toddler talk

Here are some of the silly things this girl has been saying lately:

When Drew brings her home from school she comes running in yelling “Mommy mommy mommy I went on the potty!” or “Hi Mommy, I came back!”

Or in the morning she’ll come running into my room yelling “Hi Mommy! I was sleeping!”

We watched Beauty and the Beast for the first time and Harper was not prepared for the surprise twist at the end when Beast turned back into a human. She was quite upset, crying “My beast!” For weeks afterward she’d say “Beast turned into a boy.”

She loves the movie and soundtrack to Annie (the 80’s version) and sings “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, only a day awake!”

If Maeby is on the counter: “Get down Maeby! Silly cat!”

Me: “Harper, what do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist?”
Harper: “No”
Me: “An engineer?”
Harper: “No”
Me: “A ballerina?”
Harper: “Yes!”

Me: “Harper, are you my chick-a-bee-bee?”
Harper: “I not a chick-a-bee-bee!! I’m a girl!”

Me: “Harper, are you my daughter?”
Harper: “No, I’m Harper Cate!”

Points to my belly and says “Baby brother in there? Baby brother get big?”

She sometimes isn’t so keen on brushing her teeth (I think she’s learning ways to stall bedtime), but on the nights she’s on point, she does it all by herself and says “Harper make happy choice!” And when I say she wants to do it all by herself, you better not even help her open the drawer or she will close it just so she can open it herself. “No, I do it!” is probably her most often used phrase right now.

When I ask her to put her shoes on, she’ll say “No, I have my feet!”

Randomly, while we were eating at Panera Bread one day, she said loudly “Daddy has a butt chin!”

She calls mini Reese’s peanut butter cups “baby muffins.”

When it’s 60 degrees out, she’ll demand her hat and mittens, but when it’s 30 degrees out she does not want her mittens. Oh wait, she wants her mittens now that you’re in the car pulling out of the driveway.

When we’re outside and she looks up to find the moon, she’ll squeal “My moon!” Yes, she thinks the moon is hers.

She’ll sing random songs that I assume she learns at school. Recently it was “Three little hot dogs sitting in a van…” I have no idea…

Whenever you ask her what she wants for dinner it’s always “Noodles and salad!” or “Noodles and shrimp!” This kid loves shrimp.

She can say big words like hippopotamus but she still calls an owl a “hoo hoo”. She has an owl nightlight and at bedtime says “turn my hoo hoo on!”

She likes to have “I love you” battles where she yells “I love YOU!” and we say it back and she says it back even louder.

And the best is when she gives me her biggest smile, hugs me and says “Harper so happy!”

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper

big girl slide

We surprised Harper with a playscape in the backyard! She came around the corner of the backyard and got a huge smile on her face and came running towards her “big girl slide!” She loves it!

Harper's new playscape

Harper's new playscape

Harper's new playscape

Harper's new playscape

Harper's new playscape

trying to photograph a 2-year-old

It was a nice sunny day on Saturday after a long string of gloomy cold days, so I thought it’d be nice to put a cute dress on Harper and take some pictures outside.

Well, girlfriend was too happy to be outside running around to stand still for a picture. Between the wind and getting my settings right and trying to stay in front of her and getting her to listen, I was exhausted after five minutes.

Harper

Harper

She was taking advantage of the fact that pregnant mama can’t run as fast as she can.

Harper

Once in a while she would run towards me…and basically run right into me and knock me over with a hug.

Harper

At least I got this “ethereal” shot! (ahem, out of focus)

Harper

And then there was the ten minutes she spent trying to climb into the mailbox. “Mommy, I hiding!”

Harper

Harper

Then I had an idea. Maybe if I made her stand next to a tree and physically hold on to it, she’d stand still long enough!

Harper

It worked!!

Harper

She’s a goofball, but I love her.

Harper

ho ho ho and cough cough cough

I was so looking forward to having two weeks off with Harper and enjoying the holidays, but I spent the entire two weeks with the worst cold of my life (turned sinus infection.) I was miserable! Even though we didn’t really leave the house and I spent most of my time on the couch or with my face buried in tissues, I loved seeing Harper get excited about Christmas and Santa Claus.

