Monthly Archives: June 2012

Things to Remember

Thursday night or more like Friday morning, between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30AM J was up playing in his crib.  Really playing.  I got up because I heard him, and I looked in the monitor to see him playing with all his stuffed animals.  It was so cute.  I went back to sleep. ha!  The reason I am pretty sure he played the whole time is I woke up hearing him talking around 2:30, and I finally got up to check on him around 3:30, change his diaper and see if he wanted some milk.  After the diaper change and some milk, he was sound asleep.  My little man wore himself out playing in the middle of the night and slept in until 9:40AM!  Crazy!  I loved it! My parents are in town for a few days so I woke up a little earlier than Jacob and got some time with my parents before their sweet little grandson woke up!  J was so much fun all day Friday.

At lunchtime he saw me eating potato chips.  I have never given him a chip before, and he acted like he wanted one.  I wasn’t planning on giving him one, but he threw one of his toys (yes, I allow him to have 1-2 toys at the highchair, it keeps things interesting and more importantly, keeps the fit throwing down).  The toy hit my plate and a chip broke and bounced right on to the highchair in front of J! In goes the potato chip!  He had the biggest smile!! Insert here the love potato chips, or at least the love of salt. lol I love my little boy!

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


Father’s Day 2012

For Father’s Day I gave my sweetie an ITunes gift card (which he has probably already spent on some tunes!) and a picture frame with a picture of him and J from last year’s Father’s Day.  After we came home from church baby J and Chase took a nap.  At around 4pm (3 hours of a nap later), we decided to be spontaneous, which doesn’t happen much with us anymore.  We went to the lake for about an hour to wrap up Chase’s awesome Father’s Day!  We really had a lot of fun relaxing, being together, and swimming a little this past Sunday.

On Saturday we had a friend over who has a 2-year-old little boy.  We set up the sprinklers, kiddie pool, and water play table outside for them to play with and they had a blast!

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Letting mommas be mommas

Before I ever became a mom I started taking mental notes from friends and relatives who had babies before me.  I had a mental list of things I knew I should do, shouldn’t do, should try, and things I should never attempt as a mommy.  So, I pretty much thought I somewhat had the big picture figured out.  I came to realize, pretty much right away, as soon as we entered our house with a baby, that I only had the outline of the big picture sort of figured out.  It will take many years and a lot of learning until the picture is finally drawn and colored in.  And I have a pretty good feeling my picture will be something abstract with a lot of colors.

Everyone’s picture is different.  Every child’s picture is different!  I used to have these set of thoughts like “oh routines are good! All children should be on a routine! It works!”  “Oh, no candy before the first birthday sounds like a great and wise idea! This will ensure healthy eating!” lol And on and on.  You can only imagine.  And if you are a mom, I am sure you had similar ideas.  Now that I have been a mom for just over a year I can look back and laugh.  Yes, a routine works well for my kid, but maybe not for yours.  Candy?  My child doesn’t even LIKE it.  He still doesn’t want to eat any, but it had nothing to do with waiting until he was a year old.  I think I gave him a tiny piece of chocolate many, many months ago and was so disappointed he didn’t like my all time favorite food.  Ha!  He is just like his daddy and prefers salty and savory foods.  So go ahead and give your baby some ice cream, really… I won’t judge.  In fact, because each family is so different, and each mom, dad, and CHILD are so different, I realize that each family does what is right for them.  I could go on and on, but instead I would love it if you would head over to Mama Birth’s blog and read what she has to say.  Her post was so good and right on.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


First Haircut

On Saturday morning we took baby J to get his first haircut.  We went to a place that specifically caters toward children and has toys in the waiting area, airplanes and cars for seats, and movies playing.  Baby J loved the toy train, and that is where the love ended.  We had three things against us already before we even walked in.  Baby J does not like to sit high up unless he is in our lap (he recently got the whole “height” thing and now he just isn’t sure about being high up unless he thinks he has total control of the situation), he doesn’t like to be strapped into a seat (but he usually gets over it), and he really does not like me brushing his hair.

