Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone – here are some cute photos for your viewing pleasure! I almost forgot about this today, since I wasn’t thinking about what day it was. My schedule seems all out of whack with how busy Chris has been at work recently, but that is nearly finished and things will be back to normal for us soon. Lewis and I have been keeping busy as usual despite missing Daddy a bit.

He woke up from his nap just as I was finishing the batter for his birthday cake, so he got to "help" me clean off the spoon.

He woke up from his nap just as I was finishing the batter for his birthday cake, so he got to “help” me clean off the spoon.

"Wow, look at all these presents! Who knew birthdays could be so awesome!"

“Wow, look at all these presents! Who knew birthdays could be so awesome!”

Mama's shirt makes a pretty dress.

Mama’s shirt makes a pretty dress.

We traced Lewis on a big paper and colored with markers when Grandma + Grandpa were here. Later Lewis and I added some paint as well, and Lewis enjoyed using the watercolors to paint all over his real body too.

We traced Lewis on a big paper and colored with markers when Grandma + Grandpa were here. Later Lewis and I added some paint as well, and Lewis enjoyed using the watercolors to paint all over his real body too.

Confetti art! Lewis also stuck it all over his leg, told me he was decorated, and then explained that it was "probably Christmas."

Confetti art! Lewis also stuck it all over his leg, told me he was decorated, and then explained that it was “probably Christmas.”

We've discovered that the sidewalk out front is just the right slope for rolling things down. We've enjoyed using acorns, black walnuts, balls, and toy cars.

We’ve discovered that the sidewalk out front is just the right slope for rolling things down. We’ve enjoyed using acorns, black walnuts, balls, and toy cars.

Hard at work in the mini construction site.

Hard at work in the mini construction site.

Birthday Letter

Dear Lewis,

Happy Birthday! You are turning two today, although in some ways you seem much older than that. You are so smart, funny, creative, sweet, and imaginative. You bring so much joy to every day for both me and your Daddy. I can’t believe how much you have grown from when we first got to meet you, and I can’t wait to see how much you continue growing and learning in this new year of your life.

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You are still my little baby in some ways, still breastfeeding, still waking once or more in the night, still need lots of love and reassurance at times. But in other ways you are becoming so grown up. You decided a week ago that it was time to start wearing underwear, and you are rocking that decision. You have been dry all day the past two or three days, including during your naps. You are also becoming more and more social and comfortable talking to and interacting with people outside of our family. You are a wonderful and sweet little man (although you do get a bit wild at times) and you are starting to show that you are learning some wonderful manners. I love hearing your little voice say “Tank you Dada” or “Tank you Mama” when we give you something or share something with you. You are also remembering to say “please” more and more often when you want something or need our help.

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Play time with his new Little People fire station and some of his other new toys. Grandpa was having almost as much fun playing as Lewis was.

This time of year it is hard for much of our family to come visit us, but we were lucky to have Grandma and Grandpa B stop by for a few hours on Sunday. It was just enough time for a yummy birthday lunch and cake, opening up your presents, and some fun play time together. You were clearly loving every minute with them and have already been asking me when they will visit again. The visit seems to have brought other family to mind as well since you have also been asking about your Aunts and Uncles, and requesting to go to Michigan to see our family out there. Luckily for you we will get chances to see everyone again over the next few months, including a trip to MI for Christmas.

You seem to be really enjoying all your new presents equally, and I am pleased that Daddy and I were able to choose so well for you. You didn’t give us much to go on – when I asked you what you would like for your birthday your response was “cake!” And yes you got a yummy cake and since there are only three of us to eat it up there is plenty more to have some tonight on your “real” birthday. You requested chocolate, and so I used my family’s standard chocolate zucchini cake recipe, but it turned out your favorite part was the buttercream frosting on top. I decorated it with bugs on top and thought I did a pretty decent job, but you apparently thought my ladybug was a melon so now I’m not so sure…

Melon beetle?

Melon beetle?

"Yes! This is what I've been waiting for!"

“Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for!”

I hope you are having a truly fabulous birthday my darling, and that this coming year continues to bring much joy, love, and excitement for you. I am looking forward to more art, stories, games of tag and hide and seek, play time in the snow, and adventures to new and wonderful places. I love you so much, and love all of our time together.

Happy happy birthday my darling!

Love, Mama

Transitioning To Toddler

Lewis is almost 11 months old and it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he’s not such a baby anymore. He’s been walking for a few weeks now, firmly qualifying him as a toddler. He’s babbling a lot more, making new sounds and stringing his da-da-da’s and ba-ba-ba’s and other sounds together in new combinations with new expression, clearly “talking” and trying to communicate with us. I’m waiting for him to bust out with some actual words (besides Da Da) in the very near future.

We’re also starting to retire some of his baby equipment and upgrade to bigger and better versions. We stopped by Target today and got an Evenflo Truimph convertible car seat to replace his old Graco Snugride.

IMG_8530Chris installed the new seat in the car this afternoon. Lewis won’t be testing it out ¬†until next weekend, but I think he’s going to like it. We’re keeping him rear-facing for a while since that is safest, but I think he will still be a little higher up and be able to see a bit more out the windows.

Tiny little Lewis heading home from the hospital.

Tiny little Lewis heading home from the hospital.

Fourth of July. Ten month Lewis, almost too big for the seat!

Fourth of July. Ten month Lewis, almost too big for the seat!

 

I’ve also decided to retire his infant bath. He’s been fighting baths for the past month, suddenly deciding that he objects to sitting down in the water. He always looks interested as I get the bath ready and happily lets me put him into his tub, but almost immediately starts trying to climb back out and over the edge of the bath tub, crying if I don’t help him get out. Today at target we picked up and no skid mat for the bottom of the tub to try out baths without the baby tub. I got in with him for our first test run, and he did really great and let me wash his whole body and even his hair. He seemed to like having more space to play with his toys and more freedom to move around. I’ll probably bathe with him a couple more times but hopefully he will get over his bath-aversion and be happy to take his baths and play in the water again soon.

Mid-June and one of the last few times he willingly sat in his whale tub and let me wash his hair and everything.

Mid-June and one of the last few times he willingly sat in his whale tub and let me wash his hair and everything.

It’s crazy and amazing to think how much he has grown and learned in the past few months. It’s so exciting to see these transitions, and see him moving into my favorite stage/age.

He’ll be 1 in a month and a half and I’m sure I’ll write a big nostalgic post with lots of “than and now” photos and such, but with all these changes we’re reaching now it already feels like we’re making that transition to toddlerhood that is so often associated with that first birthday. This next couple months will probably be sprinkled with these posts as I make the mental adjustment to realizing he’s no longer my tiny baby. Plus, it’s fun to look back at all those teensy tiny little baby photos!