Friday, November 17, 2017

Alder Jacob {8 Months}

*Another monthly post that is more than a month late. Ha. Whatever.

Month 8 has come and gone. It was our first fall as a family of 4 and we made the most of it! Alder got his first taste of pumpkin (which has become one of his favorite flavors) and he got his hands dirty in what I like to refer to as pumpkin guts. We visited pumpkin patches and pumpkin festivals, got dressed up in several different costumes and took Alder trick or treating for the first time! 
And he was sweet enough to let me dress him in all pink for his first Halloween costume and I won't apologize because he made the cutest Piglet ever!

This month more than ever I have started to see the baby in front of me slowly melt away. He always, always, always wants to be standing and he gets the biggest smile on his face when he manages to stand up on his own. We are all thinking he will just skip crawling and go straight to walking! 

He started playing peekaboo with us at dinner and it is my favorite thing ever! He usually uses the lid from his bowl and hides behind it until we say "Where's Alder?" Then he drops it and gives us the most adorable two tooth grin!
He is still getting lots of Mama's milk, but he is also a champion eater. I honestly don't know where he puts it all though. Often for breakfast he will crush an entire banana and an entire avocado. We have moved from purees to more mashes and he isn't phased by new textures, he just chows down. 

It has been fun to see more of his personality come out this month. He is such a happy, playful kid, but he wants what he wants and is determined to get his way. If I pull out two different foods and he knows he likes one better than the other he will push away the spoon until you give him the one he wants. And he knows simply by looking at the food, which one he prefers. He has a strong opinion about things, which will make life interesting when he can walk and talk! 
This month, as with all minutes, hours, days with him has been a delight. I'm so happy I get to be his Mama and watch him grow up.

A few stats about Alder at eight months: 

Weight: Who knows. Bigger than last month. Haha.

Height: No more 6-9 month clothes so he is obviously getting longer too.

Size clothes: 9 month

Sleeping: This month Alder finally, FINALLY decided to sleep through the night. But this amazing decision was short lived. I keep reminding myself that this is a season and that someday I will get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep again.

Random stuff only parents want to know:

Nicknames: Alder J, Baby "Lellow" (Aiden's pet nickname for his brother), "Lellow Popper" (another pet nickname from his brother, no clue how this one came about), Baby J.

Likes: The buzzzzzz noise, playing peekaboo, waving hi to everyone, pulling himself up on everything, splashing in the bath, his brother, being kissed on his belly, growling.

Dislikes: Not being able to walk yet.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Alder from this month...

It's hard to believe you are almost 3/4 of a year old. Slow down time!

Watch Alder Grow...
            One Month Update                        Two Month Update                       Three Month Update
 Four Month Update                        Five Month Update                    Six Month Update

See Aiden at EIGHT months here!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Our Favorite Fall(ish) Family Traditions

So the weather around here hasn't been exactly Fall-like, but that hasn't stopped us from doing all the fall things! And since I can't seem to get my act together to blog more than once a month, I'm combining all our fall fun in to one picture packed post.

Here are some of our favorite fall things to do as a family...

Visit a Pumpkin Patch (duh.) Our favorite is Blooms and Berries.

Go to a Pumpkin Festival. This was our first year going to an actual pumpkin festival. Does your town have one? We went to Operation Pumpkin and it was so much fun. There were amazing carved pumpkins and also the largest pumpkins I've ever seen in person. Think Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage she took to the ball.

Visit a Sunflower Field (Gorman Farm) Besides pumpkins, and maybe apples, sunflowers are my favorite thing about this season. Talk about photo opps! And sunflowers just make me smile so being in a field of them...can't stop smiling.

Find any opportunity to Trick or Treat/wear costumes in public (Hallzooween)
Our zoo has trick or treating every weekend in October so we picked a gloomy day with rain in the forecast so it wouldn't be very crowded. It was perfect and we had a Zookeeper and his pet monkey as our sidekicks.

Safe to say, it's been a good Fall so far. 
Now the weather just needs to cooperate and give us a few more fall feeling days! I
'm not ready for winter!
Please, please!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

On the Eve of your 3rd birthday

Tomorrow my baby turns three.
Three whole years have gone by with this guy by my side.
What an incredible blessing he is.

Of course I have been reminiscing about our time together and while looking at pictures of him as a baby makes me tear up (so tiny and sweet) it also makes me smile because I am so incredibly proud of the person he is becoming. So naturally, tonight's post is for my baby who is now a big kid.


You are such a cool kid.

You are playful and sweet, thoughtful and observant, kind and affectionate, a planner and a wild child, determined and eager, sensitive and tough, energetic and focused, my baby and yet my big kid.  Lots of other parents call the twos "terrible," but I will never call this last year or any year with you terrible because it was a year with you in it. This year you have desired more independence and one of your most commonly used phrases has been, "Aiden do it." I've been trying to step back and let you do things, but it's hard to let go as I am watching the baby in you slip away and the big kid step in. So when you say "Mama hold you" when you're scared or tired, it makes me so happy. You also always, always give me a kiss when I ask for it. You don't know how much that means to me.

You have brought me so much joy. Being your Mom is the best thing in the world and having a front row seat to your life is the greatest gift.

Here are a few things I want to remember about you at this very moment in time:

-You are protective of those you love. When we cross the street or are in the parking lot you hold my hand and say, "Watch out for cars Mama!" and "Be careful!" When Alder cries you say, "Make baby Alder laugh." When a friend falls down, you run over and make sure they are okay. You have a heart for others and are intuitive to their feelings.

-You are the BEST big brother. Alder adores you and you make him so happy.

-You love your friends and looks forward to seeing them. You always run in and give your friends hugs and huge smiles (You are such an extrovert like me!)

-You still love cars, but construction vehicles have taken a front row seat. The Bob the builder theme song is always in my head.

-You are the most fun and spunky kid! Seriously, your Dad and I talk all the time about how much fun you are all the time.

-You have one speed...FAST. You don't stop all day long and haven't napped consistently in 6 months.
-You love to learn and have an amazing memory. I love when you say things like "Member when we did that yesterday, Mama?"

-Reading is still one of our favorite things to do together. You study each page and enjoy "reading" to us too. You are currently very into all your (not very spooky) Halloween and Fall books.

-You love having a plan and when I share our plans with you for the day, if it's a plan you like (Polar Express and Hot Chocolate) you say, "That's a great idea, Mama"

-Your favorite game is Hide and Seek. You are the best hider and always give us clues as to where you are hiding by growling or giggling.

-You still vroom cars on chairs and you get so focused on this. You have loved this since you could stand.

-Your imagination has really developed this year. You are always pretending something and it is so much fun to watch you play and to join in on your magical world. You recently started loving super heroes and are always flying action figures around the living room.

-You are potty trained and you did it so well! You better teach your brother how to do it just like you when the time comes.

-You are always saying "I help you Mama." Your favorite chore to help with is the laundry. You really are a good little helper.

-You have been looking forward to Halloween and your birthday for months! We were literally pretend Trick or treating in September. You make everything more fun!

I could go on and on and on and on about you Aiden, but I think I'll go peek in on you, kiss your head and watch you sleep for a few minutes because when you wake up tomorrow you will be THREE and one day closer to being more of a big kid than my baby.

I love you more than I could ever express in words.

Happy birthday buddy.