Sunday, August 3, 2014

Month 11!


Age: 11 Months!  February 11, 2014.
Fun & Exciting Events: I took my FIRST STEPS when we were in Gatlinburg, TN for the Kivett Family Vacation.  I can walk about 8-10 steps on my own when I am distracted with toys in my hand or when Mom and Dad are encouraging me to walk.  I haven't taken off yet, though.  Mom and Dad get so excited when I take a few steps and they cheer and yell for me!

     Mom and Dad LOVE IT when people are so positive about milestones that children achieve and they get REALLY PISSED (can an 11 month old use the word, pissed?) when people are so negative about things that their precious baby boy is achieving.  Mom is constantly shocked when she tells people about how I am growing and what fun things I'm learning and their response is "oh you're going to wish that he didn't learn to walk" ; "just wait until they start walking then you're going to wish you never taught him" ; "you think crawling is hard? just wait until he walks, you're life will be over chasing him around." The same thing happened when I started crawling and pulling up on things.  It amazes Mom how negative people can be.  Well listen up people, having a healthy baby who can crawl and pull up and walk is EXACTLY what my Mom and Dad wanted.  They didn't want to have a baby to look at all day.  They wanted a baby that they could hold as much as possible, chase around, wake up with in the middle of the night to feed or cuddle.  They wanted a baby that would take up ALL of their time and attention.  That was their intent and I'm doing just that.  They're happier than they ever were before me and they understand that they will get to have a time when it is just the two of them again but don't want that anytime soon.  They constantly thank God for giving them a healthy baby that is energetic and loud and an absolute maniac who is growing and learning to do all of the things he's supposed to be learning.  They're also sick of the negative comments that they get from people.  If you are going to say something to someone who has a baby or who is pregnant, you better be nothing but positive.  The just wait comments are not helpful and should just be kept to yourself. 
Meal Time: I am a fantastic eater! I eat almost everything that mom and dad put in front of me.  Mom is getting less and less anxious about me choking!  I usually eat mostly fruits and vegetables.  I love yogurt with granola, oatmeal, and fruit for breakfast.  I am not a huge meat eater.  Mom and Dad keep trying every time they eat meat and I usually take one or two bites and that's about all.  I love fish and Mom makes that a lot.  Mom and Dad usually give me exactly what they are having for dinner.  Mom has adjusted her cooking so that dinner isn't prepared as spicy and she and Dada like it.  Now, they just add some hot sauce to their meals once it's prepared!
Sleep Time: I am a terrific sleeper, according to Mom and Dad.  I usually wake up three or four times in the hour or two after they put me in my crib.  They usually just pat my back and hand me my binky as soon as I start crying and I fall right back to sleep.  I still take two naps each day.  One nap is usually from 12:30-2:30 and my second nap is from 4:30/5:00-6:00pm.  People are sometimes stunned that I still take two naps, however, when I am awake I NEVER stop moving!  I crawl and cruise and pull-up EVERYWHERE!  Mom and Dada love my high energy personality and get very excited when they think about me walking! So soon guys, just wait! 
Mom is my 1st Valentine!

Valentine's Day date with mom and Dad!

Happy 2nd Birthday John Weston! 

Eating lunch naked as usual!

Family time in Gatlinburg, TN!

Almost all of my cousins on Dada's side (we miss you Brighid)!

1 year old school pics!

My 1st Burger!

A day with my 2nd cousins!

Getting a bird's eye view of the fish in the pond at Edwin Warner Park!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Month 10!

Age: 10 Months! January 11, 2014
Height & Weight: When I had my "9 month" check up I weighed 17.8# and was 27.5inches tall!  Getting bigger and bigger!  I am holding strong to my 5% growth curve.  My pediatrician isn't worried at all about my growth and she was very excited when mom told her that she was still nursing!
Fun & Exciting Events:   I have also started crawling up the stairs.  My puppy brother will sometimes stand on the second step and block me from going up further.  Mom always gives him treats when he does this.  We have a baby gate to block me from tumbling down the stairs when playing in the Sabre Room with Dad.  He is working on teaching me to go down "feet first".  Peering over the top of the stairs head first is so much more fun though.  Hopefully Ill learn soon so that Mom and Dad can have a little bit of peace about that!

 I am getting so good at playing by myself.  Mom and Dad both thought it would be helpful when I was able to do that but now they just stand there and watch me play with all of my toys and books! I have a little nook area in the living room between the couch and piano that I love to sit in.  I like to stand up at the window and watch Linus run around outside.  I'm starting to love my room more and more.  I move and crawl from one room to another when Dad and I play upstairs at night. 

Meal Times: I LOVE to eat!  Mom and Dad are letting me try lots of new foods.  I am still a fruit and veggie guy and haven't taken to all of the meat that they offer me.  I like fish a lot and that makes Mom happy.  Mom and Dad eat fish 1-2 times a week so she was a little worried when I didn't eat it all when she first made it for me. 

I still love my smoothies and it's an easy way for Mom and Dad to get some veggies and leftover baby food Mom made into me quickly! I had my first hamburger and it was pretty good.  I enjoyed finger-painting with the ketchup and eating the avocado the most! I love using my utensils and I'm getting better at using the spoon correctly!
Sleep Times:I am sleeping extremely well.  I sleep in my own crib, in my own room each night.  There have been many nights and mornings that Mom and Dad want me to lay with them and cuddle but I just want to play in their bed.  Maybe when I'm older, I'll enjoy that more.  Our nightly routine consists of waving to Daddy and giving him a kiss.  Then, Mommy and I go upstairs and read 3 books, sometimes less if I rip them out of her hands and throw them on the ground with one hand and slap her in the face simultaneously with the other hand.  I'm getting better at listening to the whole story and turning the pages from left to right! Then, after stories we say a lil' prayer and talk about things that we are thankful for.  After our prayer, Mommy nurses me and then I snuggle on her chest and she sings me two songs: Dixie Chicks, Godspeed, and Natalie Grant, When I Leave the Room.  Then she lays me down in my crib and turns on my CD player that plays for about 40minutes and I roll over with my binky and lovey and go to sleep!

