It’s been a while since I did an update on Luca and Harlow, and since they are growing up way too fast, I thought I would post one here and now. We are in such a busy season of our lives right now, and even though my eyes are tired and my brain is foggy, I know one day I will look back on this chapter and miss it dearly. I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned it on the blog, but I’ve been working two days a week as a waitress at a breakfast/lunch spot a bit further down south. I chose to go back to work to help bring in extra income and to take some of the financial weight off of Miles’ shoulders.  I waited tables all through college, and I knew if I was only going to be able to work twice a week, that would be the only job that would bring in a substantial cashflow, and at the same time allow me a flexible schedule with the kiddos. Basically, the job had to be worth my time. It hasn’t been too hard of an adjustment. I’ve been in this new routine since May, and I’ve seen how it has helped our family tremendously. I love being able to contribute monetarily for my family although I do still long for the day I can stop pouring other people’s coffee, and be back at home with L + H. There is no undignified work though, and I am no better than the career of waitressing, I am a waitress, after all. I always remind myself why I do what I do, and in this moment in time, I do what I do for them. I don’t know how I got so lucky to be their mama, but gosh I am so grateful I am. So onto much more exciting and important things, Lu and Harlow!

Luca Lennox 4 years 2 months— Wow, is this a fun age. Luca is becoming his own person more and more everyday, and his individuality is beaming through. I have really been working towards harvesting that, and trying my best not to influence it too much with my own wants and aspirations for him. The conversations we have are some of my favorite. He’s more observant than anyone I know, and loves so darn hard. Lu also loves to dance, probably more than anything else. His favorite songs are ’24K Magic’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars. Also a close runner up is ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons. He’s had the dance moves going ever since his little ears first heard a song, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. I wish I could say he got his moves from his dad and I, but I’m pretty sure this is an inherent talent. He calls the splits the “squants” which is absolutely hysterical when you say it out loud.  He really enjoys going to preschool, and comes home singing about the colors in Spanish everyday. He is still off the charts in height + size for his age, in fact, when I carry him from the car while he’s sleeping, it looks pretty ridiculous as his legs hang far down below my knees. A few years more, and I’m certain he’ll outgrow me. He’s a sensitive soul with a really big heart. Loves being a big brother, wants to eventually try out for America’s Got Talent, born with the gift of gab, and has a laugh identical to the grade school Grinch (in the Jim Carey version)…Oh Martha!, Oh Christmas!

Harlow Rue 1 year 5 months–Lives off pizza or anything pizza is made of. I’ve found him eating candle wicks more times than I’d like to admit, which is odd because he always makes the same disgusted face when he puts it in his mouth, he’s yet to learn his lesson. Harlow used to love being held, but he has newfound independence and now wants to walk. by himself. everywhere. He’s so feisty, throws the most dramatic tantrums, and can cry on cue. He’s also so stubborn, and will not let up until he gets some version of his way. Also a really tough baby, and has busted his lip three times now from either jumping off of furniture or wresting with his big brother. He calls everyone “Daaaa,” except Miles and Luca, they are Dada and Lala, respectively. Har, unlike Luca, is on the average spectrum for height and weight, although he looks so tiny to us as we are only used to having a baby who is large and in charge. He makes really funny facial expressions, and is babbling so much these days. He says ‘yes,’ ‘please,’ ‘owie,’ ‘hi,’ and shakes his head for ‘no.” The rest is hard to decode, but if he senses we aren’t quite understanding, he’ll just point or show us what we’re missing. Loves Thomas the Train and alll the train figurines and tracks. He mimics everything Luca does, has long black eyelashes, and the gap between his two front teeth has officially closed, which I’m actually really bummed about!, gives lip kisses and hugs, and is the best thing to happen to Luca, Miles, and myself.

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