Your 2nd birthday came and went

Your second birthday came and went, along with an awesome Christmas, and now your coming up on 2.5 years old. We got rid of your binkis a few months after your birthday and you did pretty great transitioning. You started potty training and as of today your pretty much potty trained except for night time. You did let us know a couple of times this week that you had to go potty early in the morning so I think the nighttime training will come soon as well!

You continue to make us laugh you’re starting to test the boundaries a bit with your sassy attitude. You told us the other day that daddy and I are your best friends (tear) you’re becoming very independent over the past several months, putting on your shoes and taking them off, taking off your jacket and insisting on putting on your own undies every morning.
You and I were in a very scary storm a few weeks ago, I swore it was a tornado but they weather folks are calling it a microburst. I’m still saying tornado, I was so scared while we were in the car all I could do was pray to keep you safe and out of harms way. Thankfully we made it out fine, all of us. You still keep talking by the “big under storm”…..you say the cutest things!
  1. You tell us we are cute and you love us, pretty much every day.
  2. You like when things “matches” you say this if you see something that matches like the other day we were both wearing Seahawks shirts and you said “mommy we matches”.
  3. You like to know what’s going on ahead of time so we talk about what might be going on that day or coming up on the weekend.
  4. You talk back occasionally and have been getting a few more spankings and timeouts than I’d like to admit but you seem to learn from them for the most part.
  5. Brushing your teeth seems to still be a struggle but you’re getting much better.
  6. You love sleeping with your buddies: lamby, jaffy (the giraffe) and purple bear and snorts the little red bull
  7. You weigh 35 lbs and wear size eight shoes and are in 3t-4t clothes. You love your light up princess shoes and Troll shoes and insist on wearing them.
  8. You love dancing in the mirror at gymnastics and jumping in the foam pit is your favorite.
  9. You had your first stomach flu in February and boy was it icky, it’s so sad to see you sick or in any pain.
  10. Favorite food (rice): Loves dried mangos, berries, French fries, bananas, hot dogs, pizza, broccoli, green bean pouches, sweet potato pouches, ice cream from Costco, mashed potatoes and spaghetti. Fruit snacks are always a win as well. Oh and cookies, you love cookies and know when you’ve been given a crappy organic one. 😂
    Your favorite shows include:
    • Sherman and Mr. Peedbody
    • Trolls
    • Moana
    • Sing
    • Shimmer and shine
    • Secret life of pets
    • Goldie and bear
    • Daddy Finger on the iPad, good lord will you ever get sick of it?! You could watch it for hours and hours! You make anything into that song!
    Gave you the toddler test on Mother’s Day after you gave me your sweet cards you made at school and you and daddy made me one too!
    TODDLER TEST Results:
    What is your name? Harlow Carson
    How old are you? 4 (holds up 2 fingers)
    When is your birthday? 3
    How old is your mommy? Umm, 4
    How old is your daddy? 4
    What is your favorite color? Blue
    What is your favorite food? Rice (very true)
    Who is your best friend? Sergi
    What is your favorite show? Lorax (only because that’s what was on the tv)
    What is your favorite song? Justin Timberlake
    What is your favorite animal? Elephant
    What makes you happy? Mommy and daddy! ❤❤
    Where is your favorite place to go? Grandma and papas
    What do you want to be when you grow up? A baby
    We are planning a trip to Disneyland in September, you seem to be very excited about this, you talk about and wearing your Anna dress and Minni dress. I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy the rides as well. It will be a vacation full of memories!
    Love you!
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You’re almost two. TWO!

Harlow,

You’re just a month away from being two years old. TWO are you kidding me?! And I haven’t written a blog entry since May. #badmom

The days go by faster and faster and I know I say this all of the time but it does and although you’re at such a fun age right now I’m missing my baby who I can just hold and cuddle and rock for hours. Instead you sit for a minute then on to the next thing. The times I get to hold you for longer I cherish.

We had a great Summer with you, we hit up parks, went for lots of bike rides, visited the NW Trek, visited Cannon Beach for the 4th of July, where you didn’t really enjoy the sand very much but loved eating ice cream and strolling the streets every chance we got. It was great Summer and of course a fast one!