And so J’s name is called and we sit him in the really cool car with a steering wheel, that is high up (strike 1!) with a seat belt (strike 2!) and he starts getting worried and starts complaining.  And THEN the hairstylist wets down his hair and COMBS it! Oh no! Enter J screeching and throwing his back followed with big big tears.  The poor lady, who looked to be in her late 2nd trimester, early 3rd, was so super patient with J.  I kept apologizing over and over.  We did everything we could think of, offered him cheerios, offered to let him play with our phones, watch cartoons on our phones, you name it.  Each thing distracted him long enough until he felt the lady touching his hair again to trim it. Poor baby J.  Poor hair stylist. Poor momma and dadda.  And seriously, poor everyone else in the place trying to get a haircut in peace.  The little girl next to baby J was getting her first haircut too.  She was super quiet and even smiled for her “first haircut picture”.  We got J’s picture in between screams.  *sigh*

Once we got home J crashed for a long nap and this momma went to her bedroom for a cry herself.  My baby J lost his curls in a traumatic hair cut session.  I may not be so against the whole growing the hair out for a while thing.  I mean, you never know, 50/50 chance those cute curls may come back.

Before with the curls:


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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


15 months old!

Baby J is now 15 months old!  I can barely believe it!  Here is an update on my little man.

Height: 32 1/2″
Weight: 26 1/2 lbs

Words he can say:
Dada, Momma, Nana (He calls me Nana.  When he first started saying momma he would say nana, many many months ago.  At some point he realized it was Momma and called me that for about a week and a half only to switch back to his tried and true name for me, Nana.  Too too cute.  I know his name for me won’t last long.  One day too soon he will be calling me mommy.)
All done, light, buh-bye, No-no, Hello (duh do)
I know (oh man..I’m not sure how he picked this one up, but I think it’s going to be trouble!)
That (a lot of things are called “that”.)
Yay! (he says this when claps sometimes)
I’m sure there is more, but that is all I can think of at the moment.  He just recently had an outburst of words, and he is trying out a bunch of new ones!

He knows tons of words now.  He usually understands what I am telling him when I talk to him.  He is quite the character.  He may not let me put food in his mouth, but when I say “Could you please try some?”, he usually opens his mouth.  Hoping this lasts..  He throws some pretty good fits now too when he doesn’t get his way.  Two of his standard fits are either laying on the ground kicking his feet or standing up and stomping his feet.  Both involve some sort of squeal/cry.  I always ignore his fits and he usually stops right away.

He loves trains, planes, cars, trucks, lawn mowers, etc.  If it moves and makes noise than he loves it.  The noisier the better too!  He points up at every plane he hears and sees.  He always tells me when the train is going by and whistling.  He also likes fans.  He has this new fascination with fans.  If we enter a room that has a ceiling fan he points to it and babbles to me that he wants it on.  He knows a ceiling fan is called a fan, because when you ask him where the fan is he points to it.  We are working on teaching him other fans (table fans, box fans) are also fans.  It’s cute to ask him where the fan is and even though he is standing right in front of a box fan he will point to the ceiling. 🙂

Baby J plays hard.  He really gets into playing and just loves it.  He pushes his cars across the room and kicks and throws the balls around.  He really likes to have someone he can toss or kick the ball back and forth to.  He isn’t that great at this yet, but you can tell he gets the concept.  He still loves putting things in an object and taking them out (like his toy box), and he loves playing outside!

He just started pointing to his nose this week when you ask him where his nose is.  The cutest part is he will clap for himself after he does it.  He knows the difference between his nose, mommy’s nose, and daddy’s nose.  If we ask him where mommy’s nose is he points to mine and points to daddy’s when we ask where daddy’s nose is.  Genius!! 😉

We are having a lot of fun with our sweet little man!!  15 months!  It’s hard to believe.

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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized