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Seven Years Has Come So Fast

As Dylan’s 7th birthday quickly approaches, I’ve found myself wondering (repeatedly) where all the time has gone. When you’re a kid seven years seems like an eternity, but as a parent I can safely say that the past seven years have gone by in the blink of an eye.

With Zach approaching Kindergarten and Oliver acting less and less like a baby every day, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately going through old photos to remind myself about what they were like as “little” kids.

It was interesting to look at my photo albums from the beginning of the year from 2005 until now to see how different our lives, and the children, have become, but also how much they’ve stayed the same. They won’t be my babies forever, but it’s so much fun to watch them grow up that I’m okay with that. I might just have to put together a slideshow retrospective of years gone by every once and a while to remind me what life used to be like.

You can see what February has been like for us over the years in the slideshow below!


  • February 2005 1 of 16
    February 2005
    At almost 32 weeks pregnant, I look thrilled to be taking this photo, don't I? It's nice that I got so dressed up for the occasion. Baby Dylan would be making his appearance in 6 short weeks.
  • February 2006 2 of 16
    February 2006
    11 month old Dylan is perfecting his walking skills. He was pretty tickled with himself.
  • February 2006 3 of 16
    February 2006
    Sporting a brand new top tooth. My mom memory doesn't recollect if he had bottom ones or not yet. So, this could be his first tooth. Let's just say it is and celebrate, shall we?!
  • February 2006 4 of 16
    February 2006
    His second major illness in his 11 months, in this picture he's suffering from a nasty case of Rotovirus. What this photo doesn't show is that a few days later, his dad and I were suffering from a nasty case of Rotovirus as well. The only bright side? After it I was back to my pre-baby weight. But it's definitely not a diet I would recommend.
  • February 2007 5 of 16
    February 2007
    Dude got a haircut. His first haircut, at almost 2 years old.
  • February 2007 6 of 16
    February 2007
    Thinking, and acting, like he's a big boy.
  • February 2008 7 of 16
    February 2008
    6 month old Zachary does what babies do best...sleep!
  • February 2008 8 of 16
    February 2008
    6 month old Zach is a super chill, super happy baby. If you look closely, you can see his right eye turning in a bit. In real time, though, this wouldn't be noticed for another 5 months. Hindsight may be 20/20, but his vision was not...baby needs glasses!
  • February 2008 9 of 16
    February 2008
    Almost 3 year old Dylan sports a killer frosting goatee.
  • February 2009 10 of 16
    February 2009
    Apparently, at almost 4 and 1 1/2, this was a boring time for us. I have barely and pictures...or recollections about what was going on then! Maybe because I was 3 months pregnant at the time?
  • February 2010 11 of 16
    February 2010
    Baby Oliver is on the way!
  • February 2010 12 of 16
    February 2010
    A quick trip to the beach on Valentine's Day 2010. Dylan is almost 5 and Zach is 2 1/2.
  • February 2011 13 of 16
    February 2011
    6 month old Oliver is getting a taste of cereal for the first time. He...isn't impressed.
  • February 2011 14 of 16
    February 2011
    Yet another trip to the beach, this time so I could get pictures of the amazing sunset. The boys, at almost 6 and 3 1/2 had a blast playing on the beach in the "dark."
  • February 2012 15 of 16
    February 2012
    Here they are, at the beach again at almost 7, 4 1/2 and 17 months. If you look closely, you can see Zach frowning. As per usual, he and Dylan had been arguing about something silly. Some things never change!
  • February 2012 16 of 16
    February 2012
    Back to "getting along" and playing together in the water.

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