Monday, May 25, 2015

Matthew William ~ 12 months {1 YEAR}

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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 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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Friday, April 24, 2015

Yummy Healthy Kiddie Muffins

I made some yummy muffins for Matt to have in the morning. He's really into feeding himself, so oatmeal isn't working these days. Such a big boy ;) I love them for breakfast too, so thought I would share!
 - 1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon 
Mix dry ingredients and add wet ingredients
- 2 cups apple sauce
- 3 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
Optional - 
Raisins, nuts, dried fruit 

Bake on 350 for 30 min and you have some delicious healthy muffins!
Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Matthew William ~ 11 Months

Weight/length: We're not sure about weight. I'm excited for his 1 year appointment when we'll find out. He was 30 pounds with his cast, so he's probably close to 27 pounds and 30+ inches long.
Sleep: We've finally had a full nights sleep! I never thought it would happen, but shortly after Matt got out of his cast he slept from 8pm-5am in his crib! YAY :) He's taking naps in his crib and sleeping well without the cast. He gets a 8 oz bottle before bed and then has one around 6-7am when he wakes up. He's dropped all of his night feedings - finally :)
Health: Matt's been really healthy the last few weeks. 
 Clothes: 2T it is...yes, that's 2 years old and Matt is not 1 yet. He is a REALLY BIG BOY!
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt's loving everything now that he's had 13 days out of his cast. He's such a happy boy and loving exploring all of his toys. He's been into taking things in and out of baskets. He has a little basket with books in it from target that he enjoys taking the books out of. We got Matt his first tooth brush, the Baby Banana Brush he loves it and we're trying to get him used to brushing after dinner. 
I got Matt a baby rashguard to keep the sun off his chest at the pool. Gap has some really cute swim gear for kids. 

Development: Matt had a set back with his cast and femur fracture, but it's amazing how quickly he's back to where he left off. Less than 2 weeks without the cast and he's back to rolling, sitting, and a little crawling... 2 days ago he crawled across my parents living room, but hasn't really done that many since. We know he can do it, but he's lets just say a little lazy or just content. Now that I know that his leg is okay and he's going to be crawling all over anytime soon, I'm not going to push it. Everyone tells me to enjoy this time before he's moving all over the place. 
Matt has been doing lots of clapping, waving bye bye {cutest thing EVER} he holds both hands up and just move his fingers up and down, says Momma, Daddy, and we heard a Papa this weekend. He loves holding Mac's leash in the stroller, using his sippy cup with water, kind of holds his bottle, loves finger foods, and has 8 teeth - 4 top and 4 bottom.  
Eating: Matt eats everything! There isn't anything that he doesn't like. He definitely has his favorites, turkey, avocado, cheese, broccoli, black beans, peas, bananas, hummus, and bread. It's fun now because when we go out to dinner we just give him stuff off our plate or order something off the kids menu.
 Crying: No cast = no crying! YAY!!
 Adventures:  The past 2 weeks have been so fun with Matt, his personality is coming through so much and he's such a goofy and loving little boy. We celebrated Matt's first Passover and Easter at home and had a big Passover Seder with family and friends. It was a really special time in our new home. Matt had such a fun time with his Nonnie, Papa, and Grandma...of course they spoil him. 
Matt had his first 2 nights away from from us and did great with his Nonnie and Papa. He slept through the night and was a really good boy!
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: It feels like yesterday that I was just starting maternity leave and racing to the hospital 3 weeks later. Matt may be a big boy in size, but he's still my baby boy. I'm sure they time will come a time when he won't fall asleep in my arms, want to cuddle all the time, and love kisses on his cheeks and head.  But, for now I'm not stopping, he's still my baby boy. 
It's been the most rewarding, fun, exciting, and challenging year of my life. Motherhood is no joke! Sleep deprivation, testing patience, controlling's all real stuff, but in the end it's the most amazing experience EVER ~ I love my little Matthew William more than anything in the world. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Matthew William ~ 10 months

This post is a little different than the previous monthly posts because Matt has a fractured femur. I fell down the stairs when we were visiting family in Atlanta and we ended up in the children's hospital. It was the worst expereince of our lives so far and we're grateful that it's only his leg and everything will heal and he'll be back to crawling and walking in no time! 

