Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Matthew William ~ 14-15 Months

Weight/length: Matt had his 15 month appointment today he's in the 99 percentile - 33 inches long and 29.5 pounds. BIG BOY!
Sleep: Sleep is overrated we've decided...Matt isn't a good night sleeper. He still loves his morning nap although it has gotten a little later. He usually takes a morning and afternoon nap, but I can tell it's only a little while until it merges into one nap.
Health: Matt's been super healthy and even though I had a bad cold earlier this summer he stayed healthy!

Clothes: 2t - he's thinned out a little from being so active so some of the 2t stuff is a little big. It's hard to try things on toddlers, but I find myself buying things and then returning all the time. 
 Baby Gear/Accessories: With a sunny summer and being on vacation in Hawaii it's important to protect Matt from the sun. I really like the GAP UV protection swim shirt, Babyganics sunscreen, baby BigTruck Brand hat - mesh on top so it keeps his head cool, and of course all of the adorable swim trunks
We got a trailer for the bike and he's loving that - we decided on the Schwinn Trailblazer - it rides nicely and Matt loves it. He even fell asleep in it :)

We're loving using the backpack in Hawaii - we got the Osprey Poco and so far Matt's liked it. It's too heavy for me to carry, but Todd says it's comfy.

Development: Matt is almost walking...he's pulling himself up and walking along the couch and coffee table. He's standing and his balance is getting much better. Over the past week he has been able to stand longer without holding on to anything. I would give it 3-4 weeks until he'll take his first step with no help! I'm so excited to see this, especially after the femur fracture it feels good to know he's okay!
Matt's vocabulary has increased just in the last few weeks. He's saying ball, boat, hot, baseball (kind of ;), duck, and he's really into books and loves his favorite one First 100 Words - board book.
Eating: He's eating everything, his favorites are avocado {hasn't changed}, turkey, chicken, cheese, bread, and bananas. He's gotten a little more particular with veggies - he likes broccoli with pesto. I still give him the organic veggie packs about once a day just so he's getting more veggies. When we're traveling the packs are great and easy for the beach.
  Crying: Now it's just a cry when I take something away that he wants. Example... Matt held on to a spatula for most of the day and when it was finally time to give it up he screamed - yes, a spatula :)
He's had a few little tantrums as expected with a toddler...I'm sure there will be many more!
 Adventures:  The biggest adventure of the past two months has been Hawaii! Hawaii is one of my favorite places, so it was fun to share it with Matt. We like to stay in the northern part of Kauai in Hanalei. There have been lots of firsts ~ beaches, sand, ocean, boogie boards, smoothies, hula and Hawaiian music {he love dancing to the music}, and a big time change. Matt has been a great traveler and putting up without a morning nap, different bed time and routine. It's definitely different traveling with a toddler and we try to compromise with his schedule and "our" schedule.
We had an awesome 4th of July in Lake County with Grandma, Janice and friends! Matt got to ride the wave runner for the first time with Todd and go out on a boat. It's fun to see Todd sharing adventures with Matt that he experienced as a child. 
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: When you travel you definitely realize how different life is with a baby. It's awesome in a "different" way and don't get me wrong it's a ton of fun, especially at this age when Matt has so much personality and keeps us laughing and on our toes. When I say different I mean...luggage - STUFF! You just need a lot of it. Naps - they need them to be happy, pushing on without a nap is no fun - if you want to have fun they need them. Dinner time - yes, we enter a restaurant at 5:30 pm. - length of dinner = FAST. You don't sit around and have cocktails, appetizers, etc... eat, drink, and head out! 
  Beach - it takes preparation - sunscreen, hat, snacks (sand sensitive) raisins are bad, bananas are the best, and be prepared for LOTS of SAND EVERYWHERE!  If you've missed a nap that sandy pacifier is your best friend - in Matt's case it's a sandy Wubbanub. 
But, with all of these things I can't complain. Matt is such a good baby and it's so fun traveling with him and watching him discover new smells, tastes, and sites. I'm lucky to have such a helpful husband and a baby who is a great traveler. I can't wait for our next adventure as a family.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Matthew's Sock Monkey First Birthday!

The inspiration for Matt's first birthday came from a very large sock monkey Todd got him as a present. He kept cuddling with it so it seemed like the perfect theme for our little monkey's 1st birthday!
I worked on the invite with a lady from Etsy ~ Jack & Jill printables
  She was great, so if you're looking to do personal invites I would highly recommend them.

