MoMo and Zio swooped in to help us parent, cook, organize, and furniture plan after I got back from Berlin. What a gift! We are so, so grateful. Tonight on the (lengthy) drive home from Gladys', when I told Harper we were going home to have dinner with Daddy, she said, "and MoMoZio?" 💕
The very best morning celebrating the very best friend.
You turned 6 months old nearly two weeks ago, on the day we moved into our new house to be exact. And we've been in a whirlwind of unpacking, settling in, and figuring out our new routine ever since. And I also jetted off to Berlin for the long weekend for a friend's wedding and some quality time with your cousins. Needless to say, this is far overdue.
Your smile. It just makes the world spin. You grin ear to ear and with your eyes and all the time and it is heart-bursting and wonderful. And you now giggle too. With your whole body. And sometimes, merely in anticipation of what's to come.
Your crawl! It's astounding to see how quickly you've gone from debating the army crawl to seriously scooting yourself across a room. You do it with grit and determination and with zero fuss. Just getting the job done. Head down, one little elbow and knee at a time.
And your appetite. It's growing by the day as you experience the wonders of real food. And between last Thursday when I went away and today, you've decided you'd like to dive your head straight at the spoon in front of you and almost try to grab it yourself. You take great pride in your bites and your messy face.
Your love for your sister and your capacity to go with the flow as we drag you from house to house and place to place are absolutely boundless.
You make us so happy and are so very loved!
Started like this:
Included an emotional farewell at the dry cleaner...
Our last dinner al Fresca with the Gilmers'...
Royce's first solids (no time like the present!)...
And a joint tubby!
(Also some misty-eyed moments for mom, especially when I snuggled Harper in her room for the last time before bed.)
Harper has started saying this frequently..."so much things over there Mommy! So much people! So much cars!" Etc etc. It's so darn cute, I don't have the heart to correct her grammar. And it's really the only description for our current state, because there is SO much to catch up on here and I'll never be able to do it all justice. So in reverse chronological order...
WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!! With a magical yard and toddler space and room for these munchkins to run and run and run and bike and scoot and play.
And, its Father's Day! We love this guy so so much and are so happy he now has his dream yard. No one deserves it more.
And, speaking of dads, we've had a wonderful visit with Grampa and Nanna! Complete with lots of Royce Giggles, Harper reading snuggles, and hang time at the new place.
We also had a great time last week with Heidi during her visit, which included a reunion with my freshman year roommate, Annie. Zoo, sunshine, waterfront, birthday brunch festivities. DC put on a good show.
We've also been totally spoiled with an abundance of Sklaburton time, including slumber parties, zoo outings, and amazing delicious dinner that Maria and Jon brought over and cooked to celebrate our house closing. The Harper Leo bond is like nothing else. This is what true love looks like folks.
Oh! And Carrington had a birthday. And clearly we took full advantage of the pool festivities, since this was literally the only photo I took that day!
Our family. Our friends. Our new life in the suburbs (after we get through our move!).
I am absolutely brimming over with gratefulness.
"Royce had a great day. He is a beautiful boy, he play at the floor for a few minutes, he try to crawl, he push himself, he look very strong.
We need wipes for Royce please thank you."
The weather has been gorgeous and we've been soaking in our neighborhood and back deck before we move to the 'burbs...
We moved the car seats next to each other and Harper now sings, "reads," and otherwise entertains Royce while we're on the road. And it. Is. AWESOME.
Our long weekend last weekend combined many of our favorite things.
Dinner al fresca with besties:
Bruno photo sessions:
Hang time with the Faulkners, with Royce wearing the fanciest thing any of us own:
Matching outerwear (THANKS to Auntie Bakes and uncle Dave for our amazing discount!!):
Hangtime with the Born clan before the head to Portland:
Major Royce snuggles!
Porch tummy time:
To our baby Roycee,
You are five months! And are a rolling, giggling, babbling bundle of sweetness. Your smile lights up the room and you can most often be found absolutely cracking up at your sister (exhibits A,B, and D, below). You are becoming very busy. You want to stand up all the time and have quickly learned how to roll across the room. You are grabbing and gurgling and babbling. You are eating tons (32 oz of milk the other day, and then some formula 😮!) and your cheeks are putting on a good display. And you're giggling. I used a washcloth to get into those neck rolls last night before bed and you let out some hearty chuckles and I found myself absolutely giggling in response. You patiently absorb a smothering amount of love and attention from your sister (see exhibits E, F, G below). And when you're awake, your big, beaming smile is almost always spread across your face.
You bring us so, so much happiness. We love you so and cannot wait to see what the next few months for you hold.
I truly could not have ever imagined the sheer joy that Royce brings Harper. Here she is this morning, after sprinting to his side..."hiiiii Royccceeeeee!!!!"
She's also started calling him "deedee!" Mostly because that is her baby voice that she uses to entertain him.
I'm off on my first work trip, to a U.S. army arsenal on the Mississippi River. I'm sad to say goodbye to these guys for a few days, but I know most of that time will be spent just like this. ❤️