15 months

Harper turned 15 months today. We went to the park with our neighbor and her twins, born on the same day as Harper. Us moms were marveling at how much they’d changed and how quickly. We’re so cliche.

This age is a lot of fun. Every day I see Harper making connections that have taken months to achieve. Puzzle pieces fitting into their slots, rings stacked in perfect order. One day she just held up her little lovey that we call Baby and said “Bay-bee.” We kind of flipped out.

Other words: hi, bye-bye, dog, deedle-dee (we call it baby yodeling)

I can’t let her out of my sight for a second. She will be running down the street (always to the park), tumbling down a step or putting a dirt clod in her mouth.

Her baby-sized pool is full of floating wood chips. Maybe we should switch to a water table?

Her latest obsession is sorting through piles of clothes. Actually, I have no idea what she does with them, but it keeps her occupied.

She likes wearing my skirts as shawls. It’s hilarious.

Our house is a tornado of toys every day, but I don’t mind. We just pick up at the end of the day. She loves dragging her wooden snail around the house. Thank goodness we don’t have to do all the pulling anymore!

After about a month or so of not eating much, she is back to a full appetite. And I mean full. She eats and drinks all day long, it seems. But then she’s burning off every calorie toddling around.

The nanny sends me pictures of her with the other little boy in the share. Those two are pretty precious. They look like they could be related.

I feel like the universe heard my plea about naps. It seems the long naps with the nanny have translated to longer ones at home. Of course there’s a tradeoff. She’s been waking up at 6 or 6:30 instead of 7:30 and staying up past 9 instead of going to bed at 8:30. You just can’t win with baby sleep. I think I’ll take the longer naps, though.

I’m sure we’ll have lots of adventures in the new house. Now she’s really got room to run!

My favorite part of this month, though, (aside from her discovering her popped-out belly button) has been the kisses. One day I found her leaning over and smooching a toy. Now she plants delicate kisses on your cheek and it’s just about the sweetest thing ever. 

Pretty flowers at the new house

We’ll have a few landscaping projects at the new house, but I was happy to discover that the previous owner had planted a number of beautiful flowers in the yard. This bright red fuchsia plant is my favorite.

Bonus: There’s another pink fuchsia plant too.

Not sure what these are, but they’re pretty.

Our real estate agent was telling me about this plant, which smells like lemon when you rub it.

Randomly, in the front of the house there is a poinsettia.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that wasn’t in a pot around Christmastime.

There are two plants that have got to go, though. These hedges are awful!

I think our main landscaping goals are:
• clear out the side yard and plant grass so the dogs can use it
• clear out some other overgrown plants and replace them with berry bushes and a strawberry patch
• add more plants to the front garden so that the ugly pipes are covered up
• replace the sod out front with a fruit tree and drought-resistant ground cover
• steal oranges from the neighbors — just kidding!

Harper’s first real hike

So on Easter we decided to go for a family hike on the trail that’s just a few blocks from our house. The trail is steep, but short, so it’s kind of instant gratification.

We were lucky enough to find a hiking backpack for Harper at a kids consignment store.

We were looking at having to spend $250 or so at REI for a good one, so getting this Deuter Kanga Kid for only $50 was nice. It is a less expensive model, but we liked how all the components fold into the backpack. Harper liked it too. So much that she completely conked out for most of the hike.

Sort of like her first hiking experience, at 2 months old.

What can I say? This girl is never more relaxed than when she’s outside.

I love all the eucalyptus trees along this trail. They make it smell so good, and the giant sheets of bark hanging down make for a cool atmosphere.

One problem, though. There were slippery acorn things everywhere!

Here are some more photos from the trail.

There’s quite a payoff in views at the top.

We had a great time, so I think we’ll do more family hikes when we can.

On the way home I was practicing some close-ups with the camera. I think I’m starting to figure it out!