Monday, March 14, 2016

One Month Old!

Leo is a whole month old! Wowzers. And isn't he just darling??

I'm gonna be honest--> Having two kids is tough! I can't wait for the day that Leo is big enough for Ander and him to play together! It's so hard when they both need my attention and there is only one me! ha ha. I'm so lucky Brandon is home in the mornings to help out.

Well, Leo is definitely a second child. Ander got a one hour photoshoot each month with a long post about all the things I love about him and all the things he's learning and yada yada... Leo got one quick snapshot before I ran to take a shower and do some chores before Brandon left for work. Ha. Poor kid.

Leo is awesome. But I'm really over projectile spit up (vomit?). I think I'll meet with a lactation consultant to see if I can figure out what's up. Otherwise he is a wonderful little baby. He's sleeping 3-4 hours at a time at night. It's not amazing but I'll take it. ;)

AAAAND he is SMILING! For real! Both him and Ander have been early smilers. And they totally melt me! He makes everything better when he smiles up at me. :)

Happy one month Little Leo!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Another Cub- Leo's Birth Story

On Friday, Feb 12th, I went to my 39 week appointment and learned I’d still had no cervical change for yet another week. I left somewhat disappointed because I had done ALMOST everything I could think of to get this labor going→ Spicy food, pineapple, eggplant parmesan, lots of exercise, bouncing on an exercise ball, and, of course, the fun method. ;) Nothing was working! Brandon and I were grateful, however, that we were able to attend an early Valentine's dinner with the family that night. We had an AMAZING meal (we’re talking filet mignon people) after which my sister said, “If you go into labor after this, you’ll know it’s because of my steak”. Ha.
I went to bed that night and woke up at 3:15am with stronger than normal contractions. When I started to feel them in my back, I knew it was the real deal. After timing them for a bit, I woke Brandon to tell him we were having a baby soon. I let him (try to) sleep while I went and labored in our bathtub for a while. Thinking of the contractions as waves of water or “rushes” helped me manage the pain a lot. Each one was bringing me closer to my baby.  It was very soothing to splash the water over my stomach with the rushes and to sway in the water. I kept timing the contractions but they were not consistent at all. They would be 5 minutes apart, then 7, then 4, then 9, etc… and they would last anywhere from 30 seconds to just over a minute. I was so confused as to when we should head to the hospital because of these inconsistencies. When the contractions started getting more painful, I texted my neighbor that I might need her to come sit with Ander soon. She came right over- like the awesome neighbor she is- but I told Brandon I didn’t think we were quite ready yet. However, the contractions picked up in strength quickly and a few minutes later, I told my neighbor to get over here because it was time. As we drove through the dense fog to the hospital, I started feeling the urge to push. This made me REALLY nervous. I crossed my legs and started asking myself if I knew how to have a baby in a car. Ha. Thankfully we made it to the hospital and Brandon dropped me off at the curb while he parked. I speedily waddled to the front desk and had a contraction right there. Thankfully, a nurse nearby saw me and got me on a wheel chair and headed to a room. I was so grateful I didn’t have to say anything. I was very focused on breathing through the rushes and didn’t want to talk or even open my eyes. They put me on a bed and said they wanted to monitor me for 20 minutes (I was thinking, “Yeah, right”). They started asking me a bunch of medical questions but after only a couple minutes, the urge to push was STRONG. They checked my cervix (I was at  a 7) and quickly moved me to a delivery room. My water broke moments later and after a couple pushes, Leo was here! My midwife, Elizabeth, (who-fun fact- I met at Valley OB at the beginning of this pregnancy but who happens to be a Harmer and a relation of mine) barely made it in time. Leo Michael McCloskey was born at 7:42am, 27 minutes after we pulled up at the hospital. Holy moly. That’s the way to do it!
I was expecting another giant like Ander who was 9.2 lbs and 20.5 inches but Leo was just 7.4 lbs and 19 inches! So tiny and perfect! The first thing I noticed was his full head of dark hair. Elizabeth put Leo right on my chest and I cried tears of relief and joy. There is nothing, NOTHING else in this world like that feeling. I literally wanted to kiss everyone in the room. Ha. Two of my sisters in law who had wanted to attend the birth (and take photos for me), made it just moments after he was born. My sweet sister-in-law, Lindsey, held my hand while they stitched me up. (Luckily, the tearing was way less this time. Huzzah!) After Leo’s cord stopped pulsing, my other sister-in-law, Rachel, got to cut it and then I was able to nurse him. He latched right on like a pro. Besides the sleep deprivation and a week of Leo sleeping in a bili bed due to jaundice, it’s been heaven on Earth ever since. We feel so blessed that Heavenly Father has entrusted this little cub to our care. 

