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dear rider,

7 Jul

First of all, look at how stinkin’ cute you are. I mean, honestly.

You started crawling this week!! Your first time crawling was on the 4th of July and we were at Grammy’s house. I was sitting with you on the floor, feeding you, when you noticed all the toys Grammy has for you at her house and you took off crawling. It was such a great moment! You were a little wobbly but definitely on a mission to get to those toys. And you made it! As soon as you did, you grabbed the toy you were after and rolled over onto your back to play with it.

Very you.

Ever since then, you’ve been on the go! It’s such a fun stage you’re in and I’m honestly loving every minute of it. I can’t believe you’ll be 10 months old in three days. Which means in two months you’ll be a year old. And that is wild. It’s going so fast!

You also said your first word this week!! And let it be announced to the world that, your very first word EVER was ‘MAMMA!’. You always look right at me and say, “Mamma!” and it melts my heart every time. I can’t wait to hear all the funny jokes and things you are going to say. I can’t wait to hear the conversations between you and your brother as you play and make up games. I can’t wait to watch you grow together. Well, I guess I’m doing that now! Ha!

You are such a fun, sweet and special boy. You have the sweetest spirit and you go with the flow every day. We love you more than anything and are so proud of your milestones that you’ve reached this week. You are growing so fast and getting so big.

I love you and all the joy that you bring to our lives. I can’t imagine our life without you in it.

I will love you forever,





newest explorer

16 Jun

I better post this quick! Rider is ALMOST about to crawl. Praise God. The time has come and I am SO excited for him as his adventure in this life is about to begin!! Every kid becomes an explorer as soon as they learn to crawl and I just really eat it all up. I think it’s SUCH a fun phase! Most people see it as a nuisance. You have to watch/chase them more. There is A LOT of dirt that they might try to eat. And there are a lot of things that are dangerous for them to get into. I love it.

Not the dangerous things. Ha. The FREEDOM they gain!

Yes, it’s more work for me, but I think it’s so much fun!! I don’t mind the chasing and dirt eating. It just means that they will wear themselves out and will take a good nap come the afternoon. So I thought I’d post these pictures quick. I took these pictures yesterday, at which point he hadn’t figured out how to get up on his knees. Although he was close.

TODAY. He got up on his knees and figured out two things. One: that he could rock back and forth. And Two: that he could crawl backwards. Forwards is next, obviously, and I don’t anticipate it being long before he figures that one out!

Watching them grow is the best. I wish I could keep them at age 1 forever. I’m about to have two boys within my most favorite age range ever. And I know I’m going to blink and it’s going to be over and they’ll be older. Savor it all mammas. As busy as I am and as much as I AM anxious for them to be older for certain things, I do know that this season will be over so quickly and I’ll be fondly remembering all the fun and not so fun things wishing they were small again.

They get big fast.

For now, I’ve had a new ‘wind’ of appreciation/inspiration in remembering and learning to actually be present. So today, I’m glad in the fact that my littlest man is learning how to become the world’s next explorer.

updated pictures

14 Sep

I know I always try to post one picture of Cruz per entry, when it’s relevant. But I thought I would post a few today! We’ve been having a lot of fun taking pictures of him now that he’s moving around, crawling, and pulling up on everything. At the same time, we are so busy chasing him around the house that it doesn’t always leave enough time to take pictures- so we’ve tried to be more intentional about it.

Not that this kid needs more pictures of himself. But we can’t help it.


big people food

20 Aug

Graham Cracker Face

The day has come! Cruz is finally eating ‘big people food’ without grimacing, gagging or making choking noises. He successfully grabs any morsel of food that he can find and proceeds to shove it into his little mouth. He loves it all of a sudden! I really think the graham crackers did the trick.

He’ll be 10 months old this Sunday, so I guess that’s about right. I never stressed about it too much, but I have been slightly anxious about it, since I just had no idea when he would want to eat ‘big people food’. I just kept making sure to present items to him and to keep trying. Eventually he got it and now he eats right off of my plate.

He’s eaten chicken nuggets, blueberries, pancakes, cheese crisps, cheeto puffs for babies, yogurt bites, graham¬†crackers, rice, cheese, and a mix of other things! It’s fun to watch him try and now enjoy¬†new foods!

I still have been feeding him baby food and I am still making my own baby food. I give him both store bought and homemade. I’ll feed him baby food until he rejects it or probably until he’s around 1. Whichever comes first. This kid has always told me what he needs in exactly the right timing for him. But I just continue to encourage the next steps until he’s ready for them.

I can’t believe how much he’s growing up. He’s already 10 months old! Today I’ve started looking at and thinking of ideas to start planning his birthday party. I do need to say that this is my favorite age yet. Everyone warned me that once he was crawling I would hate it and wish that he wasn’t mobile. But that just isn’t the case! Sure, he’s a lot of work and he gets into everything. Sure, I have to tell him no and chase him around the house. But I LOVE it. It’s a whole new world for him. I love his independence and I love watching him explore. Each and every age just keeps getting better and better.

And I am loving every single minute of it.

on all fours!

10 Jul

IMG_8088Welp… Here it is.

I always have a hard time taking pictures of this kid. He’s always on the move! And since he randomly started crawling without letting me know that he was going to start, I didn’t have much time to adjust the settings on my camera, let alone the lighting.

So I am aware that this picture is not good. Ha!

But he started crawling the other day! He decided that he would rather play with Audio’s dog toy than his own and started heading for it on all fours. I did not, however, let him play with the dog toy but I did keep using it to lure him to crawl further and further.

It’s kinda mean, I know. But it’s the only thing he’s crawled after! And I had to get it on camera since Jason was not home to witness it!

Here are a couple other pictures of him on the same afternoon. Too cute to keep all to myself!