Monday, July 15, 2013
Friday was my 1st birthday!
Here are a few things you should know about me at 1 year old:
I wear a size 4 diaper and am just moving into 18 month clothes.
My favorite foods are raw sugar snap peas, chicken, applesauce, and pumpkin. I take food very seriously. My family knows they'd better be ready to put food on my high chair tray the instant they set me in that thing...or be willing to suffer the ear splitting consequences.
I love to sing! The only lyric I actually know right now is "Aaaaaaaaah", but I plan to build my repertoire soon.
I know the sounds a lion and puppy make. I have also learned how to say "this" (as in "what is this?) and "sissy" (kind of, sort of). That brings my vocabulary total up to about 10 words, but I really don't use them often.
I've mastered the art of the pointer finger. I use it all the time to show my family where I want to go or what I want to eat.
I'm a walker! In the last two weeks I've started walking more than crawling.
I started cutting teeth last week. Three at one time, thank you very much!
Posted by Rachel Moss at 8:23 PM
Monday, June 17, 2013
I turned 11 months old last Wednesday.
Mommy and Daddy are wondering how in the world that happened!
Here are some things you should know about me at 11 months:
I weigh 19 pounds. My clothes are 12 months and I'm now in size 4 diapers.
Most nights I go to bed between 6:30-7:15. Most mornings I wake between 6:00-7:30.
I'm still waking up once at night to eat. Mommy planned to cut out my night time feedings when she finished the school year, but...
my ear infection issues have yet to be resolved. In fact, I've had an infection every two weeks since the beginning of April. Antibiotics clear them up, but they come right back once I'm finished with my meds. Since ear infections are a known source of nighttime waking, Mommy's not willing to let me "cry it out" just yet. I have an appointment with an ENT tomorrow, so hopefully tubes (and relief) will be headed my way soon.
(Hiding out in Mommy and Daddy's bathroom during my first round of North Texas spring storms.)
And while I'm on the subject of medical issues, you may be interested to know that I appear to be allergic to bananas and avocado. Crazy, huh? Between the antibiotics/Motrin I've had for ear infections and Benadryl I've had for allergic reactions, I'm pretty much the best 11 month old medicine-taker in the world!
On a more upbeat note, I took my first steps this past month! Crawling is still my preferred mode of travel, but I'm willing to walk when it's convenient for me.
I've also learned how to clap, as well as point with my index finger. I look pretty stinkin' cute practicing both of those skills.
It looks like my hair is going to be curly!
When someone points a camera in my direction, they just might get this face in return:
I prefer to communicate in grunts and squeals, but I am able to say Mama, Dada, ba ba (bye bye), up, yeah, baa (ball), and na na (night night). Dada is my favorite word!
Katie Bug's room just may be my favorite in the whole house. She works really hard to make sure none of her itty bitty toys are within my reach while I'm in there with her.
Speaking of my sissy, her newest nickname for me is Sulbukoo. Or something like that. That girl has a gift for creating nicknames no one else can pronounce!
I am really good at entertaining myself while Mommy makes dinner. Of course, that means she has to deal with this aftermath...
...but she doesn't mind!
I love to cuddle with Mommy and Daddy.
I still mainly reserve my thumb sucking for Mommy's arms. If my ears are bothering me, though, I pop the thumb a little more frequently.
In short: I am the busiest, sweetest baby boy around.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I turned 10 months old on Sunday!
Here are some things you should know about me at 10 months:
I weigh just under 20 pounds.
I wear 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers.
I can say Mama, Dada, Hi, and Baba (although my family isn't entirely sure what I mean by that last one).
I can sign "nurse". Currently, I use it interchangeably for breastfeed, bottle, and eat.
My favorite books are "Baby Giggles" and "Hello". Those were also favorites of my sissy when she was a baby.
I am one ear infection away from being referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor for tubes. Mommy and Daddy are pretty sad about that.
I nurse/bottle feed 5-6 times a day. When I'm at school, I go about 4 hours in between bottles. If I'm at home with Mommy, though, I like to nurse a little more frequently.
I still eat purees at school, but I've made the switch to table foods at home. I definitely do best with larger pieces of food. Teeny tiny pieces really don't interest me. I started eating meat this month, and it's pretty clear that I am quite the carnivore.
I'm old enough to have some dairy, but Mommy and Daddy are not planning to introduce it yet since I still have negative reactions to dairy if Mommy eats it.
My run with swim lessons was rather short lived. Although Mommy and Daddy liked the goals of the swim class in which I was enrolled, they weren't comfortable with the methods being used to achieve those goals. They did find a new class/teacher we'll be trying out in the summer, though!
I figured out how to clap this weekend!
I've started standing on my own for a few seconds at a time.
I am a climber! My parents have had to do some minor rearranging in mine and sissy's room to unaccommodate my pension for heights.
It seems that my thumb sucking is limited to the times that I'm trying to fall asleep or being held by Mommy. I do suck it occassionally when Daddy is holding me, but it's pretty much a given if I'm in Mommy's arms. My teachers at school say I rarely do it there, though.
My hair is becoming curly!