You are  the sweetest thing and growing up before our eyes! Talking sentences like crazy, you can tell us what you want and how you’re feeling and even when you have to go potty! Yup, your sort of potty training right now (well, depending on the day). For a couple weeks you were going a lot and asking to go potty but I think the fun of it has fizzled out for you and you might ask to go poop sometimes, which I don’t blame you, who wants to sit in a poopy diaper? But either way you’re getting the idea of it!

People are always tell us how well you speak, and are impressed by your vocabulary! Who said you needed breastmilk to be smart? 😉 You’re doing just fine.

You’re very polite, you’re always saying, “please, thank you, and you’re welcome.”

You chase Ozzie around the house trying to give him hugs and kisses and tell him “awe shes so cute,” you refer to him as a “she” you must get that from papa Mike, he always thinks cats are girls. 🙂

School is going well for the most part, you have your days of pulling hair and smacking so we hope you’re not ‘that’ kid. You love your friend Valentina the most we are told and love to sing and dance and are always making the school ladies laugh.

You say some of the funniest things, you seemed to have picked up a southern accent when you say some words, we have no idea where that came from but in your little raspy voice it’s the cutest!

“Are you ok momma (or dadda)”
“You like it”
“Oh yah, it’s going to be fun”
“I wanna watch finger” (this is your favorite right now, it’s a silly little animation and song that has 100 versions to it on YouTube) you love it and we find it very weird. But whatever keeps you busy.

You love dancing to Justin timberlake, shakira, Macklemore. You love swimming lessons but we have taking a little time off from that so you can enjoy gymnastics. I think you’re going to be a great gymnastics athlete, you dominated the balance beam last night and you didn’t even look down at your feet! We were impressed. Although, I think your dad might enjoy it even more than you, you’ll find him jumping up and down on the mats when nobody is looking. Lol

Your dad and I are currently on a plane to Arizona, you’re staying with grandma and papa and auntie brandy and aceman are down too. I miss you so much I just hate leaving you. It’s tough but I know it will be fun for you and us.

In other news:
The presidential election is coming up we have two scary candidates. Hillary Clinton and Donald trump.
There’s been an odd clown fad going around and all sorts of scary things happening in the world which terrifies me in what kind of world you’ll grow up in. I just hope it’s a better world when you are older.
I’m still working for Saint Martin’s University as the Creative Director and your dad is still working at Heritage Bank as the marketing master kicking ass and taking names of course.

We are now trying to plan your 2nd birthday party, although i’m scared to after what happened last year with your hand, foot and mouth sickness. I hope we can redeem ourselves so you have a wonderful birthday with lots of great memories

Love you sweet little Harlow.
Hugs

This world can be and will be…

Harlow, as you grow up I’m not 100% sure what kind of a world you will grow up in. I do know from experience so far this world can be and will be tough and cruel at sometimes but I know you’ll be an amazing woman. I would like to leave you with these lyrics to a song that I love…I think Tim McGraw (country singer that I’m sure you’ll think is lame in years to come) sums it up pretty well. 

Humble And Kind
You know there’s a light that glows by the front door

Don’t forget the key’s under the mat

Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind

Go to church ’cause your momma says to

Visit grandpa every chance that you can

It won’t be wasted time

Always stay humble and kind
Hold the door, say please, say thank you

Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie

I know you got mountains to climb but

Always stay humble and kind

When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you

When the work you put in is realized

Let yourself feel the pride but

Always stay humble and kind
Don’t expect a free ride from no one

Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why

Bitterness keeps you from flyin’

Always stay humble and kind

Know the difference between sleeping with someone

And sleeping with someone you love

“I love you” ain’t no pick up line so

Always stay humble and kind
Hold the door, say please, say thank you

Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie

I know you got mountains to climb but

Always stay humble and kind

When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you

When the work you put in is realized

Let yourself feel the pride but

Always stay humble and kind
When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle

Shut off the AC and roll the windows down

Let that summer sun shine

Always stay humble and kind

Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you

When you get where you’re goin

Don’t forget turn back around

And help the next one in line

Always stay humble and kind

4 days away 

As I sit here at the airport in New Mexico I just want to scream “get me the F home already!” Today is day 4 of not being able to see you, I left on Wednesday which just happened to be the day you turned 16 months old. 16 MONTHS, wow! I cried that morning as your dad was getting you ready to head out the door to daycare, besides the one night when you stayed with your auntie and uncle when you were 9 months old this was the first time I was going to be away from you for so many days and not to mention states away from as well! 

