Monday, October 3, 2016

Mason: Nine Months Old

Holy moly... falling behind in these updates... again! Busy, busy around these parts! :)

Mason turned 9 months old on August 13th, so it's weird to be updating his 9th month when in reality, we're going to have an 11 (ELEVEN!!) month old on our hands here in about a week and a half. Here's to hoping I can even remember what was going on during his 9th month... I'm terrible. Haha!

Weight/Length/Head Size
Our peanut is finally packing on the pounds! Since we've introduced "real food", Mason's weight is finally creeping up.

At his 9 month appointment, he weighed in at 17 pounds, 15 ounces! A healthy gain of alllmost 4 pounds since his 6 month appointment. And FINALLY hitting double digits for his weight percentile (18th percentile). So, he's packing on the pounds, but he didn't grow, length-wise, too much between his 6 and 9 month appointments. Only an inch difference over those 3 months. He was 26.5 inches at his 9 month appointment in August (2nd percentile). It's OK though, his doctor isn't concerned at all, as usual. He's happy and healthy!

And, of course, his noggin is still nice and big to fit all of his smarts! :) 18.31 inches (87th percentile) at his 9 month appointment.

At 9 months, Mason was wearing 6-9 month clothing. Lots of his 6 month onesies still fit him, but the 6 month pants are getting quite short! 

He's still in size 3 diapers.

And Mason has 2 teeth - his bottom two! :)

Mason and I are still going strong with nursing. At this point, I'm extremely confident that we will make it to my goal of nursing him for a full year. At that point, I'll wean from pumping at work (hallelujah!!), but I'll continue to nurse him in the morning and the evening until he's ready to be done... within reason. Haha

Mason LOVES TO EAT!!!! His favorites at 9 months old are avocado, steamed veggies, Gerber puffs, and yogurt melts.

Mason is a pretty good sleeper. We've had some trying times with sleep, but we finally got to the point where it's the norm to get up only once during the night. I'll nurse him quick (for maybe like 5 minutes) and he's back to sleep.

It's pretty typical for him to go to bed between 7-7:30pm and get up once around 3am. During the work week, I get him up around 6am and on the weekends, he'll usually sleep in until 7:30ish.

He's a great napper at my mom's house during the week. It's common for him to sleep for 2+ hours, twice a day. He doesn't nap nearly as well at home for us. Wonder what Gramdma's doing to get him to sleep.. hmmm.... :)

-Food. A lot. 
-Talking and giggling
-Being in the water. Bath time and swimming are big time favorites!
-Jumping in his jumper
-Throwing anything and everything and waiting for someone to pick it up and give it back to him... Then repeat. AKA "playing catch"

-Food being gone. He cries. Haha
-Green bean purees - the ONLY food we've found that he doesn't like

Again, a short list of "dislikes" - he's such a happy and content little babe!

We went on our first "vacation" as a family the weekend Mason turned 9 months old!

We went with Adam's family up to Grey Eagle, Minnesota for a little family vacation. Adam's mom and her boyfriend planned it for the whole family.

Unfortunately, shortly before our vacation is when EJ passed away due to a motorcycle accident, but as a family, we decided to still head up north to spend time with one another. It was really nice to be with everyone after such a devastating loss.

Mason did great on our vacation! We, of course, packed the pack n play and he did really well sleeping and had lots of fun hanging out with everyone - especially watching all of the kids run around and play.

First family vacation

Kisses from Daddy!

"Hey, mom! Gimme those glasses!"

Found a cute boy in the mirror

First time swimming in the lake - he was unsure about it...

Ha! Super chill...

All smiles after swimming!

More kisses from dad!

Best buds! :)
"Napping" Hahahahah! This cracks me up!
I guess it's a pretty big deal that as of 41 weeks, 2 days old - he was "on the outside" as long as he was "on the inside"! That was pretty cool to think about...

Mason has decided he's still not into crawling. He definitely doesn't mind being on his belly like he did when he was really little, but even on his belly - we haven't seen any forward motion. That's OK though, we're enjoying his immobility since we all know once he starts cruising, there will be no stopping him!

Mason did hit a MAJOR MAJOR milestone - HE SAID HIS FIRST WORD!!!!!!!

And it was the most sweetest sound I've ever heard: "MAMA"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

He said it... and then my heart melted into a puddle. It was THE BEST! He technically said it at one day shy of 9 months old. :)

He followed it up with his second word just a few days later: "Dada!" It's the absolute best thing to hear him say mama and dada. He's also working on saying "bu-bye!" What a smart little dude we have! :)

Another major thing that happened in Mason's 9th month was his transition from infant car seat carrier to "big boy" car seat!

He was getting so darn heavy in his infant seat that 9 times out of 10, if we went somewhere with him, we would just take him out of his car seat because it was getting too heavy to lug around, so we took the plunge and got him his convertible car seats. And oh my gosh - he looks like SUCH a big boy in his new seat(s)!

We got the Graco Extend2Fit for Adam's car and the Graco 4Ever for my car.

It was an adjustment to get used to having to put him in his seat in the car and get him all strapped in and secure, but after that initial adjustment, I LOVE the 4Ever. It's sturdy and he looks comfy in it! The Extend2Fit, on the other hand, has been kind of a pain. The straps are ridiculously hard to adjust! I love the look of the Extend2Fit.. but it's definitely not easy to tighten those straps! I'm grateful that Adam has that one in his car, because I would have given up on it by now.

Graco 4Ever

Graco Extend2Fit
Overall, we are seriously just loving life with our little dude. I swear, as each month passes, he just gets more and more fun. I LOVE being his mom!

