11 months

My babies turned 11 months yesterday, they are not babies anymore and you can tell by just looking at them. All of the sudden they are understanding more and more verbally. Crosby understands a lot and babble but does not say any true words yet. Henley is talking all of the time “dada” and just yesterday I *think we now say “hi”. It is exciting to watch them interact with each other more and more everyday. Crosby really loves to play with her and she has warmed up to him squealing when he crawls up to her. We have run into the squabbling over toys already and it is really funny to watch, for now.

As a family we are doing pretty well, in August we started re-siding our house. Well as first time projects go we underestimated the amount of work and we have been doing nothing but siding for about a month now. We have had SO much help from family which is amazing but it is really hard to live in a construction zone with two little ones. The hardest part is not having Jamin around to help and just to spend time with the kids. There are harder days where I have a bit of a pitty party for myself but we have no choice but to suck it up. Jamin is working so hard on the house all while working overtime at work, I can tell he is tired and over working so much but he is not a complainer at all and he is amazing. Once we are done with the siding we are looking forward to spending quality time together. We will get there and it will pay off!

Henley-

Henley girl you are growing so big, all of a sudden you have a tummy and are becoming a bit of a chunk. Your face is changing and you are looking like such a beautiful little girl. You are talking so much and always talk about “dada”, there are times when you think you are so funny and open your mouth and throw your head back, it cracks me up. You watch the world so much and figure things out before you dive in and explore. You shake your head “no” and just started to say “hi” and wave. You LOVE your daddy and smile so big when he walks in the room. Recently you have had two colds and it is so sad watching you try to breathe through your stuffy nose, it makes bedtime hard because you cannot suck on your monkey pacifier while breathing. You spend a lot of time in our bed when you are feeling poor. We are having so much fun exploring the world and you have started to interact and play with your brother. When the two of you crawl around and laugh it makes my heart smile inside. I love you so much and feel so proud to be your mommy (even if you don’t say my name yet).

Crosby-

Oh boy you are all over little one. You are such an adventurer in the truest sense. You are into everything and love to try to get into things that are not toys. For example, you love to crawl behind the toy basket and turn on the TV, then you turn it off. You are not supposed to touch the TV but you love it just the same. We have to gate off the kitchen, close the bathroom door and our bedroom door just to keep you out. You started to walk with the walker and now just fly across the room, when Henley tries to walk you crawl over as fast as possible and basically push her aside. We are starting to really work on sharing a bit and you really do not like it. You always want to be in the middle of the action and at times it is not the safe place for you. We will continue to allow you to explore as long as it is safe and sound. You babble a ton especially in the morning but do not really say any words let. You just got really sick, you had a cold that turned into an infection. The left side of your face swelled up and it looked like you had a black eye. We spent all morning at doctor’s office, then ¬†got a blood draw. You started antibiotics and are all better but it was so sad to see you that sick. You did not even smile or eat for a whole day. Buddy, I love you and all of your energy. I love being your mom and am so proud to call you my son.

I just sent out the invite for your first birthday, I cannot believe it!

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Husky football season starts!

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Months 9 & 10

I feel like the last update i had babies still and now I have kids. The transition that they have been going through is astounding and amazing to watch. Literally you can watch them figuring out the world and how things work.

The day they turned 9 months old things got hard really fast. All of the sudden my babies were growing and teething and learning new skills all at the same time. I felt like a boat being hit by waves coming from all sides. It truly was the hardest few weeks of parenting to date. In the end I/we just had to get through the sleepless nights and constant crying angry babies. Crosby started his two teeth with 100 degree fever for about 3 days then the two cutest little teeth popped through on the bottom. Henely started teething about a week later, she got a rash around her mouth that spread to her face and was accompanied by a fever of up to 103. It was so sad to see her sick for the first time. All she wanted to do was be held and cuddle, plus it was so hot outside she just was burning up even when she was just in her diaper. We are now going through waves of teething, Crosby is up to five teeth and Henley still has two but is working on more judging by her fever and snotty nose that has shown up this week

Crosby started crawling right after July 4th, he powers around like a little bulldog and is adorable. He started pulling himself up right after he started crawling. Now he can pull up and walk around thins, including the walker that he pushes. I know this boy will be walking before his first birthday. Henley started crawling about a week later and she has the funniest crawl. When she crawls her left leg she crawls on her toes like she is walking while on the right leg she crawls using her entire shin. I like to say she has a hitch in her giddy-up, it is just the way she crawls and she still manages to power around and tries to keep up with her brother.

Our living space has turned into a toy tornado and they are exploring everything about their world. They love to crawl about and get the remotes or magazines. I get frustrated because everyday I pick up toys constantly and I clean the floors trying to keep the dog hair at bay. It is challenging to keep up the house while entertaining the kids and making sure chores get done. I will post about this separately but being a stay at home mom is NO JOKE. I work harder now than I ever have in a job, and this job does not end and the end of the day.

Henley-

You have started to babble and it is official that your first word is “dada”, you say it all day long looking for him and it is the sweetest thing. You are the quiet observer learning and picking up so much from our interactions and from the world. You have learned how to shake your head “no”, I had no idea where you got this from until the other day I was saying “NO” to Crosby and I noticed that I was shaking my head. I was amazed that you picked it up from me without even me knowing. Your smile is now a little toothy and you open wide and make the cutest “ahh” sound. Your laugh is infectious and your noises and babbles I could listen to all day. I know you are changing so fast and that soon you will be my little girl, the time goes fast love and I love spending my day with you. You still sleep with dad and I for a little during most nights, it is either because we don’t want you to wake your brother or you are teething and not feeling well. I love snuggling you and it reminds me of when you were an infant swaddled in-between our heads on the boppy. I love you girl every day more and more even when you go crazy, you are my little girl and I love you to the moon.

Crosby-

You are my bruiser boy. You jump into the world head first (literally) and you are such an adventurer. Once you started crawling you pulled yourself up fast and then came the falling. It seems that you always have a few bruises on your head now just because you are learning about the world around you in the most physical way. I cannot lie to you, it can be really tiring to always chase after you and keep you out of the wrong things. You understand the word “no” and we are working with that everyday, I will try not to stifle your adventurous spirit but there are times that you cannot do what you want to do. When I need you to come to me I can wave you over and you get so excited and start crawling as fast as you can. You are so cute and are changing into a little boy in front of my eyes. You love to eat and are always ready for food. Sleep is still interrupted and it will be interesting to see how things go when I wean. I love you to pieces little boy and I hope to nurture you in all the ways you need.

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Poor sick Henley

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Born wild Crosby

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Crawlers

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Pulling up and walking with the walker

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Mirrors are amazing