toddler talk – part 4

It’s pretty funny when your child starts using your phrases and repeats things you’ve told them. Harper is turning into a mini-Mommy. Or a mini-teenager.

Watering plants

When I ask her to do something she’ll often say “Ok, I’ll be there in just a second” (and repeats that ten minutes later) or “hang on, Mom.”

When we remind her that she forgot to do something she’ll say “I’ll do it next time.”

Playing outside

Maeby was meowing, probably for food, and Harper said “Can you say please, Maeby?”

Margot jumped up on the windowsill and she said “Margot be careful! That’s dangerous!” And then later, Margot was running around like a maniac and Harper said “She’s being ridiculous.” (She learned that phrase from Daddy.)

Maeby was scratching the rug (again) and Harper said “Maeby’s not a good listener.”

When she’s playing, she’ll say “Hold this, Mom. I have lots of things to do.” She’s been really into putting all of her play kitchen foods into her backpack, but then makes me carry it because it’s too heavy.

Playing bookstore:

Playing bookstore

Mommy: “Will you help me give Finn a bath?”
Harper: “No. I’ll help you watch a movie!”

Mommy: “What comes after 39?”
Harper: “Um…”
Mommy: “40”
Harper: “That’s right, Mom!”

She calls hand sanitizer “hand tizer” and now we all call it that.

Blowing bubbles

Mommy: “We’re having spaghetti and texas toast for dinner”
Harper: “Monkey texas toast?”
Mommy: “No, just texas toast”
Harper: “Oh, fancy!”

Accompanied by sweeping hand gestures: “Those are my slippery socks. I can run and dance and slip! I can do lots of many things!”

Harper in a hat

Talking to Avery on her play phone: “Hi Avie! You doin’ good? Can we talk on the computer?”

“I have an idea! Let’s dress up like princesses!”

One sticker is never enough

Drew was playing with her hair and she asked him what he was doing and he said “Playing with your hair” and she said “My hair is not a toy!”

“Mom, I wanna kiss on you.”

I asked her what instrument she wants to play and I named pretty much every instrument in a school band and she said “no” to all of them, and then I started naming other ones “xylophone, triangle, maracas…” And she jumped in, “Maracas would be good!”

Playing outside

At daycare drop-off sometimes she’ll happily join her friends but other days she’s a bit clingy. So we tell her we’ll fistbump her through the window on our way out. Drew came up with that idea. So she’ll stand by the window until we get there and we fistbump and she’s all good. A couple of her friends now join her at the window for fistbumps – so I’ll fistbump each of them. Then other parents started doing it. One morning one of the moms said to me “I don’t know where this came from but he wants to do it every morning.” Yep, that was my husband. When Daddy and Harper fistbump at home, Harper says “Boomshakalaka” or “Boom goes the dynamite.”

When I pick them up at daycare, I get Finn first and then I bring him to her classroom to get her and she gets so excited to see him. Literally every kid in the room comes running “Baby! Baby!” and I have to hold him up so they don’t all grab at him. Harper will extend her arms out to block the kids from grabbing him. Haha. She’ll say “We don’t touch the baby.” (Just like her teacher says.) She’ll say “Hi Finny! I missed you!”

When I get Finn up from his naps she’ll say “Did you have a good nap, sweetie?”

Bath in the big tub

Finn at 6 months

This month Finn had a lot of fun! He went swimming, graduated to sitting up in a stroller for walks, rolled from back to tummy and spent some quality time with Gram when she visited towards the end of the month.

He’s getting better at sitting but will usually fall to one side, so we prop pillows all around him. He likes to “talk” very loudly and giggles very easily. He loves to put things in his mouth, which is weird for us because Harper never did. So we’re finally getting use out of all those teether toys we bought the first time around. He loves Sophie the giraffe and any teether that’s easy to hold.

He’s quite grabby, particularly faces and hair – anything in arm’s reach (and pinches!) It’s pretty darn cute when he grabs my face with both hands and plants a slobbery open mouth kiss on me! He’s started to bite while eating…ouch! We’re powering through it though. He got his second bottom tooth and loves to show off his cute little teeth by smiling at everyone he sees – even pictures of people’s faces and faces on TV.

He spent most of the month waking up a few times in the night by rubbing his face and lose his paci, so we just need to jump up and pop it back in and he’s good. He’s down to 3 (sometimes 4) naps a day and doesn’t sleep very well at daycare.

