It is absolutely unbelievable that my precious firstborn is 3 years old!!! At this point, Hannah's imagination is in full swing!! She loves playing make believe with about anything, from baby doll play, to play houses, to cooking, to talking on the phone, and just about anything else. She is often running away from giants, hanging out with her "girls", driving her car to the store, and doing her daily routines with her baby dolls. She makes up songs, and is constantly singing both real songs (country or "christian") and sometimes made up words to real tunes. She is so funny, creative, smart, emotional, serious, and silly. Hannah's memory absolutely amazes me as she retells stories from past events, her daily activities, and even just as she repeats things that I have told her. Hannah is very conversational, though very apprehensive in new situations or among new people. She gets a little overwhelmed in social settings like the playground or her YMCA class, but quickly comes out of her shell. She has begun to be more daring at the playground and is really good at climbing and going down the slide. I love watching her little mind work and how proud she gets of herself when she does something new or hard all on her own! She reads her books constantly and either says exactly what they say verbatim, or makes up new words and creates her own stories. She has named her baby doll, "Baby Caroline" and is such a good little mommy to her. She loves to watch Curious George, Super Why, Cat in the Hat, and Peppa the Pig. Her favorite movies are Tinkerbell and Cinderella, and she LOVES to reenact the scene where Cinderella dances with the prince, runs away, loses a shoe, and then when the slipper fits her after trying it on the stepsisters first. Cinderella is by far her favorite princess, but she loves them all. Purple has become her favorite color, and for the last six months has been asking for a purple birthday cake with jewels on it. Luckily our local Harris Teeter did a fabulous job making this sweet little dream come true! Hannah definitely dreams of being her mommy, through caring for her baby to putting on "deodant", high "wheels" and jewelry. She loves to be outside and dig in the dirt, or play with chalk, or go to the playgrounds near our house. She has started swinging on the big girl swing and really does an awesome job balancing. When outside, she loves to squeal and scream at the top of her lungs! She loves people and GOING!!! Everyday her first question when she wakes up is either, "where are we going today?" or "who's coming over today?". I think her favorite friend is her cousin Molly, but she loves all of her friends and talks about people constantly! Leading up to her birthday, she liked to tell Daddy and I that she was "growing up on us" and how she "wasn't going to be 2 anymore". Another thing she often says is, "that's SO siwwee" (silly). It's really cute and she says it about just about everything! She still wants to be "hold", and loves to snuggle with her mommy and daddy. She still loves to suck her thumb and touch her belly button, and while she is growing up and knows ALOT, she still gets confused about brothers and sisters, often calling Ethan her "sisser". We love this sweet girl and all of the things she tells us about. She is sweet and caring and very polite! Happy birthday my sweet 3 year old!!
Dancing in her new Cinderella dress the morning of her party.
It is absolutely crazy that a year has gone by since I first held that tiny BIG baby in my arms. As I reflect on this past year, it truly is a whirlwind. I look at pictures and almost can't remember that little guy because I'm so used to who he is now, but at the same time, it seems like only yesterday when Hannah would ask to hold him every morning on the couch. It also seems like he hasn't changed much appearance wise since about 6 months old. It's definitely true that with your younger kids, you think of them as babies much longer! He is a super happy little guy that eats well, sleeps well, plays well, and is very good at letting you know what he wants! He smiles or excitedly grunts at everyone and everything he sees. He goes crazy over dogs and gets so excited but nervous at the same time. He feels the same way about the "dragon" outside of the grocery store that kids get to ride for a penny. His favorite things to do are push toys around, or put any type of toy into any type of container and take it out again. He dances to music, has a shy face, laughs, and gives you big crocodile tears if you tell him no. He can climb up the stairs like a champ, but has not quite gotten the hang of coming down. He wants to be every where his mama and sister are, and is crazy for his daddy. He loves to be outdoors and can't stand when blinds are down or curtains are closed because he always wants to see outside. He is still only standing, and has not gained the confidence or daringness to try to walk. His favorite foods are apples/applesauce, bananas, cheese, potatoes, and raisins. He's not crazy about meat but will eat it. Black beans are a staple protein around here! He loves having licks of mommy and daddy's ice cream, and has now begun demanding a cookie when we pass them in the grocery store. He is nursing 3 times a day but is losing interest. He loves milk, so I think he will transition off of any nursings soon. He's got a smile that could melt even the hardest heart and wins people over everywhere we go!!!
At 1 year our little man weighs 26 lbs and is 32 inches tall. He is still in the 12-18 month size but is mostly wearing 18-24 month clothes. He is such a little light in our house, and brings us so much joy! At his baptism, Aunt Catherine gave him a little ceramic wall hanging that says "I thank God every time I think of you" which is from Philippians 1:3, and it is just so true!
I completely forgot the monthly sticker picture, but these first three pictures are of Ethan on his actual birthday.
And these following three pictures are of Ethan at the kids joint birthday party a few weeks later.
