Hudson Thomas: 8 & 9 Month Time Capsules

Hey little man!  Once again, a little late on updating!  But if you are ever wondering why that is, I will point the finger right back at you buddy!  Because you have been a real handful lately!  I say that with lots of love- and thank goodness you are so darn cute.

Let’s catch up on what you’ve been up to!

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-You officially turned 8 months old on Christmas day!  We didn’t get an “official” photo that day, but we have lots and lots of great Christmas photos of you having a great 1st Christmas and many happy memories!  I took the photos above very close to your 8-month mark so let’s let those count 😉

-I believe I also forgot to share your baptism photos here!  You were such a good boy and we had such a nice time celebrating you!

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-Just after you turned 7 months, you celebrated your first Thanksgiving with these two turkeys:


-As I mentioned before, you turned 8 months on Christmas Day!  Look at all the fun you had!santa pics-7santa pics-6santa pics-9santa pics-2

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-You love to play, especially with your sisters (even if they make you play dress-up!).  Lila loves playing with you too, but she doesn’t often let Mommy take her photo so you have LOTS of pics with Charlotte instead.


-Let’s talk about the swing, shall we?  Oh little boy, how you loved this swing!  You loved it so much that you broke TWO of them from using them so much.  This is a photo of you taking a nap in a broken, NON-MOVING swing.  After a few weeks of that, it was time to part ways with the swing, but you did not like that one bit, little man.  In fact, you spent most of December and January protesting it VERY LOUDLY in your crib, refusing to nap.  We took lots of car rides to get you to sleep at least just a little bit and, therefore, your mommy now knows all of the backroads in our beautiful part of Loudoun County.  Thanks for that.  You’re still not sure about the crib (at least you will sleep there at night- PRAISE THE LORD!) but as of the past few days, you’ve made great progress towards napping in your own bed!


-Here you are, looking like an adorable lumberjack.  Just because.  Your smile and fluffy hair melt my heart SO MUCH and I love that you and I have such a special bond.IMG_4762

-Just a day or two before you turned 9 months old, you decided that you would finally like to have some purees.  Pears (and only pears) got you started and only when Mommy left the room.  Now you have progressed to fruit blends, but you really, really hate vegetables and the bottle.  Are you going to be a picky eater?

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-You enjoy grabbing the puffs off of your tray with a pincher grasp, but are not quite sure what to do with them yet.  That’s ok.  Daisy does 😉January 10, 2018-You love playing in water and splash your hands and feet excitedly!  We can’t wait for your swimming lessons to start this month 🙂January 08, 2018

-You are doted on by everyone and everywhere we go, people stop me to comment on your smile and overall cuteness!January 03, 2018January 03, 2018-4

-Your official nine month photos, below.  I just love watching you do this sideways thing with your tongue after your teeth popped up on the bottom!

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We love you so much Hudson Thomas!!




Hudson Thomas: 7 Month Time Capsule

November 27, 2017

You turn 8 Months in two days, so I’m just squeaking this one in by the deadline!!

Hudson’s Seven Month Time Capsule:

-This month, your favorite thing to eat…is your TOES!!  You love to put your little piggies in your mouth.

-We tried giving you some baby food for the first time this month, but you weren’t really a fan.  You also really, really, REALLY don’t want to take a bottle anymore!

-During the last month, you got your first two little teeth and you love to stick your tongue out so you can feel them.  Our favorite face you make is when you stick your tongue completely sideways!  So adorable!

-When you are happy or excited, you love to wave at us and kick your feet!

-You officially started sitting up this month and you love to play with toys while sitting up like a big boy.  🙂

-Still in a swing for naps, but you are sleeping in the crib at night!!  Yay!!  and you love to be worn in a carrier.

-We love your sweet noises and your adorable giggle.  Your smile is heartmelting!

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Hudson Thomas: Four Month Time Capsule

August 25, 2017-2Our little buddy is four months old and I think it is safe to say that I am pretty enamored with him!

Here’s what’s new (and not!) for Hudson this month:IMG_3989

  • Hudson weighed in at 13lb 11oz and was 25.75″ long at the doctor for his four month check up.  That put him between 10-25% for weight and 75% for height.  Long and lean!
  • IMG_3915This month was a little bit more of the same as the last….still rolling over, but now that he has that trick down pat, he doesn’t do it EVERY SINGLE TIME you lay him down like he used to!