He just started eating solids! We’ve tried applesauce and sweet potatoes and he likes both. Hopefully he’s a good eater like his big sister. He’s 17.5lbs and 26.5in (same weight as Harper at 6 months, but an inch longer.)

He’s such a patient, happy and sweet baby. We can’t get enough of him!

Basket boy

Practicing sitting

Playing with a friend

Ticklish boy

Playing outside

Mommy and the kids

Getting a bath

All clean

The boys

The boys

Sleepy Finn


Future soccer player



Gram and Finn


Eating solids

Gram and Finn

Finn and Mommy


The boys

Gram and Finn

Finn at 6 months

Big sister helped to make him smile.

Finn at 6 months

And had to jump in for a picture.

Finn and his sister

harper & finn

We had a little photoshoot in the park for Harper’s birthday party invitations. And brother wanted to join in on the fun.









Harper and Finn

Harper and Finn

But after a few shots, Harper had enough. “Ughh he’s too heavy!”

Harper and Finn

Finn was enjoying it though!



Finn at 5 months

Finnegan is 5 months old already! What a sweet and happy boy he is. This past month he had his first airplane ride and got his first tooth!

He’s been grabbing at toys much more, but chewing on his fist is preferable. We put him in the jumperoo for the first time and after a few tries he really the got the hang of bouncing and now he goes to town. We also sit him in the bumbo occasionally, though his legs are almost too big to fit in it already. He’s wearing size 3 diapers and 9 month size clothes.

We transitioned him out of the miracle blanket, into Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit for a few weeks and then recently into the Zipadee-zip at night. We put him down awake and he falls asleep on his own.

His favorites things right now are watching us eat, watching big sister do anything, chew on his fist and “talk” while doing so, and of course, anything to do with Mommy. I could hold him and have giggle exchanges all day! Love my little guy!

Finn in the bumbo


Petting the kitty

Hanging out in the bumbo

Finn in the tub


Finn and Daddy


Finn in the jumperoo

Finn at 5 months

Finn at 5 months

Finn at 5 months

thing 1 and thing 2

Thanks to Grandma Julie and Grandpa Bill for these cute Dr. Seuss shirts! We love to read The Cat in the Hat!

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1 and Thing 2

toddler talk – part 3

Mommy: “Harper, can you say ‘hello’ in Spanish?”
Harper: “Hello in Spanish!”
Mommy: “Spanish is another language. We speak English.”
Harper: “English? That’s a silly word.”

Stalling at bedtime again:
Harper: “My shirt is blue! You don’t have a blue shirt. You need to get one at the store.”
Mommy: “I have a blue shirt, I’m just not wearing it right now. It’s in my room.”
Harper: “Oh ok. I need to go check real quick.”
Mommy: “Check what?”
Harper: “I need to check your blue shirt.”

Harper had been playing in her room for a bit when I called down to her “What are you doing?” and she yelled back “Making a mess!”

When Drew is playing with Finn, he’ll sometimes pretend to nibble on Finn’s toes and Harper says “No, Daddy! We don’t eat brothers!”


Harper has always been very particular about shoes and we have a hard time finding sandals to fit her. I’ve learned to buy a few from Zappos to try on and return the ones she doesn’t like. But getting her to even try on new shoes, forget it. I’ll say “Let’s just see if they fit.” So when she tries on uncomfortable shoes, she whines “They’re too fits!” I finally got her to like one pair of sandals this summer by calling them her “Cinderella sandals” and she totally bought it.


When she’s done eating she’ll sometimes say her tummy is full, but randomly she’ll sometimes say “My leg is full” or “my arms are full.”

Harper: “Where’s Daddy?”
Mommy: “He’s at the grocery store”
Harper: “To buy more cow milk for me?”
Mommy: “Yep!”
Harper: “Oh! That’s very nice!”

She went grocery shopping with Drew recently and when they came back I asked her what they bought and she said “Cow milk, beer, and a cookie!”


When Finn is crying she’ll say “I’m here for you, buddy” or “I got you Finn.” And one time he had woken up from his nap, and I saw her on the monitor reach into his crib and give him his paci and I melted.

She has a thing for chapstick but calls it “lips” so she’ll say “I need my lips!”

Once she’s all tucked in for the night, as another stalling tactic she’ll say, “I need to check the weather!” and lifts up her shade to look out the window.