What a whirlwind May was!!! The month started with a weekend trip down to Carolina Beach. Daddy was working in Wilmington, so we headed down at the end of the week. We had a great time playing in the sand. The beach was warm, but the water was cold!! It was actually perfect weather because it just felt nice all the time!!! We enjoyed the sights and ended our trip in the scenic town of Southport, NC. We are excited to live in Charlotte and have access to so many different NC and SC beaches!!! The middle of the month was spent mostly just enjoying the outdoors. We went to lots of parks and started getting some our summer play things out. Then, right before Memorial Day, we had a lovely visitor! My best friend from Mississippi came for a couple days. Hannah had a blast with Lauren and so did I!! It is always so special to spend time with her and I'm thankful that she came. Then we headed to Lake Lanier for Memorial Day. We had a great time at the lake with my parents!! Hannah loved riding the tube for the first time and Ethan did surprisingly well with the life jacket.
Time is flying so fast! I can't believe my little man is 11 months old!!! He continues to be such a joy and has really been turning into more of a little boy than a baby. It is super cute to watch him learn new things, but also a little sad for this mama!! Ethan says mama and I'm pretty sure he has me in mind when he says. It's not constant, but occasionally it comes out and seems pretty purposeful. He is also started showing interest books, and will sometimes sit for a minute to let you read. He has also begun doing a few little motions. He will rub his hands together when you ask him to wash his hands, and he will put his phone up to his ear if you say "ring ring" or "Hello!" Just this past month he started showing interest in this little blue doggy that my sister and nieces gave him when he was born. Whenever he sees he wants to hold it and has started making a doggy noise. It super cute!!! He uses the doggy noise for any animal and gets so excited about them all!! He loves to spot birds whenever we are outside. He has also started being about to try and put a hat on his head, or a bib over his head. He has figured out where they go, though usually they just get dropped behind him. I love watching his little mind working. His favorite things to do right now are putting tops on the toy pots, putting the nesting blocks inside one another, and pulling anything out of the kitchen or toy box. He still crawls around like a champ and is cruising really well! I think he is starting to figure out how to go down the stairs too, but he still tries to sit halfway down so we only "practice" under very close supervision!! Ethan is a great sleeper and continues to be a great eater! He is getting a little bit too big for his 12-18 month clothes (esp those that are one piece) and has just started wearing a few 24 month things, though pants are still a little long. I'm excited to see how much he weighs and how tall he is at his 1 year doctors appt!!!
April was a super fun month for us!!! Hannah had her very first dentist appointment! She was very brave, but a bit apprehensive at first. Thankfully the ladies at the front desk hung out with Ethan so I could focus on being with Hannah. Her favorite part of the visit was getting her new toothbrush! As soon as we got home, she ran upstairs and threw away her old toothbrush and told everyone we saw that she got a new one!! The second weekend of April, we went to Asheville for a day trip to see the flowers at the Biltmore, and lucked out as it was the perfect weekend to see all the tulips in full bloom!!! Tulips are by far my favorite flower and it was just so fun to see so many of them!!!! Hannah had a blast with her cousins and Ethan tolerated the day pretty well in the Ergo, but loved the opportunities to crawl around in the grass!! Then for Easter we headed to St. Louis to see Grandma Margie and Grandpapa. Again Hannah had so much fun playing her cousins and her grandparents. She loved to go visit the horses with Papa, and read with Grandma. Ethan was so cute smiling and waving to everyone. Easter was fun, but unfortunately Hannah came down with a pretty high fever. It was just a little virus, but it made Easter Sunday not quite as fun as it would have been. She did enjoy hunting for eggs and opening up her Easter basket, and luckily the tylenol kicked in enough to enjoy Easter dinner! Then the last weekend of April, we had a full house!!! We had the Goforth 6 come to stay with another family of 4 from Asheville. My sister and brother-in-law and the mommy from the other family were doing a sprint triathlon here in Huntersville, and Abby and Caroline (my twin nieces) did their first kids triathlon!! Again, Hannah LOVED having her cousins here, especially Molly. And we all had a great time spending time with one another and cheering the triathletes on!!! Hannah said that when she gets bigger she wants to do a race like Abby and Caroline. We kept Lauren Sunday morning while the adults were racing, and just had so much fun with her!
Fun at the Biltmore gardens!
Easter Weekend Fun!
Cheering on Abby and Caroline!!
We also had a little photoshoot of the kids done at the end of April. A woman at our church is starting a photography business and she asked if Hannah and Ethan could be part of her portfolio. I jumped at the chance and am so incredibly glad I did! Elaine, at Full Quiver Photography, is so incredibly talented and I am so pleased with the pictures she took!! Hannah and Ethan had an absolute blast with the animals and all of the fun things about farm life! They live on a beautiful property and have chickens, roosters, horses, cats and a bunny! Hannah was able to hold Gus Gus the bunny for a picture, and Ethan LOVED watching the cats stroll by during the shoot.