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little library books this week / no. 02

Even though Linky loved the books from our last library post, after reading them almost every day, only 2 made the cut for our bookshelf at home (The Little Red Hen and It’s Spring!). But we’d check out the others again for sure.

And these are the latest favorites. Spoon is now neck and neck with One Fish Two Fish for favorite book and has surpassed Dinosaur Roar. This is a big deal. So needless to say, Spoon will be on our bookshelf soon. It really is the sweetest book and I haven’t tired of it yet. There’s a part at the end where Spoon snuggles in bed with his mom and dad and Linky points and says Deddy and Mama. And then I melt. We’ll be adding Eating the Alphabet and the All Around Us set too. They just have such beautiful illustrations and inspire the imagination. New York Baby also has my heart – a little boy and his mom enjoy a quintessential day in the Big Apple. We spend several minutes on the Central Park page pointing to the doggies, the bubbles, the duckies, and the lady holding an iPad. The rhyming is super cute too. Linky loves Trucks for obvious reasons and in Quiet Loud he recognizes the actions and objects in the illustrations, so he’s especially engaged. We’re also obnoxiously loud on the loud pages and I think it’s helped him understand his volume in certain situations is inapporpriate. They’ll both be favorites that we check out over and over, but probably won’t add to our collection.

see inside the books after the jump > >

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little library books this week / no. 01

Linky’s favorites from the library @ 13.5 months. We’ve added these to our wishlist since the sight of them results in toothy smiles, arm flapping, and sound effects on pages with familiar animals or vehicles.

More favorites here.

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baby essentials [months 9-12] and what we’re still using at 12+ months

A good chunk of yesterday was spent de-baby-fying. Probably over half of the items listed on these baby essentials posts are now either in storage or lent out to friends who are expecting little ones. It was time for me and my Brest Friend to part ways.

We really only purchased a small handful of new things during the 9-12 month timeframe. Along with those, I’m taking an inventory of everything from months 0-3, 3-6, and 6-9 that we’re still using today at almost 14 months.

baby essentials after the jump…

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a party for pickle. with just us. it was a happy day.

We wanted to spend Lincoln’s birthday together – just the three of us – to soak it all in. We started new traditions – played with balloons in the morning, made funfetti pancakes, looked through photos from the past year, opened gifts, danced with our party hat on, ate grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles, and lost count of how many times we sang the birthday song. Oh and there was a Linky-sized cake involved too. He tasted the chocolate, made a face, then proceeded to use it as body paint and had the time of his life. I think he likes birthdays.

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a golden birthday

My Sweet Boy,

Today you complete your first trip around the sun. Your bright and gentle spirit has brought more joy to our family than we know what to do with. Most days we deal with it by squeezing your face and kissing it ’til you tell us to stop. And sometimes until way after you tell us to stop.

We’ve taught you some pretty cool things like how to high-five and bop your head to hip hop music, but you’ve taught us to smile more and have more fun, find beauty and wonder in all the little things, and have loads of patience.

It’s a pretty big treat when we get to see your quirky sense of humor. Like when we call your name and you smirk, but don’t turn to look at us. You mostly smile and chat, sometimes ponder and reflect. On the rare occasion you’re cranky and start whining that annoying whine (when you make your tongue vibrate against your top two teeth), it’s nothing a walk outside or a swing on the swings can’t fix. You wave hello and goodbye to the other babies in the park and you love to make friends. You’re not walking yet and you’re ok with that. But you can if you hold on to things along the way.

Cars are your favorite. You like to ride in them and you say “brooom brooom” when you spin the wheels on your toy car. You love One Fish Two Red Fish Blue Fish and Dinosaur Roar. You practically shriek when you see them. We read them so much I’ve learned them by heart and they’re magic too, you know. I recite them when you try to crawl away from diaper changes and the words stop you in your tracks and you comply. You love Dear Zoo too. You carefully turn each page, open the flap, then look at me to tell you the animal and the sound it makes. When we get to the monkey you say, “Ah ah ah.”

When you play by yourself, you try to stack a couple blocks or throw around your soccer ball, but mostly I find all your toys thrown out of the pen and you flipping through your books. You’ve made an exception for your new maracas though. You shake those a lot and yell/sing. Your favorite game is Where’s Linky? You squat below the top of your play pen and even though you know we can see you, we pretend to look for you under couch cushions and furniture while saying, “Where’s Linky? I don’t see him.” You wait and wait, giggling. Then you pop up, eyes and mouth wide with anticipation and we say, “There’s Linky!” Laughter of sheer delight follows. It’s our favorite game too.

Other than board book corners your favorite foods are beet hash, oatmeal, and sarmale (much to your daddy’s chagrin). Up until a couple weeks ago you wanted nothing to do with yogurt, but the face you made when we gave it to you was so hilarious, that we just kept giving it to you. And now it probably ranks up there with the top three. You eat most everything else with a good appetite too. Except hummus. We need to work on that. Maybe we’ll try the yogurt method. Despite the amount of food you eat, you’re in the lower percentiles for weight so we make fun of how small you are and affectionately call you Little. When you want more you clap your hands and show off your 5.5 teeth, which I interpret to be your version of the ASL sign I’ve been teaching you since 8 months. You decided to finally start signing back last week. I almost gave up on you.

When it’s time for bed, we put on your Spiderman pjs and you brush your teeth with daddy. He makes your banana toothbrush say “bzzz bzzz” just like his grown up electric toothbrush. And you get a kick out of it. Then we read one of your favorite books and say the Lord’s Prayer in Romanian like mommy did when she was little. Then mommy sings you a lullaby. Your recent picks (based on how quickly you surrender to sleep) include Grassy Grass Grass and Do a Deer. Then you put your arm around Mr. Crocs, start sucking your two fingers, stick your butt up in the air, and drift off to dream and hopefully sleep from 6:30 to 6:30. That’s our time to relax, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss you a little bit.

Pickle, you’re pretty cool and we love you. We pray you’ll grow up to be kind, honest, brave, and true. Happy Happy Birthday!

A love bigger than you could ever imagine,

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footprint + milestone keepsake book

I’m not really a scrapbooking kinda girl, but wanted something keepsakey and low maintenance to document Lincoln’s first 2 years. I filled out fun facts about his birth and 2012 world events in this book and journal in this from time to time, but that’s kind of a lost cause so I just started recording daily snippets in my One Line A Day book.

Inspired by this, I made a footprint book. And every 2 months or so Andrew and I ceremoniously ink and carefully press a squirmy foot on these pages before bathtime. Then I print out my favorite photos from that timeframe and write Lincoln a letter about his milestones and our adventures. And then I flip to that very first footprint and can’t believe my Linky baby is growing up.

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Have you guys heard of Babylist? It’s an awesome site that allows you to create a registry with items from any store. And I’m thrilled to be guest blogging today! Head on over to the Babylist blog to check out my 12 daily essentials picks.

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baby essentials [months 6-9]

Links just turned 9 months last week so we’re on the third installment of baby essentials. This is everything new we added these last three months.

after the jump…

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mommy and son shoot by diana marie photography

Sweet Diana was in town back in July and shot these amazing images of me and Links. I love how they capture the moments of quiet simplicity in our everyday. It was so great to finally meet her in person and have the honor of being in front of her camera. So excited she’s moving to the East Coast in just a few months! Hoping we get to see a lot more of her. :]

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mini voter

donkey // elephant // president puzzle // bald eagle finger puppet // everyone poops onesie // vote for me // this is washington dc

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