16 months

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Max at 16 months:

He loved spending time with his cousins in Utah and Arizona, and it was the first time he would actually play with other kids (despite our weekly playdates in Colorado). He is OBSESSED with my mom and learned to call her "Ama." He runs to her with outstretched arms whenever she walks in the room -- which he has never done to either of us. He even snuggles her when she holds him, which he does not do to us anymore. He LOVES my dad and says "ah ah ah" while poking his belly because that's what my dad does to him. He learned to call him "Papa" when we'd prompt him, but mostly he just says "ah ah ah" whenever he thinks of him or wants to go looking for Grandpa (and he still looks for him even now that we're in Colorado). He never cries for either set of grandparents!

He is starting to have quite the strong opinions. He knows exactly what he does and does not want to eat, drink, play with, etc, and he will yell out and/or throw something when he doesn't get what he wants. Usually it happens when I won't carry him into the kitchen or let him play in the fridge... We're working on it. He has decided he does not want to drink any type of milk (not even chocolate!), which is a little worrisome for me since he is supposed to be getting so much whole milk a day. But he has decided to drink water, so water it is... for now.

He's still taking two naps which is marvelous. He finally has a third bottom tooth and another on the way. He has one half of a molar (so slow with teeth!), making a grand total of 7.5 teeth.

He has become quite the ham and is starting to recognize the attention. He has perfected "Hi!" and says it ALL the time: when we walk in a room, when HE walks in a room, to strangers he passes, etc. The other day we were sitting in Costa Vida at a table near the line, and he was just being so entertaining and the people in the line were fawning over him. He now likes to pretend to hide an object behind his back and hold up his other hand like, "where'd it go?" and then whip it out and laugh -- and repeat over and over. He also loves to play peek a boo from behind a door or around a corner, and he leans his whole body sideways to peek his head out. He loves music and loves to do his "fast feet" dance and spin in circles.

He loved playing with dinosaurs at Grandma Joni's house. He slept in the toy room so whenever he'd wake up, the first thing he'd do is point to the closet and say RAAAAAA! He also loved carrying around a baby doll and pointing out its eyes, nose, etc. But his favorite toys were the ride-on school bus and fire truck that my Grandpa Clement made. It was so special for me to see Max playing with the toys my grandpa made in his 80s. He never stopped working in his shop and was always creating little wooden cars for his great-grandkids or a jewelry box for me. Max never met my grandpa, but I certainly felt him close by when he was pushing around that school bus.

He learned to do the stairs at Grandma Lynette's house and would have spent all weekend on those if we had let him! He loves them and I love that he finally knows how to go down safely! He was an excellent traveler (four flights in four weeks!) although certainly much more manageable with Craig around. It seems like he just gets more and more energy every month, and that he is becoming more and more hilarious.

I sure love this little boy. 



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Seems like we were hardly in Colorado at all this month!

The first weekend of November, Max and I flew out to Salt Lake City for Pinners Conference! I started working for Pinners a little bit in July -- it's been very part-time and super flexible, which is the ideal set-up for me. I figured I better attend Pinners since I have been selling it for a few months and had never been (oops), plus I just couldn't turn down $46 plane tickets (round trip)! My mom drove up to come with me and help out with Max while I worked at the event for a few hours. 

We had so much fun! Unfortunately I took zero pictures, but it was a blast and so fun to see my mom. We stayed at the Petersons', played with Lisa and met baby Kenna, met up with Sara, and had dinner with Mady & Maddie. It was a quick trip and Max was a champ on the plane.

Then we were back in Colorado for just a week. On Monday I took Max to the zoo for the first time. He had actually been when he was tiny, but this time was exciting because he loves animals nowadays! It was his friend Briella's 2nd birthday which also happened to fall on a free day at the zoo! It could not have been more perfect. It was so much fun and we really could have spent the day there, but we headed out to the airport to pick up our visitor!