You probably get tired of hearing me say this, but my family is pretty much enthralled by me. They think I'm the cutest, chillest, best baby around!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Our little man managed to pull off a great trick on Mommy and Daddy. For 9 months, he had them convinced that he was not a thumb sucker.
Oh, sure, he'd suck his thumb on infrequent occassions, but he definitely didn't show any sort of attachment to it.
Until about 2 weeks ago. At that point, he became a card carrying member of the Tumb Sucking Club...and no amount of paci-offering or mouth-blocking can deter this new member from the joy of the thumb.
Doesn't he have great form? He's even mastered the "index finger hook" technique already!
Even though it's adorable now, Mommy and Daddy are not looking forward to trying to break this habit in the future.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 8:45 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This morning our family enjoyed our first ever 5K! It was sponsored by Baylor Health Systems (Auntie's employer for the past 4 years and Poppy's employer for the past 2 months) and was pretty small in scope...which was really perfect for us non-runners.
Need proof that Mommy is an absolute non-runner? Take a look at what she wore to the race!
I'm sure you won't be suprised to know that she was the only person wearing jeans. In her defense, she does own one pair of exercise pants. After 9.5 months of nursing, though, she has a hard time keeping them up.
Elliot spent most of the race in the arms or on the shoulders of the grownups in our clan. He chilled in the stroller for the last leg, though.
I spent the race alternating between walk/running and relaxing in the stroller. When we came into view of the finish line, though, I decided to end strong with Daddy.
We posed for a family picture once everyone else strolled through the finish line.
(You can't tell in this picture, but Aunit is 5 months pregnant! I don't think Elliot or I have mentioned that in any of our prior infrequent posts. Madeline Michelle is expected to make her entrance in early September!)
Posted by Rachel Moss at 9:23 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I turned 9 months old on the 12th of April.
Here's some things you should know about me at 9 months:
(This is clearly the absolute worst ever monthday photo shoot.)
At my well child visit I weighed 19 lbs 9.5 oz (30th %) and measured 28.75 in long (60th %).
I can play peek-a-boo!
I can say DaDa, MaMa, and hi...although I don't like to say any of them very often.
I love to jibber jabber when I'm riding in my carseat.
I often "hum" myself to sleep for naps and at night time
Last month Mommy said she was hoping I'd be off purees and solely eating table foods by now.
Ha, ha, Mommy!
I've become quite the little booger in the bathtub! I'm constantly trying to stand up in there.
Ear infections have been a regularly occuring illness for me. I think I've already had 5 in my short lifetime.
My sissy usually gets the first smile out of me every morning. I just love that girl! Thankfully, the feeling is mutual.
I started swim lessons. Daddy and I are in a "First Splash" class together. It's designed to get me comfortable in the water and teach me to roll onto my back and float if I ever fall into a pool/lake/whatever.
I've figured out how to "walk" with the help of walking toys, heavy baskets, chairs, and just about anything else I can stand behind and push.
I love to be outside! Mommy and Daddy don't let me get on the ground too often, though, because I still put everything into my mouth.
I have developed a strong preference for Mommy and just recently started crying when she drops me off at "school" in the mornings. The tears don't last long, though.
Not to brag, but I am a favorite of the teachers at my "school". They all think I'm pretty awesome!
My family thinks I'm pretty awesome, too!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I turned 8 months old yesterday!
Here are some things you should know about me at 8 months:
I weighed 19 pounds at the doctor's office this weekend. It was a sick visit and I had all my clothes/diaper on, so I'm probably still really in the 18 pound range.
I am a mover. I love to crawl all over the place, pull myself up onto things, and attempt to climb onto kid-sized chairs. Lately, I've crawling under tables and chairs to get a little "me time".
My favorite toys are balls, LeapFrog fridge magnets, my little airplane, and my Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Puppy.
The puppy keeps me occupied during diaper changes. Without it Mommy and Daddy don't stand a chance of getting me changed.
Mommy like to read books to me, but I don't have any favorites yet. I'm happy with any book she'll let me stick in my mouth.
I love to nurse. I'm still waking to eat at least once at night. If I'm feeling a little under the weather, though, it'll probably be twice.
I love to eat "solid" foods. Sweet potatoes and apples are some of my favorites. Peaches are my not-so-favorites.
Most of my solid eating is done at school, but just this weekend I decided that I'd go ahead and start eating at home again. I'm still on mostly purees (haven't quite mastered that raking ability yet), but Mommy's hoping that I'll transition to mostly finger foods by next month.
Sissy came up with a new nickname for me this month: Buckle. Although, she uses a funny baby voice when she says it, so it sounds like Buck-o.
Mommy and Daddy actually started calling me by a new nickname, too: No. Sometimes they call me No No Elliot. They especially like to use that nickname when I'm in the middle of something really fun, like putting a cord in my mouth or pressing all the buttons on the DVD player.
I think I've already mentioned in a past monthday post that I like to give out open mouthed kisses. Well, this month I added hugs to my affection aresenal.
I wave (flap my arm, actually) hello and goodbye. So far, I really only like giving those waves to mommy and daddy.
My parents get really excited when I say DaDaDaDaDa.
I hear Mommy and Daddy tell other people all the time that I am the sweetest, happiest baby ever.
Posted by Rachel Moss at 7:21 PM