbrush before using a new color, I finally decided to squirt a bunch of colors on a piece of newspaper for him to mix up however he liked. While painting, this conversation unfolded.
Philip: You be careful, Mommy.
Me: Okay Philip, you be careful too.
Philip: No, I not be careful.
Me: What are you going to be?
Me: Are you going to be wild?
Philip: Yeah! I'm going to be wild! You be careful with your paints, Mommy and I'm going to be wild!

"I want they're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight." (Thomas theme song)

Philip: I want to nap in Mommy Daddy's room. My little bed is scary.
Me: What is scary about your bed?
Philip: There are monkeys in it.
This conversation played out again later in the naptime routine.
Philip: There is an elephant in my bed.

After closing the door when leaving for a Mom's night out, Andy said Philip told me, "Take it easy, Mommy."

Philip: Where's Daddy?
Me: In Philadelphia.
Philip: Oh, I can't see that far.

"Look at the paterkiller!" (caterpillar)

"Mommy, I potty trained!" (used the potty)

Bonus Julia funny:
One morning Philip threw a minor fit. Afterwards, Julia, Philip and I were silent for a moment just staring at one another. Then Julia broke into applause. Even she knows when he is putting on a show!

Monday, September 23, 2013

August - The Best Month of the Year

I've always thought August was the best month of the year. My sister and I were both born in August, so there was a lot to celebrate. I've now narrowed things down further to having a favorite week of the year. In one week's time we celebrate our anniversary, Julia's birthday, and my birthday. That is one incredible week!
This month we enjoyed a visit from Andy's parents. The kids had a great time with their grandparents, they helped us out so much around the house, and Andy and I got to enjoy their baby-sitting services.

We celebrated our 11th Anniversary this year. My in-laws watched the kids while we went to a Japanese hibachi grill. Afterwards we got coffee and enjoyed a band playing outdoors in a new shopping area. I am amazed at how far our little town has come over the last few years.


When we returned home, we found Philip snuggled up
with Grandma, playing a rollicking game of Angry Birds

For Julia's birthday, Andy's Mom made manicotti, which Julia loved. She also made a homemade cake and Julia spent a good amount of time eating her piece.

Good Morning Birthday Girl!

Since Julia was on the verge of taking her first steps during their visit, my mother-in-law and I went out to get Julia's first shoes.

Andy had a day off in the middle of the week, so we took a trip to Annapolis. It was a beautiful day. We visited the City Dock and had lunch out. Of course, no visit to Annapolis is complete without visiting an ice cream shop!

On my birthday, Andy's parents watched the kids for awhile while I went out shopping and running lots of small errands that are hard to do with the kids. My mother-in-law made dinner for us and we got a couple Smith Island Cakes to share. It was so fun to have a small crowd to celebrate with!

That weekend we all went down to North Carolina to celebrate the baptism of our niece and nephews. It was a wonderful time! I was thinking back to just a little over a year ago when we first learned that these beautiful children would become a part of our family. Now it is hard to remember life without them!

Other fun times this month included celebrating a first birthday and a baptism with friends, and going out to a minor league baseball game. We took the kids to their first ball game earlier in the summer. Julia had a great time sitting in my lap and munching on Cheerios, but Philip was scared of all the loud noises. We got free tickets to a game in August and decided to try it out again. When we drove into the parking lot and Philip already had his hands over his ears we were expecting to have a very short-lived evening out. But he pulled through and we stayed for a couple hours. Philip had fun in the kid's area, playing several games and going on a carousel ride for the first time. He had his head buried in Andy's chest for the whole ride, so I figured we wouldn't be going on any carousel rides anytime soon. But as soon as we got off, he asked to ride again. He was still bundled up with Andy during his ride, but towards the end of it he started softly saying, "Wheee! Wheee!"
Philip got really into feeding Julia for about a week

Gummy worm (normally not a baby-approved food, but this was too cute)

Philip goes through phases of things he says. This month's antics included:
Asking if the sun was out and then telling me that we don't sleep when the sun is up (trying to send subliminal messages that he didn't need a nap).
When I would tell him it was naptime he would say, "Nooo, but it's summertime!"
Any time I told him we needed to change his diaper, "Nooo, Daddy changed it last night!"