Photos by Lindsey Marie Photography :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Whoa whoa whoa. Slow down there time. You are gettin' a little quick for my liking. Ander Man has gotten big way too fast. He is 18 months old! That's like... a year and a half! =P

 I do have to say that he is sooo much fun at this age, even though we've seen glimpses of his future "terrible two" year old self (oh please let him stay an angel!). He is so independent and so curious about everything.

He sure is a happy little fella. He definitely knows how to get his way with that cute smile of his. I mean, who could say no to that? He is so so sweet and is so good to snuggle with mom and dad.

He still doesn't say a whole lot. He mostly just grunts and points. I'm pretty sure I gave birth to a caveman. ;)
Here's a list of some things he says (and a lot of them are his own interpretations of the word):
  • Mom, Dad
  • Nana, Pop Pop
  • Papa
  • Dog, Puppy
  • Bottle
  • Blankie
  • Hi
  • No,Yes (but mostly "no")
He can make quite a few animal sounds. I think he just might be convinced that giraffes say "la la la". He also can make the sounds of most of the letters in the alphabet.

He signs quite a bit. He knows milk, more, again, food, change (diaper change), dog, bath, sleep, potty, please, sorry, thank you, and others I can't think of right now.

I continue to work with him on letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, but he isn't very interested yet. He'd rather be playing basketball, building cars with his Mega Bloks, riding on his rocket, dancing with mom or cooking in his kitchen. Some of his other favorite activities are:
  • walking up and down stairs while holding hands with mom or dad
  • giving hugs and kisses
  • "reading" books
  • watching shows (oops)
  • going on walks outside (mostly with Pop Pop)
  • walking the dog
  • playing with hot wheels cars
  • knocking down towers of any kind
  • coloring
  • playing on mom or dads phone (or any sort of electronic device)
He's a wonderful eater. He just keeps going and going... Yet somehow he is still so skinny! Ha ha.
Food Likes: pickles, spaghetti, all kinds of fruit, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, veggie straws
Food Dislikes: pizza (Whaaaat? Where did he come from?) and things that are harder to chew like carrots and celery

And, as always, he is a marvelous sleeper. He sleeps 11-12 hours at night and takes 1-2 naps during the day. We are in transitionary period where we are trying to figure out if he wants to take two shorter naps or one longer one during the day. Two shorter naps seems to be winning out so we will probably keep it that way for a while longer.

18 Month Stats:
  • Height: TALL (34 in., 90th percentile)
  • Weight: 25 lbs (59th percentile)
  • Head Circ: HUGE (49.5 cm, 95th percentile)
We sure love our Ander Man. He is such a blessing in our lives. He tries our patience sometimes but more than that, he brings us joy and makes us better people.

A friend of ours got this traditional Indian outfit for Ander while Brandon was in India last week. This isn't the best picture because he was NOT in the mood to be photographed. Still, adorable.

Monday, September 1, 2014

You look like a monkey aaaaand you act like one too!

Happy First Birthday Ander Dare.

You've got 6 (almost 7) teeth. You weigh 23 lbs. You learned how to walk 3 days before your birthday. You grunt louder than any child I know. You love to explore and climb on/in everything. You don't even know what it means to sit still. This makes church reeeeally hard. ;) You have a HUGE stomach that loves pretty much every food. You are very VERY opinionated. You only love to be held by a small few but are slowly getting better with strangers. You make the funniest faces. You scrunch up your whole face in a way that makes me laugh every time. You absolutely adore your fluffy blue blankie and won't sleep with anything else. Your favorite toys are plastic spoons, cardboard boxes, paper, and pens that click in and out. I don't know why we bother buying you toys. :P Your snuggles are rare and quick but totally melt my heart. You are still an avid thumb sucker but are happy to take your lion binkie as well. You are a fabulous sleeper. Thank you for that! I nursed you for a year and then you transitioned to cow's milk like a champ. I loved being able to breastfeed and really cherished that cuddle time. I'm going to need extra snuggles for a while. ;) I love watching you discover new things every day. I get to discover everything again through your eyes and it is so fun! I love singing you to sleep every night. You are going to have those primary songs memorized by the time you're 2! Thank you for loving me and for giving me the opportunity to love someone so deeply. Thank you for teaching me patience. I love you to the moon and back.
Love always,

