three months! and four months!

Months three and four have flown by!

three months!

three months!

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happy little guy

and... happy four months!

and… happy four months!

loves gnawing on his toes

loves gnawing on his toes

so, I took the pictures while Lincoln was at school... He came home and insisted that we take a few more so that he could be in them too :)

so, I took the pictures while Lincoln was at school… He came home and insisted that we take a few more so that he could be in them too🙂

two months!

When Lincoln was a baby, it was pretty easy to keep up with posting monthly pictures in a somewhat timely fashion.  I don’t have quite as much free time these days…

Anyway, here are Harrison’s two month pictures and stats.
(He is a full pound heavier than Lincoln was at the same age!)

Weight – 13lb. 14oz. (95th percentile)

Length – 25 inches (>95th percentile)

Head Circumference – 41 centimeters (75th percentile)

two months!

two months!

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this is the story of Harrison's life... Lincoln always VERY close by...

this is the story of Harrison’s life… Lincoln always VERY close by…

happy two months!

happy two months!

one month!

Baby Harrison is already one month old (actually more like 7 weeks old, but anyway…)

Our pediatrician was so delighted with his weight gain at his one week check up, that we haven’t been back in for a visit yet.  So, I don’t know his exact size, but at my 6 week check up, we weighed him at my midwife’s office, and it looks like he is already over 13 pounds… my “little” baby boy…

one month!

one month!

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working on a smile

working on a smile

sweet brothers

sweet brothers

Baby boy!

After much anticipation, baby #2 finally arrived!
My “estimated due date” was July 1st.  Baby arrived 12 days later.
Born Monday, July 13th at 4:45pm… weighing in at 10lb. 8oz….
Harrison Stephen La Crosse

I’ll share some more details of his birth later, but for now, here are a few pictures from his arrival…

One of our first moments together

One of our first moments together

Husband & I both thought he looked smaller than Lincoln, but we were wrong... 6 ounces heavier than his big brother!

Husband & I both thought he looked smaller than Lincoln, but we were wrong…    6 ounces heavier than his big brother!

Big brother & little brother

Big brother & little brother

Sleepy boy at home...

Sleepy boy at home…

I’m three!

Lincoln had a big birthday a few weeks ago- three years old!
It’s hard to believe my “baby” is already 3.

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I have clearly done a terrible job of sharing any recent photos/stories…
I blame pregnancy🙂

But, here are some pictures from the last few months.
(And soon, I will have pictures to share of baby #2!)

Going all the way back to Easter...

Going all the way back to Easter…

He was pretty excited to see Snoopy, the Easter Beagle

He was pretty excited to see Snoopy, the Easter Beagle

Another weekend, we took a tour of a local farm... where I fell in love with these baby pigs...

Another weekend, we took a tour of a local farm… where I fell in love with these baby pigs…

They were SO cute.

They were SO cute.

We visited a fire station, which Lincoln LOVED.

We visited a fire station, which Lincoln LOVED.

A random day, cooking with me at home...

A random day, cooking with me at home…

From the big birthday celebration!

From the big birthday celebration!

Lincoln and his cousins on a train ride at the party

Lincoln and his cousins on a train ride at the party

We also went to a Dodgers game and had amazing seats in a box... I loved how Lincoln just dove right in and helped himself to some snacks :)

We also went to a Dodgers game and had amazing seats in a box… I loved how Lincoln just dove right in and helped himself to some snacks🙂

Watching the action...

Watching the pregame action…

Lincoln & Dad :)

Lincoln & Dad🙂

Aloha!

I know it’s been awhile, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our recent trip to Hawaii!  We stayed at the beautiful Aulani hotel on Oahu. It was a short trip, but definitely a great little vacation.

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki...

Lincoln decked out in his Hawaiian shirt hanging out in Waikiki…

The lovely view from our hotel room...

The lovely view from our hotel room…

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree...

Lincoln & Dad underneath a banyan tree…

The beach outside of our hotel...

The beach outside of our hotel…

Lincoln in his "cool shades"

Lincoln in his “cool shades”

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore...

Enjoying some shave ice on the north shore…

Rhythm of our days…

Oh my… is it really the last week of January already?  I hope winter is going by as fast for all of you actually experiencing a “real” winter.

I realize I haven’t posted in ages.  I guess the whirlwind of the holidays and then recovering from the holidays left little time for blogging; but, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

With the new year here and Lincoln getting a bit older (he’ll be 3 in May, what?!?), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rhythm in our home life. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been quite interested in the Waldorf education philosophy, and creating a predictable rhythm is a big focus.  Simplicity Parenting also definitely touches on it.

I’m not talking about a set schedule per se- certainly anyone with a toddler can attest to the fact that maintaining tight schedules becomes quite difficult.  But, more of a gentle flow that helps a child know what to expect throughout the day (mealtimes, play time, bed time, etc.).

Currently, we have pretty good daily habits, but I’d like to work on creating more seasonal and yearly rhythm too.  This can be accomplished through focusing on seasonal changes and special holiday and festival celebrations.  Obviously, we all know the traditional holidays (Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc.), but delving into Waldorf, I’ve begun to discover all sorts of additional cultural festivals throughout the year- as well as ways to make those season changes (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, etc.) more special.

I have grand plans to start incorporating these events into our year- we will see how that all pans out😉 I will keep you posted.
First up is Valentine’s Day, so I am working on a few, small things we can do to make that day special at our home.

For now, I’ll leave you with a few family pictures we took just before the holidays.  The session was a lot of fun.  We were in the arts district in downtown LA and had an amazing photographer (Britney Moore Photography, for anyone local to LA… she was fantastic!)

Happy New Year everyone!

PS- Any tips on special things you do to celebrate throughout the year, please feel free to share🙂

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Simplicity Parenting

I am by no means a parenting expert, but I may be an expert on parenting books simply based on the massive amount of reading I have done since Lincoln was born.  I have a nightstand overflowing with various books about early childhood education, respectful parenting and creative activities to do with children.

currently on my nightstand...

currently on my nightstand…

Anyway, one book that I just finished and thought was really great is called, “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne.  It had so much great, useable advice to “raise calmer, happier and more secure kids.”

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The book covers ways to simplify your child’s environment, create a predictable rhythm, maintain (somewhat) predictable schedules and filter out the adult world. I like that the author offers a lot of real stories of families he has helped and delivers the information in small, doable suggestions that you can actually implement in your life.

One piece of advice I have been focused on lately is simplifying the environment- in other words, reducing the amount of toys and “stuff” in our home.  Put simply, the author suggests, “the amount of toys your child sees, and has access to, should be dramatically reduced.”  I’m sure that every parent can attest to the way toys and things just seem to accumulate and multiply!  So, I have been sorting through Lincoln’s toys, donating quite a few and boxing up some others that we pull out only occasionally.

It is really amazing to see how Lincoln’s creativity comes alive with just a few toys available to him.  He literally plays with a big wooden train, a bunch of colorful wooden eggs and a handful of cars and trucks all day long.  (I mean, he does have a few more toys readily available, but Lincoln is truly content with the same few things day in and day out.)  I am also happy that our living area isn’t constantly overwhelmed with toys everywhere.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good parenting book, I highly recommend “Simplicity Parenting.”  There is a lot of good advice for mamas with toddlers, but even school age kiddos could definitely benefit from a lot of the tips.

Also, unrelated to parenting, and waaaaay late, I just read “Gone Girl” and it was amazing!!
Have you read any good books lately?