Sunday, November 1, 2015

17 months

In just a week, Henry and Norah will be 18 months old. People always told me that time flew by when you had kids, but I'm beginning to understand. It's hard to believe they are running around and jabbering away now when they were once so tiny.

Here's what's new now that they're 17 months old:

  • Probably weighs about 26 pounds and has gotten a little taller (we'll find out at his 18-month appointment)
  • Loves green beans, macaroni and cheese, string cheese and bread but has gotten tired of bananas and yogurt
  • Mainly wears 18-month clothes now but still fits into 12-month pants
  • Adores the red Cozy Coupe and loves being pushed down the driveway in it
  • Likes to try to hide in his closet or climb under the table
  • Loves pushing chairs around the kitchen or the rocking chair around the basement
  • Generally sleeps really well at night and doesn't usually wake up unless Norah screams
  • Likes Dad to lift him up so his head bumps the ceiling
  • Says "hi," "bye-bye" (to everyone when we're leaving) and "nana" for "banana" now
  • Waves wildly at his teachers and grandparents when we're going home
  • Has strawberry blonde (it looks slightly red in the sunlight) hair that's curling in little wings above his ears now, which I love
  • Loves climbing on the couch and playing with the remote, phone or computer
  • Is a very messy eater and has to put his hands in his mouth to feel foods while he chews them
  • Likes opening and closing doors and pounding on the toilet in the bathroom when he somehow gets in there
  • Hates getting water in his eyes in the bathtub but loves to splash as hard as he can and play with his sailboats
  • Likes to play with his pretend phone or the remote and say, "Hi! Hi!" into it
  • Has a few more teeth, including another one in the bottom front and a molar
  • Looks forward to pushing the button to close the garage door and watches it with wide eyes the whole way down the track
  • Is obsessed with the stairs and loves the climb up and down them
  • Loves holding water from his sippy cup in his mouth and letting it drip down him
  • Likes pulling books off the shelf with Norah and looking at them
  • Weighs about 22 pounds and has definitely been getting taller (but I just wait until their checkups to see how they've grown)
  • Wears 12-18 month clothes and a few 18-month shirts, but she drowns in most pairs of jeans (even the 12-18 month ones)
  • Loves shoes, necklaces and hats and tries to grab my necklaces in the morning if she sees me putting them on
  • No longer likes bath time and will start screaming after a few minutes in the tub when she knows it's time to be scrubbed
  • Loves to dance and bob up and down or stomp her feet whenever she hears music
  • Has been getting more teeth, including another on the bottom
  • Likes stealing toys away from Henry, but we're working on learning to share
  • Says "hi" a lot,
  • Loves to pick up her play phone or the remote, hold it like a telephone and say, "Hi! Hi!"
  • Is very independent and insists on walking and eating by herself (unless she's being fed yogurt or applesauce)
  • Likes pulling all the books off the shelf in her room and pawing through them and babbling
  • Refuses to eat green beans and yogurt most of the time, but loves PB&J sandwiches, bananas, melons, pizza, string cheese and soup
  • Loves to play on the stairs with Henry
  • Learned how to blow bubbles with her sippy cup from Henry and likes to let water run down her chin
  • Has light brown hair that's finally starting to grow, but she likes to pull on it when she's nervous (and yanked out a few hairs last week)
  • Loves to carry both Henry and her sippy cups around and drink out of both of them
  • Usually sleeps pretty well but has been waking up in the middle of the night lately or screaming in her crib until we grab her and then playing with toys until 10 p.m.
  • Likes to run with her arms straight back behind her and cackle as we chase her
  • Loves to climb on my legs and have me lift her up or throw herself on my stomach when I lay on my back on the floor
  • Gets so excited when she sees Andrew walk in the door after work and comes running to him
  • Has become a little Linus and loves grabbing her blanket out of her crib and dragging it around the house

I love these babies so much and feel so blessed that they are ours.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cabin fever

Home again, but these two loved running around with their cousins and exploring outside. #hnwilcox

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

16 months

Ack! I'm so far behind! Henry and Norah will be 17 months on Tuesday, and I meant to blog in September. Obviously that didn't happen.

