Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Night Out

Last night I met the girls for dinner and Daddy had Will duty. I had an amazingly fabulous time and returned home to a baby already in bed. And while it was 10 at night, I say "already" because Will hasn't been such a fan of bedtime as of late.
The boys had a fun time in my absence. Mike took no less than 12 pictures of Will kneeling next to our couch. Which, of course, I couldn't be happier about.
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According to yesterday's well-baby visit, this right here? 20 pounds, 10 ounces and 28.5 inches of big boy. Right here.
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Will is mid-jump and this picture isn't the greatest. But, of course, it had to be included as Will's second tooth needed a big blog debut. There you have it.
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This post is slim, but we have BIG plans that require my full attention. Because tomorrow, we set sail - uh, flight - for Grammy's house. A 4th of July in good ol' Fitchburg that will undoubtedly have me reminiscing. And since it's Will's first 4th, we're going to do this up right. A parade, a cook out, family, fireworks. The whole shebang.

So, more posts to come, but for now, enjoy the video.

smack that from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.

Monday, June 28, 2010

9 Months

The 26th of the month came and went as it always does, making my boy one month older. And while, yes, this makes me sad in a 'where is time going, what happened to my little baby' kinda way, this post will not be one full of sap. He's robustly healthy, incredibly happy, and, OH, is he ever loved. So, Will is 9 months old. And that's a good thing.
Two months ago I was struggling with this kid over tummy time. The development he's made in the time since simply amazes me. Will is crawling EVERYWHERE, pulls to a stand, and easily pushes himself up into a nice sitting position. His second tooth is coming in and I'm *pretty* sure I feel a third. He's sleeping through the night (But, oh man, getting him to sleep? Yikes.). He is a bundle of energy. He exhausts us.
We're glad he's ours.
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Will saw this picture of himself and busted out laughing.
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Looks like just another goofy expression, but he was actually yawning.


As I've recently shared with some Mommy friends, Will seems absolutely bored with his toys. I decided to break out the play mat, thinking the fact that it has been hidden in the closet for a few weeks would contribute a newness factor.
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Size isn't the only noticeable difference. Holy old point and shoot, Batman. Have I mentioned just how much I LOVE our new camera?


I never thought we'd be the parents of a crazy haired child. But now that Will has a head full, well, it's hard to resist.
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Yesterday, we took our usual once-a-week roadtrip to Grandma's. Will was rocking some sandles, awesome plaid shorts, and this hair. He's such a badass.


My mom will likely be mortified by this. But I love it. To me, it perfectly depicts what summer is all about. Because is there ever really a need to clean up right after dinner? Summertime means soaking up every minute of daylight doing something fun.
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Will taking a swim in Grandma's new backyard pool. Purchased because when it comes to Will, she knows no limits. Plus, she's a baller, too.


It was so hard to get pictures of Little Man as he was all over the place. But I managed to sneak in a funny moment with Daddy.
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And Will giving me a foot massage.
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No, really, he just has a thing for feet. It's weird, I know.


Bedtime? Yeah, right.
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I couldn't get Will to sleep until 10 lastnight.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Randomness

Will has shown an increased interest in our furry family members. Especially now that he's a crawler. Ellie and Chewie do a very good job of tolerating this growing baby's curiosity. Sometimes they'll allow a pet or two.
They're even willing to share their toys.
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Yesterday Will sat perfectly, grabbed his sock monkey from his toy basket, and held him just right. Yes, it appears he's now arranging his own photo opportunities. Perhaps a sign that I'm taking too many pictures? Or maybe he's just a genius after all.
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Will is beginning to self-feed. At playgroup, I had a conversation with a mom about things babies like to eat. She suggested egg yolks. I decided to serve Baby his first egg.
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He likes egg yolks. But a tip, if I may: Don't take Baby upstairs for a bath before washing the high chair tray. Because you will most likely forget all about it and, the following morning, egg yolk is not very fun to clean.
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Will is a goof. Especially at meal time.
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He growls. Although, this happens all day long.