  • H-man still has the sweetest smile (a little sideways smile with a dimple!) and an adorable laugh.
  • Our little Huddy Buddy started “talking” to us and is quite the gabber once he starts going.


  • Another new skill this month is that Hudson loves to reach out and grab objects.  He will hold on to toys and bring them to his mouth so he can slobber all over them. (He is quite the drooler!) He grasps our fingers and holds our hands so sweetly!
  • Hudson can’t quite decide whether or not he wants to suck his thumb.  He will sometimes suck his thumb with all of his fingers up in his face, but he doesn’t do it for very long.  I’ve been waiting to see if he would follow in Lila’s footsteps with this….Time will tell!

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  • He started using the Bumbo seat this month and does really well sitting up in it!
  • We have noticed that Hudson really hates to miss out on all the action.  He doesn’t love the Ergo because he can’t see everyone and will crane his neck around trying to catch a glimpse of all he’s missing out on and fuss until I take him out.  We are borrowing the Ergo 360 from a friend to see if that helps a little.  Even if he is SUPER sleepy, he will fight a nap if there are a lot of people around.  He’ll seem happy as a clam, but his little eyes will be droopy and then when it’s too late, it’s WAY TOO LATE and he’s a hot overtired mess.


  • His sleep is alllll over the place.  Most nights, we still rely on the trusty swing to help Hudson fall asleep and we recently purchased the Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit to help him STAY asleep throughout the night since he has a crazy big startle reflex still.  The suit has helped him sleep with fewer night wakings, so that’s great!  Now if only we could master daytime naps!!!  We will tackle that beast when we move to the new house.
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  • Speaking of the new house, we have entered the ‘finishing’ stages.  Drywall has been hung, trim has been put into place, and the cabinets are up!  We have our final walkthrough on 9/22 and are set to close on 9/28, just after Hudson turns 5 months old.  He is still sharing our bedroom so he will get to ‘graduate’ to his own room then!  (woohoooo!!!)  There are lots of little boys in the neighborhood for him (and the girls) to play with and we can’t wait to get settled in.

We love you to the moon and back Hudson Thomas!!

Hudson Thomas- Three Month Time Capsule

July 25, 2017-2It’s a few weeks late, but better late than never.  Hudson has us wrapped around his little finger!

Hudson’s Three Month Time Capsule:

IMG_5872-Hudson, you had your first laugh this month!  It is SO adorable!  You usually start by making a sweet smiley “goo” sound and then when we smile back you laugh at us!

IMG_3832 2.JPG-Since I’m writing this post a little late, I get to tell everyone that you rolled over from your back to your front for the first time this month!  (See, there are benefits to being late!!)  You impress everyone with how well you hold your head up and how strong you are.  Show me those guns, bud!

IMG_3740 2– This last month though has been MUCH calmer for you and MUCH less stressful for your mom and dad.  You have been much more mellow and less fussy and have started sleeping for great big stretches at night- thank you!!!!  We have been having a fun summer and life has gotten much more settled.

-Swinging in your baby swing is your favorite way to snooze.  You share a room with mommy and daddy still since we are in such a small apartment and most nights you start off in the swing and then get transferred to the crib when we come to bed.  Every once in a while, you will let us lay you down in the crib right off the bat, but not usually.  You will outgrow the swing soon and we are a little afraid of how that will go, but hopefully you will rock it!  (No pun intended!)

-Your sisters still dote on you and are so very sweet to you!  Charlotte helps you be happy in the car (well, she tries!) and Lila will make sure everyone knows to be quiet when you are sleeping.  I can’t wait to see your relationship with them continue to grow.

-This month, you had your first trip to the beach!  You *loved* taking naps on the beach and hanging out with family.  You got to hang with Nana, Pops, Uncle Adam and your cousins, Zoey & Levi, along with Aunt Carly & Dave.

FullSizeRender 5-Your head is as fuzzy as a little peach, except for that endearing bald patch on the back!  We love rubbing your sweet noggin’ and sometimes that puts you right to sleep!

IMG_3751 3-The squeaky wheel must have gotten oiled, because you no longer make that funny squeak sound when you eat anymore.  You grew out of it just like the doctors (including your auntie Dr. Katie!) said you would.

