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THEO IS ONE!

Theo is one!The other night at bedtime I was sitting on the sofa in the kids room nursing Theo. Isla was nuzzled under my free arm twirling her hair and sucking her thumb. The only light was from the moon shining through a crack in the curtains. It was a sweet, quiet, rare moment. Suddenly Theo pulled away, looked up at me with that huge trademark grin of his and said, “Mama!” When he realized Isla was there he instantly flung himself on top of her and nuzzled his head in her neck. She yelled, “THEEEE-OOOO!” and they both giggled. He did this about 10 more times. He’d look at me and smile then throw himself headfirst on top of his sister to cuddle with her before popping back up to nurse a little more.

These tiny, short, unexpected moments are the ones I never want to forget when our kids are grown. Between all the toy stealing, biting, pushing and craziness that is life with two kids, it’s these sweet moments that make me feel like we’re doing something right.

Theo adores his big sister. She refuses to share with him, grabs everything he touches the second he touches it and scolds him all day long. But she’s the first to say, “Great job, buddy!” when he climbs the stairs by himself, or “You can do it!” as he takes his first uneasy steps. He wants to hug her and kiss her and slobber all over her all day long, and she’s constantly teaching him new things and supporting him in her own toddler-ish way.

They spend much of the day playing side-by-side, her building things and him knocking them over to her great frustration. “NO BABY MONSTER!” she yells when he tears apart her train tracks, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. And he screeches, “ISLA!” and then bites her (hard) when she steals from him or just when he misses her. If he wakes up before her he yells her name, pronouncing it almost perfectly, until I hear them both giggle and realize reluctantly, exhaustedly, joyfully that our day has begun.

Theo is one today.

It feels like just yesterday Isla came to the hospital to meet her new baby brother for the first time, yet the whole year feels like a blur. It’s hard to remember a time when Theo wasn’t smiling at us, yelling Mama and Dada and Isla, barking at his meowing sister, climbing on the furniture or turning the pages of his books all by himself. Before he was crawling or talking or feeding himself. When was that? So long ago. Just yesterday.

I dare say bringing home a second baby was scarier than the first. One baby, two parents. We got this. Or so we thought. Adjusting to life as a parent can be challenging. But when Theo came home I was suddenly outnumbered when Chris was at work or away. Two hands are not enough! At the same time, Theo was easier than Isla, calmer than Isla, chiller than any human I’ve ever met. Eventually we found our groove. I found time to shower and make sure both kids were fed. We figured out how to get to the park, take morning walks to get coffee and even managed to visit fun places like the aquarium or zoo. Somehow, outnumbered, we made it.

Though each new stage brings its own challenges for each child, we survived. No, we more than survived. These kids are thriving and we get better every day as parents. There are those days when Theo is covered in his sister’s pee because he found her potty before I had a chance to clean it out. The days when I yell at Isla too many times because she just will not listen. Or those days when they both watch too much TV because I just cannot get through one more minute and keep my sanity. Days when we feel like we’ve failed as parents. But at the end of those days these two nuzzle each other, giggle together, exchange goodnight kisses and remind us that it’s all going to be okay. Our kids love each other. They’re best friends and eternal companions. And they know how much we love them. All is right with the world.

If you can’t tell, I’m on a roller coaster of emotions right now and just typing when comes out of my fingertips because this is my last monthly update for Theo and I can’t deal. But thanks for listening and let’s get to it.

Last month Theo dressed up as Bat Boy for his first Halloween and celebrated his birthday early with my side of the family by throwing his piece of cake on the floor without so much as a lick. We went to the pumpkin patch and bowling, had daily dance parties and spent a lot of time with family. Theo TOOK HIS FIRST STEPS the day before Halloween, is learning new words every single day and is hell-bent on asserting his independence every chance he gets. He adores his book about dogs and loves to howl (at the moon) and cook naked in the kiddie kitchen. He insists on standing while dancing at music class (and gets very frustrated when all that booty shaking makes him fall over), loves climbing into his sister’s bed to snuggle with her and will no longer be carried up the steps because he must climb them by himself. He throws things onto the floor so he can say “uh oh,” says “oooooooh” every time he’s excited about something and points to animals and pictures when he wants us to tell him what they are and what sounds they make. He head butts us (hard!) and bites us when he doesn’t get his way and is like a bull in a china shop. He finally loves bananas, steals and drinks his sister’s milk and is showing no signs of wanting to wean. He only sleeps through the night when he feels like it, smiles constantly and leans in to give sweet hugs to all his friends.

Our Theo is sweet, loving, stubborn, hilarious and fiercely independent (he gets that last one from his sister). We’re looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with him and watching him learn to walk, talk and develop into his own little self.

