Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leslie Loves...{3.06}

I had planned for my next "Leslie Loves..." post {i.e. this one} to be non-baby-related...but, once again, time got away from me, and I've got to get these items written down before I forget! #MomBrain  As a side note, if you think #PregnancyBrain goes away after you have the baby, think again, my friend! It's simply replaced by #MomBrain, a condition that significantly {negatively} affects the memory! Anyway, back to the subject at hand...




These are our "MUST HAVES" for months 9-12...

  1. Mirror Shapes Bath Toys: these bright-colored shapes with mirrors are H's favorite bath toys! They stick to the side of the tub/tile wall just like the foam letters {which he also loves}.
  2. Shape Sorter: of the 2,468 toys we have strung out across our living room, this is one that he plays with every.single.day! At first he just liked to take off the lid and dump out the blocks, then he started putting them back in the bucket {without the lid}, and recently he's actually been making an effort to get the shapes through the right slot in the lid. {It's so fun to watch him learn!
  3. Little Tikes Snug 'n Secure Swing: as long as it's not raining, I can pretty much guarantee we will be outside swinging at some point during the day. H is very secure in the swing now with the shoulder straps that hook to the T-bar, and he still has plenty of room to grow.
  4. Bowls with Lids: now that he's a full-on solid food eater, we've got to take snacks with us anywhere and everywhere we go. We love these bowls because the lids are easy for us to pop on and off, but they're secure enough that we can hand a bowl full of Cheerios to H to play with {bang around and make lots of noise} and not worry about the lid coming off and spilling Cheerios everywhere. I will tell you that my 2.5-year-old nephew is capable of removing the lids though...just FYI! The size of these bowls is also great for warming up a baby-size serving of food or for storing leftovers in the fridge.
  5. KidCo Foam Edge and Corner Protector Kit: the majority of H's toys reside in our living room surrounding the fireplace, which has a granite slab that is about 18 inches high and extends out about two feet...you know, the perfect height for a babe to fall into and cut his head open/knock himself out. Thus, we found this sticky foam edging to soften the sharp edges. It comes in several colors to blend with whatever surface you're trying to prevent from causing bumps and bruises.
  6. Baby's First Photo Album: H received this soft-cover photo album for Christmas, but he's just now started to really enjoy/interact with it. It's full of bright-colored pages and shapes made of different fabrics and even includes some crinkly sound pages. It's filled with photos of family and friends...but H's favorite page is the one with Lily. When he gets to that page, he YELLS "Dog! Dog! Dog!" over and over and over again.
  7. Disposable Place Mats: these are perfect for restaurants, and I've found that they serve two purposes for us: 1) keeps the babe's food off of the {possibly} germy table, and 2) makes it easy to clean up the {possible} mess when H is done eating. 
  8. Sippy Cups: we've tried multiple sippy cups, and these three are the ones that work best for us. We introduced several cups when he was about six months old, and these were the only ones he liked for several months {our "starter cup"}. This is more of a transition cup, and it's worked like a charm for us for milk. It's tall and skinny similar to the shape of his bottles {and he uses it without the handles}. H has tried {and continues to try} everything possible to make this cup spill/leak, but so far he's been unsuccessful in those attempts {knock on wood!}. Now THAT is a selling point for a sippy cup if I've ever heard one! Lastly, it took H a little time to figure this one out, but it's by far his favorite now that he's got the hang of it. For the most part it doesn't leak...but some liquid will escape upon impact when it is launched across the room or thrown from the high chair {not that my child would ever do such a thing!}.

    Be sure to check out our 0-3 month "loves" here,
     3-6 month "loves" here,
    and our 6-9 month "loves" here.

What am I missing?

Please share with me your favorite baby products!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Twelve Months

Twelve months = one year.

How is it that our little man is ONE YEAR OLD?!!?

No matter how hard it is for this momma to believe, there's no changing the fact that our baby boy is now officially a toddler. He's ONE.

This past month was a BIG month for our little guy...lots of firsts and lots of growing!