Roar from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.



And this morning at breakfast, there wasn't much eating getting done. Will preferred to sit with his arms up in the air. I don't know why. But he's a genius, so I'm sure he had a good reason.
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This picture doesn't really have a story. He was fresh from a bath, smelling good and looking good. Just cute, that's all.
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And life is especially good when Mommy and Daddy let you stay up past your bedtime because you just don't want to go to sleep.
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This monkey owns me.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Play

Will LOVES his backyard pool. Which is good since we're in it nearly everyday. The other night I was feeling the need to socialize, so I invited our favorite neighbors over. Sixteen year old Lindsay adores Will, so they came right over. Bathing suits and all.

Will can walk around the entire pool when he's in his float. So that's exactly what he does.
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He also screams and growls. We laugh, which only causes him to scream and growl some more. Will loves to put on a show. Future comedian?
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Even Ellie had a friend over. His name is CJ and she loves him.
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Yesterday we did some grocery shopping and passed by a display bin of balls. They were cheap, and Will likes balls, so now, Will has a new ball. And I admit, when I bought it, a tiny part of me was thinking photo prop. Because now that I have my new camera, I sometimes trick myself into thinking I'm a professional.
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Will likes balls, but on this day, he was more interested in eating the grass (Or, um, weeds - since that's what our backyard consists of. Stay tuned, as a backyard makeover is presently in the works.). It was a short photo session.


Will is pretty good at getting around. But he tends to stay close to me and, given the opportunity, will follow me around. This morning when I was brushing my teeth, he was literally tugging on my skirt (not to mention my heart strings).
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We met our playgroup at the Marine Corps museum.
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We, however, weren't there for a museum tour, but rather, to enjoy the shaded playgrounds and picnic tables.
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Did I mention I pushed Will in the swing?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two Years

Two years ago today, we got married.
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In the mountains of New Hampshire we promised to love each other forever. And while forever seems so infinitely long, two years of our forever have gone awfully fast.
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Little did we know what life had in store. A baby boy that so perfectly completes us and makes us a family. It's a beautiful love story. But of course, that's just my opinion.


Yesterday was Mike's first Father's Day. In honor of the occasion, I made him a cake.
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And yes, there's a story to this monstrosity. It was meant to be two layers, but the second broke when I was removing it from the pan. I decided, instead, to cut some hearts from the broken pieces to place on the surviving layer. The frosting/writing job was sloppy. Mike and I had a good laugh.


But I heard it was yummy.
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On Father's Day morning, the plan was for Will and Mommy to make breakfast while Daddy slept in. And by 'make breakfast,' I mean preheat the oven and pop open a can of cinnamon rolls. Except, I don't think Daddy could sleep with all the noise. A scream, a smile when Mommy said Shhhhhh, and then another scream.
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We all enjoyed breakfast in bed. Although, I'd later learn Will wasn't very interested in eating cinnamon rolls. I found all his tiny pieces scattered in the sheets and blankets as I made the bed.
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We decided to give Daddy his cards and gift as we ate breakfast.
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Will and I painted this beer mug especially for Daddy. It was definitely a team effort.
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A ride to Grandma's for the afternoon.
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See Mike in the background? He's sitting in the chair reading the paper. He's such a dad.
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Thanks for knowing that he's the most beautiful, smartest, funniest, talented kid. Ever.
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Thanks for loving him as much as I do. And that's a whole lot. The way you baby talk him makes me swoon.
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Also, thanks for loving ME through all my various flaws (God knows there are many). Thanks for being by my side on that scary, yet exciting morning (and for literally catching my puke in your hand - if that's not love...). Thanks for working hard so that I may have the opportunity to do what I love (raise our son). Thanks for two beautiful years. I couldn't love you more. Looking forward to forever.

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