|Same tree, new location|
A year ago at this time, I was in funky haze of life with a newborn and a 2.5 year old. I think there was a lot of Max & Ruby, several attempts at cute pictures of the two of the kids together, and many prayers for good naps (and good nights). When I think back on that time, I somehow don't recall how exhausted I probably was, or the lack of patience I may have exuded. I seem to only remember the warm, fuzzy times, and it makes me just a little bit more excited about this holiday season.
It just seems like this past year went by so fast!!
|Gabe @ 5 weeks old|
Mia is taller, more grown-up, tells us funny things, leaves the "t" out of the "th" sound (so "things" sounds like "hings"), and is much more verbally expressive and her comprehension of the world around her is increasingly widening. She can hear you say something and repeat it back and it seems like it makes sense to her, even if she asks "why?" about it a million times (still)!
She also unintentionally makes us laugh. The other night at dinner Greg was telling me about some things going on at work. I was processing what he said (sometimes that can take me a while), so after seconds of silence I said, "I hear you," to which Mia promptly responded: "I didn't say any'hing," very matter-of-factly. Greg & I burst out laughing. Girl pays attention!
|Our most recent family pictures -|
Gabe gets clobbered by Mia. No big deal.
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He walks great if you hold his hands. He moves his legs like he knows what he's doing, but if you let go, he does a mini-squat, and then plops down on his bottom and starts crawling like a mad man. I guess in this case, both the flesh and the spirit are weak. Mia did not walk until 15 months, so I am okay with this.
He makes sounds that sound like, "buh buh" (bye bye), "what's that," "mama," and "dada." He does lots of other mumblings too, but I haven't decoded what they might stand for now. If he is getting whiny or insistent about something, he might say, "digga digga digga" really fast and earnestly!
He is still really easy-going and plays independently really well. We can set him down in front of a bunch of toys and he'll just play, investigate and rummage through them all.
We had family pictures done the weekend before Thanksgiving and should be getting them anyday now. I can't wait to update our old family photos. Gabe doesn't look quite the same as he does in the header on this blog!
|These are my hoodlums|
|sleepy Gabe in church on Sunday|
|Mia & Braden having a blast playing MarioKart (their first time)|