Thursday, September 11, 2014

22 months and 5 months...

at 22 months and 5 months we are surrounded by crazy curly hair, hundreds of words, chubby rolling thighs, and two kiddos that can roll.  maeve, you are a silly, playful, talkative lady going about one hundred miles per hour.  jasper, you are a soft giggly boy, who looks a little worried sometimes, and who now understands the concept of grabbing hair and ripping glasses off.  this past month has been so fun. and i'm starting to sort of get the hang of navigating with two little kiddos. ok so here we go...

maeve, you've been incredibly helpful…handing jasper toys and all the things he needs...
you two have been interacting, which is about the sweetest thing to watch...
maeve you have been sharing your toys and jasper you've been eating them...
you are practically the same size as one another...
jasper, i often catch you watching maeve...
a girl on the move and a boy who is beyond interested...
we took a picture of the three of us on our visit to bresca and the honeybee...
and the four of us later that night at the well at jordan's farm...
there have been family tea parties...
and now both of you are saddled up to the island...
and look at how similar these sleepy pictures of the two of you are (maeve on the top, jasper on the bottom)...
maeve, this is you at twenty two months…

picking berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and not really caring if they are ripe or not)...
wearing that hat and those shoes...
in love with water play...
sometimes accidentally tucking your dress into your diaper...
asking for "more biggah push" or an "unna-dog"...
enjoying popsicles with an old friend...
doing your daily chalk time...
pants optional chalk time...
driving the commando...
uh-oh clear the roads...
dropping stones into the water at madeleine point...
showing off your rock climbing skills...
being a summertime girl after you bossed me around and said "back seat mommy"...
having a tea party...
riding the tractor like asa at becky's house...
reading in bed with snoopy and baby...
bedhead!
doing your "june puzzle"...
moments after your biggest tantrum yet (yowsa!)...
still trampolining...
chair time...
swimming with your friend amelia...
looking like E.T. on halloween after pool time...
sharing some pirate's booty with august...
cream cheese and a straw are frequent requests...
in the locker room before your first swimming lessons...
here is a video of you with timmy thomas, our neighbor's cat.  you love talking about him, but don't particularly like when he gets too close. as long as he's two feet away you are good...

and since we are in video mode, jasper i'll kick off your month with a little video of you hanging out in the exersaucer...

at five months you are about the size of two schniblets. i mean look at your leg compared to that little dangling leg on the right.  knowing that it's just been milk that has made you this strong and luscious makes me proud...
at five months you found your thumb...
wear stripes practically every day...
like to read, but found this book a bit scary...
love being outside...
enjoy snuggling on our bed...
love tummy time...
here is one of my favorite pictures of you!
oh sleepy bear...
you learned how to hold your bottle by yourself...
on your five month birthday you demanded food when watching maeve eat a banana, so we gave you some...
i love how your shin consumes your ankle in this picture...
and those arm rolls...
and those dimples...
one day you started doing happy baby and rolling from side to side.  the next day you rolled over...
you and dad. bjorning it...
another favorite captured on your quilt from aunt helen...
and now onto family time.  we did lots of hiking this month.  maeve, you LOVE the backpack...
we completed the whole west side trail...
and dad got to carry both of you around part of little john island when i needed a break...
we climbed bradbury mountain...
maeve, you and dad led the way, with you pointing out trail markers...
we took a trip to new harbor this month, where we…

hydrated...
after playing at the pemaquid fort...
and taking a dyer women photo...
where we relaxed a bit...
strolled with our babies...
ventured to hog island…

did pig impressions...
and struggled with figure out the face cut-outs again...
we toured around with dee-dee...
and hopped back on the boat...
just in time for a snooze...
and some lunch...
we relaxed a lot...
and got in some extra cuddle time...
and of course we splashed about in dee-dee and papaw's tub...
we took a trip to rockport this month where we found an awesome raspberry patch...
slept lots...
see!
see!!!
you entertained nana and popsie...
played in the little house in the woods...
and visited hope elephants, where we got to see an elephant tooth and used you jasper for size reference...
we had lots of adventures close to home, too.  including boat rides
exploring in the best back yard ever...
and taking the plasma car for a ride...
and here are some things i don't want to forget about this month…

maeve: you climb the ladder on the play gym now, you love being covered by pillows in your book nook, everything is _____ time (chalk time, snack time, bath time, cheese time), you love drinking from a straw, you remember everything and are connecting so many dots, when you are thinking you say "ummmm" and you love playing with your copter (helicopter) and your little people.

jasper: your eye contact, how dr. peterson kept smiling when watching you at your check-up, how you start panting/heavy breathing when you see yourself in the mirror, how easy you are, seeing you effortlessly roll over and then push yourself up, you hugs and snuggles, how you rest so peacefully by my side, and watching you gum your first banana and a strawberry.

to hold all of this goodness and joy is the blessing of all blessings.  it is overwhelmingly incredible to watch two little people develop…it is such a privilege.  i am whole from your two halves.  xo.
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