Sweet Theo, you bring us more joy than we could ever explain to you in words. Your kisses and smiles brighten our darkest days. You are a gift and I hope you always know how much we love you. We hope you grow to be kind, loving, loyal, open-minded and accepting of everyone you meet. We hope the name we’ve given you makes you proud and reminds you that life is too short to take for granted. We hope you and your sister protect each other and remain friends and loyal companions for eternity. We hope you fiercely support each other and stand side-by-side through all of life’s challenges and greatest joys.

We love you to the moon, Theo Jon.

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY!

(Theo at eleven monthsten monthsnine monthseight monthsseven monthssix monthsfive monthsfour monthsthree monthstwo monthsone month andhis birth story)

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ELEVEN MONTHS

Theo 11 Month photo shoot in Opposite of Far fox maskI almost cried this morning when I realized we only have one more of these photo shoots left. I’m not quite sure how that happened! This has been an amazing but blurry year, and I wouldn’t change one second of it. More on that next month though.

The kids were super exhausted during this photo shoot this morning thanks to a crazy wedding weekend. Isla kept jumping in front of the camera right when I was about to snap a photo of Theo, which surprisingly resulted in a couple of beautiful close-ups of her. Theo technically turned 11 months yesterday but my cousin got married on Sunday so we were still down the shore. These cuties were amazing all weekend despite all the chaos. Theo was a little overwhelmed by all the noise at the wedding itself so he didn’t show off his killer dance moves (you can see them here), but both kids were troopers and they looked so sweet in their wedding outfits. Chris and I were very proud. A few pictures of the kids and their cousins dressed to the nines coming soon. But first, Theo’s 11-month update.

Theo is officially talking and almost walking! He says hi, bye, moo, woof, boo, mama, da and his very first word was Isla! He actually yells it all the time (as seen here) because I’m sure that’s what he’s used to hearing (she is always in trouble!). If he wakes up before her he screams her name and giggles from the crib until she wakes up. It’s pretty much my favorite thing (except the whole waking her up part). Theo can stand on his own for a few seconds, mostly while clapping and dancing, and also while nursing. Seriously. It’s super awkward when we’re out and about and he’s standing on my lap with his butt in the air while nursing! Crazy kid. When Isla meows at him he barks back (I can’t make this stuff up). He visited his first pumpkin patch and attended his first wedding over the weekend (bow tie and all), where he was loved by all the ladies. He can now climb on and off of his rocking horse by himself, loves to snuggle and give people hugs and sometimes even blows kisses. He is truly the sweetest little guy ever. After I wrote a recap about baby-led weaning with Theo and bragged about what a good eater he is, he decided to become the pickiest eater ever, so that’s been fun. His favorite thing is throwing food across the room and looking us right in the eye while he drops it on the floor. Defiant is the most accurate word to describe both our children. His favorite songs are “Send My Love” by Adele, “Cheap Thrills” by Sia and anything by Ellie Goulding and on the Raffi radio station. He also booty shakes like he’s auditioning for a music video. It’s incredible and totally inappropriate.

This month we’re going to celebrate Theo’s first birthday a couple of times, get dressed up in what I hope will be an adorable brother-sister costume for his first Halloween, pick some apples, enjoy our daily dance parties and cherish these last moments of our little guy’s first year.

Happy 11 months, Theo! We love you more than your sister loves cats.

(Theo at ten monthsnine monthseight monthsseven monthssix monthsfive monthsfour monthsthree monthstwo monthsone month andhis birth story)

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TEN MONTHS

10 Month Photo Shoot in Nursery with lightboxWe only have two more of these first-year photo shoots left and I’m already losing my cool a little. I thought Isla’s first year flashed by like lightning but juggling two kids means entire days and weeks sometimes feel like a blur. I’m trying my best to savor this season of life, when our babies are still babies and raising them feels like a little bubble I can (mostly) control. Before I know it these teenagers will be aging me like POTUS and keeping me up nights with worry. But for now I’m going to eat up these moments and do my best to tattoo them to my brain so I never forget.

Last month Theo spent lots of quality time with family down the shore, experienced his first tropical storm (or at least a few strong winds from Hermine) and made a couple of new buddies. He fell in love with a kitty we borrowed for a few days from friends, and by “fell in love” I mean totally lost his marbles with excitement every single time he saw that crazy cat and wanted to pull her tail and smother her to death with his kisses and now he hisses at us all the time. I say this every month, but his love for music and dancing is off the charts and I cannot get enough. He busts a move every change he gets, whether it’s to music, his sister’s singing or the beat in his head. It’s kind of my favorite thing in the whole world.

