Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The One with the First Birthday Wish List

As difficult as this is for me to wrap my mind around, the little man turns one in less than two weeks.


I seriously have no idea where the time has gone.

We are planning quite the party for Memorial Day weekend and I put together a little wish list of presents for Liam.

Hubs and I haven't decided what we are getting for him yet, but here are some ideas.

I have visions of strolls in the neighborhood with this bad boy and can already see Liam in this all dressed in his Halloween costume next fall.

This thing is pretty cool.  The harness and push handles can be removed so Liam can eventually ride by himself.  It even has a drink and snack holder!

This is definitely something we will get a lot of use from this summer.  Liam already loves to splash in the bathtub and I can't wait to get him swimming.

Liam loved these blocks when we visited with friends last month and I think it's such a classic toy that he definitely needs.

So the jury is still out as to whether or not we have an appropriate tree to attach this swing to, but I still think L needs it!

I can't decide which print or pattern I want for this chair, but I love the idea of getting a mini chair for Liam.  And my PBK chair is the most comfortable thing on the planet.

This stroller from my most favorite company isn't even out yet, but this mama is already drooling over it.  I truly love our stroller (Britax B-Ready) but would love this for quick errands when I don't need as much storage space.  A mom can dream right?

Liam can always use clothes too, but I did do some damage at Carter's this past weekend while we were in Maine.

Any other mamas have great first birthday present ideas for the little ones?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The One with the Eleven Month Update

Yeah people, it's been a month since I've posted.  This whole raising a tiny human thing is awfully time consuming...


Liam Michael you are

And clearly you are quite excited about that fact!

What a month it has been little stinker!  It is mind-blowing that we are one month away from your first birthday!

What are your stats and what does the doctor say?
We haven't seen Dr. G. since your 9 month appointment in February, but I am guessing you are somewhere around 27 pounds at this point.  You have definitely gotten taller since then as well.  Things that were out of reach just a few weeks ago are suddenly being touched with those chubby little fingers.  You have a full head of blond hair that gets a little curly when it gets wet.  Those blue eyes appear to be sticking around (yet another trait you get from your Daddy).  

What are you eating?
You are an eating machine and will try just about anything.  You love fruit and gobble up any kind we give you.  This month, we have added raspberries, chicken pot pie, corn, cereal, and oatmeal to your ever-growing list of foods.  You are still having three 8-ounce bottles of Similac Advance a day and one 4-ounce bottle before bed.  You eat three full meals every day and truly enjoy eating.  You are still a water fiend and grab any cup with a straw in it.

When do you sleep and eat?
You have done much better this month with sleeping continuously through the night and Mommy and Daddy have really let you figure out how to self-soothe lately.  You are getting better at finding your Taggies blanket or binkie during the night and that helps you fall back to sleep.  Sometimes, you sit up in your crib but you usually fall back over within a few seconds and are sleeping again soon.

Your sleeping and eating schedule hasn't changed much this month.  You typically wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 and have your first bottle of the day after a diaper change.  You spend some time crawling and climbing while Mommy and Daddy finish getting ready for work.  Your breakfast is usually around 8:30 and you are taking your first nap by 9:30ish.  We can't seem to get this nap to last more than 30-40 minutes in your crib.  You have your second bottle between 10:30 and 11:00.  Lunch is still around 12:15 and you play for a while before your next nap.  This nap is usually longer and Nana is lucky if she gets an hour, often with half of the nap occurring in her arms.  Your third bottle is between 3:00 and 3:30, depending on what time you wake up.  We have dinner around 5:30 and you are in your crib by 7:15 every night, usually falling right asleep.

What do your routines look like?
No changes to your bedtime routine around here...we are not messing with success!  Your bath happens around 6:45 and you love playing with your toys and splashing around.  You change into jammies and have your little bottle after your bath.  We read a story and sing a song before you go in your crib.

What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?
You are outgrowing just about everything we have around here (like Mommy needs an excuse to go shopping!).  Your 12 month clothes are barely fitting (especially the pajamas), but you do still fit in some 12-18 month clothes.  You are still wearing size 4 Pampers Cruisers during the day and we have switched to size 5 Pampers Extra Dry at night.

