As we celebrated the beginning of 2011, we also celebrated Harper turning 9 months old. I absolutely can't believe we have had him for 9 months. The changes I have seen in my little boy in this time are amazing. He's gone from a clone of his Daddy when he was born to looking exactly like I did as a baby (oh isn't he lucky!) minus a few of the rolls that I had. He even likes playing in the kitchen floor like I did as a baby.
Harper now weighs 20 pounds 5 ounces and measures 28 inches. He has 2 teeth officially but 5 more coming in all at one (4 up top and one more on the bottom). One on the top has kind of peeked through but not all the way exposed. Harper can army crawl but no real crawling- and not even too much of the army crawl. He does love to hold on to hands and walk around. It just about breaks our back because we are too tall but we still do it. We finally broke down and bought a cheap walker to save our backs and after resisting for a few days, he's finally learned how to use it.
Harper loves to clap and cheer for himself especially when feeding himself the little puffs- we say "Yay Harper!" and he raises both hands in the air, then claps and says "Yaaaay!" He gave me the first official kiss on Christmas Eve and mostly saves his kisses for me but is starting to share a few with his Daddy. His facial expressions are priceless and I am definitely starting to see more and more of a German temper come out in him. He is the most ticklish kid ever (he gets that from me) and I love hearing his sweet sweet laugh when you tickle him.
Harper's first Christmas was so much fun. They say that the holidays take on a whole new meaning once you have kids and it's so true- I just enjoyed being with my baby and seeing him get fun new toys to learn and play with. Below are a few pictures from all of the festivities.
My sweet angel all dressed up
We started out on Christmas Eve going to Dustin's parents for dinner and gifts with the kids. With church services so late, we ended up skipping Midnight Mass this year and taking Harper home. But it was a great time to start the season with family.
Then we opened presents at our house on Christmas morning, just the three of us- a new tradition started. It was great to spend a little time just the three of us and enjoy being a family! That evening we went to my mom's house for a little gumbo and family time- even Dustin's parents stopped by for a bit.
Opening gifts with Daddy
My new John Deere 4-wheeler!
On the 26th we had Christmas at my parent's house with all of the kiddos. I really enjoyed seeing the girls while they were here and Harper had a blast hanging out with Dackota, Weslyn, and Kaileigh.
I had off the entire week after Christmas and enjoyed hanging out with my mom and the girls and keeping Harper everyday. I got a new camera for Christmas and my birthday and have really enjoyed taking a lot of pictures of this time.