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Peter – One Year Old

Peter is ONE! It’s been 366 days (there was a leap year) since the sweetness that is Sweet Pickle Peter burst into our family!

I still refuse to accept it. I don’t know how it could already have been a year since he was born. The kids were all kind of weepy at the thought that he’s not a baby anymore, especially Avie. She was lamenting much of yesterday about missing the baby Peter.


Peter – One Year Old

  • Weighs 24lbs 4 ounces
  • Length 31″ long
  • Got his first real, little boy haircut (we clipped off about 5″, which means he probably grew around 12″ of hair this year, since we had trimmed 4″ off in February).
  • Has two more teeth poking through, for a grand total of 6
  • Has taken up to two steps at a time, before sitting himself back down
  • He’s getting much more vocal when it comes to words and sounds and being silly
  • Still two naps a day and sleeping through the night
  • Officially transitioned from goats milk to cows milk
  • Wearing 18/24 months, depending on the brand and style
  • He loves playing ball with his brothers and sisters
  • Loves playing with cars and making them zoom about (I don’t remember any of the other kids doing this)
  • Infectious smile and laughter
  • Doing a great job of feeding himself…LOVES eating and not much gets on the floor
  • He’s becoming less and less cuddly…which mommy and daddy HATE


Peter 9 Months

The baby had his first haircut! We took him last week and had about 4″ lobbed off the back. I had already trimmed his bangs last week. I was adamant that he not have a little boy haircut, so it’s kind of a shaggy, chop cut…so that he looks like a baby still. I actually was googling pictures of 9 month olds to show my hair lady.


  • Pulling himself into sitting
  • Very quickly transitioned from pulling himself to sitting to pulling himself to standing…not always, but on low things he’s done it
  • Weighing around 22lbs…his well child is next month.
  • Wearing 12-18 month clothes
  • Those top two teeth are still sitting right there…we’ve had a couple of rough days/evenings because of those teeth
  • The time change didn’t faze him at all
  • Just the happiest, laughiest, loviest, bestest little baby ever!



Henry, James and Elanor 4 Years Old

It’s hard to believe these little tiny babies of mine are huge, strapping 4 year olds!


  • Weighs 43lbs
  • Height 42″
  • Wearing a size 12/13 in shoes and solidly in a 5 for clothing
  • Loves everyone, but especially his littlest brother, Peter…he’s completely enamored with him. Always saying how adorable he is and asking if we can keep him. He is always calling him “Pickles”
  • Knows all his colors, some of his shapes, and learning his letters
  • Loves telling jokes that make absolutely no sense
  • Goes from telling me that I’m a mean mommy {or daddy} and he doesn’t like me to telling me I’m a good mommy and he loves me
  • He loves playing with his trains and tracks
  • Loves sneaking off with ipads and iphones


  1. Favorite color: Blue
  2. Favorite toy: Legos
  3. Favorite fruit: Chocolate Chips {then Bananas}
  4. Favorite show: Lightning McQueen
  5. Favorite clothes: Buzz Costume, Pirate Jammies
  6. Favorite computer game: Lion Guard
  7. Favorite game: Legos
  8. Favorite sport: Soccer
  9. Favorite snack: Fruit strip
  10. Favorite animal: Hippo
  11. Favorite song: Lightning McQueen {no idea}
  12. Favorite book: Cars and Mater
  13. Favorite cereal: Crispix
  14. Favorite outside game: Mommies and Daddies
  15. Favorite drink: Milk
  16. Favorite breakfast: Crepes
  17. Favorite lunch: Mac and Cheese
  18. Favorite dinner: Pasta
  19. Favorite holiday: Halloween and Christmas
  20. Best friend: Peter
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and Mommy’s Oma blanket
  22. When he grows up he wants to be a boy and play soccer


  • Weighs 47lbs
  • Height 45″
  • Wearing a size 1 in shoes, 5/6 in clothes
  • Now wearing glasses
  • Takes 30 minutes to say goodbye to anyone, he needs to make sure he gets all his hugs and kisses in
  • Knows his colors, most shapes, and learning his letters.
  • Has a fiery temper
  • Loves playing computer games
  • He’s starting to show some interest in “school” with Avie
  • He does get frustrated when you can’t understand him, but his thoughts and word choices are incredible and elaborate
  • He has a very particular bed time routine every night: The door stays open, the lights stay on, he sleeps for only 2 minutes and we have to tell everyone not to wake him up.


  1. Favorite color: Orange
  2. Favorite toy: Robot
  3. Favorite fruit: Orange
  4. Favorite show: Despicable Me
  5. Favorite clothes: Lightning McQueen jammies that Baba made
  6. Favorite computer game: Lion Guard
  7. Favorite game: ABCMouse.com
  8. Favorite sport: Baseball
  9. Favorite snack: Fruit strip
  10. Favorite animal: Tiger
  11. Favorite song: Jesus Loves Me
  12. Favorite book: Pirates Don’t Take Baths and Oscar and Tilly
  13. Favorite cereal: PopPaul’s with strawberries
  14. Favorite outside game: Tag
  15. Favorite drink: Healthy Drink {Kombucha}
  16. Favorite breakfast: Egg in a frame
  17. Favorite lunch: Liverwurst sandwich
  18. Favorite dinner: Chicken
  19. Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving {I think Avelyn was coaching on this one}
  20. Best friend: Our neighbors–Esther and Anthony {although they barely ever see them}
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and mommy quilt
  22. When he grows up he wants to be a daddy on a boat.


  • Weighs 37lbs
  • Height 40.5″
  • Wearing a size 12 in shoes, 4/5 in clothes
  • Knows her colors, shapes and learning her letters
  • Such a daddy’s girl…most days I hear all day long “When’s my daddy coming home? I miss him so much”
  • Knows how to work her tears and meltdowns
  • Very much enamored with Avie, until Avie doesn’t do what Ellie wants
  • She has to make sure she has the right blanket by smelling it…that’s right…smell
  • She’s a whiner and has a scream to rival a bansidhe
  • Loves playing with her dolls
  • Must have everything PINK


  1. Favorite color: Pink
  2. Favorite toy: My Little Pony
  3. Favorite fruit: Cheddar Bunnies {then strawberries, bananas etc}
  4. Favorite show: Cinderella
  5. Favorite clothes: Princess Dress
  6. Favorite computer game: Palace Pets
  7. Favorite game: Palace Pets
  8. Favorite sport: Baseball
  9. Favorite snack: Cheddar Bunnies
  10. Favorite animal: Zebra
  11. Favorite song: Feel the Light from Home
  12. Favorite book: Paddington and Dragons Love Tacos
  13. Favorite cereal: Letter Cereal
  14. Favorite outside game: Bouncy {Trampoline}
  15. Favorite drink: Milk
  16. Favorite breakfast: Pancakes
  17. Favorite lunch: Mac and Cheese
  18. Favorite dinner: Spaghetti
  19. Favorite holiday: Holiday Sauce {Halloween and Easter}
  20. Best friend: Avie
  21. Favorite thing to take to bed: Oma blanket and hot water in her sippy
  22. When she grows up she wants to be a princess in a tower.

All three kids

  • They’re all finally potty-trained for day and night {Henry we finally just had to take away the night time diaper, because he was dry every morning, but if I didn’t get him changed fast enough he’d poop and then say he needed a shower}.
  • They’re all in big kid beds: The boys have bunk beds and the girls have bunk beds.
  • No more naps….which is killing me.
  • They’re actually starting to listen more and help with things around the house. Elanor in particular loves helping.
  • They’re all obsessed with having a loose tooth.

Avelyn Turns 6

Now We Are Six…..I’ve thought about that Pooh Bear book of poems since the beginning.
It always seemed so far off…


  • 46 3/4″ tall
  • 47lbs
  • Wearing a size 13 in shoes, 7/8 in clothes
  • Walks around constantly singing and whistling {to the point I’m going nuts!}
  • Loves science and math; handwriting and reading…not so much.
  • Loves all of her brothers and sister
  • Getting rather particular about her things
  • Has an incredible sense of fashion

For her birthday we decided to not get her anymore STUFF. In December we’ll be taking her to the Museum of Natural History and doing the “Night at the Museum” tour {she loved! that movie}.

In her own words:
1. What is your favorite color? All the colors. Blue in particular because it’s really pretty and it’s almost every where you look.
2. What is your favorite toy? Calico Critters
3. Favorite thing to play? Checkers
4. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas
5. What is your favorite TV show? Ella the Elephant
6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled Cheese Sandwich
7. What is your favorite outfit? Pants and t-shirts
8. What is your favorite computer game? PBS Kids
9. What is your favorite game? Tag
10. What is your favorite snack? Pineapple
11. What is your favorite animal? Pig
12. What is your favorite song? Schlaf Kindlein Schlaf {Sleep Baby, Sleep}
13. What is your favorite book? Guess How Much I love you?
14. Who is your best friend? Clare
15. What is your favorite cereal? The Magic Cereal with toys in it {no clue what it is}
16. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play and let the wind blow in my hair
17. What is your favorite drink? Farm Fresh
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What is your favorite vacation we’ve taken? North Carolina, because we were on the beach for a week.
20. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? All my pillows and blankets
21. What is your favorite breakfast? Eggs, any kind of eggs, just not scrambled
22. What do you want for your dinner birthday? Pigs in a blanket and squash soup
23. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Mommy and a leaf-blower.

The video of this is so fun to watch…I have to see if I can get it to upload {it was giving me problems}.

4 Months Old

Babies grow up too fast, and the further down the birth order they are the faster they grow up.DSC_1400edit

  • Weighing in at 15lbs 8 ounces
  • Measuring 25.25″ long
  • Wearing 6 months in Carter’s
  • He has started to laugh and giggle
  • Loves watching the big kids run around
  • He’s enjoying sitting in his exersaucer
  • Loves his thumb
  • Will sit, propped, on the couch without falling over
  • Continues to sleep through the night {and gets very fussy in the late evening if you don’t put him to bed}
  • During Tummy Time he loves to put his head down and go to sleep
  • This boy sleeps to the point that I wonder if it’s normal
  • He’s always got a smile on his face and is ready to go anywhere…he is such an easy baby!