I miss you so much I can’t stand it, I can’t wait to get my arms wrapped around you. Last night we were finally able to get a FaceTime session which actually I think made it even harder, I wanted to reach through that screen and kiss that face, I’m glad to say I made it and now I’m on my way home to see you. I won’t see you till the morning since it will be past your bedtime when I get home but needless to say I can’t wait! 

16 month updates:

  1. You’re amazing
  2. You really started walking around 14 months
  3. You’re walking and running around like crazy now
  4. You finally started wearing shoes
  5. You love being outside with bubbles and drawing on the sidewalk with chalk
  6. Sometimes you try eating the chalk
  7. Still loving mini mouse
  8. You like to count to 3
  9. Climbing the stairs on your own
  10. Talking and repeating everything
  11. You know when you have to poop and tell us when it’s happening
  12. Love pineapple, bananas, cheese, olives, green beans and have a serious love for applesauce! 
  13. You have a bunko addiction must have one in each hand and mouth…so cute
  14. You love playing with Aceman
  15. You think your dad is the best for sure
  16. You had your first official Easter egg hunt and loved getting those eggs in your basket
  17. Stomping and throwing rocks
  18. You’re starting to say “mine” which I’m worried about I hope you learn to share! 
  19. 25 lbs 
  20. You have the sweetest head of curly blonde hair
  21. We just bought a new house and will now have a yard for you to play in 🙂

Love you snuggers and can’t wait to get home to you! Xoxo

   
  

    
    
    
   

Happy 1st Birthday Harlow Ryan

At this time one year ago, you were just over 2 hours old. We were excited, overwhelmed, terrified and couldn’t stop staring at you. We had no idea what was in store for us that night let alone what to expect for the next year! 

One year later I can say we are still excited, overwhelmed, terrified and still can’t take our eyes off of you and loving every moment of it. 

For your 1st birthday we had a big bash planned out the Sunday before your birthday. We rented a great spot, I made decorations and we sent out invites and had 40+ people coming to celebrate. The day before your party you came down with hand foot and mouth disease and we had to cancel the party. We were so upset we had to cancel and wouldn’t have those special memories. 

Now that you were feeling better we kicked off your birthday weekend with your first visit with Santa and the zoo for animals, Zoolights and a Carousel ride. Today you woke up with a sweet smile on your face (like always) as we sang you happy birthday, you ate scrambled eggs and a banana, played then had a nap. We ventured out to the mall, then Red Robin where you had a grilled cheese sandwich and they sang you happy birthday. Nana and papa came over for gifts and cake. You weren’t too sure about the cake but you tasted it and seemed to enjoy it…sort of…. No big cake smash for you, I’m okay with that, less mess to clean up :).  We had a great weekend celebrating you! 

One year fun stuff: 

  • Things you love to say: hello touchdown, bye bye, hi, tickle tickle, baby, thank you, Up, No
  • Foods you enjoy: crackers, Mac and cheese,  eggs, pears, peaches, bananas, meatballs, olives, cheese, bread, pouch foods
  • What you’re up to: Scooting and crawling, pulling yourself up and standing, giving high-fives, loving books, Mickey and Mini, Shrek and Frozen, chasing after your fuzzy brother, love your binkis, playing with your blocks

Every single day with you, there is laughter and love, you turn a bad day into a great day no matter what. Thank you Harlow for making the past year the best year of our lives. 

Although I hate that you’re growing so fast and time is flying by, it gets better and better watching your grow and learn new things daily. You’re so smart and silly. 

happy birthday snuggle buggle. We love you!