And just like that, we’re done counting in months!! (Aunt Michelle, I can hear you shouting with joy from here!)
Oh, this boy. And that’s just what he is…A BOY. Not a baby. Maybe a toddler, but his vocabulary negates that on a regular basis. It’s 11:30PM on the night of his birthday party, and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do anything besides let the photos do the talking this time around. I have no interest in dragging out the emotions I’ve felt over the past week any longer, because to be honest, the range has been rather extreme. It’s a strange feeling to have time sneak up on you when you think you’ve got a handle on how relatively slowly things are going week to week. It’s almost scary how much has changed in a year and it’s just going to keep going. [Pause while mental images of school buses, math problems (cue Daddy!), sports uniforms, car keys and diplomas flash through my head...]
Things that HAVEN’T changed:
- Those absolutely perfectly squishy cheeks. Both sets. #noshame
- Love of food…including vegetables, but after the week he’s had I’m pretty sure we’re going to be on a rigorous sugar detox for the next few weeks.
- We love him. (But honestly, even that’s risen to a new level and continues to, sooo…
- That’s it.
Yes, that is frozen custard in his hair. Which reminds me, I never cleaned off the wall or picture frames behind him in the dining room…ah, well.
Things that HAVE changed:
- Shut doors need an extra level of security to be impassable.
- Counting to 20ish (eleventeen is my favorite number), alphabetting, singing all kinds of songs and randomly reciting pages from books we haven’t read in weeks.
- No necessary separation of dogs from “baby” due to excessive knocking down…now we’re working on getting him to let them out (and in, and out, and in…)
- No more binky…this one’s still a little fresh, and “stalling” has entered our bedtime/naptime routines, which is equal parts humorous, sweet and maddening.
- Chris no longer has an appendix (sorry, just like reliving that one from time to time… #destinationoperation #ridiculous)
- He yells a combination of the following anytime we drive by Faurot Field: Football Stay-dee-uhm, Go Tigers, M-I-Z, the fight song, Coach Pinkel (seriously!!), Big tiger (over walking bridge), and hot dog (with longing tone).
- He has a COUSIN!! We love Walter!
- He’s climbed out of a crib and a pack n’ play one time each. Mommy’s hedging her bets that we have another 6 months before having to trade up!
- Brussels sprouts and broccoli. More than his Uncle Zach has had in his entire life. Times three.
- He’s fed a giraffe and a camel. Which is just cool.
- We’re officially out of “survival” mode (i.e. keep baby alive) and into “actual parenting” mode (i.e. repeating things a million times and still at a loss for figuring out how to keep him from running toward the street.)
Let’s look at some pics of the party guests. We kept it small this year — grandparents and local-ish BFF families — and were planning to have it at a park to accommodate the 3 active toddlers, but SNOW and not-so-warm temps kept that plan from being executed. I shouldn’t be surprised, since there was snow on the ground the day he was born, but SOMEDAY we’ll have a nice last weekend of March, right?!
The Goebel boys (and that big Ferguson boy!) had a great time playing with new toys and eating the good stuff…they also rocked a mean set of TMNT masks…which makes it hard to tell the difference in them in a year (see last pic in section) but I think you’ll get the idea. #toobigtoofast
And for comparison…(we missed you this year, Liz! Feel better soon!)
And now for some
family grandma pics (next year, group pictures are mandatory! #dudenotpictured #wheresunclescooter)
And just a few more pics because I can’t stop (won’t stop).
Yes, that’s a fox Camelbak and I’m jealous. Too bad it’s not big enough to join my team of three (3) bottles at work. (Something about minimizing my trips to the fountain in the interest of staying hydrated out of convenience? I don’t know. I realize I work at a gym.)
We ended the day with a little yardwork. Hope his love of putting sticks and leaves in bags sticks around for a few more years!
Ok, I lied. This is the last one. Because. #allthechanges
It is my immense pleasure to introduce you to Katy and Chad!. Katy and Chad are our next-door neighbors to the west. They have a 23-month old husky named Mac (he and Jackson are the same age, so he gets to count in months for now, too!) and have been a great to have right next door for the past couple of years. Bonus fact: Katy is the Neighborhood Association president, and everyone knows it’s good to be “in” with the prez!
When talking about what they wanted in an engagement shoot, one thing become quickly apparent: Katy is not a mid-MO native, and has a bit stronger love for all things winter than the average girl I’ve encountered. So, yes, snow was going to be a must. Which at that point in late January/early February was starting to look like more and more of a long shot!
But wait we did, and we were fortunate to get a fairly big snowfall toward the end of the month…and then came the logistics of timing. Between 3 day jobs, the sun setting too dang early, and one unfortunate stomach bug…there we were on a Friday morning at 7AM!
Let me just start by saying, if you know me at all, then you know that I’m not so much a morning person. (Even post-Jackson, which I think is a lingering source of disappointment for my husband, but I digress.)