In other news... I started a new job in mid-August! I'm still at General Mills, but just moved into a new role as the Learning & Development Coordinator for the finance function. Anyone who knows me is probably saying "Finance?!?" Yeah... I suck with numbers! Haha! Luckily, in this new role, I don't do anything with numbers, I support their L&D initiatives for the function. So far, I really, REALLY like it. It's an adjustment from where I came from, but I think the role suits me very well and I really like what I do, so that's awesome! Plus, it was a nice promotion. :)

I think that's just about everything from Mason's 9th month. We'll wrap this up with some cute random pictures taken of Mason at 9 months old....

Hahahaha! Cry babies! :D lol

Ana and Mason

Snuggles with Auntie Katie

"They didn't even card me!"

Mason and Auntie Katie, two peas in a pod!

GG and Mason

Grandma and Mason

Auntie JJ and Mason


Going in for a kiss on the neighbor girl, Hailey! :)

Mason and Alli - we have the best neighbors!

All smiles with Hailey

Mason and Papa

Katie, Mason, and GG

Playing IN his toy box :)
Cute puppies!


Being your mama is the best thing I've ever done. It's hard to remember what life was like before you joined us... and that's OK, because there's no way it was as good as this! THIS is what life is all about. Loving you.

It's crazy to me to see how big you've gotten. I look at old picture of you and simply cannot believe it! You've grown so much! You have such a sweet personality and the happiest demeanor. Daddy and I are SO lucky to have such a happy, sweet, cute little boy!

I love you so much, my darling. You're the best boy in the world for me!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mason: Eight Months Old

I'm a little a lot late on this update, but... life happens and it's busy with a  8 month old (now, 9 month old!)

Here's a little glimpse back at Mason's 8th month!

Mason didn't have an "official weigh in" until his 9 month appointment, but at 8 months, our little dude was right around 16.5 pounds. Still on the small side! But oh so lovable! :)

At 8 months old, Mason was still wearing 6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.

Mason and I are still going strong with nursing. He loves boobies and gets giggly when it's time to nurse. Haha!

In addition to nursing, Mason has been loving trying new foods! He's still mostly on purees... mostly because his mama is afraid of him choking! I know it's "natural" for babies to gag a little when trying new things as they get used to new tastes and textures and whatnot, but it absolutely terrifies me.

We haven't had any REALLY scary episodes with him gagging or choking, but it just really makes me scared. I'm really considering taking a CPR course through the American Red Cross so I can get certified and feel more confident that I would know what to do, if, God forbid, something did happen. I would hope to NEVER use the information I learned in the course, but I would love to have that knowledge if I needed it.

Mason's FAVORITE food is still probably avocado. Which is nice because if we're out at a restaurant, it's easy for us to get a few slices of avocado for him to eat while we eat. He loves them!

Mason also loves steamed veggies and he's getting really good with his pinchers to pick them up and get them to his mouth. Plus, how cute is he!?

More of the same. He's usually up about once a night to nurse, which, I know... I know... my own fault. But at 3am when he cries, I know the fastest and easiest way to get him (and ME) back to sleep is to nurse him quick and he's back out in no time.

He did have a stint there for a while where he was waking up again every 3 hours... but that didn't last long. I'm sure he was just going through a developmental leap.

I try to remind myself during our late night/early morning nursing sessions that this phase won't last long and before we know it, he won't need me like that anymore.. and I'll miss it. So I'm just trying to savor it and enjoy our quiet, sweet time at 3am. :)

Sweet sleepy babe.
-Bath time, obviously. 
-Food. LOVES avocados and apples
-Blowing raspberries
-Dancing and wiggling
-Being naked 

-Getting dressed after bath time
-Food being gone (Haha!)

We never have a long list of dislikes... he's a happy, easy to please, little dude! :)

Mason had a busy 8th month! One of my favorite things that we did with him during his 8th month was introduce him to the swimming pool - like, the BIG pool! He had "swam" in his little pool, but we added him to our gym membership and we took him to the pool.... he LOVED it. It's like bath time, but better! :)

We also took a little "family field trip" to Sea Life at the Mall of America. Adam found discounted tickets and Mason got in for free, so we figured we'd make a day of it.

It was fun, but I don't think Mason really "got it". Regardless, it was fun to spend the day together and see Mason's amazement. :)

We also had fun meeting our neighbors CUTE new puppies!! Mason tried to eat one of them.... HA! :)

Mason, we don't eat cute little puppies. LOL!
We spent lots of time with people that we love....

GG and Mason snuggles <3

Mason and Gnon

Grandma and Mason, relaxing

Mason and Grandma, reading

Kisses from Ana

Auntie Katie, Mason and Auntie Ana - BIG smiles!
Mason cheered on Daddy as he ran a Tough Mudder in July - cutest Tough Mudder I've ever seen.... sorry, Adam. Haha

Go, Daddy, Go! :)
And, of course, lots of snuggles with our puppy... Dexter is starting to understand that Mason is a pretty good friend to have... he throws food on the floor and loves to pet him! Haha

"Here, Mason... get my belly." :)
Overall, we had a pretty great 8th month. We did experience a huge loss though which has been hard for our family. Mason's Papa EJ passed away in early August. He was in a motorcycle accident.

Losing someone is never easy, but it's even harder when it's so completely unexpected.

I remember watching Grant (Mason's cousin) rough house and play with EJ over Valentine's Day and I remember thinking how much I was looking forward to seeing Mason play like that with EJ and Grant. I'm selfishly so sad that Mason won't experience that with EJ. He is already so missed by SO SO many people..


You're the best, most sweetest dude in the world! I'm so lucky and grateful to be your mama.

You make hard days easier and dark days brighter.

It's so fun to watch you grow and learn new things. But I also wish I could pause time because you are SO much fun at this age.

You're the true light of my life. When you made me a mama, you made my best dream come true.

I love you so much, my little honey boy!