11 months

IMG_6233Though some mom’s may disagree – I find 11 months with #2 is an easier pill to swallow than it was with #1. Baby D brings so much joy to our lives and fits in so naturally that even though it’s been a jam-packed first year of life for him, we’re at that point where we don’t remember what life was like as just a family of three. This time too, I know what fun one is (and beyond for that matter!). I so look forward to hearing his true voice and watching his personality come out. I can’t wait watch friendship blossom between him and his brother and witness their adventures. It goes without saying that I miss baby snuggles to a degree, but I’ve grown to realize I love toddlers and preschoolers too so I joyfully state that I’m ready to move into the next phase.

At 11 months, D is¬†totally mobile. Climbing on everything, pulling up and crawling like crazy. It’s fun to have a crawler because J never really did.

He has 5 teeth and 5 words. Da-da, Ma-Ma, Na-Na (his generic word for food), Dog, and Ball. He loves J and thinks he’s big time when we let him “play” ball or when we chase J up and down the hall or on bikes.

He’s an attention seeker and he’s goofy. I remarked at dinner tonight that it will be interesting to see how that develops in him. Not only does he have his Daddy to watch but he also has J. Good thing he has me to temper him ūüôā He’s a sweet snuggler at bedtime and he’s learned how to give kisses which are almost exclusively reserved for bedtime as well. He’s a great sleeper and is still taking two solid naps each day. Teething has been a slight disruption in nighttime sleep but overall it’s been manageable.

Birthday celebration plans are underway. Onward to 1 dear baby. Onward to 1!

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10 months!

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{so late…sorry Baby D}. I feel like I’m still not caught up yet from Spring Break and the whirlwind pace of life these days isn’t helping much.

The picture above was captured two days after D turned 10 months old which I feel good about considering we got back from Chicago on his 10 month birthday and we hosted a wedding at The Cedars the day after.

As mentioned, month 10 included his first plane ride which he took to okay considering his favorite wake-time activity these days is crawling around and exploring everything. But it was worth it. He was able to meet most of his Illinois family. Part of our trip was a baby shower for his cousin who is due to make her debut in July which was really fun and allowed for lots of extended family to be around him for an afternoon.

At 10 months he has 5 teeth and is dealing with serious separation anxiety. It’s tough but the second time around I’m dealing with it a little better. Understanding that it’s healthy and a good sign that he has it despite the heartache during it. His personality is so far in a word – excitable. He’s not quite pulling up but he’s climbing stairs and able to get anywhere his heart desires.

Love you little man. We’ll be buds, promise.

9 Month Nugget

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Is this really the same child we brought home from the hospital nine months ago?

D-baby as he’s been affectionately referred to over the last many months only has a few more months of being a baby in him on the calendar but lately I’ve been struck by how much more of a baby he seems to me than J did at this age. Perhaps it’s all contrast and because I didn’t know any better with J, but D is still (despite his girth) so little and helpless and that’s fine with me! I’ll treasure each baby day I get with him.

He weighed in at 22 lbs. at the doctor yesterday and was 28 inches long. I guess I didn’t record where J was at this stage in life but D is definitely bigger. He’s wearing clothes that J wore well over a year old. When people see him they comment about 1 of 3 things – his cheeks (“Hey cute cheeks” is my recent favorite from a teacher at J’s school), his eyes, or his size. I’ve got a nice right bicep built up that’s for sure.

He has three teeth to boast about and the 4th is an any day now situation and he’s finally totally mobile, though not interested in walking assisted yet. He rolls and scoots and lunges to get wherever he wants and he really does throw his weight around. He won’t sit still in my lap for any long period of time anymore without throwing his body in another direction.

Overall temperament he’s an incredibly smiling baby and we have yet to have a melt-down despite days without afternoon naps due to teething and travel/general busyness.

Without further ado, I give you his 6-9 month video…set to a song that unlike some of my other selections has literally been the soundtrack to the last three months of my ¬†life since J is OBSESSED with it. But I felt like it fit. We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter, D’s got big blue eyes, and we often sing this song and sub out “Blue” for D. Anywho…

8 months

img_6057Little D turned eight months old yesterday. Though a small portion of my brain is shocked by that fact, the rest of it can’t remember what life was like without him. Hasn’t his two tooth grin always been a source of joy? Haven’t I always known the sound of his giggle and the delight of having him snuggled in my lap?

