celebrate! cam's first birthday

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's hard to pass up an opportunity to throw a party and a first birthday is the perfect reason to celebrate.  We gathered all our favorite people, served some seriously delicious grub and topped it all off with homemade apple pie, including a mini one just for the birthday boy.  He got a big pile of gifts that we opened today, but he mostly played with the tissue paper from each package.  You know, typical one-year-old thing to do.

The last couple of days I've definitely seen this "big boy" side of Cameron that I've never noticed before.  He ran after a little fire-truck he received as a gift and he giggled really hard while watching the lawn sprinklers and I just thought, "Wow!  He's not a baby anymore."  Alright, I totally know this happens to every mother with each of their children, but it's still comes as a shocking realization every time.

Here's to a first birthday celebration!
And growing babies!

happy first birthday, cameron james!

Friday, March 27, 2015

It's official.  I'm speechless.  How is it possible that this day comes?  My baby boy is one!  ONE YEAR OLD!  I remember staring at his face after he was born and not being able to take my eyes off him.  It was terrifyingly wonderful... and then Sadee came to meet him and  I'm pretty sure my heart could have burst.  They have been two peas-in-a-pod ever since.  He slid right into our family like he was there all along.

Cameron and I took a little extra time to get to know each other in this life.  He's stubborn and determined and feisty.  He sees fun and adventure all around him.  He is never afraid to try new things.  People have commented on some of my social media posts saying what a fun mom I am, but the truth is, it's all him.  He's curious, inquisitive and happy.  I can honestly tell you it is not something we taught him, it's how he came... it's who he is.  I've especially loved the last few months as he is learning to show affection.  Cam snuggles, kisses, hugs and gives the occasional high-five.  Just today he was trying out a new activity with Sadee.  On occasion, he would run over to me and rest his body on my arm.  He'd tilt his head toward me, grin and run off.  I love that.  I love that he loves me.  I love that he needs me.  I love that he leans on my leg or arm or tummy just to rest and hang out.  I love that he lets me hold him without fighting to get down.

And so, my Cameron James.  Today marks your first year on this Earth!  I was unprepared for your bravery and courage to accomplish what you set your mind to.  Please keep that spirit of determination.  I have no doubt that your ability to laugh and explore will guide you to great things!  Thank you for your patience with me as I have learned how to mother you properly... and your continuing patience as I learn more everyday.  Thank you for diving right into being Sadee's best friend, she needed you, you know?!  Thank you for being daddy's right-hand man, especially in basketball and video games.  I know the two will be very special to each other.

We love you Cam Bam!!  Happiest of birthday to you!


eleven months

Thursday, March 19, 2015

These last few months have been an absolute blur, but if I'm being totally honest, Cameron's whole life has been a blur for us.  He has added a real punch and fire to our family that has been wild.  Oh how we love him!  This last month has been particularly fun because with all the commotion, he has pulled out a some tender moments.  A few snuggles here, a newly discovered version of a kiss there and a simple flashing smile from across the room is enough to make anyone melt into a puddle.  While I wish I could rewind and learn to enjoy every single moment, I'm greatly looking forward to the next year of his life.  Him and his sister will be such buddies.  When Sadee was a baby, I remember wondering if I could possibly love her more than her newborn self.  Every day I loved her more.  It's been the same way with Cameron, except I knew I could love him more and basked in every time I felt the increase in love.  As he approaches age ONE, I'm just thrilled for this little person who is continually surprising me and challenging me and loving me unconditionally.

As for Cam's 11 month of life, here is what it was like:
- Still only has 6 teeth {four on top, two on bottom}.
- Discovered the joy of throwing things away... toys, shoes, plates.
- Says "hi"
- Pretends to talk on the phone by putting any object up to his ear.
- Can't eat eggs or milk because he gets sick.
- Loves to eat all types of fruit and vegetables, especially berries.
- Moved up to size 12-18 month clothing and wears size 3 shoes.
- Can say "momma", "dada", and "baba".  He can also says versions of "cheese", "crackers",  and "Sadee". 
- Loves, loves, loves to take baths.
- Falls down constantly... hence the bruises you can see in the picture above.  
- Can knock on the wall or a door with his tiny fist.
- Learned how to dance {or bounce} to music.
- Obsessed with electronics, specifically phones, my camera, and video game controllers.
- Will only sleep at home, although is learning to sleep at Grandma's house.
- Enjoys driving toy cars around on the floor.
- Found a pen and drew all over his arms and legs.
- Enjoys being outside and always tries to run as far away from mom and dad as possible.

Happy 11 months! 

ten months

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hey, so remember how our little Cam Bam turned 11 months two days ago?  Well, he did and we haven't even filled in his tenth month of life.  By 10 months, Cam really grew from this seemingly tiny babe to a full-on walking tiny boy.  It's crazy!

Here's what Cam's tenth month of life was like:
- Had two teeth pop through on the top.
- Learned to crawl in super-speed!
- Likes to take things away from sister.
- Learned to drive cars around on the floor.
- Loves to play with the toy kitchen and bang the pots & pans together.
- Enjoys looking at books.
- Mastered walking!
- Tries to run, but can't quit keep up with himself and always falls.
- Looks forward to his morning nap.
- Attended your first BYU tennis match.
- Learned to crawl up the stairs.
- Enjoys eating meals at the table with sister - especially fruit!
- Favorite foods: crackers, strawberries, bananas, hot dogs & oranges.

Oh little boy, how you have changed!  You are wise and thoughtful about everything you see and do.  You learn quickly and try to do everything on your own, which makes all of us very proud.  You have become a champion walker and literally would be running everywhere by now if your legs could keep up with you.  Everyday you astound me by your ability to be flexible and happy regardless of what is going on.   Love you forever!

As always,
Love Momma & Daddy


Monday, February 16, 2015

I am beyond behind on these weekly pictures!  This is from about a month ago and is the second to last weekly picture we've done.  It's hard to believe this kiddo will be ONE in about 6 weeks.  He still seems so small although his feist and willingness to learn makes up for every bit of that.  His eyes are still blue, his cheeks still rosy, and his hair is growing in curly.  My favorite part about him, right now, is his 4-tooth grin.  He doesn't just smile - he gives you a nice cheesy, toothy grin.  We've attempted to capture this goodness many of times, but he's just too fast.

Keeping my fingers crossed I'll be able to catch you all up soon!  Wish me luck!

In the meantime, just enjoy that sweet little somber face.  It lasted about as long as it took to click the shutter release on the camera, and off he went to chew or destroy something.  Consider yourself lucky you get to view those eyes and perfect lips in their perfect stillness.  


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Can someone please fill me in on the secret of keeping your sanity with two kids? Granted, they're pretty cute, right?  I'm incapable of ever finding time to sit and relax, let alone blog, read or watch a movie.  It's such a great life, but I sure do miss blogging about this simple life of motherhood.  And pictures... let's not even talk about how neglected my camera must feel.

Regardless, the last month I've been working my fingers to the bone with helping my mother-in-law get swimming lessons going, working part-time at The Baby Cubby, plus writing a few articles and blog post for their websites.

It's been wildly fulfilling, but it takes work... and lots of it!  My house is often neglected, but I feel full and needed and accomplished, which is much more important than having a spotless clean home. I'm cool with it.  

Needless to say, I'm behind because I'm busy and I'm busy because I'm behind... and that's probably how it will be for the next 50 years.

Hope you're all having a great week!
Plus, Happy Hump Day!