-You weigh somewhere in the 11 pound range which puts you at the 10% for weight, but are longer at almost 75%.  I’m not sure how long it will stay that way though because you have been eating nonstop lately!

IMG_3836 2-The construction of our new home began this month!  The foundation was laid at the end of July!  And now in mid-August it is really taking shape!  It’s exciting to think about moving in this fall!  We can’t wait to do your nursery all over again!  The builders have told us that we aren’t allowed to paint at all for a WHOLE YEAR or they won’t repair drywall damage…won’t even touch it.  This will be very hard for your Mommy, but I’m sure Daddy is pretty happy about that!

Lila Faith: One Year Old Time Capsule!!!

March 24, 2016


I just went back and reread this post from when we first announced that we were expecting Lila.


I have tears in my eyes thinking back on how much I struggled emotionally at the beginning of her pregnancy.  I feel so GUILTY!  If I could go back in time, I would show myself a video of this infinitely sweet little girl sucking her thumb (with one finger always hooked over top!) and laughing at the silly noises I make.  Back then, I couldn’t see past the next day.  I couldn’t imagine what could be.  Even if I had tried to imagine, I would not have been able to dream up such an amazing baby.  Everyone told me that even though it felt like there would not be enough space in my heart for another baby, to just wait.  “You’ll see!” they said.

They were right.  

I look into those big brown eyes and feel such a strong love that it is breathtaking.  She leans into me, sucks her thumb, and I brush her soft, sweet hair out of her eyes, and kiss the top of her fluffy little head.  She melts me.

I don’t know if I’ll ever share the words of these blog posts with my girls.  I’ve written so candidly that I’m afraid that they won’t understand.  That they will question my love for them.

But it is *because* of my love for them that I write.

One day, many years from now, Lila might be feeling that same anxiety, the same fears about opening up her heart another time for another child.  Wondering if she has what it takes.

And I’ll be there to say, “Yes, you do.”

And I’ll be right.

(Aren’t moms always right?)

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Lila’s 12 Month Time Capsule (photos very randomly thrown in here! haha)

-Lila’s ‘talking’ has begun to sound very much like that Swedish Chef muppet.  I cannot duplicate it and it’s 100% adorable.

-Although Lila has not started walking (or standing!) yet, she absolutely LOVES climbing stairs.  She gets really excited to go up the stairs right next to her big sis.  I’m not worried about her lack of walking.  She has proven time and again that she will do things when she is good and ready to.  And I am in NO RUSH to be chasing her around as she gets into everything.

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-Usually, Lila is very even-keeled but lately she has started to show a bit of a jealous streak.  If mommy is holding Charlotte, she wants to be held too!  I feel like a rock star, but Daddy feels kind of left out.  I know it won’t be long before they hate my guts and worship him instead so I am enjoying it for now.

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-I love watching Lila delicately use her fingers to grasp small objects.  She really has a knack for fine motor activities!

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-Lila’s new obsession is her banana tooth brush given to her by a dear, sweet friend in a basket full of yellow sunshiny things.  She screams and cries when we try to take it away.

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-As I’ve mentioned repeatedly, Lila’s thumb sucking really tugs at my heartstrings.  It’s such a sweet act and I love snuggling with her when she sucks on her sweet little thumb.  The only downside for now is that she gets a pretty gnarly drool rash from constantly spreading slobber all over her chin, lips, and nose.  Also, since she HATES having her nails clipped, she can often be found with little scratches on her nose as a result of the little finger hook she does while thumb sucking.March 02, 2016

-Lila had her first Easter this month.  She got bath toys, baby food, and sippy cups from the Easter Bunny and looked so sweet all dressed up for church and Easter brunch!

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-On Lila’s first birthday (March 23rd), we went to visit the cherry blossoms in DC and had an idyllic kind of day, playing outside and taking in the sights.  Later that day, we had a cake smash for her.  Let me tell you, this girl WENT TO TOWN!  We were sure she was going to be sick from eating so much cake, but she handled it just fine and was very mad at us from taking the (pulverized, smashed to bits) cake away from her at the end.

