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

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Rosen: Showing off the pumpkin family her grandma made her.

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Saxon: Don’t let the photo fool you — he’s not walking yet. He started falling over 2 seconds after this was taken, but he is able to stand on his own for a few seconds now.

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

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

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Rosen: You know she’s not feeling well when she falls asleep on the couch in the middle of the morning. Ear infections are no fun!

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Saxon: Killing me with cuteness, one day at a time.

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

Saxon – 9 Months

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On September 27th, Saxon turned 9 months old!

Saxon Lately:

  • We had his 9-month checkup at the doctor this week. Saxon is 20 pounds (60%) and 29.25 inches (85%), and his head measures 18.75 inches (98%).
  • I finished breastfeeding Saxon between 8 and 9 months, so he’s been completely weaned for almost a month now. He’s doing great on formula. He’s also started liking food again, and is eating 3 meals a day. We’ve been experimenting some with finger foods as well, and he’ll eat just about anything we give him.
  • After switching Saxon to formula, his sleeping habits improved significantly. He’s started giving us long stretches of about 8 hours, which is a dream compared to the maximum 4 hours he would do when I was breastfeeding.
  • Saxon loves being on his feet, and cruises all around the furniture. He loves walking while holding onto our hands, and he figured out how to walk while pushing his rolling toys. He’s still not crawling though. He may just end up skipping that step like his sister did.
  • He became a belly sleeper this past month. I thought it might help encourage him to crawl more since he’s more comfortable on his stomach, but no such luck.
  • Since his hair is getting longer, his hair doesn’t really stick up anymore. I’m going to miss that cute little faux hawk!
  • His eyes are getting more and more brown. They were gray for the first 6 months or so, and have slowly been turning brown. He and his dad just might end up with matching eyes!
  • He’s still wearing some 9-month clothing, but has outgrown a lot of it. He’s starting to wear mostly 12-month clothing and size 4 diapers.

Saxon month-by-month:

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Rosen: It’s starting to get a little easier to get some natural smiles for photos from this girl. Wooohoo!!!

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Saxon: This boy wants to walk EVERYWHERE!

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

Uncle Shuck’s 2014

Over the weekend, we made the 45 minute trek north of Atlanta for our annual visit to Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. This was our fourth year in a row going, so it’s become a tradition for us. It’s hard to believe that I was pregnant with Rosen the first year Michael and I went. It’s definitely something I look forward to every year, and it has become one of my favorite fall activities.

This year was extra special since it was Saxon’s first time at the pumpkin patch. He loved cruising around the pumpkins, and even had his first pony ride. We also did a hay ride through the corn fields that was a lot of fun.

We haven’t done the corn maze since our first year, when it was just Michael and me. I think we’ll wait until the kids are a bit older to do that. They did have a little miniature version that Rosen enjoyed walking through though.

I also loved that we actually had some fall weather this year. Last year, it was in the 80′s when we visited, but this year the temperature was in the 50′s. YAY for scarf weather!

It was a wonderful way to start off October, and I can’t wait for all the fun fall activities the next couple of months will bring!

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DSLR Video Project 2014 – September

In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve been challenging myself this year to make monthly family videos from video clips I’ve taken using my DSLR.

If you missed my previous videos, you can watch them here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

I didn’t get nearly as much footage in September as I’d hoped, so this video is really short. I did capture a few really great moments though, so I still love it. Hopefully I’ll do better in October. It’s already shaping up to be a busy month, so I’m sure there will be many video opportunities.

On to the video!

Fernbank

Last weekend, Rosen and I met my good friend, Natosha, at Fernbank Museum of Natural History for a fun girls day out. Rosen’s at the age now where it’s really fun to take her places, and she’s old enough to enjoy a lot of the attractions around Atlanta. It’s not too often that we get a chance to do longer outings though with Saxon in tow, so it was nice to able to do something with just us girls.

Prior to this visit, I hadn’t toured the museum since a school field trip when I was in first grade, so it was really neat to go back. Fernbank is a wonderful museum with a lot of interactive exhibits, and Rosen had a blast exploring the place.

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I love her expression in the photo above. We were waiting outside for “Tosha,” and when Rosen spotted her she got really excited!

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We got there right when they opened on Saturday, and basically had the place to ourselves for the first half of our visit. It was nice to be able to wander the exhibits without crowds.

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Rosen also got to get her face painted and made a little monster puppet as part of the museum’s opening day celebration for their Goose Bumps exhibit.

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After the museum, we grabbed lunch at Majestic Diner. Rosen was so worn out, she almost fell asleep in my lap. She managed to make it through the meal, but fell asleep as soon as we got in the car. I think that’s proof enough that it was a good day!