Dixie Chicks: Godspeed
Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, we'll find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "amen" wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

Natalie Grant When I Leave the Room

 Good night,
Looks like we made it through the day
The moon sighs and I know that we're okay
Sleep tight,
I love to watch you drift away
I would come with you but on my knees I'll stay

Good night
Five little fingers holding mine
Take flight
Into your dreams and lullabyes
There's nothing more that I can do
But just fall more in love with you
And ask the angel armies to stand by
When I leave the room

I'm gonna fail you
I already have
Ten thousand times
I will fall down flat
You'll have a seat in the front row
of everything I don't know
And all I'm trying to be
You'll see

Good night
There will be storms that we come through
In time
We will slay dragons me and you
I'll always wanna hold you tight
Keep you safe with all my might
So I will leave Jesus next to you
When I leave the room

And you will run ahead
As if you know the way
And I will pray more
Then once you'd have to pray
There will be words we can't take back
Silences too
And I'll be on my knees
You'll see

One night
When I am old and unsteady
You'll want me to fight
But I'll tell you that I'm ready
When there's nothing left to do
I will still be loving you
Then you'll fold your fingers into mine
And I will let Jesus hold you tight
When I leave the room baby boy is ONE YEAR OLD now and it's making me cry catching up on the past two months!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Month 8 & 9!

Age: 8 months, November 11, 2013.  
Fun & Exciting Events:  I STARTED CRAWLING (November 24th, 2013 8:30pm!)  We drove to Buffalo to stay with my Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving.  While we were visiting my Uncle Nate's house I crawled for the 1st time!  I really really wanted to play with a computer cord that Mommy was waving around on the floor to make it look like a snake.  I rocked back and forth a few times on my hands and knees and then just went for it!  It was great.  I was still a little wobbly but after a few days I got the hang of it and was a master by the time we arrived back in Nashville.  I had so much fun visiting my family in Buffalo.  I have a lot of cousins up there and my Grandma and Grandpa pay attention to me every single second!  Grandpa bounces me on his knee while making funny noises and I love it so much.  And he wears glasses that I like to look at and pull on.  Grandma always whispers to me how much she loves me and misses me being so far away.  

 Meal Times:  I love sitting in my high chair and being a part of family dinners each night.  I "drink" water from my sippy cup and throw my plastic bowls on the floor for Mommy to pick up!  I eat all the pureed food that Mommy and Daddy give me.  I am pretty picky when it comes to texture and Mommy has to make sure that my food is perfectly pureed.  Mom is somewhat worried about my texture issues and I have overheard her asking our neighbor who is a pediatric occupational therapist about my sensory issues! She reassured Mom that I was fine and to just keep offering different choices at mealtimes. 
Sleep Times:  I am giving my parents a real hard time at bedtime!  I am making them work to get me to sleep.  They get frustrated sometimes.  But, Mom read an article that was written by another mother explaining that the 8-13 months that some parents have to snuggle a few hours extra each night with their child isn't that long in the grand scheme of their time with you.  Mom was so glad that she read the article and was a little more patient with me at bedtime.  Right now, I am waking up about 3-4 times between 8:30-12:30am.  Mom and Dad take turns snuggling with me.  If it's Mom's turn, she nurses because I will not just lay with her.  Dad rocks me and hums be back to sleep and then gently lays me back in the crib.  I sleep until about 7:30am each morning so they do get about 7-8 hours of good sleep each night.  Mom was telling a friend how weird it is that you really can function only running on 3-4 hour sleep blocks.  Dad acts like he is never tired and is always doing things around the house.  I still take about an hour and a half nap when I get home from school so sometimes Mom lays down for about 30 minutes after she finishes cleaning all of the bottles and pump parts and washing my diapers.  She keeps reminding herself that I won't be this little forever and then she doesn't get as stressed out about being tired or doing some extra chores!

Age: 9 Months.  December 11, 2013.
Fun & Exciting Events: Mom and I have already posted about my awesome 1st Christmas which occurred during my 9th month of life.  
Mom and I like to have "Target Time" together.  Aunt Suzy mentioned this fun activity  to my Mom and she thought it was the greatest.  The two of us go to Target and Mommy treats herself to a tall decaf  coffee with a pump of caramel.  We walk around the store for about an hour.  It's very hard for Mommy not to buy everything that she sees! She usually leaves buy at least one item (usually it's something for me or Daddy!) 
Another activity that I enjoy in the house is playing on my alphabet mat that Mimi bought me.  I love ripping all of the edges off and chewing on them while crawling around the house! Mom and Dad have made me a little play nook between the green couch and piano, right under the window that looks into the backyard.  I have a few toys that I play with everyday, a musical egg shaker, plastic water bottles filled with items (jingle bells, buttons, puff balls, & beads), plastic shape sorters, and duplo legos.
Mom and Dad are having a lot of fun with me during this stage.  Everyone said, you don't want him to crawl, you think you're busy now just wait until he crawls, ugh, just wait until they start crawling;  well, guess what, Mom and Dad have LOVED watching me crawl and explore and discover all sorts of things in our house.  It makes evenings more entertaining and weekend mornings a lot more fun!  
Cheers to month 10!