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11 months old

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I seriously cannot believe this is happening. You are almost a year old. How did this happen?

And I’m only 10 days late posting it this month, as opposed to last month when I posted your update…oh wait.

Sorry, sweet baby. 

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So, let’s see. What’s up at 11 months?

You’re a crawler now. This is great and also terrifying as suddenly everything in our home is now a death trap. Your new favorite toys are wires and electrical sockets.

This morning, in the time it took me to dry my hair, you successfully took the extra toilet paper rolls off the rack and destroyed them, licked the side of the toilet, ripped the shower curtain out of the wall, tore the nightlight out of the socket (and then tried to stick your finger in the socket) and threw a bunch of toys down the stairs. You also fell face-first into the hardwood floor a few times. Ahhh, the joy of a moving baby.

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Quinn got into a lot of stuff too, but not as much as you. While she was more of an observer, you are curious about everything and are scared of nothing. I have a feeling we are going to have our hands full with you. Our daredevil.

You’re a fan of finger food. You love everything we give you. We can’t give it to you fast enough. If your highchair is empty for 2 seconds, the screeches come. It’s bad. It sounds like a tornado warning.

Listen Tiny Child, patience is a virtue. Chill out a little. Or check the pocket of your plastic bib. Half of your dinner is in there and you know it! Just look!

Wait, there is one food you really don’t care about that much - pureed food. I mean, you will eat it, but it’s not your favorite. Good thing we have a TON of it in our pantry.

You still like Mum Mums but are kind of over Puffs. You really love pasta, chicken, broccoli, cheese, blueberries, bananas – the normal stuff. And you loved Grampa’s lasagna in Florida. You ate more than Daddy. It was pretty impressive. That’s my girl.

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You’re taking baths in the big tub now with Quinn, which you seem to really enjoy. Quinn loves having your company in there too. I can only imagine the craziness that will ensue when you are better able to play with her in there. I think we will need to buy extra towels.

While you go through random phases where you wake up at night, for the most part, you are sleeping pretty well and have even slept through the night for the past few weeks. I know this will change, but for now, it’s pretty fantastic. Thank you for finally reaching this milestone. We had a rough few months over the winter, but it seems like things have gotten under control.

Speaking of growing out if it, you graduated to a sleep sack last month! No more swaddle! Yay! It sort of happened as a fluke one night and we decided to just go for it. Now, you love sleeping on your side and are much better at putting yourself back to sleep if you wake up.

You gave me a kiss for the first time the other day. I kept asking you for one and you finally planted a big, open-mouthed sloppy kiss on my lips and busted out laughing. It was the best. I keep asking you to do it again, but apparently, I am going to have to keep stealing kisses from you, as you’re not ready to give them up yet.

You still only have two teeth and aren’t really saying anything other than “dada”, but you do babble non-stop. We are going to have a very loud household. Which is fine by me, probably not so much for Daddy.

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You love to stand up and pull yourself up on all the furniture now. You’re into music and when it comes on you bop up and down and clap your hands. You saw Sesame Street for the first time today and you thought that was pretty fantastic.

You are a sweet, sweet girl. You still love to be around everyone and are happy to just chill on someone’s lap and watch all the big kids play in the neighborhood without any fussing. You are a snuggler, a dancer, an explorer, a happy, easy-going soul and no one makes you laugh like Quinn. Still. It’s the best. 

God, I love you, Ruby. I can’t imagine how we ever existed without you. Happy 11 months my wonderful baby girl. I can’t believe you’re almost not a baby anymore.

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Pop-up beer gardens. Just another reason to love Philly. 

We love you nutty girls.
But we’re super-excited to have a babysitter tonight, on this amazingly gorgeous Friday night, so that we can get the hell away from you for a few hours.
Still love you though. 
P.S. Please do not drive our beloved babysitter nuts so she will come back.
Sincerely, 
Mom & Dad.
xoxo

We love you nutty girls.

But we’re super-excited to have a babysitter tonight, on this amazingly gorgeous Friday night, so that we can get the hell away from you for a few hours.

