A Local Adventure: Scioto Audubon Park!

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Good morning!  Wanted to hop on this week to share with you a fun little local spot that we kind of just happened upon last weekend!  I’ve been to Scioto Audubon with my middle school students on a field trip (which they loved!), but I got a new perspective going with toddlers!

We were there for almost two hours and could have stayed for much longer!  Things for toddlers outside: trails, playground with music player (can be used as a coordinated dance things for older kids), gardens, and ponds.  But the great thing for this summer is the indoor activities at their nature center!  Every Thursday and Saturday at 10 they have a storytime, followed by a little showing of the turtles and snakes.  For older kids, you can bring your own equipment for the rock climbing wall or head down to the obstacle course.  They also have a water tower that you can go up and overlook the park!

This was also one of the mannnnnnny times we have been immensely thankful for our Double Stroller (which I did a full review of here, but had no idea how much we would use and how many comments we get about it!)  It is just perfect for zipping around–double strollers can get bulky and overwhelming, but this one is slim and can fit on trails without being obnoxious.

What should we do next?!  We have two weekends of stuff planned, but we have the whole summer ahead and are looking for ideas!!  I LOVE SUMMER!!

Hope you all have a great week!
Erin

Claire is Twelve Months!

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Our little baby is TWELVE MONTHS!!  It has been quite the year!  We have adjusted to life with two, battled a little sleep deprivation, but most importantly seen how much your heart can grow in such a short period of time.
This little sweet pea is all over the place now that she can walk/run and is into everything.  She loves to run around behind E, taking everything sneakily.  She’s into the babies now, stroller, accessories and all.  These two sisters are going to keep us busy!

She is still taking one, two-hour nap and sleeping 11-12 hours a night.  LOVES the bink–one for her mouth and two for her hands.  Gonna be hard to break, just like E.  Here’s a look back on Establishing a Nighttime Routine! and how we’re using the Dockatot!

She weighs in at 24 pounds and is still eating a mixure of purees and solids.  The great news is she is off of bottles and is taking whole milk in a sippy cup!  Here’s a look back at our transition back to whole milk.

Overall, this little chick is just the sweetest with her scrunched up face (for all of the emotions)!

Here’s a look back at her first year!
One Month
Two Months
Three Months
Four Months
Five Months
Six Months
Seven Months
Eight Months
Nine Months
Ten Months
Eleven Months

Other exciting things: Fall Fun at the Zoo!Claire’s BaptismSpring Fun with Gerber Snacks, and heading to Memphis for Easter!

…and here’s a look at her First Birthday!

…and here’s a look at E at Twelve Months!

We love you Claire!!

Happy 1st Birthday Claire!

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Our baby girl is ONE!!  I’ll be doing a separate post on all of her stats and such like I do each month, but I just wanted to pop on and show you a couple of photos we had taken by Stacie at Adventures Await Photography and to share her first birthday fun!

For her birthday, we had a Taco ‘Bout a birthday theme and kept it pretty simple, but some of the main decor:
Taco Invite
UNO Cake Topper
Taco Strand (watch out, this requires SERIOUS DIY skills, super cute though)
Cactus String Lights
Cactus and Llama Banner
Cactus Plates and Napkins (Meri Meri has A TON of cute cactus decor)

Claire’s Birthday Outfit:
Latigo Leather Purse
Tunic
Cactus Necklace
My Mamacita Shirt (Size WAYYYY up)

I also did a lengthy thing on Instagram about the girls’ baby books which I’ve highlighted and also how we use Chatbooks to document the girls!

And for her birthday, we got her just a few things, but the book I am most excited about is this book, When is My Birthday?, with two girls, I have a feeling this book will get a lot of use over the years!  My happy birthday coming soon???

If I forgot to link something, just let me know!  Stay tuned for the ONE YEAR update!!

We love you sweet C!

Claire is Eleven Months!

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CLAIRE!!! My baby!! This is almost it!  Only one more month to go!  I am so proud of this girl and the little person she is becoming!  She is changing every single day and has gone from a VERY colicky little nugget to a smiley, lovey, sleepy little girl!  We literally cannot get enough of her.  It is so fun being able to take both girls about town, to the zoo, and whatever else–this age is just so fun.  Claire has so much rounded out our family.  She is exactly what we needed.  She laughs at the best times, she’s a champ when it comes to sharing with E, and  she’s the calm in the midst of E and me.

She eats EVERYTHING all of the time.  There aren’t many points in the day where she isn’t eating.  She has purees 4 times a day, eats what we are eating, AND has her bottles.  For formula she takes whatever and is even sneaking in a little whole milk 🙂

She takes only one 2-3 hour nap a day and sleep 12 hours a night.  She loves her bink, but doesn’t wake a night for it.  She only had a few shaky nights as she popped out her top two teeth–now she has four!

The biggest milestone we hit this month is WALKING!  It is now her preferred method for getting around and she’s getting pretty fast!  She is in 12-18 month clothes, but I’m guessing she’ll start to thin out soon!

My most favorite thing about her is that she will just randomly come up and put her head on my shoulder or lap or leg.  Just cuddles up for a second then goes right back to playing.

We can’t wait for the big ONE!

…and here’s E at Eleven Months!

Claire is Ten Months!

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IMG_7130IMG_7158IMG_7169IMG_7172IMG_7174IMG_7160IMG_7216IMG_7220Ten months is here!  Well like two weeks ago, but who’s counting?!  Hey.  I am ahead on birthday stuff.  Does that count?
With two kids now fully on the move we now feel like we have two toddlers under two on the move and not just two under two in the house generally speaking.  Trust me when I say those are two very different things.
Claire has herself a sassy, but sweet personality.  She loves to lay her head down on anything soft and/or your shoulder if you pick her up.  You’ll just look over and she’ll be laying down on the ground with her head on a pillow.
She can completely stand on her own and has taken a step here or there, but not walking  quite yet–any day now!  When she crawls she has what we call a Lurch leg.  One leg pops up funny, but it helps her go really fast.  And when she gets excited her feet start swirling and she sucks in air.  It’s actually kinda scary if you don’t know what she’s doing and you hear it out of nowhere.
She loves the bath, finger foods, and whatever Eleanor is doing.
She sleeps from 7-when we wake her up in the morning which is usually around 6:30, she will sleep a little later on the weekends.  She is down to one nap from about 12-3.  We aren’t sure if this is because that’s what E does and so we’ve helped her be on that schedule or if she’s just a one nap kinda gal.  E was taking two naps for a long time, but Claire just hasn’t been into it.  One nap suits her fine.  (we’re just happy she’s sleeping at all–if you take a look back you’ll remember this chick wasn’t really into sleep until about 6 months.)
She eats solids 5-6 times a day plus her almost 40 ounces of bottles.

Just like her sister, she’s also a champ in the car.  In her ten months we’ve traveled to Kansas City, Chicago, Memphis, Goshen, and a few other places and she just goes with the flow.  Sleeps after she eats and plays for a bit.  Sleeps in her Dockatot wherever we go and sleeps all night, even if she took two 3 hour naps in the car.

AND JUST LOOK AT THOSE TEETH!!  She’s got two more coming in on top and I think she’s in some pain–she’s having some trouble settling at night.  Hopefully they fully pop through soon!! Those first ones are a bear!!

We love you C!

And…here is E at Ten Months!