Two days after I said goodbye to Mady in SLC, she came to visit us in Denver! She too found amazing flights from SLC that she couldn't turn down. About a month ago Mady connected me to her friend Laura who had just moved to Denver. She was Mady's roommate the year after I traded her in for Craig as my permanent roomie. Mady knew we'd be friends, and she was so right! So Mads came and played with both of us for a few days. I was the world's most boring hostess so we did a lot of eating, playing with Max, and laying on the couch. But we did go downtown to visit Laura for lunch on 16th street, tried out dinner at Modern Market, and t
ried and failed to find a good dessert place. Max warmed up to Mady by day two and even tried to call her "Dydy." It sure felt right to have Mads around again.

The next weekend Craig and I headed out of Colorado for the rest of the month. He scheduled two weeks rotating with Aspen Dermatology (one in Kingman with Nate, and one in Spanish Fork), so Max and I flew out to St. George to spend time with my parents. After week one, we drove down and met Craig in Kingman to stay at Sara's for a night. It was so fun to see their new house and be able to attend Luke's baptism!

We came back on Saturday night and made it just in time to drop off Max with my parents and go out for dinner and a movie to celebrate our THIRD anniversary! We went to the Cliffside Restaurant for dinner, and we LOVED it. Plus you just really can't beat the view of the temple/city you were married in for your anniversary dinner. Craig was the MVP of the night for letting me order a molten chocolate cake for dessert (he doesn't like chocolatey desserts but it tasted like tangible heaven in my mouth). After our dinner we saw Fantastic Beasts. I think we got home around midnight, which is honestly unheard of in our house (we are early-to-bed people). The past three years have been truly the happiest -- there isn't a thing I would change about our life together.
Pretty bad picture, but we'll take what we can get from strangers.
Craig headed up to Spanish Fork the next day for the end of his rotation. The clinic was closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, so he was back on Wednesday! We had the BEST time in St. George. It's always so fun to stay with my parents, but this time Jennie AND Steve came into town for Thanksgiving! I'm convinced there is nothing better for the soul than a week with my Princes. We Christmas shopped, went to the Children's Museum, hiked Dixie Rock, drove through Zion National Park, played at the new dinosaur park, watched movies, saw Moana in theaters (thanks mom!), and played a ton of games. Craig even admitted to loving Spastic Uno, which everyone knows is a Prince CLASSIC.

It is a dream come true whenever Craig gets to spend time with my family. We've been married three years, but he's only spent a few days with my siblings and has missed every Prince family reunion (including family pictures) we've had in the last three years because of medical school. So I was thrilled that we could all be together for at least two full days this year.

On Saturday the Prince kids had all gone their separate ways and we met up with Parsons in the afternoon. We met up at the new dinosaur park, ate dinner, and then went to see the live nativity at Tuacahn -- which was super fun! I had never been before and I loved it. We spent our last few days in Utah with Craig's family and Lynette even watched Max for us one morning so we could go to the temple! It was a bonus that I got to see my mom working there are well!

We flew back to Denver and just like that November was over! It was a whirlwind but so much fun. We were so happy to spend so much time with family and each other.


15 months

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Max turned 15 months at the end of October. He had his 15-month well check and weighed 23 lbs (47%) and was 32 in tall (80%). He is as healthy as can be and is almost done with his vaccinations (hooray)! He is learning to climb onto the couch by himself, smack his lips, brush his teeth, and feed himself with a spoon. He has learned to say walk (wah?), tree, cheese, keys, and jesus (which all sound the same), open and apple (also sound the same), and he loves to say AMEN whenever we say prayers... or if he feels a prayer should be over (ha!). He also can say and sign help (hup?), which is quickly becoming one of his favorite things to ask, even when he is perfectly capable of doing something on his own. My favorite things he says are woohoo! and yeeeeah! His favorite thing to say is still "all done," which he says ALL the time, not just when he is all done, but when he wants YOU to stop, or if he does NOT want something, or just whenever he is frustrated. It's probably better than saying "no" all the time, and certainly much funnier.

