Monday, April 17, 2017

April: Wilder 3.5 years, Felicity 18 months

The "OK mom can I please go open these eggs?" faces

This year, I've fallen behind on my monthly blogging about the kids. I've taken the photos and journaled a bit each week, but I'm several months behind on updates here. I feel a bit like a failure because I REALLY want to document these moments and I know that posting on Instagram is not quite the same as the blog. The further behind I get, the longer I know it'll take to catch up. That's for another day. For now, I would love to talk about Felicity turning 18 months old yesterday, and talk about how the kiddos are doing in April!

Easter 2017 -- I'll preface the photos--Felicity got up way early and the easter egg hunt was during her nap time, but she made the best of it. Girlfriend lets you know exactly what she's feeling all over her face. When Wilder is tired, he most of the time pushes through. When Felicity is tired, you can totally tell. She has an epic eyebrow. :-)

This was Felicity's first Easter egg hunt. Last year she was six months old--can you believe it? She wasn't even walking yet. And here she is toddling all over the place in her petticoat dress and heart shoes. She figured out that finding one egg was good, two was even better, and she didn't want to let go.

Wilder is an old pro at finding Easter eggs. He was schooled well over the last few years, and he had practice at school last week. He found a whole bunch of eggs in a hurry!

Zach and i were talking yesterday, and we counted more than 65 words that Felicity can say. I believe at even 14 months, she could say maybe a dozen. She doesn't string too many together yet, (Except "Where go?" and "Come on" - short ones like that) but she has a wide repertoire of words she knows and says. At top volume. It's great.

She also is a climber and she's pretty good at walking now. Definitely a "Toddler" but she gets where she wants to go. If she falls down--even flat on her face on the concrete--she picks herself up, shakes her head and shrugs her shoulders, and keeps going. Few tears. She's tough.

Felicity has an easy smile and she laughs a lot. She thinks her Daddy and brother are so funny. Her favorite thing to do right now is go walking around, carrying something, exploring. She likes to open drawers and dig around (especially in my makeup!). She likes to open cabinets, pull shoes off of shelves, dig in dirt, touch different textures--she walks and walks all over the place. I'd love to put a FitBit on her and see how many steps she takes. We got her some tennis shoes recently. She wore a hole in one of her moccasins from walking on the concrete. She wears some of Wilder's old tennis shoes, but now she has her own purple ones. I think they'll get a lot of use. :-)

Her other favorite thing to do is read. She loves flipping through books, checking out the flap stories and working moving pieces. She likes to read in her bed, and she'll often pull all the books off her shelf one at a time for perusal.

I can't believe she's 18 months old already. It feels like she's been a toddler forever. It's SUCH a fun age, especially with the two of them together. They just make my heart expand, when I watch them wander around outside and explore, Wilder narrating and frolicking, Felicity yelling GURL and pointing at squirrels with her pacifier in her mouth.

Felicity eats pretty much whatever I eat. She loves bacon, muffins, chick fil a fries and chicken. She also loves fruit--berries especially. 

She's been teething--she now has 14 teeth--one almost in and one close. After these last two, I hear we'll be done till she's 2. I'm really ready... it seems like she's been teething nonstop since she was 6 months old. All.the.time. But she's got four molars now, so she can eat all kinds of food really well.

She goes to bed (takes a while to get her down) around 8:30, wakes up anywhere from 6:30-7:30. She will usually nap in the afternoon, probably about 60 percent of the time. Sometimes she wants a morning nap. She doesn't nap every day--we spend a lot of time trying to get her to go down. She's just a different kiddo than Wilder!

I'm loving watching Felicity grow up in to a child. She's not a baby anymore, and it's been so fun seeing her grow and her hair grow like Rapunzel! She's always got something going on in that brain and it's so interesting what she gets into.

Wilder is now 3 1/2. He is is a conversationalist and a sweetheart. Last week he told Felicity he loved her. He says "Felicity is my best friend" and he's quick to try to comfort her if she gets upset. He is particular about his toys--he'll pack them up in a hurry if he sees her coming, but he's learning to give her something else if he doesn't want her to grab his things. Felicity has also learned how to quickly swipe a toy and run away, so... it's a learning experience.

We've been reading the Bible at meals lately. It's amazing how much they pick up. Example: Jesus walks on the water. Wilder requests this one by name (we switch stories every week so after a few days he requests the new one). Felicity will say "rock rock" when we get to the boat rocking part. Yesterday Wilder told us that his blue boots were so he could walk on water. A few weeks ago we read The Good Samaritan. He kept asking to read the battle of Jericho because the man on the road was going to Jericho. Then after we talked about what to do if someone was hurt, I asked what he would do if I fell down on the ground. He thought about it and said "I would get my doctor kit and i would call the doctor, and she would check you out so that you won't be hurt anymore." So interesting--we weren't even talking about the doctor, just hurt people.

if I tried to write about everything Wilder says, it would be a book. His favorite word it seems is "Because" - every sentence is a run on BECAUSE he strings them together BECAUSE...He continuously surprises us with the way his mind operates--he is so smart.