A few notes from the last month of Huston's first year...
  • Official stats from his 12-month well visit: 19 pounds, 15 ounces {27th percentile} and 30.3 inches long {68th percentile}. That's a HUGE growth spurt since his 9-month well visit when he was at the 18th percentile for weight and the 15th percentile for length. {His daddy is convinced that the nurses just didn't fully stretch him out during previous measurements.}
  • He's mostly wearing size 9-12 month clothes {9-months for shorts and 12-months for tops}, but he's in 18-month footie pajamas for the length.  Size 3 diapers {still, STILL!}.  
    • He's down to four bottles per day, ranging from 5-7 ounces each. We still offer him a bottle before bedtime, but he usually wants nothing to do with it or will take about an ounce at most. We gave him his first bottle of whole milk a few days before his birthday, and he didn't act like he noticed it was any different than the formula he was used to.  He seems to prefer a sippy cup over a bottle, but he only takes little sips at a time, so we haven't ditched the bottle just yet. That's on the agenda for the coming weeks though. His schedule is pretty much the same as last month...  

    Typical Daily Schedule
    5:30 -6:00 am: 5-7 ounce bottle and then back to sleep
    7:30{ish} am: wake up
    7:45 am: Cheerios while Momma and Daddy eat breakfast
    8:30-9:00 am: 7-ounce bottle
    9:30: oatmeal/fruit
    10:00{ish}: cat nap {usually no longer than 30 minutes}
    12:30 pm: 7-ounce bottle
    2:30 pm: fruits/veggies/pasta
    3:00{ish} pm: nap {if we're lucky he'll sleep for an hour!}
    4:30 pm: 7-ounce bottle
    6:00 pm: fruits/veggies/meats solids or purees
    6:30 pm: bath
    7:00 pm: we offer a bottle, but he usually refuses it
    7:00 - 7:30 pm: bedtime
      • Favorite foods: fruit {specifically watermelon, bananas, peaches}, cottage cheese, quesadillas, pizza, Cheerios, oatmeal {as long as it has fruit in it!}, corn on the cob.  
      Can't beat Cheerios!

      First time eating corn on the cob, 8/8/2016
      • He goes down for bed between 7:00 - 7:30 pm and sleeps until 5:30 - 6:00 am. After a clean diaper and a bottle, he goes back to sleep until around 7:30 am. We put him in his crib every morning and afternoon for a nap...and actual sleep time can range anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half.
      • I don't know if I'd call it full-blown "Stranger Danger," but H is pretty attached to the people he knows best and doesn't have much to do with anyone else. The sweet ladies in the nursery at church try to make us feel better when they say, "he didn't cry the WHOLE time," or "he did play with the toys for a little while," but it still completely and totally breaks my heart. I know it's good for him to be around new people, especially other littles, and we will continue to take him to the nursery during church...but Daddy will probably have to do the drop off!
      • He is quite the entertainer these days. Once he realizes that he's done something funny to make you laugh, he will then put 10 times more effort into it and continue doing it as long as you will continue laughing...or until he cracks himself up so much that he can't keep doing it.
      • Our little guy finally started to get some hair this month...mostly in the back, so it's a bit mullet-like. It's very light brown in color, and it looks as though it might curl a bit as it grows longer. He has a cowlick right at the crown of his head, and now that he's got some hair, I can't really figure out how to comb it. It always seems to fall into place once his hair dries, so we'll just hope that continues!  
      • He had his first fever {we do realize how incredibly lucky we are that he was 11.5 months old when this happened!}. We're not 100% sure if it was due to teething {first molars aren't fun!} or if he might have caught a little bug while we were on vacation. Either way, the little guy definitely didn't feel well and just wanted to be held/cuddled {which isn't the norm!}.
      • He graduated to a convertible car-seat this month. I'm sure it's much more comfortable for him, but I sure miss the ease of being able to tote the {heavy} infant seat in and out of the car.
      • WALKING! He started out taking 2-4 steps at a time...only when he wanted to...about midway through the month. He walked all the way across the room two days before his birthday. 
      • Other new "tricks": waves bye-bye, claps for patty-cake, plays peek-a-boo.
      • Favorite toys: stacking rings, shaped blocks {he's starting to understand they go in specific openings of the container}, cars/trucks, balls {any size}, golf clubs, board books {especially the ones that make sounds}.
      Obsessed with cars and trucks, 7/26/2016
      • Words he's saying: "MaMa," "DaDa," "out," "dog," and "go."
      • Four new teeth this month: both bottom lateral incisors and his right side first molars on both the top and bottom {don't worry, I had to google the names of the teeth!}. He now has a total of 10 teeth!


      A few more things that took place during the last month of Huston's first year...
      • Landon, Kelli, Nais & Mills came to visit...

      Huston and Mills just waiting on everyone else, 7/15/2016
      Lukens Cousins, 7/18/2016
      • We visited the Fort Worth Zoo...


