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Happy First Birthday Noah!


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Dear Noah,

One year ago today you made your appearance.

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You made our family of 3 a family of 4.

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We were so excited to meet you!

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Your brother was excited to finally get to say hello to you (usually by screaming it in your face).

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But he also showed you all kinds of interesting things.

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The first three months were rough.

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But once we got your reflux under control you were a much happier baby.

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With a killer smile.

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And a curiosity about everything.

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Including all the funny things your big brother does.

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You started scooting at four months and haven’t stopped moving since.

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You started “school” in the fall.

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You are a stellar student.

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You moved to a new house and took it all in stride.

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At Halloween, you let your brother do all the work then you stole his candy.

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You celebrated your first Christmas too (and surprisingly didn’t pull the tree over on yourself).

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At seven months you started really crawling…and climbing.

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And climbing…

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You love music.

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And your “brother” Satchel

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And knocking down everything your brother makes (we call you Godzilla).

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Who can blame you for wanting all the toys for yourself?

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We found out at your 9 month checkup that you needed ear tubes.

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You handled the surgery pretty well and your school even sent you a “Get Well Soon” present.

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We celebrated your big day with lots of family.

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Happy Birthday!

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11 Months!


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Baby N turned 11 months today! I told him he has until the end of today to walk if he wants to keep up with his big brother, but he was too busy crawling to listen.

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The past month has brought a lot of change in him. A lot more of his personality is coming out. He loves to talk to us and interact.

He had another ear infection so we we will visiting the ENT next week to discuss getting tubes. Poor kid, no wonder he is cranky a lot. Hopefully we can get him feeling better soon.

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He always sits in a hurdlers stretch, halfway between sitting and crawling, probably because he only pauses for half a second at a time.

2014-03-11 16.58.33sm He loves to eat. He’s pretty good about trying new things and quite often eats more than his big brother. I suppose we’re trying to correct the mistakes we made by limiting the things we offered E.
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Trying noodles…not easy without a fork.

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Doing yoga with his Daddy.

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He and his brother have started to actually “play together” more (rather than just one torturing the other and then both of them crying). E likes to call him “My baby”. He says, “Put my baby down. Don’t make my baby cry.”

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One of his favorite hang-outs is the shower…I have no idea why, especially because it’s the perfect place to crack his head open.

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Digging in the “dirt” – good thing it was just flour and coconut oil because he tried to eat some of it.

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His most recent favorite thing to do is climb. He learned to climb the stairs several months ago but only recently he’s started to make a beeline for them as soon as we take the gate down.

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Climbing on a chair. E yelled at him, “That’s dangerous! Get down!”

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Climbing on his xylophone and trying to climb into his bookshelf.

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He was not a fan of daylight savings…it was the ONE time he decided to sleep in. Of course.

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I can’t believe his first birthday is just one month away.  Better get to planning his party! I wonder if he’ll want that grass on his cake…

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Polar Vortex Survival: Toddler Safari


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So you would totally think something entitled “Polar Vortex Survival” would include helpful hints about prepping and storing supplies, building an igloo and surviving on a diet primarily consisting of beef jerky.

(Who came up with Polar Vortex anyway? It sounds like a Gatorade flavor.)

But no, I live in Kentucky. Which means the polar vortex brings minimal snow and ice, conditions that northern states wouldn’t even blink at but make our fair city come to a screeching halt. I think at this point the schools will be in session year-round.

So we don’t really need to worry about being survivalists except when it comes to being stuck inside with toddlers all day. So E and I came up with this super simple game that can keep him entertained for a good portion of the day.

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You’ll need:
Some animals, pair of binoculars and one bored toddler.

He likes to pretend to “look for animals” so I made him some toilet paper roll binoculars. Then I made him close his eyes and count while I hid a variety of his animals around our first floor easter-egg-hunt style (so not hidden well).

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He would find them and take them back to the “Zoo” (he just put them in our toy basket). I made him find and return them one at a time so while he was out looking for more animals I could help a few”escape” and hide again. The game could have gone on forever. He loved it.

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