I'll be writing up a separate post about his birthday party - but here's a look back at Mason's 12th month!
At Mason's 12 month doctor's appointment in mid-November, he was 22 pounds! His doctor was pretty impressed by his 5 pound gain since his 9 month appointment! He landed in the 68th percentile for his weight, which is pretty good, considering he was only in the 18th percentile at 9 months! I tell ya, this boy like to EAT! :)
Length-wise, he measured 29 inches putting him in the 17th percentile for length - another nice improvement from the 2nd percentile at his 9 month appointment! He's grooooowing! :)
He's still got a big 'ol noggin, like his daddy. :) 18.7" - 88th percentile. Which is on par for what he's been at for head size (he was 87th percentile at 9 months). Smart boy, lots of brains, big head... it's all good. :)
Mason is wearing 9 and 12 month clothing. Lots of 9 month shirts and onesies still fit, but his 9 month pants are becoming high-waters. Haha
He's still in size 3 diapers.
And Mason has EIGHT teeth now! The latest one just popped up this week! He's looking so cute with all of his adorable pearly whites! :) He also loves brushing them! :)
Mason's 12 month appointment was a tough one. He got a BUNCH of shots - 4, to be exact as well as a finger prick.
It was shocked at how well he handled the finger prick - he didn't make a peep or even flinch!
The shots, on the other hand... the tears flowed. It's SO sad! The second the needle touches his skin, it's an instant scream and tears. There is no build up... it's instantaneous.
Luckily, he's over it very quickly and is back to his normal, happy self within minutes, as you can see the the picture below. :)
The doctor is still pleased with his progress and says he's "right on track". We did bring up the fact that he's not mobile, nor does he sit himself up from a laying position. Dr. Pflaster asked some questions, checked out how he stands up (with support) and told us he "wasn't concerned... yet."
That "yet" makes me kind of nervous, but I'm trying to just chill out about it (easier said than done). The doctor said his muscle tone is good and since he's hitting all of his other milestones, we'll just reasses at 15 months.
Ok, Doc! Whatever you say!
We officially made it to a year (and counting!) of breastfeeding! I can't even express how proud that makes me.
Learning to breastfeed and the pain that came along with it in those early weeks was overwhelming.
I kid you not, for me, breastfeeding was more painful than being in labor. It was excruciating. I remember crying when he would latch on, or even just anticipating the latch, because it hurt THAT bad. I remember sitting there crying, not wanting to nurse him because the pain was awful.
I'm so grateful for the lactation consultants at Maple Grove Hospital (Kathi, especially) for helping Mason and I get through it together. Without them and their guidance and encouragement, I would have stopped breastfeeding VERY early.
And now look at us! 12 months and going strong! While our nursing sessions have definitely become fewer and shorter, I still cherish that time and the bond I have with Mason because of it. We're pretty much just nursing first thing in the morning and right before bed. On the weekends, when we're together, we sprinkle in a few more short sessions.. but more so for comfort, rather than filling him up.
Mason LOVES to eat! He LOVES food. I think Thanksgiving was the highlight of his LIFE. Haha!
His current favorites are stuffing, avocados, pears, noodles, bananas, and breakfast sausage. Oh.. and birthday cake. ;)
The ONLY thing we've found so far that he doesn't like is broccoli. He will literally put it in his mouth, then drop his jaw so it falls out... all while sporting the cutest disgusted face, like, "HOW could you feed me that garbage!?" Haha!
|Clearly, NOT eating broccoli here. :)|
Pretty much the same as last month - sleeping through the night allllmost always!
We have days here and there where he'll randomly wake up and need to be soothed back to sleep, but for the most part, he's consistently sleeping for 10 hours or so.
He's generally in bed between 7 and 7:30pm and will usually sleep until like 4:30-5:00am. I'll nurse him quick and he'll go back to bed until 6:30am during the week or 8am-9am (!!!!!) on the weekends.
I'm pretty sure we're also cutting down to 1 nap during the day. At Grandma's house during the week, he has been taking one long nap (3+ hours).
