Monday, June 5

This Boy

There is surprisingly little (actually zero) crawling happening around here. BUT... I can't complain because this boy has learned to clap when you say "yay!" and the other day we were watching a movie and he started dancing to the music. Neither John nor I recall trying to teach him that so apparently he just really feels the rhythm. We bought him a tank top the other day and the sight of those chubby little arms and shoulders makes me want to cry. I'm really the luckiest.

Tuesday, May 30

The Story of a Haircut

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Last week, despite my deep-seated belief that if we were to cut Everett's hair he would no longer resemble a baby but instead would look more like a 50-year-old man, John managed to convince me that the fact that we could no longer see our baby's ears was reason enough that he needed his first haircut. So, with much trepidation (on my part) we loaded him up and headed over to the local kids' salon.

He was an honest-to-goodness angel during the whole process, just sitting in the little plastic car, sucking on his binky and alternating between watching John and I and the Minions movie on the TV. John picked his hairstyle and my contribution was snapping pictures instead of crying. When the scissors and clippers and grape-scented hair wax were all put away, he'd aged into a tiny little man in a green alien poncho, but in the very best way. I'm convinced that the next time I blink he'll be renting a tux for prom. How does this growing up stuff even happen?

Monday, May 15

My First Official Mother's Day

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“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time.” --Neal A. Maxwell

To the little guy who calls me mamamama: I love you. And to the big guy who made it all possible: I'm so happy I get to experience parenthood with you! xoxo

Friday, April 28

It’s true!

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It turns out what everyone says is actually true. Babies do eventually start sleeping through the night! We are feeling PRETTY GREAT around here, and yes, I do think sleep training is totally worth it. Babies magically become even cuter when they let you get more than two hours of sleep at a time. Who knew?

Wednesday, April 19

My baby at 7 (and a half) months

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Last week I met John on his lunch break at the city clerk's office to apply for a passport for Everett in preparation for our big road trip to British Columbia this summer. I can't believe how big he's getting! He rolls like crazy and sits up pretty well, plays peek-a-boo with his blanket (or a napkin, or a sheet, or his own shirt), loves eating and gets really excited when he sees anyone with food, and is obsessed with dogs. He still doesn't have any teeth and doesn't appear to be working towards crawling any time soon, and lately every time you smile at him he grins huge and closes his eyes. It makes me laugh every time. He says "mamama" and "dadada" so hopefully soon he'll start to recognize that those sounds actually mean something. He babbles constantly.

He loves when John counts to three and throws him in the air and he starts giggling right when you say "one" so clearly he knows what's coming. He's an expert fake cougher and if you cough back he'll get even louder. People tell me all the time that he's the happiest baby they've ever seen and I have to agree. Every morning when I go get him from his crib and bring him back to our bed to nurse and snuggle back to sleep for a little while longer, I think how lucky I am to be his mom. Somehow sitting on the front porch watching the dog run around with Everett on my lap makes the late nights, grumpy days, and massive blow-outs worth it. ;)

Monday, April 17

Easter

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Happy (belated) Easter! John and I limited our candy consumption (I got one bag of cadbury eggs and he got starburst) and spoiled Everett instead. He got a couple of books--his favorite--from us and my mom, and John talked me into buying him the world's most extravagant baby jumper. It's Finding Nemo-themed, and I really love that movie, so how could I resist? After stake conference, which was a great meeting, we played with Everett's gifts and spent time at my parents' house and John's parents' house. I'm so thankful for my Savior--because of him, I get to be with my family forever. Hope your holiday was full of good food, family and friends, and happiness!

Wednesday, April 12

Everett's First Zoo Trip

This week is spring break for my sister Rachael and she decided that she wanted to go to the zoo (I think mostly to see what Everett thought of the whole experience). My brother happened to have the day off and my sister-in-law is off track so they tagged along with my mom and sister and I.

Everett had no idea we even saw elephants and giraffes and lions. Basically if any animal was farther away than a couple feet, it didn't exist to him. Every time we'd lift him up, he'd just stare at the wood along the enclosure like it was the COOLEST THING EVER. So at least he's easily impressed. He did much better with the small animal exhibits since they're usually behind glass not too far away.
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Just casually hugging an otter. Because why not?
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Somebody was really excited about the carousel. Not actually riding it, mind you. Just staring at it and watching other kids ride it.
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Everett and the meerkat really had a moment. Dogs will always be his number one favorite, but I think this was a close second.
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