Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mom & Baby: 23/24 Months

It’s a good thing I am finished writing these monthly updates because I have been terrible about getting them done on time! However, I really am so happy to have them. I love capturing his growth and development each month and I enjoy looking back on them. I can’t believe Kevin is now 2 years old! Here’s the recap of his 23rd and 24th month of life (finally!).

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At his 2 year appointment Kevin was 37 inches tall (97th percentile) and 28 pounds 4 ounces (55th percentile)! He’s basically a tall and skinny kid, just like I was and just like a lot of my family members are/were when they were young. He’s wearing mostly 2T tops and 3T bottoms since he is so tall!

That moment when your toddler screams "balls!" as you try to walk into Target...

That moment when your toddler screams “balls!” as you try to walk into Target…

Probably the most awesome development in the last couple of months was that he started to talk in full sentences. It started one day out of nowhere. He said, “I want some toast,” and we just stared at him in awe. He’s been saying two and three word phrases for a while, but that took us by surprise! Now he’s saying longer sentences all day long, and most of the time we’re pretty good at understanding them- although sometimes we aren’t so sure what he’s trying to communicate. He also doesn’t always pronounce words correctly, which leaves us laughing sometimes. Our favorite was the way he was pronouncing “fruit” for a little while. This made grocery shopping interesting, when he would yell, “I want fruit!” Watch and you’ll see what I mean 🙂

He’s also learned to say thank you, please, love you, bye bye, etc. without much prompting, which we love. Our favorite sentence that he’s come to say frequently is, “I want to go running.” I mean, really?!? Does it get any better than that? 🙂

Kevin and his friend Leighton loving their stroller run!

Kevin and his friend Leighton loving their stroller run! High fives!

He’s become obsessed with football (fookaball), which makes his daddy very happy and proud. Although daddy doesn’t like when he wears mommy’s team’s jersey!


Kevin’s favorite things currently include puppies (and all animals really), anything transportation related (planes, trucks, cars, trains, boats, etc), Elmo, Mickey, and being outside. He also loves books, and this summer we started going to the library. I love seeing his little thinking face as he picks up a book and decides if he’s interested in it or not.

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Riding on the tractor with Poppy and loving life!

Riding on the tractor with Poppy and loving life!

Kevin and his dog friend Nittany!

Kevin and his dog friend Nittany!

He definitely has his own little silly personality. He loves doing things that he knows will make us laugh and then says, “Kevin so funny.”

His outfit of choice one morning

His outfit of choice one morning


Along with the improved language has come fewer temper tantrums, which I think is because he’s able to express himself better. That’s not to say we don’t still have them- because we DEFINITELY do! But we’re at least able to talk through them a little bit now and he recovers much more quickly.


Basically the good times are really good, and the difficult times are REALLY difficult. There is not much gray area these days. He can go from happy to angry and back again in about two seconds flat. See below for proof…



He definitely knows what he wants and doesn’t want, and makes it very clear for us to understand. I’ve learned this the hard way a few times this summer. For example, the difference between a good and bad grocery store trip is whether or not we get to use the “beep beep” cart.


Kevin is VERY affectionate. We have been like this with him since day 1, always giving him hugs and kisses. We love it and so does he. I read somewhere that little boys receive significantly less affection from their parents than little girls do, which can lead to relationship and other issues when they get older. So we make sure to be affectionate and tell him we love him every day. However now he tries to hug and kiss everyone! Especially his best friend Leighton. He loves her so much.



Leighton is actually the daughter of my good friend Chanda who I run with often. I took birth classes with her and our teacher was my doula Marisa, who is also a good friend now. All 3 of us were pregnant at the same time and had our babies weeks apart. Now they’re growing up so fast, I can hardly believe it! We are selfishly very sad because both Marisa and Chanda will be moving away soon. Marisa and her family are moving to Seattle and Chanda and her family are moving to Germany. We’re going to miss them so much, but we hope to be able to visit them within the next few years!


Kevin’s appetite comes and goes at this age. Some days he wants to eat like a horse and some days he refuses food, even if it’s his favorites. One thing he will never turn down is fruit. He calls most fruit “apples.” He is still loving his morning smoothies and asks for it as soon as he wakes up every day. He also loves pizza, pasta, chickpeas, peanut butter, cheese, pancakes, and toast.

Family smoothie time!

Family smoothie time!

