Every morning when you wake, we bring you into me and we sleep-eat together.
Sister comes in and joins the fun...which usually includes lots of climbing all over a half asleep mom who just wants 5 more mins to keep her eyes closed.
Those curls! Also, sis really wants you to keep that crown on.
Our sweet pickle checking out the sun.
We had the sweetest conversation after she was a little sad when I tried to fix the blinds.
You love playing in sissy's room. With the kitchen, dollhouse...you two also do a lot of hugging, pulling, wrestling...
You walking around with that broom. Once you started walking we immediately started making you do chores.
You adore "helping" load or unload dishes.
You insist on having your own spoon while you eat so you can practice feeding yourself. Brilliant much?
Off to Disneyland with fake sleeping and lots of smiles.
This is when sister yells "WE'RE HERE!" Which happens about three minutes after we leave our house.
Double Bugaboo Donkey. Heaven.
We break a lot of rules..like taking our kids down the escalator strapped into their stroller. Shh. Don't tell.
Unimpressed waiting for another tram. Everyone was oohing and ahhing over you two.
We actually don't have shoes for you yet. Barefoot at Disney. Pretty adorable.
You and Novs doing what you do. I love her picking you up..no matter what we say it happens 30, 000 times a day.
I love pineapple ice cream mom!
Love your Daddy but are always reaching for the one and only Mama.
Boy kissing boy..you trying to eat all my dole float.
You climbed up the bench almost throwing yourself over the fence to the ducks. Love all your hands lined up.
If you are reading this and frequent Disney and have never stopped by the Silhouette Studio, do it! So affordable and the artist cuts by hands, with scissors! I was so impressed. I am in love with these profiles.
Mom and Dad took turns riding the new Big Thunder Mountain and then we hit up the Tiki Room (which you two go nutz over)...a fun couple of hours and then heading home.
Leaving around lunchtime means run run running to the car with no one else around.
Tired bubbas fell asleep for naps in about three seconds.
A few hours later, groggy you awake and ready for a snack. You rarely wake up smiley.
Outside time!! And if you haven't noticed yet Mom, Nova and Fairbanks all have 4 (yes thats right) 4 outfit changes throughout the course of the day. Dad only 2. Crazy but normal.
You love being outside. I love watching you be outside. Plus this photo kills me dead.
Checking out the neighbors puppies but got nervous and held on to Dad's neck. Cute.
Love snuggling and feeding you in the hammock. I felt so happy in these moments.
My boys. Heartthrobs.
Big thanks to your Dad for getting shots of me with you two.
After-meal cleanup needs a hose.
You love water and you always beg for bath time.
For you and your sister from the time you are newborns, after bath time I snuggle you up in a towels and we watch ourselves in the mirror while I sing to you and we just hangout in love. It's probably my favorite time of the day.
Getting out all of our last bits of energy before bedtime. You like to wander around the house.
You and sis love jumping in your crib every night. Wild animals.
Stories, playtime in Nov's room. I rubbed lavender on both your tootsies and then bedtime.
We feed together with white noise and your fan and then once you're ready I snuggle you up in your bed. I feel so blessed to get to spend everyday caring for you and loving you like I do.
You are walking!!
You were taking a few steps at a time last month and standing for long stretches...but then March 16th after I had been gone for the weekend (shooting a wedding for Martha Stewart) you started and didn’t stop.
Your dad called me into Nova’s room and said you had just walked from the kitchen to her bed. We flipped on our phones to record video and you proceeded to walk the whole length of the room to me!! Bravo!!! It was so fun!
If you fall, you can stand up again and start walking without even holding on to anything!
I love it when my kids start walking, because leading up to that time, you want to so bad! It’s frustrating to not be able to move the way you want.
We have never practiced moving with our babies. Any physical progress you make is self-initiated. We just trust you to develop in the timeframe that feels best for you. Baby led growing. We never had “tummy time”...Just always made sense that you would roll onto your belly when you were ready.
