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Another Month Down.

You may not be expecting a blog about the littlest Proebsting seeing as how this is the week for the biggest. But I assure you, her blog is coming in due time – and while we wait for that big day – Quinnie has her own big day!

8 months old!

Seriously, someone shoot me. Okay, let’s not get that dramatic – just pinch me or something. How in the world is this little thing 8 months old?! It seemed like it took Leah ages to turn 8 months – and here we are – 2/3’s of the way through the first year with Quinn. What a tremendous blessing she is. Like, seriously. This Quinn, I like her a lot. A Lot. She has bad and fussy moments, but never bad days. She is just the sweetest, happiest, most precious little (big) baby. She’s a hoot, too. She is starting to learn that she is funny, and will do things over and over to get a laugh. She’s such a little people person – already! A ham for sure.

The last month was a big one for Quinn. She learned to stand solo while holding on. She learned to pull up. She learned to mimic. She learned to chew food. She learned to crawl. She got two more teeth. And she learned to scream (squeal, yell) or cough for attention.

One of Quinn’s favorite activities right now is to zoom around the house in her car. She can get moving in that thing, let me tell you. Somedays I want to move all the furniture out and just let her at it. Somehow she’s learned to turn corners and everything – she’s quite the driver. Here she is eating her unsuspecting sister’s feet:

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This is the kind of stuff that makes me love her so much. She’s just the weirdest little goofball.

But Quinn doesn’t need her car to get around – the crawling is picking up speed! Today she started exploring other rooms around the house. She loves to follow us whenever we leave her, and is getting better and better at keeping up. Can you guess who her favorite to chase down is?

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Oh, Duncan. There has probably never been a dog so happy to have a cage. Him wagging his tail is like a moth to a light – she has yet to catch it, but the second she sees it moving she gets herself moving in his direction so quickly! And then right before she gets to him he gets up and moves like a big jerk. For the past 8 months I’ve imagined what it would be like in regards to Duncan when she started moving, and well, this is pretty much how I guessed it. She crawls to him squealing, he gets up and runs for the hills.

Crawling has brought on another joy in her life… just yesterday she managed to figure out how to turn the cable box on and off:

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So, you know, that’s fun. Either that or she is just really sick of soccer, so she took matters into her own hands. But seriously, look at toy pile she left for the cable box. She is obsessed. I suppose that’s how it goes, though. They never like toys. Only phones, remotes, cable boxes, and paper.

Crawling also means we got to break out one of Leah’s favorite toys when she was in this stage of the game:

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Turns out, it’s Quinn’s too. These girls of ours can’t resist a tunnel.

Crawling is such a fun little game. I love this stage of life; it may be my favorite. Curious little explorers finding all kinds of trouble all over the house. This is where I earn my big bucks. Or at least a pat on the back for keeping them alive.

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An 8 month old Quinn also LOVES to be outside swinging and LOVES to play with balls. We are outside most mornings before 8am getting good use out of our swingset. Quinn flaps her arms and squeals in delight the second we walk out the door… she knows where we’re headed. A swing will always cheer her up. As will a ball of any size. She’s easily pleased. Most of the time.

An 8 month old Quinn has 8 teeth. Four on top, four on bottom. I think she’s on the cusp of getting two more on top, but I suppose only time will tell. For as many teeth as she has, it is incredibly hard to see them.

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I really have to tickle her hard to get her to show me. She just has such a big, opened mouth grin it covers them all up. But that’s okay, I’ll take that dimple over teeth any day.

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Quinn loves her sister, and doing sisterly things with her. Like eating markers.

She loves the moments after her bath when she gets to look at herself in the mirror. She obviously thinks she’s pretty stinking cute.

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And she really loves when I put sunglasses on her.

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Quinnie is my little doll baby. And my little Koala baby. A lot of times I imagine us to look like this:

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Or this:

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For as much as she’s moving around these days, most often she’s found in my lap. She is always somewhere on me. Sometimes I feel like I have to peel her off. I do believe she’s a mama’s girl. It’s not even that she’s cuddly, cause she’s not. She just wants to sit in my lap and squirm or play. She just always has to be touching me. But that’s okay. She’s my girl, and she’s cute. She obviously has fond memories of being in my womb :).

In this week that we celebrate three amazing years with Leah, let us not forget the 8 amazing (sorry, I’m short on adjectives) months spent with Quinn. My little koala.

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The Best of the Buds.