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-Finally, we celebrated her birthday that weekend with a small family/friends party with a ladybug theme.  It was super sweet and we all had a great time 🙂  (Side note: although I am a professional photographer I am comically bad at taking party photos when it is my own family.  I always feel really weird getting my huge camera out and feel like it gets in the way!  I would much rather just sit back and enjoy the party.  I need to start hiring someone!!)

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I feel a little bad that I am posting this sooooo late, but both of the girls (along with the rest of life!) have kept us pretty busy lately.  That’s the way it goes sometimes!

Kisses to my sweet baby girl in honor of her first birthday!  Mommy and Daddy love you so much!

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Lila Faith: 11 Month Time Capsule

I am almost a week behind posting this which makes me sad because that means Lila is already one week closer to her first birthday!  I’m excited for her big day, but feeling very nostalgic.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were anxiously awaiting her arrival.  She has grown up so fast and is such a joy!

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For the first time, Lila didn’t lay still for her monthly photo.  I was actually thrilled!  She’s always been so laid back and just chilled out for her photos so it was fun to see her be active and playful 🙂  I love this one!

Things for Lila’s time capsule:

-Lila loves to move!  She crawls anywhere and everywhere and pulls up easily to stand now.  She loves exploring- especially in the play kitchen.  Banging spoons inside of pots is her favorite pasttime.

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-These cheeks.  Period.

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-“Daddy” is an official word for her now.  Lila is a daddy’s girl and says his name whenever she sees him or hears him from a distance.

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-Her first Valentine’s Day was filled with love!  The ‘lovebird’ brought her red pouches of baby food and a cute shirt to match her big sis.

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-Lila is now officially in 12 month clothing!  She has really caught up in size and is getting bigger every minute.


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Playing dress up with big sis

-She has a mouthful of teeth and her fave foods right now are deli turkey, avocado, and BANANAS.  She might be part-monkey.

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-When she is sleepy, she does this crazy thing where she flings herself backwards forcefully- you have to really watch her or else she will fling herself right out of your arms.  Fun times.  😉

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-Lila was sick this past month with some high fevers.  She is normally to busy watching everyone else to snuggle, so although we didn’t want her to be sick, we did enjoy the cuddles while they lasted.


-She loves sticking her tongue out and making all kinds of babbly, fun noises with it.January 31, 2016-3


We love this little girl so much!  Her first birthday will be here before we know it!

Lila Faith: 10 Month Time Capsule

January 23, 2016-2

Lila turned 10 months old yesterday!  This month has been a very busy one for her and she reached many milestones all at one time like she was trying to cross them all off the list!

Lila’s Time Capsule:

January 10, 2016 January 10, 2016-2-Lila has a great appetite.  She has picked up on eating finger foods quickly this month.  Now in addition to her favorites of mashed peas and squash, she also enjoys bananas, pancakes, strawberries, blueberries, and of course PUFFS!

-We have been introducing sign language to Lila when she is eating and she has started copying us when we say “All done!” or “More”.  She has even self-initiated them on occasion!  It’s really neat to see her communicate in a new way!  🙂

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-When she is feeling playful, Lila likes to clap ever so gently.  It’s adorable.

-She also loves to wave hello and good-bye to people…including herself in the mirror!

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-Lila’s babbling has increased a bit.  I use the term babbling very loosely because I wouldn’t say she is a chatterbox, but when she does talk it is in the softest, sweetest, breathy little voice.  She says bababa and dadadada (this one is generally in reference to the dogs!).

-On the day she turned 10 months, we got slammed with a giant blizzard so Lila got a real doozy of a first snow.  Let’s just say she was not a fan.

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-She did much better the next day when the winds and snow had stopped.  Strapped into the Ergo with Mommy, she went to her first block party at the ice bar our neighbors carved out of a snow bank.

-Lila is really good at crawling now and we are having to watch her closely so she doesn’t get into any trouble 😉

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-She’s also begun pulling up to a standing position and loves to play at her activity table.

-Lila loves to play with a big pile of toys surrounding her!

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-Lila has three teeth on the bottom and her two top teeth are poking through this month.

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-Lately, she has shown a growing in interest in books and especially likes books that are interactive with flaps or fuzzy parts to touch.

-Even her laugh is laid back.  She has a slow little ”ha ha, ha ha” when she thinks something is funny.  Best word for it is a baby chuckle.

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We just love her to pieces!!