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One Year Old - Theodore Parker Roundy

Everyone says it but now I know they truly mean it, how is he one?! I still remember very clearly those 30 hours in the hospital before Theodore joined our family. 

In the last year, I have learned so much from Theodore. I'm pretty sure I cry a lot more now, I've learned what being fulfilled really means, my heart has definitely grown three sizes and learned to slow down and just be, and how to enjoy the small things. 

Everyone says he is a good mixture of the both of us but I really see his dad. He has my chin and eyes and he has his dad's everything else. Especially his hair!

I always say this but it is 100% true, he loves the outdoors. He can be in the worst mood and you walk outside and he goes quiet. If he sees an open door he'll book it right outside as fast as possible.

He is the most curious little guy. He studies people's faces in a way I've never seen. Looks up and around at everything. If you're holding him he always turns his body away from you so he can look around.

He eats like a grown child. Even Blake and I who are both big eaters are incredibly impressed by his appetite. 

He really doesn't play with toys, he is much more content raiding the kitchen drawers and pretending to cook. 

He always says da da, says mama when he is sad, and babbles on and on all the time. 

He is forgiving in a way I hope I can be someday. Smarter than I'll ever be. And just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. 

He is our best and greatest adventure, my best friend and we are incredibly blessed to have him in our lives!

See Ya February

February was a good month. Cold but overall good - very glad it went quick! Theo got to experience his first snow, we did a little road trip to Portland for our nephew's baptism and we celebrated Blakes birthday! 

There was a lot of snow but also a lot of sunshine. No complaining here!

 Little guy got pretty sick for about two weeks. From a cold to pink eye, to a double ear infection. It was incredibly sad, but we got a lot of cuddles and now he is back to his happy active self!

 My parents went to Mexico for a week so we had Zoe with us during the snow days. It was the best! And Theo loved having her around too. Every time she'd wag her tail when he was nearby he would start laughing so hard!

I have to say I'm not sad to see February go. So happy for March and spring!

10 Months - Theodore Parker

People ask me how old Theo is and I'm always shocked when 10 months comes out of my mouth. I know I know I'm shocked with every post that he is getting older. But in just two months I'll have a one-year-old. How did that even happen? I'm pretty sure I don't remember any of it - first he was placed in my arms in the hospital and now I can't get him to hold still long enough to be in my arms. SLOW DOWN!!!! 

Oh well, it was worth the try. We are loving just how much he is learning and growing these days. He has been pretty sick the past two weeks. First four teeth started popping through, and then he got a cold which turned into pink eye and then he got an ear infection which of course turned into a double ear infection and a crazy high fever. For how sick he was he handled it pretty well but boy are we happy that we are finally out of the woods and our little guy is back to his happy self. 

Last night I was reading to him "Love You Forever" and as it got towards the end I found myself really crying as he crawled all over me as happy as could be. I know someday he'll grow up and have to have his own life but he has become my little sidekick and best bud that I can't imagine life without him. I just love being with him. Hopefully, he is okay with us being bfs forever!

"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."

He loves:
- Climbing stairs.
- Pulling himself up and walking around the coffee table and couch. 
- Drinking water (this may seem like a weird thing to add but I've never seen a baby chug water like he does).
- Clapping
- Being in the kitchen with us when we're cooking.
- Giggling
- Pointing and sticking his finger up his nose (as far up as he can get it)

8 Months - Theodore Parker Roundy

I know every month I say I can't believe he is ____ old. But every month I feel the same! He is less than 4 months away from being a year old! How did this even happen?!

He is becoming more and more of a little boy every day. He has started moving like crazy. Blake really wanted him to crawl and I promised him he would by Christmas, and what do you know, I was right! It is a crawl/army crawl but we love it. Now that he has figured out moving I've started a hashtag called #placesifindtheo, because he wants to be everywhere and anywhere.

His newest thing is that he loves water. That kid might be able to beat me in a chugging contest and that is something. He loves his grandparents and last night we discovered he loves balls (can't say I'm sad about this one at all). 

He is sleeping through the night, with an occasional wake up at 3:30 am but not even a problem when he sleeps through 90% of the time!

As you'll see from these pictures he has developed quite the faces. It cracks us up! He loves to stare people down!

7 Months - Theodore Parker Roundy

I could write for days all the amazing things about Theo. Just in this last month, he has gone from a baby to a little kid in my eyes, well a little kid who still refuses to crawl. But it is okay, we love him anyway. 

He sits up like a big boy now, which makes everything in life easier. He loves his dad more and more each day. He has two little teeth and eats more food than most babies. I think he'd eat all day if we left him in his high chair and just kept feeding him. And his thighs show it! The other day Blake had him laying on his belly naked and his little bum and all the rolls on his thighs looked like a croissant haha!

He laughs so much and just lights up our world! I still do a late night feeding with him (around 11 pm) and it is our favorite. Dad comes in also and we get in all the cuddles and laughs that we can. He cuddles and then he'll open his eyes and give you this half awake smile that about kills us. We love it, even if it means we go to bed late. 

I still stand by the fact that he is the most curious little guy. He is never holding still (which you can see by the blur in the below pictures) and always wanting to be looking around. In his stroller, he is always trying to sit up so he can see more, in his car seat I always see him trying to strain his neck to see more out the window. I love his curiosity and I can't wait till he can express it with words!

Finding Fall

We've had the best fall I've ever experienced in Washington this year. It hasn't rained in weeks which means the trees still have their beautiful colored leaves. There are also so many more trees with colorful leaves in Tacoma than in Lacey, where I grew up.

But the weatherman is saying the rain is coming next week so we headed to Wright Park to get our fill. Even though I see the colors every day when I go on a walk or run. It really has made me love fall this year!

Wright Park is this beautiful park with huge trees from all over the world. Each tree has a plaque with the name and its origin. We don't get to it as much as we'd like but when we do it is always so beautiful!

Life outdoors is my favorite. Life outdoors with Blake and Theodore is even better. I can't wait till I'm chasing him through these parks. Watching him chase the birds, looking at the trees, discovering what Blake and I already love so much. I can already see in his eyes that he'll love it!

Living in Tacoma has recharged my love for the outdoors. We live in such a beautiful spot, so close to some even more beautiful places. Every time I go out to run and see the beautiful views with less than a mile away I can't believe how blessed we are to be here. How beautiful this world is and how grateful that my Heavenly Father created it for me. And for you.

Anna Maria Island, Florida

On Blake's last day of school back in June, we flew to Florida to see Blake's Grandpa! We took a red-eye flight, and while initially, I thought it would be a horrible idea it ended up being the best idea because Theodore slept the whole way!

It was really the best trip. The beach was wonderful, food was fantastic and we had such a great time with Grandpa. I couldn't get over how warm the water was, how white the sand was, and how humid it was! My hair was sooo curly! 

We went to the beach one night and I was able to go for a full swim because it was warmer in the water than outside of it. I think Grandpa told us it was 85 degrees! 

Going to the beach with a baby is definitely more work and we had to take turns going into the water so someone was with Theo but I never felt put out. I remember the first time I went into the water while Blake was with Theo I turned around to see him putting his feet in the water and I went running back. I could care less that I was missing out on the water, I would much rather be with my guys. Mom life is awesome!

Enjoy the pictures and our fun little video :)

 Grandpa, grandson and great-grandson.

My absolute favorite meal! I literally ate the best seafood I've ever had on this trip. Mahi Mahi, Grooper, sooo much shrimp. Seriously so good!

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