When you say "show me your muscles," he'll "flex" by sticking his arms out and tensing up his body and face, and it is THE funniest thing. He went through a two-week phase where he decided to drop his morning nap... but is back to two naps again. We think he's either transitioning or was just teething. Teething is a mystery to me. He likes to wave at strangers, but mostly when they can't see him or aren't looking at him. He loves music and loves to dance, even if it's just to the beat of the dishwasher or washing machine. He loves to snuggle anything that is soft; he'll hold it in between his shoulder and cheek and say, "aw."  He's literally obsessed with his toothbrush and will throw a FIT if you take it away from him. I think I should start stashing an emergency toothbrush in my purse because it seems to be the answer to everything these days. He also obsesses over keys and will try to use them to open every single door in the house.

He still destroys the house. He still gets into everything he shouldn't. But he is SUCH a ham and so stinking funny that I think we'll keep him.



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Isn't October the best month? Experiencing fall for the first time in three years has been truly incredible. The weather has been perfect and the colors were phenomenal. Surprisingly, I had no idea how much I missed this time of year, and it would be hard to ever go back to a place without it. I think one reason I have fallen in love with Denver so quickly is because it makes me feel so at home. There's just something about this place that feels so nostalgic and comfortable.

While I usually obsess over October because of my birthday, this year was especially fantastic because we did so many fun things! The first weekend we had general conference, which was quite the experience with a toddler. But we were able to watch most of it, and even had a fun picnic lunch at the park in between sessions (and by picnic I mean ordered takeout).

We spent a lot of time with Max's cute little friends, including Camden's fun dinosaur party (it was a toss up who had more fun between the kids and the parents), and a trip to the pumpkin patch. Max loved the little train pulled by the tractor. We are so grateful for the fun friends we've made out here.

The next weekend Del and Lynette came to visit! We drove up the Guanella Pass and nearly froze, and ate a lot of good food. They even watched Max for us once so we could go to the temple, and again so we could attend the Fort Collins Temple dedication! Most generous visitors ever. It was so fun to be with them!

I turned 25 on the 18th. The night before I made myself a pumpkin spice bundt cake (SO good) and had some friends over for games. On my actual birthday we went to brunch at Kneaders with friends (Kristen's birthday was a few days earlier!) and their babies, and then we took our group over to the park to play! So fun to be able to do "birthday things" and celebrate with friends during the day! Max took two long birthday naps for me (thank you, Max), and when Craig got home we dropped Max off with a friend and went out to dinner! I had been waiting for my birthday to try out Cranelli's since it is supposed to be amazing Italian, but of course they had their annual wine event on the night of my birthday (a Tuesday night!) and were closed. I was so bummed, but we liked Udom Thai and we'll just have to try Cranelli's another time!

That weekend Craig booked us a night in Breckenridge! It was nice to check out this little ski town before ski season hit when all the crowds would be there... plus neither of us ski. But it was so beautiful up there and so much fun. We stayed in a little condo lodge that backed up to a little stream. We drove up even higher to go on a hike towards Mohawk Lake, but we only made it halfway there. It was so beautiful but FREEZING and so snowy/icy. We probably needed serious hiking boots. We came back down into town for lunch and ate at Flipside Burger, which we loved -- and ate way too much of.

Literally the best picture EVER of these boys and I'm a zombie

Halloween was fun for the first time in a long time. I've never been a huge fan of Halloween, and since Craig isn't really into Halloween either, it has kind of been ignored. This year we went to a few parties that turned out to be really fun. On the Friday night before Halloween our friends threw a "spooky dinner," so we got a babysitter for Max and stayed out until 10 (so rebellious!). No costumes + good food + good friends = my kind of Halloween party!

Then we went to our ward's Halloween party on Saturday night. Because coming up with a creative costume stresses me out and I can't justify buying a costume that will never be used again, we bought Max a little white doctor coat that came with a super fun doctor kit. I figure he can use it to play for years to come. Craig and I stuck bandaids on our heads to be Max's "patients," but most people just kept asking us what happened to our heads... So I think the lesson learned here is that I am just not meant to dress up and maybe next year we won't even try. We did have a lot of fun as it was Craig's first "trunk or treat" ever (such a deprived Utah boy).

