Liam: Eighteen months.

September 30, 2014


Growing: At eighteen months (a year and a HALF!), Liam weighs 29 pounds 3 ounces (95th percentile) and is 35 inches tall (99th percentile). For comparison's sake, Chris was that exact same height right around 19 months and weighed just a few ounces more. Crazy! He has twelve teeth: four top and four bottom, and four of his molars. The eye teeth are starting to pop through, as well.

Wearing: He's in all 2T clothes and 3T pajamas, but it seems like he will be in all 3T clothes in no time. He is in size 5 diapers and he wears size 7 shoes (but we just moved him up to an 8 in his tennis shoes). 

Eating: He eats three meals a day with lots of snacks in between. He takes a cup of milk in the morning, after his afternoon nap, and right before bed. His favorite foods include beans, applesauce pouches and yogurt. His ultimate favorites are still bananas and blueberries.

Doing: He is doing everything and anything, especially if it involves climbing. He never sits down. Never. He also gives great hugs, kisses, high-fives and fist bumps. He mimics EVERYTHING we do which can be funny and scary at the same time. (And also painful when he tries to "brush" our hair.)

Playing: His favorite things to play with are building blocks, balls, our cell phones (especially to call Siri), and books. He can kick a ball like a champ, so Chris is counting down the days to enroll him in soccer. He basically reminds us of a bouncy ball - always going from one thing to the next.

Saying: His vocabulary seems to have exploded this last month! He says a ton of words that we can recognize, including more (including sign), milk (including sign), again, dog, Daddy, Mama, Bubba (his stuffed elephant that he named all on his own), bird, duck, ball, bubbles, pew-wee (when we take of his shoes or we are changing a dirty diaper), cheese, cracker, cat, and so on. There are probably 25-30 words in his vocabulary. He also does the signs for food, more, milk, medicine and again.

Loving: He loves Mia (and she is still patient with him), music and dancing, climbing on things he shouldn't be climbing on, and running into his school each day. 

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We will do today.

September 09, 2014

On the first day of summer a couple of months ago, we planned a full day of family fun. The "first day of summer" isn't super exciting when it had already been above 100 every day since May. But nonetheless, it was officially official and we set out for a fun day as a family.

With Chris' new work schedule, my work schedule, and our busy life in general, it's hard to carve out intentional time with just the three of us. I feel like one of us is always coming and going, and Liam is along for the ride. Time together has to be specifically planned out and protected. As in, when we set our minds and schedule to do it, we are going to do it no matter what or who or whatever gets in the way. 

On this particular Saturday, we had a big day planned. Liam was going to get his first haircut, we would have lunch together, and then we would head to Sea Life Aquarium for Liam's first visit. We would end the day in the pool, because that's what you do when it's still 100 degrees at sunset.

As Chris was in the shower, I went into Liam's room to wake him up after a quick morning nap. I had just gotten dressed which officially made this morning one of the most efficient mornings ever. (Usually it's a mad race to get dressed before Liam finds out I'm preoccupied and breaks something.) I picked Liam up to change his clothes, and opted to change him in my lap instead of on the floor. There was a voice in my head that said don't stray from routine and just change him on the floor instead but he was just being so cuddly that I wanted him in my lap. 

I started taking off his shirt and his ENTIRE breakfast came up with it. All over me. All over my dressed self, might I add, which forced a major setback in what was my most efficient morning ever.

My first thought was, "It's okay. WE WILL DO TODAY."

He went straight to the bathtub and Chris walked in soon after. When I saw the look on his face that said, "Oh how fun! He's taking a bath!" I quickly directed him to the breakfast that was all over the floor, bed and clothes. One of the best things about my husband? He cleans that stuff up without even thinking about it. That's an important quality, single ladies.

I watched Liam like a hawk for the next half hour. He was being his usual busy, running-around-the-house, getting-into-everything, laughing-all-the-way self, so I deemed it okay - necessary - to continue on with our day.

(To ease any worried minds, he was perfectly fine the rest of the day. I think it was just a case of too many bites of a banana.)

Our first stop was to get Liam his first big boy haircut. We went to our local Snip-Its and they belted him into the chair. I watched him carefully wondering how he would do with someone snipping at his hair. 



He was a champ and he sat still. Let me emphasize that the child who does not still sat for a good fifteen minutes and laughed and smiled the whole way through. 


We celebrated the momentous occasion with a stop at Chick-fil-A for lunch.


After lunch, we headed over to Sea Life Aquarium. When I first saw the map, my first concern was how we were going to see everything. However, it was set up to tunnel you through different exhibits so that no fish, seahorse, or turtle was missed. 



Liam's eyes were wide as he came face to face with all of the fun creatures. Even I was amazed to see some of them so up-close. Creation is a magical thing, don't you think?