Mommy: “You’re brave!”
Harper: “I’m not Merida!”
Mommy: “I know. You’re Harper Cate and you can be brave.”
Harper: “No I don’t want to!”

Protesting a smile

On the way home from picking her up from school, she and Finn were both fussing and she cries, “We’re both crying!”

Harper: “I want to wear a dress”
Mommy: “Hmmm…”
Harper: “Don’t say hmmm”
Mommy: “What should I say?”
Harper: “Say yes!”

Harper was not in the best mood when I picked her up from school one day and I made the grave mistake of lifting her into her carseat instead of letting her climb in herself, which made it worse. She said she didn’t want to give me a kiss. But I hugged her and snuck a kiss on her cheek and said “Ha ha I got a kiss! I’m sneaky!” And she cried, “I don’t want a sneaky kiss!”

Drew took her to her first movie in a theatre and when she got home she said, “We went to the movie peter!”

Harper loves blankets. She carries them around and loves when I wrap one around her like a dress or tie one on her like a cape, so I started calling her Harper Cate Blankett. I was like “why did it take me so long to come up with that nickname!”

Mommy: “We used to sing this to you when you were a baby.”
Harper: “When I had no teeth and couldn’t talk?”
Mommy: “Yeah!”
Harper: “Yeah, I just had a tongue.”
(Whenever she sees a picture of herself as a baby she says “I didn’t have any teeth.”)

While we were in the bathroom waiting for her to go potty (sooo many conversations happen while we’re waiting to go potty…) she grabbed my cheeks and put her forehead to mine and said “There’s nothing to be scared of.”

While we were in Missouri (after having talked for weeks about all the people she’d see there) she said “I have so many special people in my life!”


Mommy: “What do you want for your birthday?”
Harper: “A bumblebee”
Mommy: “A real one?”
Harper (waving her hand): “I don’t want it to bother me”

Mommy: “…Jack fell down and broke his crown…”
Harper: “He bumped his head? Aww that’s so sad. That’s a sad choice.”

While Daddy was away on business, she requested that I sing his songs at bedtime. He usually sings My Girl, among others, so I started singing it and when I got to the “My girl” part she said “No, I’m Daddy’s girl!”


Family Reunion 2015

A few weeks ago, my final week of maternity leave, we flew to Missouri for Drew’s family reunion. Traveling with two small kids is HARD. WORK. I knew it would be, so I spent at least a month strategizing and it took me 7 days to pack. But it was all worth it to see everyone (and I’m talking lots and lots and lots of people), see Harper having the time of her life, and have everyone meet Finn. And eat Grandma’s fresh garden veggies.

Drew’s grandparents graciously hosted us, along with his siblings and their boys. So Gram had all her children and grandchildren under the same roof.

Harper had fun with her cousin Uly, swimming, and playing with all the big kids at the reunion. Finn had fun being kissed and held by everyone and smiling at all the other babies. I wish I could have taken more pictures, but my hands were literally full pretty much the entire time.

Finn with Great Grandma Milly:

Finn and Grandma Milly

Finn meeting Cole:

Finn and Cole meeting

Harper swinging with Devyn:

Devyn and Harper swinging

Gram and Toddy with the baby boys:

Gram and Toddy with the baby boys

This pictures is blurry but I love Harper’s face. She watched all the kids go down the slide and finally got the courage to go down (holding Daddy’s hand.)

Harper sliding

This picture was right after she asked me if the mud puddle behind her was chocolate. LOL


Matching suits!

Matching suits!

Disclaimer: the wine glass in the shot below is not Harper’s. :)

Devyn and Harper chowing down

Playing trucks with cousin Uly:

Uly and Harper playing trucks

Kisses from Great Great Aunt Mary:

Finn and Great Great Aunt Mary

Harper swinging

Aunt Brittany holding nephew Augie:

Aunt Brittany and Augie

Finn and Gram

Uly and Harper

Sitting in Grandma's rocking chair

Grandma Milly and Margot

These two have 29 great grandchildren (so far):

Milly and Ralph dancing

Harper stealing M&M’s from Avery:

Harper stealing M&M's from Avery

Here are just the last 11 babies (and their daddies):

The last 11 babies with their daddies


At the end of the trip, we met up with Grandpa Steve for his birthday.

Grandpa and Finn

Harper and Uly

Grandpa with his grandkids


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