Trying out my WordPress app on my iPhone here.
There you have it!
It’s been so long since we’ve made a blog post here. My mother used to tell me how when I was born, all they did was take picture after picture of me, but then when Aaron was born, they had no time to take any pictures. Hence, there are more pictures of me as a baby than there were of my little brother.
Adding another kid into the mix, I can now say that as a mother of two, it is definitely challenging if you are an accidental archivist like me. Not so much with photo-taking, but definitely with blogging. The more things change, the more they stay the same…
But I have two seconds (I think) right now, so here are some pictures to catch up:
These are recent pictures taken this June 2013. Enjoy!
We recently celebrated Cyrus’ fourth birthday! The old cliché ‘it seems like yesterday’ couldn’t be more appropriate when it comes to his birth. This year he’ll be celebrating his fifth Super Bowl in style in his customized Baltimore Ravens jersey. He was also all smiles because he was lovin his EWD Bday painters cap and fuzzy. Cyrus carried the fuzzy around all day, even taking it the Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL game we went to see. Cyrus loved his gifts and didn’t drive us crazy about opening them. He waited until 6pm!??! Cyrus really enjoyed playing his drums today and he couldn’t wait for us to hang up his giant map. Today was mostly spent with an eye and ear on the presidential inauguration. It brought back a flood of memories to his birth which I’m sure it always will.
It’s been a fantastic year of growth for our family. But instead of writing about it, here are some highlights for your viewing pleasure.
Today I tried thinking where I was on 01/01/01 thru 12/12/12. Its strange to know that phenomina wont happen again for another century. Tonight the kids were restless, Cyrus wanted to watch the concert. We are in the midst of a fun holiday season, just finally had Juniper’s first bday party. What a great event. Blessed to have so many loving family members and friends.
Last Diaper, First Steps
2012 was a year of growth and exciting milestones for both Cyrus and Juniper. Especially Juniper, as you can imagine. She started the year out as a little mushy thing, and now she is a little girl who smiles, babbles, and believe it or not, walks! Well, pretty much.
For Cyrus, the beginning of 2012 was probably defined by the lingering trauma of having watched his mother “burn,” as he puts it, while she unexpectedly gave birth at home November 3rd of 2011. It has stuck with him ever since, and he still references it, even in December of 2012.
Just before spring, Cyrus was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. We already had a hunch, but this validated it and made it official. We changed his diet and he hasn’t had any major problems since.
But Cyrus has moved forward in every other aspect of life. One morning in the third week of March while I was dressing Cyrus, he exclaimed, “I wanna wear big boy underwear.” And we haven’t looked back since. Except for that time in Boston later this summer with the Pull-Ups, which we nicknamed “hotel pants” so Cyrus wouldn’t think he was wearing diapers again. Potty training is a bumpy road, sometimes with no light at the end of the tunnel. But 50,000 cleaned sheets later, Cyrus has done a fantastic job and we are so proud of him. He began 2012 in diapers and ended the year in big boy underwear.
At the beginning of the year, Cyrus was drinking from a sippy cup, but now he drinks from a regular cup! Albeit with a straw most of the time, but still – progress!
In the summer, Cyrus made his camp debut at Elmwood Day Camp, where he thrived. He not only had a blast, but he also grew up a little more.
This fall, Cyrus had his first day of school at the nature center. Cyrus is enjoying it and loves going outside all the time with his class.
For Cyrus, 2012 has been one growth moment after another. He was my “baby” at the beginning of the year, but now he’s my big boy!
Juniper has had all the regular milestones that babies go through during the course of their first year. It has been so amazing watching her grow. As with all babies, it’s hard to tell what eye color the baby will end up with. When she was just months old, her eyes kept changing color. At first they seemed like a translucent grey. As our friend Max observed, “Her eyes are metallic!” Then they morphed into a dark green and I thought that she might have hazel eyes like me. But as the months went by, it was clear to us that we had a beautiful brown-eyed girl. At the end of the summer, I took Cyrus and Juniper on a playdate, where one dad exclaimed, “Her eyes! Look at her eyes!”. She already has them lining up.
I think it’s safe to say that Juniper’s first word is “Dada”, which is a lot easier to say than “Post Expressionism!” She was saying dadadadada a lot and then one day Allie came down the stairs while we were in the dining room and Juniper said “Dada!” she was looking directly at him. One morning shortly after that, Allie made a fart and Juniper quickly blamed it on “Dada!”. Update: I totally forgot that Juniper’s other first word is “cat.”
Juniper now babbles a lot, and it’s sounding more and more conversational, so we just engage her and pretend we understand everything that comes out of her mouth. I hope we haven’t made any agreements. Just the other week, I was bringing her downstairs. The cat was in front of us a few steps down, and Juniper pointed to her and said,”Wish!”. Unfortunately, Wish the Cat was napping, and it was Samhain the Cat to whom Juniper was referring. Close, but no cigar. Lately however, she has been trying to say Cyrus. “Cy. Cy. Cy-wish.”. She points to him when she says it!
At the beginning of 2012, Juniper was eating only breast milk. Now she eats regular table food, like chopped up chicken, broccoli, green beans, strawberries, and Grandpa Ralph’s turkey meatballs. You name it, she eats it!
I think the most exciting milestone, though, is when, just two days ago on December 4, Juniper took her first steps. And yesterday she really walked. And today she made a fancy pivot, just like mommy in marching band.
I’d have to say that 2012 has been a stellar year. Despite this also being the year that I’ve gotten the least sleep out of all the years of my life, so many things happened and so many memories were made. This is definitely one for the books. Onward to 2013!
Has it really been a year?! It seems like moments ago we welcomed our magical daughter into the world. Yesterday, Juniper turned one! What a wild week its been?! We have been out of school and mostly homebound. Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the east coast. The election is days away and many have power. We were blessed to have power and even have a chance to trick-or-treat. Gas lines have been horrendous and power lines and trees have fallen in many places. Such is the scene of Juniper’s first b-day. We did however make a trip to the Stepping Stones Musuem. Cyrus helped us open Juniper’s birthday gifts and even play with them a great deal. While he has his jealous moments he remains an amazing kid. Can’t wait to celebrate his fourth birthday?! Recently submitted my second book and Shira and I celebrated our ninth anniversary!?
Has it already been a half of year? Juniper grows each day and continues to smile away! Cyrus gears up for camp and the book tour is about to hit Boston. These are exciting times for our family indeed!