So. 7AM on the [day following the] coldest day of the year, we found ourselves on the campus of Stephens College for a [quick but efficient] photo shoot. And they. were. troopers. Not one complaint about the cold and just the cutest couple(I may or may not have had an issue with a “frozen” vocabulary that morning, resulting in excessive use of the word “cute”…but hey, it was true!)
Anyway, enough with the chit-chat…let’s get to the photos already!
I love this series where they were just making each other laugh!
Meet Mac. He’s a snow pup, and was so much fun! Love how he’s looking back over his should at “Mom and Dad” like “Am I doing this right? Why is she clicking in my face?”
Thanks for the best time I’ve had in the snow before 8AM all winter…and ever! Looking forward to [a warmer time in] October!
He’s going to be 2 next month. Which is tomorrow. But it’s still February, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
This month’s photo is a bit different (at least to me, by my unspoken-but-somewhat-well-established style over the past 22 months), but in the absence of time to take a dedicated photo for the post, we’ll go with a week-before-the-milestone-let’s-try-to-remember-the-joy-that-is-snow shot.
Things I hope to always remember about this photo:
- Choppy DIY haircut by Mommy.
- Chipped front tooth.
- Loooooong eyelashes.
- Amazingly sweet eyes.
- Minor facial scrapes sustained by crash landing while running. Jumping. Sliding. Etc.
- That little nose.
- Puffy snow coat that he’ll probably get 3 wears out of before it’s too small.
Things I hope to always remember about this month/phase:
- ALL THE WORDS. I know I won’t if I don’t start writing them down, but man this kid is funny!
- Still loves to read. Anything. And then talk about it randomly.
- Bible story reading at night (his choice! Often finding David & Goliath and Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter in either of his two storybook Bibles…what?!) and praying.
- His face when he’s taking something in and learning.
- His well-developed sense of humor and timing. He comes by it naturally, what can I say?
Things I hope pass fairly quickly:
- Fit-throwing at mealtimes/evenings. Complete with yelling and food throwing.
- “NO CHANGE THE DIAPER. So clean!” Um. No. I’ll show you clean.
- Putting of all the things in his mouth. Just because.
- The fear of making him give up his binky. Total parental selfishness…he just goes to bed SO EASILY with it. Why would I change that?! WHY?!
- His insistence that I sit NEXT to him when rocking instead of him on my lap. Umm…soooo not as fun for Mommy. Let’s snuggle, please!
And to end on a positive note, more snow pics!
It’s not the 26th of the month and I’m popping in to say…hi? What’s the deal with that?!
Ah, the deal with that is that I just want to prepare you (and myself) to see a bit more action on this blog/site in the coming months, because this mama is back in business! Said Oprah style. Allow me to illustrate:
After consulting with my nearly-23-month-old earlier this month (yep, expect that post later this week!), we agreed that I could come out of maternity leave. Since I’ll still have my wonderful day job, and my wifely/motherly duties, it won’t be too crazy, but I’ll have a handful of weddings and be more open for family sessions throughout the year. Because, you know, I’m 30 now and I’ve got things I want to do!
It’s been fun letting myself start thinking about my business more lately and – of course – has opened the door on a LOT of things that I want to change now…like maybe finally starting to use this website/blog as more of an equal opportunity for other “models” than my son? But I have learned to be patient with all of that, and know that I cannot make ALL of those changes overnight…even if those are my “best” hours for productivity. #mamasgottasleep
[Sidenote: speaking of best hours for productivity, here's a little teaser from a 7AM shoot this week...typically NOT my best functioning hour, but I think we managed to pull it off! Katy and Chad are my neighbors and they're getting married this October...and they like the cold. #troopers]
Anyway, that’s what’s going on around here…so if you are following along (hi, Mom!) and ready to pick up the pace (from 10 sec. sprints every month to something more like a brisk walk)…here we go!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. (Ooookay…some of us will still be waiting for Oscar to be sitting on Jackson, but for now…and for a 22-month old…we’ll count this as pretty awesome!)
In the interest of posting in a timely fashion, I’ll try to keep it brief with yet another list.
- Still not walking…only running. Ever.
- Daddy still funny. Mommy hardly ever.
- LOTS of words. Lots of words together. Lots of fun.
- Learning to communicate both with words…and faces…and loud noises…and pouts.
- FINALLY likes to rock at night and snuggle a bit. Mommy is A-OK with this arrangement.
- Loves: racer cars, slides, books, food, brownies (specifically), jumping, running, hats, mittens, bulldozers, trash day, doggies, David and Goliath storytime Bible, Let It Go, the word POOPY (poopie?), and his family (by name).
- Dislikes: seeing mommy first thing in the morning (me too, kid. Daddy’s hair looks way better first thing…funny how that works), sometimes the carseat, sometimes food, wiping face after food, changing diapers, and having to choose between two awesome things (because that’s life).
- We’ve decided to keep him.
And because I couldn’t help it…a bonus pic:
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