What are some things you love?
You are still loving to be in motion at all times.  You move so quickly that it is hard to keep up!  You will dance and bounce on your legs whenever music comes on.  You love to look at (and eat!) books.  Some of your favorites are Guess How Much I Love You?, Goodnight Moon, and Little Blue Truck.  You love pushing buttons and thoroughly enjoy grabbing everyone's phones at every chance you get.  You like playing with the pillows on the couch and rolling around on Mommy and Daddy's bed.  You still love your buddy, Max and never miss an opportunity to crawl all over him.  You have a great time people watching, whether we are in a restaurant or out walking in your stroller.  You love your binkie, especially when you are feeling tired or cranky.

What are some things you don't love?
You do not enjoy having your face wiped after you eat and are definitely not a fan when you don't get what you want.  You don't like being put in time out when you are having trouble listening, which has been a common occurrence this month!  

What can you do?
Oh we had some big moments this month, little buddy!  A couple weeks ago, you started letting go of what you were holding onto to stand by yourself for short periods of time.  Mommy, Daddy, and Nana knew taking steps wasn't far behind.  Sure enough, within a couple of days, you started taking steps between the coffee table and the couch.  We are up to 3 or 4 steps at a time, but it is mostly between two objects as opposed to out in the "open."  You can clap your own hands together and are giving kisses and hugs all the time.  You also managed to learn how to open doors.

What are you saying?
You are doing some repetition of sounds (baba, dada), but there doesn't seem to be much meaning behind them.  You love to screech and scream and Mommy wonders whether you will ever talk or just yell!

How many teeth do you have?
You got your eighth tooth this month and now have four teeth on the top and four on the bottom.  You love putting everything in your mouth and Mommy is convinced there may be more teeth coming soon, even if it seems a little early.

What are some firsts from this month?
You took your first steps, stood without holding on, and celebrated your first St. Patrick's Day.  You also visited Mommy's school for the first time in a long while when Daddy surprised Mommy by bringing you in last week when he got out of work early.  You also watched Daddy cut and split wood for the first time.

What are some of your nicknames?
Swiper, Liam Michael (not a nickname but definitely being said quite a bit this month when you are being "naughty"), Peanut, Mr. Man

What are Mommy and Daddy's "Parents of the Year" moments?
With your newfound climbing skills, you have managed to get quite a few bumps and bruises this month.  In one weekend, you managed to tumble three times and hit your head in the exact same spot.  Mommy and Daddy felt awfully bad, but you recovered quite nicely.

What are we looking forward to in the next month?
We are traveling to Maine for the first time to visit at Gramma and Papa's house to celebrate your first Easter.  This means a 4 hour car trip with Max for the first time.  We are also changing you into your big boy car seat this weekend as you are definitely outgrowing your infant seat and we want you nice and comfy for your trip.  

You are such a ham for the camera and it really showed this month!

We do say this every month, but this age is so much fun!  You are a happy, curious, and special little boy and Mommy and Daddy love you so very much!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The One with the Ten Month Update

Liam Michael you are


This month has had one big milestone after another!  Your gross and fine motor skills are taking off like crazy!

What are your stats and what does the doctor say?
We saw Dr. G. two weeks ago and you weighed in at 25 pounds, 1 ounce, which puts you in the 95 percentile for weight.  You are 28 inches tall.  Your head circumference is still off the charts, but we knew that was coming!  Dr. G. was so very happy with everything you are doing and and you got great scores on your developmental profile.  We talked about what you eat, your newfound crawling and cruising skills, and your schedule.  You didn't even have to get any shots, but you did get some eyedrops for your first case of pink eye, which showed up the morning of your doctor's appointment.

