We owe you guys a serious explanation for this unintentional break from the blog. But we have a good reason!

We’re moving!

Tom and I had been going back and forth for months about staying in our current house.  We bought it April 2012, so we hadn’t been here long, but our lives changed drastically once we moved in- like new jobs and a baby.

Maybe you remember back when I wrote a post about baby-proofing a house that doesn’t want to be baby-proofed.  While this house is darling and charming, it wasn’t designed with a baby in mind. (Not that other houses are, but this house is almost 75 years old, so things are a bit different now.)

Tom is also now working about an hour away, and I’ve extended my maternity leave. It just seemed like the right time for us to find something else. Even though this was our first home that we purchased, we never put the time in to make it feel like “our own”- that’s our own fault, for sure, but we figured it was too late to do so at this point.

So, to answer your follow up question:

Where are ya moving to?

Great question.

So, we put the house on the market right before we went on our vacation last month. We thought it would be great timing, since we’d be gone for the week. We had been house-hunting casually, but nothing serious, as we weren’t sure how long it would take our house to sell.  Well, incredibly, we received an amazing offer 24 hours after it had been on the market.  Totally unexpected! We accepted right away.  We settle August 1.

Wait, I didn’t answer your question. We actually haven’t found a new house to move to! So, we’ll be shacking up with my mother-in-law (Tom’s mom) for the time being.  She has been the biggest help with our move, and is so graciously letting us crash in her basement… and invade her house with ALL OF OUR STUFF.  (Thanks again, Karen!!)

As for where we’re GOING to move to… we have no idea.  Yikes.  We should probably get on that.

 

Thanks for all of your patience, guys! As you can imagine, trying to pack up an entire house with a(n almost) 1 year old isn’t the easiest task.

Speaking of… here’s that (almost) 1 year old himself! Talk soon, y’all. Here’s hoping settlement goes as planned…

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I actually considered not posting this, since Luca turned 11 months 10 days ago, but better late then never. So sorry for the lull in our blog- we’ve been a little busy and preoccupied- expect a nice, long update from us soon!

In the meantime, here’s our little one being not so little anymore.  He’s trying to stand by himself, but I still say we have awhile to go before he’s walking.  He just cut his 7th tooth as well, so we’re patiently waiting for number 8!

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Lately, Luca has been going through some major changes. It seems like with each passing day he is mastering a new skill.  This has been my favorite phase with him so far, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite things!2014-06-23 19.02.03

He talks

Luca talks all. day. long. I love it! It is mostly just babble, but he is picking up some words- and even more exciting, he has started to associated the words with their meaning.  His words so far are: momma, dad, hi, bye, and nana (banana). He is also on the verge of saying other words, like ‘love you’, ‘night night’, ball, and more. He is also able to sign ‘more’ and ‘all done’ at meal times (well, his versions of those signs).

He walks (sort of)

No, he’s not taking steps yet- but he’s getting closer.  He climbs up on everything and cruises around all of our furniture. He has taken a few steps with a push walker and while holding my hands.  He’s showing us that he’s moving towards steps though, and he let go and balanced for a few seconds on his own.  I don’t know that he will be walking by his first birthday, but I do think it will come sooner than I am ready!2014-06-28 11.46.25

He mimics

Luca is so aware of life around him, and loves to mimic everything he sees.  When I sneeze, he tries to make a sneezing sound.  When he sees Tom chew his food at dinner, he tries to chew like him (even if he’s not eating anything).  He has learned several “tricks”, too, such as the classics “How big?”, “If you’re happy and you know it”, blowing kisses, and he is also starting to learn his body parts (where’s your hair? your eyes? your toes? etc)

 

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It seems like Luca is learning and mastering new things every single day.  I’ve said this a bunch, but this stage we’re at right now is so far my favorite.

Settling down for bedtime and naps can be a challenge – we learned that early on.

Lauren loves to sing to Luca to get him to calm down, and she has a ton of camp songs in her repertoire.  It also helps that she can hold a tune.  I, on the other hand, have a horrible time remembering lyrics, and staying within key.  Despite my best efforts in the earlier days (I’ve made up quite a few wacky originals,) my vocals just couldn’t calm down an over-tired infant. Continue reading