Daycare and catch up

Well it’s been a little over a month since we’ve started our “new” routine. I’d say I’m a little bit behind on blogging….probably because this new routine is a tad bit busier with us both working. It was nice because Rafa had a month of Elternzeit (Germany’s wonderful parental leave) to help Liam adapt to daycare. Yes, they say you need a month to adjust! Isn’t that crazy!? Liam probably could have stayed the whole time on the first day because he loves it so much. But it was nice to gradually adjust him to so much new stuff at once.

We are really happy with the daycare. Liam’s teachers are so nice and they seem to do so many nice things there….they go outside everyday, and have a water play room, and they go on walks/wagon rides into the woods. No wonder Liam loves it so much. Rafa drops him off in the morning at eight and I pick him up most days at 4pm. By the end of the day he’s exhausted. The one thing that has been a little rough on him is the sleeping. He sleeps 1 nap for about an hour and a half and he definitely needs more or another nap. Sometimes we squeeze in one as soon as we get home.

We also have all gotten the stomach virus. First Liam, then me and then Rafa who probably had it the worst. Now Liam and I both have nice colds and coughs. I guess it will be like this for a while til we adapt to the daycare germs. We are very lucky that both our jobs are somewhat flexible.

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Here’s the lil guy completely miserable. He didn’t even want to eat much at all and currently wants to be held all the time.

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But if you put him in the bathtub, he’s happy again despite a hacking cough and a runny rose. He loves the water, and now goes to swimming lessons with Rafa every other week. He’s a little fishy.

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Despite our busy schedule, we’ve still been able to meet up with some friends, except now mostly on the weekends. Aren’t these 3 too cute?

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And Liam is now 13 months! He has changed a lot since last month. He is offically a walker and prefers walking to crawling. He talks a lot, except in his own language. Sometimes we think he says something, but it’s most likely a coincidence.

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Liam loves books now, especially ones with flaps or things to touch. He also likes his trains a lot and especially anything that has holes and you can take something in and out of.   He also likes music and can bop up and down pretty well (I think he takes after me!)

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Now I have Fall Break and I’m so excited to spend the next 2 weeks with our lil man! I’ll try to be a little bit better about updating here. :)

One Year Old

Dear Liam,

Our sweet baby….Where did the year go? It feels like you were born not long ago, but at the same time it seems like you’ve been with us forever. We can’t imagine life without you here. You make us smile everyday and we love you more than you know.

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 You’ve changed so much this year. It’s crazy to think this tiny baby has turned into such a big boy!

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At one year old, you are a happy, independent, active, sweet, but hard headed little boy. You know what you want and definitely let us know.

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You now go to daycare now for the full day and absolutely love it. You actually don’t seem to miss either your dad or I. Sometimes, it makes me sad, but I know it really is a good thing. You love the other big kids. You are the smallest in your class but you don’t care at all and have no problem hanging with the big boys.

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Your favorite things are being outside and playing in the dirt or sand. You also have discovered airplanes and as soon as you hear or see one, you point up to the sky and say “Oooo Ooooo Oooo”.  You still love the water too, and enjoy your nightly baths. You are going to start swim class next week, and I think you’ll love it.

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You still don’t say too much, at least in adult words. You talk and babble all the time, but it doesn’t make much sense to us. The only words we have heard you say are “mama”, “papa” and “nein”.  “Nein” is “no” in German. In the 3 weeks you’ve been at daycare, it looks like you’ve picked up this word. Don’t know if you know how to use it appropriately because you go around repeating “nein nein nein nein”.

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For your birthday, we made a little cake and sang to you. You usually love food and smash your hands into whatever you’re eating ,but for your cake you were quite hesitant.

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At daycare they made you a crown and you brought some muffins to share with your friends. That evening we celebrated at home.

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Abuelo and Abuela were also here to celebrate your first birthday with you! They taught you how to blow so you could blow out your birthday candle.

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Your dad and I got you a Fire Truck and a book for your birthday.

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I know this post is a little late for your birthday but as of September 24th, you are offically walking! You still crawl some, but can walk from one room to another. I know pretty soon we´ll be running after you.

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Happy happy birthday to you buddy! We love you so much!!!!

Love, mama and papá

 

 

Liam’s first haircut

Our buggy bear got his first hair cut while in Asturias. We thought it was time because his hair was all in his face and over his ears. We went to the same guy who has been cutting Rafa’s hair for a long time. I will miss Liam’s little curls, but I’m hoping some will come back!

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Here is Papá telling Liam what is going to happen.

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He was a pretty good boy and stayed very still at first.

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After a while, he was a bit more antsy and we had to keep him entertained with combs.

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Liam saying, “Oooo I’m looking good!”