Milestones:¬†He cut his second tooth in the last month and he’s honed his ability to roll. He like J was at this age – is good at scooting backward but isn’t moving forward yet.

Sickness & Sleep: It’s been a rough month for nighttime sleep and naps (including a couple of days without an afternoon nap at all..ayi). Between the teething and his first cold we’ve been seeing a lot of each other in the dark hours. At night, I find myself less annoyed by it with him, perhaps because I’m just in the drudges of mom life or perhaps because subconsciously I know it’s one-on-one time regardless of the hour. During the day- I’ve been thankful for Alex’s help around the house and with children when I’ve needed to work.

Personality & Language: He giggles a lot and seems relatively good at entertaining himself. He’s alright to be left to play as long as he knows I’m close by. He’s quite attached to me and prefers me to anyone else in the room. He’s got da-da¬†and¬†ma-ma down which is so fun because J was so slow in saying ma-ma.

Aside from the teething and sick days we’re in a rhythm (because we’ve had the entire month to ourselves!) ¬†and it feels good. I’ll share that in a separate post ¬†just for record keeping.

3 years, 3 months

img_4304I’m a few days behind on this post but I’ve been mulling it over in my ¬†head for a few days and have been wanting to write it for a few months.

Little J turned 3 years old in early October and I’ve been wanting to catalog what life is like with a 3-year old. It is¬†sweet¬†and¬†funny and¬†enjoyable¬†because he is all those things. His sweetness toward his brother grows all the time. The other day, I walked back into the family room and saw that D had a duplo and made a comment about it. J said “I gave it to him” – melt my heart. He’s smart and loves adults which makes him funny like his daddy. His expressions crack me up as does his laugh. He’s started to find movies and books funny and I love the courtesy laugh he gives to things of that nature.

Year 3 has brought the first year of preschool for him which he’s taken to beautifully. No separation anxiety or any issue ever getting out the door (knock on wood!). Currently at school his favorite things is playing Wonder Woman and at home his favorite things are books and anything Star Wars. He’s recently learned how to play UNO and still loves baseball. Our UPS driver asked me over the holidays if he could throw as well as he can hit, claiming J has the best hand-eye coordination of any kid under 5 he’s ever seen.¬†Proud mama and daddy over here ūüôā He know know all of his letters Upper and lower most of the time and his numbers 1-10. He can count to twenty but likes to skip 13-16.¬†The days of him say “bo-keys” (cranberries) are behind us but he’s hanging on to “amp-e-l” (oatmeal);
“well-lo” (Yellow); “Mel-Mo” (Elmo); “Wonderwear” (underwear) and “Wiz-burg” (Williamsburg).

He’s still napping 98% of days, goes to bed at 8PM and wakes up between 5:30-6:00. He’s contrarian (he’ll boldly proclaim his love of the Cardinals and superheros because he knows it irritates Alex) and excitable. He’s still a cuddler and a child of habit. He’s got a great vocabulary and is a joy, truly.

Because…better late than never

I’ve mentioned before that I get songs in my head for weeks on end. The song that I put to this video is the one that’s been in there for a while now – particularly the line “someday we’ll wake up with thousands of pictures – 65 years in this little house”. The song itself isn’t totally appropriate for my next installment of baby videos perhaps but since it’s in my head and feels like the melody of my heart right now as Alex and I build life, love, and family…it’ll do.

1/2 a year

img_5964Wow is all I can say once again. It’s pretty hard to believe that we’ve got a 6 month old in our midst and that in the next few month his little personality will begin to debut, his muscles will continue to develop toward walking, jumping, and the like.

At his doctor’s appointment yesterday little D weighed in at 19 lbs. and measured 27 inches. Unlike his brother who is currently in the 5th percentile for growth, little D’s in the 75th right now. Time will tell if that trend continues.

We still have not seen him¬†roll – perhaps because 19 lbs. is a lot to move? – but Alex did find him on his belly¬†once in his bed this week. He is sitting though with limited assistance. Solids are going well…his hair remains mostly brown…and his little arms and thighs are pudge-tacular.

Over the next month, we’ll host our first Virginia Christmas – because of the B&B we’re not traveling so my parents and siblings are coming this way for a change. Praying that the stress will be low, the joy will be real, and this face will be a cheer to many.

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