15 Candles

It is nap time and I have approximately 7.6 minutes to update you on the last 9 weeks. It’s more efficient to do this in list format and who doesn’t love a list anyway?

1. People who are horribly unorganized.

2. Animals

So here’s what you’ve missed in the last 63 days:

1.  61 days of extreme nausea. The kind that feels like those moments juuuuuust before you’re going to puke but you’re not sure if you’re reeeeeallllyyy going to puke so you just go hang out over the toilet and then you end up puking because of the visual cue of hanging over a toilet.

2. 59 days of meals that consisted of heavily buttered toast and waffles. Every meal. All day. I never want to see toast or a saltine again. Just kidding. Toast is glorious.

3. Halloween! Sadie dressed up as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch and it was A-DOR-ABLE. ADORABLE! The concept of trick or treating was completely lost on her but Mom and Dad made out like bandits. Gluttonous, gluttonous bandits.

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4. Thanksgiving! 

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Sadie made her big reveal to the family that she is going to be a big sister! She wore a hot pink t-shirt that said “Big Sisters ROCK” and strutted her stuff all around the turkey. Several of our family members thought we were referring to our dogs but at least one (a newly initiated in-law) finally figured out the meaning behind the message. I would have taken a picture but I was deep in the throes of recap number 1 (see above).

5. Christmas! 

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Sadie’s grandparents came to visit and………..

PLEASE HOLD.

I overshot that 7.6 minute nap estimate by approximately 6 minutes.

Be right back.

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……..and she loved having lots of playmates! They played silly games and Sadie learned about 758 new gibberish words and 5 actual words. She now calls her Dad by his first name and tells us all when the dogs are misbehaving.

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6. Baby, Baby, Baby

a. . Baby had a “dating” ultrasound. Everything is right on track for June 21st!

b. Mom had a blood test for genetic abnormalities in baby and to determine the gender.

c. Mom got to hear the baby on the doppler. Baby’s heart is beating strong at 160 BPM. (Just like big sister at the same gestational age).

7. The GENDER REVEAL!

With all of our family so far away, we wanted to do something special. What better gift for Christmas than finding out if this little nugget is a boy or a girl?! We hand painted foot prints on ornaments of silver and gold, packed them up in festive boxes, and sent them to our loved ones to open on Christmas Day.

I bet you want to know the color of that footprint, eh?

It was PINK!

Sisters.

Almost exactly two years apart.

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ROCK ON. 

15 weeks!

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Sweet 16

If you blink, they turn a year and a half.

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Life happens faster than the shutter speed on the fanciest camera.

I’ve written two sentences and I’ve already had to stop twice to wrangle a rogue toddler.

She thinks she’s grown because she can walk…..

all over the house and right into our hearts.

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She’s training for the big leagues now.

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Some of her adventures have included the zoo, the Children’s museum and the pumpkin patch.

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I’m pretty sure we’re raising a strong willed woman.

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I can’t wait to see what direction life takes us next!

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SADIE JANE’s List of Loves: 

1.  Helping with the laundry

2. Reading ALL the books! Animal books and  “Moo Baa La La La”

3. Playing with the “DOH” (dogs)

4. Helping to clean the house with her mini mop set

5. Playing hide and seek…..with herself

6. Slamming doors in Mom’s face

7. Trying to swim in the toilet

8. Playing with rocks

9. Eating fruit. Any fruit. Only fruit. 

10. Scanning the sky for airplanes

(I think this is the last photo taken of the three of us and it’s from six months ago!)

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We survived 16 months!

Little Pumpkin

Today is October 22nd, 2016. 

It’s my birthday and almost Sadie’s Jane’s year-and-a-half birthday.

And we’ve decided to add another birthday to the family.

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The day before Sadie turns TWO, there will be TWO siblings.

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We’re adding another pumpkin to the patch!

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Coming June 2017 to a family near you!

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The Yearling

            What a ONE-derful year it has been!

Sadie Jane is 365 days old.

One.Year.Old.

I remember when she was one hour old.

The only thing she could do is sleep.

Now, no one ever sleeps.

Kidding.

Not really.

But she went from a sleepy, dreamy newborn to a sassy, spunky little spit-fire in that short period of time.

I already look back fondly at all the memories we’ve captured.

Care to look with me?

Hold my hand while I sob uncontrollably?

