Monday, August 29, 2016

100 degrees at the Zoo

I had it in my head that we needed to go to the zoo on Saturday. This weekend was Ryan's first (and last) two-days off for awhile, and I wanted to mark it with something special. Never mind the weatherman warning of temperatures that would feel like 100 degrees.

It was hot! But Caroline had a blast and Duncan slept through his entire first zoo experience!


The lion was a favorite! We've been reading the lift-the-flap book "Dear Zoo" and in the book the zoo sends the child a lion that has to be sent back because he is too fierce. This lion looked pretty laid back but I'm glad he was behind the glass!





We've now been to the zoo when it's cold and raining and hot and humid. I told Ryan I'll let him pick the next zoo day!



Sunday afternoon we had a more seasonally appropriate day and went to the pool. Much better!


Hope your week is off to a great start!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Skills

We have some major new skills around here to report!

Caroline...


...took two tiny steps yesterday morning! She did it once and then I got my camera out and she did it one more time. Of course, she hasn't done it since so I think we are a ways off from full on walking. And I'm in no hurry to rush this step!

And not to leave the little guy out, Duncan is sitting up in the Bumbo!


And is quite pleased about it! Have you ever seen a baby with such skinny legs? He's developed a nice little flat spot on the right side of his head (because he will only sleep on his right side) and so we're hoping that sitting up will help it even out!

Happy Hump Day, friends!

Monday, August 22, 2016

11 Months

How in the world is Caroline already 11 months old? Last year at this time I was fretting over our profile book and if our pictures and words portrayed the kind of family we intended to create. I was praying for the baby that would become ours and for a sense of peace for the birth parents that would surely be struggling with such a decision. Little did I know that God had big plans that were literally just right around the corner!

And now that tiny baby is trying to walk, has three teeth (and one more almost visible!) and is the most joyful little girl who is always on the go.


Her pajamas say, "You Make Me Smile." Yes, you do, my dear!

Caroline turned 11 months on Friday. This age and stage is so fun. She's is so close to walking and walk circles around the coffee table and the sofa. She can stand without holding onto anything and it catches me off guard when I walk into the room to see her standing up. Then she plops back down and does her adorable sand crab style crawl to wherever she wants to go.


Caroline' newest "skill" is taking things out. I've been trying to reorganize my room and quickly discovered I needed to wait until my little helper was napping. See video below...Taking the books off the bookshelf in the nursery is also a favorite activity. Now we just need to learn how to put them back!


She's close to talking and has "dada" down pat. She said "mama" very clearly, once, while looking for me. She'll repeat things we say like "dun-kin" and I also believe she said "gra-dada" when we were in Senatobia to my dad. She's very vocal and loud and can get her point across with little grunts and shrieks.

She's become a very adventurous eater and especially likes food off my plate. In the last two weeks she's had pepperoni pizza, meatloaf and chicken nuggets. She's still getting some pureed vegetables but mostly softened things she can pick up like sweet potato balls, green beans and carrots. We tried giving her tiny bits of broccoli and she didn't like the texture. Breakfast is still a banana and that along with sweet potatoes seem to be her favorite flavors.

This sweet girl wakes up with a smile on her face. She gets so excited when she sees her bottle and, even though she can hold it on her own, we snuggle up for at least the first and last bottles of the day. It's my favorite part of the day. She eating 6 ounces (or 8 oz if she hasn't eaten much food) at 7 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. She's still taking a morning nap for about an hour and a half and then a two hour one in the early afternoon.


Bathtime may be her favorite part of the day.


She can entertain herself but also loves it when friends come over to play. We had fun with Lillie last week.


I apologize in advance for the sappy, sentimental posts that may pop up in the next month! I just cannot believe we are about to have a one year old!