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!


Weight
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.

Feeding
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!?


Sleep
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.
Likes
-Bath time, obviously. 
-Food. LOVES avocados and apples
-Blowing raspberries
-Dancing and wiggling
-Talking
-Being naked 



Dislikes
-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! :)



Milestones
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..



Mason,

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!




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mason: Seven Months Old

Our little boogie is 7 months old! Well, I'm lying... at the time that I'm writing this, he's actually 8 months old. What can I say... mom life is busy! But this will be a look back at his 7th month!


Weight
Our little peanut weighed in right around 15 pounds at 7 months old. He's tiny! But he's getting bigger and bigger... more purees and solid foods have been helping him pack on the pounds. :)

Our little nugget is wearing mostly 6 month clothing, with a few, very few 3 month onesies still in his rotation.
He's still wearing size 2 diapers.

Feeding
This little dude still loves the boobies. Ha! 

We are still going strong with nursing. He did have ONE random day where he refused to nurse. And it wasn't even a full day. It was about half a day... when I would go to offer him the breast, he would literally just scream and refuse. I was SO sad. I was sad that he was DONE breastfeeding... despite my research telling me that babies don't typically wean like that.

Still, to this day, I have no idea what was up with his refusal during that one afternoon/evening. Since he was refusing, we just gave him bottles of breast milk and he was fine with that. Then that night, when he woke up to nurse, he latched on just fine and was back to being a champion nurser. It was so odd!

Mason is still loving ALL THE FOOD. He LOVES purees... almost all of them. He hasn't been a big fan of green beans... but we'll try them again in a few weeks to see if he changes his tune.

He also LOVE LOVE LOVES avocado and apples. In fact, he loves them so much that he CRIES when he finishes them or we take them away! Haha! What a little piglet. :)

Another thing that Mason has been LOVING is frozen peaches. We put them in his little mesh feeder and he just goes to town. It's quite the sticky experience... but he loves it! And it's definitely helped with his teething.


Sleep
SIGH... Sleep? What's that...?

Our little sweet pea is still not sleeping through the night. Which is extra hard for us because he WAS. When he came home from the hospital up until he was about 4 months old, dude slept like a champ! Then we hit that 4 month sleep regression and all hell broke loose.

Currently, he's up usually once during the night to nurse.

I know, I know... this is our fault. I know he doesn't NEED to eat. He's old enough to sleep through the night. But when it's 2am and someone is hollering and crying and you KNOW if you stick a boob in his mouth he'll be back to sleep in 10 minutes... you do that. It's easier than shushing and rocking for hours on end. So sue me. Haha

I'm just so not on board with the whole "cry it out" thing. I just cannot do it. It breaks my heart. Like truly just breaks it. And I know this phase in our lives is temporary... so yes, I will continue to go to my son when he cries out for me because one day, he won't anymore and I'll be sad that I'm not needed as much. So, there.

Mason and Auntie Katie

Likes
-Bath time and his pool
-Food (definitely prefers fruit), LOVES frozen peaches
-Talking
-Giggling
-Blowing Raspberries
-Giving Mommy kisses
-Watching Peek-A-Boo


Dislikes
-Teething
-Putting jammies on after bath time

Another short list of "dislikes"... he's such a HAPPY boy! :)


Milestones
Mason's 7th month was SO MUCH FUN!

Our little dude sprouted his first tooth JUST before he turned 7 months old. His tooth officially poked through on June 10th. And he looks so CUTE with his little tooth (as seen above).


Mason sits up SO well unassisted now. At 6 months, he was still a little wobbly at times, but at 7 months, dude can sit up with zero issues. He looks like such a big boy! Also... those CHEEKS! I die... <3




We celebrated Adam's first Father's Day with our little sugar butt! Adam, Jessica, Katie and I actually went to the Twin's game on Father's Day and Mason hung out with Grandma and Papa for a while.



This is the gift that Mason gave to his Daddy... I only helped him a little bit with it. :)


Let me just say... taking photos of a 7 month old with foam letters is NOT easy.

At first, we had Mason sitting up in the grass, but all he wanted to do was eat the letters. He had glitter ALL over his face. Haha!

So eventually, we laid him down in the grass and he left the letters alone for long enough for me to snap a few pictures. It turned out really cute. :)

Below is a hilariously cute outtake from Mason's 1st Father's Day photos... he was in the middle of doing something he loves.... blowing raspberries! :)


We also celebrated Mason's first 4th of July! He kept it pretty low key and just grilled out over at my parent's house.



