Shepherd’s First Haircut

On June 15, we took Shepherd to his first haircut. Aaron and I were sad to see his curly locks go, but it was time; with the hot summer approaching and people mistaking him for a little girl because of how long his hair was (which I still don’t quite understand), we walked in with a baby boy and left the salon with a true-blue toddler.

Shepherd was so well-behaved. The lady who cut his hair said she’d never had a little boy do so well for his first hair cut. We made sure to bring his Sesame Street characters and a bunch of Cheerios, which helped distract him. The worst part of the whole trip was the initial cut. The first piece to go was the super-long piece of hair behind his ear. It was a good inch longer than the rest of his hair, and it had been there since the day he was born. After that, it was fun to see his little face transform. (Note Aaron’s face in the middle picture. He was imitating Shepherd’s reaction, and it is probably my favorite picture of them all!)

Before:
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During:
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After:
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Another before and after of my baby-turned-big boy. His expressions when he saw his reflection were hilarious. He did not look amused!

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I can’t get over how old he looks with his new haircut, but I love it!

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Shepherd is 15 Months

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Happy 15 months, Bunny Boy!

This has been a quick month for us, and each day you show us more of your little personality. Your crazy hair and giant smile are two things I will most associate with you this month; your hair gets longer and curlier, and you have started to fake smile this huge, hilarious, adorable “cheese” smile that I can’t get enough of. You’ve also started this curious habit of wrinkling your nose and raising your eyebrows when: a) you don’t understand someone’s reaction to a noise or event b) you don’t like what we say c) you are confused by something going on around you. I haven’t been able to capture either face on video yet, but I hope to soon.

Some things about you:

  • You are so good at following directions. You know so much and generally listen to us when we ask you to do a simple task.
  • You’ve really taken to reading your board books. Your favorites this month are the animal books; you love The Bunny Book, Fuzzy Animals, My First Animals, Pat the Bunny and your “I want to go!” book. You still sometimes put the books in your mouth, but you’re growing out of that phase and learning to turn pages and read to yourself.
  • You can say several words, but seldom do unprompted. If we ask you, you will sometimes say the word and sometimes not. I’ve noticed more talking to yourself this month, which I think is a good step toward talking more to us.
  • You wake up early. We usually let you lay in our bed with us while we try to squeeze in another 15 minutes of sleep, but end up putting you down and letting you roam around our room and your room. You’ve started bringing us your stuffed animals, toys, books, and anything you can find and putting them next to us. I think it’s so sweet that you bring us your things.
  • You are a wild man with a sensitive heart. You are rough-and-tumble, but when you want to cuddle, you will crawl up in our laps and be perfectly content.
  • You still suck your fingers.

One thing that emerged this month that has been frustrating is your new pre-dinner routine. At about 5:45 each night, you run to the kitchen and yell and point to the cabinets and refrigerator. If we are preparing meals, you are right at our legs yelling and crying and sometimes screaming. You don’t understand that we are making you food, and it’s very hard to be around you and cook simultaneously. I hope you grow out of this soon.

As the weather has warmed up, you’ve enjoyed playing outside. Digging, exploring, bouncing your giant kickball, carrying rocks to-and-fro, and helping me in the garden and playing basketball with Dad are some of your favorite things. You often run to the back door and ask to go out, which I love. I hope you always love playing outside.

This month, you went to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha with Nana and enjoyed the bears, aquarium and giraffes. Birdie and Poppy and Aunt Pookie came to visit for a weekend and we went to Grandma and Grandpa Great’s house and celebrated my cousin’s graduation. Uncle TJ, Aunt Tiffany and Kennedy came to visit, and it took a while for you to warm up to playing with your cousin… you aren’t too sure about sharing toys yet!

At Fifteen Months:
Height and weight: 32 inches and 21 pounds, 8 ounces.
You are wearing size 12-18 and some 18-24 month clothes.
You are wearing size four diapers and size five shoes.
Your hair is light brown and long and has a curl. You are our little surfer boy!
We love you so much, funny boy!

The First Trimester Wrap-Up

Hooray! The end is in sight (of the first trimester)! According to my estimated due date, today is the last day of my first trimester. What a doozy it has been.

First, the technical stuff. Unlike with Shepherd, I haven’t been nearly as dehydrated or quite as nauseous; this time around, I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck at about 2 p.m. every day. I started feeling the effects of the first trimester literally the day after we moved in to our new house on April 25, and I took a test to confirm my suspicion on May 1. Since then, I’ve had a handful of  horrible days, and a handful of days when I’ve felt completely normal, but most days have been predictable: wake up feeling great and end the day feeling not well.

In the last ten days, much of the nausea and extreme exhaustion has tapered off; what lingers is plain-old tiredness and food aversions. I hated the thought of Chick-fil-A and Chipotle when I was pregnant with Shepherd, but I have craved both this time around, along with citrus, red meat, potatoes, blueberries, donuts, sweet and sour candy and sweet drinks. For the past month, most of my lunches and dinners have been bowls of Special K with strawberries. One day, I ate a whole (small) watermelon. Bread, chicken (except Chick-fil-A), salads, and cheeses have all been on the blacklist until recently.  Aaron is ready for this part of pregnancy to be over.

I had my first appointment at 12 weeks. They could not find the heartbeat, which is apparently very normal for early pregnancy, but was no less terrifying for me. My midwife scheduled an ultrasound for later in the week, and at that visit, I  immediately saw my little bunny’s long legs and heard his/her heartbeat. It was the sweetest sound. We want to find out whether the baby is a boy or girl, and hopefully by my birthday we will know for sure! I have a very, very strong feeling about the baby’s sex, but I don’t prefer one to the other. Either way will be wonderful!

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I’ve heard that the second and subsequent pregnancies seem to pass by much faster. This has been true for me. Aaron and I are so excited to meet this new baby already, though it’s strange to think of having a baby who is not Shepherd. He is all we have known, and it’s almost impossible to think there will be a new, distinct and equally loved little one in our family soon. Shepherd will be 22 months old when new baby arrives. I am so happy they will have each other, and I pray they grow up as best friends and stay that way all their lives.

When I think about how I feel about having a baby, a second baby, all I feel is overwhelming gratitude. So much has changed since I was pregnant with Shepherd, and I am so thankful to be in a place we love and to have the means to support our family with me working from home. Maybe that is one reason why I have felt much more easy-going these past three months, an emotion I absolutely did not feel during my pregnancy with Shepherd.

I’ll post  less often about pregnancy this time around, though in longer, more substantive posts that cover several weeks at a time, only because I don’t want to repeat so much of what I’ve already said. I’m eager to get to work on the nursery as well as Shepherd’s big boy room (which will be interesting!), so I’ll be blogging about those projects along with other house projects and stories about our daily life, too. I’m excited to be pregnant during summer and fall, especially over football season. For some reason, this seems like a very concrete way to mark the days until baby gets here. Maybe we will get a Big Ten championship baby!

I’ll close with this: do you have any advice for us as our family grows? We’d love to hear your wisdom!