Joy. Gratitude. Love. Peace. Just some of the words that come to mind when I look at that adorable face. The last 19 months of my life have been filled with such wonder, such excitement, such awe. Harper is growing up to be an incredible little girl and I feel honored to be a part of it.
First Blood Draw: No mother likes to see her child under the weather. Getting sick is part of growing up but when Harper gets sick she is out for the count. There is no such thing as a small cold for her. In fact, we have ended up at the ER for croup far too many times. So at the advice of our nurse practitioner, she got a blood draw to test her immunoglobulins at our recent check up. Harper was such a champ! She cried a little bit but overall was very brave. Here is a pic of her showing off her cool green bandage.
ps: the results were fine and Harper is as healthy as ever. Praise God!
First Time Decorating Cookies: Harper loves all things Elmo. She is also quite the little cook. So when our friends invited us to decorate Sesame Street cookies at Williams-Sonoma a few weeks ago we were totally game! Although I had no idea Harper would enjoy herself as much as she did. She was extremely focused and took her job very seriously.
Harper was on a roll. She ended up decorating 3 cookies! She wasn’t too much interested in eating them but she did decide to decorate her face (and lick the frosting…).
First Midwife Reunion: To celebrate the one year anniversary of our local birth center, our midwives threw a reunion for all the families that had planned home births. It was a gorgeous day in the park with yummy food and great company. Such fun to see all of the beautiful babies that have been welcomed into the world by these extraordinary women.
Favorite Toy: As I mentioned earlier, Harper definitely has a “thing” for Elmo. She also is my little musician. So this Let’s Rock Elmo is the perfect way to satisfy both of her loves. She has a blast singing the ABC’s with him, while rocking out on the drums or shaking the tambourine. This toy is a HUGE hit!
Favorite Song: We sang a lot of fun songs this summer. But one song that Harper has been singing the most lately is Ten Fish in the Sea. She loves practicing her counting, working on her jumping and dancing around in a circle. Plus, these adorable little puppets only add to the excitement :)
Favorite Book: Harper loves to show off her growing vocabulary and read by herself. She has recently been drawn to books that have pictures of objects and things that she recognizes. At the Park is one of her favorites. Although I am not sure if it is the bright colors or the picture of the ice cream that she is most excited about. Guess it’s no secret whose daughter she is (says the mommy who once had a slight addiction to 31 flavors…).
The older Harper gets the more she wants to be involved in pretty much everything. I love that I have a buddy to pal around with who is always willing to lend a helping hand.
With Music Class: Now that I am teaching 8 classes a week, Harper has become quite the little assistant. She likes to help me manipulate the props, cue the songs and show off her skills front and center. At this rate, I will be calling on her to sub for me when I am ill!
Clean Up: Freddie has been very adamant about Harper learning how to pick up after herself. And even though at Harper’s recent check up, the doctor mentioned that this is not a skill they acquire until about 24 months, Freddie is making sure she gets a head start. Harper loves to sing the clean up song and help put her toys away. But her cleanliness doesn’t stop there. When she spills water on the floor she likes to mop it up with a towel. She can also be found polishing the furniture with her baby wipes. What can I say? The girl loves to clean :)
Make Her Own Snacks: After months of little interest in solid foods, Harper has become quite the eater. And she is a girl who knows what she wants. If the fridge is open, Harper will help herself to the yogurt, veggies, cheese, milk…you name it. She will waddle across the kitchen floor with her arms full and hand me whatever snack catches her eye. Next step? Cooking…
There is never a dull moment with a toddler in the house. Harper definitely keeps me on my toes. But she also helps me to see life differently. Colors are brighter, sounds are sharper and scents are stronger. I love the enthusiasm that she has to explore the world and soak up everything it has to offer. Thank you of being such a gentle teacher, Harper Marie. Happy 19 Month Birthday! Mommy and Daddy love you :)
And while we are in the mood to celebrate, a big congratulations to Jea for winning the NatureBox giveaway! Thank you to all who participated. I look forward to getting another awesome giveaway up and running soon.