Weight/length: Matt weighed 26 pounds at the hospital and he's still about 31 inches long. With his cast he's close to 30 pounds - so heavy!
Sleep: Quote from the 9 month post "We're planning on doing some sleep training when we get back from visiting family in Atlanta." So much for that, you can't sleep train a baby with a fractured femur :( We're back to newborn sleep 3-4 hours at a time. However, prior to the accident we were getting longer stretches and I think we were pretty close to Matt sleeping through the night after he gets his cast off - crossing our fingers!
Health: We've had such good luck so far. I'm so sad that Matt has already had a broken bone at such a young age. No fever yet, but a fractured femur. I would take a fever!
 Clothes: Still in 18-24 month tops and closer to the 2T now in both pants and shirts. With the Spica cast Matt can't wear normal pants or shorts, so my Mom made some special pants for Matt with velcro to go around the bar between his legs.
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt loves anything that makes noises, especially his musical toys...a tambourine and drum his Grandma gave him. We got him a new playmat at Ikea that is really cute so that he could work on crawling on a soft surface. Matt's favorite sippy cup that he's getting really good at using is called the, Zo-li Straw sippy cup.

Spica cast. I hate to say it but this is a very large accessory in our life right now. I'm going to right a blog all about the spica casts and my experience dealing with the yucky thing. I hope I can give some tips to other parents out there who are dealing with the same thing. 

Development: This is the hardest part for me to write right now :( Before the accident Matt was hours away from crawling. He did a few crawls the night before I fell and was pushing his butt up in a downward dog position - it was so cute. He was also pulling himself up {almost} and rolling everywhere. We're crossing our fingers that he'll remember where he left off and pick right up on April 1 when he gets his cast off. Matt's mastered feeding himself and loves picking up food and putting it in his mouth. 
 Matt has 3 teeth on top and the 4th is about the break through and two on the bottom.
Eating: Matt is eating EVERYTHING and loving it. Last month we started turkey and chicken and he loves it. Right before he turned 10 months I started adding more finger foods - eggs, salmon, broccoli, corn, rice...he's loving it all! Eating hasn't been a problem even though he's in the cast. We're lucky he fits in his Stokke high chair even with the cast and can enjoy meal time.
 Crying: There's definitely been a lot more crying since the accident. He's had more separation anxiety than before and it's gotten worse since he's not sleeping well and fussy in the cast. I'm hoping it will get better soon. 
 Adventures:  February was a fun month for our little family. We spent almost two weeks in Santa Cruz relaxing on the beach. Matt loved hanging out with his Nonnie and Papa and enjoyed being on the coast.
The end of February we went to Atlanta to visit family and had a wonderful trip up until the end when I fell. We got to meet Matt's new baby cousin, Josie. She's so little compared to Matt and the sweetest little baby - we love her! We got to spend extra time with Matt's older cousins because they had two snow days while we were visiting. We went to the largest Aquarium in the world and saw the whale sharks. We spent the last two days in the children's hospital, but we were lucky that it's one of the best in the US. Matt got to hangout with his uncle Glenny when we got back from Atlanta, which was really special and the timing was perfect. 

 Postpartum/Mommy feeling: The past 11 days have been something unforgettable. They've probably been the hardest 11 days of my life so far. I've had every emotion imaginable - sadness, guilt, anger, and a true test of patience. I cried for almost 24 hours while we watched our little smiley boy cry in pain, have muscle spasms, and struggle to sleep...I never thought I could feel the pain of someone else like I did for Matthew. It really hit me when I was crying and he looked at me and started crying more because I was crying, I realized I needed to be strong for him and he was feeling my emotions. We've gotten through the hardest part and now it's just staying positive, sharing lots of smiles, laughs, and counting the days until we say bye bye to the ugly spica cast... 20 days to go - yes, I'm counting!

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