Wednesday, May 20, 2015

little black dress tradition

When I was pregnant with Hayden, I read an article in a magazine that depicted a family’s tradition with their daughter.

Beginning with her first birthday, they dressed her in her grandmother’s vintage bathing suit and took a picture. They did this every year as they watched their baby daughter grow from a toddler, to a child, to a young woman.

It was amazing and adorable and I thought it was a wonderful way to show in photos how their daughter had changed and grown.

When Hayden was 1, we began a similar tradition with him by taking annual pictures of him in a white-button down shirt.

And now with Harper, we dress her in a little black dress, as opposed to a vintage bathing suit, and take annual pictures of her. A simple yet classic look that should provide for an amazing pictorial representation depicting her development as she grows into a young woman.





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

harper's height tradition

Since Harper was 1, we have been measuring and documenting her height by marking it on an armoire we have (that is technically Hayden's but they are both utilizing it for our "growth chart tradition"). So far we have had 5 measurements (at 1-year, 18-months, 2-years, 2.5-years, and 3-years). This week marked our 6th measurement: 4-years-old.

Here they are:
Notice Randy in the background? He is super cool.
Another part of this process involves us taking pictures of us documenting her height. Does that make sense? So every time we mark her height, we take pictures while we do it.

Here are those pictures:







Monday, May 18, 2015

Harper's 4-year check-up.

Last Friday, Harper had her 4-year check-up. 

The appointment went well and she passed inspection.

She talked with the doctor about princesses and Lalaloopsy - and told him who her friends at school are. She told him that her favorite thing to do is play in her tree house and that she likes to eat strawberries and yogurt. 

She was a good patient, cooperative and responsive, and allowed the doctor to complete the check-up without incident.

She also got 2 shots. Fortunately, Big Pinky was there to help comfort her - and I also had a ring pop in my purse that seemed to make some of the pain go away.

She weighed in at 33 pounds and her height came in at 3'2" (she gained 3 pounds and grew 2"). Her blood pressure was 100/64. 

Percentage-wise that puts her at the 35th Percentile in weight and the 20th Percentile in height.

That works for me and it obviously works for her too!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

interview with harper.

This is my third interview with Harper. It's interesting to hear her responses and see how her answers have changed over the years. 

Below is my interview with Harper (note: this is the EXACT wording of both what I said and what she answered - although the items in parentheses are my thoughts/comments regarding her responses, not anything that was actually said). Enjoy!

What is your name? Harper Grace Werner

How old are you? 4

When is your birthday? My birthday is in.... I don't know.

What is your favorite color? red, blue, and yellow and green and purple and pink.

What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? Lalaloopsy and Umizoomi

What is your favorite thing to eat? strawberries

What is your favorite candy? ring pops

What is your favorite thing to do? Go outside and play in my treehouse. Playing in my treehouse is so much fun.

What is your favorite toy? big pinky (her blanket)

What is your favorite book? I don't know.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
 a fairy godmother.

What is your favorite animal? Elephant. Like Ellie the Elephant upstairs (she was referring to a specific stuffed animal that was upstairs in her bedroom). You know, elephants are my favorite animal. When I go to the zoo (we have only been to the zoo twice and it's been over a year since we have been), I love the elephants. I love Ellie. At night I read her stories and I give her a kiss, and then I tuck her in. I just wish she was down here. (And then we HAD to go upstairs immediately and get Ellie - see picture below. Following Ellie's retrieval we continued the interview.)

Where do you live? I live here. In our home. This is our home.

Who are your friends? Allie Jo, Reagan, Henry, and John Chester.

Who is your favorite friend? all of them

Who is your favorite person? Mommy and Daddy and Hayden. I like all of you.

How are you feeling? Good! Good. Good. I feel good.

What do you think about your brother? My brother is awesome.

Is there anything else you want to tell me?
I like mommy and daddy and Hayden and Alfie. 

Was this fun? Yes. I don't think there is anything I don't like. Well, there is one thing. I do not like when Hayden doesn't share his toys with me.
While upstairs getting Ellie (Harper's stuffed animal), Harper noticed Marshall (another one of her stuffed animals) and her purse and we needed to bring them downstairs as well.

Friday, May 8, 2015

harper's birthday celebrations.

Harper had a great time celebrating her 4th birthday. In all, I would say that she experienced 4 separate birthday celebrations.

Her first birthday celebration occurred the morning of Saturday, May 2nd at Randy's mom and aunt's home. 

On Saturday afternoon, we headed to Boingo Bounce for her birthday party. 

After the bouncing, we went over to my parents' home to celebrate her birthday with them.

And then came Tuesday morning - May 5th: her actual birthday. And of course we celebrated yet again now that she was officially a 4-year-old.

She is 4-years-old. She is growing and getting bigger every day despite my efforts to freeze time or at least slow it down. I'll enjoy the moments as best I can: savoring them and cherishing them because kids really do grow up entirely too fast.