Okay so the post title is a little redundant. Who am I trying to kid, this entire blog is dedicated to showing off my kids.
I really don't know how else to put it except that these two simply amaze me.
With all the success that we had with "Baby Signing Time" with Riley, we decided to try it out again on Connor, and he is starting to show that he is catching on. Here he is doing his sign for "all done":
And Riley, well she is a total ham (wonder who she gets that from?). This girl loves to sing and she is not at all shy about it. I got her a microphone for her birthday, and it is getting so much action from my little diva-in-the-making. Here she is singing her version of the Bumblebee song:
It is just so awesome watching these two little beings learn new things every day. It is such a blessing to be a mom. It is a blessing to be their mom.
When we attend church on Sundays, the kids get dropped off-- Connor with other infants and Riley with other 2 year olds. I was very impressed to find out that Riley has a curriculum in her class at church that even involved some homework. They sent Riley home with a verse to memorize, and that is exactly what she is showing off in the video below:
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid. For the Lord, our God, goes with you."
I am so proud of her ability to memorize the verse but also the enthusiasm she has to recite it (every night, multiple times). At her young age, she's already inspiring me to be a better Christian, even if she has no idea she's doing just that.
Connor is just a few days short of being 10 months old. This has been a big month for his growth and development. I am starting to see him burst with personality and I love it all. He will clap his hands and cheer whenever anyone asks him to. He really excels at mimicking the sounds that we make. He is starting to become a pro at pulling up on furniture and is cruising. I love watching him go from crawl to sitting up position.
But don't let those sweet eyes fool you. I am predicting now that Connor will be my "strong-willed" child. He is happy 99% of the time, but if he doesn't get his way, that 1% is completely miserable.
He is a loving boy. He smiles at everyone. His face lights up whenever Riley is in the room-- he is always trying to get her attention.
I love this kid so much.
My sweet Riley is now 2 years old. Can somebody, anybody tell me how this is possible??? She has transformed into an incredibly silly, sassy, curious, inquisitive singing and dancing machine. This girl is so ridiculously smart. She is so loving (except to Connor sometimes, but we're still working on that). It's impossible not to laugh when you're around her. And I cannot believe I am blessed enough to be her mother.
My entire family flew out to Indiana to help Riley celebrate her birthday. We made some awesome memories and they played a huge hand in making Riley's second birthday so awesome and so memorable.
|Went to the zoo on her actual birthday|
|Got to visit Indy's Children's Museum|
|Threw her a party with her favorite--|
I know Riley is too young to notice a lot of things, but I can tell you that I truly felt the outpour of love coming from friends and family this past week. Our house received multiple packages every single day from family and friends all over the country. My siblings stayed up late to help me make the party space look simply perfect. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much goodness, and I am so thankful that Riley really just had the time of her life among all her loved ones.
Here are some of Riley's 2 year wellness stats:
weight: 26 lbs
height: 2' 11"
head: 19.75" (last time this measurement will be taken)