Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nine Month Photos

Yesterday I posted H's 11-month update, but today we're going to rewind a bit because I HAVE to share his 9-month photos. I knew we had plans to travel back to Kansas for Memorial Weekend, so I scheduled a photo session with Lacey {LuLu's Pictures} to capture a few three-quarters-of-a-year milestone images.  

I hope you can look past the blog watermark on the photos, but I just know you can never be too careful with images of your little one floating around on the world wide web. 

Photo Credit: LuLu's Pictures

A few of my favorites...

Although our little guy is too little to understand now, these photos with his Great-Granddad Huston {his namesake} will someday mean the world to him...

Huston's cousins, Nais and Mills, were in town for the weekend we were lucky enough to get a pic of the cousins together. Although we live in different states, it is my hope that these boys will be best friends as they grow up {probably giving us more gray hair than we'd like!}.

As always, THANK YOU to LuLu's Pictures for these priceless images to document our baby boy's first year and special family memories!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Eleven Months

This momma is in serious denial that we're only one month away from our sweet babe's first birthday. It's so very bittersweet! Each and every day we continue to be amazed with something new he does...the miracle of a growing/developing baby is truly just that: a miracle. It's so incredible to witness his "firsts" and get to know his unique little personality, but on the other hand, I just want to freeze time and keep him little. Just like every momma in the history of forever, I'm just going to continue to do all that I can to soak up every little moment and enjoy this incredible ride our baby boy is taking us on. 

A few notes from Huston's eleventh month of life...
  • Another month with no official weight or height measurement, but we're estimating that he weighs about 19 pounds and is somewhere around 29{ish} inches long.
  • He's mostly wearing 9-12 month clothes, but he's in 18-month footie pajamas for the length.  Size 3 diapers. We thought it was about time to transition to size 4, but we quickly found out the 4s are still way too big!
    • Our little man has really increased his intake of "real" food this month, and sometimes it's a bit of a struggle to get him to take as much milk as our pediatrician recommends {minimum of 24 ounces per day}. He's pretty much dropped his last bottle of the day, so we're down to four bottles per day, six ounces each. In the last week or so, we've pretty much transitioned to 100% formula {Enfamil Gentlease}.  I think we've got 3-4 bags of frozen breastmilk saved in case he should get sick and need it to boost his immune system over the next month before we transition to whole milk.  Hopefully he'll stay healthy though, and it'll just be a nice surprise for his last few bottles to be breast milk {because he most definitely still prefers that over formula}.

    Typical Daily Schedule
    5:30 -6:00 am: 6-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: 6-ounce bottle
    9:30{ish}: cat nap {usually no longer than 30 minutes}
    10:30 am: oatmeal/fruit
    12:30 pm: 6-ounce bottle
    2:30 pm: fruits/veggies solids or purees
    3:00{ish} pm: nap {if we're lucky he'll sleep for an hour!}
    4:30 pm: 6-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: pretty much any and all fruit {sweet tooth...he gets it from his momma!}, Mum Mum crackers, Cheerios, puffs, cheese quesadillas, macaroni.  
    • He drinks water out of his sippy cups like a pro...but he'd really prefer to drink from Daddy's Yeti or a regular plastic water bottle. He's also picked up a new trick...he loves to make everyone laugh by going "Ahhhhhh!" {like he's totally refreshed} after taking a drink!
    • 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. He's kinda like a little clock because his nighttime sleep schedule is very consistent.  Nap time...not so much. We have started putting him down in his crib in the morning and in the's just a toss up whether or not he'll actually sleep. Surprisingly, he's very content to play in his crib for 10-15 minutes. After that, he'll either fall asleep or demand we get him out {i.e. throw a fit!}.
    • Our little man doesn't like anyone to leave...and he's very well aware of when it's about to happen. He's recently started to cry when we leave in the mornings.  That's tough and really tugs at my heartstrings...but I know that he's totally happy and content at home with Maria because he also gets upset when it's time for her to leave in the evenings.
    • He has gotten pretty good at standing unassisted for short little phases {10 seconds or so}, but he hasn't shown much interest in walking on his own. A couple of times he's taken a single step from the couch or chair to the ottoman, but it's definitely not something he does on a regular basis. He's a master {and fast!} when it comes to walking behind his push toys. He can go in reverse, turn, and maneuver his pushable walker to get himself anywhere and everywhere he wants to go.
    • Speaking of getting anywhere and everywhere, we can't take our eyes off Baby H for even a second. He's into E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! After we baby-proofed all of the cabinets in the kitchen, I thought it might be a good idea to let him have "his drawer" for when he was "helping" in the kitchen. It seemed totally harmless! The drawer contained plastic paper plate holders and a few pot holders...things that were fun for him to throw out on the floor, put back in the drawer and then repeat...762 times. Apparently that got boring pretty fast because this is the series of photos I got the next Monday when Daddy was home with the little man...
    • Oh...and he's also a climber! Another photo I got from a {different} Monday at home with Daddy...
    • While we're on the subject on Mondays with Daddy, we can't forget his first golf lesson...
    • Words he's saying: "MaMa," "DaDa," "out" and "dog."
    • He got two more teeth on the top this month for a total of SIX TEETH {two bottom, four top}.

