Friday, April 18, 2014

five on friday - life lately

1.) We have been spending so much time at our neighborhood park this month and it's been so much fun! Trace went on the swings for the 1st time, was totally unsure of it and wanted off. Since then he's really started to love it and giggles every time we push his tiny foot... it's the cutest thing ever!

2.) Bryan and I were on the Ford Explorer launch tour with Colin back in the fall/winter of 2010 and we toured with Jess on the Ford GoFurther tour in spring/summer of 2012. They are now on a tour together with 6 other people and were executing events here in Charlotte this week. We've literally been all over the country with these two friends of ours and were so excited to catch up with them. It's always nice to be around people who really know you and who have known you for years. There was a lot of reminiscing happening... and we may have had a saki bomb or two!

3.) A few months ago I took some maternity pictures for my neighbors. Mind you, I am not a photographer by any means, but with great subjects like they are, I'd say the photos came out pretty darn good! I'm happy to report their little boy in now 1 month old.

4.) Spring has always been my favorite season. There's something about the idea of rebirth and of Christ's resurrection combined with the pastels, sunshine and flowers that warms my heart like no other. Not to mention that North Carolina's spring air feels just like southern California year-round. It's just perfect!

5.) We introduced Trace to the Easter bunny this week and he absolutely loved him. I wasn't surprised, given his hilarious encounter with Santa last winter. I'll post his Easter bunny pictures with my Easter recap next week, but in the meantime THESE are my two favorite pictures from the day, haha! Keegan, Trace's buddy, was not a fan of the Easter bunny at. all. And it was hilarious! And Trace was his typical self... straight chillin'!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

a family day and birthday celebration

My birthday weekend started off with lunch at the lake with my boys, dad and my cousin. Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself because those two cute guys below... are mine!

After lunch we headed back to my house so that Trace could cruise around, picking up chicks!

My aunt, cousin and my mom's best friend drove down from Pennsylvania for the weekend, so Bryan and I had my family over to spend the day with Trace.

My actual birthday was April 7th and it was low key and perfect! Bryan gave me gorgeous flowers and Trace gifted me with the sweetest book to read to him. My mom made my favorite homemade dinner for me and we capped the night off with a yummy mint ice cream cake from Ben & Jerry's that read "Happy 1st Birthday as a Mom". There are no other people I'd rather spend the day with than my husband, son and both of my parents!

I had a memorable weekend and the best 1st birthday as a mom :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

it's what's for dinner... trace's dinner

Ever since Trace turned 9 months old two weeks ago I've been experimenting a whole lot more with foods. His pediatrician gave me the 'go' to drop baby foods (once we use up everything I've made/froze) and to feed him whatever Bryan and I are eating for our meals. I'm happy to report that everything I put in front of Trace, with the exception of eggs, he gobbles up like nobody's business. And because Trace seems to like everything under the sun, I am constantly pushing boundaries and offering him foods that aren't traditionally known to be foods that 9 month old baby's eat. I feed him things like tilapia and black olives and I steam all of his vegetables. He enjoys everything plain -- I credit the homemade baby foods he's eaten since he was 6 months old -- so I don't feel the need to add any spices or oils to them. My little guy has quite a sophisticated pallet, of which I am so proud of!

Below is Trace's dinner from last night...

Clockwise from top:
red pepper
green pepper
freeze dried mango
albacore tuna

What are some of your kids favorite foods to eat that I should try?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

39 weeks and 5 days: trace jameson in and out

Photo quality shows the difference between a "normal" camera and a dslr. Crazy!

I don't think I ever said this on the blog before, but while pregnant I gained 29 lbs.
Every single pound was worth it, knowing that Trace was growing healthy and strong.
He was a full term baby, being born just 2 days shy of my due date.
He weighed 6 lbs 7 oz. and was 21 inches long.

It's so hard to believe that Trace has been in the outside world for just as long as he was inside me.
He's currently weighing in at 18 lbs 14 oz and is 29.25 inches long -- biggy boy!

I'm happy to report that with A LOT of hard work I'm back to my pre pregnancy weight.
40 weeks on. 40 weeks off was true for me.
Now it's time to tone up this flab and do it all over again...
Trace wants to be a big brother someday, but not anytime too soon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

9 months

9 months as of March 26, 2014
Height - 29.25 inches (75th percentile)
Weight - 18 lbs 14 oz (25th percentile)
Head Circumference - 45cm (75th percentile)

Clothes: You are outgrowing most of your 6-9 month clothes, but still fit into some of the longer made tops. Your sweatpants have to be 12 month, but shorts are 6 month. You fit comfortably in 9-12 and 12 months clothes and I foresee you wearing this size through spring and into early summer. You'll be able to wear your 9 month footless 2 piece pj's for a while longer (because there are no feet to constrict length), but you do have some 12 month pj's that you wear... Nanny has had to take the pants in because you're so skinny. You're still in size 3 diapers.

Sleep: You sleep from 7:00pm-7:00/7:15am and nap from 9:00-10:30/11am and 1:00-2:00/2:30pm. Your first nap is always your longest. We had to lower your crib about 2 weeks ago because your daddy walked in on you standing up, holding onto your crib railing with a big ol' smile on your face. You liked it a little too much, and down your crib mattress went, that very day. Now you are always pulling up and standing... it's too cute!