He's loving school--I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but he started going to an early learning center twice a week in January. After an adjustment, he is all in. He laughs with abandon and apparently dances like a wild man to Going on a Bear Hunt.. which is definitely a new phenomenon. After his teacher told us that, we tried to get him to dance at home (He danced at the Family Night at school in the gym, I saw it!) and to my absolute delight, Wilder is now a fan of dance parties. He gathered us up in the kitchen and said "Come on guys, let's have a dance party!" and so of course, we did. Felicity and all. It was such fun. He dances like a marionette and gallops tiny circles. Felicity is like a little arm-waving orangutan. It is so so cute and memories I will treasure forever.

They're both getting into coloring and painting more. At the beginning of the school year it was a struggle, but now they both dive in with the art supplies and enjoy making art.

I know I've got more to share, but it is slipping my mind. Thank you for your patience and for following along on our babies' journey. Here are some fun photos from Easter!































those eyebrows!






Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wilder and Felicity December 16




For the first time since I was pregnant with Wilder, I've really dropped the ball on monthly updates. The holiday season was hectic and neither of the kids slept well--lots of wakings throughout the night, early mornings, trouble with naps--it was tiring and we had a hard time getting anything done. I think we're on the flip side now on all of that (hopefully!) but I'm still trying to catch up on life. I don't want to skip the updates for December and January because both kids have been growing and developing so much. I want to remember this season in their lives, and this is how I do it. So if you'll indulge me, I'm going to take a look back at Wilder and Felicity's December! 

Felicity - 14 months (December 2016)
Felicity's personality is growing as fast as her hair. Such opinions, so many smiles. She's cruising everywhere and occasionally letting go to stand up without assistance for a few seconds. She likes to carry things around while crawling, which is difficult, but she's determined. Just this month, Felicity has figured out push toys and she gamely toddles along after Wilder as he runs a loop around the house pushing a different toy.

Felicity is our little cheez-it, she beams at family and acquaintances. I also call her my little Nugget, and after hearing me sing "nuggie nuggie nuggie" in the super Mario brothers tune, Wilder calls her "nuggie nuggie nuggie" all the time right now. She likes to pick off stickers and grab things with her strong little fingers. Daily she gets into my purse, pulls out everything and starts picking out the credit cards from the slots in my wallet. For Christmas she got a toy purse with a phone, keys, credit card, mirror and a bracelet and she's been taking things out and putting them back in, then holding it and crawling off toward the door like she's going to go somewhere. Right now she wants anything that's mine: makeup, food, phone, comb, drink... she is my little copycat!

She has two new molars this month and some swollen gums so I think more teeth are coming. She's just gotten over being sick, teething, leap 9--it's been a rough and clingy month. But I know in my heart that this little girl is not going to my cuddle bug like Wilder. When she hurts herself, she wants to be held for about 2 seconds and then she gets mad and tells me in Felicity language exactly what happened. No sympathy wanted. She is tough! So when she is clingy, it's out of the ordinary for her. It's just this stage! It's been a tough few weeks with illness and travel in our house. Last week several nights both kids were up needing us 6 times in all. 

She's baby talking up a storm. It's ALMOST words. You can actually understand what she's trying to communicate a lot of times. She says the sounds and tones of words, but not quite the actual words, for a lot of words.

Felicity takes 1-2 naps a day. Still only adding up to maybe 2 hours each day. So a lot less than Wilder. 

She eats most anything, and loves protein like meatballs, bacon, chicken--you name it!

Wilder 3 years and a month
It was neat to see Wilder take in the Christmas season as a three-year-old. We worked on our advent tree craft every morning, and our advent calendar. He played with our toy nativity set all the time. We discussed Jesus' birth. He understood presents REAL quick, as we have multiple occasions with family to open presents. He seemed to enjoy each and every gift. My favorite thing about Wilder this month was his reaction to opening gifts. When it was his turn, he had to hide because he couldn't handle the anticipation. He wanted Zach to open his gift and then he would come running to check it out. It was just too much excitement to open it himself. So so so cute.

Wilder had so much fun with family over the holidays. Christmas Eve at Jashley and Grant's, Wilder played with the myriad of second and third cousins his age. They had so much fun and it definitely has changed the atmosphere of the holidays :-). 

When we were playing a game at Zach's Aunt Jan and Uncle Tom's house, he got really into the rolling of the dice. He got to participate. When Tom rolled a particularly fancy roll, Wilder exclaimed "Good JOB Tom!" hahahaha. 

When I tell him I love him, he's started saying "Awww, so cute." I would respond with "So cute YOU are!" and now I have a little Yoda. He tells me "Aw, so cute you are!" all the time. It makes my heart happy. :-)

Anyway, here is a big load of photos of the two of them from two days in December. Hope you enjoy!







THOSE CURLS






















I have  photos of me looking like this at her age!




















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he's saying "aw, so cute you are."













dainty