    A few more things that took place during Huston's eleventh month...
    • We celebrated Daddy's first Father's Day...

    • He took his first dip in a swimming pool...

    Swimming with his buddy, Jack
    • Grandpa Ted came to visit...
    • Jenny came to visit...
    • He played with his buddy, Cameron...
    • We celebrated his first Fourth of July...

    • We got a swing for the back patio, and it became his favorite thing to do...
    • and Grammy came to visit...

    And now even more photos from Huston's eleventh month of life...

    Is that a look of innocence or mischief???
    Reading with Maria  6/16/2016
    Always golfing  6/18/2016
    Soooooooo BIG! 6/18/2016
    Summertime Wardrobe 6/30/2016
    Strollin'  7/6/2016
    Kisses for Momma 7/10/2016
    Just chillin'  7/11/2016

    Dear Huston,

    If there's anything to be said about your momma this month, it's that I am emotional. I barely held back the tears when I dropped your birthday invitations in the mail last week...and then there was nothing I could do to prevent the tears from falling when I started working on this blog post. I just don't even know where the time has gone! How in the world is my baby boy eleven months old?!!? However it happened, there's one thing for sure: it's been the most rewarding eleven months of our lives. A million times over!

    It's so very much fun to experience new things with you! You love to go outside and water the flowers with me in the evenings. Well, the part you love is splashing around in the stream of water from the hose...the wetter the both of us get, the happier you are! I've really come to love these moments...which is a total surprise to myself since I typically hate getting wet {especially my hair!}. However, hearing your sweet giggle and seeing that huge grin on your face when the water hits us makes it beyond worth it. I can't help but laugh at the little ways I've changed just because I'm your mom. There's no doubt about it, baby boy, you have made me a better person! 

    You are our pride and joy, little man. We love you with every fiber of our being...and then some more! Thank you for filling our lives with so much happiness!

    Love you always,

    Friday, July 8, 2016

    With a Heavy Heart


    My heart hurts this morning...

    ...for my city,

    ...for this country as a whole.

    There are simply no words.


    Pray for Dallas.

    Pray for the victims and families of all the senseless violence.

    Pray for those who devote their lives to protecting and serving our communities.

    Pray for a solution to all the hate that seems to be multiplying in the world today.

    Pray for peace.

    ...and while you're at it, be sure to thank God for the good in your life!

    Just Pray!


    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Leslie Loves...{3.05}

    Here we go...another edition of baby must-haves, so feel free to just click the "X" in the top right corner of your screen if you're not at an age/stage of your life to have an interest in these necessities.  However, I know hope there are people out there like me searching the world wide web high and low to find opinions from other mommas who have been there/done that and found products their babes can't live without {or at least make life a little easier!}.

    These are our "MUST HAVES" for months six through nine...