 We had a big birthday bash for Ander and his friend Kaylee who were born on the same day. We had a Noah's Ark theme so it was totally our fault that it rained. ;) Don't worry, it was just a sprinkle. Ander looooved his birthday cake. He ate his whole piece (for the most part)!

Aaaand here are his 12 month photos.. his last monthly photo shoot! Sad day... :(

Here's to another great year. Love you Blob.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

oNcE mEsEs!

Ander Man is 11 months old today. We almost have a one year old! Craziness. What's new this month? The question is, what isn't new this month? At this point he is learning too many things to list!
His hair is really coming in. It's fun to play with! Although, I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to doing boy hair!
He's got 4 teeth now and he's been grumpy enough the past couple days, he must be getting another one! ;)
He gets sooo excited when someone walks with him. He played with a walker at a friend's house last night and he looooved it. You shoulda seen his face! If we practiced with him, he'd be walking in no time. But.. we really don't want to push that milestone. lol.
His new favorite pasttime is opening all the lower drawers in the house and pulling everything out, one by one, and throwing them over his shoulder into a big pile. This kid's trouble!
Recently, he's started singing with me. He lets out with a long and loud, "aaaaaaaahhhh" whenever I sing, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". It's the cutest! 
He's become pretty attached to his blue blankie recently too. If I let him, he'd carry it everywhere.

 We live pretty close to the canyon so we drove up to this reservoir one night for a walk.
 Ander thoroughly enjoyed eating the rocks in the river. Oy.

Kim gave this outfit to Ander a couple weeks ago. It used to be his daddy's! How sweet! I absolutely love it!

 I took Ander to the new Museum of Natural Curiosity and he really loved this water table! He loves to splash! :)

Meet his new face. It's his favorite. hehehe!

He went on his first boating trip this month! I thought he would be terrified by the loud sounds and bumpiness but he did great! He did not, however, like his life vest. At all. The poor little fella can hardly move in it! He was all too happy to get out of it and swim with daddy in the lake.

Little Blob went to San Diego AGAIN with us and got to enjoy the Safari Park. What fun!

Lookie! He finally fits in his R2D2 outfit! haha.

He climbed into this basket and got stuck. lol. Dad decided to push him around in it and then he didn't want to get out!

 We sure love this kid. Stop growing and I mean it! ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

diEz MeSEs

Another month has passed already. I can't believe it. Ander Man is 10 months old!

He has mastered climbing stairs which is absolutely terrifying. We've been trying to teach him how to safely get down them but so far, he hasn't caught on.

He has discovered a love for shave ice, just like his mama. I'm all too happy to oblige him with a trip to the Hokulia Shave Ice shack. ;) He likes to feed himself more and more these days and often pushes my hand away if I try to feed him. ha ha.

One funny fact is that he absolutely hates grass. ha ha. He didn't used to mind it but now if you set him on it, he will immediately raise his legs off the grass and cry. He won't even come to me if there is grass between us and that's sayin somethin!

He also says dadda now! YAY! Dad is pretty excited about that. He can make quite a few sounds now and strings different consonants together more often. It's adorable. I love baby babble!

He enjoyed a visit from grandma and grandpa Harmer as well as his aunt Jinny when they came here for a wedding and my dance show. I'm surprised at how quickly he took to them since he only sees them every couple months. It must be because he Face-times grandma pretty much every day. She's the little devil who taught him to go up stairs. ;)

Little Blob loooves to take baths.


Aaaand he's getting another tooth! Up top this time. It's been GRUMPville over here, poor little guy. He was not feeling well for his 10 month photos so sorry there aren't any big smiles. :(

Happy 10 months Commander Ander!