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To our beautiful boy.

You have brought us so much joy this year: so much love.

We didn’t think we could love like this; or this much. We didn’t know we could be this patient, this fun, this selfless, this disciplined. We thought being parents would highlight all of the areas we’re lacking in but instead, those areas have grown and flourished.

We have loved watching you grow and learn. Seeing your personality develop has made us laugh and get even more excited for what’s to come. Though, I can’t tell if you have your father’s determination or my stubbornness?? We’ll see.

Happy first birthday, mi hijo.

We love you very much!

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Six Months

Today Liam is six months old!

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You can’t tell in the picture above, or any of the following pictures–good job, son–but Liam is a pretty content baby and an absolute joy to be around. Even when he’s being fussy all I have to do is hold him and stand up. If it gets really bad, then I sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in his ear and he instantly gets quiet and his cries turn into little baby sniffles. Yeah, my heart melts on a daily basis over here.

He’s like most six month olds in that he puts  e v e r y t h i n g  in his mouth. Except parsnips. He’s not a fan of those. And eggs, he’s on the fence about eggs. But everything else is free game; especially his Sophie. He LOVES her!

He already has two teeth and is gearing up for two more (I think the top two are next?). And he is a drool machine. I cannot handle all of the drool.

He hates being on his tummy but is slowly tolerating more time on it. So, he can roll onto his back but not off of it. There aren’t really any signs of him crawling soon. But he is sitting up with minimal assistance! He especially enjoys sitting on someone’s lap and facing the arm of a chair/couch and hearing his nails scratch the fabric.

Liam is a great sleeper! Well, as in he sleeps through the night, 7pm-7am, but dealing with him unswaddling himself was not giving me an uninterrupted 12hrs of sleep. So, after about two months of trying to figure out how to get him used to his legs and arms being free, we just cut him off from the swaddle cold turkey… and we moved him out of our room last week. He’ll still wake up once or twice in the night but those moments are much less frequent; like last night, he woke up at 5am, chirped once or twice, and then went right back to sleep! Thank you, son. Thank you.

He’s a quiet observer. He doesn’t seem shy, just like he’s sitting back, taking it all in and assessing his surroundings. I wish I was more like that. It’s great taking him out in public or hanging out with our friends… unless you get loud in his face. He doesn’t enjoy that – but who does, really?

He’s not consistently chatty but can be. He’s learning and making new sounds all of the time. Lately he’s been fake coughing. I have no clue where that came from because Will and I don’t really cough. With my allergies I’ve been sneezing most mornings–thank you, Scotland–but no coughing. So, maybe that’s his “sneeze”? I don’t know, either way, it’s one of his noises.

He LOVES bath time! He kicks and splashes and moves around so much in the water. His new thing is to be belly-down in the water, raise his head and chest high, and start kicking his legs. It’s pretty freakin’ adorable!

Oh man, six months. Six months!

Happy half birthday, Liam!

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All pictures by the talented Ms. Fleck last month in Harrison Park East!

A Brain Dump (+ Photos!!)

Tomorrow Liam will be 20 weeks – TWENTY WEEKS!! I can’t believe it’s been that long… or that short? I can’t tell just yet ;) So much has happened within these last four plus months and at the same time nothing has happened. I mean, Liam is blowing my mind, and taking care of him is such a joy, but, I know it’s not as exciting to you as it is to me.

Or maybe it is? I don’t know.

So, if you don’t mind, I’m just gonna dump it all out and we’ll take it from there. Thanks.

I’ve started exercising again! A friend gifted me her Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout and  I’ve died about five times now; but it feels good to be exercising again. I can’t do her guides completely (my body is not ready for mountain climbers or burpees) but most of it is pretty doable. I’ve got a looooong way to go.

Will is working from home now and it’s been great. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea at first (I wasn’t sure I had the self-discipline to leave him alone all day), but after seeing how Will and Liam have grown closer because of the extra time Will is spending at home has made it worth it! I have nothing but heart eyes for these two!

I love catching Liam’s silly faces on camera!!

I will forever love Dean Bridge for this view.

I made goat’s milk soap with my friend, Aya, and love it. Everyone’s getting soap for Christmas!

Friends of ours moved back to the States so we bought their tv for dirt cheap. It’s made binging on Suits much more enjoyable. Though, I do have to share it with Will and Liam so they can watch their sports.

Our MC (Missional Community) spent a Sunday at the beach. I wish there were more days like this one during the summer.

I went to a breastfeeding clinic last week and Liam put on a show for the nurses – as in he did his new trick of feeding for only three minutes and crying for the better part of an hour. The midwives confirmed that he is teething and recommended Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powder; it’s a game changer! He hasn’t put on much weight in the last month so this should help with that.

was using cloth diapers on Liam but then he started soiling his outfit every time so I went back to paper diapers. I’m hoping he’ll put on some more weight now that he’s eating better so we can go back to cloth. We’re using BumGenius diapers that we inherited from a sweet friend and it’s such a money saver! Honestly, I kinda don’t like using cloth, but I dislike spending the money on paper more – sooooo yeah.

I just bought River Cottage’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook and can’t wait to use it!

I’m on an organising spree so I’ve got Evernote and iBank on my phone – meal planning and budgeting FTW!

I just celebrated my 32nd birthday (woah!!) and it was such a pleasant day. Will was away in Sweden for the weekend so I was happy to have him home. We made a big breakfast, spent 90 minutes looking for a movie to watch on Netflix (as you do), gave Liam a bath, and did a little shopping. It wasn’t much but I loved every minute of it!