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…

two years old!

Well, my sweet baby boy is officially two years old.

We had a low key celebration at home on his birthday Monday, with a few presents, cupcakes and balloons.

Tomorrow we are heading to Oregon to celebrate with the rest of our family.  Here are just a few pictures from his special day.

the birthday boy!

the birthday boy!

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Someone could not wait for his cupcakes...

Someone could not wait for his cupcakes…

Presents!

Presents!

a pants-less reenactment of blowing out the candles

a pants-less reenactment of blowing out the candles

Happy Birthday Lincoln!

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Okay, well not really here in Los Angeles… sunshine and 60 degree weather do not quite say “Christmas” to me… Not that I am complaining!  I hear about the arctic weather back in Chicago, and I feel lucky to be trotting around in a cardigan, rather than a parka.  (I have been pretty amused to see the locals dressing for this “winter” weather.  Lots of puffy coats, lots of Uggs… I mean, come on people!)

Anyway, I’ve been reading a book called, “The Last Child in the Woods” which is all about the importance of nature and the outdoors for children.  Living in a pretty urban setting, I’m not sure that Lincoln is getting the kind of idyllic self-directed interaction with the natural world that the book advocates, but I do try to make sure Lincoln gets some time outside every day.

Here are a few of our recent neighborhood walks…

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground...

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground…

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representing our Chicago Blackhawks out here in LA…

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Merry Christmas?

August already?!

Well almost anyway…

July simply flew by.  We drove down to Bend for a weekend visit.  We spent about five days in Chicago visiting friends and family there.  And in between, Lincoln went to some Kindermusik classes, played outside a lot and grew into some sort of climbing, monkey boy (he is suddenly able to climb onto our couch completely unassisted).

Here are some pictures from the month…
(La Crosses– Why didn’t we insist on taking some family pictures at the BBQ?! I didn’t get any pictures of Lincoln with any of the kids… Next time I guess…)

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln's kiddie pool for the first time..

early this month, we pulled out Lincoln’s kiddie pool for the first time..

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face... but he recovered very quickly

on the 4th of July, Lincoln took a little tumble and scraped up his face… but he recovered very quickly

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone...

also, he began pretending that everything is a telephone…

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend...

we played some tennis with the kids in Bend…

and Lincoln met Papa for the first time

and, while in Bend, Lincoln met Papa for the first time

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

during our visit to Chicago, Lincoln spent some time at the park with Grandpa

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for "more" as soon as he comes down the slide...

and at another park, you can see Lincoln signing for “more” as soon as he comes down the slide…

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith's adorable son, Will

all of our wonderful friends out in Spokane are girls, so I think Lincoln was pretty excited to play with my friend Meredith’s adorable son, Will

... but, Will's little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

… but, Will’s little sister Paige also had to join in on some of the fun

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries...

and we finished off the month with some messy blueberries at home…

another day… another park…

After living here for about a year and a half, I feel like I know my way around Spokane pretty well.  However, I am still stumbling upon and discovering new parks with Lincoln.  There seem to be a lot of parks here, which is really great.

Here’s a little video I took of Lincoln last week…

(I promise he did not go head first down the slide after I stopped recording)

Happy weekend! And happy first day of summer!

birthday celebration

I have a TON of pictures from the weekend.  I will share some more in another post, but here are a bunch from our celebration of Lincoln’s birthday…

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birthday card and picture display...

birthday card and picture display…

this is my felt ball garland with some of Lincoln's monthly pictures

this is my felt ball garland with some of Lincoln’s monthly pictures

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cute golden book I found...

cute vintage golden book I found…

some family pictures with the birthday boy

some family pictures with the birthday boy

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some kisses from Uncle Steven & Aunt Jen

some kisses from Uncle Steven & Aunt Jen

after a BBQ, it was time for cake & presents

after a BBQ, it was time for cake & presents

Lincoln was very wary of the candle...

Lincoln was very wary of the candle…

But after the candle was gone, he dug in and had a good time

But after the candle was gone, he dug in and had a good time

fun feeding cake to Dad

feeding cake to Dad

Lincoln got so many great gifts... but this truck was one of his favorites

Lincoln got so many great gifts… but this truck was one of his favorites

please note all of the boys sans shirts

please note all of the boys sans shirts

happy birthday sweet boy!

happy birthday sweet boy!