He’s still an amazing eater and will gobble down anything that isn’t banana or broccoli, because those are apparently the most foul things he’s ever tasted. He tried his first taste of seared octopus and shrimp (loved them both) but was not impressed with king crab. He’s finally fighting back against his sister, constantly stealing her toys, whacking her in the face, knocking over her towers and tackling her so he can kiss/punch/kick/hug her while she giggles and yells “Monster Baby, that tickles!” He enjoys screaming at the top of his lungs (hence the nickname “monster baby”), swimming, eating sand, eating in general, snuggling, stealing people’s glasses off their faces, biting and then laughing hysterically when you make a scene about the pain, chewing shoes, throwing food, sleeping, scratching the leather sofa, climbing the stairs then falling headfirst back down like it’s a game of trust, gnawing his crib, sitting on his sister’s potty and smiling all day long.

This month we’re going to fall in love with autumn all over again, go on lots of outdoor adventures, send his big sister back to school and spend some mama/son QT, look adorable and dance the night away at his first wedding and get ready for pumpkin season.

Happy 10 months, little dance machine! We love you more than Michael Phelps loves gold medals.

(Theo at nine monthseight monthsseven monthssix monthsfive monthsfour monthsthree monthstwo monthsone month and his birth story)

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NINE MONTHS

Nine Month Photo Shoot in NurseryAt nine months old, Theo continues to amaze us with his laid-back personality. He’s happy nearly all the time and spoils us with his endless smiles, belly laughs and slobbery kisses. He’s a little lover, that guy.

He’s now pulling himself up onto all the furniture, can climb a step or two (and tries to throw himself face-first back down) and is Speedy Gonzales with the crawling. He will eat everything you put in front of him but his favorites include any kind of fruit, salmon, chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, cheese, omelets and the soil from our houseplants (little bugger). His favorite person in the whole world is his big sister, who makes him laugh hysterically every second of every day, even when she’s trying to push him away and steal his toys. He’s a clingy mama’s boy and I’m soaking it up since Isla’s new favorite phrase is “Don’t touch me!” He’s a fearless fish who loves the ocean, the pool, the splashpad and the bathtub, and he took his first beachside nap last month, making his mama quite proud. He loves his kitty, swinging next to his sister at the playground and waking her up with his chatting and yelling at bed/nap/wake-up time. His absolute, hands down, no competition favorite activity is dancing. Ellie Goulding dance parties with his mama and sister are his specialty. He prefers shoes, stroller wheels and house plants over toys, and licks/bites/scratches our leather sofa like a proper house pet. He was sleeping through the night until our mini vacation last week ruined everything, but we’ll get back there. Did I mention he’s happy? Yea, he’s the best. Seriously. No matter where we are or what we’re going he just goes with the flow. He loves peek-a-boo, snuggling, hiding behind the bedroom curtains and playing with all the doorstops (exactly like Isla did at this age). He thinks “NO THEO!” is the funniest thing he’s ever heard and is already giving us a run for our money.

This month we’re going to take another vacation with family down the shore, spend as much time outside getting wet and wild wherever we can find water, meet Theo and Isla’s new baby cousin, work on some new words (ahem, “mama”), enjoy Friday happy hours in our neighborhood, work on walking and stop eating the plants. Please. Pretty please. Stop. Eating. The. Plants.

Happy nine months Theo Jon! We love you more than kids love ice cream trucks.

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EIGHT MONTHS

Eight Month Photo Shoot in NurseryTheo turned eight months over the weekend! We were down the shore celebrating on the beach and forgot the camera so Isla and I took his monthly pictures in the nursery this morning. I can’t get over how much these two love each other and how well they play together now that Theo is getting a little older and more mobile. She still steals every single toy from him, but he loves her so much he just goes with the flow. I mostly just sit back and watch as they figure it all out together.

Theo was sick all last month and it was awful. But we’re all on the mend and hoping to get through the rest of summer feeling healthy thanks to all those new antibodies. Last month Theo learned to crawl, can almost stand up with the help of the furniture and gets into everything. He giggles and chats all day long, adores listening to music and watching his sister dance and loves to scream at Isla to see who’s louder. He is the most ticklish human who ever lived, loves to squeeze our cheeks and give us hugs and kisses and is incredibly affectionate. He’s a mama’s boy through and through and I spend my days soaking up every snuggle. He’s not really sleeping through the night thanks to all those illnesses but he takes three long naps a day in his crib so we don’t mind. Theo is obsessed with the beach, cannot control his excitement during bath time and is a fish just like his big sister. He eats anything and everything we give him, including strawberries, hummus toast, blueberries, cheese, eggs (any way), chicken, pancakes, pasta, peaches, sautéed pineapple and pork, to name a few. He enjoys early morning swinging at the park, stroller naps and eating at restaurants with his brunch-loving family. Oh, and this guy has four teeth!

This month we’re going to spend as much time outside as possible, live at the sprayground, visit the aquarium, welcome a new cousin to the family and hopefully get back down to the beach.

Happy eight months little fish. We love you like every week is Shark Week.

(Theo at seven monthssix monthsfive monthsfour monthsthree monthstwo monthsone month and his birth story)

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