      • We traveled to Idaho for his first vacation and had a fabulous time with the Martin side of the family...
      Airplane Selfie






      • He finally got to meet his little buddy, Donovan...

      • Abbey came to visit...
      • We had a "practice" smash cake and mini birthday party with the Martin side of the family while we were in Idaho. He didn't have a lot of interest in his cake...





      And now even more photos from the past month...


      Reading a few books, 7/14/2016

      Waiting to board our flight to Idaho, 7/20/2016

      Playing with Momma, 7/24/2016

      First hotel stay, 7/24/2016

      Traveling is exhausting, 7/25/2016

      Big Smiles, 7/30/2016

      "Hiding" under the table, 7/31/2016

      Building stuff, 8/5/2016

      Sharing an apple with Daddy, 8/6/2016

      So serious, 8/9/2016

      Reading with Daddy, 8/9/2016

      August 11, 2016: He went to sleep a "baby" and woke up a "toddler."



      Dear Huston,

      I already wrote you a birthday letter, so I'll keep this one short. Celebrating your birthday is a bittersweet occasion, little man. It's so very exciting to reach this big milestone, but on the other hand, it's hard on my momma-heart to accept that you're already ONE. Time truly does fly! I'm just going to have to accept that there is no way to slow it down...and in the meantime, I'm going to soak up every single moment I can spend with you.


      Thank you for giving us the best year of our lives, sweet boy!  We love you beyond measure!

      Love you always,
      Momma


      Friday, August 12, 2016

      A Letter to My Son {on his first birthday}




      Dear Huston, 

      Happy Happy Happy Birthday, my sweet boy!

      “Don’t blink!”
      “Time flies!”
      “The days are long, but the years are short!”

      After hearing all the warnings of time passing by faster than I could ever imagine, I thought I was prepared for how quickly this first year would pass. I made a point to “live in the moment,” document every second I possibly could with photos and videos, and just to “soak it all in” every chance I got. Yet somehow, I’m still in shock and disbelief that we’ve reached your first birthday. Where has the time gone?!!?

      Looking back through the pictures and videos of your first year makes me all types of emotional. Although I was very intentional in paying attention to the little details and tried desperately to permanently etch it all in my memory, I realize now that memories fade and are quickly replaced with new memories…which makes me even more grateful that your daddy and I snapped so many pics and videos to document the big milestones as well as the ordinary, daily routines of this past year. I never ever want to forget. 

      You are completely and totally your daddy’s mini-me. Even strangers will point out how much you look like your daddy. I just consider myself very lucky to have two incredibly handsome guys to call mine! With those bright blue eyes and that crooked little smirk you flash, it’s nearly impossible to keep a straight face. You can brighten even the darkest day, little man. Your happiness and  {endless} energy are contagious. Simply put, you make this world a better place!

      I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I had no idea how truly fulfilling that role would actually be for me. I am proud of several accomplishments in my life, but those all pale in comparison to the pride I have in being your momma. You have changed me for the better in so many ways. Most importantly, you’ve helped me figure out what really matters in life…the petty things that used to consume me no longer matter {at least not nearly as much!}. My faith is so much stronger because I’ve seen firsthand God’s work in creating you…our tiny, perfect miracle. I pray with you every night, thanking the Lord for blessing us with you and asking for His guidance in raising you to know and love Him.    

      Multiple times this week I’ve caught myself holding you just a little longer, squeezing you just a little tighter…listening to you breathe, watching you sleep…just “soaking it all in.” Although you are now officially a “toddler,” just know that no matter how old you get, you will ALWAYS be my baby. Son, you will never fully comprehend how loved you are. It’s a love that I never even knew existed until I became your momma…a love so intense that sometimes it almost hurts.  The unconditional love I have for you will never waiver.   

      Bittersweet. If I had to pick one single word to describe this past year, it would be bittersweet. It’s been a perfect mix of over-the-top-excitement each time you reach a new milestone combined with the sadness and realization that you are growing up way too fast! I fear that each year is going to fly by faster than the last…but your daddy and I will be right there by your side, learning with and supporting you along the way {and documenting it all with pictures and videos!}. We look forward to all the bittersweet moments that lie ahead…celebrating the successes, learning from the mistakes…all while wishing we could press the pause button to slow down time.    

      Thank you, precious boy. Thank you for making me a momma. Thank you for being my son. Thank you for the best year of my life.

      Happy 1st birthday, little man!

      Love you times infinity,
      Momma




      FYI: H's 12-month update will be posted early next week after we get his official stats at his well visit with Dr. Diana.