Morgan is 9 months old!

April 30, 2017

Growth and Development

18lb 6oz (43rd percentile)
27.5 in (49th percentile)

It’s hard to believe that just one month ago, Morgan had started crawling. Now, she is all over the place! She seems to make a beeline for whatever we don’t want her to get into, whether it’s the toy Connor is playing with, or an open bathroom door, or an open refrigerator. Morgan loves to pull herself to standing while holding onto something, cruises around the furniture, walks Connor’s kitchen stool across the floor, and stands on her tippy-toes to reach for things. She can climb up one step, tries to climb into the bathtub, and has lots of adventures climbing up and down piles of pillows and couch cushions with Connor. She even stands up on her own for a few seconds without holding onto anything!!

Overall I think Morgan is making progress. She wakes up 2-3 times during the night and normally goes back to sleep easily. The biggest problem over the past month is that she likes to wake up within half an hour after going to bed (but of course she goes back to sleep with some help). Morgan seems to be working towards 2 naps a day instead of 3-4. It’s definitely a work in progress, but we have seen the light a few times!!

We rearranged upstairs (again) and now Morgan has her own room! Instead of having her crib in the guest room at the opposite end of the hall from us, she is now right next door. That room was originally an office, and then it was the LEGO room for the last few months. I decided to move all the LEGOs to Connor’s room and move his dressers (which are from the nursery set anyway) into Morgan’s room. It’s working out really well, and Connor has not woken up screaming from stepping on any LEGOs in the middle of the night…yet!

Morgan likes eating dinner with us. She feeds herself pieces of soft foods like avocado, banana, pear, and cooked sweet potato, carrots, and broccoli. She still loves to chew and suck on other fruits through her mesh pouch, like apple, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries. Morgan also likes homemade nut and seed butters. More food is going into her mouth lately than on her lap, so I guess that means she’s figuring out this eating thing!  In addition to solid foods at dinnertime, Morgan nurses several times throughout the day and a couple times at night.

Grandma Penny and Oma are here to visit! They arrived on the 27th and will stay through May 5th. Connor and Morgan have already enjoyed lots of wonderful time together reading, playing inside and outside, and doing arts/crafts. It has been so wonderful having them here, and I dread saying goodbye.

Big Brother
Connor turned 5 on April 16th! You can read more about his birthday and party here.

Grandma Penny made a superhero cape and mask for Connor’s birthday!

Connor and I had a special Mommy-Son date to the Virginia Military Tattoo. Charlie went on Friday night with my mom and grandma, and Connor and I went on Sunday afternoon so that someone could stay home home with Morgan each time.  I had been looking forward to seeing the Tattoo ever since last year’s performance, and it didn’t disappoint!  I think Connor had fun, but he is ready to choose the next date!

Here are a few more recent pictures of our sweet baby girl...


Connor is 5 years old!

April 16, 2017

I can remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. We were so thrilled to welcome you into our lives, and you were so excited to join us that you came 3 weeks early to surprise us. I thank God each and every day that he trusts ME to be your mommy. You and your sister are the greatest gifts in our lives!

This has been quite a year for you. Everyone talks about “The Terrible Twos,” which we never experienced with you; it was “The Fearsome Fours” instead! Your stubbornness really came through shortly after you turned 4. If you don’t get what you want when you want it, watch out!! We still have moments when emotions run high and your temper flares, but as time has gone on, you began to learn patience, compassion, restraint, and flexibility. I feel as though you have grown up so much over the past 12 months and you truly are our “little man.”

You welcomed your baby sister with so much love, and that has not changed! Yes, things are getting more challenging as Morgan wants to get into everything you are doing, but you still love to play with, snuggle, hug, and kiss her…all the time!

School has been a wonderful experience for you. You enjoy going each day, and we have seen so much growth and development in your coloring and drawing skills, handwriting, number sense, and much more!  You have made many good friends this year and love to play outside together after school.

LEGOs continue to be one of your favorite “toys.” Once Morgan arrived, we moved all the LEGOs upstairs so that you can have your own space. We try to make sure we squeeze in special “together” LEGO time when we can, but you do enjoy playing and building independently. You also love vehicles, imaginary role-playing, coloring, making crafts, playing outside, reading, and playing with Paw Patrol toys.

You are…

All of your qualities are what make you YOU and we love you for who you are! I tell you every single night at bedtime, and I mean it with my entire mind, body, and soul: I am so lucky to be your Mommy!

Connor, we love you all the way to the moon…and back. Happy 5th Birthday!

We had a party the day before your birthday with friends. We met at the playground down the street to play, then came to our house for a cookout. You spent many months planning the perfect cake. For some reason, your mind was stuck on a mint cake with gum!  Since you also wanted a piñata, I convinced you that we could put the gum in there instead of on the cake. We agreed on a white cake with a middle layer of mint cookie ice cream, topped with chocolate whipped cream. You had a number 5 candle to blow out, as well as 5 ladybug candles that Inge (our landlord from Germany) sent in your birthday box!