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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: Excitedly telling me all about her best friend at school.

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Saxon: Showing off those two teeth.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

At the Park

I realized the other day that I had very little footage this month for my DSLR video project, so I brought my good camera along to the park with us earlier this week. I captured a lot of photos too, so I thought I’d go ahead and share those.

Saxon was a lot more willing to let me photograph him, but I managed to get a few of Rosen, too. It was such a beautiful day, and not so stifling hot anymore, so it made for a very pleasant morning. We also had the place to ourselves, which is always a plus, especially when I’m snapping photos like a crazy person.

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: Trying out her new bathtub paint. It was such a hit, she asks to take baths now.

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Saxon: He learned how to clap this past week, and has been showing off his new skill whenever he gets the chance.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Cousins

“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.”

I feel very fortunate that all nine of my kids’ cousins live within an hour’s drive. It’s great that they can grow up seeing them on a pretty regular basis. I know I would have loved to have my cousins nearby when I was growing up!

Earlier this week, we spent the day at my sister Sarah’s house. Her two kids, Hartley and Landrey, are closest in age to my kids out of all the cousins, so we try to get together pretty regularly.

I don’t always bring along my good camera, but I did this week, and had fun capturing all these cuties in action.

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Saxon is the only boy out of the younger cousins, so he’s around a lot of pink.

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I wanted to get a cute smiling photo of the girls together, but they just wanted to sing for me. That was pretty cute too :-)

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Rosen: Sporting some high heels and scabby knees at her cousin Hartley’s house.

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Saxon: He is almost completely weaned, so I am one happy mama!

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

Saxon – 8 Months

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On August 27th, Saxon turned 8 months old, so I am really late with this post!

Saxon Lately:

  • Saxon got his other bottom middle tooth last month, bringing the grand total to 2.
  • He loves being on his feet, and prefers to be standing as much as possible while holding onto furniture. He’s started walking around furniture a little bit, but is still really unsteady.
  • His sleeping habits were pretty horrible between months 7 and 8. He started off the month teething, and when things started to improve after that, he got a bad cold that affected his sleep for over a week. Throw in vacation on top of that, and I was a walking zombie most of the month. Thankfully, since turning 8 months old, his sleeping habits have improved significantly.
  • Saxon decided this past month that he doesn’t like food anymore. When he was sick with a cold last month, he didn’t want to eat anything at all, and only nursed. Ever since then, he has been really picky about food, and pretty much will only happily eat banana purees.
  • We did have one big win last month though. Saxon FINALLY started taking a bottle of formula, so I’ve been slowly weaning him. I should be done breastfeeding in the next week or two. I feel like a whole new world is opening up for us!
  • He’s starting to at least attempt to move a bit by crawling. He’ll lunge forward to his hands and knees from a sitting position to try to grab stuff, but hasn’t done much forward movement after that.
  • He’s still overall a very happy, easy-going baby. He loves to cuddle, and lets pretty much anyone hold him. Several times after picking him up from the church nursery we were told that he was the only one that didn’t cry. That’s always good to hear, especially since Rosen struggled with separation anxiety at his age.
  • He’s wearing 9 and 12-month clothing and size 4 diapers.

Saxon month-by-month:

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