He LOVES to help us- whether we are cleaning, cooking, working outside, etc. He really loves to be involved in everything we’re doing and he loves to learn. Every time we are cooking in the kitchen he will drag a chair over so he can climb up and help, and he insists on putting our produce into the bags at the grocery store so we can take it home.

Pretending to grocery shop at the children's museum. He loved it!

Pretending to grocery shop at the children’s museum. He loved it!

He has learned so much over the last few months, mostly due to his awesome daycare. He can sing the ABC song (for the most part), and he can count up to 5, sometimes higher. Sometimes if we alternate numbers he can get up to 10. He also is starting to identify colors. We do a lot of learning at home too with books, puzzles and his toys. His favorite toy is currently his train set, which Kevin’s mom got from a friend for free. It’s a huge wooden set and it’s amazing! Sometimes I think I have more fun with it than he does!


He loves to sing songs. His favorite songs are Twinkle, Twinkle, Happy Birthday, Up and Down (from swim class), You Are My Sunshine, Happy by Pharrell, and All About That Bass by Megan Trainor. He likes to mix them up and do a remix of all the songs put together. Also, side note, pretty sure he’s going to think it’s his birthday every day from now on!

This month was special because we took our first BIG trip across the country to visit family in Oregon. It was amazing and challenging all rolled into one. You can read all about our trip here (Part 1- Portland, Part 2- Bend).


We also went to visit my family in Pennsylvania a couple of times. While we were there we also took a trip to Dutch Wonderland, which was Kevin’s first “amusement park” experience. The park is geared toward toddlers and young children so it was perfect! We went with a group of teachers from my school and their kids and it was a lot of fun.

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Since we are 100% done with breastfeeding as of two months ago, Kevin has started taking over nighttime duties. He’s always done bath time, but now he puts him to bed too, which has been amazing. For almost 2 years he only wanted me at bedtime and it would take me 30+ minutes to get him down. Now my husband takes him in his room, rocks him for a few minutes and sings him Twinkle Twinkle, and then he puts him in his crib and he passes right out. So nice!

I love the special bond he has with his daddy!

I love the special bond he has with his daddy!

We started swim lessons in late July and although it took a while for him to get used to it, he is loving it now (most of the time). It’s been really cool to see his progress and to watch him get more comfortable in the water. He even goes underwater now without freaking out. Both Kevin and I have gotten a chance to participate in class with him and it’s a lot of fun.

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He really loves water in general, and I am so happy that we were able to have so much fun at the pool, splash pad and ocean this summer!


Spending time with friends at the pool in Pennsylvania

Spending time with friends at the pool in Pennsylvania

It was a little rough at first when he started back at daycare full-time. There were many tears shed by both Kevin and me. But luckily now he’s back in the routine and is excited to go “Nanny’s house” every morning. We feel so lucky to have him spend his days at a place where he is so well taken care of and loved.


He has a few friends at daycare he really loves, especially his buddy Athan who is only 2 weeks younger than him. They are like two peas in a pod!

Goodbye hugs when I came to pick him up one day!

Goodbye hugs when I came to pick him up one day!

We are also so excited because Kevin’s cousin Austin also started going to daycare with him. He is only 6 months younger than Kevin. I’m so happy they will be getting to spend so much time together!

Kevin and Austin

Kevin and Austin

His sleep is pretty good, although once he started back at daycare his naps started to be more inconsistent. When he was at home with me he was taking one afternoon nap of 2-3 hours. At daycare it’s more like 1 to 2 hours, probably because it’s a different environment with more kids and there’s a lot more going on. On rare occasions he will fight his nap entirely or only sleep for 3o minutes, then this happens…

Kevin and Austin both passed out during snack time at daycare

Kevin and Austin both passed out during snack time at daycare

As far as potty training… we’re working on it. At home he is not really interested in the potty. We take him in the bathroom with us when he wants to and he has a little potty he can sit on, but he’s only peed on there once or twice at home. At daycare he has actually peed on the potty many times. I think it’s because there are more kids there who are currently potty training, so he’s more exposed to it there and willing to try. We aren’t pushing it yet because he just turned two, but I think he’s on the right track because he will go sometimes. He also does not like having a poopy diaper and asks us to change it immediately. We’ll get there!