I have always felt that clothes and shoes are a little pointless for babies...but now that you are walking I might need to protect your feet on occasion.
This month you have also started trying to put lids on things and fit things together.
We have these big lego blocks that you like to put together and then take apart.
You are eating eating eating. But you do like to feed yourself.
I bought these reusable squeezy pouches that have been heaven sent. We can fill them with all sorts of things, applesauce, yogurt, cream of wheat and you can feed yourself without having to be spoon fed.
You are also a green smoothie champ. Makes me tremendously happy to see you swallow down leafy greens.
You have also started sleeping longer and longer stretches through the night and now are pretty much sleeping through the entire night.
I know this should make me say “YIPPEE” but if I am being honest I always get a little sad when my babies start sleeping through the night. I know it’s twisted. Of course getting longer stretches of sleep makes me feel like a new woman but it is just another reminder of your first year ending and I am sappy and sentimental.
We still breastfeed on demand but I know that is changing because when I have been away from you and pump, the quantity is different. Just proof that you are getting lots of nutrients from other sources now.
Your dad and I went away to Palm Springs for two night to celebrate our 5yr wedding anniversary. It was the first time we had left you without either one of us at home. It was a big deal. Grandma Thurston flew in to love you guys up. I can tell you had a great time….but it was pretty magical when we walked in the front door and your face lit up.
Your smiley eyes are laser beams of joy.
We were at the beach last night as a family and at one point dad wrapped a towel around you while I was holding you and you just looked at both of us with those laser beam eyes and the three of us experienced a super duper in love moment.
You are all about water, playing with the water table, crawling around in the grass and dirt.
If you hear the bathtub filling up you beeline it to the bathroom and make it very clear that you want in.
But as soon as you are done you are done. Its fun watching you be fairly decisive. If you are done taking a bath, you know it. If you want a drink and not a cracker, it’s clear. You want mom and not dad, there is no mistaking that one.
You always prefer me. NEVER gets old. Best self esteem boost. Makes me forget about all the extra weight I have to lose and the bra-less outfit I have been sporting all day. When you reach for me I am a super model.
You and Nova have started to play really well with each other. Give and take, giggles, wrestling. I think stuff will start to get really fun once you are able to run with her.
She still needs to work on not pulling you or forcing you to do things….but she does have good ideas, so I can’t really blame her. Like in the tub she wants you to lean back on her so she can be Mr. Nathan, the swim teacher, and you can be the student. “Kick kick kick” she says. She also likes to tell you “It’s OK, it’s tear-free, bubbas”, when you are getting your hair rinsed.
Today after you woke up she brought her blankie to you and asked if you wanted it. Super sweet.
Yesterday she was playing in mud in the backyard and as soon as she heard you peep on the monitor she was begging for me to get you so you could play in the mud with her. “Will we just wash his jammies after?” “No I will just take them off, so he can get dirty with you”. “ OK!! Go get him!!”
We obviously go to Disneyland all the time since we live so close we met up last week with cousins that were in town. It was the first time you were a little scared on pirates. You didn’t want to face out but wanted me to hold you close and be cheek to cheek. Adorbs.
Bubbas, Bubs, Bubbies….seem to be the nicknames of choice although does on occasion call you “princess baby brother”...so maybe that counts? When I go to get you after you wake up I always call you “Zu Zus”. You have to be there.
I am in the middle of trying to make some fun birthday plans for your 1st. Although you know every age is my favorite I am always so excited to celebrate milestones with you.
I did the same with Novs, but for your 11 month shoot I wanted to show what your day looks like. These are the types of images I know I will treasure so much. I wanted it to be a somewhat normal day and believe it or not going to Disneyland is a normal occurrence for us. I struggled wanted to shoot this with film but wanting to post while you were still 11mos so digital won. They aren't perfect but I love them so.
I will eat you alive my yummy nummy yummy boy.