harper at the pumpkin patch

We were back up in IL for a friend’s wedding and while we were there, we took Harper to the pumpkin patch! Harper loves fall and can’t wait for it to finally come to Texas!

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

Pumpkin patch 2013

She had fun visiting and playing with both of her grandmothers! She loved my mom’s old rocking chair and quickly learned how to climb up and stand on it!

Harper

Harper

Harper

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harper’s 1st birthday polka dot party

We traveled back to IL a few weeks ago for Drew’s brother’s wedding and thought it would be a great opportunity to throw Harper a 1st birthday party while family was in town. We had the party at my mom’s house (where I’ve had all my parties – bridal shower, baby shower.) My sister, brother-in-law and cute niece came from New York just for the occasion!

I decided to do a polka dot theme – simple enough to tie the decorations together. I ordered a custom polka dot dress on Etsy for the guest of honor. Drew and I had to wear polka dots too!

My sister, mom and brothers helped decorate while we were busy with wedding festivities.

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Of course with all the photos I’ve taken of this girl in the past 12 months – I had to highlight a few!

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

The decorations looked great, the food looked delicious and the birthday girl looked adorable in her polka dot dress. Everyone was ready to party…except Harper. Sadly, she had come down with a fever the night before (while at the wedding…) and was quite out of sorts the whole weekend. (She ended up having a high fever for 4 days straight, a rash from the fever, an ear infection and a molar poke through a few days later. Needless to say, it made flying home the next day pretty unbearable.) So Harper was not in the mood to be around a big group of people, but we tried to keep her comfortable and happy.

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Snuggles from Mamie always help!

Harper's 1st Birthday

Hanging out with Aunt Lisa and cousin Avery!

Harper's 1st Birthday

Time to sing Happy Birthday and blow out her candle!

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

She didn’t want to have anything to do with smashing a cake. “What’s a cake? Why are you putting this thing in front of me? Why’s everyone looking at me?” I stuck her finger in the frosting and she did not like that one bit.

Harper's 1st Birthday

I tried to get her to have a little taste. It’s good I promise!

Harper's 1st Birthday

“Hmmm this isn’t so bad.”

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

After that she perked up a little bit.

Harper's 1st Birthday

Spinning around on daddy’s shoulders helped too.

Harper's 1st Birthday

So the smash cake didn’t get smashed. It barely got touched. But that’s ok – it was fun to try!

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Then we went outside and played with bubbles.

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

Harper's 1st Birthday

It was fun to see friends and family and for them to finally meet Harper – even though she was scared of almost everyone. That’s life with a baby – you never know what to expect and you just gotta go with the flow. Thanks to my family for hosting and helping with the party! Harper is lucky to have some many people love her!

12 months old

Our little girl is a whole year old! I think I’ll always refer to her age in months, it makes her sound younger. Like when she’s off to college I’ll be like “But she’s just a baby! She’s only 227 months old!”

This last month her personality has really started to blossom. She’s showing more emotions and is very aware of her surroundings. She loves people from a distance, but if they get too close, she loses her cool. The teachers at daycare say she’s the most loving baby and gives the best hugs. She giggles incessantly. But she’ll also show frustration when she can’t get to something she wants. Like when we don’t let her climb the stairs or play with the remote. She claps all the time – to music or to applaud herself for doing something new. When we clap, she claps. She loves to sway to music and slap her knees. She points to everything and says “dat!” She shakes her head back and forth – usually when she doesn’t want to eat something, but sometimes just to be silly. She randomly laughs at herself in the mirror.

And then she learned to say “uh oh.” Everything is “uh oh.” It’s especially fun repeating while throwing food on the floor!

Harper took her first steps on her birthday!! It was the end of the day and we were playing in her room. She had a toy in each hand and decided to walk to me. We got her to do it a few more times on video. We were so excited and so was she! Most of the time, she’ll walk holding onto one hand or with her walker. She loves to push furniture across the room. At her 12-month check-up she measured 29 inches and 24lbs 8oz. She also has her first molar!

Harper at 12 months

Harper at 12 months

Harper at 12 months

Harper at 12 months

Harper at 12 months

This was her last monthly photoshoot. And the last time we had to wrangle her to lie still in this frame! Here’s a behind the scenes shot – whenever I needed a good smile, I’d bring in the secret weapon: daddy!

Harper at 12 months

The past 12 months:

Months 1-12

my two favorite fulham fans

This is what happens when you ask your husband to get the baby dressed. Somehow this outfit magically appeared in her closet one day…

Two Fulham Fans

Playing soccer with Daddy

Playing soccer with Daddy

I don’t think these two can get any cuter.

Oh hai!