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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

11 months and 6 days

Once again I am overdue in writing your update... Sorry. Although I am very excited to announce that we are less than a month away from your birthday. Like I always say it's hard to believe that you are growing into a little person and becoming less of a baby baby.

What have you been up to this month?

- Number 1 on the list has to be walking! You are all over the place and I mean ALL OVER THE PLACE! It's so cute to see your little wobble butt run around the house. You started walking at 10 months and I am so impressed by how far you have come since than.

-Your new favorite toy is your Alphabet train that you got for Christmas. You can sit and play with that train for almost 20 minutes straight! Yes 20 minutes is a long time in baby world.

-You can say mama, dada, baby, whoa and yeah!

-Yes I do let you watch TV. Favorite TV shows are Sesame Street, Calliou and anything that PBS has on.

-You love to hide underneath everything. Your favorite places to go are under the kitchen table and chairs and under the jumper.

-Nose picker! You love to stick your tiny little finger up your nose.

-You like to throw all of your toys over your baby gate. Our kitchen is full of blocks, balls and bottles!

-We are starting you on whole milk and my goal is to have you off of formula by February! That is going to be such a money saver for us!

-You are climbing everything! You are such a little boy, it's amazing to see how fearless you are becoming!

In 3 weeks you will be a year old! I love you and I can't wait for all the amazing things that are to come this new year with you!

Monday, November 28, 2011

10 months and 6 days...

I'm a little late again. With you and I being sick for the past 3 weeks and having to prepare for Thanksgiving, I just didn't have the time.

But I am starting to have mini heart attacks when I think about the fact that in less then two months, we will be celebrating your first birthday. You have changed so much in the last month. It's amazing, mindblowing and breathtaking to be able to witness you and everything you do. I am so very greatful that I am able to stay home with you to watch you learn and grow.

What you are up to this month.

-Sesame Street has become my savior and your new best friend.

-Mama and Dada are your favorite words.

-You are now over 22 lbs and 29 inches long.

-You love the water!

-You have taken a step or two here and there, but I don't think that you have too much interest in walking. Why walk when you can crawl faster than a freight train?

-You can also stand unassisted for quite a long time. Well at least until something on the floor distracts you.

- You love to clap! All we have to do is say clap and you already know what to do.

- It has become nearly impossible to change your diaper and cloths. I dread it everytime!

- Your top four teeth are cutting through. You look like such a big boy with your upper teeth whenever you smile.

Were almost to toddlerhood. I'm so excited to see all the wonderful things that are to come in the next month!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

9 months and 4 days old... to be exact!

So I was slightly slacking on your 9 month update, but only slightly! Regardless of the fact that today is the 26th, here is what you are up to this month!

-CRAWLING! You are finally a crawler and a mighty good one. You started crawling on September 22nd, just hours after I posted your 8 month update. At first you would only move a couple of feet forward and give up, but after a week you were moving all over the place.

-You can now stand unassisted for up to 10 seconds before falling flat on your bum! I don't know if you are ready to start walking but you are definitely getting there!

-You love your big sister. No one can make you smile like your Cameran does!

-Cruising, you can cruise back and forth on couches, tables, chairs you name it! If you can pull yourself up on it, you can do it!

-You are starting to become slightly attached to familiar faces. If you are thrown into a situation with tons of people you don't recognize, you have been known to have a mini meltdown! For the most part though you still love people.

-You can clap when we clap and sign "more" when you are eating.

-There are a few songs that you and I can't live without. "My child me and babyfirst tv" is on the top of the list. As well as "Hey there Delilah" which has been one of your favorites since you were only a few weeks old.

-Your favorite word to say is still Dada!

-You finally got your first haircut! It's not a drastic change because we love your hair so much, but it is out of your eyes and even on both sides! You look so beautiful!

-Your baby cousin Chloe is finally here! She came on the 12th of October and she is gorgeous. I know that the two of you are going to be best friends forever.

9 months old, I can't believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was seeing you smile for the first time. No matter how fast time flies, I will always love you and see you as my little lovable baby boy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

8 months old today

You are eight months old. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!

All things considered, eight months is not a very long time. It has flown by so quickly that I don't think I have even had time to grasp the idea that we have an 8 month old. Your father and I have especially enjoyed the last few months with you. It feels like somebody flipped a switch in your brain when you hit six months. Every day, you learn something new.

What are you up to now?

-You are almost crawling. I don't know how much longer until you actually get it down, but I believe that we are more than half way there. You can get on all fours, rock back and forth and throw your whole body forward. You don't get very far and your pretty little face gets most of the impact, but it gets the job done for now, at least.

-We have been working with you on your reading videos/books for the past four months religiously. We now can put two flash cards with words in front of you and you can successfully pick the right word. So smart!

-You love Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Squash. We are now working on finger foods which is going fine, but you have me on the edge of my seat during every feeding.

-You love to laugh at everything. Sneezing, coughing and burping are your favorites!

-You like to growl at people, why you ask? I don't know?

-You no longer enjoy your Baby Einstein Jumper anymore! So I think that baby Chloe will be receiving your present some time soon! Hopefully she enjoys it more than you did.

-Diaper changes, wardrobe changes and bath time have become quite the challenge. You are a little wiggle worm that it has become almost impossible to get you ready for the day.

-You love everyone. You're growing up to be a little social butterfly. You don't cry with strangers and love to be around people. You must have gotten that from your Daddy.

