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

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Rosen: This girl sure knows how to pose like a lady ;-). This is the closest I got to a natural smile from Ro this week.

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Saxon: He loves playing with his cousin, Landrey. They’re just now getting to the age where they actually pay attention to each other and somewhat interact. It’s really cute to watch.

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: Enjoying a little iPad time before bed. She is obsessed with a song on YouTube called Finger Family. There are tons of versions of it, so she goes from one video to the next, listening to it over and over again, every single day.

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Saxon: He’s still a really big fan of bath time, so it’s always easy to get a cute smile out of him during that time.

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: Lately, she has been so great about playing independently. She can entertain herself with her toys for at least half an hour, which allows me to give Saxon some undivided attention. She has conversations with her dolls and stuffed animals, and it’s so entertaining getting to listen in. She’s got quite the imagination.

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Saxon: He’s never been much of a thumb sucker like Rosen. He’s not big on the paci either, but he does like to chew on his fingers and fists a good bit. He’s been chewing on these two fingers in particular a lot lately. I’m sure it’s probably a teething thing, so I doubt it will be a lasting habit. It’s pretty cute though!

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

Saxon – 6 Months

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On June 27th, Saxon turned 6 months old!

Saxon Lately:

  • We just got back from his 6-month checkup at the doctor, so we’ve got his current stats. He weighs 18 lbs. 8 oz. (75th percentile), is 27.5 inches long (90th percentile), and his head measures 18 in. (98th percentile). I think he’s going to be a big guy!
  • Saxon learned to sit up on his own this past month, right around 5.5 months of age. It’s so nice now that he can just sit and play.
  • He’s still a pretty horrible sleeper. Generally he wakes up around 3 times a night. On a good night, his longest stretch is around 6 hours, but usually the max is 3-4 hours. It hasn’t been too bad though because he usually goes right back to sleep after eating, so I still manage to get adequate sleep most nights. He also naps 2-3 times a day.
  • We started solid foods at 5 months, and that has helped tremendously with the digestive issues I mentioned last month. He’s eating fruits, veggies, and rice cereal. His favorite is sweet potatoes.
  • Since solid foods have helped a lot, I haven’t really been pushing to wean him, so he’s still breastfeeding. We are still trying to get him to take a bottle though. After a month of offering it every day, he’s starting to take some breast milk from this one particular bottle. He absolutely refuses formula though.
  • No teeth yet for the big guy, but he’s showing a lot of signs of teething. He gnaws on everything and is starting to drool a bit more.
  • He still only rolls from belly to back, and he hardly ever does that because he hates tummy time. He hasn’t yet rolled from back to belly, but he frequently rolls to his side and will sometimes sleep on his side.
  • He’s really such a chill, happy baby during the day. He’s very easygoing and let’s pretty much anyone hold him. Michael and I always joke that he’d be the perfect baby if he would just sleep well. He’s the exact opposite of Rosen, who was a bit more of a handful during her waking hours, but she always slept like a dream.
  • Rosen is pretty much Saxon’s favorite person. She can get him to smile and laugh just by looking at him.
  • He’s wearing all 9-month clothing and size 3 diapers.
  • Saxon month-by-month:

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

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Rosen: We spent the 4th with Michael’s family, and Rosen had a blast playing in her very own pool. I’m so happy she’s finally starting to enjoy the pool. The water from the hose was absolutely freezing but that didn’t stop her from splashing to her heart’s content.

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Saxon: This boy just slays me. Seriously…I can’t get enough of his smile, and right now he’s so easy to photograph. All I have to do is sing one of his favorite songs and he gives me the best smiles.

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

DSLR Video Project 2014 – June

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, and May.

We had a great June with lots of outdoor fun, pool time, and family celebrations, so I was able to get a lot of video footage. I still managed to keep the video under two minutes long though, so it’s a quick watch. Check it out!