Friday, December 2, 2016

Seven

Harrison,

You are 7 years old today. Happy birthday, bubba! Time insists on marching on and you keep getting older and taller, but I have to say that I think you as a big kid is my favorite stage so far. I think my mama heart will always miss your baby and toddler years -- they were so special and I am typing through teary eyes as I remember them fondly. But I sure am enjoying the heck out of you as you continue to grow and mature. You are smart, witty, kind, and a giant ball of energy that keeps us all shaking our heads and laughing every day.

We recently started journaling back and forth to each other and it is the BEST. After you've written in it you are so eager to hide it under my pillow, and I'm just as eager to read what you've written me and to respond. I know one day you will be too cool to do this fun activity with your mom so I am savoring the time I still have with you where you think I am a total rock star. I think you are pretty amazing, too. This world would sure be boring without you in it.

Happy birthday, sweet boy. I can't wait to celebrate you and the day you made me a mommy. Love you BIG!

Love always,
Mommy





Thursday, November 3, 2016

One

Hadley Claire,

When you wake up this morning, you will be ONE. This triggers a lot of emotions in your mama. It actually brings out a lot of emotions in your siblings, too. They both cried legitimate tears yesterday over the fact that it was your last day to be a baby and how they don't want you to change. They are so silly but I sure do relate to their sentiment. These 365 days have flown by far too quickly if you ask me.

I know that I will be choking back my own tears throughout this special day. Tears of sadness, as your babyhood is forever behind us. Tears of joy, as I watch you with wonder and soak you in. Tears of gratitude, as I thank God for the gift that you are. You are the bonus baby we didn't know we needed...but oh my how we most definitely needed you. You are incredibly loved and cherished, Haddie Lou!

Wishing you a very happy 1st birthday and looking forward to another year of watching you grow.

Love always,

Mommy






Sunday, October 30, 2016

11 Months

Hadley turned 11 months old on October 3. Wait a second...what??? Time sure is FLYING by.




She weighed 22 lbs., 3 oz. and was 29 inches long.

She is wearing size 18 month clothes and is in a size 4 diaper.

So, Hadley, what have you been up to this month?

This last month has been a little challenging. You've been sick with ear infections and colds and also teething. You are usually such a happy baby but this month you have been very cranky and way more high maintenance than normal. And sleep? Ha. Let's just say that neither one of us are anywhere close to being well-rested. Poor baby...it's no fun to see you feeling icky.


Momma, my ear hurts :(

Mad Baby


it is so rare that you fall asleep on me these days. Definitely not feeling well but I sure did appreciate the extra snuggles.

I could sit and watch you sleep for hours...if you would actually sleep for hours 
Even with being sick and grumpy a lot this month, your silly self still shined through plenty. Your personality is getting bigger and bigger and you are so much like your brother. You are wild, into EVERYTHING, love mischief, not idle for more than 2 seconds, want total freedom, and know exactly what you want and get mad when you don't get it. In other words, we are all a little scared. Ha!

The first time I let you get your own snack instead of handing them to you one at a time. You were so excited to feed yourself!

I think I'll climb all the way up...it's cool, Mom.
you love to feed yourself
how exactly am I supposed to eat this?

you also love to throw food on the floor and laugh at me when I tell you not to.
my little wild child having a good ol' time playing with all the buttons and switches in the car rider line


We gave you your first taste of ice cream this month and the pictures speak for themselves.


oh yeah. come to mama.

what is this frozen deliciousness??

yes I want some more!! 

Nothing in life mattered before this moment

try to take away my cone and I will cut you

I try to contain you in the living room (read: lock you in baby jail) but you always find ways to escape. I don't get much done during the day because you keep me on my toes, little missy. But slowing down and sitting in the floor with you is certainly nothing to complain about. You sure are fun to watch and play with. Your favorite toys are your xylophone, gumball machine, and riding toys (or pretty much anything you can climb on).




you love to break out of jail and go beat on these glass doors...this is the mischievous look you give me when I catch you
and for some reason you are fascinated with the knobs and suck on them. The bigs think it's hilarious.

Another wonderful month in the books. We sure do love you, Hadley Hoo!













Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Months

Hadley turns 11 months old tomorrow...and I'm just now posting her 10 month post...that's life with 3 kids. But I'm patting myself on the back for sticking to the monthly posts! I haven't written a single word in her baby book but at least her babyhood is being documented somewhere :)

So anyway, Hadley turned 10 months old on September 3!


She weighed 21 lbs, 9 oz. and was 28 1/2 inches tall. (90th % and 65th %, respectively)

She wears size 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers.




So, Hadley, what have you been up to this month?


You are into EVERYTHING. You crawl at warp speed. You climb on, under, and behind furniture. You cruise along the walls and furniture. You've stood all by yourself but we are still waiting for you to take that first step.

getting close

No Mom, you may not use the restroom...if you do, I will go straight for sharp objects and cords. Muhahaha!

let me get that drawer open for you

You chow down on food. You have never been big on baby food but you inhale table food. You love meat -- you are a carnivore for sure. Your favorite foods are chicken, steak, peaches, bananas, and yogurt. You also love to drink water out of a sippy cup. You won't drink breast milk out of one but you will gulp down some water.




You nap twice a day. Usually 30 minutes in the morning and about an hour in the afternoon. Your afternoon nap almost always takes place in the car rider line. You are still not sleeping through the night and almost always end up in our bed before morning comes around. It doesn't make for great sleep but I do enjoy your snuggles. Especially since you have outgrown wanting to be rocked or cradled. You are so active and if you are awake, you want to be exploring and engaging and not so much chilling out with your mama on her lap.

  In a rare moment you let me cuddle you after nursing. I was trying so hard to memorize what you feel like in my arms as a baby. It's food for my soul and I want to cry buckets that these moments are almost gone :(

You are learning lots of new tricks. You love to throw things on the floor and say, uh oh! You clap your hands and play pat-a-cake and cover your face to play peek-a-boo, and laugh the cutest little baby laughs while doing so. You love to dance to music. You figured out how to put balls in your gumball machine and press the lever to release them. It's so fun to watch your eyes light up when you learn something new. 

peek-a-boo!
You are still such a happy baby. You are also full of expression. Your silly faces crack us up.










Oh, Haddie Lou. We adore you beyond words. You are a special girl and I am so thankful to be your mama. Love you bigger than big!












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