Julia started saying "What's that?" She is constantly pointing to things throughout the day and asking, "What's that?" I am amazed by her limitless curiosity. She also got her 6th tooth and started walking! What an amazing month August was!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Julia at One

Little Julia has already turned one year old!

This is such a fun age, I love it! Now I remember why I used to repeatedly tell Andy that I wished we could always have a one year old in the house (I started that mantra when Philip was about 6 months old and it tapered off somewhere in the 2's).

Since her last update, Julia has gotten two more teeth. She started pushing her walker, standing on her own for longer periods, bending over to pick up a toy and standing back up without falling, and using some sign language. The week before her birthday *I think* she took her first step. It happened so quickly, that I wasn't positive. The day after her birthday she confirmed that she can walk, taking three steps. A couple weeks later she really took off and started walking all over. It is amazing how quickly she has gone from taking a few steps to walking halfway around the room. She can even take some steps, stop to grab something off the ground, stand back up, and keep walking with things in her hands. She also loves to climb in and out of things like drawers and baskets.

She is adding some new words to her routine, in addition to "Mama" and "Dada," she can kind of say "Hello" and "That." The other day while I was making dinner and she was sitting in her high chair I swear she said, "Mama, baby" really clearly. She also does a lot of imitations. She can clap, "snap," strum her lips, give high fives, make raspberries with her lips, give kisses (she just clicks her tongue to make a kiss sound), and hold something up to her ear like she is talking on the phone. She can make pretend drink sounds when we are playing with her tea set and she even started making pretend car sounds after I zoomed a car along her body one day. On another day when I called our cat by rubbing my fingers together and making a kissing noise, she followed suit! I am always amazed by all that she does and am continually asking Andy if Philip was doing all of this at her age.

She is already concerned with fairness, throwing fits if she doesn't have the same thing (usually food) as Philip or the rest of us. Sippy cups were the first thing she decided she had to have just like Philip. She coveted his cup for months and so was introduced to the sippy cup much earlier than he was. After using her baby cups for a while she started to demand that she get the same kind of cup that Philip has. She is also good at communicating what she wants - like rummaging in the fridge and pulling out some blueberries, then making it very clear that she wants to eat some!

At one year old, Julia is:





A Baby Beauty
She loves her brother.

She can't help but dance when she hears music.

She has one big swoosh of hair on top, but the rest of her hair is finally coming back in.

She doesn't want anyone other than her parents and Philip to touch her, but she is still very social.

Being blessed with a baby girl was an unexpected and exciting gift. It has been so fun to already see the differences between her and her brother, and of course to get her all dolled up. Her nickname is Jules and it fits her perfectly because she is such a precious jewel. Happy Birthday Julia!

Julia's Stats
Hair:  Brown and starting to curl up around the ears
Eye Color: Still changing, but on their way to brown.  They are kind of hazel right now.
Number of Teeth: Five
Favorite Song:  Tumeni Notes
Favorite Book: She is equally disinterested in all of them. She is too busy playing.
Favorite Toys: Wipes
Favorite Foods: Frozen yogurt drops, whole wheat Ritz crackers
Favorite Instrument: Guitar
Favorite Animal: Herbie the cat

Julia's Firsts
Smile: 5 Weeks
Laugh:  3 Months
Rolled Over: 3 Months
Word: 6 Months
Tooth: 7 Months
Pulled Up: 7 Months
Clap: 8  Months
Sat Up Unassisted: 8 Months
Crawled: 8 Months
Standing: 10 Months
Walking: 12 Months

Watch Julia grow!

3 Months

6 Months
12 Months