I haven't been as good at posting the milestones since Eden turned one, but she's still growing and changing.   She is walking, running and CLIMBING everywhere.  She's learned Canaan's technique of scooting a chair all around the kitchen and house to get where she wants to go.  She will climb anything, anytime.  My play group friends say, "She counts now."  This is a clear sign she's not a baby anymore but a moving and opinionated toddler.   She isn't the pickiest e...

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Photo credits:  Carla Ackermann   My very favorite picture from the whole day.  She captured little Edes eyes so perfectly.                                                                   My cousin said this next one is very Lady Gaga!                        ...

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Let me start by saying that from this day forward I will forever sympathize with my parents for having a child with a December birthday.  Even though Eden's birthday is early December, planning and executing it in between Thanksgiving and flying to the US for Christmas was pretty crazy.  I worked A LOT ahead.  I think I started some of the decor in October and slowly when I had 20 minutes here or there worked on different aspects.  Despite the crazy at the end this was one of...

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Love how she smiles and makes herself laugh.  Love how she is toddling around.  Love how she is starting to hold her own with her brother.  She's going to keep him on his toes.  Love her mischievous peek-a-boo face.  Her gap-toothed smile.  Love crawling around behind her and watching her collapse in giggles before she can get away.                 And for my records, she is walking now.  It happened about 1.5 weeks befor...

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  Eden, you turned 11 months old and now you're almost a year!  We took your monthly pictures but I'll be posting them late since I'm keeping them under wraps for now :)     You love to giggle and often times you'll crack yourself up without any help from us.  You've been sick a lot and then you are clingy but when you aren't sick, you are happy as a clam to scoot, crawl and explore ... as long as one of us is within sight.  You don't like anyone else to hold you an...

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At ten months you love to pull up on anything and try to walk along it.  At times you let go just for an instant.  You can stand (sometimes) for 10 seconds on your own before collapsing to the floor.   You are on Day 6 of a fever.  You are miserable.    You are really finicky about food.  One day you love pears, the next day you hate them.  And on it goes.  We never know.  You'd much rather be hungry than eat something you don't like today or dri...

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Dear Eden,   Today, at the young age of 9 months, 27 days you had surgery.  Not something I imagined doing with my infant and yet as we got ready for this yesterday I thought about how minor this surgery was and how blessed we've been with two beautiful, healthy children.  And yet ... at 2am your dad and I were both awake and tossing and turning in bed thinking about what would happen in the coming hours.   You had surgery on your right ear and it helped that the doctor was c...

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At nine months and a little you are pulling yourself up to standing quickly now.  You like standing but don't show much interest in walking.     And you now have FIVE five! teeth.  That fifth one popped in while you were working on the fourth and we never even noticed it til it was all the way in.     You are just starting to sign "more."  You have learned to scream when you  are around your brother, regardless of whether he has pushed you in any way or no...

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My pediatrician is always very exact about how old she is.  Otherwise I'd have no idea about those 27 days.    I got a big, "Good job Mom," from our doctor because Eden has gained considerable weight.  She now weighs 16 lbs, 5 oz. which puts her in the 25th percentile.  (Up from about the 1st percentile on our last visit).  I forgot to note how long she is now.  (Canaan weighed 18 lbs at this age.)   She has three teeth (2 on bottom and one on top) and the...

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