What are you eating?
On the day you turned 9 months old, Mommy decided to try to cut you down to three 8-ounce bottles of Similac Advance a day.  Your sleeping schedule made it hard to get all four bottles and your meals in every day.  You did so well with this change and we haven't looked back since.  You now eat three meals a day in addition to your bottles.  This month, you tried mango, chicken sausage, pesto, grilled cheese, yogurt (on a spoon as opposed to frozen), pastina, oranges, French toast, mashed potatoes and spinach, French fries, and peanut butter.  You absolutely love strawberries and would eat them at every meal if Mommy would let you!  Some foods you always loved - avocado and banana - are not so high on your list anymore.  You always have water with every meal and you love to drink out of straws.  You are now having a 4-ounce bottle before bed every night.


When do you sleep and eat?
You continue to do well in your crib, although teething and growth spurts have reared their ugly heads this month.  You love to stand and cruise around in your crib, but usually only when you really aren't tired.  Mommy and Daddy added a gummy teething guard on the sides of your crib to stop the teeth marks, as chewing your crib is a favorite activity!  You have been waking up once a night for the past few weeks, but typically settle back down with a little soothing from Mommy.

You wake up most mornings between 6:00 and 6:30 but we do get a 7:00 morning every once and a while (never on the weekends though!).  Mommy gives your your first bottle and then you hang in the kitchen while everyone gets ready for work.  You have breakfast with Nana around 8:30 and then go down for your first nap by around 9:30.  That is typically a 30-40 minute nap.  You have your second bottle around 11:00 and usually eat lunch around 12:30 after Mommy calls from school to check in.  Sometimes you take a second nap between your bottle and lunch.  You sleep again after lunch, sometimes staying in your crib for longer, but usually spending half the nap in the crib and the other half in Nana's arms.  You have your third bottle around 3:30 and sometimes take a quick nap around 4:45 after Mommy gets home.  We have dinner at 5:30 and your little bottle right before bed.  You are fast asleep in your crib between 7:15 and 7:30 on most nights.

What do your routines look like?
Bedtime routines are very set in stone around here.  Bath with lots of splashing, lotion and jammies, bottle, story, song, and into the crib.  You have done so well with this routine since the beginning that Mommy is afraid to change it!

What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?
We can still squeeze you into some 9 month onesies, but the pants are definitely too short.  The majority of your clothes are 12 month or 12-18 month.  You are still wearing size 4 Pampers Cruisers during the day and size 4 Pampers Extra Dry Overnight diapers at night.

What are some things you love?
As we should have known from when you were an inside baby kicking Mommy's belly all the time, you love to be in motion.  You have been a wild man this month and are moving around like crazy!  You love to explore everything you can and Max's food dish has become your newest obsession.  You absolutely love The Weather Channel and watching the weather forecasts on the news.  You will stop what you are doing to watch the meteorologists and seem to be so focused on what they are saying.  You still love to cover your face with blankets and clothes and will kick and laugh whenever you do it.  

What are some things you don't love?
You still hate having your nose wiped (a popular activity this month with yet another cold).  You are pretty happy most of the time, unless you are tired or want something you can't have (like that silly dog dish!).  Eyedrops are not on your list of fun things to do.

What can you do?
What can't you do, little man?!  You are now climbing stairs and we are in full baby-proofing mode around here.  You pull up on anything you can get your little hands around and are cruising around the coffee table, playpen, crib, gate, and couch.  You can move between the couch and the coffee table by holding on with one hand.  You now play peek-a-boo, give high five, flush the toilet, and reach out and point with your hand for something you want.  

There goes the water bill.

How many teeth do you have?
You have seven teeth already!  Your top two middle teeth and the one on the bottom next to the middle teeth popped through this month (did Mommy mention that caused some sleep drama and cranky days!).

What are some firsts from this month?
You started climbing stairs and cruising around furniture this month.  We also celebrated your first Valentine's Day and you sat in the big boy part of the shopping cart for the first time.  You also had your first case of pink eye and a pretty yucky cold that Mommy gave to you.

I can barely see, Mama (and why am I wearing a Christmas bib in February?!)

What are some of your nicknames?
Still calling you Swiper and Stinker all the time.