I can’t even explain how amazing I felt after having the summer off with Kevin. It was exactly what I needed- mentally, emotionally and physically. I was able to relax and focus on my son, while also still sending him to daycare once a week for his socialization and also for my own sanity 🙂

Mommy's first day of school

Mommy’s first day of school

I think having this time helped me refocus on my priorities and it helped me deal with having to leave my school and move to a new one so unexpectedly. I’m not sure if I have blogged about this yet, but I ended up getting destaffed from the school I have worked at for the past 6 years. Our enrollment numbers were too low and my principal has to lose 4 staff members, including myself. I was really upset at first to leave such my close-knit school family, but I ended up getting a reading specialist position at another school. I have to say, I don’t usually like change, but I am loving my new school. Sometimes you don’t realize how badly you needed a change until you actually make one. Everything happens for a reason!

Dinner with my amazing co-workers before leaving my old school.

Dinner with my amazing co-workers before leaving my old school.

During my time off I made sure we kept busy and did a lot of fun things, but we also spent some days just snuggling together. I reminded myself to enjoy these moments while they last.


Physically I don’t think I’ve ever felt better than I currently do or- at least it’s been a LONG time! I spent the whole summer streaking and ended up running the most mileage that I’ve done since before pregnancy, which felt great! I also started a running group that has been SO NICE – especially since we are all mommies and can relate to each other very well. This past month I started going to Body Pump again twice a week, which has also made me feel stronger and more confident. I’m in a good place right now with my body and my running and excited to see what the future holds.

Running with my boys :)

Running with my boys 🙂

I can’t believe that two years ago I was writing about Kevin and what he was doing at only a few weeks old. Time truly does go so fast. I am so proud of the little man that he is becoming! However, he’s not too big to snuggle with mommy. I’ll hold onto that as long as I can 🙂


A few more of my favorite pictures from the last couple of months (because this post isn’t long enough already).

Lounging in Poppy's hammock

Lounging in Poppy’s hammock

A beautiful day at Potomac Point Winery

A beautiful day at Potomac Point Winery

Rolling out his muscles just like mommy!

Rolling out his muscles just like mommy!



My snugglebug in the mornings :)

My snugglebug in the mornings 🙂

Loves the swings!

Loves the swings!

We love you so much Kevin!


[The above photo is just one of many amazing photos taken by my dad for Kevin’s 2nd birthday. You can see more here!]

The next update I write about Kevin will probably be at 2 1/2 years old. We’ll see how much he changes between now and then!

Previous Mom & Baby posts:

Kevin’s 2nd Birthday Party

Yesterday we had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating our baby boy’s second birthday. We had a mini-celebration at my dad’s house in Pennsylvania last weekend, but this one was more for Kevin’s family and our friends here in Virginia (and all his little toddler friends too!).


This year we decided to have the party at a local park rather than at our house. We rented a covered pavilion that had grills and a toddler playground next to it. The theme for the party was basically “Things That Go,” since he’s obsessed with all things transportation- planes, cars, trains, helicopters, motorcycles, boats, you name it!



I tried to keep it simpler and smaller than last year and didn’t make all the food myself. I accepted help from family and friends and we did some store-bought food mixed with homemade. I did make the cupcakes which turned out great, if I do say so myself!


One of my best friends in the world, Ashley, who helped a ton with the party!

One of my best friends in the world, Ashley, who helped a ton with the party!

We ended up lucking out with amazing weather- perfect for a late summer BBQ at the park. The kids had a great time playing on the playground and in the field. I also had some trains, coloring books, play dough and bubbles that they could play with under the shade of the pavilion, because it did get pretty warm!



Kevin discovered his big gift from Mommy and Daddy within about 5 minutes of arriving at the party. We tried to hide it behind some tables but he outsmarted us and was so excited that we had to give it to him right then.



Kevin and his cousin Austin- these two are going to be trouble in a few years!!!

We played two “games” which included a piñata with convenient pull strings on it (much more toddler friendly!) and “Pin the Smokestack on Thomas.” Both were very entertaining!



Mad rush for candy!!!

Mad rush for candy!!!

Currently Kevin’s favorite song is the Happy Birthday song, so he was loving the attention he got when it was time to blow out the candles.





I made him his own extra large cupcake. He didn’t know what to think of it at first, but once he tasted that icing he was sold!



Finally, our spoiled little boy opened all of his presents. He was very lucky to receive a ton of great things!





After the presents he decided he had enough fun for one day, and rode off into the sunset in his new car… 🙂


It was a wonderful way to celebrate our boy’s second year of life. I can’t believe how quickly time is passing. We love you so much Kevin!

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Kevin’s 1st Birthday Party

365 Days of Fitness: August Recap


Ahhh, I am behind once again on my 365 Days of Fitness post! We’re more than halfway through September and I haven’t recapped August! In August I enjoyed my last few weeks of summer and then headed back to work- and I haven’t stopped since! This month was filled with amazing runs- like the Hartwood 10 Miler and the Patrick Henry Half Marathon. I ran with other people almost every day, which makes me so happy! It was also filled with some not so amazing times, like a horrible stomach bug that almost knocked me out of the challenge and some unbearable late summer heat and humidity. But I made it through and completed the 8th month of my challenge.

Here’s the picture recap!

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8 months down, 4 to go!

Previous Months

All of my pictures were taken with the FitSnap App (it’s free!). Check it out!

Kevin’s Two Year Photos

While we were visiting my family in Pennsylvania this past weekend we had my dad take some photos of Kevin. I wanted to capture his little personality at two years old, so we let him loose in the backyard and my dad went to work. He’s an amazing photographer, and I’m so happy with how they turned out! Here are some of our favorites.









We also were able to get some really sweet family photos as well.










Of course we had to get a picture of Kevin with the photographer himself. He loves his Poppy!


And just for fun… a few comparison shots. 4 days old vs. 2 years. We will be squishing those cheeks until he’s 40!!! It never gets old!


Cannot believe how much he has grown over the last two years!


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Kevin is Two!

Yesterday on September 12, 2014 my baby boy turned two years old. I really don’t know how that’s possible, since it feels like I was just meeting him for the first time yesterday.

September 12th 2012, 2013 & 2014

September 12th 2012, 2013 & 2014

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may remember that little Kevin was actually born on his daddy’s birthday. Not only that, but the two of them share a birthday with my mother-in-law as well! 3 generations born on September 12th. It’s actually pretty amazing! So many reasons to celebrate!


My husband and I took the day off to spend as a family so I let the birthday boys sleep in and made them some special pancakes with the age they were each turning.


Once they woke up and had eaten, we all headed out for little Kev’s 2 year doctor’s appointment. But first, we had to do something very special! We had to turn his carseat forward facing for the first time! He was so excited and was pointing out all the cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even planes on the way to the doctor. He loved telling daddy to “go get them!” 🙂


Our doctor’s visit was relatively quick and easy. He measured in at 37 inches (97th percentile!) and 28 pounds 4 ounces (55th percentile). Tall and skinny just like most of the men on my side of the family. The doctor was very happy with his growth and development and said he’s meeting all of his milestones. We were happy to know that he didn’t need any immunizations, just a flu mist up his nose and we were good to go!

Once we were back home we quickly did some final packing and cleaning up before we left again to drive up to Pennsylvania. We were heading to my hometown for my 10 year reunion this weekend and to see family. Kevin loved his new view the entire ride and read some books he received as a birthday gift.


We stopped at the store to pick up some food and a cake for the boys birthday, since we were having a small get together at my dad’s house that night to celebrate.  Most of our family and friends from Pennsylvania can’t make it to his birthday party in Virginia next weekend, so we wanted to do a little party with them this weekend.


We had an amazing night hanging out outside in the cool weather, eating good food, laughing and catching up with each other. Eventually Kevin made it known that he was ready for cake, so we went inside to sing happy birthday (his new favorite song).


Both of my boys have a MAJOR sweet tooth, and little Kev tried to attack the cake before we even blew the candles out!


Eventually we got him his own piece and let him have at it.



After cake it was present time! Last year he wasn’t really into presents yet and didn’t get the concept. This year he was all about it! He loved taking all the paper out of the bag and throwing it until he found what was inside.


He is a lucky boy and received his own smartphone toy (perfect), two different kinds of trucks, a bunch of fall clothes (which he promptly threw on the floor along with the tissue paper), some football jerseys, and money for his savings account!


We spent some more time outside letting him play with his new toys before he started saying bye bye to everyone, letting us know he was ready for bed. It was a long day and he was tired!


With my two best friends from home. Love these ladies!

The night ended with a bonfire in my dad’s backyard. What a perfect (almost) fall evening!


I love my two birthday boys so much. It’s so special that they get to share a birthday. I am looking forward to celebrating many more together as a family!


Kevin’s Birth Story

Kevin is One!