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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Monday, June 16, 2014

He walked!

Miles took his very first steps tonight at around 6:30pm! He did it accidentally at first.  He was mad that I wouldn't give him the pieces of the Guess Who game that Norah and I were playing, so he took two steps towards me out of frustration. :) then I put him down and used the toy as bait,  and he took 4 really great steps!  I'm so peps of him!

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Physically I think he's been ready for a few weeks now,  but he didn't have the confidence yet.  But now he's done it,  and things are going to get nuts,  i'm sure!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My heart hurts.  I was reminded today that these are my last baby days.  The last firsts ate happening every day,  and they are happening so quickly.

I'll never experience holding my newborn again.
I'll never experience my baby learning to sit up again.
I'll never see that first smile again.
I'll never hear that first laugh again.
I'll never get the first bath experience again.

These firsts are happening at an alarming rate.  Miles is my last baby.  He will be one tomorrow.  My last first birthday.  :(

I read this blog today about dealing with the last firsts.  It offered great insight. I will definitely be sad about these firsts going away,  but the post encouraged me to look forward to the new season that is quickly approaching.  I am excited about it.  I am looking forward to Miles and Norah's relationship growing. I am looking forward to seeing them both grow into (hopefully) God-honoring people... helping others and putting others first.  I am looking forward to so many firsts that we have still to come.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

sick

I'm terribly sick right now. Of course I got sick the first week after school got out. In fact, it was actually the first day of summer break that I got sick. I've got a crazy sore throat. Norah and I are supposed to have a special mama/Norah day tomorrow. I really don't want to be sick.

miles is cutting a tooth right now. He gets so fussy and restless when he's got a cutetooth coming through. In fact I just had to go in there to his room and give him his bink again. poor baby. Its crazy about this post, I have written the entire thing, with the exception of a few corrections,without typing anything. I am using speak text. It is unbelievable what technology can do. I am so curious to see where it goes in the next few years. Just for the sake of chronicling it, I want to put on record that I think Google glass is one of the most terrifying pieces of technology out there. I can only imagine how many people will misuse the device. It will cause so much arms if people use it well they're driving or doing some other activity that requires their full attention.

2 Year House-Aversary!

Two years ago today, we closed on our first house! Back in April two years ago, I wrote This post. I was so nervous. I am still nervous from how that whole thing went down. We ended up having our closing pushed back from May 4th to June 4th. The loan company we used told us a lie about a piece of paperwork that would be acceptable, so that we'd sign with them. Well, when it came down to it, that piece of paperwork was NOT acceptable, and we had to wait another month to get the one we really needed. It was a very frustrating experience. To the point where I called their higher-ups and learned that our broker was a very newbie who needed more training. Wow.

But anyway, it doesn't matter now. We have owned the house for 2 years now, and I love it. I love it so much.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Last Day of School.

Today is the last day of work for me for another 2 months. I go back around the last day of July, kids start back August 6th. I am excited for a break-- I need a break. I am excited about spending two months with Miles and Norah as well, especially the summer before Norah starts Kindergarten.

Speaking of Norah:
-Norah can read anything and everything.
-She sings her heart out when we're not looking, especially to songs from Frozen. She stomps her foot and raises her hands in the air like she's building the ice palace. It's hilarious and adorable. Oh, and do NOT call it an ice CASTLE... It's an ice PALACE according to her.
-She loves to eat. On a regular basis we have to tell her that we are not having another snack, or "we just ate!" She loves snacking... just like me. :)
-She still loves her brother. I'm sure the novelty will wear off when he starts being able to talk, walk, and run, but she still treats him like he hung the moon. She loves him. She tries to make him laugh everyday, she brings him toys, plays with him all of the time, sings him songs, etc. She's such an incredible big sister. I love her so, so, so much.
-Since she is starting Kindergarten in the fall, we are going to go on a special Mama-Norah day on Thursday of this week. I am so excited about it, and so is she. She's been planning it for days, and I've written her notes reminding her of it and hiding it in her blankets that she takes to school. I love that I can write her a note and that she can read it all. :)

Miles:
Miles is now 11 1/2 months old! He will be 1 in 9 days... I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It's crazy to think of how BIG I was at this time last year.
-He took ONE step yesterday (twice!). He is standing on his own at times, but he certainly isn't walking. He will right after his first birthday, I think. I'm still in no rush for it. He'll do it, and until then, I'll just watch his cute little chubby self crawl across the floor.
-Speaking of chubby self, I would estimate that he is just over 23lbs. I will know for sure on the 13th, but he is a hefty little sack of potatoes!
-He loves to eat! When we first started feeding him solids, he had the WORST gag reflex. He threw up if anything was more textured than yogurt. It was awful. Now, though, he eats everything he can get his hands on. His favorites are pasta, mandarin oranges, yogurt, beans, corn, and sweets. He really will eat just about everything.
-He is very close to talking. He doesn't say any real words yet (besides mama and daddy), which is so opposite from Norah, but he thinks he's saying "dog" and "ball" on the regular.
-He waves only when he wants to. You can't make this child do anything.
-He LOVES to clap! Clapping is his favorite, and he'll do it all day long.
-Some of his favorite toys are:
-Balls! He LOVES balls. He picks them up, raises them over his head, and throws them as far as he can. Then he chases after them and does it all over again.
-anything that makes noise. Daniel and I seem to think that he will be musical. He can do a beat with a tambourine or a drum with no problem. He loves to play with Daniel's guitar. He is mesmerized by people playing musical instruments. It's wonderful.


That's all for now. I'm super busy planning Miles' 1st birthday party, which is in 11 short days!