Offer me a tissue?

The tissue is not for me but for her never ending runny nose.

The cutest little nose I have ever seen in my whole life.

ONE YEAR!

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MAY YOU ALWAYS FLY WILD AND FREE 

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 HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY 
SADIE JANE!!

Ocean’s 11

The squish fish sassy Sadie is 11 months.

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This hardly seems possible.

It boggles my mind the things that a little human can learn to do in such a short period of time.

Her personality is really starting to shine and she has definite interests in certain objects.

Namely electrical outlets and computer cords, but once we remove the hazardous materials, she takes a clear liking to actual toys.

She currently loves to sort, put objects in containers and take them back out, stack blocks, and hand objects to us.

Based on these skills, her career choices seem to be leaning toward:

Expert laundry unfolder

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Garbage collector

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Geologist

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And Bernie Sanders Supporter

(She loves to hand things out!)

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She also moonlights  daylights as a ninja.

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She’s now efficient at pulling herself to stand and uses a walker to pioneer across the vast unexplored territories inside and outside of our home.

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We will love her until the ocean meets the sky. 

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HAPPY 11 MONTHS Lady Jane! 

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10 SPOT

Sadie Jane has officially been in the world longer than she was in my belly.

Let’s talk to her about her experience so far.

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Mom: What would you say has been the best day of your life so far? 

Sadie Jane: The day I met you, obviously.

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M: What has been your greatest adventure?

SJ: That one day that we went on that big flying thing and went to see all my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins! We have a very big family. I cried ALL THE WAY HOME because I missed them so much when we left. 

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M: What other fun things have happened recently?

SJ: Well, you aren’t going to believe this but a big, fuzzy bunny came to visit and brought me treats! 

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M: It sounds like you had a good Easter. What was the best part? 

SJ: Oh that’s an easy one, Mom. When I met my duckling, Winston! Hey, where is Winston? I haven’t sawed him since Easter. 

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M: Oh, your cousins are taking good care of Winston. 

SJ: WAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

M: Hey! Remember that day you went on a swing for the first time?

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SJ: Yes. Why are we not doing that right now? I want to do that for all the days. 

M: You have to finish your breakfast first. What’s your favorite food?

SJ: Bananas. As if you didn’t know. 

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M: I do know how much you love bananas. What’s your favorite drink? 

SJ: Coffee. I just can’t get my day started without it. 

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M: Me either.

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M: Is there anything else you want the world to know? 

SJ: Watch out! I can pull myself up on almost everything now. Also, I don’t know why you have baby jails all over the house. I’m just trying to see some stuff. And what is that glorious black box in the kitchen with lights and colors and leftover bananas? Is that some sort of exclusive club? I want in. And while we’re at it, you keep telling me to share, but keep taking things away from me. What’s up wit dat? 

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M: I love how curious you are Sadie Jane! But you can’t eat the dog food or climb into the refrigerator. Do you have any big plans before your first birthday? 

SJ: Is Vegas an option? 

M: For me or you? 

SJ: Me. I bet Granny would take me. 

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M: You’re right. Granny is the only one that is going to take you on a big flying thing for a long, long time. 

SJ: VEGAS! 

M: Eat your banana.

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HAPPY 10 MONTHS SADIE JANE! 

Niner

It’s all fun and games until someone has to eat a dirty sock.

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And then, it’s still all fun and games.

This is seriously how she entertains herself.

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She army crawls around the whole house with a sock hanging out of her mouth.

This is in between olympic speed floor swimming to the dog dish, electrical cords and bathroom garbage cans.

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This girl is funny. 

And she really likes to eat.

Another thing we have in common.

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I basically look the same way after I devour a sweet potato blueberry puree.

(Pause blogging because I just found in her the corner with my sock and computer cord. For reals). 

She also loves to Godzilla a tower of blocks.

She hauls ass across the house to do it.

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She also still loves to be outside.

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Luck be this lady.

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And this family.

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Also, could someone pick us up one of these?

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It would really help with the neglected house cleaning since I’m too busy retrieving i-phone cords and the contents of our garbage every 3.5 seconds.

And I just really believe it’s important to teach the importance of contributing to household tasks.

Yeah. That sounds good.

Now please excuse us, someone is popping a new tooth and someone is crying.

I won’t say who’s doing which.

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NINE MONTHS!