    1. Baltic Amber Necklace: although I wasn't sure about it at first, I will now admit I'm a true believer in the amber necklace for teething. After talking with our pediatrician about it, H wears his amber necklace all the time except for when he's sleeping. The reduced level of drooling is visibly noticeable when he's wearing his amber necklace. Most babies need a 10-11 inch necklace. You don't want it to be too loose because the babe could get his/her hand stuck in it, making it a choking hazard.  You can also get bracelet/anklet size. The key is to make sure it is worn against the skin because the warmth of the skin releases the oils from the amber.
    2. Freshly Picked Moccasins: these are the only shoes we can keep on our little man's feet. H hates shoes and socks, but he doesn't seem to mind wearing these moccasins. We've had both the suede and the leather and love both. I know these are pricey for baby shoes, but the quality is exceptional. These are shoes that can most definitely be hand-me-downs to younger siblings! They're available at Nordstrom {free shipping!}, but if you pay attention {or sign up for email notifications}, you can catch them on sale for $45 at on occasion.
    3. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker: "Ring-a-ling...the animals sing!" I hear it over and over and over and over again...but it's ok because this thing keeps our babe entertained! H started playing with the front side of the walker {which is removable, so he could play with it flat on the floor} when he was 4-5 months old. He began pulling up to it around 7 months, and then he really started to push it between 8-9 months. The back wheels have two settings to control the speed.
    4. JJ Cole Bibs: when H first started eating solid foods, we were using cloth bibs and constantly having a laundry basket full of dirty bibs...and then I finally found these tucked away in his closet. Game changer! These bibs are made of laminated canvas, so they wipe clean with a wet cloth {or a little scrubbing with a dish brush for sticky or dried foods}. They have a solid snap closure {3 options for adjustable size}, so H can't pull it off himself. Another big plus is that they're wide enough to provide full coverage from shoulder to shoulder.
    5. Happy Knees Kneepads: the main level of our home is pretty much covered in hard wood floors or tile, so these kneepads were a necessity to protect Baby H's little knees when he started crawling.
    6. Itzy Ritzy Sitzy Shopping Cart & High Chair Cover: we started out with one of these, but now we have two so we can keep one in each car. Yes, I am a little bit of that crazy germ-a-phobe mom who doesn't want her baby touching the icky high chair covered in caked-on, sticky food from the 7,000 other babies who previously used it...but even more than that, I love that this soft, fluffy cover gives my little guy some comfort {especially from those thin shopping cart bars}.
    7. Wooden Blocks: a classic! While H doesn't use these to spell out words just yet {although he does love to mess up the words that Momma tries to spell!}, he loves to make lots of noise by banging them together {or on the floor}. These blocks are the perfect size for his little hands to hold {and throw}.
    8. Banana Toothbrush: this is the toothbrush our pediatrician recommended {no toothpaste needed yet}, and it's been a success! H wasn't too interested in it at first, but now he actually likes to "brush his teeth" {i.e. chew on the toothbrush}.
    9. Boon Bathtub Mat: the perfectly-sized mat to keep a slippery baby from sliding all over the bathtub. You can hang it from the shower head when you're not using it to prevent mildew.
    10. Bath Spout Cover: I used to think this was one of those temperature-regulating products, and I swore I'd never have one because surely I'm capable of detecting the appropriate temperature for my babe's bath water...shows how much I knew about baby bath products! Ha. Bathtub injuries from falling into/head hitting the tub spout are all too common, so this is a necessity in preventing those accidents!
    11. Stacking Rings: hands down, this has been H's favorite toy to-date. He's played with the rings since he could grasp them in his little hands. For the longest time, he'd just throw them and chase them. Now he's figured out how to stack them on the cone, and he is SO.PROUD when he gets them all in place...and then he dumps them off and starts all over again..and again...and again!
    12. Poly-Vi-Sol Vitamin Supplement: when H started transitioning to solid {pure├ęd} food, we switched to this vitamin supplement to ensure he gets enough vitamin D and all the other nutrients he needs.
    13. Board Books: our little guy is obsessed with books...especially pulling them all off the shelf and spreading them across the entire room! We love the board books at this stage because he can be as rough as he wants with them {including chewing on the pages}, and no damage is done!

      *The links above are to the online site where I found the product for the cheapest price as of July 6, 2016.

      Be sure to check out our 0-3 month "loves" here.
      And our 3-6 month "loves" here.

    What is your very favorite baby product?   

    Please share with me your baby "loves"...all ages and stages!