As we neared the end, our little one was nearing his end of a busy day. We walked the mall for a bit and headed home, only to get our swimsuits on and go splash in the pool. 

Days like this are far and few between, but when they come, I do my best to soak up every ounce of them. 

Some days we just have to tell ourselves, "We will do today." Through the inconveniences and the tantrums and the moments that try to keep it from happening, we will do today and we will be so grateful we did.

*Thanks to Sea Life Aquarium for providing complimentary tickets to our family! You can save by ordering tickets online to enjoy a day out with your family, too.

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Finish this.

July 09, 2014

This is a weekly link-up courtesy of co-hosts Jen, {The AZ Russums}, Nicole {Three 31}, Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.


For the Fourth of July, I celebrated by... hosting my sister who was in town. She was extremely helpful and so hands-on which made time for me to relax this last weekend. On Sunday night, we went to a free concert in the park to listen to music and watch fireworks. Naturally, my extroverted child talked to every stranger in sight. But he missed his first fireworks show since it was way past his bedtime and he fell asleep in the stroller.

My go-to cosmetic product is... my tinted moisturizer. I started using Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ after receiving a free sample. It's super light with sunscreen included, and it leaves my skin looking smooth and clear. If I have to look alive and awake in thirty seconds, I go with this.

I am inspired by... watching Liam learn and communicate and soak in everything around him like a sponge.

The best relationship advice I received was... to stay true to yourself and not become so dependent on a relationship that you lose yourself in the process.

When no one is around, I tend to... enjoy the heck out of it. Because unlike my husband and son, I am an introvert and thrive off of alone time. 

Prompts for next week:
I don't have to be perfect to be...
I would improve ____ by...
The only thing standing between me and ____ is ____.

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Liam: Fifteen months.

July 01, 2014


Growing: At fifteen months, Liam weighs 26 pounds 9 ounces (90th percentile) and is 34 1/2 inches tall (which is over the 100th percentile!). For comparison's sake, Chris was that same height right around 19 months. Eek! He finally has eight teeth: four top and four bottom, with one of his molars popping through. (C'mon, more teeth!) 

Wearing: He's in all 2T clothes and 3T pajamas. He finishing off size 4 diapers, but we will switch to 5's for the next box. He wears size 6 to 7 shoes. 

Eating: He eats three meals a day with lots of snacks in between. He takes a cup of milk in the morning, after his afternoon nap, and right before bed. His favorite foods include macaroni and cheese, peas and granola bars. His ultimate favorites are still bananas and blueberries.

Doing: He is running, climbing, jumping, and basically keeping us on our toes. He never sits down. Never. (Which proves well for his one nap a day that lasts 2 to 3 hours.) He also gives great hugs, kisses, high-fives and fist bumps. 

Playing: His favorite things to play with are building blocks, the remote, our cell phones (he knows how to call Siri now - yikes!), and books. But he has never been a child that I can sit down and read with. He brings me a book, sits in my lap, I open the book, and he's off again. 

Saying: He officially says 11 words that I can recognize, including more (with the sign), milk (with the sign), dog, Daddy, Mama, Bubba (his stuffed elephant that he named all on his own), bird, duck, ball, bubbles, and pew-wee (when we take of his shoes or we are changing a dirty diaper). He also does the sign for "food" when he's hungry (which is all the time).

Loving: He loves Mia, being outside, and going to school each day. 

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Finish this.

June 25, 2014

This is a weekly link-up courtesy of co-hosts Jen, {The AZ Russums}, Nicole {Three 31}, Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.

(Enjoying a summer concert in the park way past someone's bedtime. Because we're rebellious like that.)

I have a quarter (25 cents) to use a pay phone, so I call... my husband or my parents. Because I assume if I am on a pay phone, I have lost my cell phone, and I sadly don't know many other numbers by heart.

I found $25 in my pocket, so I buy... something from Loft or Target. (I rarely treat myself to either of these stores.)

I have 25 minutes to watch anything on TV, so I turn on... the TV to find that we only have three channels since getting rid of cable. (Technically four if you count the Spanish station that Chris has been watching the World Cup on.) Most likely, my choices will be Wheel of Fortune, Cash Cab or Criminal Minds. But you can't just watch 25 minutes of Criminal Minds and be left hanging, so the one of the other two it is.

A meal I can prepare, from start to finish, in 25 minutes or less is... this delicious foil-pack chicken we had the other night. Yum.

At the age of 25, I wish I had known... that God had big plans for us and that we should have saved more money for those big plans. God's plans are bigger in purpose than what we tend to consider in cost and expense.

If I drove 25 miles from my house, I'd be in... the desert between Phoenix and Tucson, or in the middle of cute restaurants and shops near central Phoenix. Take a guess as to which direction I'd go.


Prompts for next week (July 2nd) are...
It's never too late...
I compare myself to others...
My personality is...
I can...
I embrace change...
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