Still love you though. 

P.S. Please do not drive our beloved babysitter nuts so she will come back.

Sincerely, 

Mom & Dad.

xoxo

Not exactly a morning person.

Not exactly a morning person.

Bathtime shenanigans.

I can’t wait to be done with bottles. When is that again? #soon? #notsoonenough #getoffmycounter

I can’t wait to be done with bottles. When is that again? #soon? #notsoonenough #getoffmycounter

First pic, last June (31 weeks pregnant). Second pic, yesterday. What a difference a year makes. Also, it’s a lot easier to run without a human inside of you. #parenting #running #fbf

First pic, last June (31 weeks pregnant). Second pic, yesterday. What a difference a year makes. Also, it’s a lot easier to run without a human inside of you. #parenting #running #fbf

Some footage from Florida. Quinn did so much swimming there that she’s no longer scared of getting her face wet, going under, or jumping in without someone catching her. Makes swimming with her a lot more relaxing.

Oh wait, except we now have another baby to deal with…

In other news: this monkey turned 11 months old today. How is this even possible?

In other news: this monkey turned 11 months old today. How is this even possible?

Our neighbor Mr. Ray brought the girls matching outfits from his summer travels. I’m kind of dying over this.

Our neighbor Mr. Ray brought the girls matching outfits from his summer travels. I’m kind of dying over this.

#roar

unplugged

Last night, another summer storm rolled through and we lost power for the second night in a row. 

We were in the middle of making dinner when it happened and Jeremy and I both sighed as we thought of the task of getting through the night with two excitable children without the help of electricity. 

Luckily, we were grilling and using our gas stove, so we were able to successfully finish making dinner (even if Jeremy got a little soaked outside).

We filled the dinner table with a ton of candles and all sat down to a candlelit dinner, which Quinn thought was the coolest thing ever.

She marveled at the shadows in the walls and stayed in her seat a little better than normal. She kept saying how “nice and relaxing” it was.

After dinner, we opened all the curtains in the sunroom (it was still light out),  found Quinn’s little MP3 player and played a family game of “Hot Potato” with an inflated balloon. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time we all laughed so much together. Jeremy was having fun, Quinn was happy, but not acting out of control, even Ruby was cracking up.

About 30 minutes into the game, in the midst of all of our laughter, the power suddenly blazed back on, waking us out of our darkened, hysterics. We all cheered, “YAAAAAAY!!! POWER!!!!” But immediately, Jeremy and I shot slightly disappointed looks at one another when we realized the blaring lights, ceiling fans, ac and tv suddenly ended this random moment of family bliss. Which honestly doesn’t happen enough for us lately.

After a few minutes, we were back to our normal routine: rushing before bedtime, checking emails on our phones, and the kids started acting up. It was kind of amazing to see the difference.

This morning, Quinn walked up to me, gave me a hug and said, 

"Mama, I had so much fun at dinner and playing last night."

Me too, kid. Me too.

If this isn’t a case for unplugging a little more often, I don’t know what is.

I can’t even with these two.

I can’t even with these two.

scenes from florida

More scenes from our week-long Florida trip: more beach time, snuggles with Grumpa Joe, date night with Jeremy, Ruby’s first time eating Grumpa’s famous lasagne, a couple of 8-mile runs along the waterfront, shared bath-time now in the big-girl tub (No more kitchen sink for Ruby!), outdoor lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, more pool time, hanging with our buddy, Theo, more snuggles…

This trip was too fast. We miss you, Florida.

Florida Trip - Miami

Last weekend, we drove down to Miami to see our good friends Mercy, Sergio, their son Marco and Marco’s Uncle Juan. I can’t believe that Marco was Ruby’s age the last time we saw him! It’s been a ridiculously long time. 

We spent two days eating, drinking and hanging out in their pool while the kids swam and played. It was perfect. I cried hard when we left. Quinn said, “It’s ok Mommy, we can see them again at Christmas.” My sweet girl.

I still can’t believe our visit is already long gone. I miss these people like crazy. :(