Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Another Easy Visit

Went in for Nate's three-year check up this morning.  Dr. Porras was happy with his growth, skill development, and general physical well being.  He measured 38.25 inches tall (71st percentile) and weighs 34.5 pounds (77th percentile).  Nate's trending on the tall side.  By tracking his growth pattern since birth and asking me about family height, they estimate Nate should grow to about 5'10" or 11".  Doctor sad he's sure Nate'll be taller than his Daddy.

And while there were no shots for the Potato Bug, poor Margaret had to endure two more shots as a follow up to last week.  But now we're set.  At least until late August when we go back in for flu shots!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tres Anos

I find parenting to be a constant back-and-forth between, "How has it been three years since you were born?!" and "I cannot remember a life without you."

In the past 365 days, you've stopped sleeping in a crib.  Mister Oso and Mister Monkey are no longer demanded bedtime companions (but you still like your "Peshal Blanket").  Your obsession with Thomas the Tank burned bright and then faded a little when you discovered Daniel Tiger.  And even poor Daniel has started to go by the wayside as you discovered that there is TV beyond PBS Kids.  You adore pizza and apples. You still hate avocado.  In one year, we moved from "Mama and Dada" to "Mommy and Daddy" and now we're mostly "Mom and Dad."  I wish I'd taken more opportunities to get your sweet little voice on camera.

Never in my life have I known someone who could cause such frustration (I'm looking at you, big boy bed and potty training) and spark such intense love (all the other minutes in this year that weren't focused on the aforementioned activities).  You amaze us constantly with your intelligence, your growing sense of humor, and your determination to do things we thought were beyond your two-year-old ability.  And despite your love of jumping, destruction, and general roughhousing, you posses the sweetest love for your baby sister.  We could not be more proud, Nate.

So here's to you, our sweet little Love Bug.  Happy third birthday!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Talented Friends

As I've mentioned before, we have two good friends who have opened their own businesses as professional photographers.  Our friend Lindsay does our annual family photo shoots (coming up next month!) and she is the person who generously gifted her services when Margaret was born.

Now our friend Amanda has ventured into business too with Amanda Schoch Photography.  Although she's currently focusing on newborn photos, she asked if she could use our little one as a model for older baby shots.  Last night we met up at the park and while Matt watched Nate, Sam, and Will, Amanda took some gorgeous photos of Miss Mags Magoo.

More pictures: http://www.amandaschochphotography.com/a-night-in-the-park-with-margaret/

photo credit: www.amandaaschochphotography.com

And here she is getting some love from Sam.
photo credit: www.amandaaschochphotography.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We Love Easy Check Ups

We took Margaret in this morning for what is technically her six month well check.  She's a healthy girl at 16 pounds 8 ounces and 26.25 inches long.  Both putting her right around 50th percentile.  The doctor commented a few times on how "advanced," "intelligent," and "adorable" she is.  Thank you, doctor, we think so too.  (Using quotes because those were her direct words, not just a bragging mommy.  Although I am, in fact, a bragging mommy.)
July 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Almost Three

Yikes.  Cannot believe the little Love Bug is almost 3 years old.

Visiting Shoe Train and the Ronald at the mall on his second birthday:

And same shoe store trip yesterday, 6 days shy of his third birthday:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7 months old

Marg-a-larg is 7 months old today!  Because of summer vacation schedules, she won't have what is technically her six month appointment until next week.  So we don't have stats but I can tell you she's a healthy little girl.  Looks like she might be on the smaller end height wise.  But what she lacks in tallness, she makes up for in cute.

7 months old (DSC_0698)

Just the two bottom teeth so far but you can feel the top two through her gums.  Expecting them to poke through any day.  She's up on her hands and knees and can move if she's really determined to get something.  Daycare tells us she's crawling frequently but around here she seems content to sit and let us bring things to her.

Margaret has a very sweet disposition.  The biggest difference we notice between the two kids is sleep.  Not at home, both kids have always been great in their own cribs.  In fact, I'd probably say Margaret has historically been a better sleeper than her big brother.  (She required exactly zero nights of sleep training.)  But away from home?  That's a different story.  Nate is like his dad, he can sleep anywhere, anytime.  But Margaret seems to know when a crib isn't her own.  It makes traveling with the kids a little more difficult because we have to prepare for a baby who won't sleep through the night and all the crankiness that comes with that.  We don't let it stop us though.  Later this month we're heading to Florida to celebrate Grandma Shirley's 90th.  Then in August and September we have a few trips planned to see family and have some fun.  Lots to write about in the coming months!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Half-Year in the Life of Margaret Elizabeth

The site I used to make Nate's fast slideshows (Pummelvision) is no more, so I can't do the same for Margaret.  But here's a gallery view of the last six months.

January 1st
January 1, 2013

July 1st
July 1, 2013 (DSC_0618)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Looking Back

This weekend we went shopping for furniture for Nate. He's been in his hand-me-down fire engine toddler bed for a year now and it's getting harder for Aaron and I to climb in for bedtime stories. I'll admit to some tears as we shopped at the same store where three years ago we were buying Nate's crib and nursery furniture.

But that's not what this post is about. I realized that I never shared these beautiful pictures as an entire set. We are really lucky to have a couple of good friends who have started their own businesses as professional photographers. Our friend Lindsay was looking to practice her newborn photo skills so she gave us a wonderful gift of a photo shoot with Margo back on January 1st.