Jara and Laib’s wedding

We were in Spain last month to visit family, but also to attend Jara and Laib’s wedding in Zaragoza. Jara and Laib are friends from Frankfurt, but they celebrated their wedding in Zaragoza. They had a wonderful weekend wedding at a campground where we stayed in bungalows.

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It was a weekend back with wonerful events they had prepared. The Friday we arrived they planned a scavenger hunt around the city. Unfortunately, we got there a little too late, but had a nice walk around anways.

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Zaragoza is a really pretty city! I’d never heard much about it before our trip, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Here we are on our walk. It took 3 men to figure out where we were. ha!

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After our walk around, we all met for tapas at a bar. It was a very nice dinner!

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Saturday morning before the ceremony, there was a soccer tournament. More than half the guests participated. Our team actually one, but definitely not on my behalf! Rafa was actually an amazing goalie with is injured foot and all.

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Three studs at the wedding: Ismael, Rafa, Raul

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Rafa and I (the only shot I got of us)

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Jara’s friends did a wonderful job organizing stuff too!

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The Spanish Germans getting their photo made.

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After dinner, we danced and partied for a long time. Liam stayed with Abuela and Abuelo so we Rafa and I enjoyed our night out to the fullest. Let’s just say the drive back to Asturias on Sunday was a long one.

Beach Bum

This was Liam’s first trip to the beach were he was actually able to play in the sand and water and he LOVED it! I think you could leave him there all day and he would be the happiest little boy.  The first day we put him down in the sand he crawled straight to the water.

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He would  dig and dig in the sand, find some rocks and carry them around forever, and then splash in the water.

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He loved the water and didn’t seem to mind sitting and splashing in it even though it was pretty chilly.  The waves weren’t his favorite because he wasn’t used to the water coming and then going.

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I think Rafa had almost as much fun as Liam digging holes. He would also build a castle and then Liam would smash it.

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Two happy beach bums!

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Most of the days we were at the beach, it was low tide which was nice for Liam. He liked to play in the “puddles”.

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Until next year beach….

 

 

11 months

Dear Liam,

You are now eleven months old! I can´t believe we will soon have a one year old. Boy does time fly!!! You have changed so much this past month. So let´s see….

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You are practicing walking holding on to our hands although you don´t seem too interested since you´re a speedy crawler. Sometimes we catch you standing for 3-4 seconds without holding onto anything. At Abuelo and Abuela´s house they have this walker which I think you like to push around. You move a lot (hence the crazy 11 month photo shoot that we thought would be neat to take in the garden)

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You have a lot of hair. We are debating whether or not we want to cut it. When it´s humid out it really curls and looks so cute. When it´s not, it kind of looks scraggy.

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You are such a happy boy with personality.  We can definitely see you becoming more of a little toddler and not a baby anymore.  You make funny sounds and talk a bunch as if we know what you´re saying.  You now scream if we take away something you are playing with and like.  You seem to remember things more and more.

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Sometimes you wave bye-bye and give high fives, but not always. You are extremely ticklish. You have also learned to dance . You seem to love music and bounce when you hear it. Your dad has introduced you to classical music and opera already. You stare at the TV watching them both.  It´s kind of funny. 20140811_195319_small

You love the sand, dirt, and water. It´s really funny watching you at the beach. We put you down on the towel and you crawl directly off onto the sand, and then head straight for the water. You are not afraid at all. You also still love anything with wheels or spins.  You have also recently discovered the mop and broom….two new favorite toys.  You love your bear blanket (Ernesto…Papá named him that) that you sleep with too.20140811_195503 (1)_small

Next month you will start daycare and mommy will go back to work. I know you are going to love it because you are so sociable and love being around other kids. I will miss my days at home with you, but I know you are going to have so much fun!

We love you so much buggy and are so proud of you!

Love, Mama and Papá

 

 

Last week

 

We have been busy lately playing in the sand almost every day. Liam loves the sand and he is usually pretty good about NOT eating it! Almost all the playgrounds in Germany have a sand box, but we usually just go to the the one that’s closest to the house. He digs and crawls all over. We usually go in the early evening so that after he goes straight into the bathtub!

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Last week, Liam’s friend, Dora, came over for the day while her mom went to the dentist. Dora and Liam have the same birthday. They played so well together and it was nice to see Liam interacting with a baby that is not only the same age but at the same stage as him (crawling and very active).

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We also went to the Opel Zoo in Taunus with some friends. Liam was still a little young to fully enjoy the zoo, but he did like looking at some of the animals. They also had a nice park for the babies to climb and crawl around.

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We brought carrots for the animals since they let you feed them. But, Liam prefered to eat the carrots himself most of the time. I would say his favorite animal was the hippo (no picture of that though)

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We had our play group at our place and I set up the baby pool in the back yard. Guess who was impatient and jumped in the pool with his clothes on? Silly boy! He LOVES water and sand. Can’t wait to take him to the beach next month!!!

