our Hayes

These pictures from this weekend could just speak for themselves, but I just wanted to write a little bit about my sweet Hayes.


When Hudson was 2.5 years old, Hayes was 6 months old. 2.5 is such a great age, and it has been fun to experience this age without also caring for a baby. Our Hayes is such a delightful little guy. He’s completely silly. He is flexible. In many ways he fits the stereotype of the second born child.

He wakes up smiling. He doesn’t hold grudges. He marches to the beat of his own drum and is generally a happy guy. He is strong-willed and has a bit of a temper, but he gets over things quickly.

Hayes is extremely active and physical. Always jumping. Or running. Or climbing. Or taking a flying leap off the furniture. It’s slightly frightening, but I do love his personality.

He loves to dance and loves to sing. He pretends to conduct his own orchestra.

He’s doing what he can to assert his independence. Resisting having his hand held to cross the street and attempting to do everything all by himself.

My favorite time of day with him is when we read to him at night, without Hudson, and he is fully attentive. The boys are great together, but I love that time with just Hayes where I know he’s listening and know he’s not distracted. He’s so still and so present.

Hayes lives to make Hudson laugh and wants to make Hudson happy so badly. And if we ever need an interpreter to help us know what Hayes is saying (his speech has improved by 120%– it’s incredible, but there are still times when he’s talking a mile a minute and we have no idea what he’s saying) we always go to Hudson. And Hudson always knows what Hayes is saying. That may be my favorite thing about their sweet relationship.

He’s incredibly sweet and gives the best hugs.The kind of hug where he wraps his arms around your neck and fully rests his head on my shoulder. I’m in complete denial that his 3rd birthday is only a few months away, and I have big plans to keep him a toddler forever. He’s our bull in a china shop and our sweet, gentle boy all rolled into one.

He makes me so very happy.



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  1. Tiffany says

    Wow Erin, I very rarely comment, but this post is so sweet and I can relate so much with it. Everything you wrote about Hayes describes my second born son Chase so much! He is only sixteen months, but he has such a different personality than his.older brother. He is a lot of fun though and I love that I have two almost completely different boys! They keep me on my toes though as I’m sure your boys do to you. I enjoy reading and following along with your daily life here and on Instagram. Thanks for always being real!

  2. says

    Erin, I love your description of Hayes. My son is also 2.5 years old amd everything you said about Hayes could also be said about my son. My son also has speech issues and although he has improved tremendously there are still times when only my 4 year old daughter can understand him. He has gottento an age where he loves his sister and wants to do everything she does but also loves to terrorize her! Thanks for sharing about Hayes!

  3. Kimberly says

    I’ve been following your blog for years now and never commented but I wanted to tell you how much I love that you are always speaking so lovingly and good about your boys. Sometimes moms get into the habit of complaining how hard it is and how much our kids can drive us crazy, that it’s refreshing to read the opposite. I think all of us moms do feel and think how great our kiddos are but don’t often say it enough to others. Kudos to you 🙂

  4. says

    Love how you described Hayes. He reminds me so much of my #2. It really is funny – the whole nature vs. nurture thing and how different siblings can be.
    Saw y’all on your walk! I was outside breaking up wrestle mania on the trampoline. Boys!

  5. says

    Hayes!!! Oh I love that sweet face of his…those cheeks…oh how they melt me!!

    I love that he’s on my hallway this year…it’s been such fun getting to know him. I’m thrilled that I have him for another 2 years…I would love to keep both of your boys on my hall forever.

    Maybe we could put our heads together and come up with a plan to keep them this age?? Just a thought ha…

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