Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Graham Month Twelve

My sweet baby is not a baby any longer.  You're a whopping one year old!  I can't get over how much I love you.  It's amazing how that happens.  You fall so in love with your first baby and can't imagine a love that can go as deep as it does for your first baby.  Have another and you shall see it can happen.  Saturday was filled with lots of fun that I'll share here soon.




Stats:  You weigh 23lbs and are 28.5" tall.  You wear a size 4w shoe and are in 12 month clothes.

Sleep Schedule:  Sleep is the same as it has been in months before.  Naps are a bit inconsistent and more difficult than the nighttime routine.  Last month you were crying a lot before bed and this month I think I've figured you out.  You have your milk before bed and then play for a few minutes before we walk into your room.  The room is dark with your white noise playing and I stand next to your crib with you in my arms. If you're really tired you'll lean over into your crib so I put you down and walk out of your room and you go straight to sleep.  It's amazing!

Food:  Still love it all.  You're starting to reject some meats so I think it's a consistency thing and is difficult for you to chew it all up.  You had honey for the first time and will be transitioning to whole milk today.  Your drinking 24 ounces a day and love water out of your sippy.

Firsts:  You had your first overnight stay with grandma and grandpa along with your sister.  You also had your first big tumble.  You are super proud that you can walk really well so you start picking up speed and before you know it, you've crashed into the corner of a wall. You experienced your first trip to the corn festival and at directly off the cob!

Favorites:  Your favorite thing now are balls.  You walk around the house with a ball in your hand saying "ball".  You still love water and terrify me in the tub.  You love to be outside and enjoy walking/running around.

You have 8 teeth and more are breaking through.  This first year has gone by so quickly it's unbelievable that a year ago at this time I was in a hospital room counting your fingers and toes.  I'm sure the next year will go by just as quickly so I hope to savor the moments with you and take pictures to remember it all.

-stephanie




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Personal Appetizer

I'm still digging my way through emails at work and getting home organized, somewhat organized, again so I'll keep today's post light.  I crave food, not typically sweets, occasionally a good brownie or chocolate chip cookie, but always food.  I'm a huge appetizer girl and potlucks and tailgates are my favorite.  So a couple weeks back I wanted something different for lunch but wasn't super hungry.  I had some black beans needing to be eaten so I came up with this.


A layer dip.  I love this stuff so much and it's not too incredibly terrible for you.  Black beans, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, diced jalapenos, chopped cilantro.  Serve with a side of your favorite chips and you have yourself a personal appetizer.  For those nights your in by yourself and want to watch a movie, this is perfect!

-stephanie

Friday, September 5, 2014

Out of Office

I'm putting up my out of office.  I will not be posting any posts next week.  Rick and I are headed to San Francisco and Napa for our first trip away from the kids.  I'm nervous, excited, worried, everything all at the same time.  I'm not prepared yet but I think I've finally wrapped everything up at work so that we can step away.  Tomorrow is packing our bags and packing the kids bags so they're ready to head over to the grandparents house.  I'm nervous about being away from the kids but I think they'll have fun.

I hope to have a bunch of pictures and updates to share with you all when we get back but until then, hang tight for more updates!

-stephanie

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Graham Month Eleven

My sweet Graham, you're 11 months old.  Just one month shy of your one year birthday and what a year it has been.  Time has flown by.  We've loved watching you grow and learn over the past 11 months but I wish it would slow.  You change so quickly that we don't get to enjoy the beautiful moments in between.



Stats:  My guess is you weigh about 24lbs, you're still short and your head is still big.  You're in 12 month clothes and just got fitted for your first pair of shoes.  You're a size 4w.

Sleep Schedule:  Sleep is still consistent with bedtime routine.  You're down by 8 and up at 6:30.  I'd love to push that 6:30 wake up call back by an hour but I'm happy you're sleeping through the night still.  The process to put you down for the night or a nap is still a challenge.  You've actually developed a trick.  When I walk you into your room to put you down for the night, you quiver your lip and begin to cry.  We rock for a few minutes but you seem very tired and are always trying to get off my lap.  You don't like to go to sleep at all.  Naps are still short and I believe we'll begin the process to transition down to one a days.  Hoping this helps both nap time and nighttime.

Food:  You love it all. You really like meat which is something your sister still doesn't enjoy.  Fruit is a big favorite as is pasta and Mexican food.  You are now trying to feed yourself though it's a challenge.  Water is becoming a big favorite of yours as well.  You can't get enough water though you're still learning to drink slowly.

Firsts:  You are walking running at this point.  You began taking your first couple steps around 10.5 months and by 11 months you were taking multiple steps and are now trying to run.  It's fun to watch you "run" because your head leads the charge but not long before you topple over.  You're getting good at picking yourself up each time you fall.  You went on your first overnight trip with us up to Middle Bass Island and had your first real camping experience.

Favorites:  There's one thing you love more than everything else.  Your sister Addie.  Probably even more so than me and you really love me.  You love to walk over to her and lay your head on her head.  You actually like to lay directly on her and pin her down.  The wrestling begins...  You love Chloe as well and have spent some time laying with her as well.

We're weeks away from your first birthday and it's all very bittersweet.  I cannot wait for your big day but I try to cherish each moment with you as you grow.

-mama



Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Myrtle Beach Vacation

Vacation?  What vacation?  Well, my friends we went on a vacation the first week of June but I never posted about it.  Not shocking since my posting has drastically dropped off recently. This whole full time working mom of two thing is exhausting.  You'd think after 2 months of being back from vacation that I'd have edited all the photos I took, but no.  So prepare yourself for loads of beach pictures.





Addie is my beach baby.  She couldn't wait and asked if we were at the beach about 50 times during the car ride down.




Graham, on the other hand, hated it.




Addie wasn't happy that I asked her to sit next to Graham.  Too much time wasted that she could have been jumping over waves.


We took a break from the ocean for one day and did some walking around shops. Addie was prime age for "I want, I want" so every corner we turned we knew we had another battle to fight.  This was one of those battles.



Each year I try to capture a couple beach photos for memories sake.  Two is much harder to photograph than one.





Addie won't let me pull her hair back.  Instead she insists on holding it to one side.




I love this picture because Graham has had enough.


A family of about 15 was walking up to take some family photos and one lady offered to take our picture while the rest of the family stood behind her and jumped up and down trying to get Addie and Graham to look at the camera.  They caught their attention.  Addie looks confused and Graham terrified while Rick and I smile patiently.

Vacation was fantastic and I cannot wait until next year when Graham is up and walking around, not eating sand and I can relax a little more.

-stephanie


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