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Trip to Atlanta

Well I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures of our trip to Atlanta in June.  We spent time at the lake, did lots of shopping, went swimming at the pool, ate lots of yummy food, went walking at Kennesaw Mountain, and to the Braves game,  but best of all we got to see lots of family and friends!

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Here is Liam and Poppy going for a hike in Home Depot. We got this backpack while we were there and Liam loves it.

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We spent Memorial Day weekend (actually most weekends) at the lake house.

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We went for a ride on the boat and then stopped to have a little swim.

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We got to see lots of family and friends…..Reegan and Liam

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Darragh and Liam

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My grandma, aunts and cousins came to visit too!
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Uncle Randy and Liam

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Aunt Kristen and Uncle Reid came to visit too!

(oh and so did Aunt Laura and Uncle Jake… but we didn’t get a pic with them)

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Here is my grandma with her great grandchildren (Liam, Olivia, and Isaiah)

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Isaiah telling Liam how to stand up!

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My cousin Julie and Liam

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Liam and me

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On our way out for a nice dinner! Me, mom and Liam

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Aunt Maryann, Aunt Dawnie, and mom (you would have thought they planned the colors for the picture)

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Liam and Aunt Kerri

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Liam and Whit

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Keegan and Liam

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Me and Whit

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And one last one of Liam and I

Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures with ALL the family and friends we saw, but we still had a wonderful time with everyone!

 

 

10 months

Dear Liam,

Sometimes your mom can be a little scatterbrained and silly. I know you are 10 months today, but for some reason when I wrote your sign for your “month” birthday today, I wrote that you were 11 months. HAHA! Oops!  Don’t ask me why…I have no idea…I don’t want you to be 11 months yet. So anyways…Happy 10 months! Even though your pictures say 11! Guess we can reuse the sign next month! :)

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So this is what you’ve been up to the past month…

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You are very inquistive and want to know everything. Especially if you hear a sound or see something you want you look til you can see it.

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You now have six teeth: four on top and two on the bottom. We have moved on from pureed foods and you love feeding yourself. You still LOVE bread and anything with bread. But overall, you are a  great eater.

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You now  have become a little more attached to your bear blanket. I really think you just need something to chew on til you fall asleep. I’m so glad that you are a wonderful sleeper. You still sleep from 8pm- 7am and take 2 naps a day. The naps have been longer lately….each one 1.5 hrs. I’m loving it! Keep it up lil man!

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You have gotten soooooo much better at riding in the stroller (finally!!!!) and a little better at riding in the car. I think you have finally realized I am behind you and if we go in either we are usually going somewhere fun!

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You love love love to be outside and play in the rocks and sand. You would stay there all day if I let you. We go to the playground daily and you just watch the other big kids running all around. You are friendly and not shy at all towards other children. You also love anything with wheels that spin or buttons….your toy cars, the wheels on the stroller, the buttons on the washing machine, the buttons on the remote.

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When you get tired, you follow me around saying “mamamamama”. You also babble lots of other stuff and I think you say “baba” for “papa”.

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In the picture above, you’ve got some curls in the back. I was thinking it was time to cut your hair, but now it might have to wait. Your curls are too cute!

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You are standing up very well now. You can stand up and sit down holding on to something with one hand. We orginally thought you would start walking soon, but I think you are quite content crawling around since you move very fast. We try to hold you by your hands and get you to walk, but you really have no interest…..I’m not pushing it that’s for sure.

You are such a sweet, funny boy! I love everyday with you!

Love,

Mama

 

 

 

 

Life lately

Since we got back from Atlanta a few weeks ago, we’ve  been busy having fun in the sun (until today…it has started to rain)

Tom and Sue, my cousins, stopped by Frankfurt to see us before they headed to Switzerland to see Morgan and then tour some more of Germany.

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We went to Frankfurt for the day and as you can see their jet lag had set in at this point.

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Liam is so happy that his Cheerios stash is complete for a while! Thanks Tom and Sue!
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We met some friends for lunch and to watch the European Championship of the Ironman triathlon (although I think we saw more on TV than in person! :)

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We’ve been splashing in the water. We got Liam a little kiddy pool for him to splash around in…

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We’ve been watching the World Cup! Let’s go Deutschland! Beat Brazil!

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We’ve said goodbye to our dear friends here in Langen….Jenn, George and Alexa. They have moved to London, but hopefully we can go visit sometime.  Here is Jenn trying to get Liam to eat his broccoli on their last day!

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Liam saying goodbye to his first love….Alexa. Actually more like picking something off the floor.