Ho Ho Ho: Asa Belly Laughs to Seven Months of Sweetness

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Asa Everett Robert is seven. months. old. I can barely believe that time is flying this fast. Asa is rolling around the entire house, always looking for something to chew on and continuing to chat very loudly to his toys. And the best find ever? Magazines. To crumple and spit on and roll on and… oh… then mommy takes it away… every time. I’m sure Asa keeps plotting how he can finally get those magazines all to himself with no one watching, and also take over the world.

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December happenings were stamped out a bit by all four of us trading colds. Oh and all of Asa’s cousins (and his auntie) had colds. But we still managed to get in a lot of family time and holiday cheer. I’ve been off from school and teaching for the past two weeks, so the kids and I have mainly been hanging at home, trying to catch up on housework and playing together. I have to say, I was so nervous about having two kids… but the rhythm we have found and the joy both Elle Bell and Asa bring to me create grace for me in this season of having little kids. Although some nights, when the kids both get up at different staggered times through the night definitely, push the limits of that grace…

A few other December happenings Asa has enjoyed:

  • Smiling as his big sister played Mary in her preschool Christmas play
  • Finally achieving the feat of getting Cherrios into his mouth by his own amazing skills!
  • Unwrapping presents with people, especially the ribbons and bows that are shiny and fun to play with and chew on
  • Laughing when we tickle his tummy
  • Increasing his appetite and getting to try lots of new foods

We spent Christmas day at home, making crafts and pancakes and coffee and watching movies and talking about the Christmas story. Leading up to the day, we celebrated on many occasions with family and friends. We also spent several nights driving around Longmont to find the best Christmas lights that we could. Elleanna’s exuberance for Christmas lights was quite catching. I really am enjoying Christmas with my kids, and sharing the joy of the season with them.

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Asa surrenders to the Lego Siren Call: 6 months old already!

Okay. So that one time, my second child turned 6-months old… about 17 days ago… yikes. But I sure do have a ton of pictures and memories to share of my sweet boy!

Just today, I was overwhelmed by how he smiles for me. His Nana had him for an hour or so while I was working on some cleaning, and when I came downstairs, he welcomed me like I hadn’t seen him in weeks. Heart = MELTED!

Asa has become quite vocal over the past few weeks, and he will let you know right away when you leave the room (he always notices). He is now wiggling across any room you lay him down in, including burrito rolling feats of wonder from one side of the living room to the other. He is trying to sit up, but so far he needs the support of our knees or arms to do so. And he loves to walk with us supporting him! Asa also spins around in circles, squawking at the toy he is holding (usually rather loudly).

Speaking of toys… Legos are already clearly a favorite (the big toddler ones, of course)! He likes to find one and hold it close and burrito roll it from one point of the room to another point of the room, chewing on it as he goes, and of course talking to it. And if he happens to hear the legos clink together while he is nursing… forget milk. And don’t take a lego from that boy! He instantly screams. Like real, big tears screams.

Asa’s first crush? His puppies. He often giggles when he sees his white and brown dogs, especially if they land a lick on his hands (or…er…once and awhile on the face…just being real here). Asa is also expanding his palette, and sitting in his little high chair very well. He expects a few Cherrios to play with (and of course pitch a few to the dogs) right when he sits down (he rubs his hands all over the tray and intentionally stares at the blankness until he finds his treasures). He is doing great with all sorts of foods, and usually eats continually from 4 p.m. until bedtime. At which point in time he totally crashes at 7:45 or 8 p.m. And I am happy to report that he is finally putting himself to sleep in his bed most nights! And then sleeping most of the night.

One of the best parts about right now? Elleanna LOVES to make Asa laugh. And often. And the two of the laughing is one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard. Sigh.

Asa also thoroughly enjoyed his first Thanksgiving and a trip to visit great grandma in the mountains! He is already a much better traveler, and slept most of the way there and back. Whew. I am so thankful to be coming out of the newborn days. There’s challenges with each phase of kids (at least as far as I have experienced), but right now is such a sweet time with both of my kiddos. I’m trying not to blink too much, and to store up their sweetnesses in my heart.

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