BUT! We bought a new home and moved in Sept. 3, so unpacking, figuring out where things are and trying to decorate a bunch of different rooms while still working full time has taken most of my energy. Henry and Norah were also sick this week (Norah spent Saturday night puking and slept almost the entire day Sunday), but they seem to be on the mend.

Pictures of our house will be coming soon (when we have pictures on the wall and no boxes left), but for now, I'm trying to capture the details of what Henry and Norah have been up to at 16 months.


  • Still has four teeth on the bottom and two on the top
  • Is wearing 12-18 month clothes and a few 18-month onesies
  • Probably weighs about 26 pounds and has grown a bit taller since his 15-month checkup
  • Loves babbling and yelling at the top of his lungs (especially in the car)
  • Says "bye-bye," "ba" (for ball) and "hi" now in addition to "mama" and "dada"
  • Is fascinated by the garage door and loves to push the button to close it and watch it shut
  • Loves going up and down the stairs and starts scooting backwards on his tummy way before he even reaches the steps (and still loves being chased on them at Grandma's house)
  • Is currently obsessed with the blue bulb syringe we used to clean out his nose with and loves to suck on it
  • Loves shutting doors and playing in our bedroom and the bathrooms
  • Eats really well and especially loves green beans, yogurt and PB&J sandwiches
  • Still likes hiding in corners (including his closet) and being completely silent
  • Loves waving both arms wildly at people with a huge grin on his face when saying goodbye
  • Absolutely hates having his diaper changed and has to hold a phone or the diaper cream (?) to hold still long enough for us to change it
  • Loves to play in the windows of our house and gets so excited when he sees Dad come home
  • Really likes his new Fisher Price popper toy, sitting in the red Cozy Coupe (but not driving it), playing with Dad's phone and pushing the horn button on his plastic keys
  • Has quite a bit of red in his hair now, and it looks strawberry blonde in the sun
  • Still loves to look at books and often climbs up on the chair with whichever one he can find
  • Is practically running now, even though he's only been walking for a short time
  • Loves playing on the front steps with Norah and running down the driveway

  • Has four teeth on the top and just got a third tooth on the bottom
  • Is obsessed with shoes and loves to carry them around and put them in her toy shopping cart
  • Still loves necklaces and gets mad when Henry tries to wear one and yanks it away
  • Is eating much better and loves bananas, honeydew, cheese, PB&J sandwiches and yogurt
  • Hasn't gained much weight and probably still weighs about 21 pounds (but seems to be getting taller)
  • Loves to bob her head, bounce up and down, and shake her bottom whenever she hears music playing (even in church)
  • Waves to everyone now in kind of a Miss America wave, especially when we're in my work parking lot
  • Says "uh oh" and "whoa" all the time still, "ba" for ball, "hi" and "bye-bye" in addition to "mama" and "dada" and is trying to say "thank you"
  • Still wears some nine-month onesies but mainly wears 12-18 month clothes
  • Is finally growing more hair, and it usually sticks straight up in the front
  • Loves pushing her shopping cart or popper around, playing in the Cozy Coupe and climbing up on the chair in the basement to look at books
  • Likes going up the stairs like Henry does but goes much slower and usually just stops on one of the steps
  • Loves playing on the front steps and running down the driveway and trying to go into the road (so we're teaching her to stay on the sidewalk)
  • Has to drink out of Henry's sippy cup and carry it around with hers (especially at church)
  • Loves peek-a-boo and covers her face with her hands while we're changing her diaper
  • Has a lot of fun at bath time but always has to drink the bath water
  • Gets really excited to see the TV now and points at it since we didn't have it up for three weeks when we moved (not because she watches it, but because she likes the bright colors)
  • Likes to kick balls around the house, which makes us think maybe'll she'll play soccer
  • Loves shutting doors but gets mad when they're shut because she can't open and close them again
These two are completely different but still play together pretty well -- and they get sad when one is sleeping or isn't feeling well and can't play. I love watching their relationship grow.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


At separate times today, these two have climbed up on the chair with a book. I love looking over to see them turning the pages. #hnwilcox

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday best

Norah spent the night and morning puking, so this little heartbreaker and I went to church together. He sat perfectly on the couch outside the chapel, not making a sound and just smiling at the people walking by -- and then he was back to his crazy self, banging chairs and throwing cups. I love his bubbly personality. #hnwilcox

Sunday, August 30, 2015