So I was cleaning up my phone last night – and by that I mean deleting a million pictures – but I found some definite keepers that I’ve never shared. We’ve got a bit of a love affair going on over here between the two human kids and the furry one. It’s funny – I see it every day, and I know they all seem to get along (relatively well), but I just don’t really realize it until I see so many pictures of them displaying random affection. I take tons of pictures where I say, “Leah, go give Dunkie a hug” and then snap a picture. Or I plop Quinn in front of him and snap a picture. But all of the following are just moments that I had no hand in orchestrating – the best kind of moments. I’m so thankful that our big goof of a dog is so perfectly made for our little girls. I’m absolutely certain that the God that created our bugs created a dog special just for them.

These two. Sometimes I think Duncan prefers Leah (and that’s probably accurate), but on so many occasions he also chooses to sit close to Quinn.

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And by close… I mean on top of.

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She likes to be on top of him just as much, however. I remember this one so well, because she had rolled all the way over to him just to grab his neck and rest her head on his.

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But most often she just likes to tug his eyes, ears, and lips. I think he just plays dead and hopes it ends quickly.

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I’m not sure Quinn will ever reach Leah status with him. Leah is his job, and he takes it very seriously. SO many times in a day he is found right next to her, whether she knows he’s there or not. He is the first to alert me that she’s awake and the last one down with Kyle when he puts her to bed.

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This is one of my favorites, because he chose to sit there and she said to him, “sit down (he was already sitting) Dunkie, lemme wead you da Bible shory.” It’s a Winnie the Pooh book. But whatever book it was, he sat there and listened to it the whole time.

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This was the morning we got home from vacation. She missed her pup.

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(Leah has killer bed head every morning). And Duncan demands her attention as much as she demands his.

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Usually when they’re quiet, it’s not gonna end well. However, on this day, well, this.

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Quinn has a different kind of fun with him. She likes to zoom her little car after him until she has him pinned in the corner. She is such a mess!

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But she tugs with him so he lets her do anything.

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They’re kinda starting to look alike, no? She really does just love to be next to him.

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This is still their favorite hang-out spot.

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This was a, “mommy, take my pitcher with Dunkie, I’ll smile fancy.” (I get those requests a lot during a day). She is quite fancy.

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But then he hugged her back! He hugs by leaning…

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30lb little girl walking her 90lb lab and the leash is sagging to the ground. This only ended because Leah just let go of his leash and started off on her own path…

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Intrigue towards the baby.

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Intrigue towards to big one.

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Dreaming of life outside walls with the big one.

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And the little one.

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Leah wanted to “feed Quinn.” And just like with me… Quinn gets a wet nose in her ear the entire time.

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Thank you for your service, Dunkie.

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Here’s a bone for your troubles.

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See what I mean… I take a lot of pictures.

There’s just too much cute going on around here!

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Kids Are Like People.

Is anyone else freaking out at the fact that it’s now June?!

June.

Just let that sink it. We’re on the downhill slope of 2014 already. Was it not just January?!

I think maybe it’s freaking me out so much because I know what’s coming at the end of this year… a little (gigantic) someone is going to turn ONE. Already. Okay, so it’s not tomorrow – but with all the things we seem to have planned leading up to it, I know that this year is just going to keep flying by at the speed of light. And then all the babyness will be gone and we’ll have to make another. Or something.

Calm down, Kyle. I’m kidding. Kinda.

So before that little one turns into a big one… the big one is going to turn into a bigger one.

Oh my gosh (more freaking out) that big one is going to be THREE. What is three, that’s like not even a toddler anymore. Just a regular old kid. In just a month. This is her first birthday that I don’t already have everything I need. Darn you, Quinn, you’re slowin’ me down. Actually, I don’t need too much for this birthday because Leah wanted a gymnastics party – and with a gymnastics party comes invitations (that they mail), decorations, set up, and clean up. Sign.me.up. I will probably get a few decorations, because she also wants a George themed party, so I’ll throw a table cloth on the table or something – but besides that, it should be pretty easy for yours truly. It’ll be a nice change. She is demanding that we make a cake for her, though, so I’ve got that on my agenda.

A three year old Leah is so many things. She is smart and funny. Whiny and emotional. Sweet and independent. Playful and athletic. Curious and talkative. I think it’s just the age where so many things are coming together in their little minds – everything is in overdrive. It’s a lot to handle on a day to day basis, but I suppose in the grand scheme of things – she’s a pretty great three year old. She makes me laugh every day, so many times. She says the funniest stuff without even knowing it. For instance, she came running to me saying, “mommy! Kids are kinda like people!” Like she was just figuring it out. And she was so right, they are kinda like people! I should really keep a notepad with me at all times, writing down the things that fall off of her tongue, but then I would just spend my days writing. There’s just so much.