What are we looking forward to in the next month?
This month, we are looking forward to some quiet time at home.  On the weekends, Mommy and Daddy like to take you out to run errands and get you out of the house for a bit.  We will also celebrate one of your friend's first birthday.

You are such a ham for the camera and obviously would not sit still for your pictures this month.

 Baby yoga, anyone?

This month has been one big ball of fun and you make Mommy and Daddy so very happy every day! We love you so much!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The One with All the Goop

So it's school vacation week over here, which can only mean one thing...

I'm sick.

It seriously happens almost every year during at least one vacation (we are two for two this year already).

I go nonstop and run myself ragged and the minute I slow down for 2.6 seconds, it all catches up to me and dumps sickness everywhere.

I started feeling crummy at the end of last week and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty.

Sore throat, fever, exhaustion, and a beautiful cough that could wake the dead.

By Sunday, I was almost in tears every time I swallowed my own spit.

When I woke up yesterday morning, I could barely open my left eye because it was filled with goopy gross crustiness.  My nose was a leaky faucet and I was coughing up some pretty disgusting stuff (hope you're not eating while you read this).

Yesterday, I ended up at the walk-in clinic (thanks, regular doctor, for being closed and making me pay a $50 copay).  Two and a half hours, two strep tests, one flu test, and one script for amoxicillin later and I am starting to feel a little better today.

Turns out it's not strep or the flu.  Probably just some awesome viral thing that I caught from one of the 25 germ-infested munchkins who have no control over where they send their spit and snot in my classroom.  I'm still finishing the antibiotic just in case.

But I haven't even gotten to the best part...

Obviously it couldn't just be me who got sick.

This morning, Liam woke up with the goopiest of goopy eyes.  Poor kid could barely see.

Luckily, we had his 9 month well-visit today so Dr. G was able to give us a prescription for some eye drops (which Liam obviously loves so very much...sarcasm font needed here).  The little guy is in great spirits considering the grossness and thankfully he didn't need any shots today.  But I do feel terrible for him.

My eyes may look like I went 10 rounds with Tyson but I am still eating like a champ!

So, that's how our vacation started.

Crossing my fingers that the rest of it is goop free.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The One with the Nine Month Update

Liam Michael you are


You have shown us so much new stuff this month little man!  You are moving around like crazy and are keeping us quite busy!

What are your stats and what does the doctor say?
We don't go in to see Dr. G for two more weeks, but Mommy is thinking you are at least 25 pounds.  You seem to have gotten a lot taller too, so we are looking forward to seeing how much you have grown.  The blond hair and blue eyes are here to stay.  Everyone is always commenting on how much hair you have.  You are the envy of all the girls!

What are you eating?
You are still drinking four 8-ounce bottles of Similac Advance formula a day.  When we go to see Dr. G in two weeks, Mommy is going to see what he says about cutting down to three bottles a day.  You are eating two meals a day and usually have a third meal in the late afternoon.  Sometimes we skip that one depending on your nap schedule.  You are really loving all the different foods we have tried.  This month, you have tried cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggs, tomatoes, toast, egg noodles, meatloaf, chicken, hummus, quinoa, macaroni and sauce, and meatballs.  Mommy has found a lot of different ways to incorporate different foods into your diet.  You have had broccoli and cauliflower cheese bites, sweet potato quinoa patties, apple and cheddar balls, and will soon try pineapple and mango muffins.  You are still loving banana and blueberries and definitely prefer fruits to veggies.  You still have your 2-ounce snack bottle before bed and you love drinking water.

This is how the cool kids eat.

When do you sleep and eat?
Crib sleeping continues to be going very well.  You go down with very little issue and sleep through the night without problem.  You typically need a pacifier replacement or two throughout the night, but we consider that a big success.  You are rolling and moving around in your crib like crazy when you are awake, but usually settle yourself down without a problem.  You sleep with a Henry the Hippo lovey, a Taggies blanket, and Cecil (the Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse), which Mommy knows breaks all the "no sleeping with things" rules but they help to soothe you back to sleep when you wake up.