So happy to be in Colorado during October to make it an extra magical birthday month.



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September was another gorgeous month with an easy IM rotation for Craig. We have really lucked out with some good scheduling so far, although I know he will be swamped with hard rotations at the end of the year. I'm trying to soak up our time together as much as I can and really take advantage of it by exploring parks and restaurants and "Denver things" as often as possible!

This area is just FULL of parks. Everyone is always outdoors, which I absolutely LOVE about Colorado. One weekend we went out to Red Rocks to do a little hike and check out the famous amphitheater... which apparently is the world's largest gym on the weekends. We did not expect to find so many classes/runners/people working out on these stairs! The area is so much like southern Utah, except for the fact that is literally is a random slice of red rocks sticking out of the green Rocky mountains.

We've ventured into Denver a few times for museums and parks and such. We visited the Denver Botanic Gardens which really blew me away! They have the most darling children's gardens with some really fun interactive activities for kids. Max of course loved splashing in the stream the most, but he also loved the greenhouse and the Chipotle-sponsored gardens with the little play kitchen. We will definitely be back.

One day Craig joined us downtown for Civic Center Eats -- a lunchtime food truck rally right in front of the State Capital. They had some really great food and corn hole at the park! We walked over to explore the 16th Street Mall, which is literally a portion of 16th street that is foot-traffic only. Denver has much more of a big city feel than Phoenix, and it has been really fun to explore.

Last weekend we drove up the mountains looking for some fall leaves. This side of the mountains is so different than what I am used to from living in Utah Valley. There you look up and the mountains are RIGHT there. Here, the mountains build gradually. You have to drive through the foothills to reach the big ones. Although they are much bigger than the mountains in Utah, it's hard to tell because they are so far away and you have to drive so high up to get there! On this drive we went up the Guanella Pass, a little scenic byway that goes from Grant to Georgetown. We were not nearly prepared enough for the weather we found up there... but what did we expect at 11,000 ft?? It was gorgeous and was fun to get a taste of Fall before it hit Denver.

It didn't take me long to fall in love with Colorado! I'm already sad to have to leave next year. We've made some really good friends, and Max and I have had a lot of fun playing and exploring during the week. Now I just need to convince Craig that we should come back here someday...

This month Max turned 14 months! He officially has five teeth and more on the way. He can say up, down (dow), woah, water (wawa), and outside (ahh-si). He signs please, thank you, and outside. He can now do new animal sounds for horse, snake, sheep, goat, and cat. He has started to love to read which is SO fun for me -- I have been waiting for this since he was a baby (he used to swat away books whenever I'd try to read them)! He will now bring me a book and sit on my lap to read. His favorites are his hippo book (Hippos Go Berserk!) and Where the Wild Things Are (duh... a book about Max). He loves when we sing songs, especially Patty Cake and Itsy Bitsy Spider (he can do the itsy bitsy part). He is still obsessed with dogs and loves to watch the neighbors walk their dogs from our windows (woof woof is his favorite animal sound).

He is still just as high-energy and destructive to our house, pulling out pots and pans from the kitchen, toiletries from the bathroom, and food from the pantry. He'd much rather play in the kitchen than with his toys, and if I'm attempting to make dinner, he MUST be at my level so he can watch. Whenever Craig comes home and he hears the door start to unlock, his face LIGHTS up and he runs to see him. He absolutely has to be outside at some point during the day, and he will even bring me his shoes when he's decided it's time. He loves to give high-fives and knuckles, and is learning to kick and throw his new balls!

He's turning into a full-fledged boy and his energy level just keeps going higher higher. Some days I feel like toddlerhood is kicking my butt, but it's usually on those same days that I have an almost out-of-body experience where I look at him and fill to the brim with love. Sometimes it's the second I say goodnight and he waves at me and says ni-ni. Sometimes it's only one second after some kind of disaster and then he'll bring me a book and climb up on my lap and snuggle up next to me. Parenthood is SO emotional. Exhausting as it is, I can't think of a single thing more rewarding or fulfilling. So everyone should have babies. The end.