Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011

What a year it has been for us.  It began with a still-chubby baby.  New to walking, not yet talking.  Largely uncoordinated with awkward movements.  And it ends with a little boy.  One who runs and jumps with ease.  One who has no problem voicing his opinion, frequently telling me "no way" when asked to complete a task he'd rather not do.
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January

Last winter seemed to drag on.  And on.  While we didn't have much snow, it was definitely cold.  My new walker begged to go outside, so I'd frequently bundle him up and let him go.  I loved how easily entertained he was.  Perfectly content to just walk.  And finding a good stick?  Oh my.  Total excitement.

Finally spring arrived with sun and warmth.  We spent much of our time on the deck with the water table, in the backyard with the baby pool, and out at the parks.
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March

But there was something scary going on behind the scenes.  Mike and I noticed Will's undereye bulging in late April.  After many visits to his pediatrician, I decided the wait-and-see approach was no longer an option, and took him to an optholomologist.  Will needed surgery.  It was scary (terrifying, really), but thankfully Will's 20 minute procedure went flawlessly.  He was back to his crazy self within a couple of hours.  For all his trouble Will was rewarded with a trip to Disney World.
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April

Will and his little friend, Claire, have grown together from babies to chattering toddlers.  Their conversation is rivetting, making eavesdropping truly enjoyable (for instance, at lunch the other day - Will: Hi, Claire. Claire: Will has a watch. Will: Yeah.).Photobucket
June

If I could summarize our summer in one word, it would be CHANGE.  So many changes. 

Summer is when Will truly changed from baby to full-fledged toddler.  Many new words.  And a new appearance, too, as baby chub was replaced by the presence of wrists and ankles.  All of a sudden, my little preemie was towering over his peers (85th percentile for height at his 2 year visit!  Not bad for a 32 weeker).
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July

One of the biggest changes to happen this summer was leaving behind the house we became a family in.  Without a doubt, it was time.  Our new home has provided us with the space and peace we so desperately needed.

In August we went to the Outer Banks for the second summer in a row.  Fast becoming one of our favorite vacation spots, it seems to suit Will well.  He plays hard and sleeps well.  I think he's a beach bum at heart.
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August

One of the nicest things about living in Virginia is the opportunity to stretch our summer out just a little bit longer.  In early September we were still enjoying the sun and water.
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September


In the fall, like so many others, we went to the pumpkin patch.  Will LOVED seeing the pumpkins on everyone's porches during our walks to the park.  Being in a field full of them was almost too much excitement to handle.
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October

As if I needed further proof that my baby is no longer a baby, in October we made the transition to big boy bed.  I found Will roaming the upstairs hallway (instead of napping in his crib) approximately 18 hours after the following words left my mouth during a conversation with my mom: We'll get through the holidays and make the switch after the New Year.  Wrong.
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October

In early fall (on Labor Day, to be exact), we discovered our little monkey is going to be a big brother next May.  Now we know we're expecting a baby girl and, well, that just sweetens the deal a little more.  'The best of both worlds,' some have told me.
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November

In a year marked by natural disaster, a still failing economy, and other crappy news, we feel especially lucky to have had the year we did.  Because, for us, it was a very good one. 

Now we look to the future in anticipation of all the good things still to come.  A little boy that will continue to grow and thrive and a sweet baby girl who will complete our family.

Happy New Year!
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December




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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Christmas Post 2011

Will woke up this morning at his usual 8 AM.  When I went up to get him he said, "More presents. More toys."  Oh, buddy, don't I wish.  Sadly, Christmas only comes once a year.  But lucky for us, we know how to do Christmas right.

Our weekend began with a little cookie baking/decorating for Santa.  Will doesn't really focus on activities beyond two-three minutes, so I was truly shocked that he had so much fun with this.
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Double fistin' it!

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Looks delicious, no?
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Per the usual, we went to Grandma's on Christmas Eve night.  Our tradition is going out for Chinese, but Mike and I were totally unwilling to do the restaurant thang on such a busy night.  In fact, we pretty much refuse to take Will to any restaurant, any night.  So we got take out instead. 

Opening his Christmas Eve gift from Grandma...
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Caillou!  Seriously, you don't want to know how many times we've watched Caillou's holiday movie this month.

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Once we returned home, we sprinkled our reindeer food on the lawn...
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Reindeer food made in art class last week.

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We put cookies and milk out for Santa...
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I think he's swearing not to eat them.
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And we read our Christmas story.
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Santa came!
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Christmas morning with Will was so insanely good this year.  He started tearing into presents as soon as he woke up (including those that didn't belong to him).
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Truthfully, I think this $1 Pez dispenser was his favorite gift.

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Relaxing in the recliner Grandma gave him.

Will took a break before Grandma arrived with more presents to open.  Guess what he was watching (hint: he's sitting in the chair with him).
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Even the smallest member of our family got a little something.  Can't wait for her to wear it.
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Totally regretting those Caillou books as I've read them about 20 times each since yesterday morning.
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"Read it, Grandma."

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Will gets excited about every pair of rubber boots he sees.  I was so glad to finally get him a pair.

We had such a great holiday.  I can't believe it was Will's third! 
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to us

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The makings of a blog/Facebook-worthy picture:
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

How we spent our weekend.

We put a dresser together

And since tools were involved, Will insisted on helping.
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I normally despise white walls, but since this place is transitional for us, and we don't see ourselves here for the long term, I have mixed feelings on putting forth too much effort.  However, when we moved in a few months ago, Will's white furniture looked very.... well.... white. 

Since the nursery furniture will soon be needed by another little one, Will's room has been transforming.  A new bookcase, a new dresser, newly framed prints on the wall.  More color.
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We played hide and seek with our elf friend.

Will's new to this whole Elf on a Shelf thing (as am I).  We keep it simple.  He hides on the couch, Ellie's dog bed, Will's high chair.  So far it's been fun. 
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And as for that creepy Elf-is-watching-you-for-Santa thing?  It doesn't matter since Will already knows he's on the nice list.  Santa sent him a card that told him so.
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We had our first hot chocolate of the season. 

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We went to a Christmas party.

Actually, we were invited to three.  We're so popular.
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Will insisted on taking the pictures.

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And Ellie refused to be left out.

We watched some TV with Dad post-nap.
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We hid in a box.
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It was fun.
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It was a wild weekend indeed.  But I must go as I'm being summoned by someone upstairs: a certain little boy who is still awake.  At 9:45 at night.  Because that's how he rolls.