She loved decorating the tree and turning the lights on every morning when she woke up.

X-mas tree

We baked cookies for Santa – she liked the cookie cutters and the sprinkles best.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

She loved her Christmas dress and Christmas jammies and all the decorations around the house (including the candy dish.)

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

She was so tickled that Santa actually ate his cookies and drank his milk while she was sleeping. And the reindeer ate the carrot we left outside! She talked about it for days afterwards.

Christmas 2014

On Christmas morning, she immediately spotted the Dumbo that Santa brought her. Between gifts from us, Santa and family, this was one spoiled little girl. We will really have to set some rules for next year! She really got the hang of opening presents and we only had to remind her a few times to keep going! More presents to open! It only took us two hours to get through them all, while taking breaks to eat and play.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

My mom made her a princess blanket, which was an instant hit.

Christmas 2014

And Daddy got both his kids new Fulham kits. Harper was psyched to have a jersey just like Daddy.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

The next day, Drew’s mom came for a few days to visit and then my dad came for a few days. It was great to have some family for the holidays, even though we were quite boring hosts.

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

I wish I had taken more pictures, but I did manage to get our annual santa hat picture.

Christmas 2014

Thank you to all our family for the wonderful gifts – we felt very loved! I managed to feel well enough to go back to work on January 5th, just in time. Now that the holidays are done, I’ll be in full baby mode finishing the nursery and preparing for maternity leave from work. We’re looking forward to more visitors when baby brother arrives. Now, to find the energy to take down the Christmas decorations.

12 in 2014: December

Here’s my last monthly post for 2014! Harper has been so excited about Christmas this year!

Harper and Mommy

Family

Harper

Harper

Harper

Today we took her on a mini-train ride and she loved it. She’s been a little unsure of the cold weather – it’s 50 degrees here in Texas!

Playing in a train

Playing in a train

Riding the train

Visitors to Texas and an early Thanksgiving

My family descended upon Texas during the recent arctic blast (although I guess it still felt warm to those northerners) to celebrate my brother’s birthday and an early Thanksgiving. We still had fun even though we stayed indoors most of the weekend. Of course, the main attraction was seeing the two cousins together again. The evening they arrived, Harper was painfully shy and wouldn’t make eye contact for a while, even though she talked for weeks about Avery coming to visit. But she warmed up, like she always does.

Cousins

We took the girls to the children’s museum and they loved it! We had to drag them out of there to grab lunch before their inevitable crash nap in the car. And they looked adorable in their matching outfits from Gramoo!

Cousins

Cousins

Cousins

Coloring

Cousins reading

We couldn’t get enough of their hugging, so we asked them to hug many times that weekend.

Cousins

Cousins

My mom loved having both of her granddaughters together.

Mamie and her granddaughters

Me and my niece

And Avery practiced her serious pose.

Avery

Avery

I think Avery’s favorite part of the visit was chasing Maeby and trying to lay on her.

Avery loves cats

Harper

Cousins lounging

Best friends!

Cousins

The girls loved having their Uncle Chris to entertain them with shoulder rides and laundry basket rides.

Shoulder rides

Uncles are fun!

We prepared a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and while the turkey was cooking, the girls took a wagon ride around the neighborhood and played with play-doh.

Wagon ride!

Playing with play-doh

After dinner, we put the girls to work cleaning up the kitchen.

Helping to clean up

Towards the end of their visit, it started to warm up a bit and the girls got some backyard playtime with Mamie.

Playing outside

Playing outside

We were sad to see them go and for a few days after they left, Harper kept asking about Avery. We’ll see them again next year once baby brother is born!!

12 in 2014: October & November

I totally missed my monthly update for October, but it was a busy month for us! Here are a few pics of us with our little Harper from this month and last.

October: Me with both my babies!

Mommy and daughter

Mommy and daughter

November: Snuggling her daddy

Snuggling her daddy

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