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    We are newlyweds (after 6 years still count?) starting on another new adventure together in the beautiful but freezing state of Utah.

    We live in a cozy little place with our 4 boys...Dudley the mini Labradoodle and two kitty brothers, Milo & Nic, and our special miracle and the love of our lives, Ryo.


    Tyler and Summer


A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015

2016-05-23_0002 2016-05-23_0001Little fishy! Your daddy takes you at least a few times a week after dinner and while we were in CA at the Doolans, you actually started getting comfortable jumping off the side of the pool and are now going under the water (closing your eyes/holding your breath and everything).  You come up smiling and kicking every time.  You are so much braver than I am!

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A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015



9 months old and this busy little bee is keeping me on my toes and is into EVERYTHING now that he’s a mega fast army crawler.

He is obsessed with unscrewing the door stoppers and I cannot keep them out of his mouth.  He also has a thing for grinding his new 8 teeth and it’s the worst sound that I’ve ever heard.  I have only just barely needed to start teaching him the word “no”, and he takes note, ignores me, and carries on.   He likes to pull himself up (although he is super unstable) knock all his books down, open and close doors, and is finally holding his bottle on his own (hallelujah!).  And those grabby little hands…I have to keep the floor spotless because everything is considered food and I must keep a 24/7 watchful eye as he goes straight for the stairs any chance he gets.

Do you see a theme here?  I’m exhausted but I’m pretty obsessed with Mr. Personality.  My miracle baby keeps surprising me with the amount of love that oozes out of me, and my heart grows bigger a little more each day.

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A Portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014.

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4th of July -38 Weeks

I’m so obsessed with your every smile and every laugh.  It’s so contagious.  I hope you always have this amazingly sunny disposition because you make everyone else around you happier when you’re around.

I call you grabby grabby two by four because you are non-stop touching everything you come into contact with.  Eyes, nose, mouth, tail…nothing is safe and you’ve started to bite with those teeth!  Ouch!

We’ve been practicing holding your bottle and it’s still a work in progress.  You still prefer mom to hold it for you or you like to take it out and go cross-eyed while checking out the nipple.  🙂

You shake your head back and forth (like saying no) whenever you’re feeling especially silly or right before you put yourself to sleep.  It’s really, really, cute!

You also have started to grind your teeth, which is not so cute.  It sounds worse than nails on a chalkboard and I’m hoping it passes really soon.

The raptor screaming still continues when you are frustrated or trying to get our attention or just trying to be funny.

Just this week you have started to show preference to me!  I couldn’t believe it.  You will reach for me and squirm when someone else is holding you. I never thought I’d see the day.  Secretly I’m soaking it up and am torn between wanting you to be a mama’s boy and making sure that you don’t have any stranger anxiety.  For the most part you love everyone but will only give kisses to me or other select ladies. I think the only reason you don’t want to kiss daddy is because his face is always so we’ll just pretend that you love your mommy the most!

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A Portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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8.5 Months

While we were at Scofield Reservoir you mustered up the motivation to crawl forward.  Not around in circles, not backwards, or sideways, but forward!  There were so many things you wanted to grab and feel that you were all about trying to get around.  You are digging your new found independence and we can’t turn our backs for even a moment or you are getting into cords, putting dog bones in your mouth and grabbing kitty ears and tails.

You are Mr. ‘Grab Everything When Mom’s back is Turned and See How it Tastes.’ It’s terrifying what I’ve found in those chubby little hands and it’s been less than a week. ? I think life just got infinitely harder.


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A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Father’s Day

36 weeks

From these photos, you would never know what a rough week you’ve had.  After returning home from our trip to California, we were taking a bath and you inhaled some water.  Your daddy helped get you out and set you on the bed not realizing how mobile you are now after a week away from you.  He turned around to grab a diaper and like lightning you pulled yourself to the edge and fell head first out of bed.  I’m sure that was the first of many accidents, but it scared us to death.  I looked you over from top to bottom, nothing was broken and you didn’t have any visible bumps or bruises.   It was a miracle.

The following day you came down with a terrible cough and a fever and I was terrified that it might be secondary drowning or a lung infection (thanks FB for the lifelong scare) from the bath water.  We were up with you all night and when you started throwing up and wheezing and couldn’t breathe, we decided to play it safe and just take you into the ER.  Your lung x-ray looked good and all the tests came back negative except for a positive Rhinovirus, which was the nastiest cold we have ever seen or experienced.  I can’t believe how horrible it was and it was heartbreaking seeing you so sick when there was nothing much we could do for you.  You started feeling better by the weekend and we put together a fun scavenger hunt for daddy’s first father’s day and got him everything we needed for a fun summer of adventures, including your new Osprey Poco carrier for hiking.  You loved it!  The next day we took it for a spin on the Timpanogos Trail and you were asleep within the first 10 minutes.  Definitely a success.

On a side note, you are officially done with nursing as of today.  I’m really feeling sad about it, but you’ve moved on, prefer the bottle, and aren’t looking back.  I thought for sure I’d be breastfeeding, even if only at night for at least a year or year and a half or so, but ever since we got back from Japan you are all about the bottle and hate working for your food.  You flail your arms and legs, hit or grab my face, and get so distracted unless we are in a quiet room, so it’s actually been quite liberating to get my body back and you haven’t seemed to miss it at all.  I can’t believe my baby is growing up so quickly.

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