Piper’s One Month Birthday

Piper turned one month old last week, which is always a big milestone for parents. With Ellie one month seemed like an eternity, but this time we’re trying to get things to slow down. I just love Piper’s little size and her cute little quirks. I’m really enjoying her infant-hood and I don’t mind if it lasts awhile longer! Piper is quite the strong little squirt. I can tell she’s already trying to roll over and climb up me when I hold her. At her one month checkup she had great growth. She weighed in at 8 pounds 15 ounces:

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We’re also doing the traditional monthly photos, which we didn’t do the first time around. Here is the one month photo:ImageIn other news, Ellie’s new favorite thing to say is “all the pretty lights, Mommy!” whenever we drive by a business or a house with Christmas lights on. I just love it so much. Every time that little peanut speaks (which is very frequently these days) it just melts my heart. It’s so nice to be off for the holidays and to be able to really savor these moments! Here is a video of Ellie practicing her ABC’s:

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Ellie’s First Christmas

Ellie was so excited for her first Christmas. She had such a great time visiting with family, eating amazing food and taking it all in. Ellie took the opportunity to reflect on the year and all the blessings she has in her life. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams and what’s next, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on the incredible fortunes of the present: the love of family, the ability to think and live freely, a warm roof over our heads, plentiful food (and beverage) and the opportunity to experience life in all it’s splendor.

We spent Christmas Eve with the Thompson clan and Christmas day with the Doman fam. Below are some pics and videos. Christmas takes on a whole new meaning with little kids – so much excitement and fun!

Ellie’s present:

Thompson kids open gifts:

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