We've still gotten 2 shorter naps out of him on the weekends on occasion... but it's becoming more and more consistent that he's just taking 1 longer nap in the afternoon.
|"He's up! Can we go in and get him!?" Dexie loves going in to get Mason when he wakes up. :)|
-Sesame Street. Especially Elmo!
-"Flying" with Daddy
-Singing "la, la, la!"
-Books. He LOVES flipping the pages in his books!
Turning ONE is a pretty big deal! :) We had a great time celebrating him at his party! I think he had fun too! :)
We had SO much going on in the month of November. From his birthday (and my birthday), to Thanksgiving, and Addison's birthday party! It was a busy month!
As I mentioned above, Mason LOVED Thanksgiving. Largely due to the fact that there was food involved! He loves a good meal! :)
We started off with a quiet morning at home before we went over to Adam's mom's house to stop by and say hi. Mason and Daddy read some books before we got moving for the day
We were only over at Lisa's for a bit to say hi before we all headed over to Grandma and Grandpas to FEAST.
This year, we had a smaller crew since my great aunt had recently had surgery, so she and her kids (and grand kids) celebrated separately from us.
For our Thanksgiving, we normally have like 20 people. This year, we just had 11: Grandma, Grandpa, GG, Butch & Robin, Jessica, Katie and Ana, Adam, me, and Mason.
It was still very nice though.... and a delicious meal, as usual! :)
Mason's highlight of Thanksgiving was getting to try BLUEBERRY PIE!! Which, as you can see below, he absolutely loved!
He loved it so much that we had to have an impromptu bath time at grandma and grandpa's house. Which he also loved. Haha!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we helped Addison celebrate her 6th birthday! It was fun to get together with the Thiebault's and family for a few hours to celebrate this cute 6 year old!
The kids did a cute little craft at the birthday party, which was super adorable. They all got to paint and decorate their initial. Auntie JJ helped Mason so he wouldn't be a complete mess! :)
Mason LOVED Addison. Sometimes, he's not so sure about people he doesn't see often, but that didn't apply to Addison. She loved holding him and he loved cuddling up to her. It was the sweetest thing!
QUITE the difference from Addison's birthday last year, when Mason was only 9 days old! :)
Per usual, here are some cute pictures from our little cutie pie's 12th month... :)
|Looking like a BIG boy! Love that little sweatshirt!|
|Bored with Mommy and her selfies... Ha!|
|Those BLUE eyes. So thankful he got Daddy's baby blues...|
|"Woah Kayla! That was a BIG burp!!!" Hahahahaha! :)|
|Painting - thanks to Auntie JJ|
|And... trying to eat the paint. :)|
I'm kind of cheating since I'm stealing this "letter to Mason" from a post I made on Facebook on his actual birthday... but it perfectly conveys what he means to me...
November 13, 2016
Exactly 1 year ago today, at 6:18 in the morning, we were blessed with the sweetest, snuggliest, happiest, most beautiful 8 pound, 1 ounce little boy I had ever laid eyes on! Your arrival was fast and furious and pretty scary at the time. It didn't go at all as we imagined it would. And I would do it again, a million times, for you.
You are sweet, smart, silly, and adorable! You light up my life and have shown me what unconditional love really is. There's not a day that passes that I don't feel blessed beyond measure because I'm your mommy.
This last year has been amazing. And challenging. And incredible. And incredibly hard, at times. And WORTH IT. So completely worth it. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you, my sweet boy!
I can't wait to continue to watch you grow and learn new things. You amaze me daily. But for now, I'll snuggle you longer and hug you tighter and sneak in a million more little kisses, because just as this last year has proven, you're growing so fast and soon you'll be a big boy.
But no matter how big you get and no matter where your life takes you, you'll always be my baby. And I'll forever be grateful that you made my dreams come true the day you made me a mama.
I know it's your birthday, but you're the real gift. I love you so much, Mason John. Happy birthday, my sweet boy.