20 months into this incredible journey and I couldn’t be more proud of my little bug. She is learning and growing so fast and it is an absolute pleasure to watch. She loves people and never hesitates to say hi to strangers all around town. She has great manners and will often times remind me to say “thank you” or “you’re welcome”. At dinnertime, Harper likes to say her grace and is quite a fan of “cheers” (if you are ever over for dinner, be prepared to raise your glass multiple times). She has officially become a daddy’s girl and literally lights up at the sight of her “dada” (or Freddie, as she likes to call him). Harper gets more independent each day and is enthusiastic about exploring the world around her. An active toddler, we do out best to participate in all of the fun activities our community has to offer. We love going to story time at the library and when we are not busy with music class, you can find us hanging out at the park. The older she gets, the faster the time seems to fly by. So having the time to sit and reflect on these special moments is truly a gift.
First Haircut: For my birthday (post coming soon…I promise), I decided to cut my hair off. While I was in the chair I was telling my stylist about Harper’s “D0”. I wanted to make sure I was conditioning it properly, using the right products, etc. (yes, my 20 month old daughter’s hair IS that high maintenance). After giving Harper’s hair the once over, she offered to give it a little trim. We weren’t necessarily prepared for this monumental moment, but we went for it anyways. And Harper loved every second of it. Of course we saved a few of her curls as a keepsake.
And she even got to pick out a couple of clips as a prize, which she described as very “pritty!”.
First Time at Disneyland: I plan to go into more detail in a later post, but the weekend of my birthday the whole family went to Disneyland. It was pretty hot and crowded but Harper was a real trooper. She even got on a few rides. And of course, no trip to Disneyland is complete without a “souvie”. Here is Harper in her first pair of ears…
First Visit to the Pumpkin Patch: If only they made pumpkin patches like this when I was a kid. There were so many attractions there, you almost forgot to pick out a pumpkin (although we somehow managed to get two). Harper’s favorite part of the pumpkin patch was the hay. They had a little mosh pit set up with tons of hay for the kids to play in. And boy was it fun. Harper even turned herself into a scarecrow.
(By the way, getting the straw out her hair wasn’t nearly as fun as putting it in. But the memories make it worth the while)
Favorite Toy: While “Amma” was in town, Harper scored big! One day, “Amma” came home with a life-size Blue’s Clues doll. It’s the same size as Harper and she takes it wherever she goes. She feeds it, takes it to the potty, practices her exercises with it. She LOVES it! And it keeps her occupied long enough for me to get a load of dishes washed (which is a huge feat!).
Favorite Song: Harper’s musical repertoire is growing exponentially. With me teaching 8 classes a week, and Harper attending most (if not all) of them, she picks up new songs constantly. Her most recent pick is Silly Sam (#47). She loves the part where the sopranino plays and follows along with her finger in her mouth, pretending to play along. This is also when she channels her inner “Maniac” from Flashdance (think “fast feet”). She’s got the moves :)
Favorite Book: It’s hard to keep up with Harper’s favorite book these days. She will pretty much read anything you put in front of her. But while her “Amma” was in town an old favorite resurfaced…Baby Faces by Margaret Miller. We had gotten it for Harper when she was itty bitty because we were told it might help distract her in the car (since she was never too keen on the whole car seat thing). It is a fun book to look at with her because she likes to “read” it on her own…meaning, she can recognize the facial expressions and tell me what they are.
Paintings: Harper loves to do art (as seen here). She often colors (or eats) with crayons at home. Recently I took her to an art class at our local community center. As you can see, she had no trouble getting her Picasso on (although I think she might have gotten more paint on her body and clothes than the canvas). But now we have a masterpiece we can frame and display in our home. I am so proud of my little artist!
Cupcakes: As I mentioned before, Harper is already honing her culinary skills. After perfecting her craft of cookie decorating, she decided to take up cupcake decorating. And lucky for us, “Amma” was in town to help (the master baker of the family). We enjoyed another afternoon at Williams-Sonoma making spooky cupcakes covered in bright orange frosting and lots of sprinkles. The perfect Halloween treat!
Music: It’s no secret that Harper is quite the musician. She truly loves all things music. Whenever she gets the chance she is banging on the drums, keeping the steady beat or singing her own tune. Check her out at a recent music class we attended while on our mini-vacay. Singing a solo with pure confidence…
Being a parent is without a doubt the hardest job in the world. But the pay is second to none. The love we share with Harper is unmatched. The joy she brings to our life is indescribable. As we approach her second birthday, it’s becoming a reality that she isn’t going to be my little baby for much longer. She is turning into her own little person with a spunky personality and incredible zest for life. And although at times it is hard to see her grow up, I am looking forward to the next chapter of our lives with gratitude for all of the memories we have made together.
Happy 20 Month Birthday Harper! Mommy and Daddy love you :)