Health: Back on Dec 19th we walked into Cranial Tech in Orange, CA and walked out with you in your cranial band. Flash forward to March 7th -- Great news in our world -- We had your "graduation" appointment at Cranial Tech... They compared your before and after images with us and explained all of your progress. We asked if you could wear your band for a little longer, just to get the most out of it, so our clinician (Esther) shaved your doc band a bit and gave us strict instructions in that the absolute final day you can be in it in March 21st. It's hard to believe that you wore your cranial band for 3 looooong months, which is 1/3 of your life. I have missed kissing your sweet forehead and cuddling with you without getting hit in the face with your band, but it was all worth it and you were as happy as could be throughout the entire process *Switching gears* You have quite the immune system, little buddy! Dad came down with a cold the 2nd week of March and I caught it from him about 1 week later. We both felt pretty bad, but took Zicam the entire time. You didn't even get a sniffle or a runny nose, let alone the cold we both had. I'm still not quite sure how a cold was in our home for 2 weeks, and you, my child who's never been sick, didn't catch it. Since you've been born, my goal was to get you though your 1st year of life without getting sick in any way... we're 9 months in without any sicknesses -- that immune system of yours is so strong!

Diet: You still get 4 bottles/day and eat 3 meals/day. You're on Similac Sensitive (Sams Club brand). You take 3 5-6 oz. bottles throughout the day (7:30am, 11:00am and 3:00pm) and 1 8 oz. bottle as your last bottle at 6:30/6:45pm. You eat rice or oatmeal cereal at 8:10am. I make all of your baby food out of organic vegetables and fruits and have made sweet potato, green bean, peas, carrot, squash, red apple, fugi apple, banana and pear thus far. You have gone through Stage 1, 2 and 3 baby foods and love everything! You eat lunch at 12:10pm (a green veggie, an orange veggie and a fruit or two) and dinner at around 5:00pm (meat or stage 3). On the day you turned 9 months old you ate cottage cheese, American cheese, turkey, canned peaches and black olives -- you loved it all! On this same day we were given the go at your 9 month doctors appointment to start you on a sippy cup, so you're now down to 2 bottles - the first (6 oz.) and last of the day (8 oz.) - and take a sippy cup filled with 4 oz. of formula at 11:00am and 3:00pm.We also regularly give you snacks of Puffs, Cheerios and yogurt melts -- you've completely mastered the art of hand to mouth aka feeding yourself. You love yogurt too!

 Baby Gear Love: Toys toys toys, Britax b-ready stroller, Fisher Price space saver, Tiny Love play mat, Aden + Anais lovie, Itzy Ritzy shopping cart cover, baseball bat and ball, rocking green frog

Likes: smiling, talking, sucking fingers, playing with Cali, baby food, food, going on walks, playing with all of your toys, sitting up, crawling, books that play music, hangers

Dislikes: boredom, Nose Frida, dirty diaper, cutting teeth

Crying: You still aren't a major crier, but you definitely have your moments. You mainly cry or whine when you can't see one of us (and think you're alone in a room), when you fall while exploring (crawling, trying to stand) and when you get 'stuck' in the standing position (leaning up against the couch or your activity table) but are too afraid to sit down (you don't know how to sit down from a standing position yet). You've mastered the art of the fake cry and I call you El Fake-o Trace-o! When you cry it only lasts until Dad or I remedy the situation, which usually takes just a few seconds.

Milestones: You are 100% mobile and I think your "peg-leg crawling" might be the most cute thing I've ever seen! The kitchen drawers and the door stops seem to be your favorite things to crawl to and play with and you always seem to find your way to Cali's dog food bowl. We've had to baby proof - baby gate at top of stairs, outlet covers and some kitchen cupboard locks. You are quite the little explorer! You pull up on everything - the couch, the ottoman, your activity table, your jumper,  your crib, the toy bins and our bar stools. You're very good at standing while holding onto these things and although there was a learning curve, you can now sit down from standing beautifully. Every once in a while you get too scared to sit and your knees start quivering and you look at me like "Mama, heeeeelp" so this is my cue to sweep you off your feet and give you lots of kisses, of course. Your attention span isn't short, but you definitely can't play in the same room with the same 20 toys all day. You insist on mixing it up, which I love! We take walks... you love to be in your stroller and you are definitely happiest when you're outside. We do spend some of our day upstairs in the empty bonus room where you can crawl all over the place and a decent portion of our day is spent in what will eventually be your playroom, but most of our day is spent in the family room. You and Cali have become best buds and tease each other back and forth relentlessly. Although you can really only see your bottom 2 teeth, your top 2 teeth have come nearly all of the way down and have the cutest little gap between them.

Dear Trace,
You are on the move and are loving every second of exploration. Your peg-legged crawl makes me laugh, and watching you pull up on things brings continuous smiles to my face. Your mouth has now bled twice from falling, but you recover fast and go about your day as if you never hurt yourself. The hardwood floors are your favorite. You crawl off of our family room rug and onto the wood floors, pushing and scooting toys with you. These toys are then flicked, tossed or pushed away from you... you crawl to them... flick, toss or push away... crawl to them... etc. This little "game" entertains you so much. You want to know what else entertains you? Oh, you know, just the same thing that Cali loves to play with -- the door stop! We have several door stops in our house and I'm pretty sure that both you and Cali have found them all and have flung them back and forth and watched them vibrate. You actually flung one so hard that you broke it off the wall. And this was welcomed by daddy and I because boy does it drive us nuts and this is one less door stop we have to listen to :)

Scenes from the past month!