It's hard to believe that in the next four months you will be a year old. So much is going to change in such a short period of time. Soon you will be crawling, walking, talking and so much more. Am i ready for all the changes? Maybe. Are you ready? Most definitely!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

To get to you...

17 years ago...

I love the story of how you came to be on this earth. Your father and I first met when we were only in the 3rd grade. It might even have been sooner than that because he and I also lived across the street from one another, but my memory only goes back to third grade. I remember him very clearly though, because to me he was the little boy who used to chase me home from school. He wasn't what you would call a gentleman at the age of 8, being that he once spit on me and pulled me through the dirt on my back while holding onto my backpack handle. As crazy as it may sound, those are the memories that I cherish the most and now as an adult looking back I can’t help but laugh when I think about those things. Just remember though, the way to a girls heart is lots of hugs and kisses. Your dad did learn that later in life and I love him for that!
Eventually he moved far away when we were in the 5th grade and we never saw or spoke to one another for many years, over ten years to be exact. Everything in life happens for a reason, he and I had lived two very different lives. We both experienced many different things, good and bad. I think that every little thing that we went through without each other happened just to bring us together. There must have been an angel directing us in life to lead us to one another... to lead us to you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My day with a Seven Month Old.

You are officially Seven Months Old today! We have our routine so everyday is pretty much the same. Wake up-eat-play-eat-nap...Wake up and we do it all over again. I love my life with you because even though we do the same things together everyday, you are always showing me something new that you have learned. I love that about you, I love being able to see the world through brand new eyes. The best part of it all is that I'm sharing my life with you!

Here is what we did today.

Rise and Shine

Breakfast time

Playing with your screaming Monkey. Followed by an afternoon snack!

A bath and then a wardrobe change

Than some rolling around followed by a quick nap

After your nap is some more playing, eating, playing and another nap or two... with a few occasional tears. Everyday with you is a gift. Happy Seven month birthday Oliver.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I love...

Slicked back baby hair

Naked baby time

Tired tears

Holding Mommy's finger

Awkward faces

Crazy hairstyles

Sunlight on your face

Oli in blue

Messy food face

My Boys

Friday, July 22, 2011

My baby is 6 months old today!

Baby Boy,

You are 6 months old today! I just can't believe it. What are you up to this month?

-You are babbling like crazy. It's pretty much non-stop.
-You are finally rolling over from your back to your belly, but you can't seem to figure out how to roll belly to back anymore!
-A tooth! Your first tooth, finally. You wont let me look in your mouth to see it, but you will definitely let me feel the little tip breaking through.
-I can get so much more done during the day. You have become so much better at entertaining yourself.
-When you cry it sounds like you are saying "Mama". Daddy even thinks so, even though he hates to admit it!
-You like to "Play" with yourself when I change your diaper and giggle. Dirty Boy!
-I am starting to catch you on your belly in your crib in the morning. I hate that so much, it freaks me out to find you laying on your face.
-You have almost mastered the sippy cup and can also hold your bottle in your mouth for most of your feeding
-You can sit up unassisted for a few minutes before you fall forward.
- Bedtime is so much better. You wake up only once at night. Always at 1am...
-You can push yourself backwards in your walker and you cry when you hit a wall and get stuck.
-You love your "Baby Can Read" videos. I make you watch them twice, which doesn't seem to bother you anymore.
-You are now eating all stage one baby foods mixed with Oatmeal, but you hate Bananas.
-No more baby Mohawk, your hair is finally flat.
.-Screeching is a favorite of yours.
-You still have the most beautiful smile in the world!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Black and White

The Paper Mama challenge theme is black and white. Here is my sweet little boy Oliver Jude. To see more, check out the challenge site!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mommy's funny when she's mad...

As we are nearing the 6 month mark, I have been reading that now is the best time to start teaching baby right from wrong. Easier said than done though. Oliver is now a rollie pollie, he has in fact become obsessed with his new found freedom. I am happy that he has reached a new milestone, but I am terrified of the obstacles up ahead for us. Babies know no fear, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers have no effect whatsoever on an infant. So when i catch my little tiny baby rolling over in his bouncer and I yell "NO" and he laughs at me, I am kinda at a loss for words. I know that eventually when he is older he will cry when I yell at him and go running to daddy for comfort, but at 6 months he thinks mommy's mad face is the funniest thing in the world.

So with that being said, I have a picture of Oliver rolling over in his bouncer. I always buckle him in, but of course the one time that I forget to, this is what I catch him doing...

So tell me Oliver, why is mommy's mad face so funny?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Picture Perfect

So I was blessed with being the second child, which basically means that my older sister has about a million and one newborn pictures of herself, and I have seen like 3 of me before the age of 6 months. I have always sorta resented my mother for the fact that a big chunk of the first few months of my life is kinda nonexistent, while my sister had every moment of her life documented from naked baby baths to her baptism. Yes, I have been baptised too, but the only proof I have of it is a pink dress that my aunt picked out for me. So when I had Oliver I decided that I was going to get as many pictures of him that I could that way he never had to wonder what color hair he really had as a baby or when he truly learned how to crawl. So with that being said i have to annouce that I have officially become a Mamarazzi!

I went from taking a picture a day to about 50 a day. I think that he is the most beautiful boy in the world and every picture of him only gets better. I love how expressive he is and I think that he is starting to realize what is going on now when that bright flash goes off in his face. All I have to do is hold the camera up to him and say SMILE and he lights up! Here are some of my favorite pictures of him.