Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh, so *that's* why I can't breathe.

If you ever hear me say I'm just gonna run by the doctor's office and get a quick prescription for antibiotics so it'll be no problem just dragging my kids along, SLAP ME. Please. Tell me I'm an idiot and for the love of God, don't you dare let me do it!

It is 5:47 as I'm typing this from my phone and I'm still at the doctor. My appointment was at 3. Awesome, right? At 5 the doctor finally came in to tell me I had pneumonia and that I needed to stick around for observation* and breathing treatments. The kids thought it was funny that mommy had to wear the mask this time. And Harrison was super cute when he got concerned that I had to get a shot in my tushy. The nurse told me it was going to burn and he said, "but I don't want it to burn you, Mommy! Blow on it to cool it off!" Then the rest of the afternoon he kept asking if fire was going to come out of my butt. ha!

One plus: I didn't have to feed my kids dinner tonight considering they ate approximately 5 squeezy pouches and 2 boxes of crackers while sitting in their stroller for 3 hours.

*Apparently "observation" means leave the crazy lady in the room with the screaming children all alone because nobody so much as opened the door to peek in. Don't you just LOVE going to the doctor??

Friday, August 10, 2012

Apparently they prefer classic rock to lullabies.

It was suspiciously quiet around here yesterday and I walked in to find them messing with the radio in Harper's room. There are very few things in our house that are "off limits" but electronic devices are one of those things. I'm pretty sure that I caught Harrison pressing buttons on it ten times every single day for the first 6 months we put it in Harper's room but he finally eventually lost interest. Just in time for Harper to discover it...which of course totally brought it back onto her brother's radar. :) 

They had no clue I was in there and they were being pretty funny so I took this video with my phone. I love how they are bickering at each other and then as soon as the music starts they go from being mad to happy in a heart beat. Ha! And a side note -- I have no idea how they managed to tune it to a classic rock station on their own. I seriously sometimes think that they are more technology-savvy than I am!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

15 Months

Harper turned 15 months old on Friday.

15 Months

I haven't done a monthly post since she turned 1, so I figured since we just got new stats at the doctor I'd write an update on her. The well visit went really...well, well. In fact, her doctor made the comment that this was her best checkup to date and that he is very happy with all the progress she's made. Not that he was worried about anything specifically, it's just that her first year was kind of a rough one, medically speaking. Nothing like a great report from your child's pediatrician to put a huge smile on your face, an extra pep in your step, and an overwhelming desire to thank Jesus!  

She weighs 21.8 lbs. (30th percentile) and is 29 1/2 inches tall (18th percentile). 

I tried to get a picture of her in sitting in her chair with a sign like all of the other monthly pictures we've done, but somebody was in a feisty mood and wanted nothing to do with sitting in her chair next to a sign (as if you couldn't tell from the picture up there, ha!). Further evidence of her level of cooperation:

Oh jeeeeez, Mom! Enough with the pictures already. You are so lame.
And boring. I forgot to mention boring.

But it's okay. I think I prefer the standing-in-the-chair-with-the-crazy-face picture anyway. It totally captures her silly personality at this age!

So Harper, what are you up to these days?

First things first: you are now officially walking!!!! You took your first steps on July 10 but just really started taking off over the last couple of weeks. You are still doing a mix of crawling and walking but are so proud of yourself after you walk across the room. I'm pretty sure there is nothing cuter than when a toddler starts toddling. Love it!

You also still really enjoy climbing. I, however, do not enjoy your climbing.

But Mom, all the cool kids are doing it!

You are sleeping so great at night. You hit the pillow and are out within 30 seconds. Most nights you are ready for bed by 7...which would be nice except you seem to think you only need 10 hours of sleep. Sorry honey, but I'm not okay with you being up for the day before 6am. We've been trying to stretch your bed time to 8 or 9 but you still rise with the roosters no matter how late we tuck you in. And naps? Ha. You average maybe 30 minutes a day. You just apparently don't require much rest. And I have no idea who you get that from. (I'm sure your grandma is happy to know I'm getting paid back!)


You ADORE your brother. Wherever he is, you are. When he's napping you sit outside his door whine and knock. You love to play trucks and trains and tractors and ball with if you both could master the art of sharing we'd be good to go. :) He can make you laugh harder than any of us. He adores you as well and it makes my heart so happy to see you two being sweet to each other.


Your lungs seem to be getting better. You've only gotten sick twice since your birthday and we've only had to do the breathing treatments for about a week each time so that's a huge improvement. I so pray that this is a sign you are growing out of all of your respiratory issues!

My sick, snuggly, sweetie pie

A few other things about you at this age that I want to document:

You are saying several words: hi, bye-bye, cracker, uh-oh, go, no, bath, Mama, Dada, Bubba, Harper, Mamaw, Papaw, puppy, kitty cat ("cat-cat"), thank you ("day doo"), ball, boo. I haven't taught you very many signs but you do know how to sign please, more, all done, night-night and my very favorite, I love you. 

You love to "sing" and dance along with your brother.

You love to shake your head no at us when we ask you to do something. Your will has been getting a little stronger these days and I don't like it. Ha! 

You are afraid of animals. Which I find odd considering we live in a zoo and also considering your genes (I grew up rescuing every stray I could find and my childhood dream was to become a vet). You love our pets but are seriously scared of other people's pets...even the tiny ones. 

You are a great eater. Seriously, you shovel it in with both hands. You don't play games. I feel like I spend 80% of my day preparing food for you and cleaning up the kitchen, but I'm not going to complain because I'm really grateful that you love most foods. Some of your favorites: veggie pouches, carrots, blueberries, yogurt, tomatoes, and crackers. 

You have 8 teeth. 4 on top and 4 on bottom. 

Your feet are finally growing. You've stayed in a size 2 (3-6 mo) for forever and just within the last week you've hit a growth spurt. You skipped right over size 3 and are now in a size 4 (9-12 mo).

You have developed quite a little temper. I was surprised by this because I was certain you inherited your Daddy's laid back nature. You were supposed to inherit your Daddy's laid back nature! But holy moly can you throw some serious tantrums if you don't get what you want when you want it. Again, I have no idea who you get this from. ;)

Your nicknames are Sissy, Little Sis, Sister (clearly I'm creative and original), Harpie Harp, Harper Girl, and your dad and brother call you Burrito or Bito (shortened from Harpito Burrito from your swaddled days -- don't worry, I'm trying hard to get the burrito reference to die, ha). 

You give kisses and hugs all the time and it never, ever gets old. Oh how I love your slobbery sweetness!

You are full of life. You wake up ready to go and you go all. day. long. You are silly. You are sweet. You are spunky. You are so much fun!

Harper, you are radiant sunshine in our lives. 15 months later and I'm still in awe of the plans God orchestrated for our family when He entrusted us with you. You are a gift and we treasure you every single day. Love you, love you, LOVE YOU!

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