Copy Cat

I've said it before, but here is a 1 minute demonstration of how good Connor is at mimicking (and boosting his own ego by clapping for himself and doing a little celebratory dance). 


Tis the Season

Wow it has been busy. I know the holidays are all hustle and bustle for everyone, but to make things even more intense, we decided to take a road trip. It was a 9 hour drive to the DC area followed by another 5 hour drive south to North Carolina. The trip in total was a little over a week, and in that time we did so much!
Did a LOT of sight-seeing

Spent time with some friends

Quality time with our cousins

Became Santa professionals

We made it home 2 days before Christmas and spent our Christmas in the comfort of our own home. I am blown away by how many presents the kids got. We have much to be thankful for, including loving and generous family and friends.

Opening some of the MANY gifts they received
What a difference a year makes! Last Christmas, Connor was a mere 5 days old and we were scrambling around, sleepless, trying to figure out life with two. This year we were able to enjoy our kids and see the excitement on their (Riley's) faces, reflecting the magic of Christmas. 


Happy 1st Birthday, Connor

I was very emotional about my sweet baby boy turning 1. I just find it incredibly unbelievable. He is still such a baby (albeit a giant baby).

We happened to be in North Carolina visiting Eric's sister when it was Connor's birthday. She helped make his first birthday so memorable.

Bday pancake from Auntie Andrea

Andrea and I put together this
little photoshoot
At 1 year of age, Connor is just Mr. Smiley and Mr. Giggly. I don't know how to put into words what a happy guy he is. He is starting to babble quite a bit. He is a master of mimicking sounds. He is able to say "ma", "dada", "Grandma", "Indy", "uh-oh" and "bubbles". He is an eating machine, and he makes it very known when he is hungry. He's still not walking yet, but I am convinced he can win at a crawling contest. He is a snuggler, loves to hug and kiss everyone. He is also super sensitive-- he will get his feelings hurt if Riley won't play with him (which she never does).

Connor was an unplanned baby and I often find myself marveling at how this surprise just fit so perfectly in our lives. He just completes our family. I am so excited to watch our buddy grow up and see what kind of man he will turn out to be. Happy first birthday to my baby boy Connor Dao. I love you buddy!