She is really into the Bible the last few days – a step in the right direction.

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She loves. Loves. To dance. I don’t know where it came from, but she is a dancing machine! She doesn’t move her legs, though, just the arms is all that’s needed.

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She loves Duncan so much. She calls them, “best buddies.” Most of the time she’s nice to him, but she’s been known to purposefully get under his skin – which gets her in a lot of trouble. She also loves Quinn. She now knows that she has the power to make Quinn laugh – and takes full advantage. Today alone, it has been constant laughter around here – which is so nice to hear. She is such a good big sister, I have 0 complaints in that department. She also loves friends. She loves to play with other kids, and calls almost everyone her best friend. She loves to be outside. I’m trying to think of something she doesn’t like, and I just can’t do it. She is a pretty happy kid, and gets excited about everything. She’s fun to have around. Most of the time :).

Then there’s the little one who’s trying to get bigger. No, Quinn, no! She turned 7 months old yesterday. Someone pinch me. She is one heck of a baby; what a little delight. She is happy and pudgy and smiley and active – what’s not to love?! A seven month old Quinn has six teeth. Pulls up constantly. Is loud. Sleeps through the night. Loves cold watermelon in her silicone feeder. Loves any food. Is a terrible hair puller. Loves peek-a-boo. Loves music. And loves her Duncan dog.

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The more active she gets, the more he becomes her personal jungle gym. She loves to watch him run and play, but she really loves to pet him. Whenever she’s particularly fussy, I first apologize to him, then sit her right in front of him and give her some Duncan therapy. She just pets him and tugs at him and buries her head in him… and always comes away in a better mood. And then he gets a bone.

The three of us have quite the bonding experience in the mornings. Little miss, although sleeping through the night, is now waking up consistently at 5:45am. I’m a morning person, so I don’t care so much about the early, but it makes for a long morning of trying to entertain someone with limited abilities. So I decided two weeks ago to start taking both of them on walks – what a good idea! We have about 45 minutes before Kyle has to leave, and it gets all three of us ready to start the day. Now, when Duncan hears Quinn make her first peep in the morning he is at my side of the bed sticking his wet nose in my face because he knows what’s coming. We have made many other dog-walking friends around the neighborhood. It’s such a nice group of people who would rather be sleeping. 🙂

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It gets my blood pumping, and my mind ready to face any and all three year old dramatics that await me when we get back. I’m hooked.

Today, the two human kids (that are kinda like people) and I headed to the library! I hate (haaaaate) reading, but Leah loves it. And I love reading to her. And I love the memories I have of my mom reading to me. (Where I lost the love, I don’t know). We heard that it was time to sign up for Summer Reading Club, so we took advantage! Even Quinnie got to sign up! Now for every 20 minutes we read to Leah and every 20 minutes we follow an “activity calendar” for Quinn they get to color in a chart. There are prizes along the way, and a grand prize at the end. We also got to be in a raffle for Cardinals tickets – that’ll get us in a library for sure :). The lady actually gave me a reading log, too, and said for adults there are cash prizes along the way. Whaaaat?? I could read a book for some money! We’ll see. For now, I’m excited to really devote some time to reading with Leah and working our way through the baby activity calendar with Quinn. Tomorrow, on Quinn’s chart, we’re supposed to make letters with spaghetti noodles, ha. Leah was so excited to go to the darn library. Like I said, she loves pretty much everything. But man she was excited. She wanted a Winnie the Pooh book, and sure enough, walked up to the librarian and asked if they had a Pooh book. We got several :).

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(This is really long, sorry). But last but not least, do you know what these are:

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Our Disney tickets! Leave it to Disney to have awesome tickets. We’ve got plane tickets, hotel reservations, dining reservations, and admission tickets – we’re really going!! I am so stinking excited! I love planning it all out in my spare time, it’s going to be quite a trip! I will have to fly by myself with two little girls, because Kyle will be down there for business, but it’s non-stop so surely it can’t be too bad, right? Right?! Oh well, what’s important is that Leah is gonna flip meeting all of these characters she loves so much. And Quinn will turn ONE on this trip – talk about a birthday party! Oh, I can’t wait.

Okay, I’ve gotta stop.

Have a good day.

 

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