He wore the stars, I wore the stripes! :)


Mason and GG
Obviously, we had an amazing June-July with our little 7 month old! He's at an age where he is just SO FUN! He's so funny and I just love spending time with him. I feel truly blessed to be his mama. :)

Adam and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on June 22nd as well.

I can't believe we've been married for 3 years!

3 years of marriage, 2 homes, 3 pets, and 1 amazingly adorable little boy! We've had a great 3 years! Sure, there have been ups and downs, but we've stuck it out and there's no one else I'd rather share my life with.



During the day, we took a little family outing to the Como Zoo. It was Mason's first time at the zoo... He didn't really "get it", which is why we opted to go the inexpensive route and go to Como over the MN Zoo. His favorite part was the seals and the aquatic center. :)


Our little Monkey :)
The evening of our anniversary, my mom came over to babysit Mason and Adam and I went to Redstone for dinner and just took the opportunity to reconnect a little bit.


Marriage is hard.

Marriage with children is HARDER.

People often say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I disagree. And I think both Adam and I would agree that the year you add children to the mix is the hardest year of marriage (so far).

It's just a whole new ball game at that point. You're both trying to navigate parenthood. You have no idea what you're doing. And you're sleep deprived.

It's hard.

But it's SO worth it. I'd rather go through the struggles with Adam than go through any of this life without him. He's a great husband and a great father and Mason and I are SO lucky to have him.

Adam and I have been exchanging traditional wedding gifts for the last few anniversaries. Well, this year, it was leather and neither of us could think of anything good (not dirty lol) to exchange... so instead, we bought each other bikes for our anniversay! Such an AWESOME gift!

I still have yet to take a picture of my blue beauty, but I love my bike! Now I just need to get out there and ride it more. It's just hard because at the end of the day, I want to spend time with Mason and by the time he goes to bed... I'm exhausted. I need to make a better effort though because I love riding my bike and I absolutely need the exercise!

It's been busy around here, obviously. Hence the suuuuper late 7 month recap and all of the stuff that took place during the month... but it's been fun.


Here are some random pictures of some fun and cute things during Mason's 7th month... :)

Kenzie, our [gorgeous] teenage neighbor saw us out one day and stopped by to say hi to Mason... He loved chatting and "flirting" with her. Trouble already... a beautiful blonde girl in a bikini comes over and Mason turns on the charm. Ha! :)


 After a while, the whole family (minus Alli), was over chatting and hanging out with Mason. Mr. Popular! :)

Our FAVORITE neighbors. :)

Big boy in the cart for the first time! He thought it was pretty fun!

My big boy. <3
Swinging! Needless to say, he loved it! :)


Adam kept scooting him back in the swing and he'd scoot himself forward so his arms were dangling. Haha! He's so funny! :)


An epic stare down. 

"Mom, he's looking at me...." Ha! :)
Last, but certainly not least! My very good friend, Megan, asked me and our other friend, Sheena, to be in her wedding next summer!

Us girls went out to lunch and Megan gave us these cute little boxes. Inside was this ring pop.. and some chocolate and nail polish in her wedding colors!

SO fun! And of course, Sheena and I were so excited and honored to be asked to stand by her side as she marries the love of her life. I can't WAIT for the wedding!!!! :)



We've had such a fun month! I'm sure Mason's 8th month will be just as amazing. It seems like every month just gets better and better!

Life as a mom is more than I ever imagined it would be. It can be hard. So hard. But it's so, so, so incredibly worth it.

And I can admit that I used to get bored playing with other people's kids. I thought they were adorable, but I was more than happy to hand them back to mom and dad when my time was up. I remember feeling nervous before I had Mason thinking that I would get bored hanging out with a baby.

Well, I can honestly say, NOPE. I love spending time with him. He's so fun and funny. I wish I could spend MORE time with him. But... work gets in the way. Darn.



My Masey John,

Like I whisper in your ear every night when I carry you into your room, you are the absolute best thing that's ever happened to me.

You make my life more full than I ever imagined it could be. You fill spaces in my heart that I didn't know were empty. You're the true light of my life.

You're the happiest baby and every day I feel so lucky to be your Mama.

I can't wait to continue to watch you learn and grow! Let the good times roll, sweet pea!

I love you so much, stinkadoo! :)