I decided it would be fun to have a photo booth so people could take pics and post! It turned out really cute and we got some great shots.

I went a little overboard with balloons, but Matt loves balloons so why not! The radio flyer was a cute prop to the park decorations.
The party favors were in little red bags that I decorated with stickers that said "1" "Matt" and a mini paper clip with a monkey from World Market.
The candy bar and sweets were a hit! Everyone loved the treats, cake, and cupcakes.

The welcome table had a sign I had made on Etsy with all of his 1 year milestones and a book with pictures from his first year to sign. 

Who doesn't love a naked baby with cake on his face? :)

Thank you Nathalie Shami for taking such great photos! Check out her website - www.nathalieshami.com.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rubber Duckie ~ Yellow and Grey Baby Shower

We hosted a baby shower for our good friends Melissa and Jeff! It was so much fun celebrating baby Cole! He was born at 27 weeks and is doing great in the Nicu. We love you baby Cole. 
I thought it would be fun to use yellow and grey because I love those colors! The invite from Paperless post had yellow ducks on it so I thought they was a cute theme. Yellow and grey turned out to have been their wedding colors so it was perfect. 

Happy Monday!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Matthew William ~ 12 months {1 YEAR}

(photo credit goes to www.nathalieshami.com)

Time flies...this post is late and Matt's almost 13 months - eeek!

Weight/length: At Matt's 1 year appointment 3 weeks ago he was 27.5 pounds and 32 inches long. Such a big boy!

Sleep: Sleep is about the same with Matt...maybe we're just used to it haha. He sleeps about half of the night in his crib and half in our bed. We're still doing a morning nap and an afternoon nap and that's working well. He loves to cuddle and I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts.
Health: Matt's been really healthy over the past few months! He got his 1 year vaccines and had no reaction.

Clothes: He's still wearing 2T, but he's been crawling all over the place so he's starting to thin out a little...it makes me sad because I love his baby fat. I've noticed that his pants are starting to get ruined in the knees... time to invent some "crawling pants" strong knee material.
 Baby Gear/Accessories: Matt got so many presents for his birthday and loves all of his new toys. He really likes his lego trucks, puzzles, books and musical instruments. Now that he's bigger the Bob stroller is awesome and we took it to CO this last weekend and it was great. A few accessories that are really helpful when traveling with a one year old ~ the Summer Diner Placemat, Summer infant bib, both of these are very easy to clean in a hotel sink.
We've just transitioned Matt to the Thinkbaby sippy cup and I don't think we're going back to bottles. It makes me a little sad because bottles seem "baby" and that means my baby is no longer a baby. The pacifier is next!

Development: Matt is crawling all over the place! He can pull himself up to his knees and just today he pulled himself up to standing on the stairs and coffee table. He's getting stronger on both of his legs when standing and his right leg is much stronger - you can't tell that it was broken a few months ago. He loves playing catch with his Daddy and Papa and clapping when he gets the ball. 
He's been saying "doggy" a lot and of course "daddy, daddy, daddy" :)
We've been playing the "where is your nose?..." game and he's starting to point at eyes, nose, and mouth.

Eating: He's eating everything and we've transitioned to cows milk in the sippy cup. Knock on wood there isn't anything SO FAR that Matt doesn't like. He's an awesome eater and loves his veggies, meats, carbs, and fruit.
  Crying: Now it's just a cry when I take something away that he wants. Example... Matt held on to a spatula for most of the day and when it was finally time to give it up he screamed - yes, a spatula :)
 Adventures:  The past month has flown by and I still can't believe Matt is 1. We had a fun and very elaborate park birthday for the big 1 and then went to Colorado for one of my best friend from Aspen's wedding. Matt loved CO and it was fun to introduce him to all my old friends and my parents loved showing him off to their friends. Matt got to spend time with his Uncle Glenny and Auntie Sara, which was extra special. Matt and Todd treated me to a wonderful Mother's Day and unlike last year when I was back in the hospital, we went to a Matt's first Giants game and had a blast! Matt loved the clapping and couldn't stop smiling.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: We created a gmail address for Matt and I decided that each year I would send him an email and when he's old enough to read them he can. 
Here's a little piece from my letter to Matt.
...your daddy and I are going to blink our eyes and you're going to be taller and bigger than us, going to college, driving a car, and being a good man like your daddy. I want you to stay my baby forever but that can't happen, so stay cuddly as long as you like and keep smiling and know that you bring happiness to everyone around you.
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