Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Seeing Santa Clause

This past weekend David made his very first visit to see the man in the red suit! We actually had tried to go the week before but the lines were out of control. This time we went first thing Saturday  morning and didn't have to wait too terribly long. Luckily, a love for people watching runs in the family and David was pretty content to just check everyone out during our wait.

He didn't have much of a reaction to Santa. I didn't think he would. Usually when he's in a new situation he goes all stone-face on us and Santa was no exception. Mostly, they just had a good ol' stare-down and that was that.  I hope he gets everything on his list! 

Here are the pictures!

 oook guys, I'm done with this.

I am ridiculously excited for Christmas with him this year. It will be so much fun to see his reaction to all the presents and commotion. Also, I'm pretty sure he's going to look dang cute in his nice outfit and even CUTER in his Santa pajamas!! Stay tuned! 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Over the river and through the woods

...to grandmothers house we went!

We spent this Thanksgiving up in Sioux Falls, visiting Zach's family. I will admit that I was pretty nervous about making the nearly seven hour drive up there with a one year old. We were originally going to go Thanksgiving day, but after realizing that most of the places to stop along the way would be closed we moved it up a day and went Wednesday.  Much to our amazement, David did excellent in the car. Didn't even fuss the whole way there and only a tiny bit on the way back. Road trip success! What a great little car buddy!

Our visit was nice. The whole family was in town so we really enjoyed visiting with everyone. Zach's sister finally met David, I finally met her finance and David got to finally play with his cousins! Jude just started crawling so it was fun to see them interact. It's going to be so crazy once they get a little bigger and really get going all over the place.

David looooooooved Thanksgiving dinner. He can now expertly climb stairs, Zach and I went on a date night and  Grandma and Grandpa got in lots of extra David snuggles.  So, pretty much a successful trip. 

Here's a look at the weekend... all out of order because blogger hates me.

 You know those pictures that you see and think "that's totally what he's going to look like all grown up"...? Yeah, that is this picture.

I'd write more but I am sorely under the weather and just need to go to bed. Boo that. Although I am remembering the last time I had this cold (drippy nose, exhaustion, scratchy throat) I also had a "don't you dare even think of putting me down" extra fussy 6 week old. Oh my goodness. It was the worst. Off to bed!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

And he's off!

Oh, so much I want to blog about lately. I really want to find some more time to write, but the evenings just seem to be getting shorter and shorter. 

Anyway, wanted to pop on and post this video quick. David started walking about 2 weeks ago and gets better and better every day.

It's completely and totally mind blowing!  I mean, two months ago the kid could hardly crawl! Look at him now!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

David's First Birthday PARTY

Oh hi. Would you like to see some birthday party pictures?  Ok. Here's like a thousand of them! 

I really didn't think David would have a lot of fun at his birthday party. I mean, they say first birthdays are really for the parents and while that's true, I tried to plan something I thought David would like too. Turns out he totally loved it. He had a blast opening gifts, eating lunch and then of course smashing into his cake. He never got overwhelmed or fussy the whole party. Even afterward he took a good nap and then was ready to try out all his new toys the second he woke up. It was such a great day.  I think we all loved it.

Cake smash video!

The cake is from Pat-A-Cake Bakery in Lee's Summit. I of course, found the design on Pinterest and Lisa totally nailed it. Not to mention, the cake was ahhh-mazing. So good! We will definitely be back.

Thanks to everyone for making his day so extra-special!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Giggles

I had a bit of a woeful day. No particular reason. Just a little down in the dumps. Time change? Post birthday party blahs? Work stress? I don't know. Just in a funk.

Then I remembered I had a video on my phone from this past Sunday. David was in SUCH a good mood that night and after a little game of "this little piggy" we had a good ole-fashioned tickle-fest. His laugh might be the best sound I've ever heard and ever will hear.


See?  Mood restored!
Also please enjoy my sweats, 10+ year old sorority t shirt and makeup free "I was up all night with a sick great dane" face. Oh, and also? My lovely postpartum hair regrowth. You're welcome.

In other news:
David had his 1 year doctor appointment yesterday. He got five shots! Five! I felt so bad for him and my heart broke as I held his hands and he did the whole red-faced silent cry while the nurse quickly (thankfully) gave him five sicks. Somehow, after all that, he was happy as a clam after we got him dressed. He's a superhero, that one. 

Weight 23 lbs, 10 oz (62%)
Height: 32 inches (96%)
Head: 47.7 cm (84%)
so, pretty much consistent to where he's been for most of his first year.  Next up, we start ditching the bottle. I don't know why, but the thought of no more bottles just breaks my heart. So fast. It just all happened so fast.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

David is One Year Old!

This past Friday, my sweet baby David turned one year old. 

I’ve been putting off writing this little blog entry for a couple days now. I’ve been busy with the party and all but mostly, I just don’t know what to say.

Let's start with what all happened during his big month 12. 

We payed a visit to the pumpkin patch

He had his first stomach flu. We were supposed to go up to Sioux Falls for a wedding but the night before we were going to leave David got sick. Zach still went but David and I hung out at home.  I had been dreading the stomach flu the most of all the illnesses, but we made it though. Mostly he just wanted to cuddle and sleep it off. We spent most of the weekend on the love seat where I held him and he snoozed. I’m not going to lie, I kind of loved that part. David is not a cuddler in any sense of the word, so I will hold him any time that he will let me and soak it up.  The rest of the time he tried so hard to be happy and play with his toys and crawl around but he just felt so bad and any little thing would send him into a total fit of misery and woe. Luckily it didn’t last long and he was back to normal pretty quick. 
He had his first Halloween.

Here are some other month 12 tidbits:
-Still isn’t walking but totally could if he wanted to. He will walk all over the house just barely hanging on to my index finger, but once I wiggle my finger away he goes right down to his knees. I’m in no hurry for him to walk though.
-Speaking of walking. We got him some new shoes.  What size you ask? Five and a half. Wide.  Holy monster feet!
-Has gradually stopped being my good veggie eater and much prefers pasta, bread, turkey and  cheese.  Fruit is hit or miss. He ate a lot of bananas when he was sick and I think that really turned him off of them a bit.  Loves pineapple and blueberries.  Yogurt is pretty much the only thing he will allow me to spoon feed him.
-Loves his books and has favorites for sure. One is a book about animals with touch and feel and the other is a flap book. He will look at them over and over again.
-Really likes blocks and a toy dump truck at daycare. He almost always has it near him whenever I pick him up.
-We tried finger painting and he completely and totally hated it.  Can’t blame him. Who likes getting that gunk all over your hands anyway!?
 -I started putting a small blanket in his crib with him. One that I used a lot when he was teeny tiny.  I’ve noticed he now will roll around until his face is on it before he can fall asleep.  Lovie success!
-He’s still in the infant room at daycare and I think he will be until the end of the year.  Once he moves up he has to sleep on a mat on the floor. Hahaha. Lol. I can’t wait to see how that works out….  Also he’s down to one nap a day at daycare but still needs two when he’s at home (or maybe that’s just me….)
-Points at EVERYTHING. Point. Point. Point! 
-Wiggles when he hears a song he likes and looks at you to make sure you are dancing along.
And now a bit about talking:
He’s so smart! He is getting really good and mimicking sounds. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what he’s saying but he will really try to make the same sounds we do a ton! His first “word” besides Mama, Dada and “googatee” was the cat meowing.  He mimicks George perfectly. And whenever he sees a black cat, even a stuffed Halloween cat, he “meows” at it.  Sometimes he’ll do it and we have to ask “who was that, the cat or David?” Then he started mimicking the dogs. Anytime he hears a dog barking he will bark too. He even has Teds “people are outside I’m going to growl” down which mostly sounds like “oooooooooh” He knows that cows say “moo”. Often times I see him looking at his animal book and saying “moo” while looking at the cow page. When I put him on his turtle ride-on toy I would always make a motor sounds and now when he gets on it he starts making that sound on his own. So adorable! I think he also tries to say “ball” a lot too.   The other day I was showing him a bunch of colors and said “Yellow” and I’m not joking, that kid said “yellow” right back to me! Zachs mom heard it too so I’m not making that up! Just in the past week they’ve started working on sign language at daycare. He has “more” down pat and does it the whole time he’s eating.  They say he also signs “please” but I’ve yet to see it.  So far I think the whole talking thing is the most exciting milestone yet.  It’s just so mind-blowing to know his little brain in there is working away. It also makes me realizing that he is definitely no longer a baby.
Overall this past year has flown by. Most of it is a total blur, but at the same time I feel like I remember every tiny little bit like it just happened. David is my everything and I had no idea how much I’d love him down to the very bottom of my heart. I’m so excited for him to grow up and experience life but at the same time I’m so very sad that I can’t stop time and just have him be little forever. We are so lucky to have this happy little guy in our lives.

I’m not sure where the blog will go from here. I’m definitely going to keep writing and updating, but I’m not sure about the time schedule. Stay tuned I guess.

Up next: First birthday party goodness! 

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