I completed the monthly snapshots of our beloved Alex during her first year. I am still not, for sure, how I am going to share Alex’s second year. In any event, here is the snapshot of Alex’s thirteenth month and fourteenth month! Alex is just changing all of the time and she is growing like a weed!
Alex is a busy, busy, busy girl! She is always doing something, always! She loves exploring and she is quite curious. One of her favorite things to do is to stack things, particularly the stacking cups! She also thoroughly loves stacking while taking a long soak in the bath tub! She loves her bath time!
Alex started saying “hi,” “bye,” “yeah,” and “yes!” She is constantly babbling away, while starting to mimic words she hears!
Alex’s teeth continue to come in! We go to the dentist in a few weeks for her first dental visit!
Alex remains very strong-willed and full of personality! She is her own little person who is always up for a new adventure!
We enjoyed many trips to our park and pool during these two months, which Alex loves! Alex is now jumping into the water, floating on her back (with assistance), and going underwater, without issue, on her own! It is so neat to watch! She is a little fish who is now signed up for swim lessons, which begin this weekend and we got her some goggles to try!
We also took multiple trips to the book store! She keeps us on our toes every time and Doug and I usually leave exhausted from chasing her up and down the book aisles! She is too fast! She is currently reading this series before bed.
Alex loves our bubble whale machine! We have fun with Alex and Victory with the bubble machine on our deck. Alex attempts to catch the bubbles!
Alex started her first day of ‘big girl’ school! We cannot believe it! She loves school and she is thriving! We framed her first piece of art, a water color painting, shown below!
Alex and I were on our own for several days while Doug was away on travel for work. Alex, Victory, and I made it through okay! Doug started a new position, which he is enjoying, and we are all acclimating to a new rhythm, as a result!
Alex took her first trip on an airplane! Alex and I flew to Michigan where she met some extended family for the first time. Alex did well on the plane. I was, honestly, a bit nervous flying by myself with her, for the first time, but she did well. She, fortunately, slept during the entire flight back to Maryland in my arms. On our way back to Maryland, the gate attendant was so kind — she let us have a row to ourselves, which was wonderful, which provided a small area for Alex to roam prior to take off! (Alex did well on flight to Michigan as well, she was awake for the entire flight! And, Victory had a lot of ‘daddy time’ while we were away! Victory went out to eat each evening!)
During this time, we enjoyed dinners out with Alex and Victory! And, Victory went on two date nights with us. Doug and I just celebrated 15 years together since our first date! Where has the time gone — so much has changed; while, simultaneously, so much has remained the same, fortunately. I feel so grateful for it all.
Additionally, Alex is interacting more and more with Victory. Alex really wants to give Victory food, shown in a short video, below — Alex just has to learn to let go of the food so Victory can eat it! We are looking forward to some outings this fall, which likely will include: Pups in the Park; the petting farm; a Navy football game; the pumpkin patch, and celebrating Halloween — the girls have their costumes ready! We love the fall season and we cannot believe it will officially be fall so soon!
In between everything, I have continued to work on the revisions to my long-term photography project, which, hopefully, should wrap up this fall, I hope! It has been a really long journey, but the work is taking shape, and I look forward to staring the next steps going forward.
Life is so full and so good — each month just gets better! Doug and I are truly grateful for this journey. We love our girls so very much. I am savoring our early morning and evening snuggles with Alex rocking in the glider in her room, as they will not last forever. Importantly, Alex is living her best life!
(Technically, during Alex’s thirteenth month, we went on vacation, which I previously shared here; and we celebrated Alex’s first birthday celebration during her thirteenth month as well, which I also previously shared here.)
A few iphone images from Alex’s thirteenth month!
Here is a video from Alex’s thirteenth month — Alex in the pool!
A few iphone images from Alex’s fourteenth month!
Here is a video from Alex’s fourteenth month — first time on an airplane!
Here is a video from Alex’s fourteenth month — Alex trying to share with Victory!