You wake up most mornings around 6:00 am, but did sleep the other morning until almost 7:00!  You have your first bottle in your room with Mommy and then you hang out in the kitchen with Nana while Mommy and Daddy get ready for work.  Mommy gives you some breakfast while she packs lunches and gets organized for the day.  You are usually ready for your first nap between 8:30 and 9:00.  You are still our cat napper and typically only do about 30 minutes.  Your second bottle is around 10:00 and you usually have some lunch with Nana around 11:30.  Mommy calls from school around noontime and you are typically getting ready for a nap around that time.  Sometimes Nana is able to get you to take a longer nap in the crib, but often you take half the nap in the crib and half in Nana's arms.  And sometimes, you take two shorter naps in the afternoon.  Your third bottle is sometime between 2:00 and 2:30 and you often go down for a nap again between 3:30 and 4:00.  You have your last bottle around 6:00 and you are asleep in your crib by 7:15 most nights.

What do your routines look like?
You still have a pretty strict bedtime routine.  It's bath in the little tub that we put in the big tub, lotion and jammies, little bottle, story, song, rocking, and then off to sleep in your crib.

For naps, we read a story, sing a song, rock a little, and then put you down in the crib.

What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?
You are wearing a few 9 months clothes, but are mostly in 12 month clothes.  You are wearing size 4 Pampers Cruisers during the day and size 4 Pampers Extra Dry Overnight diapers at night.

What are some things you love?
You are loving to explore your environment now that you are capable of moving more (details on that in a few).  You love to climb and roll around on the floor.  You would play with Max's toys all day long if Mommy and Daddy let you, but they are always going in your mouth.  You still love remotes, screens, and anything that lights up.  You like to rolled around in your highchair and still love to play on Mommy and Daddy's bed.  Anytime Max is around, you want to be close to him and you like to pet him and grab his fur.  Luckily, Max is pretty tolerant!

What are some things you don't love?
You are not a big fan of having your nose wiped, but do like the new NoseFrida booger sucker we got the other day.  The concept is gross, but it works so well!  You don't like it when something is taken away from you when you still want it.

What can you do?
Oh boy, it has been quite a month for your motor development!  You are now crawling around like crazy and you just love that you can move around so easily.  You had been doing a modified army crawl for a bit, but lifted that belly about a week and a half ago and nothing can stop you now!  You are able to push yourself to a sitting position from being on your belly, which makes it super interesting in your crib.  In fact, just last night, you rolled from your back to your stomach, sat yourself up and started to pull up on the side of the crib.  Speaking to pulling up, you are doing that all.the.time on everything you can.  You have pulled yourself up on your music table, the coffee table, the gate around the wood stove, and you are almost all the way up on your feet in your crib.  You are feeding yourself and you will sometimes use a spoon with help.  Your pincer grasp is really starting to develop and you can pick up smaller items easily.  You don't have any specific words yet, but understand the signs for water, eat, and all done.  You can also clap someone else's hands together and sometimes do high five.

How many teeth do you have?
You still have four teeth, but your two top middle teeth are right at the surface of your gums waiting to pop through.  When you have teeth about to pop, you tend to get a runny nose and one watery eye.  That is one way we always know that there are teeth about to come in.

What are some firsts from this month?
You started crawling, pulling yourself up, and opening drawers.  You ate lots of new foods and are enjoying making lots of messes.  You went to your first baby shower and continue to travel well in the car, unless it's dark out.  You took a bath in the little tub inside the big tub.  

What are some of your nicknames?
Swiper, Stinker, Pumpkin, Peanut

What are we looking forward to in the next month?
This month, we are looking forward to celebrating your first Valentine's Day with lots of love.  Mommy has a vacation coming up, so we are going to enjoy some time at home and maybe a day trip or two depending on the weather.

We had quite a bit of fun taking your pictures this month.  You were quite the wiggle worm and kept lunging for the camera!  And all of your pictures include some lovely head marks and bumps from your newfound movement and freedom.

 Complete with dirty laundry basket.

Mommy says this every month, but you really are the happiest and most fun baby and it is so enjoyable to watch you grow and change.